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For those who were wondering what happened... I've simply been pursuing new ideas and opportunities.
I haven't done much with the website, but I assure you all new content will be posted here. I want my website to be the primary focus and source for my content. Not DeviantArt, not YouTube, not anything else. The point being- website, website, website.
I took an interest in bead art last year and it has served as another creative output for me. So much, that I've decided to create bead sprites/portraits/jewelry to sell online and at art shows. You can find my Etsy shop at:
My "business" will serve not only as a crafts store, but will also sell art supplies, trading cards, action figures, video games, etc. It will be an all-around hobby shop. Check out our motto:
Hobby Access - Your source for hobby-related products and accessories.
It's simple. It's clean. What more do you want?
Also, we've got a website we're working on for the business. So, be on the lookout for that. We've already got the domain and everything. I expect it to be complete around Sep. 2012.
PS: By "we", I mean it's not going to be a solo project. (More on this later.)
For those wondering about the whole web design thing... I am/will be retiring from web design, at least when it comes to freelance. Basically, I won't be available for hire to design/create websites anymore. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE web design. It's my passion. It's my life. It's what I do. However, without a college education, it's hard to make profit from it.
Not to mention, I have a day job. It's hard to enjoy life when the only free time I have is spent doing more... work. For one person.
At least with my bead art, I can create art for entire families to enjoy as a home decoration piece. Or jewelry that your friends show an interest in when you take it to school.
All in all, this is the new direction I'm taking now.
All my current web design clients will have this blog sent to them in the form of an email/letter. No more edits/updates/changes will be made to the website(s) I've created for you. If you need any usernames, passwords, or files backed up, I might have them (I'm not your personal storage service). If so, I will send them to you as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Please know that all my contact information can be found here on my website:
If you wish to commission me to create an art piece for you, go ahead and contact me. I can provide you with a quote and an estimated date for completion.
With that, I leave you with one final note to bring this blog together. Enjoy:
Google Introduces Chromebooks
Google has announced Chromebooks coming soon in the Samsung and Acer brands.
The Chrome OS-based laptops are dedicated web machines, taking no more than eight seconds to boot and designed to be even faster with future updates. Because you're using the Chrome browser engine, you can be sure you're surfing the net at an optimized speed.
Staying connected to the web won't be a problem as your connection can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and Verizon's 3G technology (limited to 100MB a month). Other data plans start at $20 per month for 1GB or a day pass for $9.99 which includes unlimited data for any particular day. The browser itself uses HTML5 technology, so many of the applications will work even if you're not online. Remember, you've got millions of apps to choose from in the Chrome Web Store, most of which are free.
The batteries on these things will last all day, but even if their energy does not meet your daily needs, all your apps, files, and personal settings are securely stored online. So you can pick up right where you left off.
You can easily manage accounts for family, friends, or even guests. Logging in automatically syncs with that account holder's services, giving you access to your bookmarks, extensions, and apps. Guests automatically have their session data cleared as soon as they log out.
As far as security is concerned, updates are pushed out automatically, so you'll always have the most recent revision of the Chrome OS software. All tabs and apps run in a "sandbox" environment, containing anything that might be infected from affecting anything else on your computer. With each boot, the computer performs a self-diagnosis at startup and makes repairs when necessary, leaving you with a fresh OS every time. Chromebooks also come with a dedicated recovery button to restore itself to a previous point in time, if the current OS version does not suit you.
Waking the laptop from sleep mode occurs almost instantly, so you won't have to worry about login credentials, loading times, deactivating screensavers, etc. How convenient!
For more info, visit Google's Chromebook website at:
A New Way to Play Your Music
Google only recently started sending invites to beta-test it's upcoming service, currently known as "Music Beta", and it's already impressing music lovers worldwide.
Upon installation, the desktop application automatically scans your iTunes library and music folders and uploads your songs to a Google Music account. The added songs are immediately available for streaming via the app itself and Android-based tablets or phones after syncing your account, but the songs won't take up space on your device(s) as the technology is cloud-based.
Beware, the more songs you have, the longer they'll take to upload. Also note that the service has a limit of 20,000 songs per account, but you can sync that account on up to eight devices (not including personal computers).
When working offline, you can still access your recently played songs. You can also designate specific artists, albums, and playlists you always want to have available, whether they've been played recently or not. For your convenience, the Instant Mix feature can instantly build a playlist based on a song of your choosing, saving you time. Playlists are also accessible across devices.
If you'd like to request an invitation to beta-test, hit up the following link:
Sucker Punch (A Zack Snyder Film) - Review
Anyone see it or planning to see it? I thought it was pretty cool. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The intro was very touching. I could feel Babydoll's pain. Her acting could have been better but it doesn't take away from the fact that she only had about five lines in the entire movie, which I found disappointing as she is the main character. At least, that's what the trailer leads you to believe... (More on this later.)
There isn't much to the storyline, but that's understandable. Some fans don't care much for storylines, they just want to get straight into the action. This film has everything awesome from fire-breathing dragons to nazi zombies.
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The ending might leave you disappointed, however, as Babydoll reveals this is not her story but someone else's. Not to mention, most of the characters get killed off.
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There are some memorable quotes, though:
"Your mind can set you free."
"You have all the weapons you need. Now FIGHT."
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
All in all, this is some live-action Sailor Moon shit right here. If you like hot chicks kicking ass and taking names, this is the film for you.