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David Amerland
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.
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The Mental Aspects of Combat

The mental elements of everything physical requires the brain to change before the body can perform.
Think Like a Ninja
Think Like a Ninja
thesnipermind.com
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How Is Your Cat Whispering?

Fancy living on a Greek island and getting paid? Beautiful sunsets, a fantastic sea and ... 55 cats. That's the job, apparently, at the cat sanctuary on the island of Syros.
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Breathtaking

A panoramic view of the place we had coffee at the other day, courtesy of Google photos.
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Thinking About Thinking

If we fail to examine how we do things we fail to examine how things are done. I know it seems obvious. +Sandra Watson's post drives the message home.
Creating content that keeps you safe may also prevent you from being unique!

But where does safe end and unique begin? And, how can content that may be wrong be right?

H/T +David Amerland for his great "Straight Talk" video "Willing To Be Wrong!

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Can You Be Replaced?

Ok, no one's irreplaceable and in a corporate setting that is exactly as it should be, but are they all just recyclable? Can anyone just be replaced by anyone else? What do you think? Dive in: http://bit.ly/2N3HxQB
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Moonshot

Last night there was a yellow half moon hanging in the sky, just before it set. I spent about an hour and took over 80 shots, playing with different settings. I used a tripod but there was a strong, hot wind blowing in gusts and it moved the camera a number of times and the exposure settings were low enough for that to be sufficient to blur some of the shots.

Anyway, this is the one that actually made the grade. The moon was that yellow (it set about 10 minutes after this shot). I was using a 300mm fast zoom lens to its max focal length and focusing manually using ISO 250. My other settings were f5.6 and shutter speed set to 1/60sec. I experimented with 1/125sec but it wasn't giving much detail. The moon's shadows created by its craters are clearly visible and the half-moon edge is not clear as the moon at half moon has a fuzzy line separating it from the half hidden in shadow.
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Running Out Of Copies

Amazon UK has run out of copies of The Sniper Mind. More on the way, obviously. If you have not yet reviewed it now may be a great time to do so. :)
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Pixel Art

Things never change. This is a massive (and I mean massive) mosaic that used to be the decoration on the floor of some nameless, rich Roman's villa. It depicts a series of cultural and theatrical events in the top row and a series of athletic ones in the bottom, covering, what I suppose, must have been the avowed interests of his owner.

Lots to unpack here. First, this is no different to those who collect sports memorabilia without having done any of the sports and make them the talking point of each meeting at their place. Then, this is a mosaic. Someone hired someone to create it and it had to be done one tiny stone at a time (use the scroll wheel of your mouse to zoom in and see the detail). Very much like pixel art, except in stone.

And this was a decoration. It was meant to be stepped on. It is easily 3m wide and 10m long (I had to use the entire length of the display room to fit it in my phone camera lens). A statement on what is important to us.
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Even Heroes Age

I had time on my hands this Sunday as the internet was down so I found myself indulging in my other pastime: museums. This one had me thinking deep. This is a remarkable statue dating to Roman Times in North Western Greece so it is approximately 1900 years old. It is very well preserved but what it depicts is of greater interest.

It shows Hercules as an old man. Draped over his right shoulder is the hide of the lion he killed as one of his labors. But gone is the vigor of youth. No more bulging muscles or chiselled cheekbones. His face is round. His body soft, slightly rotund. The usual steely gaze replaced by a more thoughtful mien.

I spent several hours at the museum looking at all the different artefacts but this one stayed with me because it shows a transition: a legend morphing into a man. The man struggling with life just as he clings to an echo of his past in the hide of the lion. It is remarkable because it is so unremarkable, so very ordinary. You could pass this man in the street; just another soul looking to make sense of life before it ends.

The museum is this one in case you're interested: http://bit.ly/2OMoHh6.

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