Cellpic Sunday — 3/5/23

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

I took this photo with my iPhone on December 8, 2018 when some friends from out of town came to San Francisco to visit us. My wife and I took them to Ocean Beach and while we were walking along the walkway above the beach, I saw an interesting drawing in the sand and took this photo:

Anyone want to guess what this sand drawing means? I have no idea. Maybe an alien encounter interrupted by a dog and a cat?

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

Rory’s Dawdler — 03/05/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Dawdler.” He poses three questions twice a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s three Dawdler questions today.

How long will you be remembered once you are no more?

I would say that I will be remembered for the lifetime of my children and, depending upon how old my grandkids are when I die, to some extent, through their lives, thanks to all of the photos and videos they will be able to view.

Considering that only 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored and charted, what do you think lurks in our world’s hidden and unknown waters?

I know that most sources suggest that only 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored and charted, but I came across one website claiming that about 20% of the global seafloor had been mapped with modern high-resolution technology. Still, whether 5% or 20%, a lot of our oceans remain hidden and unknown. What do I think lurks in that vast unexplored, uncharted, unknown seas? Probably some strange underwater life forms that we haven’t yet discovered, but I don’t think there are any sea monsters that once found will become a threat to human life on the planet. We humans are enough of a threat to all living beings on the planet.

Are soulmates a real thing?

Sure, if you want to believe that soulmates are a real thing, then, you know, whatever floats your boat.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 9 2023

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week’s featured spam comment was from Tara Laffoon, whose comment made on a post I wrote in response to one of Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompts.

hello there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise some technical issues using this site, since I experienced to reload the site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and could look out for much more of your respective intriguing content. Make sure you update this again soon..

Tara, I’m sorry about the technical issues you’ve been having on my site and that you had to reload it a lot of times. I’m not sure if my “hosting is OK.” My blog is hosted at WordPress, and WordPress can be buggy. I’ll immediately reach out to the Happiness Engineers and let them know about the “sluggish loading instances.” Thank you for this heads up and I’m sorry you’ve had issues reading my respective intriguing content.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge — March, 2023

For this monthly prompt from Kate at The Squirrel Chase, the idea is to pick a photo we want to play with and process it using three different methods. The photo I’m featuring today is one I took of a water runoff basin near where I live. If this photo looks familiar, it’s because I took it at the end of February 2022 and posted it as my entry for Bushboy’s Last on the Card challenge on March 1, 2022. I think the original is interesting, so I decided to see what I could do with some post-processing apps.

All processed photos were made using apps available for the iPhone at Apple’s App Store. Also, all images, including the original, were resized (shrunk) to make them quicker to load (and to take up less space in my WordPress media folder).

Original Photo
Processed using Prisma
Processed using BeCasso
Processed using Waterbrush

Which image do you like best?

FOWC with Fandango — Carve


It’s March 5, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “carve.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.