Post by bricabrach on Jan 20, 2018 20:21:26 GMT -5
Sometimes it's useful or just fun to invert light to dark and produce complimentary colors in an image. The result appears like a photographic negative, often producing a surreal effect. I couldn't find a one-click function in GIMP for this, but you can use the Curves dialog (under Tools/Color Tools) like this:
Slide both left and right ends of the curve to their opposite corners, so the curve slopes downward. Here's the result:
The funny thing is that, you got the typewriter the right colour .
Well at least this part is right! Not having an actual typewriter handy, I used a random Internet photo as a reference. Another photo served as a reference for the Australian sea captain's hat, and I drew the bookshelves and globe to impart a scholarly appearance. A recent blog post shows how Mr. Gurney paints a typewriter from scratch: link
There is a plant near where I live, N.S.W. Australia call native sarsaparilla or the give it the proper name Smilax glyciphylla. Used by aborigines then settlers, as a medicinal herb valued it for its health-giving benefits. The leaves can be made into a tea alternative, reputed to relieve colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, arthritis, rheumatism and diabetes. The new leaves can be sucked to ease a sore throat'. Naval surgeon Denis Considen claimed that sweet tea could cure scurvy.
"It has much the taste of Liquorish & serves both for Tea & Sugar & is recommended as a very wholesome drink."
Lieutenant Bradley October 1788.
More to the point I have often collected leaves, no more then a small pouch of 7-8 leaves (can't have the thing disappearing) though it is considered a weed by some, and each time I've drunk a pot of the stuff I feel fit as a fiddle whether due to the tea or some other effects. I have also tested the medicinal qualities of this tea and can attain to its value, curing me of a dreadful cold by drinking a pot full (as well as some much needed rest). The taste is somewhere between liquorish and sarsaparilla, it is also very sweet even without sugar. Here's hoping to a long life though I also believe Dinotopians healthy life style and mind set has more to do with it.
I heard that Australia suffered through a bad flu season during their past Winter. I'm curious if the tea could at least make one feel more comfortable while in the grip of very bad colds or the flu. Especially since this year's flu vaccine was less than optimally effective.
Let's be honest. Most fans of Dinotopia are inherently going to be casual fans. As in, they've read the books and/or watched the miniseries, but that's it. The number of people who have consistently come to the two different versions of the OMB over the years number in the roughly few dozens. ... Whatever the case may be for whomever it may concern, I think the pattern is quite clear. Even if Gurney were to put out another book, I don't see it establishing a long term fanbase. We would undoubtedly get a huge jump in members, but experience tells us the majority of them don't do much or stick around for long.
Yes our experience over the past few years bears this out well. This board is suffering from the 1% Rule of Internet Forums - which nicely explains why we don't see much activity here. This won't change much even if Mr. Gurney produces a new book. While the odds of that continues to fade IMHO.
At its height, the core of the community here was basically less than 20 people. These are the people who posted constantly on the forums as well as in AIM with each other. It was close knit and, for all the massive debates and such at the ToP, there was a lot of respect. For various reasons, mostly having to do with real life, everybody started going their separate ways, and that ended up collapsing the community.
I'm happy to say there's still a lot of respect here, just not much going on. Real life does take its toll on what us members are able to do here. The way things are now, I can disappear for days and come back to find the boards exactly as they were. And we don't even get to keep what we already have, what with all the broken pix in the older art threads.
Looking back on it now and thinking about what was lost, it's pretty sad. But it does tell me that the state of the fandom hasn't really changed. I'm beginning to think it's almost always been like this. It just didn't seem like that because us few had posted so much that the presence perhaps looked bigger on the forums than it actually was compared to the total potential number of fans who could drop by.
That's not to say that I wouldn't mind more people coming by and posting things. PLEASE COME IN AND POST THINGS, PEOPLE!!! LOLOLOL! But I'm rather not expecting it.
Post by bricabrach on Jan 20, 2018 18:23:55 GMT -5
I'd say that both make sense. From the first Dinotopia book A Land Apart From Time, we find that, "Breathe Deep" came from the dolphins while "Seek Peace" originated with the saurians. Yet it applies to anger management as well.
Post by bricabrach on Jan 18, 2018 20:57:58 GMT -5
Today's blog post shows an example from E. G. Lutz's book, Drawing Made Easy. It really does what its title says! Hey if Mr. Gurney recommends it, you can't go wrong. Few things lift me out of a depression better than drawing with pencil or with GIMP. I'm sure that others would benefit too. And we could sure use some more artwork on this board!
Post by bricabrach on Jan 18, 2018 12:49:37 GMT -5
I didn't realize that applejack 's favorite the Allosaurus is more than just one dino, it's a genus with several species. A paleontologist named Daniel Chure is responsible for many of these discoveries, including A. jimmadseni and A. maximus (this name suggests something big and ferocious, and that's exactly what it was!). The video below is from an interview with Mr. Chure at the Dinosaur National Monument, mostly in Colorado near the Utah border:
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Post by bricabrach on Jan 17, 2018 21:39:07 GMT -5
Raps are busy blowing a double-digit lead against the Detroit Pistons. Their first quarter play was awesome, with the "culture reset" quite in evidence. But once the Pistons brought some pressure to bear, the Raps fell back to their old iso-ball manners. As I'm writing this the Raps are pulling ahead once more -- yet a win is by no means sure. I guess this is why they play the games. Otherwise, we might as well put all the statistics in a computer which would then spit out Golden State Warriors, and we'd call it a day.
Post by bricabrach on Jan 17, 2018 11:33:01 GMT -5
Fresh snow lets me see who's been walking in my yard.
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visitor-2017: hey who here watches Svengoolie?
Jun 26, 2017 8:55:44 GMT -5
samofdinotopia: Hey everyone! I'm a newbie- I've posted in the introductions, but just want to say what an awesome community this is, I've been following it for years and thanks so much to everyone who contributes to it! I know me and a lot of others get lots out of it
Jun 6, 2017 10:12:34 GMT -5
applejack: Hello, Sarabean. Ebay is definitely the way to go. You can reach the most amount of people that way.
Jun 6, 2017 0:05:24 GMT -5
Sarabean: Hello everyone, I have a Dinotopia tee shirt and sweatshirt from 1992 but am unable to find any on ebay. Any suggestions if selling on ebay is the way to go, or is a different avenue better? Thanks
Jun 4, 2017 21:40:41 GMT -5
Zips: Hey all, found this site as a gateway to trying to collect the entire collection of Hallmark Dinotopia Eggs, any resources to making this belated childhood dream happen?
Dec 30, 2016 16:57:04 GMT -5
Denwill: Thanks. At least it gives me something to go on.
Jun 26, 2016 21:41:31 GMT -5
applejack: I'm not an appraiser, but the prices for the 1000pc puzzles seem to be listed online for 35-50 dollars used. Of course, this doesn't say anything about whether they're actually sellable for that amount, only that they're being offered at those prices.
Jun 26, 2016 5:37:54 GMT -5
Denwill: Hi I'm not sure if I'm going about this in the right way but I just wanted to get some advice on the value of two 1994 1000 piece dinotopia puzzles that I have. Looking to sell them. Can anyone help?
Jun 25, 2016 0:55:20 GMT -5
applejack: Just create a topic in the Dinotopia Discussion forum. You can post pictures of the item, though again, no direct links, and let people know they can send you a PM or email for the direct link to your auction page or for some other kind of arrangements.
Jun 20, 2016 8:57:43 GMT -5
datoyshoppe: There are a lot of different topics going on and not much activity? Any suggestions on a best area to post in? Link?
Jun 20, 2016 8:15:48 GMT -5
datoyshoppe: OK that's fine. It is listed on eBay under Gigantic 3 Foot Dinotopia Dinosaur currently listed.
Jun 20, 2016 8:12:51 GMT -5
applejack: Heh. Sorry I can't be of any more help. I'm not the merchandise guy here. Just put a post in the Dinotopia forum. Don't put up any links though, since you have under 15 posts. Just let people know they can PM you or email you for any inquiries.
Jun 18, 2016 19:28:45 GMT -5
datoyshoppe: It is 2002 MAT Movies and Television Productions. Very authentically DINOTOPIA it also has "26" Dinotopia on it and distributed by Hallmark Entertainment Distribution LLC. It is literally 3 feet tall. I am going to post it for auction tonight.
Jun 18, 2016 19:11:14 GMT -5
applejack: Hmm... I can't seem to find anything about any large 3-ft tall Dinotopia plushes. The only thing I can see is a large triceratops plush kids can ride put out by KOTA. Are there any tags that identify the manufacturer or how it's related to Dinotopia?
Jun 18, 2016 17:48:04 GMT -5
datoyshoppe: I am new here. I was interested in any information on the GIGANTIC Dinotopia Dinosaur I found recently? It is HUGE like probably three feet tall or so. Was it a display plush? It is the only one I have found over the years. If anyone has any more info?
Jun 18, 2016 14:36:04 GMT -5
bricabrach: This was quicker than I thought! Sorry for the needless drama ...
May 7, 2016 20:50:12 GMT -5
applejack: Aww... Well, see you after you've gotten things in order!
May 3, 2016 0:27:48 GMT -5