Of Statues and Stuff (mostly statues)

There seems to be a lot of stuff about statues and whether they should be taken down or left up. So much so that it encroaches into my blog browsing, what with everyone having an opinion.

One of the blogs I read had a short editorial stating that Jefferson’s and Washington’s statues should be taken down along with the statues of everyone who was in some way associated with slavery. He was very forceful about it. 

I replied with a short comment:

“Obviously, there’s nothing to discuss here, so I look forward to watching the dynamiting of Mount Rushmore.”

Yes, I’m capable of short comments when I want to. It’s just that I often don’t want to. Anyway, he replied with more absolutism. I couldn’t very well let matters stand (I’m stupid that way). 

The following is the reply I left on the spur of the moment; I thought it might make for a decent Sunday post. So here goes (with minor corrections and a few extra words). 

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About fonts and stuff (mostly fonts)

So, I’ve had a comment regarding the poor choice of font for my posts. I don’t know if the guy was serious or not; he’s old, he’s a foreigner, and he lives at the bottom of the world. FSM knows what they do down there. I hear they have a thing for Barbie. Weird. 

Besides, he himself at one time had a yellow font on a brown background. He’s still playing around with themes and fonts, so who knows what he’ll come up with next.

Me? This is the original theme I picked and like a great pair of underwear, it’s only gotten more comfortable with age.

But, perhaps he has a point about the font. Font choice is often dictated by the type of reading that’s expected and the material that is presented. Words, lots of words, expressing ideas and concept generally require a font that’s easy on the eyes. It aids in word recognition and people won’t get tired reading it. Font color also matters. For instance, this is likely difficult to read regardless of the font. 

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Deep Dream Generator — The San Leon Sunrise Files

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I mentioned in the last post, when I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about the San Leon Sunrise Style photos.

The photos are from our 2011 visit to San Leon, Texas, and these shots are of the sun through an early morning fog. You can read that post HERE.

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Deep Dream Generator — The Sewing Machine Files

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about one of my Style “go-to” photos:

Honest, when I first looked at this as a possible Style candidate, it was from an impulse to “be weird” and I had no expectations regarding the results.  As it turned out, I applied it to one of the more difficult images I’ve been playing with and liked what I got. 

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roughseasinthemed

There are days when life blindsides you. This is one of those days. 

When I checked my email this morning, I had a notice for a new entry on a blog I read. It was THIS.

Katherine Jackson’s pen name was Leonora Smythe and she was a strong, opinionated, direct, smart, and generous person. We first crossed paths when she commented on a few of my fiction pieces. I often commented on her blogs (see below) and she in mine, and we sparred — as I do with many — both in jest and in discussions about serious topics.

We didn’t always agree, and that’s more than OK. She offered perspectives I did not have and broadened my understanding of the world, or at least the parts of it I had no direct exposure to. She was one of a few handful of people whose opinions I trust and respect.

She was helpful and supportive when it came to writing and I would have trusted her to edit my stuff if and when it came to it.

I don’t know the details of her passing and it wouldn’t change anything if I did. Besides, I don’t know her family and I have no desire to intrude in their grief.

Yet, I felt the need to acknowledge that she was here, that she mattered. The only way I have is through this blog

I don’t claim or express more than the acknowledgment that she was someone worth knowing and worth remembering and I don’t want to imply a closeness more than that of two people who exchanged ideas and crossed paths in one area of mutual interest.

Like before, I’m closing the comments on this post, but that didn’t stop people the last time I announced someone’s death. I’m not sure how else to dissuade people from offering condolences and sympathetic comments that will accomplish little more than making me uncomfortable. 

This post is in the memory of roughseasinthemed . . . she was a prolific and eclectic blogger. If interested, read a little about this lady, and that is enough.

https://roughseasinthemed.wordpress.com/editing-writing/

https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/the-editors-column/

https://cloudsmovingin.wordpress.com/

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Reading is fundamental

I read. Often. I also write. I also have a vague notion of eventually calling myself a published author.

Mind you, there are a lot of obstacles in my way. One of them is literacy — as in lack thereof. Unsurprisingly, there’s a relationship between the number of people who are literate and the number of people who read books.

I came across a sad video.

That’s a seven-minute video. I went and looked for the original. Here it is:

Here’s the thing with the second video. I doubt many people will watch it. It’s 17 minutes. It’s funny, it’s informative, it’s depressing, but none of that matters . . . it’s 17 minutes long. Way, way, way longer than most people’s attention span.

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It’s Getting Real

Note: this post is approximately 1,250 words with a 9th Grade readability index. Click HERE for complete statistics.

It may not seem like it, but I’ve mostly abstained from posting opinion pieces . . .

Because they are emotionally draining.

Because issues are more complicated than what you read or hear or see, and discussing them get’s messy.

Because I don’t even for a moment think my input will sway anyone’s opinion.

Because the majority of readers are uninterested in my opinion. Especially, opinions they might find challenging.

In real life, I don’t converse with anyone about any of the stuff that’s happening. Some friend might occasionally ask for my opinion, but the amount of time we spend on it is minuscule. Instead, what I like doing — what I enjoy — is reflecting on stuff. I’ve not named this practice, but if it were to demand a name, I’d call it having private thinking parties.

When I write a piece, it’s mostly to put my own thoughts in order.

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