I’ve frequently featured images in Surfin’ Safari that captured my attention, awe, and admiration. This week’s Surfin’ Safari is devoted to amusements, fabulous photos that make you smile, laugh, or gaze in wonderment.
Images can make you gasp. Can compel you to linger, imagining yourself within it. Stunning visuals that when put together in sequence, create stunning videos!
For example, images that trick the eye:
Twisted Sifter website featured 50 most perfectly timed photos ever: "By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met: 1. Perfect Place 2. Perfect Time 3. Perfect Angle."
How you frame a photo can make the difference between a snapshot or a work of art:
"Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic..." – Twisted Sifter
Bored Panda: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Here are 36 perfect photos. A sample:
There are hundreds more unusual images at: r/PerfectTiming on Reddit.
Here are some photography tricks. No tripod? Use a lamp. Shooting pics of the kids? Use a Pez dispenser. It's all here. Nine tricks to help make your photos a success and get them noticed!
We've all seen those hilariously funny Walmart candids, right? Here are some I hadn't seen before. Enjoy!
In the "Why would you be without it?" category, I found this: a laser projection keyboard, a pocket-sized device that connects with your Bluetooth "to project a fixed keyboard pattern onto any surface, turning any flat space into a workspace. The motion-sense lasers also double as a mouse, detecting your hand movement as you click, double-click, or scroll on your big shiny tablet whooziwhutzits." Available for $150 here.
To keep your stuff clean, try putty. Not your average putty, though. This is high tech putty! Non-toxic and biodegradable. Touted as a Swiss formula. It's a "cleaning compound designed to get deep into all the cracks and crevices on any item or device. Cyber Clean is effective at removing 99.99% of harmful particles that live on everyday surfaces and it is fun and easy to use. Cyber Clean is a viscous, elastic compound designed to mold itself to fit the nooks and crevices that harbor harmful dirt."
Like to power nap, but don't want to get caught at it? Try ostrich pillow:
Or this inflatable nap pod!
Here are more "Can't live without it" items here, including an office chair/exercise ball and "toasty" hand warmers!
Not so genius
When it comes to the Constitution, horror novelist Stephen King is not what one would call "The Shining" example of knowing what the founding document language includes. And doesn't. See 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, Stephen. Danbury. Might inspire your next novel.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel published a Ukraine tweet with a pro-Gaza hashtag. Genius?
"With so many major issues unfolding in the world today, Sen. Chuck Schumer decides to tackle something important. This is a joke, right?" – Twitchy.
And finally, the ultimate "Not So Genius" – while WND and Drudge lead with the death toll mounting in Gaza, contagious diseases cropping up all over our country brought here by illegals swarming across our border, and threats of middle class civil unrest brewing in America, we have the ultimate example of "Not So Genius":
'President Honey Badger?' The world's on fire — and Obama's on the green.
Someone tweeted, "I would rather him golf at this point than even pretend to govern or lead."
That's almost comical. Observed one commenter: "Who really thinks he's the one calling the shots? The Marxist machine keeps churning whether he's there or not. He's just a well-tailored but empty suit, all dolled up for the cameras and the dumb clucks. Doesn't matter if he's on the golf course. Obama is a useful tool. Period. He's no more presidential than I am – the only difference is, he has all the trappings that make him look that way. The emperor is naked, save for the golf club in his hand."
Now, THAT'S genius.