I am going to be working more with art in the coming days. I am tired and sore from typing endlessly and trying to think up something to write about. So for now this blog is on hold. I may start posting on my art blog again when I get some scans or something. For now I am reading about and working on art projects.
I am listening to hams on my scanner. I am a ham radio operator now, but I don’t talk on it much. Bad weather and my personal health problems are not some of my favored topics for conversation. I listen to these guys on their way home from work and talk to them now and then. Today I don’t feel like talking much. I am looking for some way to communicate with people online, which is why I am on my blog here. People occasionally talk to me here.
I think I am going to do some work on my drawing skills. I drew a picture this morning before breakfast, but I had no model and it might not look very good. You don’t have to draw well to be an artist. Some of the lamest drawings are worth a lot of money. I have to think to myself what I want to end up with for my efforts. Do I want to end up with a lot of blogs and pages I don’t want to read, or do I want some pictures to look at? I think I would rather have the pictures. I think this is what I am going to work on. I can always get a scan and post graphics on my art blog or deviantart.
I don’t know why I am posting here about this. I am getting tired of writing. I am not much of a blogger. I am not much of an artist. I know how to find a model, or a picture of one, to draw online. That is simple. There is no shortage of photography on the net. I am not above working from a photo reference. It’s easier than trying to make up scenes from imagination.
None of my posts from the last three and a half months have any page views. It makes me wonder why I bother to write here. My old posts get views. My article on jade carving gets 20-30 views a day, maybe more. The stuff I have made the effort to write lately doesn’t get a single view. Perhaps I am a terrible bore. Perhaps I shouldn’t bother to try. It is uncomfortable for me to type anyway. I give up for now.
I went to the library this morning. I checked out the new books. They got these books from the Duck Dynasty duck pluckers. So I looked at the books and walked away to find some fantasy and sci-fi novels, which was my purpose in going in the first place. On the way out I cruised past the new shelf and decided to snag the Duck Commander’s book, which he claims he never even read. So now I have a project: Read the duck plucker’s book and see if there is any earth-shattering information contained. He has this great long beard. I haven’t shaved in a while so I have my own stubbly beard growing. It is a defense against the cold. I don’t want my face to freeze. So now I go read this duck plucker’s book and maybe dust off my hunting and fishing gear and learn to live like some kind of hunter/fisher backwoods duckplucker myself.
I spent almost three hours today reading this book and I am two chapters away from the end. It’s sort of inspiring to see that people with so many challenges can actually make good in this world. There is a lot of religious stuff in this book, which is funny to me. I am tired now and it’s time for sleep.
I guess it’s like retweeting. Anyway, I deleted some of the rambling posts I had on this blog lately and posted a couple short, like links to other blogs with some interesting stuff. Perhaps I will do more of this in the future, though it seems lame to me. In another sense, it might be good to follow more blogs and post some of their more interesting content and give them links to their sites. I wasn’t happy with the posts I put up today. This will give me some examples of better stories to read and perhaps I will improve my outlook on things and find some way to make this all work out for the better. So, expect more reblogs in the future on this blog, and when I run out of room, well, it probably won’t happen any time soon.
Well, I followed a whole lot more blogs tonight and read some interesting posts. I left a few comments and spent the afternoon reading. I may not actually be turning this into a reblog, but it was interesting to see how that works. Now it’s time to take a break from this computer and typing and find something interesting to read, like a book.
An article on fraud and Bitcoin. A good read.
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
This week, the FBI issued a warning about an unusual form of credit card fraud. Credit card processing networks at gas stations and other retailers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, are being knocked out by a piece of aluminum foil. Thieves wrap it around the satellite antenna used to communicate with credit card companies. While unable to authorize sales, many merchants process them anyway, assuming the network is temporarily down and that transactions will clear when the connection resumes.
Thieves have been making away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, cigarettes, and other stuff, all paid for with stolen (and often cancelled) credit cards. In many ways the merchants are accepting a personal check and trusting that the account holder has sufficient funds to cover it.
While this is more a social engineering hack than a true breach of system integrity, the aluminum foil…
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An interesting article about a young author.
Originally posted on TED Blog:
17-year-old Beth Reekles had a really good year. She published two books; appeared on national TV; sold the film rights for her first book, The Kissing Booth; graduated from high school and started college; and earned a spot on TIME’s list of the most influential teens of 2013, alongside household names like Malia Obama and Justin Bieber. And still she found time to watch five seasons of Gossip Girl.
How did such a young woman get so far so fast? When Beth was 15, living at home in Wales, she wrote a novel (“the kind of book I wanted to read”) and put it up on the story-sharing website Wattpad. 19 million views later, she won a three-book contract with a young adult division at Random House to publish that first book, The Kissing Booth, and two more, including the recently published Rolling Dice…
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