Supine #socs

As I lay on my back in bed early this morning (I think 4:30 qualifies as early), I wondered how I was going to deal with this week’s prompt, a word that starts with “sup.” Then I realized I was lying supine, and I had my prompt.

When you lie face-down, you’re prone; when you lie face-up, you’re supine. I never knew that until Mary went to massage therapy school, when they talk about pronation and supination of the hand. Pronation is palm down, supination is palm up.

Supine has a second meaning: as The Free Dictionary tells us, “marked by or showing lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference,” “displaying no interest or animation,” “inactive, passive, or inert.” That’s kind of the way I’ve felt all week. There are things I know I want to do, and things I have to do, but I haven’t felt like doing anything.

Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve been teaching myself how to use GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, a free alternative to Photoshop. I’ve been thinking about the graphics I use on my blog, most of which I’ve done using the Retype app. Retype does a nice job (in fact, I developed the Stream of Consciousness Saturday logo for last year using it), but it’s not especially flexible. There’s a YouTube user, tutor4u, who’s done some step-by-step tutorials on using GIMP, so I’ve been following along and made a few graphics already. Nothing I want to use here, but still… A couple of examples:

Artsy-fartsy I’m not, but I do think these are pretty nice.

Today is the first day I’ve felt like doing much visiting, so I’m catching up with everyone. You have been warned.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now this word about Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch cereal.

23 thoughts on “Supine #socs

  1. I’ve heard those words, supine and prone, but was never really sure how to use them. Now I know! GIMP looks interesting, though I’m often scared of new tech stuff.

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    1. GIMP is good unless you need some of the features you can only get with a professional image editor. For my purposes, it does everything I need it to do, and you can’t beat the price.

      See? Not only entertaining, but educational…

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  2. I like GIMP, John. I used it for a long time but switched to Photoshop because I have to use that at work. I finally broke down and bought the package with PS and Lightroom. Iโ€™d give up PS in a heartbeat but thereโ€™s no good substitute for Lightroom.

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    1. For me, it does what I want it to do. I don’t take a whole lot of pictures (as you might have noticed) and GIMP does what I want it to do with the ones I have. As they say on the Internet, YMMV…

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  3. I agree, they are pretty nice. This is a wall is also very clever too. I always thought prone simply meant lying down … face up or face down. Learned something new today.

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  4. Something in the air… I haven’t felt like doing anything either. sigh Maybe we’re doing this summer thing correctly? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Like the new and interesting word – supine. Well, you’re more advanced than I am using GIMP, which I’ll give it a try. I use PicMonkey for my creations and even though I pay for an upgrade I don’t mind since I’m still enjoying my savings by getting rid of MWord, thanks to you, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

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