April 24, 2013

Get With The Times

Just got off the phone with my brother. He was having some internet issues. So guess who get's called! Anyway, Walked him through logging into him modem to get some stats. As far as line quality goes, amazing. Speed? That little rubber dome in the antarctic has faster internet speeds.

Basically it came down to his modem not authenticating because Frontier still uses PPPoE connections. So I told him to call. He did, there was an outage some 40 miles away that apparently is affecting him too. So then he asked the guy what speeds were available, because right now, his modem said he was getting 1.3mb. The guy said he was surprised, because according to their system, he could only get UP TO, 1mb, (for $35 a month)

Honestly, this really doesn't surprise me. Because Frontier is one of the biggest jokes around for ISP's. I had them when I lived in NY. Nothing but issues. And since Maggie took over, it seems she's done nothing but run the company into the ground.

Not to mention the possibilities of false advertising. As per their website, I put in his address and it said he could get up to 6mb. Which would be a lot better for his Xbox gaming then an Up To 1mb connection. Which I'm surprised he can even do it all, now that I know what he has.

Frontiers site even states they have $1.5 Billion Infrastructure investment. Yet they are just now getting around to upgrading their business sectors to a 10mb connection. And in some small cases a 25mb. Hell my company had that 5 years ago.

Reading press releases, it shows their mentality. They think like TIme Warner, saying that they could offer more speed but people don't want it.

Here's the real kicker. And i'm not a business major, so I may be wrong.

At December 31, 2012, the Company had 2,887,100 residential customers and 286,100 business customers. Now, in an article I read, one of the head honchos stated they had upgraded something like 150 of 190 dslam switch for faster speeds. And with 1.5 billion for investment, most of the rural areas should be able to go up faster than the possible 3mb that they've been stuck at for years on end.

There have been many ways they could have reduced cost over the years. One of them is stop sending techs out for every little problem. I know every time my brother calls in, up, got to send a tech out. It cost more to send that tech out then it does to have the desk rep fix the issue over the phone. As long as it's not a broken line. And most times it's just authentication issues.

Could have saved millions by getting off the PPPoE system and gone to DHCP. It's less equipment to maintain.For the most part, They use a Dlsam, Redback and Radius Server for authentication. KISS. Get rid of the radius server.

But in the end, regardless of whatever the issue is. Is the fact that it's 2013. I had Frontier back starting in 1999. And they have yet to do much of anything in most areas. Kinda like most other ISP's. Regardless of how many residential customers you have, it's all about serving the big business, government and universities. So even with roughly over 5 million residential internet subscribers. Some companies can't seem to keep constant bandwidth exhausts from happening. All because their main focus is on the 50-100mb fiber lines to government buildings and fiber to cell tower.


April 14, 2013

Any Method To the Madness?

I'm my worst enemy when it comes to my work. Be it writing, art, we are always our own worst critic. Trying to explain what I was looking for, what led me to create what I did. I don't do it. But I'm about to. Let's see if this works.

Just finished a piece called, Ultimate Sin. Like most others, it's created with the female body. Strong, unbending, powerful. Fantasy, yet realism. Mysticism and beliefs. But it's how I get to where I'm going that is so hard to explain.

When I create a piece of work, I have very little idea in mind. It maybe a song title, a lyrics  a pose or an object. Everything else just falls into place. But each place has a reason. And what that reason is, I usually don't know until i'm done. Kind of like the unconscious speaking.

Here's the piece:

The entire piece was inspired by two things. A friend on Google+ and music by Ozzy. Every piece of art you look at, you can interpret what you can from what you see. but very seldom, do you know what the artist was feeling, seeing or thinking at the time the piece was done. 

Over the course of the last 20 plus years, I've studied aspects of religion, occult and things in between. And they always seem to find their way into my work. Not my beliefs per se,  but things that creep back into my mind while working.

What I saw when I came up with this original idea was a woman breaking free and moving forward. Leaving behind whatever it was she had and making change for the better. Once I had this idea, I turned the music on, and let whatever was in there, come out.

For this particular piece, there was no grand scheme of where to place this or that. What colors to use. it started with a pose. A flower opening up. From there, the music took over.

It was Ozzy's, Ultimate Sin song that gave birth to the feel and mood to this piece. But it was also a lot of inner thought as it developed. The woman, coming to life. Reborn or changing herself. The ten candles, comes from the numerology and occult. Mainly the tarot deck. Think Wheel of Fortune. The books imply learning, knowledge, self improvement. Whatever the knowledge is, it's always a change.

The lidded boxes represent her secrets. Aka, skeletons in the closet. They could also represent new beginnings. In this particular case, one for each. The massive book is her road map. It's where's she's been. The rest of the pages are blank, as she has not yet bloomed to fill those in yet.

And the book on the table is her diary. Her thoughts, convictions. It's who she is. Add to that, the anthem on the pentagram, she has cut her binds from not only herself, but her past. She is willing to take the next step forward to being who she is. She has put the matter at hand over her spirit in order to blossom.

I've been asked quite a few times how I create my art. About tutorials. Truth be told, I can't. I don't create my art. In the sense that, I don't know the outcome. It's kind of like closing your eyes and gently pushing on them. you see stars that are ever transcending and moving. There is no known outcome to their patterns. So, unless i create something very specific in mind, which very seldom happens, there are no real tutorials on how it was created.

Another friend over at Google+ had some things to say about it. For the most part, she was correct in her thoughts and idea's. You can read it here.

But for the most part, when I create an image or writing, there is no set outcome. Whatever comes out is the final piece. It's what was whispering to me.  Hope this helps in the understanding of my messed up head. There is rhyme and reason to my madness. but I have yet to understand it myself.

Damned If You Do, Damned If You DOn't

Joe Pesci had it correct,

They FUCK YOU at the drive-thru, okay? They FUCK YOU at the drive-thru! They know you're gonna be miles away before you find out you got fucked! They know you're not gonna turn around and go back, they don't care. So who gets fucked? Ol' Leo Getz! Okay, sure! I don't give a fuck! I'm not eating this tuna, okay?

Problem is, it's not just the drive through anymore. There's a KFC about a minute from my house. Don't eat there all the time. Maybe once every 3-4 months. But every time we pick up dinner there, they can never get the order right. We can go through the drive through, we can do in and order from the counter. Not once.

There's been a few times, co-workers and I have gone here for lunch break. Even then, not busy at all, they can't get an order right. Missing food, given food that wasn't ordered. There's even been times, we've gone to order dinner and they state they're out of chicken. How the fuck can you be a chicken joint and be out of chicken? I mean that's like a brothel without prostitutes. Unheard of.

So, I've finally had enough and emailed HQ. What will that get me? nothing. Maybe a discount dinner. But all I want is customer service. I ask you for slaw, I don't want a chicken sandwich with nothing on it. If i order extra biscuits, I want the biscuits, not extra potatoes.

And for the employee at the drive through who stated they never get an order correct? Nice job.


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