Scotland at its finest, Melanie Renfrew photo July 2015, Kingussie-Edinburgh

Scotch pine branches, MP Renfrew 7-15 Glenfinnan
WHOOOO, Branch scars on birch, Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew
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Fallen log by waterfall, Laggan, MP Renfrew
Spider-web-like broken window, Glentruim, MPR

White birch outstanding in its field, MP Renfrew, Glenfinnan, 7-11-15

Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, Scotland, MP Renfrew photo
The Firth of Forth
Firth of Forth map, St. Andrews

If you don’t want Microsoft to track all your browsing and send it to ‘trusted partners’ (as they all do now), take time to customize your settings (instead of ‘Express’), and uncheck all the boxes that automatically track you and try to sell you things.  I can’t promise it will work, but it offers at least an imagined sense of autonomy.

See also https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/07/windows-10-shares-your-wi-fi-with-contacts/.

I like Google Chrome’s AdBlock Plus:  in our culture, you can’t calculate how much ad-distraction-adrenalin, from the feeling of being ‘invaded,’ interferes with concentration and leads to bad decisions based on stress and hurry.  It’s best to tune it out, as it dilutes the quality of our thought life.

Dr. Melanie P. Renfrew mug shot, ORD re-entry, July 2013I turn off the ‘Location tracking’ setting because I feel like ‘It’s none of their (Google or Microsoft’s) business.’

(In 2013, I was let back in the country at U.S. customs with this mug shot.)

'For sale' broken shed, Glenfinnan
For sale shed, Glenfinnan
Center of Scotland plaque near Laggan

danger electrical pole
Polite notice - No Parking, Glenfinnan
Whps sign in Welsh
Owain Glyndwr, Cardiff
Cardiff Old Market Tavern flowers
The Goat Major, Cardiff Castle
Farm traffic sign, Brecon
'Old Laundry' sign
laundry near 'Old Laundry' sign, Glenfinnan

RIver Taff, Cardiff, Wales, MP Renfrew
River Taff, Cardiff, Wales
RIver Usk, Brecon, Wales, MP Renfrew
River Usk, Brecon, Wales
Afon Cynrig, tributary to RIver Usk near Brecon, Wales, MP Renfrew
Afon Cynrig near Cefn Cantref and Llanfrynach, tributary to River Usk
Ferry cross the Mersey, Liverpool, England, July 2015 MP RenfrewFerry cross the Mersey, Liverpool, England
Solo paddler on Liverpool canal, MP Renfrew
Drainage meander into Mersey 2, MP Renfrew
Drainage meander into Mersey 1, MP Renfrew
'Burn' by Prince's House, tributary to Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew‘Burn’ (Gaelic allt, stream/fresh water) tributary to Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Scotland
Waterfall on 'burn' Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew 1
Waterfall on 'burn' Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew 2
Drainage to Callop RIver, Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew
Drainage to Callop River and Loch Shiel
Callop River 1, Glenfinnan, MP RenfrewCallop
Callop River 2, Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew
Callop River 3, Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew
Tributary to Spey 1, MP Renfrew
Tributaries and River Spey near Newtonmore, Kingussie, Drumguish, Laggan
Drumguish Tributary to Spey, MP Renfrew 1
Drumguish Tributary to Spey, MP Renfrew 2
River Spey near Laggan, Scotland, MP Renfrew
River Calder, Newtonmore, MP Renfrew Glen hike 7-15-15
River Calder near Newtonmore
on way to Glenfinnan 8, 7-11-15 MPR
Still looking for location (I took these from fast-moving, high open train window in latter part of Glasgow-Fort William journey: I think it’s Spean River before Roybridge, but can’t match these with any posted on Google Images)
on way to Glenfinnan 7, 7-11-15 MPR

Bate Park Cardiff 4, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 1, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 6, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 8, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 17, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 18, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 9, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 11, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 12, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 13, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 14, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 5, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 16, 6-30-15  MP Renfrew
Bate Park Cardiff 19, 6-30-15  MP RenfrewBate Park, Cardiff, Wales, 6/30-7/2/15

Macpherson turf, Newtonmore Glen hike, MPRenfrewMacPherson turf, glen hike Newtonmore, MP RenfrewGlen hike Newtonmore 7-15-15 MP Renfrew
River Spey, Newtonmore, MP Renfrew Glen hike 7-15-15
Glenfinnan, MP Renfrew, 7-12-15

Maleficent fairytalenewsblog screen shotLike Avatar, the digital artists created vertical-sided mountains and cliffs à la Guilin’s Tower Karst, but the rock is not limestone, just weathered gray and black.

ashridge locationset.co.ukReal countryside scenery (Ashridge, Petworth, Iver Heath) will remind you of other English-castle movies, with oaks, chestnuts, birch, and lots of spring flowers in fairyland, the moors and meadows. It is like Shrek meets Braveheart, Hogwarts, and King Arthur, with a little Avatar.
Maleficent fairies, landscape
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The Tourist, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp VeniceAngelina Jolie is a good actress, and I liked her and Johnny Depp in The Tourist, too, ‘Elise Clifton-Ward.’ It’s like traveling to Venice.

In Maleficent, the reason why she is so powerful is she has great control of her face in hiding emotions, but releasing bare hints through her eyes. They worked hard on keeping the audience in suspense; and it’s really a Biblical principle,
that if you steal something that is not yours or destroy part of someone,
what you have and cherish will be taken from you and be given to the wronged one, and ‘maybe more.’
It’s not about $, but wholeness and love.

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AJ with radiant Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (young Aurora).

Don’t think the aliens haven’t taken note of it.
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Durian are why they haven’t landed yet.

has no particularly astronomical significance except that it is the second full moon in a month, since July has 31 days instead of 29.5 in a lunar month. (A ‘blue moon’ occurs every 2.7 years).
crowdHowever, since so many people think they are looking at a spectacular, uniquely rare optical phenomena, don’t tell them;
because one of the interpretations of the history has to do with being gullible or betrayed, so don’t rob them of their heightened social media experience.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/across-the-universe/2015/jul/31/blue-moon-how-to-see-tonights-rare-event; Ron Seaman photo.

Does anyone ‘offer feedback’ to these guys?
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July 30: “Off the chart forcing by the massive El Nino event underway; location very similar to what was observed back in 97″

July 29: “Anomalous rising (blue) and sinking (red) air across the globe o/ past 90days. Pacific El Nino signature crystal.”

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See “Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about,”

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/07/29/wind-nos/

This was the last “hotel” I stayed in, “3 stars” James Craig Court, in Edinburgh:
James Craig Court 'hotel,' Hotwire's bomb in Edinburgh
Drunk carousers and seagull wars provided sound effects all night.

5 “apartments” without soap (think ‘germ theory,’ spatial diffusion) shared one smelly kitchen, one use-it-yourself mop bucket, one sofa and one TV:
James Craig Court sofa underneath TV in kitchen with no soap, Edinburgh
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Watching it would have been a craned-neck, on-your-knees affair.

This was the walkway up to it, and no one near who worked in the area had any idea where it was:
James Earl Court entyway, littered, Edinburgh

To make matters worse the next day in New Jersey, I got a bad grade on my U.S. Customs form:
I got a bad grade at Newark on customs form

North & South BBC DVD coverThorin-Oakenshield- Richard ArmitageWhen I watched BBC’s North & South (twice), I was so moved I didn’t want to watch anything else for a couple of days, as I figured out the ‘enigma’ of the 2 leads. ‘John Thornton’ is a Mr. Darcy character with temper episodes, and there was a vague familiarity about the actor, Richard Armitage. He was Thorin in Lord of the Rings! That was the puzzle, how he could play such different roles so successfully, but that is an actor’s quest, to play diverse roles for the challenge & adventure, like traveling.

The internet can be a quagmire of searching, but it does provide info to solve problems: I’m determined at least to see if I can fix my own washing machine (loud banging, and I do not have natural mechanical ability as my brother does, but do not want to spend $500+ on a new one). There are tutorials on YouTube, albeit complicated.

Likewise, after watching interviews with the real actors of Outlander (last week) and North & South (last night), I feel satisfied, ‘full,’ that I understand more what it’s all about. Actors are often very vulnerable in roles but shy in person; but because of the demand for interviews, they open up about the very real challenges of the parts. There are also a lot of videos about the Lord of the Rings actors training & tumbling on mats to do sword fights & stunts, and I got to see Orlando.
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orlando bloom has ruined everything

When the sun starts evaporating the marine layer is when the humidity around our homes is high:  I use that as a signal to go around and shut the windows (which I usually have open in early morning hours to trap cool air in).
Once the humidity is in your house, it’s easy to feel more tired as our noses become congested, and we get less oxygen. If you’re very hot and uncomfortable, what I do is get my scalp wet. (Kitchen sink is easy.)
SeaBreeze the Rerun
In late afternoon, sea breezes bring cooler ocean air in. Watch which way trees are blowing, and wait till it feels cooler.
See also, “How to keep L.A. humidity out of your house”
and “Do not hang a wet sheet by the window” (type into Search bar below).

Windows 10 Upgrade installation: skip ‘Express’ and do Custom settings
If you don’t want Microsoft to track all your browsing and send it to ‘trusted partners’ (as they all do now), take time to customize your settings (instead of ‘Express’), and uncheck all the boxes that automatically track you and try to sell you things.  I can’t promise it will work, but it offers at least an imagined sense of autonomy.

See also https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/07/windows-10-shares-your-wi-fi-with-contacts/.

I like Google Chrome’s AdBlock Plus:  in our culture, you can’t calculate how much ad-distraction-adrenalin, from the feeling of being ‘invaded,’ interferes with concentration and leads to bad decisions based on stress and hurry.  It’s best to tune it out, as it dilutes the quality of our thought life.

Dr. Melanie P. Renfrew mug shot, ORD re-entry, July 2013I turn off the ‘Location tracking’ setting because I feel like ‘It’s none of their (Google or Microsoft’s) business.’

(In 2013, I was let back in the country at U.S. customs with this mug shot.)

Don Colbert, MD, The 7 Pillars of Health, The Natural Way to Better Health for Life

https://twitter.com/PrepareAthon

North & South (BBC period drama; I just watched it twice and am still pondering.)
Light-hearted Scottish scenery – Monarch of the Glen, BBC Estates of Scotland – same themes as Downton Abbey, how to make grand estates viable with less money.

If you wait until it comes to TV, it will be much better with the F-word edited out, “Chef” with Jon Favreau and the real star, his son in the movie: he’ll make you cry for the joy of it.

These shows have Biblical themes, vindication & elevating the lowly, the underdog while the rich lose what they have in divine restoration.

Something that had a big impact on me is a copy of a note from Julian Fellowes in the Allt Gynach Bed & Breakfast in Kingussie, Scotland: he thanked the people of the community and said it was their welcome, the peacefulness and scenery (and I’m sure themes in Monarch of the Glen where he played the laird Kilwillie, + then-current Upstairs-Downstairs), that inspired him to write Gosford Park, the precursor to hugely, globally successful, genius Downton Abbey. In Monarch of the Glen, he plays a pompous, rotund laird (all tongue-in-cheek for the fun of it); but inside, much deeper inspirations were rumbling, and he wrote when he wasn’t filming.

A couple of nights ago at Barnes & Noble, I was looking for a certain Harry Potter On Location book for my son (that I’d seen in Scotland, but didn’t want to carry around), trying to entice him to want to come to Scotland again with me next summer; and in the film section, there were 2 volumes of Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 scripts with Julian Fellowes’ detailed commentary as footnotes. It was fascinating! He was responding to viewer letters! Also at the end of Season 2 when Matthew finally proposes again to Mary, he said there comes a time in every series when you either have to bring the couple together or forget it, because the audience will go away if they feel too manipulated if it becomes too strung out. (Martin Clunes echoed this with how a stranger came up to say, “Will you get on with it and marry her before I die?” referring to Doc Martin & Luisa.)

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Macpherson turf, Newtonmore Glen hike, MPRenfrew

Bob Henson is a guest writer on Dr. Jeff Master’s Weather Underground blog today,

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3055 

Golden Gate Weather’s Jan Null also has great graphics on past El Niños:

http://ggweather.com/enso2014/ 

Leonardo Da Vinci, Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom, and a host of other “Famous People with Dyslexia” have this Brain-Switching disability (a.k.a. B-S Disorder), which may include thinking good people are bad and bad people are good, or losing money by switching numbers.
However, some link dyslexia with genius and special gifting if the people work harder to overcome it: click on blue links for their inspirational stories.

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