Cancer

Cancer sucks. Only cancers I like are those who are Cancers in the zodiac. The various forms of cancer can spell doom for most people. Many have had cancer and fought it off. Some are still in their own fights against cancer. Regardless, it is just crippling to imagine having cancer and trying to deal with it. With the various forms of cancer out there, it is terrible just to imagine how much damage they can do to us. One of the most encouraging signs is being able to detect cancer at an early stage to help in the treatment process. No matter what, cancer is absolutely terrible. All you just want to do in these situations is...

beat cancer
^ from: www.thefruitdoctor.com - Don't let cancer win. Take the fight to cancer and defeat it!

Some people deep with cancer may not have much longer to live. So in these cases, it is best to offer quality experiences just to offer peace of mind and to provide positive reinforcement while dealing with something as cruel as cancer.


Famous People Who Died From Cancer.

Many famous persons have died from some form of cancer. I will name only a few of them:

• Marvin Zindler (news reporter and investigative reporter here in Houston/Galveston media) - pancreatic cancer
• Steve Byrnes (FOX Sports NASCAR broadcaster) - head and neck cancer
• Buddy Baker (legendary NASCAR race car driver) - lung cancer
• Wes Craven (legendary horror movie director) - brain cancer
• Audrey Hepburn (famed actress and fashion icon) - colorectal cancer
• Peter Jennings (long-time journalist) - lung cancer
• Sherman Hemsley (comedian and actor) - lung cancer
• Steve Jobs (co-founder and CEO of Apple) - pancreatic cancer

So when it comes to cancer, it is no joke. These are among many people to die from some form of cancer. I want to wish those who are battling cancer well in winning their battle with cancer. Getting the best treatment and perhaps detecting it early will both make big differences in winning against cancer.



--- Cancer: Final Thoughts ---

This section includes my final thoughts in regards to battling cancer as well as offering some online resources in case you or someone you know is dealing with cancer. Please take a look...


Cancer: My Final Thoughts.

Most of you may know me for trying to bring positivity to a negative world. Dealing with cancer is absolutely a time where we need each other in trying to offer support and well wishes to people. Cancer can cut anyone's life short. People battling cancer need all the support and love they can get. Even if people don't ask for sentiments or support, at least it doesn't hurt to offer love and well wishes to those dealing with some form of cancer or cancers. So if you are someone you know is battling cancer, I personally would like to wish the absolute best to everyone trying to beat out cancer.

To those battling cancer, I want to extend to you my best wishes and hope you'll be well. To those whom have lost their battle with cancer or know someone who died from cancer, my condolences are with you, as I am terribly sorry for the tragic loss(es) among your family and friends. To those whom have had cancer and defeated cancer, congratulations! We need people like you to help encourage others that beating cancer is possible. You should be examples to show that we can be stronger than the cancer and not let cancer rule our lives.

To everyone in the health care industry helping others beat cancer, I want to thank all of you and salute all of you. Even more worthy of my respect is all the various hospitals and such worldwide researching new ways to help others defeat cancer. There may eventually be a time when cancer can be beaten easily and effectively no matter what stage it is in. While we await when that time actually comes (if it does), I am still forever grateful and thankful we have such strong support and vast resources to help battle cancer and defeat cancer. Support from fine doctors and nurses and such is very much appreciated to help us win against cancer. With further research and with loving support and care from others, we can cure (not just treat) cancer and enjoy living life again.

Once again- thank you doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other individuals in helping us battle cancer to those who have cancer.


Cancer: Causes and Organizations.

There are many people and groups committed to defeating cancer both minor and major. This section features various organizations and such committed to educating or helping end cancer. This section was meant mostly for my American audience. You may want to look elsewhere online for any online resources on cancer for your nation or for your native language. I am not sponsored by any of the groups I will make mention to. I am only offering this for those who may need some assistance.

• For my American audience, learn everything you want about various forms of cancer by visiting the American Cancer Society's official website at www.cancer.org.

• One of the more popular ones is Stand Up to Cancer, which you can visit their website at www.standup2cancer.org.

• Breast cancer is certainly a major cancer. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is the most popular group for breast cancer. Visit ww5.komen.org and shop for goods to promote breast cancer awareness at www.shopkomen.com.

• Have prostate cancer? Know someone dealing with prostate cancer? Visit www.pcf.org to visit the official site of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


I may add some other resources in future posts, but I wish all of you the very best if you or someone you know is dealing with cancer.





This was a not-so-nice post here on "John's Blog Space," but I am pretty sure this topic is much appreciated to discuss and share. I care deeply and am committed to offering material that I hope will be beneficial and helpful. I hope this post is something helpful and useful to you and others. Your involvement with my blog(s) and the posts I make mean a lot to me. I never post anything that I think lacks any value or importance. Since we live in such a negative world, I just want to offer positive material in a sincere and heart-felt manner. This post has concluded for the most part.

My best wishes are with everyone dealing with cancer. I hope you are able to defeat cancer and return to living life and enjoying life.

Even with difficult topics, I try to offer something positive and helpful. I am not trying to be a hero or a visionary- all I want to do is provide positive energy and hope to those who may most need them. I hope you appreciate my efforts. On a lighter note, please Subscribe and Follow if you enjoy my online work. Thank you for reading. And more than ever, take care and be well.

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Unusual City Names

Know any funny or interesting city names? This blog post is a bit different from my others as I try to be funny by mentioning some cities with interesting or funny names. These are real cities you can actually visit- nothing made up. So if you want to know of some interesting places, you arrived on a very interesting blog post in a very interesting blog. So let's do this.





--- Interesting City Names ---

There are many more spread about the great U.S. of A., but here are some of the more interesting city names to come to mind for me. Click on the headings to visit any official home page for the named cities. First is one of the most popular ones:


Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Tell the truth, or face some consequences. Most people know of New Mexico for Albuquergue. Truth or Consequences is in southwestern New Mexico. It is a spa city that isn't too far away from El Paso, TX. It has a population of about 6K people.


Why, Arizona.

Why Why? Why not Phoenix, or Tuscon, or Flagstaff? Why Why? Why is a city in southern Arizona rather close to the US/Mexico border. According to Wikipedia, the 2000 census indicated that Why has a population of about 116. According to one website, Why is named the way it is because of the Y-shaped junction of Highway 85 and Highway 86 there.


Boring, Oregon.

The most exciting city in the United States is... Boring. Why go to glamourous cities like Los Angeles or New York when you can go to America's most boring city? Boring could be quite exciting! This city was established in 1903. It has a population of about 8K people from 2000. It is a city close to the Oregon-Washington state line and is a suburb of Portland, OR. A slogan for Boring is "An Exciting Place to Call Home."

It may sound funny to name a city "Boring," but it was actually named after a Union veteran named William H. Boring. Does that mean William was boring enough to carry the surname of Boring? Boring actually looks pretty nice from pictures I've seen. Very serene and lovely setting Boring is.


Welfare, Texas.

SAD BUT TRUE: I have NEVER been outside the state of Texas in my entire life, and Welfare is a city I've actually visited or encountered. Welfare is a city in south central Texas. There's no info on population there because I learned Welfare is a ghost town.


Hookersville, West Virginia.

For a good time, visit Hookersville, WV. You need not visit the Red Light District of your town. Just go to Hookersville. It is a town in about west central West Virginia.


Boogertown, North Carolina.

I'm sure you wouldn't want to pick your nose in a city called Boogertown. Probably isn't recommended you get a runny nose in this city. According to Wikipedia, the town was named because of a fear moonshiners warned people the boogeyman would lurk in the forest to drive away visitors. I am unsure of the link of the boogeyman and Boogertown, but... it is what it is.


Hell, Michigan.

Snowballs DO have a chance in Hell... as long as it's Hell, Michigan. Hell, or at least Hell, Michigan; is 15 miles to the northwest of Ann Arbor. You college and college sports fans know Ann Arbor as Michigan Wolverines territory. So two things can be assured with this city- snowballs stand a chance in Hell, and it's possible for Hell to freeze over. This is Hell that people may actually want to visit. In fact, you could say you can have a hell of a good time in Hell [Michigan]. Okay... I'm having too much fun here.

(NOTE: I came off with saying a snowball has a chance in Hell before I ultimately saw an Internet meme saying the same thing researching this topic.)


Now time to go international! ...kind of.


Dull, Scotland, UK.

I'm sure this city isn't dull even though it's named Dull. I didn't know of this city until I did my research on this topic after looking up details on Boring, OR, USA. You know the funny thing about all of this? Both Boring and Dull are Sister Cities! See? Why try to be one of the cool kids when being boring rules? It's great to be boring! :)


Hell, Norway.

You can go to Hell- whether in Michigan or in Norway. Snowballs DEFINITELY stand a chance in this Hell. The first time I was introduced to this Hell was when I looked at the schedule for FIA World Rallycross. I read that this Hell is named for the Old Norse word "hellir," meaning "overhang" or "cliff cave." So I can't really playfully mention Hell, Norway as I did with Hell, MI in this respect.


Those are only as many different actual city names as I could provide.


--- More Interesting City Names ---

So, did you enjoy this blog post? Well check out these links for even more weird/unusual city names!

22 Worst Town Names in the World
These are 28 of the most hilarious city names ever.
69 Towns And Cities With Funny Dirty Names
Weird and Unusual Places The World's Most Ridiculous Place Names
52 Weird Names Of Places In The United States That You Just Can’t Believe Are Real

Help yourself to this bit of insanity with the material here. :)





Even though these cities may have laughable names or are easy to pick on, I love all of my readers and visitors... even if you come from a funny-sounding place.

Can you think of any other funny or interesting city names? Are there any funny-sounding city names in your country (if so, name some of them)?

That's all for this blog post. Hope you had fun here. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Birthstones

How well do you know your birthstones? Many beautiful crystals and gems serve as birthstones for all of us.
Do you know your birthstone? This blog post focuses in on various birthstones. I must tell you that I learned a few new things outside of just birthstones by month. In fact, did you know there are birthstones fo for zodiac signs and on the specific day of the week you were born? This won't be an all-in-one piece on birthstones, but I will make an effort to introduce various stones to you all. So welcome to another post to my "anything and everything" blog- John's Blog Space!

NOTE: Most information provided by this Wikipedia entry (click to visit). This blog post is actually a very old post I had worked on a long time ago but never completed it or worked on it much until now.





--- Birthstones ---

Here are the birthstones in three different classifications, starting with the one I am most familiar with: by month. Different birthstones actually vary by culture. Prepare for a lot of misconstrued information for some of these entries in these sections.

Here are two videos providing video insight on birthstones:


^ "Birthstones"


^ "What is your birthstone"

With that out of the way, here are my own contributions to the topic of birthstones...


Birthstones: By Month.

Here are the birthstones by month:

• January: Garnet
• February: Amethyst
• March: Bloodstone/Jasper
• April: Diamond, Sapphire
• May: Emerald, Agate
• June: Alexandrite, Emerald
• July: Ruby, Onyx
• August: Sardonyx, Garnelian
• September: Sapphire, Peridot
• October: Tourmaline, Aquamarine
• November: Citrine, Topaz
• December: Zircon, Ruby

IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING... Here is a website you can visit to briefly learn about the meaning of each month's birthstone: "Birthstones and Their Meanings" (almanac.com)


Birthstones: by Zodiac.

If you know your sign on the Zodiac, here are your birthstones for each sign of the Zodiac. (NOTE: There were too many misleading and confusing bits of information online on this topic. So instead, I went with what I read on Wikipedia):

Capricorn: ruby
Aquarius: garnet
Pisces: amethyst
Aries: bloodstone
Taurus: sapphire
Gemini: agate
Cancer: emerald
Leo: onyx
Virgo: carnelian
Libra: crysolite
Scorpio: beryl
Sagittarius: topaz

If you know me, I was born on January 15th (meaning I am a Capricorn). So my birthstone by zodiac would be ruby. To learn more about zodiac birthstones and the healing attributes of certain stones, check out this link: Zodiac Birthstones For All Twelve Astrology Signs on Birthstone Chart.


Birthstones: by Day.

I didn't know this prior to putting together this blog post, but there are also birthday stones devoted to the day of the week when someone was born. Here is a look at stones for birthdays in case you're interested.

Sunday: Ruby
Monday: Pearl
Tuesday: Garnet
Wednesday: Cymophane
Thursday: Emerald
Friday: Topaz
Saturday: Sapphire

I was born on a Saturday, so my birthday stone by day would be sapphire.


I only knew of birthstones by month. It wasn't until I further researched this topic that I learned of other birthstones associated with other aspects of our birth. Isn't a great feeling when you actually research certain topics before posting whatever you want on a topic?



--- Birthstones Themselves ---

This blog piece just offers thoughts on individual birthstones. I will go by the stones for each month. Here is a small look at all birthstones:


Garnet.

If you are a fan/alum of the University of South Carolina or Florida State University, you know that Garnet is one of the colors for both schools. The garnet stone itself boasts a dark and rich color. The red color is almost like a crimson red.

Amethyst.

I actually have a sample of an Amethyst crystal in my room. Amethyst has a beautiful bluish-purple color. I recently named official color names for "John's Race Space." I named the purple color as Amethyst Purple.

Aquamarine.

The Aquamarine birthstone boasts a beautiful muted blue color. It boasts a cyan color, almost like the beautiful waters of the South Pacific (hello to any of my South Pacific audience that may reading this blog post!).

Diamond.

Diamonds are forever. Diamonds are a girl's best friend. They are also the birthstone for people born in April. Nothing captivates quite like the silvery white color of a diamond.

Emerald.

With its gorgeous green color, Emerald is a lovely stone. While I am not really into green, this is a fabulous green color for anyone who does love green can enjoy.

Alexandrite.

Those born in June have Alexandrite as their birthstone. It's tough to gauge the real color of Alexandrite- it's green under daylight, but looks like a red color under artificial light. It is very absorbent of light.

Ruby.

The fiery and beautiful red color of Ruby makes up the July birthstone. One of the colors of my former "John's Shop Space" blog and my current "John's Creative Space" blog is Ruby Red.

Peridot.

I know nothing of peridot, but the color is sort of a pale green or a lime green. Perhaps even a chartreuse color, but chartreuse is more of a yellowish green. Peridot is the August stone.

Sapphire.

Sapphire is one of the blue colors that make up "John's Blog Space." My high school class ring even has a sapphire gem as part of it. Sapphire is also the September stone. As you would imagine for a fan of blue, I love the deep blue hue provided by a sapphire stone. The most beautiful sapphire on any piece of jewelry is the beautiful Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond has a big piece of sapphire outlined with diamonds on the outside.

Opal.

Of all birthstones, opal is the most colorful and rich. The only place in the world where opal jewelry is still popular and mined are in New Zealand. So this is a birthstone you South Pacific types can appreciate.

Topaz.

The November birthstone is represented by the fiery orange topaz birthstone. It is commonly called the "Stone of Strength" due to its hardness. Surely those whose birthstone is topaz can appreciate being regarded as strong.

Turquoise.

Turquoise is a cyan color that is very vibrant. A lot of people could probably equate turquoise in color much like the waters of certain South Pacific nations like Fiji or somewhere within French Polynesia.


There are other birthstones associated with different things, but these are some of the main ones I wanted to hint on. This is otherwise the end of this post and most of the information I wanted to push to you all.


Cross-Promotion and Other Reading.

Here is about the only related post since I mentioned zodiac:

"Signs of the Zodiac" (John's Blog Space)
^ Find out what sign of the zodiac certain famous personalities are with this blog post! Remember- I'm a Capricorn (January 15)...


There is no more I can share here.





Thanks a lot for visiting "John's Blog Space!"

What is/are YOUR birthstones? Do you agree with what some of the stones signify and mean?

As of August 22, 2015; this is my first blog post since I updated my blog layout a few days ago to this responsive blog layout. It is supposed to be better friendly to various devices ranging from desktops to mobile devices. Hope you like it. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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John's Corner: Looking Ahead

I have been busy lately. Fear not, though- I am just trying to add to my published material. There are so many things I am working on- including a new blog layout. This is a brief "John's Corner" where I discuss what I'm working on. My posts in this category are all about me talking with you. That's it in a nutshell. Welcome again to...

Johns Corner


New Blog Layout Consideration.

The first topic is on a new blog layout. My train of thought on blog layouts is that I want to first find a suitable blog template, then modify it as much as possible to be something I can use across various blogs to last for quite some time. I haven't yet succeeded at something of quality for my blogs, but I'm getting there. I am in no way any pro at blog templates. So therefore, it is about taking and refining quality work.

What I am considering is the first-ever responsive blog template I've worked on. That means my blogs and their content will supposedly look better across both desktop and mobile screens. Whatever I do come up with will be seen for sure across all of my blogs. We all have to evolve and adapt in some sort of way. I feel that is what I want to do in offering a different design to my blogging content.


The Game-Making Quest.

I have somewhat been trying to learn the Lua language and Löve2D to possibly build my first game. After so many weak attempt to try to learn how to build a 2D platformer, I recently took up a certain top down style of 2D gaming. Inspirations include the likes of Pac-Man games and Bomber Man games. I may look at making such games or even a possible action RPG the likes of "The Legend of Zelda." If you want to check out my creative work and what I may ultimately come up with, I invite you to visit my creative works blog, "John's Creative Space (JCS)."

One of my ultimate goals is to create a game that I hopefully can offer for fun while also perhaps profiting financially from my material. Of course, offering quality material always comes before anything else (including financial profit).


The Creative Burst.

I want to try to create as much creative material as possible. I've showcased some of my work on "John's Creative Space" for all to see. Such items of late include two cars I designed for the classic PC racing sim "NASCAR Racing 2003 Season." If I am able, I may also consider designing cars for "GTR2." The inspiration behind those games is from seeing videos of AI races posted online like from my friends on GTPlanet.

I created two cars for NR2003 as I mentioned earlier. One is a team car, and another is a car I designed for fun. You can read about my two creations so far by visiting these two JCS blog entries:

"Moonlight Motorsports" (John's Creative Space) « my fictional racing team.
"Pusheen the Cat Camry" (John's Creative Space) « a car I designed for fun featuring Pusheen the Cat.

Don't forget- I also try to make music. So be sure to check out my audio material as well!


First-Ever Site?

Once I create some decent material to share online, I'd like to showcase my work in a website. I know I could set up a site using Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace; but I may go with a Google Site to showcase my work professionally. It may even serve as a showcase of any games I may create for the Internet. I just want something other than a blog to showcase my creative work. I just want it to be a portfolio of my own work.

Stay tuned for any details should I succeed in offering such content on such a site.


These are basically some of the main talking points about what I have planned for the future.





Needless to say, I am positive and hopeful with a host of my future content. Whether you are learning of me for the first time ever or you've known me for quite some time, all I am trying to do is be bigger and better with my material. Only you can help further any such level of success I have in mind. So thank all of you for your continued success over the long time I've tried to improve my content. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Stay Hydrated!

Where would be be without water in this heat? Earlier today here in Houston, temperatures *officially* went past 100°F. The "Feels Like" temperatures here probably borderlined 110°F. Since most of your body consists of water, you need to stay hydrated to avoid exhaustion. If you sweat easily or lose fluids easily, it is best you try to stay hydrated in the heat. While it is a tasty option, soft drinks and certain other drinks may actually increase the rate of exhaustion. Sports drinks and water will probably serve you athletes well while dealing with the heat. Your best bet is to carry water bottles or have access to water fountains or water coolers. Be sure to find something to drink to stay hydrated when encountering heat.

So what I am trying to express here is...

stay hydrated
^ from: www.cyberflexing.com - Stay hydrated!

That's all. Thanks. This has been a Public Service Announcement by your friend- John Marine. You're welcome.





This was merely a casual and brief blog post to help you all out. Not all the time do I come up with extremely detailed material, even though that is usually the trademark of my blogging material. I still provided something useful for my audience- the most important element of any of my published material. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Pilotwings

Pilotwings took SNES gamers to the skies. Released in 1990 and 1991 for the Super Nintendo, the original Pilotwings made aerial sports cool. Clearing the various lessons takes practice to become a master. So are you ready to take to the skies and prove your worth? If you answered "yes," then this blog post offers my thoughts on one of Nintendo's classic franchises. and ones of the SNES' most respected games- Pilotwings.





--- Pilotwings ---

Pilotwings was released in 1991. The game consists of a number of aerial challenges for you to try and clear. The various flight mechanics and aerial mechanics helped make Pilotwings such a well-loved game among many gamers. The series would garner subsequent sequels including Pilotwings 64 and Pilotwings Resort. But before those came along, there was the classic Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo (or Super Famicom). This game took advantage of the Mode 7 graphics that made SNES games look so great. You actually feel like you are flying and landing on realistic terrain instead of some boring-looking 2D flat land. Being able to engage in a number of aerial activities lends itself to the success of this game.

Now on to the finer points of Pilotwings.


The Aircraft.

Pilotwings has four different kinds of ways to enjoy taking to the skies. Here are the four main ones:

• Fly in a Light Plane. Exercises here consist of various aerial maneuvers as well as learning to land the plane.

• From way above, take part in Skydiving. Clear various gates and then properly engage your parachute to make a solid landing. Where you land will earn you a good number of points.

• Try flying with the Rocketbelt. Here, you must clear a set of items and then land in the finish run to complete your run. Points will be deducted if you touch the ground while flying. When all checkpoints are cleared, return to the landing zone to complete the run.

• In Hangglider, your goal is to fly into a certain zone and land safely at the landing zone.


Those are the four main flight exercises. You take on different other aerial missions in other kinds of craft, especially helicopter missions. It is also possible to take on bonus challenges. Once you get certified through each set of missions, you will be given a number. That six-digit number is your Password so you can continue your career in Pilotwings. Remember those passwords!


The Zones and Gameplay.

Pilotwings consists of four basic exercise zones and an individual mission. What you want to do is clear each mission with as high of a score as possible. The combined score from all of the different exercises will determine whether or not you will advance to the next level. If you fail to score enough points, you will have to try that level again until you score enough points to advance to the next level. Even if you fail to score enough points, you can still try any other exercises mainly for practice. But of course, you can simply opt out and try again if you fail to score enough points in your previous run.

Not every zone has every kind of flying exercise. It is important to know what it is you have to do and to note the various landing zones for each exercise. You will need to practice each exercise if you are not as adept on each one.

When you clear all the missions, you will be granted the opportunity to play Pilotwings Extra- featuring all of the original missions, but in more difficult settings than the original set of missions (for example, trying to land a Light Plane on an icy runway or in heavy winds).



--- Pilotwings: Final Thoughts ---

Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo is a classic for a reason. This was a game that made aerial maneuvers fun. The individual challenges provide a good amount of replay value. While you can't go back to them after completing them, there is still plenty of enjoy for this classic SNES title. Even if you are not a dedicated classic gamer, you owe it to yourself to play and experience "Pilotwings" and what all made it as one of Nintendo's fine franchises.


Video Preview.

Here is video insight on this classic game:


^ "Pilotwings - SNES Gameplay"

This is either a new experience or old memories for some of you.


Get Pilotwings!

Want to go get this game? Here is a resource I've provided:



Don't have a Super Nintendo? Here's something to help you out. Consider this my gift to you for checking out a review of a classic SNES game. Take a look at these:


Or let me know if this is any good:



Thanks for your support, everyone!





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Windows 10 So Far...

#Windows10 was released on July 29, 2015. People who had Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 could upgrade for free with Windows 10. I was one who took up on this offer. For this blog post, I'm going to offer my thoughts on this interface so far. I'd like to welcome my fellow Windows users to this blog and this blog post. These are all of my thoughts on Windows 10 so far as of the initial date of this post (July 31, 2015).





--- Windows 10 So Far... ---

Allow me to share my thoughts in my own unique way. But to identify this post, here is a picture I found online:

Microsoft Windows 10
^ from: www.top-windows-tutorials.com - Windows 10 looks to right the wrongs of Windows 8 and 8.1. Find out if I think Microsoft succeeded at doing this by reading my blog post.


Retrospective.

Before talking about Windows 10, let's look back. I have NO experience with Windows 7. I played around with Windows 8 once on a PC at a Sam's Club. My current Acer PC was shipped with Windows 8.1, and I have used it thoroughly. Windows 8.1 took some getting used to for me. The thing I was most pleased about Windows 8.1 was its speed. It ran very well on my PC and looked stylish. I used the old monitor from my previous PC before eventually stepping up to a 1080p-capable monitor. One fear I had was that this interface wouldn't look so sharp on a 1024x768 monitor. Worked just fine and looked just fine.

I initially had a positive outlook on Windows 8.1's Start Menu interface and the various apps for it. Over time, I basically missed the functionality the Start Button used to have. The Metro layout was met with lukewarm reception by certain Windows veterans. I even at one point installed something that brought back the Start Menu functionality seen with Windows 7 and most other interfaces before it. Sometimes, I even wondered by Windows 8.1 would struggle to load every file and folder when searching for something. Those were frustrating elements.

To me before getting Windows 10, I began to believe that Windows 8 and 8.1 were simply trying to make computing more beautifully than functionally. It is like building a beautiful car that lacks in the departments of functionality and practicality. I became curious as to what Windows 10 would provide. Previously, my thoughts on Windows 10 were reserved only to impressions from other people as well as YouTube videos. So imagine my curiosity when I decided to take up on the Windows 10 offer to upgrade for free.


Bracing for Windows 10.

I set my reservation back in June 2015 and awaited the chance to download Windows 10. Since I thought this reservation wasn't going to come in time or anything, I eventually decided to download Windows 10 manually. I took advice from CNET and followed the instructions to download that Media thing to download Windows 10. It comes in as a 3GB download. So what I did was download Windows 10 and then burn it onto a DVD (FUN FACT: I NEVER burned a DVD ever until this past Thursday. I had bought a DVD-RW pack years ago hoping to use it on my former PC. However, I never had any DVD-writing software or a DVD-writing drive to take advantage of those blank DVDs). I went ahead and did the installation on my computer for Windows 10. The whole process took about an hour and five minutes (1:05:00.000) to go from loading everything to installing all the needed files. One thing noted was that it said the PC would restart several times trying to install everything. At one point, I was spending a good bit of time staring at a blank screen and having no idea that everything installed. I was fearful that if I restarted my PC manually, I would lose all that installation data. And after one attempt, my PC reverted back to Windows 8.1, so I had to try it all again. On the second try, I was successfully able to get all the files back on my PC for Windows 10. The PC rebooted properly. Yet once again, I stared at a blank screen. After about two and a half hours after my second attempt at having Windows 10 work, I eventually restarted my PC manually. When I turned it back on, the blank screen was no more! I saw all of the fancy graphics for Windows 10. All of the settings and such that was saved from my Windows 8.1 experience were carried over almost seamlessly. I didn't have to reinstall anything or change any sort of settings.

That's all good. How did it all work for me?


Using Windows 10.

Now for some thoughts on Windows 10 as I've used it so far.

• Windows 10 does feel more like an upgrade than some revolutionary quantum leap from 8 and 8.1 Windows. For one thing, I loved being able to have a functional Start button again that is much better than what 8/8.1 offered for its Start menu. The various interfaces are cleaner and more functional than before. I even like there is a Search bar in the Taskbar to find items on your PC and online. The new Start Menu links to your most frequently used files and folders along with some of your more recent files. You have better access and accessibility to all the applications installed in your Start Menu than with 8 and 8.1 Windows.

• Having those Charms in 8.1 was a cute touch, but it could get annoying knowing you reach the edges of a screen and unintentionally pull up those Charms. What I like about Windows 10 is that you have the Action Center active all the time rather than use the Charms from the previous Windows.

• There is a little tab on the bottom-right that when you click on it, all windows are minimized so you easily can access the Desktop. This is a TREMENDOUS help because I hated having to minimize every window manually just to reach the Desktop.

• Windows 10 does a better job handling folders and files than on Windows 8.1. It also features a picture viewer that finally lets you see animated GIF files without needing some native GIF animation player (like IrfanView). Unfortunately, you can't zoom into animated GIFs like you could with non-animated images. Also, you will not get the same level of crispness with smaller images as you did with Windows 8.1.

• If one thing confuses me about Windows 10, it is the handling of different windows. The program atop the focus is usually the one with the colored window. All windows in Windows 10 have white headings. And unless you know what program you're using atop the focus, it is unusual to know what program is active and atop the focus.

• One thing I hated the most about Windows 8.1 was how right clicks would not register sometimes. I've had this problem a lot less frequently with Windows 10 so far.

Those are just a few things to note regarding Windows 10.



--- Windows 10 So Far: My Thoughts ---

Windows 10 is what Windows 8.1 could have been... only with more functionality than style. W10 is lovely, but it has much better functionality and performance than the former 8.1 interface. No past programs or anything have had to be altered in any such way to take advantage of Windows 10. All I mostly did was adjust some of the window heights and widths for a few programs. That's it. In some ways, you could say that Windows 10 makes you feel sorry sticking with Windows 8 and 8.1. At least from my experiences so far, Windows 10 is a much better and much more functional OS than 8 and 8.1. So if your computer can handle Windows 10, I would recommend you install Windows 10 on your PC. I was the fish that took the bait of getting Windows 10 (for all intents and purposes) as a free upgrade from 8.1, and taking this bait was wonderful as I feel much more comfortable with Windows 10 than I almost ever did with Windows 8.1.

When preparing this review, I didn't fully try things like the new Microsoft Edge browser or Cortana (Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). Again- this is basically a first impressions blog post regarding Windows 10.


For More Information...

For more information on Windows 10, please visit www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features.

Or you may buy Windows 10 with this resource I have provided:
Windows 10 on Amazon

Search around there for the version of Windows 10 you wish to install on your system.





That concludes my first impressions look at Windows 10.

What do you think about Windows 10? Is it any better for you than Windows 8/8.1? Would you recommend Windows 10?

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NASCAR

#NASCAR is the National Assocation for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is America's premier motorsports series. NASCAR's history dates back to 1948. Today's NASCAR embodies dramatic and exciting full-contact racing. This blog post is my own look at NASCAR. I am not expecting this to be a definitive and complete focus on NASCAR, nor do I really intend this post to be such. You are still more than welcome to (hopefully) enjoy this post.





--- NASCAR ---

Let me set the mood with some pictures.

NASCAR logo
^ from: grfd.org - Here is the NASCAR logo. I basically tried to find an image to identify this post.

NASCAR racing
^ from: www.sodahead.com - Welcome to the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Frenzied, take-no-prisoners, dramatic racing guaranteed every race in every NASCAR series.

NOTE: Some information taken from NASCAR's Wikipedia entry.


NASCAR is the premier motorsports category in America as it remains a quality showcase of full-contact racing. The names, tracks, cars, and races have changed; but the racing action remains entertaining for all to watch. Most of the racing in NASCAR takes place on a variety of ovals across the nation. They also race on a select number of road courses. But for the most part, a lot of people see NASCAR primarily for oval racing.

NASCAR was born in 1948 by Bill France Sr. A number of auto enthusiasts back in the 1940s were enamored with the idea of racing their vehicles to make money once prohibition was outlawed. Some of these thrillseekers loved moonshine. Cars back then were substantially lightened to be made better for racing. Such people who loved moonshine and took on racing in these modified cars were known as "moonshine runners." As unworldly illegal bootlegging was, moonshine to these people in the South was key to surviving and thriving back then. The racing was also key in making ends meet back then to some of the ones who took part in this dangerous activity.

To most people, some racing fans only tend to watch NASCAR to see the wrecks. Some people also only seem to discuss NASCAR when hard crashes are involved or some sort of non-racing moment happens. Hard racing entertains me; wrecks don't. I am, however, tickled pink about the sturdiness of the cars in the event of crashes. A huge example of this occured at the 2015 Coke Zero 400 when Austin Dillon's #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet wrecked hard after crossing the finish line. You could barely tell that was a car the way it flew into the catchfence and was ripped to shreds. Austin Dillon managed to walk away cleanly from the wreck.

Up next is a look at the finer details of NASCAR.


The Cars.

NASCAR today features a number of different automobiles from mostly American makes. Every car is powered by a normally-aspirated V8 engine making upwards of 800 or so horsepower. They are mated to a four-speed gearbox. The curb weight of these racing machines is around 3400 lbs. (or 1542 kg) or 3500 lbs (or 1587 kg). Over the years, the racing became more and more popular. The racing vehicles were all vehicles you could purchase at your local car dealer. This was all part of the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" concept. The cars for the most part are fairly close to stock regardless of their great high speeds. The cars would become continually sophisticated, but never to the point of being nowhere near a pure race car. To put it a different way, let's just say that these cars aren't ultra sophisticated based on production cars, such as the difference between the road-going cars in DTM and their DTM racing counterparts. Here are some of the machines currently raced across a variety of series in NASCAR:

Cup: Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry
Grand National: Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Toyota Camry
Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra

A number of past automobiles have been a part of NASCAR history including various other cars from current makes as well as certain makes currently not in NASCAR. Past cars include: Hudson Hornet, Ford Fairlane, Plymouth Superbird, Dodge Daytona, Ford Torino, Mercury Cyclone, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, Dodge Intrepid, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Chevrolet Lumina, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Taurus, and the Dodge Charger. There were some other unique cars that raced in NASCAR including the Toyota Celica and the Pontiac Sunfire.


The Drivers.

Those cars and trucks are nothing without quality talent racing them. A number of all-time greats and future all-time greats have contributed to NASCAR's history. One of the greatest NASCAR racers of all time is "The King" Richard Petty. Other greats past and present include the following: Cale Yarbrough, Junior Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Sr., "Fireball" Roberts, the Wood brothers, Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, the Allisons, the LaBontes, the Jarretts, and more. A lot of today's talent include Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, the Busch brothers (Kyle and Kurt), Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., James Buescher, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., the Dillons (Austin and Ty), John Wes Townley, Miguel Paludo, Greg Biffle, Cole Whitt, David Starr (fellow Houstonian!), and Matt Crafton among other personalities.

It was Jeff Gordon who got me into NASCAR back in 1999. I always cheered him on and always admired him. The 2015 season marks Jeff Gordon's final full season of racing as he's set to retire. If he doesn't win the title this season, he'll retire a four-time NASCAR Cup Champion.

IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING... Do I think Danica Patrick will win in NASCAR? I think she absolutely will. Her IndyCar Series consisted of a grand total of one win. But if you ask me, I've always believed in Danica, and she WILL win in NASCAR. Don't know where. Don't know how. All I do know is that she has too much talent to not be even a candidate to win a race in NASCAR. Even if she doesn't win a race at all in NASCAR, I still think she has enough talent to pull out a win.

But of course... that's what I think.



The Tracks.

The majrity of courses run by NASCAR are ovals. Though at times, they also race road courses. A lot of racing fans often like thinking of some ovals as "cookie cutter" ovals. Mostly, these are ovals that seem the same across a number of locations. Some of the ovals run across all levels of NASCAR include the following: Daytona, Indianapolis, Talladega, Darlington, Bristol, Martinsville, Gateway, Chicagoland, Michigan, Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Rockingham, Atlanta, Pocono, and of course... Charlotte among others. NASCAR has raced a number of road courses also. Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen are two road courses raced by NASCAR, and one of the past courses they used to race was Riverside International Raceway. Other road courses raced on past and present include Road America, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta, and Portland International Raceway. NASCAR even once had some promotional racing like at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi Speedway and Suzuka back in the mid-1990s.

Those who miss classic tracks NASCAR used to race on remember tracks like North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, and Riverside International Raceway. Rockingham did host a NASCAR Trucks race a few years ago.


The Races.

Most of the premier events take place in the Cup ranks.

• The year begins with the Daytona 500, but the racing before then happens well before then. Daytona Speedweeks is more like NASCAR's equivalent of training camp in the NFL. All of the racing does eventually get down to the prestigious Daytona 500 held in February.

• One of the other significant races in NASCAR is the Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway in Darlington, South Carolina, USA. This event is usually held in early May.

• Later in May is the Coca-Cola 600. This race is run in the evening and into the night on the same day of the Indy 500. Some drivers try to do the Indy-Charlotte double, making for a total of 1,100 miles of racing. I call the Coca-Cola 600 as the Le Mans of NASCAR as far as it being the longest race NASCAR runs all year.

• One of the latest most fascinating races of late is the Mudsummer Classic run by the NASCAR Trucks. This late July racing event takes place on a Wednesday around Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, USA. There are a number of heat races and last chance qualifiers to help set the field for the main race. The main race itself consists of a format of three segments at 60 laps, 50 laps, and 40 laps respectively for a total of 150 laps. To me, I don't see why they just have three 50-lap sessions much like how you have three 20-minute periods of hockey.

• While the Indy 500 has its charm, the Brickyard 400 has been a NASCAR staple since 1994. The Brickyard 400 is NASCAR's premier race around the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Victory here is almost as prestigious as winning the Daytona 500. This is also a late July event.

These are among some of the more popular races run all year in NASCAR.


NASCAR All-Stars.

On the Cup level, there are all star festivities that take place. Competitions range from the Pit Crew Challenge to the All-Star Race itself around Charlotte Motor Speedway. What is heralded about the All-Star Race is that this is a non-points race that is just as competitive as any other. There are a few segments within the All-Star Race itself. The winner gets $1M USD. Not a bad prize to play for, eh?


NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The mark of most established sports is to have a Hall of Fame dedicated to those who helped revolutionize the sport and demonstrate excellence on and off the track. Charlotte, North Carolina is where you can find the NASCAR Hall of Fame and all of the cars and stars who helped establish NASCAR into the motorsports powerhouse it is today.


Now it's time to look a bit further into NASCAR.



--- NASCAR: Why Bother? ---

Here is a commentary section to offer my own thoughts on NASCAR before going any further. Agree or disagree at will.

There is a reason why NASCAR is so respected. To me, the series and its racing is as distinctive a motorsport as you can get. NASCAR has a character and personality with its cars and its racing comparable to most other disciplines and categories of motorsport. The cars are not seriously sophisticated or anything. After all, many people usually think of NASCAR stock cars as tanks- race cars that weight a lot and are more suited towards ovals than some of the world's top motor racing circuits. It is perfectly fine to not like NASCAR for whatever reason. But when you really think about it, NASCAR has an appeal and a character that makes it every bit as unique as any other established motorsport. When is the last time you heard NASCAR being described as (for example) "F1 without road courses?" While people may not like oval racing or the fact that stock cars are not as sophisticated as cars from series like the DTM or any GT/Sportscar/Endurance racing series, at least NASCAR is distinctive enough to be featured as its own series rather than some fake racing series.

Do you want some more proof that NASCAR is distinctive enough? Look at some of the different international racing talent that either raced in NASCAR or at least wanted to race in NASCAR: Narain Karthikeyan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose, Kimi Raikkonen, and Shigeaki Hattori among others. Many of the names I listed were ex-F1 racers! If NASCAR is such a crap series, then why do you think a number of racing talent want to race in NASCAR? I think it speaks to the level of prestige of NASCAR to want to race in this series. Even if you just run one race, at least you get to compete in a series with its own personality and charm. Maybe some top-tier international talent simply want to try NASCAR to add to their racing resumé or take on a racing challenge maybe a racer hasn't tried out. Why do you think games like Gran Turismo 5 wanted to showcase NASCAR stock cars? Without NASCAR being popular, I don't think even games like SEGA's Daytona USA series would have been possible. Movies like "Days of Thunder" and "Talladega Nights" wouldn't have been possible either.

Its popularity in the United States makes it the 800 lb. gorilla in motorsports TV and media coverage. If you are a motorsports series trying to gain the top share of ratings and media, you got to get past NASCAR. ...and good luck to you on that! The thing to take away from me in this section is that NASCAR is as distinctive a racing series as Formula 1, rally racing, drifting, drag racing, or anything like that. There are even people who think NASCAR is better than Formula 1! What does THAT tell you?

Anyhow... these are reasons why you should even bother about NASCAR. It isn't the only stock car racing series, but it is the king of stock car racing.



--- NASCAR: The Top Three Touring Series ---

There are three series that most people know of in regards to NASCAR. I will feature those three here.


NASCAR Cup.

I refer to it as "NASCAR Cup" irrespective of the title sponsor. These days, it is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (or NSCS). This is the premier category of NASCAR Racing with the longest and most prestigious races. It is the main class of competition for people to get noticed in. Among the biggest races are the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400

Today's Cup racing is punctuated each season since 2004 with the Chase for the Cup. The way I understood the controversial Chase for the Cup is that Matt Kenseth won the 2003 Cup Championship but won only one race that entire season. So in an effort to try to offer a series more in line with most traditional American sports and reward winning races, the Chase format was set. The Chase for the Cup consists of ten races to close out the season with races around various points of America. The format started from giving the top 10 or top 12 in points a huge points boost to determine an eventual champion. Today's Chase format has a "win and you're in" format. It is simple- win a race, and you qualify for the "postseason." These days, the Chase has a format that eliminates a number of poor-performing drivers as the Chase progresses.

Many people have mixed reactions in regards to the Chase format and the Chase itself. Some like the format as it gives NASCAR some identity by spicing up the racing with this interesting format. Many others dislike the Chase because it doesn't reward consistency like most other racing series.


NASCAR Grand National.

These days, it is the NASCAR XFINITIY Series; however, I've always learned of this level of NASCAR as the Grand National Series. Many look to this series as the second tier of NASCAR's top three touring series. Races here are shorter than in the Cup ranks. Many of the drivers graduated from the Truck Series ranks and want to make that impact in Cup. Depending on who you ask, this series is either a feeder series to Cup or a lower-level NASCAR series that provides just as much excitement as Cup.


NASCAR Trucks.

The NASCAR Trucks series (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series today) features pickup trucks not afraid to get roughed up in racing. It is the lowest class of the top three touring series, but it features some of the most exciting racing. It is also the youngest of the three with the first championship dating back to 1995. Among the highlight races in this series are the Wednesday night race around Bristol Motor Speedway and one of the most recent special races- the Mudsummer Classic around the famed Eldora Speedway dirt oval in Ohio.


Even though these are three different levels of NASCAR racing, they all have their own identity and do not really feel like any traditional series of races or any sort of ladder system of NASCAR. So while they may seem like three different levels of competition, the series themselves feel more like individual levels of competition instead of a traditional ladder system of NASCAR.



--- NASCAR: The Other Series ---

So you know about the top three series. The sport delves deeper with a number of series most may not know of. I will make brief introductions to those series here.


NASCAR Modifieds.

The Modified NASCAR race cars consist of low-powered stock cars with significantly less bodywork and an open-wheel format. The most common showcase on TV of Modified racing usually happens at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. There is a Whelen Modified series and a Whelen Modified Southern series.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is divided into two regions- East and West. This is a showcase of racing talent racing a handful of race courses on short ovals and even some road courses. It is a chance for drivers to step up to the higher ranks of NASCAR. One such driver from these ranks is Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who is currently racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.


NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

NASCAR in Canada is highlighted by the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. A number of racing facilities across Canada play host to this fine series. They even include a few street courses. These cars are styled a bit differently and perform differently from some of the stock cars we're used to in the States.


NASCAR Mexico.

The NASCAR Mexico series features a variety of race courses and a variety of racing drivers from Mexico. Two graduates of this series racing in NASCAR in the United States include German Quiroga and Daniel Suarez. The tracks raced in NASCAR Mexico include various ovals and a number of road courses across Mexico.


NASCAR Euro Series.

Though Europe is the birthplace of the modern automobile, stock car racing isn't as popular in Europe as it is in the United States. Providing that spark of stock car goodness for Europe is the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. This series consists of stock cars racing across Europe. Venues raced include a number of ovals as well as some fascinating road courses. For example, the series races on courses like Brands Hatch, Valencia, Nürburgring, all among other courses.


You've now been briefly briefed on NASCAR's other series.



--- NASCAR: What If? ---

Because you're reading "John's Blog Space," you didn't just come here to get a simple look at NASCAR. I have to personalize things and be unique. So what you're about to read is all a bunch of random nonsense that makes sense ultimately. Feel free to chime in on any ideas that may interest you from these pieces...


What If: More Manufacturers?

I am a Chevrolet person, but it is sad Chrysler isn't in the series. Of course, I mean Dodge, but this is a series that has seen Mopar power from the likes of Plymouth and Dodge in NASCAR. I'd surely want to see Dodge return to make it Chevy vs. Ford. vs. Dodge vs. Toyota.

Now what about other manufacturers? What would they bring? This list below features a number of other manufacturers and what I think would be interesting to see in NASCAR. All of them consist either of makes not in NASCAR or makes in NASCAR but with other products:

• Acura: TLX or RL
• Lexus: IS
• Infiniti: Q50
• Volkswagen: Jetta or Passat
• Audi: A3 or A4
• BMW: 1-series or 328i (or maybe the M4)
• Mercedes-Benz: CLA (or maybe the C-Class or E-Class)
• Honda: Accord (or MAYBE the Civic)
• Nissan: Altima or Maxima; Titan in NASCAR Trucks
• Mazda: Mazda6 (or maybe the Mazda3)
• Subaru: WRX (or maybe the Legacy)
• Hyundai: Elantra, Sonata, or (maybe) the Genesis Sedan
• Kia: Forte (or maybe the K900)


What If: World Tour?

Despite its advances to be more international, NASCAR's roots are deeply entrenched in the South. NASCAR could still put on a great show if it visited some international locales. Here are some venues outside of America in which I think NASCAR would be great to see around the world:

--- North America and South America ---
• Mosport (Canada)
• Mont-Tremblant (Canada)
• Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico)
• Queretaro (Mexico)
• Puebla (Mexico)
• Autodrómo Internacional de Las Américas (Dominican Republic)
• Bushy Park (Barbados)
• Brasilia (Brazil)
• Interlagos (Brazil)
• Buenos Aires (Argentina)
• Potrero de los Funes (Argentina)

--- Europe and Africa ---
• Rockingham (England, UK)
• Silverstone (England, UK)
• Brands Hatch (England, UK)
• Knockhill (Scotland, UK)
• Catalunya (Spain)
• Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Spain)
• Circuit Paul Ricard (France)
• Magny-Cours (France)
• Zolder (Belgium)
• Zandvoort (Netherlands/Holland)
• Eurospeedway Lausitz (Germany)
• Nürburgring (Germany)
• Oschesleben (Germany)
• Hockenheimring (Germany)
• A1 Ring (now Red Bull Ring) (Austria)
• Mantorp Park (Sweden)
• Monza (Italy)
• Mugello (Italy)
• Misano (Italy)
• Vallelunga (Italy)
• Moscow Raceway (Russia/Russian Federation)
• Kyalami (South Africa)
• Phakisa (South Africa)

--- Asia-Pacific ---
• Istanbul Park (Turkey)
• Bahrain International Circuit (Bahrain)
• Losail (Qatar)
• Yas Marina Circuit (United Arab Emirates)
• Dubai Autodrome (United Arab Emirates)
• Buddh International Raceway (India)
• Sentul (Indonesia)
• Johor Circuit (Indonesia)
• Sepang (Malaysia)
• Shanghai International Circuit (China)
• Guangdong (China)
• Suzuka (Japan)
• Fuji Speedway (Japan)
• Okayama (Japan)
• Sugo (Japan)
• Korean International Circuit (South Korea)
• Mount Panorama Circuit (Australia)
• Sandown (Australia)
• Philip Island (Australia)
• Eastern Creek (now Sydney Motorsports Park) (Australia)
• Barbagallo (Australia)
• Taupo Motorsports Park (New Zealand)


Any combination of venues from each of these three regions would be great for a NASCAR World Tour. Would this ever happen? Likely not. However, it would be great to see an international tour of NASCAR featuring some of the top drivers and teams in the series. I kept this list mostly to permanent and semi-permanent courses.


What If: A Road Course in the Chase for the Cup?

Road courses offer a greater challenge than most ovals. Trouble is, while NASCAR races road courses only so often, there are two schools of thought on NASCAR road racing. A lot of racing fans think road courses aren't racing. Like they'd rather see NASCAR drivers beat each other around on ovals rather than road courses. Also, what road courses would make for great racing in NASCAR's top category?

One thing to consider about the Chase for the Cup is that these are 10 courses spread across different regions of the nation. This 10-race format is like its own national championship. So I have a few ideas as far as road courses are concerned. Two road courses I would definitely want to see to spice things up would be either a Canadian venue or a very good Southern road course. I would probably replace Loudon with Mosport, Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, or Mont-Tremblant. I could say that I could replace the second Talladega race with a stop at Barber Motorsports Park. However, I kind of would want to keep Talladega because the race is such a Wild Card in NASCAR. The championship ends at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Prior to this, how about racing Road Atlanta or Sebring? Or let's make things interesting- make Homestead the penultimate race and settle the championship at Sebring!

NASCAR would have some options, but how to modify the schedule to make these road course races in the Chase happen is the real deciding factor.


What If: Fewer Races or Shorter Races?

The grind of the NASCAR season goes from February to mid-November. Some people feel there are too many races or races that seem too long. Some other people even think some tracks shouldn't have two races to them. So one thing I was wondering is... would you rather have fewer races or shorter races, or maybe a combination of both? I am not sure where I would stand if I were asked this question. I used to be able to watch most of the races. But as I got older and stuff, I only mostly see the whole race for mostly the more prestigious races. Having fewer races and/or shorter races would probably result in much less money being made. On the other hand, teams and drivers will have more chances to relax and maybe not spend as much time and money building cars and doing testing and such.

DISCUSSION: Would you favor fewer races or shorter races in NASCAR? Or maybe both?


Thanks for reading this section! Now you have some unique NASCAR perspective from me. You're welcome.



--- For More Information... ---

Want more NASCAR? Here are some links for you:

NASCAR Official
NASCAR on Facebook
NASCAR on Twitter
NASCAR on YouTube
NASCAR on Instagram


I hope this helps you all.





That concludes this blog post on NASCAR. I hope you enjoyed your time here.

Are you a NASCAR fan? What do you love about the series? What would you change to make it better?

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Anita Kurkach

Belarusian beauty @AnitaKurkach is known for her fashion style. Besides fashion, she is also a recording artist. This blog post is my own introduction to the beautiful Anita Kurkach. I hope to introduce her and talk about her in my own way here in my blog. Feel free to look around and enjoy this post.


A Special Hello...

I'd like to say hello to any of you from Belarus or of Belarusian descent to "John's Blog Space." I do often times note that I get blog posts from Belarus. So in that sense, I welcome all of you to my fine online abode.





--- Anita Kurkach ---

So who is Anita Kurkach? That would be this lady in this picture:

Anita Kurkach
^ from: (her Twitter feed) - This is fashionista and recording artist Anita Kurkach from the eastern European nation of Belarus.

When I blogged about eastern European beauties, I mentioned (born: February 26, 19??) Anita Kurkach. So some of you veteran readers of "John's Blog Space" may have seen me make mention to her. Anita is a fellow blogger who runs the blog "The Anita Kurkach Diaries." Here are some extra bits of mine to share on Anita.


Anita Kurkach: Fashion.

I first learned of Anita Kurkach on the LOOKBOOK circuit. This Belarusian beauty from Minsk, Belarus is someone with a unique and charming fashion style. Many of her outfits are casual. At times, she does incorporate elements of edge as well as some very girly pieces. She loves to perform not only with fashion, but also in music. For the most part, she has fun with fashion is mostly upbeat and positive- smiling often all the while.

Personally, I think Anita Kurkach is a very beautiful lady. Her smile is very sweet, and her face looks lovely. She has angelic long hair. Whether wrapped up or hung downwards, Anita's hair is about as lovely as her smile. Anita even goes with ombré hair colors adding some color to her beautifully long hair. She normally goes with wavy hair, but she also has some wonderful braided hair at times. To say the least, she looks angelic.

So what is her fashion style like in action? Here is a brief video showcasing only a small sample size of her varied sense of style:


^ "...Pastel outfits!"

You can visit Anita Kurkach's YouTube channel to see some of her different fashion videos. This link will appear again later in this post.


Anita Kurkach: Music.

Here is some musical insight on the lovely Anita Kurkach. The first three videos are all original pieces by Anita Kurkach. I added the final video as another bit of her singing talent. Enjoy!


^ "Anita Kurkach - Alive (Official Music Video)"


^ Melody (Anita Kurkach) - One life (original song)


I must warn you that you may need to turn up the volume with this video. Here is another original track of hers. This time... a non-English song:

^ Melody ( Anita Kurkach ) - Ya si sera (original song )


The previous three videos are original songs of hers. This video, however, here is one of the different cover songs she has sung before. Check this out:

^ Lost Stars (Begin Again Soundtrack Cover) - Anita Kurkach


I curiously found "One Life" from Anita Kurkach and enjoyed it.



--- What I Would Tell Anita Kurkach (if she were to read this) ---

You are a beautiful lady with unique and charming style. Since learning of you first on LOOKBOOK, I am very appreciative and admirable of your style in fashion and in music. I would like to wish you the very best in all arenas of life important and intimate to you. I wish you also great success and fortune in all that you do.

And most of all, greetings to you from the United States! :)


Would I Want to Meet Anita Kurkach (if given the chance)?

Absolutely. Her personality and charm are incredible to not want to meet her.


For More Information...

Did you enjoy this post and Anita Kurkach? Here are more ways to get social with her:

Anita Kurkach's blog
Follow Anita Kurkach on Twitter!
Anita Kurkach on YouTube
Anita Kurkach on Instagram
Anita Kurkach on Google+
Anita Kurkach on Google Play


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Jelena Karleuša

@karleusastar can be thought of as Serbia's Madonna. Jelena Karleuša is a recording artist I first learned of through LOOKBOOK. Kim Kardashian infamously stole style from Jelena Karleuša back in March 2015. Jelena is a music veteran, having performed for quite a long time. This blog post is sort of my look at this most fascinating personality.


A Special Hello...

I commonly get blog hits from Serbia, so I want to welcome by Serbian audience to "John's Blog Space!"





--- Jelena Karleuša ---

Jelena Karleuša. Get to know her...

Jelena Karleuša
^ from: www.glammonitor.com - Serbian singing superstar Jelena Karleuša.

Prior to learning of Jelena Karleuša, the only other person I know named Jelena is the beautiful Jelena Zivanovic of the fashion blog "Glam Fab Happy." The (born: August 17, 1978)-year old Serbian from Serbia's capital city of Belgrade is vastly known for her great music. She is also a quite daring fashion model. Her style and personality are fierce.


Jelena Karleuša: The Style Star.

Jelena Karleuša incorporates many bold and daring modeling cues. Outfits with deep necklines, skirts/dresses with high slits, and various other bold cues are featured in many of Jelena's modeling shoots. She is also never afraid or apologetic for a few bad girl-type poses and actions. She even "flipped the bird" in a photo or two I recall. She is a superstar, so she is a trendsetter rather than someone who gives into trends. Many of her outfits are ladylike and sexy. She does so without being trashy. So in a way, she can be a stylish "bad girl," kind of like the late Marilyn Monroe. In addition to her hot style, she's quite fit with a great-looking body. Among the highlights of Jelena's body are her lean legs and sculpted midsection. That's saying a lot even considering she's a mother in addition to being a vastly successful recording artist and model.

What about the whole deal back in March 2015 regarding Kim Kardashian "stealing" style from Jelena Karleuša? On Facebook and Instagram, people were constantly hounding on her in stealing style. Who stole from who depends on who you ask. Many people think Kim Kardashian stole Jelena Karleuša's looks. Others think Jelena stole from Kim. The usual mindset of most American types in something like this is that the American is an established star and that someone from another nation is usually the copycat or trying to "jock the swag" of some of our American celebrities. Almost as if to say, "who does this person (whom is from a nation I probably can't find on a map) think he/she is?" I'm sorry if this makes me less of a person or if it doesn't make me cool, but I don't really care about the Kardashians. I've seen only a few episodes of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." I do think Kim Kardashian is beautiful, but I just don't care all that much about the Kardashians like most other people. I am just not crazy over those who are famous just for being famous. There's just little to no appeal to make me care to be honest. Having said this, I sort of have been on the "Kim stole from Jelena" side of the fence. But in all honestly, I'm just tired and not really into almost anything Kardashian.


Jelena Karleuša: The Singing Star.

Many know Jelena Karleuša better for her music. I will feature a few of her songs so you can see what she brings to the table. So take a look at these videos and get to see and hear Jelena in action. All material here is provided for entertainment and educational purposes. Thank you to the ones who allowed these videos to be embedded. Click on the links below the videos to view on YouTube if you are unable to view embedded media.


^ "Jelena Karleuša - Slatka mala"


^ "JELENA Karleuša / NOVA RELIGIJA (PLAVA SEHEREZADA)"

Too bad my Serbian is extremely poor. So I am pretty sure I don't understand a single word spoken by Jelena Karleuša.


This gives you a basic look at Jelena Karleuša and her music. I learned to properly pronounce her name after watching a few YouTube videos. I just needed to see if I was pronouncing correctly so I could not be guilty of butchering a name.



--- What I Would Tell Jelena Karleuša (if she read this) ---

I have full respect for your work. This includes your most interesting modeling photos and your many songs. I only wish you continued success with all that you do and in all of your endeavors. You are quite amazing and unique.


Would I Want to Meet Jelena Karleuša (if given the chance)?

I think it would be great to meet Jelena if we somehow met. So absolutely I'd want to meet her.


For More Information...

Learn more about Jelena Karleuša by following these links:

Jelena Karleuša official
Jelena Karleuša on Facebook
Follow Jelena Karleuša on Twitter!
Jelena Karleuša on Instagram
Jelena Karleuša on YouTube


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