"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Second Chance

It’s not always that you get a second chance,

Even in computing.


A few days ago, whilst editing a new post, I blundered. Attempting to compress the picture files, I irreversibly converted them into little more than thumbnails. Such a loss is hardly shattering but it unsettled me. My impatience while tackling a new procedure had been needless.

I had been a little tired and clumsy that day. Even before my mistake, when gathering the photo images into a new parent folder, the computer seemed barely under my control. Rather disconcertingly, the new pictures disappeared completely at one stage.

But this vanishing trick turned to my advantage.

I have just discovered where the folder of unedited pictures was hiding. That original parent folder, its images still uncompressed, has been found!


And now, with absolutely no apologies for self-indulgence, I re-present them

– uncompressed –










“…and was lost, but is found…”



Synchronicity is at play. The pain of loss and hope of discovery are described in other lives…



3 responses

  1. when the lost is found it is always a cause for rejoicing …

    December 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

  2. Isn’t it lovely to find things? It’s the loss of control of a portion of your life that is so unsettling not necessarily the item itself.

    December 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    • Or perhaps, the realisation that we never really were in control – and never will be, as long as we remain attached to outcome…

      December 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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