Category: Jim Howard

ComiXology

   I have seen a number of movies about the old days and movies.  How important and the effect on everyone back in the old days.  I have seen movies about radio and the effects on people from the old days.
  I do not remember seeing movies about comics on people.  I am 75 years of age.  I was born in 1941 in Kansas City (MO).  So I was a kid when radio and movies were a big part of our lives.  Comics were also a big part of the lives of kids back then.  TV did not come to Kansas City until WDAF-TV signed on channel 4 in 1949.  I would have been 9 years old.

In the old days kids would buy a lot of comics.  We also traded with our friends.  I can remember us walking around the neighborhood with a stack of comics and we would go to a kid’s house and he would get his stack of comics and we would trade with each other.
If I remember correct in the summer of about 1952, Barnwell SC, I walked around the trailer park and traded with kids.  I spent the summer there because my father was working on the Savannah H-bomb plant.  He was a boilermaker and had a Q-clearance.  

I just signed up for a 30 day trial of ComiXology.  

ComiXology (styled comiXology) is a cloud-based digital comicsdigital distribution platform with over 200 million comic downloads as of September 2013.[1] It offers a selection of more than 50,000[2]comic books and graphic novels across Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 8,[3] and the Internet.[4][5] In April 2014, ComiXology became a subsidiary of Amazon.com.[6]

ComiXology’s digital platform with Guided View reading technology is used in the company’s own branded applications, and is the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics and DC Comics for their privately branded digital services.[7] With the release of the third generation iPad and its Retina Display, ComiXology released a high-definition comic format dubbed CMX-HD.[8] The company also provides tools for brick-and-mortar comic book retailers to participate in digital comic sales.[9]

I have only been signed up for a few minutes. My Amazon Fire has not been turned on in months.  I will have to charge it up.  I am not sure how much you get free for the $8.00 a month.  I hope I can look at old comics.  I do not plan to buy any comics that cost money.

 

Jim having some pizza before doing a review.

Jim having some pizza before doing a review.

 

   I gave up on the idea of doing a podcast.  I was going to use SoundCloud but I did not like the way they displayed the podcast.  I may look for someplace else to do podcasts.

   I formatted my old computer and put Linux Mint 18 on it. Pretty neat looking.

 

Life in Texas…

 Some of you must be wondering what is going on here..  I do not want to say very much about Hilary and what has been going on with her.  I guess you can read between lines…  You may have a little bit of an idea.
  Hilary got three lots of land here in Texas.  Not the best part of Texas.  Hilary is a very trusting person and she paid a couple of guys to help her. They took her money and did nothing or almost nothing and asked for more money.
Hilary went down to her land with her boat and tent .. She heard gun shots all the time …
A couple of stray dogs came over to her lot and watched Hilary clearing brush and stuff from her lot.  The dog then followed Hilary as she went to use a rest room and get some water.  One of the dogs ran into a yard and killed a chicken. The owner came out and demanded that Hilary pay for the chicken …  Hilary told him that the dogs did not belong to her… He said he was going to get his gun and kill the dogs and made a made a verbal threat towards Hilary.
Hilary called me and was on the phone with me.. she was scared for herself and the dogs.

Long story.. police were called .. said that the people there shoot everything that comes into their yard and that they had shot a boy in the neck in the past.
Hilary called a guy that ran a cab in the area.. He took her to a motel …
Hilary does not want me to mention the motel .. because they fed a couple of stray cats.
Hilary went to do her laundry at the motel and someone went into her room and stole a brand new $600.00 cell phone.  She has it less than a week plus some cameras and other stuff.
The motel people told her that they could review the tapes … a day later or something.  Hilary stayed to see the review of the tape.  In the tape a guy comes across the parking lot with a hoodie on .. the motel people said.. Oh yes.. we see him doing this all the time.. But we never see his face!  He pushed all the doors on the motel.  The doors do not close good.. You have to make sure you pull the door closed and hear it click.  Hilary door opened.
So the guy went into her room stole the stuff came outside her door and made a phone call and then tossed her cell phone down in front of her door and left.  In just as very few minutes a different guy came and picked up the phone and took it to the office. He turned it in ..said he found it.  He left.  Then in a couple of minutes a couple came and went to the office and said they lost there phone and the clerk gave them Hilary’s cell phone.

There is a lot more to the story..  All of it very upsetting to HIlary.
I think Hilary will be gong back to Sweden very soon.  She came to visit and stayed to help out Darlene, James and me.  She also stayed to take care of cats and kittens here.
She may stay a bit longer .. we got family going to visit …  But I think Hilary will be heading back to Sweden soon.

      When she is out of the United States I may tell some of the story … But right now..
I do not want to do anything that is going to put any stress on her ..
Hilary has been here about a year.  She has lost one cell phone. She had one cell phone stolen in FL. She has had one cell phone stolen in Texas.

Life at 75 years of age

 I feel rotten today.  I took the mail to the apartment office to go out.  I do not think I could have made it to the mailbox.  I was not sure I would make it home from the office.  I just feel so weak and faint.
  I took my blood pressure and it was 135/57 and that 57 is low for me.
I do not like feeling like this..   But at 75 years of age … I guess I am lucky I can feel anything.
I just took a Naproxen for the pain. My back and neck are hurting.  I try and not take the Naproxen.  

  I did get done two Amazon reviews.  I have a LOT more of them to get done.
I got two items coming in the mail today to review.  

   I had a little to eat and some Coke and took my BP and it is now 118/62.

It is time to wake Russ for work.  He has been sort of a manager/supervisor at work.  They did away with his job.  So they told him he could quit and they would give him five weeks of pay and he would get paid for his three weeks of vacation or he could work for 50 cents an hour less.  I think he is going to take the pay cut.  He will be the receiving dock guy.  Not the supervisor but he will be the only one working there.  He will get to unload trucks.

Three lots of land in rural Texas for sale cheap

Hilary got got three lots of land in a very rural part of Texas. She wanted to be on her own and away from people.  The land is in a flood area and is filled with water moccasins and all sorts of critters.  Hilary loves all sorts of non human critters.
Hilary also spent a lot of money to get a sail boat and have it hauled down to her land. But because her lots were deep mud she could not get the boat on her land.  A neighbor let her park her boat on his land.
Hilary is a trusting soul .. I am not even going to tell you how many hundreds of dollars she gave to a couple of men to do work for her.  They did nothing except take her money and ask for more. Long story.
I can not go into much detail here.  I may post more when Hilary is back here safe.  Tomorrow  she is going to try and get her boat across the road on her lot.  She paid a guy $200.00 to do it tomorrow.  Hilary should be home from the area Wednesday at 0800.  I may try and tell the story here ..but I want to make sure that she is safe before I go into any details.

 

 Anyone want to buy three lots of land in Texas?  There will be a boat on the land and I suspect it will have bullet holes in it.  Looking to make a fast sale and will make you a good price.

Anyone ever see the movie deliverance?

Hilary got got three lots of land in a very rural part of Texas. She wanted to be on her own and away from people.  The land is in a flood area and is filled with water moccasins and all sorts of critters.  Hilary loves all sorts of non human critters.
Hilary also spent a lot of money to get a sail boat and have it hauled down to her land. But because her lots were deep mud she could not get the boat on her land.  A neighbor let her park her boat on his land.
Hilary is a trusting soul .. I am not even going to tell you how many hundreds of dollars she gave to a couple of men to do work for her.  They did nothing except take her money and ask for more. Long story.
I can not go into much detail here.  I may post more when Hilary is back here safe.  Tomorrow  she is going to try and get her boat across the road on her lot.  She paid a guy $200.00 to do it tomorrow.  Hilary should be home from the area Wednesday at 0800.  I may try and tell the story here ..but I want to make sure that she is safe before I go into any details.

 Anyone want to buy three lots of land in Texas?  There will be a boat on the land and I suspect it will have bullet holes in it.  Looking to make a fast sale and will make you a good price.

Earthquake just now here in Fort Worth

 I live in Fort Worth (Texas).  I, of course, was sitting here at my computer and at about 0704 I felt what I think was an earthquake.  I am 75 years of age and 240 pounds and the office chair I am sitting in moved.
  I moved from FL to Fort Worth in 02/08/2011 and I have never felt an earthquake here.

Recent Earthquakes Near Fort Worth TX

Update:  0728 hours – I checked with James, my son, he lives next door.  He felt the same thing and was wondering what it was.

OK found report just now on Twitter #earthquake

Earthquake in Dallas/Fort Worth

Earthquake in Dallas/Fort Worth

New start for an old man

 I am 75 years of age and I been blogging about 37 years. That is a long time.  I have made a lot of changes over the years.  Time for a change again.

Jim Howard 08/29/2016

Jim Howard 08/29/2016

Visits to my written blog have gone down in the last few years.  Oh sure I had a few times when a blog post got 2000 views in one day. That was rare but did happen.  But visits to Howard’s Notebook got  down to 500 visitors a day and has been heading down.  Now that does not count RSS reads and it does not count the blog posts that went to other sites.  But people are going to Facebook and I guess some other places.
So I am going to change with the times.
Now my YouTube site is doing very good.  I have been on YouTube since they began, in 2005, and I have over 600 videos on YouTube. 

I am making changes, new URL, and trying to get control of things.  I feel like things are out of control.  Part of it is Facebook and the other sites… I never feel like I have the control that I have had …  So I am looking at everything and going to try and tie them all into a smaller package.

Starting today I will be doing podcasts.  I will be using SoundCloud and so you can expect podcasts from me soon.  

For the next few days and maybe even a week there could be some problems.  I have a lot of links and RSS feeds to change.  Give me some time.

Jim Howard NØUWY

Jim Howard blogging since 1982!

Many “experts” say that the first blog was written in 1995.  Sorry they are wrong.  I have been blogging since June of 1982.    People checked in and read the blog via the phone line using a 300 baud modem.
“Link-Up” magazine in 1984 wrote about me and Howard’s Notebook.  The author picked Howard’s Notebook as one of the ten best bulletin board systems in the world!  The word “blogging” had not been invented yet.  But I was blogging and am still blogging today.

 

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