Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rue du Paris


When we first arrived in Paris, I was awestruck by the architecture of the buildings and the history that was preserved therein.

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Shades of Cool

Cool Guy

Here's a photograph I took of a pair of sunglasses and altered the saturation, contrast, brightness, etc. for effect. Simply another one of my many photographic experiments! I like this one for the reflections and shadows. Note: the "shades" are from Europe, as many of my photographic subjects.

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Set Your Sights on 2012 with Insight from WordPress’ New Feature

Two hours ago WordPress announced a superb new feature: a comprehensive annual report with the works - fireworks, statistics, congratulations, and tips for 2012. Thanks for all the hard work WordPress!

When I checked my e-mail moments ago it was to a pleasant surprise – WordPress’ creative annual report for my blog. If you’re new to blogging this page may be… disheartening, however, don’t let that get you down. WordPress has a helpful guide to getting you on your way to blog stardom: Master the Basics and Beyond.

My blog managed to achieve a few thousand views, which I’m contended with considering where I started (2010: a few hundred views and zero subscribers). All it took was regular posting, proper tagging, and creativity with blog posts. I’m thankful for all the people who have taken the time to subscribe to my blog, regardless of its varied content, and have taken the time to read my posts – it has been a great year and I’m astounded at the feedback I’ve received. I never figured I’d get more than 5,000 views.

I would highly recommend reading WordPress’ guide – my generation rarely likes to read instructions or how to’s, however, it is certainly worth the read. Practical and thorough, the WordPress staff has years of experience which has been conveyed in simple steps just about anyone can understand.

However, if you choose not to read it, here are some simplified highlights (with some tips of my own):

-Focus on making quality posts (I need to work on this more! Although blogging, when I’m not in a hurry, has certainly helped improve my writing capabilities). If you’re writing something personal, about life, etc. be sincere / real, the human element is what gives a post its charm.

-Make quality comments on blogs with similar interests to yours

-Subscribe to other blogs (especially DailyPost)

-Make a New Year’s Resolution to take on the PostADay or PostAWeek challenge (it’ll improve your writing and bring attention to your blog, and hopefully DailyPost will start up a 2012 campaign)

-Utilize social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. which you are a part of to spread the word of your blog.

Now it’s time to get blogging and draft some extra posts to cover the days I’ve missed this year…

 Happy New Years (Bonne Année Nouveau, Feliz Año Nuevo, Felice Anno Nuovo)

– Adventure Writer (Aventure Ecrivain, Aventura Escritor, Avventura Scrittore)

P.S. - Feel free to correct my foreign language 
(or even my English, if I made a grammar faux pas) 
in the comments if you find anything amiss.

Fleur du Jardin de Monet


Here is yet another flower which may be found within Monet's Garden. Its colors are vibrant and add to the overall scheme of the garden.

The Founder of Tragedy

Continuing where we left off with Alexandre the Great and company, pictured below is the famous (perhaps infamous, as we’re discussing tragedyPierre Corneille!


Announcement: Back to Reviews

Lately it’s been back-to-back photography posts, and you may be certain they will continue. However, in between photographs, I’ll also be reviewing movies, music, books, etc. in the next few days, weeks, and potentially years to come. Certainly more in these next weeks than we have had in a while.

What to expect soon:

-Sherlock Holmes II Review

-Anthony Horowitz’s: House of Silk Review


Eye-Catching Architecture


While in Europe I came across astounding feats in architecture, one of which was at the memorial site of Joan of Arc. Quite unlike the Parisian architecture one might see in Paris, this memorial building must have quite the interesting story to tell.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Between


When I found this picture in my collection, it brought to mind the photograph provided in the Daily Post entry... albeit with a subject a few centuries older. Now if only I could dim that sunlight a bit so the contrast isn't quite so extreme...


This is certainly a common sight in bustling cities like New York, Dublin, (featured here) Paris, etc. - even in my "small" home town. If you took note of the smudges, we were in a dirty rental car at the time and such marks were... unavoidable. Aside from those SHOOTWWDCP (sticking-hand-out-of-the-window-while-dangling-camera-precariously) shots.

The latter photograph was slightly enhanced to bring out the colors and with the enhanced hues came prominent smudges – unfortunate, however I’d like to think they… add character?

Stained Glass for the Holidays

This post was originally drafted on Christmas and intended to be published within the hour of creation, however, some unforeseen circumstances arose. Therefore, here is Christmas Day’s post for today!


While in France, we happened upon many Cathedrals (it is almost impossible not to), some with relics of World War II, such as this stained glass window with paratroopers descending from the heavens in the midst of Mary and her Child. Slightly enhanced.

This post has been sent back in time for Christmas.