Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Classic Jam From Smokey Robinson

Posted by Renard Moreau

Smokey Robinson in concert at the Chumash Casi...
Smokey Robinson in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on August 17, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many of us grew up listening to the voice of the legendary Smokey Robinson (William Robinson, Jr.) and almost everyone is familiar with the fact that he was the founder and the lead singer for The Miracles

Like most famous lead singers, Smokey went out and achieved success as a solo singer.

One track in particular that I like from this American singer is: Being With You; it spent five weeks at the number one position on the Hot Soul Singles chart back in 1981.

Without further ado, here is the video for Smokey Robinson's, Being With You. Enjoy!

Friends Are Reviving Their Blogs On Blogger

Posted by Renard Moreau

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Today (Saturday 22nd, November), my friend Ute, told me that she is going to revive her blog on Blogger (I was pleased to know that).

And, even my friend, Rasma, was thinking about setting up a music blog here on Blogger (I am still waiting for her to send me the URL, because I cannot give her my full support if I do not know the website address).

My friend, Al, did a revamp of his old blog on Blogger approximately two months ago (Unfortunately, he hasn't been posting anything on it lately; I have been curious to know why that is the case; hopefully, he would provide me with a logical explanation).

One can clearly see that some bloggers want more out of blogging and that WordPress is unable to satisfy all of their blogging needs (Even though WordPress is the number one blogging platform on the world wide web).

Blogger is fun and simple to use (And, my favourite part is: it is easy to customize).

If a blogger wants the freedom to play around with various themes, widgets and plugins, Blogger is the perfect place for that (One word of warning though; doing all of those customizations can be rather time-consuming).

Hopefully, as time goes along, more of my friends may think about reviving their blog on Blogger.

I Wouldn't Want To Be In Bill Cosby's Shoes

Posted by Renard Moreau

Bill Cosby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many of us know who Bill Cosby (William Henry Cosby, Jr.) is; after all, this 77-year-old legend, is a household name in many countries around the world.

Recently, we have been hearing the allegations of him sexually assaulting women (Now, I am not here to debate whether or not that he is guilty of committing those unlawful acts; my purpose is to pinpoint the damaging effects of those allegations; ones that could harm his personal life and his career).

Netflix and NBC, have cancelled his shows (And, this was the year that he was supposed to make a comeback).

I also have a strong feeling that his wife and children are not taking the negative news lightly.

Is all of this negative publicity going to kill Bill Cosby's career? Well, so far, it is a little too early to say; even though at the moment, things are looking very grim for the veteran actor and comedian.

One of the hardest things for a person to do is, to walk the streets, show their face in public and appear live on a television talk-show (or radio programme) with such heavy allegations hanging over their head (Things like that would cause a person to do a self-imposed house-arrest).

Like many of you out there, I would be paying close attention to the news, because I am curious to find out what the end result of all of this is going to be.

Friday, 21 November 2014

A Classic Track From The Knack

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Photo credit: (Wikipedia)
The American band, The Knack really stunned the masses in a positive way with, My Sharona.

Back in 1979, their song, My Sharona was at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

And, it is truly amazing to know that their music still sounds great today.

Also, The Knack's, My Sharona happens to be one of my favourite songs from the late seventies.

One Of My Favourite Tracks From S Club 7

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One of my favourite tracks from the British Pop group, S Club 7 is: Never Had A Dream Come True.

Back in 2000, that very beautiful, melodious song of theirs peaked at the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

A lot of people know them from the sitcom, Miami 7. 

Many of the kids and their parents enjoyed S Club 7 (And, they were truly magnificent in their younger years).

Without further ado, here is the video for S Club 7's, Never Had A Dream Come True. Enjoy!

Three Types Of Pain In The Ass That Bloggers Experience

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Almost every blogger (yes, even the experienced ones) would experience the occasional technical difficulty (or two) with blogs and rectifying them is very time-consuming.

I know that I would prefer to spend my free moments posting articles instead of digging up in a template to see where the fault lies.

Those who do not deal too much with the technical aspect of their blogs are the lucky ones, because they can focus their attention on producing material.

However, many of us like to dabble with the highly technical aspects of blogging and as you know, things do not always go as planned.

1.) Updating Your Theme

There are a lot of bloggers who like to change the look of their blog and will go through the process of uploading an entirely new theme.

Now, some of us know that the default themes that Blogger provides their users with are way easier to customize than the ones that you would buy online, or the ones that you would get for free online (For some unknown reason, premium themes are a little difficult to customize exactly the way that you want it; if you bought the damn thing, you should be able to make countless alterations to it; but that is seldom the case).

I have known a lot of bloggers who went back to one of Blogger's default themes, because it was the only way for them to get to customize their theme to their heart's delight (Hmm. Maybe, they should of stuck with Blogger's default theme in the first place).

Some themes can really be a pain in the ass and the creator of the theme should have put a warning label that stated: "Do not attempt to customize, because you will be disappointed in the end by not getting what you want."

But, the only way that we would know for sure is, to give it a try; sometimes it works and at other times, it does not comply to our creative desires.

2.) Adding And Removing Widgets

Yes, widgets too are a pain in the ass.

Occasionally, a widget may refuse to function and you are left with these choices:

•Delete the blasted widget.
•Upload a new one from the original source.
•Go through the painful process of fixing it for yourself (Which is difficult but not impossible).

Sometimes, you have to sever all ties with the damaged widget; especially when it is no longer available online.

Recently, I made a mess with one of my widgets and I had to wave it, goodbye (I felt so sorry to see it go).

And, there are times when you have to dig up in your entire template to get rid of an unwanted widget (Which is why we should label them correctly whenever we are uploading them; it enables us to recognize them at a glance).

3.) Experimenting With Commenting Systems

These days, we have all types plugins that enable us to comment on our blogs and they usually work great; however, if we were using a particular plugin for comments and we replaced it with another plugin that dealt with comments, we run the risk of losing all the comments on our blog (And, that my friend, is a major pain in the ass).

So, I have chosen to stick with the Disqus blog hosting service plugin (I really do not want to lose any of my comments from my beautiful blog on Blogger and I may want to die if I changed to an entirely new commenting system and my old comments vanished into thin air).

I would advise that you stick with one; unless the new one is giving you the option to import and to export your old comments.

The Conclusion

The technical aspects of blogging is not always a figurative walk in the park. If we are honest with ourselves, we would prepare ourselves psychologically for technological mishaps; because at times, they do arise.

Also, we should not get too annoyed with ourselves when we are going through those unwanted technological difficulties; instead, look at the issue as a learning process (Even though the process feels like a major pain in our rear end).

Another thing that would help us greatly with the technological aspects of blogging is, to read the reviews of the themes, widgets and plugins that we desire to upload on our blog, because most of the times, we go head on blindly into trouble.

A Perfectionist Who Blogs Is Usually A Very Fussy Blogger

Posted by Renard Moreau

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Believe it or not, I am one of those bloggers that would take up at least half of a day's time before they can fully make up their mind about a theme; it has always been that way with me.

Okay, I might be one of the most hard to please bloggers that you ever came across in the blogosphere; but I believe that I am fussy for a good reason.

Like any blogger who takes pride in their blog, I want it to be perfect; it must have a very appealing appearance, all of the widgets should work well and my posts should be impressive (I tend to go for the full package).

Anyway, I am just being me.

When you are are a perfectionist by nature, all you ever want to do is to excel at all of the activities that you engage yourself in (Yes, blogging would also be included in that special bundle of activities of yours if you are a blogger).

Even though we have our own concept of what blogging should be, we still pay close attention to what all of the blogging experts are saying about the topic of blogging, because we believe that there is always room for improvement; we have that inner burning desire to be better than we were yesterday.

And, the funny thing is: whenever we read our own articles, we are never truly satisfied by them; despite the fact that our readers enjoy every word.

In most cases, the blogger who is a perfectionist, will discard articles that other bloggers would kill for.

And, for the perfectionist to truly get some blogging done, they would have to put aside their perfectionist attitude and produce something that is capable of making their blood craw; which is due to the fact that, their work is never good enough for them (And, that is the way in which the proverbial cookie crumbles for the blogger who is a perfectionist).

So, now you have an idea what it is like to be me.
We need to be different (in a good way of course) if we are to stand out from the large crowd of countless other bloggers on the internet.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

No Other Country Can Blog Like America

Posted by Renard Moreau

United States of America
United States of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since I have started blogging, I have noticed that the majority of my views are from the United States of America (And this goes for both blogs; The Chronicles Of Renard and Renard Moreau Presents).

I have always wondered: are there more Americans online?

Blogger and WordPress are American in origin; However, other people from around the world also frequent those two blog sites (After all, they are the most popular ones on the planet).

So, why does the majority of my support come from the United States of America?

Well, I can speculate that they love my blogging style and what my two blogs have to offer.

Also, I wouldn't doubt the fact that the people in the United States of America are the biggest supporters of Blogger and WordPress.

Maybe, American bloggers are some of the most curious-minded bloggers in the world and that they would visit almost any blog with the intentions of finding out what is happening in ever corner of the globe.

What are your views on this? And, from which country do you get the most of your views from?

Finding The Time To Blog In Chaotic Times

Posted by Renard Moreau

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The holiday season is quickly approaching; it is the time of the year when we are faced with the task of completing a humongous workload (It sends some of us into a frenzy, because of the little time that is left for us to have fun; which of course, causes us to curtail our recreational activities).

So, I have been wondering: would you have the time to blog at one of the busiest periods of the year?

Would you have the energy to blog after a hard day's (or a hard night's) work?

I have vowed that nothing is going to keep me away from blogging. Besides, blogging on the whole is comforting to me (And, I wouldn't doubt if it had the same effect on other people).

To hell with all of the so-called Christmas rush; I am not going to let the added stress get to me; which is the type of stress that increases (and sometimes gets out of control) until the Christmas Season is finally cover.

In order to keep sane, we have to balance work and play (And, I can do that by adding a little blogging activity to the mix).

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Groovy House Track From Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz

Posted by Renard Moreau

Photo credit: (Spinnin' Records)
Chocolate Puma and Firebeatz have teamed up to bring us, I Can't Understand (Oh my goodness; that is really one wicked-sounding dance track).

If you are into House Music, you are going to love, I Can't Understand (I know that I do).

By the way, those EDM geniuses are on Spinnin' Records.

Have You Been Making Changes To Your Blog?

Posted by Renard Moreau

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It is human nature to make changes to things and our blog is no exception.

Bloggers are known to occasionally change the appearance of their blog; they change things like: their theme (or templates as we call them here on Blogger), adding or removing widgets, adding or removing plugins and even upgrading our URL.

As a matter of fact, some blogs have changed so much that I failed to recognize them at first glance; I had to do a double take to make sure that it was the same blog that I was looking for.

Some changes are subtle, while others are drastic.

For the record, there are no major rules where changing your blog is concerned (although there are those who have their own rules pertaining to this). I believe that it is okay to make changes to your blog, provided that the visitors can maneuver themselves easily around it.

Giving Up Addictions

Posted by Renard Moreau

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I love it when people give testimonies pertaining to giving up their addictions.

I knew people who gave up illegal drugs and alcohol; they are now clean and sober.

It is a smart and very honourable thing when a person comes to the decision that they are tired of abusing substances; whether they are prescribed or illegal.

Many of us are addicted to something; it may not be illegal drugs, but they can do as much damage; caffeine happens to be on of them.

Recently, my friend, Ray gave up coffee (I hope that he continues to be caffeine-free and that he doesn't relapse).

Caffeine is one of the hardest substances to sever ties with, because it is in coffee, tea, some sodas, energy drinks, chocolate and in some deserts (So, in order to break the habit of caffeine intake, one needs to educate themselves about the various foods and beverages that contain caffeine).

Anyway, we all have a basic idea of the things that we should not be putting into our body, because those things can administer harm to us in the long run.

I think that things such as white sugar, white rice and white flour should be made illegal, because they spike our blood-sugar levels and that people can become addicted to those substances.

On a positive note, it is possible for anyone to overcome any type of addiction known to mankind; it may take a high level of self-determination combined with professional help and spiritual intervention.

You Can Follow The Chronicles Of Renard Via Email

Posted by Renard Moreau

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I know fully well that my viewers use all types of readers when it comes to following blogs; however, that wouldn't stop me from extending an invitation to them to follow The Chronicles Of Renard via email (It is an effective option that shouldn't be ignored).

Some of the best blogging experts in cyberspace have pointed out the importance of getting the new visitors to our blog (and the regulars too) to subscribe to our blog via email (And, the irony is: I have never made it a priority of mine before to get people to subscribe to my blog via email).

So, would you be willing to subscribe to The Chronicles Of Renard via email?

It would be a pleasure to have you on board and an email subscription to my blog is a great method to ensure that you never miss one of my articles.

If you would like to subscribe via email, fill in the necessary information on my Follow by Email widget; which is located at the top right hand side of this blog.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Smashing Dance Track From Steve Aoki And

Posted by Renard Moreau

Photo credit: (Ultra Music)
Whoa! Steve Aoki has teamed up with and those two very talented American sons of bitches came out with a very impressive-sounding track called: Born To Get Wild (I really love this EDM track; I can't get enough of it and I am dying to hear the various remix versions of this song and I have a feeling that my DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale is going to love this one).

By the way, the single, Born To Get Wild is on the label that has a high reputation for fabulous dance music — Ultra Music.

Without further ado, here is their video for the hit song, Born To Get Wild. Enjoy!

A Beautiful Wet Leaf

Posted by Renard Moreau

A Beautiful Wet Leaf Photographed By Renard Moreau
A lovely snapshot of a plant.
Today (Tuesday 18th, November), was a rainy day in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. When the rain had ceased, I went outside and I took a snapshot of this beautiful plant; I immediately noticed that the large leaf on top was covered with water droplets and the remaining leaves were somewhat dry (Hmm. Quite amazing).

Anyway, I hereby dedicate this photo to all of the plant-lovers on the world wide web. Enjoy!

The Elderly Are Also Skilled At Blogging

Posted by Renard Moreau

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If you thought that skilful blogging was only done by the younger folks, you thought wrong.

I have encountered some blogs from elderly people that left me with my jaw dropped in disbelief; the appearance of their blog was well-put-together and it could have rivaled that of their younger counterpart.

Well, from what I have seen, there are a lot of highly educated senior citizens and I wouldn't be surprised if I were to find out that some of them did web designing and were heavily engrossed in Information and Technology before they resigned from the workforce.

Also, the elderly are capable of learning new things; so, if they have a strong desire to attain mastery at blogging, you can bet your last dollar knowing that they are capable of doing that too.

So, let it be known that it is not only the young ones that are skilled at blogging; there are elderly folks who are skilled at blogging too.

The Absence Of Pipe-Borne Water

Posted by Renard Moreau

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Today (Tuesday 18th November, 2014), I woke up to a household that was devoid of pipe-borne water; WASA had stopped its flow the night before.

Thankfully, I have a large supply of water in a large plastic tank; which is situated outside (All I had to do was fill a few of my empty buckets with water and place them inside of the house).

There are times when WASA would announce to the public that they are going to temporarily interrupt the water supply, so they can do repairs on pipelines, or to engage in something known as water rationing, etcetera and there are instances where they would just stop the supply of water without warning.

Unfortunately, there are many people who do not have water-tanks; they are the ones whom I am concerned about, because they need water for almost everything; they need water in order to cook, drink, bathe, flush the toilet, mop the house and to do the laundry.

Without water, things can come to a standstill (And, it is not a pleasant experience to have no water).

One the bright side, the water supply always returns and we continue from where things were left off, hoping that the water supply is not interrupted anytime soon.

Monday, 17 November 2014

A Captivating Dance Track By David Gravell

Posted by Renard Moreau

Single by David Gravell (Photo credit:
Armada Music)
If you are a lover of Trance, David Gravell's Kaiju is perfect for you; it is filled with that lovely energy; it is not too fast or too slow and it is perfect to groove to.

To those of you who are not familiar with David Gravell, I suggest that you familiarize yourselves with his music.

This talented Dutch DJ and producer is on the Armada Captivating label (Armada Music is really extending their family of music labels).

Here is the promotional video for his dance track, Kaiju. Enjoy!

The Absolute Bombardment Of Christmas Ads And Music: All In The Name Of Business

Posted by Renard Moreau

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Being bombarded by Christmas ads and Music is what I have grown accustomed to every year around this time.

The business community really have the majority of us under a hypnotic spell; women who have already purchased their Christmas curtains and decorations earlier in the year are still making it their priority to do some more Christmas shopping for the month of November (I just don't get it, they already bought their Christmas curtains and decorations and they are still going to go out and buy more of them).

It's as though the Christmas music and the Christmas advertisements send lots of people into a shopping frenzy.

Was that the plan all along? Oh, I certainly think so. Play Christmas music at intervals and remind the masses about Christmas through a whole set of advertisements from the electronic media and you are guaranteed to have them buying lots of things that they don't need.

Unfortunately, Christmas is no longer viewed as the time of year where people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; but a time of the year where people partake in material indulgences.

This is a crazy era that we are living in; one in which the business community have twisted the meaning of Christmas for their own agenda and they threw the figurative wool over the eyes of the people with those Christmas advertisements and a dose of Christmas music.

People Are Fearing For Their Safety: The Case Of Rampant Bandits

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The most common type of gun confiscated by police and traced by the ATF are .38 special revolvers, such as this Smith and Wesson Model 60 .38 Special revolver with a 3-inch barrel. LaPierre, Wayne (1994). Guns, Crime, and Freedom . Regnery Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0895264773. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some people in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are claiming that they are not safe out in public, because of the fear of bandits.

In the old days, most bandits came out at night and preyed on their victims; today, they do their thievery in the daytime as well as the night-time; there is no longer a special time for wrongdoers to commit crime.

These bandits seem to be well-informed; they know when it is pay-day — the time when certain people are being given their salaries and come up with a plan of relieving those people of their hard-earned cash.

At the moment, the police force is making regular patrols throughout the country, ensuring the safety of its citizens (Some bandits have seen that as a deterrent and have ceased their illegal activities, or have gone into areas where there are less police patrols).

A lot of people want to feel safe and secure; they want to be assured that they can drive, ride or walk freely outdoors at any part of the country at anytime without having to come face to face with a bandit (Or bandits).

The sad thing is: when a bandit is arrested, someone else volunteers to take his place; so that negative gap is always filled.

Hopefully, one day, there would be very little or no crime and people can relive those days when they could have slept with a bedroom window open and their front door unlocked.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

It's A Fairly Quiet Sunday

Posted by Renard Moreau

MacBook Air
MacBook Air (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today (Sunday 16th, November) was most quiet where my inner circle of bloggers was concerned. I know that Sunday is a day of rest for most people; but it felt as though certain people were off of the proverbial radar (I am not going to call any names, since they know who they are).

The nice thing is: WordPress is always busy and it kept me occupied for a small fraction of the day.

Blogger had me wondering: "Did my fellow bloggers on Blogger take the day off?"

I think that I am one of the most active bloggers on Blogger; I am always posting something (And, I have mentioned in a past post, "The only thing that can keep me away from blogging is, technical difficulties."

Well, if my friends on Blogger took the day off to rest, I am happy for them, because they truly deserve it (They were keeping their viewers well-entertained for the past week and they are probably tired due to all of the energy that they exerted from those projects of theirs).

By the way, I know for a fact that some of my friends over at WordPress have blogs right here on Blogger; I kindly ask that they share the URL for their Blogger blog with me; I would love to check them out.

Oh well, it is back to blogging and I know that I am going to encounter a lot of interesting blogs before the day is over.

A Classic Track From The Stray Cats

Posted by Renard Moreau

Single by the Stray Cats (Photo
credit: Wikipedia)
The Stray Cats are one of America's memorable Rock and Roll bands; one of their hits that stood out for me was, Rock This Town.

In 1982, Rock This Town made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 (The song actually still sounds fresh and one can definitely feel the energy behind it every time it is played).

Most people who have an earnest appreciation for music don't mind hearing the music of the Stray Cats once in a while.

Here is the video for their hit song, Rock This Town. Enjoy!

Another Beautiful Decorative Elephant

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Another Beautiful Decorative Elephant Photographed By Renard Moreau
A beautiful ceramic piece.
Today (Sunday 16th, November), I had the urge to photograph something beautiful; so I aimed the camera in the direction of one of my beautiful ceramic ornaments — an elephant.

I have friends who have a deep appreciation for this sort of thing and I know that they would be pleased to see a picture of a beautiful ceramic elephant. Enjoy!

Dreaming Of Search Engines

Posted by Renard Moreau

Startpage Search Engine.
Recently, I dreamt about search engines. I was obviously looking for something (I genuinely can't remember what it was); but I do remember that I was using the wrong search engine; I was going to type something into the Google search bar and then this thought entered my mind, "Hey, this is not the Startpage search engine." I immediately stopped what I was doing and I proceeded to use my favourite search engine, Startpage.

Now, I consider that to be an unusual dream. Why would I dream of search engines? Was it because I went to bed with a question on my mind and I wanted it answered?

I don't think that any book about dreams or relevant websites can provide me with an explanation as to what dreaming about search engines mean; this is something that I would have to figure out on my own.

When we are asleep our subconscious mind goes to work by finding solutions to the problems that we experienced during the day and this is usually done via our dreams (The interesting thing is: not everyone can interpret our dreams accurately and it is up to us to decipher our own dreams as best as we can).