Melodic Randomiser goes virtual.

I had to sell my vinyl collection some time ago, I’ve finally surrendered to the inevitable and disposed of thirty years worth of cassettes and I have already showcased a fair number of my CD collection in the original Melodic Randomiser posts, so it’s time for another medium to take over.

As I have thousands of songs stored on the memory cards and internal drives of several mobile devices, it seemed the obvious next step to start making some blind playlists from these and see what I came up with.

So I hereby inaugurate the first in an occasional series of posts; Melodic Randomiser mp3, in which I shall scroll through the songs on my music player with my eyes closed, jab my finger on the screen to pick the first song and use that as a starting point, from where I shall shuffle twice more to pick the others.

This is what applying that technique gave me today, I hope you find something to tickle your musical tastebuds.

First up, James Yuill, a modern folk troubadour with a chilled electronica twist. Here is The Rush, from his These Spirits album…

…which we follow with some classic David Bowie and Time, from the era-defining Aladdin Sane

…and to complete this initial installment, we have one of the greatest English pop acts of recent(ish) times; The Smiths and the original single version of William It Was Really Nothing, taken from 1984’s utterly faultless Hatful Of Hollow album.

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good morning, welcome to a new week and a new edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. I hope your weekend weather wasn’t all that helpful to you for Friday’s prompt, since the theme I set you was; Rainy days, but chances are, if you’re in the UK anyway, you will have got plenty of inspiration precipitation.

As it was, I set the prompt when it was raining and then, typically, the sun came out. But I didn’t have long to wait until the next shower, downpour or clap of thunder came along, because it has been a pretty wet and windy couple of days.

So I had no problem capturing some before, during and after images of the rain to illustrate today’s post; starting with two shots taken on Exmoor as I drove back from Bristol airport, just after sunrise yesterday, where I was dropping off a friend from America who was visiting for Audrey’s birthday.

The first shows the sun shining through the clouds, looking back the way I’d come, the second is of the weather system building up over the river estuary in the distance, where I was heading home.

By the time I got back home, the black clouds were already heavy and it wasn’t long before they unburdened themselves over us…

…but, in between the deluges, I caught the reflection of a tree and a rare glimpse of some blue sky in a sedum leaf.

Due to some miscommunication between K’lee and myself, we appear to have both posted prompts without the other knowing about it, so why not pop over to K’lee’s place to see what he made of his prompt; Living in the Light.

I assure you that normal service will be resumed next week.

But now you can shower us with your offerings.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Mission accomplished.

I’m going to cheat slightly for this week’s SoCS post, putting The Accumulator on hold (again, I know) to use Linda G Hill’s prompt to check that my new home is visible to y’all one last time, now that I’m properly ensconced on Return of the Internet Nobody. (I’d like to know, for instance, if your e-mail notification for this post brought you straight here, or if you were redirected by the sticky post on my old blog)

The instruction Linda gave us was;

” “pant.” Use the word “pant” as is, or find a word with “pant” in it and base your post on it. “

Ooookaay, let’s see…

Mission accomplished.

I’ve been a willing participant in SoCS for quite a while and now I’m the new occupant of this lovely new blog, I am panting with excitement at the thought of showing you all round.

It might seem a minor thing, set against the vast pantheon of blogging greats, (and no, I’m not being flippant) and I don’t want to make a big pantomime out of it, (it’s not like it took a fleet of pantechnicons for me to make the move) nor do I want you to think my ego is running rampant, but I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out.

I’m a bit like a baker who, having baked a beautiful cake, goes to admire it occasionally in their pantry, just to remind themselves how good it actually is, maybe adding a few more sprinkles here and there; I’ve been tinkering and tweaking and adding bits and bobs, trying to cram in as much as I can to make it look interesting.

So I hope that (a) you are reading this in the first place, and (b) you like the new surroundings in which you are reading it.

Oh bugger, I forgot all about the prompt…well, there’s no need to be a pantywaist about it, I’m big enough to admit when I’m beaten.

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#SoCS

Pingback to Linda G Hill.

The Night Garden.

Having spent a few weeks getting our new garden looking nice, I finally got round to putting the candle holders out last night and decided to try some long exposure shots when it got dark.

A few carefully placed solar lights added some extra illumination and, with a little digital fiddling the results really are rather lovely.

Right, where was I?

So here we are on a brand new blog, which I’ve decided to call Return of the Internet Nobody, because it didn’t appear to be broken, so I didn’t fix it. Well, I did give myself a definite article, by way of a promotion.

The Internet Nobody sounds a bit more important than just being any old nobody and I have been at this blogging lark for over five years now, so I figured I deserved some recognition, even if it was only from myself.

I’m still in the process of tinkering with the overall layout of this blog, so you’ll notice new pages and widgets being added over the next few weeks, because it’s always fun to play with new toys. In fact, the whole point of this post is so I can see what it looks like when I add new content over the top of my bespoke, hand drawn, Twin Peaks-inspired homepage background.

The question of swapping domain names still remains, which I think I shall do when I switch over to this site completely and that blog will revert to its WordPress.com status.

Diary of an Internet Nobody will stay active, albeit at its old address, meaning all the lovely blog posts, photos, short stories, music and video contained therein will still be available for anyone who wants to browse the 900 posts which I published in the last five years or so. I will of course add a permanent link for that blog to this one, when the Big Switchover occurs in the not too distant future.

And I shall be carrying on pretty much as usual here, so you can expect the same regular features, the same rambling posts and improvised experiments in creative writing, photography, video, animation and whatever else I can persuade my phone to let me do.

Oh yes, you can also still expect me to be doing it all in my smartphone.

I have even remembered to optimise the media upload thingies, which is one of those technical terms you learn when you’re a veteran blogger like me. Hopefully I shouldn’t find myself running out of space quite so soon this time round.

Whether I am going to manage to lure all of my 856 followers over here remains to be seen (I’m guessing not) but I hope that, despite my abysmal record at keeping up with other blogs lately, some of you will join me on the next stage of my adventure in cyberspace.

I’m off work until Tuesday now, so I will have plenty of time to fine tune and fiddle with my new playground, meaning you can expect the changeover to come sooner rather than later. I will keep everyone updated over on Diary of an Internet Nobody, so stay tuned.

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