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Friday, 18 April 2014

No Morning Outdoor Exercise

Rain bokeh
Rain bokeh (Photo credit: kevin dooley)
When I got up this morning to exercise, it was raining outside. I said to myself, "Oh, it is not a problem." I decided that I would jog after the rain subsided.

I had a quick breakfast and long shower.

Although it was drizzling, I still dressed in my sports apparel thinking that the rain would hold up; but that didn't happen; instead, it started raining heavily. I opened my kitchen door, looked at the grey rain-filled clouds in the sky and laughed. I thought to myself, "I am not going out in that weather."

The irony is: I LOVE the rain. However, I wasn't in the mood for a second shower; I showered prior to the heavy downpour.

Also, I am not at all surprised that it rained, because it always rains on Good Friday in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is also a public holiday today. I might as well rest and enjoy the sound of raindrops pounding rhythmically on the roof (And, I can do that from the comfort of my bed).

Hopefully, I can hit the track tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Will They Ever Start Cracking Down On Bloggers?

computer
computer (Photo credit: jaci XIII)
We bloggers have a way of telling it like it is; the things that we post are not necessarily in compliance with the mainstream media, or today's trend of popular thinking.

Bloggers are known to piss off politicians, businessmen, the church, the state (And, come to think of it, almost everyone).

If someone is about to getaway with murder (literally or figuratively) you can guarantee that some blogger is going to make it their priority to alert the masses.

A blogger's freedom of speech is one genie that the government is unable to put back into the bottle.

One Of My Favourite Songs From The Killers

The Killers concert
The Killers concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just in case you do not know who the Killers are, I would be happy to tell you that they are an American rock band; its members are: Brandon Flowers (lead vocals and keyboards), Ronnie Vannucci (drums and backup vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass guitar and backup vocals) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar and backup vocals).

One of my favourite songs from that band is: Somebody Told Me.

Those guys really blew me away with that song of theirs back in 2004.

Without further ado, I present to you, the video for the Killers' Somebody Told Me.



Have You Made The Effort To Read A Good Book Lately?

books
books (Photo credit: brody4)
Well, if you are a bookworm, the answer to that question would be, "Yes!"

However, a lot of people in today's society would rather watch television as a form of entertainment; are you one of those people?

Anyway, reading a book is more fun that watching television. Here are the reasons why:
  • Whenever, you read a book, you get the opportunity to visualize the information on the pages and this is done via your own unique interpretation, since no one sees the world exactly like you do. Whereas, if you were to watch a television show, you would be viewing the director's interpretation of the movie that you are looking at.
  • You are the one who is in control. You can put the book down anytime you feel like taking a break to go to the toilet, or to have a meal, or to simply move around. When you are entranced by television, you usually wait for a commercial break to go to the toilet or to prepare that meal.
  • A person reading a book is granted with the ability of expanding their vocabulary; because there are those moments when they would encounter words that they do not know the meaning of; in cases such as this, they would check the meaning of the word in the dictionary; no one really thinks about looking up a meaning of a word while they are watching television; because if they were to do that, they would miss out on important plots in the movie.
I am proud to admit that I have lots of reading material ― books that are educational as well as entertaining.

I am also of the opinion that too much viewing of the television can get the mind lazy, since the movie industry took the liberty of presenting people with images to view. Whereas if you developed the habit of reading good books, you develop the habit of creating your own mental images.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A Container Of Candles

My emergency stash of candles.
Occasionally, I would experience power outages without any warning from the electricity provider (Luckily, that doesn't happen very often, but when it happens, I am fully prepared).

I thought that it was a rather cool idea to share this image with you (Usually, I don't share these types of images with everyone and that by photographing this, a large percentage of you might relate to the idea of having one's electricity supply rudely taken away in the middle of night).

A Beautiful Song From Michael Jackson

English: Michael Jackson Image.
English: Michael Jackson Image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from the late Michael Jackson is: You Are Not Alone; the song was written by R. Kelly and was produced by both R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.

You Are Not Alone, dominated the airwaves back in 1995; it was also a recipient of Grammy and American Music Award nominations.

Clothespins

Clothespins of all different colours.
Someone had their container of clothespins exposed; when I peeped into the container, I saw that the clothespins exuded an explosion of colour; it was something that I had to photograph.

A lot of people may not see something mundane like clothespins as being beautiful and worthy of a snapshot; but I do!

Google Admitted That They Would Be Scanning The Emails Of Their Customers

English: Gmail logo
English: Gmail logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Due to Google's update in their terms of service, all outgoing and incoming emails will now be analysed by an automated software of theirs (I can just see those privacy action groups kicking up a fuss about this one and for the record, I don't like it either).

A spokeswoman for Google had to to say on the matter:

"We want our policies to be simple and easy for users to understand. These changes will give people even greater clarity and are based on feedback we've received over the last few months."

I have to say that I find that to be most unbelievable. Do you know of anyone who would be willing to have the contents of their emails scanned?

Emails are supposed to be a private thing; only the sender and the receiver are supposed to know the contents of the email.

Google's new scanning policy of emails would be akin to your regular postal service reading the contents of your unopened mail before you do and that dear friends, is totally unjustified.

I can just see the usage of Google's Gmail service dwindling because of the change in their terms of service.

Since a lot of people are known to ignore Google's terms of service, I kindly ask that you share this information with all of your friends that use, Gmail.





Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Beautiful Card Collection

A small collection of cards.
As I have said in the past, "Beauty is all around us." Once I have a camera, I am going to photograph the beauty that I encounter.

Today, I decided to take a snapshot of a small portion of cards that I have at home; they looked colourful and their various patterns were worthy of being photographed. Enjoy!

Can Any Good Come Out Of Television?

Television set for Wikipedia userbox icons, or...
Television set for Wikipedia userbox icons, or other things. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For years, I have heard people refer to the television set as, "Tell-lie-vision" and the "Idiot box"; are those terms justified?

Although there is a lot of crap on television, it can still be used as a medium for good; an example of this would be: watching documentaries or, your own home-made films.

Back in 1999, I remembered being enticed by the WISDOM Television; that was the place where I was first introduced to great thinkers like: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Doreen Virtue (So, back then, television was quite enlightening).

Today, the mainstream media has made a mess of things by broadcasting immorality, well-orchestrated lies and dumbed down media programming.

Television might not be the issue, but what is shown on it is.

What are your views on television? Do you believe that it can be used for good? Or, do you believe that it should be discarded and treated as a piece of antiquated technology?

A Well-Used Adidas

A snapshot of Adidas sneakers.
Someone had their Adidas footwear drying; they went to a hike the day before and washed it because it was heavily soiled.

The way in which the Adidas footwear was positioned, made it an interesting sight to photograph.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Wi-Fi Can Be Detrimental To Youngsters

Wi-Fi Signal logo
Wi-Fi Signal logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For quite sometime, I have been hearing about the dangers of Wi-Fi; some say that it is safe; others claim that it is dangerous and there are a group of people who believe that more study needs to be done on this controversial topic.

However, there are a lot of technicians and scientists who believe that Wi-Fi can have a negative impact on the health of children and babies.

Here is a video that explores this very controversial topic.



More Beautiful Flowers

Beautiful flowers.
Whenever, I am photographing flora, I always try my best to cater for those who LOVE flowers.

A camera is an asset for those who like the outdoors and wish to have a record of their most loved photographs.

Do enjoy!

More Trees In Their Splendour

More beautiful trees.
Earlier today, I was in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca; while I was there, I was keeping my eyes out for something beautiful (And, whenever I keep my eyes out for beauty, I usually find it).

I found a lot of pleasure in photographing those trees (And, I believe that you would have felt the same if you are a Nature-lover).

Another Beautiful Palm Tree

A great-looking palm tree.
Today, I took the liberty of photographing a palm tree in my neighbourhood; when I saw it, I smiled and said to myself, "I will add this beautiful picture to my collection of trees photographs."

Do Enjoy!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Tree At First Light

An early morning view.
I like to experiment with photography under different light conditions.

Earlier today, before the Sun could rise fully, I took a snapshot of this coconut tree; I liked the way in which it came out and I felt that my viewing audience would appreciate this greatly. Enjoy!

Where Would You Prefer To Blog?

computer monitor
computer monitor (Photo credit: Mediajon)
We all have our preferences as to which is the best blog site to blog on; today, I would truly love to hear from you your favourite place (or, places) to blog.

In spite of having a blog on Google Blogger, my favourite place to blog is on WordPress.

Don't worry, I am not going to ridicule you for your choice of blog site, because I know that not all blog sites are capable of meeting our needs.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From Samantha James

Rise (Samantha James album)
Rise (Samantha James album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Up to this day, I am utterly amazed by the fact that there are a lot of people who don't know who Samantha James is. Well, just in case you are one of those people who do not know who she is, Samantha James is an American singer who delved into a lot of genres of music; such as, House, Chill-Out and R&B, to name a few.

One of my favourite songs from the California native is: Send It Out To The Universe; I like it a lot because it has a nice positive message and that I can groove to it.

Send It Out To The Universe is the ninth track from her debut studio album, Rise; which was released in 2007 on Om Records.

Although Samantha James' music was not popular on local radio, she is worth her weight in gold!


Another Lovely Plant Pic

Beautiful as well as intriguing!
It never fails to amaze me of the fact that there are a lot of interesting plants at the side of the road these days.

The photo of the plant among other plants was taken within the Bon Air Garden, Arouca area; I wasted no time in taking that beautiful snapshot. Enjoy!

The NSA Denied The Exploitation Of The Heartbleed Vulnerability

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is alleged that the NSA knew about the Heartbleed flaw and that they themselves were using it to gather intelligence from countless people.

The NSA claimed that they didn't know about the Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public. Do you believe that? I certainly don't. I find it hard to believe that with all of their information and technology people on staff, that were truly unaware of Heartbleed.

Besides, the NSA has been lying in court and to their citizens; which is why I cannot buy a word that they say.

What are your views on this?