peripheral perceptions

a look at life from the corners of my mind


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New Blog Casa

A couple of weeks ago I entered a contest hosted by Rose DesRochers and World Outside My Window and sponsored by Vision this hosting. The prize was a free domain name and hosting for a year.

Guess what.

I was selected.

You could have picked my jaw up from the floor when Rose told me. So, as with any major move, there’s lots of cleaning and packing up to do. Then there’s the furniture arranging at the new place and HOURS spent getting it *just right* before company arrives.

But I think I’m pretty much moved in and ready for you to drop by. No need to bring a welcome basket, but……

If you’ve bookmarked or subscribed to this blog, please note my new address:

http://peripheralperceptions.org

So, come on over and visit me at my new blog casa. Please keep in mind that I’m still arranging some of the accessories, and welcome any interior decorating tips, advice and comments on how to make it better.

Gotta run. So many things yet to do!


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Need a little nepenthe* from life?

Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

nasicornous having a horn on the nose.
A late-summer trip to the zoo provided a plethora of photo opps. Who would have thought I’d ever need a pic of a rhino! And lovely she is, don’t you think?

neonate newly born child.
Speaking of lovely, we have a new little peanut of a girl in our extended family. Say hello to our great-niece, born last week.

nephogram photograph of clouds.
This sunset was accompanied by amazing clouds that looked like a rope. I thought is looked like a cosmic tug of war. You can read about it HERE.

*nepenthe something, such as a drink, capable of making one forget suffering.
Originating in Egypt, nepenthe was an anti-depressant potion for sorrow…more simply, a forgetfulness drug. It’s found in ancient Greek mythology and classical Greek literature. The first time nepenthe appears is in the fourth book of Homer’s Odyssey, where it refers to a magical potion given to Helen by an Egyptian queen to eliminate all sorrows with forgetfulness. It may have been made from opium, laudanum, belladonna or wormwood. Whatever it’s claim to fame, the word easily rolls off the tongue and is fun to say.

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Friday funny, October 15, 2010

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”

But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt.”

On a more serious note, if you enjoy apologetics, you will like the two videos below. Alister McGrath holds a PhD in molecular biophysics. Once an atheist, through his study of the natural sciences, he now in a believer and holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Oxford.


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Hands that hold the future-Creative Exchange Week 3

Canon EOS Rebel  |  f4.5  |  1/60 |  ISO 200

Got nuthin’ really outstanding this weekend to share for Creative Exchange Week 3 so I’m pulling one I took when Peanut was born. Originally in color, I thought it would make more of a statement in black and white. When converting digital color shots to black and white, I use the Image>Mode> Lab Color setting in PhotoShop and select Lightness in the Channels menu. I find it gives me better contrast. From there, I go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. Through Image>Adjustments> Levels, further contrast can be achieved if necessary. For the finale, I use Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask until I get the sharpness that looks best.

Posted for The Creative Exchange, Week 3 |  hosted by Lisa at White Cotton Tee


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Mayhap* you haven’t heard of these?

Welcome to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

margaric: pearl-like.
This is my favorite necklace…an anniversary gift.

melittology: study of bees.
Busy little carpenter bee didn’t even notice I was hovering over him with a camera.

minauderie display of affectation.
This is from my Daddy-Daughter reunion post. While deployed, Army Guy missed Peanut’s first birthday, her first steps, first words and her first kisses. Aside from a 10-day leave just before her birthday, he was away from her from the time she was 5 months old until 17 months old.

mayhap* perhaps.

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Creative Exchange Week 2

Through AC’s Scrapbook, I discovered The Creative Exchange. Hosted by White Cotton Tee, it’s a place to share something creative each week that is uniquely you. Whether it’s drawing, painting, photography, writing, poetry, blog/web design, photo tutorial, examples of cooking, baking, sewing, fashion, dance…just about anything goes as long as it’s creative!

So I’m hoping on board this week with a photo taken of Peanut at a local Fall Fest. I wanted the background blurred, but the original shot wasn’t blurred enough for my liking. No worries, as any good designer will tell you…we’ll fix it in post.

To reduce the background detail and bring the foreground object into sharper focus, take the following steps in PhotoShop. You will need a basic understanding of PhotoShop terminology and tools. If you need help, please let me know.

1. Make sure your image is flat. Open your Layers Palette.

2. In the Layers palette, right click and select Duplicate Layer. You have made a copy of the background layer. Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Make desired adjustments. Click OK.

3. At the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Create Vector Mask icon at the bottom of the palette window. A white box should appear in the copy layer.

4. In the left toolbar, make sure your foreground color is black and background color is white.

5. Select the Brush tool. Adjust the size of the brush.

6. Begin “painting” the image you want to bring into focus. Smaller brush tips can be used to initially paint the edges. Larger brush tips can be used to paint the inside of the object.

7. If you happen to accidentally paint outside your object, Click the X key and go back and blur those areas. Click the X key again to return to painting away the mask. Clicking X switches the black and white colors. If you wish to include some areas surrounding your image but don’t want them in as much detail, adjust brush opacity and paint some of the area surrounding the foreground image. Return to 100% opacity to continue with your main image.

8. Once the image is in sharp focus, if you’re happy with the result, you are finished.

9. Flatten the image.

Before photo…………………………………………..After photo

Posted for The Creative Exchange, Week 2
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