Better late than never...

Happy New Year! Reach for the stars in 2018. Laugh louder. Love deeper. Smile wider. Reach higher. Go farther. Rock harder. Do better; get better; be better. Do something new. Do something crazy. Make someone smile everyday. Work hard, play hard. Feel. Have fun. Above all, live life to its fullest. Peace, love, good health, prosperity, and happiness throughout the new...
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donawhale:
so sincere :)) happy new year ^^
deadguitarist:
@donawhale, thank you!
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With 2017 ready to pass into the annals of history, and 2018 poised to exit the future and enter the present, let's take a look at what my year might look like at this time next year.

These aren't resolutions, but things I'd like to try, do, complete, or accomplish during 2018. But I'll let @rambo and @missy think they are...
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deadguitarist:
Thank you @lewolf
deadguitarist:
@littlejohn22, we went on a cruise in 2005 for our 10th anniversary even though it was a year and a half late. It was a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera with ports of call in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. We sailed with Princess Cruises on the Sapphire Princess. My wife contracted Norovirus the 2nd day of the cruise and was quarantined to our room for 24 hours, but the doctor didn’t follow up on time to release her and she ended up quarantined for 2 days. To make matters worse, the toilet in our room kept breaking, which as terrible since she wasn’t allowed to leave the room. We also think there was a period of time when our stateroom door wasn’t locking, leaving all our stuff unprotected. So my wife did not have a very enjoyable cruise. I did though. While it was interesting disembarking and seeing the sights at each port of call (Cabo was the best, but we only got to stay half a day), I enjoyed the sailing days more... relaxing, swimming, hot tub, hitting up the bars, playing bingo and what not. They aren’t cheap, but if you price it out per day (without alcohol purchases), it’s comparable to most other vacations. I didn’t think my wife would want to go on another cruise after this experience, but she suggested it, so we will see.
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With 2017 ready to pass into the annals of history and 2018 no longer the future, but now the present, let's take a trip on the WABAC Machine and remember what happened during my 2017...

JANUARY

January was apparently uneventful... except that the Clown was formally installed as POTUS. I apologize if you do like Trump. I don't and I'm also not...
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philly2hb:
@deadguitarist It was nice meeting you.Β  I don't remember if I commented before, but I never felt ignored or unwelcome...in fact, quite the opposite.Β  I'm glad you decided to stick around.Β  I've gotten a lot more serious about my photography (and have since also gotten a season pass to JT) and hope that there might be another meetup again this year. @nebula
deadguitarist:
@philly2hb, I enjoyed meeting you too, and our short conversations thoughout the day. I too have gotten more serious about my photography; and I’ve shot a lot more this year than last. I plan to get a NP annual pass this year, and also see if there is an annual pass for Nevada State Parks.Β 
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Well, Christmas has come and gone. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, was the Jolly Fat Man good to you this year? Comment below!

He was very good to me. Here's my haul...

- Two different studio light sets

- Backdrop Rigging

- Lowa Hiking Boots (in my opinion, the finest hiking boots around, but not cheap)

- iMac (replaces my aging, and slow, 2010 MacBook Pro...
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deadguitarist:
@ainoa, socks are always good. My favorite brand is Bombas. @lo_, that’s a nice list of gifts you received. Our holidays were quiet, but good. @gunflower, the Jolly Fat Man really came through for you. Though moving sucks, I hope you enjoy the new place once you get settled in.
sleuth:
No complaints from me about my haul!Β 
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There are so many Top 5 List threads in a variety of groups: Top 5 SGHs That Should Be Pink, Top 5 Favorite SGs, Top 5 Favorite SGHs; Top 5 SGs/SGHs You'd Like to Meet... and the list goes on.

I thought about starting a new thread in one of the Photographer's groups, but am not sure it would be appropriate, so...
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mdt:
I think this would be a great topic for a photographer thread. The 5 that I haven’t worked with yet but would love to shoot one day are: @fresa @sundew @nebula @saga @paloma
deadguitarist:
@mdt, thanks for the endorsement. I will start a thread in one or more of the photographers groups later tonight (especially since @rambo, @missy, or someone else on the SG Staff liked this blog enough to put it on the front page... thanks!) Nice list too.
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This is the best way I can describe Softvision, and it's how I briefly describe it to candidates I interview... Softvision is a software development, professional services company. Clients hire us to build, fix, maintain and test software products and provide insight and solutions to software service problems.

We have many well-known clients: Microsoft, Snap-on Tools (my primary client since November 2015), Mozilla (yes...
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diddy_dave_uk:
Sounds like a very interesting company to work for! The list of clients is very impressive!! Thanks for sharing with us !!Β 
deadguitarist:
@diddy_dave_uk, I should have also mentioned that the "uniform of the day" is casual, though if clients or senior staff is visiting, we are asked to dress business casual (though jeans are usually still acceptable those days). Visible tattoos, piercings and anime hair are allowed too. At least in the Las Vegas office where I work, it's very relaxed, free snacks and drinks (including fruit, and other healthier snacks, oatmeal, eggo waffles). They ordered me a Varidesk (one brand of a stand-up desk) though I'm still waiting on delivery. If it works well for me, they will likely by them for others who want one,
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I shot with Damsel Doll and Kraigen on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 in a studio condo I rented at Palms Place in Las Vegas, Nevada. It had view of the famed Las Vegas Strip from the balcony.

We shot 5 distinct outfits:

1. In the kitchen noshing on fruit wearing their Calvin Kleins

2 On the balcony and in the living room all glammed up...
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To replace my 2010 MacBook Pro that's well past its prime. It runs slow. I wiped it clean and reinstalled the OS earlier this year, and that helped for a while, but it bogs down when I run Lightroom and Photoshop at the same time, which is often necessary when I am processing photos. Heck, it even bogs down frequently when I have Lightroom...
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No matter what holiday you celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah/Chanukah, Kwanza, something I didn’t name, or even none at all (Jehovah’s Witness), enjoy your time with family and friends, and the days off from work and/or school (hopefully you don’t have to work).

DG

PS if you do celebrate Christmas πŸŽ„... May the Fat Man πŸŽ… be good to you this year! 🎁

miiel:
Yes.... Time for stay with the family.. And Enjoy The vacations.... Happy day ❀️