Benevolent Postcard Society… Postacard arrives!

Just received a postcard via the BVP (Benevolent Postcard Society). I am not sure if it is the November posting or the belated October posting (I rather think the former).

It was from Zosienka and is a vintage postcard of Dunvegan Castle. I love vintage postcards, especially of Scotland where my Mom grew up. They remind me of my childhood going through drawers and boxes and albums full of mementos. Many of those my mother collected are of the same era, so it is like my receiving a bit of my own past.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye


On the reverse, she added her own personal touch, a wily, green-eyed fox (hand drawn)!!


PhotoHunter: Music

For an update on my PhotoHunter LAST week, please check out the link here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a “bit” of a groupie… There are a number of local bands, as well as well-known artists which I follow and/or am friends with.

I photograph and video-tape a lot of local events and bands.

Lately, because of my mother’s various ailments and my own medical issues, I have sort of gotten behind on the production of the videos I have taken over the last year… WAAAAAYYYY behind. Same with the photos, although because they are easier and less time consuming  to download, I have less of a backlog.

Some of my favourite images are…


Shawn Brown, Dave Kerr, and Janice Fitzsimmons - jamming



Rob Smith


Ken (Ken Workman and The Union)

I posted these in another PhotoHunter challenge.

It arrived!

My Great Great Grandfather Joseph Baker Comer’s medal arrived today, along with a stack of copies of documents from the National Archives in Washington…. Pension applications and related docs, my Great Great Grandmother’s Widow’s Pension application and related documents, and what I think are referred to as his service cards.

The medal is smaller than I imagined… and so was my Great Great Grandfather, only 5′ 6″ tall.

As Dave, the previous owner pointed out, I received it 2 days after Veterans Day (and our Remembrance Day), and a week to the day from the day Joseph B. Comer signed up 148 years ago. All-in-all, very fitting.








Nomad: Two Worlds: “Bed Is Burning”

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Nomad – Two Worlds: “Apology”

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All I want to do is embed a goddamn video.

I have tried the “Post to WordPress” and that doesn’t work for the video in question. I can’t download it and then upload it. Embedding using the embedding code for the video (of course) doesn’t work on WordPress because WordPress HAS to be obtuse and make it impossible to do something that any other blogging site allows you to do simply and easily. And when I check with (so-called) “Support” forums all I find is complicated “it is so easy” freaking plug-ins which they don’t bother to explain how to use.

Just let me embed a goddamn video.

Nomad: Two Worlds


Beds are burning

“NOMAD TWO WORLDS in Australia.  Proudly presented by V Australia.  Beginning with a joint “Welcome to Country” ceremony with Nomad project participants and supporters, The Black Eyed Peas, NOMAD TWO WORLDS kicked off its Australian activities in the Virgin Lounge at Sydney airport on September 28, 2009.

Created by photographer Russell James, with Indigenous Australian artist Clifton Bieundurry and others, the collaborative art project is a stunning example of reconciliation and true cultural collaboration in action, inspired by the Australian reconciliation movement (initiated by Australian Prime Minister kevin Rudd’s apology speech in February 2008) between its modern western culture that settled there some two hundred years ago and its Aboriginal people, the world’s oldest surviving culture.

The project has involved years of groundwork, including travel to remote regions of North Western Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation, senior Indigenous custodians provided access to sites of great cultural significance to the aboriginal people.  Burial grounds, gorges, stunning coastlines and desert locations-often restricted and secret-were allowed to be photographed and filmed by Mr. James. The photographs were then reproduced to become oversized canvases for indigenous artists such as Clifton Bieundurry who then painted ‘story’ into the images; legends and concepts that relate directly to the image on the photographic canvas. The result, an unprecedented artistic collaboration of hand embellished art photographs that form the heart of Nomad Two Worlds installation.  Three short films by Mr. James  also provide a glimpse of his broader Nomad Two Worlds project thematic: INNOCENCE, INHIBITION and DISCOVERY as the three stages of cultural collision are explored: the past, the present and potential future outcomes through meaningful reconciliation.”

Sunday morning.

I forgot to post this. I was up all night Saturday night and just didn’t feel like hauling my ass out of bed to make it to church on Sunday morning.

Sometime after noon, I heard Mom come in from outside. I thought perhaps she had gone across to the store or for a little walk.

A few minutes later she came up and peeked in. When she saw I was awake she said that she had shown a couple of people her leg (where she scraped her skin off falling off a chair) and grossed them out. I assumed she meant some people in the co-op. “No!” she said “Maggie, for one.”….

Maggie? The only Maggie we know is at church. “How did you see Maggie to show her your leg?”

“When I went to church!”

It transpires that she took the bus right across town (about a 45 minute to an hour  ride with several transfers) and then walked 5 or six blocks from the bus station near the highway to the school where our Fellowship meets! Apparently, people at church gave her heck fro not calling someone to give her a ride. Luckily, it was not the Sunday when the Fellowship was meeting at a place we are thinking of moving to or she’d have had to turn around and come home.

I was both pleased and upset. Pleased because her not just feeling like trekking across town but actually DOING so means that she is feeling a LOT better. Upset because we are still trying to monitor her to make sure she doesn’t have one of her “turns”. However, she didn’t and she managed to walk all that distance without her hip hurting. Of course, she also forgot to take her cane so that if she HAD had problems, she wouldn’t have had it to help her.

Maggie drove her home.



Here’s a nifty little program called Poladroid.

With Poladroid, you can turn any photo into a Polaroid-like image. It even “develops” so you can save copies as it processes.

There are a very little bug in the Beta version (like having to wait until all the images you’ve chosen to render finish and then closing the program to get rid of the images floating about on your screen). As well, English doesn’t seem to have been the first (or even third) language of the creators so that instructions are a little odd. The website itself is fine and there is a downloadable instruction guide which is in good English. It was the actual download instructions and some of the pop-ups I got while developing that were… weird.

The settings allow you to increase (though not pick) special effects to the photo or paper, such as scratches, dirt and fingerprints (different on each image, so you can play around with one image until you get something you like). You can also select the amount of blur and rotation in your image.

The images develops slowly and they’ve even built into it the ability to speed things up by “shaking” the image as you would with a real Polaroid.





"Long Riders" without effects


"Long Riders" with effects

There are a few online options, as well.

At Rollip, you can select a layout, upload an image and then download it. Nice options available in the free version and up can go pro, as well. I like the options better on Rollip and it’s faster.





Love is… according to kids, cause they outta know!

by Lab2112

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” Nikka – age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” Karen – age 7

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8

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