Artwork of the Day: The Arrival

By Erin Nicole

I called this picture The Arrival, though I guess it could just as easily be called Erin Playing With Photoshop.  Though the editing is obvious, I still like the way the image turned out.  Though it may be a cliché, I like the flash of pink streaking across an otherwise colorless picture.  The building is an apartment complex located near the Shops at Legacy in Plano.  I, of course, added the sepia tone, the sunburst, and the pink lightning bolt afterwards.  I don’t know what’s arriving at the end of that lightening bolt.  It could be aliens or poltergeist or maybe an angel.  This picture is from a period I went through where I was always trying to add the possibility of an angel to every photograph I took.

The Shattered Lens Live Tweets The First Day of 2021

Happy 2021, everyone!  However you chose to welcome the new year, I hope you’ve managed to recover.

Today was the first day of the New Year and, for me, it was also a day to start a new list of films.  It’s something I and a lot of people do every year.  We keep a list of every film that we watch and, of course, the idea is to see as many possible.  In 2020, I watched 820 films at least once.  (Some films, like It’s A Wonderful Life, I watched several times but, for list purposes, I only counted the first time.)  This year, I’m hoping to watch at least 1,000.

I watched Thank God It’s Friday as a part of #FridayNightFlix, which is a weekly live tweet that I host.  Every Friday, at 10 pm et, we watch a movie.  So far, we’ve watched Starcrash, Ator, Split Image, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, Robot Monster, and now Thank God It’s Friday.  If you’re reading this and you’re on twitter, consider yourself invited to next Friday’s film.

As always, the work here at the TSL Bunker is never done.

Still, for the most part, the first day of 2021 was a rather mellow and peaceful one and, after 2020, I don’t think anyone can complain about that.  One thing about almost everything being on hold right now is that it gives us a chance to reflect and think about both the past and the future.  For instance, I spent a good deal of today staring at my film collection and realizing that I need to spend this entire year watching every piece of physical media that I own, if just to make sure that they all still work.  So, you can consider that one of my resolutions for 2021.  I will sit down and watch all of the movies that I own.  And maybe I’ll even review them!

I wasn’t the only one making resolutions around here, of course.  Patrick also set himself up for a challenge:

That was pretty much it for today.  I watched some movies.  I listened to some music.  And I made some last-minute resolutions for the new year.  It was a quiet day but it was a good day.  I can’t complain about that.  Instead, we can all sing along:

Have a good year everyone.  Keep reading.  Keep listening to music.  And as always, keep watching, talking, debating, discussing, and making your opinions known!  Let’s make 2021 a year to be remembered!


Artwork of the Day: No Swimming

by Erin Nicole

A few years ago, I took this picture on the campus of Richland Community College.  At the time, I liked the contrast between the tranquil campus and the harshness of the sign.  As peaceful as the creek looked and as content as the campus’s ducks may have been, there was also danger.

I took a semester at Richland and I still like to visit the campus with my camera.  As you can see in this picture, there’s a picturesque creek that runs through the campus.  Both students and ducks love the creek.  (The ducks are so popular that Richland even named its mascot the Thunderduck.)  Even those who are no longer or were never students at Richland enjoy going up to the camps and walking along the creek.  It’s impossible to look at the creek without being tempted to jump in and go for a swim.  A few years ago, a man who wasn’t even enrolled at the college gave into the temptation and drowned.  I’ll follow the sign’s advice.

I picked this for today’s artwork of the day because I feel like the first day of a new year is much like that creek.  You want to dive right in but there’s still dangers.  That’s especially true this year.  Are you going to swim or not?

The Shattered Lens Live Tweets Thanksgiving

Well, another Thanksgiving is coming to an end.

Needless to say, with everything going on in the world, this Thanksgiving is a bit different than what I’m used to.

With all that in mind, though, the TSL crew had an active Thanksgiving.  Here’s a few highlights of our day:

So, another Thanksgiving comes to a close.  Usually, I do a big long list of what I’m thankful for each and very year but this year, I’m just thankful for all of you.  2020 has not gone the way that any of us planned it would.  I was certainly expecting the year to be a lot more festive and I think that the rest of this decade probably will be.  People have been locked away for too long.  I have a feeling that once the pandemic is under control, there’s going to be a lot of pent up energy being released.

So, this year, I’m thankful for our readers, our contributors, and just this site in general.  TSL has been around for ten years now.  We’re going to be around for the next ten as well.

So, let’s sit back and enjoy the ride, shall we?