Thursday, December 29

A Very Good Year

A Very Good Year

The month of December has come to a close
the weather has brought a new blanket of snow
Christmas has faded from Rudolph’s red nose
looks like it's time for the new year.

To the party we go with our friends in tow
faces aglow and dressed in our best
jollification where ever we go
looks like it’s time for the New Year.

Champagne is flowing as midnight draws near
resolutions are made as we watch the ball drop
we raise up our glasses to toast to good cheer
that this New Year, be a very good year!

© Rebecca Sanchez 2011

Here’s to wishing you, and yours, a very good year from the bottom of my heart!

The cards are copies of vintage New Year cards/postcards from the Victorian Era.
About "Time-Balls"

The actual notion of a ball "dropping" to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year's Eve was ever celebrated in Times Square. The first "time-ball" was installed atop England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).

Around 150 public time-balls are believed to have been installed around the world after the success at Greenwich, though few survive and still work. The tradition is carried on today in places like the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where a time-ball descends from a flagpole at noon each day - and of course, once a year in Times Square, where it marks the stroke of midnight not for a few ships' captains, but for over one billion people watching worldwide.

About time-balls from a Google search.

Monday, August 24

The Applehop

The Applehop
Getting over a miserable summer cold I was drinking beer on Sunday and got dry. The Heineken was drying me out along with the cold medicine. (Yes I read and ignore labels too.)

I decided to get a glass of Safeway apple juice to sip with it good for the cold and thirst. The mix in my mouth was delicious.

I poured some beer in a glass and added apple juice to taste. I think the bitter and the sweet go well but make it your way. When done right you have a sweet bubbly apple/hops drink that's sure to please and keep you hydrated.

Add to that a salty snack with some veggies and you're set for a Sunday afternoon of snacking and posting on social networks in front of the TV while watching Superjail or Or Game Of Thrones like I am. I just love that new Popcornopolis Caramel Corn you should definitely try it.

So I made up a drink and I'm calling it The Applehop. Don't serve it on ice drink it cold it's meant to be slammed. Add some rum/vodka and call it the Applehop Hammer.

I cook too if you're interested!

© Keep On Bloggin'!

Tuesday, July 7

How Do You Type A Copyright Symbol With A New Chromebook?

I spent a good part of the morning trying to answer this, going through horrible articles written by people thinking they were helping but they weren't because they didn't have the answer.

It's not Windows, not HTML, not ASCII, no, it's Unicode. What?

Ask the person who has used Windows all of their lives and they are sure they have the answer! It's 0169 using a Windows keyboard. What Windows keyboard-I have a new Chromebook?!

Of course, everyone wanted to talk about doing it in Google Docs but I wanted to use the symbol anytime and was sure there had to be a keyboard shortcut...but this was an Acer Chromebook 15 with a different keyboard so how do I do it?

I was beginning to miss Windows...but then I saw my answer via a stranger in the Chromebook Forum. It was "a9!" I felt like I had the answer to the Ultimate Question Of Life, The Universe, And Everything. But it wasn't enough...

I found some Chrome extensions with the Unicode characters on them that copied the code/image automatically. Neither one I tried had the copyright symbol. WTF?

Then I looked at my new Chromebook keyboard instructions and found that I could hold Shift/Ctrl and by pressing "u" use a code to get the same types of symbols as a Windows keyboard. 

Then I realized the "u" was for Unicode and found the forum where I found the Unicode for the © symbol. It is a9.

This Is How You Do It

Press shift/ctrl together, hold them down, then press u, then press a, then press 9. When you're finished it says "ua9" but don't stop there! When you press the space bar afterward you'll see © (the copyright symbol.)

To get any other symbols look up the Unicode chart and do the same using the corresponding code. You can look that up yourself. "Okay, Google!"

So I'm sharing my find with you because I know I'm not the only writer with a Chromebook trying to figure this out. I love my new Acer Chromebook 15 and it's great not to have to deal with Windows. Enjoy!

© Keep On Bloggin'!

Tuesday, June 2

117 Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

117 Most Beautiful Words

Acquiesce Submit or comply silently or without protest.

Ailurophile A cat-lover.

Ameliorate To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory

Assemblage A gathering.

Becoming Attractive.

Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.

Brood To think alone.

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.

Callipygous Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

Cathartic Inducing catharsis; purgative.

Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.

Comely Attractive.

Conflate To blend together.

Crestfallen Dejected; dispirited; discouraged

Cynosure A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance A brief love affair.

Demesne Dominion, territory.

Demure Shy and reserved.

Denouement The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude Disuse.

Desultory Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous Filmy.

Dissemble Deceive.

Dulcet Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent Bubbly.

Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.

Effluence The act or an instance of flowing out.

Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir A good potion.

Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient A softener.

Ephemeral Short-lived.

Epiphany A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile At one time, for a time.

Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative Suggestive.

Fetching Pretty.

Felicity Pleasantness.

Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious Fleeting.

Frisson A moment of intense excitement.

Furtive Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour Beauty.

Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.

Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue To infuse, instill.

Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue A naïve young woman.

Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.

Inure To become jaded.

Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.

Lachrymose Given to tears or weeping.

Lagniappe A special kind of gift.

Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.

Languor Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure Free time.

Lilt To move musically or lively.

Lissome Slender and graceful.

Lithe Slender and flexible.

Love Deep affection.

Loquacious Talking or tending to talk much or freely.

Mellifluous Sweet sounding.

Moiety One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen A slip of the ear.

Murmurous Murmuring.

Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea A solution for all problems.

Panoply A complete set.

Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra A half-shadow.

Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora A large quantity.

Propinquity Proximity; Nearness

Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential Most essential.

Ratatouille A spicy French stew.

Ravel To knit or unknit.

Redolent Fragrant.

Resplendence Splendid or dazzling in appearance.

Riparian By the bank of a stream.

Ripple A very small wave.

Saccharine Overly or sickish sweet.

Scintilla A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal Eternal.

Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Soliloquy The act of talking to oneself

Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous Whispering, hissing.

Talisman A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation Tinkling.

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vespertine Relating to, or occurring in the evening.

Vestigial In trace amounts.

Wafture The act of waving or a wavelike motion.

Wherewithal The means.

Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

Zephyr A gentle breeze.

Bonus Words

Abeyance Temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension.

Acataphasia A loss of the ability to express oneself using organized syntax.

Azure A variation of blue that is often described as the color of the sky on a clear summer’s day

Benevolence Desire to do good to others

Callipygous Having shapely buttocks.

Desideratum Something wanted or needed.

Ensorcell To bewitch or enchant someone.

Juxtaposition The state of being close together or side by side.

Malevolence Wishing evil or harm to another or others.

Quixotic Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Sovereign Having supreme rank, power, or authority.

Superfluous Unnecessary or excessive.

Syllogism An extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.

Synecdoche Simultaneous understanding

Velvet A very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.

Verisimilitude A philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses.

Source: Yorick Reintjens (See his Google+ profile.), Patrick B. Vince (See his Google+ profile), Google search

Thursday, May 28

Messaging People On Google+ You Don’t Know

What you should know about it and why you shouldn't do it!

You want to get to know someone on G+. You like their posts, you like their profile photo and their profile About is the best! You have commented on their posts and they commented back! You want to tell them how much you like being their friend on G+ and more so what’s next? How can you do this more privately? Then it comes to you-Hangouts messaging!

I’m warning you now, don’t do it and ruin what could be a good online friendship! I have an example below that you need to see of what happens after being friendly to a guy on my posts that made the wrong decision. You will notice how patient I was with him and I can guarantee most people will not be the same.

First, let me point out that two people are involved in messaging YOU and THEM. So you better make sure THEM wants to hear from YOU. And make sure it’s at a proper time for whomever’s time zone you are messaging it makes all the difference!

What is it about telling someone you don't want to get messages from them? It's like waving a red flag to a bull, some people take it as a darn challenge to see how many times they can wave the cape without the bull striking! People like this who I'll call "Dick." Dick is now blocked and next time I'll just be a little less nice when another fool does this to me!

Messages sent to me on a Sunday before a music hangout I was waiting for. I didn't know this guy yet but saw him on my posts and thought he was going to the hangout. He had messaged me before at all times of the night and day when he had a stray thought in his head. I finally looked at his profile and his movements on my posts. This was our first and last “conversation.”

Sun, 9:52 AM Dick: Don't drink too much and smoke also

Sun, 9:53 AM Me: What's up?

Sun, 9:53 AM Dick: We need you always healthy

Sun, 9:53 AM Me: Going to the music hangout?

Sun, 9:54 AM Dick: If their is too cold take proper precation

Dick: Bye

Sun, 9:54 AM Me: Bye!

(Later that SAME day.)

Sun, 11:33 PM Dick: Good moring

(Obviously this guy who I found out is a quality control engineer in India can't deal with time differences or spelling. Don't they speak English there?) And don't you dare say I'm racist anyone can be an idiot!

Sun, 11:40 PM Dick: Let us start the day from a qote Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in loveI it is only your sharing love towards society.....

Sun, 11:48 PM
(I did not answer him and was wondering by now who he thought he was and I knew he wasn't in the music hangout.)

Mon, 4:06 AM Dick: Hey,
I just downloaded WhatsApp Messenger on my Android.

It is a smartphone messenger which replaces SMS. This app even lets me send pictures, video and other multimedia!

WhatsApp Messenger is available for Android, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Phone and BlackBerry and there is no PIN or username to remember - it works just like SMS and uses your internet data plan.

Get it now from and say good-bye to SMS!

Tue, 10:42 AM Me: Please don't message me like this I don't really know you and I don't chat unless I know someone well. As an electronics technician I don't need you to recommend applications to me. You can't possibly know what I need. The other day you woke me up messaging me. Please stop now.

Tue, 10:49 AM Dick: K sorry

Dick: If you hearted

Dick: Actually just now started using whats up

Dick: Thats y even though sorry

(Yes these are all separate messages each one bugging me a little more! What is wrong with people???!!!!!)

Dick: U r so elder then me I can't actually do this with u

Dick: I even don't no much abt this electronic media and all

Dick: I think u r very strong in this area

Dick: Any how m upset

Dick: U misunderstood me

Tue, 10:54 AM Me: I asked you nicely and you keep messaging me! What is wrong with you?

Tue, 10:54 AM Dick: Just frankly I sent same as I sent to collegements

Dick: You always so kind and caring

Tue, 10:56 AM Me: I try to be nice to everyone, but losing one follower is not going to ruin my day. You must listen when people ask you to do something. Do you think I wait all day and night to get messages from you? No, I have a life offline that you know nothing about and you see me online and think you know me. You don't!

Tue, 10:57 AM Dick: But u told me stop now I felt very bad

Tue, 10:57 AM Me: It's a social network and I will be social on it but I don't have to be social here. You are a crybaby on my posts too. I don't care if you feel bad I'm not your mother! If you answer this I will block you.

Tue, 10:58 AM Dick: Thats y I msged contineously to convince u m not bad person

Tue, 10:58 AM Me: Okay. When I get online consider yourself lucky if I don't block you.

(Since I do have a life offline and it was Thanksgiving I was pursuing it and forgot to block him. Big mistake!)

Tue, 10:58 AM Dick: Happy Thanksgiving. .

(I was busy and didn’t see this until Friday or I would of blocked him sooner. He took it as a good sign.)

Thu, 12:22 PM Dick: Now you ok can I talk some thing..

Fri, 12:11 PM Me: I don't know what's wrong with you. I asked you to leave me alone with the messaging. It's sad you're a quality control engineer because you can't even follow directions. I don't like men who cry like babies and can't listen. I was thinking I was dealing with a teenager but this is worse! I was a newbie on G+ not even a year ago and if I had sat around bugging people in messages and whining about being upset I'd have no followers or friends online now. Good luck with that and you are now blocked. If you keep this up people will not like you and you will be blocked by others who aren't as patient as I was.

Now He is now blocked! I want so bad to put his name down. How many of you have ran into adults like this and wondered WTF is wrong with them????

"I pity the fool....." Mr. T

Before you say that you’d never do this think about it. Hasn’t everyone seen someone online that you are absolutely attracted to and don’t know why? You want to “know” this person better and this is the only way. Posts and comments are still one step away from talking to someone live. Just once can’t hurt and I’m sure they’ll like me when they know me!

No! Don’t do it! Take it from me if they don’t get friendly with you on a public post they are most certainly not going to welcome you into their private lives. When you are messaging someone you are talking to them in their homes one on one. Even if they don’t answer you they will “see your message” eventually.

Don’t be rash and ruin something when you could have been friends. Take your time online and know your friend first! Another good rule of thumb is simply ask them if you can message them. If they want you to they will say yes!