Monday, May 26, 2014

It Appears That Bubblews Has Been Abandoned By Tech Support and Is Certainly Guilty Of Censoring Posts!

Bubblews Guilty Of Censorship

Many of my followers on Bubblews may have noticed that I have been on the site less and less.  This is due
to many reasons.

The first reason is the slow loading of pages and the error messages and pages that we all the time get.  You can not click over a few times on the site without getting an error message that the site is offline.

Secondly, comments double post on articles there. Plus, my member name there is pretty simple, "Dale".  Yet if you put that into the search on the site, I do not come up.  People have complained to me that they can not find me there!

Then I pop in to find a few weeks ago that folks are not being allowed to post messages in the comment boxes on our profiles. This was the only means that members could communicate with each other as no direct messaging is set up on the site.

Today I see that tags are not working.  The tags I am referencing are the ones at the bottom that identify subject matter of the article, like keywords.

All this is the signs of a website that is in the process of becoming abandoned, even if not fully yet.  I have seen it over the years.

There has been absolutely no upgrades or improvements on this site since I have been here.  That has been almost a year now.  False promises have been made over and over that things would get better.  Even back in 2013 they promised members that a mobile app would appear at the beginning of 2014.  Did one appear? Of course not.

Due to this fact and the inability for the site personal to deal with issues, I will be scarcer and scarcer on Bubblews.

Side note: This article was originally posted on Bubblews but the staff there pulled it for whatever reason.  I was not notified.

What this shows is now Bubblews is censoring what appears on their site.  They can not handle the truth of the matter that their lies to their members are surfacing. This contradicts what the CEO and Founder of Bubblews, Arvind,  states on his profile page, "We are the passion that the world so desperately needs. We all speak freely."  Notice that line about speaking freely.  Not true when a site pulls an article simply because of what it states above, which is all factual.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby (Joey) Wild Opossum Eating A Meal - Close Up Video Included!

The Opossum Explorer!

This is a follow up to my previous post and video entitled, Opossum with babies (joeys) - A Very Tight Squeeze!.

What you are seeing here in the photo and of course in the video, is one of the baby (joey) opossum that was holding on for dear life on Momma's back in the previous video.

The overall length of this little one is about 9 inches of body length and about 14 to 16 inches long if you include the tail that you can see towards the end of the video.

What he is foraging for is some stale oriental noodles that my wife had thrown out the night before.

What makes this rather rare, is the same thing as the other video, both videos were taken in mid-afternoon.  This is a time that opossums are not usually active.

Should we have more appearances in the future, I will certainly do some more blog posts on them!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Amazing 11 Year Old Girl Drummer - Drum Cover To RUSH - Tom Sawyer - Video Included

Amazing Talent To Rush's Tom Sawyer

I was YouTube surfing looking for some Rush songs (you know how you get in the mood at times!) and low and behold I ran across this video.  It is a cover to Rush's Tom Sawyer with 11 year old Leticia Santos on drums.

It is always intriguing to watch the younger generations appreciate such music, but it is amazing to
see them actually take part in the music! :)

You can search Leticia Santos on YouTube or click in on this video and follow links for more. I do believe she is 13 or 14 now.  You can also visit her band's website: Black Aces. You can visit her website here.

In order to learn how to play the drums to this song, this young lady is very likely to be familiar with the lyrics to "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.  I have included the lyrics below the video.

"Tom Sawyer"

A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day

Friday, May 16, 2014

Google Sky Map - An Amazing Free Android App!

Become An Explorer Of Space With Google Sky Map

For the past several months we have been enjoying a free Android app from Google Play that is called Sky Map.  This app is open sourced and donated to Google Play for free downloads.

We are currently running it on two LG Optimus phones and it works extremely well. Upon viewing the
reviews on Google Play, you will see what you normally will see on all apps...some negative reviews.  I would presume it could well be dependent on what device you use this app on.

What I do like about Google Play is that it will tell you in advance if an app is compatible with your device.  Out of all the apps we have downloaded from Google Play, we have had no problems with them running properly on our devices.

Google Sky Map is a feature from Google Earth and works very much the same way.  With Google Sky Map, you simply point your device, outside or inside, up at the sky or even straight down, and it will show you what celestial bodies are in that direction at that particular point in time.

Last evening we were enjoying the app outside and what we thought was stars turned out to be actually planets.  It becomes very intriguing as you scan around with the device and observe so many things and so many great and specific details.

Download Google Sky Map

Enjoy the below short video that will give you further insight about Google Sky Map.

Google Sky Map - Discover and browse the night sky on your Android device.

Please do share your experience, new or old, about this app in comment.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Welsh Highland Railway - Narrow-Gauge

The Welsh Highland was constructed in 1922-3 and linked Porthmadog with Dinas, 22 miles to the north and not that far from Caernarfon. The narrow-gauge line ran via the Aberglaslyn Pass and Beddgelert. It was never very successful and closed in 1936.

After great efforts from enthusiasts, volunteers and others the route was reopened throughout in 2011, although outstanding work remained to enlarge the joint station with the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog.

Work began at Caernarfon and the first section of line opened to Dinas in 1997, utilising the formation of an old LNWR branch. Subsequent extensions were made to Waunfawr in 2000, to Rhyd Ddu in 2003, to Beddgelert and Haford y Llyn in 2009 and to Pont Croesor in 2010. Trains ran into Porthmadog in 2011.

The following selection of images give an impression of the route from Dinas to Porthmadog.

The photos used are Creative Commons Licensed as well as the background music.  The photos are individually credited as well as credited at the end of the video.  The music is by TimM - Awakening, and credited as well at the end.