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« Reply #3060 on: May 30, 2017, 10:00:10 PM »

Here's something that I am much too late in life to actually find out. But I tell you in case you are younger than I and you haven't yet learned it from someone else.

Fruit pie is to be eaten very cold.

It becomes a cooling fruit smoothie. With a crusty moist crust.

I can't write, I gotta get back to my pie, before it gets warm.

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« Reply #3061 on: June 28, 2017, 12:38:53 AM »

WHITE ELEPHANT!

1st of all, Phew! I'm glad that first 59 is over!

White Elephant!
 
Think about it WIKI ARTICLE
Quote from:  Linked, aforementioned, Wiki article
A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam, now Thailand, were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance.

How is that different for the situation the Republican Party finds itself in right now? They have a "White Elephant" White people with white hair and flags of White blue and red. They come to define any cracker joke you care to go toe to toe with Jeff Foxworthy (Gotta give Rednecks this, they are willing to laugh at them selves. They'll laugh at the meanest joke a city feller ever said about a redneck, if it's funny! I don't know of anybody else that can do that like they do.) White Sheet Republicans! Pure White Republicans. White makes might and might makes right, that's why The Right is White! THAT White Elephant!

If you were a Republican because you wanted lower taxes, Well fuck you, you don't matter anymore! What matters is that America gets it RIGHT this time! We don't care about your taxes. We don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of anyway! What do we care about taxes? We got new "priororities" now. Law and Order! Make these people pull their goddamned pants up! (Does that still happen? I don't think I see it like I used to. I kinda thought that old man got on American Idol and his song went around (if not viral) about pull your damned pants up! And after that it seemed less and less like it didn't look stupid. And less like you didn't look stupid walking abound with your pants around your knees. Hey, it was a funny look and it did make the guy walking around look mean, He had to look mean, it was part of the look.

You had to be bent in such a way as you were fighting gravity with every step. and you had to maintain this look of menace so that the other person wouldn't look down and see how ridiculous you looked! Your face better say "Go ahead, motherfucker! Laugh! That's what I want you to do!")

Yeah, the Republican have themselves one gigantic case of the White Elephantism. The gift that keeps on taking.
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« Reply #3062 on: July 05, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »

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Hey, there isn't a tech thread here, and I'm going to be writing about "Creativity" so...

I just (a few weeks ago) got the Galaxy S8+ (don't get me started on pricing plans in the cell space anymore.) and it is a Thumbs UP machine!

I use my phone for most things that aren't a phone. I do speak on the phone but... I was speaking to my OB (older brother) who is not a gadgeteer such as I. But we were talking about pictures, and how I had discovered the Panorama feature of my old fone. It's very cool, you might have it on your phone (my old one is a galaxy S4) and giving him the old  "Ya gotta slow down and smell the roses, you haveta get the pictures of the dandelions when they've gone to seed, because a wind is gonna come and that picture will be gone for a year!"

So he's all "Ya huh... I agree, but I never have my camera when I see the shot."

"Dude. You have two sons who are Doctors. They have two wives that are Doctors. Do you really think they don't have a drawer filled with last years' iPhones (the nephs are Apple Fanboys)?" Tell one of them that you want one. Then load it up with every song you have on every CD you have. Then just carry it with you and there is the best camera you have ever owned. EASY!"

I also went into how he could use the wifi to make and get phone calls, and then there is the internet so you can order the weathertech liners for your new van and and and and... Then I remembered that his internet came through his cell phone (he lives remotely). But still. They are incredible computers.

So the Samsung... The camera has features which I don't see advertised. All are good, some aren't as good as I would have hoped (If I knew they were there and looked forward to them.)

Setting for the camera include:
1. Auto which is standard sort of. It can focus on objects mere inches away (I don't know the specs exactly) and can zoom up to 8X. At 8X it's a little hard to hold the damned thing still. The problem with the bastard is that it is too big for a light touch and too feature packed for the ham handed. That was a nice way to put it. Flash on, flash off High Density color saturation all sorts of focus aids. Great,what you'd expect. That you can't complain about it.

2. Pro. No Idea wTF is going on with Pro. There's stuff there that I haven't come around to yet. But I will tell you  that you can "change the ISO" Which I think is as if you are changing the film speed (if High school photo club doesn't fail me now) Shutter speed, there are filters (like when we used to smear Vaseline on the lens to hide the wrinkles .) Auto Focus on off (leaving you with manual focus) White Balance adjustment, and something else that I don't know what it is.

3. Selective Focus. From the moment I saw that guy invented the adjustable focus (after the fact) camera I wanted one. This phone has one (sort of) You have something in the very near fore ground and take the pic. You can then decide if you like the foreground crisp and the distance blurred, or vice versa or if you want the whole thing in focus.

Whereas the Square camera thing worked on some mathematical formula. You could move the focus to almost any place in the field and adjust the Depth accordingly. I think this is more a case of the camera just takes two pictures and lets you combine them if you want. Cool (I see limited use for this, but I'll see if it is more impressive with landscape scenery type shots.

4./5. Slo mo and Hyperlapse. I haven't used these yet. I only guess that Hyperlapse is analogous (digitally) to Time Lapse.

I'm having too much fun with "still" photography. I'm playing with space, I'll get to time "later?"

6. Food. NFI! Although I made some awesome Scones and then some even awesummer Sausage and Peppers both of which deserved a photo. I suppose that this setting is for those people who do Yelp reviews. I've been out with folks who photograph their dinners... weird.

7. Virtual Shot. This is my favorite now. You focus on the subject and then you move the camera around the subject.
When viewed, the camera centers the subject half way between where you started and you stopped. You tilt the camera to the left, the image "spins" right. tilt right the image spins left. So you're taking a shot of a mug (a mug shot... Actually, that's pretty funny. ) and you can see it from every direction as if you are spinning it in your hand. (it was my first shot with it and, while it is not perfect, it's pretty damned good!)

The Mug Shot is a perfect use here. "Stand in the center of the circle. click whirr... now there is a single shot that can show you the perp from every direction. Here's his face front, here's the tat on his neck over his right shoulder!

I did get some shots of the dog and while he's a good boy he does move his head, NO PROBLEM!

Granted, it's essentially like taking a vine, a five second video that you watch by moving the screen. But I think it is much more.

Keep in mind that Samsung and Android and Google are ALL IN on VR goggles. This camera move is going to look sweet when I watch it in the VR.

Little daughter was up when I discovered this trick. I said to her (she is looking for her mark) to focus in on VR. If you are going to be a YouTube sensation, don't go 2D. That territory is already claimed. Go VR because the tech is just waiting for the content. (BTW Samsung also will sell you a 3600 camera that is absolutely for VR (although they don't stress that in their video Video from the S8 ad site
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« Reply #3063 on: August 08, 2017, 04:33:33 PM »

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The date was August 19, 2019!

I swear to you, that's the date! Look it up, I was watching the VeRsion of the concert. The 50th anniversary. I had the Occulus that came with my cell phone. My cell phone, I was watching the VR of the concert on my cell phone.

No man! I wasn't in jail. my cell phone! I have an old one, a Galaxy s8, the plus. And I have the goggles, I was watching... YES! I was watching the movie on my goggles. Is was just like I was there again! Those VR goggles are wild. You turn your head and it's just like you're looking back into the crowd. It was really cool, I could even recognize people. I don't know where the camera was during the concert. but I turned around and there was this girl, and she's just grooving to the sounds. then I turned and there was this guy and he was freaking out. You could see the guys in while coats running towards him.

What the hell is your problem, man? Yes, a cell phone and goggles. I got mine when the government was subsidizing the hell out of them. Some people said it was because the population was ODing on bad news, so they were selling these things for like, nothing. After the Booker amendment passed and herb became legal in '18 nationwide. pfft take a hit and put on the goggles it is like a mini vacation.

Booker, Cory Booker, the black dude from Jersey, the Senator? You don't know him? Ran into the burning house to save that kid? Obama was president. Obama... you never heard of Obama? First Black President, man where have you been!?

Nixon? Jesus...

Don't you guys get internet? Internet... you know... www... dot com. BEE dooo beeeee Didididididididididid arrrrrrrggggg You've got mail! Innernet!

Where the hell am I anyway? Bon Secuors? Where? Port Jervis? You mean like Pennsylvania, New York border?

What? No.  Yeah, I know what day it is, August 19th 2019. The President? Donald J Trump. Last I looked. I'm 72. Divorced twice, widowed once I have 5 kids, 3 step kids. 7 grandchildren. I retired. Computer programming specialist, project director.
Why are you asking me these questions?

Did I ever take LSD? I used to, way back in college. I stopped after Woodstock. I was one of those guys who took the brow..nnnnnnnn... I took the brown acid.

It was no big deal. I remember watching the guys in white coats, and I remember seeing people freaking out and I remember seeing people carrying people and thinking "they'll wake up tomorrow and they won't remember a thing."

So how did I get to Bon Secours? When did I get here? I missed the end of the concert? How long have I been here? A DAY!? A DAY! It's tomorrow? Only just tomorrow?

"Why is this guy here, this is Craig House."

"He's some rich kid. He had some of that Brown acid at Woodstock and thought he'd lived for 50 years since last week. His father told us to bring him here."

"So he had a bad trip, so what?"

"That's the thing, he can't decide if he's sad that none of the stuff in those fifty years happened or if he's happy that now he can warn the world of what's coming."


{Best I can do on short notice. I wonder, what if you woke up tomorrow and found out the last 50 years were because you took the brown @ Woodstock. What would you think?}
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« Reply #3064 on: August 09, 2017, 11:11:09 AM »

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I gotta say, myself apparently, that one worked. It can take a little polish, but for a dash off it worked. I think the, "Bob Newhart, one side of the phone conversation," technique let dialog define the action well.

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