Celebrate Vitamins Protein Powder – My New Favorite

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a bag of Celebrate Vitamins Mint Chocolate protein powder and said I’d post after I’ve had a few shakes.

This is my new favorite protein powder! I followed the directions and used two scoops with 8 ounces of liquid. I love my unsweetened Silk soy milk and its great with this powder.

I think the right mixture for me is two scoops of powder, 8 ounces of soy milk and four ice cubes. I put the soy milk into my Ninja blender, then the powder, and finally the ice cubes. Sometimes I’ll add a few pumps of sugar free syrup, just to enhance the flavor a bit.

After blending for about 25 seconds, I pour the mixture into a 20 ounce Bubba mug, attach the top with the slide part open and set it in the freezer in an area where it will be safe.

I leave it in the freezer for about twenty minutes and then sip and enjoy.

It has a nice smooth taste, no clumps of powder and something you’ll look forward to having on a regular basis.

I’ll be trying the other flavors in a week or so once there are more tokens in my bank account.

Here is a link to the nice variety of powders from Celebrate Vitamins.


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Program For Listening To Streaming Audio

I have posted about listening to streaming audio and I thought I’d share a great way to listen on your PC.

I use a portable version of TapinRadio. It is an older version of the program which is very accessible with any screen reading software. The newer versions of TapinRadio just aren’t accessible like this older version that I use.

Since it is a portable version, there is nothing to install on your computer.
Once you download it using the drop box link below, press enter on TapinRadio.zip.

Inside the compressed zip file is a folder named “TapinRadio”
Just copy that folder with control c and then paste it with control v on your desktop, external drive, etc.. wherever you want the folder to be stored.

To start TapinRadio, just navigate to wherever you pasted the folder and press enter.

Press t to go to tapinradio.exe and press enter.

The program will start then you can go to the favorites menu by pressing alt a.

Use your cursor keys to navigate up and down to the items in the favorites menu. Press enter to start playing.

You can navigate to the volume setting by pressing tab. The volume setting is one press of the tab key after you hear options.

One little qwerk about this program is you can’t get to the volume setting if you alt tab, only by tabbing.
I listen for options so I know the next press of tab will land me in the volume setting, otherwise you have to keep pressing tab until you get back to that section.

Here is the link to download this 14megabyte file.


Streaming Audio On Android Devices

I use a wonderful free app on both my android phone and android tablet to listen to streaming audio especially those that have a playlist.

The app is Total Commander – file manager by C. Ghisler .
You can download this app by going to:


After installing the app I connected my phone to my computer, opened the drive for the
phone and on the storage card I created a folder to keep all of my playlists. I named my
folder AAA so it would be at the top of the list of folders and I didn’t have to move down
the list of folders. This is out of being lazy and to just make it easy to get to.

When you are ready to listen to a playlist you have on your android device, open Total Commander and browse to the folder you keep your playlists in.

Double tap on the playlist you want to play and the first time you do this for each type of a playlist, you’ll be asked which app you want to open the playlist.

Total Commander has its own internal player for playlists.
Tap once on “TotalCmdQueue” to select it and then double tap on use always. The next time you select a playlist, it will open automatically in Total Commander’s internal player.

You will need to do this once for each type of playlist, those that end with .m3u or .pls or other supported file types.

The player will open and start to play the first channel in the playlist.
You can double tap on previous or next to move through the channels that are a part of
that playlist. You can also just browse the list of channels in that playlist and select the one you want to listen to.

If you exit the player with its on screen exit button and then exit Total Commander with
the Exit option under More Options, the next time you launch Total Commander, it will open to your playlists folder, otherwise you just have to navigate to the folder you store your playlists in.

Downloading Playlists

To download a playlist from a web site such as The Listen Factor, Blindy.tv or
bananavision.tv just look for the link that says something about playlist to listen with
your own player. It might also mention being able to listen to all of the channels with
another player or device. Right click or use the context key on your keyboard and press enter on save link as.

Then save the playlist to your computer and copy it to your device.

Here are links to my favorite places to listen to audio.



The Listen Factor

Streaming Audio

Here are three great sources for streaming audio.
They each have their own selections that are a bit different than the other sources listed below. Instead of trying to explain what each offers and what makes them different, I’ll let you explore on your own.



The Listen Factor

Now Hiring: New Protein Powder

In an effort to break out of yet another rut I found myself in with protein powder, I’m looking for that next favorite product.

I was using Big Train Fit Frappe in their various flavors and it was time for a change.
Recently I bought a container of Quest Nutrition Chocolate Milkshake. It had a good taste and I loved how thick it was but I had problems getting the portions of liquid and powder just right.
This was done better when only using water, but who wants to only use water in their protein shake? Sometimes when using unsweetened soy milk, I’d get the mixture totally wrong and it would be more like a thick pudding than a shake. The longer you blend this powder, the thicker it gets. Its easy to over do it when using a Ninja blender. So I decided that it just wasn’t the powder for me.

So now I’ve ordered Celebrate Vitamin Protein 20 (Chocolate-Mint) . Its fairly new. I learned about it from a blog post from the ever wonderful @EggFace. If you have had weight loss surgery and don’t know about her blog, well then, you are missing out on yummy eating.
Just like the poem “Everything I need to know in life, I learned in kindergarten” I think of her and her blog as “Everything I needed to know about yummy and healthy eating after weight loss surgery, I learned from @Eggface.” You can visit her blog by going to:


I’ve read her posting about the Celebrate Vitamins protein powder and decided to give it a try, as she’s never lead me astray with yummy things.
Tracking from the post office shows it will be here on Friday, so look for a new post sometime next week.

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NV Access | Podcast Episode 9

I was listening to NVAccess podcast episode 9 and heard that NVDA 2015.3 should be available around August 24. This depends on how well things go with people working with release canidates and fixing any problems that are found.

They announced as you may have heard with other screen reading programs, Microsoft’s new browser, Edge just isn’t ready for prime time use with a screen reader. So you should use whichever browser you prefer. That might be Internet Explorer or Google’s chrome for you, for me its Firefox. You can listen to the podcast by going to:



Accessible Android Apps July 31, 2015

Here is the list of Accessible Android apps that I am using on my first generation 2013 Moto X and my HP10 Tablet.
Accessible means different things to people. I use these apps with either a Bluetooth keyboard, touch, or both. These apps work for me, so I call them accessible. Steve

Acapela TTS Voices https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

Amazon Kindle https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

Amazon Music https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mp3

AquaMail https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Arcus https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky

Arcus Pro Key https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky.pro

Audible https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application

Beep Hourly https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mst.android.beephourly

CamFind https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.camfind

chomp SMS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p1.chompsms

Commandr for Google Now https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RSen.Commandr

Docs https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

Easy Answer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jim.bockerstette.easyanswer

Epson iPrint https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=epson.print

Epson Print Enabler https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.epson.mobilephone.android.epsonprintserviceplugin

ETI-Eloquence TTS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.eloquencetts

Fing – Network Tools https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overlook.android.fing

FlashOTR https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_dev_mcics.FlashOTR

Google Voice https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

Hangouts Dialer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer

IF https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ifttt.ifttt

Music Folder Player Full https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

NOAA Weather https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nstudio.weatherhere

NotNav https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smithson.notnav

Office Lens https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officelens

OneDrive https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

Podcast Addict https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Podcast Addict – Donate https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddictdonate

Point Finder https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.picospace.pointfinder

Pro Weather Alert https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globalcanofworms.android.proweatheralert

QuickShortcutMaker https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sika524.android.quickshortcut

Ringdroid https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid

Scanner Radio Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scannerradio_pro

Sex Offenders Search https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fibercode.sexoffenderssearch

Share Where https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.bjuremo.hereiam.lite

Sheets https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Shiprack https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shiprack.client

Skype https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.raider

Total Commander https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander

TuneIn Radio Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

TWiT Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.markhanson.twit

Vocalizer Voices https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts