Shifting gear, with moonbeams

It is not just me. Confirmation of my own stirrings as subtle shifts in our natural surrounding herald the changing of the seasons abound. Such confirmations abound chiefly in the status updates of the people on Facebook whom I call my friends. They are a diverse and much beloved bunch scattered across the globe. Although... Continue Reading →

Revise that!

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS DEFINITELY ABOUT THE REVISION OF TRANSLATIONS. THERE ARE NO PICTURES. JUST WORDS. YES, I USED CAPITAL LETTERS. I must have been feeling upbeat yesterday. Why else would I accept a couple of assignments involving the revision of translations from German into English? There is nothing unusual about this. The last revision I... Continue Reading →

Freshly processed

So you all think I am going to describe various fruit juice crazes throughout my life? Not today. I am expressing myself with an experimentally processed photograph thanks to suggestions on Circa Dee's freshly pressed blog today. I took this photograph yesterday at a Medieval Festival at Castro Marim. Castro Marim is in the south of... Continue Reading →

Footprints in moon dust

Neil Armstrong, first to set foot on moon, dies at 82 | The Columbus Dispatch. Impossible to be sad, really. This single fact of history, that Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the Moon, did more the ignite people's imagination than anything else in Sixties. And that's saying something. I remember the crackly... Continue Reading →

Baffled in the Peanut Gallery

One thing I like about my real-life friends of old scattered about the globe like so many seeds carried by the wind is that they post interesting news articles on a shared social media network. I never have to search for stimulating reading material myself. It simply pops up on the screen before me. Admittedly,... Continue Reading →

Going dental

I was going to call this post "a day in the life" or some such, but that simply would not be true. A more apt description would be an irregular day in the life during my least productive summer on record. Whenever I have something to do which is going to disrupt my preferred pattern,... Continue Reading →

Personalised smoking

This post is about smoking. For the benefit of those who are fiercely anti-tobacco, reformed smokers, or under the legal age to smoke, I should be patently clear: I am not advocating the smoking of cigarettes. I shall not discuss the health issues. I will get other comments out of the way quickly. It is... Continue Reading →

Rehash for the press

In my previous post, I did something I never thought I would do: I reblogged. I will justify it by saying that I found something that really appealed to me: a nifty newspaper clipping generator! It creates a facsimile of a newspaper article using your very own story. This is a great fresh idea for language... Continue Reading →

I had to share this because it really is fun!

I should also confess, I suppose, to tweaking a paragraph or two of my own from previous blogs, in an attempt to get a coherent story to fit in the two small columns of the newspaper .jpg. file. A good exercise!



Here’s a fun way to blend digital and analog. It’s a newspaper story generator. Just type in the title of your newspaper, the date, and the headline. Then type your story. The Newspaper Clipping Generator will then generate an analog newspaper image, which you can download as a jpg file.

The same site has other types of generators, too. Click on the red links at the top of that page. You can make cats speak (or owls, squirrels, tomatoes…):

Create your own Animation

Or a movie clapperboard:

Or a little wizard writing a (very short) note:

There are a couple of other generators, too. Give them a try, and then try embedding the pictures or mini-animations on your Summer Notebook blogs.

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Yale Literature Lecture in technicolour

Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood | Yale Literature Lecture. I have chosen this as the subject of today's blog because of my ignorance. My ignorance is two-fold.  Not only had I not heard the name Flannery O'Connor until a couple of days ago, I was also ignorant of the fact that for no financial outlay whatsoever,... Continue Reading →

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