Weird/ Odd Art Forms I Like

I’m taking part in the ProBlogger 31 Day Challenge to a Better Blog. On the second day, the assignment is to create a list post. Among the reasons for making a list post are readers who skim rather than read. I know about this type of reader as I do it a lot myself. So here is my list post:

Weird/ Odd Art Forms I Like

I found an article about this same idea on Web Urbanist. Do you know of any weird and/ or odd forms of art?

Microscopic Hair Dwelling Creatures

I still remember a science teacher telling our grade 8 class about the bugs that are always on us. By the time she was finished I don’t think anyone, even the most jocky types, were not squirming in their own skin.

Write about the creatures living on your head, those microscopic little things you can’t shampoo out but still try to. What kind of life do they have? Do they like the way your favourite hair conditioner smells? Did they lose a friend the last day you went out in the wind? What have they seen and done that you could wrap a story around?

A Creepy Phone Feeling

I was offline for almost a week. It was making me a bit crazy. Thinking of so many things cut off and needing to be completed. Strange how much you realize you are involved with when it is all gone without warning. In my case, it is back along with myself. But I am a bit frazzled after dealing without a phone for a week.

If your Internet connection and phone line were fritzed right now, what would you be missing, what would you be stuck with unfinished and who would you really need to call but not be able to? It is a creepy feeling to see how much we really do depend on the phone. (Not that I am giving in to the whole cell phone thing, why have double the headaches?)

A Sign of Twitters To Come?

The Love Ogre has made a home for itself on Twitter.

I’m a real person or ogre trying to help spread a little happiness and love advice from my own life.

As quoted from the Love Ogre’s response to a Twitter post. I think it’s a good use of the Twitter forum. A live question and answer advice feed. It doesn’t link to a blog in the profile, it is all on Twitter and only on Twitter as far as I can tell. A throw back to when people made webpages and didn’t cover them with ads. When the web was still free and the deers and the antelope roamed. A bit over done on that last part maybe. But I did get a little happy and nostalgic seeing this Twitter in my contacts tonight. It’s like when everyone still put up a page for the sake of creating something, just putting something out there and not expecting anything back.

Good luck Love Ogre. Now, will you answer my question?…

Twitter Me This

Design Reviver has a post with “25 of the Best Designed Twitter Homepages“. Nice to see what people have done within the limitations of Twitter profiles.  If you are on Twitter have you done anything more than the standard with your profile? It might not seem too important but each chance to stretch your creativity is a good thing. Have a look at the profiles picked by Design Reviver and see if you don’t feel inspired yourself.  You are welcome to add a link to yourself on Twittter with comments to this post. We can do our own “Best Designed”.

Me on Twitter. I haven’t done too much with mine yet.

I’ve found two places which help you with a Twitter background.  Twitter Backgrounds and Free Twitter Designer.

Still Confused After all These Years

Affect versus effect. Do you know when to use which and why? Each time I have them sorted out in my mind I seem to read something different, or forget what I had sorted out. Maybe it’s a losing battle and some words are just too complicated. I found a post about them on Daily Writing Tips, maybe it will help you more than it helped me. 🙂

Entertaining from Here to There

“There is an old saying in Hollywood that God keeps you alive only as long as you’re entertaining; then, when he gets bored of you, he kills you.” – Natasha Rhodes, the first line in her book, Dante’s Girl.

However you feel about God, what do you think of a story/ plot that begins with this line? Where do you see it going from there?

Live Passionately

Christine has a really good post at her blog, Live Passionately. It’s about making yourself a priority. I know we hear a lot about how women should think more of themselves, treat themselves cause we give so much. As true as that may be at times, I do get tired of hearing about it. A lot of people give a lot and don’t get the credit they may like. So, for everyone, pick something from Christine’s post and do it at least once. A partial list follows (find the full list on Christine’s blog):

. Get outside. Don’t let yourself be shut indoors. Go out when it’s raining. Walk on the beach. Hike through the woods. Swim in a freezing lake. Bask in the sun. Play sports, or walk barefoot through grass. Pay close attention to nature.

. Savor food. Don’t just eat your food, but really enjoy it. Feel the texture, the bursts of flavors. Savor every bite. If you limit your intake of sweets, it will make the small treats you give yourself (berries or dark chocolate are my favorites) even more enjoyable. And when you do have them, really, really savor them. Slowly.

. Create a morning ritual. Wake early and greet the day. Watch the sun rise. Out loud, tell yourself that you will not waste this day, which is a gift. You will be compassionate to your fellow human beings, and live every moment to its fullest. Stretch or meditate or exercise as part of your ritual. Enjoy some coffee.

. Kiss in the rain. Seize the moment and be romantic. Raining outside? Grab your lover and give her a passionate kiss. Driving home, Stop the car and pick some wildflowers. Send a love note. Dress sexy.

. Laugh till you cry. Laughing is one of the best ways to live. Tell jokes and laugh your head off. Watch an awesome comedy. Learn to laugh at anything. Roll on the ground laughing. You’ll love it.

. Try something new, every week. Ask yourself: “What new thing shall I try this week?” Then be sure to do it. You don’t have to learn a new language in one week, but seek new experiences. Give it a try. You might decide you want to keep it in your life.

Weekend Hobbyists Tell All!

I have a fair weather hobby, rural exploration. I take photos of abandoned farm houses here in Ontario. I moderate (somewhat) a group on Flickr, called Ontario Rural Ruins, if you would like a look at the photos from myself and others. Many people look for spookiness and creepy ghostly hauntedness in the houses. People take the photos and add elements to them to bring out a feeling of spookiness even. I don’t see them that way at all. I never go to a house expecting to see anything haunted, though I do believe in ghosts.

The houses appeal to me a on different level. I find them lonely, romantic, mysterious and stoic standing there in all the elements, alone and neglected year after decade. I think it’s something about their stoic disposition that gets to me. Even when the windows are gone and look more like hollow eyes the house still stands. The remnants of old woodwork speak for the past life and love which once were there. The more weathered and seasoned the house appears the more I enjoy walking all around it, looking for spots to photograph. Some photos are of small bits of things but most I take include the whole house, the weeds growing up around it and the lay of the land around it. A house on a hill is especially proud looking, even as it falls apart.

What is your weekend hobby and how would you talk aobut it to others who want to know what you like about it?