Ironic Affirmations

Not long ago I figured out how to add text to pictures using the GIMP program (my desktop runs on Linux) and I’ve been having a fun time taking familiar phrases and twisting them around. It’s similar to my Thought For the Day posts, but with beautiful nature shots to contrast against my ironic verbiage, a spoof of pictures that feature sunsets and platitudes of uplift. All these pictures were taken in Seaside, Oregon by Kerry Hackett. All text, except for the passages from the Bible or Shakespeare, by me.

This lovely sunset picture with just enough clouds sea birds in the foreground is the perfect image to start this absurd procession.
I initially wrote these inspiring words for one of my Thought For the Day posts, and I thought they were a fine fit for this gloriously orange and yellow sunset picture.
I first posted this pick-me-up on Instagram, but for some reason it hasn’t got any likes.
Sure, it’s better to follow the golden rule and not be judgemental, but haven’t we all been frustrated this kind of thoughtless behavior?
Another beautiful, Biblical themed sunset picture with perfectly matching sentiment.
A Shakespeare inspired caption for this image, but doesn’t this picture look spectacular? Like a scene from a David Lean epic.
From an early draft of Hamlet, Polonious was originally going to be a total sleaze before being rewritten into a complete idiot.

Hope you enjoyed these, and if you didn’t, share them with someone who does have a sense of humor. 😁

©2022 Robert Kirkendall

11 thoughts on “Ironic Affirmations

    1. Dear Robert,

      I concur with Chel and love your inspiring pictorial quotations, which you have mastered using the GIMP program. Now that you have fed me a healthful dose of your choice quotations containing your ironic insights and wisdom to stir your readers into thinking about the paradoxical and witty nature of your quotations, it is now my turn to reciprocate in kind and share with you my most favourite quotations containing some piquant and thought-provoking imports.

      In other words, I would like to reciprocate and resonate with the tenor and spirit of your post with some excellent and profound quotations accessible from my expansive and highly analytical post entitled “The Quotation Fallacy“, which you can easily locate from the Home page of my blog.

      By the way, I would like to bring your attention to some issues regarding pictorial quotations with the following two extracts from my said post:

      To make matters worse, pictorial quotes harbour yet another disadvantage as they contain only graphic or pictorial data devoid of the actual texts constituting the intended quotations, thus excluding them from being relationally found, indexed and ranked by search engines, which, unlike humans, can neither “read” nor textually reconstitute quotations that have been previously reduced to nontextual information in the form of image data. After all, search engines, web browsers, social media and mobile apps scarcely possess sufficient artificial intelligence to decode the contents of visually embedded quotations or image-based quotes other than treating pictorial quotes as regular images.

      Last but not the least, the textual suppression in every pictorial quote resulting from the practice of embedding quotation within a graphic or image is the utter bane for millions of those who are (legally) blind, visually impaired, illiterate or have a learning disability, since these people have no viable and reliable way of “reading” the visually embedded quotation that sighted and literate folks can optically decipher from the image or photo with ease.

      I have provided detailed solutions in my said post entitled “The Quotation Fallacy“. Please enjoy perusing it! And I look forward to reading your feedback there. A number of bloggers have really benefited from my suggestions. In particular, Google and other search engines cannot index and recognize pictorial quotes as they do not contain true texts. Therefore, all of your quotations do not really exist as real texts for posterity. I am merely trying to alert you to the situation, plus other related issues.

      Wishing both of you a productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

      Yours sincerely,

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