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Solution to the Green Screen of Death.

February 11, 2015


As some of you may know, I bought a new computer last week, featuring Windows 8.1.  For the most part, I have been very satisfied with its performance, and ease of access.  I did have one problem that refused to go away, and my wife was experiencing the same problem.  When we went to videos, and pressed play, we would hear the video, but the screen was completely green.

Over the week, I tried different things to try to resolve the issue, and while I had temporary success, the problem would come back with a vengeance.  After looking up the problem on Google, and finding out that many others are having the same problem, so once I found the solution, I vowed to tell those others what I did in hopes that they would have the same success.

This morning, I found someone who gave an answer, and after trying it had very limited success until I added one last step, and as if by magic, everything works.  Here is what I did to fix it, and I hope you have the same success.

Drag the mouse to the lower left hand corner of the screen to call the Windows icon.  Right click on that.

Click on “Control Panel”.

Click on “Network & Internet”

Click on “Internet Options”

Click on “Advanced”

Under the accelerated graphics, check mark “Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering”

Scroll down to the security section, and check mark “Enable 64-bit processes for enhanced protected mode”

Click “Apply”

Click “OK”

Here’s the part the person left off that completes the process.  Restart the computer.

After all this, I checked every video site and they all work.

I hope this helped, and please share this so that others with the same problem can find peace of mind; or at least stop their wife’s nagging about fixing her computer. (Yes, this happened to me.)


Day 81: Listen to the Young

March 16, 2012

Listen to the Young


They should be seen and not heard

Is a saying that is out dated,

They can give us fresh thoughts,

But only when stated.


When properly encouraged

Their creativity can flourish,

By listening to the young

Their minds can be nourished.


I appreciate all of you who have been liking these poems.

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Day 77: Need to Bust Out

March 11, 2012

Need to Bust Out


I took life too serious

With nothing too frilly,

I need to bust out

And do something silly.



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Day 52: I Am An Island

February 14, 2012

I Am An Island


It’s not that I don’t like you,

I just don’t know you

And I don’t have the time

To learn about you.

I would apologize for my attitude

But I just don’t care.

If you still want to be like me

Just remember,

The man who acts like an island

Dies alone.

Day 14: For all to see

January 7, 2012

For All To See


Her beauty’s in the eyes of deer,

Maple leaves on the ground.


Her song is carried everywhere

By birds from all around.


Her thoughts are carried by the wind

Through every rock and tree.


We’ll always think of nature,

She’s there for all to see.

Two steps to start writing, and build A CANOE.

June 18, 2010

When we are in high school, teachers tell us to start our writing projects by picking a subject, and starting the research right away.  No offense to teachers, but that leaves out a very important step.

There are as many ways to start a writing project, regardless of what the project is, as there are writers.  I’m not saying doing research at the beginning is wrong, (there is no right or wrong) but doing that much work right out of the gate can burn you out quickly and you will be grasping at excuses to take multiple breaks.  Writing is supposed to be an enjoyable time, and that is what the first draft is all about.

When you start your first draft, you only have to remember two steps.  This works whether you’re writing a term paper, or a 700 page novel.  Those two steps are loglines, and free writing.

Step one is coming up with a logline.  Many of you may ask, “What is a logline?” The term “logline” is actually used in script writing, but the technique works in other type of writing, as well.  A logline, simply put, is one sentence to tell people what your writing is about.  To make it a little easier, here is the logline from a script I’m going to be working on; “The goblin king comes back from the labyrinth to steal Sarah’s son.”   Not only does that tell others what I’m writing about, but it also helps me to keep my focus as I write.

A more familiar form of the logline is the writing prompt.  The writing prompt is one of the best defenses against writer’s block.  Prompts can be found anywhere; in books, the internet, writer’s magazines, writer’s groups, you name it.  If it helps, the book I usually turn to is “The pocket muse: endless inspiration” by Monica Wood.  Some of my best ideas came from that.

Once you have your logline, you can move on to step two, and this is where the fun can really begin.  Step two is called “free writing”, and it’s not something that schools usually teach.  You may ask, “If it’s such an important step, why don’t they teach it in schools?”  This can be explained in one word, “structure.”  The English department of any school is there to teach the structure of English.  That includes spelling, grammar, and syntax.  In free writing, there is no attention paid to structure.  In the first draft, none of that matters.  The purpose of free writing is to get words on paper. You can leave spelling and grammar for the editing phase.

I always like to look at the writing process, like making a dugout canoe.  When you ask anyone how to make a canoe, most will start with cutting down a certain tree, and cutting away anything that is not part of the canoe, but that really isn’t the starting point.  In my model, the logline would be the seed.  Depending on what kind of logline you create, that will determine the kind of writing.  The free writing would be the growth of the tree, in which all the words come out.  It is watered by motivation and passion, and it is fertilized by time and persistence.  Once you have all the words, then you can begin the edit phase, where you cut out anything that is not part of the finished project.

Remember, when starting a writing project, the hardest part is motivating yourself to do it.  Once you sit down to write, it becomes a lot easier, and more enjoyable.



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How to plan a man’s baby shower

May 6, 2009

Having a baby!  It’s a life-changing event for both men and women.  In the past, women would have showers and the men would just slap each other hard on the back, congratulate the father, and get back to work.  In modern society, men and women can both have baby showers, but when you try to combine them, either the father or mother-to-be end up uncomfortable.  The best thing is to plan separate showers; however, two showers can be costly.  The woman’s shower always has been, and always will be the most important shower, and therefore the most expensive.

If you plan on throwing the father-to-be a shower, here are some tips on throwing a shower a man can feel comfortable with, at a reduced cost to you as the host, or hostess.

Decorating: The best advice I can give for decorating is “don’t”.  If you send a man into a room with pastel colored streamers, and balloons, you’ll lose them to the sports bar in record time, to cleanse their disgusted egos of the horrific image.

The more you try to make it like a regular party, the longer they will stay.

Games: try to make the games as athletic as possible. Here’s one I came up with.  Have a life-size picture of a baby with its arms straight up in the air, mounted on something durable so that it can stand up.  Put a piece of masking tape on the floor across the room from where you place the picture.  Then have each man throw a nerf football, and try to get it between the arms.  The men who do get it in the right spot, get a prize.

Good prizes don’t have to cost a lot.  Anywhere from five to ten dollars is a perfect range.

Gifts: Gifts should be wrapped in solid colors.  Any sign of wrapping with pink teddy bears, or babies on clouds, and you can find him at the sports bar.

The best gifts for the father-to-be usually come with the label, “some assembly required”; things like cribs or strollers.  This is a great way to show you think of him as part of a mother/father team.

Guests: Make sure that the guest list is all male, Even one woman in the bunch can throw off the balance, and someone is left feeling uncomfortable again.

Food: Dainty finger sandwiches and pink candy are great for a woman’s shower, but a “little” sandwich to a man is a six-inch sub.  The best way to save money on this is to make the shower pot luck.  Not only do you save money, but also there will be plenty of food.

One final tip, get help planning from the guests you invite.  You would be amazed at what kind of ideas they could give you.  This is also the challenge.


The three steps of basic research

March 23, 2009

Writers at all levels, at some time, will need to do research. Some will do it all on their own, and some will hire a research assistant.  On March ninth I wrote about saving time on research, so now I will go over the steps I use to do my own research, and I always get all the answers I need.  I think the best way to illustrate what I’m talking about is to set up a situation, and lead you through the process.

Situation:  I am writing a story about a Bishop being attacked by a serial killer and defending himself using the base of his staff to the killer’s crotch.

First, you need to determine what you need to know.  I have two ways of doing this. I ask questions, and come up with theories.  While rereading my first draft, I came across the part where it said, “and he lifted the base of his bishop’s staff to catch the killer square in the crotch…”  I already knew that it wasn’t called a ‘bishop’s staff’ but it had to wait for the rewrite.  Therefore, I came up with a question that needed answering if I was to appear credible. “What is the name of the bishop’s staff?”

If you have more than one question, start with the simplest first.  By starting simple, you may find answers to some of your other questions through the first answer.  The answer to your first question will serve as the base of your research.  Each answer you find will eventually help you get the answer to the hardest question.  I found the answer to this question on line.  I typed bishop’s staff in the search bar, which came up with a site that showed where to find the names and meaning of each part of their attire.  This helped me discover that I had misnamed other parts of their clothes in the story.  It also helped me describe the top of the crosier (the bishop’s staff) relevant to the time.

Write it down.  Not only should you write the answer to your question and keep it for possible future use, but you should also write down other useful information that your research turns up.  In this case, the hat is called a mitre, and the robe is called a sakkos.   Writing this down, and putting it in a file helped me with the rest of the rewrite to keep the story accurate.

Just an additional tip for research, never trust every source you use, always backup the information with other sources.

If you continue to follow these steps until you answer all the questions you ask you will probably have the information you need to make your stories live with all your readers, even the experts.

Challenge:  Start a special file, if you haven’t already, for research information, and see how many uses you can get out of it.