Thursday, January 17, 2019

GFTNA Chapter 6, Page 32 Posted!

We're getting close to the end of chapter 6 - then it's on to Chapter 7.

I had to move a lot of stuff to chapter 7 that was originally planned for chapter 6. This story keeps writing itself, and invading my 6 remaining brain cells at night when I'm trying to sleep.

Things have been busy - I've been getting in on some webinars, and courses on line, as well as trying to increase my presence in CG / 3D / Photography social media sites. Also working on ways to get more Patreon members.

Haven't been feeling the greatest lately. Seems I can't eat more than a few bites without feeling gorged all night. Probably because I'm just sitting inside mostly with all this nasty winter weather, and not getting much exercise. 

More updates coming soon....

Over and out..

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

First Post of 2019!

Well here it is… The beginning of another year. 2018 is now history, and 2019 is upon us. And thus, comes my first blog post of the year.

I have never been one for making a lot of New Year’s resolutions that probably will not be kept longer than the end of the month, at most. But there are a few things I want to try to do this year.

First and foremost, I want to get back into doing more photography. I’ve been playing around with Adobe Lightroom, and in going through a lot of my old photos I’ve found my passion for photography returning. My plan is to get out at least once a month, and just shoot some photos. It’s a little more difficult to do in the winter (I am no big fan of cold weather), but there are a few days here and there where the weather isn’t horrible.

I want to build up a good repertoire of stock photographs that I can submit to Adobe Stock, and maybe make a little bit of money with. Right now I only have about 30 photos there, and I’m competing with people that have thousands, or hundreds of thousands of photos. However… A few weeks ago – with only 13 photos in my portfolio – one of them was actually used. And I got… Wait for it… A whole $.99! Woo hoo! The funny thing was, the photo that somebody bought was the one that I thought least likely for anyone to be interested in. It was simply a photograph of an insulator on my pole in the backyard! LOL but hey, it’s sold! So I’ve put another photograph of an insulator on Adobe Stock, and will probably shoot a few more just for giggles.

In addition to the photography, I want to get into the shop a little bit more often and start creating some things that I can possibly sell on Etsey. I have seen a couple people selling insulator-based lamps there, and some of them are going for $200 to $300. I certainly wouldn’t mind getting a little bit of that action myself.

This spring, I’m going to be doing quite a bit of work on the house – the biggest project, of course, is going to be getting the house ready to paint, then doing the painting. I really want to get this place looking good. This neighborhood is beginning that slow but inevitable spiral downhill as more and more – shall we say - unsavory people are moving in. I’d like to be able to sell this place for enough to get into something a little better, and in a nicer area.

And of course in addition to all this, I’ll be doing more of my artwork, and working on my Girls From T.N.A. story. I’ve been kind of expanding my horizons in the computer graphics/3-D worlds and have participated in a couple of webinars with some pretty decent feedback on my artwork. I look to keep improving, and hopefully maybe at some point making a little money with my skills.

So there in a nutshell, is a quick overview of my plans for 2019. Hopefully we’ll take a vacation sometime in the spring, and see a few different sights – oh yes, and photograph them too!

Hope everyone (all two or three people and actually read this thing) have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019!

Rod over and out…

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you (whoever is reading this...) a Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2019!

Lots more coming in 2019....

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Rant: Help With My Network!

Hello everyone!

I don’t do this very often, but as 2018 comes to a close, I feel the need for a rant. I try not to do this more than about once a year despite the fact I could probably do it on a daily basis. LOL

Okay, here’s the deal… I desperately need some help with networking these blankety-blank computers! I know just enough about networking to be dangerous. And while I do have the network here working after a fashion, it could be considerably better if it was done right. For instance, I have computer A, computer B, computer C, and computer D. Now, here’s my problem:

Computer A, and computer C are running Windows 10. Computer B, and computer D are running Windows 7. Now… Computer A can see and access all the drives on computer D. But it can only access the external drives on computer B. Computer B can see and access all the drives on computer D, but computer D cannot see or access drives on computer C.

The point I’m trying to make here, is there is no consistency. If I want to move files from one computer to another computer or use Photoshop on computer D to modify an image on computer C, I cannot do it directly as I should be able to. I have to go to computer A which can access both computer D and computer C and either put it on computer A which can be accessed by computer D, or put it on one of the drives on computer D so I can be accessed directly. Confused? Now you know why I have no hair!

So the crux of the situation is – as I said above – I need someone who is a network expert to come out here, sit down with me, untangle this god-awful mess, and try to hammer into what’s left of my tired old brain how to do this myself.

Now here’s my problem…

Who do I look to to provide the help I need? Yes, I could probably call Best Buy, and have them send a Geek Squad guy out here. The problem with that, is that I’m just another call to get done before lunch or going home at the end of the day. I worked in field service - I know how it works... That’s not necessarily what I want.

I know of two individuals who are networking experts with the company I used to work for. I have tried emailing one of them – a guy that not only has a great deal of expertise in networking, but also professes to be a ‘Christian’ as well. I’ve emailed him twice, outlining my problem above, and asking if he would be willing to get together with me at some point and give me a hand with this. I also told him I was more than happy to pay him. I don’t expect somebody to come out and use a couple hours of their time for free. And I would much rather pay somebody I know than a stranger from Geek Squad. I have thus far – and it’s been several months – not received the courtesy of a response even if it was to tell me no. Now having said that, I will give him the benefit of the doubt since the email address I used was his work email. There is a possibility it could have been blocked at the server level since it was coming from outside the company.

But… If it isn’t for that reason, and he's just ignoring me, here is what galls me about that.

Rewind to the decade of the 1990s. I was very active with several photography groups back then. I was vice-chairman of one fairly large photography club and had memberships in two or three others. In addition to being the vice-chairman of the club mentioned above, I was also the treasurer, activities committee (a committee of one), contest committee, newsletter editor, and public relations officer. I was also working with a local modeling agency, maintaining their website and doing photo shoots at bargain basement prices.

At the same time, I was holding down a full-time job as a technician with a certain computer company, which will remain nameless – but had a certain affinity for Jersey cattle. I think you know the one. This company opened a store in Kansas City, and of course everyone that knew me even in the slightest, bought their computers from this store. Why? Because they just naturally assumed that computer came with 24/7 free technical support that did not involve calling the company’s 1-800 number and waiting on hold for 45 minutes. Instead, they called me. Normally right at suppertime. And of course, this service was expected at no cost.

This went on for several years, until I finally got tired of it, and made it clear I was going to start charging if I was expected to spend large amounts of my time helping people with their computer problems. The phone calls gradually lessened, as did my circle of “friends.”

So where am I going with all this? I guess it’s just that I am a little bit frustrated by the fact that I was expected to provide the benefits of my skills, experience, knowledge, and time to others at zero cost, and I can’t even seem to find help with something when I’m willing to PAY someone.

So I guess I’ll just stumble along with my network as it is. I do have a Microsoft account, and a Microsoft One Drive with a terabyte of storage – which all of my computers can access. So if there’s something that all of the computers need to access I can just throw it up there on the One Drive, and all is peachy.

But if anyone reading this is a networking expert or know a networking expert who would be willing to help me out without putting my house up as collateral, please feel free to email me, give me a shout on Facebook or Twitter, or otherwise yank my chain.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for reading this epistle, and bearing with my rambling. Hope everyone has a good holiday. 😁