Giff challenge: Bored on a Blue Day

Bored on a blue day
tail flicker
that fly won’t live much longer.

This week I am still learning how to make giffs. My challenge is to:
* make each giff an integral part of a very short story.
* each story has a one hour time limit for both picture and words
* create a different feel for each story.
* keep them to twenty frames or less.

Watch for the blink! I think it’s my favourite bit of this giff. Maybe double the number of frames would give the fly a more natural movement. I may try a series of more completed giffs in the future.

Let me know what you think.

Wallpaper 2: To Be or Not To Be?

This week I am focusing on collage. My self-set task is one collage a day that you can use as wallpaper. I’ve decided my theme will be the Big Questions. I’ll try and stick with my favourite literature. Today’s story teller is certainly one of the all-time greats: William Shakespeare.
This wallpaper is designed with an unfussy area to the left. That’s where I like to keep my files and I like it uncluttered so I can see them more clearly.

Perchance to Dream

To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
No more; and by a sleepe, to say we end
The Heart-ake, and the thousand Naturall shockes
That Flesh is heyre too? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To dye to sleepe,
To sleepe, perchance to Dreame; I, there’s the rub,
For in that sleepe of death, what dreames may come?

To Be or Not To Be asked by
Richard Burton’s Hamlet in 1964.

Sometimes having an expert authority explain things helps. Here’s Sir John Gielgud, in 1954 explains why, after years away from the play, he finds a new Hamlet. This is a long interview, 26 minutes with no video, so nothing to see. I listened to it while I was making this post.:

Seeing Hamlet changed Kenneth Branagh’s life.

The last word goes to some of my favourite Shakespeare interpretations. There’s no Hamlet, but the Macbeth is my all time favourite.

Robin Williams brings Shakespeare back to poetry.

Why not revisit the Dead Poets Society? I just got a copy for $1 in a charity shop. Watch the trailer:

To be, or not to be, that is the Question.

Here’s the wallpaper with no words. Which version do you prefer?