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Keyhole into Shanghai City

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BillionPixelStudio

Enjoy a unique bird's-eye panorama of Shanghai City captured on the Oriental Pearl Tower with a resolution of 195 gigapixel, highest of its kind in Asia. By BIGPIXEL Studio.

Many thanks to Vijay Shah (HEM News Agency) for sharing this discovery with us.

Prepare to be astounded!

[Bust out of frame]

Please post screen-shots of any interesting "finds" in the comments below.

Check out the viewer platform here: https://krpano.com/

 

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A Visit From St. Nicholas

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A Visit From St. NicholasI just got it into my head that I would seek out a public domain version of the book, "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore, find a librivox audio book of the same title and create a video with these elements.

In my search for the audio I came upon the story read by none other than Dick Van Dyke and knew his was voice for the project.

The book chosen was a 1912 edition published by Haughton Mifflin Company in PDF format which I dismantled and re-asembled in a format more suitable to a video's aspect ratio.

The presentation's timing and transitions were handled in Windows Movie Maker (I was surprised it was still working in Windows 10.)  And here we have it - BlogDogIt's latest youtube video:

Enjoy!

The Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPeaB07FNnY

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So Long Facebook Login

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Sorry but we have been given no choice

Sorry to our users who have logged-in using facebook authentication in the past and can no longer do so now. A "security enhancement" by facebook no longer allows log-ins to websites that do not use an encrypted connection (such as BlogDogIt.) We find this a bit ridiculous since the whole point of OAuth (authentication) is to provide an encrypted method to verify credentials... oh, well. That's progress.

Oh Well

 

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Inay - for us all

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Inay: motherFrom the exotic shores of the Philippines and Singapore comes a daughter's unabashed tale of heartache and loss. Christine Asuncion has compiled for us entries from her journals, replete with bits and pieces of her soul, to relate what it means to lose the single most important person in your life. Christine shares some experiences and life lessons as she introduces the world to a lady dearly missed by all, despite many of us (until now) never yet having the pleasure to meet.

After becoming a fairly recent reader of Christine's rather copious collection of blog entries I was thrilled to see she had published a book and immediately clicked on over to Amazon to make the purchase. I got the paperback (which I patiently await) and was granted the Kindle version as a reward for purchasing the hard-copy. I wasted no time reading this work and was enormously pleased with Christine's ability to evoke a wide range of emotions from even this crusty old barnacle.

While much of the content of this book has been previously available in blog form it was an extra special treat to have these words arranged and presented as narrative, highlighting the special bond of mother and daughter. This was an enjoyable albeit brief read (but apropos in this respect.) A work that was no doubt cathartic for its author is sure to bring some healing light to all who read it.
 

The book is available as a free PDF download by visiting
Christine's article entitled "first book."


Inay: mother
by Maria Christine Tankeh Asuncion (Author)

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A Classics Archive

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The Internet ArchiveBlogDogIt is excited to announce that Archivist Jason Scott and contributor vanlalhlua have worked together to bring us this very special attraction - as if the internet was not cool enough - The Classics Illustrated Collection has been added to The Internet Archive.

Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazine series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles.

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CLASSICS Illustrated

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Background on BlogDogIt

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ThinkI have long been an avid fan of Lenovo computers, having begun this grand and glorious cyber-adventure with an IBM 286 model. Lenovo - I've been told - took over the IMB computer manufacturing business circa 2005.
 
Ever since the IBM Think Pad™ hit the scene the "Think" background/wallpaper has been seen on many a lap/desktop. After spending so many years absorbing this constant admonition I decided to mix it up a bit and create a more light-hearted replacement.
 
Free Wallpaper
 
Click on the image above for the full-sized image. Save a copy to use yourself and 'knock that chip off' your PC's shoulder. ;-)

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Needing to Cut-Back

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Shortwave Audio ArchiveIn preparing to erect a random length, long-wire antenna (to enable consumption of shortwave radio waves) I was thinking that, when the time comes to actually hear the world, it might be fun to record some of the SWL sessions on the off-chance I catch a prize.

It would be nice if I could come up with something to share at The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive someday. I am also looking forward to further investigations of the HFUnderground website for some tips on where to fish in this sea of frequencies.

https://www.hfunderground.com I was counting on using an old laptop recently equipped with Fedora 28 and Audacity recording software but right-off-the-bat I discoved a problem: the laptop had only a microphone jack for input. In order to tap directly into the audio signal that drives the radio speakers there needed to be an "AUX" or "Line-In" connection. If I were to try plugging the radio's audio signal into the microphone input of the computer it would overload the input circuit and the resulting recording would be very bad indeed. However, if I were to turn the volume on the radio way, way, way, way down I might accidentally be able to record something but I would like to be able to listen as well as record.

I know, I could buy a USB external sound card and gain the needed "Line-In" port for like 30 bucks but I wondered if my dilemma could be easily solved using what I already had on hand. An investigation led me to learn of the need for "attenuator circuitry"; an electrical way to drop the power of the radio audio to levels more amenable to the microphone input of the laptop.

Talk about a "rabbit hole"... serious audiophiles and electronics engineers abound on the internet and detailed information for building the most perfect attenuator possible is readily available to anyone willing to study. I was just looking for the bubblegum-and-bailing-wire solution but sadly this was a case of finding #TMI (too much information.)

Thanks to Rick Chinn http://www.uneeda-audio.com/pads/ for breaking it down nicely enough for me to find just enough information to decide how I'd do it. If you are like me and believe "if it's on the internet it must be true"™ then here is one more bit to throw on the pile:

Hypothetical Stereo L-PAD 12(ish)db Attenuator

In the interest of full disclosure: I have not used this device to do anything but create this spiffy graphic, but according to what I have learned, I can't imagine this would not do what I need. In the mean time I have decided to pull into service an old Windows XP machine with a proper SoundBlaster card for the recording job. Some day I hope to actually test this circuit and let you know how it does - or if you try it out first let me know how it did. #NotRocketScience
 

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Boss God

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I promised a follow-up article to "The Truth About God" and although I know (pretty much) the ideas I wish to convey, the approach to doing so has been somewhat elusive. With today being officially "Freethought Day," I figured it best to simply begin the task and work my way toward the end. To wit...

Earth Moon Boss God

A proposed discussion of God will probably elicit eye-rolls from the vast majority of potential readers while a minority might actually be intrigued. Those with long-held traditional beliefs may have zero desire to explore what others of differing ideals would have to say on the subject of a "Supreme Being."

Religion is big business. There seem to be more religious based institutions and houses-of-worship than coffee shops, which suggests to me that folks must need their God as much as (if not more than) their coffee. Like coffee, God seems to be available in several popular flavors: from the trendy to the traditional, chances are somebody, somewhere has a God for you.

Flying Spaghetti MonsterIt is this apparent discrepancy in God's identity that no doubt, turns many people away from a quest for the truth about God. With so many options on what to believe, many have determined the "safe bet" is to disregard the whole debate and live their lives like none of this matters. Others of course, will cling to their beliefs like nothing else matters. The fact of the matter is that God is Real whether we believe in Him or not .

Him. So many talk about God in the third person; like "He" is somehow apart from mankind. Big Bossman God, watching over his creation just waiting for someone to screw-up his hard work. "He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake." Oh wait, that's Santa Clause... "meh, same difference," some would say. Me? I really don't think God is that cute or concise.

I say God is REAL. More properly God is Reality; God is the reason for Reality. So many believers speak of God as existing somewhere "out there" - separate from "His Creation" - This cannot be. For God to be the Supreme, "He" must encompass the outermost. (Now stick with me here...) If it were possible for God to create a dwelling place that existed apart from his own essence then the space which contains that place would be greater than He. Therefor, "Everything that exists does so within this Supreme Being." Any quest for truth must begin with this undeniable fact.

Another essential fact - often overlooked, surprisingly - is that our existence is a series of consecutive "NOW" moments in time. Nothing can ever be any different than it is in each moment. A recognition of expectation that the next moment "will be" is perhaps the quintessential, defining characteristic of humanity.

Science has made tremendous strides in defining the boundaries of our universal existence to the extent of our ability to perceive. Religious beliefs are a testament to many aspects of our reality which are beyond our ability to readily perceive. A recognition that we all exist within the Reality that is God will go a long way toward understanding the truth of human equality and should bolster the cause of "COEXIST" - as if it were even a choice.

Not A Choice - COEXIST

 

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The Truth About God.

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GodSantaAdamDarwin-sm.jpg

     Do you believe in God?  Yes   No   Unsure

Regardless of how you answer this question, mankind has found it desirable for you to be identified with one of these labels:

  • If you answer "Yes" you are considered a Theist.
  • If you answer "No" you are an considered an Atheist.
  • If you answer "Unsure" you are considered Agnostic.

Given this reality:

  • Many theist will have the unwavering opinion that their beliefs are true and those who do not agree are somehow wrong (or at the very least misguided.)
  • Many atheist will have the unwavering opinion that their beliefs are true and those who do not agree are somehow wrong (or at the very least misguided.)
  • Many agnostics will have the unwavering opinion that their beliefs are true and those who do not agree are somehow wrong (or at the very least misguided.)

This may be the one religious "Trio" we can all agree on.

Triquetra.pngA realistic examination of a human being's existence will show that any one of these labels may well be applicable to an individual at any given moment. Labels can shift when the devout worshiper has a moment of doubt or a died-in-the-wool atheist is caused to wonder (if even for an instant,) when the agnostic feels a pull from one side to the other for instance. This is certainly a topic that has worked to shape human civilization throughout history and affects us all (for better or worse) on a daily basis.

One troubling aspect of the entire debate - if we can at least agree on the "debatability" of God's existence - are the great many defining characteristics ascribed to the role of a "Supreme Deity." Whether known as God, Allah, Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha, Vishnu, Yahweh, Zeus, Jupiter, Allah, Xavier, Waheguru, Jah, Ngai, Baal or countless other "handles", people around the world have found at least some benefit in the recognition of forces that permeate the universe which appear greater than what can be entirely comprehended by mere mortals. Even the unbelieving atheist is not generally willing to disregard the fact that science, in its attempts to explain all that is, falls short in a great many troubling ways.

Many folks simply take it on "faith" that their God is real. Many claim to be looking for signs or proof before they will subscribe to such notions. Still others will entirely turn away from any such thoughts, preferring to live their lives devoid of any and all fruitless struggles and attempts to know the unmistakably, unknowable. 

Quest.pngAnother of those timeless human conundrums is embodied in the question, "Why are we here?" Any answer to this is undoubtedly going to be in "essay" form. In many ways the world's religious institutions owe their very existence to the persistence of humanity's desire for an answer to that very question. Whether the question is asked at the personal, internal level: "Why am I here?" or on a more cosmic scale: "What does it all mean?" any answer we are likely to come up with in our present situation - particularly if expressed in a global forum - is going to result in quintessentially unresolvable matters of opinion with an "agree to disagree" outcome at best. If only it were possible to actually and truly "agree" on our rights to "disagree" this world would be a far better place (of course you may disagree with this assessment.)

I believe in absolute Truth; that there is to be found a common, universal explanation for all that "was, is or ever will be." I intend to explore this reality from the standpoint that:

  1. we cannot all be right (but what if we are?)
  2. we cannot all be wrong (but what if we are?)
  3. we are all in this together (whether we want to be or not.)
  4. knowledge of Truth is a reasonable expectation (even if many of its aspects are ultimately, unknowable.)

Oh, and yes... God is Real.

To be continued...

 

 

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Ahead to the Past

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Ad RollerThanks to the BlogDogIt Friendly Ad Roller ™ I was reminded of Half and Half, the blog and brainchild of "half wit. half wisdom. a whole lot of nonsense."® Megan Lake (A.K.A. @meg_lago to her twits.) When her linky popped up randomly today I took the bait and decided to visit one of my preferred internet destinations.

I have to admit to disappointment however, when I discovered there had not been an entry made since two-nought-sixteen. Not exactly the end of the world because there is plenty of prose from her prolific pen - enough to profit even persistent perusers such as myself.

Meg and MickeyWondering what Meg was up to nowadays, I flew on over to twitter to check for life-signs. Encouraged to find tweets originating from within a fortnight I decided to explore some more and saw she was now listing her internet address as MeganKLake.com It was through this website I learned rather than abandoning her creative side she had instead put it to great effect as Senior Copywriter for the prestigious AMP Agency in Boston.

An investigation of the portfolio presented on her new website reveiled a somewhat less wry application of Meg-arts but I found it to be an enjoyable look into the future of Meg Lago's past. So it turns out that around the time she was walking away from the Half and Half she was walking into the World of Play-Doh. In typical BlogDogIt form I would like to wish Play-Doh an extreemly belated but sincere Happy 60th Anniversary and officialy / finally join in the celebration of "World Play-Doh Day!" (September 16)

Watch the following video short and tell me honestly you did not see this in Meg's Future ;)

  Source: https://videopress.com/v/N0mHwKfh 


Play-Doh tasked us with generating buzz around World Play-Doh Day. We interviewed kids from all over the world and asked them what they thought the future would look like, then we created it in Play-Doh, wrote a cohesive story and launched it on the brand’s 60th anniversary on September 16, 2016.

- Megan Lake [meganklake.com/playdoh/]


You never know what the future may hold; these kids may actually have it right. That Megan kid certainly did.

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