Free Money!

Picture below reveals all. I laugh every time I look at it!

Sorry, no free money, not ever, particularly not from Nigeria. 

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The Basic Updates to HTML over the last 15 Years

First let me say that I STILL design my sites using CSS elements and HTML tags and attributes to give my websites improved function and form. I won’t deny that sometimes they are not pretty – but I design to suit my needs now, not for anyone else.

Whilst many other designers are now using purchased templates, I enjoy writing the background code. I enjoy that little yippee-moment when the CSS works.

I remember the first time I built a sprite based header navigation in blogger.com way back in 2004! Because blogger enabled users to modify the HTML and CSS, I spent many an evening tinkering, learning, applying, reapplying, until I had a site I liked. It was also at that time that I started creating graphics for sprites.

This morning I wanted to write an explanation of what I have enjoyed over the last 15 years of coding CSS, yet felt I couldn’t easily put it into words. Thankfully I found Casadaro Shearrod’s simplified yet succinct list displaying the basic differences/upgrades of HTML over the last 20 years.

HTML 1 – linked documents
HTML 2 – linked documents with stylized text and tables.
HTML 3 – more of 1 and 2 with some Browser specific features.
HTML 4 – a re-evaluation of 3 to removes some clutter that arrived in 2 and 3.
HTML 5 – pretty much the same as 1 with the ability to specify document structures and multimedia element.

His last line below is the #1  reason I stopped designing for others. 

Knowing HTML5 in practice means we know HTML and CSS. We can do what used to be done with HTML 1,2, and 3, but we can do those things more effectively, with greater efficiency, and on a larger scale. This is what gave birth to the Web application and server side programing and scripting but, that’s a whole different talk.

HTML and CSS are not difficult to learn, but it is time consuming to both unlearn and learn as updates occur. I chose to stop. I achieved what I set out to do, so was able to tick it off my bucket list of achievements, then move onto new ventures.

And that is where I choose to end this article. Does this mean I no longer code? Are you kidding?! Reading some of the URL‘s linked above gets me fired up and interested again … so I am already pondering my website revamp!

Tool Board

Quotes from What are the differences among HTML2.x HTML3.x and HTML4.x?, written 7.Nov.2014 by Casadaro Shearrod.

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My Favorite 17 Online Tools

I am a list maker. It’s a byproduct of working in state government for twenty years. So my browser bookmarks are regularly scrutinized, alphabetized and regularly saved for backups. This has proved beneficial: I once misplaced a website that I eventually realised I was spelling it wrong.

Today I am listing and highlighting (thus explaining the photograph attached) the most important websites in my bookmarks. Each of these sites help me to write posts easily, edit graphic coloring easily, and dare-I-say-it code websites easily. Yep, I am a geek at heart.
Jetty Light

If any of these look helpful to you, feel free to bookmark, leave a comment, like the page, and come back for more posts like this every few months when I do my regular backups. Cheers!

Free Advertising Space

When I first started blogging I had no idea where the future would take my scribblings. I readily admit that blogging was purely an escape from the realities around me.

Since then the articles have evolved into articles about the work I enjoy: photography, art, the art of fatherhood, plus a myriad of random subjects. I really should narrow it down, but then I get ideas that I let flow. Like my last post, I never know where my mind takes an idea.

About two years ago I had a silly idea that I could monetise my blog. I watched many other bloggers add Google Adsense and tried to follow their example. It hasn’t worked yet. See, I have a particularly appearance that I would prefer they adhered to. But they don’t. They are ugly.

So I have finally gotten smart. With my graphic art skills honed over the last fifteen years, I only advertise my family products. All the adverts below are in the sidebar of both mine and the kid’s blog. So here’s hoping you click on the links, go check them out, and maybe buy a tshirt or framed work. A father can dream.


MY WIFE & KIDS


Conversations with my Two Sons


GoFundMe Donations for LSBeezKI


Support LSBeez via Paypal.me


LSBeez Sticker


Buy a Tee - Save a bee



MY PHOTOS & TOG-SHIRTS

Buy a Photographer Pro' TShirt


Peruse and Purchase Photographic Artwork by Stephen Mitchell


Stephen Mitchell on FineArtAmerica


So now you know what I do in my spare time. And how I make a little money from my blog.

FYI: I created all the graphics for these adverts. Some need more work or complete revitalisation. That’s the fun of this game – I can do that. I enjoy it.

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Going Cold Turkey to Youtube Gamers & Vloggers

Definition of ‘Cold Turkey’

As a noun:
The unpleasant symptoms caused by suddenly ceasing to take a drug to which one is addicted.
“stopping the drug may result in cold turkey”

As an adverb:
In a sudden and abrupt manner.
“I had to quit drinking cold turkey”

How I Became a YouTube Addict

It’s nothing to be proud of, but for reasons that many people are probably still not totally aware. But it happened in stages.

Back in 2012 I was introduced to Grand Theft Auto IV . I bought a PC-DVD version of the game – and contemplated installing it. So before I did, I went to YouTube to learn more about it. That’s when the addiction began.

Somehow the first Youtube gamer I discovered was HikeTheGamer . His plays were often up to two hours long. His entourage varied in ages and countries of origin, yet somehow the group made it all work. Yet I got into the game play, watching them sometimes for the entire video. They made it interesting. But the first problem I had was the amount of download!

From there I found a bunch of clever guys who made these games both funny and a parody of the game itself –The ASDF’s . I had only found there archived clips – and spent too much time trying to find them at the current era. They were fun to watch and laugh at, which is what I really needed. It was at that point that I realised I didn’t need nor want a gaming addiction, I was seeking something to laugh at. My next article will explain why further.

From there my addiction was very Doctor-Who-Peter-Capaldi-Incarnation “I came the long way round” – Wherein I finally found the current and very popular YouTube Gamers who had millions of viewers and subscribers. I watched as they grew in fandom in millions every few months. Some of the lads who are now YouTube-stars were being born. But I never felt the inclination to join their ranks – I finally realised that I could get all I wanted from watching them. These boys are funny, hilarious and often had me laughing at odd moments!

So here are all the YouTube Gamers I developed a strong addiction to watching, in order of my awareness of them online:

    (* – My top favorite)

  1. * Lui Calibre
  2. * VanossGaming
  3. * H2O Delirious
  4. Mini Ladd
  5. Moo Snuckel
  6. BasicallyIDoWork
  7. I Am Wildcat
  8. Silent Droidd
  9. CaRt0oNz
  10. The Terroriser
  11. Daithi De Nogla
  12. SeaNanners
  13. Jacksepticeye
  14. … a few others, but these guys are the quickest to remember off the top of my head!

I have since reduced my addiction to Vanoss because the rest will often be in his videos – and the others usually upload almost the same video, just shot from their perspective. This can sometimes be interesting, particularly the audio.

Introducing Vlog-Movies

In early 2016 a Facebook friend told me about Casey Neistat with his mini-movie-style of YouTube creations. As my addiction to online gamers came to an end, watching Casey seemed a natural progression – and soon I realised how I could easily create similar styled videos of my own. Making mini-movies of parts of my life tickled a part of my brain that wanted to record my blogs with audio – and here was the answer.

I am now ALL caught up with Casey’s videos. Yes, all of them. I don’t know why, it is quite voyeuristic. My 18mo son Aidan loves watching Casey’s daughter Francine on my smartphone. Scary, yet cute.

Thanks to Casey, I also got addicted to the vlogs (~not their gaming nor prank channels!) of these guys in order of discovery:

  1. Tom Syndicate
  2. Fousey
  3. * Roman Atwood
  4. * Shonduras
  5. There are a few others, but they appear to have lost their way.

In July 2016 our household switched to NBN

This was the most amazing thing to happen to us. I remember going through the era of dial-up tones, I remember intermittent ADSL and ADLS2 – and now we have NBN, the world-wide-web is coming into our home at SIX TIMES FASTER than we previously had it.

But here is the downside of NBN:

  1. Improved connectivity means no more buffering – meaning you forget to notice that a download is in process. When events happen fast, your brain forgets to remember that the information is being downloaded from the internet. YouTube videos suddenly default to 1080p…
  2. Improved and faster download means you are downloading formidable amounts of data. With limited internet plans, your monthly limit can get maxxed out in two weeks. Sigh. I had to reduce my YouTube addiction.

So I have had to go cold turkey.

I chose Only two with which to stay connected:

  • Vanoss . Okay, and H2O Delirious. That guy makes me laugh.
  • Casey. Well, Shonduras . That guy makes me really laugh and cry, I don’t know how he doesn’t break his limbs more often!

Why tell you all this?

Because I want to focus more on my photography, graphic design and MY OWN VLOG. I got so caught up in everyone else that I forgot my own goals and aspirations!

Oh, and to get them out of my browser bookmarks. ;)

My Best 10 Browser Bookmarks for March 2016

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.