Month: October 2013

Thursday Challenge: Old

The theme for this week’s challenge is Old. I have two photos that I am putting forward for this challenge and there are a couple of reasons they fall into the “old” category… Firstly, the photos are views from my living room window and show the trees outside. One tree in particular that I just love.

Trees are old! How old? I’m not sure as I’m no tree surgeon so my diagnosis is pretty old.

One of the pictures is winter and the other was spring. I didn’t really get any in summer – mainly because there was a big spider in the way haha.

The second reason the photo is old is due to the fact that as of 2 weeks ago that view doesn’t exist :(  They have started construction work in the field to make way for a new school and the field is full of diggers and dirt (I won’t post photos of that as it just makes me sad). It looks like a scene from Terminator with all the floodlights and machines. My favourite tree is still there and it’s in the “safe” side of the fence so I hope it stays…. I hope you like the pictures and would love to hear your thoughts.

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What Was Top Of The Charts When You Dropped Out Your Mother…?

I’ve always been fascinated with knowing what was number one in the UK singles chart during the week someone was born. I think it gives a good indication of the persons personality etc. I know that’s probably crazy but it’s my theory and they usually are.

When I was born on 22nd March 1978, the number one song was “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush.

What does that say about me…..?

A little bit weird but an experimental interpretation of something classic!

I’ve posted the video below and then there’s an interesting photo below it. I took the photo near Aberdeen beach because I thought the sign was really funny. When I uploaded the photo I noticed something else on the hill at the middle right of the shot which can only be described as….Kate Bush from the Wuthering Heights video….spooky huh?

What was the number one when you were born?

If you want to check the UK charts then I use the everyhit website but I’m sure there’s an equivalent for every other country.

Find your “number one”, and write a post about how you think it relates to you. Cosmic musicology…..:)

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If Someone Wrote A Song For Me On St Valentine’s Day I Would Be Ecstatic…

As it’s St Valentine’s day I’d like to share a song I’ve written…

There are a few different versions of it and it was the first set of lyrics I’d written that were put to music. Get your sick bags at the ready…

Once I had completed the lyrics I trawled the internet to find people that would accept my lyrics and turn them into a proper song. A couple of the ones I found, even though I shouldn’t judge as I have no musical talent whatsover, I just had to submit to the big amateur song jukebox in the sky. They pretty much sounded like they belonged to the soundtrack of a very bad 80’s computer game. Thankfully I found one guy and when he sent back the demo I instantly liked it. There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing as I am very picky but eventually we had a couple of completed versions. His name is Wayne Bowers and his website is Lyrics Into Song. He is really talented, good at what he does and provides demos for people who maybe want to pursue the song further. I was satisfied with just the demo.

He produced two versions for me. One, which was a stripped back acoustic version on the piano. The other, with more instruments.

I preferred the acoustic version.

St Valentine’s Day comes around and on the basis that the song I wrote was for Greg and it was called Heart Drive – I bought a heart shaped USB drive. Onto the drive I saved an mp3 of the song, the videos I made to go along with the song and a lyric sheet I had produced. I was excited to give this to Greg and he said thanks, that’s nice….

I expected more of a reaction to be honest but music and videos are more my thing, he has his own hobbies (which seem to involve being on his laptop or sleeping).

First of all, here is the lyric sheet:

Heart Drive

This is the first video I made, I thought it would be a good idea to have a “lyric video” but looking at it now I think I could have chosen a better font….

I then thought it would be good to make a video of us both in it. Unfortunately, I could only find a few short clips of us both together so I had to recycle it, reuse it, reverse it and slow it the hell down so it lasted five minutes…

I mentioned that there was also an alternate version of the song with more instruments and you can listen to it here on the Lyrics Into Song website.

You may recall from the post Here’s a little song I wrote… that I have been getting one of my friends to sing some newer lyrics I have written. When I let her hear Heart Drive, she wanted to do a version so here is her version of it – Heart Drive. It’s not the full song and I am still pestering her to finish it. I have 3 kids, she says. Get them to do backing vocals, Steve Says. If I’m being completely honest I prefer her voice on this song….sorry Wayne, yours is good too :)

Wayne also done a version of the song Nearly There which my friend sings in Here’s a little song I wrote... His version was called Here I Am and you can also hear it on Lyrics Into Song – it’s more rocky!

Have a great St Valentine’s Day…

These Words Are My Words

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It’s only words…

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

(1)“Hmmm” – Some might say that this isn’t really a word but I originally had it with an extra “m” and the spell checker suggested hmmm, therefore it must be an actual word, right? I read somewhere once that saying “hmmm” to people when you are unsure of the answer or solution they are looking for puts them at ease, more so than if you just start blurting out words. I can’t remember where I read it or I would share it. Upon trying to use Google just now to find the article I just kept coming up against this. Anyway, wherever I read it, it’s stayed with me and has been quite useful in my job where people expect me to know all the answers, all the time – which I don’t, never will and never want to.

(2) “Stuff” - A fantastic word. I use it a lot when I either can’t think of the correct word to describe something or if I just don’t know – most often the latter.

(3)Like” – This is nothing to do with Facebook likes or blog post likes. It’s maybe a bad habit of mine and I use this word too much i.e. “I was, like, I couldn’t believe it and he was like, what did you mean?” But a really good use of this word is as a form of greeting in Aberdeen – prefix it with the word “fit” and you have a fantastic way of saying “hello, how are you” – Fit Like

(4) “Yeah” – Something was pointed out to me a few years ago when I worked with my flatmate. He said I used “yeah” only at work, never at home – at the end of a sentence when I was asking people to carry out tasks for me i.e. “Will you tidy up the stock room, yeah?” It obviously worked as he would tidy up at work but never do his dishes at home. I still use this all the time – it’s like a way of making someone agree to do something without them really realising.

(5) “So” or “To” or “Is”- I use these three words in equal measures so they count as one.  I use them to get people to tell me more information that I don’t know…or should know but I need to make them tell me so it looks like I do know. Say a sentence and end it with one of these words. Follow it up with a pause and a lean in of head. The information will then come pouring from the person…

(6) “Y’know” – Not strictly one word, however, this is my list. I do a lot of presentations and when I watch other people present,  I always look out for words that they use far too much and quite often unnecessarily. I’m guilty of it too but I am conscious of it and try very hard not to do it. Common ones such as “basically”, “obviously” and “okay” are ones that I listen out for and often tally up how many times they are used. These would be the ones that most people spot easily. I’ve recently started using “y’know” in place of those common words as I keep telling myself this word is a “new kid on the block” and nobody has spotted it yet. Perhaps this is not true but I’ll carry on in my misguided ignorance for now. An extra benefit of using “y’now” is it gives me a second or two to think of my next words, or the word I really want to use but need a second to recall it.

(7) “F*ck” – Yes, it’s a profanity but it’s a one of the great swear words. It can be fitted in almost anywhere and can really emphasize anything. Don’t get me wrong,  I’m not a constant swearer and I can judge the time and place that it is acceptable to get my f**ks out. It really annoys me when people get that so wrong. I don’t appreciate people who I have only just met swearing in my presence and I certainly don’t appreciate people swearing in an open office where everyone can hear. Those f**king people can f*ck off – that’s just f**king rude.

(7.1) Should  – I used to say “try that, it should work now” when I already knew 100% that it would work. I’ve learned to be confident in what I am saying so I have removed “should” from my vocabulary and replaced it with words such as “will”, “sure” and “confident”

Picture generated by Tagxedo.com (I almost took as long playing on that as I did writing this post – it’s ace)

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

As usual when I saw this prompt I thought, och, I dinnae ken whit tae write (that’s Scottish for oh dear, I don’t know what to write)

However, this is what I commented on a post by Indecisive Eejit this morning,  I tend to have a quick look at the prompt when it is first announced and then get on with other “stuff”. It then sort of bakes away in my mind and I eventually have something that resembles a cake. It’s not maybe always the kind of cake people expected but I can only bake with the ingredients that I’ve been given :)

To see previous responses look at the archives or click on Daily Prompt in the category cloud on this page

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Steve’s Monday Music Mix – Week Two

Here’s a reminder how it works:

Each week I will post 3 new questions so…

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

Title your post “Steve’s Monday Music Mix – Week…” and link back to that week’s page.

Post your response in the comment section of that week’s page.

Any suggestions for future questions welcomed!

For more information, to submit ideas for future questions or just general feedback go to Steve’s Monday Music Mix.

Here are this weeks questions and my answers:

Who do you love?

Crush

Comments: Well that’s very handy isn’t it. It’s always good to love your crush. Unless your crush is provided by a big compacting machine…then, not so good.

Who loves you?

Bamboogie

Comments: The dance loves me? There was obviously a lot of alcohol involved the last time myself and the dance were together.

What is love?

Never Never

Comments: Okay, the song says that “it never happens to me” but I interpret it as love never never ends :)

Phoneography Challenge: Night Photography

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This week’s phoneograpy challenge is challenger’s choice and I have chosen “Night Photography”.

The photo was taken in Bridge Of Don, Aberdeen. I think it is very obvious which car park we are in ;)

Greg had just passed his driving test so driving out and about at night time was still a novelty. We would often end up in McDonalds and get a coffee to take down to the beach, drinking it while watching the ships come in and out.

Thanks to Sally for this challenge, I hope you like and I’m hungry for your comments.

You can see other entries and participate here:

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Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

I usually do get up in the morning at 6:00AM during the week when I have to go to work. At the weekend I normally get up about 9:00AM and do the weekly “big clean”. Downstairs on a Saturday and upstairs on a Sunday.

However, as we are talking about golden hours, last night in the UK the clocks went back one hour due to the end of British Summer Time. So, I thought, I’m going to take full advantage of this extra hour in bed. Greg did point out that it’s not really an extra hour, it’s just getting back the hour we lose in the Spring. Spoilsport! Anyway, I wasn’t going to let that deter me. I was going to accept the extra hour and build on it, having a long lie and doing the cleaning in the evening.

Cleaning whilst having a beer, I have decided, is much more fun.

I have just finished and the last room I done was the “fun room” as we call it. It’s the 3rd bedroom but it’s too small to be a bedroom really and that’s where I have my computer, one of my stereos and just other “fun” stuff.

I had a little helper as you can see from the photos below. Disco is a poor tidy uperer let me tell you!

Also in the photos you can see:

(1) My Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 that I had a spare cover for and spray painted pink

(2) The crazy sofa bed that makes me dizzy every time I look at it

(3) The framed Doctor Who meets Bingo photo that I mentioned in Paws

(4) The shelf of kitsch featuring a robot, and 80s cassette bank, a Tardis, a mini Dalek, a laughing buddha, Superman Pez dispenser, and a waving cat

(5) Cushions galore, featuring Pugs with bow ties, cats with crowns and a ice lolly

(6) One of two photos of me and Greg wearing stupid glasses in a frame styled like an old fashioned television

(7) The reflection in the window of my dual monitor fab computer setup (set up by Greg, I need to give him credit for that)

and…..

(8) A very naughty cat


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Thanks to the daily prompt and your comments would be fab!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/daily-prompt-dawn/

Mission: Netflix A Day – The Fades

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Final day of my current mission.

Well, actually it was last night but after I watched the show I got caught up with GarageBand (it’s free now, yaaaay) the clocks then shifted back and I was too confused I couldn’t even finish my wine never mind write a post.

The show I decided to watch was The Fades – a British made horror/thriller. I realised all the shows I had watched up until then were American and I felt like I had to balance it out a little bit.

The plot appears to be some kind of apocalyptic crossover. A young boy has visions and there is one big scary ass monster on the loose. It starts in some abandoned shopping centre where the monster is attacking people and there are zombies or dead people or something, which did kind of remind me of the Mastrick Shopping Centre (if you’re not from Aberdeen you won’t get that but it made me chuckle).

I’m not sure if it was because I was watching alone, very late but it was quite scary at parts.

There was also a humorous element and it starred a good Scottish actor, Daniella Nardini, from the amazing show, This Life so that made it even better.

It looks like it is only one season so I will definitely watch this through to the end.

Mission report Day Seven: Pure Dead Brilliant!

So, that ends this week’s mission and I would say it’s been a real success. I’ve discovered some good shows that I will continue to watch and might do this mission again in the future.

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Keep a look out for my next mission!

Daily Prompt: The Clothes Make The Man

Steve:

I’m reblogging this as I got the ultimate compliment last night. Take a look at the end of the post!

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

I’ve never really been a follower of fashion but I did have a “light bulb” fashion moment a few months ago. I was 35 and realised I needed to start dressing to suit my age. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t wearing skin tight jeans and skinny t shirts or anything but I was wearing skinny jeans and t shirts with random logos. The ever increasing waist line also contributed towards the realisation a change was required! I started wearing jumpers, shirts, plain t shirts and jackets. This may sound like your grandad but nooooo….I discovered Primark.

It’s amazing – lots of choice, sensible options and reasonably priced. I’m never out of the shop now. Greg has started calling me the Primark Gary Barlow and I must admit I do try to copy his style :)

So, do the clothes make the man? Yes, so long as you dress…

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