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Samsung Frame TV

Sometime after Christmas of 2020, we moved a small flat-screen TV we had into the living room and put it on the mantle so my husband could have the news on while he was working. He’d moved his office there in March when my son and daughter-in-law moved from Illinois to be with us here in Tennessee.

After Thanksgiving of 2021, we had a decision to make: Mount the small TV so there would be room for our Christmas decorations or buy a better TV to mount and move the small one to the basement gym which was a plan for the small one before the kids moved in and we put it on the mantle. We just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

I did some looking around online to see which TV might work best and found out that Samsung was having a sale on the Frame TVs at the time. We’d looked at them at Best Buy a few years ago just to see what they looked like and we were impressed by their slimness and that you could put up art or photos and not have a big black rectangle on the wall if you weren’t watching television.

So we ordered a 43-inch Samsung Frame TV. All the Frames come with mounting brackets and they mount flush to the wall, just like a picture frame. Ours also came with feet so we could, if we wanted, set it on a TV stand or other piece of furniture. You can also buy an easel to put the Frame on.

Mounting was really easy. There’s a template, tape it to the wall, make sure it’s level, drill through and then mount the brackets per the instructions. Plug the “invisible” cord into the back of the TV and hang it on the wall. The other end of the “invisible” cord plugs into the box that runs everything and can be 15 feet away from the TV. This is plugged into the power outlet and your cable, DVD/BluRay/Game System/Sound System are all plugged into this box.

We are really pleased with our Frame purchase. It looks elegant above the fireplace when not in use (and even when in use). We have a rotating set of artwork appearing on the screen.

Near the center, you can see the “invisible” cord. It’s pretty transparent and really does disappear into the background. The cord can also come out from either side of the Frame if wanted. The little bump on the bottom right contains the motion sensor which will turn the screen back on if someone comes into the room.

You can see here just how close to the wall the Frame hangs.

This is the box that controls everything. Our little cable box is just beyond it. You can just see the “invisible cord coming from behind Santa’s chair and swagging over to the brown cabinet.

If you’re looking for a TV that doesn’t look like a TV when it’s not in use I’d highly recommend the Samsung Frame TV.

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Daylight Saving Time – Spring

So tonight’s the night – again. The semi-annual changing of the clocks in the U.S. except for Arizona, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico. Those states and territories stay on Standard Time all year long. The rest of us lose an hour at 2:00 am as we “magically” jump to 3:00 am.

Also, your local fire station would like it if you would change the batteries in your smoke alarms at this time as well. The changing of the clocks is a good time to do so.

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Veterans’ Day 2021

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

poppy

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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2021 Dragon Award Winners

I was actually able to attend the Dragon Awards this year! Here are the winners:

Best Science Fiction Novel: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Best Fantasy Novel (including paranormal): Battleground by Jim Butcher
Best Young Adult/Middle-Grade Novel: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel: Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown
Best Alternate History Novel: 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon
Best Media Tie-in Novel: Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon
Best Horror Novel: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Best Comic Book: X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Best Graphic Novel: The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Series: The Expanse
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie: The Old Guard
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Harry Potter Puzzles and Spells
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Warhammer Age of SIgmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game Cubicle 7

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Top.Men.

Via Instapundit, we learn that Los Angeles bomb technicians underestimated the weight of confiscated fireworks when they detonated them in a containment chamber. The techs did a guesstimate of the weight instead of actually weighing the fireworks, which they are allowed to do. As a result of this underestimation, there was a catastrophic explosion that was felt blocks away and injured 17 people.

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Except for Trump

So, the ladies at The View the other day were talking about Bill Gates’ alleged infidelity. He was apparently cheating on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Melinda who waited until their youngest was 18-years-old and a legal adult before she filed for divorce.

According to The Wrap

“The hosts of “The View” are not at all surprised by the news that Bill Gates cheated on his soon-to-be ex-wife. And honestly, they don’t particularly care.

The topic came up on Monday’s episode of “The View,” after new reports that in the process of divorcing Melinda Gates, Bill Gates admitted to having an affair with an employee 20 years ago. The question that came next was simply: will Gates’ career and legacy actually be tarnished by this revelation? For the panel of women, the answer was a resounding “no.”

‘You know, this guys[sic] saves countries,” Joy Behar said. “And I don’t think that his personal peccadillos have had any effect, negatively, on what he does for the world with his money. I’m a fan of his.’”

Because he does good and “saves countries” it’s “okay”.

Meghan McCain said, ” Men in power cheat on their wives and water is wet, and there’s gambling in Casablanca. I mean, sorry, it’s not revelatory.”

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Veterans’ Day 2020

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

poppy

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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Journalists and Fact-checking

Earlier today there was a press conference in Las Vegas regarding one or more lawsuits to be filed regarding dead people voting, people who don’t live in Clark County voting in Clark County, and they had an older woman with them who said that when she went to vote she and her roommate were told that they had already voted. She said someone had taken their mail-in ballots and used them. Nevada mailed ballots to everyone whether they asked for one, or not.

After the press conference, David Asman on Fox News was commenting that they were making a lot of allegations but providing no proof at the press conference and that they should have to the journalists. That giving the journalists the proof was necessary. That the journalists were the fact-checkers.

Yes, David. Journalists are fact-checkers. Journalists should go and check the facts as given to them. Not just demand proof at a press conference — which doesn’t seem to happen at all press conferences — but go and independently check the facts as given.

Go and find out if there are instances of the “dead” voting. Go and find out if people who no longer reside in Clark County are recorded as having voted in Clark County. Go and find out if people were turned away at the polls as having already voted when they hadn’t.

THAT is fact-checking, not just getting something from the people who are holding the press conference.

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