It is difficult to write now – more than ever. Today, I finished glazing a sculpture at the ArtLab which is the last clay class until Winter session starts.
This was fun and the tie turned out amazing – created last night –
“I started taking the photos of NYC landmark skyscrapers and buildings to use them or part of the image for a collection of men’s ties to celebrate engineering, structural engineering, architecture, science and design. This is one of the landmark ties and although it is in the Ugly Men’s Ties Store – it turned out amazing and beautiful.” – cricketdiane
This is what I wrote about the store last night – (to go under its banner describing it) –
When you are tired of seeing the same old thing as a necktie in your closet to express your ideas of the world – this store is for you . . .
Some of these ties are ugly, some are unusual, some are absurd as a tie and some are made from New York City Landmarks, which celebrate architecture and engineering – but since they aren’t one solid color or two diagonal stripes – they are considered ugly ties, too. (Although to be honest some of them are very nifty and almost gorgeous as ties in and of themselves.)
I don’t know why ties have to be one solid color to not be ugly. And, I don’t know why the only alternative to not be an ugly tie, is to have a diagonal stripe design. But, then – I don’t know why everyone must have white ceilings either . . .
And this one that I like a lot . . .
My Note –
You just have to see this – I changed the way CricketDiane new site looks. Now, if I can get more of the information in it from this blog’s 2000 plus posts and from my computers and external drive, flash drives and backup cds – I’ll have it.
I don’t know if anyone know this but there is a new blog I started for the America the Beautiful Show project – also on wordpress.
Maybe – it would be fun to add some more to the galleries on the CricketDiane site – there are 15 separate galleries right now with images of art that I’ve done.
It isn’t obvious yet on the website that no one can actually buy the original artworks. I have to fix that. Only the rights to use the images are available for people to put on stuff like 50,000 dishtowels to resell.
We’ll see. There has to be a better way to convey that.
If you ever want to say something to me, although I’m usually asleep during the day and work at night – it is easiest to find me in real time on twitter at the America the Beautiful Show account.
The user id for it is
The listy page from CricketDiane Studios –
Sort of standing in for a partial inventory – there is a more comprehensive list or two sitting around here somewhere in a file folder. And, of course – there’s more . . .
Gotta have a real sense of humor to deal with trying to get this into the public marketplace and whatever opportunities may exist there.
It is a little daunting and a lot perplexing to say the least.
And, computer frustrationus maximus.
That is a new term. I just made it up.
I bet somebody already had occasion to consider it and use it with a string of cuss words which it seriously needs . . .
It is sad to turn off the internet, the cable and close the stores. I’m going to keep the America the Beautiful Sites running for the month of April but then, either I find the money to keep them going or I will have to close them down, too.
Anyway, as a consequence of shutting down the internet tomorrow and the cable which I’ve been using for the news, for research and the various blogs, twitters, stores and America the Beautiful Show project, I won’t be writing here or on the twitter – probably most of the rest of the year, except occasionally when I can go find an internet opportunity.
It irks me that I’ve failed to make any money with it and it irks me even more to know that I have failed generally to make it work, despite my best efforts. In each month, I have been taking about half of the money available to me from my disability check to pay for it and doing without other things. I thought it would be a way to make my living from it someway instead of living on charity. But, it didn’t work that way. Apparently, I’m a moron in every sense of the word and I just have to accept that me and making money simply does not go together. It never has worked and after I don’t know how long – of trying in every way I know how, it just has to stop so I can pay my bills.
In fact, it is honest to say – I could’ve just stayed drunk the entire last three or four years rather than doing this and been better off for it. I wouldn’t have spent near as much money or worked anywhere near what I have to end up with the same things out of it – which is to be broke, poor, desolate, alone and without success at making money.
Earlier today, I had read three articles from the Harvard Business School blog about turning failures into success and for about three hours, I worked on that idea again when suddenly I realized that if it was going to work – it would have worked a long time ago. And, it simply doesn’t. What I offer has no value in my family nor from my hands and mind when I come into the marketplace with it. And, that is my fault. I just don’t get it. The products and knowledge I have created, designed, invented or researched and put together are not going to get me one dime of the $421 a month that I’m spending each and every month just to be online and host a couple stores and a couple sites for the America the Beautiful Show. It doesn’t cover its own costs and now I have got to cover my own – or end up homeless.
So, I’ve closed the stores a few minutes ago and in the morning after the sun comes up – I’m calling to suspend the internet and cable before they charge me again and I already owe them about $400 as it is. They can come get their equipment. Apparently I don’t need it to continue doing what isn’t working and has never worked. There has not been one job to come from it, not one sale, not one opportunity for writing for anyone or investor for anything I’m doing – and unfortunately, not one advertiser or sponsor either. Even the America the Beautiful Show sites have no sponsors, neither do the NYC walkabout blogs – the stores and auctions didn’t sell anything and I paid handsomely for those listings to be made and the things I interacted with people on craigslist about – were a complete waste of time. If I had paid someone $20 to come take them off my hands, they might have considered coming to my apartment or meeting me somewhere for the nintendo stuff I have – and I wouldn’t pay them and they didn’t want to pay me – so it is still here. It has not been a fruitful exercise.
Oh well. Neither have the other businesses I’ve started over the years. It seems like I know a lot about it and can’t do anything right with it. But, it hasn’t been for a lack of trying and stickto-itiveness. But, it never has come close to breaking even and I know damn good and well that there will not be the opportunities to get some business loan or investors for it anyway. The few times I’ve interacted with that in the last few years, have been a disaster and produced not one single dime. Just like trying to get sponsors for the America the Beautiful Show websites – not one single yes out of three hundred emails sent out and multiple online applications to large corporations. I doubt they ever even saw any of it. I didn’t get past the little screening companies they are using.
I hate to say that I’ve failed. But, there you go.
Thanks for reading. The information will be here on the blog until whenever they start charging for it. And, I guess at some point, I’ll find an internet wifi spot or something and post a note on the blog again, but I won’t be able to do the research and news stuff I’ve been doing with it or the brain zaps. I hate that. It will remind me that I am lonely again.
I really liked participating in a greater world and bringing solutions and research to the table. I hated that more people didn’t ever see any of it and never even considered using my solutions for paying off the national debt and fixing the budget without having to cut all these programs that are already in place. There are millions of dollars given to other things and other people who haven’t offered one solution that works – but I suppose they are more entertaining and stir people up more or something. Maybe they just understand people better than I do or had more sense about making the arrangements to get paid which I can’t seem to do. I don’t know. It is a wonder.
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My Note –
So, what if I know of three retro-fit inventions for their ships that would prevent pirates from boarding that are not being used right now . . .
What durn difference would it make because in this company and every other shipper, shipping and ship owner corporation – there is no way for anybody except insurers and expensive little boutique security companies to interact with them. So, there you go – what a waste.
My note –
I emailed these available designs to shipowners and shipowners associations. It did no good – to them it is just spam. And, I’m here to allow that there are entire staffs of people whose only job is to keep people and their ideas out of those corporate offices at the same time they bitch and whine about wanting innovation. It is bullshit – either they do or they don’t and if they do want inventions, innovations, novel approaches, thinking “outside the box” perspectives, innovative thinking and creative applications to solve problems that are costing them a fortune – then they need to clear a path to make it happen and be willing to apportion some reasonable payment for it to happen. Because not doing so is costing every situation where these inventive solutions could work.
Most creative solutions are created at the kitchen table, not in the boardroom and at every convention, every conference and at every opportunity, these same big corporate entities are screaming for novel approaches, new ideas, innovation and inventiveness. Well, they are the ones preventing it by the excluding pathways they’ve created which disallow any reasonable approach to them and their willingness to steal ideas rather than to pay for them – so maybe nothing can be done about it.
I have a little book about Publishing It Yourself which has an introduction that describes a multitude of great writings, wonderful literature and entire books which we would have never had the opportunity to read or know about it if the publishing companies had the only decision in it. These included great works by authors and statesmen from the 1790’s till now.
This day, only those with a Harvard Ph.D. are given the opportunity to publicly market what they’ve written with any appreciable certainty, including being given the ability to access literary agents. These agents don’t have any use, time or inclination to consider the rest of us. And, that is a fact. Unless there is an agent, publication doesn’t happen and the same is likely true for inventions and other copyrighted materials, novel approaches to solutions, promotional campaigns and other great things that will never see the marketplace.
Unfortunately, in this restricted non-competitive marketplace that the US has become at the hands of the Republican Party – most Americans, including me are left to the mercy of the world or excluded altogether. Its like living in a time and place with absolutely no use for anything that they can’t already do the way it is being done even when that isn’t working well.
Sometimes, I don’t know why I have worked so many long hours each and every day to produce things that there is not now, nor will there ever be any use for in the country where I live. At this moment, I know it has likely always been this way in the United States and the rest of the propaganda, about opportunity being available to all, has been nothing but that – propaganda, to keep us all moving like cattle spending money on the pools of income streams to feed the rich and the already established corporations.
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