Category Archives: Discoveries

Discovered in November 2018

More like a re-discovery, Yellowjacket’s 1992 live album entitled LIVE WIRES is a timeless classic. I remember when my friend Oliver bought the CD back in the early nineties. It was like dynamite in our Walkmen. 

Except for a couple of inevitable duff songs that seem to find their way into the best album, 7 out of 10 songs are fantastic, featuring not only the masters that make up the Yellowjackets, but also guest appearances by Michael Franks and Take 6.

3D Discoveries

Tech Discoveries

Discovered in October 2018

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Raise your hand if you’re a part of the stand while you eat club… 🙋🏻‍♀️. I’ve noticed that I’ve been a “stand while I eat” breakfast club member for quite some time now. I will eat my breakfast as I make breakfast and lunch for my husband, prepare for clients or get ready for the day. Sometimes I’ve even grabbed my breakfast sandwich or smoothie to go and have eaten in the car! This prevented me from being present, calm and mindful in the mornings. So I decided to challenge myself to STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES (literally) every morning. I now sit. I calmly and peacefully eat my breakfast. I breathe and enjoy my surroundings. Sitting at the table helps me to be mindful of the taste, texture and smell of my food. It also allows me to enjoy my eating environment and start my day on a calm foot. . . Who else wants to step down from the stand while you eat club and join me in the mindful and peaceful breakfast club!? . . Here are a few mindful breakfast ideas: Sit at your kitchen table and get some fresh flowers Sit in front of a window to your backyard Sit in the backyard or on a balcony Lay a blanket / pillow on the floor and get comfy Buy a new, comfy breakfast chair and make a designated breakfast spot . . Tag a friend who you’d want to grab a seated and mindful breakfast with! #dietitian #intuitiveeating #breakfast #mindfulness #julienergynutrition

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I found this post by my wonderful nutritionist Julie Rothenberg in Instagram this month. It struck a chord in me about awareness and helped me through a day on which I felt angry and aggravated. I really didn’t want to feel that way, so I thought about why this was happening – and I realised that on that particular busy day, what was missing was some valuable “me time”. 

I was rushing from one appointment to the next, and I didn’t factor in enough time to just sit and be. I remembered Julie’s post and her experience about having breakfast in a rush while standing up. Only by slowing down and spending time with ourselves can we actually listen to what we need. 

Thanks for the inspiration, Julie!

My new friend and 3D content creator Biscuits was an inspiring force this month behind my latest 3D product SOUL REFLECTIONS for DAZ Studio. Her question lead to several new videos and something even more valuable: inspiration. Thanks for your support, Biscuits!

3D Discoveries

Tech Discoveries

Discovered in September 2018

It’s been a fun-packed month full of exciting discoveries – on and off the web. Let’s take a look at what I’ve found over the last four weeks.

Music

I was taking a late night walk after some heavy screen casting for those DAZ Studio videos, when I wandered by one of those restaurants South of Fifth in our neighbourhood (one that changes owners every 6 months or so). They were playing something that sounded almost live, and it immediately peaked may curiosity.

It was a cover version of the old Rod Stewart song “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”, in a Jazz Combo style – much like Paul Anka did on his 2005 album Rock Swings. The voice of the woman singing was remarkable, something of a mixture of Diana Krall and Sarah Vaughan.  Continue reading Discovered in September 2018

Discovered in August 2018

Peter Mt. Shasta’s “Apprentice to the Masters”, part 2 of his autobiography (don’t judge it by its cover).

Jerry Hyde’s new Book of Sin

Tech Findings

3D Discoveries

Podcasting

Self Publishing

Discovered in July 2018

Self Publishing Related 

Techie Things

Discovered in June 2018

WordPress Dev Links

PHP Links

Miscellaneous

Music

I’ve re-discovered “The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte”  this month. It’s a good soundtrack for writing.

One of my favourites is the track Charade. It’s also been featured in the iconic Columbo episode, “Now you see him” with Jack Cassidy. 

 

Discovered in May 2018

Miscellaneous Discoveries

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Discovered in April 2018

Commodore Discoveries

Tech Discoveries

And my final tech discovery this month, “new isn’t always better”. I already knew that. However it manifests in such contemporary facts like WordPress websites: PHP 7.2 is not compatible with many of my client’s websites. Instead, many still require PHP 5.6 or they simply won’t run.

Miscellaneous Discoveries

Discovered in April 2018

When I do research, I come across a plethora of interesting links on the internet. I always tell myself, “I really must remember this link”, but then I never write them down or add them to my bookmarks (believe, I’ve tried that once – only to find that my bookmarks were overflowing to a point in which I could no longer find what was really important).

Then I came across a blog whose owner simply compiled a monthly “link dump” to paste anything he deemed interesting. I thought, what a cool idea is that, perhaps this could work for me and any discoveries too.

In the past I once had a category on my other website just for links, and when there is something I’d rather not forget I tend to add it to my Twitter feed – but the trouble with those things is that I don’t do this with enough regularity for me to remember it as a notebook of where things are. A new category for discoveries seems to be right up my alley.

So here it is, the first instalment of interesting links I’ve discovered over the last 30 days (with omissions of course, because I’ve forgotten most of them already):

  • David Viner’s PRG to clear text converter for Commodore BASIC programmes (written in PHP)
  • What’s New in Plesk Onyx 17.8
  • IDEA Instructions – a collection of IKEA-style comics that explain principles of computer science (such as Quick Sort). They even come with a template to create your own!

To be continued – thank god for the shared history feature in Safari!