Find your Inner Artist!

Now for some people drawing is up there as either a love or hate.

Most of the people who dislike come from bad influences which has given them a horrible time. I will say it is a great tool for great inspirational output. And now, I have got back to something I have not done for a while.

I made a sketch video a few years back, but with different things happening meant that no more got made. It’s always the same story of, “I will do it later.” I first decided to draw old photos of mine from my worldly travels, but never got around to another video.

My first was Sydney Harbour Bridge. I loved this photo with the couple walking between the trees, in front of the bridge.

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My latest was a photo I took in Melbourne, Australia. It is a place called Yarra River, which runs through the city.

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If you want to see them then click here to see my channel.

 

Get Focus and Clarity in Whatever you do

I am a software and web designer by trade and have worked in companies and made websites for people. As well as others I have made my own projects too. 

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During my time I have developed this method below. For a long time I had no focus and would just go with the flow but creating a structure, as below, created better results. I always believe that testing in most places is left too late in the whole process.

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Alpha

1. Features and development 

  • Design – what ideas to implement.
  • Gimmicky prototyping 
  • Basic testing – fix small bugs to make it run standard functions
  • Major stress testing 
  • Start up the website to show “in progress.” 

 2. Complete modules

  • Confirm of layout design 
  • General testing – fix small bugs to make it run without major stress testing 

3. Communication of modules 

  • Add features for communication. 
  • Complete parts – to work at a satisfactory standard. 
  • Smoke testing – make sure everything does the job with correct data. 
  • A little stress testing to cover all parts of program are OK 

4. Rethink of software so far (Feature complete but not design complete) 

Note: This was a process I didn’t initially think about but the concept of a “half time break” to analyze a working model and then reorganize that with even the concept of removing stuff done has now provided programs that are even easier to build on and improve later .

  • Redesign main pages to allow future development. – Streamlining 
  • Redevelop the main section pages to increase legible code and make faster loading times. copy the shell to private projects and bring in part by part of the original code as needs be. 
  • Static code analysis – check over and streamline code 
  • Increase the stress testing level to push with data that probably might break it. 
  • Assessment of the program so far and what or where features for the future could go. 
  • Website design – decided to create this here just as an initial site to exist. 
  • Help manual – started to create a manual style help. Initially logging down the main aspects to later be rearranged into some kind of order. 

5. Add more features and more communication to shape together better

  • Optimize and code clean 
  • Adding extra little features to make the process and general use much easier. 
  • Testing with stress testing intention to fail.
  • Help file – complete. This is possible as the program will not be changed drastically. 

6. Code freeze – Refactoring 

  • Optimize and code clean 
  • Static code analysis 
  • Negative testing – major testing to fail program 
  • Boundary values – min max 
  • Wrong characters – num/ ASCII 

Beta

This will be for public release but still in testing phase. 

1. First public release

  • Make sure in this version that the program runs well in all environments before inclusion of new code. 
  • Feedback on errors. 
  • Monitoring the amount of purchases at this level is worth noting. 
  • Optimize and code clean 
  • Fine-tuning and fluency 
  • If the program runs fast and clean with no bugs then go to next stage 

2. Second public release

  • Feedback on errors and features to be taken into consideration but still chances of fixes and changes. 
  • To reach this point will result in a smooth running and profitable product with no need to program. 
  • Promotion on web about product. 

Gold

This will be the final version of the commercial product. 

1. Promotion of software. 

  • Next version: ideas and feedback gained. 
  • Pick out and develop most requested.

Major Marketing

The software is good and solid to promote and be made public.

You Hold the Key to Inspiration. Now use it!

To be inspired, what does that mean to you?

I for one like to say I inspire others as I am a teacher. As a teacher my role is to give information in a constructive, fun and compelling way for the students to understand and retain. But to be inspired has to have certain traits and a mindset to be able to reach that place.

Inspiration is a place where we claim we can then achieve what we want. For students it is the time they accept and want to perform in whatever it is they are doing. It almost seems mythical and a spiritual place, but to say that to some would seem a little too trippy. But in a sense it is as we have to be willing to open our mind to a way of thinking and we arent always in that state of mind.

To describe the state of inspiration would start to sound spiritual as it includes moods and feelings and a state of almost bliss so we can then accept and think of the bigger picture. It is almost a case of losing focus to then gain focus in another relm.

And so why do we want to achieve this new place of epiphany? Can we not get things done in our normal way of thinking? Well actually not always and sometimes to see the bigger picture sometimes demands we look elsewhere for help and that is why inspiration is there to help you.

 

The conclusion so far is that now we can agree it is good to get things done with inspiration, which leads to the next question and that is how to achieve it?
I mentioned previously in another post about ways to get to that level and the main general idea about getting to the promised land is quite simply, escapism.

We need to break and get out of our current thinking to see something in another light, but it is not as easy as that because we cannot force ourselves to be inspired. So sadly it is almost like you are giving an invitation to mind hoping it accepts.

Let’s wrap up

And so to conclude about being inspired we need to work upon ourselves in reaching acceptance so then we have a chance of fulfilling and answering our initial problems. And as I have just said we need to give our minds a vacation from our current state and show new and enticing opportunities as well as experiencing new ways of thinking.

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Don’t Hold Back as It Could Hurt You in the Long Run.

This blog started in early January, but with my time becoming ever so tight recently, my chance to post for all of February became very hard. Even so the thought of nothing being released was always with me to the point that the next post was growing in pressure to release.

And so after 5 weeks I have released a new post. Hurrah!

The point is that during that time my writing hadn’t actually stopped but just not posted. So over the next few weeks I should be able to post out more than previously.

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My point here is not to do nothing. To do something of any value shows people you are there and care for what you do. And in return people also will care that you have shown to them you can still do.

There’s good in not holding back

The release right now feels great and I feel as good as when I was in my initial flow. So again, don’t hold back and give something even if it is small.

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Get It Out, Put It Down on Paper.

If you have long-lasting thoughts rolling around in your head, then isn’t it time to put them to good use? I am speaking from experience here as I had traveled to Australia 12 years ago and now its as though I have never left. What I mean by that is I had planned at that time to put the journey down on paper in the form of a book. My journey was a life altering experience that I to this day cannot believe how much my thing had changed.

The people I met had wonderful characteristics that rubbed off on me to the point that I left behind someone of a previous way of life. The person I became was like an amalgamation of them all. My existence before was of a much weaker and almost shallow state. What this did however was to end a lot of situations and problems I previously had. To walk away without anything holding on to me was a gift.

And so you can now see why I want to write this down and complete this mission.

At this moment I know I can do it, but I feel I cant give it a respectful that it deserves. My English has improved over the years to the point that I have looked back on my notes and can see considerable differences. But they are just excuses as I know all too well. Now it can be done well and to relive those days and memories again is a great motivational push…but…it’s still waiting to be completed.

As I have said about my story you can’t let something go by taunting you about what could have been.

So get it out, put it down on paper!

Start writing today. Even if its just a small part its still a part.

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