Even More Food Art!

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I LOVE HIS WORK!

I have his book, “A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!,” which is geared for preschool through third grade and even developed my own preschool lesson plan as an assignment. I had to present the lesson in front of my classmates. Maybe someday I will write about it. :)
A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!

Product details are available on Amazon.  Click above.

Originally posted on The Journal:

Folks meet Mr Carl Warner and prepare to be blown away by his work. He (and a team) create amazing landscapes and art pieces with food which he calls ‘foodscapes.’ Behold I bring you talent! Don’t even hesitate to wander over and see more of his amazing work at Source below.

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iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week. How to get it and remove it.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.
A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.
A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.

“I don’t even have an iPhone!”

When I first saw this photo on my Facebook feed, this was my first thought.  Of course, curiosity gets the best of us and we are only human, so I had to see for myself.

You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your "Purchases" today.
You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your “Purchases” today.

I checked my iTunes Store from my computer and there it was in my purchases. I am not complaining; I downloaded it and I intend on listening to it. However, I noticed that other people are, so I posted the above statement and photo (to my own, personal feed, then thought it would make a better article) AFTER I Googled the band, U2 and found an article with information explaining Apple’s response to the complaints.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.
iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.

To get the album for free:

  1. Get the album at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-of-innocence/id915794155.
  2. If you already have iTunes, click the button that says “I Have iTunes.”
  3. An “External Protocol Request” will pop up. Click “Launch Application” to start your iTunes program.
  4. Select where it says to download the album for free.

To access it from your purchases:

  1. Go to your Store’s “Home” screen.
  2. Select “Purchases” from the list on the right.
  3. You will find “Songs of Innocence under the list of albums that are not already on your device.
  4. Click the little cloud and arrow button to download it to your device.

If you would like to remove it, you can go to itunes.com/soi-remove.

Once it is removed, it will no longer be available for you to re-download as a previous purchase.  You will have to buy it.  This was Apple’s quick response to the complaints.

Personally, I’m not a fan, but I was curious since people were saying that it was an iPhone thing. Since I don’t have an iPhone, I decided to check it out on my PC’s Store. I think it’s cool that Apple decided to buy over 500 million people in 119 countries a gift.  They are doing this to promote their newest models of phones; the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 4.7 and 5.5 inches, some new features and a new device called iWatch.  (Which, by the way, resembles Android Wear.  I’m sure there are many key differences, but don’t be surprised to see an updated model release from Android and Google Play soon.)

Have you listened to the album yet?  Do you like U2?  What are your thoughts and opinions on Apple sending us gifts like this?

Sources:
Apple releases U2 album removal tool

Apple launches website to help users delete U2 album from their iTunes

The iPhone(s) 6 and more: EW live-blogs Apple’s big event

Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food

I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

fall jello shots from that's so michelle (1)

 

Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2011/11/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-jello-shots.html
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-pudding-shots.html
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/12/apple-cider-and-buttered-rum-jello-shots.html
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-jello-shots-and.html
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle http://www.thatssomichelle.com/p/jello-shots.html

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory Part 2: Hoax video with ‘artist’s’ signature!

hoax video with artist signature

UPDATE ALERT for A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory!

Thanks to notyoutoo, for sharing the link to the following video.

hoax video with artist signature

If you look close enough, you will see that the ‘artist’ left his signature.

It was created and uploaded by oondyla on his YouTube channel.  Apparently Oondyla was a viral marketing company.  I say “was,” because a Google search reveals no official website, though there used to be one at oondyla.com.

 

oondyla former website
“We believe in viral marketing. No, no virus this time. Viral marketing consists to create funny, incredible, shocking videos that run on the net showing the name oondyla worldwide! ” – OONDYLA

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O-M-G, I just love how they try to sell themselves by saying they believe that viral marketing consists of running videos bearing THEIR NAME worldwide and that is how the companies that they hope to market for are going to reach a lot of people!

I also say it “was” a company with a website because according to its Whois information, expired on January 20, 2014 and has not been renewed.

Clearly this business was a bust!

(Don’t forget to check out that pancake recipe someone posted in response to the video on Facebook!)

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory. It Is Just Hilarious!

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into this video.

Facebook, and the rest of the internet, has done it again!

One little twist of a photograph or video, and the rest of the world knows about it.  Behold the Power of Facebook!

A July 29th Facebook post claims that a video, containing footage of a UFO, is the real deal and encourages its supporters to share it before “they” remove it from the internet.  The poster of the video claims that Facebook has already been asked to remove the video.

I thought this was too funny for several reasons.

First of all, they posted this with too many capital letters, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.  Whether you’re a conspiracy theorist, radio website, or not, if you want what you’re writing to look legit, at least try to make it look legit.

The Facebook Page in question posted the following:

“This is the video that they are ERASING off the internet. Facebook has been Asked to DELETE.  SHARE IT before it gets Deleted. Make this go Viral Now.  PEOPLE MIGHT SAY ITS FAKE BUT BELIVE IN THEM AS MUCH AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT HIDING IT FROM YOU.”

Secondly, if they claimed that Facebook had been “asked to delete it,” well, weren’t they the ones posting it?  Wouldn’t they be the ones asked to delete it?  Why post it at all if they knew that Facebook was already deleting it?

Third of all, it’s September and this video is still all over the internet.

So of course I wanted to see if I could find the source.  I don’t know if I did, but I found something interesting on an identical YouTube video.

I found this:

Is this real, or a hoax?  What do you think?

Let’s take a closer look:

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.
This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

So what is bandicam.com?  Well, my dear readers, according to its website, “Bandicam is the most advanced Desktop Screen Recorder and Video / Game Recording Software on the planet.”

And there you have it.

My own belief is that somebody was recording their video gameplay of an alien invasion simulation of some sort.  They probably uploaded the file onto YouTube or some other video uploading program to either store it or share it with friends and from there, it went viral.

Now, many of us know what happens when people post questionable content of the ridiculous kind.  The comments that follow are usually just as entertaining.  Amidst all the quirky responses, the believers, the disbelievers, and the Michael Jackson eating popcorn memes, I found this one to be the best:

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!
Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

I could not help but laugh.

I think I should start making pancakes now.

A Cappella at Rutgers University – At Rutgers, they are ‘The Voice of the Knight’. Hear them sing:

Does this march look like a big, giant "R"?
This photo was taken at my brother's graduation commencement ceremony from Rutgers University!

So, my youngest brother recently graduated from Rutgers University.  I just felt like sharing something from the Jewish a cappella group he joined while he was away for the last four years.  I will definitely miss being in the audience, watching this talented group of young adults perform.

His group is called Kol Halayla, which, in Hebrew, translates as ‘voice of the night’.  At Rutgers University, they are ‘The Voice of the Knight’.  The Rutgers team mascot is the Scarlet Knight.

Joongle is a song by the popular Israeli singer, Eyal Golan. It is featured on Kol Halayla’s CD, “The Scarlet Knight Rises” (2013).

Joongle
Solo: Daniel Moritz
Arrangement: Daniel Moritz and Scott Siegel
Vocal Percussion: Jake Stein

Does this march look like a big, giant "R"? This photo was taken at  Rutgers University, 2014.
Does this march look like a big, giant “R”?
This photo was taken at my brother’s graduation commencement ceremony from Rutgers University!

How to Make Your Dream Blog an Online Reality

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So I’m writing this proposal of an idea to help get a local poetry group and its associated newspaper and photography groups online with a blog of their own.  I wrote it using the blog feature of a word processor and am about to save it and send it off in an email when I give it a read through and I realize, this isn’t just a proposal saying “Pick WordPress; It’s Awesome,” this is an actual “WordPress for Newbies” list!  I also thought, wouldn’t this make an awesome post for those who are considering starting a blog of their own?

Proposal to bring South Orange Expressionists and The Writer’s Block Online

  1. Find a blog host. I recommend worpress.com. It’s pretty. It’s neat, and it’s easy to use. I have used blogger before. The difference between the two from what I have found is that on blogger.com, you can use html JavaScript codes within your posts. With wordpress.com, you cannot.
  2. Choose whether or not you would like your site to have its own domain. A domain name is http://www.example.com. Mine is www.sugar-n-spiceandeverythingnice.com, or my naked domain is http://sugar-n-spiceandeverythingnice.com/. I bought this domain back when I hosted it at blogger.com, which is run by Google, and I continue to pay $10 a year for it. When I decided to switch over to wordpress.com, I had to map it with a fee of an additional $13 dollars a year.You don’t have to buy a domain name! Should you decide not to have one, the blog will be http://whateveryouwant.wordpress.com. It will be free, but you may be limited as to what you can do with it, how much storage space you get with it, etc. I would look into the best options first. Should you choose buying a domain with wordpress.com, I would recommend the $18/year option.
  3. If you don’t like WordPress, you can see what Blogger has to offer for prices and what it has available to its whateveryouwant.blogger.com users.
  4. This is what my Dashboard looks like.  This homepage shows you your most recent stats. Which posts are getting the most hits, visitors and views, how many comments need approval before they become public (depending on your settings), and how many the spam filtering system caught. (Believe me, I get way more attention from spammers than I do followers!) Also, if you click on the details of the stats, you can also find out from which countries your viewers are visiting from and from which websites and search engines did they find your posts! You can also find out which search terms people are using to find your posts. It’s really cool.
  5. This is what drafting a post looks like. With “Add Media,” you can add photos, videos, tweets and more from many places on the internet, which I think would be an incredible asset for the photography group as well as the Newspaper group. If someone is interviewing someone, we can include the video in the article. In the print version of the newsletter, we would tell people to “Catch the LIVE video online!”
  6. Last, but not least, the preview:
  7. By the way, the design, the template (the look), and the widgets on the left pane can be customized at any time, as many times as you want. There are many to choose from and they can fit the needs of the blog. For example, an Instagram widget can come from an Instagram account for the photography group. Or you can add more than one Instagram account for the photography group. The same goes for the Facebook Pages. For the Pinterest widget, I had to get creative, since I can’t use JavaScript with wordpress.com widgets. (Only wordpress.org will allow you to do that and to have that, you need more money and a different host site. That’s a whole other ballgame for me right now. If you choose to do that, you will get your own domain name, more customizable options, and you can either set the whole thing up yourself and download the software, or have the host do it all for you.)

I made this particular blog post (draft) using Microsoft Word 2013, which has a blog feature that you can use to connect to your own blog from different blog sites, including WordPress, Blogger and others. I now realize that I really don’t need the wordpress.org software after all. Ha!

Great idea!

Every time you’re having a bad day, use Facebook to mentally “Check In” at any place in the world where you wish you were and have a Virtual Vacation. #VirtualVacation
This Great Idea is inspired by my friend, Michelle.

Team New Jersey Takes Home the Gold in More Ways than One at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games!

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is Lit

First of all, I would like to congratulate ALL of the champions who have participated in this national event. I was at the Opening Ceremonies on June 15th, where law enforcement representatives and athletes from throughout the United States, who ran together for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, brought the Flame of Hope to light the cauldron at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  It was spectacular!

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is Lit.
Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is lit.

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