View of the Ocean

I thought I’d shared an image of this before, but I cannot find it, so maybe I have not.

This is in the same location as the other recent geological photos I’ve shared.
It’s an aesthetically pleasing scene on the right day. Almost feels like you’re looking through a window.

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

The theme for this one is “One Image/One Story“.

I think this counts as there is a long history in this area. There’s the recent history of mining and changing the use of the area; of joy and sadness, of exploration and resting, among other things. There’s also the history of geological formation, weathering, and ecosystem development.

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 Leya. The next one is curated by Amy. The theme for the next one has been announced and it will be “Celebrating”.

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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Layered Branches

If you’ve been following Stupidity Hole for a while then it’s likely that you’re aware of my fondness of bare branches such as the ones seen below.

These ones are bare due to fire. They look almost like river systems and, due to the way the branches sit over each other, almost seem like they aren’t bare.

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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A Poem About This Hour of Power

So this is mostly about this hour of power
I don’t think what I’ve written here is good by any measure.
However, it keeps me going in a way as I haven’t done much of this kind of writing in a few weeks.

Written at home.

Perhaps choosing this was folly
Rather than rest I hurtle on forward
Looking for targets I may not reach
Hoping for destinations that are not there

I search far and wide
As my acceleration increases
Yet my motion remains slow
Betraying my desire for speed

I hope to see something new
And reach the target I’ve set up
However, it remains out of sight
And so I continue onward

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Soil & “Pimp” Sessions: Hollow

This was written over one listen, albeit with some restarts as I was having difficulty getting some grounding, so to speak.

I was mostly just looking to describe what was happening but I think I switched into describing the emotive content, which may have been a good thing. Not sure.

Soil & “Pimp” Session’s “Hollow” is from Planet Pimp.

I hope you enjoy.

Some sort of keys stretch out as someone screams “death jazz”. A quick thunder sound before percussion comes in. The keys become lively and respond to the percussion. Suddenly everyone comes in and it’s a mass of lively, fun noise. Energetic drive as someone speaks rapidly through the music.

An escalation and it’s all with energy and thrust. There’s a sense of the frenetic before a slight pause of sorts. Then something akin to a solo comes in over the speeding rhythm. It’s bouncing all over and then that escalation comes back. It seems messy and chaotic, but really it’s tightly controlled and just blasting forward.

The beat seems to slow down a bit and groove becomes more apparent. The brass takes prominence and is furious, seemingly audacious and free. Once more an escalation and it seems things will go over the top before it stops and the instruments switch to something a little calmer. The music becomes more celebratory and uplifting. There’s a sense of the cool and the sounds are rich. Everything locks in and keeps things more overtly steady. It’s almost as though a sense of victory has been found and it is time to celebrate that victory. There may have been a great risk and some sort of cost, but it’s the point where all becomes uplifting and the second wind that was much needed to turn the tide comes around.

Perhaps it could be seen as the closing credits or even the opening, but regardless it’s tonally rich and loud and wonderful.

In the final moments the sound seems to stretch, almost ending on a question. However, there’s one final blast of energy, though it only lasts a brief moment and suddenly the song ends.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 165: Yet Another Hour of Power

So it has been a while since I’ve attempted one of these, but I don’t think I’ll be trying to get six posts done as there is a lot of work to go. Also, I probably should not have started with writing a lengthy post, but here we are and here it is and here is where I will do the thing.

I’m not sure as to how any of this will turn out and to be honest, I don’t think any of this will be good, but I need to exercise my brain in a way and I feel an itch to get things done really quickly, so we’ll just have to see. We’ll just have to strap ourselves in and see what happens and where it all goes and all that other stuff.

So anyway, I’m sitting here and I’m writing this out and it’s not far in and already I am struggling. Still, I think that I will somehow get through all of this. Maybe I can get everything done within the minute amount of forty. If I can, I’m chuffed. I’m golden and all those other things. However, if I cannot, then… well, something something and so on and so forth and you get the idea.

No harm in trying and all of that but I need to know my limits and my limits are at around the hour mark. It is then when I will move to go to bed and rest and take it easy. I don’t think anything else will happen once I reach the hour. Once there, that’s it; there’s no anything else.

Well, maybe there is, but I am not going to explore that right now. Instead I’m just going to keep on powering on and hope for the best. Maybe I’ll expect the worst, but the best is what I will hope for as the best is what I want to come to fruition. Definitely don’t want the worst, but maybe I will give up early and in giving up early I will let go of all the things that drive me and then fall into another vortex of disappointment and that is something that I don’t want to do, if I am to be honest. It has been a while since I was last in one and I don’t need to be in another one.

Maybe I’ve been in one this whole time and really, the only thing that is different here is that I’m falling into another vortex of disappointment. There was one and I’ve hopped into another. How like me.

So anyway, I think I’m near where the middle is usually associated and as you can tell, I’m already in a position where I don’t know as to where I am going. Need to work on my typing a bit as it seems my ability to write has gone a little out the window. I’m looking at all the mistakes and it’s a lot more than usual. I think I’ve slipped a lot and so the need for improvement rings outward and stretches across galaxies to try and reach me and fill me with the inspiration and motivation that I need to get on with things and move forward.

Will it get here? Will I get through this? I am unable to tell, for the future is unwritten and the only thing that holds true is the uncertainty of everything in this writing and my ability to work within the time constraints I’ve imposed upon myself. Oh well; we’ll just have to see what happens.

Now I’m nearing the end and I keep on racing in the hopes that I get this all done in the time, but I’m losing hope as I’ve already become distracted. So much editing I’ll need to do and so much tweaking of other things, but tweaking won’t happen here. What will happen here is just the editing of al the errors that I’ve made. However, there will be hoping that all of this makes sense in some manner.

Perhaps there is too much sense of panic and stress in all of this and therefore I should dial things back a bit. I should try and relax and take it easy and hope that in doing that I find the true way forward. However, until then I will keep on churning this out. I will keep on writing and in that writing I will get the things done. Then once the things are done I will move on and go to wherever it is that I need to go. I hope that I get there safely, but no promises of course. There are so many things that I need to worry about and I’m not even addressing that as this is not meant to be about anything other than this hour of power that I am engaging within. I should be writing about that and not distracting myself as the distracting that I am doing here is leading to a mess that is greater than I would like. Still, it is a thing that is happening and it is happening right now, so I’ll just keep on going and keep on churning and hope for the best and all of that other stuff. Maybe I will get there in the end, but there is no telling right now.

I don’t think I’ve much left to churn out, but I do know that I am getting there and so now I am in the phase of closing. I need to choose my words carefully. I need to consider what it is that I will be getting across in the limited time that I have. I don’t know if I will do it with any success, but it will happen somehow and I will get there and already I am feeling done and tired, but it will be done and I will do the things and I will find the words that close this.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 09:31:04

Fast and messy. Really that’s what this blog usually is anyway, so not different from the norm.

Written at home.

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Damaged Structure

More geological structures.

I feel as though due to the angle there’s a sense of changing size between the three main structures. There’s also a shift in detail which helps to draw attention to certain parts of the photo.

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

The theme for this one is “Follow Your Bliss“.

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 guest curated by Lindy Low LeCoq. The next one is curated by Leya.

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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One Thousand Word Challenge 164: Make up Reasons

The wheels turn and time passes and things change. Change is inevitable and change is continuous. Little is ever static and that which appears to be likely is not.

Anyway, that’s about as much “profoundness” I can muster at the moment. I think I’ve waited too long once more and so once more I am working at a time when I am tired, but whose fault is that? Certainly mine, that’s for sure. However, I am not here to play the blame game; I’m here to knock out these words in a fashion that implies some sort of sense of writing. Maybe it is a flow that I am looking for, or motion.

Yes, that is what I’ll go for.

So all of this writing is all about motion and flow. It’s not necessarily about the rhythm of then words, but their flow and how they move and where they fit among each other. There is a serene grace in how they move and a beauty, though sometimes that must be tarnished so as to prove a point or something. As such, sometimes the combination of words turns violent and they thrash and gnash their teeth. This isn’t something that is desired, but it might be considered a necessity for the purposes of this writing as this then allows me to keep on crapping on about whatever it is that I am crapping on about.

Anyway, I think I’ve said enough, but I think I get the idea across. I’m trying to make up some reason as to why all these bits of writing exist, but there is no reason other than the real reason, but that is not something I feel like revealing due to reasons and so therefore I’m just going to keep on going with whatever it is that I’m going on with and you’ll just have to find out at a later date as to why it is that I am going on with this.

Now there is no need to mask and pretend. There is no need to obfuscate here, but that’s just what I feel like doing. I feel like pretending and obfuscating. I don’t feel like revealing any more than I need to or want to and I have no idea as to where I’m going with this. However, I can tell you that delaying these until the last minute is a bad idea and I’m really looking forward to this month being over. It started so strong and is ending in a rather weak manner. It has stretched itself beyond all reason and I sit here and keep it all going. Just want to rest, but will have to wait to rest as there still remains so much to go and so much to type out and so on and so forth.

Well, I’m nearly at the halfway point and so I think I can keep on going. I’m sure that I can pull something out of nothing and keep this going and then get to the end and then find myself still feeling tired and all of that other stuff.

I actually had a plan for today. I was going to do a few things. However, I ate something that ended up leaving me feeling pretty lethargic and a bit off and so everything went out the window as lazy rest had to take over and drive me forward. Such is the way of things and so now I am here, writing this out and then going to sleep as sleep is needed and it is needed sooner rather than later. Tomorrow is a big day and that is something that I’ll also need to tackle, but right now it’s all about this.

It’s all about the writing of words and using words to express and carry forth meaning. It’s about carrying a sense of flow and grace, regardless of how lacking in either this bit of writing happens to be. Such is the way of things and such is the way that this writing shall be.

Now that I think about it, I’m not sure as to what else I can say other than I am tired and I want to finish this off, but of course I need to say other things. I need to think of things that I can say and I need to find a way forward that will allow me to make sure that this is all somehow convincing. Somehow.

I think that I just need to rest. I need to wrap this up and then rest and take it easy. It is late and I am still working on this, but I should be sleeping right now. I shouldn’t be doing this and now I’m kind of complaining about what I am doing, which is writing and writing is a beautiful thing. Still, I complain and I get the complaint across and soon it will be that I will have this wrapped up but the complaining was in there.

Got on a bit of a loop there.

So I think that with that being said I need to take it easy and go to sleep and all that other stuff. I will find myself resting soon and in that resting I will sleep and in that sleep I will find my thoughts moving to something else. What that something else is, I’ve no idea, but I do know that it will be there and it will flow forward with a sense of grace and beauty and then I will eventually wake up and in my waking up I will be awake and alert and all of those other things, and perhaps those thoughts will be somewhere else. However, that has nothing to do with this writing and so instead of thinking more about that I am going to wrap this up.

Once this is wrapped up I will think about other things and I will think about them in a way that uses words.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 11:14:43

This was stretching things really thin. Had I done this early today I think I would’ve been fine. Didn’t and, well, here we are.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1038: Something Else

The word count is working so I get to write this on the regular laptop of which is the thing that I use.

There also is a break in the rain. Maybe there is some sort of good fortune afoot.

Now, to be fair, rain and not rain do not necessarily mean good fortune and bad fortune. Sometimes you get tired of the rain. Still, rain is nice and lovely, especially in a country that is not necessarily known for having an abundance of water.

I don’t know where I was going with that and I feel I’ve already broken this bit of writing up far more than necessary, so the rest of this will be about something else.

Now something else is a thing that is not the thing that is current. It is out there and it is something else. It is not this, but that. It sits out of reach until it is in reach and offers an alternative to what is current. Perhaps it is not a good alternative, but it remains an alternative and for that perhaps it is worthy of respect, or something.

Well, being an alternative does not necessarily make something worthy of respect, but in this case maybe it does. Maybe it is meant to be respected. Maybe something else is honourable and has integrity and stays where it needs to be at all times. It does not stretch across eons and it does not offer anything more than it is. However, it certainly can be enticing and in that enticement it may lead to the downfall of many, for reaching for something else before it is time to reach for something else may only lead to folly. Therefore, the handling of something else must be a handling that offers a balance and allows all options to be considered so that the move made to reach for something else is as strategic and well-informed as possible.

Sure, you could rush in and be all foolish about it, and perhaps you’d succeed. There is no denying that that certainly is a possibility. However, what if you are not successful? What if your reaching outward for something else before it is time to reach out for something else leads to your demise? What if you suddenly trigger the accelerated decline of civilisation? Did you really consider everything before you lurched forward, or did you decide that there was no need to think about what it was that you were doing and instead went right in and tried to reach for something that may remain out of your grasp?

These are things all worth considering, but they are not worth considering now. Right now there are other things to think about, but they won’t be thought about as there is something else on the way and soon it will be here and thus there will be even more options than before. As such, I now need to remain alert so I don’t miss something else.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:34:81

Not sure as to what I was going for here. Maybe some sort of thought thing.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 1037: Some Rambling About Music

It’s a gentle tone that carries across and float y my ears. Gentle, but there is a sense of tension in it. There is a sense of something being off, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s an okay thing to deal with right now. Everything doesn’t have to be on all the teem and I am just one person and all of that stuff. I’ve got to think about other things and describing music is not the thing that I will do at this particular point in time. Other things I will do first.

I will blink and I will yawn and as I yawn I will keep on writing as that is what I do. Somehow the yawn does not stop me from doing the writing and so I keep on going and get it all out of the way and all that other stuff.

Anyway, I’ll write about music later. That is what I want to do later. Right ow I just want to write about this and describer what this is and get it across in a way that makes sense so as to be able to make sure that it all makes sense and makes sense in a way that makes sense.

Makes sense?

Anyway, I still hear sound. There still is a beat that comes forward and it is slow and steady and nothing special, but it is not offensive. It’s pleasant in its inoffensiveness, though perhaps that is not a good thing and there are other things that should be considered about the beat.

What purpose does it serve? Does it serve that purpose well? Is there only to be a beat or is it adding a bit more? Does it delineate the rhythm into smaller chunks, or does it stay constant and drive forward? And so on and so forth.

Perhaps this is not something that I should be spending time thinking about, but I like to think about these things. I like to think about music and how it effects things. I like to think about the beat and what the beat is doing. Is the percussion sufficient or is the percussionist overplaying? And so on and so forth.

Perhaps it is something that I might be spending too much time thinking about when it comes to this particular song, however.

Anyway, I think I’ve said all that I can as now the beat has disappeared and I’m elsewhere. I’m not in that song anymore and I’ve moved into another song. There is something in the shift in moods and tones, though maybe it’s not really that much of a shift in those despite what the shift in sound suggests.

Still, there’s not much else to say for now. I’m sure there will be other things to say later, however. Until then, I will let this droning music continue on and find its end, for it is something that I’m listening to and it’s enjoyable to listen to, or at least satisfying.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:59:76

I’m not sure as to what I was going for here.
It’s rather uneven, I think.

Written at home.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 163: On Education Again

What is the thing that I am doing right now? What am I listening to and what will I do after all of this?

These are questions that are important to myself, but ultimately irrelevant as they offer nothing of anything classified as worthwhile and therefore I am not going to go into them.

Maybe I will.

Anyway, I sit here and I’m listening to stuff due to needing to have to. There is knowledge to be gained and information to be ascertained and I am one of many who is currently dealing with this learning. There isn’t much time to learn, but there is time to learn and therefor I am in the process of learning.

Learning is a good thing I think. There are other good things, but learning is good. Learning and understanding and sorting the noise from the information and all of that. An educated populace is an informed populace and thus a stronger populace… or, at least I’d hope that that is the case. Sometimes an educated populace may not necessarily be informed, though I imagine that those situations are few and far between… or, at least I’d hope that that would be the case.

I don’t know where I’m going with this. That pretty much sums up the whole thing so I don’t think I’ll keep on going with that thread of thought. There are other things I need to think about anyway and in needing to think about those things I need to give them more attention and more time, but there is no denying that it is good to think about education and how it seems to be portioned out in uneven ways.

Education should be a basic right.

Wait.

Good education should be a basic right. People have a right to learn and a right to know. Education should also be better tailored so as many people can learn rather than only a select few. Traditional education does not work for everyone and so we need to find a way around that. We need to find a way to make sure that everyone can learn to the best of their ability rather than force them to learn to the best of someone else’s ability if someone’s ability to learn in a way considered traditional is not as functional as if we were able to accommodate them better.

Education is not always going to be fun and perhaps that is the way it should be. Really, even though everyone should be educated, that does not mean that education should always be fun. There are things that should not be shied away from, but with that being said I am highly of the opinion should be accommodating.

I think I already said that.

Education should be accommodating and open for all. People deserve to be educated and deserve to be put in a position where they can better participate in society, or anything, really.

That education should be locked behind financial walls is something I find pretty disappointing. When we talk about certain specialised education, well, okay. Maybe there are some things where if people want to use it to generate an income, then sure. Maybe there should be a charge for that kind of thing. However, for things such as general education, as well as higher education, maybe not so much. If people are going into something that is highly specialised where the training exists outside of universities or other colleges, you’d hope that they’d be in a position to pay for that kind of thing, though maybe that too should be free.

Costs for education could be covered in part by taxes and… well, mostly by taxes, if not entirely, now that I think about it.

I think I’ve written about this before and to be honest I’m not sure as to why I’m writing about this again. Maybe I feel galvanised due to being angry about a lot of things and putting off writing about them for a long time. Let myself sink into a slump of sorts rather than getting angry and passionate about the things I want to be passionate about. There are things that I want to discuss and for some reason I have not, but here I am and here we are.

Maybe it is time that I start doing this instead of prattling on about nothing. Maybe it is time that I start doing more serious stuff. Well, most of the stuff I write about is serious, but I don’t often get things expressed in a way that conveys that seriousness in the way that I’d like as, quite frankly, most of my writing is crap. However, if I focus on things that I consider issues more, then maybe that is the path forward. Maybe that is what I should be writing about more often. However, I digress.

So yeah; I think education is important. I don’t think education should be gated off. I think it should be much more readily available for all. It should be made more welcoming to all. Good education should be a basic human right. I don’t think it will solve all the issues out there, but it will go a long way to preventing quite a few and hopefully minimising the effects of a few others.

I don’t know why anyone would be against a free education. I don’t understand why people wouldn’t be willing to have more of their taxes to go education either. An educated populace is a strong populace. It is a well-informed populace and the decisions that said populace make are better guided by knowledge and also eventually experience that that knowledge can work with.

I don’t know what else there is to say so I should look at wrapping this up. I’ve made my point and I’ll probably make it again at some point down the track. However, until then, let me reiterate this one more time:

Education is an important thing to support.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 15:35:18

Slow, but alright… I think.

Written at home.

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