astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Sat, 21 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://i1.wp.com/astrofish.net/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bar31-54f32b48v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog 32 32 86008595 Was that 20 years ago? https://astrofish.net/blog/was-that-20-years-ago/ https://astrofish.net/blog/was-that-20-years-ago/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9389 astrofish.blog

Was that 20 years ago?

As seen here, July 20, 1998, ”Was that 20 years ago?”

$1 deal

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Patio Guest https://astrofish.net/blog/patio-guest/ https://astrofish.net/blog/patio-guest/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9314 BexarCountyLine.com

Patio Guest

What it said, “Patio Guest.”

For some reason, that struck me as funny. No accounting for taste.

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Remote https://astrofish.net/blog/remote/ https://astrofish.net/blog/remote/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9306 astrofish.net/blog

Remote

This equipment is remote controlled and may start at any time
Always stop engine before working on equipment

Seen on the back of a truck, Remote, &c.
As seen here.

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Mona Lisa Overdrive https://astrofish.net/blog/mona-lisa-overdrive/ https://astrofish.net/blog/mona-lisa-overdrive/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9301 BexarCountyLine.com

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Seminal piece of fiction, end of the first “trilogy” set in cyberspace before it was “cyberspace.” 1988 imprint, and somehow I wound up with an advance reading copy. I’m sure that’s worth some money, but all I did was read the book.

What triggered this train wreck of thoughts?

Looking at some musical offering, I found a title called “Mona Lisa Overdrive,” and then, in recommending it to a friend, I realized she was born, like, years after the book was released. No clue as the roots, the antecedents to music’s namesake. Or part of it.

Mona Lisa Overdrive

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At the Stone Goddess https://astrofish.net/blog/at-the-stone-goddess-6/ https://astrofish.net/blog/at-the-stone-goddess-6/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9294 Victory Hierphant

At the Stone Goddess

Rock Shops like me. These days, it’s less about the name and more about the space. Tuesday in San Antonio, at the Stone Goddess rock shop and wholistic emporium.

Victory Hierphant

Victory Hierphant

At the Stone Goddess

1730 Hildbrand
San Antonio, TX
11 AM – 5 PM

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At the Stone Goddess

Bexar County Line

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Customer Complaints https://astrofish.net/blog/customer-complaints/ https://astrofish.net/blog/customer-complaints/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9277 Spirit Quartz

Customer Complaints

Came through the other afternoon, not one I’m fond of, but, shrug, it happens, right?

In retrospect it was even more amusing, dryly ironic, as I have voice mail from the same person thanking me profusely for my guidance.

In a short time, though, “things change.” Sure, I have to understand that.

Customer Complaints

But first? A little Shakespeare astrology?

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky
Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull
Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.

Helena in All’s Well that Ends Well 1.1.119-21

I was listening to that one play, amid one more family crisis, about the third or fourth this week, not really major deals, not to me, but some family members get their knickers knotted up over some notions.

Mars. Mars from stationary to its slow, backward crawl. Not like this is new information, no, mentioned this “Mars is Retrograde” thing before.

“…only doth backward pull/our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.”

It is, to me, a Mars Retrograde play, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, having that other line I like so much, a guy is called, essentially, a coward. Kind of a strange play, sort of a comedy, sort of a drama, depends on how it’s interpreted. Listening to that opening scene though, I was interested again in the way the character phrased it, “Which we ascribe to heaven,” and that carries a dual meaning.

In the theater, specially Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the “Heavens” referred to the iconic, zodiac images in a starry pattern, right over the stage itself. It is a depiction of the zodiacal belt. In the passage, it could also mean the “good lord above,” whatever, however, that shows up for an individual belief.

“The fated sky/give us free scope.”

Can’t be much more clear than that.

The stars spell it out, but as humans, we have free scope. The current vernacular version? Free will.

Customer Complaints

Ask me for advice, pay me for my time? I’ll offer up the guidance as I see it. I use the best available data. I make an effort to craft the metaphor to person. I’m not always right. Then, too, I tend to reflect back what the client wants, not always, and I’ve been through this before, not always what the client wants to hear, but it’s how I see it.

I’ve been doing this for a long time.

At some point, I have to gather up the material, but someplace, I have that first effort, and it was from 1987. More than 30 years of astrology authorship. Kind of cool form of tenure.

Knowing that Mars is firmly entrenched in its retrograde pattern? That helps, but blaming the planets, that doesn’t really work.

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie

That single passage, from the opening of the play, kept ringing back and forth in my mind.

Customer Complaint

The question is, why did that one complaint bother me. In the last few years, I’ve suffered less and less at the hands of complaints. Part of this job requires a tough hide. Then, too, there are complaints that are plainly not valid. Or pointed, personal attacks veiled as an offending criticism.

Shrug. It happens.

“If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job.”
—Malcom Forbes

Pink Cake

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

Pink Cake

Pink Cake

Have to admit, mostly I love my day job.

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The Rim Sunday in San Antonio https://astrofish.net/blog/the-rim-sunday-in-san-antonio/ https://astrofish.net/blog/the-rim-sunday-in-san-antonio/#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9283 astrofish.net

The Rim Sunday in San Antonio

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Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

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Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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The Rim Sunday in San Antonio

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Hush Money https://astrofish.net/blog/hush-money/ https://astrofish.net/blog/hush-money/#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9361 astrofish.blog

Hush Money

Hush Money – T. E. Woods

Hard — for me — to imagine the rust belt of America, or the “mid-west” as a suitable setting for death, dismemberment, murder, and mayhem. However, I know, one writes what one knows.

Previously, The Fixer series.

On the heels of The Fixer series comes the next group from the same author. Fairly taut prose, and not too much style to interfere with the substance.

“T.E. Woods” — from what I scoured briefly on the web, seems to be a practicing psychologist — or something. While her Fixer series was crime with a cop backdrop, this one, at first? Seems a little different. As an author, she’s getting her legs and the psychological motivations are more clearly drawn with deeper backstory. Kind of more interesting to me.

Good twist, more tightly plotted than before. Strong voice, and clean prose.

Thriller with a strong female lead. The ending, not without some clues, but the ending, a little deus ex machina, but can’t say, “No one saw that coming.”

First in what promises to be a series.


Hush Money

Hush Money – T. E. Woods

Hush Money: A Novel (Hush Money Mystery)

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Blink https://astrofish.net/blog/blink/ https://astrofish.net/blog/blink/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9355 astrofish.blog

Blink

Blink: Better Affiliate Links

There’s an app for that!

Pawing through a copy of my Pink Cake collection of quotes, I stumbled across an older quote from a former head of (something) Apple Computers, “If you have computer and don’t have a modem, you are bizarre,” or something to that effect.

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

It introduces the notion that all these devices are connected to a frail, web-like network.

Been more than 20 years now, I discovered I could link from the opening statement on a webpage. Been a little less than 20 years now that I discovered I could make some pennies per link, especially with Amazon.

The starting point was linking to an Amazon-based product, notably a Shakespeare play, from the beginning of each horoscope. Thought that was cool, and I got a mercenary eye towards this business.

The old, hippie days and ideals of link-love for the sake of linking? Yeah, pretty much gone now. More mercenary and even predatory, to some. turns out there’s a whole business dedicated to just such enterprises, turning links into a cash. I’m less interested in that, but I do want, if I link to a book, for example, I do want a monetary reward for a sale. Like a commission?

Blink

Blink: Better Affiliate Links

My experience from the back-end side of the business? The Amazon links don’t pay as well as they used to. Just that simple, the market is diluted, and frankly, I don’t have the time, or energy, to build the links anymore.

While I still buy CDs as CDs? Most of the music is now digital, and the Apple way that works, not to mention the way the Apple Books reader is so superior, yes, that’s a product and link that I can share.

While it takes at least 90 days, I think, to get paid? Apple has been better, and the revenue stream, tiny bits of change, is nice, and always a pleasant surprise when a few dollars, about the same amount as an over-priced cup of coffee, shows up in my account.

Perfect example, I think, these “books” are only available in digital format, the Fixer Series. Since I’m reading more recent work by the same author, I’m thinking that the work is all digital in dispersal, for the time being.

To make the process of building the requisite affiliate links easier? New — new to me — app called Blink. Not a steep learning curve, but not quite point and shoot, still, a useable format.

Blink

Blink: Better Affiliate Links

Blink works for Apple’s App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and so forth. I mostly just use it for building book links.

Came from a source that I trust, and someone who scours the web for the latest and greatest, so there is that. I’m unsure of the longevity of the product line, but for now, it makes link building a little less onerous.

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection

Pink Cake

Pink Cake

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Waiting Room Tableaux https://astrofish.net/blog/waiting-room-tableaux/ https://astrofish.net/blog/waiting-room-tableaux/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=9028 BexarCountyLine.com

Waiting Room Tableaux

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It’s a Waiting Room Tableaux here.

It was a long, strange spring, at first, quite cold, unseasonably cool, but once the switch was flipped, warmed up — excessively. Still, the right corner in the hospital waiting room, snuggle in with a book to read, and stay up to the minute on developments. Then, too, observing humanity, at both its best — and worst.

WaitingRoom Tableaux

See the fineprint for rules.

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