Trying To Exit Some Social Media

Exiting Social Media Is Difficult

I’ve tried this before, exiting social media. It’s a tough decision. The ability to communicate with the world was tossed out to the general public with no real instruction manual. The result has been a wreckage of information for the wealthy to mine to their benefit.

Exit sign at the bottom of the stairs.
Exit sign at the bottom of the stairs.

The wealthy only pretend to do social media. They pay people to instruct them on what to say and do to promote their agendas and their personas. The rest of us are left to our own devices to figure this out.

I’m starting to learn that less is far more with social media. You are giving away data points and information about yourself without even realizing. What you find humorous is informative. Where you visit, who you like, who you dislike, etc. All of this can be analyzed and used to your detriment.

Another aspect to this is that you are giving away valuable insights for free. A wealthy person made the comment that he used YouTube to gather feedback and data that would have cost him dearly many years ago. All that he had to do know is do a video designed to get a reaction and the information came to him for free.

I do like the social interaction. I’m going to experiment with posting on digital properties that I own. These are my websites. I’m going to start trying to get the discipline to put in the work to make a post. No more just sharing what others post or other simple methods. I’m going to try to post my own creations in an attempt to improve my interactions with others and to force the social media companies to share my personal websites if they want me to add value to their websites.

I’m curious as to what the results of this will be.

Getting Outside. Finding Things.

Getting Outside More

I read studies, but they don’t matter. It’s just a simple truth that people who work in offices should be outside more. The outdoors can shield you from sickness and depression. Probably helps in other ways too, but just those 2 are good enough reason to get out.

A recent excursion led me to this single pink combat boot in the river bed. I was looking for birds, specifically eagles known to be in the area. Some days, you get eagles, others single pink boots that only make you wonder what the story is.

One shoe. Pink combat boot.
Single pink combat boot in the river bed.

 

The Resolve For More Outdoors

The Resolve For More Outdoors

I could go on about the benefits and scientific findings concerning how humans need to be outdoors. You could Google that yourself and waste time finding those results. Just going outside for a walk is a better test of the the theory.

Autumn trail covered with leaves.
Autumn trail.

I was reading this article on nature and your health and it was interesting to find that even the science community agrees with this notion. They even took note of the spiritual aspect of being in natural surroundings. That’s significant when science takes notes of spirituality and a mainstream news publication publishes the finding. I’m taking note at how glaringly obvious the spiritual aspect of being in nature must be for these 2 communities to notice.

Knowing that being outdoors is important to your well-being and actually going outside is difficult. Why is it that if you’re sick or unhappy, you’re often told to rest indoors? Probably bad advice.

I’m making the resolve to get outside more. I think this is a part of my draw for motorcycles and photography. They’re just methods to get out where I belong.

 

Apple Butter Stirring Excitement

The Excitement Stirred in Roscoe Village

Please understand, I’m not slamming the Apple Butter Festival. Many people would love it. People into crafts would be in heaven I’m not even a festival guy. I didn’t.  For me it was a humorous disaster.

First stop was a church parking lot we were directed to. $3 each to park. I asked if 1 spot for 2 bikes would be $3. They said no. That’s un-Christian right there – I think. I paid anyhow. I didn’t want to talk about $3 at the pearly gates, so I gave up the money, but we took 2 spaces.

First, I was yelled at a by an elderly Eastern European playing a harpsichord.  I just pointed my camera at him playing. He freaked out. Whatever. Eastern European harpsichord players are cranky bastards.

There was an overwhelming amount of high-priced pallet wood art.

And the apple butter? There was one dude stirring apple butter. Here he is. He was about as excited as you expect a guy stirring apple butter to be.

Stirring apple butter at Roscoe Village.
The one apple butter stirrer at the Apple Butter Stirring Festival.

I got a laugh out of the situation though. I hiked a serious hill and paid a $5 entry fee. There were more fees to do other things if one opted to, $5 got a visitor admission to a public street.

There was a really good band playing and the place smelled great with the food cooking. It wasn’t all bad.

Blur Past The Window

She Was Just a Blur Past The Window

Women walking by in a blur.
Woman is just a blur past the partitioned door window.

Photos like this are best left to one’s imagination in their intent and interpretation. I’ll post why I took this photo just because I don’t like that line of thought with art.

This door is close to my desk. I watch people walk by it all day long, but I never really see them. I only catch the blurs as they pass. There’s no detail, just an evenly partitioned blur. I’m left to guess who passed by the general blur I catch. This one, younger female. If they were slower, probably older. Shorter, but faster, a young person. You get the idea.

So I set the camera to kind of catch what I see in my minds eye. I played with the shutter speed and aperture to get the blur about right. You can’t be taught what those settings should be. It takes practice and the only way to get the practice is to take photos daily.

Museums Add Perspective And Create Appreciation

Perspective and Appreciation From Museums

We visited the Alpine Hills Historical Museum and Sugarcreek Information Center in Sugarcreek, Ohio. These things caught my eye as the printing equipment and cameras relate to what I work with today.

I work in the printing industry, but more on the computer programming end of it. I never learned the history of printing, so i found the explanation of this Linotype machine educational.

Antique Linotype for printing.
Antique Linotype machine used to create lines of text for printing presses.

A simple cell phone can basically do what this did. It simply produced lines of text to be sent to a printing press. A Linotype machine was a little more dangerous as it used and reused molten led to create this lines.

Today, it is so easy to create a line of text for print that it requires very little thought. This might be part of the problem of so much which is printed, but not worth the paper or electronic device that it’s ready from. Restraints can create quality.

Antique 8x10 Camera
Antique 8×10 Camera

The same could be said for this antique camera. In it’s day, this was considered high quality and portable. The cell phone camera is better than this camera in many respects now.

There are infinitely more great photos now than then, but images from this time still hold great value. The same  can be said of many of the literary works produced in the days before so much automation.

In no way am in longing for these days. I am saying that the technological restrictions of yesterday created an editing process by default. There was a sense to not waste the resources due to costs and difficulty of the process.

Today we have the ability to produce low quality because of low cost and ease of production. To combat this I rarely put out a written work without edits and proof reading. I always “Photoshop” images to make them unique to my developing process.

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