Friday, January 13, 2017

Text File from 2010

Pizza delivery....

I've started talking about people that don't exist, making up stories I find to be funny; this is one such example.

There is this hot red head she stands 5'9" and has enough grit to take the finish off sand paper. She drives a gray Ferrari at a hundred and eighty, never bothers to look twice; pulls in and guns it.

She has a schedule to keep that comes with no excuses, twenty pizzas every half an hour; don't you know she works a five hour shift.

Only delivers yellow box pizzas, not available in California. The pizza delivery girl is packing, and were not just talking pizza.

Business Card


Truth

If you don't try, you fail by default.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Experience

Life

I want to share a personal experience with my blog readers. After everything that has happened to me in life, I have learned some important lessons.

When I was in my early twenties I moved out of my parents house to a hip town and a real party scene. I thought that it was cool and had every reason to believe that I wanted into that scene.

My own inexperience and lack of common sense were not apparent to my own mind at the time. I had moved into a very small apartment and didn't know anyone in town. Staying at home wasn't really good for me, my personal space was less than 500 square feet. I really like open floor plans, but it was just too small.

Since I wanted into the party scene, I thought that hanging out at the bar wasn't a bad idea. You know the way it starts. Go out and have a drink.

I will fast forward about six months. Going to the bar was the norm. I would go to work, put in a full days work and wait until ten PM when I would hit the bar. Then go to the bar and and have a few drinks, and then take a cab home. I did this routine for about a year going to the bar every night six days a week.

Realization

Then the depression hit. I was like oh my god, I'm depressed. Well it was no wonder. I was drinking six nights a week and wasn't getting enough sleep, real fun, or any meaningful relationships. I didn't know that at the time, I just knew something was missing. I thought it was friends in my life.

So after a year of life like that, I made some changes. I had enough of the party scene and wanted better in my life. It was time to get serious about my work.

So instead of going home from work after a full day. I stayed at work and took the time to study and learn. I didn't put in two or three hours, I was putting in more like six hours after work. There were some Friday nights, I was leaving work at four am after having put in a full day. I had set my sights on something bigger and farther from reach, passing the CCNA exam.

Well needless to say I passed that exam the first time around. That was good. My point is this, now that I look back on the time wasted for the first year I wanted into the party scene, I didn't gain any good skill from it. What I did learn from it looking back at it is this: I wish that I had spent the time I was lost at the bar working on something creative. Between my search for fun in my life, I lost track of what was important, and if it had not been for some miracle; I would have never gotten out of that life. Now looking back on it, I'm really happy to have not only survived, but to have learned that wasn't my path.

Wisdom

Even after all the things that have happened to me now, I still wish that I had used that time to be creative. I think that is my one regret in life, I was head strong and wanted a fun life. Now I want a creative life that is sober. Well I have both.

Before you get lost in the world, try, no, exhaust your creative life. You will find more rewards from being creative than you will ever find from the party scene. Nothing good comes from an easy life of party's. Nothing.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Update:

I have been busy. Between working on my site, and keeping up with photo challenges, there has been little time to write or take photographs like I would like to be doing. I think that's going to change a bit. I'm actually making progress and things are looking up for me.

Site is almost done for now, there will of course be the mobile version someday, and for now it's good enough for computer users and will even work on a iPad for the most part. It's been a challenge to get everything done at the rate that I would like it be finished. I'm having the final copy of my book worked on and hope to have it back soon. I will still move forward on publishing the other book I have ready. The cover is done and the book is in final ePub format.

It seems that finding love is a difficult thing. I hope to keep my momentum going and still be able to find the life I dream of. It's not going to be the same without love in my life. As a person and a sensitive soul, I long for love that inspires and comforts my heart and mind. I am looking for someone that will be my life long partner and understands me at every level.

There are not enough words in the english language to express my feelings. Grateful, inspired, hopeful, and joy. I have done some writing today and hope to have them online in a few days. Other than the things I just covered, life is great; I'm happy.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Know Thy Self...

The most important thing you can do for yourself is this, really get to know yourself. Find out who you are, what you love, and know why you love it. Most people are in fear of knowing themselves, they run from anything that shows them who they are. This is why people turn to drinking or drugs, because they are not able to deal with their own thoughts.

You have to accept yourself head on, face yourself; deal with who you are. Once you know who you are you can grow, you can make that change you need to make. Once you know yourself well and you have faced those ideas that scare you, you can take control of your own life, you can be your own master; as opposed to being a slave.

Self mastery is a difficult task, it's rewards are great if you can do it. The first step of self mastery is knowing yourself extremely well. To know how you feel about yourself, your friends, and your family. One of the benefits to knowing yourself is peace of mind, when you are no longer trying to run away from yourself, when you accept yourself like you are; there is no longer any fear.

One way to get to know yourself is to keep journals of your day, to write everyday your thoughts as they are. Sometimes you have to write several times a day, if you embrace this and yourself, your on the right path.

When writing in your journals, keep it free. The writing should be your real true thoughts, not what you think someone wants to hear. By keeping a free flowing journal long enough, you will find your core self. This core is what you are, this core is why your alive.

It might take a year, it might take a few months. It all depends upon the effort you put into it, and how honest you are with yourself. Stop running from yourself and face the things that scare you. Even if your terrified, face them head on. You will find your better than you thought you were.

When you know yourself very well, when you find your not a slave to this world; your life will change. You will see through the shallow workings of the mind that is a slave, you will find depth you didn't know you had.

There is another danger to finding yourself, that would be watching television. The TV is just programming this world wants you to believe, it masks the true nature of life, ourselves, and the world we live in.

Once you learn to block out the things that are false, you can have hope in finding your true self. I challenge you to go a year without watching the TV, make it a goal to read a book, to think to yourself, to spend time with someone else. You will be surprised what you learn about yourself and your true nature.

The next step is to only keep friends that know themselves.

Only keep friends that know themselves well. If you reach the level of self mastery, your friends that are shallow mindless slaves will not understand you. You have to find those who are at the same level, if you can help bring someone else up from where they are; so much the better. Just don't expect to be able to help everyone. Knowing your friends like you know yourself means that you will have more rewarding relationships. Knowing your friends like you know yourself means that shallow superficial relationships will be fewer and that you won't seek them in your life.

If everyone knew themselves well, if everyone quit running from themselves in search of being entertained; the world would be a better place. Quit being a mindless slave, and start thinking for yourself.

Getting your friends to join you in this experience is crucial, you don't want to go there alone. Sometimes you have to go there alone, that doesn't mean you have to stay there alone. Encourage your friends to rise above this worlds status quo. Your conscious mind is more important than friends, having fun, or getting drunk.

If more people come to know who they really are, the people that already know will have someone to talk with, to share their lives with, and to heal the hurt, loss, and pain.

The Mind - Motivational Video

This video really inspired me, please take a look at his work. The Mind

Keep an eye out for my next post...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Whatever

Dog Butt

via GIPHY

This bitter Pill

This Bitter Pill

Photo of myself: Self Portrait


Flowers For Friends....

I offer this flower to each of you. May your lives be blessed and kind. I hope that you will find peace of mind, that you will obtain wisdom and love in your life. It's already inside each of us, we just have to look for it. I hope that you will be my friend, that we can bring many memorable times into each others lives and that we will find happiness in our company. You can send this to your friends too.

May life be wonderful, filled with every happiness, the courage to face life, and the strength to overcome the obstacles that we each face on a daily basis.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Changes...

Well some pretty exciting things going on in my life right now. I sense that things are going to change; although it's a bit scary in the beginning, I'm actually looking forward to it. With everything that is happening, there can be no doubt, something is going to change.

Through what ever happens, we all have the choice to let it make us or destroy us. Just don't try getting ahead by stepping all over the backs of other people. Life is what you make it, your friends will appreciate you longer when you work from mutual respect and love.

In this life there is room for everyone to be successful. We don't have to rise above anyone else, we just have to rise above ourselves. If we make that our goal and work towards that, then our efforts will not be in vain. If we try to be better everyday and do our best; that is all they can expect from us.

Find peace of mind, find happiness. They are within you already. You just have to open the door.



The photo above is better than the photo below from 2009.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Byword Test from me

This is a test to publish from Byword. I don’t know if this will let me post photos into this as well, I kind of hope so. I have some things to do today, I hope that I can get them done. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Depression


Experiments in Photoshop Part #1

Be like clay, always ready to change, adapt, and stretch. Always ready to see things from a new perspective. Always be ready to let go of hurts and pains. Your future depends upon it.






Snow

Got about eight inches of snow yesterday, look at these. Finally started to learn how to drive in the snow. Wow, what fun!!




Friday, December 23, 2016

Steampunk, clockwork uses!!

See the article in the New York Times about AI.

Steam powered technology is nothing new. Some of the best minds in the world went into making it work. It was the only way to beat the machines at the end of the madness that artificial intelligence created. We had no way to lock the computers from taking over.

When humans began to let computers think for them, there was no end to the problems we had to endure. It was like someone gas lighting the whole human race every second of the day. People began to break down and no one was able to outsmart the computers.

Well no one until the watch maker was found deep in a bunker that was the last safe haven in the world. He had figured out a way to make the machines leave him alone. The doors were powered by a steam lock that would only open when the gears were aligned in the two clocks he configured. One he carried in his pocket the other was attached to the wall.

Both clocks had to be in sync before the doors would open. The locks had no digital computers connected to them. It was only powered by steam from the boilers and the clocks he had built to keep the machines from knowing what time it was going to open the doors.
Working on it

Thursday, December 22, 2016

photo with text.

When love makes you grow, learn, and push through the difficult times; then you have something. There is nothing like being in love and knowing it. I was bored in photoshop today and decided to see what could be done with some new ideas.

Still have some work to do, maybe I will keep working on it and update the photo later....





Words Rock:

When your words rock, people notice. My photograph shown below is my expression of trying to make a statement about the choice of words and how they can be powerful in the heart and mind. You don't have to be mean for your words to be strong, you just have to believe in what your saying.

It helps if you are right and believe in what your saying, but there is nothing like blind adherence to ideas that should have been removed from our lives many years ago. Well I hope that my blog here will show people there are other ways to think about the problems.

After all you can not solve today's problems with the same thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein.


Words Rock

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our Boxer Pups

We have had our boxers for over a year now. They are such wonderful dogs and good company. We have a pair, Bella and Snickers who are sisters from the same litter. The whole story is too long to go into details here, however they have really bonded with each other and totally partners in crime with their daily antics and wild chases through the house.

As pictured below these two love to have fun and enjoy being outside in open areas where they can run and chase each other having a friendly game of tag. They hate having to come home, and if they can get in the water so much the better. This will be their second winter and I wonder how they will handle the snow this year?


Snickers and Bella

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Moon Photo and Poem

This photo of the Blood Moon in September 2015 was an excellent sight. The poem, one that was sent to me from a dear pen pal who happened to be in a rock band at the time has always found a special place in my heart and mind. I feel the moon phases are an amazing phenomenon and that we should continue to marvel and wonder about why the moon does it's job. There are a number of moon phase calculators out there, I have one on my iPad that is an all time favorite.

If you haven't read about the moons phases and how it's cycles work, it's really worth reading up on. There is a lot of really great information about it. If you have been one that knows the night sky and the moon then there is something special in your connection to the earth.



Monday, December 19, 2016

My Favorite Complex Drink: Coffee

So I have a favorite drink. After having been to a local coffee company which has delicious drinks and getting spoiled on something tasty, I had to go back to some of my old ways with the coffee at the big place.

I order a venti iced coffee, with four pumps vanilla, no cream, no classic, with whip. When the whipped cream melts the coffee has the best flavor. So it's a slow drink that you have to wait for it to be just right. It takes about ten minutes for the whipped cream to melt, but it's worth waiting for.

Coffee, the drink. Get some while it's still cold.

See my post: Lifestyle for Modern Society

Busy, busy, busy

Today is going pretty good. My ring came from Gemvara today. I had bought matching rings for my girlfriend any myself, and they are beautiful. I have a lot of work to do today. I have to write the descriptions for my book on Lulu and update my blogs in other places today.

I think I'm almost done with my website, still much more to do on other things in my life. Like my photography and getting some better photos for my projects. Even though I have much to do, I'm really bored. And before you tell me: "There is no excuse!" I will tell you that, I love what I do, new music would cure this.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Do what you can

Do what you can to make life cool for someone else.

Down the rabbit hole...

My photograph of the view going down the rabbit hole. Really it's just a crystal ball with some hope. As you can see, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you have to go through some crap to get to the other side. There is a technic known as framing, where you actively change your thoughts to deal with a situation. When something seems like it sucks or isn't what we want, sometimes you have to use this technic to change how you deal with the problem.

Mentally strong people know that it's not the problem that stands in their way, but finding the answer to the problem. Somethings take longer than others, remember to be patient.


Down the rabbit hole...

Progress

I'm making progress. Worked on my resume for a few hours last night. I'm hoping to do something that makes people's lives better, if through nothing else my positive attitude and my passion to create. I want to inspire other people to grow and learn from life. Even when failure hits, to keep going.

I feel like it's possible, I want to do my best. Creative endeavors are always difficult because not everyone see's the project the same way. What some people see as being crazy is wisdom to others. It depends upon your levels of awareness and consciousness and how you think.

If your open minded and creative, you may see everything from a different perspective and see potential where others only see something that doesn't do anything for them. It depends on what your trying to get out of it. People that are only seeking entertainment aren't going to see potential in anything that doesn't make them laugh or feel happy.

I think that is where creative people always look to see what potential something has. They look for the best in everything and can even make an idea that is just ok into something great. The choice is ours, it all depends on what you want to do with it.

The important thing is to do something with it.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Moving Forward:

After having given it a lot of thought, my feelings are that I want to tell other people's stories, experiences, and share them in a way that gives people hope and encouragement. I would like to start by doing interviews with people that have had struggles or difficulties in life and how they overcame them or learned to deal with their problems in a positive way.

Everyone has a story of their life, I think people should be given a chance to share their experience and the positive outcomes that came from it. I'm not here to add to the pity party of self destructive people, but to help people rise above it and be successful.

If you want your story told or have something you would like to share then by all means contact me and I will review your story. I would like to hear from you.

I will tell your story in a positive and upbuilding way that brings the heart of the matters to light and shows that doing the right things even in difficult situations is the best things to be doing.

I want to focus on people that are creating in any medium that has required growth, building talent, those that have worked on their craft day after day even through failures to reach a point that they have found happiness and success regardless of how popular they are.

Virtues:

I think it was Eric Thomas that said behind every principal is a promise. That really is true. If you develop your heart and mind to core principals you will find that no matter what happens you will have the strength to carry on and find success.

Here are just two principals to consider:

Courage, have the courage and be brave enough to endure. No one said life was going to be easy, sometimes you have to do what is most difficult to get the results you want. Have the courage that no matter how bad it is, that you can make it better.

Patience, having patience will sustain you in the times that things are not just the way you want them. Everything takes time, you have to be willing to work and endure through it until you get what you want.

Virtue seems to be a thing of the past, but you will find through use that it's beauty improves and that your life will be better from doing the right thing. Keep believing, keep dreaming, and never give up.

Truth: Think about it!


Dreams...

Photo Credit: Christopher Campbell
Image from unsplash


We all have times that we want to give up, DON'T!! Find the courage to see it through. If you look for a way to make it work, you will find a way to make it work. Believe in yourself and find the inner strength to keep going. Don't quit, Start living more. Find joy in the things that people take for granted. Find joy in peace and quiet, in nature and love. Smile and be kind. Do what you can for others and you will find that your life is blessed!!

Quote: Possibility of having a dream come true!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Photos on 500px

You can see some of my work on 500px and have some fun looking at what other photographers have done. Be sure to favorite some of my work!!

https://500px.com/christopher_42

Copper Bars by Christopher Thomas on 500px.com



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Keep Going!! Never give up...



I was often told, "Well your between a rock and hard place." Someone was trying to tell me that I was stuck. After having given the phrase many years of thought, I found a solution. It's not the easy solution and sometimes it might feel like the most difficult thing to do, but the answer is easy. When faced with a rock and a hard place you have to climb the rock to freedom. 

Sometimes the rock is a small boulder and other times it looks like you have to climb El Capitan, So you might fall a few times, but if you really want it then you have to go for it. I just want to say that I have a lot of respect for those of you that have climbed El Capitan and inspired so many people and myself with your efforts.

So next time your stuck, look at the rock and the hard place and see if you can climb the rock!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Quote: The Difference!!

The difference between genius and insanity is success. -unknown.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Web Site

I have launched my web site and it's up and running. If you want to see what I have been up to and what is going on, please feel free to visit. Here is the link: http://www.42bitpi.com

Hope you have a good day!!

Christopher

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Photography Basics

Good photography is simply the correct measurement of light. There are three ways light is measured by, the ISO, the f-stop, and the shutter speed. Each of these three pieces must be correctly understood to get the best results.

The first thing to understand is the ISO, this is how we measure the sensitivity to light. Whether it's film or digital the sensitivity to light is measured by a number, these numbers span from 25 to more than 8000. The lower the number the less sensitive to light, the higher numbers are more sensitive to light.

What does this mean? Simply put an ISO of 100 is about normal for daylight photography, while giving good quality images. The higher the ISO the more noise or film grain will be visible. If your working in low light you may need a higher ISO to get the shot. Most digital cameras do not go lower than 100 ISO, but some will go much higher.

Here are the most common film ISO speeds: 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800. These are in one stop increments, notice that the numbers double every stop? That's normal one stop increments. There are also half stop and one third stop increments too, you may see these settings with some digital cameras. Just remember that the higher the number the more sensitive to light and the noise increases too.

The second thing to understand is the f-stop. This controls how much light will be exposed to the film or sensor. Note this only controls how much light will be visible, the shutter speed controls how long the light is seen. The f-stop works in the lens, you can sometimes see it when you look into the lens and press the shutter release button, it opens and closes depending upon what setting you use. Wide open the f-stop may be somewhere as big as f2.8 or as small as f32, it depends upon what your lens can do; you may want to see what settings are available on your camera.

Some common f-stops are as follows going from more light to less light: f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8.0, f11, f16, f22, f32. These are full stop increments and there are half stops between each of these numbers. Sometimes half or one third stops are useful to get a more accurate exposure. Remember correct exposure is how accurately we measure the light, more accurate we measure the light the better the quality. The f-stop also controls the depth of field which I will talk about in another post.

The third part of understanding exposure is how long the film or sensor is exposed to light. This is called the shutter speed. Shutter speeds are set by the camera most of the time, values range from a second or more to fractions of a second. Going from slow shutter speeds to fast shutter speeds, common shutter speeds look like this: 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000. Remember there are half stops and one third stops between these numbers to help more accurately measure the light.

Fast shutter speeds stop motion, while slow shutter speeds will cause motion to blur or camera shake that will both cause blurry photographs. If your photographing a fast moving subject you want a shutter speed fast enough to capture the action. For still life you may want a slow shutter speed while the camera is on a tripod, with a small f-stop to get the best depth of field possible.

Measure your light carefully and your results will be best. Understand how your camera measures light and you will be a master in no time.