Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Goodbye Disqus

The Disqus Logo
The Disqus Logo
(Photo credit: Disqus)
There is an old saying, "All good things must come to an end."

Yesterday, I uninstalled my favourite comment plugin — Disqus and here is the reason why:

All of a sudden, the comments that were made on the Disqus plugin stopped showing up in my Blogger dashboard; as a result of this technical annoyance, I had to go directly to the blog post in order to find out if anyone commented (And, there were comments; while my Blogger dashboard showed me that no one had commented for the day).

I could no longer allow Disqus to get away with figurative murder, so I emailed them my complaint; I was surprised that they responded to it rather quickly; I was told that it was some type of change that Google made, etcetera and that they are sorry for the inconvenience caused and that they would like me to continue to use the Disqus plugin with my blog (I thought about it for a little over an hour; because I knew that such a thing was bad for SEO).

The gentleman at Disqus was unable to specify when the Blogger comments would be synchronized with the Disqus commenting platform again; he was quite honest in saying, that they are working on it and that he does not know when things would back to normal between Blogger and Disqus.

According to Disqus, Google's update to OAuth 2.0 is currently not supported by Disqus (And, that is the reason why I have not been seeing those comments that were made on the Disqus plugin in my Blogger dashboard).

Come on Disqus, a huge modern-day company like yours is unable to handle such an update? Oh please, then someone is sleeping on the job, or Google is playing nasty.

I made up my mind to lose all of the comments that were made on my blog for the day (Which is way better than not having it registered on Blogger until the technical issue is sorted out).

For the record, I did not delete my Disqus account; I still have the ability to comment on any blog that has the Disqus plugin installed.

It was very painful for me to uninstall the Disqus plugin; because I loved it very much (Relieving my blog of that plugin was for the best; at least I will have my comments here on Blogger for the Google-bots to crawl).

To those of you who grew accustomed to using the Disqus plugin on my blog, I apologize for any convenience caused (Since there are those who would prefer to do their commenting via the Disqus plugin).

Also, I have no intentions whatsoever of reinstalling the Disqus plugin on The Chronicles Of Renard.

The Disqus plugin is gone forever from my blog and it looks as though I would be stuck with Blogger's native commenting system for a while (Oh well, there is nothing wrong in keeping it simple).

On the bright side, I did not lose all of the comments on my blog; some third party commenting platforms have a reputation for holding on to every comment, resulting in the blogger losing all of their comments on their blog; especially when they have decided to rid their blog of those third party commenting platforms.

What would you have done in my shoes?

Do you think that I handled the situation well?

Or, do you think that I should have waited for Disqus to resolve the technical issue in the future?

Monday, 27 July 2015

I Love Natalie La Rose's "Around The World"

Around The World
Single by Natalie La Rose; featuring Fetty Wap
(Photo credit: Republic Records)
The first time I heard Natalie La Rose, I immediately knew that she was not a one hit wonder (I saw her as someone with a very bright future ahead of her).

Recently, this very beautiful and highly talented Dutch recording artiste came out with another hit song; one groovy-sounding dance track called: Around The World; which features, the American rapper, Fetty Wap.

What I like about this song is, that it is an ingenious fusion of R&B, hip hop and electronic dance music.

The dance track, Around The World was produced by the legendary Max Martin.

I am going to add this song to my must have list.

I have a very strong feeling that both the radio DJs and the club DJs are going to add the song, Around The World to their playlists (And, it is good enough to be on heavy rotation).

Without further ado, here is the official music video for Natalie La Rose's Around The World; featuring Fetty Wap. Enjoy!

Bobbi Kristina Brown Passes Away At 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown
Bobbi Kristina Brown
(Photo credit: Facebook)
The only daughter of the R&B singers, Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston Brown, died on Sunday 26th July, 2015 at the Peachtree Hospice in Atlanta.

Six months ago, Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at a town home in the Atlanta-area; the same one that she shared with her partner, Nick Gordon.

Back in April of this year, Cissy Houston (Bobbi Kristina Brown's grandmother), admitted to the media, that her granddaughter had suffered global and irreversible brain damage.

Kristen Foster, a representative for the Houston family had this to say:

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26th, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Police mentioned that no foul play is suspected and that the case was investigated as a medical emergency (Despite the fact, that Nick Gordon was accused of assault, battery, unjust enrichment and conversion and intentional infliction of emotional distress).

Back in 2012, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey; which was shortly after her mother's death; she admitted that she wanted to carry on her mother's legacy by engaging herself in singing, acting and dancing (But unfortunately, that career of hers never took off).

The medical examiner's office made this statement:

"Interpretations of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging. However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death.

"The Roswell Police Department continues its investigation into the circumstances preceding and surrounding the time of the original incident leading to her death."

Reliable sources have claimed that Nick Gordon had experienced a complete breakdown when he learned of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death.

Those who are close to the 19-year-old basketball player mentioned, that they fear that he might be suicidal.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was a social media sensation; she had sent more than 11, 000 tweets and had a following of 164, 000 on Twitter.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Blazing Hot EDM Track From Jauz And Ephwurd

Rock The Party
Single by Jauz and Ephwurd
(Photo credit: Spinnin' Records)
Oh my goodness! The first time that I heard this dance track, I could not believe that someone actually went through the trouble of putting together such a unique-sounding EDM track (It sounds like something that is not of this world; it sounds like something that aliens from another galaxy would be grooving to).

And, what dance track am I referring to?

I am referring to, Rock The Party by two talented DJs from Los Angeles, California — Jauz and Ephwurd.

Rock The Party is one of those dance tracks, that playing once is not enough (It needs to be played repeatedly and loudly too).

All the DJs who are into this genre of music should add this amazing track to their music collection (I know that I am going to add it to mines).

Jauz and Ephwurd are on the Spinnin' Records label — the record label that amazes the world with their very impressive-sounding electronic dance music.

Without further ado, here is the video for Rock The Party. Enjoy!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Cool-Sounding EDM Mix Session From DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale

A DJ Set
A DJ Set
(Photo credit: Pixabay)
I am proud to be friends with someone as talented as, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale; whenever I am around while he is doing his live mix sessions, he likes to explain his musical concepts; things like what he wants his listeners to feel and the mental picture that he wants his listeners to paint in their minds, while a particular track is being played by him (And, he even tries to teach me how to do it too).

Anyway, as promised, I am back with another EDM session from my good friend, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale; which is, one of those mix sessions that would cause you to raise the volume of the speakers at a very high level on your computer, tablet or smartphone and dance.

DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale's mix sessions are way too good to ignore.

So ladies and gentlemen, I hereby present to you, another marvellous EDM mix session from my good friend, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale. Enjoy!