Into the deep blue.

The deep blue.


I talked to the fine folks at WordPress. I asked them how I could do some of the simple things that I used to do in the days before blocks. They told me that I couldn’t. I asked them why they keep claiming that blocks are more flexible. They told me they aren’t. Instead, they are faster. That they are easier to use when you are posting from your phone or mobile device. I asked them about quality. That doesn’t matter as long as you can just throw something up.

I have an all purpose two word reply to that. But, this is a family Storyteller.

And, there you have it.

We live in the age of junk. I know that most everything is disposable. Your television monitor breaks. Buy a new one. Send your old one to India where the poor will make a living breaking it down for scraps. Same thing with your two year old smartphone. Or, just about anything digital. I have a seven year old main computer. It’s starting to show a little age. I could clean out the extra data and beef it up a little. Or, I could just scrap it and buy a new one. Off to India it will go.

But, my work. Come on. Give me a break. That’s worth something, at least to me.

On the other hand, it’s ethereal. It’s digital. I’m not even sure it’s in the air. Maybe that makes it worthless. Maybe that makes all digital art worthless. Maybe that’s why the musicians who are playing music from home don’t really like it. At least when they put it into the air at a live concert they know that their music makes people smile.

In my case, I’ve long said that a picture wasn’t a photograph until it is printed on paper. I still believe that.

That makes me smile. That brings me hope. It means that most of the crap found on Instagram is just that. Crap. It’ll never be printed on paper. It’ll never be a photograph. It’s meaningless. Just like most of the pictures on all of our smartphones. Think about that.

The picture

I let the phone sensor do its thing. I let it expose for the highlights. That’s how I made this picture without doing much more. No tricks here. Just an old photographer at work.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Don’t make me tell you to put your mask on. Enjoy every donut.



10 responses to “Laughing”

  1. LightCentric Avatar

    LOL. I had no idea WP was owned by FB 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Judi Castille Avatar

    Blocks. Mmm easy on phone. Terrible on laptop. Just started trying to make a go of it. WP owned by FB!! Didn’t know that. Well probably all Chinese. We found an old stereo. Tony said to throw it. Me…no way it’s pre-crap period and will likely sound amazing and last longer than the current meltdown period of six months. Everything breaks now. And even if you have money you can’t buy quality now. It’s all gone. Even our brocantes are filling up with imported tack. Keeping safe and keeping cynical!


    1.  Avatar

      LOL, not owned by FB to my knowledge. A sarcastic joke

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        We’ve known each other for a long time.


    2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      That was a joke. We mostly buy used gear and refurbish it. We have a tube amp. It sounds warm and rich, but tubes that once cost $10 now cost $125.


  3. marina kanavaki Avatar

    The age of junk indeed and lately fear too… somehow I hope we survive it. Keep it up (creating) because that’s actually the only way to fight this.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I think I just want to manage music miss. At the very least there’s money in it.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sharon E. Cathcart Avatar

    I don’t think anyone really likes this “improvement,” and the “classic block” still doesn’t allow for doing things like embedding smaller images next to text (something I know you’ve seen me do many times). I don’t blog from my phone; I don’t think most people who write in complete sentences do. 😦

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I think you can do that from the images group of layout. It doesn’t work for me because I come the Bauhaus school of design. I’ve tried from my phone. I have almost no clue what I’m doing from there. WP also took away spell check. Apparently, a lot of people write in some format like Grammerly and then cut and paste their work. I’m too old for that silliness.

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