Splashes of Shape In a Light Winter Snow at Christmas

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To make improvements in my photography I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress which is helping to get me a touch better at snapping pictures. I am a day late today but I want to go back to yesterday’s instructions which were to think of water and try two orientations with your photo, horizontal and vertical.

The vertical photo is better than the horizontal photo because it is like a piece of experimental photography. The little touch of color which are blurred Christmas lights give the photo the best element of visual appeal it possesses. The horizontal photo is blurry, which is normal across the board for cameras–sometimes a blurry photo is effective if you think of a blur being a selling point for what you might coin art photography (art).

In this case, mine is more butt art–more effective when I reached beyond my stride than when I tried something that would work for me. I’ll show you both photos.

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Water Between Snowbanks
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Water Between Snowbanks Vertically

Blog Challenge Argumentative

What seems free may have strings attached.

I wrote the first version of this post within the last year.  As part of a semi-weekly exercise in curating the blog posts I’ve written which I continue to think could have some potential (!), I have returned to this post with an interest in making it more accurate.

 This month in the United States the FCC will vote whether to repeal the legislation protecting net neutrality, and the Internet will likely become controlled in that nation by ISPs including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T.  This means that some websites will function better (swifter) than others.  That isn’t good for the free speech of the Internet.

 What I wrote on St. Patrick’s Day of 2016 that remains true is this:  Some are in the dark about what could result from the lack of Internet controls generally enjoyed in the present.  I went on to say:  What seems free may have strings attached.

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Photographer: Christopher Burns

 

The literal price tag of any given service often includes only the bare essentials as they are understood. To thrive, a few dollars here and there (on apps, plug-ins, hardware, etc.) may be required, and the economic definition of scarcity surely applies here. For the desired recognition, I venture to guess that once more as in other similar situations money talks.

 This sounds like I am in favor of the repeal the FCC is likely doing, but I was actually only being facetious.  However, this does resemble in some fashion the reality what is going to happen in many Internet markets (most notably in the US).  To be competitive, without legislation to protect the free Internet, there are going to be requirements to “pay” (i.e., to spend for services) where presently it is a level playing field.

 

I mistakenly believed it was a right to privacy that would be contested, and while there has been such a battle, which is ongoing, but a clearer picture of how it is the Internet remains usable is not unlike what I wrote on that St. Patrick’s Day:  If you are subpar, you will be told as much as an army of folk waiting to raise their spears are as much the wolves at the door as Mom and Dad were in the old days. You need to excel or, plain and simple, you will be failing hard and failing fast.

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but it is crucial that you learn from your mistakes as they happen to you. Own them and learn, and put them to rest with a dash more of hope for having conquered something, at least.  I always think that trying and failing is better than not to have tried an effort at all.

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You need to bring to bear content, which is the substance of media as it’s understood on the Internet with an eye to generating traffic for your particular je ne sais quoi. You need to be real and you need to think smart, and the end result has to be a brand that is somehow recognizable on the Internet if you want to earn turf in cyberspace.

 I have put it in fancy language because I think it is a fancy thing, I wrote.  The need to argue for net neutrality is serious.  More than a few think the devil be damned and enjoy the occasional spotlight as it illuminates the crowd, I said.

 

You should accept that the decision to repeal the FCC legislation protecting net neutrality is a problem for those who count on their voices behind heard on the Internet and that the future will begin to be controlled by corporations, not individuals.  That is often the prize for the amateur designer, the potential and the possibility.

Whether Sincere or Can We Challenge Ourselves

I wrote this post two years ago and decided today to curate it for the present.  Admittedly, it went unnoticed when I published it in November of 2016.

 

If we should evaluate ourselves, we find the opportunity and the option to transform our “essence,” the makeup of what is we, into entities on the web, mostly owing to the avenue of social media.  Turning our attention to this, we have a choice to do what we think of best, having the desire to appear “good” across it, accurately and clearly, for the consumption of the other and without the overt blurring of the truth

 

One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere.  When we have a connection between the self and the other, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere.

 

When we brand ourselves on social when we engage across it, the biggest challenge we have is to be sincere.  In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.

 

The nature of the beast is to compete with all the other.   It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time.

 

Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social.  Instead, highlights of life are rendered on display and for consumption by the other, who is living a rival experience, part of the crowd, on social.  The biggest challenge, both inside social and offline, is to muster sincerity.

 

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Photo by Annie Spratt

It is most important when there are prevailing ties between you and the other, to permit authenticity, by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound.  Being human becomes its own reward when you project sincerity to those to who you devote time and to those to who you proffer care.  The other, your friend, the stranger in the street, receives your sincerity graciously and this is a kindness.

 

You experience human relationships and interaction which are all nourishing in their own right.  You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.

 

Social media is a specific example of having the opportunity to be insincere, with the aim of looking better than how the truth actually is.  You want to chat up that girl at the bar so you tell her you’re an airline pilot.  I am, however, personally making an effort to speak truly, so that if you are happening to read this, you can with better readiness, trust me a bit that I have your interests at heart.

 

We are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere.  Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and what you might term “social sincerity” is challenging to maintain but manageable.  You have the opportunity to put yourself across the Internet with both sincerity and artful intent.

 

Today again I found I wanted very much a personal level to assert that I am sincere.  I am grateful for the opportunity.

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