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Swans and Butlers

Read on if you wish to make sense of this post’s title…

  • Swans
  • Ever had one of those old Digital cameras with an SD card which you forgot to upload to your old, compatible computer? I have! One of my first cameras was given to me by my father, a PhotoSmart C200 – it sounds quite nice, and it was at the time, though it has quickly become outdated technology. If I ever manage to get the pictures extracted from the device and onto my Mac, maybe I’ll have a few swan photographs to post.
  • Butlers…
  • …is my response to today’s DailyPost prompt. Though it won’t really make sense without clarification. If I had to choose someone to be stuck in a foxhole with (although, if you ask me, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a fox hole in the first place, nor would I expect to find myself entangled in that sort of dilemma) – I’d choose Domovoi Butler (first name is a spoiler if you haven’t read the… second book I believe?), the most capable bodyguard of Artemis Fowl. With him, I’d likely have little to fret about.

What Film Have You Seen More than Any Other?

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As sad as it may sound, Star Wars (which film in particular, I do not know) would have to be the answer for me. My father first introduced me to the classic trilogy when I was younger, and from there I was a fan. I went to see Ep. 1, Ep. 2, and Ep. 3 in theaters, and received the DVD set for my birthday. Now, however, I am not as avid a fan of Star Wars as I used to be. Though I may watch a movie occasionally on a simple whim. The Star Wars series is quite imaginative, and historically innovative – responsible for introducing some of the major special effects we have today. If you haven’t seen Star Wars, don’t make the easy assumption that it’s for “Sci-Fi geeks,” plenty of supposed “cool” or “normal” people have seen it as well, whether or not they want to admit it.

DP Photo Journal: Tiny

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The little, yet divine, baby Jesus: Rouen, France {Notre Dame}

DP: Tragedy on the Train tracks!

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While I was checking my e-mail today, I came across a most… unique DailyPost topic:

“An out of control train is about to run over a pile ofhappy puppies, do you…”

Half amused, and half wondering what the topic was “really” about, I read on:

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“An out of control train is about to run over a pile of happy puppies. You are standing at the control switch and can pull the level to direct the train onto a different track, saving their lives. But that other track has a smaller pile of equally happy puppies on it.”

What do you do and why?

Note: no actual puppies, happy or sad, were harmed in the making of this topic

Relieved that the lives of puppies didn’t really hang in the balance, I got to thinking about the topic’s true meaning… after all, there had to be something to it… didn’t there? I contemplated the possible “deep meaning” of the prompt – perhaps this was related to the conflicting moralities of human beings, and perhaps meriting the saying “survival of the fittest.” I then proceeded to take the question literally and actually come up with some kind of strategy, with a few friends, we certainly devised something that would work – unless the puppies had rabies and attacked on contact. Simply redirect the train towards the smaller pile of puppies! But I’m not finished yet… then before the train gets to the puppies, gather them together (supposing there aren’t too many, perhaps wrapping them in a blanket you conveniently had with you) saving both piles of puppies!

Whatever the case is, its certainly one of the most mentionable Daily Post topics in the blog’s history!



DP Photo Journal: Abundance

An abundance of fruits and vegetables – baguettes and meats. It’s market day in Normandy, France, and everything is certainly full to the brim with wares of various kinds!

Market Day In Normandy

Market Day! Pick from the freshest, the greenest, the most delicious delicacies you ever did see!

Standing Up to Writer’s Block II

Here’s an even greater compilation of prompts than before, including the topics from the previous list, and the updates that were made thereof.

1. Write about your life’s biggest adventure.
2. Write about your top ten hobbies – elaborating on each.
3. Write an interview between you and someone else.
4. Write about the most interesting conversation you’ve ever had (and can remember).
5. Write a review on the best movie you have ever seen.
6. Write your own step-by-step process to blog fame.
7. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? (e.g. Paris: The Eiffel Tower at Sunset, your well-furnished backyard, etc.)
8. Write about your life from the eyes of another person.
9. A Day in Another’s Shoes: Write about what it would be like to live a life in drastically different conditions than yours. (e.g. In poverty, in great wealth, as royalty, as a news broadcaster, etc.)
10. Write a brief poem (a minimum of 100 words – afterall, this is WordPress) about your day today.
11. The Best Thing I Ever Ate… Just like the TV show, describe the best thing you’ve ever eaten. Don’t forget to include all the mouth-watering details, and having your readers come back for seconds!

12. Write about one of your biggest social blunders, the likes of which you tend to share, or be reminded of, among friends and family.
13. Write a Q&A on a subject you specialize in.
14. What woulld your dream life look like?
15. What would world peace look like?
16. Write about an important figure in history who has drastically changed the way you personally live – for the better.
17. Share your favorite food or drink recipe with your readers – whether you have made it yourself, or at the expense of another.
18. Envision what your life will look like 5 years from now. Any drastic changes? Big achievements? Notable actions?
+10 years
+20 years
+30 years
19. If you were the President/Leader/King, what would you do?
20. If you had a talk show on TV, what would you do? Who would you invite?

21. If you could purchase anything (donations included as a “purchase”), all funds provided at no catch or condition, what would it be?
22. If you could visit any country in the world, expenses aside, where would it be?
23. If you owned a massive, multi-billion dollar frachise, what would be the company’s primary focus?
24. Write your favorite quote and what it means to you.
25. Blog about something (or a subject) you’ve NEVER blogged about before
26. If you could have anyone view your blog, who would it be? (e.g. Your favorite teacher, Harry Potter, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc.)

Here’s some more [topics that “specialize in the ridiculous”] a friend and I thought up:
27. If you could pilot any vehicle, what would it be? (Gundams and Death Star included)
28. Did you read about a character that met a tragic end, much to your distaste? How would change the storyline if you were the writer?
29. If you could have any EPIC super power, what would it be?
30. Which two beings would create the most epic duel-to-the-death scenario?
31. What kind of office supply would you be, and why? (e.g. “I’d be like a rubber band because you can only stretch me so far before I snap, a blank paper waiting for ideas, etc.)

32. If your life was a play/movie, which actors would you choose to play the main characters?

33. If you could go back in time and redo any moment in your life, which moment would that be, and why?

34. What is your opinion regarding the End of the World? Is it all just superstition, or does some of the hysteria ring true?

35. If you could develop a video game, what would it be about? And through which company would you work?

36. What is your dream job? Have you achieved it?

37. What is the WORST thing you’ve ever eaten? Or alternatively, what would younever eat? [e.g. raw snail]

38. If you could start your own country, what would it be called?

+ What would its infrastructure (economic basis) be based upon?
+ How would you “fuel” your nation? Would you go Eco-Friendly, or the way of Oil?

39. If you could spend the day with any fictional character (from movies, books, video games, etc.) who or what would it be and what would you do?

40. If you could visit any fictional realm (e.g. The world of Narnia), which would it be and why?

DP Photo Journal: Curiosity

Week 2 of the Weekly Photo Challenge brings us the topic of curiosity.

 

The Camel of Curiosity

The camel stops to ponder the food pellets within its reach, and the strange mechanical device that all visitors seem to have wrapped around their necks, or hanging from their personage.

 

 

Introducing the Photo Challenge Badge

Simply altered (I only changed the text) from the Post-A-Day/Post-A-Week badges, the Photo Gallery Challenge 2011 badge lets your readers know you’re taking part in this latest challenge by DailyPost.

Photo Challenge 2011

Adventure Writer is a Participant of the Weekly Photo Challenge!

DP Bonus: The Roar of a Lion

Lion - Louisville Zoo

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Yesterday, the DailyPost topic caught my eye – in particular, the bonus question: What is a sound you’ve never heard, that you hope to hear someday?

Aslan

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As the topic of this post suggests – I would like to hear the roar of a lion… either in a zoo or from a safe distance in the wild of course! I’ve always found lions to be particularly amazing animals, what with their flowing manes that reflect the golden rays of the sun, and their fearless composure – acting like true “Kings of the Jungle.” It’s no wonder literary characters such as Aslan (who is intended to be the “Lion of Judah“) draw such attention to themselves, even in very short intervals, it’s simply spectacular – just take a look at the dramatic presence Aslan held in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

DP: What is a friend?

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Who would have though such a deep topic would have come from Daily Post? Though it seems many of their questions have been of some relative, personal level recently.

What indeed is a friend? A friend, in my personal sight, is one of those rare companions who you are fortunate of to meet. I have two terrific friends, and I find that I am comfortable speaking with them about things that concern personal matters in my life. It is that comfortability in disclosure – that relationship that does not hold fear, but allows for relaxing conversations, that may form a true friendship. Friends are those people who will stick with you through thick and thin, and tell you the honest truth – what’s best for you.

Friends care for you not because they get something out of the relationship, but because they have such a respect for you as a person.

Friends are truly special, and sometimes people you will only meet once in a lifetime. Other times we may find an abundance of friends – genuinely caring people who seek the well-being of those they are close to.

This reminds me of a question that was asked on Yahoo! Answers, asking “Do you agree that there is no such thing as a true friend?” to which I responded with a Christian viewpoint:

Humanity is selfish – that is one sad realization that could lead to such philosophy.

There is however, a love that transcends all selfishness.
It is a divine attribute that seeks selfless relationship and ensures true friendship.
Even if you do not believe in the principals of Christianity, look to the lives of Jesus Christ, and other men and women who committed themselves to the ones they loved – even to the point of death. This bond of love may be formed in a friendship. It is something very rare, and very special. It may be called one of those “once in a lifetime” events – that, for some, never occurs.

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It takes discernment and an understanding of selfish ambition. Is your “friend” seeking what’s best for you in the relationship, or what will benefit them? If it is the latter, you know the friendship is “untrue” and deeply lacking.

Hurt can lead us to set up barriers and facades, keeping us from deep relationship.
Sometimes you simply have to let go, and trust someone, but not before getting to know them and seeing beyond the facade that they may inevitably wear themselves.