Hippie National Anthem dailycreate tdc569

Well, Well, Hey, Hey

Even though I suggested this Daily Create, I almost skipped out on doing it (which would be ok). But, good ol’ hippie cogdog made a challenge when he created his, so I went ahead and made mine, for what it’s worth. And don’t fault me for my lack of a singing voice!

Even though I suggested this Daily Create, I’ve not been a fan of singing the national anthem, ever since high school days in the chaotic, Vietnam war era, hippie days of the 1960s. In homeroom we actually recited the pledge of allegiance; I would stand in respect but not put my hand over my heart and not recite. Even after a twenty year career in the Navy defending the constitution I am reluctant in these matters.

I’m not really a hippie, but the hippie culture has had its influence on me. So, I choose a song that has been called the hippie national anthem, the Lennon-McCartney song “All You Need Is Love”. Unfortunately, I am not really much of a singer (and prove it in this video). But I do have one of my two new granddaughters (Magnolia Rose, a nice hippie name!) in the home. In the spirit of one-world, one-love, international peace (she is Danish), I sing this song for her and her generation.

Production Note:
I recorded this video on my iPad, and when I checked it was about 75MB, which seems way too big for 29 seconds. After trying to convert it with various media players, I ended up downloading a trial of ArcSoft MediaConverter8. It allowed me to not only convert from .mov to .mpeg, but change the resolution so the file is down to *only* 11MB. Other than that, this was a one-shot quick shoot. Currently on vacation, which doesn’t equate to time to learn all about video production. As has been noted, video is the Daily Create category that tends to produce fewer entries. Time and effort to learn are needed. Maybe once I go back to work I’ll have more time.

Hippie Flag

Hippie Flag

Hippie Flag cc by Luiza Leite

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Eye am in Georgia

So, I was walking around the Riverwalk area in Augusta, Georgia today, with a couple of friends. Along the way, we wandered into an old churchyard of a church established in 1750. While taking pictures of gravestones, I recalled the Daily Create for today, number 553, so I took a couple of reference shots of my eyes.

Later, alone in the hotel, I sketched my left eye with pencil on the hotel-provided notepad. I think it turned out ok, though a bit abstract without the rest of the face.

If you’re ever in Augusta, be sure to see the James Brown statue and eat dinner at the Boll Weevil on James Brown Blvd.

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tdc551 Absinthe Blues

Betty Boop

Betty Boop has the Blues


For Daily Create 551 our assignment is: I’ve Been Down So Long… Take a Photo that represents the essence of Blues music.

So, I took a photo from my files. I had found this nice Betty Boop in the shop window of a liquor store in Rome last summer. While my newly-adult sons were inside shopping for absinthe, I snapped the picture. Poor Betty, upbeat sex symbol of generations, reduced to a life with the green lady.

Space, The Final Frontier tdc550

The Daily Create 550: Find 3 news stories. Use words from second paragraph of each, make 3 stanzas of 3 lines, <60 characters per line.

El Segundo, the workhorse rocket,
was the fourth Proton anomaly.
Adequately justify such a mission.

Recent close encounters with failure,
when strike comes to the Cosmodrome,
adequately justify such a mission.

Stark reminders to continue progress,
the latest mission proposal is to
adequately justify such a mission.

-altered cut-up text from http://www.spacenews.com

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Daily Creating at age 90

Well, the Great Daily Create Challenge of July is in full force. In 9 days, this is my 8th daily create.

In the assignment, I am supposed to be 100 years old, looking back on what crazy thing I did on my 90th birthday.

I am recording it here because of the difficulty of getting YouTube videos to show up on the Daily Create page promptly (or at all).

tdc545 Sunshine in Charlottesville animated version

Sunshine in Charlottesville

Sunshine in Charlottesville

See the effect of too much sunshine!

For the effect, I took an original image that was slightly backlit by the noon-time sun, enhanced the brightness and contrast to two different settings, opened all three images as layers in GIMP, then exported as an animated gif. Simple to do, and it counts for the Daily Create, and it was fun!