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The Future of Wearable Tech

Technology has been seeping into our lives in different shapes and ways. The ease and convenience that technology is adding into our lives is undeniably a treat for us. Technology has made it possible for engraving multiple functionalities in our lives, thinking of the smartphone, it is a combination of a telephone, a phone book, a directory, a camera so on and so forth. Similarly, smart watches have recently been introduced into our lives to add another wow! factor into our lives.

The first smart watch came into the arena back in the year 2014, after Samsung introduced their first Tizen-powered smartwatch. The competition was continued by the introduction of LG and Motorola’s android smart watches. Apple has been fairly late with their first move after they introduced the Apple watch in April 2015. Let’s shed some light on the current situation and the future of wearable tech.
Why do I need a SmartWatch?
This is the question that might hit your mind if you are thinking of making your move into the Smart Watch world. The use of Smart Watches can be categorized under two umbrellas, notification devices, and health trackers. Ever since, the introduction of the watches, the basic idea or goal behind them is vague. As long as their current use is concerned, they are not a good choice keeping in mind the fact that all the smart watches in the market are at an average price range of $250.
It has been 4 years since the introduction of the first smart watch and there hasn’t been any large-scale advancement in the sector. There are multiple other factors that may keep one from buying a smart watch. Battery life being one of them, Even though there is not much a smart watch these days can accomplish, it barely lasts for a few hours as compared to a traditional wrist watch. Charging a smart watch twice a day might not seem like a good idea to many including myself.
What to Expect?
The world of technology is fairly different when it comes to the definition of the actual use of a product. Thinking of a smartphone, as users, we never thought it would evolve in a way that it would make our lives as dependent on them as they are right now. Several tasks that we used our Personal Computers for initially are now being handled with the aid of the smartphone.
Long story short, smart watches can be the center of our lives when we are able to accomplish more with their use. One such application where smart watches are being thought of as a key is Internet of things or IoT. The idea of controlling each and every light bulb and appliance with the help of a smart watch is truly intimidating and highly attractive.
The year 2017 is being called the year of wearable tech, with several companies floating teasers of their upcoming smart watches. We have our fingers crossed to see what they will surprise us with.

Wired Magazine Article on Wearables

 

Nicholas Ray Film Director

Nісhоlаѕ Rау (born Raymond Nісhоlаѕ Kienzle, Jr., on August 7, 1911, іn Galesville, Wіѕсоnѕіn) was a film director асtіvе in Hоllуwооd between 1944 and 1963. Rеvеrеd by American and European critics and filmmakers, Rау put his personal tоuсh on еvеrу film hе made, dеѕріtе the constraints of the studio system. Hіѕ films are marked bу a ѕеnѕіtіvе handling оf асtоrѕ, a dіѕtіnсtіvе visual ѕtуlе that includes аn еxрrеѕѕіоnіѕtіс use оf соlоr and dramatic compositions, and unconventional subject matter. Rау’ѕ еvосаtіvе depictions оf young rеbеlѕ, troubled outsiders, and сhаrасtеrѕ оn society’s margins hаvе won wіdе recognition in The United States and abroad аѕ among the mоѕt aesthetically and culturally significant Amеrісаn films.

Nicholas Ray’s Bio

Aftеr brіеflу аttеndіng thе Unіvеrѕіtу оf Chісаgо, Rау bеgаn hіѕ career іn the 1930s wіth a short stint аѕ an apprentice at Frаnk Llоуd Wrіght’ѕ Tаlіеѕіn Fellowship іn Wіѕсоnѕіn. Ray thеn mоvеd tо New York, where hе реrfоrmеd аѕ раrt оf a lеft-wіng theater troupe, thе Thеаtrе of Aсtіоn. He wоrkеd аѕ a асtоr and stage mаnаgеr fоr thе Works Prоgrеѕѕ Admіnіѕtrаtіоn’ѕ Federal Theatre Project and со-рrоduсеd a folk music rаdіо ѕhоw with Alan Lоmаx. During World Wаr II, Rау was hіrеd by John Hоuѕеmаn tо wоrk on Voice of Amеrіса rаdіо рrоgrаmѕ. In 1944 hе wеnt to Hоllуwооd tо assist Elia Kаzаn оn hіѕ film аdарtаtіоn оf Bеttу Smith’s A Trее Grows іn Brооklуn. After returning tо New York to direct wоrkѕ for tеlеvіѕіоn аnd thе Brоаdwау stage, Ray returned tо Hollywood tо dіrесt his fіrѕt fеаturе аt RKO Studios, They Lіvе Bу Nіght (1949).
Rау dіrесtеd nіnеtееn fеаturе fіlmѕ fоr vаrіоuѕ Hollywood ѕtudіоѕ frоm 1949 tо 1963, including In a Lоnеlу Plасе (1950), Johnny Guіtаr (1954), and hіѕ best-known аnd mоѕt successful fіlm, Rеbеl Without a Cause (1955). Bу the lаtе 1950ѕ, hоwеvеr, Rау’ѕ alcohol аnd drug аbuѕе had bеgun to have іnсrеаѕіnglу serious rереrсuѕѕіоnѕ fоr hіѕ career аnd реrѕоnаl hеаlth. Aftеr соllарѕіng оn the set оf 55 Dауѕ tо Pеkіng (1963), Rау wаѕ rеmоvеd from the fіlm аnd nеvеr wоrkеd fоr a mаjоr ѕtudіо аgаіn. He trаvеlеd thrоugh Eurоре іn thе 1960s, trуіng tо get fіnаnсіаl bасkіng fоr a ѕtrіng of film рrоjесtѕ, bеfоrе rеturnіng to the Unіtеd States tо fіlm thе соnѕріrасу trial оf thе Chicago Sеvеn іn 1969.
In 1971, Ray wаѕ hіrеd to tеасh fіlmmаkіng аt Hаrрur Cоllеgе, Stаtе Unіvеrѕіtу of Nеw York at Bіnghаmtоn. Bеlіеvіng the bеѕt wау to teach filmmaking was to mаkе a fіlm, Ray аnd hіѕ ѕtudеntѕ made Wе Can’t Gо Home Agаіn (screened аt the Cаnnеѕ Fіlm Festival іn 1973 undеr thе tіtlе Thе Gun Undеr Mу Pillow ), аn еxреrіmеntаl wоrk ѕhоt іn a vаrіеtу of fоrmаtѕ. In 1977, a nеwlу ѕоbеr Nісhоlаѕ Ray оbtаіnеd work tеасhіng film dіrесtіng аnd fіlm acting at thе Lее Strasberg Inѕtіtutе аnd New York Unіvеrѕіtу, and арреаrеd in Wіm Wеndеrѕ’ѕ fіlm Thе American Friend.

Failing Health 1979

Later thаt year, hе learned he had lung саnсеr. He continued tо tеасh аnd had a small rоlе іn Milos Forman’s fіlm Hair, but hіѕ hеаlth соntіnuеd tо dесlіnе. Wіm Wеndеrѕ’ѕ dосumеntаrу Lіghtnіng Ovеr Wаtеr (Nісk’ѕ Stоrу) сhrоnісlеѕ thе last fеw mоnthѕ of Rау’ѕ lіfе іn New Yоrk. Nісhоlаѕ Ray died on June 16, 1979.

Nicholas Ray’s Marriages

Rау wаѕ married four tіmеѕ: to jоurnаlіѕt Jean Evans (сіrса 1931-1940), to асtrеѕѕ Glоrіа Grahame (1948-1952), tо dancer Bеttу Utey (1958-1966), and tо writer Susan Schwarz, whоm he mеt іn 1969 and whо rеmаіnеd wіth him untіl hіѕ death. Hе wаѕ ѕurvіvеd by twо ѕоnѕ, Anthоnу аnd Timothy, аnd twо dаughtеrѕ, Julіе and Nісса.

Personal Note : I briefly met Director Nicholas Ray while studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City when I was ten years of age or so. Great fun learning the “method” but acting was not meant to be.

*New York Public Library – Nicholas Ray

Linux on a Crappy Old Computer

Let me start off by saying that the use of an old Crappy computer is not a reflection of the Linux operating system which is solid and a quality open source operating system. The choice to use an old computer versus using my current computer as a dual boot system was an easy choice to make, my unfamiliarity with Linux and my tendency to experiment would have possibly killed my Windows OS which was not really an option.

The only logical solution would be to purchase an old, inexpensive computer with a working DVD-ROM installed. I purchased a Lenovo Think Pad x200with the 2 gigs of ram and 300 gigs of storage. It came with a good battery and charger. The machine was very clean and booted up very quickly, I believe it had Windows Vista on it.

Downloading Linux OS

The next step was to download the Linux setup files and following the detailed instructions started to burn the DVD image file. (Not sure why they call it an image file) Get Files from Site

Once the DVD was ready I could either run the system from the DVD or install it. Was not in the mood to play around and opted to install onto the old computer. Pretty easy, open cd player, slide DVD in, close door and restart. Fifteen seconds later I was asked if I would like to install the Linux system and if so is okay to format (erase) the hard drive? Yes…

Now I was getting a bit excited in anticipation of something new to learn. Success, the system installed, WiFi was all set up and the machine came to life even faster now. Everything worked and without a single issue.

Looks great and was really surprised to see all the goodies that are packed with Linux OS. Office for Documents, spreadsheets, plus graphic editing software. Linux has been installed for about four months and I’m always finding new things to play with and learn. Also, you can download new free products and features. Personally, I tend to keep things simple and refrain from the temptation of cluttering up my computer.

The original idea was to craft a dedicated system only to create and craft some stories and possibly start a book. By the way, the total cost of all of this was about thirty dollars and that was for the computer which I found on Craigslist. The software is free, open source ( they take donations to help support all the great development).

Linux OS Just Works

My experience with this little experiment has really been fantastic. So much so that now I enjoy using my old Crappy computer almost as much as my more modern sibling. Linux is a great option for people that want something a bit different from the normal. Windows is a great OS and will stay loyal but there’s something special about the robust feature packed Linux System.

Note One, most hosting providers, large and small use Linux for their servers, fast and very efficient.

Note Two, not mentioning the Apple OS was done on purpose and I do not support the company’s way of thinking. Not much for big companies dictating what I can see and do, what app I can use, and I have not yet to date seen a phone or computer that had any individual personality The new Apple slogan….Sheep Love Apple

Android, Windows, and Linux support growth, expansion, and creativity. Everyone makes individual choices on how things, look, act, and function. If an app is poor, it rating reflects that and it dies.

Just saying…

Comments and Notes on Linux

There are so many good flavors of Linux, I usually tell people that ask to just try a whole bunch till you find the one you really like. The loading methods that KnumKnutz recommends make it easy to try them out. Ubuntu was the first really mainstream Linux that garnered a lot of interest. Dell even offered towers with Ubuntu as an optional OS for a while. They may still, I don’t know. I tried several and find Mint to be easy to configure, customize and control. Ubuntu is a close second. Can’t beat Ubuntu Server edition for home servers. Tried Manjaro on a recommendation, but thought it wasn’t as easy to configure. Ubuntu and Mint have a large following now, so there are a lot of options and software for both that is easy to acquire. More and more games are being written that work in the Linux environment, which makes them very stable. Many tell me that CentOS is the way to go. It all comes down to what you like and what you want to do. Install Oracle Virtual Box on your Windows platform and try different Linux distros until you settle on one. I know a fellow that uses Kali light (without the hacker tools) for his home PC because it is so stable and secure.

Pebble Time Watch Faces

One of my favorite new pastimes is spending time creating the Pebble Time watch faces and the popular Pebble Classic watch faces. There is a certain amount of gratification when creating the watch faces, personal enjoyment building them, hundreds of downloads, and exposure. All the Pebble Time watch faces that are created are crafted and thought out. Every dial, marking, and even the logo or theme has been designed for brightness and clarity on the small Pebble surface area.

You can create Pebble watch faces several ways. The first is to use the popular and standard programming language “C”  plus use the Pebble compiler or create images and use the Pebble watch face Generator which currently only supports black and white. There is also a color version watch face generator but it is very primitive and offers zero useful features. Whatever method you use, have fun with it. Nothing like using your own watch face that you created on your Pebble. The Pebble staff have also put up some great tutorials on how to build your own custom watch faces.

Pebble Time Watch Faces Need a Watch

All this is great and wonderful but you also need to purchase the watch. Yes, this is a plug for a great company with a new set of great watches coming out in the next few months. Pebble.com Pebble Time 2 , Pebble Classic 2, and Pebble Core. Great time to purchase the orginal classic or Pebble Time.




Official Bulux Tubmariner Watch Face

The Official Bulux Tubmariner analog watch face. Yes, it’s a spoof on the classic Rolex Submariner. Many hours were spent fine-tuning every detail. Everything from the day of the week to the current date. Image created with Photoshop, even the Rolex fonts were used. Have fun and let me know how I can improve this. TUBMARINER 33ft x 3 / 3atm PEBBLE CERTIFIED. Why Bulux? A British cuss word that has no definite meaning. Cannot be used as an insult. Example: Bulux! While hitting your hand with a hammer. The American equivalent would be Sh_t or F_ck.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Official Bulux

 

Crystal Clear Time Original

Quality and clarity is the key when reading the time. I mean if its hard to see, what’s the point. This was created with Photoshop and is super easy to read. Handsome and simple with the date always showing. Enjoy…

Now Offering the White Version because the black original version is so popular.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Black Version

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble White Version

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Dump Trump Pebble Watch Face

America is already Great…Simple Digital Dump Trump watch face that is guaranteed to start a conversation …show your support and sport this political statement. It Also comes in a full-color version.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Dump Trump 

Splat Analog Watch Face

Splat? What a mess…comes with an analog dial plus date on the lower left, digital time on the lower right corner.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Splat Analog

Time Up In Flames

Great graphic that is easily visible. Time moves so fast that at times it feels like it is up in flames. Displays seconds on the upper right-hand corner.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Splat Analog

HiFi Digital System

High fidelity digital system was great fun to create. On the top row, we have the Bluetooth and battery indicators. The second-row sports the date, the third row shows the time, and the bottom row shows the seconds. Great fun creating this classic and very popular watch face.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble HiFi Stereo Watch Face

Analog Adventurer Two

Simple analog design with a battery indicator at the three o’clock position. Sporty and elegant watch face. Once again very easy to read. Looks great on Pebble Classic and Pebble Time.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Adventurer Two

Digital Speed Watch Face

Digital speedometer watch face. Simple but effective. Also available in color for Pebble Time.

Get Free Watch Face from Pebble Digital Speed

View All Watch Faces by Nicolas Ray

Before and After of Small Deck

Before image of slate antiquated slate steps.

The idea was to mask the unsightly tiny poorly constructed slate exterior steps that never had a real purpose. Besides the steps, the client was also accosted with a primitive half oval basement window that besides being an eyesore, could have been a risk with small children. I was asked to design and build a small 6’x5′ wooden deck.

The removal of the steps would have been messy and expensive, so I decided to use them as the start of my framing. Nailing a series of pressure treated 2’x4’s around the perimeter to establish my square baseline. Building and framing from the top down seemed the only option for a square even result. Using pressure treated 5’1/2″ blanks I completed the top of the deck area, spacing out the rafters at 16″ inch intervals. Then the risers were built and the math worked out to four steps, the last one closes to the ground had an additional 2″ piece that was attached and scribed to accommodate the uneven slate. [su_divider top=”no”][su_divider top=”no”][/su_divider]

After Image of completed Deck, New Door and custom flower boxes.

The risers were primed twice, and two additional coats of Benjamin soft gloss was applied. The tops decking was just coated with a tinted waterproofing which has since been darkened a few more shades. Came out well, considering that it is a free floating deck. Very solid and really completes the surrounding area. The new flower boxes that I built plus the interior patio area that was also completed with a fresh new facelift.

The Total cost of materials for the deck including finish paints came out to just over two hundred plus 4 days of labor.

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Can not resist adding some classic Deck Humor…Enjoy

I Won Over One Hundred Million Dollars

Today alone my net worth is over One Hundred Million Dollars and it only cost me a mere $180 plus some very personal information, Social Security number, bank account numbers for transfer, credit card info, address and billing questions. Well worth it. I would imagine that this is a numbers game – out of every ten thousand emails they send out at least one will fall for this. The elderly are also very prone and seem easy targets, actually someone I know fell for a very official email from medical group threatening to go to collections if the bill was not paid. The amount was small, I think it was $85 and some change. They sent the money in because they were worried about it.  Imagine if 1000 people sent the invoice in…that’s a very good source of income for the scammers. My point is we as the sons and daughters need to watch out for our aging parents that could fall prey.

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Re.Important Message.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION <elhoussine.elkarmy@neuf.fr>

May 17, 2016, 5:43 PM

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.

Federal Bureau Of Investigation.

J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc

Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday

Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

Dear Beneficiary,

Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $16.5million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.for more information do get back to us.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current Prime Minister of Cambodia Excellency Hun Sen to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? because we have two method of  payment which is by Check or by ATM card?

ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $5,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2020. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.

Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with FedEx which should expire 20th of May  2016 you will only need to pay $180 instead of $420 saving you $240 so if you

Pay before the one week you save $240 note that any one asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $180.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.

Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Government of Cambodia,The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $180.

DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $420 but because FedEx have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $420 to $180 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!To effect the release of your fund valued at $16.5million you are advised to contact our correspondent in Asia the delivery officer Miss.Chi Liko with the information below,

Tele:+855977558948

Email: chiliko7@e-mail.ua

You are adviced to contact her with the informations as stated below:

Your full Name..

Your Address:…………..

Home/Cell Phone:…………..

Preferred Payment Method ( ATM / Cashier Check )

Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Donna Story

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535

 

Dear Customer,

Attn: The sum of $43,015.00 was remitted to your account.

Customer Reference             : 2016040100070794

Transaction Method              : [Telegraphic Transfer]

Transaction Amount              : USD43,015.00

Value Date                           : 23rd, April 2016

Click HERE to see full bank account statement.

Yours faithfully,

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

http://mail.hsbc.com.hk/hk/pfs_ealert/eDM/ealert/images/notch.gif

 

Hello,

My Name is Mr. Richard Mavin, am working with Financial Service Authority

Accara Ghana. I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise

because we have not met before.

However, I have an outstanding fund worth of Fifty Five Million, Seven

Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$55.7million Dollars) which is

to be remitted to your country. 50% of this fund will be given to you for

your assistance in receiving the money on my behalf. More Information

regarding this business will be given to you immediately I received your

acceptance to receive this money in your country for an investment on

estate properties. I anticipate your immediate response and cooperation to

enable us work out success of this transaction.

Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your communication

Regards

Richard Mavin

E-mail: private.mavin@gmail.com

 

Attention: Beneficiary

 

We are not sure you received our previous message but we wish to us this medium to officially inform you that following the ongoing review of all unclaimed and delayed funds by the United Nations and the World Bank, your payment file was forwarded to our office for immediate payment of your long delayed funds starting with a first transfer of US$10,000,000.00 with reference No. NG/FM14FGN, to your bank account.

However, we are surprised to receive another application this morning from your representative, MR.KRAUS MULLER,stating that you authorized him to transfer the funds to another bank account in Germany and that you were recently involved in an auto accident and cannot walk right now.

 

Could you please confirm immediately, your relationship with MR.KRAUS MULLER and also, confirm if the bank account in Germany as shown below is now your new bank account information to receive your funds this week from our paying bank

CREDIT SUISSE, D-80321 BREMEM,GERMANY

ACCOUNT NO: 098-11180933-109

IBAN: CH55 0910 3045 6011 91110 0

SWIFT CODE: AREZCHZZ8OU

Kindly get in touch with us today by email with your telephone number to confirm this information to avoid wrong transfer of your funds, so that we can proceed with the transfer of the US$10,000,000.00 to your correct bank account as scheduled.

Yours sincerely,

MRS.JUAN HENRY

Director,Anti-Fraud Unit.

Financial Services Regulation Committee

Plot 33,ATB Way Cadastral Zone,Abuja,NG

 

U.S. Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW

Washington,DC 20220

This is to bring to your notice that the US Department of the Treasury in affiliation with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has been authorized in their Sanction Programs to compensate 1,000 scam victims who has being a victim of internet scam.The US Department of the Treasury has decided to pay you $250,000.00 USD(Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) each in order to restore the global economy to the enviable standard of respectability.

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested as one of the victims of their operations.You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him or her for any reason whatsoever as the US SECRET SERVICE is already on trace of the other criminals,these information should remain confidential till they are all apprehended,other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

Your fund to be released via MasterCard ATM in act to uphold the rule of law which we represent. once your fund is release with all the listed document from your processing officer, all you need do is get your INSURANCE BOND CERTIFICATE it will be needed in your name to complete your papers and secure your shipment safely in next 24hrs. the courier will send your tracking number immediately you get this said Approval. sincerely this will cost you $200usd only as we have spooked personally with the director in charge in your behalf.

You will be contacting Richard Berner directly by replying to this email for the release of your $250,000.00 USD compensation fund,he’s the director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR).You are also advised to provide him with the under listed Assignment information for verification:

Office Of Financial Research (OFR)

Email:financial89@outlook.com

1)Full Names.

2) Home Address.

3) Nationality:

4) Age.

5) Sex.

6)  Occupation.

7)  Phone Number.

8) Identity Card.

9)Preferred Payment Method (ATM)

Best Regards,

Jacob J. Lew

Secretary of the Treasury.

Thank You

 

Sir,

I am writing from the “Kuwait Finance and Investment Company, a premier financial and investment company here in Kuwait and the GCC Region.

I am a financial consultant to an investor from a Mineral-Oil Rich African Country with sensitive political background who wants to invest outside his country and without the appearance of him on the investments.

As stated above, my client had approached me with a mandate to seek for individuals with professional experience in financial management that can help him channel some funds into profitable investments outside Africa where these funds could exist WITHOUT his name.

Should this be of interest to you, kindly respond with your CV and/or personal profile so we can make progress.

 

Moataz Hegab http://www.kfic-kw.com

Attention Bonafide Recipient.

This is an official message from the courier services in Cotonou Republic of Benin. We have your package dropped since last six weeks by rev. Victor Akagwu who abandoned this package here for a trip to Vatican city in Italy.

We have made several attempts to have you clear your package containing a Bank Draft worth of US$2.5M not until rev. Victor Akagwu called us from Vatican and gave us you email, that is why we are contacting you to clear your package

Contact us with your final delivery address and have your package in less than 48 hours. Required delivery details is as below:

Your Full Names

Address

Phone

Awaiting your immediate cooperation.

Mrs. Rachel Dean

My Dear Friend,

My Name is Arkamani Ahmad al-Mahdi,a descendant of (Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi) the ruler of Sudan in the 1880’s, I am 62years old and an ex-politician in Sudan, I retired from Politics more than a decade Ago.

I am presenting an investment proposal to you, with an amount of Eighty five Million United states Dollars ($85,000,000) for a start, and could go up to $10 billion and more, if you re trust worthy and capable enough as this is no joke.

I am open to any good, vast or profitable Ideas you have, so we could invest this sum of money, In the process of this establishment, you will be talking to my Son who will put you through all the Corners of this establishment, for some personal and security reasons I will explain to you later on, only if I see you as an interested partner.

I want us to make this 100% Confidential between us as I have tried to stay out of the Media and the public all along. I am ready to work with you in all trust and Honesty, as I Expect you will act the Same. There are lots of internet Fraud and Scam everywhere these days and as much as I am being Skeptical about you, I also want to give this a try, under my strict supervision, so I want you to know that we will not only rely on just phone and email Conversation for this business partnership. I want us to have a face to face Meeting either with me or my Son, which will enable us move in the right direction, if you Agree with me.

I will write you with every other details you need, when I get your response. Have a nice day as I await your message at your earliest convenience.

Write me on my private Email: arkamanidsk@gmail.com

Warm Regards,

Mr. Arkamani.

 

Smash Tee Domains Purchased

Very pleased with my latest domain purchase of smashtee.com and smashtee.net with an appraised value of over $3000 at this very moment. This now makes my current domain holdings 142 which is a bit shy from last years number because sold off a few. Have decided to actually develop Smash Tee and make it a brand and have crazy fun just doing whatever crazy idea that pops into my brain. Still playing around with the format and design of the site, lots of coding and figuring out how to make things pop and visually interesting while keeping things moving and fast.

Smash Tee Step by Step

I will document almost every aspect of the site and its creation and how I kept the speed of this graphical site fast. Listing all the plugins and short codes used. This post will be continuously updated with everything that is required to launch a successful website and hopefully make a bit of income while doing so.

Smash Tee Components

So far this theme plus these basic plugins have kept my page speed at very except able levels. You can check your speed and follow the directions to increase the speed with Googles Page Speed Insight.

Smash Tee Shirts

Picking The Perfect Paint Brush

At first glance the idea of picking the perfect paint brush for the particular job that you are undergoing may seem like a very insignificant decision. Nothing could be further from the truth then correctly choosing the right brush, for the job, and the type of paint you will be applying. This does not mean that you need to purchase a forty dollar brush that will be used once nor does it mean that purchasing a brush from the dollar store is going to be the solution.

Professional painters tend to use very good brushes that last for years and countless painting projects. Paint brushes and tools for that matter are a pretty major investment and daily care ensure their constant dependable use. Brushes are cleaned and stored after each and every use. Personally, I follow the same formula and keep my brushes clean and ready for the next job. Downgrading the status of a brush happens when a fine brush has been in service for many projects and and is no longer suitable for finish work. Instead of tossing the brush it gets used for priming or color samples and eventually becomes a great dust brush. The point is a good quality brush has a very long lifespan when properly cared for.

So How Do You Pick The Perfect Paint Brush?

First you need to narrow down the vast selection of brushes that are available. Are you using an oil based paint or primer, the most common acrylic latex paint, or an alcohol based paint. What type of finish will be chosen: flat, matte, satin or eggshell, semi gloss, gloss, or high gloss. The rule of thumb when deciding on brushes is pretty straightforward and painless: china bristle brushes are for oils, synthetic or nylon brushes are best suited for latex paints. Of course there are some cross brushes that can be used for both mediums and are  also well suited for hybrid finishes: water based paints that have oil properties and consistency.



Characteristics of the Perfect Paint Brush

This will vary by your needs and of course your budget, but good brushes have pretty much the same factors in common. Long handles usually of wood which have a slight taper in the middle and tend to be a bit thicker to fit comfortably in your hand. The ferrule, the metal part that connects the handle to the bristles is well constructed and finished well without gaps or visible glue. The bristles are the most important aspect of the perfect paint brush and should be long, soft, and a bit stiff. The ends or tip of the bristles should be even and soft to the touch. Brushes come in two variants, angled and the more traditional straight brush: this choice is just a personal preference and doesn’t detract from the performance of the brush. I tend to go for the straight brush which is better suited for my painting technique and brush work. The angled brush which I usually purchase for the window sash or difficult corners. I use the flat brush for all my large cut-ins, doors, and larger surfaces.  Some of the most popular brushes by brand are Corrona, Purdy, and Wooster with a price range of $6.00 up to $200 for some really exceptional brushes.

Picking a brush and choosing the right tools for your painting project should be simple and enjoyable. If you find yourself frustrated or at wits end…just ask the sales staff or even one of the pros that happens to be in the store. If all else fails please free to shoot me a line and will help out.

Four Foot Longboard Spring Bomb

Rolls Royce of Longboards

Yes, love the warmer weather especially when one gets to enjoy the afternoon on a four foot longboard. This particular longboard is custom made using a solid oak piece of wood, stained mahogany and the bottom lacquered black. Stick on a pair of crimson paris trucks fitted with Orangetang Nipples, add some crappy wheels, some bearings and your ready to bomb the neighborhood long hills.

Currently, my collection of seventeen longboards are sitting dormant for the time being anticipating many days finding time to hit the road. But, using a home brewed four foot monster longboard is very satisfying. Especially one that a lot of time was spent perfecting the correct wheel base to board ratio for my height and weight. Using my phones gps with a speedometer app my top speed for the day was 34.6 mph. It felt sure and solid and was extremely comfortable when digging in with some deep carving…feels more like a surfboard.

The only issue with a solid wood four foot monster longboard is that it is not the most portable, meaning you can’t really lug it around the city, or take it in the subway.  The sole purpose of the deck is to cruise the local hills and have a comfortable enjoyable ride. It’s the Rolls Royce of longboards…you keep it in the garage and take it out once in a while just to get the cobwebs out.

Loaded Tesseract Top Favorite Longboard

My daily longboard and one of the most versatile is the Loaded Tesseract which by far is the most fun. Bombing hills, carving, skate park, technical riding, free riding, city cruising, it does it all. Very light and easy to transport.

Anyway, worked a good day and finished with a longboard ride. Working on two projects at the moment which will finish sometime next week. Longboard 39 made out of cardboard with one aluminum cross beam for the mounting of trucks. The cardboard is great, you can shape it with ease. Will fiberglass the board after and apply four coats of clear finish. Do a fancy grip tape job on it. Find some super light trucks and wheels. Will include a future article on the subject.  The last project is a braking system for the four foot lonboard which is almost complete. Have a perfect and thanks.

 

 

Stopping Writers Block

Stopping Writers Block

Really outstanding low tech writing tool that just forces you to just write and not worry about editing or concerning yourself with formatting. You can set the time from five minutes up to sixty minutes. The issue is and what is most appealing is, if you pause for more than five seconds, everything is lost and a red screen pops up saying “you lost”. But if you continue on and complete the task, a green screen appears at which time you can highlight and copy the text to paste onto your blog or application. Works well and once you get past the stress, which by the way is the point of this very simple and very effective online app page. Will try to access it via my smartphone. The paragraph below was my first attempt and last a grueling five minutes. The Most Dangerous Writing App [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]

Five Minutes Start Attempt 1 – The Most Crazy App
This is the most crazy app that I have had the pleasure of using. It forces you to continuously keep on writing. If you should happen to stop, everything that you just finished working on will vanish into the wind. Very nerve wrecking indeed. Still have almost three minutes left of writing what ever happens to pop into my little mind. So far so good, but if I pause for more than five seconds, this app will self destruct. The wonderful thing is that it will also improve your accuracy when typing and make your workflow progress at a much faster rate. Now with about two minutes left, my brain is really beginning to feel the burn.
Speaking of Bern, Mr Sanders seems to be doing really well. I would really hate it if Trump is our next president and will be prepared to move to Spain In conclusion. Thank You
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Five Minutes Start Attempt 2 – Hindering the Creative Process

Being my second attempt to use this most awkward writers block app, I must be a glutton for punishment. Some may say that doing this will prevent the creative process. The idea does have merit, running against a clock does add the extra pressure and makes you not really focus on the actual topic at hand…the creative process. I may or may not continue to use this or better yet the idea of using my countdown timer on my phone as my indicator thus removing the additional stress associated with this. Currently just writing for the sake of writing and not really paying attention to what is actually being said. Just like that poorly written sentence that was just a  mess. [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]

Five Minutes Start Attempt 3 – Ramblings About Evolution of Computers

Trying to discipline myself and eventually attempt to expand the time that I use this app to the full sixty minutes of non stop writing. I did notice that the speed of my typing has increased and would imagine that eventually I would be up to speed and maintain at least a sixty – eighty word per minute speed. This brings me back to freshmen year of high school when I was in typing class, yes typing class which was an elective. In retrospect, that class proved most valuable and was the stepping stone into the computer age. Computers at the time were not even sold in stores but instead were offered at such places as Heath Kit or Tandy. Our first computer which was the as powerful as a cheap calculator cost in the thousands of dollars and as large as a small automobile. My second computer was a Timex Sinclair  and we were able to program in basic. We designed games and some complex binary images. Then the we had a Mac Classic, 286, 386, Pentium, P1, P2, P3, and what ever came after that. Back in the day we knew languages and could make computers actually do some amazing things. Now, we take it for granted that technology is at our finger tips and cost next to nothing. Not having a computer in school is not an option and in most situations is required. [su_divider top=”yes” text=”Go to top” style=”default” divider_color=”#999999″ link_color=”#999999″ size=”3″ margin=”15″ class=””]