By Normand Laplante December 21, 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the invention of basketball by Canadian James Naismith and of the first game ever played. In the fall of 1891, Naismith was studying to become a YMCA physical education instructor at the International YMCA Training Institute in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was given the task […]
My impromptu to today’s daily prompt – Elicit
Being very new to blogging, the concept of a daily prompt is very refreshing. It provides a blogger the space to write whatever comes to mind. You can even scribble your train of thoughts. You don’t have to prove a point, help someone, or give some suggestion. If lucky, you can come to a conclusion.
The first thing I did when I read today’s one-word prompt – Elicit in the section Daily Prompt from the blog The Daily Post was to google the word for its meaning. I knew the meaning, of course. But this has become a habit. Being a Technical Writer in a software development organization, I’m expected to be a master in the English language. This constant pressure has made me extremely careful of what I speak and write. Thanks to online dictionaries, it becomes easier to find the meaning of a word. But, do I miss the hard copy of an Oxford English Dictionary? Yes, I do!
My professors at the university said that Oxford English Dictionary was part of their curriculum. They had to mandatorily learn words, its meanings, usage, synonyms, and antonyms. When I was in the university, this was taken off the curriculum. It later became a personal choice. I have tried to do ‘A word a day’ thing but it did not get past the first two days. But isn’t it great to learn a word a day? Reading does help to learn new words, but not all of us read every day. The least we can do is to spend five minutes a day to learn a new word.
Will I do it? I’d rather undergo an alpha test, instead of an unkept promise.
“Oh, you take selfies you must be so cool.” – Unknown author
Dedicated to my photography-maniac friends!
Many crib about how taking photographs can turn addictive but look at the brighter side – how it could help you become better.
Of late, I have been trying my hand at photography, specifically taking selfies. I’m terrible at it – trembling hand and off the cam look, everything goes wrong. I’m so bad at it that my friends are all over making fun of me. To that, I reply – ‘I will start a Facebook photography page (you know, we all own one now.)’. Still, I don’t give up. This suggests how much spare hours I have that I’m investing in such a trivial activity.
Now the elder sister of the selfie is the groupie. This is even tougher. So, here is how it works – you along with your group are given a teeny-weeny space and now you need to fit in one of your body parts (preferably your face) within it. This is tricky and tough – but ultimately you realize how flexible you are. Some bend forward while others backward, some goes down while others balances on their big toes, and there are some who just give up and shows a hand. Now, you know there are all kinds of flexible people. And good job, I’m flexible too.
Let’s not forget the mother of all photographs – the ‘say cheese’ type classic photographs. Even this old thing has evolved a lot. People crack their heads for their creativity to pop out of the heads to get that perfect shot. From climbing, jumping, running, flying to all other verbs that you could possibly imagine. So, I know I’m physically fit.Oh wait, am I really? Well, at least I can fake it. This takes a while to perfect – hold your breath, tuck in your tummy and manage to give a smile. Next time, you are taking a photograph call out “Tuck Your Tummy” instead of “Say Cheese”. Now that I have perfected this skill, aren’t I a multitasker? Of course, this also motivates me to spend an extra 20 minutes at the gym.
The last positive thing that I learned from photography is the survival skill in photography – editing. I mostly use the multitude of automatic options available in an editing tool. Also, thanks to the beautification feature in smartphone cameras, my speckles are rightly removed.
The next time someone complains (just the way I used to do) about you taking too many photographs, you are ready to give a speech. Hey, so one more positive thing added to the list- preparedness.