Twelve months is a long time in the blogosphere!

Well tomorrow is the date that marks the 12 month mark for this blog, given what's coming up over the next few days I doubt I'll be able to do anything particularly exciting, we'll see maybe the day after?


Washington Post reader definitions

Once again, The Washington Post published its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate word meanings.

  1. Coffee (n.), a  person who is coughed upon.
  2. Flabbergasted (adj.),  appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
  4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
  5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
  6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
  7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
  8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash.
  9. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller
  10. Balderdash (n.), a  rapidly receding hairline.
  11. Testicle (n.), a  humorous question on an exam.
  12. Rectitude (n.), the  formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately  before he examines you.
  13. Oyster (n.), a person who  sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
  14. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.
  15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.
  16. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.

You mean these words have different meaning to these?

Thanks to Chris for sharing


Easter, a quiet time all round really?

Both of my readers, who know me, will know that I am a big fan of Apple computers, here's an interesting timeline that shows the development of the macintosh as a personal computer

Still posting away madly at flickr

Still using Lobster to manipulate my images in PSP



Recently we were in Sydney to celebrate our 3rd wedding annivesary, took 400 plus photos over the 3 days, and after almost a week of editing and post-production produces this resulting set on flickr.

I can't sing enough of the praises of lobster the plug-in for photoshop that compensates for the colour shortcomings of the app


Lewis Baltz - George Eastman House

One of my early influences in photography

Lobster-Photoshop comparison

A side by side comparison of two images, one manipulated in Photoshop using Lobster and other tools, the other straight out of the camera, (with a small amount of un-sharp masking applied).

Photoshop, Farker, Lobster, Flickr, Striker!

Downloaded a new app. today. It's called Farker, and it's an RSS news-reader that displays somewhat goofy headlines from all over the world, also allowing folks to comment on them, some pretty hilarious stuff in there.

Here's an example:-

"Backstreet Boys plan comeback tour. Publicity stunts begin with drunk driving charges"

or this one:-

Aromatic Patrons of CA library asked to leave, proclaim, “… reading stinks anyway!”

pffft, what can I say?

Over the last couple of Mondays, been attending a workshop on Photoshop, run by the inventor of Lobster™ a powerful editing plug-in that gives photographer's complete and correct control over their colour manipulations in Photoshop. Download the demo version, and download the notes/tutorials that go with it you'll be amazed at how it transforms your digital darkroom approach. I have been enjoying the workshop from several aspects, being taught again by a former teacher ( who is an excellent teacher by the way) and seeing how someone else teaches the Photoshop™, as well as getting to peek at Photoshop™ from a slightly different angle, and using it in a slightly different way.

Flickr has been down for some time today, bit of a worry I hope they don't do a dot bomb on me? I'm planning on using the service for some serious artistic investigation over the next few years. I also wanted to link to a couple of the images I made whilst on the School camp over the weekend, will have to wait awhile I guess, or maybe I'll just embed directly here?

On a different note I am not working today, because, and I quote

TEU representatives met with the Vice Chancellor recently to continue negotiations to seek to achieve an agreement for a 2008 expiry date and 22.5% pay rise as outlined in the NTEU's Position Paper on our  EB settlement.
The Vice Chancellor was adamant that she would not be agreeing to either the 22.5% pay claim nor the 2008 expiry date for the agreement.

My small contribution to the news aspect of blogging.


Digital Images from NYPL

A new free online service is being offered by the New York public Library. It allows people to download any of their 250,000 images to do as you please with. A real nice research tool I guess and I suppose depending the quality of the files maybe even possible to own a classic photograph or two.


Final Days of summer


Off to the annual "Kamp Krusty, this year it's shaping up to be wet and possibly wild. This image was made about the middle of the year, last year, during a mid year camp we held, so this in itself will be an interesting return journey for me.

This region of Victoria has had a fascination for me for many years now, I think I have been camping there on and off for 20 or so years, focusing on a couple of spots in particular in the Otways. One place Stephenson's Falls (see image above) has had a special connection for me, and after all these years I have a series of images made there that could constitute a body of work. So dear reader stay tuned as I prepare to head off west for the weekend several cameras under my arm ready to shoot shoot and photograph anything and everything that catches my eye.