It’s a bank holiday weekend here with a very ify weather forecast. In the light of that forecast, here is my summer sun compilation. Most images are from The August Break project (what fun this has been) and I’ve thrown in a few extras, both old and new.
Have a good weekend, wherever you may be.
Weekend fun – a play with tilt-shift to make this Sausalito street scene look like a scale model. You can buy tilt-shift lenses, or you can cheat using Photoshop – it’s an easy technique to learn. This is my second attempt. Remember the first? That was also in San Francisco.
Posted for: ‘The August Break’ project, hosted by Susannah Conway
Y is for Yacht.
Origin of the word: 1550–60; from the Dutch jaght, shortened from jaghtschip – hunting ship, (deriv. of jagen, to hunt + schip, ship). The first yachts were built as light, fast sailing ships to pursue pirates, for use as customs vessels and to deliver pilots to waiting ships.
‘Someone’s Got A New Toy’ (…can I come and play too)?
‘That Gauloises Moment’ (visiting French yachtsman enjoying a late afternoon cigarette)
I always tend to post early, simply because I’m in-n-out of here lately, but from later today (Tuesday) and throughout Wednesday, you can see more examples of how other bloggers interpret the letters of the alphabet over at the ABC project, hosted by Mrs Nesbitt
I love music but since I got rid of my old stereo system, many moons ago, I’ve been relegated to listening to my music collection on my computer. The problem with that is that I can either listen to music or work at the computer because, for whatever reason, my set-up cannot cope with both. When I’m using Photoshop, in particular, the sound continually pauses and hiccups.
Well, the other day I’d had enough and so, Luddite that I am, I had to research the iPod and what was required to use it. Yes, I have finally joined everyone else in the 21st century. Only thing is…aren’t the docking/speaker systems on the whole just singularly boring in design? Most, in one way or another are a version of a box. Oooh good. (I find wilting sarcasm becomes me today). Most, I feel, don’t do justice to the little iPod, and many are ludicrously bulky things. In the end I bought one that just made me smile. Here it is:
Do you think I might just be heading into a full on mid-life crisis? Longing for a return to my youth? My panda arrived today and he’s very cute. He has a remote but if you want you can tweak his ears to turn the volume up and down (much more pleasing than a box then). He’s sitting on my desk right now, playing my music for me – which is fortunate for me really because I had to brush off the grey matter by translating the instructions from French, German or Spanish – take your pick (I knew those languages at school would come in handy one day). Yes, I’m afraid the makers failed to include an English language version. Oops.
So that’s me: have music, will bop. I can recommend this little docking station for children of all ages ;) The sound isn’t bad if all you want is something to sit on your desk and, importantly it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. By the way, I went on the makers’ website, looking for English language instructions (no luck) but lookee here! …. Now if this little beauty had been available I may well have bought this instead!
I feel the need for a little happy silliness today. This is one of my favourite films – the 1980 version of Flash Gordon, starring Sam J. Jones (and just where is he now)? It’s a film that produced so many memorable one liners that are regularly referred to in our household: ‘Flash, I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save the earth!’ ‘No, not the boreworms!’ ‘Goordons aliiive’! …
If you haven’t seen it, why ever not? It’s tongue-in-cheek, kitsch, camp, colourful and a faithful recreation of the original 1930s sci-fi comic strip in all its Art Deco glory.