Creativity and Design

Website Update

Date : September 5, 2021

I finally fixed my website. I was having technical issues behind the scenes.

CHANGES:
– The WORKS section has been fixed and will correctly display the images and galleries.
– Image captions can be easily read and colors have been fixed.
– Lightbox has been added to the galleries.
– Donation payment system has been enabled once again.
– An error that prevented pages from displaying properly on smartphones has been corrected.
– For clients I added private pages with password protection to access your project’s progress.

PENDING:
– Add recent artwork

Thanks for visiting.

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Fortunate events

Date : June 16, 2021

This is a short update, it’s been almost a month since my last post Unfortunate Events, things got really interesting and I am not going to go into extreme detail but remember when I said my AC unit died and the repair guy quoted me a ridiculous amount? Well I found a new company and got a new top of the line AC unit for the total amount of zero dollars and zero cents. Turns out I saw a truck on the street with a phone number, I called to set up a meeting and later found out they needed some design work, so we traded. Now I have I brand new AC unit and they have the design work they were looking for, everybody wins.

The other fortunate events are even weirder, I started getting a lot of work, project after project, I honestly was not prepared for that much, I got contacted locally and from out of state. So I have been busy finishing projects, taking care of my clients and focusing on my family and staying healthy.

Just because we tend to perceive some events as bad, doesn’t mean they are all bad, we can’t see the whole picture all the time, sometimes we just have to be patient and wait to see what the outcome is going to be.

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

This inexplicable roller coaster of events is still strange to me, my life has had its up and downs but I’ve never had a series of events happen one after the other like this before. First a series of “bad” events that led to a series of “good” events.

If you haven’t read the story of the farmer and his son I suggest you give it a shot, it’s a good short story and provides a lot of perspective in situations like these.

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Unfortunate Events

Date : May 21, 2021

It’s been a strange week, I’ve had a chain of events that just came out of nowhere, my wife was involved in an car accident (she’s okay), car may be declared a total loss, my son needs surgery, and to top it all off my home air conditioning system is dead, so I am writing this covered in sweat at a crispy 90°F (32°C) with a fan at full blast.

Bad things happen

Life happens and bad things happen, it’s just the way it is, but having them all happen one after the other is a bit strange. It is even more strange to me how in all this I have been able to keep calm and follow the first rule of a crisis: “Don’t Panic”

The single most logical phrase in the entire galaxy

The day of the car accident, I woke up thinking it would be a regular day, except we had no electricity because a freak thunderstorm had knocked out the power to most of my neighborhood the night before, it was still raining in the morning and the sky was covered in dark clouds. A few minutes after my wife left home to run some errands I received a phone call and was notified that she had been involved in a car accident but that she was okay. I felt like someone punched me right in the solar plexus, I drove to the scene of the accident and indeed she was a bit shocked but physically okay. The car was a mess and I had to cover the windows as fast as I could so the rain wouldn’t get in. It took about two hours to get a tow truck to come pick up the vehicle while I waited in the rain making a few dozen phone calls.

I am a problem solver, I like the challenge of fixing broken things and finding solutions, well the universe is a fun place to live, it offers an infinite amount of problems and zero solutions. The next day water started leaking from the ceiling in my house and by the end of that day my AC unit was declared dead. The AC repair guy quoted me a ridiculous amount to fix it and an even more ridiculous amount to install a brand new one. It’s really hot right now, I think I should move to a hotel for a few days.

I think I should move to a hotel for a few days.

The part of my son needing surgery I will keep to myself but I will say that it is serious but he needs it and there’s no way around it. I am sure he’ll be okay.

Dissect the problem, find the solution

In all this I have been able to dissect every problem into smaller parts, find solutions and keep going. Panicking does nothing to solve a problem and getting frustrated only leads to mistakes. Every time I analyze a problem I usually find a viable solution and every time I find a solution I get closer to restoring normality. How do you like that Douglas Adams!? Ha!

“Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there’s no point trying to look in that direction because it won’t be coming from there.”

-Douglas Adams

I am currently waiting for my house to catch on fire or a T-Rex to appear out of nowhere and stomp my car, I will keep you updated. To be continued…

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