All posts by C.W. Smith

Reorganizing Stories

So, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to build a great featureset in Drupal that would make it easy for someone to start their own story archive, either as a community, or as a single person setup. I’ve got ideas on how to make it a closed system as well, but that hasn’t been worked on yet really.

But as I also use WordPress here I’ve wondered, could what I do in Drupal be adapted to do the same in WordPress? Could I have a nice front page with all the story information, then have the chapters organized and easily paged through in WordPress… I’m thinking it’s possible. Not sure though.

I’d love to try, or find plugins that would allow me to do the same thing I do in Drupal in here. WordPress is great for simple stuff actually, and there is a reason I haven’t completely went Drupal on this page, if only so I can keep up with what WordPress for my own use. 

I’m still thinking on all the subjects.

I got into Bitcoin Mining today

So, I got paid today. Nothing special, happens every two weeks. But Today I decided to give cloud mining a try. See, since 2008 we’ve seen a new type of currency propagating across the internet. Digital Currencies that are decentralized, and not bound by the good faith and credit of any one government. The first of these was Bitcoin, which is still the most popular and recently had a hard fork with Bitcoin Cash due to a debate on scalability.

Bitcoin is not the only digital currency though, you have others like LiteCoin and Etherium, both of which are supported on the bitcoin exchange wallet service Coinbase.com.

Now, I found a cloud based mining company that takes its maintenance out in bitcoins you mine off their hardware. Not so bad when you consider how much it takes to get started. I gave then $30USD/0.01 BTC and started up. Now, I won’t know exactly how effective this is until the first payout, so I can’t go into it now, but if it’s not all I lost is $30USD.

But let’s assume that I make back that $30USD. Then proceed to let the mining go on to make a bit more. From what I can tell for tax purposes these are all covered under the same regulations as any currency trading. So, I’m going to have to put back about 50% of anything I make for Capital Gains Taxes next year.

Still, 50% of something is better than all of nothing.

I’m thinking of reinvesting into the process as I make more BTC. I will take the first 0.01BTC after my tax savings are considered and get started on Ethereum mining on the same services. Cost about $29.99USD for 2 years. I can improve on that over time hopefully as I add power to the mix.

But what does this all mean in the long term? I’m assuming for tax purposes that all of this is covered under US Tax law, and that saving back 50% of it should be sufficient. To my knowledge no one pays more than 50% taxes on IRS. Any better information would be appreciated. But even then, all my digital currency at the end of the year will need to be dealt with in taxes as US Dollars. Not a bad thing, or a good thing, just the currency of the country I’m a citizen of.

I’m all for anyone who has knowledge into this world I’m stepping into.

A Beginning

In the beginning, there was darkness.

What comes next is a point of contention.

Some believe that a being of great power came and started creating everything. That our universe emerged from the mind of a Being beyond our comprehension and made all we know. That our universe is less scientific construct and more artistic expression.

This Maker proceeded to create planets, stars, galaxies, life in infinite combinations. And while many worlds may exist similar to our own, we can only see the small planet we reside on.

In one book we believe that this Maker created us in his image. And in this way we are as The Maker was. We see and create. Dream and Nightmare.

For is not the power to imagine and create not the province of a Maker of world?

After Holiday Thoughts

So Christmas is done for another year.

I’m not sorry it’s through.

It’s that time of year where we all think back to how we loved our lives this year, and try to tell ourselves we’ll do better next year. The New Years Resolutions we inevitably allow to fall by the wayside.

We get too tired, too beaten, too fed up with the world we retreat to the comfort and security of the familiar things. Or just try and survive the next day.

But regardless of what might become of these statements we always reflect and try at least to focus on improving ourselves and our lives. So we try, and we hope. We reflect on the year before, and celebrate the year to come.

At the end it’s all we can do. So look back at who you were, and think about how to become who you want to be.

Hybrid ideas and crossed over concepts

So I have been working for a while on recreating certain projects in a way so they could be shared with others. It got me thinking about where I really want to take things. Or if I should just pack it in.

Clearly packing it in is not something I care to do.

I’ve been wanting to get into more than just writing short stories, fanfiction, and maintenance posts. Things like screencasts with what I’m doing for Bookshelf and documenting my exploration of tiny houses. It’s time-consuming, and the equipment for some of it can be a bit costly. Still, might be worth it.

So what does one do? They try to get better that’s what they do.
I’m going to try and just write things in general from now on. Create some series, and keep some things just short stories and stand alone.
Also, I’m recreating the page in Drupal using some of the features I’ve created for Bookshelf.  That’s my plan for the pages and such anyways. I’ll also recreate a media galley functionality for the page.

Lots to do.

Getting Back to it!

So, I’ve once again gone silent for no really good reason save for feeling extremely tired and beat up. I will TRY not to let that happen again but I can’t guarantee it… not that I ever do.

So here’s what I have coming up for this page. First off, a refit is coming from WordPress into Drupal 7, using my Bookshelf feature set as the base for all my stories. The extra configuration and setup should allow me a lot more freedom with how I present everything to you all. I hope it includes some great mobile layouts and such for all of you.

Second, I have some ideas for non-scifi stories that I’m not sure I’ll be able to write. They are of course pointing at some of todays social issues and I want to keep things from being too harsh. But at the same time these stories are drifting in my head. I’ll work on them and then post them and see what sticks.

Time to try and write at least some thoughts for the page over the next several weeks. Got to get back into my interests. Also going to try and get back into shape. I’ll keep you up to date on how that is going.

 

Healing and ideas

So, I’ve finished surgery. It’s been a bit over two weeks since my gall bladder was removed, and while I’m still sore I’m getting better. Right now I’m back at work and I’m doing alright as it stands. So Time to start working on ideas and coming up with ways to make new things.

First thing is I am going to start taking notes in my OneNote app on my Lumia 950. I need to just jot down quick ideas and story thoughts when I can and I’d advise anyone else who wants to do more writing to do the same.

Second, I need to finish my feature set in Drupal for Bookshelf Open. It’s getting close and while I want to get a better setup for the User side and create something for admin as well, I need to plan out the next variants. I’m also going to need to bite the bullet and FINALLY try and really learn php code.

Another thing I want to pursue is creating Universal Windows Apps. These apps would be windows 10 based programs allowing someone to be on Dhampirdreams.com or Fanbards.net and not have to be in a browser, maybe offline download some story content and such. Anything I can think of and develop up. It be interesting. Even if all I create is just an app for me or others to build their stories on and upload to the site.

I WANT to do all of this. If I actually do or pull it off is another thing.

Hospitals Suck!

So I ended up in the hospital. My gall bladder is full of stones it seems and a particularly tenatious one has logged itself in the shared duct from the bladder, liver, and Pancreas. So I’m a bright shade of yellow and feeling like crap.

I’m just trying to adapt to my situation right now and pondering some things. Maybe write some things up into this blog while Iay here as I  don’t have access to anything right now.

I think right now all I really want is something solid to eat. I’d take cereal, maybe a nice ice cream treat. Anything. I’m living off IV fluids and Clear Liquids.

I’m in the VA medical system, so while I’m not paying for anything out of pocket Iam just laying here unable to do much of anything else. lots of time left on my own with nothing to do but watch tv and read small internet stuff as there is a nice big filter on this network. And since I have a lot of security on my accounts, I can’t even do those without constantly calling for reauthorization. My phone is nearly dead, so it’s on a power conservation routine.

Right now mostly I just want to be fixed so I can go home. I want to be back to work and living and getting though the day happy.

That’s all I got. maybe Ican just post a ton of stuff as I write it and such. A little free writing and all.

Laters.

The Match

History is a lesson in cycles. The cycle repeats over and over again. Civilizations, nations, republics, empires rise and fall. One group dominates another, some try to co-exist, war is followed by peace, expansion is followed by decline. Some people fight it, some welcome it, and others just try to get by.

Whatever the spark had been, it didn’t really matter at this point. Things were falling apart, and while some were using it as an excuse to attack people they hated for even the pettiest of reasons, others were doing their best to bring some order back. We couldn’t stop it from falling apart, but we could try to put it back together.

It all started with one black guy getting taken down. Nothing out of the ordinary, guy had a record big as I was tall. He resisted arrest, attacked both an officer and an elderly woman who was just trying to get some food for her cat. The arresting officer took him down, maybe with a bit more force than usual, but that’s how it goes.

It’s happened before, no one cared about how many people this guy had hurt, or stolen from, or even if he’d almost killed them. He got a booboo when he was taken in so they started screaming about brutality. Protested in the middle of the city. Happens almost all the time it seems these days.

This time though, someone had the bright idea of showing the protestors their place. It was a massacre. Almost a hundred dead, hundreds more maimed and seriously injured. The match had been lit, and it didn’t stop burning until it hit the fuse. Now the bomb was set to blow.

And blow it did. Now the city is in a full on race war. People, just living their lives now having to run in fear, hide from one side or the other. You look white, one side kills you. You look like a criminal, the other side lynches you for “justice.”

The churches, synagogues, and mosques have become refuges for the innocent looking to get out of the firing line. Entire lives burned to ash for the simple crime of not being the same as the arsonist who lit the flame. We aren’t getting any help from the state, or the Feds. It’s on us to go out there and try and bring order to the city.

The Mayor tried to tell us to stand down, to let it burn itself out. The problem is that it’s not. It’s only getting worse. Our duty is to the people, not the politicians, or the ideologies at play here. We’ve got our gear, our guns, and our duty.

Protect and Serve.

May God have mercy on us all.