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Beware the iCloud for iTunes Purchases

Published September 17, 2017 - 0 Comments

I've accumulated a lot of music over the years. At last count my library had just over 10,000 songs, although in fairness there are plenty of duplicates and less desirable songs that I am slowly weeding out. Most of that library consists of music ripped from my extensive CD collection, plenty of online trading, and yes... even some legally purchased iTunes tracks.

When Apple began offering their Music Match service a few years ago, it was like a dream come true. For $27/year I could upload my entire collection to their iCloud, even songs I hadn't purchased from iTunes. Those songs would be available to me at all times - as long as I had an internet connection to access them. That $27/year is still one of my best purchases. 

In addition to music songs, I've also accumulated a decent collection of music videos - 354 to be exact. I sometimes like to put music videos on while I'm putting around the house or working on something. I get more value from a $2 music video than any movie I could buy. The fact that everything is stored in the cloud is a bonus. I don't have to load my phone up with these files. I can set the phone in a stand, connect to wifi, and have access to my entire collection.

Or can I?

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Hammock Life 101

Published June 28, 2017 - 2 Comments

Warning: Using this product may result in an uncontrollable desire to nap frequently during the day, leading to a significant decline in personal productivity.

Quite a few years ago I bought myself a hammock. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t last very long. I actually put my hand through it while trying to push myself up. It was woven and once my hand broke one of the weaves, that was it. It was useless after that.

Fast forward to present day, and I decided that enough time had passed… I was going to try another hammock! I figured that Costco would be the obvious choice to pick one up, but then I decided to search Amazon. I’ve been buying a lot of things from Amazon. Why not a hammock?

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Says Who?

Published August 29, 2016 - 0 Comments

OK, this is old news but I just can’t stop watching it.  I’m sure that there are some readers of this blog who are Donald Trump supporters, and I genuinely shake my head at you, but we live in a democracy and I think it’s important that you exercise you right to vote, even if it is for an unrepentant megalomaniac.  (Yes, I did have to look up both those words to make sure I had the spelling correct, and they were used properly)  So to those supporters I say: “Please leave a comment in the section below 😊”

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When is a Leap Year NOT a Leap Year?

Published February 29, 2016 - 0 Comments

Everyone knows that a Leap Year occurs every 4 years when an extra day is added in February to correct the natural “drifting apart” of the calendar and the Earth’s seasons. Without it we would eventually have winter in July – not a pleasant thought. But did you know that NOT every calendar year divisible by 4 is a Leap Year?

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No Home Internet – Week One

Published February 5, 2016 - 2 Comments

Well it’s been an entire week without internet at the home, and so far things have gone pretty much as expected. My data plan on my iPhone is maxed out, my kids are bored to tears, and I’ve started talking to the dogs like they are real people. It’s a little loony.

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An Experiment with Limited Internet

Published January 27, 2016 - 3 Comments
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I decided to take drastic steps today and cancelled my internet and home phone. Talk about first world problems…  No internet?!? Who cares about the home phone? I only agreed to get that because at the time my kids didn’t have cellphones. Now that’s not an issue. But no internet?!?

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First Taste of Winter

Published December 4, 2015 - 0 Comments

I’m pretty sure that every year I’ve written a post about the first snow fall. Well guess what? Today is that day!

It’s too early to start waking up early to scrape the car! Today is December 4. It’s not even winter yet! But there I was… No gloves… Scraping the ice off the windshield and the snow off the roof. And not just a token amount either. A fair bit!

It’s going to be a long season. 

An Evening With Whoopi Goldberg… and the Moncton Fire Department

Published October 26, 2015 - 0 Comments

whoopiWhen I saw that Casino NB was bringing Whoopi Goldberg to town, my initial reaction fell somewhere between “meh” and “shit”.  On one hand (we’ll call that the “meh”) Whoopi Goldberg is someone who doesn’t overly excite me as a comedian.  Sure, I’ve seen her in movies and on TV, but if I’m ever asked to name my Top 10 ladies of comedy… she’s not going to be on it.  On the other hand (and we’ll call that one “shit”, I knew for a fact that Jess IS a huge fan of Whoopi (Goldberg, that is) and would absolutely want to see her.  So then the internal struggle began… do I take the chance and hope she doesn’t find out… or do I tell her and try to spin this to make myself out to be the hero who obviously was single-handedly responsible for bringing Whoopi Goldberg to the Casino?  I guess I chose somewhere in the middle.

And while Whoopi Goldberg may not necessarily be my first choice for live comedy, I really have to be honest… that woman is funny!  A lot funnier than I gave her credit for!  She played to the crowd, and she was good!  A little cruder than I imagined, but that doesn’t bother me.  I’ve been known to drop the occasional F-bomb here and there.

So what was originally going to be an evening of somewhere between “meh and shit” was actually turning out to be pretty entertaining!  And then the smell started…

An electrical fire has a very distinctive smell.  There was no smoke in the casino, just an odor.  People were looking around to see where it was coming from, but nothing appeared amiss.  I initially thought maybe someone’s phone or camera had blown a circuit.  Then again, I also took note of the nearest fire escape doors in case I was wrong.  After a very long couple of minutes Security alerted Whoopi to the fact that her tour bus was on fire.  There was no danger to anyone in the casino, but they were stopping the show because of it.  We began to shuffle toward the exits.

Apparently Whoopi was almost done the main part of her show anyway, so we didn’t miss very much.  She apologized as we were leaving, and said that she would be back.  It’s funny… my evening with Whoopi Goldberg was far more memorable than I would have ever imagined!

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