Rendering of a dog

So, the Note 8 — like previous Notes before it — comes with a stylus. I like to doodle, so that’s a big plus for me.

I have a couple of drawing apps that I purchased years ago and I found a couple of more powerful apps that should let me get into drawing stuff. 

I like the idea of having a variety of tools and colors available without actually having the tools and colors physically available. It’a lot less messy that way. 

I watched a couple of videos of artists using the Note 8 to draw famous people. One video was labeled “speed drawing” and it was about twelve minutes long. The guy drew the dragon queen (the queen who has dragons) from Game of Thrones. I don’t remember the actress’s name and I’m too lazy to look it up. 

Anyway, at the end, he holds up the drawing and says “In a little over three hours, I was able to draw this.”

Three hours!? I want to sketch stuff faster than it takes me to do a blog post or write a short story!

But, I get it. Like everything else, it takes learning and practice. Last year we bought a drawing class (it was on sale) that we wanted to take online. I think I might do that soon just so I can start practicing. 

Neat dog, no?

What?

No, I didn’t draw that. Whatever gave you that idea? 

Nope. That the mark that a ripe Papaya left at the bottom of a bowl we were using to hold the fruits as they ripened. Here, see?

Anyway, I figure that if a Papaya can do that kind of work by just lying around and rotting, why, I should be able to do amazing stuff! I mean, I’m not rotting yet, but I’m getting there. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Anchorage to Whittier – Alaska Cruise 2017

It’s been a while since I got back from the September Alaska cruise — 4,441,924 seconds, give or take the few it takes WordPress to put this up once I hit “publish” — and it’s time I continue with the documentation of the experience. The cruise leg of our trip began with our travel from the Anchorage Airport to the town of Whittier. I covered a bit of that in THIS post, but that was using the photos from the phone (the now-deceased Samsung Note II). This post has a mix of a few phone photos and photos from the P900 and the Nikon D7000.  

There is a gallery at the end of the post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. You can click on these photos to see a larger version but less than full-size. 

We begin with the dogs at the airport. I had a fuzzy photo in previous posts, but here are a couple taken with the D7000.

Beautiful dogs but — according to the owner — prone to biting. I did not test the claim. 

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It’s a French Toast Sunday

I should be busy writing. It is, after all, NaNoWriMo month . . . wait, that’s redundant. 

Regardless, the point is that if I aim to do partake in the challenge, I should be writing. And yet, I’ve got exactly zero words of fiction written so far this month. I’m not worried, of course . . . if I get going, I’ll easily make up for the late start. But, stuff be going on and I’m otherwise occupied. Nothing anyone should worry about, just things that preoccupy me. 

Thing like, for instance, making French Toast. Them there be five slices of sweetbread from the Punaluʻu bakery.

I don’t follow a specific recipe; for the five slices, I take three whole eggs — I’ve tried taking six half eggs, but it gets messy really fast — and I wisk them until the yolk and the albumen are thoroughly emulsified. I then add Half & Half and some milk. I eye-ball it as opposed to measuring amounts. I judge the color and consistency based on how I feel at the moment.  I probably should have taken a photo of the batter . . . maybe next time.  Continue reading

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Twelve-hundred . . . and 1,766

I hadn’t done it in a while . . . I hadn’t looked at my stats for a while. It turns out I just ticked over on 1,200 subscribers. Just twenty-one more and I’ll claim a palindromic following.  

To be honest, my daily visitors are about what they’ve been for the last few years; between ten and twenty. I suppose if I were a more focused blogger I might be able to build a real following. What? Yeah, the 1,200 are not exactly real. Many subscribed and stopped visiting moons ago. Many don’t even have blogs anymore. Also, I get a lot of people subscribing because they have a business. They will like four or five random posts within the span of a minute and then subscribe.

It makes it look like they are interested and then — I presume they hope I will check out their blogs/storefronts. What they don’t know is that if you randomly pick one of my 1,766 posts, you’re likely to land on something that takes a bit of effort (time) to read. 

Something like THIS or THIS

Those are at least somewhat interesting because of the photos. I mean, there are photos in THIS post, but also a lot of talk about photography. 

By far, three types of posts are popular with the few readers I have . . . posts about birdsanimals, and flowers

Oh, OK, my travel stuff does very well, too. What is generally ignored is my fiction followed in quick succession by my opinion pieces. I won’t even bother linking any here. 

Why this post? Well, there are some new readers, and I’m too distracted right now to do a proper post, so I thought I would throw some links together and sprinkle them with some words aimed at establishing some kind of rapport, and voilà, instant post. 

All I need is a photo or two to anchor it . . . Something that’s I may not have shown before . . . 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
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Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, sympathy, or complaining about my life, or asking for help and advice, know you’re  likely missing my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor.

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Yup, still on the Note 8 . . .

. . . but I begin with a photo from my now defunct Samsung Note II.

This is not staged and it’s from last April. That’s how long I’ve been sitting on this. I’m sure the Universe wanted to give me a message (you get screwed if you buy coffee at Starbuck’s) but I already knew that, so this was just an interesting arrangement. 

That photo is edited in Snapseed (which keeps getting better and better) and the next two were further processed in Pixlr.

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The Halloween 2017 Post

Occasionally, I do stuff for Halloween. I might do a picture, or write a story, or both. Once again, this year it’s both. But, like last year, I’m not doing a photo. Rather, again I used a free action from PanosFX.  Everything in that picture was positioned and scaled by me. He does good work, he does.

Click on it for a larger version. 

Also, I realize that I’m running late. In parts of the country, Halloween is already over. Mea culpa as I had other things to do and didn’t start writing until four o’clock my time. That means three hours for doing the above picture, eating dinner, and writing the story below.

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Stuff and things and stuff

My last post was all about videos . . . as much as I want to get into the motion pictures business (lots of money in motion pictures), practicality and lack of any videography know-how will likely have me stick to still-photos, at least until I’m discovered by Hollywood. Yes, that’s gonna be a long time, I tell you what! 

This post will meander a bit in both topics and offerings. For instance, here’s a photo from last week . . . 

All of the photos in this post are from the same two days as when I shot the videos in the previous post. 

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