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What to do with CDs?

In this digital age, many people have long since ripped any CDs they have onto their computer/ portable player, then buried their music pile behind the couch or in the attic.

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Vinyl albums are making a comeback as people once again appreciate the emotional response that comes from holding a large interactive, holdable, foldable, readable, viewable work of Art (never mind the more controversial matter of what sounds better).

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Vinyl album sleeves and cases are can be beautiful. These have always had a value separate to the quality of the music that lies within.

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Unfortunately, CDs never had this. In the quest for slimline, stark, neat and efficient reduction, much was lost. Sleeve artwork on the whole became a necessary byproduct, a utilitarian descriptor rather than a thing of beauty in and of itself.

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As a result, CDs and CD cases are small, characterless and unloved.

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As a result, these CDs are now mostly hidden -out of sight- behind the couch or clogging up the attic.

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But I’ve found a nice use for them (well, for those nicer sleeves at least):

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Lightshades:

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It’s just some LED Christmas lighting wrapped in circles and stuck onto a plastic front that holds some CDS. I designed them and asked Tom Deevy at T&T Shopfitters (Cork) to make the ‘racks’.

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I can’t claim credit for the bits in-between though.

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Depending on mood or the latest colour scheme on the wall (ya right), the CDs can be swapped out and replaced. Or even taken out and played if such a drastic notion occurred to you.


Superman’s Underpants and the movie “Inception”

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See this?

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Now, sorry for showing you my bathroom wall, but there’s more to it.

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It’s not easy to explain, but once this photo is put in the frame and placed in that location, behind that piece of string, it then takes on a whole new depth that you can’t see in this photo.

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When Mrs. Rumm saw it she shrugged and sighed and smiled and walked away. Nothing new there then.

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As my (then) 8 year old daughter immediately explained when she first saw it “the first picture is outside!

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Precisely!

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…When we look at this picture in this place we are standing in the outside layer of the image. It’s quite beautiful. :)

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Anyway, I posted that pic to illustrate my other point, which is to do with the movie INCEPTION, directed by Christopher Nolan. If you haven’t seen it, look away now because what I’m about to discuss could be seen as a possible spoiler in a way…

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Alpaca Popstars!

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Confession time: I’ve discovered Alpacas for the first time…

Alpacas. Yesterday.
Alpacas. In a field. Yesterday.

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My first reaction was how come all these camel/llama type animals look like famous singers?

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Have a look for yourself…

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Paul McCartney!  (almacca)

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Aljagga
Mick Jagger -(Aljagga) and proud fan

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Liam Gallagher, obviously. (algalla)
Liam Gallagher, obviously.  (algalla)

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Witney Houston and Leonard Cohen.
Do I have to say it? …Whitney Houston and Bob Dylan. Together at last. Bob is looking a bit like Leonard Cohen here too don’t you think?

(One mustn’t laugh. Whitney was going through a rough patch at the time)

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Blur -well half of them anyway   (albarn)
Blur -well half of them anyway (albarna)

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Lady Gaga  (algaga)
Lady Gaga (algaga)

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A more relaxed Lady Gaga  (alnotso-gaga)
A more relaxed Lady Gaga (alnotso-gaga)

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The Stone Roses' Ian Brown
The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown

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That guy from Take That  (whothatpaca?)
That guy from Take That (whothatpaca?)

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Have you seen any singing alpacas recently?

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Working with elastics

OK I admit it. I flipped. I spent time photographing elastics in various poses. There -I’ve said it!

In my defence, I did them years ago, but I do think they’re kinda nice. I just thought to add them here. And why not?

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These are part of my “Stretch Out of the Office” series. I think if there was any justice these images (framed) would be as de riguer in offices as, say, those classy poker playing dogs pieces.

Be sure to check out the rest!

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CAPTION LEAGUE ROUNDUP

The Caption Competition League ran from April 2007 – August 2007. There were many other leagues before that, but they were via email only.

There were 17 weeks this time around.
It was won by Mr. Rory Corbett of no fixed abode. Rory won A LIFETIME’S SUPPLY OF OXYGEN!!!

Below is each photo and the winning entries.
(Some weeks there were more than one winner -this is because winners were decided by member votes and sometimes more than one caption got the same [highest] number of votes.)

PLEASE NOTE

WHILST EVERY CARE IS TAKEN NOT TO GO TOO FAR, SOME PEOPLE ARE PREPARED TO HAPPILY GO FURTHER THAN OTHERS.

SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME SMALL AND FRAGILE LITTLE MINDS.
LOOK AWAY *NOW* IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BE OFFENDED.

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THING -STANLEY KUBRICK IN MY CURTAINS!

Picture the scene: Sunday morning -enjoying a dozy rest in the comfort of my own bed, while the children play and fight noisily with each other downstairs, I casually look up to the light straining through the window.

Who do I see there, peering through his camera lens?
Why, it’s only the greatest film director of all time (in my opinion), Mr. Stanley Kubrick himself!

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THING -Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -an in-depth look #1

“It’s just a kids’ movie,” I hear all the time. “Not worthy of analysis.”
Are only so-called serious films worthy of closer looks? Are funny things less worthy? Is less thought put in to making funny and ‘child-friendly’ films?

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If so, things weren’t always this way, you know. Let’s take a closer look at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to allow me to explain precisely what I mean (and also to somewhat-validate the theory I mentioned around here someplace).

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