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January 2, 2022

2022 Blog Plan

Welcome to 2022!

Tomorrow marks the 6 years of consecutive blogging. It's hard to believe that I have been blogging nonstop for that long. ( Check out the first post that I started with - UFO Quadcopter Stuck in Tree )

Here is the content lineup through February 2022. I have been working on better content planning for these topics.

2022 Blog Topics

Sunday - Open topic anything goes. You may find Business topics are the most popular topics.

Monday - Media Monday. I'll post more video clips from my personal VHS collection. Expect to see more classic Internet Ads and moments from the 1990s.

Tuesday - QA Fail. Some interesting fail things that I have encountered. Most of the content will make you think - how did that pas Qa?

Wednesday - Apple Motion tips and tricks. Interesting things that I discover in Apple Motion. Every once in a while there will be posts featuring an Apple Motion template.

Thursday - Classic Macintosh Topics. I'll reach into my collection in the basement and recall the good old days of using the Macintosh. Maybe I'll boot up the old Macintosh Plus.

Friday - Macintosh Friday. Interesting tips and tricks on popular hardware and software. I am always looking for ways to get better use of the software that I use every day.

Saturday - Internet Tools. Interesting Internet tools that I find. Many of the feature sites are free

Thoughts For Blogging in 2022

More Creativity - I am looking forward to more creative posts. I plan to use various graphic tools to add more appropriate graphics.

Better Planning - I also plan on the blog content a few days early so that I can put more value in the blog post. In the past, I would come up with the topic on the day the blog post was written.

Video Posts - In a few posts, I'll switch it up and add video instead of graphics. Just looking at doing something different.

December 30, 2021

Best of Blogs for GoPro, Tech and Framingham

Thursdays in 2021, the topics ranged from GoPro to Tech Tools, Framingham and Classic Mac.

Best Thursday Post

Top Six Thursday Post of 2021

Here are the Thursday blog post that was the most popular in 2021:

GoPro Labs (GoPro) (January 14, 2021) - GoPro Labs is where you get to try out the latest and greatest firmware for your GoPro. This shouldn't be used for production capture footage.

GoPro Pool Pole Mount (GoPro) (March 11, 2021) - Learn how I was able to create a mount for a pool pole. These poles are very long and great for when you want to create Timelapse footage from high above.

WD MyPassport Wireless drive (Tech Tools) (June 24, 2021) - This blog post covers my bad experience with the 500GB WD MyPassport drive. The physical drive isn't damaged and someday I'll put some effort to recover the files on the drive.

Framingham Dog Park (Framingham) (August 12, 2021) - In 2022, the City of Framingham will open its first dog park. This blog post has some general information about new the park.

Crispus Attucks Bridge (Framingham) (September 2, 2021) - General information on the Crispus Attucks Bridge. One interesting thing to note - the marker is slowly being chipped away. I wonder if someone is intentionally doing that.

Street Signs of Framingham (Framingham) (September 23, 2021) - Did you know that Framingham has street signs of all the seasons? This blog post shows where you can find them. Something fun for the kids on a rainy day?

What's next for 2022?

Classic Mac will return in January 2022. I'll have enough content for the next couple of months. Maybe Framingham will return in the Spring of 2022.

December 29, 2021

Best of Wednesday Post

During Wednesday's in 2021 I switch topics several times. I started the year off with Affinity Designer, in April I changed to jQuery, then QA/ In the Summer I focused on Gluten Free topics. In November it was Camera Tips and finally Keyboard Maestro.

Wednesday Best Post

These are the blog posts that got the most activity.

D Ellis Sugarloaf (Gluten Free) (August 18, 2021) - My daughter went here this past summer. She had a good time with her friends. She liked that she was able to eat a gluten free meal at a popular restaurant at Sugarloaf mountain.

Gluten Free Oreos (Gluten Free) (July 28, 2021) - This is my daughter's favorite snack. At one time we had about 6 boxes on the snack shelf. Nabisco did a great job with making the gluten-free Oreos taste like the regular Oreos.

If you haven't tried the Gluten Free Oreos you should check them out! They are delicious and you can't taste the difference.

Kanes Donuts (Gluten Free) (July 14, 2021) - This is the go-to place in Boston for Gluten Free donuts. Not only do they offer the best-tasting donuts but they have a huge variety.

While Kane's Donuts is a local chain, there isn't any near our house. So when we go into Boston - early in the morning - we have to stop at Kane's and get her a few treats.

Automation (QA) (June 9, 2021) - What is the value of Automation for the QA team? In this post, I describe the purpose of automation and how it fits into the workflow.

This is an interesting read on the "great debate" on what value automation has not only on the deliverables by the QA team but also to the project.

Aperture Priority (Camera) (November 10, 2021) - Basic learning on the Aperture setting on most DSLR cameras. The post gave information on what situations you would be concerned about the Aperture.

This was part of a camera series where. I was doing a deep dive with the dial options in a DSLR camera.

Popcorn Oil (Popcorn) (May 19, 2021) - During the month of May, I was in search of how to make the best popcorn at home. This particular post was about the best oil to use in a plug-in popcorn popper. Click on the popcorn link to see all the popcorn posts.

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.

Ideas

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

December 20, 2020

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Right away I knew this couldn't be true - after all, why did they use the website feedback form for communication.

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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.

Remember!

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.

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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.

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