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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Welcome to this Bank Holiday Monday edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge wherein we find the results of my prompt from Friday; Movement.

I have been so busy over the last couple of weeks, (hence this late post) with moving house and generally trying to sort out all our stuff from the hastily packed boxes, so I’m using a gif I made to accompany the start of (yes, you guessed it) Twin Peaks.

I’ll be honest, unless you’ve seen the show this will probably mean nothing to you, so you’ll just have to appreciate it on its own peculiar merits, but it meets the brief of movement very literally so that’s good enough for me.

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K’lee’s post is HERE, but now I’ll let you have a go…

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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.
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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty four: Friday doodle gif…

Just making it in under the wire, for today’s gif post to still be relevant, so I’ll keep it short and say; here’s a doodle gif for Friday.


Have a good weekend, see you tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in aardvark, Animation, Blogging

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty three: Giving the gift of gif…

So I finally had someone take me up on my offer to craft a quick gif for them, namely Deborah Drucker from over at Notes Tied To The Sagebrush, which I’m premiering here, prior to handing it over to her to use as she wishes.

I decided to go with simple, apposite and vaguely comical, using the header image from Deborah’s blog as a background for a fairly basic stop frame animation. I hope she’s pleased with it and I hope that you like my fourth quickfire gif of the week.

See you tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo prompt and more giffage.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Animation, Blogging

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty two: A gif at the end of the tunnel (flashing images)…

Today I am more encouraged, as I have had not one, but two tentative requests for gifs from readers who missed my original post, which I shall get around to in due course.

I already had an idea which I was playing around with for Todd and Dustin so I’m posting that today, but I shall start work on the requests tomorrow.

I apologise if the rather abrasive nature of this one isn’t for you, I quite understand; I was attempting to emulate, however amateurishly, David Lynch’s trademark strobe motif, which he uses to such powerful effect in many of his works.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in aardvark, Animation

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty one: Can’t gif it away…

Well I must say, I’m slightly disappointed.

After my kind offer to make somebody a free, bespoke gif yesterday and every day this week, not one person requested my artistic services, even after the lovely bouncy one I made as an example.

But that didn’t stop me from mucking about for my own entertainment and since nobody else wanted anything animated for them, I made one for this Nobody instead.


However, the offer still stands and, since you’re just going to get a load of gifs this week anyway, why not snag one for yourself while you’re here.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Animation, Blogging

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty: The gif that keeps on giving…

After my latest burst of animated creativity last week, making the gif for Todd and Dustin that I posted yesterday, I had an idea for this week’s theme; a personalised custom gif giveaway, a gifaway if you will.

Yes I’m offering a lovingly crafted, unique, exclusive and free animated gif, for one person each day this week.

So, whether you’d like me to make something for you to display on your blog, or you just fancy a weird screensaver for your phone, the first person to make a request in the comments of this post will receive a mystery gif to do with as they please.
You may specify the photo to be used, or I can do something strange with your blog avatar, or you can have a lucky dip and just see what I come up with for you, it’s entirely up to you.

But what I do with the source material will be up to me, ok?

In fact, I will take the first two requests today, to give me a chance to get started on the week’s task, then the first request from each day after that until Friday.

I have already had a quick muck about and made one for myself, using an old dalecooper57 graphic from the early days of Diary of an Internet Nobody as an example of the type of thing that can be done with a single image, see what you think.

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day nineteen: Giffing woolly with it…

For this, the nineteenth installment of my daily blogging binge, I’m previewing another unhinged animated gif, inspired by the first guests in my week of reblogs.

You’ve met Todd and Dustin, the pair of writers who I featured in Monday’s post

This is them.

Well Dustin was admiring the work of The Woolhouse Boys on Friday, so I did him and Todd the honour of sweaterising them, like this…

…but that didn’t seem quite enough, somehow, so I decided to go one step further.

The beauty of all this mucking about with animation apps and editing tools is that I learn new skills every time. For instance, I realised that if you’re going to cut someone’s head off and leave a big hole in the picture, you need to reconstruct what would be in the background, if the head wasn’t in the way to start with.

All this fiddly photographic manipulation resulted in a rather warped and surreal reimagining of the beautiful garden in which our heroes were seated when the original photo was taken, but I hope that’s upstaged by the Gilliam-esque animation in the foreground.

See what you think.

I’ve yet to decide what, if any, the theme will be for my final full week of March’s marathon, but one thing’s for sure, it’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge tomorrow, so I’ll see you back here for that.

 
 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: Intermission (My new favourite game)…

I’ve left it far too late to continue with The Accumulator today, so after catching up with ourselves by coming back to the present in last week’s episode, we’ll have a break until next weekend and I’ll use Linda G Hill‘s prompt for a quick SoCS contractual obligation post instead;

” “ham.” Use it any way you’d like. “

No problem…

Rhonda made me us snack for lunch today; a puff pastry tart with asparagus, sweet peppers, bacon, Parma ham, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, it was absolutely gorgeous.

Right, that’s that taken care of, now on to the important stuff.

My New Favourite Game.

As you may well be aware, the long-awaited third season of David Lynch‘s groundbreaking soap noir, Twin Peaks is soon to be upon us and I’m as excited by the prospect now as I was when the original series aired, over twenty five years ago.

This anticipation has even prompted me to join a fan-curated Twin Peaks Facebook group, where discussion of new season plotlines, old theories and their future implications, TP related trivia and all things Lynchian, is ramping up to fever pitch prior to the May 21st worldwide release of the season premier.

While scrolling through the sea of “Who is the cutest girl/evilest villain/strangest character” memes, hugely complicated and contrived explanations of the many enigmatic or downright weird scenes from the first two seasons and photos of superfans with Twin Peaks tattoos, I started to notice a lot of stripey jumpers.

That’s sweaters to you, America.

Then I realised it was more specific than that, these were all photos of the very same sweater; one that had been worn by season two cameo-in-search-of-a-plot and Audrey Horne’s love interest, Billy Zane, as the sartorially challenged millionaire eco-warrior, John Justice Wheeler.

I noticed a lot of puzzled and sometimes rather snippy comments from hardcore “Peakies” on these photos, and not because they featured a largely-ignored and/or derided character either, but because they were all cleverly doctored for comic effect.

You see, some evil genius had been using Photoshop to insert John Justice Wheeler and his garish knitwear into classic scenes from the series, or better still, dressing another character in his sweater, sometimes even multiple characters. 

They were all brilliant. And hilarious. Unless you were a member of the Peakognoscenti of course, then it was sacrilege.

Anyway, never one to miss a chance to muck about with photos on my phone, I posted a sweaterised picture in the comment thread on one of the posts and, long story, short (for a change); I received an invitation to join the mysterious #woolhouseboys and have subsequently spent an inordinate amount of time this weekend, using PicSayPro to manipulate photos of a brightly coloured woolly jumper (with and without Billy Zane inside it) into humorous situations, primarily for my own amusement.

In the next couple of days I will be devoting an entire post to the sterling work done by the creators of this excellent group, (soon to also have dedicated Twitter and Tumblr accounts) which will feature some of my own humble contributions, but for now I’ll leave you with a gif I made from one of the most iconic scenes in the original series; Glastonbury Woolenbury Grove.

Stay tuned, all will become clear, honest…

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Stream of consciousness Sunday (1)…

You’ll never guess what; I’ve got a couple of days off work this coming week, so I’m merrily procrastinating today and I shall provide you with your next fix of The Accumulator tomorrow, in a SoCM post. 

But Linda G Hill left us a prompt, so it’s only fair I should put it to some use;

” “mem.” Choose a word or words with the letters “mem” in that order and run with it. ” 
Well, today I have been writing the cover blurb for my upcoming novel; a lot more difficult than I thought to keep it concise, I had to remember I wasn’t writing a story.

I also went to see tributes being paid to our fallen servicemen and women in the Remembrance Sunday parade at the local war memorial, where I captured some images to use for tomorrow’s Cosmic Photo Challenge

…followed by a pre-lunch stroll (or scoot) with the family in the unexpectedly pleasant autumn sunshine…

…and finally, I helped Audrey put the finishing touches to the project she’s been slowly working on since my niece gave her an art kit for her birthday; a papier mache dragon that is now decorated with a layer of appliqué paper, with a top coat of clear glitter paint:

All in all, a very fine way to spend a November Sunday.

I’ll see you tomorrow for part two of this omnibus edition of SoCS, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll leave you with Pink Floyd and their tribute to the fallen:

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: It’s been a long week…

This week I’m wimping out on SoCS, (although even that ended up being a lie, once I began mucking about) mainly because it really has been a long slog this week and I only get one day, Sunday, when neither Rhonda or I are working. But Linda G Hill left a prompt I couldn’t pass up;

” “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Oh, alright then…

Lazy weekend.

It was a gorgeous morning, so I couldn’t resist going out into the Devon countryside to take some photos to use in Monday’s Black and white landscape edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Here are a few colour shots from my journey, to pique your interest for tomorrow.

Here’s a gif of the view from the hills overlooking the River Taw valley, where I took these photos. (Please excuse the shaky camerawork, that was me tripping over a tree root) 

It was also bonfire night this weekend and for those of you who aren’t aware of what that means for us in the UK, let me quote from a post I wrote a few years ago, (yeah, I know, not in the least bit stream of consciousness, but it did just occur to me, so I’m going to allow myself to use it, ok?) so, should you be interested;

It is the dawn of the 17th century.

In continental Europe, the Eighty Years War rages.

In the old low countries that would become the Netherlands, the Catholic Spanish are fighting the Protestant Dutch, aided by mercenaries and zealots from far and wide, including a man known variously as John Johnson, Guido Foukes, and Guy Fawkes.

During his time on the campaign Fawkes met Thomas Wintour, a fellow anti-royalist who introduced him to Robert Catesby, the man who would lead the conspiracy that would become known as The Gunpowder Plot.

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Rewind a further 700 years.

The dingy recesses of a kitchen in 10th century China:

A cook is making a spicy curing mix for half of the pig his master has acquired for winter storage.

In the gloom he reaches for black peppercorns to add to the saltpetre he has already got in his grinder, little knowing that what he has in fact added is ground charcoal, used to prime the ovens.

Not only that, he also erroneously adds sulphur in the place of yellow turmeric.
After starting to rub the mixture into the pork, he realises his mistake too late and has to dispose of the spoiled meat, already fearful of the punishment to come.
However, when he throws the carcass on the fire, thinking to tell his master a tale of a cooking accident, he notices the coating he had applied burning with strangely coloured flames and giving off loud cracking and popping noises.

Knowing a good escape route when he saw it, he hurried to his master and told him of this mysterious discovery.

Experiments followed, packing the sulphurous black powder into hollow bamboo shoots and igniting it, the destruction achieved seemingly disproportionate to the tiny volume of mixture used.
The rest is history.

Or possibly gastronomy.

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Fast forward to England in 1605.

By now Catesby had persuaded Fawkes and eleven other co- conspirators to take part in his audacious plan to assassinate King James I.

He had gained access to the undercroft of the House of Lords, where he and his cohorts stashed some two and a half thousand kilogrammes of gunpowder. Enough, by recent calculations, to cause total devastation to anything within a 500 metre radius of the blast.
Of course the plot was foiled at the last, the King’s men tipped off by an anonymous letter. But it is often forgotten, in our haste to cast a good anti-hero in our folk legends, that John/Guy/Guido only played a minor part in proceedings, merely guarding the cache of explosives and therfore being the only one caught red-handed.


He gave the rest of them up under what would nowadays probably be called “enhanced interrogation”, but cheated the full weight of justice – he was to have been hanged, drawn and quartered – by jumping from the scaffold and breaking his neck before sentence could be carried out.

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Now, back in the present day.

We still celebrate the burning to death of a man who actually took his own life under the very noses of his executioners.

And thanks to Henry VII choosing the new fangled fireworks (oh, if that long-dead Chinese chef knew what he’d started) as the climax to his wedding festivities in 1486, immediately making them de rigueur with the celebrating upper classes and soon with anyone else who could mix the easily-accessible ingredients, we now fire all manner of alarmingly powerful ordinance into the night sky, never knowing quite where it will land.

Well we have a tiny back garden, which is overhung by a large oak tree, so we were never going to have an aerial spectacular, but Audrey and I still had a mini display of our own, with a combo firework and some sparklers.

Here are some pictures and another bizarre little gif.

And as for Linda’s prompt, well; in case you missed it, I have a novel coming out soon and if you click the lovely bespoke artwork below, you can find out more.

There, that wasn’t too blatant, was it?

For more photographic loveliness, tune in here tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo Challenge and over on Photo Sans Frontiers for more on my trip up to the wind turbines.

The Accumulator returns next week, honest.
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