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With Tasty Results!

“With Tasty Results,” image by @iamTalkyTina using Flickr Lunes by @johnjohnston

Well, it was just too much fun making a Flickr Lunes one this morning and so when I saw a tweet that it wasn’t working, I had to check it out again and it was still working so I had another one done so I had to decide if I should throw out an Art or share it. It is never a fun time to throw out Art, so I am sharing it.

This is a second one of The Daily Create, tdc1991 to make a Flickr Lunes using the web tool that is made by my TrueFriend, John Johnston (@johnjohnston, on Twitter).

Make a CREATORIST Lune! Get Certified!

“Creatorist instruction Lune,” by @iamTalkyTina

So, today’s The Daily Create, tdc1991, says to make a Lune . A Lune is like a special haiku that is words instead of syllables, and 353 instead of 575.  That means it needs to be three words, five words, three words, instead of five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables.

My true friend @johnjohnston made a website called Flickr Lunes to help you make a loon. All you have to do is search a picture from the Internet that is already pre-approved for remix. Then you type in your words.  The you pick top, middle, or bottom, and then press the button to make it. Then you just download it and post it on your blog post.

Good luck to all the peoples! Only nine more to go (except for all the ones that you missed and you have to go back and do still!)   But if you need a little extra incentive, then here it is because when it is all done, there will be a special commemorative T-shirt that you can order that will have all of the certified peoples on it so that you can show off your CREATORIST certification to strangers.  Join the privilege of being in this special first cohort!

Keep on creating, bub!

 

 

The Rise and Fall of Stairless Society

“Album covers from my 1980’s pop-synth band,” by @iamTalkyTina

Today’s The Daily Create, tdc1990 asked us to remember a favourite band that was about “without something,” like the example Men Without Hats didn’t have hats.

It reminded me of one of my favourite pop-synth bands that I was in of the eighties which was called Stairless Society.  Over the course of our career arc, we released several albums which produced zero hit singles or didn’t even get on the charts, but still I thought we had a great concept and of course we had a funky beat.

“Self-titled debut album, Stairless Society, 1983,” image by @iamTalkyTina

We had fun touring with that first album, but along the way, some of the bandmates got discouraged, and by the time we re-grouped to cut a second album, we were down to two members, me and one other.

Second album, ‘Superramp,” sadly took a dive,” image by @iamTalkyTina

Unfortunately for some bad press that arose just during the release of our second album (an overeager reporter dug into my history and dredged up all the news related to the court cases back in 1963-65), we struggled to get gigs. After a few weeks, it was just me up there on the stage trying to run all the different instruments by myself as well as acting as the face of the band.

“Our third album, SS: Start to Finish,” was a compilation album of previous releases,” image by @iamTalkyTina

By the end of that tour, we (I) decided to give it one more go by releasing a retrospective album, but it went nowhere, and so I moved on to more exciting dreams.

But it was still a fun time!

I Made @JimGroom Say Uncle!

It was for The Daily Create, tdc1989, where it said show how to get respect with just Five Words. This was a challenge task that came from @hitRECord where @hitRECordJoe hasn’t applied to be a #TrueFriend yet.

I really liked the one by Terry Greene (@greeneterry, on Twitter) (who knows a friend of mine who doesn’t know who I am) because his respect with just five words was to use his TrueFriend  badge to say he was “official creature of the Internet.” Because he shared his badge for a writing one,  my picture is there right in the middle of the page of all the world to see!

“My Badge Gets Respect, Bub!,” screen capture by @iamTalkyTina

Of course, my one was when I got respect from UNCLE @JimGroom after all that trouble with the #PretenderTina stuff and his #ArtLack. Fortunately for UNCLE @JimGroom, he has been keeping himself in line since then without too many reminders over each year, and so that was good for him.

“I Made @JimGroom Say UNCLE!” screen capture by @iamTalkyTina

It is always a good time when people give each other respect and are #TrueFriends. Apply for your badge today!

Plus, remember, for a limited time only (called June 2017) the window is open for @iamTalkyTina certification in Creatorist badge. You have to do all 30 of The Daily Create ones in the #30DayTDC challenge by @cogdog to be considered.

In This Case, It’s Other Reasons

“In this Case, It’s Other Reasons,” image by @iamTalkyTina for tdc1986

Well, The Daily Create, tdc1986 wants us to make an Unworthy one about trying not to scream, but with terrible terrible headlines, but make it fake, but if we can make it real, then we get bonus points. So I did a one like that, with a true commentary, and it has inclusion, plus I am speaking from my personal experience.

You can read more about Bathmophobia on this site, and you can read about Trump on all of the other ones. But don’t bother about the latter.

The Attributions of It:

I started like we were supposed to, by looking at the Upworthy Generator, to see what it was. After getting some ideas about how to make the words, I did a screen capture of it and then put it into Photoshop to change all the parts. Then I looked for bonus internet points to find an appropriate image to go with the headline that I made up all by myself. Plus, I put in lots of innuendo bits.

I used a font called Droid Serif for the headline. I used whatfontis.com plus my good judgement to make the selection.

I found the Upworthy logo and made a little editorial change to it.  I found the font Parafuse to use for the N after checking out other fonts like ChainsawGeometric, Blast-Beat, and DekoBlakk which all had a U like that but their N’s were wonky. For the little N in the big N, I just made it by hand out of pieces of the H. Today I found a lot of fonts on ffonts.net

“UNworthy,”  GIF by @iamTalkyTina

I also found out a really cool site for next time called FontsInUse.com which can tell you which fonts are in use on different things like sites like Upworthy.com. So that might save us all some time another time.

I made the play button by selecting it using the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop from a screen capture of a video and put it over the picture and made it grey with a white behind it.

The picture was made out of a screen capture from a video on Youtube.

Full Disclosure:

I changed the word “President” in the original CNN headline to “Trump” to make it more truthful and less generic. Plus, that is what CNN called it on YouTube and it has 484,000 hits for that in 0.43 seconds so a lot of people have written it on the Internet already to make that many hits of it.

#TFW You See Your First Stairs of the Day

“Iron circular stair. Plate 425-N.” by J.L. Mott Iron Works is licensed under CC0 1.0

#TFW you see your first stairs of the day, and they are all curvy and swoopy and special and full of potential for all kinds of mischief and enjoyment and fun, and you get a tingly feeling that tells you today is going to be one of those fantastic days where everything is just going to go your way and you will have such a fine time, so you hop up and head out to start the morning  with glee in your steps and a smile on your face and singing happy songs inside your head as you look for new #TrueFriends and nobody makes any comments about your height or says the Mean Word at you.

This was one for The Daily Create, tdc1982 which says “ZOMG ROTL art! Create a TIL, TFW, ICYMI type tweet for what is going on in classic art.

The picture that I used is “Iron circular stair. Plate 425-N.” and it is by J.L. Mott Iron Works and it is  is licensed under CC0 1.0 which is called the attribution of it, which we also had to do as part of the instructions in today’s The Daily Create.

The History of The Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck

“Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

My favourite drink that I like to think reflects me (rather than defines me) is called Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck.  It is a variation on a historic favourite known as The Horse’s Neck (and The Horse’s Neck with a Kick) and here is the story of it.

The original Horse drink is kind of unique in that it is usually available as both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic variation. Without getting into a long tirade about my continually youthful appearance and my compact vertical proportions, let me just say that there have been times when it has been beneficial for the bartender to be able to appear to be serving me something that is in keeping with my perceived external looks, while at the same time being able to give me what I may actually want or need given my actual age or temperament at the time. Of course, during missions there are times when the opposite may be true, say if I’m needing to maintain my wits while undertaking hours and hours of libation-expedited negotiations.

I will confess that I spent many an evening practicing such tradecraft while visiting with Sir Ian Fleming himself at Goldeneye, and actually suggested the drink to him when he was writing a scene for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — you know, the one in the airport VIP lounge where James Bond is disguised as Sir Hilary Bray? Remember how he goes in for a double brandy and ginger ale? That was my suggestion! 

Ian Fleming, reading my suggestions for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Anyway, I remixed and renamed the drink in the early sixties shortly after I did that spot on The Twilight Zone. Telly was being a bit mean to me on the set (part what you see in the episode wasn’t acting on his part), and so the night before the stairs scene I managed to sneak in and swap out his ginger ale for something a little stronger. (For the record, all of this came out in the disclosure before the trial, and was all considered as coincidental and not influential in the final outcome. Plus, remember, it was just a TV show.)  But it was just after that when I renamed it in Erich’s memory.

The other stipulation that I have always made is to ask that the bartender to forego the traditional highball glass. I prefer the tumbler instead. That way, not only do I get to have a little chuckle about Erich and his little trip down the stairs, but I also get two drinks for the price of one! Hence, Two Swift Kicks for the Ass’ Neck is what they give me.

The bartenders know what I like, and if not, they never get it wrong more than once.

Attributions:

Remixin’ an’ Reincorporatin’ Those Comic Book Heroes

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The Shadow, by Walter B. Gibson, originated in 1930’s pulp fiction

So I was enjoying The Daily Create for today, tdc1453, which said to make a Lone Ranger meme, and I couldn’t help but noticing how the comic book industry has been remixing characters for years and years.

Come Out of Your Hidey Hole by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

These thinkings came about because of some of the confusions that might have come up in making a meme when it looks like The Lone Ranger up on his horse on two legs, but the meme generator gives you a picture of Zorro instead. Because if you don’t notice the black Zorro cape, you might think they were the same guy. They both ride a white horse in southwestern desert places and have cowboy hats and gloves. They get  the bad guys. Even if Zorro had a black hat, it was kind of like they were the same guy, just incarnated into a different costume.

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TDC1453 submission by by @dogtrax

But then I thought deeper, and then I saw a Lucky Luke one (he’s a cartoon), and a Boromir one (or is it from the Boondocks Saints? But I’m still pretty sure it’s Darryl). They didn’t look as much like The Lone Ranger, but they were still either cultivating the Cowboy or The Good Guy Masquerading as a Villain, which seems to be common for heroes.

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@Ronald_2008’s Lucky Luke, @annycow’s Boondocks Boromir Ranger, and a Shadow/Spirit-channelling Lone Ranger found by @mdeHSD

Then I saw one that looked like a drawn Lone Ranger but the blue was darker and the red bandana and mask made him look more like Walter Gibson’s The Shadow (image at the top of this post). Or perhaps more like Will Eiser’s The Spirit.

"The Spirit" -- looks familiar, eh?

“The Spirit” — looks familiar, eh?

Of course, like me, a lot of the Lone Ranger was originally in black and white, but when he did come out in colour, his blue was a fadey-blue colour (like a desert sky) and not so much that rich blue these Spirit/Shadow guys seem to have.

So it can’t be that folks are confusing all these different ones with The Lone Ranger, but maybe thinking more deeply about (cowboy-type) heroes in general.  We can slap a new skin on the same old attributes, but we still recognize the basic hero and what he stands for underneath.

It was interesting reading today to find out that the original Lone Ranger actually had a whole hero philosophy detailed by writer Fran Striker. The actors Clayton Moore (Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (Tonto) extended that thinking beyond their acting and into their real lives, trying to model good stuff for kids, both on the screen and off.

I believe…

  • That to have a friend, a man must be one.
  • That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
  • That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
  • In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for what is right.
  • That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
  • That ‘this government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ shall live always.
  • That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
  • That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
  • That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.
  • In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

But then @JanWeb3 threw a little wrinkle at us. Not only is this Ranger not a man, but he ain’t carrying no shooting’ guns.

GiveMeLand Ranger by @JanWeb3

GiveMeLand Ranger by @JanWeb3

And then I saw this post circulating on Twitter — and my brain started to go all expanding about how our types of heroes are being challenged these days.

What To Do When You’re Not the Hero Anymore: From Mad Max to Finn, This Year’s Heroes Looked More Like Us by Laurie Penny @pennyred

You should read THAT post and then ponder some.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that the Lone Ranger’s true Ranger name was John Reid, and in some shows he had a nephew called Dan Reid, Jr, and that when Dan Reid, Jr. had kids, one of them became Britt Reid, who turned out to be The Green Hornet (‘truth!) but with Kato instead of Tonto and a Black Beauty instead of a white Silver?  If that isn’t remixing, by the comic book industry, then I don’t know what is.

And let’s not even get started on how the most favourite and most famous superhero of these days times called Batman was coming home from watching a movie of Zorro when his parents were killed which made him into the Batman when he grew up. Plus, it was funny when The Green Hornet and Kato were in Gotham and talked to Batman and Robin when they were doing a Bat-Climb.

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Make some Art, bub! Giddy-up!

Danny Was a Smooth Talker

"Danny was a Smooth Talker," photo from @iamTalkyTina archive

“Danny was a Smooth Talker,” photo from @iamTalkyTina archive

I had all but forgotten this little gem until Geoff Cain (@geoffcain, on Twitter) triggered some memories this evening that had been pretty much buried in the muck of the sands of time. Geoff’s prisoner106 Book Cover “The Partridge Family #4 Meets The Prisoner” reminded me of the time back in the 70s when The Partridges were let loose in The Village. I recall it well because it was the third (or fourth?) time I was called into The Village to do some security consulting and to pick up the pieces (again) after yet another Number 2 meltdown.

Keith and Laurie were happy enough hanging out on the beach, playing guitar and singing. Shirley and Reuben were easy enough to keep track of — they were in the Castle restaurant most of the time, or sitting on the patio enjoying the view and the Bloody Marys. Chris (the second one) and Tracy didn’t get into too much trouble, and it was before Ricky came along, so I didn’t need to worry about him. But Danny was the character who gave me the real headaches. He somehow managed to take advantage of the power vacuum and got himself installed as Number 2 for a few days until The Committee and the Residents got wise to him and the replacement finally arrived.

Let me tell you, I earned my consulting fees on that trip! Danny was even so presumptuous as to get his own glossies printed up by the Tally Ho press, and foisted them on anyone who would take one. As you can see, despite all of my run-ins with him, he couldn’t even take the time to get my name right. AND he used the Mean Word at me. He was only a True Friend of Me in his own head.

So thanks, Geoff, for stirring up this little jaunt through yet another (1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7) preferably forgotten memory.

Ah well, all’s well that Tina ends!