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Fun With Double Entendres

As a person who loves the craft of the written word, one of the silly yet effective tools that I enjoy is the double entendre.

The standard way to define this is:

A literary device that can be defined as a phrase or a figure of speech that might have multiple senses, interpretations or two different meanings or that could be understood in two different ways.

Oxford Dictionary says,  “it “conveys an indelicate meaning”. The first meaning in double entendre is usually straightforward while the second meaning is ironic, risqué or inappropriate.”

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Here are some examples. perhaps you can comment some of yours. Just a note of advice, the last one is a bit dirty.

A new weight-loss study requires a larger sample group.

Criminals get nine months in violin case

In the land of pencils, Number 2 is Number One.

I know my computer loves me; it’s always going down.

Cell Phone Photography IS NOT Photography But…

There have been a lot of posts out there including on this blog that say that cell phone photography cannot and won’t ever be able to, match the actual stuff done with real cameras. That being said, it can still be its own art. One example of such is a young lady I came across a couple of weeks ago who was featured at an arts market.  Her shots where colorful, detailed and just basically well done. I was a bit surprised to learn that every one of them was shot on her phone.

The key however was that it was not just the phone but also a series of attachments she made use of, including a special lens, to make her picture content so appealing.

So the point here is, while cell pics will not ever match those of a DSLR, with the right equipment and artist, they can get pretty close.

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Fun With Puns

Who doesn’t like a good pun? As a literary tool, they are hard to beat. So, here are a few I thought I would post and if you’ve got any of your own please comment.

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Corduroy pillows are making headlines.

A horse is a very stable animal.

An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.

You can’t lose picking a sherbet for dessert.

Energizer Bunny arrested — charged with battery.

Snapchat and Instagram Filters – An Insult to Real Photography

There is a lot you can do with the filters out there for Snapchat and Instagram. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The growth of virtually automatic editing tools and the overuse of their options has turned the photography industry on its head, and not in a good way. Sure, you might be saying to yourself that it’s just silly fun with pics you shot on some mobile device. But to the serious shooter, who edits with dedication while trying to stay true to the shot, this is just a bunch of garbage.

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No, we don’t need to see what you’d look like with bunny ears. No, we don’t want to see you have yourself a foot taller or 10 sizes thinner. And no, we don’t want to see what you’d look like in a photo with your favorite celeb.

Rant over.

 

 

Twitter Book Summary Fun

Our society is so used to quick and easy communication these days that I recall once hearing about a little joke that people where doing writing ultra-short summaries of classic novels in the form of one tweet on their account.

While this might be a bit of an indication of the not necessary so positive but surely instantaneous desires of our time, it also gave me an idea. Not only can it be a fun game to blow off steam but it can even work as a method in practicing brevity.

For example, in journalistic writing we are encouraged to keep it short – to the point.

This is my dare to see if you can pull it off with these titles from my bookshelves:

Pride and Prejudice

The Cather In The Rye

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Font Creations

Was there any point in computer usage that you wanted to type in a font that fit a specific look but couldn’t find one to fill your need? Well, in my research I’ve come across some ways to create my own true type files that can also be used on the Internet for blogs or sites.

At this point, I’m offering designs of these creative efforts of typography through my freelancing service.

You can check out the package of custom fonts on my Fiverr.com profile.

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Find Books Locally

It may be hard to fathom, but with all the bookstores and web-based retail outlets like Amazon, there are times that we might find it hard to get our hands on a certain special book we want or need for some reason.

This is where a new site I came up with comes into the picture. It’s called simply Books Near Me.

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The concept is simple, as stated on the site’s home page:

Have you ever found yourself looking for a specific book but either can’t locate it, don’t want to wait for shipping or pay the fees for it, or need it right away? This site is here to assist.

The concept behind it is to make it easier to get print books when the big box stores and Internet retailers just won’t cut it. 
For example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble might not have the book you need because it is no longer in print. Or if they do, it might take a number of days to get it or cost a bunch to have it sent by mail. 
This site is designed to help you find what you need locally.

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