Author Archives: thomasfarley01

About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

Photoshop’s Smart Portrait Neural Filter

I’ve written on Photoshop’s neural filters before (internal link). Here, the Smart Portrait filter transforms the ever angry and sullen Megan Fox into something less gloomy. The first photo is the original. You can see how overdone the last photo … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles Part 1 (Repost – additions and corrections)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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NightWare Review Part Four

It’s not working for me. But you should try it in case it helps you. $7,000 but if it is life or death, well . . . Nightmare Review – Part One (internal link) Nightmare Review – Part Two (internal link) Nightmare … Continue reading

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Desert Tarantula Sighting Today in the Resting Springs WA

Music by Henry Mancini.

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Wallace Stevens (Revised)

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) These are quotes and verses from another dead white guy with a classical Western education. I doubt he is studied anymore and that makes this a poorer world. Can you equal any of these lines? Especially this … Continue reading

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No Progress in Forty Years (Update)

Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder contended in Lost in Math that no fundamental progress has been made in physics in the last forty years. Instead of advancing an understanding of the building blocks of the universe, we are simply working out the … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Madman (repost)

It’s been a while since I read this. I know God exists so Nietzsche’s view does not bother me. Beyond this rolling prose, which is actually poetry, I find the arrogance and the audaciousness of his vision to be inspiring … Continue reading

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AEnema by Tool (Edited)

And on the Eighth Day, God created Tool. AEnema by Tool (Edited) Some say the end is near Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon I certainly hope we will I sure could use a vacation from this Bullshit three ring … Continue reading

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My First Suicide Attempt

What went wrong was like seeing gravity stop working. I had read dozens of stories of carbon monoxide poisoning working in fairly short order. It didn’t happen. Far from it. I am baffled and perplexed and discouraged. I wish you … Continue reading

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Goldfield Lays Town Father Bryan Smalley to Rest

Bryan Smalley died in Goldfield on October 30, 2021. He was 61 years old. The family does not wish to disclose the cause of death. His Pahrump Valley Times written obituary is here: –> Obituary of Bryan Smalley (external link) … Continue reading

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