Saturday, June 24, 2017
A death in the family took most of the family out of the area in early June. I did not attend the funeral. I have not been out much, instead working, catching a movie here or there and watching live tennis action.
Recent activities and plans:
- Movie: The Accountant
- Movie: Legend 
- Movie: Inferno
- Movie: The Wizard of Lies
- Upcoming: Starz "Power" Series [new season starts Sunday, June 25th @9:00 pm ET]
- Upcoming: Wimbledon starts July 3rd.
- Grass court [professional tennis] action from Europe.
- Social Media Posts [including]: Hanover Maryland Businesses, Instagram [QiSoftware & HanoverBusinesses], Tumblr.
- Revising Amazon Stores in anticipation of upcoming changes Amazon plans to make to the program. Updates to the new store formats are ongoing and several shopping categories were removed. The new shopping categories:
I have a little more work to do on the stores-- and new additions and deletions are constant. I also have three new domain registrations I plan to start work on.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Over the coming months, Amazon plans to phase out the astore feature, so I am currently adding new pages to this blog that will incorporate most of the product links provided in the Amazon versions of the stores.
Currently the links for the Amazon versions of the stores are listed in the right upper sidebar. I will gradually replace the Amazon links with the page versions associated with this blog.
Listed below, demonstration links for the blog page versions of the stores [keep in mind I am currently working this project].
This project should keep me busy for a couple of days...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Thinking about adding short videos to your blog posts to enhance your advertising optons or add more interest to your content?
The HTML5 <video ... > </video> tags make this easier than ever.
What you will need:
- A camera that records video with at least 640x480 or 320x240 resolution in vivid color.
- A camera tripod that extends to at least 50".
- Video file conversion utility that exports MP4, WEBM and OGV; the 3 formats supported by the HTML5 video tag.
- Optional: Video record utility for your tablet or PC.
Here is a short video I made with the camera tripod shown in the group of photos in the header graphics for this blog and my Canon PowerShot A590. [If I were really using this for advertising I would have re-shot the footage. Whip cream application is kind of messy. This just to give you an idea of how easy this is].
In my opinion, using a camera tripod to record video helps to make the results more professional in appearance. My Canon PowerShot A590 is not that lightweight [can topple a flimsy desktop camera tripod], however my lightweight aluminum tripod that extends to 59" easily supports the camera.
More info about my tripod:
Photos of my tripod extended...
I hate to admit this, but I just figured out what that little twirly thing on my tripod was for-- so I made this short video in case you need to know too.
Online, I love short interesting videos. I have worked with Java Applet Video features and Haxe code to create custom video players, however the HTML5 video tag used by today's browsers- is a more cost effective solution.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I loved the Anne Klein Brass Watch pictured below, from the moment I saw it. I added it to the "Things I Heart" store, and even though it has not been available for sometime now, I never removed it.
I did not purchase the watch when it was available [I tend to go for a plainer look for business and could not justify the purchase for casual wear]. That said, it is the inspiration for one of my latest purchases- the brass chain shown in the photos below.
You can find the brass bracelet here. I am very impressed with the quality of the chain- especially when taking into consideration the cost. The Brass Bracelet is also listed in my "Brass" Amazon Store. All of the Amazon Stores I maintain:
Friday, November 21, 2014
Monday night my mother went out and upon returning came in with an armful of Birthday Gifts including this Edible Arrangement.
I have been snacking on this all week. I love toasting up a Hawaiian Sweet Roll, cutting off a hunk of cheese and dishing up a bowl of fruit for a great mid-afternoon snack.
Another idea... Grand Marnier, Whipping Cream and Powered Sugar. Found this recipe when I was looking for a fresh fruit sauce that was not chocolate. Sounds good to me-- however I love Grand Marnier. Let me know if you have tried this.
Speaking of gifts... Wednesday, before I found out I had to report for jury duty on Thursday [November 20th, 2014], I thought more about neat gift ideas for the Holidays.
One year for Christmas, a friend gave me this beautiful [glass] perfume atomizer.
I later found out the friend was actually an acquaintance of one my cousins. The things I have learned over the years, has often surprised me.
In any case, I have always loved the gift so I added a couple of choices to my Amazon Gift Ideas Store.
Other things I have been up to:
One of the things I wish I had done? Taken photographs while I was in Annapolis yesterday. I was so tired-- I could only notice how beautiful everything looked first thing in the morning.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Have you ever booted your Acer Netbook to a white screen? If this happens, plug in an external monitor [should be a standard 15 pin serial port on you device], ensure Windows has booted and use the following "hot keys" to toggle between the Netbook display and external monitor.
Keep in mind, attempting to use the hot key for an external monitor that is not connected will not work. I thought I could trick it and tried. Did not work. The monitor most be connected.
If you boot to a "white screen", you will not be able to see the options illustrated in the above image- however after correcting the problem-- simply click anywhere on your Windows Desktop with the right mouse button and select "Graphics Properties" from the popup menu.
I found, that when you toggle to the external monitor and then back to the Netbook-- the "white screen" error is corrected.
I have also noted ambient light problems associated with the built in video cameras on my mobile computers, so I think using an external USB video camera can extend the life of the display on your mobile computer [i.e., Netbook, MacBook].
I have provided buying options here-- for a Mac or Windows compatible video camera and an inexpensive external monitor.
News from Washington? Unsure what it means-- promises offered, promises broken-- trying to stay positive.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I started making homemade pies when I moved to my current Hanover, MD address. Before that, I was a young professional that lived alone, so I rarely cooked.
Apple pies were my favorites to experiment with. I do not know how many apple pies I made, before I understood- sautéing Gala Apples in butter, Brown and White Sugars, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Cornstarch, filling an uncooked crust, and then baking- would get the results I wanted.
In my quest for perfect homemade pies, I purchased all of the tools I could find. Pie crust shields, pie plates and savers. Here are a few:
Here are two Covered Pie Dishes- I added to my Amazon Store.
The trick to great homemade pie using fresh fruit? Sautéing the fruit in the spices, sugars and thickening agents [i.e., Cornstarch or Flour] allowing the fruit juices to release and thicken before baking in the pie shell. I learned this through lots of trial and error.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Earlier, I found a photo of a jar similar to the one in the entryway and discovered it's called a Ginger Jar.
Have no idea why I did not know that. I like the jar and wanted to add something similar to my Amazon Home Furnishings Category.
Here are two lamps I found using the search term "Ginger Jar".
Other examples of ginger jar items around the house:
My search yielded lots of great finds [ginger jar like items]-- and even some vases, but I like the covered jar pieces as shown in the photo above- because you can put them anywhere and do not have to worry about a floral arrangement.
Do they collect junk? Yes, in this house they do, however as you can see- they are covered.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I have always loved my mother's spice rack.
I am not sure when she got it [nor where], but do think it is absolutely adorable.
I went in search of something similar to add to the ...Kitchen category of my Amazon Store. I really did not find a lot in the way of options- however these are close.
- Country Rustic Primitive Willow Tree Spice Cabinet
- Wooden Spice Rack. This Unfinished Spice Rack Has a Tin Front to Add to the Elegant Look of Your Kitchen Decor. This Could Also Be Used As a Medicine Cabinet or a Small Pie Cabinet. Measures: 18" X 8 X 21" Tall. With It Being Unfinished You Can Decorate It Any Way You Want to Fit Your Home Decor. It Also Looks Great Unfinished!
- I also like this, Spectrum 28810 Countertop 3-Tier Spice Rack, Black
Have you ever seen this pattern? [Shown- Google Image search results]:
It is called MacKenzie-Childs. I especially loved the utensil holder. Search results.
This is what I have been up to this morning [searching for things I find while looking around], further checks to my Tumblr blog's template-- and an update post on Q's Wire.
What else have I been up to? If I had surveillance they would probably say complaining loudly about issues I feel I should not have.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
A couple of months ago, the strap on my Classic Coach Bag ripped. The bag is over 20 years old and I have carried it around almost everyday for more than 10 years. I am sure the cobbler can repair it, I simply have not had the opportunity to get over there.
This is why every time I see a Classic Coach bag-- I want to order a new one. The other Coach bag I want? This one.
I found the bag above searching for one similar to the one I have. Other things I have been up to?
- Creating Social Media Icons for my Tumblr Blog-- that I have since chosen not to use.
- Creating a master template for my Tumblr Blog. I like maintaining master copies of blog posts and templates offline. This to insure-- my versions are my versions.
- Adding blogroll code to my Tumblr Blog [see the bottom of the page].
- Updating the Celebrity Blogger List. Have you ever noticed who the large organizations follow on their Tumblr blogs?
- Minor updates to my Amazon Stores.
- Dealing with abstract noise issues.
Today, I was so busy insuring my new Tumblr template worked on the older computers and browsers I own [running to the upstairs office]-- that I managed to burn a boiled egg. Everything is okay.. it only smelled like I burnt something.
News from Washington? I wish it were clearer as to what they are doing. Mostly not doing what they say they are going to do. That said, I am not sure who is saying what.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I wish I could tell you I have been working on code issues [broken widgets and interfaces] as related to my sites. Every time I look at WiredPages, I want to get started on the fixes and updates I have planned for that site.
Instead, I have been working on design or data update issues-- as related to other online resources I maintain, including:
New Tumblr blog look:
Today, I also downloaded new icon sets:
Sorry, I cannot provide the link. I get a lot of traffic, no matter what is being reported by those counting.
I had several issues earlier this year [more than normal]- bad power cord, qisoftware.com went down for almost two whole days and trying to ignore the problems with my car-- so in the middle of all that, I neglected to post about my new watch. It was a late Christmas gift.
I am very pleased with the elegance of this watch. You can find it in the Brass section of my Amazon store.
News from Washington? Sounds like some issues still remain. Hearing from those that may not understand- early on [late winter/spring 2012] I was given a lot of information. Why are you here, now? I have no loose ends. Do you?
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Over the years, I was hesitant about entering the color laser printer market. Even though color laser printers have come down drastically, toner replacement seemed so expensive.
Before last Christmas, we had two monochrome laser printers and so many ink jet printers, I do not want to think about how to dispose of them. The problem- ink replacement also expensive and the ink tends to dry out.
So late last year, when my mother announced for the umpteenth time- her ink jet printer was not printing, I decided to look at color laser printing options again. I chose an inexpensive solution and so far, I am very pleased.
Because printer replacement supplies and a printer hub for multiple computer hookups were also purchased, I am not worried about her printing woes anytime soon.
The printer itself, prints in vibrant color and I am impressed. Photographs come out, about the same quality as with any color printer. This factor more dependent on the camera in use [my camera only 8 mega-pixels].
The illustration provided below, is a bit dark-- however in actuality, quite impressive.
I created the photo card on the right, using iPhoto [Mac software], saved it to PDF, which allowed me to print the file using a connected computer [in this case, my mother's HP notebook] and Adobe Reader.
Though none of my computers are directly connected to the new printer, I have lots of software that will support its features. Highlights for someone in business include:
- Works well with most of my software including: iPhoto [cards and calendars], MS Professional Office Suite [including PowerPoint & Publisher].
- Business productivity: flyers, presentations, charts, business reports
- 1200x600 DPI printing also provides [nice-enough] photographic reproduction dependent on the camera in use.
Check around and read reviews for the Konica Minolta Magicolor 1600W Laser Printer. I like this solution a lot for my mother's needs- and if I need color laser output, I no longer have to run to Staples.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
I have started down-sizing my bag [shown in this blog's header photos], however to date, I have only destroyed two discs. This process is going to be long and slow.
Note- I use storage media from days gone bye, like 3.5" diskettes. There were several reasons for this, which I will not bore you with here.
The links below show how to get similar devices/discs like those shown in the illustration for this post.
- WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup - Black (WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN)-- The yellow drive shown in the photo is a Western Digital-- however is not a TB [TeraByte].
- External USB 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive 19308801-40
- Kingston Digital DataTraveler GE9 2.0 (DTGE9/16GBZ)-- Photo showing both ScanDisc and Kingston brand flash drives.
- Generic USB External DVD Combo CD-RW Burner Drive Black
When finished my bag should contain a Macbook, Netbook, external harddrives, flashdrives and camera equipment and will be only a third of the size it is now.
New bag options:
Saturday, December 28, 2013
My mother has her own little office space in her bedroom. Before Christmas [this year], she had an inkjet printer connected to her desktop computer but no way to print from the HP Notebook she received last year for Christmas.
The other problem- though she did very little printing, the ink cartridges needed to be replaced often. Ink drying up may have been part of the problem.
In recent years, I have noticed color laser printers have gone down drastically in price, so this year I decided to get her one. I was very concerned about toner replacement issues, however I think I found a solution for that too [more on this later].
Here is her new setup.
You can find the two port printer switch hub- I selected, in my Amazon Business Solutions Store.
When I need to print- I use one of two black and white laser printers [one being the Brother FAX also listed in the store]- or an Epson Color InkJet. That said, I am envious of her new color laser printer and installed the printer driver on my netbook [used the HP Notebook connection for testing]. Works beautifully.
My sister purchased extra supplies for the printer, so my mother should be good to go- insofar as printing, for years to come.
Friday, December 20, 2013
I am in the holiday spirit and thinking about holiday outfits. Where clothes are concerned, I love spending money on a business suit and eveningwear.
These days, though I rarely get the opportunity to get out-- I still manage to spend hours looking through online catalogs for seasonal outfits. Here is what I have recently added to my wish list [or in some cases, what I love- but for someone else].
Are jumpsuits in this season? I have found many I love.
Yesterday morning, I found this cute little red dress [also came in
black] that I thought would be great for someone else. It was gone
shortly after I listed it in one of my Amazon stores. Abstract noise
provided the clues. Sold out.
I have also been downloading fonts.
In my last post to this blog [Monday], I indicated I was going to take my car out for a spin. I did, but only after I jump started it. I think [hope] the battery is dead. I plan on dealing with the issue after the holidays-- so this was kind of a downer.
News from Washington? Odd.
Monday, December 16, 2013
It is pretty quiet around here today. The snow melted yesterday, so I am going to take my car out for a spin. It has not been driven in almost two weeks and I need to take it around the block.
Other things around here-
For those wondering about my Banana plant after the spider-mites? She's doing okay. I had to trim back some of the leaves-- and in my opinion, she is not as pretty-- however I am hoping I can bring her back. I think the pot is too small-- but I really do not want it to get any larger-- so I am simply going to wait on the new leaves to start coming in.
Not much else going on. Updates to my Amazon Stores.
This morning, I also noticed the WiredPages ZipCode Retriever located on the Business page is no longer providing Zips for street addresses. The Geo Coordinates Tool on the Reference page works. I really need to get busy on several updates [deleting bad links, etc.] to WiredPages. Maybe after I return.
News from Washington? Full steam ahead with the tease. Not sure why? Already explained I may cry starting in January. Right now-- in good spirits, busy.I have decided I love shopping online for my stores.
Friday, December 13, 2013
I am not superstitious, however I did note it is Friday, the 13th.
What have I been up to?
- Signed up with LiveFyre after finding a new style site, StylePantry. Also added the LiveFyre link to the Blogging Tools & Addons List maintained on the NS&J Forums.
- Also signed up with YouLookFab another style community site.
- Found a pair of shoes- [Jeffrey Campbell Womens LORNA pumps shoes Model LORNA NUDEJAGUARBLACKSUEDE], I want to own-- and hopefully after Christmas I will be able to get them. Why? I never go anywhere. Well if I do need to-- I will be ready. I am always asked if I am ready. I always respond, yes.
- Updated the Celebrity Bloggers list which is also maintained on the NS&J Forums.
- Trying to figure out why I am getting a lot of abstract noise about a Lori Wallach of Public Citizen. Abstract noise-- CIA, relative. Not interested. See bow and I do not mean curtsey.
- Book-marked this Cinnamon Cranberry-Apple Sauce recipe for use with the Roast Pork Tenderloin and Dressing I plan to serve on Christmas day.
- Updating Amazon Stores.
News from Washington? Continuing to provide information about others I wish to divest myself of. Not sure what the point is. News, not good.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Are you wondering why there is a can of chalkboard paint under the Home Furnishings & Kitchen Category [lower page 2]?
Several years ago-- when Naomi [blogger I read], moved to DC she had areas of her kitchen done using the paint. I liked the idea.
Also- the other night I watched part of the movie "The Words". Dennis Quad's character- had in his apartment, an extra large mirror leaning in the entryway which was the inspiration for this Home Furnishings find.
Sometimes, I pretend I am furnishing a large home with all of the things I love. My Home Furnishings & [Kitchen] Category reflects some of the finds I would like to have.
I have not included this item yet, however I decided this Enclume MPB-06 RACK IT UP Bookshelf Pot Rack would be perfect if we had higher ceilings with wall space in the right location to hang my mother's beautiful set of MPS pots & pans.
I have finished wrapping all of the presents I am giving and have started planning the menu for Christmas day. Have not started updating WiredPages-- but hope to get to it later this week.
News from Washington? Not good.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
My mother has been collecting brass for as long as I can remember. I started my own collection when I moved away from home and when we combined our collections- then added to them [these last 17 years or so]-- it seems we have more than I realized.
For instance, my mother has several sets of brass wall plates like those shown in the following photo [taken in the den/family room]. I remember her having these plates when we lived in England-- however it may have been longer.
I have always loved the brass leaf ashtray set [one shown in the photo]-- the other sitting on a table in the formal living room. When I purchased my place in Bowie, I changed most of the light switch plates to brass or ceramic [bathrooms] and the one shown was in my formal living area. When I came here-- I swapped some of the standards she still had in place- with mine.
This photo shows a brass tray from my collection with more of my brass jewelry and the bud vases I think I picked up at Pier1.
Also shown, pieces we have added since I came here [sitting Asian Male statuette bookends a TJ Maxx find and the Gyroscope bookends, Target]. The swans were here when I arrived. I am still deciding if I want to use Brasso on some of the pieces. In my opinion, in some cases the tarnish adds more character.
She likes copper accents in the kitchen and has things like copper topped straw holders, strainers, scoops and salt & pepper shakers. I added to her copper kettle collection [not shown], and also tend to purchase copper or terracotta plant holders. I love plants. Here are a couple I have purchased for use in the informal dining area just off the kitchen.
Sometimes too much is too much-- however since we both like brass, we agree that our accent pieces when used properly work in the mix of our environment.
Some of the Brass pieces [under the Brass category] I have added are a combination of brass and copper.
How is your holiday shopping going? Today, I received one of the gifts I ordered and feel so ahead of schedule.
Friday, November 15, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed brass jewelry prices were going out of sight. That's when I started researching. Not only did I find some great prices on Jewelry but also other things I myself have purchased over the years like- brass andirons, finials and knick knacks for my place. Here are some of my finds.
I mostly wear gold jewelry however have several pieces of brass.
When I first moved away from home-- I loved to add brass accent pieces to my home furnishings. PierOne one of my favorite destinations. Lamps, incense burners, plant & candle stick holders, etc.
I still have a lot of my brass-- and for some of the pieces- I use Brasso to remove tarnish. That said, not all brass needs Brasso. Some of it is coated to prevent oxidation.
These pieces [located in the kitchen dining area] could use a good cleaning with Brasso.
Keep in mind-- if you are cleaning brass jewelry that tarnishes-- make sure to wipe clean all of the polish and residue in that a necklace or bracelet might stain a favorite outfit.
For the last week, I have been battling problems with nerves in my mouth. Not exposed nerves- so cold drinks provided temporary relief. Happy to report-- since yesterday morning I have been feeling lots better. Hope to get back to some of the projects I have been planning or working on. Updated some of the lists on the NS&J Forums, researching and shopping and planning for the holidays.
Washington news ambiguous.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Recently, I have been looking for unique gift ideas for my Amazon Store. Ideas come to me from all sorts of things.
For instance, my mother is planning a short getaway and trying to decide on what to take. She came downstairs while inspecting an outfit in the foyer mirror and asked how it looked. This gave me the idea to look for "old fashioned" full length mirrors like one I used to own.
What I found- this Powell Dakota Cheval Jewelry Wardrobe with Full-Length Mirror. I have never seen anything like this and thought it unique.
When I asked my mother if she had ever seen a full length mirror that also had a Jewelry storage area-- she said yes-- at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I have not been over there in awhile.
Anyway, I looked at most of those offered via Amazon and loved the details of the one shown the most. That said, some of the reviews indicated a problem with tilting.
I and my family members have owned several full length mirrors on stands that tilt. All have the problem. Why? When you tilt the mirrors this way or that-- the screws on the stand become loose. Simply tighten them back up-- careful to follow the manufacturers instructions.
Anyway, do you thing this is a unique gift idea?
What else have I been up too?
- Cooking-- will provide photos in a later post.
- Taking photos of the house and the yard in fall
- Updating my Amazon Stores [over the weekend, I added a whole new brass category]
- Getting news from Washington...
- Researching gifts I want to give
- A little dieting...
- Reading blogs and finding new ones [can't list anymore until I lawyer up- when and if this ever ends-- washington saying soon].
I am going to be so ready for this holiday season...
Saturday, November 02, 2013
My parents gave me my first set of finials as a stocking stuffer one year for Christmas. At the time, Christmas '86 or so, I used the lamps in the living room of my Northern VA rented condo. Today the lamps are in my bedroom and I am showing one with a closeup of one of the two finials given to me.
I loved the difference the brass hardware added to the lamp. The lamps are all brass-- even the black urn and though I liked them in the first place [I purchased them a year or two after I left home]-- decided that after putting the finials on them-- I could never go back to just plain lamp shade screw tops.
I purchased the lamp below for my then bedroom sometime around 85 but at the time did not know the difference a finial could make. I thought the lamp was beautiful and on sale in the first place, but after I got the gift, I purchased the finial shown and thought it was perfect. [Not the original shade.]
I thought they were a unique gift-- so today, when adding new items to my Amazon Store under the category of "Gift Ideas", I thought I would add this one.
I found several finials I liked, but chose the following for the "Gift Ideas" category.
They make great stocking stuffers and will be loved... By the way, did you see the KitchenAid Mixers under the same category? You can get a feel for each available color to see what will best match your kitchen. Ours is Blue like the one initially shown. It was already here when I arrived in 96 or so. If I needed to get a KitchenAid Mixer I like the Onyx Black, Majestic Yellow and Copper Pearl. Currently we have copper accents in the kitchen, and the other two colors I simply like. What do you like?
Monday, October 28, 2013
Recently, I ordered some items including the blouse highlighted [from "Things I Heart"]:
Shown- my blouse, I ordered the Peach, Size: Medium.
I love the blouse, especially the fabric- 100% Rayon. That said, the blouse does run a little small. If you are more on the petite side- this is a great deal.
I also ordered this ROMEO & JULIET COUTURE Oversized Sweater w/ Detachable Faux Fur-- for an unbelievable price [see post title]:
Yes, I love this sweater. I was a little concerned when I opened the box, however after I shook it out- I knew I had gotten a great deal. I ordered another item, but it is a gift so I cannot discuss it here-- however can say, I am very pleased with all of my recent purchases.
What else have I been up too? Updating my Amazon Stores, made a loaf of Banana Nut Bread on Friday and finished off the Pot Roast I made on Thursday. I am getting news from Washington, however holding off with updates until- "if and when" the news becomes more firm.
Friday, October 11, 2013
The new shoes-- these Anne Klein Booties in dark brown size 8.5.
Outfits I am planning to pair with the shoes?
I planned to do a lot of things with this bootie. Originally, I wanted the olive shade [they did not have my size].
The dark brown matches my Brown Suede Jacket almost perfectly so I really have more options with the brown I purchased. They were only $31.99+ shipping.
That said, I had to get the 8.5 which is the size I wear with stockings and thin socks. They did not have the 9 and the 9.5 is simply too large. This means layering with thick socks is out, but I still think they were a great deal and will work with things I already have. Here is another look:
Some of the reviews indicated a problem for some with the arch. I pranced around in my shoes for two or three hours yesterday and had no problems. I am used to wearing heels.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
When I find items I like, I tend to purchase in multiple colors. The following items are great as gifts or just to have in your wardrobe.
Gift ideas for me? Any item shown above. Colors: browns, taupes, blacks. Sizes: 9B shoe. Medium everything else that requires a size. I think I was kidding, but okay.