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Saturday, 25 October 2014

I Love Deepend's "Turn It Back"

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Bob van Ratingen and Falco van den Aker are the members of Deepend; they are two talented Dutch Deep House DJs and producers whose dance music is really a pleasure to listen to.

One of my favourite dance tracks from those guys is: Turn It Back; this track has a very smooth and mellow sound (And, it happens to be my song of the week).

If you are a DJ, Turn It Back can be played at the start of an EDM session and it is also great to play if you intend to make that smooth transition from House Music into Lounge Music.

One doesn't have to be a DJ to have a strong appreciation for this kind of music; everyone is welcomed with opened arms to partake in this genre of music and those who are touched by it are positively changed forever.

People Who Never Saw Their Next-Door Neighbour

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I have heard the tales of people not knowing who their next-door neighbours were; especially some of those people that live in North America and those who live in certain parts of Europe.

In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we have seen our next-door neighbours; we know who they are and there are cases where some of us do not like those who live next-door to us; but not knowing who our next-door neighbours are is a strange concept to us.

For starters, we in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are a highly curious people; if we are new to a neighbourhood, we would see to it that we knew everyone that lived in close proximity to us and some of the citizens are in the habit of sticking their noses into other people's business; therefore, it is almost impossible for us not to know who our next-door neighbours are.
As a matter of fact, many of us are into the habit of looking out for our neighbours; if we know that they are not at home and someone strange shows up in their yard, we are going to personally interrogate them, or call the police.
So, how is it that some people do not know who their next-door neighbours are? Is it because some people are not interested in other people?

Some people would argue that everyone is busy and that due to their busy lifestyle, they do not have the time to know who their next-door neighbours are; but aren't they even one bit curious in regards to who lives next-door?
What are your views on this? Do you know who your next-door neighbours are? Or, are they still a mystery to you?

Four Ways Of Avoiding Disrespectful Comments On Your Blog

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Occasionally, angry people will find your blog and let's not forget the old adage, "Misery loves company." Due to their current mindset, they may choose to leave a really nasty comment within your comment thread with the hopes of starting a verbal war with you; don't fall for the trap by bringing yourself down to their level by reciprocating spiteful words; you are too mature-minded for that sort of puerile behaviour.

1.) Set Up A Commenting Policy

A commenting policy would be a page within your blog that explains to all those who visit it, that disrespectful comments are not allowed and that you expect everyone to behave in a civilized manner, etcetera.

So far, I haven't had the cause to implement it on The Chronicles Of Renard (And, I am hoping that I don't ever have the cause to implement such a policy).

A commenting policy is ideal for those blogs that deal with material of a highly controversial nature (And, that sort of stuff is known to step on the proverbial toes of sensitive people).

2.) Moderate Your Comments

Currently, moderating the comments on one's blog seem to be the norm for most bloggers (And, bloggers who are in the habit of implementing this, don't necessarily have to create a commenting policy; whereas, there are those who have implemented both).

Moderating your comments saves you the embarrassment of you (or someone else) finding disrespectful comments in your comments feed.

3.) Delete Disrespectful Comments

If you are like me (in the sense that you have set the comments to be automatically approved) and a disrespectful one makes its way on your comment feed, delete it! Your blog is not the home for the lowest of the low.

4.) Always Make It Your Priority To Be Polite To All Those Who Comment On Your Blog

As blog administrators, we need to set a good example in the blogosphere; if we are polite to all those people who comment, they wouldn't have the cause to be rude; but if we are rude to them, they would reciprocate the same level of disrespect.

The Conclusion

Being a supporter of freedom of speech, I believe that people are entitled to share their perspectives (And, those perspectives can be brought across in a polite and diplomatic manner).

However, there are those who couldn't care less about diplomacy and may choose to be outright disrespectful; we must be ready to handle those undesirable situations in a professional manner.

If you are running a respectable blog, it is imperative that you keep it that way and never allow hooligans to have a field day with your comments feed.

Can You Blog Under Harsh Conditions?

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The majority of bloggers I know can only blog when the conditions are favourable for them (As a matter of fact, any blogger can blog if their conditions are favourable).

Now, here is the real challenge:

Can you blog if your air-conditioning unit is broken and the temperature all around you is hot? That sort of thing would be a serious challenge for a lot of you bloggers out there; you may decide to resume blogging when the air-conditioning unit is repaired, or have it postponed for when the weather is cooler.

Can you blog if there are loud noises all around you? Many of you would blurt out, "Hell no!" And, you would either look for some place where it is quiet, or you might wait until the noise subsides.

Can you blog with mosquitoes attacking you left, right and centre? In a case like that, many of you wouldn't be able to blog, because you would be busy fighting off those vicious winged insects.

Now, I am not rubbing it in here; I have blogged in very hot and humid conditions. I have blogged when I was heavily bombarded by mosquitoes and I have even blogged with lots of noise around me.

The point I am trying to make is this:

The conditions for blogging will not always be favourable for us; there will be those moments when we would have to make some rather interesting compromises, because that is the way life is; we do not always have things our way (And, if you are versatile enough, you can make the best of any horrendous situation).

If you are truly determined to blog, you would do everything within your power to make it happen; despite the conditions around you.

Friday, 24 October 2014

I Love Don Diablo's "Back To Life"

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The Dutch DJ and producer, Don Diablo, is a superb musical artiste and he is out with a new dance track called: Back To Life; this amazing EDM track is on the Dutch label, Spinnin' Records.

Back To Life is highly infectious; it is impossible to listen to it only once (When I first heard it, I played it over and over).

I hereby dedicate the video for Don Diablo's Back To Life to all of the dance music lovers on the world wide web. Enjoy!

Bloggers Are A Rare Breed In The Republic Of Trinidad And Tobago

Flag-map of Trinidad and Tobago
Flag-map of Trinidad and Tobago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, it is quite rare to have two bloggers that live within the same area. Although we do have bloggers here, they are scattered throughout the country.

Why are bloggers so rare? And, why is it that some people are attracted to blogging while there are those who wouldn't dream of touching it with an extremely long rod?

For starters, the majority of the citizens of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are aware of social media; they would quicker join Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because of the fact that they are highly popular.

Even though the concept of blogging is not a new one, there are still those who don't know what a blog is; I remembered explaining to a teenager, what a blog was a few months ago.

Also, although a blog is fairly easy to set up, it takes a certain amount of discipline to keep it active via regular posts (And, the truth is: not everyone is endowed with that high level of discipline; which is why fewer people actually blog).

From my perspective, it would be nice if more people took up blogging; but unfortunately, their interest lies elsewhere.

Thankfully, blogging is alive and well in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (Even though the numbers of us bloggers are quite minuscule in comparison to the number of people that are on popular social media).

Analysing Blogging With A Mind Of Gratitude

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I am very grateful to all of those people who have followed my blog and especially those who have visited it on a regular basis (Because, not everyone who follows my blog visits it regularly).

Let it be known that I am not angry with those who have followed my blog for some reason or the other and have chosen not to revisit it; everyone is free to do as they are pleased and I don't think that anyone is tethered to my blog by an invisible chain. If you have chosen to visit my blog regularly, that is fine with me and if you have chosen to visit my blog once in a while, that is also fine with me; the same sentiments goes out to those who have made the decision not to visit my blog again.

If one's soul purpose is, to blog with the intentions of becoming very popular instead for the love of blogging in itself, they are going to be sadly disappointed, because it is one's genuine love for blogging that fuels their desire to carry on the pleasurable act of blogging and the truth is: popularity is very hard to come by in the blogosphere; they may become somewhat disillusioned if they discovered that a few people or worse case scenario being, that no one is really interested in their blog. So, isn't it better to blog because it is your main desire to blog out of the love for it?

Well, it is no big secret that I enjoy blogging and that I have a genuine appreciation for my fellow bloggers.

I haven't grown tired of blogging (And, I don't think that I would ever be).

Blogging on Blogger has been challenging and special thanks to my friends over on WordPress for supporting my blog here on Blogger; which is something that I will always remember.

Most Bloggers Use Social Media

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Do you know of any blogger who doesn't use social media? In my case, I don't know of any; but just because I don't know of any, it doesn't mean that there aren't bloggers around that don't use social media.

Most of us who started blogging probably utilized social media like Facebook and Twitter with the intentions of promoting our blog.

And, there are a large number of us who have been participating in various incarnations of social media before we started blogging (So, it was only natural for us to share our posts on the social media that we were a part of).

It think that it would be very rare in this day and age for someone to own a blog and not participate in social media.

Although it is not necessary to be a member of any social media; or to utilize it for the purpose of promoting one's blog, I have a strong feeling that there are those people who are quite contented with blogging alone.

What are your views on this? Do you think that it is possible for a blogger not to partake in the activities of social media? Or, is the temptation of joining social media such as Facebook and Twitter too tempting?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

One Very Groovy Deep House Track!

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The Australian duo, Fake Forward are two very talented DJs and producers who create beautiful-sounding dance music from scratch.

To be honest with you, I love their Deep House track: Rewind; a song that they did with their fellow Australian, Amba Shepherd (Amba's voice is amazing; it has a sultry quality and it stands out on the track).

And, I am pleased to know that they are representing Armada Deep — the deeper side of Armada!

The Issue Of Recycled Phone Numbers

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I dislike it when phone companies recycle numbers that haven't been used in a while, because some of those numbers may have a horrible history attached to them; a type of baggage that you wouldn't want.

Recently, a person called me over the phone in connection with a car; they were given a number by a person to call anytime they wanted the car transferred in their name (I will make an educated guess by saying that the person whom they purchased the car from had changed their number and the old one got recycled and that the phone company passed it on to me).

That sort of thing isn't new; I remembered that when my aunt got a new phone number, the old one was reassigned to a new customer.

What if your new number once belonged to a scam artist in the past? When people call it and hear your voice, they may think that you are covering up for the scam artist, or that you are part of the scam.

Hopefully, one day, the phone company will start issuing brand new numbers to their customers and that they would stop the practice of reissuing old ones.

Starting Your Day The Right Way

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I guarantee you that if you listen to your favourite category of music and also a list of your favourite songs after you have participated in prayer and meditation, you are going to feel much better (The feeling might even last throughout the day).

While having breakfast, I listened to some Electronic Dance Music (It is one of my daily routines and it keeps me in a positive frame of mind).

As I have mentioned earlier, you can start your day with your favourite category of music; it doesn't necessarily have to be the same genre of music that I listen to (unless you genuinely like that genre of music); it could be anything from Classical Music to Rock Music, etcetera; the whole idea is to get you into a positive frame of mind.
It is no big secret that when we are in a positive frame of mind, we approach people, situations and whatever life sends our way in a positive manner.

So, isn't it for our greater good that we start our day in a positive frame of mind? Well, I honestly think that we need to start our day in a positive frame of mind; it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Have you ever noticed that whenever you are angry first thing in the morning that the rest of the day tends to go horribly for you?

If I didn't known better, I would believe that some of you enjoy being angry and are addicted to pain and disaster.

Do you want to change your life for the better? If the answer is, "Yes," you can start by listening to your favourite genre of music first thing in the morning. 

Never underestimate the power of music and always remember that it is possible to start your day in a positive frame of mind.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Super Determination: Making The Time To Blog No Matter What

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As I have said in a past post, the only thing that can keep me away from blogging is: technical difficulties or no internet service.

Even though I am busy, I can still make the time to post; I am skilled enough to find something to post about with whatever free-time that is available to me (And, I believe that it is all about one's mindset).

Besides, I love blogging (And, when I stay away from it, I feel like a figurative fish that has been reeled out of the water by a fishing rod).

I have seen articles from bloggers explaining to their readers that they have been too busy to blog and that they apologize for their absence and that they don't know when they are going to blog again (Okay, we are all different; what I am able to do, you might not be able to do and vice versa).

However, it is possible for people who are busy to blog too. Tablets and smartphones make it possible for you or I to blog on the go; so it is not imperative that you have to remain glued to your desktop computer.

If you truly love blogging, you would do whatever it takes to get your quota of blogging done.

At times, I think that people get too comfortable with their excuses and the sad part is: they actually believe those darn excuses.

Believe that it is possible to blog no matter what and it shall be so!

A Dreamy Dance Track From Seven Lions

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I must admit that Seven Lions' music is very melodious; it grabs your attention as soon as it starts playing through the speakers.

One amazing track that I like from this American DJ and producer is: Worlds Apart; featuring the vocals of the Estonian singer and songwriter, Kerli.

What I like about this track is: that it is Trance with a hint of Dubstep thrown in (A rather interesting fusion; an experimental sound that is pleasing to the ear).

Here is the video for Seven Lions' Worlds Apart; featuring Kerli. Enjoy!

Are You Into Pinterest?

English: Red Pinterest logo
English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So far, I haven't developed much of a zeal to use Pinterest; I am not that eager to use it.

From a logical perspective, being a blogger, I should be making the best use of my Pinterest account (Since social media can be used to promote one's blog).

I also believe that Pinterest lacks excitement (If it excites you, I am very happy for you).

For the record, I don't hate Pinterest; I merely see it as one of the many social networks out there on the internet — a social network that anyone can use for the fun of it or one that could be utilized to promote their business.

I joined Pinterest sometime this year (I can't remember exactly when) and it was done out of curiosity; at the moment, I have two boards on it; one where I pin the posts from my WordPress blog and the other where I pin the posts from my Blogger blog (And, I really don't think that Pinterest has contributed to an increase readership of those two blogs of mine).

I have heard from reliable sources that there are those who have acquired a certain level of success through the wise usage of Pinterest (Hmm. I am happy for them).

Maybe, Pinterest might rub off on me as time goes along; but at the moment, I am certainly not feeling it!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Nice Deep House Track From Higher Self

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To those of you who like Deep House, I recommend the work of the British House Music producer, Higher Self (You would enjoy his high quality productions).

His new single, Ghosts; which features the vocals of his fellow British artiste, Lauren Mason, is an impressive dance track and to make things even better, they are representing, the Dutch label, Spinnin' Records.

Without further ado, here is the video for Higher Self's Ghosts; featuring the vocals of Lauren Mason. Enjoy!

One Of My Favourite Songs From Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani performing Hollaback Girl in Dulu...
Gwen Stefani performing Hollaback Girl in Duluth, Georgia, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from Gwen Stefani is: Hollaback Girl.

Back in 2005, this American singer, songwriter and actress had us moving our bodies rhythmically to that song of hers.

Hollaback Girl, was number one in Australia and in the United States.

That same year, it also received nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year at the 48th Grammy Awards.

These days, Gwen Stefani is enjoying a successful career as a fashion designer.

Ants Are Everywhere

English: Ants eating slice of an apple!
English: Ants eating slice of an apple! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ants can be seen crawling about almost anywhere.

For years, I have been keeping my kitchen clean; I have been making sure that the foodstuff that inadvertently made its way on the floor was removed and I personally saw to it that any small remnants of food was cleared away from off of my kitchen countertop.

However, the ants still explore the floor in the kitchen and the kitchen countertop; it is as though those little ones are on the constant hunt for food.

Whenever food is cooked, I have to make sure that I put the leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as the food has cooled.

And, the ants have good timing too; if you allowed your food to cool and you do not put it away in time, the ants are going to help themselves to it (Apparently, they love a home-cooked meal like everyone else).

Do the people in the United States and in the United Kingdom have this same problem with ants?

The ants deserve a chance at life too; however, at times, I do feel that they are competing with me. Thankfully, there is a lot of food to go around; enough for the ants and I.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Would You Buy A Computer Just For Blogging?

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In today's word, it is common practice to use our computer for everything; whether it be photo editing, downloading music, creating digital art, etcetera; after all, the computer was designed to do those things.

However, it wouldn't hurt having a computer for the special task of blogging (In order to do that, we would have to purchase an additional computer and having an extra computer is always a good idea; a precautionary measure in case one computer chooses to give trouble).

I could just imagine some of you saying: "What? An additional computer just for blogging?"

Although it isn't mandatory to buy a computer solely for blogging, it wouldn't hurt having an extra one around in the house (Unless you are faced with a financial crisis).

For the record, I am not forcing anyone to go into the electronics store with the intentions of buying a new computer (That is merely a suggestion; one that you can fulfill, provided that your finances are up to mark).

For the longest while, I have been thinking about getting a Chromebook for the sole purpose of blogging (And, from the information I have gathered, they are reasonably priced).

The way I look at it is like this:

If blogging is a passion of yours, you might as well invest some of your money into it.

A Fabulous House Track From Oliver $ & Jimi Jules

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Hats off to the hard-working staff of Ultra Music once again for recording and promoting lovely-sounding dance music.

Representing their label, Ultra Music, is Germany's Oliver $ (pronounced Oliver Dollar) and Swiss DJ, Jimi Jules.

I happen to like their dance track, Pushing On; which by the way is some rather soulful and catchy House Music.

Hey, check out the video for their dance hit: Pushing On. Enjoy!

Picking Topics Out Of A Hat

Top hat, by Chapeau Lavalle
Top hat, by Chapeau Lavalle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are times when some of us may stare at the blank monitor for a long moment wondering: "Hmm. What should I write about?"

I still believe that too many of us waste too much of our precious time brainstorming for a meaningful topic.

Here is what I recommend (And, it is a very simple solution):

Get an old hat of yours; one that you know that you don't use, or one that you have no intentions of wearing in a hurry and place it next to your computer.

Then, you are going to get yourself a blank sheet of paper; once that is done, cut it into eight pieces (or more if you wish) with a scissors and on each one of those pieces of paper, write one of your favourite topics; once you are through with that, fold them neatly and place them inside of your hat.

So, the next time you are faced with the issue of wondering what to write about, you can choose a folded piece of paper from within your hat; which sole purpose is, to help you save time.

If we don't come up with innovative time management methods, we are going to waste unnecessary time trying to fathom a topic out of thin air.

It would be logical to spend our time wisely; especially when we have our lives to live.
The time spent on figuring out what to write, could actually be utilized composing an article.

I Have Been Bad To Myself: The Sleep Deprivation Story

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Yesterday (Sunday 19th, October), I felt as though I could have slept the whole day (Staying awake until late hours on both Friday and Saturday only resulted in me feeling lethargic on Sunday).

The irony is: I know better, but I ignored commonsense by figuratively burning my candle at both ends.

Anyone looking on would have thought to themselves, "He is being rather wicked to himself."

I think that for this entire week, I would have to mend my relationship with sleep.

As human beings, most of us have learned the hard way that our mind and body needs rest (And, to perform exceptionally well as a blogger, I would need to get a reasonable amount of both).

Did you get your fair share of sleep for the past few days? I am hoping that you did and that you didn't partake in a self-imposed sleep deprivation exercise like I did.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Pleasant Musical Surprise From M4SONIC

Photo credit: Ultra Music
When I first heard the dance track, Chaos by the Australian music producer, M4SONIC, I automatically fell in love with it (I was even more totally blown away when I looked at the video and saw that the darn thing was skilfully done on a Novation Launchpad; I was like: "Wow! I have to get me one of those! And, I immediately thought of my DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale; I imagined him having fun with that device).

I guess with the right type of software and hardware combined with imagination, a music producer can make our jaw drop!

Also, two thumps up to the guys (and the ladies too) over at Ultra Music for seeing to it that we always have EDM tracks to dance to.

A Very Captivating Dance Track From Moguai & Benny Benassi

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Oh, my goodness! German DJ and EDM producer, Moguai teamed up with one of Italy's most talented DJs and producers, the legendary, Benny Benassi and together, they came up with the track, Gangsta!

I love the way in which the track starts up; one can clearly hear the trademark sound of Benny Benassi and the first thing that comes to mind is his 2003 dance hit, Satisfaction; one which I happen to love very much.

Those two DJs and producers really know how to capture our attention and make us dance.

Without further ado, here is the video for Moguai's & Benny Benassi's hit track for the year 2014: Gangsta. Enjoy!

White Flowers At Night

White Flowers At Night Photographed By Renard Moreau
Gorgeous-looking white flowers.
Yesterday, I paid my DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale a visit; we live walking distance from each other and I was also in the mood to discus business.

On my way back home, I photographed these beautiful flowers (And, just in case you are wondering where they were photographed, I would be most happy to tell you; they were photographed at Bon Air Gardens, Arouca).

As I have mentioned in a past post, I like experimenting with photos by taking them in various degrees of light and darkness (And, most of the times, I enjoy the end result).