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07 September 2012 @ 12:21 am
If you can see this...  
The RSS-feed ordering always differs from what's at the site, so I never know how to capture some of the gorgeous stuff over at the Blue Pueblo tumblr. But tell me what you see here. Is it an incredible thunderhead cloud over mountains? That picture really caught my eye today, among so many other incredible photos. Who would ever have thought that Croatia or Slovenia would be so beautiful? And if you need further pimping, well... syndicated feeds are available here on LJ at bluepueblo_tmbr.

Another quick offering, for political junkies: Clinton's Democratic National Congress Speech broken down by scripted vs. ad-libbed. Some of the added material was stuff other people edited out that he still wanted in. But much of it was to make the speech less dry, and more persuasive and responsive. He didn't add a lot of clever language, for the most part-- he added colloquialisms, or broke up sentences in different places to increase their impact. What's most fascinating is that he did it on the fly, and probably could have scripted those changes... but instead made them in response to the moment and how well they worked with the audience. I suspect that at least 50% of that is an intuitive process for Clinton that even he might not be able to explain, but it's all the more impressive for how well he pulls that off. It's a gift.

Obama's speech rocked the house too, I thought. He actually listed his first-term accomplishments, which people needed to be reminded of (his humility works against him, there), and made it very clear what people would be choosing with their votes this election and how that would affect them, their children, and future generations. It was a really welcome contrast to the "$$-$$-$$-for the rich" tone of the GOP economic platform, and I appreciate (as a fellow citizen) his willingness to remind us all that we are a society, and that we are responsible for each other as well as ourselves. Selfish politics are destroying our economy and its future, and I could not be more sick of it. Only Obama could stress hard work and responsibility and make it inspiring, and yet he does!

All right, off to bed. Those freaky dreams won't invent themselves without me!

Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on September 7th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
OMG, that tumblr is gorgeous :adds feed:

Hope your dreams weren't too freaky...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another convert!

The pictures in there usually make me feel "peaceful," which is something I could use.

But there are others-- a garden fountain made out of a piano, or a keyhole view into a garden where a white rabbit waits-- that are just so evocative. They pick up your imagination and run around with it before you even know what's happening!
whipchickwhipchick on September 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Croatia and Slovenia are indeed gorgeous! I've driven and bused through both countries (though I have to say when I got lost in Slovenia, I was a little like, "Come on, Slovenia, are you even a country?") and there's just gorgeous mountains and seasides and beautiful cities, especially in Croatia.

There's also an amazing park/natural area in Croatia, Krka, which has some incredible waterfalls!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I should have known that you, of all people, would have first-hand experience seeing those countries!

That Tumblr is made of beautiful pictures the "owner" finds elsewhere, so you never know what you'll get. But there are obviously some skilled photographers taking pictures of those two places, because they both come up more often than I would expect. Parts of Slovenia (??) (the forested areas) often look Oregon to me, and there are so many seaside village and waterfall photos from Croatia. Gorgeous!
Maz (or foxxy!): Don't Fu...tuesdaeschild on September 7th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I thought President Obama's speech struck the right cord for someone who isn't American. :)

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, came over to Great Britain and speculated if we were ready for the Olympic Games. Way to endear yourself to your allies, fool!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
came over to Great Britain and speculated if we were ready for the Olympic Games.
President Obama even mentioned that in his speech!

I just... ack. Two Bushes, and now this guy, all of them gaffes waiting to happen. In "W"'s case, it was pure stupidity, but I think Romney and Bush Sr. suffer more from cluelessness and the tendency to blurt.

Still...this is not the public image you want for your country.
Maz (or foxxy!): Don't Fu...tuesdaeschild on September 8th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
I know he did!! Made me like him more! :)

The Republican Party does seem particularly adept at attracting gaffe-prone candidates and your opinion of "W" is shared by many people on this side of the Atlantic. And as for Todd Akin? My mouth's still hanging open from that one.

I don't think the above-mentioned gentlemen would give any country a good image!! Cripes!
devon99 on September 7th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
i love that feed - and have been watching since you posted the pic of the crazy ramshackle house in the sea!

i love to try and guess the country.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's right-- the rickety house in the sea! I loved that picture.

I wish I could persuade more people to follow that feed, just because it's so surprising and beautiful. Nine followers-- I think it deserves more!

Still, the other 8 of you clearly know why I like those pictures so much. The "Raven Well" picture from Poland this week was haunting.