September Photo a Day Challenges

>> Monday, September 1, 2014

September Photo a Day Challenges

I'm continuing with what has been working well for me.

Several months ago I decided that no single photo a day prompt list fully worked for me. I chose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I'm happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I'll be using for August:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

Check out my Photo a Day history on Shuttercal where today I'll post my 900th daily photos

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

Here are the most liked of AugustPhoto a Day photos:
black & white
August 3rd - black & white
August 6th - symmetry
depth of field
August 10th - depth of field
August 22nd - delicate
August 27th - macro
school supplies
August 29th - school supplies

If you're not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you'll consider it because it's a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won't be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.


Weekend Update The My Experiment Avoiding the Facebook Like Button Edition

>> Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekend Update

Several weeks ago a friend shared an article by Mat Honan entitled I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me. It was kind of horrifying. The impact of repeatedly using that little Like button and the results of what Facebook’s algorithms did with it was drastic.

I admit I have a love hate relationship with Facebook. It’s a time suck. It throws up obstacles right and left to seeing what the friends I want to follow post. The way pages (for example the page for this blog) work is beyond comprehension. On the other hand I have a group of close friends who live all over the country and keeping in touch with them as well and many acquaintances and relatives is much easier in Facebook than any other format so far. I’ve been rather selective regarding who I will link up with on Facebook. I don’t have current co-workers or very many people I see on a daily basis in my Friends list. I use it for people who live elsewhere or that I don’t see in person that often.

Two weeks ago Bryan from Still Unfinished and Florinda from The 3 R’s Blog both shared an article by Elan Morgan entitled I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity. After reading the dreadful results of liking everything I decided to find out what the results of doing the opposite might be.

Then I decided to give it a try myself. For the past two weeks I haven’t clicked on the Like button once on Facebook. It’s so easy to breeze through the feed and click “Like” on posts or status updates without really putting any thought into it. If I wanted to acknowledge something that I truly liked I made myself write out a comment. Sometimes it was a lot and other times it was just a quick word or two.

Did it change the makeup of my Facebook feed? I have no idea. Did it change the way I interacted with my friends on Facebook? Absolutely. I was actually having conversations and enjoying it. I was telling folks exactly what I liked about their post, photo or status update rather than clicking that button and forgetting it.

Yes a comment rather than a Like will trigger notifications and in most cases after a couple of them I was ready to bow out of the conversation. I made generous use of the turn off notifications process but truly that was a small inconvenience to feeling more engaged and interactive with my friends from around the country and world.

I encourage you to read both of the articles I have linked above and think about whether the Like button is killing conversation as well as manipulating what you see on Facebook.

Will I completely give up the Like button for good? I doubt it because in some cases it truly is all the interaction I want to have with a Facebook posting. Also with pages it’s the only way to follow. I will however continue to limit the times where clicking a button is the extent of the conversation or engagement.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Nutshell Review: Jack of Fables Vol. 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

>> Friday, August 29, 2014

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Jack of FablesVol. 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

Jack of FablesVol. 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Series: #3 in the Jack of Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 126
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 12-16 of the comic series.

From the back cover:
A Royal Pain

Having made - and lost - yet another fortune before once again escaping from his relentless pursuers, it's time for the most celebrated of Fables (in his own mind, at least) to pause and take a moment for some earnest reflection on the wisdom of his actions. Or it would be, if Jack had any acquaintance with the notion of self-doubt. As it is, he's just looking forward to tracking down both a drink and his next chance at getting rich quick.

Naturally, that means that he's about due to fall into the Grand Canyon, meet his double and get a sword stuck through his chest. Or something along those lines. That's the trouble with being the Jack of the Tales - life just keeps getting more and more INTERESTING!

My Thoughts:
While Jack is not my favorite Fables character and I don't feel that this spin-off series is up to the level of the main Fables storyline I'm still reading it because it does link back together eventually.

That said, I actually enjoyed this installment of the series because Jack has a lot of things happen to him that rock his overly inflated ego quite a bit. That made me happy.

There were some very interesting developments in revealing some things about Jack's backstory. The fact that some of this came as a surprise to Jack made me laugh.

In addition intriguing tidbits were revealed about the Mr. Revise and his team who are chasing Jack.

While there is not a lot of action in this volume (Much of it is simply characters talking to each other) it goes a long way in developing characters and plot elements that should take this story deeper into the overall Fables world.

Jack will likely remain clueless about the whole thing.

The final section is a Halloween story about how Jack became Jack o'Lantern and was a lot of fun.

3 stars Rating 3/5


Wordless Wednesday #253

>> Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cape Perpetua
from Yachats, Oregon

Cape Perpetua from Yachats, Oregon
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