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By Hop-A-Long  
Good morning everyone.
I decided to bring you a piece of my digital art today. This was done for a project for my degree, the project focused on the transfer between the filament type bulb to the new low energy ones.
The reason the change came was due to the amount of power used by the old style bulb.
I had never given it much thought before, although I had moaned about how long a low energy bulb takes to get up to full light and how they aren't as good, but then after researching the bulbs for my project I was quite surprised to find that the filament type bulb actually wasted so much energy in heat rather than light that they could be likened to an electric fire for power consumption.
The new low energy bulbs require less energy to produce the light and also their heat loss is much less than half of a filament bulb.
When you think in the UK alone how many households there are and the huge amount of bulbs being lit on a night, then consider that all those bulbs are small electric fires the waste of energy must have been huge.
With fossil fuels beginning to run out and newer sources of energy having to be found then I can only see replacing filament bulbs with low energy as a step in the right direction, maybe not a huge step, but it is a step none the less.

Now last night was rather a painful night, if you are squeamish you may wish to look away now.
I will explain first that we have three Bichon Frise dogs and as lovely as they are they do get under your feet, especially in the kitchen, so to combat this problem we have a wooden child safety gate between the living room and the kitchen which prevents the little darlings/devils from getting in to trip you up.
Anyway, Gill had headed for bed and I was just tidying round before going myself. I had taken some things into the kitchen which I had washed up and put away. On my way back into the living room I opened the gate, walked in and closed the gate behind me. It was then I felt a stinging from my foot, I looked down to find that as I had opened the gate I had pulled it completely over my toes, why this didn't hurt instantly I have no idea, but it was hurting now. The pain became much worse when I noticed that three of my toes were now bleeding, badly. I hopped back into the kitchen to get some kitchen towel and the first aid kit.
I sat in the kitchen and upon closer inspection I found the three toes were now missing a specific part, that part being their nails. Yep, the bottom of the gate had happily removed three of my nails, completely.
It took a good half an hour to stop the bleeding and get my toes dressed. I finally put the first aid kit away and then began to wonder where the nails must be. Checking the bottom of the gate I found them actually slightly stuck in the wood underneath, still whole and in a row. It was quite comical to see them there. Needless to say I removed them and cleaned the gate. This then bought a smile to face as I felt I had had my revenge on the gate, it removed my nails and now I had just removed it's nails and I hope it hurt it as much as it hurt me.
I hobbled off to bed where no matter what my foot touched last night, it hurt. I ended up with my foot on top of the quilt. I have got up this morning and although my toes are tender as you would expect, they aren't as painful as last night, at least until I inevitably stub one of the toes on something that I would never normally hit.

I hope I haven't put you off you brekky and I also hope you like todays upload, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Tags: Light World Bulb Earth Digital art Heat Planet

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
31 Oct 2012 8:36AM
Great work indeed,

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 8:54AM
Different and excellent work here.

Paree 13 616 3
31 Oct 2012 9:32AM
O M G i wish i hadn't read it all,
how painful,SadSadSadSadSadSad

it was worth it though i love a story,

and now with a poorly foot you have lots of time to visit photo shop.
its a good image, but overshadowed by the story lol

i'm just glad you didn't include the toe nails.WinkWink

ha ha


p.s. dont think i have been on your page before and just noticed your avatar name ....
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
31 Oct 2012 10:17AM
Clever stuff this.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Oct 2012 11:12AM
Very well illustrated 'green' issue, Andy. I've stood on a drawing pin in my bare feet once, always wear slippers in the house now.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
31 Oct 2012 11:30AM
A superb manipulation, Andy, and a very painful tale (or should that read toes Wink) Sad. Goodness knows why you felt no pain when the three nails were ripped from your toes, I would have thought that to be excrutiatingly painful. Guess it's going to be some weeks before they grow back again, could be the subject of some rather interesting images Wink Carol
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Oct 2012 1:08PM
I don't want to worry you Andy,but you might feel the pain more in a couple of days time.
I did the same with a fingernail a few years back.OK at the time,but it was murder a few days after !!
Anyway,on that cheery note,
A good image.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
31 Oct 2012 2:04PM
Wonderful and inventive piece of work here.

Best Matt
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 2:09PM
Superb artwork, Andy, even though as a convinced late-night reader I reckon LEDs are the way to go. I hope you wore your safety glasses to take the shot!
We had one of those safety gates for her daughter when she was about two. Our/her gate was metal, though, not wood. It took her about two mornings to learn how to get out of it despite its being virtually bolted in place, so it went on the scrap heap. At least that meant I never stubbed ny toes on it Smile

P.S.: The sculpture in Durham is only about ten years old. It looks a lot older, just like me . . .
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
31 Oct 2012 3:09PM
Ouch! and Eeeek!
Great image.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
31 Oct 2012 5:19PM
Great achievement! Well done!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
31 Oct 2012 7:51PM
Not the best way to spend a night, but a clever manipulation

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 8:15PM
I have to ask how you managed to or maybe you didnt - get your shoes on next day! Life become hazardous once you reach a certain ageWink interesting read I hope you dont get an infection.

fascinating picture today, no idea how you arrived at this finished point but doesnt really matter as its very effective and I like it Smile
1 Nov 2012 12:36AM
Brilliant image
1 Nov 2012 9:00AM
You poor thing!!! My sister had a similar experience a couple of years ago but it was with a door and almost took her toes off. It never pays to be THAT angry, she had slammed the door in anger!! Great work!!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 5:05PM
A superb manipulation with interesting facts. But, OUCH! your poor nails - I can't imagine.... Sad Perhaps a visit to the old doctor would help...
Mike_Smith Plus
10 486 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 6:41PM
Cracking image you got there but as for the gate i would have ripped it off and it would be now at bottom of garden
1 Nov 2012 9:29PM
Brilliant work,great write upGrinGrinSad should not smile hope you are okay..Lin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
4 Nov 2012 11:58AM
Excellent idea and beautifully executed Andy. My old light bulbs heat up the room and turn off the thermostat, thereby saving gas from the central heating Wink
All the best with your toes!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
8 Nov 2012 7:31PM
Excellent work achieved here! Creative!

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
15 Nov 2012 8:39PM
Eureka! This is a marvellously creative and innovative piece of work

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