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.

 

​New Years Resolution – Not to put off Writing

I have recently changed countries after 8 ears away and it has derailed my life somewhat. This had affected my writing also with only a few posts in a few months.

Resolutions are made because of good intentions and to make our lives better. And so for me what better resolution that to push more writing.
Let me know what resolutions you will try.

Cheers!

People are ​What Matter in Life

I recently changed circles. My life had changed so much that I felt I did not know what to do or who I was. It truly was perplexing and stressful. I returned home to my old town which had a few changes but is mostly the same.

After 8 years the  major difference was that they had all got older. For me time had stopped in my town but for them many years had passed. They had new friends and families had changed with people missing and new arrivals. All of it I had missed.

During my period of transition one striking thing I noticed was just how kind and welcoming everyone is. It is so humbling as my time in Korea was a place I missed dearly.

What made it worse was my family were still there. Saying goodbye to my 2 sons was heartbreaking beyond anything Ive felt before. No one should have to experience that. It was so hard in fact that my head was not okay for over two weeks. I am a programmer who could not concentrate on a computer.

And that then built up even more stress. To pile on that I had jet lag for over a week and then I caught bronchitis. And to really make my time more wonderful I fell down the stairs injuring my shoulder and neck.

But on the plus side I have been to the doctors and I am all good.

When I planned to come here I had ideas and a schedule but that all took a back seat as I never planned for people and emotion. It was something that punched me clean in the gut and knocked me for six as in my head I wanted to be ready to take on anything instantly.

So after nearly 4 weeks I have finally got my focus back. That was mostly due to friends, neighbors and family being there with wonderful advice.
So when I ask what matters it is the people around me as they surprised me in many happy ways.  And now it is up to me to return the favor.

photo credit: Leonard J Matthews pass the parcel via photopin (license)

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.

Try a Different Perspective 

Recently I have been getting ready for my trip back to my home country of the UK. I plan to set up a new career after my eight years as an ESL teacher in South Korea.

What I have noticed was that all my small projects, in writing, development or whatever have become fragmented. Today I looked at all things that I have done and turned it all around.

Gone are the days of being an author or a developer as I now welcomed the subject to be the frontrunner.

What this means is I do not have to write a book for every topic nor do I need to make an Android app if they do not need one. It all becomes a case of letting each subject shine alone with its own qualities.

Take this blog, in the same subject I have written a book. I now plan to make a video course which before did not seem to fit.

And now…

My problem was to look at things and see them in the wrong light. Right now I have four projects that are much clearer than before.

photo credit: Tuomo Lindfors Hiljainen kansa via photopin (license)