Hit Me With The High Points

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Brento News, Music | 0 comments

A Very Pointed Update Since much of my work in AEM with this current contract seems to often involved hand written HTML lists, I thought I’d give this update in bullet points and sub bullet points. I’ve gone with letters instead of discs strictly because I can. Let’s List It Out! Commuting an hour to and from work for a new contract for the next 2.5 months It’s been great so far. Great team of people Great Facility Adobe Experience Manager is Awesome Accumulating gear and knowledge for a planned hike on the Appalachian Trail starting in May Got my boots purchased from REI Waiting on their March 18th “Returns Sale” day to get the rest Planning a test hike in the Uwharies in a few weekends Seriously considering a Flip Flop approach starting in Harper’s Ferry, WV so I can hike as long as I’m between contracts this summer without running out of time in the North. Working with An Inodnesian Artist to Create Mother of Vampires Graphic Novel Character Sketches in the likeness of the actors are in Page 1 of the massive story that starts with the happenings of my film, “Take That,” is under way. I’ve given feedback and asked for a few changes and the process is working well I’ve found a Candian comics guy who’s helping with reformatting my film script to a graphic novel format. Counting the days until my first official Genesis 3 product is released at Daz3D.com Spending time with Liam in the Gyms with kind of a two pronged goal of losing weight and spending time with my boy. He’s almost 18. If not now, then WHEN? Trying to get to Trapdoor Recording Studio in Monroe an evening per week and every other weekend to work on finishing the new album. This place is strictly no frills and essentially a home studio setup The engineer is good and very easy to work with Early results are very...

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It’s Only Romantic If You Drive Far Away…

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Brento News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

…..apparently. Took Nancee to Nawab in Winston Salem. Ate a bit too much to follow that up with hot tea and Truffles next door at Angelina’s Tea, by follow it up we did. Angelina’s seems to, at least in my view continue to succeed despite itself. The owner-operator has just about the flattest personality I have ever encountered. Not rude, just not interested.  Nancee: We’d like a pot of Strawberry tea. Tea Barristra (under his breath as he doesn’t look up and continues to play Warcraft: We don’t have pots. So, let me get this straight, I am looking at 2 shelves of tea pots and you don’t have one. Translation = He doesn’t want to step away from his video game. It took another round of requests to talk him out of two cups of...

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A New Situation for the Next Hald Year or So

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Brento News | 0 comments

So, being in the first week of a new contract, this week is the normal drill Lots of personal introductions, meetings and support calls trying to get access to the various systems I’ll need to do my work. I now have my laptop and am slowly get various credentials. On the upside, the people have met so far has been nice generally knowledgeable folks I generally look forward to working with. The building and entire complex really, are nicer than any other I’ve worked at. The commute won’t be quite the nightmare that I imagined because they are letting me stagger my schedule a bit to avoid rush hours. I now generally arrive by 9:25 am and depart between 5:30 and 6. This knocks my morning commute down to as little as 53 minutes on some days. It’s a bit longer to get home In the evening with a 58 minute drive. Later, when I’m fully into the work flow, I may do the long day approach and hit a couple of 8.5 hour days through the week, then leave a bit early on Friday. I think this might knock down my home ride a good overall. I generally try to use the commute to plan things, practice Spanish with my audible book or just listen to the new album I’m working on to further refine ideas. Speaking of the new album, I’ll be in the studio with a variety of friends for the next 2 Saturdays. I’d really like to get all of the recording done within the new 4 months. We’ll see. It’s a little strange to have to go to bed at a certain time and I’ve yet to get my exercise routine going on this new schedule, but I certainly will. Another big change from being between contracts is that my art time is cut down to virtually one 3 or 4 hour session per week. During that time I have to devote most of it to my edit of Flight of The Falcons. Shooting a documentary is definitely the fun part. Editing one, not so...

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Cold Weather & A New Contract

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Brento News | 0 comments

We’ve been gone no through a bit of a cold snap here in North Carolina. We even closed the store this Saturday. I don’t think that has happened more than a time or two in our ten year history. The roads really aren’t too bad but the temperature has stayed down around freezing which is a little bit colder than our winters in recent years. If the forecast is to believed, it’ll be back up to 70 at the end of the week. On the 3D art front, on a whim, I took advantage of some year end sales at Daz3D. One of the things I picked up a toon shape for the Genesis 3 figure. It’s lead to a bit of a cartoon slant on my renders. It’s been good fun to shift away from the more serious looking style. The work on the Pfeiffer Documentary continues, I’m sure not as quickly as we’d all like. I’ve accepted a new contract just 3 weeks after wrapping my last role creating just about the perfect Christmas vacation. It’s content development again and this time using Adobe Experience Manager. I’ll disclose more once the ink is dry, but I will say that this is an excellent Fortune 500 company I’ve wanted to work with for some time. I feel my decision to start code school in the evenings is already proving a good one. Even though I’ll back amongst the gainfully employed and commuting several hours per day, I am really hungry for learning again. I feel determine to eventually move into the front end design workspace. So far it’s a promising start to...

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Big Smiles & A Few Miles

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Brento News, Featured Slider, Fitness Journey | 0 comments

Started a brisk 1.5 hour hike at Jumping Off Rock near Ophir in the Uwharrie National Forest this morning. The weather was a perfect 64 degrees. The particular trail we chose (By the way I was walking with AT section hiker, Jeff Bowers, no relation) was very mild and not much of a challenge. We walked and talked our way over a short peak. After that the trail was just like road walking, only in the woods, with overflowing creeks. ​​Just wearing a small day pack with a gallon of water and a few snacks, my burden was very lite. At the first creek crossing I carried my shoes and socks and waded through. No two ways about it, that water was cold. We ended up scampering across water 4 times. One of them got half my right foot soaked. With such a short hike it wasn’t a problem. Now there are some very challenging trails from that same spot, but for my first day back at hiker training 1.5 hours was just fine. Crossing the big creek coming back, the same one I waded the first time and considering one foot was already wet, I got bold and ninja hopped across residual boulders in the stream! A fellow traveler popped out of the trail behind us and was surely impressed to see a big fella with just Cat-like agility.​ ​Big smiles and a few miles. More to...

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Making the Falcons Fly!

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Brento News | 0 comments

My big project for the year has been the creation of a documentary on the 2015/ 2016 Pfeiffer University’s Men’s soccer team. After hundreds of miles and a months worth of day’s filming on soccer pitches all over North Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia, the film is literally in the proverbial can. This week we officially started editing the program together. Like all films, the production is really made in the editing room. Fortunately, we have so much footage to choose from and many interesting interviews. I look forward to day in the coming weeks when we can share this with you all via...

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