Daily Haiku / Senryu : Superficial


Superficial pics
flashing selfies across the ‘net
me?  nah.  my cats!  click!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Now British researchers have even created code that can turn your selfie into a 3d model which they are giving away.  More than half a million people have uploaded their pic to the demo site to view a 3d version before it gets deleted.

You want to try it?  Upload your selfie here.   I don’t have one (seriously camera shy) but I had one of me when I was a toddler and this is what was generated:

And you can use your mouse to spin it around:

Okay, maybe now I’m tempted to take a selfie 🙂



This Algorithm Turns Your Selfies Into 3D Models by Katharine Schwab, on Co.Design, September 18, 2017

3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image: Online Demo by Aaron S. Jackson, Adrian Bulat, Vasileios Argyriou and Georgios Tzimiropoulos at the Computer Vision Laboratory, The University of Nottingham, September 7, 2017

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Cat photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

3d images generated by 3D Face Reconstruction demo, taken with Gyazo

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Elastic


new elastic glue
clinical testing is next
internal wounds healed

         Senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Love it when people work together to make something cool. Researchers in the Northeastern United States and Sydney, Australia have created a new elastic protein-based gel which can be injected to seal internal wounds in a minute.  Ultra-violet lights set the glue.

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Daily Haiku / Senryu / Tanka : Fashionable


dior, chanel, klein
defining fashionable  —
miss Hollywood glitz
rolling out of bed, dressing
clothing optional blogger

      tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere



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Image: Day outfits by Gabrielle Channel, Les Elegances parisiennes, March 1917

Dry Brush font by Levi Szekeres on Dafont

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Interest


much to do, to blog
renaissance interests, darn!
can only be one

          haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Witty


comedian laughs
I want to be witty too —
my quips a day late

            haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I’m one of the George Burns of the world.  Serious, but finding the world funny. Deadpans, while the Gracie’s of the world fling back quick-witted comments.  My sister is a bit of a Gracie — she’s good at saying something funny right at the time.  Winter, too, he’s hilarious. My quick quips show up — too bad they’re a day late.  All the things I could have said … yesterday!  Laughing.  It’s ok.  We can’t all be funny.  I’m like the designated driver.  I get to laugh.  So I get the best job of all.

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A Teacher’s ‘Wit’ and Wisdom, by Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, February 27, 2000

Cat Photo by Octavio Fossatti on Unsplash
Note: I saw Wit on Amazon.  Sounded awesome.
Wit is on my list for next year.  I want to watch the DVD as well as read Wit: A Play but need a little more distance. Emma Thompson, as a professor in 17th century literature (think John Donne), battles cancer treatment (yeah, sometimes the treatment can be rough) with wit and increasing grace. Margaret Edsen, the playwright, worked as a unit clerk in a cancer ward. She quit, took a less stressful job at a bike shop to write her play before going for her master’s.
She sent the play to 60 theater companies before it was accepted.  A college drama friend, Derek Anson Jones, carried it in his backpack for years. He found an opportunity to direct it at the Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut starring Kathleen Chalfant. Positive reviews carried the play to Off-Broadway, a national tour and HBO. 
And Margaret Edsen?  In the time it took the play to become famous, she became a kindergarten teacher.  After getting her master’s she was accepted into the second year of DC’s alternative certification program. The program helped put teachers into inner-city schools who last longer than the typical 21-year-old teacher straight out of college. She loves and values teaching and even becoming a big hit in the drama world doesn’t entice her away. She said in a Washington Post interview, “I feel very clear about what I’m doing. I’m perfectly sure of the positive impact of what I’m doing. ” She is one of my heroines.

Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History’s Great Wits and Wordsmiths


George Burns & Gracie Allen Show, Volume 1

Silver Screen Icons: Thin Man Vol. 1
Last month I got my first “buy” as an Amazon affilate, receiving $3. Haven’t gotten a second one yet. Still I’m happy. The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”