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March of the Internet Nobody…

Because, ummm, well, just because, I’ve decided to post something every day in March.

Yeah, I know, it’s obtuse, everyone else does Just Jot it January or The A-Z Challenge and I choose, at nine o’clock at night on the first of March, to inflict a month’s worth of posts on myself (and you) for no good reason whatsoever. 

Or any plan, either, as per usual.

So there’s no telling what you’ll get, knowing me you’ll end up getting some random weird photo each day, but I’ll try to keep it more varied than that.

Although not today, today is audio visual day, partly made up of weird photos, most of which you may recall seeing recently in my Twin Peaks related post and now complied, to music, in a fancy video.

Followed by the rather more frenetic, yet somehow hypnotic creation that is the video I made for the last tune that came out when I noodled with Oscilab, my loop making/oscillator app.
I made the video using the “visualization” mode on my Poweramp music player, installed on my old tablet. Placing my phone on a sheet of glass above the tablet, which sat at the bottom of a black box, I filmed the wave patterns that resulted from playing Thudd through it. I treated the raw footage with a couple of filters, re-synched the edited video with the original tune and, voilà, my eye-scrambling masterpiece is complete.

First off, then, is; Wool, Knit With Me by The Woolhouse Boys.
The music is Diane Dreams (The nightingale remix) and is performed by The Deathless.

And now, brace yourselves, it’s time for Thudd, by me.

See you tomorrow, for, eerrr, something else.

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

It’s time for another Monday edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week prompted by my insistence that you use The Elements as your starting point.

Now, as with most of my blogging activities, I very rarely plan anything, so when I casually mentioned the periodic table in Friday’s prompt it was just a throwaway suggestion. However, while I was trying to think of something to do for today’s post, I had a flash of inspiration and below you will find an excerpt from my very own version of that invaluable chemical reference chart.

Ok, nerds, over to you…

How did you do, get them all?
K’lee was slightly late on parade, but his post is now HERE

Now it’s your turn to get elemental.

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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

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Arts, Photography, Tenuous Lynx

 

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Words, music and the return of the Tenuous Lynx: The Liebster award (again!)…

It’s awards season again, with all the hype, scandal and controversy which that entails.
With outrage at the Oscars, grumbling at the Grammy’s and boycotts at the Brits, it’s good to know that there’s one place where prize-giving is still a polite and pleasurable pastime; The Blogosphere.

I’ve been extremely honoured recently, (and throughout my blogging adventure) in that I have received several award nominations on Diary of an Internet Nobody from a wide variety of other bloggers, who have very possibly taken a wrong turn and found themselves diverted to this little backwater, on an obscure side road off the information superhighway.

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The Liebster Award was, in fact, the very first one I was nominated for, way back in September 2012, so it’s nice to know that it’s still being passed around the blogging community.

As always, there are a whole set of rules that come with these awards, although they seem to vary considerably, depending on which version you receive.
However, since I never follow the rules anyway it won’t be problem deciding which ones are most relevant to me, (which is fortunate, as I probably wouldn’t qualify under at least two of the variations) but that doesn’t mean I’m any less grateful to be nominated.

This incarnation of the award comes via Brittany at blg2011motherof2, so thank you Brittany, I’m delighted to accept it.

I have decided to bestow my nominations on the last eleven bloggers to follow me, as the number eleven appears to be a feature of award this time around and it seems to be a nice way of showing my gratitude and appreciation to my new readers.
(That’s about the only similarity though, so if you are nominated and want to follow the original rules, go HERE to check them out.)

image I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can tell a lot about people from their taste in music, so instead of telling you a lot of useless facts about myself that you’ll instantly forget, I shall once again be employing the Tenuous Lynx principle, to connect my nominees to songs, bands or albums that I’m fond of, in the hope that you’ll discover something new and interesting to enjoy whilst perusing the blogs I’ve chosen.

Ready?

1) Sass and sauce – for cookery, cats and more.
Connected to: G. Love and Special Sauce and “Baby’s got sauce”…

2) Amy Parker – from thoughtful articles to short stories.
Connected to: Amy Winehouse “Live at the BBC”…

3) This thing called life, one word at a time – life, poetry and fiction.
Connected to: Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound with, of course, “This thing called life”…

4) My daily musing – ships, smiles and spirituality.
Connected to: Muse and my favourite track by them, “Plug in baby”…

5) Sableyes – dogs, motorcycles, tech and fiction.
Connected to: “Eyes wide open” by Aussie YouTube sensation Gotye

6) Shirley Blamey – personal journal with plenty of heart and humour.
Connected to: Garbage‘s Shirley Manson used to be a backing singer in Scottish rockers Goodbye Mr Mackenzie from whom we get “The Rattler”

7) Pass the bubble wrap – frank, moving and a little mad, a new blog from Australia.
Connected to: “The Bubblemen are coming” by The Bubblemen (aka Love and rockets)

8) Melting ice towers – impressive creative writing blog from two students in Nairobi.
Connected to: unhinged Japanese punk-pop loons, Melt Banana and their “Fetch” album…

9) A covert narcissist’s wife – emotional and raw, a cathartic blog written with a brutal honesty.
Connected to: “Malignant narcissism” by awesome Canadian prog trio, Rush

10) Café book bean – couldn’t be clearer; enjoy a book and a coffee? Come on in.
Connected to: classical/folk oddballs, Penguin Café Orchestra and the strangely beautiful “Music for a found harmonium”…

11) Greenland diaries – intriguing and atmospheric post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction blog from a self-published American author.
Connected to: what else? “Greenland” by Oregon electronica musician/producer, Emancipator

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So there you have it; 11 new blogs for you to check out, 11 musical nuggets to entertain you, giving you 11 new insights into my psyche (possibly), I hope you find something to make your day more interesting.

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{Toons by Ho}

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award…

imageI’m very pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Annette’s place.

After accepting two others fairly recently, I’m very flattered that so many other bloggers think I am worthy of recognition and, despite the generic nature of these awards, I think it’s only polite that I should mark the occasion in some way.
As those of you who have followed this nonsense for any length of time will know, I generally like to add my own twist to the standard nomination format, so despite the fact that there are rules for this award, I’ve decided to go in different direction.

[I’m also fully aware that some blogs are “award free” and do not accept such things, which is why I shall leave it up to the individual bloggers to participate in the nomination or not, depending on their preference. After all, the aim of these awards is to make people aware of new talent that they would otherwise have missed, so consider this a list of recommendations; if the recipients of the nominations choose to pay them forward, so much the better.]

To assist me in this, I have once more engaged the services of the Diary of an Internet Nobody‘s official awards mascot…

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…to add some all-important, randomly retro musical accompaniment to the process, which will be determined by the letters of the word, VERSATILE.

So, let us begin with;

V is for Video: photography, documentaries, music and video come together in a multimedia celebration of all things African, over at Juju films...

…making the first of our tunes fairly self-explanatory.

E is for Exposure: the chance for experience and exposure in an online magazine is what’s being offered to new writers by KG Bethlehem

…and Bethlehem is in the holy land, which takes us here.

R is for Restaurants: this is a popular topic that Suzie speaks about on her blog…

…and her namesake is the subject of this, the extended live version of an American rock classic.

S is for Sometimes Sexy, Sometimes Surreal: you never know what you’re going to get from the cutting edge arts, video and photography showcased on d|gI+Al hEGeM0n (digital hegemon)

…but I think they would approve of this post-punk anthem.

A is for Art: you’ll find countless examples of vibrantly coloured graphic design on Dully Pepper24H

…leading us to these equally vibrant and colourful gentlemen.

T is for Thoughtful: the sort of socially and politically themed article you will find on the blog curated by The militant negro

…and there aren’t too many tunes that link to a title like that, which means I get to play you a demo.

I is for Images: like the stunning photography you will discover if you visit Doru’s blog, Vultureşti

…which, in translation, probably bears no resemblance to this modern rock supergroup, but that’s never stopped the Tenuous Lynx before.

L is for Literacy and Little people: the twin specialties of Linda at A writer’s playground, where you will find games, activities and songs “for kids and those young at heart”…

…giving me a great excuse to play this.

E is for Eye: let Mark and Marco be your tour guides, with their beautifully captured travel and street photography, complied on their Barcelona-based blog, Transient eye

…allowing me to finish with an epic live performance by one of my favourite bands.

Thanks again to Annette for the award.
When you’ve checked out the links here, please head on over to her blog and see who else she nominated.

 
 

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Just Jot It January: Day twenty two – The Sunshine Award…

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For today’s JJIJ post, I’m grateful to receive John Howell‘s nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I was also nominated for a couple of years ago, when THIS happened.*

This time, I’m going to break with my contrary tradition of not answering the questions attached to the nomination, simply because I don’t have the time to come up with another Tenuous Lynx post.
So think yourselves lucky.

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John’s questions (and my answers) are as follows;

1. Have you ever fallen in love with a character (Yours or someone else’s)?
Not that I can think of, not in a book anyway. If we’re talking movies, then any part played by Audrey Hepburn.

2. What is the hardest part of a story or an article for you to write?
Hahaha, well, given my recent diversion into open-ended storylines, (The Wrong Stuff, Starship Gypsies and the unfinished sci-fi masterpiece story, Deus Ex Machina) I think I’d have to say endings. Although many of my plots seem to arrive in my head basically complete, my problem is getting lost in writing it and finding out that I’ve gone from A – B via D, K and Y and have to think of a way of getting back to where I left off.

3. Do you ever get into a “writer’s block” situation and if so how do you get out?
Ummm, not as such, because I just talk rubbish most of the time anyway and I don’t have a strict posting schedule. But if you’re talking about fiction specifically, I tend to make stuff up as I go along and it just seems to come to me, once I’ve got the starting and end points of the story.

4. If not how do you avoid it?
By not writing if I don’t feel like it, I suppose. There’s no point in staring at a blank screen when I could be doing something else. But I love doing it so much that it rarely happens.

5. What is the best part of being a writer or blogger?
I’m beginning to think the answer to that may well be “the community”, because I really enjoy the network of other writers and bloggers who I’ve met in the last three years or so. Social media is ok for entertainment, but unless I count the many arguments I’ve had about US gun control, it isn’t exactly a debating platform for an intelligent exchange of views and ideas.
Which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook, but the blogging community is a unique and extraordinary thing. I’d never suspected there was so much talent and imagination out there to be discovered.

6. How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
Just the fact that I have the opportunity to do so is enough for me. I’m properly hooked.

7. Do you need noise or quiet when you write?
I very rarely get to have total peace and quiet, with three of us in a small flat, but I can cope with a little background noise. If there’s a lot of talking going on in the room I’m trying to write in, (Audrey does have a habit of giving a running commentary on everything she does, which is a little like having someone recite a list of random numbers in your ear whilst you try and solve algebra problems) I will sometimes put headphones on. I like having music on when I’m writing, but then I like having music playing when I’m doing pretty much anything.

8. What is the way you celebrate when you write something that makes you proud?
That’s very decent of you sir, I’ll have a nicely chilled pint of dry cider if you’d be so kind. (Note to Americans: “Cider” is not “Apple juice”, it’s what I believe you refer to as “rough cider” or something)

So now you know.

The important part of these awards is obviously paying the compliment forward, so I’m going to pick five blogs that have made an impression on me recently and whose work I think is worth your time checking out.

They are…

The yellow paper road.

Her headache.

Fiddledeedee books.

Books music and movies.

Promptly written.

…go over and say hi, tell them dalecooper57 sent you.

And because I can’t resist mixing things up a little, instead of posing questions for you to answer, (although you are of course free to answer the same ones I did, I’d be interested to hear what you have to say) I’d like you to post a favourite photo that you took which represents “sunshine”, to follow the theme of the award.

Thanks again to the inestimable Mr John Howell for the nomination, this has been Just Jot It January for day 22, see you tomorrow.

#JusJoJan

Pingback to Linda G Hill.

* That link really is worth checking out, for a wealth of music, video and other random entertainment.

 

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The twelve toons of Christmas: Day one…

As my one concession to the yuletide festivities on the blog this year, I’m forgoing the usual massively contrived link-a-thons, awards and Tenuous Lynx posts of the past in favour of some lovely seasonal art from blog-toonist in residence, my old friend, Ho.
These posts will lead right up to Christmas day, when an omnibus edition of toons will make up this year’s Diary of an Internet Nobody Christmas card.
Thank you again to the ever-reliable Ho, for delivering the goods at such short notice.

Here’s today’s offering.

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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Arts, Ho., Humour, Tenuous Lynx

 

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What goes around, comes around…

It’s great to be excited about blogging again and, as I’m sure you’ve noticed from the increased frequency and variety of recent posts, I’m getting drawn into more and more new activities all the time.

My sudden conversion to writing fiction has really inspired me to finish Deus Ex Machina, the sci-fi story that had been patiently hanging around in my head, waiting for me to continue Kreel’s mysterious adventure, Linda G Hill has provided much additional inspiration with her One Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday slots, both of which I’m now totally hooked on, the new photography blog, Photo Sans Frontiers is up and running (along with its companion Facebook page) and now I find myself with the hugely enjoyable prospect of another, future collaborative project.
And it’s all due to a spot of synchronicity worthy of the Tenuous Lynx his/her/itself.

Back in 2011, as a forty-something internet novice, (as opposed to a nearly-fifty Internet Nobody) I was just beginning to get to grips with something that everyone else seemed to have had a head start on, namely Facebook, and the idea that I could have my own little corner of the Great Big Double-u Double-u Double-u, to do with as I wanted, whether other people wanted me to or not.
I was also drawn to the idea that anyone could create a space that had a definite image of its own, some sort of identifying feel to it that made it stand out from the information overload of the internet.

Which, I quickly began to realise, was what blogs were for.

As I initially searched my newsfeed for any interesting and original content, hidden amongst the pictures of cats, recycled memes, “inspirational” quotes, pictures of cats, game requests, charity fads and more pictures of fucking cats, one of the more promising pages was called simply, Todd and Dustin’s Blog and it contained the slightly superior, sometimes snarky ramblings of a couple of likeable Americans called, rather unimaginatively I thought, Todd and Dustin.
It featured comical, sometimes nonsensical posts, occasional nihilistic ranting, creative writing competitions, video blogs and a satirical edge that I liked right away.

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Todd and Dustin – More fun than they look, honest.

The page is currently dormant and nothing new has appeared since January 2013, when the final message to their Facebook fans was as follows:

“GREED. CORRUPTION. RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM. TEA PARTY LUNATICS. HORRIBLE PARENTING. PEOPLE EATING EACH OTHER’S FACES. A DYING PLANET. WESTBORO BAPTISTS. WAYNE LAPIERRE. DRONE STRIKES. HONEY BOO BOO. JOHN BOEHNER. LOBBYISTS. THE TOP 1%.

THE WORLD IS A TOILET. WE TRIED TO SAVE YOU…”

So, not happy then.
And that was the last I heard of them, which was a shame because they were probably one of the sparks that lit my blogging fuse, so to speak.

If you are on Facebook, you can view their page HERE, but for those of you who haven’t been swallowed by the internet’s answer to crack cocaine, here’s their page’s utterly brilliant author blurb:

“Todd Michaels began his writing career in 1849 under the tutelage of a German Sheppard named Bradley. Since then, he has been producing work with such a non-stop fervor that dead people rot and living people die, merely at the mention of his name. Winner of several non-existent awards, Todd prides himself on his ability to make readers itch in places that they don’t even have while screaming out words that only pets can understand.

Dustin Tyler came out of the womb with a pen in one hand and a completely written short-story in the other. The story was said to be the most “important” item produced by mankind since Eve took a bite out of that giant round red item decades earlier. Unfortunately the story came in contact with what Dustin would later describe as “filthy” hands and had to be destroyed. Since then, Dustin has continued popping out of wombs with complete stories, though none are known to be as good as the original.”

Fast forward to last week and I get a Facebook friend request from some American bloke I’ve never heard of, whose name is a really obvious anagram of a film star I really don’t like, so I messaged him and asked why he chose to solicit my friendship.

As you do.

He told me he had been searching for like-minded people to invite to his page.

This may not seem noteworthy, except for the fact that, in the timezone lag between messages, I’d checked his “About” page.

As you do.

Under “Other names/nicknames” it said Todd and Dustin.

That’s…
I mean, that can’t…
Bloody hell, that’s a coincidence…

Etc…

Needless to say, I was delighted to finally make the acquaintance of someone who played one small part in my decision to take up blogging and, once he’d told me that he and Todd (he’s the Dustin half of the partnership) were on the verge of rebooting their own blog, it didn’t take me very long to suggest working on something together in the not too distant future.

As for what else he and Todd are up to, I was told only that they spend a lot of time playing video games, one of them is married to the other one’s sister, they are in the habit of starting projects that they like to leave half-finished and that; “If you’ve ever gotten a magazine in the mail with descriptions of tacky jewelry you best believe that we wrote it!”

By the way, it seemed important to him that you know this;
He only managed to deliver his friend request to me after escaping the clutches of 300 heavily armed men, using just his movie star good looks, a twizzler he happened to have on his person and a very small amount of violence, mainly involving forcible insertion of spiky and exotic vegetables, a gallon of LSD-infused vanilla custard and, purely as a last resort, a rocket launcher.

All of which goes to show, if you stay on the internet long enough, it will eventually take you to where you want to go, even if you didn’t know you wanted to go there in the first place.

 

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