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Greetings fellow Gimpolians

Aug 10, 2013, 07:04
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Greetings fellow Gimpolians
Greetings and Salutations fellow graphics warriors.

I come from a long journey of pain and dispair in a world where you upgrade and buy, buy and upgrade until you are either sucked dry feeding the beast of Redmond or you break free and frolic in the land of Linux.

A month ago, I chose the latter and have never looked back.

I am a web developer by trade, a web designer when I have to, and have been pounding out web pages since Netscape .9 - before there was an Internet Explorer.

I am one of those old farts who remembers when there wasn't an Internet and people really did managed to survive without a cell phone. Yes, it really did happen. People without cell phones. I s**t you not.

I walked away from a cushy govt job and spent the last 4 years of my life Homesteading. There is nothing more difficult than taking a piece of raw land, on a shoestring budget, and trying to make it habitable. Nothing. I have toted water, dumped camp toilets, dug ditches, lived on generators, cooked over fires, cut firewood in the snow and built a small cabin with my own two hands one stick of wood and one nail at a time. The smiling faces you see in homesteading pictures are a big fat lie. They are exhausted, sore, miserable and dirty. And thats on a good day when they arent eaten by mosquitos or bitten by snakes.

I had to throw in the towel when my wife's health couldn't take the lifestyle any more and we moved to a beautiful happy town in North Carolina where I am fanning the flames of my smouldering web biz and giving it a go again in civilization.

New Life, New OS, New Graphics Proggy, new world.

SC23 is short for SuperCharlieFromThe23rdCentury.. a misguided take on Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century.

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Aug 10, 2013, 13:42
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
A very warm welcome to you fellow gimper SC23. I liked your intro especially the part about living in the country(LOL the REAL faces!) A relative of mine built a house in the country & they get strong winds, extreme hots & colds, its almost like living in Texas.

I'm also a web designer/graphic designer who just got a new upgrade yesterday too Smile So if you have alot of eperience with gimp you can help us with the good fight to strike down gimp problems. And if not, we're more than happy to help you given that you can ask the actual question/issue on the first time XD (all joking aside, its awesome to have a fellow gimper who doesn't rely or didn't use to rely on cell phone as much as this generation does these days, lol, cell phones are for calling, doesn't mean everyone has to be on them 24/7, thats what tablets & computers are for. But to be fair to them its a kinda more portable/convenient
Hope you stick around the forums for a while you're alright!

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Aug 10, 2013, 15:18
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
(Aug 10, 2013 07:04)SC23 Wrote:  Greetings and Salutations fellow graphics warriors.

I come from a long journey of pain and dispair in a world where you upgrade and buy, buy and upgrade until you are either sucked dry feeding the beast of Redmond or you break free and frolic in the land of Linux.

A month ago, I chose the latter and have never looked back.

I am a web developer by trade, a web designer when I have to, and have been pounding out web pages since Netscape .9 - before there was an Internet Explorer.

I am one of those old farts who remembers when there wasn't an Internet and people really did managed to survive without a cell phone. Yes, it really did happen. People without cell phones. I s**t you not.

I walked away from a cushy govt job and spent the last 4 years of my life Homesteading. There is nothing more difficult than taking a piece of raw land, on a shoestring budget, and trying to make it habitable. Nothing. I have toted water, dumped camp toilets, dug ditches, lived on generators, cooked over fires, cut firewood in the snow and built a small cabin with my own two hands one stick of wood and one nail at a time. The smiling faces you see in homesteading pictures are a big fat lie. They are exhausted, sore, miserable and dirty. And thats on a good day when they arent eaten by mosquitos or bitten by snakes.

I had to throw in the towel when my wife's health couldn't take the lifestyle any more and we moved to a beautiful happy town in North Carolina where I am fanning the flames of my smouldering web biz and giving it a go again in civilization.

New Life, New OS, New Graphics Proggy, new world.

SC23 is short for SuperCharlieFromThe23rdCentury.. a misguided take on Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century.

That's me.
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Aug 10, 2013, 15:20
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
It looks like you have enough materiel to become a writer, SC23.

Since you have the talent, maybe you should consider it.

I was also brought up in Canada's country but my life was less interesting.

Thanks for sharing your life with us.

Tom
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Aug 10, 2013, 19:42
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
Thanks for the kind words. It has been an "adventure" the last few years. You never realize how much you appreciate things until you dont have them any more. Simple things like hot water and showers, toilets, electricity.. when you start with absolutely nothing and every single thing you have is something you put sweat and tears into, you come to appreciate them a whole lot more.

For anyone who is interested.. the pecking order of nothing to civilized comes in the form of basic survival. Something most people never really have to think about.

1. Water
2. Food
3. Septic/Sanitation
(you dont really have a problem until you have 5 gallons of sewer to do something with..trust me on this)
4 Shelter (this is variable depending on the weather which moves it up the list)

Everything after this is a "luxury" but getting these basic things going, by your own hand, is a difficult journey at best.

I have to admit I do feel defeated in my homesteading. I was up for it, but the wife and her health issues made me throw in the towel. Its still relatively new that we have come back to civilization.. I feel a little like Tom Hanks in Castaway when he came back.. I actually miss a lot of it, but then again.. theres a Thai food place around the corner..so I got that goin for me Smile
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Aug 11, 2013, 02:48
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
5. Green bananas. It shows people that you will be around for a bit longer.
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Aug 11, 2013, 04:08
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
I don't have a cell phone. Cell phones in the 1980's were the size of a small brick and weighed as much too. Anyone else recall those days when people claimed you could get a brain tumor from using them? Ah the brain tumors...

I was out at parties with my friends listening to Bon Jovi on the radio. Then about the mid to late 90's changed all that. Cell phones got smaller. Doctors started pushing legal narcotics. Internet and PC was in, cable and TV was out.

I can't do without my shower and toilet. I need those. Everything else can go, as long as I have my shower and toilet. Oh and take out and delivery yep everything else can go.

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Aug 11, 2013, 04:45
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RE: Greetings fellow Gimpolians
@Teepee I like how you think Smile

@Wendy Yep to everything you said. I was there and watched it/lived it all just like you did. My "prob" is that I have been in the tech industry now for over 20 years and having the cell in your pocket and knowing what is going on with media and society in general is part of the biz people expect you to know.
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