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2019 September 29 visual imagery

I don't know what to say about myself when I'm put on the spot, and right now, that's how I feel. There are times I feel invincible, and times I feel so insecure. It's a feeling that I don't like.

Creativity may run in the family, I found some hints as to why I try to make perfect art, Lately, I have been trying to break the perfection gene. Map makers have to be perfect, not artists. Don't get me wrong, art takes practice and a certain amount of skill and training. Sure I can draw a box and say it's an apple. That would be an abstract of the apple form, but to get it to look like an apple, practice and a certain amount of perfection to make it look realistic. A square apple does sound interesting.

2019 September 30 visual imagery

The boring part. I started the day by going to work. I have a day job. On break I walked two flights of stairs. Now to ramble on to see if I can get some inspiration for drawing tonight. Perhaps I'll draw a map. I'm surrounded by maps at work. Perhaps just a cartouche. Strange, distant Uncle Martin Baty Lewis did not decorate his maps. That's it, a cartouce fit for a map. Spoiler, might take more than one day, so I'll be sure to post progress images.

The cartouche may be more ambitious than I has originally planned, but I shall attempt.

The cartouche has been started. I am going to set up a digital frame to use as an outline. It will be printed out in a light blue color, so that I can ink over it and remove any of the blue showing through the ink. Like using a non-photo blue pencil on a mechanical layout that was set up before the dawn of computers.

2019 October 01 visual imagery

Keeping up with web content will be my Inktober challenge. I will draw, I will ink, but I need to keep up with daily blogging. I like the simple days of html, and they are long gone.

I have been drawing, I will draw and ink creatures out of halloween candy. See the visual imagery notes for this day.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Inktober has been changed to Oct-coder. It appears HTML would be a more fitting daily challenge. (Saturday October 5)

2019 October 02

What a day. I mostly blew it. I did some tweaking on the cartouche file. Dare I say? Part of me is stressing over an announcement made where I work. A contest of sorts. How well will I be able to compete? Stay tuned for updates.

2019 October 03

This is my Friday, WOOT! I will have all day tomorrow to prepare for the contest. My head is spinning. Part of that is due to a headache that I woke up with. Most of the headaches I've had during my life is due to neck stress. I do not recall anything that would cause it last night. Let's see how well I can describe it. The beastly headache is constant. Anymore, it seems noise and light bothers me (more than it used to). There seems to be a constant bad smell in the air, similar to a strong chemical smell that I can't get away from, like really strong hot peppers. The smell seems to be there, even when there is nothing causing the smell. I need to stay hydrated, during the day, and avoid eating too much. If the smell sensation gets any stronger, hurling seems like it could be a possibility. Not to mention all the construction that is going on the Capital Complex in Austin. Find a good way to avoid most of the crazy drivers, then a road gets closed for utility work and aggressive cars are appearing out of no where. Austin is one of the worst cities in Texas to drive in. I'm sure driving stress is contributing to the headache. Then there is the constant pounding. Excavators, digging equipment. I would be nice if they found an old skull or something and have to stop for a while.

2019 October 04

pjcassel.com is live. At this time, there is no content. Prepping for the contest at work has taken most of today. I have been arguing with code all day. I think the outcome of the fight is pretty decent. There's a lot to HTML and CSS. I completely understand the benefit of CSS, I just think it would be helpful to have a preview option with the interface.

Inktober will be interesting. Life has already gotten in the way. I may not draw every single day, but I will have something to show for it. Check back.

2019 October 05

The 30 day challenge. Well, it started out being Inktober. Necessary priorities says it should be HTML that I should practice for 30 days. Might have to delve into PHP as well. Code is different, Dreamweaver was touted as a GUI interface for HTML when I first heard about it. Then I took a class on Dreamweaver. Did the class focus on GUI design? NO! If focused on code design, using the GUI as a way to double check your work. You can get previews with the HTML code part, but getting CSS previews is difficult. Write CSS ... Save file ... update HTML preview.

Then there's the fact I wanted small type at the bottom of my web page. Natural assumption for myself, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 and H6 tags for headlines, should I be able to write P, P1, P2 and etc tags for paragraphs. No, it does not mean that. HTML absolutely does not like P1, P2 and any other style of P(#) tags. I was trying out different ideas on how to center my P1 tag before work, it was close (had I spent anymore time on it, I might have been late). Without changing the CSS, I changed the tag to be a P tag, because I had tried everything else. Boom chalkalacka, it worked, text centered. There's probably another way of doing it. That is why the October challenge should be HTML instead of ink. Ink is for the retirement job (I started early).

I was chatting with a new friend last night on Facebook. I was invited to a group of local women, and I complained about the difficulty of code. One person replied to my comments, then other women did not understand the techie. I felt best to take the conversation away from the group. I am so often accused of thinking I'm smarter than everyone else with my skill sets. I don't think that at all, I just think I have different skill sets that I can use to benefit other people, and they have skill sets that I can benefit from. They don't need my skill sets, I don't need their skill sets, we just need to benefit from each other's knowledge. Back to the story, I nearly burnt my brain on HTML yesterday, and I was chatting with her last night. She mentioned PHP, another form of HTML. That did it. This site is not totally responsive. My apologies if you're on a phone. I'm going to dive into PHP, it's going to be brutal.

OOPSIE, just checked the phone, it is responsive. I should still dive into PHP though.

2019 October 06

Just getting started. I finished up the candy corn creature last night. See the imagery for October 1. After thinking about it, I put it there instead of today. It belongs there as part of the grouping.

What else did I do today? I prepared for the contest at work. The products page had been started. I'm not exactly sure what I want to put on the contact page. We will see what happens tomorrow. Right now, it's time to take a break.

2019 October 07

I did some computer updates this evening, so this entry is late. Thought I had it all figured out, referring to an html file nested inside another html file. It did not work as expected. That means more trial and error experimentation. I will get it figured out. After all, right now, I don't have a lot of pages to manage. What if that changes? Better to figure out nesting now, than when I suddenly have upwards of 20 pages or more to manage.

My entry for the contest is in. Now to wait on the results of the judging.

2019 October 08

I wake up and my head spins, mild headache. The mildest all week. It's a good day. Making a good habit of getting my html on. Installed Catalina on the desktop last night and it nixed some of my favorite applications. We knew it was going to happen. How much will it cost me to find alternate applications. In the meanwhile, maybe I can hold off on upgrading the laptop.

It's only Tuesday, and I need to find a good tutorial on nesting html files within iframe tags.

I got it, I got it! Found the Dreamweaver feature I need to learn more about to make nested code. If only remembering features didn't take so much jogging.

It's working! Templates have been set up, and reworking the web site.

2019 October 09

Yay! It's Wednesday. And I'm catching up on HTML. Oct-coder is working out well enough. I'm blogging everyday. The goal is to work smarter, not harder. I don't feel like saying much today.

Well...I'm definately getting bolder with coding (for someone that prefers not to code). Taking it one step at a time. I want to move the blog to a Word Press site, to allow for commenting. Right now, I'm happy to know that I haven't forgotten everything. HTML5 is an upgrade and different mind set from HTML4. I'm making progress.

I have been arranging the dates on this page by section tags, maybe they should be article tags. Once I figure it out, copy and replace is an option that would be easily used to correct and HTML mistags.

2019 October 10

The day started off with a bang, er rather the shattering of glass. It woke me up from a nightmare, I'm not complaining. I will say one thing about the nightmare. It made me feel isolated.

And I thought I was being careful. There have been two typos as of now. Both have been corrected.

Interesting thought. Having been trained for print production, I'm on the look out for "widows and orphans," web pages with responsive design doesn't seem to care. I can fix a paragraph for the desktop view, and it looks very different on the tablet or the phone (with a few "widows and orphans." Something else to mess with my brain.

2019 October 11

Took a little vacation today, 4 hours. Spent my time off relaxing. All work and no play is not good.

Site wise, I did work on the contact page, I'm not quite ready to make that one live. I have also been tweaking out the products page. Speaking of products, you may wonder why I don't have my own store. I have a day job, I am not in a position to handle fulfilment orders. I don't have a way of getting to the post office during the day.

2019 October 12

brain overload

I'm getting ideas on how to better organize this page. Which way to go? Not sure yet.

Hmm, it's still Saturday, right? Good thing. I have been working on the Contact page and the Products page. And taking it easy, a vew breaks every now and then so my head doesn't explode.

Ding dang computers, messing with them is an easy way to get discombobulated. My 50¢ word for the day.

2019 October 13 visual imagery

Oh NO! It's Sunday the 13th! More discombobulation. Imagine that two 50¢ words within two days. My head might explode again. I try to live a simple life. I know, not going to happen, since I'm a techie person. I can make a file sing and dance it's way across the floor to the press and insure it will come off looking like a rock star. That's from the prepress side, once it leaves my hands, I have no control over how it looks. Just because I'm techie, don't get any ideas that this is an easy process. I can spend a couple of hours tweaking a bit of code, just to make it look right.

Then there's the computer. I updated to Catalina last week. How did that go you may ask? It has gone fine for the most part, except for when I open applications for the first time (Like Photos, and it take two hours to organize and arrange everything the way the app thinks it should be). At that point, it's easier to go away, and let the computer mess everything up, than it is to try and work while it's messing up my thought process. Hence, discombobulation. Oops, I said it agian.

I have my new email set up for the new domain. It is art@pjcassel.com. Spam filters are up! Woot! It doesn't mean all of them will work, hopefully, most of them. Contact page will be going live within the week. Contact page is officially live.

I got tired of looking at the computer, so I took a break to practice drawing. The results are linked to the visual imagery for today. I was trying something different than realistic. Realistic doesn't seem to work out for me. We will call this one, Hurdor, he can be one of my ancestors (smirk).

2019 October 14

This is the 3rd day in a row to feel such discombobulation. Not complaining, the day just seemed longer that what it should have felt.

What about the contest at work? The jury has yet to make a decision. I hope it's me, yeah, I do.

2019 October 15 visual

Time to add video editing to the skill set. I call it, "prankster at midnight or there about." Need more sleep. I was up for hours after the doorbell incident. I did get a chance to work on video editing skills. Based on the fact that I have studied Flash, it was not difficult to pick up the timeline work. It was just a question of looking up a few things.

2019 October 16

I slept better last night. The doorbell pranksters kept me up the night before. Thought there was a chance they'd come back. We alerted the neighbors, no one else received a visit. After being up most of the night, I set a limit on a 2 hour nap.

This afternoon, I get to have holes poked into the skin for an allergy test, so not looking forward to it.

2019 October 17

This is a different layout, going with accordion panels. Tried yesterday to figure some of this out, it didn't work. I had better success today. There is still some tweaking to do. However, I can live with this for the moment.

Off today for multiple doctor appointments (preventative stuff). Head spinning from a mild headache. Yes, I have taken something for it, and I'm in a working condition.

By the way, I haven't given up on the cartouche, just haven't been talking about it.


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