Sunday, April 27, 2008

Minor Review: Refurbished iMac

Yesterday was my first day with my new iMac.  This now means that my main machine is no longer a PC running windows XP.  I have been using a Macbook Pro for about a year now and have very much enjoyed it.

The machine I purchased is a Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Buying it refurbished saved me about $300.  I'm unable to determine any difference from a brand new machine.  The system seems very fast and responsive.  The screen is bright and crisp.  It is probably the best LCD screen I have ever had.


In order to play Windows based games and run photoshop (which I have for windows), I also got Parallels Desktop.  Parallels allows you to run XP in a window while using OS X. You can copy files between the systems and share other resources as well. The XP install went fine, but I have yet to install any other programs in XP.

I downloaded World of Warcraft for OS X and I'm able to play with almost no problems.  There is some jerkiness when entering new areas, but that is most likely related to the amount of memory my machine has.  This machine came with 1gig of ram which is really not enough, but it is extremely expensive to purchase memory upgrades from apple.

Apple wanted $600 for the 4gig upgrade (OUCH!). I was able to get the same amount of memory from an online store for $82.

After a month of use I will write a second review to talk about the impact the memory upgrade has. I'm also looking forward to doing some development on this machine.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Health care sucks

So we were able to get reasonably priced health care for L. But, because I'm overweight we were not able to get any for me.  The only way they will cover me is if I pay them a huge amount of money per month for a plan that barely covers anything. WTF is up with health care in the US.

It doesn't matter that I'm losing weight, it doesn't matter that I'm in good health otherwise.

I guess I should be happy that we got L covered so easily.

*grumble* *grumble* #$%$%^%^&#$%#$%@@!@!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Almost one month gone

I can't believe the time is going so fast. It still feels like I just started this adventure. Time for an update:

Exercise: I contiue to walk almost everyday. The distance I walk each day has doubled. I should be increasing it to the next level next week.  On the days I have to cut the grass I usually don't walk. Believe it or not cutting the grass has turned into a big workout for me.  My new lawn mower (cordless electric) is pretty heavy. Each week cutting the grass has gotten much easier.

Etsy: So far its going ok, I haven't sold much - not sure if its my pricing, or the quality of my work. Each time I add an item to our store I get more exposure, and there are several people now watching our store.  I may have to tweak the prices some.  One thing I need to do is come up with a line of items I can become known for.  I have gotten the most feedback on the bowls, and I have supplies to make several more. I'm also adding more little figures to the store over the next couple of weeks.

Business cards: I ordered one hundred cards to include in items I sale, they came out really well and were very cheap.  I highly recommend Overnight Prints for your cards.

iPhone SDK: The 4th release of the iPhone SDK beta has been downloaded and installed.  I haven't done much with it so far.  But I plan on working on something very soon.  I have to admit that not getting into the Certificate program when many others with no programming experience did was a big de-motivator for me.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

An experiment

Thinking about making some miniture faux bonsai tree's. So, I did an experiment first.

Clay Tree


This little tree came out pretty good. I'm worried that it would be too fragile to ship without breaking tho.  I'll have to see how it does on L's desk.  For any bonsai tree's I would probably use a smaller and flatter bowl. I might make dishes for them out of clay.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Look at all the cool stuff people are making.

I've been spending a bunch of time looking at the work other people are doing on Etsy.  There are items posted there that I think are way overpriced, things that I could duplicate easily, but or the most part the work is much, much better than what I'm currently doing.  I really need to practice more.

I thought I would link to a few of the stores on Etsy that I really like. These are also in our favorites list on Etsy.

Oh, check out Overnight Prints. They do buisness cards and other printing needs, and are very cheap.

Monday, April 7, 2008

One week down, X-1 to go

The first week has passed and I accomplished some of my goals and missed a few of them as well.  I posted a few items to the Etsy store yesterday, I'll be refining this listings as I gain experience.  I already have several things I want to change (Thanks Blake).

So this weeks goals are as follows:

  • Business card design: I need a card to include with any craft sales (going to keep it simple and self printed for the first few items, I'll pay for a better card later if needed)

  • continue my daily exercise routine, and increase time. (doing good so far)

  • Create a 3rd Bowl for the store (need to decide on colors)

  • Create a few other original items.

New Etsy Items

I have posted a number of new items up for sale on our Etsy Store.


Netsuke

From netsuke.org:

"A netsuke is a form of miniature sculpture which developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. Netsuke served both functional and aesthetic purposes."



I saw a post this morning on netsuke and thought I would pass on links to that post and a few other sites that are really cool.

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