“Mkgnao”

On Valentine’s Day I was walking along when I saw this cat.

It was so lazy and relaxed, so I took a bunch of pictures, such as the one below.

Not much else to say. It’s a cat.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Reaching for the Sky

I was going to title this “Even More Tall Buildings”, but I wanted to come up with something a bit better.

I really like the shape of the sky against the buildings in this photo, as well as how the buildings all look a little different from each other.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Ibis Looking

The interesting thing about nature is that, even though it seems to be “Against the Odds“, more often than not it finds a way to adapt to changing surroundings.

The interesting thing about some animals is that we destroy their habitats and then have the audacity to refer to them as pests or undesirables.

This is the same ibis as in these photos.

Despite the urban landscape, the ibis has adapted somewhat-well to continue surviving.

I like it’s shape in this one, as well as how the light and shade has given it’s form a little bit of ambiguity.

I also like that it’s looking off somewhere, almost as though its focus has been taken by something.

This is my photo for The Daily Post‘s photo challenge for this week.

I hope you enjoy.

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Cowboys and Aliens Review

A bunch of aliens scout the earth to mine gold and find out the easiest way of killing people before heading back to the big ship to tell them how to mine gold and kill people easily for some reason.

Somehow these aliens can survive living on earth.

Somehow.

We can come to the conclusion that they breathe oxygen so it’s likely that they come from a planet that has oxygen and also likely that they came from a planet similar to ours.

Unless there’s a planet quite close to ours that has similar conditions, it would have either taken a really long time for the aliens to get to us, or they have access to very fast travel. If it’s the former, that’s an incredibly stupid risk to take to look for gold and kill people as, by the likely time they would have arrived a number of things could have happened.

Didn’t they see Passengers?!

How are they able to have wonderfully futuristic technology and yet no ability to send data back to wherever it needs to be sent to?

How are they unable to make themselves completely and utterly hidden?

Why don’t they have any form of stealth for when they’re outside of their ship?

Then again, their ship did look a bit old, so maybe that has something to do with what they did and didn’t have.

That aside, the movie was average at best. It had some interesting scenes but the actors don’t seem to know if they were meant to take the film seriously or not (the same can be said with the film itself) and end up giving a performance that could have been better.

There are moments for the characters that are entertaining and work well, but for the most part the film drags whilst also feeling like something has been missed along the way.

Other than my criticism above, the biggest problem was the script as it was a bit too lifeless. poorly-written lines overwrought with clichéd emotional cues come in parts that have a bit too much predictability without much of a wink to the audience. I’m not sure as to how faithfully the people who worked on this film were trying to be to the source material; they certainly did put in effort, but they could have done a better job. I hope that it wasn’t due to company executives that the script came out as it did.

Cowboys and Aliens is a film that could have been much better than it was. I think it’s worth watching at least once as there are some genuinely fun parts. Beyond that is dependent on how much you think those moments are worth sitting through the rest of the film for.

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Open Space

On Sunday I went for a walk through the Australian Technology Park.
It just so happened that I had my camera with me, so I took some photos as I went on my little wander.

There’s a fair bit of space in certain parts of the area, such as what is seen here.

In this photo, I like the thickness of the clouds, as well as the simple geometry of the clouds.

It feels quite devoid of activity, which it was at the time of the taking of the photo.

I also like the tone and shade of the photo.

This is my photo for Leanne Cole‘s Monochrome Madness this week.

I strongly recommend checking out what other people are doing and consider entering, as well as looking at Leanne’s other work.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 175: Wanting more Rain

It was yesterday that a thick sheet of rain fell upon the city known as Sydney.
Whilst the storm threatened to overstay its welcome by what could be described as a significant amount, unfortunately that was not to be the case as the rain decided that the best thing to do would be to disappear after a paltry ninety minutes of falling hard.

It was probably a little less than that and it mostly faded away rather than disappeared, but the fact remained that it was there, it didn’t stay for a length of time that I hoped it would stay for and then it was gone.

I’m not sure as to why I want the rain to stay for a little longer than less than two hours. Sometimes I find that stormy weather gets a little too excessive in its unrelenting nature, but at this point I wanted it to be much longer than it was.

Perhaps my desire was born out of the hope that it would break the tedium of too many days of temperature varying a little too much for my own taste.

Perhaps I just wanted something a little different.

There’s also the possibility that it would have given me something to write about. A story, maybe.

Well, to be fair, it doesn’t actually prevent me from writing about anything at all, but I think that maybe I would have been able to write something about the rain and a story about journeying through it as it was happening.

Either that I would have gone to sleep for a little while before getting up to go to work.

It’s nice to have a little nap whilst it is raining, although not always.

It’s possible that it has something to do with my attraction to the ocean. I’m not sure as to how that would be the case, but it is always a possibility.

Rain is such a dramatic thing at times. It’s associated with sadness, catharsis, pain… as with so many other things that are out there.

It’s also rather wet at the best of times and if you don’t have much to protect yourself from the onslaught of droplets of water falling upon your being at an exceptionally fast rate, then you are most likely going to get wet yourself unless you’re somehow able to dodge every droplet that falls, in which case I can offer nothing but my admiration for your ability to move so deftly that you can somehow dodge something that should not be possible to dodge.

You could probably also dodge the sweat rolling down your face as well if you were able to move at that speed.

Anyway, the rain wasn’t enough yesterday. Probably the biggest reason that I wanted the rain to last for a longer period than I did is also the silliest one:

If it had rained for longer, it’s possible that it would’ve kept going today and I wouldn’t have had to water my plants.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 09:18:87

Decent speed for this, considering I’m writing in a different location than usual.

Written in Redfern.

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Beams of Light

Whilst I was walking away from work on Saturday I saw the view that you can see in this image. I don’t think I’ve seen sunlight filter through clouds over the city during the afternoon in this manner so I felt that I needed to get a photo of it, as I thought it was quite beautiful.

Whilst the area I was in did have a bit of shade, unfortunately during processing it turned out a bit darker than I had hoped, but that was the trade-off for showing how the sunlight appeared.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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