Steve punching a CAT6 keystone
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”Tell me the one about the virus again, then I’ll go to bed.
‘But my boy, you’re growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.
‘Please! That one’s my favourite. I promise just once more.
‘Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well
The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled
‘It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty
Back before we understood why hindsight’s 2020
‘You see the people people came up with companies to trade across all lands.
But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned
‘We’d always had our wants, but now it got so quick.
You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.
‘We noticed families had stopped talking. That’s not to say they never spoke.
But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.
‘And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.
They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.
‘And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn’t see the stars.
So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.
‘We’d drive around all day in circles. We’d forgotten how to run.
We swapped the grass for tarmarc, shrunk the parks till there were none.
‘We filled the sea with pladtic cause our waste was never capped.
Until each day when you went fishing, you’d pull them out already wrapped.
‘And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why,
It’s best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.
‘But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.
The government reacted and told us all to hide away.
‘But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while,
The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.
‘They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.
‘And while the the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.
‘And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe.
And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.
‘Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking.
We’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.
‘And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,
We all preferred the world we found to the one we’d left behind.
‘Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new.
And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.
‘But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?’
Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.
‘Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do.
And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.
‘We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.
‘But that’s the story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.’
👋 Hello dear friends,
I’ve had a month or two or three off, and needed it. Do I feel guilty ? Oh yes. I’ve jumped ship ! Wouldn’t blame you if you disowned me.
Seriously, I don’t feel proud that I’ve basically left you to it… during height of lockdown. No excuses… I just felt the need to have some quiet time.
In my years of being here, I’ve been as open and honest with you, as it’s possible for anyone to be. And some of you who know me well, will be aware I struggle with depression. Well I didn’t have a full blown attack, thank god… but I’ve cried buckets. Almost every day.
Mental health is of utmost importance to me, so I’ve never shied away from talking about it. Yes I’ve had friends who have ran in the opposite direction… but quite a few understand. And I’ve come to learn there are a few of you out there, that suffer yourself.
I’ve lost myself in the garden, these past weeks. Transforming it, so that it’s a haven for my husband and I, to sit and relax… and for family to come and go, in safe distance. Especially our frontline midwife heroine daughter… she lives on her own, in a flat and no outdoor space that’s solely hers.
I’m not in the over 70 or clinically sick category, but due to hubby’s past serious health problem, it’s been necessary for me to ‘shield’, along with him.
We’ve gone against advice and carried on with daily walks. Being out in the fresh air, has been our lifeline. As has the kindness of neighbours and family, with offers of help.
Now we’re told officially, we’re no longer vulnerable….. so we can go out and about :-).
Okay, that’s enough about that. My photo I’m sharing with you, is one of “Shropshire Union Canal”. This place to me, is ‘home’. We live yards away, and walk along side it each day. Passing a swan or two… waving at barges passing by. Swerving to avoid fellow walkers and bike riders. In all weathers… rain or shine. Heatwave or hurricane. Rarely has there been a happy medium !
It was taken Springtime, 2 years ago. And one of my firm favourites, because of the light and warmth. Nature had its best coat on, that day.
I did have my camera with me recently…… but didn’t feel much enthusiasm for clicking.
There are quite a few of you that I’ve not visited, for a while… I hope to put that right, in coming days/ weeks. I’ve done my best to keep an eye on things, and keep track a little on what’s been going on in Flickr land.
We’re not over the worst yet, not by a long chalk. This virus is going to be amongst us for many months (possibly years) to come.
So we’re having to learn a new way of living. A more patient/ simplistic/ and altogether more scaled down one. We almost are taking a step back in time !!! I wasn’t born in World war 2 era, but have revelled in hearing/ learning how they all coped. There are many similarities in today’s comradeship and community spirit, that warms the heart. Everyone pulling together, unselfishly. (Okay, apart from those front of queue in toilet roll fete 😂).
I will be around to visit you… especially those of you who leave a comment… as soon as I can. I’m hoping that you’ve come this far, unscathed and have managed to cope.
My love and very best of wishes, to you all xxxxxxxxx ♥️
🌻 🌷 🌈 ☀️ 🌱
((Update: 7th August, 2020))
My thanks to all who wished me well after a recent fall.
I’m all but recovered, I’m happy to say 🙂 … and the microwave I fell over, is still in working order :-))
I intend to continue to follow medical advice, and keep away from computer screens ~and for a few other reasons difficult to explain, will need a lot more time off.
Bless you all, dear friends, for your kindness, understanding and patience.
P.s. I do enjoy looking at all your beautiful pictures, and it helps me feel connected with you, somewhat, to do occasional faves from phone. Apologies that they’re not accompanied by comments at this time.
(Reciprocation is definitely not required.)
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So I began thinking about my childhood, because I very seldom think about it now, and it’s very rare that I even talk about it. And I have to give it a lot of thought, to remember it though the perception of young eyes, because I guess I was so jaded for so long, I had narrowed my perspective to some type of tunnel vision.
And that’s the whole problem with memory, it has to divide itself up into compartments, just like on the computer. And you have little file icons in there, which you label, and maybe even color code for easy reference. But it doesn’t take long to collect way too much useless information.
But for some reason you think that this stuff is real valuable, because there are some applications in there, so like you back it up often. And every once in a while, you even go in there and reorganize, so you can revisit your data. You make new folders, and put folders in folder in folders, and sort by date.
But you know that sort is optional, because there are many ways to view it, like sort by emotion. And you also know, that is a two or three level, ascending or descending sort, before you can get it even close to what you desire. Cause mostly you just look at the bottom line, and hope it’s not in the red, with those minus figures with the parenthesis around it.
But the more comfortable you get with your machine, the better you get with the shortcuts. And after a while, you realize that you’ve backed that sucker up, just one too many times, and you can trash about three-quarters of what’s in there. And that is a brave thing to do. I mean both put it in the trash, but leave it there just in case. And then finally, because you really need the memory for something else, you empty the trash, and watch the little icon spin around.
And that’s it. It’s gone. And now you have to rely totally on backup, and just hope and pray that nothing ever happens to that. But after it gets a goodly amount of dust on it, like you haven’t touched it in years, you can go ahead and toss that too. Because I’ll clue you in, no use holding on to it, it’s disintegrated, and is totally useless by now.
Which is what it was to begin with. ~ me
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To purchase this print: www.redbubble.com/people/parmi/works/8316578-1-52?c=12154…
Meet my 1940s Ansco Rediflex viewfinder camera. This little guy has been a good mate to me over the last two years, coming on many a shoot, capturing the world and transporting it back in time using the TTV Technique.
This viewfinder will be the main subject and theme of my Project 1/52, a year long assignment created by Johanna Brunet capture one photo per week for 52 weeks. Around 50 photographers have taken on this venture, all choosing a theme and subject and challenging ourselves to create unique images each week with it.
I attempted a similar project just over a year ago, to take 3 photos a day for a year, but that fell apart quickly.. 3 photos a day is way to ambitious for someone who spends a lot of time behind a computer, editing!! One a week.. now that’s a lot more realistic and motivating 🙂
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To some, a computer screen is nothing more than this: a giant blurry incomprehensible blob. It is astonishing how technology can simply pass us right by, and we can stand there, left in its dust.
Tagged: , Abstract , Minimalist , Blur , Colors , Light , Dark , Shadow , Monitor , Computer , Screen , Blue
Another from today’s walk. Believe it or not, most of the Presidio, and a good chunk of all of western San Francisco, used to be made up of grasslands covering fields of sand dunes. The City put streets, houses, and Golden Gate Park on them, while the Army installed massive forests of Eucalyptus and other trees as a show of its power and ability, creating the landscape that still remains in the Presidio today. The Presidio Trust is currently in the process of restoring these native dunes to a small part of the park, seen here, which was formerly home to a Nike missile site.
I typically do very little processing on my photos, limiting myself to lens corrections and some adjustments to contrast, saturation, and white balance, as well as some removal of my pesky sensor dust. I don’t want to get into heavy processing in general, mostly because I enjoy the part where I’m out taking photos so much more than the time sitting in front of a computer. That said, I am trying to experiment a bit more, since it can be important to know from time to time. This shot was my overprocessing experiment for the day. I liked the shadow across the dunes, but there was just no way to get the exposure right without blowing out the sky. I opted for a bracketed exposure setting the main exposure for the dunes, and going down 2 and 4 stops for the other shots to get good detail in the sky. I used an HDR merge to combine the exposures as both a black and white set and a color set, adjusted the saturation to where I wanted it, and then overlaid the color version on top of the b&w. Finally, I made the color layer slightly transparent to get a bit of the gray to come through and give it a slightly washed out look, and merged the layers for the final image.
I certainly wouldn’t want to go through all that effort on a regular basis, especially with my terribly slow computer right now, but I had some fun with it for this shot.
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Day 53 and Albert battles technology again.
With another forecast of snow on the way, Albert didn’t want o leave the house, so he could enjoy it in all its glory. However as Albert has been away the last few days, he has not seen Sally, and thought he better make an effort to see her.
So he dusted off an old webcam, and set to work installing it on the computer. As we all know from previous adventures, Albert plus computers equals disaster waiting to happen. While installing the software, Albert managed to corrupt his computer and had to take it to PC world to get it fixed.
They were very friendly there, and even set his webcam up for him for a small price. But this was of no concern to Albert, as he could of spent the next week trying to set it up. Once he got it home, he went straight online to Sally to have a video conversation which lasted the rest of the evening. Through all the stress and distractions, Albert had missed the snow, which had melted within a few hours of landing.
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