AirToob Lightning
I like looking on the bright side. I relate very much to the Mediterranean extended-family, take-it-slow, money-isn't-everything outlook on life. I'm not a great cook but I like cooking, especially Mediterranean food (my recipe page is here). I'm interested in environmental issues. My main hobby is flying (on a PC simulator).

The people I admire most are those who see no end to pain, illness, grief or disability and who still retain a sense of humour, people who spend time making life better for others in any way, and people with toxic parents who have "broken the chain" in bringing up their own children.

If you like my pages you will probably also enjoy my web site - do visit! You can get a quick flavour of it here.

PS: I'm a refugee from StumbleUpon. I have copied all of my old SU reviews (the ones containing images) here, except for some not-so-good and outdated bits.



As Michelle in 'Allo, 'Allo might say, please read the following very carefully - I shall write it only once!

I'm a great believer in tags. SU restricted you to 5 tags per post (and then only for site-review posts), but here you can have as many tags per post as will fit into about 200 characters, so I have tried to take full advantage.

For example, you can select from this blog (if you want to) only posts to do with arts, science, entertainment, books, movies, music, environment and so on.

If you're feeling down (or even if you aren't), try this selection of things to enjoy in life, which is pretty much what these pages are all about.

You will find a larger selection of my favourite tags here (or click the White Rabbit below).

The main thing is: if you like something about one of my posts, try clicking the corresponding tag at the top of the post. If you keep doing this, you may find yourself navigating down some nice paths through this blog (for example, this one or this one).

Among these tags you will find the name of a Categorian or Stumbler if their work features in that post, so if you click one of those names (e.g. expressioniste or johnshaven) then you will get (hopefully) a nice selection of that particular person's work as it appears on my blog.

You can find my posts that introduce other Categorians if you click the Cat... then if you like one of the posts that you find, click that Categorian's tag on that post to see everything that I have snaffled from that person! (And you can do the same for ex-Stumblers if you click the image to the right.)

There are plenty more tags to choose from. Enjoy your visit!



WHITE RABBITS - If you're pressed for time, and you would like a quick sample of what I think are the best of these pages, or help in finding quickly what you need, then go here or click the White Rabbit!



Click the cat to chat!




OK, so you're in a hurry and missed the White Rabbit... Just to point out that there's a lot of (hopefully) good stuff hidden in the back pages that most people don't see. If you want a fast sample that jumps you in at different points, try clicking the Coyote!

Once you're there, you can follow a sequence by clicking the chevrons >> at the end of a post, or try clicking a tag you like at the top of a post.

Have fun!



Brian's miscellaneous rambles...

... with words (thoughts on Life, the Universe and Everything) - click the image to the left

... with pictures (my photos and photoblogs) - click the image to the right!




HELP!

For essential Categorian help, just click Help at the top of your screen - and don't forget to make Help your "friend", that way you can easily see when new help information has been added.

It can really, really help to know something about HTML and web pages, if you don't already.
Try here for pointers to some good stuff (even for complete beginners), and also the web design utilities that Matt lists here - and don't miss Karenak's Guide for Categorian Beginners and Borderline's Categorian Help.

When you look at someone's awesome web page and wonder "How do they do that?" then (if you know at least a little HTML) try looking at the source text ("Page Source") for that page. You can do this from the "View" menu of browsers (or Ctrl+U on Firefox or Chrome) - some later versions of browsers hide it under "Web Developer" or similar.

My own Categorian Help posts will be found here, and my Computer Help posts will be found here.



Do you want your reviews to be noticed by other users?

Do you want to find other users who share the same interests as you?

Do you want to be notified of new site reviews for topics that you like?


The Categorian Library is your key to all these things... if you need some help with it, you might find some useful stuff here (or click the image).



HERE BE TREASURE - or my archive pages, anyway:

1 (Oct 2007) | 2 (Jan 2008) | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 (Jan 2009) | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 (Jan 2010)| 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 (Jan 2011) | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 (Oct 2011) | Nov | Dec 2011 | Jan 2012 | Feb | Apr | May | Jun-Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec 2012 | Jan 2013 | Feb | Mar-May | July | Aug | Sep-Nov | Nov-Dec 2013 | Jan-Feb 2014 | Jun-Jul | Aug-Sep | Oct-Dec 2014 | Jan 2015 | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | July | Aug-Sep | Sep-Oct | Dec 2015 |

Archive pages 1 to 34, and part of 35, come from my StumbleUpon blog. Dates in brackets refer to original post dates on SU. Because I transferred the blog manually, dates in my Categorian blog prior to October 10th 2011 (unless marked as original dates) are the date of the transfer.

Archive pages present posts in increasing-date order (oldest first). This is the opposite direction to the "normal" blog pages which are in decreasing-date order (newest first). One effect of this is that the contents of a given archive page (page 5, say) always remain the same, unless you delete something, whereas the contents of a given page on the "normal" blog keep changing as you add stuff to the front.

Taking a break...

I'm taking a posting break... things to do, places to be (maybe even a bit of warm weather, who knows). I hope to start posting again around mid-March.

While I'm away, please enjoy some of my favourite tags, or consider visiting my web site.

Have fun!

Decorative fungi, Baulk Wood, January 2016

I took this picture a week ago in Baulk Wood, near Henlow in southern England (a site reclaimed beautifully from what used to be a rubbish tip, and extended as a nature reserve and walking area).

If you like this...

[Fantastic Fungi (science)]



“Abstract | Autumn Watercolors” © by lighttrouve (Russell Tomlin)

One of many fine examples of his work, which include some wonderful landscapes and abstract photography.


Storm Henry approaching, January 31st, 2015

I took this yesterday evening - enough already, you guys don't have to keep sending these over!



“Out early” (free translation) © by Sergey Betz, whose other work is well worth checking out
(includes some very nice artistic nudes)


If you like this...

[Try clicking the urbanscape or mist tags... just a suggestion!]



“Upper” by Andrey Korotich, who produces some nice mood portraits, e.g. Reflection in a Mirror

I have seen this popular photo-art image used in several YouTube videos - nice to have finally found the author!



Sir Terry Wogan KBE DL
3rd August 1938 – 31st January 2016




And yet another sad goodbye... to Terry Wogan, who died this morning at the age of 77, after a short struggle with cancer.

Terry was a broadcasting legend in the UK. I woke up to him every morning on Radio 2, while at university and long afterwards. His relaxed charm and whimsical humour were the best start to any day one could wish for. I listened to him on a Heathkit valve FM tuner and amp that I had assembled myself - that was some time ago!

He is being fondly remembered in the UK for so many things in his long career. I shall remember two things in particular. The first is the long pause (several seconds) that would often follow the first part of a typical bit of Terry whimsy. It wasn't a dead pause - you could almost hear the chuckles all over the country, and see the smile on Terry's face. Among many other things, he was a master of comic timing and ad-lib speaking (he never used notes in the studio, apparently).

The second is the time when he introduced our nation to that wonderful ground-breaking TV show Hill Street Blues, with its gentle theme tune by Mike Post that took over from the noise of sirens in every wintry opening.

Terry seemed immortal in life - he has passed into another kind of immortality now, and will be sorely missed.



Alan Rickman
21st February 1946 – 14th January 2016




Another sad goodbye... to Alan Rickman, who for many people will be Professor Snape, has died of cancer, aged 69.

He was a superb actor who played many different kinds of role, from the RSC's As You Like It to Galaxy Quest to Truly, Madly, Deeply, but his comic villains (like the Sheriff of Nottingham) will perhaps be best remembered.

Not so many people will remember one of his first roles, as the oily Obadiah Slope in that sublime period comedy, The Barchester Chronicles (click the image for a link in my movies page), one of my all-time favourites.


[Reflections‘ farewell to Alan Rickman]



David Bowie
8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016




David Bowie will be remembered for so many things... I still remember him with Jennifer Connelly (two very beautiful people) in Jim Henson's “Labyrinth”... here dancing together to his wonderful “As the World Falls Down”.

Click the image for one last dance...



[Gatorindo‘s farewell to David Bowie]
[Through My Eyes‘ farewell to David Bowie]



“You blew me away” from a wonderful sculpture series by Penny Hardy


The World of Paksennarion


If you like fantasy books such as those by J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey or Christopher Paolini, and have never heard of Elizabeth Moon, then a real treat is in store for you.

These are the main “Paksworld novels”, which essentially form a single epic story in two very long parts, the second part split into 5 volumes.

(The first book by itself is nearly as long as The Lord of the Rings, containing far more than its title would suggest, and was also split into 3 volumes for paper publication.)

The unique flavour of these books naturally has to do with the author herself. Among other things, she became a 1st Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps while on active duty, is an experienced paramedic, has degrees in history and biology, and obviously knows everything there is to be known about horses (and mules).

These books, set in a complex medieval world, often read like a well-researched historical novel. However, no historical novels or epic fantasies that I have read contain the kind of action and adventures taking place here, nor the qualities shown by several of its main characters in the leadership and personal development of people.

Click the image or go here if you would like to read more about them in the Fantasy section of my Books page. You won't be sorry.



“Solar” © by Sergey Betz, whose other work is well worth checking out (includes some very nice artistic nudes)



Untitled photo © by Olesya Pominova - another find on the fine pages of Jerzee55sst (Jerry)

(Click his tag to see lots more of his good stuff that I have gratefully snaffled over the years)




Click either image above for more on this amazing place, and there are lots more links about it here if you are interested.


If you like this...

[More about Giuliano Mauri]
[More about Bergamo]



“A warm Farewell” by Scott Ruthven - from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst







A particularly nice Christmas video (particularly for cat lovers) - very little actual advertising, more about sharing at Christmas. It's worth watching full-screen, too (click any image to play - opens in a separate window).

There's a book to go with it in support of Save the Children's Children's Literacy Programme.

Thanks so much to ensemble5 for this one!



© Mary Engelbreit Enterprises, Inc.

Mary Engelbreit is a graphic artist and children's book illustrator who launched her own magazine, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion in 1996. She writes:

“This is a variation of a card I did years ago for the St. Louis Art Museum. It featured a bench that is in the museum's fabulous collection (although I embellished this one a little!)”

Another great share by Sandy (overthetrail) (Sandy is nowadays mostly on Facebook, but click her tag for many more nice things that I have snaffled from her).


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