Old and New

Left side is the new one.

I wasn’t at the best vantage point when I took this photo, but I think it turned out okay.
There’s a decent amount of detail and texture, and there’s almost a sense of development history.

The buildings feel tall, which is good as they are tall buildings.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.


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One Thousand Word Challenge 140: Need to Energise

Alright, so there is a need to energise. There is a need to push past this fatigue and I need to do it and I need to do it soon, for it is having an impact on the day of work and that is a big no for me at the moment as I need to work and push on through the day and then get to the end of it which is when I will truly be able to rest. However, right now I need to tackle whatever it is that has be drained.

I imagine that it is a lack of energy, but I am unsure as to how I can go about proving that this is indeed the case. There could be many confounding factors and perhaps they conceal the true reason, which I guess they would due to their ability to confound, which also means they likely have the ability to distort. It’s a bit of an issue, let me tell you.

Of course, I could try and brainstorm ideas for tests and then put those tests into practice, but at the same time that isn’t something I quite want to do as that would mean needed to put in a base level of effort into thinking of things that I could do that would help with the process of testing and, let me tell you, that also is something I don’t want to do.

I guess I already said that, but I’ll let it slide this one time, even though there will be plenty more times in which I let such a thing slide off into the distance and out of view. Perhaps it will return to haunt my waking days, but for now it is not something of which I feel is necessary to worry about as I have other things to worry about, such as getting more energised.

Therefore, this first thing is now ruled out and therefore I’ll just get to the part where I throw things at the problem and hope that one of the things works in a manner that implies resolution as then I’ll have the issue resolved and I’ll be able to get back on with the living of the life that is the one that is mine and once there I’ll be ale to get on with doing other things in a manner that implies progress.

Now said progress would be full of wonderful desires and amazing creations, and none of them would in any way, shape or form seem faulty. They would all be perfect and they would be so perfect that there would be no stopping their being perfect. In fact, perhaps they would be so perfect that they would not be perfect in the slightest.

Perhaps it would be better for the things to not be perfect. In fact, it probably would be better for these things to not be perfect in the slightest, for if they were, then… well, I guess you can improve upon perfection, but that’s beside the point. In fact, I might suggest that there has been a major digression and so I need to find a way to get back to the topic at hand.

I’ve surrounded myself by a mass of thickets and I’ve no idea as to the way out, and therefore I need to cut my way through, which I guess is the way out, in which case I do know the way out. Funny how that just worked out.

So anyway, I don’t have any tools with me and so I’m going to need to cut my way through using my bare hands. However, I don’t want to really do that, but thankfully there is another option that has revealed itself to me and therefore I will take this new option as it means I’ll be able to save some time and get through the thing and then move onto whatever it is that I need to move onto.

Now, I need to try and remember what it is that I’m trying to do. It has been so long and this bit of writing has gone on for so long that I can no longer see where I started. It all seems so far away and off in the distance beyond the distance beyond what it is that remains in a state of visibility, and I know not what it is that I can do to resolve the issue at hand. Such is the way of things.

Maybe I have gone so far that there is no turning back now. Maybe I need to only look forward, but I don’t know as to which way forward would now be. This is an issue that I have let myself fall into, for I was surrounded by the mass of thickets for so long and now that I have escaped by gently moving them out of the way, the world has changed, and so have I. However, we have changed in different ways and what I thought was no longer is. This is a place that I have abandoned in error, though perhaps it too has abandoned me.

We went our separate ways and now all that I see is unfamiliar and fantastic and perhaps frightening, and so I now have realised that I cannot adapt to this world that is now present. I don’t know if this is all something I can embrace and integrate myself into, and so I feel that the only option I have is to walk away from it and look off into a distance that is so far beyond seeing that it almost seems like it does not exist in any way, shape or form.

I gather my things and I start making my way, and in doing so I look for a sense of solace and calm and acceptance so I can reconcile that which I have lost with that which I now am, and so the journey begins anew.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 11:20:47

I wasn’t expecting this to veer into some sort of fiction, but it did and so here we are.

Sort of fast to write. Became less messy the further it went, which may be a good thing.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1012: Fatigued Rambling

How good is being fatigued?

Well, it’s not actually that good but I didn’t have anything else to use to start this bit of writing off so that’s what I’m going for at this present and pressing moment in time where I try to knock out the whole series of words that I need to knock out in a short amount of time so as to be able to continue on with the other things so I can ride a vestibule formed from corpuscles down a lengthy slope that never seems to end due to never ending.

It’s not a fun time, let me tell you.

So anyway, I feel that now is the time to make the big revelation that all have been waiting for, but I don’t know where I’ve left it and so rambling about things in no particular order is the order of the day, as they say. Don’t know if I can get away with it, but I’m sure that if I struggle through this bit of writing for long enough, then the end of the writing will be revealed and maybe we’ll find that missing big revelation, though that is of course assuming that I even want to find it, which I do, but also don’t as that would mean then that I have to anchor myself to something and I’m not wanting to anchor myself to something. I’m more interested in drifting off and away and letting all that is flow forward in a matter that seems as random and chaotic as it does not, for that is the way that I will ride the waves onto the shoreline of my own imagination. Of course, that is assuming that I am even entertaining my imagination this morning.

I’m not. Or am I?

So anyway, I’m up to this point and now I need to work out how to proceed as there is no telling as to which way is the forward direction that I need to follow, but of course there is and so I’m just bluffing and all those other things. What I am not doing, however, is allowing for a sense of linearity, though if you do read this it is probably pretty obvious as to how I got from the start to this point, but that’s not something I want to address and so therefore I won’t and no one can make me address that, even though everyone can make me address that as it is something that exists and something something and I don’t know as to where I’m going with this.

I guess, what it is that I am truly saying is that there will be no revelation of the big variety today, which may have been a revelation if I hadn’t already alluded and strongly suggested such a thing, but on the plus side I managed to use the word “corpuscles” in here and for that, I have a small, yet smug satisfaction, so there you go.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:47:73

Well, not really smug, nor any satisfaction.
This one is a tired mess as I’m more tired than usual. That’s my excuse.

Written at home.

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Druitt Lane

Or at least a good part of it.

This was taken this afternoon. I had to dash into the city and took this before leaving.

It was overcast which helped give this view an odd sort of lighting.

I like how quiet it feels. It’s a very small part of the city, but it doesn’t feel like the area around is occupied.

I hope you enjoy.

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Group of Four

Specifically the four tall buildings right next to each other.

I still find these buildings hideous; especially the tallest one due to its possibly being yet another casino.

These four buildings really fucked with the general feel of the area, helping it feel more cold and oppressive than it previously did. I’m not sure why they were approved as there could’ve been a greater amount of parkland made available to the public than what the public was given, but it was not to be.

These buildings pull a lot of attention to themselves and stick out in an unpleasant manner. That’s not to say that any of the others in the shot are necessarily better; In a way Sydney CBD is a patchwork of structural ugliness. It’s that these are tasteless and one might be dedicated to furthering addiction.

In a way the gloominess of the weather suits the four buildings well.

I hope you enjoy.

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Hitoshi Sakimoto: Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter – Opening Animation

Three listens for this one.

This is a brief song and so the writing reflects that. However, I feel that perhaps I could’ve written more.

I didn’t aim to capture anything in particular, but in saying that I feel as though mood came forward a fair bit.

Hitoshi Sakimoto’s (崎元 仁) “Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter – Opening Animation” (“ブレス オブ ファイア V ドラゴンクォーター ~オープニングアニメーション~”) is from Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter‘s soundtrack, Breath Of Fire V – Dragon Quarter: Original Soundtrack. The soundtrack was also released as part of Breath of Fire Original Soundtrack Special Box a soundtrack collection of the soundtracks for Breath of Fire I through to V.

I hope you enjoy.

The sounds of a suggestion of voices float in a still space, then join and build on each other and lower to a focused point. Suddenly urgent percussion comes in; Urgent, striking and pressing. A rush of strings plays along as the suggested voices resume their float and rise.

Brass appears and signals a shift. The strings move around each other, pressing and pushing onward as they urge with desperation. Brass moves around the strings, punctuating and detailing, expanding and building on the strings and the rush of percussion; all moves with increasing intensity. Then, just before release it all condenses into a single point that stretches out as a short drone as the song ends.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 139: Feeling Aimless

And so I sit here and bang on the keyboard and hope that somehow I get to the end of this, but there’s a mechanical buzzing outside, as though there are some sort of tools of power being used in the act of doing some sort of task and seeing it to completion, because there is, and I am powerless to stop it, but that has nothing to do with anything and so I’ll just keep on going and get to the end and then once at the end I’ll do the other things and then move on form there. That is the way that this will go.

However, I really would like the buzzing to stop, but now, due to the sound of how loud I am hitting the keys on this keyboard, I cannot tell if it still remains out there as a presence that is affecting in here.

Maybe I should stop for a moment so that I can get a grasp on what is happening outside. I could do that, but I don’t want to as I feel that I’m on a groove of sorts, or on a roll and the words are flowing with great effort, yet minimal effort, and so I keep on going and struggle through this will all the effort of someone who is not paying enough attention to what it is that they’re doing, for I’ve decided that, for some reason, it is better to not pay attention and just keep on going and then hope that everything makes sense once the end is reached, but the end is so far away from this particular point in time and I am just one person who is banging out words on a keyboard so that they’re visible in some way, shape or form to someone else who may stumble across this in the future, read it, and then move on as this is something that probably isn’t worth reading but hey, ‘m going to knock it out anyway. I’m going to get it done and then once it is done I’m going to do some other things as today is a day that requires a lot of productivity to get things done and I’m just the person to do the things and have them done.

So anyway, I think I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent but all I want to do is write this out and then the next thing, but there are so many things that I want to write and there are so many things that I need to write and so I need to line them all up in a neat little row so as to be able to make sure that they’re all together, here in this space and so that there is some semblance of sense, though perhaps not in the sensible fashion. Perhaps that sense needs to be of the senseless variety and so I need to make more of a mess. I need to cast things astray and reposition all the words in a manner that suggests confusion being applied to those who read this. I need to find a way to make all things make less sense in a way where they make less and less sense the further this goes. However, perhaps this is something that should be saved for another day and right now I should just focus on getting the words down in a manner that suggests sentences due to the order in which the words fall and the conclusions that they reach.

So, if I am indeed to do that, then I need to know as to where it is that I will go from here. There are signposts and I can read them, but the words don’t come together in a manner that allows me to understand them, for they have no words and they are blank and perhaps these signposts don’t even exist. However, I would not suggest that for that would be telling.

Anyway, I see these signposts and I know not what they suggest is in each direction, so therefore I should probably go beyond the signpost. I should let go of direction and just walk forward and in that walking forward I should carve a new path. There would be mistakes, of course, but there could also be discoveries. There will definitely be a form of learning; one of which I should embrace more often than I don’t.

There also would be the twists and turns that imply the moving in a direction. There might be the sense of journey and all the camaraderie that may come along with that, assuming that I bring others along. However, instead of all of that I might just not and instead look to finish this off sooner rather than later, for it is going nowhere and I’m feeling aimless and so I need to aim my aimless arrow in a manner that breaks that aimlessness and leads to something that has an intended goal and a statement that reads out to all those who find it worth hearing so that I can get on with the things and then wrap this up and move on and then lead the life that I’ve always wanted to lead, though that may involve getting rich quick which is something I don’t feel much like doing right now, though perhaps I do, though really what I feel like doing is getting this finished and then doing the dishes for the dishes need to be done and I don’t like pushing responsibility aside, though I do, though now that I’ve said that I think I need to end this sentence and move toward the next one, for this has gone on for far too long and I’m going nowhere fast.

So anyway, I think I’ve said all that I can say right now, which is not much. However, the buzzing stopped and so for that I can say I’m glad.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 10:04:39

Bit of a mess, this writing is.

Written at home.


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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1011: Procrastination First

Thinking too much can be a bad thing, but sometimes you’ve got to do it, so long as you’re not doing it in service of abetting procrastination, which is what I’ve done for close to four hours now, but sometimes that’s just what you do, or in this case, is what I have done.

So anyway, it has been a lazy morning and perhaps that laziness is warranted at the moment, but I cannot deny that perhaps it has not been a good thing. I cannot deny that being lazy this morning has not helped me get things done and so right now I am scrambling to get the things that I need to get done done. However, I just want to go back to bed and perhaps that is warranted, but perhaps it is not. That’s not something I want to get into though, so I won’t get into it as I’m just gonna chomp down on this instead.

Not sure why I said that.

So anyway, that’s the introduction and that’s all you’re getting for an introduction. Sure, there are other, more creative things I could write, but that’s where I draw the line. I don’t want to go any further with that as that would mean more introspection and I think I’ve done enough of that for one decade, thank you very much. This now needs to lead into mood being lifted, so I need to find a way to lift the mood to heights previously unseen in ways that were previously unknown. Such is the way of the things and such is the way that things must proceed. However, there is no telling where these things shall lead and so perhaps instead of trying to lift the mood, I might just read a book instead.

You see, reading is a thing that I do and a thing that many people do and so you need to understand that when the desire to read takes over the desire to do anything, everything must be halted, for reading is more important. It doesn’t always matter as to what it is that you are reading, but you must read so as to be able to undertake and participate in the activity known as “reading”.

Perhaps there are words that have been found to be alluring, and if so, then by all means, entertain that hunger to digest more writing wherever you can, for it is the art of reading that allows one to undertake the act of reading, and when you do this you then become an active participant in the method of absorbing information that often is known as reading.

Therefore, I might just go and do that instead of doing anything else, for I feel the desire to engage in words in a manner that allows me to absorb them and understand them and have them conjure imagery in a fashion that implies the act of reading is being undertaken, so therefore I will, but procrastination first.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:39:07

A bit of speed in this one. Kind of flowed through which helped with being a bit sillier.
I was worried about getting too serious, hence the sudden veering away from being serious.

Written at home.

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The Tragically Hip: Man

This was written over two listens.

I didn’t aim for anything in particular other than trying to capture the song.
Probably could’ve done a bit of refining, but I’m mostly content with how this reads, so yeah.

The Tragically Hip’s “Man” is from Man Machine Poem.

I hope you enjoy.

Warped vocals getting the words “I’m a Man”, among others, out. Then a sudden percussive hit followed by soft percussion, followed by gentle guitar, then more of a defined beat. The song is rising for a dawn, though perhaps it is heralding it.

Soft ambient sounds gently caress the music and keep things nice and easy. Bass comes in, as still in motion as it is fluid. Clearer vocals soon follow, almost haunting, though also relaxed, easy and confident. More sounds eventually build up, filling the song a little more, but preserving space; trying to avoid cluttering.

Some of the sounds peel back, giving more room; The vocals move quickly, slowly and layered. Scattered, though certain of where they are. Gentle guitar comes back, playing alongside the steady rhythm, adding texture and depth.

Something more electric makes an extended appearance in at what could be a chorus and the song is now heralding the dawn even more. It’s almost celebratory in sound, though there seems to be something a little darker hidden underneath. Still, the sounds don’t spend much time highlighting such possibility and instead keep their relaxed, textured sounds going.

The clear vocals ring out and soon something a little more quirky comes in. The warped vocals return for a brief period and soon after they leave the clear ones return. The percussion gets bigger and more striking, though it does not become any more imposing.

Sounds quickly drop out and the focus falls on the vocals and the percussion, continuing to reach out whilst looking to make a connection. However, this focus is brief and on one final, reverberant percussive beat the song ends.

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This was taken in 2019.

I’ve no idea as to who this is.
I do like how it draws attention though.
Perhaps that has to do with it being colourless.

This is my submission into the one hundred-and-seventieth Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme for this one is “Street Art“.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

This one is curated by Patti. Leya curates the next one.

I recommend participating in the challenges. They’re enjoyable and allow room for interpretation of the theme without straying too far. If you don’t participate, then I recommend that you at least check out what others of the Lens-Artists community are submitting.

I hope you enjoy.

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