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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Welcome to what I hope will be the final prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge in its current location, because I’m almost ready to make the move from Diary of an Internet Nobody and begin the next leg on my blogging journey.

Yes, next week’s prompt will hopefully be coming to you in its regular slot, but from over at Return of the Internet Nobody, which will by then be at the diaryofaninternetnobody domain that this one currently occupies.

I hope I’ve explained that clearly enough, because the lovely Happiness Engineers at WordPress assure me the changeover will be smooth and simple, you’ll just have to re-follow me on that site, I think.

Anyway, on to the business at hand, today’s prompt. I’ve decided to go for something fitting, given that I have a few days off work during an ordinary English summer; Rainy days.

However you choose to interpret that is up to you. It could be a straightforward shot of the rain, or something you do when it’s too horrible to go outside, it’s entirely up to you.

But whatever you pick, show it to us in Monday’s post and give us a wet start to the week.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

I know that these alternative definitions aren’t always that clever, but once I get one in my head, I have to use it, otherwise I can’t think of anything else. So I’m aware this is rather obvious, but;

“Handicap” – Convenient headgear.

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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Blogging, Humour, One liner Wednesday

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Another Monday dawns and another edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge arrives, to help you start your week with a warm domestic glow.

K’lee set us the theme of Home is where the heart is on Friday and, since we spend more time in the living/dining room of our small flat than anywhere else, I’d consider that the heart of our home. It’s also the place that reflects the various things that make us all happy.

You’ll see books by favourite authors, pieces of Audrey’s artwork, family photo albums, my personal copy of The Wrong Stuff, Audrey Hepburn memorabilia, my Golden Face Palm Award, CDs, DVDs, a giant “R” for Rhonda and a solar powered Thanksgiving turkey, obviously.

There’s Audrey, sporting the very first of the gorgeous Woolhouse Boys t-shirts, which I had printed for (and posted to) fellow geeks around the world this week, and there she is relaxing, playing Minecraft yesterday afternoon.

And it wouldn’t be the Cosmic Photo Challenge without a bit of digital fiddling, so I’m ending with a pair of googly eyes made from our living room ceiling lights.

You can get an insight into K’lee’s crib, HERE

Why not welcome us into your place first, though…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal. Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 

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Stream of Consciousness Sunday(s): The Accumulator, part forty one…

Ok, here we go, it’s time for a double dose of SoCS, after I missed the last installment of this story.

I’m using two of Linda G Hill‘s prompts, one from Friday and one from last week, so I shall attempt to include both of these suggestions in today’s episode;

” “high/low.” Use one, use both, bonus points for starting and finishing with one or both…

…and;

“guess.” Use it any way you’d like. “

Right, here goes…

The Accumulator, part forty one.

Scene: High above the pub, looking down the steep sided river valley (the director has added the classic “binoculars” effect to the opening shot, to show this is a first person POV); from our elevated vantage point we have a clear view of the small stone bridge and the road crossing it.

A car turns out of the car park and our view of it tightens, blurs for a moment as the watcher zooms in, then jumps back into focus and follows the high end saloon as it pulls away, then accelerates down the road, keeping pace until it vanishes from sight under the trees that line the river.

As the green of the beech canopy fills the screen, the shot cuts to Carlisle, who is standing next to the battered getaway car with Adam. Patrick leans out of the driver’s widow as Carlisle lowers the binoculars and looks expectantly at him.

“Well, has he gone?”

“Yes, he’s gone scurrying back to his nice safe little office in the city, I guess the country air was too rich for him.”

“And..?”

Carlisle lifts the binoculars once again and we see him scan the scene below for a moment.

“Dorn is still there, but we should get down there now, in case we miss him leaving, we don’t want to lose him now.”

Patrick starts the engine, the other two men climb in and the scene ends as the car drives off into the distance.

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Flashback sequence: We now see a brief montage; Carlisle talking to an unidentified man in a dimly lit room full of electronic equipment, handing over cash and shaking hands; Adam giving an envelope to the bike courier; DCI Paddick in his office, typing an email which says “We have to meet”; Paddick leaving his office and driving out of the city; Carlisle, Patrick and Adam tailing him in the nondescript hatchback; Carlisle sitting in the back of the car, wearing headphones, listening intently; and a close up of the envelope on Dorn’s table, in which the ends of tiny wires can be seen protruding from the torn edge.

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Scene: A table on the pub terrace.

The man DCI Paddick knows as “Dorn” has just finished a call and he slips the phone into his pocket as he looks around for a waiter. Seeing no staff in attendance, Dorn takes out his wallet and lays a couple of notes on his plate next to the cigar butts, weighing them down with his cup.

He stands up and strolls away from the terrace, then stops and returns to his table to pick up the empty envelope. We follow him as he takes the long route through the garden by the river, round the outside of the building and into the car park. Always cautious, he looks around him as he walks, automatically checking other vehicles for suspicious activity before climbing into the back of a black Jaguar. His driver waits for the door to close, pulls smoothly out away and heads for the exit.

Dorn’s car turns left along a road that follows the river, down a tunnel of tall beech trees which filter sunlight into constantly changing, dappled patterns in the shady woodlands on either side.

A few seconds later, we see a rather tatty, dented hatchback come over the bridge and pass the pub, heading after the Jaguar at a discreet distance.

Scene: Inside the hatchback.

Patrick is driving, Adam is in the passenger seat and Carlisle is in the back, looking down at something in his hand.

Dorn’s car, following a bend in the road up ahead, goes out of sight for a moment and Adam looks sharply across at Patrick.

“Don’t get too far behind, we’ll lose him.”

“It’s ok, our wannabe James Bond back there can track him with his fancy gadgets, can’t you, agent Carlisle?”

“You can take the piss if you like, but if it wasn’t for…wait..shit!”

“What’s the problem?”

“I…the signal…there’s something wrong with…”

“What?”

Adam looks back at Carlisle, who stares at him with a grim expression just as the car reaches the apex of the curve, revealing a stretch of empty road and a crossroads ahead of them.

Patrick slows as they approach the junction and turns to Carlisle, who holds up a black box with a stubby aerial on top, the small screen showing only four words;

SIGNAL LOST: BATTERY LOW

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To be continued using next (week’s prompt {which can now be found HERE})…

#SoCS

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Yes, I’m late again for the prompt, but K’lee did post a little late yesterday and I’ve been to pick an American visitor up from the airport this morning.

But now I’m here, let’s see what K’lee has left us, to inspire next week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I will let him explain in his own words:

Home is where the heart is. My thinking is, we all have a place in our homes where our heart truly resides. It could be the kitchen, it could be the that cool Victorian claw-foot tub in the bathroom (not mine, YOURS!). Could be the porch or deck outside where you relax in the morning or evening… The thing is, it can be anywhere YOU say it is, and with this week’s prompt, we want you to consider where yours is and possibly join us on Monday to add your creative voice to our mix!”

So there you have it, share some domestic bliss with us on Monday and start the week with a smile.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal. Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry. Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge. #CosPhoChal

 

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

I know a lot of these alternative definitions require a certain amount of flexible thinking on your part, especially with some of the spellings, so you’ll have to forgive me for;

“Alkaline” – The queue at an off licence*.
#1linerWeds

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(* a liquor store)

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Blogging, Humour, One liner Wednesday

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to Monday and a new edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week curated by yours truly.

I chose the prompt on Friday; Birds and Bees, which loosely incorporated the theme of anything with the ability to fly.

I have an awful lot of bird and insect photos in my archives and I was sorting through posts at the weekend, (to pick a selection to transfer over to Photo Sans Frontiers, freeing up valuable space during my upcoming blog transition) so I thought I’d start by sharing some of my favourites…

…followed by these new shots, which I captured in the garden at the weekend.

K’lee’s post is winging its way to you via THIS LINK

Now, let’s have a look at your birds, bugs and beasties…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 

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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: The Accumulator, part forty one…

I apologise for my inefficiency, but I haven’t had time to get into SoCS mode today, since I’m busy editing, recoding, deleting and transferring photo posts from one blog to another.

I will, however, attempt to tackle this week’s prompt later in the week (or possibly incorporate it into next week’s) so watch this space…

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Blogging

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

On time once again for the Friday prompt, to give you some guidance for the next edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, which is using my choice of theme this week; Birds and bees.

Anything with wings will do, bugs and bats are just as acceptable, so let your imagination soar and seek out some avian and insectile inspiration for Monday’s post.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal. Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry. Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge. #CosPhoChal

 

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Budget blogging, maxed out media and the Next Big Step…

I would have liked to begin this post with a nice, eye-catching photo, but I can’t, because, as of yesterday, Diary of an Internet Nobody is full.

I suppose I realised, in a tangential, vague sort of way, that there was a limit to the number of media files I could upload on my free WordPress plan, but I hadn’t actually considered what reaching that limit would result in.

Now I know.

No. More. Pictures.

I really don’t like the sound of that, not at all.

When I first started blogging, five years ago, I had no idea what I would do with my own little corner of the internet; it was just another experiment in what could be achieved with my trusty phone, a void to shout nonsense into, in the hope someone would listen.

But it evolved, it grew extra parts, it multiplied, it spawned siblings and bred with other blogs to produce interesting hybrids, it settled into its own comfortable space in the blogosphere and started to enjoy itself. It discovered there was more to being a blog than just words.

The most enjoyable extraliterary elements, for me anyway, are the photography/video/animation projects, which have continued to evolve as smartphone technology rapidly develops more complex apps and software, enabling me to dabble in almost any medium I fancy, for just a few quid or, more often than not, for free.

I have always loved taking pictures, ever since I was a kid, (although I’ve never owned anything more complicated than a 35mm point and shoot “instamatic” camera) so finding a phone which could produce high resolution photos and video was a big step in upping my game. And because the smartphone became my weapon of choice for blogging, it seemed only natural that I should employ it in the photographic phase of my own personal creative renaissance, too.

Meaning that, the more I got into blogging, the more photography I did.

And the more photography I did, the more I wanted to show off my newly-found skills and improvised audio visual experiments, to the point that I began a whole new blog to showcase my creative efforts.

However, Diary of an Internet Nobody was my first and proudest blogging achievement and I ended up wanting to post everything on here, for all you lovely people to admire and/or recoil from, depending on the vicissitudes of my oeuvre.

All of which creative outpourings have led to my current situation, a blog with no space left for further photographic adventures.

Which, as I see it, leaves me with four main options:

1 – Continue the blog, but with no pictures (not an option I’m willing to contemplate).

2 – Move to a paid WordPress plan, doubling my storage space in one go and gaining still more space by “optimising” media file sizes for future uploads (something to consider, although it means a double compromise; I have always promised myself that blogging would remain as cost-free as possible, as I cannot justify spending much-needed funds on what is, when all is said and done, a hobby. Plus, I don’t like the idea of lowering the resolution or quality of images I use on the blog, simply so I can add more of them) And what happens if I suddenly can’t afford to pay for it in a few years, will my lovingly crafted, lavishly illustrated journal of gibberish just cease to be?

3 – Delete old posts with photos in and/or link to copies of those posts on Photo Sans Frontiers, or possibly even use a completely new blog to archive photo posts in their entirety.

4 – Draw a line under this blog completely and leave it for anyone who wants to nose around it as it floats, adrift and rudderless in cyberspace.
Then I’d start a whole new free blog, carry on where I left off, possibly transferring my custom domain name to the new site (not that I’m even sure this is possible, so if anyone has any experience in such matters…?) and hope that I can persuade my loyal followers to…well, follow me, to pastures new.

Any thoughts?

I’ll have to make the decision soon, because I have a Cosmic Photo prompt to set on Friday and I’d like to be able to take part in my own feature, so if you would like to wade in with any advice, now’s your chance to help decide the fate of the blog you’ve gone to all this trouble to read.

 
 

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