Reblog – Google vs Alexa

A very witty and informed review of the latest techno trends.

Lydia!

A Tony Of All Trades

Warning:
This post contains Canadian content, and may not be suitable for non-Canadians!

I have been wondering about getting one of these smart speakers, Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa), for a while.  I just didn’t know if they would be worth the investment.  However, Boxing Day (It’s like a Canadian Black Friday, but it is the day after Christmas) came and at 50% off, I figured it was time to try.

I couldn’t decide on which smart speaker to get, so I got both and compared them.  They arrived on the same day.

The Speaker:
On opening the boxes, the first thing I noticed was that the Amazon unit was a little heavier than the Google.  Once I started playing music, I noticed that the sound quality of Alexa was much more natural than the Google unit, so I am guessing the extra weight is a bigger…

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Reblog – Let’s Rise Up

Keith is a favourite blogger of mine. He tells it like it is and this post is no exception. I love Andra Day’s song and Keith’s take on its meaning is spot on. I highly recommend it to all women and men alike.

Lydia!

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A terrific singer named Andra Day provided an anthem for women, but also forward thinking men as well. It is called “I’ll rise up.” Here is the final chorus which says let’s all rise up.

“Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up.”

There has been a building crescendo worldwide, but especially here in the US, to say women matter. Women are tired of being taken advantage of by sexual predators, violent and controlling partners and men in power telling them what they can do with their bodies. Women are tired of people ignoring or demeaning them when they complain or accuse a violator. Women are tired of kitchen table issues like equal pay and healthcare gettimg ignored. Women are…

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Reblog – Song Lyric Sunday – Big White Room by Jessie J

While I have related to them, I have not reblogged a challenge post of any kind before, but this SLS pick by the challenge creator, Helen Vahdati, is like no other.

Right from the title, then into the lyrics and the way Jessie J sings it I felt it. Its meaning is both literally and figuratively strong for me. It meets me in

– the stark rooms at the hospital where I so often stayed during my late 20’s and through my 30’s to help stabilize my mental illnesses

– the places in my mind I would go to try and hide from all the bullying and criticism

– the various homes I lived in where I felt trapped by my fears of the world.

– the relationships that were unhealthy but I couldn’t seem to escape from.

Jessie J is one of those singers who can not just sing a song but she can make you feel it, whether it is your story or not. This one is definitely my story.

Or at least it was… it isn’t anymore.

Lydia!

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

Fear is a pretty powerful thing. I find it interesting that some scary movies out there actually deal with overcoming fear even while they’re trying to scare you to death. Gotta love those jump-scares though. They get me almost every time.

I first started thinking about songs with zombies and other types of scary movie horrors, but then I came across this song this morning and I knew it was going to be my song. I remember the first time my daughter played it for me. We were in the car, driving home from school. I cried while I was listening to it. Not only does Jessie J sing it masterfully (especially in the live, acoustic version), but the lyrics are powerful. They don’t contain the word “fear”, but they do refer to a genuine fear that I’ve dealt with in the past.

I do hope you enjoy!

Sitting in…

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