Why You Should Not Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

May 30th, 2013

When I was a small boy they installed a computer at the nearby army camp. It was the size of two barrack huts. My youngster’s imagination, however, was able to create the possibility of smaller computers capable of answering all my problems and queries.

It was years before the P.C. became a commonplace feature of life, almost as long as the Internet being made available to those with a modem, but today it is possible to type in a few words into a search engine and for an apparent answer to your problems to appear.

This week I started to make a series of videos to promote my Kindle book. I am posting them on YouTube. As with all things video, the most difficult part of making competent recordings is the management of the audio. You need a good microphone, and you need good background music.

I was looking for some 1920s period music and found several places where some may be downloaded. The Internet Archive was one place where there was masses of music posted, which was said to be in the public domain. It was listed similarly elsewhere. When I posted my video to YouTube, however, a robot almost immediately identified the track, told me it was in copyright, and who administered the rights. This happened twice, with ‘public domain’ music from different sources.

In the end I took a trip to AudioJungle and bought a small loop of music for a few dollars.

So much for the accuracy of Internet based information.

On the other hand I learned about juicing on-line. Juicing is a way of getting concentrated micro-nutrients into your system without consuming bulky fiber, and especially avoiding carbohydrate. Using this method I lost 25% of my original body weight and dropped from a dangerous 100 kg to a healthy 75 kg. My energy and productivity is up, my mental acuity better than ever, and I’m more boundaried.

But the point is I didn’t know that the so called ‘public domain’ music was still in copyright, at least in the U.S. until I tried posting it at YouTube, and I didn’t know that juicing would help me effectively lose weight until I set out to use the method.

The Internet provides both good, and inaccurate information. It’s up to you to try it out and see :)

Take a look at my first YouTube video. It’s about Pain, Narcissism and The Great Gatsby . . .

 

My next video will be about Don Draper ­čśë

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A Proposed Cover for New Nurturing Potential

May 22nd, 2013

Years ago Joe Sinclair and Michael Mallows founded a little journal and named it ┬á‘Nurturing Potential’. It did rather well, and pushed on for several years publishing articles and book reviews about business and personal development, spiritual health, clean language, and a host of other wholesome things.

Nothing lasts forever and so now it’s been some years since an issue was published.

Imagine my surprise, a month or so, back – when I learned that Joe and Michael are thinking of reviving the journal and adding ‘the arts’ into the mix!

Well seeing is believing, but Joe has asked me for a cover design, and yesterday I reviewed 3 specialist encyclopedias published by Sage Inc, to be included in the re-launch issue.

Here’s my proposed cover graphic.

Cover for New Nurturing Potential, phot and design by Stephen Bray

Cover for New Nurturing Potential

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A Hybrid Juice Diet, 2 Kilos Lost, and A Psychoanalytic Kindle Book!

May 12th, 2013

Well another week passed on our ‘hybrid diet’ and I’ve done lots of gardening and practical stuff, walked most mornings around Kumlub├╝k, and perhaps not surprisingly I’ve lost two more kilos.

What’s more I’ve been the main cook during this past fortnight, not that what I’ve been producing has required lots of culinary skill – but I do make a very attractive looking salad, which sometimes has been dressed up with a little smoked fish, or some kind of egg dish.

Today, Mother’s Day in Turkey, we had a real treat because Damla cooked a wonderful chocolate cake. Normally, we wouldn’t eat anything this rich, but as it was a celebration, and one which Amazon, and her friend Fatma Nur worked so hard to make perfect, somehow it was just the right thing.

I had a third thing to celebrate other than Mother’s Day and my weight loss ┬áÔÇö at last my book Photography and Psychoanalysis: Developing a Psychology of Effective Image Making, is published on Kindle.

Unfortunately, I cocked up the formatting of the description and although that’s now corrected the changes haven’t yet worked their way through Amazon’s system, so there are some faults on the sales page . . . but I’m sure it will come right in the end.

Here’s the video promo announcing ‘Photography and Psychoanalysis’. We had lots of fun, and┬áworked with wonderful people making it. Click through┬áand watch it now:

 

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