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Creative Prompts 2017-05-17

Hello again! Today’s theme is “orange”, that colour that brings to mind more positive than negative ideas and concepts. It is a colour heavily associated with sunset, along with pink and purple. It is also the colour of a low-temperature flame, with fire having the potential to warm bodies, cook food, heat metals and cause harm to both person and property. For me, it brings to mind youth, adventure and new experiences in general, including the bad ones. There is also a fruit and a place in the Australia state of New South Wales and county in the USA that shares the name.

The prompts for this theme should give you something to work with. If you can think of other objects, ideas or concepts that I did not, feel free to post in the comments section. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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Creative Prompts 2017-05-16

In line with the current series of prompts, today’s theme is “yellow”. Yellow offers a diversity of thoughts of ideas. Like a lot of the ideas springing forth from the current series, the ideas surrounding “yellow” are often contradictory in nature. It brings to mind thoughts of the sun and morning as well as cowardice. It is energy and summer and pus from the body’s immune system as it seeks to deal with a possible infection. Please note that I decided to use the title prompt of “yellow badges” to show a stark contrast between the positive association with this colour.

That should give you guys something to work with. Be sure to post in the comments section if you can think of anything else linked to the theme, whether it be a song or a quote or a bird. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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Music Review: Traveling Songs by The Dada Weatherman

Year: 2016
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Folk
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Free Your Mind
  2. Traveler’s Song
  3. Desert of Love
  4. Rewind
  5. We Will Be Alright
  6. Rocking Out
  7. M.O.
  8. Falling in Love

I apologise for the delay in posting another album review. I decided to remove the album that I previously had on the top of the list on account of Canadian band The Rest being oddly absent from the interwebs nowadays. It made me a little sad but I suppose that even good bands break-up or fade into the ether. I recommend that you check out their album on Jamendo here. And this brings us to the next album on the list.

I first noticed French band The Dada Weatherman, otherwise known as Dada & The Weatherman, about two years ago when one of their new albums popped up on the front page of Jamendo. Folk.It.Up was a good listen and I soon found myself listening to some of their other releases. Last year, they came out with the album that I am reviewing today, Traveling Songs. Please note that all of their tracks are in English.
Traveling Songs is a collection of eight tracks that offer a more refined folk and psychedelic and blues rock edge, reflecting Dada’s roots growing up listening to classic rock and blues from the 60’s and 70’s. With all of TDW’s albums, there is a strong focus on vocal and guitar work to do justice to the compositions. Sadly, I can’t say the same for several other artists that I have listened to of late.
Do I have a favourite track in this release? I enjoy all of the tracks, but if I had to choose then it would be a toss-up between Traveler’s Song and We Will Be Alright. Be sure to post your favourite tracks of the album in the comments section if you take time out to listen to the album.
In conclusion, this is a great addition to the existing catalogue of releases by The Dada Weatherman. It offers something new whilst somehow managing to stay true to the roots of the artist. Be sure to also check out the other releases of TDW and let me know what you think of their music. And last but not least, if you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. You can find a copy of the album on Jamendo along with a huge catalogue of their releases.

If you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. I have a backlog of album reviews to get through so bear with me.


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Creative Prompts 2017-05-03

It is the third day in our series on colours. Today, the theme is “blue”, the third part in the RGB colour model. This colour has likely already brought to mind numerous ideas. We often think of water, the sky, feeling “blue” when we are down, and the colour often evokes a sense of calm. On top of the prompts, I would encourage you to spend time looking at the sky and a body of water if possible.

I hope that the prompts for this theme help you either flesh out an idea or seed something meaningful. If you have any other words, articles, audio or art that you think fits well into this theme, feel free to post in the comments section. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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Creative Prompts 2017-05-02

Hey there! I am back again with the second creative prompts in my series about colours of the spectrum. In line with yesterday’s colour red, today’s theme is ‘green”. Why green and not a primary colour? Well, I decided to go with the RCG colour model, of which green is a primary additive colour. (see RGB color model article on Wikipedia for further information.)
Green is one of those odd colours of the spectrum that tends to evoke more negative than positive connotations due to its connection with plants. Even in the desert, we see the thick green skin of plants such as the various species of the Cactus. We also tend to view a lack of green plant life as a sign of drought. It is also a colour heavily tied to blue due the blue being the symbolic colour of water.
No visual prompts today. I’d recommend visiting nearby parks and spending time in a garden or greenhouse. That should allow you to take in a sense that would otherwise be ignored – smell.

Those prompts should hopefully give you something to work with. If you have your own words or concepts related to “green” that you’d like to add, feel free to post in the comments section. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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World of Keiko 2017-05-01

It has been ages since my last update. As some of you are already aware, the Queensland coast was hit by Cyclone Debbie more than a month ago. Our area lost power for more than a week and local farmers now have to deal with ruined crops of cane and months of work building up soil due to fertile topsoil being washed away. As far as my hubby and I are concerned, the creek behind our house repeatedly came up to our back fence. We saw the froth of the topsoil and numerous items being washed towards the ocean throughout that time.
After the cyclone moved south and inadvertently led to Rockhampton suffering its worse flood in sixty years, we saw numerous helicopters flying directly overhead as it moved along checking for where best to send repairs and support teams. Most of the people in the area have a means to deal with power outages, leading to the perpetual hum of generators and the use of portable solar panels. It was yet another reason why I like it here. The people know to plan ahead and prepare for an extended period without phones and power.

In lieu of the extended period of time rationing power and internet, I found myself feeling overwhelmed by the idea of blogging. As it was, the whole thing also coincided with Camp NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t able to reach my word target in time but it at least got me thinking about a character that desperately needed attention. What it has shown me if that I seriously need to get into a regular writing schedule again. This might be put on hold as hubby has declared his upcoming vacation as “three weeks of Hell” as he plans on doing lots of exercise during that time to improve his help. That means that I am sucked into the vortex of health and fitness improve as well. I am seriously going to be sore…

I have also thrown myself back into playing Black Desert Online, forcing me to think of how best to deal with upgrading gear for my toons. I now have three pieces of TRI boss gear. However, I still need to get some Dim Tree Armour. This will make a huge difference to my characters as a whole. I am so glad that my characters can share armour and accessories otherwise this would be even more painful than it currently is. I have changed my node network in order to nab strategic points and also begun production of items such as Jukeboxes and muskets. This will likely change to fit with supply and demand as well as my own supply of materials. I may not be the using the most efficient methods for making silver in-game but it is currently something that requires very low maintenance on my part.