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My Best 10 Browser Bookmarks for March 2016

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Every so often I like to list all the ‘WWW Finds’ I have collected in my browser. Here are my March 2016 bookmarks…

20160311_1143071. First let’s listen to music while we go through them all. Open this, then another tab… Sean is definitely his father’s son.

2. If you have been involved with web-design since the 1990’s, you will know Molly. You might even know here story. Well, she is back. Molly doesn’t let anything stop her.

3. I have used many unusual symbols and characters from here to appropriately populate my website with symbols so that both javascript and other scripts validate properly. It’s a thing I do. So should any web site creator.

4. This is one of the coolest (or is that koolest?) programs any artist can use. I was using it a few years back for stitching panoramas. Now I see it can also be used for straightening architecture – so I may resume using it again.

5. Ever wondered what a reasonable rate you should charge for your work? I remember those days. Who am I kidding? There are still days where establishing an appropriate fee is difficult, because some clients have little to no budget available. But it isn’t about those clients : It’s about establishing your value based on all factors involved – i.e. location, tools, rush-fee, and more. Check this out, it’s worth the read.

6. When a page starts with “Jedi Religion is a very non-dogmatic, non-organized religion. As such, there are few if any rules that can be expected to be followed by all believers“, you know it’s going to get super-loopy the more you read. Yet, for us die-hard star wars fanatics, this is important. Just don’t take it too seriously. Hey, my imaginary figure is as real as yours!

Old Camera 7.Have a Canon camera? Think it doesn’t have enough confusing features already? Then get some more. Aha, this is gonna confuse the heck out of you within seconds of downloading. I am so glad I hesitated.

8. Everyone wants to make movies these days, particularly to put on Youtube. It’s only free with Windows Movie Maker. Sure, it is limited, but pictures of cats and children don’t need much post-production.

9. This less-than-helpful-video makes me laugh each time I see it. Because it happened at our wedding, and I know it happens at other weddings. Thankfully never (at least to my knowledge) at the few weddings I have photographed.

10. Once you get hookedb, you may never exkcape. Only a power failure will do it.


And that is all. See you next month for another list.

All Links Lead to Facebook

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I follow a lot of interesting links on the interwebz each night. I am a prolific reader, I read prolifically. Is anyone read prolificly? But I digress…

A few nights back I stumbled onto Chris Harding‘s series,We the Robots . Hilarity ensued. That two word sentence is so cliched. Again, I digress…

"Whatchoo Lookin' At?"

Seems ‘We The Robots’ was a short period in his eclectic ‘toon time. Two years exactly, give or take a life time. A robot’s life can be long or short, depending on the country of birth. I like to digress.

So I checked out where Chris is now. Wasn’t difficult. Google is a search engine. I searched for him. Chris Harding. Animation. Here he is .

Then I went back to We The Robots. There is a link on his homepage to Chris’s / Chrises / Chrises’ / his Facebook page . hashtag head smack.

But the story doesn’t end there. (How many times have we heard THAT line? No, not the next one, the one prior to the one before this one!)

Seems Chris has an agent. Go read his awesome Contact page. Chris really his a funny guy. And his agent has a site filled with other a.ma.a.z.i.n.g artists .

Techtronics of Rex the RobotAnd his agent has links to sales teams, some live, some links dead. Nearly everyone of them are also on Facebook.

WHO ISN’T ON FACEBOOK?! Oh, yeah, my lovely coffee maker at Kikko’s on Pirie Street . Aha, free plug. I like my coffee, and I really like when it is the perfect breakfast. Much digression. And digestion. Coffee is good for that.

That’s it. More again. Another time. I make no promises I will post again tomorrow. I do that too often and don’t, so now I say I post irregularly – which means it is surprise to even me when I do. With surely more digression.

How to Walk without Leaving your Desk!

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Somehow I found myself watching this interesting youtube clip about the Facebook Server rooms . A few minutes into this docu-data-archive (see what I did there?!) is a guy on a treadmil at a desk … and I have never seen anything like that before!

So I had to do some googling about this subject. Turns out ‘treadmill desk‘ displays a LOT of great information about both DIY and buyable units where you can exercise on the job. Nice!

Here are the few images and links about this great idea that caught my attention. Watch out for the guy riding his bike in the office whilst sitting at his desk!

First off we have the pro’ version. It’s pricey, but as this becomes more common and mainstream the price will decrease to a reasonable housewife price.

Then we have a high quality AND pricey treadmill desk that has a product code that describes the kilometres you will walk each year whilst perusing your Amazon and Ebay purchases.

Google then found me previewing the blow-up ball on the treadmill behind the desk. Whilst the fat-guy who has taken over my waist-line loves this idea, the blood-pumping heart inside me is saying “Woooh, slow down sunshine.”

My heart was then saying, let’s take a break, sleep a bit, come back later when the legs don’t feel like falling off. Just reading this was making me exhausted! Yet I pushed myself forward, determined to finish this second post for 2014 on my journal. I didn’t call mysef the online entrepreneur for nothing!

So I found the deck-cycle. It might be called something else, but this name made better sense from a marketing point of view – it rolls off the tongue. Deskcycle. Deskycle. D’Skyle. Steal it, go with it, walk with it, get on with it.

bicycle attached to work desk
Bicycle attached to work desk

Could this be the End of The Doctor?

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Sculpted Hands

Meh. I was not overly impressed.

I had an inkling just a few minutes into this episode of Dr Who, “The Time of the Doctor“, that I might be saying this later if not sooner:

Oh no, they have over-hyped a show that has none.

This Christmas special under-achieved so much that I have no doubt there will be a HUGE backlash from the Whovian camps. Moffatt may have just written the eulogy of the Doctor in this one episode. He, and I mean Moffat, might need to regenerate himself and his script-writers before too long

Well, there were a few bits that stood out in this intergalatic fanfare … [SEARCHING CYBERBANKS] … Oh, I remember now, these two bits of dialogue. A few well-written lines.

“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a moment. Like breath on mirror… Any moment now, he’s a comin’!”
“Whose coming?”
“The Doctor!”
“You. You are the Doctor.”
“Yep… and I always will be … But times change, and so must I.”

and

We all change. When you think about it – We are all different people, all through our lives, and that’s OK, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be!

Let’s hope the latest incarnation can put new life into the series. The last three actors made the Doctor a worldwide franchise, idol and star. The new guy needs to outshine all three combined. Meh. I doubt it will happen. But I am prepared to watch and find out.

Being Very Right

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I like proving the vocational assessment I had 3 months ago to be very wrong.

Captain Eco Nomy Yes, one might say a thing is either wrong or right, there’s no place for a combination of the two. To that I’d like to butcher a quote by Stuart, owner of the profitless comic book store on #TheBigBangTheory – “It is a little wrong to say I could Swim in Jello, it’d be very wrong to say I could Ski on Sandpaper.”

Yet back in early July 2013 I was assessed as being unsuited for a helpdesk or any role that included repetitive tasks.

Whilst I’d much prefer to continue to shoot abstract, architectural, landscape & vehicular photography AND have people buy sufficient artwork each week to cover my mortgage, the truth is I need to do a job that utilizes my real world skills.

So winning a 6 month contract on an IT HelpDesk has proven I do have sales, people, communication, tutoring & computer skills which help me to provide a full service to all my clients.

So I am doing a role that I not only exel in, I also enjoy doing. Talking with people at all levels, taking a moment to discuss the impact of the issue at hand on their working day, working through and resolving or escalating the issue, then doing the necessary computer based logging of the job … heck, I am smiling as I write this all done. I am in my element!

That assessment was very wrong. Which leads me to believe my response was based on utopian world, not real world.

Because now I am doing a job where I am most suited, well placed, and everything feels very right.