Xi (uppercase Ξ, lowercase ξ) is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet.
Xi There are other meanings outlined on the linked Wikipedia page. I hadn't thought much about it until I began playing
You know that feeling? The search for something ~ anything ~ to use those last two tiles when you're already 30 points behind? I'm glad to learn this is more than just a two-letter word ~ it should be easier to remember but I'm beginning to wish I'd studied something besides Latin.
And that I played e-mail Scrabble with someone less talented than my oldest granddaughter who beats me soundly.
RWP #106 Prompt: Repetition is a useful tool. Perhaps one of the finest. Anyone who wishes to make a memorable point uses repetition, be they poet, scholar or person on the street. As poets, we repeat everything and anything: sounds, words, sentences, rhythms and/or ideas.
Space of Dark
a double dare of dark drums down the days
in the space of a dime
dreams fall by the way lack the sweet kiss of light a double dare of dark
she leans toward spring future swings on a string in the double dare of dark
The image is an abstract watercolor created on the Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
It’s more of a sculpture than a dwelling. Taking cues from a Nautilus shell, the house is put together using ferrocement construction, a technique involving a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a special two-inch-thick composite of concrete spread over it, resulting in a structure that’s earthquake-proof and maintenance-free.
Read More Here There are photos of the interior and more information about the design itself. It feels like a dream to me! I can image the reflections inside, the comforting cocoon of space and I'll admit that the phrase 'maintenance-free' gets right to my heart. But what would you expect from a woman with a Roomba named Hey You?
I'm thinking there are only a few people who would wish for this. What do you think?
The image is a digital photo of a glass ball created from Mt. St. Helen's ash. Photographed in slanted sunlight, manipulated in Digital Image Suite, resized and buttoned in Irfanview. Initially my camera and I were 'fisheye' reflected in the center section. A couple of quick swipes disappeared me but they aren't the swipes that appear most obvious. :)
I have a vacuum.
His name is Hey, You!
Like an unsociable cat
he circles behind my back
gives me wide berth
sweeps up dusty corners
and wanders under the bed.
Sometimes, for fun
when he comes round
I move aside
to watch him clean.
'Good Job, Hey,You!' I say.
It's the least I can do!
The battery gave out on my red iRoomba vacuum a couple of weeks ago and I whined. My oldest granddaughter asked, 'How long have you had it?' 'Not very,' cried I.
But I checked. It's been over three years since I Amazon-ordered it. Smiling, I ordered a new battery so Hey,You can resume his chores. It'll be three more years before I whine again. And there'll be a few more months to come up with the next V.
Ain't love grand?
Fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer and resized in Irfanview.
This YouTube presentation looks like more fun than hanging stockings! I haven't tried it but doubt I'll make it through the season without giving it a spin. On the other hand, I envision what could go wrong, so maybe this will go into my Spectator Crafts file.
In the past, I decorated clear Christmas bulbs by dribbling glass paint inside the bulb and rotating it until the colors interacted to make an abstract 'watercolor' painting. That's an easy project and produces original bulbs each time. No power involved there and very little risk to limbs.
Then again, using the camera to capture reflections indoors during the frigid temperature outside seems the least risky of all. See the newest one here on my Art Blog.
This is a tough prompt, since I can hardly think of anything that isn't weird, but by fluke and circumstance (and maybe a bit of strange thrown in) this is a scene I saw today on my living room coffee table.
A DVD, just completed, was upside down, the sun came through the window at the right angle and shadowed a cactus-type plant. The photo is just as it emerged from my point-and-shoot camera.
This isn't as weird as it gets around here but, for today, this is enough! Hope you enjoy this serendipitous image as much as I do!
I've never met a board or card game I didn't like but game-playing people go against my grain. You know the type. The type that rattled Lucy. Where do they come from? Those with the self-determined solutions for un-asked questions?
My current favorite games are Quiddler, Domino Trains, Scrabble and, if I can win one time, I might like a bit of chess even though it's almost too slow for me. I'm in a hurry. And not much good at strategizing.
Truly, I'm there for the giggles. Last summer I was teaching a little kid to play SlapJack and found a lot more laughs and slaps with a double deck of pinochle cards instead of the standard deck.
a small slip of ivy
the heart of ess
curls round my thumb
fashions a smile
a sense of spring
symbolic and green
the original sin
shaped by an asp
morphs to blood stains
on spreadsheets and
scripts the bottom line
of snakes in the grass
sweet and sensual
curves to a spiral
the siren call
of the seasonal ess
a small slip of ivy
This edited re-post is a favorite of mine and I hope you'll enjoy it as well.
The digital image is a copper wire twisted to an S and photographed on top of a CD reflecting a window's light. Resized in Irfranview, framed in MS Digital Image Suite.
READ WRITE POEM Include as many of these PPPPrompt words as Possible: posthumous, parallelogram, platitude, prevaricate, procrastinate, plethora, plaster, pernicious, polyglot, pea, prickle, porous, processional
prevaricate she does
plasters old platitudes
porous as split peapods
plethora of lies 'til
processional turns up
posthumous tell-tale truths
PleiadesForm: 7 lines, 6 syllables - each line begins with the first letter of the title
Image is a combination apophysis fractal and digital photo.
Looking at this litany of Reds brought on an urge to color something. Anything. An urge to replace the gray of today with vivid, life-sustaining RED. So, I'm off to play with color on my Bamboo Fun Tablet which is similar to watercoloring without the mess.
Red, it is.
The image is a digital 'watercolor' created on Bamboo Fun Tablet and framed in FrameFun.
Pointillism. A form of detailed painting which is made by thousands and thousands of tiny dots. It's fallen out of favor in the recent years due to the massive amount of time and energy it consumes. A friend of mine worked on one for half her life and found that when it was finished she disliked it with a passion. Not a good thing.
I've never attempted it. Not long on patience and definitely short of dedication, I turned to watercolor because it often paints itself. A little water, a little pigment, a piece of paper and a few turns of the paper often manages to make an underpainting to be finished with a few broad strokes and a bit of negative painting.
The image is one of my first watercolors, an underwater scene, which I opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements to invert its color and then used the Pointillize filter. It shows a bit of the action required by this form of painting.
Sunday Scribblings prompt #186 -- Shame - I read once that there's only one emotion that is just as powerful in recollection as it is on the spot. You know, when you remember an instance of being happy or sad, you don't re-experience the full happiness or sadness you were feeling then, but when you remember feeling shame, you have a physical reaction and it's just as powerful as when it was fresh. Crazy. So, write something about shame.
Three Score and Ten
raucous ravens cluster
at a door stained by crosses
when nights turn long and
love goes absent
shame wraps her in a coffin
keeps her there 'til dawn
rude and rowdy ravens
growl guilt at light of day
where ravens crowd the gutter
to pluck succor from her heart
In keeping with the RWP #97 Prompt, this is an older cut up
pale as sandpiper prints
in a wrinkle of infinity
she flies at that easy hour
catches the potbellied moon
rides past a crescent of sand
with driftwood beads
a blink of stars, a tiny smile
she slides out through the sky
on wings of sparrow sighs
The fractal image was created in Apophysis, marked up in Adobe Photoshop Elements on Bamboo Fun Tablet.
When my grandkids were young, they halfheartedly introduced me to Nintendo while smirks and frustration crossed their faces when I couldn't get the hang of the buttons.
I quietly purchased my own console and locked myself away until I solved each of their favorite games. When next we played, I can't tell you how much pleasure it gave me to whip their little butts.
They invited classmates to challenge me and cheered me on to win in a variation of that classic boast ~ my dad can whip your dad.
They advanced to the next system, the next, the next and then the next but those games didn't entice me like the earlier ones. They weren't as much fun and, believe me, I'm a strong proponent of fun which doesn't hurt anybody bloody.
Sometimes the Wii tempts me – I love the Bowling/Golf games and Yoga looks pretty cool but for now I'll keep my fingers nimble with the old game – it suits me.
In bursts of nostalgia, some of these grown grandkids drop by to play the old system and admit how they wish they still had their original consoles. I rarely sneer or smirk in front of them.