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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Ceiling Mount

  Alexa, play my playlist... My goal has been to have music easily accessible while hanging out on my front patio. I'm aware of all kinds of stereo's, Bluetooth speakers/devices that could accomplish this, but I wanted something that wasn't tied to my smartphone, as well as something that wouldn't involve a major renovation (my front wall is brick). Now before people start to comment that I could have run stereo speakers in the soffit and into my house, that was already more work than I had planned as the soffit doesn't seem to be removable without using destructive force (I'm not sure how it was installed). I also wanted something that would be relatively permanent, in that I didn't want to have to charge something, or turn it on and off.  My solution was an echo dot mounted to the soffit, where my echo dot would be sheltered from the elements and provide music upon verbal command. So I turned to the world wide web for solutions, and there are a few great i

OMG, Completely overwhelmed (Part 2)

  So it seems I may have corrected my non-compliance issue with the EU, yay I can start making money again! (EU issue was that my site was listed as instead of, I don't even know where the / came from, as this is a Blogger template) Now Google AdSense doesn't seem to work. I'll gone through the code a dozen or so times this week so I'll dumb it down, as I really don't understand it all to well myself.  Google places advertisements on my site, based on who is visiting (they listen to you phone calls) Google can only place advertisements , if my site allows it (which is what I want) hidden on my site is a file (ads.txt) that gives Google permission to place advertisements  Google AdSense claims the ads.txt file is missing, so they can't place advertisements  in my attempts to fix this, I completely re-designed my website (as you may have noticed) to test functionality, I'm instructed to type in if my

Happy Canada Day

  This post is a little late, as the weekend got away from me. The artwork pictured above hangs in the front hallway of my house, a memory of my late father. My father was an avid outdoorsman, who spend many a weekend up in the Lytton and Lillooet area fishing it's many lakes for Rainbow and Dolly Varden trout. So the story as I know it goes like this... The artwork above is an oar/paddle carving of a salmon/eagle. It's carver is unknown to me, (there is a signature on the back, but I had never thought of having it researched) who lived in the Lytton-Lillooet area.  It was on one hot summer day, during a weekend, some 35ish years ago. My father was driving the lonely dirt roads of the Lytton-Lillooet region to his favourite fishing spots. During his drive, my father came across a stranded car facing the opposite direction. I suspect most people, minding their own business would just drive by. That wasn't my father, a mechanic, he would often find himself pulling over to ass

Netflix and chill, no seriously just chill it's hot out there

Netflix and chill, no seriously just chill, cause this weather be crazy hot here in East Vancouver. I think I might have to put off blogging for a bit. Anyways Black Summer Season 2 just dropped on the 17th of June, so last week, and I finally got to watch it. It's such a crazy show.  For those of you into the zombie genre, which might be getting a bit played out, Black Summer is another strange take on post pandemic life. It's like the walking dead on adrenalin! If you're at home trying to stay chill then why not throw this show on to kill some time.

OMG, Completely overwhelmed

  It's been a while since I was blogging on the regular. It's been even longer since I started this blog. Well, it seems I've neglected a bunch of stuff over the years, and it's time to fix everything. Fun Facts  #1. European laws dictate you need to have security imbedded into you domains through a DNS service? - I honestly thought I had done this when I click ok. Well here is the problem, I started this blog (and other blogs) as a free service from Blogger (google). I later went on to purchase this (and other) domains from Blogger (google). Blogger (google) purchased the domains (on my behalf) from GoDaddy.  So now when I need to do an update, I use the Blogger interface which send me to the Google interface, which redirects me to the GoDaddy interface, which lets me make changes. Well, somewhere along this chain, I lost access. Normally I just use the auto-password and auto-login from site to site, but I lost a password, or changed it, or changed my user name or some


So this just happened...  Not to long ago I received a package in the mail from the United Food and Commercial Workers union local 247. Inside the package was the certificate shown above, this letter, and this watch. This is such a nice and thankful thought, a big thanks to the UFCW staff and members world wide. So this might come to some who frequent as a shock, but I recently retired from my "life defining" job of 31 years as a retail worker/cashier/attendant. I say life defining, because I have always found it somewhat comical how, when you meet people, they almost always ask what you do for a profession. You're answer to this question, will ultimately somehow determine your worth to them, or your overall worldly worth. I was always at a loss because there is so much more that I've accomplished in life, and more to me than merely my cashier status.  Anyways that chapter of my life has closed, and we will see what the future holds.  

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