INSPIRED...or morally compelled?
I attended an excellent workshop on creative blogging yesterday, headed by the charming and humorous William Gallagher. An accomplished and prolific writer himself, he persuaded us that we should all be blogging enthusiastically. Although money shouldn't be the object of the exercise, according to him, he certainly spent quite a lot of time explaining how our efforts could pay. Perhaps he was bowing to the demands of the creative, but freelance, audience. Or possibly, there was a bit of irony in his presentation. At the end of the session, he tried to persuade me to add to my blog that very night...well, this morning, is almost as good an alternative.
Other people in the course were very much of the same mind, perhaps due to self selection of similar people. They were nearly as entertaining as the speaker. I do go on these normally well-presented courses to meet others, as well as possibly learn something.
I do hope she doesn't mind being mentioned here, but Angela proved to have an extraordinary skill (in addition to the normal ones most of us have). She's a trainer in Lightsabre Combat Sport! I had seen a brief session of this at Comincon at Excel last year and that already took me surprise. Having fenced - the sport, not the transport of stolen goods - I could see how this activity might take hold. Still, it was a change of mindset to see it as a legitimate combat event. We're not talking digital - this requires a physical device with real movement. Nice to see a digital creation turn into something analogue. I might even have a go in the near future, bring my old fencer back to life.
I attempted to take a couple of 3D images of Angela, as shown below A new version of the 'sword in your face' angle, the mandatory stereographic film image of a sword eing pointed right at the viewer, Even Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the one in the series in 3D, had it.
Subsequently, I'll be describing many other 3D, photo and stereoscopic related events here from now on. If you're interested in my travels, everything from exotic locations to day-to-day activities, check out my blog at Travelographer2.wordpress.com
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