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Grâce à Mes Yeux: A Photographic Compilation

The Adventure Writer’s Blog presents its first… collage!

Feel free to express your opinion in the comments.

This picture was ridiculously large (in its original posting) and had the potential of long loading times. However, if you would like to view the full version (which I would recommend if you have high speed internet) click here and take advantage of the size by zooming in on all the various details.

Vibrant Collage [Resized]

In all my time blogging over the course of two years I never thought to make a collage, and never one this large. The original was 7200 x 4050 – half a gigabyte with high resolution, although this version has been dramatically resized for lower connections.

War at Our Doorstep

War at Our Doorstep

The annotated version of War At Our Doorstep delves into the story, uncovering important details and casting light upon the story’s various ambiguities. The story provided in this post is the original, unannotated version.

The frailty of life is a lesson learned by experience – the likes of our daily existences. Every day, when the fading crimson and golden-hued light gives way to the blackness of night, the menacing drone of bombers and the shrieking alarm which announces their coming brings fear into the heart of the community, and although all do their best to find safety in their homes, their shelters often become their prison unto death.

It all started three weeks ago, when the first HWK-325 emerged from the night’s sky followed by a score more of its kind. The residents of our humble town knew little of the ways of war and were unprepared for the onslaught to come. Many lives were taken that first day, mainly of those who did not heed the alarm. Since then, many of us have not dared to set foot out into the now foreboding pastures of our country which holds such terrors in the night. Our storehouses we have filled with what sustenance we may until the bombers pass (which is our one last hope). Those who have lived to see the bombers firsthand, such as myself, have reported many great wonders, such as the arrival of the AGL-435’s, great white bombers of extraordinary size which fought against the HWK-325 in a war of unknown causes. Perhaps they warred for control of our land, for every day they would annihilate a few of our land’s kind residents in their destructive conflict.

One night, following the death of my only son, I decided it had to end. I didn’t know how, but I would

This is an image I’ve used previously for various video projects related to War at Our Doorstep.

end this once and for all and bring peace to our land. I gathered my family together into our living room and held, perhaps (for I felt a great foreboding), our one last meeting. My wife was the first to speak.

“Honey, you can’t go!” she said with fear and anxiety upon her face. “Nobody has ever left their homes at this time of night and come back alive. Think of your family! Your –” she indicated with a movement of her hand our precious babies, all now teens but for our child of three. “Our children! You can’t leave them without a father. There’s no chance of success; you can’t reason with a bomber! How do you expect to fight them?”

Doubts filled my mind for a moment, but I cleared them away with a shake of the head. “Something must be done,” I said resolutely. “If I die, at least I will be an example for the community – to stand up for our families and fight. We have no hope cowering in our homes, we alone have the power to conquer this plague to our land. I’m certainly no David, but I will stand before many Goliaths. You can’t deter me from this; we must take a chance. Have I ever not returned? I will come back… and I pray with tidings of peace.”

Here is the enhanced version of a photograph I took some time ago of this bird of prey which ascended upon our porch. One of my revisions entailed increasing the level of detail in this graphic in order to accentuate the pattern upon the wings, sharp eyes, talons, etc.

I embraced my children and wife one last time, and journeyed out into the darkness. However, I saw at once my mission was a futile one, as a dozen bombers descended from above, their sights no doubt set upon my now quivering form – it was now too late to turn back. With one fell swoop, one swift action, my soul was carried unto heaven. What would become of my family and our town? Was there any hope to be had?

“Mommy, mommy!” a little girl’s voice sounded in the distance. “A hawk just caught a bunny!”

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Wikipedia Blackout Announced: Public Protest of SOPA

WordPress takes a stand with other online giants

The Wikimedia Corporation recently added a new banner to their website, and no, this time they’re not asking for a donation. By general consensus, the Wikipedia community has decided to initiate a blackout in approximately 3.5 hours, in order to protest SOPA legislation proposed by the United States government. The official comprehensive explanation is offered, as well as a simple homepage notice.

It is understood that although this legislation may have its benefits, it also comes with a price of providing the government with the power to remove websites after a court’s approval and restricting online freedom by placing strictures against suspected pirate websites and requiring domain owners including search engine giants such as Google, to remove any possible links related to the alleged pirate/s – a note upon which the Wikipedia community has taken a stand, claiming that the legislation is a form of censorship, and as other popular websites have stated, the likes of which China and Iran implement. Supporters of the bill dismiss these claims, yet Congress has taken note of these criticisms and the bill would appear to be losing ground. [1] [2] [3]

The time is ticking… now what am I going to do when I have some last minute research for the next 24 hours (the duration of the blackout)? I’m sure I’ll survive, but the impact of Wikipedia’s message, combined with the efforts of Yahoo!, Tumblr, Google, etc. is sure to be substantial. [4]

Even our beloved WordPress has joined the strike, all it takes is a visit to WordPress.com and visit one of those “censored” blogs.

I, for one, am a staunch supporter of action which may hinder the efforts of pirates and rightly secure an owner’s content under their copyright. However, the ramifications SOPA presents brings up many questions: do we want the government to have more power? Will the legislation really do good? Will it really effect the economy, or this simply being blown out of proportion? Will it hinder innovation and quench online entrepreneurship? 

Many of the Internet’s chief innovators are on strike, where do you stand?

A Bustle of Activity

These first nine days of January have been filled with much activity. My time is consumed by hours of reading, studying, blogging (especially in the case of my recent review, and planning for future posts), monitoring publications (B&N recently accepted two of my short stories to be displayed for purchase on their website and NOOK devices), etc.

On a side note – Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini, has lived up to its expectations (for me personally) and the expectations set by positive critiques. I look forward to reading the rest and composing my review.

Later tonight I’ll be posting a photograph which I altered, again with European origin.

Until then,

Bona nocte!

PostADay2012

The Adventure Writer’s Blog will be continuing daily postings for as long as is permitted.

For 2012, look forward to:

-Great Photographs

-Reviews

-Writing

-Tips & Practical Advice

-Personal Entries

-Christian Outlooks

And more!

 

I hope you’ll join me in this 2012 endeavor!

-Adventure Writer’s Blog

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!

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European Cathedral

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This photograph was taken in a moving car, which explains some of the blur. I used one of the built in iMac graphics programs to increase sharpness and give it a sepia tone.

Endless Loading…

Ah, the joys of endless loading. Evidently the new uploader hasn’t taken a shine to me yet.

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This post has been sent back in time!

Charlemagne: Notre Dame de Paris

While in Paris I found the great Charlemagne, ancient conqueror of Europe, outside the grand Cathedral.

Charlemagne

Charlemagne, Caesar Augustus, Saint Peter... who knows who you'll meet in Paris?

War at Our Doorstep: Subscriber Exclusive

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