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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Nice Deep House Track From Higher Self

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To those of you who like Deep House, I recommend the work of the British House Music producer, Higher Self (You would enjoy his high quality productions).

His new single, Ghosts; which features the vocals of his fellow British artiste, Lauren Mason, is an impressive dance track and to make things even better, they are representing, the Dutch label, Spinnin' Records.

Without further ado, here is the video for Higher Self's Ghosts; featuring the vocals of Lauren Mason. Enjoy!

One Of My Favourite Songs From Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani performing Hollaback Girl in Dulu...
Gwen Stefani performing Hollaback Girl in Duluth, Georgia, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from Gwen Stefani is: Hollaback Girl.

Back in 2005, this American singer, songwriter and actress had us moving our bodies rhythmically to that song of hers.

Hollaback Girl, was number one in Australia and in the United States.

That same year, it also received nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year at the 48th Grammy Awards.

These days, Gwen Stefani is enjoying a successful career as a fashion designer.

Ants Are Everywhere

English: Ants eating slice of an apple!
English: Ants eating slice of an apple! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ants can be seen crawling about almost anywhere.

For years, I have been keeping my kitchen clean; I have been making sure that the foodstuff that inadvertently made its way on the floor was removed and I personally saw to it that any small remnants of food was cleared away from off of my kitchen countertop.

However, the ants still explore the floor in the kitchen and the kitchen countertop; it is as though those little ones are on the constant hunt for food.

Whenever food is cooked, I have to make sure that I put the leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as the food has cooled.

And, the ants have good timing too; if you allowed your food to cool and you do not put it away in time, the ants are going to help themselves to it (Apparently, they love a home-cooked meal like everyone else).

Do the people in the United States and in the United Kingdom have this same problem with ants?

The ants deserve a chance at life too; however, at times, I do feel that they are competing with me. Thankfully, there is a lot of food to go around; enough for the ants and I.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Would You Buy A Computer Just For Blogging?

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In today's word, it is common practice to use our computer for everything; whether it be photo editing, downloading music, creating digital art, etcetera; after all, the computer was designed to do those things.

However, it wouldn't hurt having a computer for the special task of blogging (In order to do that, we would have to purchase an additional computer and having an extra computer is always a good idea; a precautionary measure in case one computer chooses to give trouble).

I could just imagine some of you saying: "What? An additional computer just for blogging?"

Although it isn't mandatory to buy a computer solely for blogging, it wouldn't hurt having an extra one around in the house (Unless you are faced with a financial crisis).

For the record, I am not forcing anyone to go into the electronics store with the intentions of buying a new computer (That is merely a suggestion; one that you can fulfill, provided that your finances are up to mark).

For the longest while, I have been thinking about getting a Chromebook for the sole purpose of blogging (And, from the information I have gathered, they are reasonably priced).

The way I look at it is like this:

If blogging is a passion of yours, you might as well invest some of your money into it.

A Fabulous House Track From Oliver $ & Jimi Jules

Photo credit: Ultra Music
Hats off to the hard-working staff of Ultra Music once again for recording and promoting lovely-sounding dance music.

Representing their label, Ultra Music, is Germany's Oliver $ (pronounced Oliver Dollar) and Swiss DJ, Jimi Jules.

I happen to like their dance track, Pushing On; which by the way is some rather soulful and catchy House Music.

Hey, check out the video for their dance hit: Pushing On. Enjoy!

Picking Topics Out Of A Hat

Top hat, by Chapeau Lavalle
Top hat, by Chapeau Lavalle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are times when some of us may stare at the blank monitor for a long moment wondering: "Hmm. What should I write about?"

I still believe that too many of us waste too much of our precious time brainstorming for a meaningful topic.

Here is what I recommend (And, it is a very simple solution):

Get an old hat of yours; one that you know that you don't use, or one that you have no intentions of wearing in a hurry and place it next to your computer.

Then, you are going to get yourself a blank sheet of paper; once that is done, cut it into eight pieces (or more if you wish) with a scissors and on each one of those pieces of paper, write one of your favourite topics; once you are through with that, fold them neatly and place them inside of your hat.

So, the next time you are faced with the issue of wondering what to write about, you can choose a folded piece of paper from within your hat; which sole purpose is, to help you save time.

If we don't come up with innovative time management methods, we are going to waste unnecessary time trying to fathom a topic out of thin air.

It would be logical to spend our time wisely; especially when we have our lives to live.
 
The time spent on figuring out what to write, could actually be utilized composing an article.

I Have Been Bad To Myself: The Sleep Deprivation Story

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Yesterday (Sunday 19th, October), I felt as though I could have slept the whole day (Staying awake until late hours on both Friday and Saturday only resulted in me feeling lethargic on Sunday).

The irony is: I know better, but I ignored commonsense by figuratively burning my candle at both ends.

Anyone looking on would have thought to themselves, "He is being rather wicked to himself."

I think that for this entire week, I would have to mend my relationship with sleep.

As human beings, most of us have learned the hard way that our mind and body needs rest (And, to perform exceptionally well as a blogger, I would need to get a reasonable amount of both).

Did you get your fair share of sleep for the past few days? I am hoping that you did and that you didn't partake in a self-imposed sleep deprivation exercise like I did.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Pleasant Musical Surprise From M4SONIC

Photo credit: Ultra Music
When I first heard the dance track, Chaos by the Australian music producer, M4SONIC, I automatically fell in love with it (I was even more totally blown away when I looked at the video and saw that the darn thing was skilfully done on a Novation Launchpad; I was like: "Wow! I have to get me one of those! And, I immediately thought of my DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale; I imagined him having fun with that device).

I guess with the right type of software and hardware combined with imagination, a music producer can make our jaw drop!

Also, two thumps up to the guys (and the ladies too) over at Ultra Music for seeing to it that we always have EDM tracks to dance to.

A Very Captivating Dance Track From Moguai & Benny Benassi

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Oh, my goodness! German DJ and EDM producer, Moguai teamed up with one of Italy's most talented DJs and producers, the legendary, Benny Benassi and together, they came up with the track, Gangsta!

I love the way in which the track starts up; one can clearly hear the trademark sound of Benny Benassi and the first thing that comes to mind is his 2003 dance hit, Satisfaction; one which I happen to love very much.

Those two DJs and producers really know how to capture our attention and make us dance.

Without further ado, here is the video for Moguai's & Benny Benassi's hit track for the year 2014: Gangsta. Enjoy!

White Flowers At Night

White Flowers At Night Photographed By Renard Moreau
Gorgeous-looking white flowers.
Yesterday, I paid my DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale a visit; we live walking distance from each other and I was also in the mood to discus business.

On my way back home, I photographed these beautiful flowers (And, just in case you are wondering where they were photographed, I would be most happy to tell you; they were photographed at Bon Air Gardens, Arouca).

As I have mentioned in a past post, I like experimenting with photos by taking them in various degrees of light and darkness (And, most of the times, I enjoy the end result).

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Men Who Beat Women Stand The Chance Of Being Rudely Surprised

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One of the worst things is: an abusive relationship — a relationship were a man is abusive towards a woman (No man deserves the right to hit a woman).

I remembered an incident were things turned out badly for the man, because he raised his hand to hit a woman. This is what happened:

When the woman received the first blow to her face, she immediately fought back; the tables had turned on the man; he was the one who repeatedly received vicious blows from the woman (And, it turned out that he was badly hurt; I am sure that he learned his lesson the hard way — a lesson that everyone should know; that a man should never hit a woman).

Although the above case is a rare one, it usually turns out badly for the woman; in most cases, she is the one who gets badly hurt or gets killed in the process.

Abusive relationships are definitely uncalled for; no man should hit a woman and vice versa.

It is better for the man to work out his anger issues (Or better yet, get professional help with them before it escalates into something that he is unable to control).

A Lovely Deep House Track From Rain City Riot

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German music producer, Rain City Riot, is a man to be highly respected on the EDM scene; he is known for producing great-sounding tracks and he is also recognized for his skills in producing remixes.

The track that I like from this guy is: Chances; which is a beautiful Deep House track.

I also know that there are a lot of Deep House fans on the world wide web and I dedicate the video for this amazing track to all of them.


I Am Enjoying The Weather Today

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Although the first part of day started off with sunny weather conditions, it later changed into cloudy weather conditions; which eventually lead to some rain (My favourite kind of weather).

There was no way that I was willing to endure another hot day; especially one with scorching temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit); so I prayed and I asked for cooler weather (And, I was granted my wish).

Today (Saturday 18th October), the rain has cooled the place down a bit; the temperature went down to a reasonable 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I also believe that there are a lot of people who are appreciative of today's rainy conditions.

I hereby thank God/Goddess for the rain today and I hope that the remainder of the day remains fairly cool.

What about you? Are you enjoying the weather today? Or, is it a total disaster for you weather-wise?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Another Beautiful Track From Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I happen to be a huge fan of Above & Beyond (I have been listening to them for years).

Their track, Blue Sky Action; which features the vocals of, Alex Vargas, is beautiful-sounding.

Blue Sky Action, is a lovely track to start one's day (And, it is perfect for playing loudly on the car's sound-system; if you happen to be stuck in traffic while playing it, you will remain cool as a cucumber).

Without further ado, here is the video for Above & Beyond's Blue Sky Action; featuring Alex Vargas. Enjoy!

Lash Plants Before Sunrise

Photo Of Lash Plants Taken By Renard Moreau
Irresistible-looking lash plants.
Recently, I took this photo of these lash plants; they were taken in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca (I was returning home from my usual exercise routine and the Sun wasn't up in the sky as yet; the place was still dark; that is what happens when one exercises very early in the morning).

I couldn't wait for the sunshine (because that would have been a very long wait) and besides, I like photographing plants in various shades of light (and darkness too); which happens to be one of my favourite types of experiments. Enjoy!

A Smashing Dance Track From Bebe Rexha

Single By Bebe Rexha (Photo
credit: Wikipedia)
These days, I have been searching the internet for women with amazing voices; especially those who dabble in the EDM genre.

One woman whose voice that stood out from all of the rest for me was, Bebe Rexha (whose real name happens to be, Belta Rexha); the tonal quality of her voice is reminiscent of that of Nadia Ali and Lana Del Ray.

One of the songs that I really like from this American singer and songwriter is: I Can't Stop Drinking About You; which is a song that she personally wrote about a breakup of hers — a breakup that turned out badly for her.

Apparently, most people can relate to breakups; which is why songs about them do rather well.

Accidentally Deleting A Post

Delete key on PC keyboard
Delete key on PC keyboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the hurtful things is: accidentally deleting a post that you worked on for a while; I have done this on a few occasions; If you accidentally deleted a post of yours on WordPress, you can visit the Trash area and recover it; however, if you accidentally deleted a post on Blogger, it is gone forever; which is one of the reasons why I prefer to compose my posts on the notepad of my smartphone, or Microsoft Office.

I hereby take full responsibility for the accidental deletion of my post; even though a family member was constantly interrupting me; they wanted to keep me abreast of the latest developments of the Ebola virus.

In the past, I would have been really pissed, but these days, I have adopted the laid back approach — an approach whereby I say to myself: "Oh well, back to square one!"

I have two choices, I can attempt to write it over from scratch, or compose a new one that is of a different topic. A wrongfully deleted post doesn't mean that it is the end of the world; it means that you have to do the whole process over again!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Nice EDM Classic From Deadmau5

Deadmau5
Deadmau5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Recently, I went through some of my old Deadmau5 tracks and I have to admit that many of them still have that cutting edge sound.

I happen to like, I Said by Canada's Deadmau5; featuring Scottish DJ and producer, Chris Lake (If I didn't know better, I would think that those two borrowed Dr. Who's TARDIS and ventured into the future where they heard those cool sound effects).

Wow! Believe it or not, I Said was released all the way back in 2010!


Carnival 2015 Goes On As Planned

English: Regional corporations and municipalit...
English: Regional corporations and municipalities of Trinidad and Tobago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Due to the worldwide Ebola virus scare, a group of people have requested that West Africans should be denied entry into The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and that our Carnival celebrations will attract an influx of tourists; which some believe that can contribute to the potential spread of the Ebola virus.

Recently, the Honourable Gary Griffith, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of National Security, stated that there is no concrete decision by the Government to postpone next year's Carnival celebrations.

He also mentioned that the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Health are working assiduously with a number of organizations with the intentions of preventing the Ebola virus from entering The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile, the Government has no intentions of stopping the West African tourists from entering our country.

Let us pray that the Ebola virus does not find its way into The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Hot And Steamy Dance Music

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Just in case you didn't know, I have been a fan of Paul Oakenfold for many years; he is an impressive DJ and producer.

One track that has grabbed my attention is: Touch Me by Paul Oakenfold & Cassandra Fox; remixed by Beat Service.

The dance track, Touch Me, is definitely worth its weight in gold!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Are You A Very Biased Website Administrator Or Blog Administrator?

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Unfortunately, there are a lot of biased website administrators and blog administrators out there; the manner in which they handle the comments on their website or blog have led to their exposure; one can clearly see that they are very biased.

For the record, I am not saying that you shouldn't moderate your comments (As a matter of fact, I actually recommend that the comment feeds for most websites and blogs be moderated, since there are countless trolls out there on the internet and especially if your speciality happens to be highly controversial topics).

In reality, not everyone that comments would agree about the details of your posted articles; they would have an opposing view of course; they are allowed to oppose our views, because that is their right and because I have a very strong belief in the freedom of speech.

Now, do not misconstrue my message; I am not saying that you should approve abusive and impolite comments; I am merely stating that you allow those people with opposing views to have their say and it is okay for them to do so provided that they are diplomatic and polite (My mother always said: "It is no what you say, but how you say it." She is one wise woman).

Apparently, a lot of website administrators and blog administrators hate opposition; they blatantly refuse to approve comments that oppose what they have posted; for example: if their topic is about how ZMapp is the new wonder cure for Ebola, they would censor (or blacklist) the comments from those who believe that ZMapp would be ineffective against the Ebola virus.

I believe that there should be balance where the comment feed is concerned; we must not only welcome those comments that agree with us, but also be willing to allow the comments of those people that disagree with our perspective.

If someone politely disagrees with you, would it hurt your feelings? I don't think so!

Therefore that extreme biasness where the comment feed is concerned is uncalled for.

A Classic Hit From Garbage

English: Garbage in 2005.
English: Garbage in 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The band, Garbage, certainly is one of kind; especially the sound of  their lead singer's voice (Shirley Manson).

One of the songs that really stood out from them was their 1995 hit single: Only Happy When It Rains (I like that song, because I love the rain and it is a nice song too).


One Of My Favourite Songs From John Lennon

Woman (John Lennon song)
Woman (John Lennon song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from the late John Lennon is: Woman.

Back in 1980, Woman, debuted at number three in the United Kingdom (It eventually made it to the number one position).

In the United States, John Lennon's Woman, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song, Woman, was an ode to his wife, Yoko Ono.


Staying Conscious In The Caribbean Heat

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You probably know by now that heat and I are not friends (Excessive heat makes me want to lock myself in cold storage and swallow the key).

Today, the temperature in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has risen to a sweltering 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit); while there are those who can handle this heat very well, I wished that today was a few degrees cooler (Even some of my waxed-candles are being bent out of shape by the high temperature).

Nobody likes too much heat (And, the irony is: we only wish for the heat when we are feeling cold).

There are times when I wished that I could move to another country — a country that has a moderate temperature of 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

In addition to staying in the cool and drinking lots of liquid, I may have to do a Rain Dance like those Native American Indians, or ask one of my neighbours that have a horrible singing-voice to sing; hopefully, that might bring some needed rain (Hmm. Talk about being desperate to have the place cooled down; but, it is for a good cause).