Friday, March 10, 2017

Another Beatles Hoax - 1958 Liverpool Police Film Believed to Feature Earliest Glimpse of The Beatles

This misleading Billboard headline and subsequent article claims to show The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, along with Paul’s brother Michael, on a rooftop watching the annual Police Horse and Dog Show.

The film is actually a Liverpool police recruitment film from 1958. Michael McCartney says…  “Wow! That could definitely be us.” He went on to say “It was a really big occasion in Liverpool and that’s what we used to do every summer –- take deck chairs and climb onto the concrete shed and watch a free show. And I think there is every chance John would have been there that year – absolutely. His friend, Pete Shotton, was a police cadet. And George could easily have been there, too. It’s bloody mad – absolutely fascinating and unbelievable!”

The complete film runs 41:38 long and is on YouTube. The glimpse of the Beatles comes at 34:33 in the film. The article claims that the footage shows Paul McCartney, along with his brother Michael, and Lennon on a rooftop at their home at 20 Forthlin Road. This brief glimpse may or may not be them, it’s at too far of a distance, and it is a glimpse of only two seconds. This maybe them, but I doubt it. The film also shows the three on a rooftop beginning at 31:52 through 32:05. I just don’t think that these three can be John, Paul and Michael. These boys are much younger than they should have been in 1958. It’s obvious to me that these three young boys are just other persons unknown. Maybe with a bit of publicity on this film, one of them may come forward.

Lastly, I go right back to what Michael McCartney did say...and that was 'That could definitely be us.' You see, he doesn't come right out and say it's them, because most likely it's not. He realizes that someone else might step forward and claim to be these young boys and one would think for sure that if you have good enough memories of these shows, you'd also definitely be able to recall being stopped and questioned on the rooftop. These things lead me to believe that this is just another of those Beatles hoax's that will never be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

See for yourself, and leave a comment with your opinion.

The video in question is at this link

Source: The original article by Steve Marinucci was posted 3/9/2017 at the link below

Monday, March 6, 2017

How to Display a PDF on Blogger

How To Put PDF or any document on Blogger in easy to follow step by step instructions.

Blogger is a great publishing platform, and it's used by millions every day. There are a few shortcomings with the service, but then again none of the blogging platforms are perfect.

One of the shortcomings with blogger is the lack of plug 'n play support for importing documents or pdf files into a new post.

If you're a Blogger, there may come a time when you want to display a word doc or pdf in a new post. Without already knowing what to do, you'll inevitably start searching google for an easy way to do this.

You can search all day, high and low, but you won't find any better information than what I am going to give you right now.

To embed a pdf follow these simple steps

  1. Upload your file to your Google Drive. ( It would be a good idea to put your blogger pdf's in a separate folder,to help you stay better organized.)
  2. Double click and open your file in Google Drive.
  3. At the top right where there are 3 dots next to the printer and download icons, click and open the 3 dots and select at the top Share.
  4. At the bottom right of the pop-up select advanced.
  5. Where it says...Specific people can access click > change.
  6. At the top of this pop-up select On – Public on the web, and then click save and then click done.
  7. Go back to the 3 dots at the top right side of your file next to the download and printer icons and select the 3 dots and select open in new window.
  8. Finally, select the 3 dots again, at the top right of your file, and this time select embed item. Copy the html code in the pop-up box and select OK.

That's all there is to it, it's very simple and after you've done it a few times you won't need to search for ways to do it.

But, that's not all...once you have your code, go back into Blogger and on your post in edit mode you'll see 2 tabs at the top of your unpublished post, one says compose, and the other says html. Select the html tab, and simply paste your code there.

Prior to publishing your post, you'll want to see it in preview to make sure it all looks the way you want it to. There's a good chance that when you see your post in preview that the pdf is off the page, proportionately too wide and doesn't look right. Not to worry...this is easily fixed by going back to your post in edit mode, and again select the html tab. Open this and look for your pdf html code and there you'll see that your code is probably set to a standard height at 480 and the width at 640. To fix this, just select the number following the width and set that to 580. Changing only the width is all you need to do, then go back and preview it again and you'll see that your file fits perfectly side to side and looks the way it should.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

What Songs did Ringo write & sing with The Beatles

Beatles fans are everywhere and yet there are many who are not aware of Ringo's contributions.

How many songs did Ringo sing with The Beatles?
Did Ringo write any of The Beatles songs?
Did Ringo Starr himself write any of the Beatles' songs?

The above are a sampling of popular questions with regard to what Ringo's contributions were.

The straight facts are that Ringo wrote only 2 songs for The Beatles, "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden."

He is also credited as a co-writer on 5 other songs: "What Goes On" - "Flying" - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" - "Dig It" and lastly a song John Lennon said was a lousy little ol' instrumental track simply called “12-Bar Original.”

Although he did not write that many songs for The Beatles he did actually sing lead vocals on 11 songs, and they are as follows...

Boys, I Wanna Be Your Man, Matchbox, Honey Don’t, Act Naturally, What Goes On, Yellow Submarine, With A Little Help From My Friends, Don’t Pass Me By, Good Night, Octopus’s Garden…and there you have it. Just the straight facts!

* Something to keep in mind...if you get a chance to see Ringo's All-Starr Band in concert, you should make it a top priority. Put it at the top of your bucket list. He really is an awesome entertainer and you'll be treated to 5 or 6 Beatles songs along with his solo hits and his All-Starr Bands solo hits. His shows are more than just a show, his concerts are experiences, and there's nothing that compares to an All-Starr Show with the lovable Ringo getting by with a little help from his friends.

Although there are no dates announced as of this posting, he will be releasing a new album, and will tour later on this year.

Stay up to date on all things Ringo here

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Lorde - Green Light - Video & Lyrics

"Green Light" is the new song by New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde. It is the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album, Melodrama. The song was written by Lorde, Jack Antonoff, and Joel Little, and was produced by Lorde, Antonoff, and Frank Dukes.

Lyrically, the song is inspired by Lorde's first heartbreak, and she had this to add...

"The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, 'She thinks you love the beach, you're such a liar.' What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don't like the beach! It's those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, 'how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?' And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That's her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that's the song for me."


"Green Light"

I do my makeup in somebody else's car
We order different drinks at the same bars
I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
She thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar

Those great whites, they have big teeth
Hope they bite you
Thought you said that you would always be in love
But you're not in love no more
Did it frighten you
How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?
On the light up floor

But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind
But honey I'll be seein' you 'ever I go
But honey I'll be seein' you down every road
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

Sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom
I whisper things, the city sings 'em back to you

All those rumors, they have big teeth
Hope they bite you
Thought you said that you would always be in love
But you're not in love no more
Did it frighten you
How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?
On the light up floor

But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind
But honey I'll be seein' you 'ever I go
But honey I'll be seein' you down every road
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Yes, honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

Green Light is the sign that says it's alright to move on and that she wants to, even though she says she can't let go, she looking for that green light that says it's ok. What's really nice about this new song is that Lorde's style is evolving, not really changing.

 "It's very different, and kinda unexpected. It's complex and funny and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE. It's the first chapter of a story I'm gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin."

Her raspy voice is the emotional hook that continues to captivate us all. The song has everything and is bundled in a lot of energy and is the perfect way to get fans excited anticipating the rest of the new album.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Alt Codes Cheat Sheet - Alt Codes Reference

It happens to everyone. You're typing a paper and then you need to insert some special character that is not conveniently at your fingertips. You then type the word out instead of the character and think to yourself, 'I don't like that' then probably you'll minimize your work in progress and Google search how to etc. Everyone has and this will continue to be a never ending dilemma, because there are quite literally too many to remember that often are seldom used.

Below, I list some of the most common characters we often wish to use rather than type out in full. These are just the basics. Too much information (TMI) is often too easily forgotten.

These are called “Alt Codes”. You can simply hold down the Alt key while typing out a number code to get your desired character.

How to use

Press and hold the ALT key and type the number

Alt-0162 = ¢
Alt- 0169 = ©
Alt-0174 = ®
Alt-0153 = ™
Alt-0176 = °(degree sign)
Alt-0134 = †(dagger)
Alt-0135 = ‡(double dagger)

Common Fractions

Alt-0188 = ¼
Alt-0189 = ½
Alt-0190 = ¾

More Alt-Codes can be found with the following links.

You can also use Charmap to copy and paste other popular signs and symbols to make your written work more unique.

   MS Windows Character map

Charmap ("Character Map") is a program built-in into MS Windows operating systems. You can use it to input characters from the different fonts installed on your system.

How to run it...

There are two ways to open Character Map.
    1.Start ➢ All Programs ➢ Accessories ➢ System Tools ➢ Character Map
    2.The Faster way is: Start ➢ Search >Programs and files search bar ➢ type "charmap" then press enter on your keyboard.

With Character Map, just choose a font and pick text characters you like. You type them in a line by double-clicking them in the character list and then copy-paste from the program's input line to where you want.
The program is easy to use and you'll discover more on your own easily, just by trying it out.

Another suggestion would be to create your own 'cheat sheet' document with all of the characters you might ever want to use. A page of only characters, signs and symbols that you can easily refer to and access to copy and paste from. It might seem like a silly idea, but most writers do have a copy & paste cheat sheet that they VERY often refer to.

I hope the above information is of use and helps you out.

How To Fix the Chromebook Sound & Video Problems

How To Fix the Chromebook Sound & Video Problems

Chromebook does not play sound with avi files
Chromebook has sound and no picture with avi files
How to play avi files on Chromebook
How to get MKV files to play on Chromebook without issues
Fixing the no sound problem on a Chromebook

Chromebooks have been around for a while now, and they keep growing in popularity all the time. As more and more people become Chromebook users, more questions surface all the time with some of the Chromebook peculiarities that leave us confounded. Right now, one of those problems has to do with video playing without sound. If that is you, then read on my friend, I have the answer you are looking for.

Chrome states that they support all of the major video types, which are also called containers. The problem some people are having is that their Chromebooks (regardless of the manufacturer) does not support certain audio codecs as they’re proprietary and Chrome/Google would have to pay license fees to the owners. In general, all MKV containers are supported, but if the audio within the container is encoded in a proprietary codec, it won’t play. This applies to other video formats, like avi, as well, what people did not realize is that some of the audio is encoded in proprietary codecs, and some of these simply will not play on your Chromebook.

The solution is to convert your video into another format/container and that fixes the problem. There are numerous apps out there, just for this purpose. The unfortunate reality here is many, and most of these app's require registration and then they also charge some subscription type of fee.

It really depends on how much video you use on your Chromebook and if converting files is really worth all of the trouble.

What I've found is, most video works fine without any sound problems on Chromebook. Only rarely have I found a file that plays with no sound.

If you want an easy, and FREE way to fix your video without sound problem, your best option is to use the web app clipchamp.

With clipchamp you can convert, and fix your video. The downside of this, is that the process is a little bit slow, and you can only convert 5 videos for free per month. For myself, that's more than good enough, and I can easily have a file converting on one tab while doing other things in other tabs.

One last tip, if you are going to use this clipchamp web app, you should also be aware that if your machine goes to sleep or your screen saver pops up, your video conversion will probably fail or just not work. This is also easy enough to fix, just add the extension to your Chrome browser called The Great Suspender and select never suspend this site from the drop down menu. This will allow you to keep a video actively converting in a tab that you can ignore.

Rock On!

Extra: I've read elsewhere that you can fix your video by uploading your video to Google Drive, hoping that it will work by playing it from there. I tried that, and it DID NOT work. Don't waste your time.

The Great Suspender


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...and people are still asking...
Can you play mp4 on Chromebook?”
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Can Chromebooks play MKV files?”
Is there a way to play mkv files on my Chromebook?”
How can I watch MKV files on a Chromebook?”
Is there a way to play mkv files on my Chromebook? The file plays without audio.”

The bottom line here is that if your particular video does not work as it should, you will need to convert the file, unfortunately there is no easy fix such as an app or extension that will magically fixes these issues. Even the VLC extension did not work. The only thing that does for sure is to convert your file with clipchamp.