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Musings of an Old Man

Reflections on our lifestyle, our society, and our needs.
12 hours ago. Mon 16 Dec 2019 02:26:10 AM IST

I'll be damned if I ever buy one ply toilet paper again.

6 days ago. Mon 09 Dec 2019 08:31:41 PM IST

When I was on here before, I started a DIY blog.  I don't think I was a premium member then (not one any longer now, either), so I couldn't do photos in my posts, which hampered the DIY part quite a bit.  Anyway, I use to have an online company that sold plans and kits for DIY kink stuff that I designed.  Here is a link to the only one I can find anymore.  No clue what happened to them all, but you'll get an idea how to do other things from reading this one.  It's for a leather collar, and it had matching wrist and ankle restraints to go along with it.  For the ankle and wrist restraints, all you have to do is shorten the leather; the width remains the same.  If you have any questions, post them on this blog entry and I'll try to answer them for you.

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByzrMiR_bu1VWkltVXZrNXV4R3M

6 days ago. Mon 09 Dec 2019 04:32:58 PM IST

How many of us have been in this position?  We're cruising along, browsing through some of the profiles when all of a sudden you run across a picture of a sub that should be in the swimsuit edition of SI?  Or a dom with abs you could use as a washboard?  You know it can't be real, but you're still tempted...  So, what's a person to do?  Glad you asked, because Tin Eye is awesome.  tineye.com is a reverse look up engine for pictures; all you have to do is drag and drop a photo (or give it a URL) into it and it will search the internet to see if the photo is used anywhere else.  It's not 100%, but if you  are using this site to find someone, or a dating site, it can keep you from wasting a lot of time.  And it's free!

 

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To take up on Sky dancer's comment, your avatars can be downloaded from this site, and if you have a single picture up, that can also be downloaded.  If you have multiple pictures up, they are in a java script slide show, so the names are never seen and it is extremely difficult to find them.  So, if you are worried about someone downloading your picture, make sure you have two or more up.

1 week ago. Fri 06 Dec 2019 12:41:02 AM IST

You should....

1 week ago. Wed 04 Dec 2019 10:19:26 PM IST

I just think it's cool that I can use my watch as a remote control for the camera on my phone...  Suck it, Boomers.

 

1 week ago. Wed 04 Dec 2019 04:37:21 PM IST

Good morning,

 

So, this morning I've gotten ambitious and thought I'd share a few tips and tricks on how to make photos more appealing, whether in your profile, or just in general.  There are tons more to be said than I'm going to say here, but this will at least take an average photo and make it visually more appealing.

 

First, lets talk very, very, briefly about tension.  Tension in a picture is good; it makes the viewer stop and look over the picture.  How can you create tension in a photo?  By making it asymmetrical; move your subject off of center.  Symmetry is great if you are creating a Hindu mandala, but not so great if you want your picture to pop.  What is the easiest way to create tension in a picture you ask?  I'm glad you asked because I'll tell you; follow the rule of thirds.  If, while framing your picture on your phone/camera, you divide your picture up into three parts up and down, and three parts side to side, you will have something like this:

 

Where the lines intersect are the sweet spots for your subject(s) in the photo.  If you are doing a portrait or close-in shot, the upper two work great.  If you are trying to do a landscape or skyscape, then the lower two are great.  Here are a couple of examples:

 

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Why does this work so well?  I'm not a psychologist, so I can't tell you, but it does.  Painting, photography, videography, they all rely on this rule to make a dynamic composition.

 

Next up, and one that is already starting to be addressed in the rule of thirds, is leading into the frame.  This is where you frame your subject so he/she/it is walking into, or looking into the frame rather than looking out of it.  Look at the two examples above.  You'll notice in both that the subjects are looking towards the center of the frame, which does two things.  First, the subject is off-center so your eye catches it immediately, but then where he/she/it is looking becomes important and you start to scan the rest of the picture.  This is especially important if you want to convey movement, as shown in this example:

 

Here, both the rule of thirds and leading into the frame are utilized to create a dramatic western skyscape.  Imagine if, in these three photos, the subjects were turned around and facing the other way, but kept in their current positions.  The photos would look awkward at best.

 

So, now, lets break these rules (kind of), and talk about portraits.  When doing head shots, the rule of thirds is pretty much tossed out when framing from side to side, but is kept while framing up and down.  In other words, the eyes of the subject aren't centered in the middle of the photo, they rest on, or close to, the top third line, but they are close to center side to side.  Take a look at this example:

 

 

Believe it or not, you still use leading into the frame while taking head shots, but you use body language rather than body placement.  You'll notice in the above photo, the model is looking straight into the camera, but her body is turned slightly, leading into the frame. Her right shoulder is completely visible with space after it, but her left shoulder is slightly out of the picture, giving the impression that her body is coming into the frame. This creates the necessary tension that makes the photo come alive.  Consider these next two examples.  The first is very "static" while the second is much more dynamic, simply by the way the body is positioned:

 

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Same photographer, basically same lighting, but feel the difference between the two.

 

Now, in all of these photos there are other things that are in play that give even more visual appeal such as: subject size, background composition, white space, focus, lighting, color..., but those are lessons for another day.  And yes, all of these rules can be broken to achieve certain desired effects, but if you keep to these basics to start with, your photos will be well on their way to being awesome.  Happy snapping.

1 week ago. Tue 03 Dec 2019 09:42:32 PM IST

I thought that might get your attention.

 

So, lets discuss the visual aspects of these body parts for just a moment.  Most men, and actually most of the women I've asked, would all agree that women's genitalia (including breasts and buttocks) is a very pleasing sight.  Men are, after all, visual creatures, so we appreciate the female form.  And like I just mentioned, most women I've discuss this with, also find the female body pleasant to look at.  So, there, we are done with that half of the species.  Now, let's talk about the visual aspects of the male genitalia?  Honestly, it does zip for me.  I will admit that a very defined body (chest, abs, shoulders, etc) looks great to me, but that is more out of envy than out of visual appeal.  What about the rest of you?  Do (putting it crudely) dick picks do it for you?  Is looking at a man's genitalia something that gets you aroused?  I'm curious.

1 week ago. Mon 02 Dec 2019 11:21:57 PM IST

True, it has nothing to do with the lifestyle, but still...  I couldn't help myself:

 

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2 weeks ago. Sun 01 Dec 2019 06:50:59 PM IST

2 weeks ago. Fri 29 Nov 2019 03:28:43 AM IST

While not in keeping with the holiday spirit, I thought this was rather apropos for today.  Happy Thanksgiving.