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Accomplishments This Year

Here is a rundown of my year so far to date.

Accomplishments

This year has been busy. I’ve done a lot in a short period of time. More than most people do in an entire year. Below are the things I’ve been working on this year.

Videos

This year, I have made six videos. Some of them turned out really pretty good. Not that anyone noticed, they didn’t care.

Website

Countless hours working on websites: Below are some of the stuff I’ve been doing with my websites.

Misfit.Ctopher.Me

  • Added Like Buttons to gallery photos
  • Added Cookie Consent Banner
  • Algorithm For Did You Know Posts
  • CSS Theme Switcher
  • Javascript Jump Menu php, MySQL
  • BETA coin flip written in PHP
  • CSS media queries for different devices
  • Lazy load images for Gallery photos and Gallery
  • Graphic redesign for footer
  • Added Page For Books with links
  • Solved Javascript onload problems

My Day (This site moved) now at:

misfit.ctopher.me/myday/

  • Designed Entire Site
  • Programmed entire site from scratch
  • Made photo upload pages, and edit page
  • Lazy Load for images on most pages
  • List View and worked out dates for grouping
  • Footer pages
  • By-Day pages with only that days photos
  • Pagination of By-Day pages
  • Cron Jobs Written

Misfit-Writers – Not Finished

  • Wrote Journal App in php
  • Made auto save javascript for database
  • programmed entire site from scratch
  • ToDo: Multi User Functions

There is a lot more I’ve done, but this is what I’m willing to talk about.

Writing

This year I have written 32 blog posts for mydigitalchaos.blog. Some of them are pretty good. They all have a photo attached with them, and have been carefully written and edited.

  • Thinking Outside The Box
  • Notes From Earth
  • Set XYZZY
  • Visions For The Future – Essay
  • Visions For The Future – The Problem With Progress Today
  • Do Something Great
  • It’s Time To Wake Up
  • Writing Levels And How To Go From Average To Great
  • A Life I Used To Have
  • A Little Racy
  • Thoughts About Value, Meaning, and Being of Worth To Others
  • What Is Advantageous?
  • Creative Arts – In Peril Or Ready To Bloom?
  • Shot In The Dark
  • More Dog Balls
  • One World Government
  • Get Your Creative Seeds and Long Term Inspiration
  • How To Be Successful With Your Journals
  • Posse Bonus Post
  • Depressed because of bots, buggers, and Digital Oppression
  • Why Quality Food Matters and Makes Life Enjoyable
  • Humans Are Shameful
  • Digital Lifestyle of A Geek
  • Today’s Lesson: Quiet Introspection
  • Quick Note
  • High Rise Of The Mind
  • Classical Corner: Music To Sleep With
  • What I Want
  • From A Dark Place
  • 8 Steps To Beautify Your Heart, Mind, and Soul
  • In The Flux
  • A Brief Guide On How To Write

Photography

I’ve taken photos for myself, and my websites. Some of them turned out pretty well. I’ve developed skill and talent with taking photos.

I’ve also done some custom artwork, and a little painting.

Conclusion:

This year is off to a great start. Maybe the momentum will continue to build. Maybe I can make something good that people will use. I hope to gain some skills, and talent from what I’m doing.

Check them out.

Written by: Christopher Thomas, A Real Misfit

Photo Credit: Photo by Persnickety Prints on Unsplash

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Year In Review

The Year In Review – A Personal Story Of Hope

Most people find change difficult. We have been forced to adapt this last year. A lot of the changes have seemed very difficult to deal with. Some people would say that 2020 has been a year of despair. However, I disagree.

The year 2020 has made us stronger in some ways. The leaders of tomorrow have been born from these events. They will go forward with new hope, and new dreams. They will have a strength uncommon of those before them, and they will be fit to lead having been tried by the fire so to speak.

My year has been both interesting, and difficult. I started with some projects in mind, and worked diligently to see them come to life. I learned a lot, and in the realms of self improvement, I have grown substantially.

This doesn’t mean my projects were all successes. I’ve had to change my mindset about a lot of the goals I originally had. I think that if you believe what Booker T. Washington said, “That success is not to be measured not so much by the position one has attained, but by the obstacles he has overcome.”

I’ve overcome some tough stuff this year. I’ve had to get really tough with myself. So much so, that to finish a hot shower with ice cold water is something I look forward to these days.

It seems my projects were interesting to me, I cared a lot about them. It was however difficult to make anyone else see the light of day with them. People only understand from their own view point, and most people lack the experience to understand it from anyone else’s point of view.

Maybe what I have tried to do, is open a window to showing someone the highlights of my experience without being so disruptive that others feel uncomfortable beyond what they can endure. I have tried to open the window, I have even sugar coated some of it for years. Yet, I find no one is really interested in looking out the window to see the world from my eyes.

John Lennon said in one of his songs, “No guru can see through your eyes.” Isn’t that the truth, we all have different experiences and views of life, the planet, and each other.

I’ve often expressed that it would be nice to know what people were thinking or feeling in some of these situations. Just to help understand the situation better.

My offer here is that you can see some glimpses of my life, that are in such a way, that you can have your eyes opened a bit to new understanding. I don’t promise that you will like it, all I can offer is the opportunity to share the view. You have to be the ones willing to open your eyes and look at it.

Of the things I’ve done this year, I’ve accomplished much. I launched five websites this year. However the ones that are still up and running seem to have survived the year 2020 just fine.

I wrote an algorithm, did an awful lot of database work, and while nothing really launched so fast to reach escape velocity, my feelings are they went well. How would a turtle ever get to outerspace single handedly? Pivot That!

My writing has improved a great deal, and I have logged a total of 1.2 million words written this year. My total write time is 14 days spent behind the keyboard journaling this year. I think my writing is getting better. I have worked on my authors voice a great deal. I find that listening to music helps make learning to write easier.

I launched three books this year, all self published. One of them I have had the experience of having professionally edited. That was interesting and a great expense. Maybe it will be worth it someday, I learned a lot about my writing in doing such.

I guess this has been the year of the iced coffee. Well that has been the last four years running. But this year was especially good as I have started drinking Nitro Cold Brew coffees for at least one of my drinks everyday. Life got better by the coffee index. Finally a cup of coffee strong enough.

I didn’t do as much photography as I would have liked this year, maybe that is one regret that will not haunt me for long. Maybe this next year I will be set to do a lot more photography. One can hope.

I did some video’s this year. I’m happy with that. I did try writing some scripts and making what I wrote. Maybe there will be some more of that soon.

This year, I also started making music again. After almost eight years of hiatus from making music, I’ve at least put some effort into trying it again. I’m not great, but learning.

This year I put a lot of trust into thinking that social media would be somewhere I could reach an audience. It seems a lot of people have been successful with it. Or at least, it looks like a lot of people have been successful with it. My efforts seem to have fallen flat on my butt. At least I can still look up right?

My mental health is doing better than its been in nineteen years. Which is a relief, because there were some years that were uncommonly tough. The year 2020 may have had some blessings somewhere.

Of note here, is some of the things I didn’t do this year. I have spent most of the year with being completely away from watching TV. Almost zero. It’s not my style to get my emotional needs met from the television. It’s not easy when emotional needs being met are in short supply, but that is my choice.

Also of note, I haven’t played a single video game all year. It’s not really my style. I would rather sit and think, meditate, and day dream of life to be had.

I did listen to music almost everyday 24/7 for the last year. There were a few days the power was out, but I’m not going to count those days as I had my iPhone to play tunes on.

In terms of self improvement, I did great. We should all be content to let that record stand for each of us. It wasn’t always easy, but it surely made us stronger.

Of what I learned this year, I couldn’t summarize it in a thousand words. There is however my blog, and my website that have some views that might be better from my eyes than yours. You never know until you open the window and look. Check them out.

Conclusion

If you have read this far, you get the nifty conclusion, a very brief explanation of what I learned this year.

1. Always finish that hot shower with cold water.

2. Always pick the hot knife over the hot mess.

3. Life is short, work your butt off.

Christopher

https://misfit.ctopher.me

Photo Credit: Christopher Thomas

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Music I’m Listening To – Heavy Rotation

Music is good. And having great music to listen to is important. I want to talk about some of the albums I’m listening to in heavy rotation, and mention a few of my favorite songs. So without further mumbo jumbo, here is what I’m listening to in no particular order.

Heather Nova – Siren

Although this album was released in 1998, its new this week to me. I find her music comforting. It has great quality to it, and while its a little gentle for alternitive music, its got some heavy lyrics to it that makes my heart go Boom, Boom, Boom.

My favorite songs on this album are Avalanche and WinterBlue. She has a new album out: Pearl. Because I like her vocals and lyrics. It is soft and gentle, yet strong and solid in sound.

This is a heavy rotation favorite!

Sarah Bareilles – Amidst The Chaos

This is a special album. Great vocals and song writing. Maybe we will have a safe place to land? Give it a listen. It is good stuff. Lots of hope here, and a good lesson. Therefore listen to Sarah. She has a great album.

Joe Henry – Blood From Stars

This artist was someone I discovered about a year ago. It seems difficult to believe that I’ve been listening to his music that long and its still in rotation. Brilliant lyrics and sounds here. Not your average kind of music, its remarkably good. Highly recommended.

This album rocks, its brilliant sounds and lyrics. Because life is too short to not believe in something wonderful.

John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band

This was found out of desperation in my isolation. Its been a favorite since I found it. The lyrics of “Working Class Hero” and “God” just seem too bone chilling to forget. Thank goodness I found this album. The man is a genius.

It’s not for everyone, the song Well, well, well will leave you with the feeling that he is singing with passion. Unless you don’t like raw unfiltered you will feel something with this album.

AFI – Burials

This album is tough. Sometimes you need something extra, this album is my rough days go to listen. Somedays it gets me through the day a little better. Great sound here.

Therefore, give it a listen if your feeling in that dark mood that needs something to lift the gloom. Sure, they are emo, but who isn’t these days?

Lady Gaga – Chromatica

Interesting album. Love the gamut of the music on this album. Sounds really good in my opinion. What can you say? Lady Gaga is great; she doesn’t fail to perform this album in beauty and raw glitter.

Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea

This album is great. As an artist there is much respect for Hollands vocals and incredible talent. This album is strong and beautiful. Some of the best lyrics and thought provoking instruments in the recording.

Beth Wood – The Long Road

One of my all time favorites. Her songwriting skills are out of this world. One gem that is brilliant and likely be remembered as a genius. This album has gotten me through some tough days, and long nights. Song writing is perfect. There are stories here, give them a listen.

Conclusion

So this is what I’ve been listening to in heavy rotation, with no special order. This is only the stuff I’m listening to while I’m awake. When I’m sleeping classical music plays on a special playlist. Life without music wouldn’t be worthy of my time, its something that makes life much better. I’ve been working to make some of my own music, you can give it a listen here: Soundcloud ctopher42.

Thanks!

Written by Christopher Thomas, founder MyDigitalChaos.Net

Photo Credit: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash