Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Classic Track From Sting

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A nice classic track from Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Summer) is: Englishman In New York.

In 1988, that song of his reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and in the US, it managed to peak at the 84th position on the Billboard Hot 100.

I think that Sting's Englishman In New York can be played at anytime and even though it was released way back in 1988, it doesn't sound dated.

Without further ado, here is the video for Sting's Englishman In New York. Enjoy!

Anima's Music Is Out Of This World!

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As many of you know, I am always on the lookout for new music (And, when I go searching, I always find something interesting); this time, I came across a band from Israel named: Anima; their style of music is a beautiful blend of progressive electro and infectious pop melodies.

The song that I love from those guys is: Star Of Love; which happens to be their first release (I also wouldn't mind hearing more music from Anima in the very near future; because I find their music highly interesting).

Anima's music is on the Insomnified Music.

European MPs Wants Google Broken Up

English: Google Logo officially released on Ma...
English: Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Recently, the European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up; that is their solution to the various complaints that it favours its own services where search results are concerned.

The biggest irony is: that the politicians in Europe do not possess the power to enforce a break-up; however, their landmark vote has sent a crystal-clear message to the European regulators — a message that clearly states that they need to get extremely firm with Google.

Meanwhile, the American politicians have voiced their disappointment about the vote that was made in the European Parliament.

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's competition commissioner, is the one who will have the final say on this matter; she is the person who has inherited the anti-competitive case; which was lodged back in 2010 by Google's rivals.

Currently, Google controls approximately 90% of the market share for the search in Europe and because of this, their rivals have asked for the commission to look into these four areas:

1.) Google's method of displaying its very own vertical search services in comparison with other competing products.

2.) The restrictions placed on advertisers in regards to moving their online ad campaigns and placing them on rival search engines.

3.) The fact that Google copies content from other websites; such as those pertaining to restaurant reviews and using the same content for their own services.

4.) Google's exclusivity in regards to selling advertisements around the search terms that people use.

This is the first time in history that the European Commission has ever ordered the break-up of a company; there are those who strongly believe that they are actually not going to do so now. 

Some Of Us Read The Newspapers Differently

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Newspapers are everywhere and they sellout as though they were tasty hot bread from a bakery (People love their newspapers).

One thing that is different for most of us is the way in which we read our newspapers.

I have a friend who reads the pages of the newspapers in order; he does it in the same manner as he would read a book.

Then, there is another friend of mines who turns the pages of the newspapers and picks out what she wants to read; she doesn't read the entire newspaper and she doesn't read it in order either.

I also have another friend who only reads the newspapers for the classifieds; he is only interested in finding good second hand cars to buy.

Then, there is another friend of mines who only reads the sports section of the newspaper.

Believe it or not, I know of some people who only peruse the astrology section of the newspaper.

And, then there are those who only buy the newspapers for the radio and the television guide.

In my case, I am only interested in the advertisements; I read them to see which electronic items are reasonably priced and the geographical locations of the stores that sell those items.

So, as you have noticed; people read the newspapers for different reasons and it is not necessarily about current affairs; the things that transpired locally, regionally or internationally.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Chaos In Sierra Leone: Ebola Burial Crew Dumps Bodies Over Pay Dispute

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The word is out that, the workers who were employed by Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health to bury those who died from the Ebola virus, abandoned the lifeless bodies of 15 Ebola victims on the streets; the reason for this is: that there was some type of dispute pertaining to their salaries; seven weeks had passed without them receiving their hazard pay of $100.

All those who were employed to bury the bodies of those who died from the Ebola virus are aware of the fact that, their type of work is very dangerous; since the virus itself is spread through contact with bodily fluids.

Sidhi Yahyah Tunis, a spokesperson for The National Ebola Response Centre, stated that they plan on firing all of those people that participated in the strike.

Reliable sources have claimed that the bodies were removed from the streets yesterday (Tuesday 25th, November) by burial teams that worked for the Red Cross.

Those who have been following this incident worldwide, know fully well that the three West African countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are the heart of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

A Smashing EDM Track From Matt Zanardo

Matt Zanardo (Photo credit: Facebook)
My goodness, Canadian DJ, Matt Zanardo has been steaming up the dance-floors around the world with his EDM hit: Knock It Down.

That amazing dance track of his is filled with lots of energy and it is a must have track for the DJs and the EDM-Lovers (Hey, I am definitely feeling this track; I have been playing it repeatedly since I heard it).

Matt Zanardo's music is on Hysteria Records

Respect goes out to Matt Zanardo and to all of the hard-working staff-members of Hysteria Records.  

Competing Against Our Own Self

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Have you ever felt as though you were competing against your own self? Well, there are times when I certainly feel that is the case with me.

Being a perfectionist, I can't help but try to do better than I did yesterday (And, that attitude dictates the manner in which I blog).

I am sure that you do your best to maintain a very high standard of blogging; whether it be a business blog, or a personal blog.

Some of us bloggers would even take the analytical approach 
 one where we pay close attention to what our readers like; which is done by seeing which types of posts are perused the most via the Stats in our Dashboard area (After all, we want our viewers to keep returning and we try our best to give them what they want).

Even though competing against our own self is hard work (and somewhat insane), we do it, because we never want to lose the interest of our readers (Once you have grabbed their attention, you would want to maintain it for as long as possible).

Some psychologists believe that a healthy dose of self-criticism isn't bad, since it encourages us to find methods of improving what we have criticized in ourselves (And, if you can give your own blog a healthy dose of self-criticism, there is a strong possibly of making the necessary improvements).

One of the biggest ironies is: once we are competing against our own self we may never ever be truly pleased with our own performance; therefore caught in the perpetual cycle of forever fighting to attain the unattainable.

Weebly Is A Lonely Place

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Every so often, I would check out blogs on Weebly; many of them looked as though they had little or no visitation from viewers on the world wide web.

The irony is: that the Weebly themes are modern-looking and the content from many of the people who blog there are great; but unfortunately, a lot of it goes unnoticed.

Being the kind and supportive person that I am, I would read their article thoroughly and comment on them (I am guessing that a few of those people are probably surprised to actually find a comment on their blog).

There are times when I do wonder: did they know what they were getting themselves into before joining Weebly?

I don't believe in blogging in vain; which is why WordPress is my favourite blog site (Someone (or a lot of people) are guaranteed to come across your blog).

And, for the record, Blogger is right behind WordPress where popularity is concerned.

So, why would anyone want to start up a blog over at Weebly? If you know the answer to that question, please share it with me, because I am curious to know the reason why.

Maybe, Weebly might be one of those places where bloggers can get their posts noticed in the future; but it doesn't look as though that is going to happen in my lifetime.

In the meantime, Weebly will be the proverbial forgotten land; a place where bloggers don't go with the purpose of getting their blogs noticed; but a place where they can hide without putting their blogs on private.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Classic Jam From Jamiroquai

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I happen to be a big fan of the British Funk group, Jamiroquai.

One the the songs that I like from them is: Cosmic Girl.

What I like about that particular track is that it is a fusion of R&B, Dance, and Disco.

My good friend, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale, also loves Jamiroquai's music; he has a collection of remix versions of their popular songs.

Anyway, I have to admit that Jamiroquai's lead singer, Jay Kay has lots of Soul in him.

I hereby dedicate this video to all of the Jamiroquai fans on the world wide web. Enjoy

One Of My Favourite Songs From Bonnie Tyler

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One of my favourite songs from Bonnie Tyler is: Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Back in 1983, she broke the world record by being the first Welsh singer to make it at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Back then, Total Eclipse of the Heart, was one of those songs that almost everyone wanted to hear.

I genuinely believe Bonnie Tyler’s, Total Eclipse of the Heart, was one of the best love-songs to come out of the eighties.

Without further ado, here is the video for her hit song: Total Eclipse of the Heart. Enjoy!

Photogenic Tomatoes And Okras

Photogenic Tomatoes And Okras Photographed By Renard Moreau
Having some fun with my food.
Recently, I took it upon myself to photograph some vegetables (And, I was in the mood to photograph something of an interesting nature anyway).

After the photo-shoot, they were consumed rather slowly; the tomatoes I ate raw and the okras were cooked.

Just in case you are wondering about the health benefits of these vegetables, they are as follows:
 

The Nutritional Value Of Tomatoes


The wonderful news is, that tomatoes are low in calories and they are also low in fat; they do not contain any cholesterol.

They also contain: lycopene, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorous and zinc.


The Nutritional Value Of Okra


Okra contains a minute amount of protein; it also contains: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, niacin, pantothenic acid, ribolflavin, thiamin and folate.

The Conclusion


So, as many of you have already figured out, tomatoes and okras are not only good to photograph, they are good to eat too.

We All Fart

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Some people are known to make a big deal when someone expels gas loudly through their anus. They would give the person who farted a look of disapproval, or look at them with utter amazement, or laugh at the person's gas problem.

Farting is quite a touchy subject for some people and they pretend that they don't ever do it, when in reality, everyone farts.

I will admit that one of the most embarrassing things is, when you intend to relieve yourself of gas quietly and it comes out of your rear end sounding like it was recorded in a very loud crystal clear stereo surround sound (And, if it was done in public, you pretend that it wasn't you).

Some of us believe that there is a time and a place for everything; we may not fart aloud in a restaurant, but we would certainly let it rip in the privacy of our home.

It's as though we have created rules about farting (A made up rule that no one wants to talk about).

People who are dating each other would seldom fart in each other's presence; but when they get married, they couldn't care, whether or not, if they farted in each other's face.

Also, there are those who fart unapologetically anywhere at anytime (You wouldn't want to be around those people when they proudly relieve themselves of gas).

By the way, if you are one of those people who wouldn't want to be caught by others farting, I strongly suggest that you closely watch what you eat; since some foods can cause an increased build-up of gas.

However, if you are a fart-enthusiast who enjoys farting, go right ahead and fart the living daylights out of yourself (Just be conscientious of the fact that you run the risk of soiling your underwear at an inappropriate time).

Monday, 24 November 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From White Zombie

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One of my favourite tracks from White Zombie is: More Human Than Human (That track of theirs contains some of the wickedest guitar riffs that I have ever heard).

In 1995, this American Industrial Metal band received their second Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

White Zombie was definitely one of a kind (It is too bad that they broke up in 1998; I really loved their unique sound).

A Groovy Dance Track From Breach

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Facebook)
If you are a lover of EDM, you are most likely aware of the existence of the British DJ and producer, Breach (Ben Westbeech). He has a new dance track out; one that features the amazing vocals of the American singer, Kelis and it is called: The Key.

This lovely dance track has the early House Music vibe (And, I know that a lot of DJs and party-goers are going to love this one).

Without further ado, here is the official video for Breach's, The Key; featuring Kelis. Enjoy!

Putting An End To Grumpiness

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We all know of people who are grumpy; they might be a friend of ours, a family member, a relative, a co-worker or an associate of ours.

Grumpiness usually stems from being dissatisfied with life and if we could at least try to look at life from a positive perspective, we would be happier and more contented people.

I agree that life is not always a bed of roses and at times, we are faced with some form of disaster, or an unwanted situation (The most that we could do is, to learn from those types of experiences and not let those experiences sour our view of life in general).

Also, find something to laugh about; it would lighten your spirit (Many of us have grown into the habit of being too serious all of the time and that is a recipe for disaster).

Dear beloved ones, we cannot be happy people and grumpy people at the same time; therefore, happiness and contentment will dissipate grumpiness.

Since we are free to choose our emotional states, we can be happy if we really want to.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Another Classic Track From Hole

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The American band, Hole was one very impressive Alternative Rock group (And, I still love their music).

Their track, Malibu was really big back in 1998.

The following year (1999), Hole's Malibu was nominated for a Grammy.

There are a lot of people who wished that the band, Hole, was still together (Oh well, they contributed wonderful-sounding music while they were together as a band).

Here is the video for their hit song, Malibu. Enjoy!

A Really Impressive Dance Track From Julian Jordan

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Dutch DJ and producer, Julian Jordan, is a person to pay close attention to (He represents the EDM genre rather well).

I want all of my viewers to know that I have been really enjoying his track, Angels x Demons (Hmm. That is a track title that is very hard to forget).

If your hearing is fully intact, you would know right away that Julian Jordan's, Angels x Demons is one very infectious dance track; it is perfect to groove to at the nightclubs, to play loudly at home and to pump up at maximum volume in the car.

Also, Julian Jordan's music is on, Spinnin' Records.

Without further ado, here is the video for Julian Jordan's, Angels x Demons. Enjoy!

Which Social Media Is Right For Your Blog?

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Numerous blogging experts have mentioned the importance of using social media as a tool to promote our blog (It is not a bad idea, but not all social media is right for everyone's blog).

Some bloggers have realized that the Facebook page that they created for their blog didn't help in regards to attracting an increased readership to their blog. While there are some bloggers who have had some success with Facebook; it generated the desired traffic to their blog.

Many of you are aware of the fact that I am no big fan of Facebook and that I have blatantly refused to create a Facebook page for The Chronicles Of Renard (I think it is mainly because I have a Facebook page for my other blog on WordPress — Renard Moreau Presents and I didn't receive any major (or minor) traffic flow from it).

Twitter, on the other hand, has been nice to me; once a link to my article is posted there, people are going to click on the link and check it out (And, I also believe that Twitter is worth its weight in gold).

I do not have a special Twitter account set up for The Chronicles Of Renard; I have one personal Twitter account that I use for the purpose of sharing anything that I like and it is used to help promote my two blogs.

I wouldn't have ever guessed in a hundred years that things would have worked out well by using Twitter (It turned out to be a pleasant surprise).

Also, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if one of my fellow bloggers mentioned to me that they had no luck with Twitter and that it didn't help in the area of attracting readers to their blog.

So far, StumbleUpon and Google+ have helped greatly in attracting a very large volume of readers to The Chronicles Of Renard (So, I am very lucky with StumbleUpon and Google+).

Then again, I am sure that there are bloggers who didn't have any sort of luck with StumbleUpon or Google+.

I haven't had much luck with Pinterest (I don't want to give up on it just yet; maybe, I might have better luck with it in the future) and I certainly know for a fact that there are bloggers who were successful at using Pinterest to generate an increased traffic flow to their blog.

Social media on the whole is unpredictable; a particular social network may work wonders for your blog and that same social network that worked for you may not be at all helpful in attracting traffic to my blog and vice versa.

Therefore, only you can know for sure which social media is most appropriate for your blog (And, you would only know that by trying them out).

Finding The Perfect Look: The Story About Changing Themes

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In the short time-frame of two days, I probably changed the theme on my blog on Blogger about approximately five times (Okay, I know that is an overkill;  it is the downside of being a perfectionist) and I have no intentions of doing it again in a hurry.

Uploading the theme is the easy part (Tweaking it to my liking is another story entirely).

The first new theme that I uploaded was pretty to look at; my friend, Shireen, loved it, but my other friend, Ray, thought that it was a little too distracting (I wasn't too pleased with it either and I made the decision to upload another theme — one that was simple, clean, modern-looking and elegant).

However, the following theme was too simple and I suspected that it had some SEO issues that needed rectifying.

Then there was another and another and yet another (I still wasn't satisfied; which is why I went in search of another).

Thankfully, I found one that I liked and I did a bit of tweaking (I am not finished with tweaking it yet; there are more adjustments to be made).

Damn it! I am probably the most hard to please blogger in the blogosphere!

My intentions at the time was to upload a theme that was professional-looking; the kind that was worthy of representing, The Chronicles Of Renard.

First impressions are lasting impressions and I want people to see that this blog of mine is a no nonsense blog.

Have you ever fussed about acquiring that special look for your blog? And, how long did it take you to locate the most appropriate theme for your blog?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Classic Jam From Smokey Robinson

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Smokey Robinson in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on August 17, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many of us grew up listening to the voice of the legendary Smokey Robinson (William Robinson, Jr.) and almost everyone is familiar with the fact that he was the founder and the lead singer for The Miracles

Like most famous lead singers, Smokey went out and achieved success as a solo singer.

One track in particular that I like from this American singer is: Being With You; it spent five weeks at the number one position on the Hot Soul Singles chart back in 1981.

Without further ado, here is the video for Smokey Robinson's, Being With You. Enjoy!


Friends Are Reviving Their Blogs On Blogger

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Today (Saturday 22nd, November), my friend Ute, told me that she is going to revive her blog on Blogger (I was pleased to know that).

And, even my friend, Rasma, was thinking about setting up a music blog here on Blogger (I am still waiting for her to send me the URL, because I cannot give her my full support if I do not know the website address).

My friend, Al, did a revamp of his old blog on Blogger approximately two months ago (Unfortunately, he hasn't been posting anything on it lately; I have been curious to know why that is the case; hopefully, he would provide me with a logical explanation).

One can clearly see that some bloggers want more out of blogging and that WordPress is unable to satisfy all of their blogging needs (Even though WordPress is the number one blogging platform on the world wide web).

Blogger is fun and simple to use (And, my favourite part is: it is easy to customize).

If a blogger wants the freedom to play around with various themes, widgets and plugins, Blogger is the perfect place for that (One word of warning though; doing all of those customizations can be rather time-consuming).

Hopefully, as time goes along, more of my friends may think about reviving their blog on Blogger.

I Wouldn't Want To Be In Bill Cosby's Shoes

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Many of us know who Bill Cosby (William Henry Cosby, Jr.) is; after all, this 77-year-old legend, is a household name in many countries around the world.

Recently, we have been hearing the allegations of him sexually assaulting women (Now, I am not here to debate whether or not that he is guilty of committing those unlawful acts; my purpose is to pinpoint the damaging effects of those allegations; ones that could harm his personal life and his career).

Netflix and NBC, have cancelled his shows (And, this was the year that he was supposed to make a comeback).

I also have a strong feeling that his wife and children are not taking the negative news lightly.

Is all of this negative publicity going to kill Bill Cosby's career? Well, so far, it is a little too early to say; even though at the moment, things are looking very grim for the veteran actor and comedian.

One of the hardest things for a person to do is, to walk the streets, show their face in public and appear live on a television talk-show (or radio programme) with such heavy allegations hanging over their head (Things like that would cause a person to do a self-imposed house-arrest).

Like many of you out there, I would be paying close attention to the news, because I am curious to find out what the end result of all of this is going to be.

Friday, 21 November 2014

A Classic Track From The Knack

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The American band, The Knack really stunned the masses in a positive way with, My Sharona.

Back in 1979, their song, My Sharona was at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

And, it is truly amazing to know that their music still sounds great today.

Also, The Knack's, My Sharona happens to be one of my favourite songs from the late seventies.

One Of My Favourite Tracks From S Club 7

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One of my favourite tracks from the British Pop group, S Club 7 is: Never Had A Dream Come True.

Back in 2000, that very beautiful, melodious song of theirs peaked at the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

A lot of people know them from the sitcom, Miami 7. 

Many of the kids and their parents enjoyed S Club 7 (And, they were truly magnificent in their younger years).

Without further ado, here is the video for S Club 7's, Never Had A Dream Come True. Enjoy!

Three Types Of Pain In The Ass That Bloggers Experience

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Almost every blogger (yes, even the experienced ones) would experience the occasional technical difficulty (or two) with blogs and rectifying them is very time-consuming.

I know that I would prefer to spend my free moments posting articles instead of digging up in a template to see where the fault lies.

Those who do not deal too much with the technical aspect of their blogs are the lucky ones, because they can focus their attention on producing material.

However, many of us like to dabble with the highly technical aspects of blogging and as you know, things do not always go as planned.

1.) Updating Your Theme


There are a lot of bloggers who like to change the look of their blog and will go through the process of uploading an entirely new theme.

Now, some of us know that the default themes that Blogger provides their users with are way easier to customize than the ones that you would buy online, or the ones that you would get for free online (For some unknown reason, premium themes are a little difficult to customize exactly the way that you want it; if you bought the damn thing, you should be able to make countless alterations to it; but that is seldom the case).

I have known a lot of bloggers who went back to one of Blogger's default themes, because it was the only way for them to get to customize their theme to their heart's delight (Hmm. Maybe, they should of stuck with Blogger's default theme in the first place).

Some themes can really be a pain in the ass and the creator of the theme should have put a warning label that stated: "Do not attempt to customize, because you will be disappointed in the end by not getting what you want."

But, the only way that we would know for sure is, to give it a try; sometimes it works and at other times, it does not comply to our creative desires.

2.) Adding And Removing Widgets


Yes, widgets too are a pain in the ass.

Occasionally, a widget may refuse to function and you are left with these choices:

•Delete the blasted widget.
•Upload a new one from the original source.
•Go through the painful process of fixing it for yourself (Which is difficult but not impossible).

Sometimes, you have to sever all ties with the damaged widget; especially when it is no longer available online.

Recently, I made a mess with one of my widgets and I had to wave it, goodbye (I felt so sorry to see it go).

And, there are times when you have to dig up in your entire template to get rid of an unwanted widget (Which is why we should label them correctly whenever we are uploading them; it enables us to recognize them at a glance).

3.) Experimenting With Commenting Systems

These days, we have all types plugins that enable us to comment on our blogs and they usually work great; however, if we were using a particular plugin for comments and we replaced it with another plugin that dealt with comments, we run the risk of losing all the comments on our blog (And, that my friend, is a major pain in the ass).

So, I have chosen to stick with the Disqus blog hosting service plugin (I really do not want to lose any of my comments from my beautiful blog on Blogger and I may want to die if I changed to an entirely new commenting system and my old comments vanished into thin air).

I would advise that you stick with one; unless the new one is giving you the option to import and to export your old comments.

The Conclusion

The technical aspects of blogging is not always a figurative walk in the park. If we are honest with ourselves, we would prepare ourselves psychologically for technological mishaps; because at times, they do arise.

Also, we should not get too annoyed with ourselves when we are going through those unwanted technological difficulties; instead, look at the issue as a learning process (Even though the process feels like a major pain in our rear end).

Another thing that would help us greatly with the technological aspects of blogging is, to read the reviews of the themes, widgets and plugins that we desire to upload on our blog, because most of the times, we go head on blindly into trouble.

A Perfectionist Who Blogs Is Usually A Very Fussy Blogger

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Believe it or not, I am one of those bloggers that would take up at least half of a day's time before they can fully make up their mind about a theme; it has always been that way with me.

Okay, I might be one of the most hard to please bloggers that you ever came across in the blogosphere; but I believe that I am fussy for a good reason.

Like any blogger who takes pride in their blog, I want it to be perfect; it must have a very appealing appearance, all of the widgets should work well and my posts should be impressive (I tend to go for the full package).

Anyway, I am just being me.

When you are are a perfectionist by nature, all you ever want to do is to excel at all of the activities that you engage yourself in (Yes, blogging would also be included in that special bundle of activities of yours if you are a blogger).

Even though we have our own concept of what blogging should be, we still pay close attention to what all of the blogging experts are saying about the topic of blogging, because we believe that there is always room for improvement; we have that inner burning desire to be better than we were yesterday.

And, the funny thing is: whenever we read our own articles, we are never truly satisfied by them; despite the fact that our readers enjoy every word.

In most cases, the blogger who is a perfectionist, will discard articles that other bloggers would kill for.

And, for the perfectionist to truly get some blogging done, they would have to put aside their perfectionist attitude and produce something that is capable of making their blood craw; which is due to the fact that, their work is never good enough for them (And, that is the way in which the proverbial cookie crumbles for the blogger who is a perfectionist).

So, now you have an idea what it is like to be me.
We need to be different (in a good way of course) if we are to stand out from the large crowd of countless other bloggers on the internet.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

No Other Country Can Blog Like America

United States of America
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Since I have started blogging, I have noticed that the majority of my views are from the United States of America (And this goes for both blogs; The Chronicles Of Renard and Renard Moreau Presents).

I have always wondered: are there more Americans online?

Blogger and WordPress are American in origin; However, other people from around the world also frequent those two blog sites (After all, they are the most popular ones on the planet).

So, why does the majority of my support come from the United States of America?

Well, I can speculate that they love my blogging style and what my two blogs have to offer.

Also, I wouldn't doubt the fact that the people in the United States of America are the biggest supporters of Blogger and WordPress.

Maybe, American bloggers are some of the most curious-minded bloggers in the world and that they would visit almost any blog with the intentions of finding out what is happening in ever corner of the globe.

What are your views on this? And, from which country do you get the most of your views from?

Finding The Time To Blog In Chaotic Times

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The holiday season is quickly approaching; it is the time of the year when we are faced with the task of completing a humongous workload (It sends some of us into a frenzy, because of the little time that is left for us to have fun; which of course, causes us to curtail our recreational activities).

So, I have been wondering: would you have the time to blog at one of the busiest periods of the year?

Would you have the energy to blog after a hard day's (or a hard night's) work?

I have vowed that nothing is going to keep me away from blogging. Besides, blogging on the whole is comforting to me (And, I wouldn't doubt if it had the same effect on other people).

To hell with all of the so-called Christmas rush; I am not going to let the added stress get to me; which is the type of stress that increases (and sometimes gets out of control) until the Christmas Season is finally cover.

In order to keep sane, we have to balance work and play (And, I can do that by adding a little blogging activity to the mix).

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Groovy House Track From Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz

Photo credit: (Spinnin' Records)
Chocolate Puma and Firebeatz have teamed up to bring us, I Can't Understand (Oh my goodness; that is really one wicked-sounding dance track).

If you are into House Music, you are going to love, I Can't Understand (I know that I do).

By the way, those EDM geniuses are on Spinnin' Records.

Have You Been Making Changes To Your Blog?

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It is human nature to make changes to things and our blog is no exception.

Bloggers are known to occasionally change the appearance of their blog; they change things like: their theme (or templates as we call them here on Blogger), adding or removing widgets, adding or removing plugins and even upgrading our URL.

As a matter of fact, some blogs have changed so much that I failed to recognize them at first glance; I had to do a double take to make sure that it was the same blog that I was looking for.

Some changes are subtle, while others are drastic.

For the record, there are no major rules where changing your blog is concerned (although there are those who have their own rules pertaining to this). I believe that it is okay to make changes to your blog, provided that the visitors can maneuver themselves easily around it.

Giving Up Addictions

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I love it when people give testimonies pertaining to giving up their addictions.

I knew people who gave up illegal drugs and alcohol; they are now clean and sober.

It is a smart and very honourable thing when a person comes to the decision that they are tired of abusing substances; whether they are prescribed or illegal.

Many of us are addicted to something; it may not be illegal drugs, but they can do as much damage; caffeine happens to be on of them.

Recently, my friend, Ray gave up coffee (I hope that he continues to be caffeine-free and that he doesn't relapse).

Caffeine is one of the hardest substances to sever ties with, because it is in coffee, tea, some sodas, energy drinks, chocolate and in some deserts (So, in order to break the habit of caffeine intake, one needs to educate themselves about the various foods and beverages that contain caffeine).

Anyway, we all have a basic idea of the things that we should not be putting into our body, because those things can administer harm to us in the long run.

I think that things such as white sugar, white rice and white flour should be made illegal, because they spike our blood-sugar levels and that people can become addicted to those substances.

On a positive note, it is possible for anyone to overcome any type of addiction known to mankind; it may take a high level of self-determination combined with professional help and spiritual intervention.

You Can Follow The Chronicles Of Renard Via Email

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I know fully well that my viewers use all types of readers when it comes to following blogs; however, that wouldn't stop me from extending an invitation to them to follow The Chronicles Of Renard via email (It is an effective option that shouldn't be ignored).

Some of the best blogging experts in cyberspace have pointed out the importance of getting the new visitors to our blog (and the regulars too) to subscribe to our blog via email (And, the irony is: I have never made it a priority of mine before to get people to subscribe to my blog via email).

So, would you be willing to subscribe to The Chronicles Of Renard via email?

It would be a pleasure to have you on board and an email subscription to my blog is a great method to ensure that you never miss one of my articles.

If you would like to subscribe via email, fill in the necessary information on my Follow by Email widget; which is located at the top right hand side of this blog.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Smashing Dance Track From Steve Aoki And will.i.am

Photo credit: (Ultra Music)
Whoa! Steve Aoki has teamed up with will.i.am and those two very talented American sons of bitches came out with a very impressive-sounding track called: Born To Get Wild (I really love this EDM track; I can't get enough of it and I am dying to hear the various remix versions of this song and I have a feeling that my DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale is going to love this one).

By the way, the single, Born To Get Wild is on the label that has a high reputation for fabulous dance music — Ultra Music.

Without further ado, here is their video for the hit song, Born To Get Wild. Enjoy!

A Beautiful Wet Leaf

A Beautiful Wet Leaf Photographed By Renard Moreau
A lovely snapshot of a plant.
Today (Tuesday 18th, November), was a rainy day in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. When the rain had ceased, I went outside and I took a snapshot of this beautiful plant; I immediately noticed that the large leaf on top was covered with water droplets and the remaining leaves were somewhat dry (Hmm. Quite amazing).

Anyway, I hereby dedicate this photo to all of the plant-lovers on the world wide web. Enjoy!

The Elderly Are Also Skilled At Blogging

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If you thought that skilful blogging was only done by the younger folks, you thought wrong.

I have encountered some blogs from elderly people that left me with my jaw dropped in disbelief; the appearance of their blog was well-put-together and it could have rivaled that of their younger counterpart.

Well, from what I have seen, there are a lot of highly educated senior citizens and I wouldn't be surprised if I were to find out that some of them did web designing and were heavily engrossed in Information and Technology before they resigned from the workforce.

Also, the elderly are capable of learning new things; so, if they have a strong desire to attain mastery at blogging, you can bet your last dollar knowing that they are capable of doing that too.

So, let it be known that it is not only the young ones that are skilled at blogging; there are elderly folks who are skilled at blogging too.

The Absence Of Pipe-Borne Water

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Today (Tuesday 18th November, 2014), I woke up to a household that was devoid of pipe-borne water; WASA had stopped its flow the night before.

Thankfully, I have a large supply of water in a large plastic tank; which is situated outside (All I had to do was fill a few of my empty buckets with water and place them inside of the house).

There are times when WASA would announce to the public that they are going to temporarily interrupt the water supply, so they can do repairs on pipelines, or to engage in something known as water rationing, etcetera and there are instances where they would just stop the supply of water without warning.

Unfortunately, there are many people who do not have water-tanks; they are the ones whom I am concerned about, because they need water for almost everything; they need water in order to cook, drink, bathe, flush the toilet, mop the house and to do the laundry.

Without water, things can come to a standstill (And, it is not a pleasant experience to have no water).

One the bright side, the water supply always returns and we continue from where things were left off, hoping that the water supply is not interrupted anytime soon.

Monday, 17 November 2014

A Captivating Dance Track By David Gravell

Single by David Gravell (Photo credit:
Armada Music)
If you are a lover of Trance, David Gravell's Kaiju is perfect for you; it is filled with that lovely energy; it is not too fast or too slow and it is perfect to groove to.

To those of you who are not familiar with David Gravell, I suggest that you familiarize yourselves with his music.

This talented Dutch DJ and producer is on the Armada Captivating label (Armada Music is really extending their family of music labels).

Here is the promotional video for his dance track, Kaiju. Enjoy!

The Absolute Bombardment Of Christmas Ads And Music: All In The Name Of Business

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Being bombarded by Christmas ads and Music is what I have grown accustomed to every year around this time.

The business community really have the majority of us under a hypnotic spell; women who have already purchased their Christmas curtains and decorations earlier in the year are still making it their priority to do some more Christmas shopping for the month of November (I just don't get it, they already bought their Christmas curtains and decorations and they are still going to go out and buy more of them).

It's as though the Christmas music and the Christmas advertisements send lots of people into a shopping frenzy.

Was that the plan all along? Oh, I certainly think so. Play Christmas music at intervals and remind the masses about Christmas through a whole set of advertisements from the electronic media and you are guaranteed to have them buying lots of things that they don't need.

Unfortunately, Christmas is no longer viewed as the time of year where people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; but a time of the year where people partake in material indulgences.

This is a crazy era that we are living in; one in which the business community have twisted the meaning of Christmas for their own agenda and they threw the figurative wool over the eyes of the people with those Christmas advertisements and a dose of Christmas music.

People Are Fearing For Their Safety: The Case Of Rampant Bandits

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The most common type of gun confiscated by police and traced by the ATF are .38 special revolvers, such as this Smith and Wesson Model 60 .38 Special revolver with a 3-inch barrel. LaPierre, Wayne (1994). Guns, Crime, and Freedom . Regnery Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0895264773. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some people in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are claiming that they are not safe out in public, because of the fear of bandits.

In the old days, most bandits came out at night and preyed on their victims; today, they do their thievery in the daytime as well as the night-time; there is no longer a special time for wrongdoers to commit crime.

These bandits seem to be well-informed; they know when it is pay-day — the time when certain people are being given their salaries and come up with a plan of relieving those people of their hard-earned cash.

At the moment, the police force is making regular patrols throughout the country, ensuring the safety of its citizens (Some bandits have seen that as a deterrent and have ceased their illegal activities, or have gone into areas where there are less police patrols).

A lot of people want to feel safe and secure; they want to be assured that they can drive, ride or walk freely outdoors at any part of the country at anytime without having to come face to face with a bandit (Or bandits).

The sad thing is: when a bandit is arrested, someone else volunteers to take his place; so that negative gap is always filled.

Hopefully, one day, there would be very little or no crime and people can relive those days when they could have slept with a bedroom window open and their front door unlocked.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

It's A Fairly Quiet Sunday

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Today (Sunday 16th, November) was most quiet where my inner circle of bloggers was concerned. I know that Sunday is a day of rest for most people; but it felt as though certain people were off of the proverbial radar (I am not going to call any names, since they know who they are).

The nice thing is: WordPress is always busy and it kept me occupied for a small fraction of the day.

Blogger had me wondering: "Did my fellow bloggers on Blogger take the day off?"

I think that I am one of the most active bloggers on Blogger; I am always posting something (And, I have mentioned in a past post, "The only thing that can keep me away from blogging is, technical difficulties."

Well, if my friends on Blogger took the day off to rest, I am happy for them, because they truly deserve it (They were keeping their viewers well-entertained for the past week and they are probably tired due to all of the energy that they exerted from those projects of theirs).

By the way, I know for a fact that some of my friends over at WordPress have blogs right here on Blogger; I kindly ask that they share the URL for their Blogger blog with me; I would love to check them out.

Oh well, it is back to blogging and I know that I am going to encounter a lot of interesting blogs before the day is over.

A Classic Track From The Stray Cats

Single by the Stray Cats (Photo
credit: Wikipedia)
The Stray Cats are one of America's memorable Rock and Roll bands; one of their hits that stood out for me was, Rock This Town.

In 1982, Rock This Town made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 (The song actually still sounds fresh and one can definitely feel the energy behind it every time it is played).

Most people who have an earnest appreciation for music don't mind hearing the music of the Stray Cats once in a while.

Here is the video for their hit song, Rock This Town. Enjoy!

Another Beautiful Decorative Elephant

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Another Beautiful Decorative Elephant Photographed By Renard Moreau
A beautiful ceramic piece.
Today (Sunday 16th, November), I had the urge to photograph something beautiful; so I aimed the camera in the direction of one of my beautiful ceramic ornaments — an elephant.

I have friends who have a deep appreciation for this sort of thing and I know that they would be pleased to see a picture of a beautiful ceramic elephant. Enjoy!

Dreaming Of Search Engines

Startpage Search Engine.
Recently, I dreamt about search engines. I was obviously looking for something (I genuinely can't remember what it was); but I do remember that I was using the wrong search engine; I was going to type something into the Google search bar and then this thought entered my mind, "Hey, this is not the Startpage search engine." I immediately stopped what I was doing and I proceeded to use my favourite search engine, Startpage.

Now, I consider that to be an unusual dream. Why would I dream of search engines? Was it because I went to bed with a question on my mind and I wanted it answered?

I don't think that any book about dreams or relevant websites can provide me with an explanation as to what dreaming about search engines mean; this is something that I would have to figure out on my own.

When we are asleep our subconscious mind goes to work by finding solutions to the problems that we experienced during the day and this is usually done via our dreams (The interesting thing is: not everyone can interpret our dreams accurately and it is up to us to decipher our own dreams as best as we can).

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Miniature Baby Bottle Art

Miniature Baby Bottle Art Photographed By Renard Moreau
A cute-looking miniature baby bottle.
Recently, my family attended some type of pre-baby shower (it was brought to my attention that the couple's baby wasn't born as yet and that they didn't know the sex of the baby; but they were happy to celebrate anyway) and all of the guests were each given a miniature baby bottle; it was filled with candy; ours was later placed in our refrigerator and a few days after, I saw it outside of the refrigerator and it was empty (I really don't mind that at all, because I am not into candy).

I thought that the miniature baby bottle artwork was beautiful and it was worthy of being photographed. Enjoy.

Calvin Harris Is At It Again!

Single by Calvin Harris featuring
Ellie Goulding (Photo credit:
Wikipedia)
 Calvin Harris never fails to leave me speechless with his musical creativity; this Scottish DJ and producer is grabbing our attention with another dance track called: Outside; which features the amazing vocals of the British singer and songwriter, Ellie Goulding.

Outside was officially released on the 20th of October, 2014; it is the fourth single from off of Calvin Harris' album, Motion.

Outside is being played by radio stations and DJs from around the world; but at the moment, the whole world seems to be focused on his other dance hit, Blame (Most people might probably begin to take full notice of Outside when the momentum of Blame dies down).

Without further ado, here is the official video for Outside. Enjoy!