Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Quite recently, I had to reach out to AT&T's Customer Care team on Twitter to report that the land line at my elderly parent's home was not working right. It seemed that they had DSL internet service but there was no dial-tone coming through their telephone. This is not a good scenario for elderly people who have a greater need to call out for medical or emergency services such as 911.
Within minutes of tweeting @ATTCares, I received instructions to follow them and to send a direct (private) message to them with some details about service issue. Having reached out to them several months before to resolve a DSL connection issue, AT&T already had most of the information they needed (contact info, account info, location verification, etc) to start the process of resolving our problem. Perhaps it was just luck or perfect timing, but literally within fifteen minutes, there was an AT&T technician at our knocking at doorstep and he was letting us know that they would be working on fixing our phone line.
To say the least, I was impressed by the quick response time. I was even more impressed when I realized it was Sunday, a day when most companies are closed. In the end, the phone line was fixed and I have two happy elderly parents who had been freaking out at the loss of their phone service. (I'm still working on getting them to start using a cellphone but that is turning out to be an impossible task).
All in all, I'm happy that AT&T was able to resolve our problem rather quickly. As it turned out, the telecom line that we were on was damaged. Granted, this kind of response time is definitely not the norm, but I'm happy with how they handled this particular issue. Making your elderly parent happy and safe (now that they can dial 911 if there was a problem) is also a plus.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I can see the advantage of collecting digital comic books over printed ones since they virtually take up no space at all. Plus, you're able to carry your whole comic book library with you on your smartphone or tablet. It's basically the same argument made in support of buying music in digital format versus buying them from a music store (Do they still have music stores???).
As for me, I prefer reading and collecting the print version of a comic book. To me, reading a comic book isn't just simply reading a comic book. It's a whole physical experience that involves your eyes, your hands, your nose, and your mind. I pretty much enjoy the feeling of comic books in my hand and the smell of the ink on the pages. As the story entertains me, I observe the visual art of the artists. Their choice of drawing style, colors, and layout all converging to relay a scene. Skilled comic book artist are able to evoke movement, sound, temperature, and emotion in to their art. One needs to truly appreciate these things if one is to truly appreciate comic books.
Digital comics to me seem to lack soul. It's like looking a postcard of Pensacola Beach versus actually sinking your toes in the beach's white sand. It doesn't have the same full effect. It lacks a certain dimension of touch and smell that is unique to printed comic books. Sure, the art is visually there, but it's not quite the same.
I recognize that there are some who see comic books as just periodicals that are to be read and then disposed/recycled afterwards, but I am not one of those men. Comic books to me are pieces of contemporary art and I try to treat them with the respect it deserves. Personally, I want to get the whole experience with comic books.
Do you read or collect comic books? What do you prefer printed or digital versions? Let me know what you think.
Monday, February 9, 2015
I have come to conclusion that I need to develop a writing habit. I need to try to compose something at least once a day (if not more). What I write doesn't need to be a grand opus. I just need to re-learn to be able to sit down and focus on writing.
For me, writing content requires more focus than building and designing websites. I've been making web sites for over 15 years and most of the skills involved in making them comes to me without any effort. As for writing, I've become quite rusty. I have gotten spoiled by having access to professional content writers for my web projects. Using Twitter has also ruined me with it's limited character count. Sure, Twitter has helped me learn to distill my ideas, and my thoughts into short, precise, and sometimes creative messages, but it didn't do much for my full-length writing skills.
Being able to write more than 140 characters is actually quite liberating. I feel like I can convey my message with a lot more clarity. Coincidentally, this blog may become the place where I can expand on topics that would be too limiting (or very annoying to keep posting) with Twitter. (Sorry, I'm still not going back to Facebook).
On a side note, I noticed that I didn't post a thing in 2014. Not a single post. That's sad. I hope to rectify this in 2015.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Going to Pensacon
After looking into my finances, it looks like I'll be able to go to Pensacon. I'm excited. It'll be interesting to see how Pensacola will put on a multi-genre (sci-fi, fantasy, cosplay, comic books, anime, pop-culture, etc.) convention. Supposedly, last year's event turned out to be very successful. Unfotunately, I didn't go last year because of my work schedule. I'm hoping that 2015's convention turns out to be more awesome.
If you want to learn more about Pensacon, please visit their official website at http://www.pensacon.com
Are you going to Pensacon? Are you looking forward to seeing any of the guests? Will you cosplaying? For me, I'm looking forward to see the comic book artists and if they have any exclusive stuff.
Rediscovering Comic Books
Coinciding with attempts to rekindle my writing abilities, I have rediscovered my passion for comic books twenty odd years later. In my youth, comic books served me more than just entertainment. They were my inspiration and muse for some of my better writing assignments during my academic years.
I love comic books. There I said it. Comic books made my younger self want to read, draw, and write. That desire would eventually evolved into the skills that I use today in my professional career as a web developer and graphics designer.
So, please don't be surprised if you see me talk about comic books on this site amongst other geeky things. I'm even toying with the idea of developing a blog or site just dedicated to comic books. In that way, I can get my writing kick and talk about something i really like. (I should probably write this idea down on a post-it note and stick on the fridge so that I don't forget).
In the twenty odd years that I have been away from comic books, it would seems a lot has happened in the industry. I'm glad to see that most of the writers and artist that I remember are still are still around like Jim Lee, Todd McFarlance, and Jason Scott Campbell. I can see that there's a lot new people and I'm excited to discover their works.
Do you read comic books? Let me know what you're reading and if you have any recommendations for someone who's finding his way back to them.