Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kitten Academy Makes Me Happy

Here is something that always makes me smile. The Kitten Academy's live feed 24/7 on YouTube. The screen is usually broken up into 3 or 4 segments for different viewing angles.


Click Here To Enlarge and watch on YouTube


Here's the blurb from their Patreon site:
KittenAcademy is a place for kittens to learn to cat.  If you're here, you probably already know who we are and what we do. Fundamentally, we are kitten foster parents, who work with local no-kill animal shelters to rescue kittens and mother cats from kill shelters and animal control. We care for the mothers and kittens until the kittens are old enough to be adopted, then we work with the shelter to help them get the kittens adopted to good homes. Everything we do is to help raise awareness for foster kittens generally, and to help get the kittens we foster adopted, specifically."
We also hope to be somewhat entertaining. Our most popular feature is our YouTube 24/7 Live Stream. But we also produce short videos on YouTube of the kittens and the Academy staff cats being cats and doing cat things. And of course, provide the Kitten Academy website where there is a blog, and additional photos of the kittens that have attended the Academy.

They recently were featured on the BBC's website:
I hope it is still working.

I hope this makes your day more enjoyable...


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Help Stop Horse Abuse

I just had to reprint this article from the Animal Rescue Site to help spread the word. Please visit this link and see the petition at the bottom of the page... also, remember to click the purple button.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Doctor Has Good Advice


Thanks, Doctor


And here's a song that been running through my head all morning...

The Youngbloods

So It Goes...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Has it only been a week?

It's hard to believe that it is has only been eight days. We are going to stock up on tequilla.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

bridgesnotwalls

Thanks, Paris... We miss you...



Had quite a good turnout on St Croix, too



According to the St Croix Source, "More than 500 people paraded through Christiansted Saturday, showing solidarity with others around the world taking part in the Women's March (Carol Buchanan photo)"


Listening to Bob Marley

#bridgesnotwalls

Friday, January 20, 2017

A New Day of Infamy

Last week we had Friday the 13th... Today is January 20th, the beginning of a new "interesting times" era.

Thoughts keep running through my head such as...


"Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My" and


"Danger, Danger, Will Robinson".



Is the explosive countdown timer going to stop in the nick of time at 00:01?


Where are the time travellers to set this right? Did they screw up? Or, PTB forbid, is this correcting some horrible event in the future?






Tomorrow, there will be a Women's March on all three islands of the US Virgin Islands. A women's march is cool but I hope it is open to ALL people.

Sad  :(




Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 13th is World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. It is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion.




 Visit the Random Acts Of Kindness website.

Continue your kindness throughout the year.

#WorldKindnessDay

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Happy August 4th

Today is National Coast Guard Day...

The Coast Guard celebrates its 226th birthday in August this year. The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.

The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.
- from Military.com

and, it is also National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
17 National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Deals and Freebies

From https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day-2016/

If you truly enjoy dessert, this is a good time for you to indulge. From free chocolate chip cookies to discounts on cakes and candy, use these Cookie Day deals to eat your way through this delicious holiday without paying full price.
  • 1800Baskets: Use code SNACKS20 to save 20 percent on snack gift baskets until Sept. 30.
  • Bake Me a Wish: Take 15 percent off birthday cake delivery with code HB15 until Sept. 7.
  • Baskin Robbins: Take $3 off any $15 or more ice cream cake with this printable coupon until Aug. 14.
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Use this coupon to get a free Pizookie with any $9.95 food purchase until Aug. 31.
  • Cheryl’s: Take 15 percent off any purchase with code TAKE15 until Oct. 31.
  • Cookies by Design: Enter code ACCUSA16 at checkout to take 15 percent off orders greater than $40 until Dec. 31.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton: Walk into any DoubleTree hotel — with or without a reservation — and at the train stations in NYC and Chicago on Aug. 4 to receive a free chocolate chip cookie as part of their “Nice Travels” movement.
  • Eleni’s New York: Enjoy free shipping on orders more than $50 with code SHIPFREE until Dec. 2050.
  • Great American Cookies: Buy one regular cookie, get the second free when you register to receive email updates.
  • Max & Erma’s: Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day one day early by heading to Max & Erma’s on Wednesday for Free Cookie Day. Get two free freshly baked cookies with any menu purchase every Wednesday — no coupon required.
  • Mazzio’s: Get a small chocolate chip dessert pizza for $3 with this printable coupon until Dec. 31.
  • Mrs. Fields: Use code MW15 to save 15 percent off your order until Dec. 31.
  • My M&M’s: Save 10 percent on orders greater than $50 with code MYSAVINGS10 until Dec. 31 .
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Present this coupon to save $1 off a regular-sized classic milkshake until Sept. 18.
  • Tate’s Bake Shop: Enter code TATESTREATS at checkout to take 20 percent off any order until Jan. 2017.
  • Tortuga Rum Cakes: Get a free 4-ounce golden rum cake with purchase of a 32-ounce golden rum cake with code GOFORGOLD until Aug. 21.
  • Village Inn: Present this coupon to receive 20 percent off your check until Aug. 5.


So, if the you cross paths with the USCG today give them a cookie.

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Paul

We would like to wish Sir Paul McCartney a very happy birthday.

74 years old today...

I remember listening to "When I'm Sixty Four" back in June 1967 when Sgt Pepper's came out. Paul was only 25 (going on 26) at the time and I couldn't imagine any of The Beatles ever being that old... that would be like Dean Martin! Ooh, yuk! Dino was only 50 then but to a pre-teen he seemed ancient.

So Happy Birthday to you and many happy returns!

Friday, June 17, 2016

[SOLVED] Problem with new laptop battery

UPDATED July 17, 2016: SEE BELOW

Last week one of our laptops (Toshiba Satellite C75D-A7370, Windows 8.1) started shutting down unexpectedly. A couple of days later we noticed that the battery was not lasting very long. Hmmmm, time to go shopping.

We found a place on eBay that had our battery for a good price, free shipping, and they would send to us via US Mail (USPS).

We installed the battery per instructions. The instructions were poorly translated but basically boiled down to: insert battery, let it run down to 8%, then fully charge to 100%. Of course there was the usual warnings about not carrying this out in the bathtub, etc.

All was going well except that after 30 minutes the battery icon was still displaying 100% even though the time left was ticking down normally.  Houston, we have a problem.

Time to search the internet for a solution which I found here...

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Software-and-How-To-Questions/Battery-Indicator-shows-100-charged-at-all-times/m-p/1303533#M196993

STEP ONE
  • Shut down the notebook
  • Unplug the AC Adapter
  • Remove the battery
  • Then hold down the Power button for 30 seconds
Device Manager - Batteries
STEP TWO
  • Plug in the AC adapter without the battery inserted
  • Start the notebook
  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand the entry for Batteries
  • Right click Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery
  • Select Uninstall - do not uninstall anything else here.

STEP THREE
  • When the uninstall is complete, shut down the notebook
  • Unplug the AC Adapter
  • Re-insert the battery
  • Start the notebook on just the battery.

Windows will automatically reinstall the driver - leave Windows running for a few minutes and see if the charge level decreases as it should.

Problem solved. The battery power percentage is displaying properly and the new battery is lasting much longer... sort of like when the computer was new :)

Well, we are happy with this and we are buying another battery for our other computer as it is only a matter of time before that one will fritz out.

UPDATED July 17, 2016:  A couple of days ago we swapped out the battery for our other Toshiba Satellite laptop.  No problem. Showed 100% to start and then counted down to 8% whereupon we plugged the charger in.

Hope this helps if you are having problems with a new battery displaying correctly.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Apologies for lack of blogging...

Sorry for my lack of blogging but I've had issues with my eyesight for several months. I could not work for much more than an hour on the computer and even with that short timespan I experienced eye soreness, general fatigue, double vision, etc.

But, now that seems to be all sorted out and I'm a much happier camper... Yippee!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Daylight Saving Time 2016

I didn't realize today was the beginning of Daylight Saving Time until Bob told me... Thanks!

2:00am is now 3:00am

DST begins on the second Sunday of March for the USA and Canada. This is when you must set your clocks forward... Spring Ahead.

Most countries in the Caribbean do NOT change. We stay the same all year round. A few US states and some areas of Canada also ignore DST. What a mess that must cause.

Mexico changes their clocks on April 3, 2016 except for some areas that border the USA which follows USA time.

The UK and France (along with other European countries) change time on the last Sunday of March.

Of course, in the autumn, the dates to return to standard time also varies from place to place but we won't worry our pretty little heads about that just now :)

(By the way, it is "Saving" and not "Savings")



Monday, February 29, 2016

Leaping lizards... It's February 29th


Today is February 29th which is Leap Day. 

What to do? Hear are some leapy things...
  • Leap at the chance to do something
  • Leap for joy
  • Take a leap of faith
  • Look before you leap
  • Leap on the bandwagon
  • Leap in the dark
 I like "leap for joy".

This is an interesting website with many "leap" quotes: 

Happy leaping!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New restaurant in Christiansted, St Croix - Sai Gon Deli

We had planned to have lunch at Sharkey's Bait Shack last Thursday as it was $7.50 burger+side day. which is one of our favorite shoreside lunches. We were looking forward to our burgers until we opened their door and was hit by a cacophony of noise. The place was full of school children for some reason.

We quickly turned around and did a bit of shopping in Seaside Market next door with thoughts of getting a sandwich. This didn't happen because there was no place to sit at their outside tables. In fact, three of the tables had one employee per table just hanging out on their break.

Our next option was to try out the new Vietnamese place (Sai Gon Deli) just down the street by the laundry. We usually do our laundry on Sundays and they were closed each time we went, plus they didn't have a menu up so we had no idea on dishes and prices.

Glad we stopped by. Turns out they've been in business about 2 months and they are closed on Sundays & Mondays. I took a picture of the menu on the wall... sorry that I cut off the right side of the menu.

They are located at the little strip mall across from the Canegata Ball Park between the laundromat and the Mt Welcome Pharmacy. This is an easy walk from Christiansted Harbour and Gallows Bay.

We will be back soon for another lunch...

Sai Gon Deli, Christiansted, St Croix, USVI
Click image to enlarge

Enjoy!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Computer problem - Wifi, Limited Access [FIXED]

Late yesterday afternoon I was working online and when I went and pressed a submit button I noticed that I was no longer connected. My wifi icon down in the taskbar (Windows 8.1) had a yellow triangle with an exclamation point proclaiming that I was connected but had limited access. Darn!


Bob has this problem quite often (too often) but right clicking on the icon and clicking on "Troubleshoot problems" generally fixes it. If not, we then shut down the computer and restart, and the other thing we can do is to reboot our ISPs modem.

I tried these things (troubleshooting told me it couldn't find a problem) and Bob's computer was still happily surfing the net.

Using my tablet, I queried Google for something like "wifi limited access" and looked at several results. I tried one thing (netsh int ip reset) but it didn't solve my problem. It was time for our sundowner and quality time on the foredeck.

After dinner, Buffy took my spot at the table so I took my computer and tablet into the forepeak and started looking for YouTube solutions as my eyes were too tired for reading.

After watching a couple dozen videos of various quality and intelligence, there appeared to be about 4 or 5 things to try. I decided to try one option that seemed quite likely to work. Basically, it was to disable the wifi network connection and then enable it.  IT WORKED!

How to: Reset The Network Adapter

  • Right click on wifi icon in taskbar
  • Click on "Open Network and Sharing Center"
  • In the left column click on "Change Adapter Settings" (see below)
Click image to enlarge
  • You then get the following screen
Click image to enlarge
  • Right click on "Wi-Fi" and it will give you a list of options. Choose "Disable". Give it a few seconds and then right click on it again and this time choose "Enable".

The icon in my taskbar was still showing the yellow triangle.

I restarted my computer. On the pre-signin screen it was still showing the wifi limited access icon. I then signed in and had the black screen for a brief period of time (probably updating stuff) and when it displayed the deskstop I had the normal wifi icon. I have internet access.  Peachy Keen!

Here are some other possible solutions you might find useful. Plus I found this link this morning: CLICK HERE...
  • Reinstall your driver (some videos say to go online to do this... Duh!)
  • Modify power management settings so computer doesn't shut down wifi connection to conserve power.

  • Using command prompt with administrator privilege:
ipconfig /flushdns 
(only noticed this once in my search, then...)
ipconfig /release
(you will receive some error messages)
ipconfig /renew
(Windows reissues new ip for computer & there are more messages about media disconnected, etc)
(look at wifi icon and it should now show connected. If not, restart computer)

  • Using command prompt with administrator privilege:
ipconfig /all
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

  • Using command prompt with administrator privilege:
netsh int ip reset
(or I sometimes saw with a filename, below)
 netsh int ip reset C:\resetlog.txt
(restart computer)


  • Using command prompt with administrator privilege:
 netsh ip tcp set heuristics disabled
 netsh ip tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
 netsh ip tcp set global rss=enabled
 netsh ip tcp show global

Hope this helps someone.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 2016

Well, it's February tomorrow so I need to put up a new post... Hope your new year is off to a good start. Our's is. We've finished our new salon cushions. How firm and comfy... Hurray! We will be getting our new mattress in a couple of days which is great; a good nights' sleep is very important. This week we will be modifying our salon dinette. Looking forward to it.

As you know, our next big holiday is February 2nd, Groundhog Day...

Let's see what Punxsutawney Phil will have to say :)

UPDATE: Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow



Other days of interest in February 2016:
  • 1-29 February : Black History Month
  • 2 Feb - Groundhog Day
  • 7 Feb - Superbowl Sunday
  • 9 Feb - Mardi Gras
  • 14 Feb - Valentine's Day 
  • 15 Feb - President's Day
  • 15 Feb - Grammy Awards
  • 17 Feb - Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 22 Feb - National Margarita Day
  • 28 Feb - Academy Awards (Oscars)
  • 29 Feb - Leap Day
  • 29 Feb - Sadie Hawkins Day 
So it goes... time to get crackin!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Best wishes for 2016

All the best wishes for the good things in life.

  • Good fortune
  • Good health
  • Good times
  • Good eats
  • Good friends
  • Good neighbors
  • Good weather
  • Good sailing
  • Good fun
etc..

You catch my drift :)

So it goes!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The days are getting longer... Yippee!

Yesterday, December 22, was the winter solstice and the days are getting longer.

According to WeatherUndergrounds almanac for the Virgin Islands:
  • Length of Day    
    11h 04m
    Tomorrow will be 0m4s longer.
 


So it goes...


Monday, November 30, 2015

Come Monday it will be the last day of H-season

Monday, November 30, 2015, is the last day of official hurricane season. Hurray!

While this Jimmy Buffett video isn't about hurricanes, it's the first time I've seen it and I wanted to share.  I wonder when it was made? In the seventies? Anyway, it has a nice introduction...

Enjoy!

Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett

Tomorrow we do the happy dance!

So it goes...


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Looking forward to Thursday

It's T-Day this week.


I don't think the turkey stands a chance :)

So it goes...


Friday, November 13, 2015

Best of luck!

Don't even think about leaving port this Friday


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Remember, Remember The 5th Of November

It's November 5th. I remember my mother reciting this when I was little...

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England's overthrow.
    But, by God's providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James's sake!
    If you won't give me one,
    I'll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
    Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Here's a bit of history for you...

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night and Fireworks Night, is an annual commemoration observed on November 5th primarily in Great Britain.

It celebrate the events of November 5, 1605 concerning the foiling of (Catholic) Guy Fawkes's attempt to blow up (Protestant controlled) England's House of Parliament. He was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. The bonfire is to burn the effiigy of Guy Fawkes but in some time periods it also included the Pope.

So it goes...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Celebrate

Today is National Cat Day...


What ?


 Yes, today, October 29th, is National Cat Day.

Didn't we just have that?


No, that was World Cat Day on August 8th.

Can't get too much of a good thing :)

Here's an interesting page I found on the internet today: 
5 ways to celebrate National Cat Day on CNN Scroll through their slideshow for an interesting group of photos

I think we'll have tuna sandwiches for lunch.

So it goes...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rainy Days

Typical... You are doing real well on a project and something messes it up, trying to interfere with your momentum.  It has been rainy here for about a week. Our painting plans have brought much needed rain to the island.

This weather has given us a bit of time to get our new computer up and running. That project has also had delays... lost in the mail for 5 weeks followed by two months of crappy, practically non-existent internet service. So over the past couple of days we have: cloned the hard drive to a Samsung SSD; removed the original HDD and replaced it with the SSD (Hurray, it works!); downloaded some necessary software; removed the CD/DVD drive and replaced with a 7200rpm hybrid drive in a CD drive adaptor (Hurray, it works, too!).

Today it is very gray and overcast. No rain so far but I did hear thunder at 7am. If we can't work outside on the boat I plan to work on my installation of Foobar2000 and create a skin for it that will be useful and attractive. Then do one for Bob's computer, too.

Also, I might splice up a new painter for our dinghy.

So it goes...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How did this slip by?

I know October 9th was a busy, hectic day but how did I miss this event?


John Lennon was born 75 years ago on October 9th 1940.

December 8th will be the 35th anniversary of his assassination. Wow, I remember the shock of that!

The excellent website Coverville, The Cover Music Radio Show has a 90-minute show of John Lennon covers. Click HERE to check it out. I just downloaded it and look forward to listening.

#PeaceAndLove


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Into The Past With Back To The Future...

As you probably know already, today, October 21, 2015, is "Back to the Future Day."

Thirty-ish years ago Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) time-traveled to this very day... Where are the hover boards?  Still no jet packs, either.

Do you remember where you were when you saw this film in the cinema?


Amazon has a good deal today for the trilogy. Only $22.98 for the collection.

So it goes...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Today Is National Coffee Day

Our 3rd cup of coffee for the morning is almost ready and my better half just read that today is National Coffee Day.

   


I'll drink to that :)

So It Goes...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Last Day of Summer

Today is the last day of summer.

The Autumnal Equinox will occur at 08:20 UTC (GMT), September 23, 2015.


Enjoy!


Monday, September 14, 2015

The Royal Terns Are Back... WELCOME

Last week we saw the return of Royal Terns. This is cool because to us it means the end of those summer storms.


Great to see you guys. Hope you had a nice vacation.

This is the next system out in the Atlantic...

Invest 93L - Hurricane Model Sept 14 2015 - Wunderground

which doesn't appear to be coming our way :)

Tomorrow is Hurricane Marilyn's 20th anniversary in the USVI. Glad we missed that one!

So it is going...

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Maybe we should leave our storm anchors down

UPDATED after 11:00am forecast... 

What's up with this?


Computer models from Wunderground.com
September 5, 2015 Invest 91L

WELL, it is now this...

5-Day Forecast Cone - NOAA/NHC
September 5, 2015 - Tropical Depression Seven

Might become Tropical Storm Grace tomorrow...  Wonderful :(

Yes, I think we'll be leaving the storm anchors down for a few more days (after checking them out, of course)

[Back to the earlier post...]

It's still early days though.  Lots of time for it to fizzle or head more to the north. Hopefully it will not even get a name.

Remember Hurricane Marilyn? It has been 20 years... She hit St Thomas on September 15-16, 1995.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!



Saturday, August 29, 2015

T.S Erika Breezes By St Croix

Erika passed below St Croix Thursday evening. We had winds up to 60 MPH and not much rain.



We fared well. The cats pretty much took it in stride; probably because there wasn't any thunder or lightning.

The next morning, we noticed a boat that arrived the day before the storm (and was a nice distance downwind from us) was not anchored in the same place as when we closed up our boat in the evening.  Looks like they might have dragged a bit.

When we went to bail out the dinghy après l'orage, we were surprised that there wasn't much water in it. Crucians didn't want strong winds but they definitely could have used the water.

The StCroixSource has a photo of a 41-foot Morgan on the beach from Christiansted Harbor. See here. We hope they are OK and can recover their boat.

So it went...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tomorrow is Erika

It appears that we will be visited by Erika tomorrow. That's two in a row!  Hope that will be the last for this season.

The story so far...



So it goes...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Today is D-Day.... Danny

Well, it is finally here. D-Day. The good news is that the once Hurricane Category 3 Danny will probably be Tropical Depression Danny OR just a remnant by the time he gets to our area.

Also, the storm's path has changed. It has moved south. The "cone of death" no longer touches us... HURRAY!

Tropical Depression Danny
NOAA August 24, 2015 - 05:00am

BUT there is another storm lurking behind Danny that should be here in about 3 days...

Invest 98L
WeatherUnderground August 24, 2015 08:00am (AST) Models

So it goes...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Shucky Darn... TD4

Hoping Danny doesn't come for a visit.

Click graphic to enlarge.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015. 11am EDT. Advisory #1

It was a beautiful day today. Very blue sky that I haven't seen in a while. The clear skies are preferable but the Sarahan dust is much better for us summer storm-wise.

It is still quite far away and we'll be keeping an eye on it. I hope our internet service improves as it has been completely unusable every evening and quite often during the day. (Speaking of being disconnected, we just had our connection drop. Double shucky darn).

We were out shopping today and some people seem to want a storm to bring some much needed rain, etc..

So it goes...

Saturday, August 08, 2015

August 8th is World Cat Day!

August 8th is World Cat Day. Let's celebrate! We'll begin with tuna sandwiches for lunch.

 Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance with the Music

I wonder about the inhabitants of Tashirojima, otherwise known as Cat Island. Will they get special treats today?

So it goes...

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ringo!

Happy 75th birthday, Ringo. We love you !


This video is from Ringo Starr's Birthday Bash 2010 (for his 70th) at Radio City Music Hall, July 7th 2010.

Thanks for all the happiness and entertainment you have given us throughout the years.

Ringo will celebrate his 75th birthday with a little help from his friends outside Capitol Records in Hollywood. For more info: Article from LA Times

#PeaceAndLove



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fête de la Musique

Get the tunes going... Today is the first day of summer which means today is the 21st of June which means today is Fête de la Musique day! HURRAY!!!

This is one of our favorite French events of the year. I usually don't like crowds but this is great. Everyone is walking about in a good mood, enjoying snacks from street vendors, and loving the music.

There are musicians everywhere. They are by themselves or in small (or large) groups on the streets, or performing on a stage at a more organized event set up by the various arrondissements. There are usually some big names too, at venues such as Place de la Concorde.

Launched in France in 1982, the Fête de la Musique is now celebrated throughout Europe and worldwide, with events in 700 towns and more than 120 countries on five continents.

Here is a website that has been automatically translated into English. If you touch your cursor to a paragraph you can see the original French. There is also the language option at the top right corner of the page for French, English, Spanish, and Italian.

Oh, to be in Paris right now...

So, as KC & the Sunshine Band says, get up and "Shake your booty!"



So it goes...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney

Sending out birthday greetings to Sir Paul...


Video from concert at Red Square, Moscow, 24 May 2003

Birthdate: June 18, 1942 (73-years old today)

Maybe next year he can revamp the song "When I'm 64".

All the best!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UPDATE: Group Policy Client Services Error Windows 8.1 [FIXED]

UPDATED: July 9, 2015
I had this error again. I did the "netsh" procedure as described below and then shutdown and powered on computer. Very slow loading Windows Desktop then received the Group Policy Client error message again.  Darn... Did a restart and all is well. Sometimes you just have to restart more than once to fix things.

-- Original post of June 17, 2015 --

Back in April this year, I experienced a recurring problem with my computer and it is still fixed (unless this sentence has just jinxed me). This has to do with the "Failed to connect to a Windows service. Windows couldn't connect to the Group Policy Client service" error.

Well, last Monday afternoon Bob's computer (same make and model as mine, both running Windows 8.1) had this error pop up.


I went and followed the procedure which fixed my problem (see here Video #1) but it did not fix his computer. All of his registry parameters were perfect. I tried restarting his computer several times but still no change.

The next morning, I decided to use the Video #2 option as mentioned in the previous post which is to run netsh.
VIDEO #2) This video by Straker 32 might have a slightly different problem. I was going to try it if the above solution did not solve my problem. Titled: "How to Fix "Failed To Connect To A Windows Service" Windows 8". Warning, it sounds like it was made by a 12-year old but it is short. CLICK HERE
It worked and so easy!

Go to your Windows Start screen (not Desktop) and click the down arrow at the lower left corner to get to your list of Apps. Then scroll to all the way to the right and under the heading Windows System you will see COMMAND PROMPT. Right click on this app and left click on "Run as Administrator". You will then have a window where you can run DOS commands (remember when it was always that way, back in the day?).

You will have the C prompt:
C:\windows\system32>
Type:
netsh
(and press your Enter/Return key)
The C prompt will look like:
netsh>
Then type:
winsock reset
(and press your Enter/Return key)
(note the space between winsock and reset)
After it runs successfully, it will tell you to restart your computer...
Restart you computer.

This worked. No error message on the desktop... HURRAY! Almost all of the comments on this YouTube video were to say that it fixed their problem. The one that didn't probably did not specify to "run as administrator".

Still doing the happy dance! If this error pops up again on either of our computers, I will try the netsh winsock reset solution first.

Many thanks to "Straker 32" for posting his short & informative fix on YouTube.

I hope this blog post will be helpful to someone else who is in despair.

So it goes...

Monday, June 08, 2015

Greater Good Website

Provide Life-Changing Help to the Animals of Puerto Rico!

"Despite being a US territory, animal adoption programs in Puerto Rico are decades behind their counterpart in America. Less than 45% percent of dogs and 30% of cats that make it to shelters are ever adopted, and there are hundreds of thousands of street dogs and stray cats in this small island chain that will never get a chance at adoption in the first place. You can help. Your click will fund the One Picture Saves a Life workshop in San Juan and the renovation of the Las Marias PAWS satellite shelter in rural West-Central Puerto Rico. Together we can make a significant impact on the welfare of animals in Puerto Rico."  Read more and click the button to help. It's FREE and for a good cause.

The http://greatergood.com campaign changes every few days so do it now. If you are too late to help with this campaign then click on the current one.

Also, click on the other tabs (Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimers, Diabetes, Literacy, Rain Forest) and then click on their buttons to give help.

I do this every morning after turning on my computer. Make it your habit, too.

So it goes...




Thursday, June 04, 2015

June 4th - Hug Your Cat Day

Today is national Hug Your Cat day...

These guys gets lots of cuddles every day.

Great excuse to take the day off as a holiday!

So it goes...