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Green screen backdrop project

Green screen backdrop project

After watching a few videos on YouTube about how to build a green screen frame out of PVC tubing, I decided to make my own.

With all the Zoom conferences I’m doing, I want to take advantage of the virtual background feature. I experimented with white and black, but neither worked well for my space.

I measured my space and created a diagram so I knew exactly what to get at the hardware store.

Lowes.com offers pre-cut 2′ and 5′ lengths. After I cut the 5′ lengths to 4′, I’ll have enough 1′ pieces that I can reconfigure the frame a few ways.

I ordered this green screen cloth off Amazon. Larger than necessary, but I couldn’t find EXACTLY what I needed. I’m hoping to sew a loop on the long edge. But can always use clamps instead.

If everything delivers when expected, I can start assembling on May 12.

Until then, I’ll be looking for the perfect background

Wish me luck!

28,000 GoDaddy Hosting Accounts Compromised

28,000 GoDaddy Hosting Accounts Compromised

It is unclear which of GoDaddy’s hosting packages were affected by this breach. According to GoDaddy’s public statement:

“On April 23, 2020, we identified SSH usernames and passwords had been compromised by an unauthorized individual in our hosting environment. This affected approximately 28,000 customers. We immediately reset these usernames and passwords, removed an authorized SSH file from our platform, and have no indication the individual used our customers’ credentials or modified any customer hosting accounts. The individual did not have access to customers’ main GoDaddy accounts.”

The breach itself appears to have occurred on October 19, 2019.

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2020/05/28000-godaddy-hosting-accounts-compromised/

In praise of lazy.

In praise of lazy.

Turning a negative into a positive by knowing your strengths.

When we think about job search, drafting C.A.R. statements, and finding ways to turn negatives into positives, I offer this food for thought: lazy as a strength.

Often, the things we like least about ourselves turn out to be the things that make us unique or are actually our greatest strengths. Being a smart, lazy person could be one of them.

Bill Gates is often quoted as saying, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

A Google Images search turns up lots of these quote memes, usually with a photo, despite the lack of a verifiable source for the quote.

Evidence for the quote is dubious, but do you get the point? Occam’s Razor says that simplest solutions are usually the best. Therefore a smart lazy person will eliminate the unnecessary to achieve the goal.

QuoteInvestigator.com researched the quote, also attributed to Frank B. Gilbreth Sr., and found this excerpt from Popular Science Monthly in 1920:

Gilbreth studied the methods of various bricklayers—the poor workmen and the best ones, and he stumbled upon an astonishing fact of great importance and significance. He found that he could learn most from the lazy man!

Most of the chance improvements in human motions that eliminate unnecessary movement and reduce fatigue have been hit upon, Gilbreth thinks, by men who were lazy—so lazy that every needless step counted.”

Another important thing Gilbreth noted was that the so-called expert factory workers are often the most wasteful of their motions and strength. Because of their energy and ability to work at high speed, such men may be able to produce a large quantity of good work, and thus qualify as experts, but they tire themselves out of all proportion to the amount of work done.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bunker_Gilbreth_Sr.

A 2015 study in the Journal of Health Psychology found similar results.

Critical thinkers who engage in activities perceived as idleness are more bothered about wasting their efforts on solving a task and would rather look for an easy way around it. Which may be good in a sense, if it doesn’t result in a collapse of the system at some point in the future. A lazy person may actually have many quick-fix solutions to problems that the active person will take days to figure out. These shortcuts can save a company a lot of time and may also turn out to be the innovative solution that the company was actually in search of.

and

The final analysis of this broadly defined term ‘lazy’ is that what one may perceive as laziness in another may be something truly exceptional that we don’t understand. We base our judgments on the exterior evidence before us and not what lies within. Evidence from the study suggests that we need to be more aware of the qualities in a person that cause us to fit tags onto them and be more careful about how we use the word ‘lazy.’

Source: https://www.bigperspectives.com/2019/05/science-says-lazy-people-are-likely-to.html

As an INTJ, this resonates with me. INTJ is often referred to as the Scientist, Architect, or Mastermind profile. We love designing systems. And nothing irks me more than laboring with an inefficient system or process, which is wasteful of time and effort.

I wouldn’t suggest crowing about your laziness in an interview. But if you have taken a personality or strengths assessment, you know some of the strengths might carry negative connotations.

I know my experience with GallupStrengths (aka CliftonStrengths née StrengthsFinder2.0) helped me realize I really was a strategic thinker when I saw that 4 of my top 5 strengths fall into the Strategic category!

My top 5 strengths from StrengthsFinder2.0 helped me see in myself what others see in me.

So I encourage everyone to take strengths and personality assessments, do some reflecting on what is important to you, and think about what you have done and do well. Dig a little deeper and find ways to turn those negatives into positives. Some counter-intuitive insight demonstrates continuous learning (see the research I did just putting this post together?) and creative thinking. It can help you re-conceptualize your self-image in a positive way. And it can help you showcase your experience and abilities in the best possible light.

Website redesign for 2020

Website redesign for 2020

Like the title says, I’m redesigning my website and blog. I got tired of orange so giving pink a try.

As I write this, I am still adding my portfolio pieces to the Portfolio section. It will be a while before I get this finished. I have a LOT of work to post. And building this kind of an online portfolio takes time.

My previous site was built on Joomla which I stopped using right about the time I built the site. This redesign is all WordPress.

So check it out and let me know what you think.

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I am a self-employed graphic designer. For more about who I am and what I do, visit my main website at waynehastings.net

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