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April 25, 2021

May Blog Plans

This is the final week of another successful A to Z April Challenge. Next weekend I?ll post my retrospective on how the challenge went.

May Blog Plans

I have been thinking of May Blog topics. I have decided to do a bit of a change-up. Here?s the tentative lineup for May.

  • Sunday - Open Topic Sunday
  • Monday - Media Monday
  • Tuesday - Final Cut Pro
  • Wednesday - Popcorn
  • Thursday - Tech Tools
  • Friday - Macintosh
  • Saturday - Internet

New in May 2021

I have decided to introduce two new topics in May - Tech Tools and Popcorn. I am excited to add these to the weekly blog topics.

Tech Tools - This will cover anything technology. Most of the tech topics have been a focus on Apple technology. The Tech Tools blog posts will be centered on general technology. This can be from smart switches to flashlights.

Popcorn - I really enjoy popcorn and for the past year, I have been experimenting with different ways to make popcorn. The blog post will focus on things that I have found that work the best.

Future Topics

If there are any blog topics that you would like to see, let me know by sending me an email. You can also reach me via various social media accounts.

December 27, 2020

2021 Blogging Schedule

Here's is the plan for 2021 Blogging. One of the biggest changes is that the year will start off with no Boston Blog. This is because I haven't been into the city for a while to get updated pictures and content ideas.

2021 Plan

Perhaps sometime in 2021 I'll get back into Boston and bring back the Boston blog content - as I know it's a very popular topic.

General Plan for Now

Sun Open General open topic that I feel worthy of Blogging
Mon Productivity Cool Productivity tips, could be computer base or just some general tips.
Tue Final Cut Pro I am learning more about Final Cut Pro every day
Wed Affinity Designer Tips and Tricks on getting the most out of Affinity Designer
Thu BBEdit Tips and Tricks on this popular text editor
Fri Macintosh (General) Fun things I learn using the Macintosh
Sat Internet Cool Tools on the Internet

I am committed to keeping this schedule at least through January.


If you have any content that you would like to contribute, feel free to contribute via the Feeback form.

December 20, 2020

Today I got a strange feedback comment from a form on this website. This is the email that I got:

Notice#: 491343
Date: 2020-12-20



We have not received your payment for the renewal of your domain

We have made several attempts to reach you by phone, to inform you regarding the TERMINATION of your domain





The submission notification will EXPIRE WITHIN 24 HOURS after reception of this email

Right away I knew this couldn?t be true - after all, why did they use the website feedback form for communication.

The above links won't work. Apparently, the website was taken down. When I viewed the information, it was telling me all about the price but nothing about the services. They wanted the credit card information quicker than they are telling you why they needed it.

At first I thought it was an SEO scam, trying to get people to sign up for simple SEO placement.

Turns out the site was just scamming people out of their money.


If you get similar emails like the one above. It's a scam. Always check your domain registration to find out if it's expiring soon.

Oh, I didn't actually click on the link. I figured the "t=" was just tracking my click. I viewed the site with a different "t=" number and a different domain.

April 19, 2020

Massachusetts Schools

Tomorrow Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker may announce the status of the Public Schools during the Corrona Crisis. School in Massachusetts have been closed since March 13th - some even earlier than that.

Many School districts have worked hard to get distance learning up and running. It has been a challenge for students, teachers, and parents. Some cases it has worked, and in others, it has been challenging.

Some school districts were slow to implement distance learning, for example, Framingham schools students distance learning programs were delayed for 2-weeks.

Empty School Corridor
Massachusetts School Halls may stay empty until August 2020.

Decision Time

Currently 31 states and Washington D.C. has recommended that schools be closed for the rest of the school year.

Charlie Baker has commented publicly that he doesn't want to cancel school for the rest of the year. He has said that closing schools will make things more complicated.

Decision on the Massachusetts schools will come this week.

Baker Sending Out Hints?

Reading between the lines, it's pretty certain that kids aren't going back in May. Charlie Baker on April 17, 2020, :

?If you could wave a magic wand, which we can?t, I believe that the vast majority of school systems and school district leaders would like to see the kids back at some point before the end of the year,? Baker

Other Events To Watch

These are other events that I am watching to see if they are impacted by the COVID-19:

  • 2020 Republican National Convention (Scheduled for August 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • 2020 Democratic National Convention (Moved to August 17-20 in Milwaukee)
  • Fourth of July in Boston
  • Start of the Major League Baseball Season
  • Opening of Disneyland and Disney World
March 29, 2020

Corona Virus Update

Here?s a recap of the events that happened this past week, in the world of COVID-19.

Massachusetts Numbers

Massachusetts started the week with 646 confirmed cases. By Saturday there were 4,257 confirmed cases. On Friday, the state started publishing the number of people being tested. Interesting enough only 8% of those that got tested were positive.

It will be interesting to see if that percentage goes up by the end of this week.

Massachusetts has a population of 6.902 Million. Which means that .06 % of the population of Massachusetts has the Corona Virus.

Empty Stop Shop 2020
Empty Shelves show that Paper Products are still high demand.

View from the Front Lines

This afternoon I ventured out to Stop & Shop in Framingham. I was surprised that their meat department was well stocked. However, Eggs and Paper good (Paper Towels and Napkins) were empty. The pasta aisle was also hard hit.

I did find a 5-gallon bottle of Poland Spring water and some yummy ice cream.

How Long will it Go?

President Donald Trump extended federal guidelines recommending people to stay home for another 30 days until the end of April to prevent the spread of the virus. This is an extension of the original 15-day guideline that was issued a couple of weeks ago.

Massachusetts currently has a "Stay-At-Home Advisory." Maine is the only New England state to not have a Stay at Home Statewide order. Portland, Maine is the only city with a Stay at home advisor.

At least 229 million people in at least 26 states, 66 counties, 14 cities are being advised to stay home. This represents about 70% of the approximately 327.2 million people in the United States.

Schools in Massachusetts will be closed through May 4th. There are rumors that schools in Connecticut will not open this school season. Massachusetts Governor would like to see the schools in Massachusetts to open before the summer sessions.

Palm Sunday San Francisco
Palms at St. Dominic's Catholic Church

Palm Sunday

Most churches around the country will be closed for Palm Sunday next week. I really enjoyed how the St. Dominic's Catholic Church in San Francisco displays their Palms. They have four large palms in the middle of the church as a bridge as people walk in.

The above picture is from 2000.

December 29, 2019

Open Topic Posts of 2019

Lots of good open Sunday posts in 2019. I didn't get to spend too much time putting together as much creative content that I would have liked.

Best Weekly Sunday Posts

Here are the nine posts that are worth checking out again:

Top 5 Open Topic Posts of 2019

Year in Review

Open Topic Sunday is very hard to do. It's really hard to come up with some creative posts that people will enjoy. If there's anything that you want to share - or for me to investigate - leave a comment.

In 2020, I may focus on some sights in some New England towns and people around New England. One thing I won't do is wait until the last minute to come up with a generic post.

September 15, 2019

September 15th

September 15 is a special day. Here are some fun facts about this day.


Fun Facts about September 15th

  • September 15, 1969 was a Monday
  • Zodiac Sign for this date is: Virgo
  • This date was 18,262 days ago
  • September 15th 2020 is on a Tuesday
  • Someone born on this date is 50 years old

If you were born on this date:

  • You've slept for 6,087 days or 17 years!
  • Your next birthday is 366 days away
  • You've been alive for 438,288 hours
  • You were born on a Monday in mid September
  • You are 26,297,280 minutes old
  • Your next birthday is on a Tuesday

Famous Celebrities Born on September 15th

  • Jolin Tsai -b. September 15, 1980
  • Agatha Christie - b. September 15, 1890,
  • Norman Spinrad - b. September 15, 1940
  • James Fenimore Cooper - b. September 15, 1789
  • Prince Harry - b. September 15, 1984
  • Marco Polo - b. September 15, 1254

Major Events

  • 1862 ? American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia
  • 1916 ? World War I: Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.
  • 1935 ? Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag bearing the swastika.
  • 2008 ? Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

You Special Day?

If today is your special day, leave a comment below and share!

July 7, 2019

DayOne Journal

The best way to create content for a blog is to use the Day One app.

I started using DayOne as my primary Blog content creation and planning tool since April 29, 2019. I have found that It's been very easy to organize my content and plan things out.

Previously I was using Trello and Evernote to plan content. I found it hard to get an idea on upcoming

Blogging Day One

Five Things I Learned Blogging with DayOne App

  1. Very easy to add content on my iPhone XS Max or Macintosh computer.
  2. Limited formatting capabilities - there's no tables or fancy text features. Which is fine, because I can always touch up the content before posting. DayOne lets me focus on the content first.
  3. Change the Date - I can change the date of any Journal entry. This is huge because now I can prep up a future post whenever I want.
  4. Multiple Journal Views - I can view the Journal entries by a brief summary, Photo Thumbnails, Locations or by Monthly Calendar. I like the Monthly Calendar because I can easily jump to the blog post of the day.
  5. You can have multiple Journals! I created an Idea Journal for when I come up with future blog ideas. I tag the idea based on the blog category. That way in the future if I am looking for a blog idea on a particular topic I can just go here. I can also save related photos and videos - so I don?t have to go searching for them.
June 16, 2019

Bootstrap 4

I am in the process of moving this site to use Bootstrap 4. Currently the site is built using Bootstrap 3.

Two major issues that I face with this upgrade:

No more Panels

In Bootstrap 4, panel feature is gone. I have used this just about every place on this site. I?ll be replacing all the Panels with Bootstrap Cards.

This also means that the random panel and random well are now legacy. I?ll replace them with a random card generator.

Legacy Bootstrap Template

I purchased a Bootstrap Template from Creative Market and this DESIGN won?t work under Bootstrap 4. Most likely I?ll come up with my own style.

, For now, the site will use the basic Bootstrap look and feel, I?ll migrate to different design later in July.

Looking Forward To the Migration

I am looking forward to updating the site look and feel and more excited about all the new features in Bootstrap 4. BBEdit makes it easy to do search and replace using Text Filters.

December 30, 2018

Top 8 Open Topic Posts of 2018

Sunday posts are an open topic day, it's a chance to blog about something that doesn't fit in any of the regular categories.

Top 8 Sunday Post of 2018

You may not agree with these, but these are the post that stands out from all other Sunday posts.

  1. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in a Pool Skimmer - The most popular Blog post of 2018. Lots of people talking about this on various social media channels.
  2. Mystery at the Breakers Mansion - Second most popular blog post. Is there writing on the painting? If so, what does it say? Watch the video.
  3. Palmco Energy - Still getting calls with them wanting me to switch over.
  4. iPhone Xs Plus Video - Check out the video quality of the iPhone XS Max vs the iPhone 6s Plus. Can't wait to see what technology Apple will come up with in a few years.
  5. The Dog Treatery - Gluten Free birthday cake for dogs. Yes they do exist.
  6. Framingham Commuter Rail Tips - If your new to the Framingham/Worcester line. Here are some tips to help make your travels safe.
  7. AAA Trip Tik Booklets - Comparing the 1990s AAA Trip Tik to todays. There's lots of differences and your better off using Waze than look at paper maps.
  8. Fixing a Green Pool Quickly - How to quickly fix a Green pool so that its safe to swim in a few days later.