Updated Site

I’ve finally had time to set up a new domain with a few fancy bits. I’ll eventually load old content here from other pages and sites.

aPlus.net is the WORST hosting company – so glad to be rid of them.

I found a UI bug in HootSuite

It’s not a major issue but I found it annoying. Over the last week or so, I’ve spent a few minutes here and there scheduling some posts for the @fabric_lover twitter feed. I created posts out until October and I’m happy to have that done. BUT I noticed that the posts were not be added to the scheduled stream.

Hootsuit Error

The posts stop after October 24 but I have posts scheduled until October 31. If you so a hard refresh (shift + F5) of your browser, the posts will show up at the bottom of the screen.

 

Medical Bracelet

Hello again

I spent a couple of months in the hospital unconscious or barely conscious, starting Christmas day 2016 until Mid March 2017. I know there are posts from online after that, but chalk it up to the glory of publishing automation.

I’ve just recently been able to get back to normal life so online posting took a little hiatus. I’m not sure I’ll be able to talk about my hospital experiences anytime soon – it’s too recent and horrible to talk about yet.

I will say – don’t skip the flu shot every year.

Quotes on Art

I made several quote images with various artist’s thoughts on creativity. You are welcome to use them. They are formatted for twitter, specifically but you can use them anywhere.

Enjoy!!

Side note – this post was originally posted via wordpress scheduling on a separate blog, while I was in the hospital…I’m reposting here because I like the content.

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Fangirling: Westworld

The original Westworld came out in 1973 – and for the time, it was brilliant. Michael Crichton wrote and directed the film and the star was Yul Brynner.  

The 2016 version of Westworld is far more interesting. It’s written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, who is the brother of Christopher Nolan, and wrote the scripts for a couple of my favorite movies, Interstellar and Memento. I really admire the work of Jonathan Nolan as he plays with the idea of subjective reality. Memento is a story of a man who lost his memory and what the reality of his situation is while Interstellar is a story that takes place over time, in multiple realities.

The new Westworld is no different. Without giving too much away – Nolan tells you all you need to know in the first half of the series and shows you the reality in the second half of the series by piecing together the various threads of the story lines. All of reality is subjective for the characters.

His work reminds me, very much, of Philip K. Dick – who is best known for his kooky, futuristic stories that play with the idea that what most people think is real, is not. It’s clear to me that Nolan is a fan, but he tells his stories visually and with much more polish. The Mr. and I were joking after watching the last episode of Westworld, that the best PKD stories aren’t written by him.

The characters are well cast – Evan Rachel Wood does and stellar job as Delores, our main “host.” The actors fit for the roles they play, though I will say, Anthony Hopkins is very Anthony Hopkins. He plays his role exactly as you’d expect.

I had a TON of nits to pick while the series was in flight – all but one of them was resolved by the last episode. It’s apparent, after finishing the series, that Nolan had a very clear vision of the story as he wanted to tell it.

I HIGHLY recommend watching it as soon as you get the chance.

Have you seen it? What did you think? Comments are appreciated.

Side Note – this was scheduled to publish on another blog on Christmas Day, the day I was admitted to Cedars and almost died. I moved the content here because I like it.

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3D Printing – Do It Yourself Jewelry

The Mr. is a long time Product Designer and artist so we have a TON of equipment for making things in various ways. One of those is a FormLabs 3D printer.

I sort of suck at 3D creation tools – despite my previous history as a sculptor (way back in college) – so I had the Mr. recreate one of my hand drawn designs in AutoDesk Inventor. BEHOLD:

I know – it’s a really simple shape but I could not get it out of my head. I’d been drawing similar shapes in my sketch book over and over – I realized after I perused a few of my old notebooks.

The shape alone would not be wearable so I had to come up with a way to wear it. I decide to make a necklace out of the shape. There were 2 versions. Version one with large chain:

Version 2 on a smaller chain:

I like the look of the smaller chain better but it still needs something…. I can’t decide what to add.

What do you think?

Prinfab: A new contender for print on demand fabric

I’ve been using spoonflower since their very early days and I have never had a problem with their service. They run regular contests and a very informative blog. But while searching for content for the Fabric_Lover twitter feed, I found PrinFab.

PrinFab is located in the UK – but they seem to have users from all over the world. I was able to switch their pricing display to US dollars. At which point, their prices seemed much more reasonable 🙂

I signed up for an account just to poke around. Their Dashboard seems pretty simple:

I may give them a try. They report to have a quick turnaround on printing but shipping time may wipe that out. They also have a smaller user base, so I thought having an account here as well might make a user’s work stand out a little more than it does in the very crowded market place that is Spoonflower.

Check out a few of the designers:

Have you tried them? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Social Automation: One of the Big Boys

Previously, I shared some of the free platforms for social media automation. Since I have worked [and do work] with really large corporations, I thought I’d share one of the tools I’ve used for social media publishing previously.

Sprinklr is a really great platform – it does social listening, publishing and reporting. The platform is very customizable to fit your own needs. One really amazing tool is the ability to create custom approval workflows for content you plan to publish. As an example – If you have an agency creating your social content for you, you can have them enter the content in Sprinklr and force a set of approvers to review. You can have as many approvers as needed and the approval flow can be set up to be X person and Y person OR X person or Y person.

I’m also a HUGE data nerd, when working on the web, so all the information that is available about your followers and the stats on your posts are a big deal for me. Can you get all the data out of your social media platform of choice, like Facebook or Twitter? Yes – but having it all in one place is the best way to handle it in my opinion.

 

Fangirling: The Expanse

Last year when the SyFy channel launched the series, I was little dubious. They have some REALLY crappy shows on the air. Amazon – as it happens sometimes – had a preview episode for Prime users. I watched the first episode and was hooked, I mean HOOKED. Bought the first book and devoured it, reading non-stop. I swear I tried to pace myself and not finish the book before the season was over. But I was not very successful with my attempt. Such a great show and a great series.

Here is a summary of the plot from Amazon:

The Expanse is a thriller set two hundred years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane, Hung) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The show is not without it’s faults. Mainly that Season 1 ends long before the first book does but there are others:

  • The casting is terrible for all but a few characters – one set of humans in space is supposed to look a certain way and it doesn’t hold true for any of the main characters
  • The ship design is kind of “meh” – not very exciting or original

The best casting was Wes Chatham for Amos. He is a central character in both the books and the series. The picture pretty well sums up his character.

My biggest pet peeve for the show is ChrisJen Avasarala. I absolutely ADORE the actress who plays her, Shohreh Aghdashloo, but she plays the role without ANY of the light or spark of the character in the book.

Speaking of the books, they are great. It’s a series of three novels and three stories about the crew’s past.  The main three books should definitely be read in order but the back stories do not need to be. They definitely add to the depth of the characters but even after reading them, I did not find it necessary to go back and read through the first three again.

Have you seen the show or read the books? What do you think about the series?

*note – links to Amazon.com are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you purchase any items after visiting the links.*

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A brief history of goth

Oh holy smokes! As an old school Siouxsie Sioux era goth, I laughed and laughed and laughed as I watched. Revel in your history, Gloomy Ones….

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Even if you aren’t a current or former Goth, It’s still a pretty cute video.