Co-ordination- SoCS – August 17, 2019

I have been away from meaningful blogging including SoCS for some time now. Partly due to brain drain and also lack of inside time. Up until now I have been working on this outdoor masterpiece.

So the Co-ordination came in setting up an operation to assemble 100 backpacks for some kids in Belize on a mission trip that just ended. Arranging 100 empty backpacks, about 1200 exercise workbooks, crayons, pencils, glue sticks, pens, erasers, sharpener’s, scissors, folders and other items. Then you add the older kids who have dictionaries and atlases and specialized workbooks and you try to coordinate for names and for schools and grade levels. See what I mean by coordination?

Speaking of co-ordination, Google Photos and WordPress aren’t coordinating on the Wi-Fi connection in Belize. I will clean that up when I get a more robust Wi-Fi connection.

SoCS – 08/17/19

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Thursday Doors – August 15, 2019

This an entry for Norm’s Thursday Doors

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Thursday photo prompt: Journey

McNally walked down the road, wait was this a road? Perhaps it was more of a path. No, definitely a road since it was wide and occasionally had traffic, he guessed. Right now it seemed strangely deserted. Not a dog, or chicken or any creature. Had he made the wrong assumption from his message? It said “Meet me in the village.” If he was meeting Vasdanya it could only be this village.

A bird chirped and his fingers quickly wrapped the cold steel in his pocket.

“Dang, these Yeti cups are so cold,” he thought. The cold water kind of burned his throat and he swept his hand over his forehead to remove a swath of sweat.

He’d carefully counted his measured paces and looked for the colored stone with his next set of instructions. This was an unexpected adventure but not surprising based on his knowledge of Vasdanya, she loved the movies, including the spy ones. He tried to remember if this reminded him of any of the movies they watched during their dating time. What was she thinking?

He scooped the colored stone out of the sand and looked it over. What he saw made him smile. One, four, three, her code for “I love you” when she couldn’t say it. He saw a red dot dancing on the sand next to him and pivoted quickly to try to figure out where it originated from.When he winced from the loud sound he could hear bus Tanya cackling.

“Tanya Vasdanya, where are you?”

With her thick Russian accent Tanya said, “if you want me you must follow your clues!”

McNally smiled because he liked this game.

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Yes, another photo prompt to help reawaken my Joe’s Musings site. This is a fun one where you post a photo to see if anyone can determine where the photo is taken. This is for Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge- Trees – August 14, 2019

I thought of this one for this week’s Fun Foto challenge.

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Water Water Everywhere – August 15, 2019

For too long I have neglected my general blog in favor of more subject specific ones, like my flower blog or my faith-based one. But since I am in the midst of a five day missions trip and have a bit of extra time I decided it was a chance to pump life back in to the old boy.

One of my favorite type of challenges this time of year when I usually I am outside and away from any devices is photo challenges. Granny Shot It has this one called Water Water Everywhere. I snapped these photos on approach to Miami International Airport.

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Fan of . . . KIDS! – 08/15/19

This is an entry I put together last night at the end of a long day for Jez Braithwaite’s Fan of . . .

Being a father is one of the greatest blessings of my life. A father blessing was having a son and daughter to get both experiences. Beyond that also have 7 nieces and nephews so they fun goes on and on period.

But when I made my first international mission trips 7 years ago a whole new door opened. I got involved with an American missionary from Florida who was part of an organisation that made a place for kids to come after school for tutoring, fan and to learn about Jesus.

Now 7 years later I am on a solo trip where I am able to spend more time with the kids and also enjoying interaction within the village.

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Wordless Wednesday – Miami, Florida

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy – 04/03/18

This week the topic is Happy 

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – 03/30/2018

Do we really pay attention to which way everything goes? I think we are so automatic in our routines we have no idea what we see. That is why I enjoy the Which Way challenge.

This challenge sets out a broad set of criteria:

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps:  indoors, outdoors
  • Railway  tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and starmacs
  • Ferry’s, canals and lochs
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes

 

 

 

 

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: – 03/29/18

This week’s topic is Store Front and Building Signs

 

 

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – 03/29/18

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone – 03/27/18

This week the topic is Alone. You can photograph anything that appears to alone or possibly lonely for this challenge.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 03/13/18

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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge – 03-25-18

The oddball challenge is one of my favorites because I have an eye for the unusual and try to snap photos when I see it.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – 03/23/2018

Do we really pay attention to which way everything goes? I think we are so automatic in our routines we have no idea what we see. That is why I enjoy the Which Way challenge.

This challenge sets out a broad set of criteria:

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps:  indoors, outdoors
  • Railway  tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and starmacs
  • Ferry’s, canals and lochs
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – 07/14/179

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind – 03/15/18

This week’s topic is Bikes of Any Kind

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Bike share in Washington, DC during 4th of July week 2017.

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Listen to the NCAA Tournament with an Alexa Skill

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This is the inaugural post of a new, ongoing series I am going to call If It’s Tech. In it I will periodically, not exactly sure how often mind you, share some technology tip I have learned. Right now I am busy learning how to use the Alexa Echo I received for Christmas, so you may get a healthy does of Alexa skills for a while.

Today starts the three week phenomenon now officially labeled March Madness, where 60 some odd teams, I lose count with all the add-on games, will battle for the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship. I am blessed with a job where I can work at home, but I cannot take the time to watch any of the games, so I thought about the possibility of tuning in through my Alexa device.

If you are unfamiliar with the Alexa devices or system you probably don’t know there is a suite of “Skills” to use for specific things you want Lexa to do. Think of the apps store for your phone and that is about the best comparison. This list of skills is ever expanding as tech folks are scrambling to try to build their resumes by creating these nuggets.

As I write this I am listening to the second half of the Wright State-University of Tennessee first round game. How did I do it? I am going to post a picture I captured from the “Alexa Skills Store unofficial” web site.

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I used the second example phrase, “Alexa, ask March Madness which games are available?” Alexa told me at the time I asked there was two games available and proceeded to tell me Wright State vs. Tennessee and another game. I live only two hours from Knoxville, TN, so I chose this game. While I did not check for sure, it is likely there is also a way to do the same for NIT and Women’s NCAA games.

I intend to check for something similar to allow me to listen to my Cincinnati Reds as soon as baseball season begins in less than three weeks. Check back soon to see what other If It’s Tech topics might interest.

 

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