Category Archives: Social Networking

The World Is Coming To An End

I must admit I’ve never been a great fan of rap. Eminem spoiled it for me, with his messages of crime, violence and drugs. But having said that, I guess I haven’t heard enough rap to really form an opinion. Because now, after watching this video, I realise rap can be a powerful way to convey positive messages of Hope and Love too. I stand happily corrected.

Please take the time to watch this very powerful video by rapper and activist Richard Williams aka Prince Ea. Listen to the words, and Be The Change. Share it! Namasté.🙇

http://youtu.be/BzV1FzixSmw

And even if you haven’t got time to watch the video, at least pay heed to the very meaningful words. Here’s the transcript of the lyrics, from Prince Ea’s website:

The world is coming to an end
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated
The animals are going extinct, the economy’s collapsed
Education is shot, police are corrupt
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded
The people are depressed and angry
We can’t live with each other and we can’t live with ourselves
So everyone’s medicated
We pass each other on the streets
And if we do speak it’s meaningless robotic communication
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth
Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools
It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple
And when you find the apple
It’s been genetically processed and modified
Presidents lie, politicians trick us
Race is still an issue and so is religion
Your God doesn’t exist, my God does and he is All-Loving
If you disagree with me I’ll kill you
Or even worse argue you to death
92% of songs on the radio are about sex
Kids don’t play tag, they play twerk videos
The average person watches 5 hours of television a day
And it’s more violence on the screen than ever before
Technology has given us everything we could ever want
And at the same time stolen everything we really need
Pride is at an all time high, humility, an all time low
Everybody knows everything, everybody’s going somewhere
Ignoring someone, blaming somebody
Not many human beings left anymore, a lot of human doings
Plenty of human lingerings in the past, not many human beings
Money is still the root of all evil
Yet we tell our kids don’t get that degree
The jobs don’t pay enough
Good deeds are only done when there’s a profit margin
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral
We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us
Our role models today
60 years ago would have been examples of what not to be
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against Because they were born a certain way
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make Little girls feel like they need “make up” to be beautiful Permanently lowering their self esteem
Because they will never be pretty enough
To meet those impossible standards
Corporations tell us buy, buy, buy, get this, get that
You must keep up, you must fit in
This will make you happy, but it never does for long
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos?
What is the solution? We can love
Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio
I mean real love, true love, boundless love
You can love, love each other
From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed
Perform an act of kindness because that is contagious
We can be mindful during every interaction
Planting seeds of goodness
Showing a little more compassion than usual
We can forgive
Because 300 years from now will that grudge you hold against Your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves
We can change our hearts
We have been sold lies
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust
To not recognize our brothers and sisters
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty
But once we truly love we will meet anger with sympathy
Hatred with compassion, cruelty with kindness
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth
Robert Kennedy once said that
Few will have the greatness to bend history
But each of us can work to change a small portion of events
And in the total of all those acts
Will be written in the history of a generation
So yes, the world is coming to an end
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you

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Nightcrawlers, Ambulance chasers, Storm Chasers…

…and me and my kid. We interrupt our regular programme to bring you the latest excitement to hit our sleepy town of Rockingham, Western Australia.

It was the sound of helicopters flying over our house that first alerted me that something was afoot. On looking to the skies, I saw not just 1 but 2 helicopters circling about. Then I saw a big yellow helicopter, the type with a large snorkel and water bucket (“Bambi Bucket”) attached. And another. And I realised there must be a bushfire nearby.

So when the Kid came home from school we saddled up yeehah! got on our bikes and headed in the general direction of where the water-bombing helicopters seemed to be dumping their loads. It was only a 5 minute ride, then we came to The Anchorage Estate (a new housing estate worth further investigation, note to self). And 2 manmade lakes, where the 2 water-bombing helicopters were busy at work. At this stage we could only see dark smoke nearby and didn’t know how close the bushfire was.

As luck would have it, yours truly was able to video helicopter No.1 at work. Video follows hot off the press. I must apologise in advance for the shoddy camerawork after the helicopter takes off after filling. The spray from the helicopter went everywhere – my camera lens was splashed, my shirt and shorts got drenched. My glasses were completely covered, leaving me essentially blind. Hence you’ll see the camera struggling to even find, much less track, the movements of the helicopter. Incidentally, this is my Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s virgin video – a baptism of water, fire and wind, if you like. The wind churned up by the helicopter was like a mini tornado.

Anyhow, here is said video. Try not to laugh too much.

http://youtu.be/Pgm4aD3-FlU

Afterwards, we realised that the bushfire was literally only 1 street away. So here are some photos of the scene, taken before someone noticed and waved us away.

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FREEBIES! When PicsArt met Pixlr Express

I’d originally intended to use some geometrical backgrounds found in the app PicsArt, along with geometrical effects found in the app Pixlr Express, as the backdrop of a new Lenormand project. However, these backgrounds took on a life of their own and proved too distracting and so that idea had to be shelved.

Not wanting to just let the images go to waste, though, I’ve decided to share them here with you. All I’ve done is blend the PicsArt backgrounds with some colourfield backgrounds I created, or with other random images I’d created in the past. Remember, these were just building blocks for a project that got shelved.

Feel free to save them perhaps as your smartphone’s wallpaper. Enjoy!

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P/s: I’ve since created my Le Geometrical Lenormand deck, however utilising only the effects found in Pixlr Express.

Spelling & Grammar

One of my pet peeves is the plethora of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors that abound on the internet these days. Or should that read as Two of my pet peeves?
Whatever the case, I just wish people would learn to read and write English correctly. It beggars belief that even teachers are getting it wrong…if They don’t know the difference between its and it’s, to and too, were and where, etc then how the hell are our children expected to get that right?

Here are just some of the biggest and funniest bloopers I’ve culled from Google Images.

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Damn you, Autocorrect!

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She’ll never live it down…

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A great example of how effective spelling or, in this case, mis-spelling, can be.

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Whoever wrote this is clearly very confused.

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Copy that.

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I shudder at the image forming in my mind. Those thongs…whether European as in teeny tiny ladies underwear or Australian as in flip flop slippers, either are just as bad.

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Identity crisis.

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Bovine or Equine?

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I doubt the examiner passed his or her own exams.

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Oh, really, no regrets??

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Well, I’ll be a Frog Prince!

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I wonder what that would be like to use as toilet paper…

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Teachers FAIL.

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Wow, how does porn even happen by accident?

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Nope, they really won’t know.

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I guess Customers will just have to find parking elsewhere.

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No doubt the Moran family will feel insulted.

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Dont evan go their. 😂

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…because here is an example of their handiwork.

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Only in America…

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Keep your children well away from these cowboy messers.

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And I wonder why…

So, please..
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Take a couple of minutes to digest this, for your own sake. It might save your life someday.

Looking for public domain images? Try these.

In the course of my own inner Lenormand revolution or evolution, I’ve been scouring the internet for images that I can utilise for my divination card decks. I’m terrible at drawing. Having said that, I’m good at using photo editing Apps to change the way my photos look, so not being good at drawing isn’t quite a disadvantage.

Just very recently I learnt that the British Library has released a MILLION images into the public domain, via its Flickr account.
Also, Archive.org have done the exact same thing.

What this means is that if you are searching for images to use in your artistic endeavours, whether as clipart or to print out and use in scrapbooking, etc…then before you buy images from other people, you should consider these 2 FREE sources first. Save yourself some money!

And guess what, there are many more organisations and museums out there that have recently jumped on the bandwagon and made their treasury of artwork, photographs, illustrations etc available online for everyone. It really is a revolution, albeit a quiet and peaceful one. This brings accessibility to a whole new world of Art and Photography like never before. I for one intend to make good use of this manna from heaven.

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Here’s the link to the British Library Flickr site: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/britishlibrary/

Here’s the link to the Archive.org Flickr site: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/internetarchivebookimages/

Definition of Public Domain:
NOUN
the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, especially through not being subject to copyright or other legal restrictions.

When I’m feeling Blue…

…all I have to do is take a look at you…

…then I feel more blue hehehe.

Blue, in all its shades and hues, has always been my favourite colour. When I lived in the Andalucian mountain-top city of Ronda, in Spain, I’d heard fantastic stories of the Blue City of Morocco, Chefchaouen. But, although it was a mere hop, skip and jump away from Spain, circumstances and financial restraints meant I never quite crossed the Strait of Gibraltar.

Now that I’m based in Australia, physically getting to Chefchaouen will be even harder. Luckily, thanks to Pinterest, I can visit all these countries and cities around the world once only dreamed about, and live vicariously through the eyes of other tourists and their photos. Hurrah for technology and social media!

Chefchaouen is, according to Wikipedia:


Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. “Chef Chaouen” derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings.

Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists.

The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Hashish is subsequently sold all over town, but is mostly the domain of native Chaouenis. A nearby attraction is the Kef Toghobeit Cave which is one of the deepest caves in Africa.

For me, though, the reason I would visit Chefchaouen is mainly for the opportunity to be fully immersed in the colour blue. Here are some images I’ve curated from my Pinterest travels to Chefchaouen, to show you why I love feeling Blue.😄

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Before the Silly Season starts…

Time is accelerating faster than we think. Have you ever wondered, where’s the year gone? How is it that Christmas and the New Year are already just round the corner? I haven’t even burned off my fat from last Christmas?!!

Darlings, it’s called Consumerism. We’ve all been had by our governments. We’ve been raised to buy, use, consume, throw away, buy some more, it’ll change your life, oh look there’s a war/disease/natural disaster/armageddon so we better stock up on more stuff we don’t need and will never use…and probably have no space for. No, wait. That’s what garages are for, right?

Oh, I’ll write more when I’m over this head cold. Don’t you worry! But for now, those of you who are awake already know what the message is, and I trust you will spread the word so others may also awaken.

So, before the Silly Season begins…well okay it’s already too late when Halloween stuff goes on display in August, Christmas stuff goes up in September, and Chocolate Easter eggs can be seen on the shelves in January. But better late than never, right…so next time you’re tempted, please ask yourself this VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION:

Do I NEED it or do I WANT it?

I hope this makes you think. Look deeper, scratch the surface, and you may find that all is not as hunky dory as it seems. That you are not really in control of your own lives.

(Image Sources: Google)

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Seen on a Sunday…

Not something you encounter every day, to be sure. We live in Rockingham, south of Perth, Western Australia, and for some reason the town is a magnet for vintage cars. And motorcycles. It might be the beaches, the lovely foreshore with cafes, fish & chip shops, ice cream parlours and boutique shops. Or the fact we have a coastal road that takes in the beautiful scenery, with the scintillating Indian Ocean to the left or right, depending on which way you’re heading.

This Sunday the kid and I were cycling around the foreshore, heading for waffles and coffee, when we came across this sight:
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Yes, you saw right. They’re all Hogs. And there’s a Lot of pink going on. It’s the 3rd Annual Pink Ribbon Ride in aid of Breast Cancer, organised by the Swan Chapter of the Perth Harley-Davidson club. The rally started in Cannington, about 50 km away, and went through the artsy historic port town of Fremantle, then down to Rockingham following the coastline. It finishes in Mandurah, about 30 km south of Rockingham. There must have been over 300 motorbikes in that carpark. And we’d caught them at the right time, just as they were preparing to leave for the last leg of their journey, destination Mandurah.

Suddenly, the kid and I found ourselves plump right in the midst of these Hogs. We’d become Wannabes 😄. He wants a Harley-Davidson for his next birthday. I reminded him that while he was still in my tummy, 12 years ago, I’d owned a Honda NSR125 motorbike, so he’s a biker chick’s kid really. It must run in the blood 😄.

There’s never a dull Sunday in Rockingham, and that’s for certain.

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The Making of the “Moonshadow Lenormand”: Part I

Okay, folks have been asking me how I created my first Lenormand cartomancy deck.

This Project had me using a technique I had never even considered before. And it’s such an old technique, by today’s standards. By this I mean the use of a Scanner.

I’d been intrigued by seeing pictures of the Palimpsest Lenormand, by Bertrand Saint Guillain.

Palimpsest : masc. noun, A palimpsest (/ˈpælɪmpsɛst/) is a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped off and which can be used again. The word “palimpsest” comes through Latin palimpsēstus from Ancient Greek παλίμψηστος (palímpsestos, “scratched or scraped again”) originally compounded from πάλιν (palin, “again”) and ψάω (psao, “I scrape”) literally meaning “scraped clean and used again”.
Source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palimpsest)

Here’s a photo of some of Bertrand’s cards:

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Here’s an explanation of how and why Bertrand created the Palimpsest Lenormand, taken from his site:

From realisation to the final picture
The drawing is made by hand on standard cards whose original picture has been partially or entirely covered (hence the name). The result is then photographed and slightly adjusted with an image manipulation program to harmonize the whole deck.

Instead of having an insert in the middle of the card, the standard card association is given by the corner indices.

I was strongly intrigued by the whole idea of using the Palimpsest method for my deck. I decided I would use it as a springboard for my own deck. Not copying Bertrand’s deck, but distilling the idea of Palimpsest and giving it my own creative twist.

I already had 2 decks of cheap playing cards, so I sacrificed one. And set to desecrating obliterating altering (hehehe) the central images of the cards with white gesso. I had no Tippex like Bertrand, but I had lots of Gesso to hand. Needs must.

I was coming from a mobile photographer’s point of view, so instead of following Bertrand’s technique of photographing the finished product, like he did, I knew I wanted a digital version I could then work on. So I simply gessoed the 36 cards I needed (reducing the playing cards deck from 52 to 36 by removing the cards numbered 2-5 from each suit) and then I scanned each card, one by one, on my trusty old workhorse, the Canon Pixma MX870 printer-scanner-copier-fax.

I then transferred the scans to my Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which is essentially my studio. To do this, I first had to save the scans to a USB stick, then transfer them to my Mac, then from the Mac I used an App called Photo Transfer (funnily enough) to move them to the S4. Convoluted, but worth it.

Et voila! A Palimpsest deck of playing cards that can be used time and time again, as the template or background to my first Lenormand deck. Or any subsequent Lenormand deck, for that matter. I wasn’t too concerned about whether I’d completely covered the central images on each card or not, or whether I’d gessoed over parts of the side indices, as I like a bit of randomness. Besides, most of the central part of each card would be covered by digital imagery that I would superimpose on them.

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The gessoed cards
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Close-up of some of the gessoed cards.

Please bookmark this and check out Part II, coming up next, where I will explain how I then used my Palimpsest templates to create my Moonshadow Lenormand cards.

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My Favourite Things Part II : Ceramic Spoons

Yesterday I shared with you some of my favourite Ceramics & Pottery from my Pinterest board of the same name.

Today I’d like to share with you some of my favourite Ceramic Spoons. Yes, don’t ask me why, but I seem to have a passion for decorated ceramic spoons. I don’t have any in real life, but I do on my Pinterest board of the same name.

If you require further information on any of the following images, simply go to my Pinterest board . When you click on any of the images there, you will be transported to its corresponding website.

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