Plans for 2019 (and a Happy New Year)

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and in 2019 I want to make it a reality: Regular Live Streams!

My idea is to do two types of streams:

Creative live streams, much like what I’ve been doing as fully proudced videos on a regular schedule. I’m thinking perhaps FRIDAYS at 10AM EST (that’s 4PM in the UK, 5PM in Europe and 2AM in Sydney) – let me know what you think. These will cover creative softwares like DAZ Studio, Photoshop, Marvelous Designer, Blender, Carrara, along those lines. Those solitary computer tasks, with the benefit of live interaction through chat.

The other type of stream is video gaming. Those are happening in addition, no regular schedule, and they’re more about hanging out and having a chat. It’s a great place to ask questions and get answers from me. At the same time, we’ll have a look at a video game and think about how it was built by the developers (as well as seeing how to play it).

See you soon 🙂

PS: Have a wonderful 2019 everybody!!!

Has Gutenberg made WordPress less relevant?

I’ve been using WordPress since 2006 for so many projects, and I can’t imagine a life without it. I often use it as a notebook, and Gutenberg doesn’t make that very easy. This means that I either have to find a different workflow and get used to Gutenberg, or find another way to manage my content.

Which begs the question, is WordPress still as relevant to me today as it was when I discovered it back in the day?

Voice Mail Spam – Vol. 1

I don’t get phone calls anymore. All I get spam calls, mostly from automated systems. I’m not sure if it’s just the machines trying to connect with me, or if it’s a government ploy, or if my number is on some kind of “annoy to death” list. As a result, I don’t check my messages very often – but when I do, I’m happy to share what I receive with you (because sometimes it’s hilarious).


You’re a Good Soul

It’s so easy to forget when people tell you nice things. It’s important to listen to the positive and emphasise it, and not get hung up about the negative things in our lives. I’ve just made such an experience, and I didn’t want to forget it.

Article 13 might not be so bad

Here’s my two cents about the whole Article 13 Debate. I cannot help but feel that it’s not a bad thing for those who create content before others remix it. I’ll touch on how copyright in television used to work before we all started running “channels” on YouTube, and what could perhaps be done for both content owners and remixers to share the benefits.

Article 13 is part of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market:

The concept of Fair Use is described here:

The 100th Subscriber

Inspired by Amir’s recent comment, Jay is wondering if YouTube Premieres are a “thing” and if they may be beneficial for short videos like these, as well as beefier ones on his other channel.

Personally, I’m thinking that Premieres have their place, but they may only make sense if the creator is there for a live chat, and if enough viewers are there to interact. But then, maybe there are other benefits?

Ferrous Sulfate and Synthroid 1.5 Update

News of Jay’s latest blood work reveal that his Synthroid needs to be upgraded to 1.5 mcg, while he’s advised to take some iron supplements. As luck would have it, his wife has recently bought 4 pint size bottles of Ferrous Sulfate Elixir, which might come in handy on Jay’s mission to full recovery.


Nearly one year ago to this date I had my last surgery – in December 2017. Here’s a quick recap of how I felt that day, and a brief summary of how things have progressed over the last twelve months.

Be More You

Jay discovered that by slowing down what he’s doing in his day job, he has a much more fulfilling experience with himself.

About Green Bar SSL Certificates

Here’s some background information about Green Bar / EV SSL Certificates that I didn’t know, until I spoke to a super friendly support technician at ENOM. The topic just came up, and I’ve learnt why these things can be so pricey.