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Stream of consciousness Sunday: Intermission (My new favourite game)…

I’ve left it far too late to continue with The Accumulator today, so after catching up with ourselves by coming back to the present in last week’s episode, we’ll have a break until next weekend and I’ll use Linda G Hill‘s prompt for a quick SoCS contractual obligation post instead;

” “ham.” Use it any way you’d like. “

No problem…

Rhonda made me us snack for lunch today; a puff pastry tart with asparagus, sweet peppers, bacon, Parma ham, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, it was absolutely gorgeous.

Right, that’s that taken care of, now on to the important stuff.

My New Favourite Game.

As you may well be aware, the long-awaited third season of David Lynch‘s groundbreaking soap noir, Twin Peaks is soon to be upon us and I’m as excited by the prospect now as I was when the original series aired, over twenty five years ago.

This anticipation has even prompted me to join a fan-curated Twin Peaks Facebook group, where discussion of new season plotlines, old theories and their future implications, TP related trivia and all things Lynchian, is ramping up to fever pitch prior to the May 21st worldwide release of the season premier.

While scrolling through the sea of “Who is the cutest girl/evilest villain/strangest character” memes, hugely complicated and contrived explanations of the many enigmatic or downright weird scenes from the first two seasons and photos of superfans with Twin Peaks tattoos, I started to notice a lot of stripey jumpers.

That’s sweaters to you, America.

Then I realised it was more specific than that, these were all photos of the very same sweater; one that had been worn by season two cameo-in-search-of-a-plot and Audrey Horne’s love interest, Billy Zane, as the sartorially challenged millionaire eco-warrior, John Justice Wheeler.

I noticed a lot of puzzled and sometimes rather snippy comments from hardcore “Peakies” on these photos, and not because they featured a largely-ignored and/or derided character either, but because they were all cleverly doctored for comic effect.

You see, some evil genius had been using Photoshop to insert John Justice Wheeler and his garish knitwear into classic scenes from the series, or better still, dressing another character in his sweater, sometimes even multiple characters. 

They were all brilliant. And hilarious. Unless you were a member of the Peakognoscenti of course, then it was sacrilege.

Anyway, never one to miss a chance to muck about with photos on my phone, I posted a sweaterised picture in the comment thread on one of the posts and, long story, short (for a change); I received an invitation to join the mysterious #woolhouseboys and have subsequently spent an inordinate amount of time this weekend, using PicSayPro to manipulate photos of a brightly coloured woolly jumper (with and without Billy Zane inside it) into humorous situations, primarily for my own amusement.

In the next couple of days I will be devoting an entire post to the sterling work done by the creators of this excellent group, (soon to also have dedicated Twitter and Tumblr accounts) which will feature some of my own humble contributions, but for now I’ll leave you with a gif I made from one of the most iconic scenes in the original series; Glastonbury Woolenbury Grove.

Stay tuned, all will become clear, honest…

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Stream of consciousness Sunday (1)…

You’ll never guess what; I’ve got a couple of days off work this coming week, so I’m merrily procrastinating today and I shall provide you with your next fix of The Accumulator tomorrow, in a SoCM post. 

But Linda G Hill left us a prompt, so it’s only fair I should put it to some use;

” “mem.” Choose a word or words with the letters “mem” in that order and run with it. ” 
Well, today I have been writing the cover blurb for my upcoming novel; a lot more difficult than I thought to keep it concise, I had to remember I wasn’t writing a story.

I also went to see tributes being paid to our fallen servicemen and women in the Remembrance Sunday parade at the local war memorial, where I captured some images to use for tomorrow’s Cosmic Photo Challenge

…followed by a pre-lunch stroll (or scoot) with the family in the unexpectedly pleasant autumn sunshine…

…and finally, I helped Audrey put the finishing touches to the project she’s been slowly working on since my niece gave her an art kit for her birthday; a papier mache dragon that is now decorated with a layer of appliqué paper, with a top coat of clear glitter paint:

All in all, a very fine way to spend a November Sunday.

I’ll see you tomorrow for part two of this omnibus edition of SoCS, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll leave you with Pink Floyd and their tribute to the fallen:

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: It’s been a long week…

This week I’m wimping out on SoCS, (although even that ended up being a lie, once I began mucking about) mainly because it really has been a long slog this week and I only get one day, Sunday, when neither Rhonda or I are working. But Linda G Hill left a prompt I couldn’t pass up;

” “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Oh, alright then…

Lazy weekend.

It was a gorgeous morning, so I couldn’t resist going out into the Devon countryside to take some photos to use in Monday’s Black and white landscape edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Here are a few colour shots from my journey, to pique your interest for tomorrow.

Here’s a gif of the view from the hills overlooking the River Taw valley, where I took these photos. (Please excuse the shaky camerawork, that was me tripping over a tree root) 

It was also bonfire night this weekend and for those of you who aren’t aware of what that means for us in the UK, let me quote from a post I wrote a few years ago, (yeah, I know, not in the least bit stream of consciousness, but it did just occur to me, so I’m going to allow myself to use it, ok?) so, should you be interested;

It is the dawn of the 17th century.

In continental Europe, the Eighty Years War rages.

In the old low countries that would become the Netherlands, the Catholic Spanish are fighting the Protestant Dutch, aided by mercenaries and zealots from far and wide, including a man known variously as John Johnson, Guido Foukes, and Guy Fawkes.

During his time on the campaign Fawkes met Thomas Wintour, a fellow anti-royalist who introduced him to Robert Catesby, the man who would lead the conspiracy that would become known as The Gunpowder Plot.

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Rewind a further 700 years.

The dingy recesses of a kitchen in 10th century China:

A cook is making a spicy curing mix for half of the pig his master has acquired for winter storage.

In the gloom he reaches for black peppercorns to add to the saltpetre he has already got in his grinder, little knowing that what he has in fact added is ground charcoal, used to prime the ovens.

Not only that, he also erroneously adds sulphur in the place of yellow turmeric.
After starting to rub the mixture into the pork, he realises his mistake too late and has to dispose of the spoiled meat, already fearful of the punishment to come.
However, when he throws the carcass on the fire, thinking to tell his master a tale of a cooking accident, he notices the coating he had applied burning with strangely coloured flames and giving off loud cracking and popping noises.

Knowing a good escape route when he saw it, he hurried to his master and told him of this mysterious discovery.

Experiments followed, packing the sulphurous black powder into hollow bamboo shoots and igniting it, the destruction achieved seemingly disproportionate to the tiny volume of mixture used.
The rest is history.

Or possibly gastronomy.

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Fast forward to England in 1605.

By now Catesby had persuaded Fawkes and eleven other co- conspirators to take part in his audacious plan to assassinate King James I.

He had gained access to the undercroft of the House of Lords, where he and his cohorts stashed some two and a half thousand kilogrammes of gunpowder. Enough, by recent calculations, to cause total devastation to anything within a 500 metre radius of the blast.
Of course the plot was foiled at the last, the King’s men tipped off by an anonymous letter. But it is often forgotten, in our haste to cast a good anti-hero in our folk legends, that John/Guy/Guido only played a minor part in proceedings, merely guarding the cache of explosives and therfore being the only one caught red-handed.


He gave the rest of them up under what would nowadays probably be called “enhanced interrogation”, but cheated the full weight of justice – he was to have been hanged, drawn and quartered – by jumping from the scaffold and breaking his neck before sentence could be carried out.

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Now, back in the present day.

We still celebrate the burning to death of a man who actually took his own life under the very noses of his executioners.

And thanks to Henry VII choosing the new fangled fireworks (oh, if that long-dead Chinese chef knew what he’d started) as the climax to his wedding festivities in 1486, immediately making them de rigueur with the celebrating upper classes and soon with anyone else who could mix the easily-accessible ingredients, we now fire all manner of alarmingly powerful ordinance into the night sky, never knowing quite where it will land.

Well we have a tiny back garden, which is overhung by a large oak tree, so we were never going to have an aerial spectacular, but Audrey and I still had a mini display of our own, with a combo firework and some sparklers.

Here are some pictures and another bizarre little gif.

And as for Linda’s prompt, well; in case you missed it, I have a novel coming out soon and if you click the lovely bespoke artwork below, you can find out more.

There, that wasn’t too blatant, was it?

For more photographic loveliness, tune in here tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo Challenge and over on Photo Sans Frontiers for more on my trip up to the wind turbines.

The Accumulator returns next week, honest.
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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to another Monday and the latest edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, which I have dictated the theme for this week.

I asked you to go Into the light, break the rules of conventional wisdom and shoot your photos directly towards a light source; let us see some creative (lens)flair and bright ideas.

I have compiled half a dozen shining examples of excessive brilliance, as well as creating a piece of video artwork (using just my phone, a kaleidoscope and a small flashlight) for one of my recent musical experiments, Inner Sphear.

Enjoy…

Update: Here’s an old layering experiment I just found, merging Rhonda with the first of today’s photos…

…and I little gif I made today, using two glitter lamps.


K’lee’s photo for the day can be seen HERE.

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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.

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Animation, Arts, Photography, Video

 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday…

Due to the fact that we are going away for the next week and today is being spent organising, packing etc, I didn’t think it fair to try and rush the thrilling climax of The Wrong Stuff, so I’m going to delay it until I have time to do it justice.

This may well be during the next few days, or you might have to wait a couple of weeks, but if you haven’t yet got up to speed on Hannah and her increasingly curious adventures, now’s your chance to catch up.

Thank you for your patience.

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#atozchallenge: L is for Lion…

#atozchallenge: L is for Lion…

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Audrey is following what letter I have reached on the A-Z challenge and, since she likes doing guest spots on the blog occasionally, today I thought I’d feature another of her many craft projects.

A few weeks ago, when our regular sitter was unavailable, (Rhonda sometimes has to start work early, before I get home in the evening) Meg, our next door neighbour looked after Audrey for an hour or so, during which time she made a clay model of a lion.

So, this evening we decided to make a little gif of her creation getting his first coat of paint.
No doubt I shall manage to shoehorn a photo of the finished article into a post at a later date.

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A – Z challenge: A is for…

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Today is the first day of the A – Z blogging challenge, which has all sorts of complicated stuff attached to it, but boils down to; post something every day in April, (except Sundays) with each post themed around a letter of the alphabet.

Initially, I decided to go for A is for Alternative, but then I changed it to something else…

…which was A is for Apathy, but I couldn’t be bothered to write about that.

A is for April just seemed foolish.

I thought maybe A is for Architecture would give me something to build on…

…then I got sidetracked by A is for Absence and…No, it’s gone.

A is for Agnostic seemed like a good idea, but I’m not sure I believed in it.

I can’t put my finger on why, but A is for Abstract doesn’t appeal to me.

I could have used A is for Artificial, but that might seem a bit contrived.

I disregarded A is for Auxiliary, because I didn’t want to make extra work for myself.

A is for Aggravation sounds like far too much trouble.

I had a real dislike of using A is for Antipathy.

And I wasn’t sure I liked the look of A is for Appearance either.

Going with A is for Average struck me as rather mean.

You really would have needed to egg me on to use A is for Albumen.

I could have just picked something at random, like, um,…A is for Arbitrary.

But I eventually settled for this:

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