Pages - Menu

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Four Ways Of Regaining Inspiration To Update Your Blog

Photo credit:
clker.com
I know for a fact that there are those who have lost their inspiration to post. How do I know this? Because people told me so!

I will admit that we do not feel the same way seven days of the week; on some days, we have lots of inspiration and on other days, the inspiration is either at a minuscule amount, or non-existent.

However, it is not impossible to regain inspiration to come up with an idea for a post and update your blog.

 1.) Read Someone Else's Post


Reading the posts of others will help you to regain your inspiration to write one of your own; for example: someone posted an article that you are interested in and it happens to be your favourite topic; you can come up with one of your own from a different angle.

2.) Listen To Some Of Your Favourite Music


Listening to your favourite music is going to put you into a positive frame of mind and when you are in a positive frame of mind, it is easier for you to become inspired; give it a try and see for yourself.

If you are a big fan of Katy Perry and you happen to like her music, play it aloud; soon you will find yourself being inspired and you will find yourself composing something very interesting for your blog.

3.) Listen To Your Intuition


Listening to your intuition is another great method of regaining your inspiration to blog; for example: your inner voice tells you to look outside and when you do, you happen to see a species of butterfly that you have not seen in ages; so you grab your camera and photograph the winged-beauty; which gives you something great to post on your blog.

4.) Pick Up The Phone And Call An Old Friend


Old friends have the magic within them for stirring up positive emotions and memories; we might remember something we did with that friend and may choose to share it with our audience via our typed words.

The Conclusion


Although you may feel that your inspiration has departed from you, it is possible to regain it.

These four methods of regaining your inspiration do work and all I ask of you is that you give them a try and approach them in an open-minded manner and do not forget to have fun while you are trying them out for yourself.

One Of My Favourite Songs From Rick Astley

Rick Astley performing in Copenhagen, Denmark,...
Rick Astley performing in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from Rick Astley is: Never Gonna Give You Up.

Back in 1987, I danced away to Rick Astley's, Never Gonna Give You Up; it was one of the most popular songs for that year.

I would never forget the surprised facial expressions on some of the people's faces when they found out that he was a white guy (Most people were under the impression that he was a person of colour, because he sounded like one).


Taking It Easy On A Sunday

Sunday is a typical rest-day throughout the world (And, some bloggers do not even come online on a Sunday).

All my friends know that every single day is a blogging day for me (So, Sunday is like any other day in regards to having fun in the blogosphere).

Earlier today, I logged in with the intentions of updating my posts and the electricity went; there was a brief rain-shower; which included a few flashes of lightening and the rumbling sound of thunder.

Anyway, it is a lovely day (and, as they say, "The day is still young"); which means: I am just getting started and that I have more blogging to do.

Hmm. You may think that my method of taking it easy is way different from the usual concept of taking it easy (Hey, this is the manner in which a hardcore blogger takes it easy).

My folks at home are having fun with Skype; they are touching base with relatives overseas and they even included my dog, Princess on some of the action too (She being curious placed her nose in front of the tablet's camera to see who everyone was talking to.

Well, it is certainly a lovely Sunday and it looks as though things are going to progress for the better as the day progresses.


A Great Dance Track For Any Occassion

Gareth Emery (Photo credit:
Facebook)
Lately, I have been grooving to a dance track from Gareth Emery featuring Bo Bruce; one entitled: U.

What I like about this song is that it is a beautiful and melodic mid-tempo track; one that can be played at almost any type of function; whether it be a Rave, wedding reception, or simply music to get you in the right frame of mind first thing in the morning.

I think that I am going to add, U to my musical collection. What about you? Do you think that U is worthy enough to be on your playlist?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Apple iCloud Hacked Again!

Português: iCloud para iOS, Mac e Windows
Português: iCloud para iOS, Mac e Windows (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just when one thought that things couldn't have gotten worse for Apple, someone hacks into the iCloud server again and leaks nude photos of celebrities on 4chan and Reddit (My goodness, didn't Apple beef up their internet security the first time it happened? They probably did, but the hacker is darn good at what he, or she does).

Those who are affected by the incident are: Avril Lavigne, Kim Kardashian, Kaley Couco and Hayden Panettiere.

Will people lose faith in Apple's future ability to keep their iCloud server secure? Of course, some of them will! And, unfortunately, it has stirred up a whole set of negative publicity for the entire staff of Apple.

Now, I don't think that it is going to affect Apple's strong standing position in the stock market; but from this day on, people are not going to maintain the belief that their private photos are going to remain safe in Apple's iCloud server.

Jess Glynne Is A Singer To Take Note Of

Jess Glynne (Photo credit: Facebook)
If you have ever heard Jess Glynne sing, you would know that she has a remarkable voice; one that is equally powerful and beautiful.

The first time I heard her voice was on the song, Rather Be.

Right Here is a splendid House track that everyone can truly appreciate.

Without further ado, here is the video for Jess Glynne's debut single, Right Here. Enjoy!

There Are Too Many Fake Comments On Commentluv

English: Comment icon
English: Comment icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have ventured throughout the blogosphere and I have noticed that not all bloggers have integrity; there are many of them that have ulterior motives; the common one being: the creation of backlinks at your expense.

Before I continue, I would like to clear things up by saying that I like it when people comment on my blog; they are free to comment as many times as they like and those comments should be done genuinely and not for the sole purpose of creating backlinks (Besides, I use the Disqus plugin and it works way differently than Commentluv).

Now, just in case you do not know what in God's name Commentluv is, it is a plugin which enables visitors to one's blog, to leave a link to their latest post under their comment (I am sure you have come across it and it captured your attention).

Anyway, there are a lot of bloggers who are taking advantage of the Commentluv plugin; they are commenting on the blogs that have it installed, because they know that it has the potential of increasing their Google PageRank.

To prevent sounding like a person who hates Commentluv, I would like to pinpoint that there is the premium version that a blog administrator can use to filter out those people whose intent is to spam the living daylights out of people.

Thankfully, Disqus has a keen hatred toward spam and I never had any issue with spam since I had the Disqus plugin installed on my blog.

And, better yet, I receive genuine comments on my blog, because everyone knows that Disqus doesn't provide people with the links to their latest post.

No offence intended to those who love Commentluv; I was merely shedding some light on a discovery I made in regards to those shady bastards who wish to take advantage of your blog by only focusing on backlinks instead of quality comments.

I have the Diqus plugin so I can relax, knowing to myself that I don't have the problems that a lot of Commentluv users face.

Another Day Of Mixed Weather

Mixed Weather (Photo
credit: deviantart.com)
One moment it is sunny and the other moment it is raining; it is usually like that in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; especially in the rainy season.

Honestly, I am unable to handle the massive heatwave and I am always grateful for cooler temperatures.

The average temperature can be around 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit).

Some people are good at dealing with high temperatures and others are not (That is the way the figurative cookie crumbles).

I know for a fact that if the plants get too much heat from the Sun, they are going to dry up and die; which is why I am happy to know that they are going to receive their fair share of rain.

And, when we human beings are besieged by excessive heat, we begin to feel physically and mentally lethargic.

I might be biased where the weather is concerned, but I prefer the rain any day!

Friday, 19 September 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From Kim Carnes

Bette Davis Eyes
Bette Davis Eyes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kim Carnes is well-known for her raspy-sounding voice.

Back in 1981, this American singer thrilled the world with her hit song, Bette Davis Eyes; it managed to spend nine weeks at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also fortunate enough to be BillBoard's biggest hit for 1981.

In 1982, she won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year (One could say that she had the golden touch and a unique singing style).

Did Some Bloggers Take The Day Off Today?

English: SONY VAIO VPCZ119FJ/S
English: SONY VAIO VPCZ119FJ/S (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As you probably know by now, I am a very observant blogger; what I have noticed is: that a lot of my fellow bloggers were missing in action today (Friday, September 19th, 2014).

By the way, bloggers are entitled to take a day off if they want to (One of the perks of blogging is doing it anytime that you wish to do it and if you are not in the mood for it, you stay away and recuperate).

Apparently, not everyone likes to blog on a Friday.

Do you have those moments where you don't feel like blogging at all? Well, I have a feeling that most of you do.

If I stay away from blogging, I may look to pull out the hair from my head, because I am not accustomed to staying away from the blogosphere.

Approximately a few months ago, I was very restless when my Sony VAIO refused to boot up; which resulted in me staying away from Google Blogger for a few days (That is the only time away that I can vouch for).

For the record, I am never angry with those bloggers who have made the decision to take some time off from blogging, because if they are feeling burnt out, it is imperative that they replenish their energies and they can only do that by resting.

So, days off are not bad at all; they are indeed good!

Another Classic Track From Katy Perry

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Back in 2011, Katy Perry had us well-entertained with her hit song: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

Well, it is no big secret that her song, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) made it to the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100.

The track was about teenagers breaking loose on a Friday night (Even the ones whom we least expect to go in that direction).

I found the video rather humorous, because in it, she acted the role of a nerd with dental braces who ended up throwing a party at her house and wakes up next to one of the school's jocks in her bed the following day.

Anyway, have a look at the video for yourself; it's for that classic hit of hers, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). Enjoy!

Three Ways Of Developing Tough Skin

Photo credit: clker.com
Celebrities on the whole receive lots of negative remarks from people; it's as though professional trolls are on the lookout to make their lives extremely miserable on the world wide web.

In reality, people's views about them will be mixed and they have to be psychologically prepared to accept the negative remarks from the haters out there (And, there are more haters than you or I can ever count in a lifetime).


1.) A Remark Is Merely A Person's Perspective


It is often said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion (And, at times, they will receive negative ones; I don't know of any celebrity that escaped unscathed in that area).

If you have ever gotten a glimpse of the tabloids, you would know that reporters write articles that are capable of making tears run from a celebrity's eyes.

Luckily, there are celebrities who are fully aware that they are mere opinions and that they wouldn't even allow themselves to be bothered by them.


2.) Don't Expect To Be Everyone's Favourite


If there are those that love you, there are going to be those that hate you (And, most celebrities are aware of this fact; they don't lose sleep over that and they carry on with their lives).

One of the biggest ironies is: that a person who hates a celebrity wouldn't mind getting an autograph signed, or to have a photograph taken with them; because the person knows that it has the potential of boosting their social status.

And, in some cases, there are those people who would hate a celebrity today and love them tomorrow.

When it comes to favouritism, it changes like the weather where celebrities are concerned.


3.) Be Opened To Constructive Criticism


In some instances, if a celebrity was told by someone that their singing or acting can be improved, they would be most grateful. Why? Because, it gives the celebrity the opportunity to strengthen their weak points.

They would know to themselves if the remark was given out of sincerity, or if its soul purpose was designed to hurt a person's feelings.


The Conclusion


These pointers don't only work for celebrities; anyone can apply them to their way of life and achieve a psychological state of mind that is known as, Tough Skin.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

I Have A New-Found Respect For Sleep

Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See ...
Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are a large percentage of people who do not get an adequate amount of sleep (And, the majority of them are left wondering: "Why is it that my health has spiralled downwards?" Well, it is because that a lot of important processes take place within the body during sleep.

Recently, I read an article from, Dr. Mercola about the effects of lack of sleep and it was rather frightening; I guarantee you that if you read it in its entirety, you will never deprive yourself of sleep again.

Sleep Is Essential For Good Health


Our body actually heals itself when we are asleep. It is common knowledge among those in the scientific and medical community, that our bodies secrete hormones; the kind that helps to control glucose levels, energy metabolism and appetite (So, if you are missing out on sleep, it could lead to weight gain).

Lack Of Sleep Affects Our Performance And Alertness


It is a belief among some sleep experts, that by missing something as little as one and a half hours of sleep for a single night can lead to a 32% reduction in our alertness during the daytime; this is bad, especially if your job is the type that requires you to be fully alert.

Lack Of Sleep Affects The Memory


We experience what is commonly referred to as, brain fog when we miss out on hours of essential sleep; we tend to forget things and our short-term memory seems to be almost non-functional; which is very bad for those who have to write a thesis of some kind the following day.

Lack Of Sleep Can Affect Your Sex Drive


Studies have proven that lack of sleep causes a drop in our libido; which results in us having little interest in sex (So, we might as well sleep like a baby when the night comes).


Lack Of Sleep Is Bad For Our Skin


When we lose hours of vital sleep, our body produces an excessive amount of the stress hormone cortisol; which breaks down the skin's collagen (So, if you want to look younger, or remain young-looking, get your nightly quota of rest). 


The Conclusion


If you really took the time to do some research on the negative effects of sleep-deprivation, you would never again take sleep for granted.

I have only mentioned a short list (and, the list gets longer when you start perusing all of the health literature in the books and on the internet); therefore, getting an adequate amount of rest when the night comes, should be our main priority if we want to remain healthy.

A Wicked Dance Track From Nick Romero & Anouk

English: Pioneer CDJ-2000 in listing room at F...
English: Pioneer CDJ-2000 in listing room at Filtz Studio Polski: Pioneer CDJ-2000 w sali odsłuchowej Filtz Studio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When it comes to Electronic Dance Music, I consider myself to be a full supporter.

One dance track I have been grooving to lately is: Feet On The Ground by Nick RomeroAnouk.

Feet On The Ground, is perfect for anywhere; it is ideal for the clubs, for testing out the speakers of one's own stereo system and it is great to play on one's car audio system.

It is hard to neglect the fact that the Netherlands always produce dance music of the finest calibre.

Four Ways To Handle People That Like To Argue

Photo credit: clker.com
We all know of people who like to argue; it's as though they don't feel comfortable if they are unable to find something to argue about and at times, we find ourselves in the middle of their argument.


1.) Show Them The Facts


You might be discussing a health issue with someone and a third party fits themselves in and says, "What the hell do you know? It doesn't work like that!" And, they continue to babble on about what they think it really is about.

If you are on the street, you can take out your smartphone (or, better yet have them take out their smartphone) check out the information on a reliable website which specializes in the matters of health.

However, if you are at home, or someone else's home, you can request that the information be acquired via the computer.


2.) Listen Attentively, But Don't Respond


Most people who argue just loves to be heard and enjoy the attention that they get from others.

By all means listen attentively, but don't respond, because if you do, the argument will continue.


3.) Avoid Them Like The Plague


If you are walking down the street and you spot your friend Jim from a distance (and you know that Jim is the King of arguments) go in the opposite direction, or cross the street.


4.) Pretend To Be Crazy


You may have witnessed for yourself that no one really argues with a crazy person. Why? Because, if they argued with a crazy person, the outcome would turn out to be unfavorable for them and most favourable for the crazy person; that madman, or madwoman could knock them straight into the middle of next week.

By the way, if you are already crazy, you are lucky in the sense that one would have to be out of their darn mind to argue with you.


The Conclusion


These are only four ways in which you can implement to avoid arguments (There are many more of course).

Be creative and do whatever it takes to avoid an argument.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From Blondie

Blondie
Cover of Blondie
One of my favourite songs from Blondie is: Call Me.

Back in 1980, their song, Call Me, spent six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 at the number one position in the United States; it was also number one in Canada and in the United Kingdom.

Here is the video for one of Blondie's most memorable songs: Call Me. Enjoy!

Blogging Under Painful Circumstances

English: White MacBook laptop
English: White MacBook laptop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the most interesting experiences that I have ever engaged myself in is: blogging with a nasty headache.

Yesterday, I woke up with a headache and I had a few body aches and pains that went along with it; that wasn't going to stop me from blogging.

As I typed the words on the computer's keyboard, I simultaneously groaned as I felt the sharp pain; it was the type of pain that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

Maybe I am stubborn. I am not going to allow a headache with a few aches and pains to keep me away from blogging (It is a habit of mines to get my daily quota of blogging done and I mentioned to you in the past that the only thing that could prevent me from blogging is, technical difficulties).

Well, people have grown accustomed to reading my posts and it might raise an alarm if they didn't see my daily quota of posts.

A Great Song From Echosmith

Echosmith (Photo credit: Facebook)
If you have been listening to a lot of radio programming lately, you would would have heard Echosmith's Cool Kids.

Even though we are now becoming familiarized with the song, it was out since October 8th, 2013.

Here is the video for Echosmith's Cool Kids. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fish In A Man-Made Pond

An interesting snapshot of fish from an overhead position.
An interesting snapshot of fish from an overhead
position.
Recently, I had fun photographing fish in a man-made pond; they belong to my father's next-door neighbour; when I saw them, I said quietly to myself: "This is going to make a wonderful picture."

The finished effect was nothing I had expected; the fish looked like little islands and the rippled water looked like clouds overhead; one reminiscent of a satellite photo. 

I Love Jessie Ware's "Say You Love Me"

Jessie Ware (Photo credit: Facebook)
If you have ever heard Jessie Ware sing, you would know right off the bat that she is a remarkable performer.

I am predicting that this British female singer is going to captivate the hearts and the souls of her fans with: Say You Love Me.

Without further ado, here is the video for Jessie Ware's Say You Love Me. Enjoy!

Five Reasons Why I Do Not Go Crazy Over Smartphones

When it comes to smartphones, the choices are endless; there are so many brands to choose from and they are equipped with all sorts of operating systems.
 
Some have impressive features and others have basic features (Since we do get what we pay for, those with the impressive features are costly).
 

1.) Smartphones Are Overrated

 

Most people are under the impression that once they own a smartphone, they would never need a computer again; this of course is a false assumption. 

If you are into code writing and website building, you would need a computer to do those things effectively.

Now,  it is not impossible to do those things on a smartphone; it just takes way longer and much more effort if a person were to perform those tasks on a smartphone.

2.) Smartphones Track Our Movements

 

A lot of people walk around the place with their GPS location feature on (some knowingly and others inadvertently) and they are broadcasting their whereabouts for anyone who has the technological know-how to see).

It is as though many people were programmed into carrying their smartphones everywhere they go (This is an advantage for the various intelligence agencies worldwide, since they can zoom in on a person of interest at anytime they want and please note that certain criminal elements are capable of doing the same).

3.) Smartphones Can Be A Potential Health Hazard

 

Some medical experts have claimed that it can interrupt the normal brain function of children and that the radiation emitted by the smartphone can cause brain cancer (At the moment, there is a big debate going on about this;  some say it is potentially dangerous, while others say that it is safe to use).

4.) Smartphones Are A Distraction

 

I have witnessed the fact, that countless people are using their smartphones at inappropriate times; they have their heads down looking at the screen when they should be paying attention of what is ahead of them; a young lady once fell into an uncovered manhole, because she was deeply engrossed in social media at the time.

Unfortunately, there are drivers who still engage in the practice of texting while driving, risking the lives of themselves and their passengers; this is highly detrimental to everyone involved, because drivers should be fully alert of the road ahead.

Kids today, are so caught up with their smartphones that they rather  peruse the messages from their friends on popular social media than spend real quality time with their friends and family.

5.) Smartphones Help In The Area Of Violating Our Privacy

 

Now, it is not only the issue with the built-in GPS location feature;  the apps that we download possess privacy issues and in order to have them on our smartphones, we have to agree to certain terms; the kind that wants access to our phone book, location, pictures, etcetera (And, many of us agree to the app's Terms of Service, because we want so badly to have them on our smartphones).

The Conclusion

 

Although smartphones can be used to get ourselves out of trouble in times of emergency; for example calling our mechanic or a tow-truck when our car refuses to start, many of us treat them as expensive toys toys that help us to get carried away with time-wasting activities.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Are You Afraid To Share My Posts Via Social Media?

English: Infographic on how Social Media are b...
English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
These days, it is the norm to share posts that you like on your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etcetera.

So far, the only place that I know people share my posts is on Twitter (And, that happens once in a Blue Moon).

When we share posts that we like from others on our favourite social media sites, there is a great chance of  a person (or people) visiting the links to the posts that we shared.

So, do you help out your fellow bloggers by sharing their post via your social media feeds?

I really hate to beg (but, I would ask nicely), if you really liked one of my posts that you read, could you share it on your social media feeds? I would be happy to do the same for you!

Also, I would like to believe that my darn posts are worth sharing.

I Am Thinking About Scheduling My Posts On Blogger

This is icon for social networking website. Th...
This is icon for social networking website. This is part of Open Icon Library's webpage icon package. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am proud to admit that I am no stranger to scheduling posts; that is something that I usually do with some of my posts on WordPress and I am thinking about adopting that practice with my posts on Blogger.

When you're a busy person, you don't have the luxury of sitting comfortably in front of a computer whenever you want; therefore, you must use whatever time that you have available to you wisely.

The advantage of scheduling your post (or posts) is: that it would be automatically posted on the date and time that you set it for.

Scheduling posts comes in handy for me, because my laptop is a bit moody; I never know when it may choose not to come on (And, that could be bad if you're a serious hardcore blogger).

Plus, scheduling posts can be a real time-saver.

Have you ever scheduled any of your posts? Or, is that sort of thing not appropriate for you?

Armin van Buuren's Hystereo Rocks!

Armin van Buuren (Photo credit:
Facebook)
Armin van Buuren is one of Netherlands' busiest deejays and producers; he doesn't take long to come out with something new.

Recently, he released a dance track called: Hystereo (It sounds good and it is filled with lots of high-tempo energy).

Not bad at all for the co-founder of Armada Music!

Bloggers Rule

Desktop Computer (Photo
credit: sweetclipart.com)
It is really a lovely and breathtaking experience whenever I submerge myself in the blogosphere; as I have mentioned in a past post, I visit numerous blogs on all of the known blog sites on the internet.

It is hard for me to become bored of blogging, because my fellow bloggers are always posting material; many of which are diverse and thought-provoking.

Bloggers add that spiciness to a subject matter and you can bet your last dollar that they are not going to mash the proverbial brakes in regards to sharing their unique point of view.

If you want the so-called official version of current events, check the mainstream media.

However, if you want to know what the media isn't telling us, you can checkout a person's blog (or, the blogs from people) and get the story from their angle; I can guarantee you that it is one that it is way different from the mainstream media's version.

Bloggers have an important part to play; which is: informing us of events in an unbiased and uncensored manner; they don't have to go through all of the figurative red tape like the staff of the mainstream media; especially the part where an editor, or head of the news department says to them, "I am very sorry; but you can't say that in your news report."

Bloggers have full control when it comes to presenting their material to the online community and that is why they rule!