Project 313 – Post No. 041

As much as I like getting a number of these in the can well before they’re due, I don’t really want to get too far ahead of myself. This is, as I write it, a post for five days from now. That’s about as far ahead as I want to be. It gives me a little breathing room in case circumstances keep me from writing a post every day. 

Let’s see . . . what should I talk about today that is time-independent? I mean, I could talk about the royal wedding but that is likely — by now — forgotten. Plus, you know, I don’t actually know anything about it. I presume they got married, but that’s about it. I’m sure whatever happened, various news organizations (and people) found something to complain about, other stuff they were happy with, and stuff that aroused some level of indignation they then tried to impart onto their audience. An all-too-willing audience, I’m afraid. 

I suppose I could talk about one of my hobbies . . . photography, for instance. I could ponder the way my photographic presentation and the way I process photos has progressed through the years. For instance, I used to offer up photos that were darker, with more contrast, and with saturation cranked up a bit. HERE‘s an example of such a gallery. 

That’s a gallery from before I had this blog; that’s why the photos are annotated. I used to send out an email and a link to a gallery in lieu of writing blog-posts. 

Note, also, that I made frequent use of vignettes. In fact, I remember a steady progression to where only the center of the photos was well-lit. That phase was when I was shooting with the D200.  

At some point, I realized that I’d gone too far and started my way back to avoiding vignettes. I switched to using a border, instead. I still like borders on photos, although they are now (hopefully) less intrusive than they were a number of years ago.

There are many times when I look at old photos I had processed and I get the urge to reprocess them using the latest tools and what I learned about presenting photos.

. . . although, some say I haven’t learned anything.

And now, the photo:

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The above photo is from a 2005 trip I took out East (from Colorado). That scene is in the Smokey Mountains National Park. That particular offering has gone through a number of filters, plugins, and manipulations to get a “look” that I wanted. I like it, but it might not be as tasty a morsel for all. 

The following cartoon encapsulates, for me, the whole of the “alternative medicine” field. Do you know why they call it “alternative” medicine? Say it with me . . . because if it worked, it would be medicine. 

I’m very hard on many alternative medicine offerings. So many basically rely on magic that I’m surprised people fall for them. Then again, sometimes desperate people are just that . . . desperate. I don’t blame them, but I do blame the scam artists who callously take advantage of people in pain or in dire straits.

However, sometimes, I think people deserve what they get. If you want to blow $19.95 on a wand lined with blue LEDs that you shine on your head to stimulate hair growth . . . well, gorram, you go for it!

Medicine and the practice of it have always been a fertile field for quacks. Unfortunately, the InterWeb and Cable have acted like fertilizers and we’ve seen an explosion of dubious and sometimes outright laughable medical products that nonetheless enjoy loyal followings.

You can thank Hollywood celebrities for a lot of nonsense that’s out there when it comes to nutrition and general health. Before I give you today’s doodle,  HERE are the top non-sense celebrity promoters. 

Sometimes, the doodle names just come to me . . . I give you Curves And A Few Straight Lines. 

Curves And A Few Straight Lines

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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