the tao of jaklumen

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Weekly Challenge (Feb. 28): Abandoned

I’m woefully behind on the photography challenges at the Daily Post.

The challenge two weeks ago just stumped me terribly.  Where was I going to find a photo of something abandoned?  To be honest, I wasn’t sure I had any.  I wasn’t sure if photos of our house (before we moved into it) would count, even though it had stood vacant for 1.5-2 years before we arrived (neighbor said 2 years, previous occupant said year and a half).

Then I remembered that a friend of mine (lydiafairy at Flickr) had some fantastic photos, any one that would fit this challenge perfectly.  Yesterday I got formal permission to share them:

You can totally post links to my images if you want to, Thank you for thinking them worthy of being seen 🙂

She’s too modest, really.

Anyways, here is one of my favorites, which was taken at a school closed and abandoned in 2001 (as best she remembers):

“light seeping in”, Lydia Selk, copyright 2013. All rights reserved

So many fascinating images.  I have a strong interest in urban exploration and I’ve looked into some really incredible stuff from around the world on this subject.  To those of your dear readers reading regularly I will try to dig up some of the stuff I’ve looked at if you so wish.  Please let me know, won’t you?  I find this subject so intriguing.

If you’d like to see more pictures like this, please visit my friend at Flickr and check out her neglected or forgotten photoset.  There are many wonderful photos–

There are some photos I can take, now that I think of it, and some more ideas I could share, but that will be another time.  Take care and thank you again for reading.

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Lingering on the surreal for a moment.

Remember this picture?  It was on my Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone post.


This is what my in-laws had to say about it:

Why would my father-in-law like this image so much?  You'll see why in a minute.

Why would my father-in-law like this image so much? You’ll see why in a minute.

Bill really likes photo manipulations.  Here are a few examples:

Bill says: “Our bathtub just seemed to be a natural place for a wall to go.”

“Space art, a photo manipulation made from one of my own photos and a public domain NASA photo.” I think his photo is from a Scout camping trip, during his days as a Scoutmaster.

“A manipulation of one of my photos and a public domain NASA photo.”

Clicking on any of these images will take you to their respective entries at Flickr, as well as reference the photosets he’s filed them under.  (I often say ‘looking for one of Bill’s photos in his photostream is like looking for a drop in the ocean’.  Be aware if you explore, it’s 40+ years’ worth of pictures.)

A gentle request: Bill has graciously given me permission to share his photos but he has been burnt in the past before– please honor the copyrights on these images, and refrain from downloading them, or worse, pass them off as your own.  I would hope that goes without saying, so I thank you for your kind consideration in advance.

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Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone

Now and then, one of the daily prompts grabs my attention, even though I don’t follow them specifically.  (I prefer to draw from the Weekly Photo Challenges on the Daily Post.)  But Green Embers’ fictional story drew me right in.  His reference to 911 reminded me of when my son last called it on my behalf (apparently after learning about it at school).  I related the story to HuntMode on her Alert & Warning Center ~ Ever Wondered? post.

Ever have an experience that felt surreal, as though you’d been suddenly transported into the twilight zone, where time seemed to warp, perhaps slowing down or speeding up?

1959 Series Logo

I would guess that for many people, mention of “the twilight zone” gets them thinking of Rod Serling‘s series of the same name.  But I think of this 1982 hit by Dutch rock band Golden Earring (NOTE: video is NSFW; skip this if a brief flash of side boob offends):

Surreal.  It comes from the word surrealism, or surréalisme in French, literally, “beyond realism”.  The Free Dictionary defines it thus:

A 20th-century literary and artistic movement that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.

Most notably, the Surrealists were inspired by dreams.

I am a day late to this prompt, but again, it seems like answering it was a natural course of action.  Only a day before, Steph Rogers wrote a post about a lucid dream she had.

This is a quick post but something I had to get out because I am feeling creeped out by it. Last night I was aware and conscious inside my own dream.  It was the strangest thing!

I don’t think she intended to respond to this prompt at all… but it fits, doesn’t it?  Several bloggers commented and assured her that lucid dreaming can be a great thing.

A composite image of my son sleeping with his DreamLight and my Uncle Fester face superimposed on the side, with some wizardry from the GIMP

A composite image of my son sleeping with his DreamLight and my Uncle Fester face superimposed on the side, with some wizardry from the GIMP

But my dreams are bizarre, and not even in the cool way.

I can’t find the comment threads or the blogger that directed me to a Huffington Post article called Is This Why Some People Are Able To Remember Their Dreams Better Than Others? days before.  But I gathered that if I wasn’t sleeping well, I remembered dreams more.  I especially tended to remember dreams during naps.

Dreams can be part of the Hero’s Journey.  Please see Dreams and a Lack of Prozium: Supernatural Aid in my Equilibrium series for an example.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

I’ve been in pain, and otherwise busy– it’s almost time for the next photo challenge!

If you’re following  jak & Cimmy’s Journal Jar, you’ll have already seen an example of three there back on Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend.  If you’re not– well, please have a look at How the Journal Jar REALLY celebrated V-Day.

Now, here are three more pictures I took at RadCon 6B:

which should give you a small idea of the things you could find at the convention.

We didn’t take a lot of photos and videos, but if you’d like to see more, please see our RadCon 6B 2014 photoset on Flickr.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure II

Here’s another photo inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge at the Daily Post:

Our shadow box.  I removed the glass temporarily to get a good shot without reflections

Our shadow box. I removed the glass temporarily to get a good shot without reflections

Items, clockwise from left:

  • My tassel from community college, with the Phi Beta Kappa honor society logo
  • English: A digital representation of a crest b...A brooch pin bearing the sign of Clan Bruce, as Cimmy claims Robert the Bruce as an ancestor
  • An event pin from the First Night Tri-Cities, WA event  in 2007.
  • My graduation tassels from high school- one with school colors and one with white for Honor Society
  • A pin with the Gomberg Kites logo.  Kiting is one of my hobbies
  • One of the baby spoons we got from the hospital when Princess was born
  • A Christmas ornament bearing the year Cimmorene and I were married

Please also see Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure for more treasure involving Cimmorene as there is too much involving me here 😉

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

This is my wife, Cimmorene.

A selfie Cimmy took for her Loving Myself Through Gratitude blog.

A selfie Cimmy took for her Loving Myself Through Gratitude blog.

I treasure her, and I treasure her commitment to character.

Young Women (organization)

Cimmy created this while working on the LDS Young Women Personal Progress program, to be ready to help our daughter when she does it.

Cimmy created this while working on the LDS Young Women Personal Progress program, to be ready to help our daughter when she does it.

As usual, this post was inspired by the Daily Post at for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Bonus: Toy Modifications

I considered some other photographs for the challenge, and here were two that brought back warm memories for me.  They involve modifications to toys!

My pickaxe!

Princess wanted her pickaxe to look like a diamond one

This modification was done by my daughter, who is positively obsessed with Minecraft, and wanted this foam toy made by ThinkGeek to look more upgraded.  If you click through the photo to see the image at Flickr, you’ll find the description to find out how she did it; she wrote it up herself.

Now, I take full responsibility for the next obsession and modification.

Slimer Mr. Potato Head

I modified a spare Mr. Potato Head body with fluorescent green paint so it would look like Slimer from the Real Ghostbusters series.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

I love these photography challenges at WordPress.  It’s a wonderful journey to revisit our archives at Flickr to meet these challenges.  (Our?  Sure!  It’s a family account, and Cimmorene, myself, and our daughter Princess are the principal photographers.)

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo of one object.

This photo was suggested by my lovely wife Cimmorene, who also took the capture:

Tomato Jack o' lantern

Tomato Jack o’ lantern

This was in response to Noah Scalin’s 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! almost three years ago on February 26, 2011.

Description from Flickr:

The challenge with this one was to create something using the first fruit or vegetable encountered in the kitchen. Cimmy created this by hollowing out a tomato and carving a face in it the same way someone might carve a pumpkin. Side note: the original Jack o’ Lanterns were made from turnips.

For more of the photoset we did for the 365 challenge, see 365 Daily Creativity at Flickr.  If you like these photo challenges and would like to participate, here’s a quick link to the WP Daily Post and the photo challenges category:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

I’ll admit it, I was inspired by Michelle Weber’s first photo (View from Toul Sleng Prison, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) for this weekly challenge.  I knew I had something similar, deep down in the jaklumen & family Flickr archive.  It’s not a prison, though– it’s a chain link fence at the baseball diamond on a schoolyard.

copyright 2010 by Princess (jaklumen’s daughter)

Please note— this photograph is NOT mine.  It’s one of my daughter’s, when she was just newly getting into photography.  This is at a baseball diamond on the schoolyard at a local middle school, where I used to go to fly kites, as it was just across the street from the apartment complex where we used to live.  She wanted a little more to do than simply take pictures of my kite flying, in an afternoon.

She was only 8 years old when she took this shot.  I remember when I looked at it that I was impressed.  This was a view that I had overlooked many, many times.  I hadn’t really thought to take this sort of perspective before.

A big thank you once again to Rob Ross of Rob’s Surf Report and his entry Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition 1 – the caramel roll run. I drew inspiration from his post, discussed a little photography with him, and decided to start doing these challenges more to draw attention to our family photography pursuits.

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