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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things

I downloaded the pics from my camera, going back to last year. Gosh! Such a long time. Some met the challenge this week. As with most of my pics, they can be better. I’m learning.

I took the pic below because I wanted to remember the type of lounger I want for our patio.

My favourite wooden loungers
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Sagres harbour was still on this particular evening, the waters soupy and opaque.

Sagres harbour
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

I like taking photos of the backs of people, candidly, especially people taking photos. I enjoyed seeing these 2 friends jog by, stop, and take the same photo.

Friends taking pics at Lisboa Expo Parque das Nações
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This week it’s letter E and the photos need to have two E’s in the topic word.

From wintery trees

Monochromatic wintry trees
©2017 Regina Martins

To dessert

Creme caramel and Indian sooji dessert
©2017 Regina Martins

And people

People trying to sight hippos and crocodiles on Lake St. Lucia
©2017 Regina Martins

Trying to sight a fish eagle, amongst other interesting animals

Fish eagle at Lake St. Lucia
©2017 Regina Martins

And on the other side of the coast, someone looking for interesting metal artefacts with a metal detector.

Metal detector on a beach
©2017 Regina Martins

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.


Share Your World – September 18, 2017

I’m participating in Cee’s SYW this week and below are my answers to these thought-provoking questions. For me, they are in any event.

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

How to build a business from the ground up. There is no school or college programme that does this justice so I’ll just have to do it to learn about it 😉

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

  • It goes without saying – a comfortable bed with clean soft sheets – I have been in places with dirty sheets.
  • A shower with hot water – sometimes the hot water part is missing, depending on where I travel to.
  • Safety and security – a door that locks and has a latch (preferably) – again, this has been missing in some places I have been to!
  • A kettle to boil water. Mugs, coffee and tea I can always find or bring.
  • Clean towels that are in good condition.
  • Overall cleanliness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

A Suzuki 750GSXR superbike. I’m going to sell it though. It was a whim. It’s beautiful though.

What inspired you this past week?  

Spending time with my niece and nephew!


Cheers for now.

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What’s Cool Nowadays?

I did a google search on what’s cool nowadays and guess what? I got a whole lot of results of articles on what’s cool for teens!

Like only teens are the masters of cool!

I need your help here – we need to prove to google that it’s not only teens that are cool. Coolness comes in all shapes, guises and sizes. And ages too. And you don’t have to be a celebrity either.

The urban dictionary defines cool as:

The best way to say something is neat-o, awesome, or swell. The phrase “cool” is very relaxed, never goes out of style, and people will never laugh at you for using it, very conveniant (sic) for people like me who don’t care about what’s “in.”

This is what I think is cool and I need you to tell me what you think is cool too.

I think having a blog is cool and hot – it’s hot having a blog – that’s cool man!

I think driving fast is cool – teens can’t drive for most of their teen years.

I think folding your tongue into a roll is cool – how cool is that? I can do that. I’m cool.

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I think this 80 year old body builder is cool. I want to be like her when I’m 80.

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I think Wang Deshun is cool. Don’t know who Wang Deshun is? Check below. He’s 80 years old too!

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I think 80 year olds are cool! My Dad is almost 80. And my Mom too and I think they’re cool. My Dad still works an 8 hour day in his business and my Mom is an assessor and moderator for an education board – how cool is that?

I think teachers are cool – helping to shape young minds into the adults of tomorrow.

If you’ve climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – I think you’re cool. You’ve done what I chickened out of.

I think street art is cool.

©2017 Regina Martins

Audrey Hepburn is cool – she never goes out of style.

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The same goes for Princess Diana…I copied that hairstyle once.

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I think kindness is cool.

So is generosity.

And patience.





Now I need your help here. What else is cool nowadays?


Check Every Setting

I woke up this morning to an unwelcome message from Twitter sent at 3h00 am –

New login to Twitter from Chrome on Windows

from somewhere in Arizona…

Anyone who knows me knows how weird those 2 variables are in my context.

It asked me to reset my password but I was asleep at the time so Twitter locked my account. The first thing I did on waking was change my password and check what tweets were sent by the hackers – one tweet with a Rayban advertisement and a whole bunch of offensive direct messages.

I’m careful about my security settings and having a strong password. I have antivirus on my computer. Evidently not enough. I’m thinking that it was a randomised en-masse brute force attack. The hackers probably do that to see who notices and secures their account and continue hacking those that don’t.

If this has happened or to prevent from happening to you check all your Twitter settings, security and other, including:

  • Send out an apology to all your followers – if they know you they will know the tweets didn’t come from you, but it’s a good thing to do in any event
  • Use a passphrase, a long one preferably, instead of a short password, even with special characters – build those into your passphrase
  • Revoke access to all 3rd party apps – you can always reenable those you use the most; often some are old and no longer in use
  • Check your widgets
  • Check your direct messages and delete the offensive ones
  • Delete the hacked tweets from your timeline
  • Enable login verification

Check every setting!