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and welcome one and all and all for one and tea for two and two for a dollar... to another blither bloated post by your fuzzy-headed host: Marko the Werelynx.

Actually, this is part one of a series of photo diaries about my recent trip to Poland. Or at least, it's a planned series of diaries. Because I'm off in the 3G wilderness, clacking this diary out on my trusty Windows XP netbook, I think I'll keep my blithering down to mere bite-sized portions.

This time a couple of weeks ago I was in Poland. I normally live in Prague, in the glorious liver of Europe-- the Czech Republic. Most of the Prophets already have heard that story, but let it suffice to say this time around that I married into the same Czech family that my father did and earlier this summer I went up north into Poland to attend the wedding of my brother-in-law in Warsaw. We decided to drive up a couple of days early and break up the nearly 8 hour drive with a stop in the countryside near the picturesque little town of Milicz. We didn't really have time for more than a quick peek around their famous church and a visit to the local tourist info center. The history of the town is convoluted and well worth at least a trip over to the Milicz Wiki page. I'd do the old copy and paste, but hey, if you're interested you'll want more than a taste of paste. And, to be honest, I'm absolutely sick of computers this week. So, without further blithering, I'd like to share a quick series of wonky snapshots and I'll save my sideshow slideshow prattle for the hovers.

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Originally posted to Street Prophets on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Cookie Jar (14+ / 0-)

    I won't be around much for the first few hours after this goes up, but I should up early for my morning slug hunt. I'll be checking on the diary comments then.

    Yeah, like I mentioned above, I'm sick of computers tonight. I spent all week working on a 10 second long, animated Adobe Flash movie. I made it through the first round of the job selection process for a position as an illustrator/animator with a company that makes tablet apps for preschoolers. I had some frustrating stumbles as I relearned how to work with Flash and I spent a lot of time getting to know Adobe Illustrator better too.

    I kinda enjoy the fiddly madness that is the animator's burden. I could do without the odd glitches that plague my somewhat antique software though...

    Lots of plans for the weekend that don't involve computers. I'll be working on repairing the interior of my woodfire kiln and hopefully getting in a bit of time at the potter's wheel between bouts with the weeds and slugs in the garden.

    I hope you'll be doing something fun and creative this weekend. Hope to see you in the comments.

  •  Since it is Friday, let's do some gliders (8+ / 0-)

    On Fridays I have been posting photo diaries about airplanes. Today's humble offer comes from the Port Townsend, Washington, Aero Museum:

    Museums 101: Sailplanes (Photo Diary)

    No loud airplane engines--just the quiet lure of the sky and the feeling of being carried by the wind.

  •  Love the photos (9+ / 0-)

    I always look forward to your fuzzy fridays.

  •  Beautiful pictures! (7+ / 0-)

    Still smiling over here since learning that NN15 is in Phoenix!

    I have an eye doctor appointment in about an hour and that will be that for me on the Internet because of dilation.
    I really dislike having my eyes dilated, but it has to be done.
    Plus, I just started reading a good murder mystery!
    Not complaining, just saying.

    Dinner will be simple - turkey sandwiches with pickled carrots and  jalapeños, lettuce and tomatoes.
    Dessert will be chocolate pudding with fresh strawberries.

    Hope everyone is having a good Friday!

    I proudly vote for Democrats - It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!

    by arizonablue on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:43:48 PM PDT

  •  The Polish (7+ / 0-)

    definitely don't get the reputation they deserve in the Western artistic canon for full on artistic installations dating back to the year dot. Glad you could dip your toes.

    "The 'Middle' is a crowded place - that is where the effective power is - the extreme right and left might annoy governments, but the middle terrifies them." Johnny Linehan

    by northsylvania on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:59:24 PM PDT

  •  Beautiful (8+ / 0-)

    I love the photos. It is wonderful to see pictures of places that I will probably never be able to see live.

    Working on an art piece now that is driving me crazy. My ocean is being wonky at the moment. I will get the computer to behave in the end. Maybe.

    Dinner is going to be chicken noodle soup. Have a migraine and comfort food is needed.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 02:12:32 PM PDT

    •  Hope you're feeling better. (2+ / 0-)
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      You're familiar with the process of building up images in layers. Well, I was given a vector image of an elephant with a background to break apart and animate and ended up with an image in Flash with about 30 layers. Twice, when I had about 5 seconds of animation complete, Flash trashed my library of images and I practically had to start all over again. I found myself staring at a blank space-- I had an animation timeline laid out with no pictures. Sometimes I'd save my work and only certain images would be retained so I'd have a limbless, headless body floating across the screen and then a quick image of an eye blinking. Clueless, I bumbled on and on and eventually completed the project.


      Your images always look like they must contain dozens of picture layers. Best of luck with your troublesome computer and the wonky ocean.

  •  I'm late with everything today, it seems! Love (5+ / 0-)

    the pics, Marko....just beautiful!  Maybe my eyes are wonky, but they looked fine to me.

    The one with the statue of the Blessed Virgin reminded me of my old parish, right outside the old church was a circular drive with a similar statue.

    Yes, I have been known to set foot inside a church in my time.  Just not....lately.  Don't wanna risk a roof collapse or the untimely demise of a few older parishioners, from shock-related coronaries.

    Loved your wife's comment that Pope JPII looked like a garden gnome from the back....he really does!! :-)

    Fueled my brain with fish...some lovely haddock and scallops, pasta salad and a very few fries for lunch.  Now I don't have to worry about supper.   Maybe some ice cream, later.  Maybe.

    Dunno what is on my agenda for the weekend.  Got some computer work to do....laundry....shoe shopping.  I hate shoe shopping!!  I want shoes, not a costume accessory for Frederick's Of Hollywood.  siiiiiiigh  I miss Earth Shoes...and I'd rather run barefoot, but it is my sad lot in life to have to wear appropriate attire every now and then.  oh, woe is me.  

    azblue is happy as a little mudlark today, 'cause we heard that NN15 is going to be in her backyard.  There are devious plans being made.  bwaahaahaahaa.

    Have a splendid weekend my fine, furry friend!


    "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

    by The Marti on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 02:30:42 PM PDT

    •  Barefoot! (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm with you there! I'm typing barefoot as a matter of fact.

      And I agree with the dislike of shoe shopping. I suppose the only shopping I really enjoy is shopping for books or music. Well, I do get a tingle out of a good hardware store. And I like antique and pawn shops...

      Occasionally shopping for food can be great fun when I'm in unfamiliar territory. Going into a grocery store in a foreign country is an educational experience.

      Looking up and down the comments there seems to be a lot of pasta and pseudo-pasta being eaten.

      Making me think it's time for me to get some breakfast finally... pasta perhaps?

      •  mmmmmmmm....pasta for brekkie!!! I do like (2+ / 0-)

        leftover pasta for breakfast, as long as I've already had coffee.  Coffee was late this morning, 'cause I dawdled.  It was a good dawdle, but still.

        I'm hankerin' for pancakes since yesterday, though.  We don't have an IHOP or a Denny's here, but we do have a few local diners.  There's one up in Portsmouth (NH) on the the ME border that has really good food...including fried pickles!  They don't go with pancakes, though.  And I'd have to wear a shirt and shoes to get service. and music shopping!!!  That's my downfall, too.  And kitchen stores!!  I'm the gadget me some kitchen "whatsits".  I like to poke around in shops that sell old stuff....not necessarily antique stores, but places where you can find antiques without the 30% markup for PR.

        Mmmm....brekkie.  Yep.  Gettin' to be that time.


        "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

        by The Marti on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 07:21:06 AM PDT

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  •  The AC guy is working on repairing the unit. (5+ / 0-)

    Right now he had to run off for something, and is going to return shortly. So yay for having a cooler house and not ending up in the hospital with an asthma attack this weekend.

    I used to work with a woman from Poland. She was a sweetheart, and used to get so MAD when things happened like people not having insurance, and not getting paid sick leave. She seemed to miss Poland so much, I wondered sometimes why she didn't move back.

    Dinner tonight is 'bow-wow' essentially baked ziti with hot dogs. It's easy, cheap filling, leaves lots of left overs for lunches tomorrow, and everyone loves it. Basically you make the pasta al-dente, then put it in a greased baking dish with the spaghetti sauce of your choice. Dice hot dogs (I usually make disks or half disks) and mix them in. Add a handful of cheese, and pop into the oven for 20 minutes to a half hour at 350. And that's it. Often I make bread with it, but with the AC being out since yesterday and dealing with all of that, I got distracted and missed the start time for it.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 02:51:36 PM PDT

  •  Still recovering (6+ / 0-)

    From my Wednesday trip to Detroit for the Cheers and Jeers Dinner. I'd planned on posting photos, but it's become very clear to me that I take lousy candid photos of people. I'm better at landscape and nature stuff, so here is a picture of the sun rising on Net Roots Nation, Day 1:

    Detroit sunrise photo P1010395_zpsa6025301.jpg

    Dinner tonight was an experiment in a gluten free version of Aglio ed Oiio, spaghetti with oil and garlic, using julienned strips of zucchini for the noodles. Plated with fresh shaved asiago cheese it was rich and satisfying, and I'll definitely make it again. It was also very I'll probably make it a lot! ;-)

    Your pictures are wonderful, Marko, I'm looking forward to the next installment.

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

    by Ooooh on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 03:13:16 PM PDT

    •  Hiya, Ooooh! (1+ / 0-)
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      The secret to taking candid photos of people is taking zillions of photos-- eventually we all look somewhat human. Advice from someone who also seems to take lousy candid photos of people, but I do take lots of photos and once in a long while I can say, "Ah, yes. Finally a good one!"

      Thanks, for sharing that lovely sunrise. Always a sign full of promise and hope.

      If I'd still been living in Wisconsin I suppose I wouldn't have been able to resist a hop over Lake Michigan to attend Netroots. Eventually I'll get around to checking out what folks have been posting from the event.

      Been awhile since I dipped a toe in the kiddie pool.

      That sounds like a great zucchini recipe. If the slugs leave me a couple of plants I'll have to try the zucchini strips for spaghetti substitution.

      •  There are also some nice tutorials (1+ / 0-)
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        Online on how to take good candid photos, I've been perusing them since I got home. I think next time I have the opportunity to take candid shots I'll do better. It's my challenge to myself. :-)

        I've used zucchini as a substitute for lasagna noodles with great results as well. This time I used a food processor to get skinny "noodles" but I know people who use a vegetable peeler to get wide zucchini "noodles" although I have not done that yet. It might make nice "noodles" for chicken soup, I'm thinking.

        But so far I like the oil, garlic and asiago the best, it also gets points for being so simple. You just cook the  "noodles" right in the oil and garlic.

        There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

        by Ooooh on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 05:33:37 PM PDT

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    •  My android camera app (2+ / 0-)
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      Ooooh, Marko the Werelynx

      on my phone takes a very short burst of video called a zoe. It's wonderful for getting rid of people with their eyes shut or yawning. I must admit that a lot of "candid" images I post are collages I put together in Photoshop using frames from zoe videos.

      "The 'Middle' is a crowded place - that is where the effective power is - the extreme right and left might annoy governments, but the middle terrifies them." Johnny Linehan

      by northsylvania on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:04:51 AM PDT

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      •  My digital camer takes video as well, (2+ / 0-)

        And I know a lot of people do just as you do, isolate a single frame from a video. It is particularly useful in Nature photography. It can be a real challenge to get just the shot you desire when shooting Nature, animals do not pose! :-)

        There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

        by Ooooh on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 05:35:21 PM PDT

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        •  I thought of this conversation (2+ / 0-)
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          when a friend of mine posted a similar set of frames from her iPhone this morning. She takes them of her dogs and then goes through them like a flip book. Would be useful for drawing comics.

          "The 'Middle' is a crowded place - that is where the effective power is - the extreme right and left might annoy governments, but the middle terrifies them." Johnny Linehan

          by northsylvania on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 05:29:06 AM PDT

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