A Salute to Ivana

Ivana of "a little place to call my own" has been a long-time supporter and visitor of my work. So I figured I would honor this Croatian cutie with this blog post. Ivana's blog features her fashion, travel, and art insights. There is a little of everything that this Croatian blogger offers to the online realm. Even still, I want to salute her out of love and respect. While I do get blog hits from Croatia (hello to any and all Croatians reading this post), I figured I'd do the nation proud by paying respect to one of Croatia's own in this "John's Blog Space" post.

NOTES: Because I've seen her under certain surnames, I will only refer to her as Ivana. To avoid any copyright issues, I will not hotlink any images.






A Salute to Ivana


This video gives you a little idea of Ivana and her voice and looks:

^ "Book review Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings"

To be honest, I like Ivana's voice. I was doing my research for this topic and came across this video. Anyhow, moving on...

Ivana is from Split, Croatia. I am not sure if I found the Croatian blogger's material or if she found me. Either way, I am pleased to come across her in some capacity. She runs a blog called "a little place to call my own." Her blog really is more than just about fashion. While fashion is a focus of the blog, she also shares some of her illustrations as well as travel insights. You know you are in for something special when even a post regarding some location is just as detailed as any of her fashion posts. So rather than just fashion, Ivana offers travel and art insight. While I haven't seen every last post of hers, I do check in at times to gauge her fashion style. Ivana's blog is available in both English and Croatian.

There is no real concrete definition or designation of her fashion style. Not so much into trends, but she does a fine job putting together a lot of outfits. Most of her style is rather classy and modest. So nothing overly casual or overly elegant is featured. You can get an idea of her fashion style by looking at Ivana's LOOKBOOK profile.

The reason why I am honoring Ivana is because she has been a regular visitor and comments often to my posts. To show my support, I've offered this post as well as offering my respect to this lady. I am hopeful she can appreciate me devoting an entire blog post to her. Since "a place to call my own" isn't entirely a fashion blog, that's why I am featuring her here in my main blog rather than in my fashion blog, "StyleSpace by JBM." Either way, I am thankful and pleased to gain a loyal visitor. Not just a loyal visitor, but someone who offers some timely insight.

I know I say that "John's Blog Space" is a blog about anything and everything. If you were to categorize it as one specific kind of blog, JBS is a personal blog. It is a personal blog that has a professional feel to it and with professional material. Since this is a personal blog, I often times mix up topics and even offer differing topics. I may offer something educational in one post and then go and make something personal in another. All of this adds to the appeal of "John's Blog Space." Besides this sort of chatter, I find great importance in trying to pay respect in people all around the world. So it is great to try to provide honor and respect to others. One of my initial goals for 2016 anyways was to pay tribute to certain individuals as a means of celebrating people and showing respect to others. And of course... to offer something positive amid the various negativity online.


For More Information...

If you would like to visit Ivana's blog, click on the following link: a little place to call my own.





Could there be others I may salute in the future? Perhaps. I do hope you enjoyed this blog post and perhaps got to know a special individual online. On that note, thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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I Am Jazz

#IAmJazz on the TLC Network chronicles a transgender teen named Jazz Jennings. This Florida transgender features a number of issues in her life as well as dealing with everything from health prodecures to transphobia from others. This series has two seasons, and the second season recently concluded as of when I began the initial draft of this post (August 12, 2016). This is my own sort of review of "I Am Jazz" as well as thoughts on the issues discussed and thoughts on Jazz herself.






I am Jazz: All Thoughts


I Am Jazz
^ from: (hover over for picture credit) - "I Am Jazz" is new to me, but it completed its second season in 2016.

"I Am Jazz" is a TLC Network series that focuses on a transgender teen named Jazz Jennings. This past season in 2016 was the second season. I was intrigued to see what this was all about as I learned about Jazz previously in a past blog post. I couldn't believe her popularity would reach this level. The reason why I say this is because when I researched one of my blog posts long ago on transgenders, I came across a young Jazz Jennings talking about having a girl brain and a boy body. Years later, here is this 15-year old (at this time) transgender teen living life and dealing with a number of issues. You not only got to see Jazz as she is, you also get a glimpse of her personality. Even a lot of things I don't even think about in regards to transgender types are mentioned in this show. Among some of them, I heard of the testosterone blockers she has in her so she doesn't go back to being a boy. These blockers, however, even increase her eating habits and her appetite.

Jazz Jennings is completely real. She is no drama queen or feels she has to be the center of attention all the time. I feel very much how real and honest Jazz is. Nothing is phonied up. What I do get from impressions is just on the impacts on Jazz's body from different medical procedures and in using certain medicines and other products. I even think it is amazing the amount of support Jazz gets from her family and how well the family gets along. There are moments when the family bond is questioned, but for the most part, the support and unity of the family are amazing.

As if being among the LBGT community has its own dark side, what is appalling about this is all the transphobic material from others. Though I am not properly educated about LGBT issues, at least I have more tolerance and respect than a lot of the people Jazz has to deal with. I surely would be a concerned parent if I were the father of a transgender sibling and had to deal with the individual incidents like some individual who would post threatening, disrespectful, and transphobic comments. The one individual who leaves threatening messages (comments like "tranny freak...") needs to be locked up. For real.


Video Preview.

Here is a little preview of "I Am Jazz" and some of the challenges Jazz faces:


^ "Meet Transgender Teen, Jazz Jennings"

This gives you a little idea on some of the things Jazz faces.


Honest Thoughts on Jazz Jennings.

I honestly see Jazz as courageous and real. Say ANYTHING you want about Jazz, but she is completely real. I believe her when she mentions issues about trying to socialize with others or trying to keep herself healthy.


Honest Thoughts on "I Am Jazz."

Since this post was based on the second season of the show, I almost feel like wanting to see Season 1 of "I Am Jazz" just to see what all was mentioned in that season. Jazz is an entirely intriguing person. The respect I had for her previously only grew after understanding her challenges and what all she goes through. I can't help but be intrigued and impressed about Jazz and her life. Even if you couldn't care less about anyone or anything LGBT, at least give "I Am Jazz" a try.

I learned of "I Am Jazz" earlier this year. On a message board, someone told me of "I Am Cait," about Caitlyn Jenner. I had NEVER heard of that show since I have been so exposed to "I Am Jazz."


What I Would Tell Jazz Jennings (if she were to read this)...

Congratulations to you on how far you've come along. The respect I've had for you previously only grew after watching this series. You are very much someone people can draw inspiration to; let alone your fellow transgender teenagers. I wish you the absolute best moving forward in all aspects of life. Stay strong, stay brave, and stay beautiful (inside and out).


Would I Possible Want to Meet Jazz Jennings (if given the chance)?

I surely would. Unlike a lot of the people she's had to deal with, I am understanding and tolerant of LGBT matters. It would be a great honor to meet her if I had the chance.


For More Information...

Learn more about this show by visiting I am Jazz | TLC.





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Internet Day

(UPDATED: August 27, 2016)

Internauts, unite! On August 23, 1991; the Internet was available for us regular folks through the World Wide Web. We've come a long way since. Can you imagine where we would be without the Internet, or at least consumer-level Internet access? Social media and blogging probably wouldn't exist. Shopping online probably wouldn't happen without the Internet. Online gaming probably would be a foreign concept. So I think this is one of the coolest deals going. It is really funny and interesting knowing what would or wouldn't be possible without the Internet and without the Internet being available to the general public-at-large. Let me share some retrospective on the Internet and how far we've come.


LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):

AUG 27 2016 - edited some details- it was a Packard Bell, not a Hewlett-Packard (HP) PC






My Internet Retrospective


The Internet is nothing new. Today's Internet goes back to somewhere in the 1960s or 1970s. The service just never became available to people until the 1990s. Since then, people have used the "Information Superhighway" for purposes ranging from actual research to entertainment and even... adult websites and other questionable content. And today in compiling this blog post, people who use the Internet were apparently called "Internauts." We would be in a much different place without access to cyberspace and the Internet. This even includes the likes of online gaming and other things. All of this was made possible the founder of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

So how far have we come and how much does the Internet mean to me? I'll share my own retrospective.


My Internet Memories and Timeline.

Where do I slot in with the Internet? Well when I first saw this little notice on Facebook this morning, I thought about my earliest experiences with the Internet. I could remember my brother taking me to the library at the University of Houston. I found myself trying to look up news and notes on "Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars" back in the mid-1990s. I remembered using browsers such as NCSA Mosaic and even Netscape. Oh, and there was also that browser called Internet Explorer that was also cool in its time.

Some time in 1996 or so, I would join America Online and have AOL as my gateway to the "Information Superhighway." My PC wasn't really spectacular even in its time, but it still got the job done. I had a Packard Bell PC with Windows 95, an 8 MB of RAM, and a 75 MHz processor. It also had a 14.4 kbps modem. That modem made great music trying to connect to the Internet. And so many times, I would try to feel happy to hit the Internet even while in my High School days. I was kind of feeling good at the notion of wanting to do something like online gaming. The landscape was surely different then on that front, but I do remember games like Quake 2 where as many as 32 players could all play at once in one level. Too bad I didn't have the PC to play that game then, nor did I have the money to try such a thing. I do still enjoy spending late nights on Friday and Saturday browsing the Internet. I even spent time in Chat Rooms on AOL and doing lots of Instant Messages (IMs) there. I enjoyed myself considering some of the knuckleheads I had to deal with from time to time. I even still used AOL for downloading material. That even included using AOL's own collection of downloadable material. I got things like stuff for games and even game demos like "The Need for Speed" demo.

In about 1999 or so, my brother bought an eMachines computer to replace the aging old PC I had then. This newer computer had Windows 98, 32 MB of RAM, about a 233 MHz processor, and a 56 kbps dialup modem. That meant I would be able to enjoy using the Internet at faster speeds and try out more intense programs. There was a time when my brother and I used to try to connect to the Internet through the University of Houston's dialup system. There were two packages- one allowing you to connect for 30 minutes, and another to connect you for 4 hours. The 4-hour one would take longer since more people wanted to stay on for much longer. When the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston in 2001, UH was all flooded and everything. So I was unable to get onto the Internet for about two weeks or so. It was still great to jump back online and enjoy everything. That even included a time in 2002 when I first introduced myself to Japanese pop music. I was listening to a service called Live365. I hated Live365 because it took so long to refresh everything. Then with a program called WinAmp, I came across an Internet stream called Japan-a-Radio. That got me even more into JPOP, and I was enjoying it without having to deal with the browser-based Live365. Besides this, I even had the opportunity to use computers at my community college to download material for games that would take ages for me to download at home. I used Netscape as my powerful browser for the most part. Most important in using Netscape was in the ability to make a Bookmarks file that was essentially an HTML file full of links.

Let's now fast forward to about 2005. I was absolutely surprised when I got a brand-new computer for Christmas. It was an HP computer with Windows XP. It also had about 381 MB of RAM, (I forget its processor speed), and a 56K dialup modem. I used the dialup for a good amount of time. This was also when I got my first bit of social media involvement. I began using services like Hi5 and Friendster because I was skeptical about joining Myspace considering all the news reports of people doing bad on Myspace. I then eventually got tired of Hi5 and Friendster and eventually did join Myspace. It was Myspace where I got to get involved with setting up blog posts through Myspace. Maybe Myspace blogging would fuel a future interest. Hmm... Then some time later, I would join a rival budding social media platform called Facebook in about October 2007. Playing a game like rFactor, some mods for that game couldn't be downloaded in a short amount of time. So I used the fast online access at my community college to download mods better. I also used their PCs to load Myspace pages faster. I had a basic-looking Myspace profile so I could view everything properly at home on dialup. I later got around to a few unique new layout then. I was finding myself using Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Of course, this was before Opera mostly became Chrome or became mostly Chrome-based. I even still have a copy of Opera 12.

However, some time in 2008 or so, it was a new experience for me with the Internet because after give-or-take 13 years of dialup, my family finally got around to having wireless DSL Internet. This meant I could use the Internet all day and not have to worry about having land-based phone lines disrupt my Internet experience. It also meant I could access websites much faster than with dialup. Having Internet at these speeds and available all day long meant I could then try things like YouTube and blogging. YouTube would take forever to load up on dialup. So that's why I would watch video after video in college before being able to confidently view videos on a fast connection at home. What about blogging? Well, as I was becoming more serious about blogging, I enjoyed being able to have the Internet available to me to be ready to upload a blog post whenever I was ready. About this time in the past, Netscape was discontinued as people were recommended to use Firefox instead. I think I still have the last version of Netscape.

In 2011, I bought a PlayStation 3. Even with my wireless WiFi Internet access, this was my first true experience with online gaming. I joined PlayStation Network and got around to doing some online gaming. This was all part of a new experience for me. I could use the Internet on my PC to access material while also using my PS3 to do some online interactions. My family was going from AT&T internet to incredibly fast Comcast Xfinity Internet some time later.

It was 2012 when I bought a Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 portable media player. Not only was this my first Android device, it was also my first mobile device I've ever owned. This portable media player has WiFi connectivity, so I found importance in having such a device. It meant I could access cyberspace even when not on my computer. That was one thing I wanted to take advantage of in case I am unable to use the computer to access the Internet. A year later, I'd get the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 portable media player. Again- another device to enjoy Internet access away from the PC. I then got my first tablet PC when I got a Hisense Sero 7 Pro for Christmas in 2014. Again- another mobile media device with WiFi access. A tablet PC is more practical.

In 2015, I bought my first PC. I carried over the faster wireless adapter to enjoy the faster speeds on my current PC. I have been enjoying my experience with the Internet and the various ways of accessing the online realm. The versatility of using the Internet and such has been nothing short of amazing.


Now you have an idea of my Internet history. Now for some final thoughts.




Internet Day: Final Thoughts


Suffice to say, we would be in a much different culture without the Internet and without personal access of the Internet. Even seeing websites in their past form shows the real evolution of how far we've come since the World Wide Web was open for business and usage since its 1991 debut. Our lives have changed a great deal since consumer-level access of the Internet was established. In addition, certain companies would not be as profitable or versatile without the Internet. So we owe a whole lot to the Internet and of World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Be sure to pay respect to the pioneers of making the Internet available to common folk like you and I. Even my own online work probably wouldn't be possible. Don't forget to imagine what life would be like without Internet access, and be thankful for what Internet access has provided to us all. Appreciate the Internet and how far we have all come.





With this reminicing complete, I conclude this blog post. Now you know how I feel about how far we've come with the Internet. Feel free to comment if you like. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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iHasCupquake

@iHasQupquake or "TiffyQuake" is a very popular gaming personality online. Besides gaming, she is also kind of a fashion blogger. I figured I make this blog post about this amazing lady. So get ready to delve into the realm of iHasCupquake. It is a realm that is pink and purple and pretty [awesome]. Here is my blog post on this fine personality. Welcome to "John's Blog Space!"






iHasCupquake


Here is one Tiffany Michelle Garcia, better known as "iHasCupquake":

iHasCupquake or Tiffyquake
^ from: (Twitter) - One Tiffany Garcia is "iHasCupquake."

I first learned of iHasCupquake when I was looking up videos on the independent/indie game "VVVVVV." The first thing I respected about "TiffyQuake" was her beautiful voice. And of course... her unique personality is what I then became fond of. From Minecraft to The Sims series to more, iHasCupquake is surely one of the hottest YouTube personalities to date, let alone one of the hottest gaming personalities. Her sassy and playful tone to her videos make them fun to watch. I haven't seen a majority of her videos, but the ones I have seen are anything but disappointing.

One of the main reasons I've grown to love iHasCupquake besides her videos is her look on life. How she generally has grown to love everyone has really made me appreciate Tiffany as a person. I learned of this part of her persona watching a "Draw My Life" video about iHasCupquake.


Video Samples.

Get to know iHasCupquake a bit. Check these videos out:

WERK IT - My Idol App... (Embedding was disabled)


^ Draw My Life - Ihascupquake


What I Would Tell iHasCupquake (if she were to read this)...

I enjoy your videos. You do an amazing job with your material. Never a dull moment. More than just your gaming videos, I enjoy your personality and your outlook on life. You are all around awesome. I think your voice is wonderful, as is your personality and energy you give in your videos.


Would I Like to Meet iHasCupquake (if given the chance)?

Sure! Wouldn't you want to meet someone whom you think is totally awesome?


For More Information...

Love you some iHasCupquake? Well get more of her material from these links:

iHasCupquake on YouTube
Tiffyquake, iHasCupquake's blog
iHasCupquake on Facebook
Follow iHasCupquake on Twitter!
iHasCupquake on Instagram


I hope you enjoyed this blog post.





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Ann Poonkasem

Ann Poonkasem, also known as Ann P. is someone whose heart is as beautiful as her looks. This model and singer performs beautifully with concerts and in charitable functions. A TV show introduced me to her, and I've admired her since. So this blog post was created to chat about the beautiful lady named Ann Poonkasem, and what makes her beautiful not only in looks, but in personality and heart. Time to go to work on another blog post on "John's Blog Space."






Ann Poonkasem


Get to know this beautiful lady. Here's a picture:

Ann Poonkasem
^ from: (Twitter) - This is Ann Poonkasem, an individual beautiful not only in looks but also in heart and personality. Ann P. extends her appeal further in various charitable acts she takes part in.

I first learned of Ann Poonksaem from former Speed Channel show, "Hi-Rev Tuners." She was the hostess in the first season of the show, then a reporter in subsequent seasons of that show. I still admired her to the fullest as one of many lovely ladies in the world. Born in New York City and calling the Tampa Bay area home, Ann Poonkasem is one of the loveliest ladies out there. She often times gets involved in activities such as with the University of South Florida. She is beautiful not only in looks and personality, but also in being benevolent. As a pageant model, she has earned a number of honors such as Miss Tampa, Miss Gasparilla, and Miss National Patriot among other honors. I surely respect her for all she does.


Videos.

How about seeing and hearing Ann Poonkasem? Well, here are your chances here.

I mentioned the former Speed Channel show "Hi-Rev Tuners." This show bears importance to me because this is where I first learned of Ann Poonkasem. Admiring her through seeing her in these episodes got me to further appreciate her. So without "Hi-Rev Tuners," I maybe would have never heard of her back around 2002 or so. Here is a sample of Ann on this show:

^ Ann Poonkasem AKA Ann P - TV Host for "Hi-Rev Tuners" on The Speed Channel


Want to hear Ann Poonkasem sing? Well, have a listen to this:

^ Behind the Scenes with Ann Poonkasem AKA Ann P & Jay Rosenberg - "No Air"


This is a look at Ann Poonkasem getting involved in charitable acts. It is also another series of singing samples from Ann. Have a look:

^ Ann Poonkasem AKA Ann P with Hannah's Homeless ~ Christmas in the Park 2014


Pretty cool, huh?




What I Would Tell Ann Poonkasem (if reading this)


Here is what I would say...

Ann Poonkasem, you are one of the loveliest ladies in the world. For as beautiful as you are in looks, you are even more beautiful in personality and in benevolence. Your helpful efforts mean a lot in today's insane world. You are sunshine to us all for what you do. All I can suggest is for you to continue providing your exceptional charm and personality in all that you do.


Would I Want to Meet Ann Poonkasem (if given the chance)?

Absolutely! Any time you can remember a certain personality from a failed TV show and still regard that person as someone special even years later, you absolutely would want to meet that person. So tab me for "absolute yes" here.


For More Information...

To learn more about Ann Poonkasem, I invite you to visit these sites:

Ann Poonkassem (official)
Ann Poonkasem on Facebook


That will conclude this blog post.





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Allison Chu

Once on Myspace, there was a Hawaiian singer I was introduced to named Allison Chu. She sings songs sweetly. She also has lovely looks to match her lovely singing. Allison is also a model and an actress. This blog post here is on this fine individual. Previously, I thought I made a post on her. Apparently not. So this will be my opportunity to mention the wonderful Allison Chu. Get ready, everyone!






Allison Chu


This lady is Allison Chu...

Allison Chu
^ from: (Twitter) - Allison Chu. Her finest talent is singing, but she has many more talents.

Long ago on Myspace, I heard Allison Chu sing with some of her different songs. Then a teenager, she had an angelic voice, almost like a Hawaiian Charlotte Church. Allison- now 22 years old (as of July 26, 2016) over time has matured and kept up her upbeat and positive psyche. She is a classy and fun individual who smiles often.

Allison Chu is a singer, but she has also shown her craft in modeling and in acting. Allison has gone from a cute teenage girl to a beautiful young woman since I first learned of her. As of the time of this original blog post (July 26, 2016), she recently won Miss Hawaii 2016.


Sample Songs and Videos.

This is your chance to hear the sounds of Allison as well as get to see her. So have a look at these videos:

This one features a younger Allison Chu, about a few years after I first learned of Allison Chu:

^ NightTime with Andy Bumatai Show NT-008-165 Part 4 of 4

This song here is one I remember hearing from her back on Myspace. It sounds every bit as beautiful from this lady now as she was when a younger Allison first sung this song:

^ Akaka Falls

Allison Chu can play a mean guitar or a ukulele. Here, she combines guitar play with singing:

^ Blackbird

Here is an original song from Allison Chu. This is "Ride This Wave" from Allison Chu. Hawaiian pop coming your way:

^ Ride this Wave (original song)

This is Allison singing the National Anthem. She also sings the Hawaii Pono'i in this video after the Star Spangled Banner:

^ The National Anthem, Hawaii Pono'i , Rainbow Warriors Men's Basketball vs UNO, Allison Chu

This not a song, but it is a public service announcement regarding sun safety:

^ Safe in the Sun PSA


There you have your video insight on Allison Chu.




Allison Chu: Thoughts


This is where I share some thoughts and such after profiling certain individuals.


What I Would Tell Allison Chu (if she read this)...

I have long appreciated and admired your talent. You have an amazing singing voice and equally lovely looks. I truly respect you and all you have accomplished. I can only wish you much greater success in future endeavors. Had it not been for hearing your music back in 2006 or 2007 on Myspace, I probably would have never heard of you or be able to admire your immense singing talent. So I am very pleased to have admired you and your music for quite some time from your teenage years to know.


Would I Want to Meet Allison Chu (if given the chance)?

Absolutely! I think it would be an incredible honor to meet this lady.


For More Information...

You can learn more about Allison Chu by visiting www.allisonchu.com/.





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Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a gorgeous automobile. It is an inexpensive sports car with beautiful exotic style and fine performance. It looks more expensive than its $55K USD really is. As part of Alfa Romeo's return to the United States, this is surely a car to really arouse the souls of those seeking an appealing and enticing sports car. While it may not be a car with ridiculous power or top speed, it is a very good car simply about the joy of performance driving. People have seen this like a baby Ferrari. To me, it's more like an Italian Lotus. Draw your own visual commentary on this car with this picture:

Alfa Romeo 4C
^ from: (YouTube) - The Alfa Romeo 4C is a truly enticing sports car priced between about $55K USD.

The Alfa Romeo 4C's performance characteristics are pretty good. It is a car with a curb weight of 2465 lbs. (or 1118 kg). It has an Inline-4 Turbo engine producing 237hp and 258 lb. ft. of torque. The 4C gets from 0-60 mph in about 4.1 seconds, and it can go down the quarter mile in about 11 seconds at an rounded 107 mph. I think its braking from 60 to 0 is in about 97 feet if I recall from my pre-post research.


To give you some perspective on the Alfa Romeo 4C, here is a video for you:


^ "2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: The Most Affordable Supercar! - Ignition Ep 113"

I think Alfa Romeo did a fine job with this car. There aren't too many Alfa Romeo cars I disliked. I certainly don't dislike this one. It is almost as if Alfa Romeo's vision was to cram as much supercar panache into as small a package as possible and make it "affordable." I would love to see one of these in person. In addition to a hardtop, there is also a convertible version. Admit it, readers... you want this car! :)

From America's Alfa Romeo site, learn more about this car at Alfa Romeo 4C (USA Website).





This is a rare post I've done regarding a car. I retired the "Car Style" posts after consistent spam comments. So future attempts at these topics may be mostly brief while still providing my own commentary expressed in my own way. Of course, your reactions are always welcome. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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A Salute to JED

I want to salute a fellow blogger for this post. This blog post salutes a Filipino lady named JED. JED is short for Joana Erica Danielle. The blogger behind "Ericaritish" is a courageous petite with a spirit greater than her petite frame. Ever since following her work, she is someone who I think is inspiring. Besides her inspiring posts, she is also quite fashionable. As a blogger, JED's material is more a series of thoughts and musings rather than a fashion blog. Kind of like how I praised Lily Fang of "Imperfect Idealist" for her deep thoughts on life in addition to her featuring outfit posts of hers.

One of the best things about having a personal blog is that you are mostly responsible for yourself, and you also are free to say almost anything you want. You could blog about almost any topic and even mention certain things on a personal level. You do have to be a good bit careful if mentioning personal matters or offering personal feelings for all to see. You can even make ordinary people seem like celebrities or superstars if you devote an entire post to that person and offer such encouraging words. Having said all of this, I'd like to share a moment that helped show I have somehow meant something to someone.


A Moment of Respect.

There was a point where JED mentioned me in a blog post years ago. It was proof that someone thought of me and praised me for making a positive impact on her life. I have to set up the story a bit just to help you understand what the context involves. The post basically was in reference to her aspirations as a writer. Part of the post, including the comments in regards to me are featured below in this quote. Take a look:

"If you’re telling me that maybe I’m getting the wrong choice of career, you’re wrong. This is what I love, being in the industry of authors, editors, writers, columnists, etc. This is really the profession I wanted to take. I’m just being TOO LAZY."

"And I find my courage again when a friend of mine, Mr. John Marine, had an article about blogging stuff which I find it absolutely true. He inspires many people across the world including me. And his words are very powerful and meaningful that you will get up from where you are seated and start doing what you really love that is good for you and for your career. I appreciate everything he does for me all the time.
If you want to meet him, just visit his blog here."

-from: "Reformation" (Ericaritish)

To would-be haters of my work, this is what NOT being a hater or a troll can do for you.


My Further Salute.

If JED were to read this, I have this to say. I always say that you inspire me as much as I have inspired you. I have enjoyed and admired knowing you as a friend online through the blogosphere as well as in social media. I am thankful we have crossed paths. Even if separated by the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific and Mountain time zones of the United States, it brings me great pleasure knowing I've impacted your life in a positive way. I am always someone to try to offer positivity in an increasingly negative world and society. You are certainly welcome for all of the support and backing I've offered to you even in times when you feel weak or not good enough. I want the best for you and hope you are able to become as amazing of a person as you aspire to be. As much as I have inspired you, you also inspire me. You are an example to let me know it is greatly possible to influence and encourage others. You at least show my efforts ultimately pay off. Having said all of this, I wish you the best in all of your endeavors and in whatever challenges you set your mind and heart to. We may or may never meet in person, but I certainly am pleased I have made a positive impact on your life.

Most importantly, thank you so much for your continued support and for thinking of me.


For More Information...

Her blog hasn't been updated in quite some time as of the time of this post, but in case you are interested to see her blogging work, please visit: Ericaritish.





I actually enjoy the feeling knowing I am regarded kindly for my positive spirit. This post was just an example of me giving back. I really do love being able to make positive impacts on people. I hope you are able to enjoy this blog post. I actually wanted to make this tribute long ago, but never completed it fully until now. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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A Salute to Warren Fernando

I want to salute a blogging friend of mine. Meet Warren Fernando, a blogging friend of mine from the Philippines who meant a lot to me early in my blogging career. I want to pay tribute to him here to offer my thanks and to show that I am thankful for him even caring about me. I would encounter this fellow online. He wondered how to get better as a blogger. When I read some of his posts, I got to see some of the life issues he brings about. Warren combines certain songs he enjoys and connects them to life issues of his or for others. He provides some deep connections between moments in his life and music. It is really a fine blog of his, and he does great work.

While I am not entirely a blogging superstar, I am thankful someone even thought of me and looked to me for some help and some encouragement. That's why I am glad I got to meet Warren online. I actually wanted to do a tribute post to him for a long time. It hasn't been until recently I actually gathered the ability to actually make this post.


If Warren is Reading This...

Especially when I was somewhat on the rise, I want to thank you for even caring about me and thinking of me in wanting to make your blog better or to become more visible. Blogging is tough, especially if trying to make yourself visible. I am pleased you found just enough out of me and my material to wonder how to get better. I did enjoy seeing your posts long ago. Wherever you are or however you are doing today, I hope you're well. I wish you the best in all aspects of life. Most importantly- thank you. Can't stress this enough.


For More Information...

His blog hasn't been updated in ages; but if you want to visit his work just to see his blog, go to 24K Forever!!!.





I hope you enjoyed this salute. I simply wanted to thank someone whom has been influential in me continually providing support and respect for my work. You feel this way after you've blogged for so long and came across so many different people. Anyhow, this is another example of "anything and everything" from a blog about... "anything and everything." This has been another awesome blogging presentation of "John's Blog Space." Subscribe and follow if you enjoyed this post. Do the same for my other blogs if their subject matter interests you. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Dolphins

Dolphins may be the most fascinating sea creatures in existence. They are credited as being some of the most intelligent creatures in the world. They are also rather friendly mammals and can even pull some amazing tricks and stunts. You won't hear of a "Dolphin Apocalypse" or anything. These are amazing creatures. This blog post is not meant to be a detailed post about dolphins, but rather a brief and casual post on them. So I hope you'll enjoy this post.

NOTE: A lot of the material I researched beforehand mostly come from the Wikipedia entry on dolphins.






Dolphins


How about I kick off this blog post with a dolphin picture? Here goes (picture will be replaced if I can't use them for certain reasons):

dolphin
^ from: www.visitkythera.gr - Dolphins are surely some of the most fascinating creatures alive.

Yours truly made some tribute art LONG ago featuring a dolphin. Check this out:

dolphin art
^ from: (my Facebook albums) - This was some tribute art I made a long time ago featuring a dolphin.

Dolphins are incredibly interesting. Can you think of any sort of famous dolphins? Many know of Flipper. Many gamers know of Ecco. Some others even recall dolphins helping Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi in "Super Mario World." No matter what, you can't help but be fascinated with dolphins. A friend of mine from my college days loves dolphins, and so I kind of thought of her when I came up with this blog post.

I guess what I find most fascinating about dolphins is just how intelligent they are in addition to being very friendly. Dolphins are mostly not predatory animals, though I read they tend to kill porpoises as I was researching this topic. Some dolphins are even used by military. From what I read on that front, dolphins in military use are more like the water equivalent of bomb-sniffing dogs or try to move out water mines. There was even a study once that suggested that dolphins could help boost the mood in people who suffer from depression.

Needless to say... dolphins almost seem like natural wonders to us all.


Communication.

Dolphins use certain sounds and calls to communicate with others. These include some rather loud noises and even some clicking sounds. Take a look at this video for a sample of dolphins answering questions:


^ Super Smart Dolphin Answers Questions - Extraordinary Animals - Earth

I mentioned Ecco the Dolphin earlier. If you played the classic Genesis/Megadrive game series before, communication is important to conversate and even navigate your way through the game. It is a fantasy game, but it is just an example of dolphins communicating.


Dolphin Tricks!

Let me share with you this video of dolphins performing tricks. It may not be like what you'd see at Sea World, but this is a fine showcase of dolphins and some of the tricks and stunts they can pull. Note also the trainers playing with the dolphins:


^ "Dolphin Show - Five Dolphins perform High jumps, Great speed and underwater tricks"


Now that you have insight on dolphins, let me share some final thoughts.




Dolphins: Final Thoughts


Dolphins are amazing creatures. Just learning about them and what they are capable of make them some of the most fascinating mammals alive. They are intelligent and playful. I might even say they are about as beautiful of creatures as horses (which I blogged about long ago). So if you get a chance to see or interact with dolphins, it is a most incredible experience.





I'll blog about [almost] anything here on "John's Blog Space." That even includes dolphins. I hope you got to enjoy this post and maybe take away a few things about dolphins. I'm sorry I can't fully help you with your homework assignment or essay project about dolphins, but you have just a little insight on them. Be sure to Subscribe and Follow this blog for more goodness from yours truly. Until next time... thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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