Blooming Beauties At Long Island New York Home A Decade Ago – IMRAN™

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Blooming Beauties At Long Island New York Home A Decade Ago – IMRAN™

Life can get so hectic, and digital cameras along with massive hard drives can cause beautiful moments and images to get filed away, out of sight, and sometimes out of mind.

It is great to stumble upon images like this, presented to you as it was taken by the Nikon D300, with not the slightest editing or tweaking. SOOC. Straight Out Of Camera. Well, I added my name to it

It was taken 10 years ago at my blessed home on Long Island, NY, during some of the darkest days of my life in America. Things were still bleak after the economic meltdown of 2008-2009, but the Obama recovery had begun. But it would take another month or two after this photo was taken before I saw light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so grateful that I was able to continue to stay positive and stop to at least photograph the flowers if not to smell them, especially if they are not all really aromatic but simply gorgeous to look at.

© 2010-2020 IMRAN™

#flowers #nature #roses #NewYork #LongIsland #lifestyle #iPhoneX #noedit #nofilter #naturelovers ##lifestyleblogger #outdoors #greenery #RAW @nikonusa #D300 #pink #buds #summer #EastPatchogue #IMRAN #SOOC #nofilter #noedit

Living Las Vegas: Sliver Of Creativity & Color At Bellagio – IMRAN™ (1)

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Living Las Vegas: Sliver Of Creativity & Color At Bellagio – IMRAN™ (1) A screenshot of a part of the stunning panorama made from 9 un-retouched, unedited and unprocessed in ANY way, iPhone X photos. The photos were SOOC (straight out of camera), and were simply auto-stitched in PhotoShop to make a magnificent panorama. This is just a sliver of the stunning scene inside the Bellagio, Las Vegas. That is one of my favorite hotels to stay at there. The dazzling display of explosive colors shower tranquility of a natural garden with the typical brash bold styles of Las Vegas.. . © 2018 IMRAN™ . #travel #lifestyle #adventure #blessings #LasVegas #nightlife #Nevada #SinCity #architecture #landmark #interiordesign #gambling #casino #events #lights #vegas #lasvegasstrip #perspective #iphoneX #IMRAN #bellagio #history #hotels

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A screenshot of a part of the stunning panorama made from 9 un-retouched, unedited and unprocessed in ANY way, iPhone X photos. The photos were SOOC (straight out of camera), and were simply auto-stitched in PhotoShop to make a magnificent panorama. Thus is just a sliver of the stunning scene inside the Bellagio, Las Vegas. That is one of my favorite hotels to stay at there. The dazzling display of explosive colors shower tranquility of a natural garden with the typical brash bold styles of Las Vegas..

© 2018 IMRAN™

#travel #lifestyle #adventure #blessings #LasVegas #nightlife #Nevada #SinCity #architecture #landmark #interiordesign #gambling #casino #events #lights #vegas #lasvegas #lasvegasstrip #perspective #iphoneX #IMRAN #bellagio #history #hotels (at Las Vegas, Nevada)

Truth Is Black And White, Justice And (Statute Of) Liberty For All – IMRAN™

The simple truth is clear as Black and White, even at the gloomiest of times. Justice and (Statute Of) Liberty are for all humankind.

This is a screen capture of a very low resolution video I shot with a 10 years old camera while flying over Manhattan very recently. It was cloudy, it was dusk, and it was a gloomy day overall. The plane window was not that clear either and this was just a video clip I accidentally recorded for 1 second while trying to take a still photo. But, this shot was worth extracting and sharing. The simple truth is clear as Black and White, even at the gloomiest of times. Justice and (Statute Of) Liberty are for all humankind.

© 2018 IMRAN
 

Farewell Jerry Lewis – IMRAN™

Jerry Lewis, 91, passes away. RIP.

Jerry Lewis, 91, passes away. RIP.

His movies were mostly slapstick and almost always had the same formula, but as kids we loved watching his goofball comedy movies on TV in Pakistan.

What movies of his do you remember and enjoyed the most?

His best role came later in life with charity work.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Radio City Music Hall Manhattan Street Scene – IMRAN™ (360° Interactive VR 4π Panorama)

Radio City Music Hall handheld panorama on an iPhone 4S

Radio City Music Hall Manhattan Street Scene - IMRAN™ (360° 4π Panorama)

(Click to see the interactive virtual reality experience.) I had stepped out of my then office on 52nd Street near Radio City Music Hall when I took shot this handheld panorama on an iPhone 4S.

Unfortunately even four years later, with PhotoShop CC 2017 the program fails to properly stitch actual Spherical panoramas.

Doing the upper view accurately would take too long so I hope you will just enjoy the street scene with some inaccurate processing above my name.

© 2012-2016 IMRAN™

One Of The Few BLONDs I Would Eject & Run From – IMRAN™

I clicked, and listened, and then the next one, and then the next one, and…. Now I know the good reason that the “Artist” is hiding this face on the album cover.

Everyone knows of my weakness for beautiful women in general, and gorgeous blondes in particular. I would never press Eject or run from them unless they are bipolar or two-faced.

I also happen to love Music of almost all types. Other than a few notable exceptions though, rap, especially the cuss-violence-hate-lack-of-talent filled kind that seems to get most popular because of the ghetto gangsta culture popularized in some communities and by some media, is not on my favorites list. That is why I hardly ever heard of Kanye West types unless they did stupid, or ridiculous, or criminal stuff that got in the news.

Despite all that, I had fallen in love with the song “No Church in the Wild”. Kanye, JAY Z, Frank Ocean. Not one of them a person I had ever bought a song of, yet this one quickly became one of my 50 Most Played Songs ever. Surprisingly full of poetry, music, politics, religion, society, history, more music, lyrics, and deep ideas… all wrapped into one song. A song to be remembered for a lifetime by any artist, even though it had 3 major names behind it.

That song was where I first got to know about this, well, artist. Though Kanye, JayZ, et. al. are not in my playlist except that one incredible song above, when I was on iTunes updating apps today, I saw this new album being promoted. I clicked to hear what the much hyped album BLOND by Frank Ocean album would offer.

I clicked, and listened, and then the next one, and then the next one, and…. Now I know the good reason that the “Artist” is hiding this face on the album cover.

The first few tracks sounded like typical B- to B+ songs one can find in many albums. But due to some technical bug, it seems most of the remaining song files got corrupted on iTunes and every CD that was manufactured. I could not hear decent music. I could not hear anything poetic. I did not hear lyrics. I heard some possibly human sounding voices cussing and more like whining than singing.

Then I realized, I had to write this review and save you from wasting your time, if you ever consider getting or hearing BLONDE by Frank Ocean.

What do you think?

© 2016 IMRAN™

Finally, Rolls On A Roll That I Want A Piece Of – IMRAN™

Who wants to come for a test drive?

I’ll be honest, though my Dad loved British cars in Pakistan, until he finally got used to the reliability and quality of Honda vehicles, but I have never been a fan of them.

I never liked the classic Rolls-Royce Motor Cars regardless of how much class they were supposed to exude. I disliked them even more when BMW bought the RR brand and made them into brutish, more monstrous than sophisticated, tanks, which, in recent years were being sold in such ugly garish colors that only a hoodlum rapper on LSD (does THAT drug even exist anymore, or was that taken over by some other company too LOL) and a love of shiny disco balls would love.

But, seeing this newest model, I have to say, when I am ready for 4-5 luxury cars, I would consider having this particular model among a Mercedes Maybach / S600/ S65 AMG, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and possibly one of those Danish supercars.

Though I am not a fan of the rear-swinging doors, this is a great photo and color scheme.

Who wants to come for a test drive?

Imran

Make You Very Cross/Word Game. National Scrabble Day. – IMRAN™

The same day that is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, is also known as National Scrabble Day.

The Fountain / Head – IMRAN™

Molière, was born nearly 400 years ago, on 15 January 1622.

The photo title is derived from the famous book by Ayn Rand, but the reason I walked many miles to get to this place, Fontaine Molière, on Rue Thérèse, with my companion during our trip to Paris, France, was to salute another even bigger literary giant.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, was born nearly 400 years ago, on 15 January 1622. He was a French playwright, comedian, writer and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.

He was loved by the French King Louis XIV, but was hated by the Church for his ridiculing the hypocrites ruling religion. He died on 17 February 1673, a few hours after doing a performance of his final play, ironically, about a hypochondriac.

His works, and his legacy, live on for the ages.

© 2006-2016 IMRAN™
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Holier than thou religious hypocrites, Go F…, I mean, go save yourselves! – IMRAN™

Shame and all of God’s and all gods’ curses on these evildoers all. Let the good people of the world believe what they want to believe, without needing special agents of God. Let them live and let live, not needing to feel as if they have the one true answer or that it is somehow their job to judge everyone else, or to “save” their souls, sometimes by killing them, as all major religions have done!

Organized Religion is the best business humans ever created, but its execution, no pun intended, was the worst thing for mankind. 

Religion should be simple. You and God (or gods if you believe in more than one) do NOT need an intermediary driving up in a Rolls Royce to yell at you like a rock star, taking your money, and making up whatever they want, as they drive up TV audiences. 

You do not need someone who can be an ex-Nazi one day and suddenly become infallible the next day. You don’t need someone who does not give advice on how to be a better human being but on what country to label the Great Satan. You do not need clerics with bad breath, worse personal hygiene, and worst demagoguery, yelling on loudspeakers five times a day on the need to go kill others instead of trying to work hard to solve corruption and crime in your own society.

Most major monotheist religions were PROGRESSIVE revolutions at their time of being founded. They literally all brought down major empires not by the power of their semi-automatic weapons, but by living great lives and setting wonderful examples which others wanted to emulate.  It is a tragedy these same religions  now attract the least intelligent, or at least the least free-thinking, kind of people in every part of the globe. 

Here is one way to look at it. The stories in the holy books were to illustrate good things in simple terms that people of that time could understand. Can you imagine Prophets Moses or Jesus or Muhammad trying to explain to people of their times the history of the universe in terms of the Einstein’s equation, or the size of the universe in light-years, and it being billions of years old? 

The tragedy is that the self-styled “true” believers of all of these major religions (and others too) today take the 1500-5000 years old words as LITERAL. There are people who insist the world is 5000-10,000 years old. There are people who will insist with a straight face that the moon was split in two, just like the river was parted at one man’s command, and so much more. 

All of them do this instead of doing what is needed. People can progress with the times but still remain true to the real ideals and ideas, which were the foundations of the religions. Of being good, doing good, not stealing, not killing, etc. and making the world a better place. That part people in almost every religion tend to ignore and would rather bomb someone for their religion, burn someone else alive for theirs, or behead others for theirs. Shame. Shame. Shame.

If all these Prophets could come back for a day with their swords, or whatever tool they preferred, I would like to think that the first group they would behead (or castrate {wink})  would be these false prophets in all the religions — whether those who burned ‘witches’ at the stake or today’s mega pastors or pedophile Christian priests; or the rabid Zionist Jew occupiers of holy lands burning Palestinian families alive; or the sons of satan of ISIS murdering and beheading innocent people (from other religions but ironically mostly killing Muslims!), for political power in the name of Islam

Shame and all of God’s and all gods’ curses on these evildoers all. Let the good people of the world believe what they want to believe, without needing special agents of God. Let them live and let live, not needing to feel as if they have the one true answer or that it is somehow their job to judge everyone else, or to “save” their souls, sometimes by killing them, as all major religions have done! 

Holier than thou hypocrites, Go F…, I mean, go save yourselves! 

Let humankind live and love in peace and harmony. Amen.