Top 7 Things to do in Singapore – YouTube Video

In case you are planning on visiting Singapore – Top 7 Things to do in Singapore – YouTube Video: (around 9:59 minutes long).



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Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million

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I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.

I came across this recently – Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million:

What is an Oxford Comma?

The Oxford comma is an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list:

We sell books, videos, and magazines.

It’s known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.  Not all writers and publishers use it, but it can clarify the meaning of a sentence when the items in a list are not single words:

These items are available in black and white, red and yellow, and blue and green.

The Oxford comma is also known as the serial comma.

Here’s some of the article:

The case began in 2014, when three truck drivers sued the dairy for what they said was four years’ worth of overtime pay they had been denied. Maine law requires time-and-a-half pay for each hour worked after 40 hours, but it carved out exemptions for:

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.

What followed the last comma in the first sentence was the crux of the matter: “packing for shipment or distribution of.” The court ruled that it was not clear whether the law exempted the distribution of the three categories that followed, or if it exempted packing for the shipment or distribution of them.

The change, after the lawsuit:

Since then, the Maine Legislature addressed the punctuation problem. Here’s how it reads now:

The canning; processing; preserving; freezing; drying; marketing; storing; packing for shipment; or distributing of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.

So now we get to replace Oxford comma pedantry with semicolon pedantry. The change, sponsored by Senator Andre Cushing, was among dozens of legislative tweaks signed by the governor in June.

There are some good memes about why the Oxford Comma can be important as it can change the context when it is missing. The above lawsuit shows a great reason why you should use Oxford Commas.

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My Top 20 Films (Special 200th Blog Post!) — Daniel Robinson: From Reel to Real

SO, just like that, my blog has hit the major milestone of 200 posts! To celebrate this, I thought I’d write about my 200 favourite films. Then, like any sane person, I immediately decided I’d divide that number by 10 and stick to my top 20 instead. This, as always, is an ever-changing list, but […]

via My Top 20 Films (Special 200th Blog Post!) — Daniel Robinson: From Reel to Real.

Congratulations on Blog Post #200.

Smart move to knock it down to Top 20.

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Society of Genealogists looks to relocate – August 22, 2019

I saw this earlier today – Society of Genealogists looks to relocate (London, England): Society of Genealogists looks to relocate:

After two years of careful analysis and discussions the Trustees of the Society of Genealogists have concluded that that we have finally outgrown our premises in Clerkenwell and are seeking to relocate.

Charterhouse Buildings is our fifth home since the Society was founded in 1911. But after 35 years, the current library no longer provides adequate space and facilities for our needs and requires significant investment for major repairs, maintenance and IT.

Moving to more suitable premises will enable the Society to reinvest in our core services of providing the best genealogical library and collections in the UK, to continue and expand upon our education programme and to create a more convivial space for our members and users.

No decisions have yet been made about when we will move or where we will go. Rest assured no decision will be made until we have consulted widely and sought advice and input from our stakeholders. The process will no doubt take some time and it is unlikely to be less than a three to five-year period.

We hope that our members and friends will join us in this period of transformation and look forward to better times ahead.

For any further comment or questions please direct enquiries to June Perrin, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Genealogists

I would think it’s going to be  a long process as finding a location that meets their needs for the long-term is going to be difficult and probably expensive, depending on where they eventually move to.

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Brother Cops – 23andMe August 23, 2019

I saw this on 23andMe today – Brother Cops:

It had to be more than just chance that Dave Stull and Eric Reynolds became cops.


Looking back now Eric reckons, it’s the DNA.

He might be on to something.

The two men, who both live in Florida but had until recently never met, learned through 23andMe that they were just brothers in blue, but half-brothers too.

Their story has, as Eric likes to say, “blown up.” Getting attention from the Miami Herald, the New York Post, and Fox News, as well as a host of other publications.

With more and more people using 23andMe, we are increasingly hearing from customers like Eric and Dave who have discovered newfound relatives, siblings, or birth parents. But their story, with sort of parallel lives that only now have intersected, struck a chord.

Dave, a sergeant with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who was adopted as an infant, said he tested in part because he never had much information about his biological family, or family medical history. He tested after both of his adoptive parents had passed away, mostly to see if he had any hidden health issues.

“I wanted to see if I was gonna go bald,” he joked.

He’s not likely to go bald, but right away his 23andMe showed him something else entirely. After opting into DNA Relatives, Dave clicked over to see his results and at the top of the list was Eric, a predicted half-brother.

Dave, who for all his 50 years had been an only child, sent Eric a message:


“Good morning, my name is David Stull. According to 23andMe, we are half-brothers.”

Eric, a police officer at the Boynton Police Department, didn’t know what to make the message at first. He had a lot of questions, and he Googled Dave. Just looking at the picture, he knew it wasn’t a fluke. The brothers figured out that they shared the same father, who had been unaware of Dave’s birth. When Eric contacted his dad, he told him he had a “brand new bouncing baby boy.”

And now he had a big brother.

When Eric had the first test with 23andMe three years ago, it was less to find relatives and more to look at his ancestry and traits and suss out more about where his gung ho personality came from. He is the kind of guy who runs toward danger not away from it, and in 2013 received an award for his part in a part in the chase of a bank robbery suspect. He wondered if that was buried in his ancestry somewhere.

While genetics may explain why these two brothers both chose to work in law enforcement, they also both had family connections that nurtured that interest. For Eric, it was his mom, who served as a homicide detective in Miami.

For Dave, it all tracks back to when he was 4 years old when a cousin he looked up to was a police officer. His cousin gave him some department patches, a blue hat, and handcuffs. Ever since then he knew he wanted to be a cop, he said.

As the two try to make up for lost time, they are also planning a big family gathering. They’ll be coming together for Eric’s retirement and give a chance for Dave to meet his birth father in person as well as another half brother and half-sister.

Meanwhile, the two brother cops continue to marvel at the different coincidences in their lives.

“We’re still learning so much about each other,” Eric said at a press conference given by the Boynton Police Department about their discovery. “It’s amazing.”


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Bluebird of Bitterness – Featured Blogger of the Week August 23, 2019

For this week’s Featured Blogger of the Week, I went with Bluebird of Bitterness – Her blog has various levels of humor and probably should be considered Not Suitable For Work (NSFW). It tends to have some innuendo so it may not be suitable for some age groups.

From her Comments Policy:

comment policy

1. Polite comments are welcome. Comments that are mean, vulgar, insulting, or rude are not.

2. Do not insult other commenters. Play nice.

3. This is a humor blog. If you are easily offended, this is probably not the place for you.

4. This is not a political blog. Do not try to turn it into one.

5. I do not vouch for the accuracy of anything I post, so don’t waste your time fact-checking me.

6. If you are a first-time commenter, your comment will go into moderation and may take a while to show up. If your first comment is approved, subsequent comments will generally be published without going through all that rigamarole; however, they will be deleted if they violate my guidelines.

7. If you don’t have a gravatar (globally recognized avatar), your comments run the risk of getting caught in the spam filter. If you want to increase the odds that your comment will not be misclassified as spam, get a gravatar. It’s fast, easy, and free. Just go to and click the button that says “Create Your Own Gravatar.”

From her About page:

about b.o.b.

When I first started visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs many years ago, I needed a gravatar and a screen name. Although I settled rather quickly on the grumpy bluebird for my gravatar, I went through a couple of different screen names before settling on one that actually suited my profile picture — the bluebird of bitterness.

When in a moment of temporary insanity I decided to start my own blog, it only made sense that I would name it after my gravatar, and so the bluebird of bitterness blog was hatched.

One more thing: although I identify as a male bluebird online, in real life I identify as a female human. I was gender and species fluid before it was cool.

One thing I like about her blog is the humor. It can range from puns, irony, to the less obvious humorous things. It was her Weirdness Wednesdays posts that led me to start my own Weirdness Wednesdays.

I have re-blogged some of her posts – 

Weirdness Wednesdays January 16, 2019 – B. O. B. – Snow Removal for Lazy People

Past Featured Bloggers of the Week:

Past Weirdness Wednesdays Posts:

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Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal August 23, 2019

I found Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal in a search for stuff to do in Portugal. It’s a bookstore although it’s more than a bookstore. It is on my Bucket List. Note that to get inside the Livraria Lello, you will need to pay three euros, that will later be discounted if you decide to buy a book there.

Official website:

Atlas Obscura:




Google Maps: Google Maps Bookstore Location

Historical Marker DataBase: No listing located


Instagram: Numerous listings located


RoadTrippers: No listing located

Snapchat: No listing located

Trip Advisor:


Twitch channel or search: No listing located  –


Vimeo channel or search: No listing located





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San Giovanni Fortress, Montenegro August 23, 2019

I came across San Giovanni Fortress, Montenegro in a search for things to do in Montenegro. Definitely worth a trip although with my knees “One thousand three hundred fifty-five steps.” may be a bit more than I can handle. It is on my Bucket List.

Official website: (Wayback Machine)

Atlas Obscura:




Google Maps: Google Maps Fortress Location

Historical Marker DataBase: No listing located


Instagram: Numerous listings located


RoadTrippers: No listing located

Snapchat: No listing located

Trip Advisor:


Twitch channel or search: No listing located  –


UNESCO Site: (PDF available)

Vimeo channel or search: No listing located



Yelp: No listing located

YouTube: Both have many videos in common, but there are some differences.

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10 Totally Free Microsoft Word Alternatives For Writers – August 7, 2019

I found this article – 10 Totally Free Microsoft Word Alternatives For Writers – August 7, 2019: was familiar with some of the alternatives as I use Libre Office now.

I find it indirectly as I first found a link on this blog,, that led to another blog, before winding up with the first link above.

I have Office 2010 if I can ever find the DVD I purchased when I ordered it online from Microsoft. Several updates ago, it removed Office 2010. I found the DVD and put it some place safe where I was sure I would find it. Recently another update removed it and now I can’t remember where I put the DVD. I see no sense in paying for an upgrade if I can find the DVD for Office 2010 or one of the earlier Office DVDs I own.

From the first link:

A word of warning for authors. Word processors are not suitable programs for writing a book.

Long manuscripts can cause a lot of problems with any word processor, including Word.

You really need to use software that is designed to handle the big job of writing a novel or a book.

Read our article that lists the best free and paid software choices for you if you plan on writing a book.


Related reading: The 13 Best Free Grammar Check And Grammar Corrector Apps



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FindMyPast Fridays August 13, 2019

I saw this yesterday on FindMyPast I do hope they go back to using FindMyPast Friday as a label in addition to using the splash that shows a post is a FindMyPast Friday post.

New Scottish crime and punishment records


Did your ancestors have a brush with the law?

Scotland, Court & Criminal Database

Were your Scottish ancestors in trouble with the law or a victim of a crime? Search from them in this database of more than 28,000 Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers between 1801 and 1917. The collection also includes The Fife Kalendar of Convicts, and index to many of the Courts in Fife from 1708 to 1909, as well as the High Court Records.

Each result will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount of information listed in each documents will vary, but most will reveal a combination of the accused’s name, birth year, birth place, address, occupation, the nature of their offence, the date and location of their trail as well as the sentence they received. Some records will also include trial notes, verdict comments, and previous convictions and additional comments (added by the licensor as opposed to being factual information included or taken from the records).

Crown Office Precognitions are factual statements that have been given by witnesses to both the prosecution and defence before the case goes to trial. Precognitions differ from a witness statement, a witness statement is an account of what the witness has said or seen were as a precognition is an account of the witness’s evidence. Precognitions are not put the witnesses during a trial.

The High Court is the highest court in Scotland, it has jurisdiction over the most serious crimes such as murder, rape, treason, heresy, counterfeiting and crimes of a sexual nature. A single judge hears cases with a jury of 15 people.



Explore PDF images of the “The Succession of Ministers on the Church of Scotland from the Reformation”. Compiled by Hew Scott, D.D., The work was revised and continued up to 1949 under the Superintendence of a Committee appointed by the General Assembly.

As quoted in the book, “the design of the present work is to present a comprehensive account of the Succession of Ministers of the Church of Scotland since the period of the Reformation. An attempt is made to give some additional interest by furnishing incidental notices of their lives, writings and families, which may prove useful to the Biographer, the Genealogist, and the Historian.”



Find your Isle of Man ancestors who fell in the Great War. The Isle Of Man Roll Of Honour recorded the names of more than 1,900 men who died during the First World War or died as a result of wounds, injury or disease contracted on active service. These transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s rank, regiment, parish and biography.

Originally published in 1934 by the War Pensions Committee, the publication was funded entirely by Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby. In 1936, the War Pensions Committee donated copies to each parish church throughout the island. The foreword, provided by Lord Stanley, reads ‘It is well that the deeds of those who died in the Great War should find a permanent memorial in such a list. Whilst this generation lives their names will not be forgotten, but other generations will arise to whom they will not be personally known. This Roll will serve to keep their memory green and future Manxmen and Manxwomen, when reading it, will realise that in our great struggle the Isle of Man played a noble part’.



Discover if your ancestors were born in Liechtenstein. Search through thousands of records from the Liechtenstein birth and baptism index. The records were created through the International Genealogical Index.

Each transcript will reveal a combination of your ancestors’ birth year, baptism date, baptism place and parents’ names.



Over 94,000 new pages covering 123 years of history are have been added to our newspaper collection this week. We have updated seven of our existing titles, with significant updates to Newcastle publication the Newcastle Daily Chronicle, to which we have added over 60,000 pages spanning the years 1870-1914.

We also have significant updates to society publication The Queen, as we continue to augment our early twentieth-century holdings for this newspaper. We have added pages to regional titles covering the North West of England – Penrith Observer and Lichfield Mercury – as well as Aberdeen – Aberdeen Press and Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express. Rounding off our updates this week is the Sunday World (Dublin).


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