[Clayart] Art, profit, doing what we love, and a few other uncafeinated thoughts

via Clayart clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
Tue Apr 21 09:45:17 EDT 2015

> Sorry to hear about your computer woes. What I would suggest is to get
an external hard drive, and back up all of the data that is important to
you on that hard drive as soon as you put the data on your machine.
There are software programs that will do this automatically for you if
you don't want to bother doing it yourself. Kaspersky works great and it
a top shelf anti virus app as well.

Also, get several DVD's and back up your data onto them. You can "ghost"
your drives as well. For best security, have your machine disconnected
form the internet (be sure to turn off the wi-fi connection as well as
disconnecting the ethernet cable whenever you are copying/transfereing
files to and from you external drive(s) if you are particularly concerned
about that sort of thing.

Hope this helps

Planet Houseton, Texas

> Be glad your not a full time artist.
> Bills time management learning selling books life yard work more
> bills...family.....social delimas....more learning...more money....
> Art full time is a rare job these days....if someone attempts it power to
> you.
> Other wise please use it as a session for healing but dont quit your day
> job.
> Art makes people who they are if they are strong enough to attempt such a
> feat.
> Be glad you have your bubble and your employer to occupy your time....
> Be Well!
> On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 10:40 AM, Deborah Thuman via Clayart <
> clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:
>> At the moment, I'm sad because I really need to play in the mud - and I
>> can't just yet. I bought a new computer Friday night at Best Buy. Alas,
>> they sold me the wrong computer. I took it back yesterday morning and
>> swapped it for the right computer and a $400 refund. I spent about 8
>> hours
>> yesterday transferring my stuff - music, photos, work files - to the new
>> computer. This morning... every last thing I transferred is gone. I
>> don't
>> know where it is. It's gone. I used a usb drive to transfer stuff. This
>> piece of misery is going back to Best Buy as soon as the store opens. I
>> need a new laptop. Mine can't be upgraded, is slow, is cranky, is
>> obsolete
>> by plan. It's a MacBook Pro. I tried replacing it with another MacBook
>> Pro.
>> I got the last version which has a CD drive. I did that because I use my
>> computer for work and I need to be able to play video recordings made by
>> police. They're on a DVD. The police are not doing cloud things yet.
>> They
>> are lucky they have cars that run. But everything is gone this morning.
>> Everything. I can't have that. BTW, no one should be doing things on
>> iCloud
>> or any cloud. The feds can get at EVERYTHING you store on the cloud
>> without
>> a warrant. The feds can get at every internet site you gazed at. The
>> feds
>> have not heard of the fourth amendment. No clouds for me. I'm ticked
>> that
>> amazon.com makes me store my digital music which I buy from them on the
>> cloud.
>> And so I'll take the evil, non-functioning computer back to Best Buy. I
>> have a printout of the new MacBook Pro I want along with a usb
>> superdrive
>> so I can play the DVDs. Best Buy is supposed to have price matching. If
>> they do, I want what the computer I printed out at the Apple price
>> listed
>> on the print out.
>> The clerk at Best Buy talked me into Geek Squad and insurance for $200
>> for
>> a year. I called Geek Squad yesterday when I was having problems setting
>> up
>> the new laptop. After 45 minutes, I was told the geek didn't know what
>> was
>> wrong with the computer. Applecare will cost me $100 for three years.
>> This is not how I wanted to spend my weekend. I wanted to spend time
>> today
>> working in the mud. Mud clears my head, calms my nerves, and makes the
>> bipolar stuff stay centered. This is good. This is worth far more than
>> I'm
>> spending on meds. Mud needs to be played with in the morning because
>> here
>> in southern New Mexico this time of year we have WIND. Great, pollen
>> flinging, body stopping wind. Not gusts. Wind. It's tough to play in the
>> mud in WIND. The studio is on the back patio.
>> We all play in the mud for assorted reasons. I want to be able to sell
>> my
>> work. I try, with each piece, to make it better than the last one of
>> whatever it was. Better fitting lid. Better thing inside the lid that
>> keeps
>> the lid from sliding off. Smoother bottom. Better handle. Better shape.
>> I
>> experiment. Right now, I've got texture stuff made from reclaim that
>> will
>> eventually be fired. I'm hoping the texture stuff will give me what I
>> need
>> and look nice. If it doesn't, I'll experiment some more. I'll get it
>> eventually. I will retire in 4 years, 7 months, 11 days. I want to
>> supplement my pension. I want to enjoy mud and not be worried if I'm
>> going
>> to be able to buy cat food or pay the utility bills. For the next 4
>> years,
>> 7 months, 11 days, I will need mud to keep from screaming.
>> Deb Thuman
>> http://debthuman.blog.com/
>> http://www.etsy.com/shop/DebThuman
>> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deb-Thumans-Art-Page/167529715986
>> I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the
>> success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was
>> for it regardless of the possible outcome.   Golda Meir
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