tysolna: (parachute)
Flower Rock
Got a couple of them done and uploaded onto Flickr.

Some were inspired by stories on [livejournal.com profile] deathless_pose, some are random collections. Or maybe not.
This is certainly something I'd like to do more of; it's a fascinating way of making images, and it's a lot of fun to play around with different objects and ideas.

Is this digital photography? In a way, I'd say yes, but completely different. If that makes any sense.

Anyway, feel free to take a look.
tysolna: (omgwtfcookies!!)
I decided to take this Saturday off and relax my brain. A slight hangover certainly helped with that decision. So, after spending a few hours at the writing desk and getting a little stuff done, I did something I wanted to do for a long time: I installed the scanner that was given to me by dad when he bought himself a new one (he's one for getting new technology instantly, and I get the old, but still working, stuff, an arrangement I can certainly live with).
It works a treat, and I started scanning pictures.
However, that is slightly boring after a time, and rather repetitive and uncreative; but I felt like creating. So I started putting various things on the flatbed scanner and arranged them - and "buzzzzzzzz" went my creativity.
Results will be seen on my flickr account soon.
tysolna: (medieval king)
In my spare time (hah!)... Ok. I have a rule: The books I am reading in the kitchen and the bathroom are "fun books", "spare time" books because I can't be bothered with criticism texts early in the morning or while eating lunch. I read enough of them during the day.

Anyway! In my spare time, I've been re-reading the Harry Potter series. Not only has this made me appreciate Rowling's ability to plot and use continuity, it has also made me appreciate "Order of the Phoenix". It is a lot better than I remembered it from the first, admittedly rushed, reading. The same goes for "Half-Blood Prince", where I've just reached one of the final chapters, the one where the thing happens that was a Big Effing Spoiler when that book came out, even though a friend of mine knew what would happen beforehand.
So, we were all wondering about that "Severus, please...", right? And do you know what, I think I figured it out!
cut in case this is considered this a spoiler, well, you never know, better to be on the safe side and all that; besides, this must be rather uninteresting for people who're not into Harry Potter )

... and why can't I have brainwaves like this about stuff that matters? :D
tysolna: (girl studying)
First of all, thanks for your replies, and your help. You guys rawk.
Since I would probably say the same thing to more than one of you, I'm going to make a new post of this.

Now then. I think I should have clarified my initial question; apologies.
The only geographical area I had in mind was "mindspace", the place a country's myths, or heritage, come from. I know that there are a lot of European myths coming from the Middle Ages (I also know I am generalizing, but that's for argument's sake), and from what I have seen I'm rather convinced that there are a lot of US myths coming from everything attached to the Wild West era / area. As [livejournal.com profile] nugirlontheblok just said, it is the concept, not the actual physical thing.

Yes, I meant both Outback and Wild West referring to non-Aboriginal Australia and non-Native American USA.

So, from what I gather by your replies, there is few or no romanticizing Australia-the-land-and-landscape in, say, literature or art, like there is with the US and the Wild West, or Europe and the Middle Ages, or, come to think of it, Canada and the land?
tysolna: (girl studying)
The Outback is to Australia what the Wild West is to the US, and what the Middle Ages are to Europe.
True or false?
tysolna: (take me away)
So, The Sims lets you play a virtual human or family (my family are William, Susan and Cordelia Shakespeare, who are friends with David Hoff who works as a security guard; good for a laugh if nothing else). They sleep, eat, work, make messes, play on the computer, read, etc. I am not sure about the way they talk yet, but it sounds funny.
Anyway, all in all it's a simulation of real life.
And that's what started me thinking, because why do we play a simulation of real life instead of a simulation of something we cannot experience in real life?

Do you know what I would find fascinating? The Sims: Stone Age. Carrer choices: hunter, gatherer, shaman, worker, various crafts. Or stay in the cave and care for the descendants. Get your logic score up and invent fire! Get your friends score up and become the tribe leader!
There would of course be the Neolithic expansion pack, with updated living conditions - houses instead of caves - and more career choices.

Or, if the Stone Age doesn't interest you, you can always choose The Sims: Middle Ages. It would be as truthful to the time period we call Middle Ages as, say, softcore porn movies are to the real thing: a pleasant fantasy. The Sims: Middle Ages has of course complete equality of gender, so you can be a female knight if you so wish. Other careers could be jester, falconer, or if your influence score is high enough, even royalty, because this obviously has to play at court. But nevertheless, you start out as a peasant.

The Sims: Stone Age and The Sims: Middle Ages would sell like hotcakes, I'm sure. I know I would buy them.

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