Blogging and the Joy of Photoshop

Yesterday a reader left a comment that he had scrolled down the posts and saw no comments and “yet I saw lots of work that you have put into this.” Well, I appreciate that. Because I do put some effort into this thing and it is a little disappointing not to have some discussion, which was one of the reasons I started the blog in the first place.

The Endless Further is getting a ton of hits each day. It has stepped up dramatically in the past month. But it’s nothing to get excited about since approximately 60% are from spammers and bots. I suspect the same is true for most blogs, so when you see someone boasting about the massive number of hits he or she has received you might want to take that with a grain of salt.

Interestingly, the number one post so far has been “New HBO Series “All Signs of Death: A Sneak Peek” which had nothing to do with Buddhism, religion or spirituality, but was about scenes from this new series being filmed in my neighborhood. The post featured a photo of someone who was to me an unknown, but he turned out to be Ben Whishaw, a young actor who played Bob Dylan in I’m Not There and who has a million fans worldwide. Some 3 months have passed since it appeared and the post is still getting a score of hits daily, many from Japan where this guy seems to be especially popular.

From time to time, readers contact me privately. Anyone who wishes to do that can go to the “Contact” page. Messages posted there will not be published. Recently, one reader contacted me privately with a question, or perhaps more of a quandary, which I intend to address in the next post.

In the meantime . . . I like to include photos in the posts. I think they add something. I hope they do. Many are photos of the people mentioned in the post, some are news photos, others are “stock” photos available through Microsoft and some other sources, and I have also included my original photos and artwork. On a few occasions, I’ve created or “Photoshopped” a picture especially for a particular post.  Some have turned out better than others and usually it is the time factor that determines the quality.

I don’t know it there is an established term for this sort of thing, however I suppose they could be called “Found Photos,” similar to the idea behind “Found Poetry.” I just call them Photoshopped. So, allow me to indulge myself a bit and present some of my Greatest Photoshopped Hits:

The Three Marx Gurus

A photo of my three principle gurus: Harpo, Groucho and Chico. This is a photo of three Theravadin monks (from Germany, I think) taken in the 1930’s whose faces I replaced with those of the Marx Bros.

(from “The Joy of Marxism”)

Einstein on Desolation Row

Albert Einstein, inspired by the Bob Dylan song.

Now you would not think to look at him but he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin on Desolation Row . . .

(from “Einstein on Desolation Row”)

SGI President Ikeda
What began as a part-time hobby is now SGI President Ikeda's new mission

I don’t remember where this image came from, but I Photoshopped Ikeda’s head onto it. I can’t say definitively, but I rather doubt he spends his spare time building computers.

(from “Startling Revelation about the Soka Gakkai”)

General Stanley McChrystal
General Stanley McChrystal with two members of his inner staff.

Remember McChrystal? Remember Pinky and The Brain? Two lab mice out to take over the world?

They’re dinky, they’re Pinky and the Brain . . .

(from “Fame and Fortune”)

Killer Cell Phone

Killer cell phone wreaks havoc in Manhattan.

(from “Attack of the Killer Cell Phones”)

Aqua Buddha from Cheapo Comics (1947)

Originally a panel from a Superman comic.

(from “The Truth About Aqua Buddha”)

Lenny Saves

Two different images of Lenny Bruce Photoshopped on a still from the 1967 film Privilege.

(from “Talking Dirty”)

The idea of Buddha Buddha Beer sounds pretty good, but with that mug on the can I don’t think it’s gonna sell.

(from “Rebels Without A Cause, Buddhas Without A Pause”)

By the way, way down in the left hand corner of this page is my copyright notice. That means that everything posted on this blog, with the exception of the stock and news photos, or any that are in the public domain, and attributed quotes is my intellectual property. I’ve seen a couple of my original photos posted on other blogs, and I don’t mind too much, but it is always nice to ask permission first.

See ya tomorrow.

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