A Bee in the Blooming Broc!

A few weeks ago, my Android phone failed. I dunno what happened, but all my photos vanished and my music was toast. I couldn’t access the files for anything. I even took the memory card out and put it in my computer.

Broken.  All the broken-ness.

I’m hoping it’s just a broken memory card and not something wrong with my phone. :-/

In my effort to recover the photos, I turned on Google’s auto backup feature. Honestly, I’m not thrilled with the whole store-my-stuff-in-The-Cloud action. I know what “The Cloud” is. I know what the pros and cons are. (Yep, I’m looking at you, Rachel. With love, even…)

I’ve also seen The Terminator 500 too many times. And Big Brother can probably see my photos even if I hadn’t let Google auto save them. Also, it was too late, because some of the photos were already digitally damaged. *total sad face*

But WAIT! This post isn’t supposed to be a rant against technology.

Because look what Google did with my photos!!!

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyGoogle made an “Auto Awesome” for me. Several actually. My own animated GIFs from several similar pictures. I just love how animated GIFs are like the photos in the Harry Potter series!

This one is of one of the few broccoli plants that survived the last hard freeze we had. You can see the devastation in the rest of the bed. The freeze burned and dried up almost all the broccoli plants, and the tomato cages that I used to hold the “protective” plant cloths on the garden lay around like they didn’t have a job to do. (Garden clean up is planned for this weekend! Yay!)

Look closely at the top-right area of that blooming broccoli plant. Click the image to see it bigger.

A lone bee buzzes around the blooms! At least the bees will get to feed from that plant and one other small one that survived. 😀

I was trying to get a picture of the bee, which wouldn’t hold still (because it’s a bee, maybe), so I took a fast series of photos…

Out of the tragedy of the broken phone arose the fun of Auto Awesome!

As I prepare for the April A to Z Blogging Challege, I’d love to hear what’s going on with you lately. Any awesomeness? Do you make animated GIFs like Google’s Auto Awesome?


22 comments on… “A Bee in the Blooming Broc!”

  1. Wowsers! I’d never even heard of animated GIFs. Looks fantasmic! Do you have a special Google app to do that? So, so cool! Wouldn’t that be great for a Halloween pic of a monster or spider or mermaid or dragon? Thanks for sharing. I love it!

    • Diana Beebe

      It’s in the Google+ app. You can upload photos (and even keep them private if you want), and if you have 3-5 images that work together, Google stitches them together. I did some digging and found this Android video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSuNlTq9XFM) that tells how to use the app to create them yourself.

      The phone still works, mostly. Meh. Just wish I could get some of the videos and pictures back. 🙁

  2. P.S. So sorry about your phone and losing your stuff. Geez, if it’s not a computer crashing, it’s a Smart phone. Bummer.

  3. That is totally awesome!! Glad something good came from busted! And hope you get most or all of your stuff back. I had trouble with the cloud at first, too, but yeah, it does save our stuff when we forget. And let’s be honest, the NSA may be listening, but how much of our lives are on FB anyway? LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      The Cloud stuff does have its benefits. I have to agree with that. I do think my SD memory card is bad–I’m hoping that’s all it is…

      You know, I’ve seen some really crazy over-sharing on FB. LOL.

  4. Tony Janssen

    I figured out what is wrong with your Samsung phone. It was not made by my team at LG.

  5. I LOVE Auto-Awesome! I was so surprised the first time Google did it for me, and now I have a couple awesome gifs of Boudin ripping apart a toy, and my yule candle burning merrily. Sorry to hear about your phone though, that really sucks :/ My computer did that a number of years back, and I lost everything that was on it (including two books – one I didn’t mind losing, but the other broke my heart because I had backed up everything EXCEPT the ending >.<)

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m kinda addicted to seeing if Google will make more for me automatically. LOL.

      What a terrible thing to loose that much work! At least you had most of the book saved. Technology is such a cruel thing. My first book is on 3.5 inch floppy disks. LOL. It can stay there.

      *runs off to start a full back up*

  6. Bees and gifs are awesome. What a brave broccoli plant!. . . I didn’t know G+ could do that … learn something new every day, eh? 😀

    • Diana Beebe

      Pretty cool, huh? I was so glad to see those brave little broccoli plants pull through. The bees really love them!


    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, fun. I like what you did there–“something to buzz about” LOL.

  7. What a great way to put a positive spin on an incident that, in today’s techno-dependent world, might seem like a tragedy. I look forward to more of your blogs during the A to Z Challenge.

    • Diana Beebe

      Hi, Linda!Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to the A to Z Challenge. See you there!

  8. Sorry about your phone. I know how that feels. Mine is so close to dying. It takes forever and a day to do anything. 🙁 Soon I’ll be singing the blues with you. I downloaded all my photos a week or so ago, but the Google backup is cool. All the GIFs. Of course, I’m so not techno savvy. I haven’t a clue how you got it from Google onto your blog. I only know how to share on the same platform. Pathetic, right?

    • Diana Beebe

      The slowness of my phone! Arggh! I need to make it last longer…

      For the picture, they make it easy. I downloaded the image to my computer and then uploaded it to my blog. 😀 You could do it, too. I know it!

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