Monday, 26 November 2012

Is it a plus google

Google I mean. I noticed one of the Imagineers on the Odd Fellows forum and EvE group had taken the plunge and occasionally see the G+ link number increase on blog posts, so with cautious interest I decided to take a look see.

No doubt like me, if you have a google account of any type, you would have been subjected to the "+" campaign when it was launched, and you unlike me, may have some idea as to what it is all about. I shall be short and quite blunt in my description it is facebook for googlers, so at first glance not a good thing as far as I'm concerned, ye yes I have a facebook account, no I don't check it daily, weekly even and for people like me fb can be more of a chore than a .......errr networking godsend?

The new look
The first thing you notice with G+ is that your blog and email account persona is hijacked and you will become known by your G+ handle and visually identified by your G+ profile picture! This is something of a shock to the system the first time you go to leave a comment on some juicy blog article that has caught your attention. I was not impressed and opted out only to find that these changes are somewhat permanent, blimey what to do? So after some thought, forewarned and forearmed and resigning myself to certain changes.  I carefully crept back in armed with a more carefully crafted and pigpen friendly handle, why, well if you are known by your blogger handle your about to loose that identity if you choose your name or some other alias........

My new ring?
 So there you have it, or at least the short version of "it", I'm no longer Paint Pig I'se now Paintpig Dave.  It's still the same old snarly me so don't panic when you see the new handle and avatar or get strange email from G+ about certain "Odd Fellows Ring", it's just a plus thing!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Flags n Such

Well flags really and associated bannery type stuff. Having had a bit of a turn (which necessitated an ambulance) recently I have had to give painting a bit of a miss, my hands and eyes dont seem to work on the same plane, dimension what have you. A lot of reading, writing and general Tom Foolery on the computer has been keeping me active and sane, part of this computer Tom F has been to sit down and work out flaggery.  The great and mystical von Goutstricken has prompted my sudden enthusiasm with his Banner own work for an upcoming iNation campaign we have in the pipeline.

Most of the work has been done with gimp and the utilities paintbox.

I have had to reduce the image quality for posting (the files were big'uns) but you get the general idea.

Tried a couple of different styles with the lower one needing a photo of some wavy bed linen, the black sheets were definitely a non starter.