One of the purposes of this blog is to help me narrow down the choices of what I actually want to consider ‘portfolio’ work…
My Zazzle shops can be found at:
My Turbosquid shops can be found at:
This page is reserved for links to websites, online tools, and other things that I find to be extremely useful, and that I think that you might find useful too.
======= Jeff’s Blogs==========
Primary/Real Life Blogs:
https://jeffthomann.wordpress.com/ – Jeff’s Primary Blog
https://healthyjeff.home.blog/ – Health Jeff Blog
https://thomannfamily.wordpress.com/ – Family Tree/Obituary Blog
https://katrinascreatives.wordpress.com/ – Blog for Katrina’s Artwork
https://entropiarelated.wordpress.com/ – older Entropia blog
https://entropiascams.wordpress.com/ – Entropia Scam Blog – focuses mainly on Scams, and Scammers, but I think for a while it was a copy of the Entropiatrash blog (below)
https://entropiatrash.wordpress.com/ – Entropia Trash Blog – focus on negative sides of Entropia
Silly Blogs that I mainly don’t work on any more:
https://mastermesh.wordpress.com/ – copy of my Delicious links and facebook links. I don’t use Delicious any more, but may add in more links there eventually copied from other sources like facebook, etc.
https://publicdomainremix.wordpress.com/ – a blog I created but never really put content in to focused on creating artwork remixes of public domain art, etc.
https://listofartists.wordpress.com/ – Blog focused on art history and linking to different Wikipedia and different sources to study the history of art. I should do more with this blog, but haven’t… time will tell if I get motivated to get back in to that eventually…
https://smalldollarwriteoff.wordpress.com/ – Small Dollar Write off Blog. This was a blog that I created due to thinking about the small dollar write off policies at the University of Missouri Hospital when I worked there that kind of irritated, or in some cases pissed me off. When I worked there (and still today I think) the University of Missouri has a policy that if a patient’s balance is below $5.00 on the Physician’s Fee side of billing and below $15.00 on the Facility side of billing the University of Missouri will write off the charges… this includes BOTH CREDITS AND DEBITS…
In other words, if a patient overpaid by $15.00 for their facility fee and $5.00 for their Physician Fee, or $20.00 together for one Visit at ONE CLINIC the University would write it off AND NOT TELL THE PATIENT THAT THEY OVERPAID EVER! When you consider that many rural patients may come in to see 3 or more clinics in one day (some as many as 5-6 one one day) – each for a different issue or problem, such as one for diabetes, one for vision exam, one for some health issue, etc. those overpaid fees can add up… Imagine overpaying your hospital 60 dollars or more, and they never tell you that you paid a penny too much. That’s happening DAILY at the University of Missouri.
I started this blog to let folks know about this type of thing, and also to sort of start inquiring about it in the rest of the business world since I think many other corporations have similar tactics. It’s simply not worthwhile for the corporations to let people know they overpaid, even though they are indeed overpaying ALL OF THE TIME! It’s insane to think about how much money people throw away without ever being told they are throwing it away.
How can you use this small dollar stuff to your advantage? Think about it. Ask if you overpaid. If so, they are obligated to tell you, and refund you. Also, going the other way… if the organization in question writes off BOTH credits and debits, it’s possible that you could let them write off the amount they write off with you UNDERPAYING!… For instance at University of Missouri Healthcare using that 15 dollar rule (they write off everything 14.99 and under), you could underpay your facility copayment to let it be exactly 14.99 each time, and underpay your office visit copay with your doctor by 4.99 each time. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you are a frequent flyer due to ongoing chronic health issues, that type of change can add up over time…
Also, remember there’s only so many things that debt collectors can do to you legally. If you already have bad credit, since you filed a bankruptcy in the past few years, etc., there’s not a whole lot more that they can do for uncollateralized debt other than ding your credit report, which most organizations won’t do if it’s not worthwhile for them to do it… especially for small dollar amounts.
I also started a few other blogs over time, but haven’t done enough with them to warrant a link to them here…
======== My Book Marks ===========
(not really sure I should put this here to to privacy concerns, but will anyways since all of this is public stuff that’s already out there, at least for now if you know where to look for it – may delete this later though?… )
From time to time I use Delicious, Twitter, and Facebook. Delicious has this neat option to grab all your links from all three of these social networks and put them together in to a web page. Sometimes I make a copy of that on my Test Page.
========ROKU CHANNEL LIST=========
==========COPY OF ITEMS THAT USED TO BE IN SIDE WIDGETS===========
Moving the links and other items that were previously in side widgets on this blog here since I currently have widgets disabled to widen the real estate allowed for the main content since I plan to put more photos and scans, etc. in here, so more pixels will make it all look nicer! 🙂
2013 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Exercise Regularly, and avoid setbacks
2. Get back in to creating art regularly.
3. Learn to play music.
4. Eat Right.
5. Write things down.
and one exception:
Except (sometimes) on Days that Start with S
http://mastermesh.winkflash.com – family photos and random other photos. The albums are password protected. If you are a family or friend you can contact me for the password(s). Please DO NOT resell or republish these photos. Have privacy issues there as well as copyright issues.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) is a very interesting book on changing the way you think about the world.
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness is a great book about taking control of your financial future!
Manuel J. Smith’s book, When I Say No, I Feel Guilty is a very good book about being assertive.
Asimov’s Guide to the Bible: A Historical Look at the Old and New Testaments is a very interesting book that looks at the Bible from a geographic, historical, and scientific perspective.
The Photoshop Bibleis THE book that you will want to get if you want to learn how to use Photoshop.
Beginning Game Programming with Flash is a fantastic book about learning to program games in Flash.
The Artist’s Handbook, or The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques: Fifth Edition, Revised and Updated (Reference)
is just about one of the best “Bibles” on traditional art methods.
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (California Studies in the History of Art) goes directly to the source to get first hand accounts of what is going on in the minds of various artists.
Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme is an interesting book that takes a new look at the social reality around us. It’s pretty eye opening!
How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday is a great book. It’s one of those books that EVERYONE should read at least once. Learning to successfully argue is learning to successfully live!
=====VIDEO CREATION AND EDITING=====
http://camstudio.org/ – Cam Studio is a FREE screen recording device. It can actually be used to do program tutorials too where you record your own voice. 3d Buzz has been using something like this for a long time. I only recently started using it to capture Entropia Universe stuff. I might use it for other stuff at some point in time, maybe even doing some tutorials about Entropia Universe.
Virtualdub – a Free movie editing software. Make sure to use compression settings if you do use it though since uncompressed video in Virtualdub is usually full of a lot of unnecessary bloat. http://www.virtualdub.org/ A lot of people use FRAPS to do this sort of stuff, but FRAPS is mainly aimed at gaming only, so is not that great for general video work, and also it’s not free (unless you like seeing a watermark)
https://jeffthomann.wordpress.com/workout-at-home-for-free/ – This is a list of youtube and other online video type workouts that I’ve found that are free. I’m probably going to keep adding links to it or organize it in a more easy to read format in the coming months. I’m thinking about creating a series of playlists in youtube and linking them all there by categories such as 10 minute workout, yoga, etc. I’m told that youtube playlists can only have x amount of videos in them so I’ll need to be strategic in how I approach this. There IS a lot of very useful videos out there that are absolutely free, but figuring out where to find the particular ones you want is not always easy.
Ray St. Omer’s Beach Body Site – Ray is an ol coworker from a few years back. He’s recently started being a “beach body coach” selling dvds like Power 90, Turbojam, etc. I bought my dvds a few years before he started selling, but in the future if I buy some more and he’s still selling them, I’ll probably look to him. He’s a pretty good guy. He was one of the main guys in charge of Columbia Soccer Club for several years… Good Friend, Good Dad, and all around good guy.
=====ENTROPIA UNIVERSE LINKS=====
EntropiaScams – my newest Entropia related blog. This one combines the best of the now private entropiarelated and entropiatrash listed below in to one website with a lot more focus on just putting in the basic links and things and less wordy opinions
THE LIST (of scammers, cheaters, and various conspiracies) is on Entropiascams blog listed above.
Entropia Related – my new blog on Entropia
Entropia Trash – my old blog on Entropia (moved to the new blog after pcf forum mods started filtering it out since they don’t want you to know the subtle truths behind what’s going on behind the curtains with entropia… (if they start filtering my new blog, I have a bit of ‘backup’ plan to keep that from happening – hopefully I won’t have to use it. ;))
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=thMcAAtxcvmLaLVOhcXpLmg&output=html – Entropia Universe Estate directory. This is a little google doc that I created that anyone can edit. It’s a bit easier to edit than entropedia.
http://jdegre.net/pe/unlocker.php – Entropia Universe Chipping Optimizer. This tool gives you a rough estimate of how much it will cost for you to chip up your avatars skills to the level you want to be at.
In Entropia Universe, unlike other MMORPGs, your avatar’s skills can be implanted and extracted so you can buy new skills or sell off the ones you have. It’s very similar to the way that Neo learned Martial Arts skills in the Matrix Trilogy.
http://www.candyman.se/pe/bobthebuilder/v2/– Bob the Builder’s website about crafting in Entropia Universe. This tool is amazing! It lists every blueprint in game and gives you details on which prices things are, etc.
https://jeffthomann.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/lists-in-entropia-forum/ – List of link to lists in Entropia Forum that I started. I’ll add more to it later.
Entropia Forum is what I consider to be the best current online forum for issues related to Planet Calypso, and all of the Entropia Universe. It is run by 711, i.e. Neomaven. He’s a long time veteran participant of Entropia Universe. One of the main reasons this forum is hotter than most other forums about Entropia Universe at this time is that FPC and Mindark, the folks that run planet Calypso and all of Entropia Universe, have some memberships on the forums here and pay a lot of attention to the community concerns posted in here. That gives folks with avatars that pay attention to the forums here a little bit of a direct communication line to the guys behind the scenes that make the virtual universe a reality.
Entropia Tree View is a very nice little website tool that helps you keep your inventory organized in Entropia Universe. You simply copy your inventory list from Entropia Universe’s Website in to the window and the Tree View creates a neat tree view of your inventory that lists all items in containers together in one location that you can easily check on or off to control the little text form created. This makes sorting out your inventory infinitely easier than trying to cut and paste your inventory line by line to sort out which items are in what box, storage, estate etc. Thank you very much for this amazing tool Snow Leopard. You have saved me and probably a lot of other people from a huge amount of headaches, and probably carpel tunnel! 🙂 😉
=====FREE-TO-AIR SATELLITE RECEPTION LINKS=====
https://jeffthomann.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/free-tv-list/ – My list of Free TV related stuff. I’ll add more to this list over time, so you might want to book mark it.
Satelliteguys.us is one of the best, if not THE best forum online about Free-To-Air Satellite (FTA). If you don’t know what that is – go read the forums some. Free-to-air satellite reception is reception of satellite tv channels (and sometimes other signals too) that are NOT encrypted. If you descramble encrypted channels, you are usually breaking the law in a manner that is typically called “hacking” by the FTA community – especially if you are receiving pay tv for free, which the pay tv companies, and the FTC do not want you doing, and can and will do things to stop you from doing that, including but not limited to trying to fry your hardware and/or get you hit with massive fines and/or jail time… Satelliteguys.us is one of the few places online that openly discusses the hobby of FTA and has a very anti-hacking stance. Everything discussed in there is done in a legal and ethical way! Kudos to the folks running the site. I’ve learned a lot from the community there, and they help new folks with this fun hobby daily!… Please do check it out. There’s probably a lot more up there that’s available for free than you realize. (It is sad that Equity on 123 degrees west went under, which had, in my opinion some of the best free programming on FTA, but even with that loss, there’s still tons of stuff up there for free, especially if you are a sports junkie, love news feeds and news channels, and/or know a little Spanish or other language… )
=====CREATIVE CONTESTS LINKS=====
is a website competition that defines itself as a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. This is a yearly contest. Nano Wrimo is short for NAtional WRiting MOnt. If you’ve ever felt compelled to write a novel, but never gave yourself time to do it, Nanowrimo is for you. By forcing yourself to push through the process of writing an entire novel in one month you greatly enhance your ability to possibly actually get a novel written in some timely manner, and possibly get enough of it done to edit it later for self-publishing purposes, or so that you can send it to a traditional publishing company to get some feedback or set up a contract!… It’s creative writing at it’s best.
===== TUTORIAL WEBSITES=====
https://jeffthomann.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/illustration-tutorial-site-list/ – Illustration Site List. I plan on adding lots more to that list in the not-too-distant future as I find more interesting tutorial sites to visit.
http://www.3dbuzz.com is a 3d tutorial website and forum. 3D Buzz is a company dedicated to providing the world with quality technical education about 3D animation, programming, game design, and much more. They have been producing training videos since 2001, always pushing the envelope in the development of informative lessons with an engaging and personable format, in which they try to make the viewer feel more like they’re involved in a classroom discussion with an energetic teacher as opposed to being stuck in a dry, uninspired, run-of-the-mill training video. The name for the site comes from a nickname of the “Buzz” for Jason Busby, the President and CEO of the company. Jason and his team developed the concept of the Video Training Module (VTM)s, which are video training sessions that combine a classroom-style learning experience with enthusiastic and thorough explanations, making the viewer feel as if they are participating in an actual classroom experience. Many years ago, when the website first started, they actually sent out physical cds to anyone that requested them since the world was mainly still on dial up. Today, most if not all of the videos are delivered over the internet from the 3d buzz website. Many of the VTMs are absolutely free to download with a free member account. More advanced topics have higher fees involved, but are still very economic.
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/free-art-instruction-videos.html – Jerry’s Artarama has some free art video instructions on it’s website. I have only bought a few things from Jerry’s before. If you ever buy 10 foot rolls of canvas from Jerry’s, you should probably actually go there to buy. I bought some many years ago and had it shipped. A big semi pulled up in front of my parent’s house (I was still living with them back in college when this happened) and the driver gave me a delivery bill for something like 300 dollars! Shipping on heavy stuff like that WILL kill you if you do it too often.