Greetings and thank you for visiting this blog. Below are some peeks into the who and why of this site. Enjoy!
The Retired Artsy Tech Guy…
By the mid 1970’s i was totally into Tangerine Dream and Electronic Music. I had to get my own synthesizer, and in 1977 I picked up a new Roland SH3A, then a System 100, and also a System 100m, all by 1979. Those were the first of many synths. These days i create my EM on the iPad and a Window’s gaming/graphics level desktop PC.
Much of my EM/Audio creation time is spent creating Brain Wave Entrainment mp3 files; some of which are available free in this blog. I created my first BWE audio tracks by accident back in 1979… when i found that setting the synths to a sub audio range and running the output into my 15″ subwoofer, temporarily placed front-side to the wall, adjoining my noisy neighbor’s apartment, could create a mini seismic event. They were out of the apartment scratching their heads as to why their living room items were shaking.
Way back in 1989 I got ahold of a MacIntosh 512. One of the first things that caught my eye was MacPaint. I spent hours during my lunch breaks at the office doodling with that program.
By the time 2008 arrived i had been creating online 3d chat environments and heavily involved in creating 3d scenes. Currently, most of my doodle time is spent in Daz Studio, or Clip Studio, typically creating one or more scenes a day, some of my which are presented in this blog.
My hope in any of my creations is to bring a smile to the viewer or listener.
The Minimalist Tiny Living Duo…
My wife & BFF since 1982 and I have always had adventure lust. Our first #VanLife adventure was in a 1980 VW Westy (the image is a 3d scene i create with a wee bit of artistic license recalling those times.)
Our current rigs are a 2010 Chevy Express AWD which is quite happy off pavement. And a 2017 Promaster which has all the trimmings of a home, including 9 feet of gleaming stainless steel counter space. We spent about two years traveling together in both vans, which we affectionately called our #TwoVanCaravan .
With the 2020 lockdowns, which included many of the public lands we were frequenting, we decided to build on our property in the Southern Nevada desert a few years before initially planned. And with rising housing construction costs our timing was, in hindsight, perfect for us. We are now enjoying a custom ~550 square foot tiny home on foundation which has everything we envisioned in a living area beyond the two vans we’d called home for those two years after retirement in 2018.
On “Minimalism”, we were living that lifestyle before we even knew it was a thing. Probably as early as 1985 we were happily content living in tiny spaces. So any future lifestyle we discussed always included that mindset.
As for the “Duo” part, the other half of the relationship; my wife and BFF, enjoys organic gardening, creating great vegan/pescatarian meals, researching the One-Meal-A-Day and Intermittent lifestyles that i turned her onto before they became the rage.
A Half-Glass-Full outlook…
For as long a i recall from my young adult life, I’ve been a glass-half-full guy. That said, that doesn’t mean i will happily bow down to someone’s viewpoint or project they want me to be involved in (recalling my ~42 years of work life). There were more than a handful of times someone above me on a given corporate ladder would state i had an attitude and ask why i just don’t do things the way they had envisioned… Well that’s partly because i’m the guy trying to invent a better mousetrap! Like some of the conversations with peeps in my VanLife circle that said having nine-feet of stainless counterspace was CRAZY!
The other part of my personality that usually shows is my water-off-a-duck’s back attitude. There are few things in life that get me riled up more than a quick moment or two. < Which is actually a great match for my wife’s ~opposite~ trait in that area.
These outlooks also bleed over into my style of investing in our future in that i’m in the HODL class of investors; I do my research, find something i believe in, (a company stock, or cryptocurrency) and let it go through the motions. Sure i get a smile on my face when a given account is on the way to the moon, but not all rockets make it : ) In the end, the skyward, out of this world visions i have are beautiful views…