Why I intend to keep the domain Wuli.com

Hendricks Gin - a perfect Christmas Gift!Several years ago I was contacted by an entity that claimed they wanted to purchase this domain, wuli.com. They offered a low-ball $1000, and I turned them down.  Shortly after, I received even more offers, each for incrementally more.

The offers increased to a bid if $7,000 which I flatly rejected.  When they pressed me for a price that I would accept, I offered a number based on the price that some friends got when they sold xes.com. Continue reading »

NO! Wuli.com is NOT for sale!

shooting It has started again – fucking Chinese assholes demanding that I sell my domain to them for a pittance – because they “are not really that wealthy”.

This began three years ago, with emails asking if the domain was for sale, and when I said everything had a price, they figured I meant I would give it away!

I have owned wuli.com since 1998. I have built my creative design business around the name – the websites I have built on this domain have landed me two different full-time jobs as web designer and graphic artist. I have sold countless paintings and sculptural pieces through the website. My main email is through this site’s mail server, and email address I have owned and used since the site’s inception.  I have people that contact me once every few years, and use the site’s form mail or they use my personal email address – people with which if the domain changed, I would lose contact.

I am sorry, but the promise a thousand dollars from some shady person overseas is not worth the hassle of changing the ten email addresses I host for clients, of changing the contact information for the dozen or so websites that I manage for other, of changing the contact information for EVERY account that I use – including all those that I have forgotten that I use!

So figure this out – unless the offer is in five-figures, please do not even waste my time.

Desert Detritus Clocks Gallery

I have enough of an inventory of Desert Detritus Clocks to give them their own Gallery Page.


I added some detail shots. Each clock is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.

I am still working the finishing touches of the Jawbone clock. With my next paycheck I will have to invest in an assortment of clock movements for my next pieces. Last week I used a 40%-off coupon to purchase much-needed oil paints. Soon I should have enough cash in reserve to buy frames so that by fall I will be able to actually exhibit my paintings.

Jawbone Clock

Desert Detritus jawbone clock This is my latest Desert Detritus Clock.

$250

The jawbone is from a horse, bleached in the sun of the Sonoran Desert. It measures about 12-inches wide.

The disk behind the face of the clock is an old coffee can lid from one of the hobo camps. The base is a valve from a long abandoned automobile engine.

I suppose part of the thrill of creating these one-of-a-kind Art Clocks is that I get to scavenge refuse from the desert, doing my part to help the environment; combining man-made trash with nature’s discarded parts, and creating unique sculptural and functional pieces.

While the clock does appear precariously balanced, the base of the valve is perfectly balanced. Unless you display it in a wobbly cabinet and allow children to run rampant in your household, it is completely stable.

The Hieroglyphic Trail

In Gold Canyon, AZ lies hidden down a maze of residential streets the entrance to the Hieroglyphic Trail. At three miles, this is a short day trip, but don’t think for a moment this is a walk in the park.  This is considered an easy hike, but  you have to remember that you are starting at an elevation of 2,100 feet and finishing at almost 2,700. Wear comfortable hiking shoes.

The trailhead can be a challenge in itself, simply to find. You drive through a new residential development and pass older established houses. The streets turn left then right then loop back again before taking you to the parking area.

You enter the trail through a cattle gate, and there is a log book that you are requested to sign before entering, and again upon leaving, to assist potential rescue crews.  There are dozens of rescues a year, as well as several deaths, of unfortunate hikers.

You will want to practice proper hiking etiquette (carry in, carry out), and beware of rattlesnakes sunning on the rocks. It is a one and a half mile hike up to the petroglyphs – most believe these were the work of the Hohokam tribe, and that they date back to 700 -110 A.D.

There is a pond filled with cold water most of the winter and spring. You will certainly want to avoid hiking during Monsoon, as the streams and trails become gushing torrential rivers.

Your best bet is to avoid weekends and holidays (and Spring Break) as this is a heavily traveled trail, especially during these peak times.  Unfortunately some lame-ass scumbags have added their own graffiti to this irreplaceable landmark.

 

Musings

Proof of Alien technology?  This is New Mexico! I am into my second new year in Arizona. 2014 is coming off to a good start, and I have reason to feel positive. However, I am hesitant to become too optimistic, I have been beaten down to the gutter every other time things began to look up, and each backward spiral took me deeper than when I began.

But, I am cautiously optimistic – what can I say? Like the electrical towers in New Mexico that I spotted as I drove across country, teetering on an impossible point (proof of alien technology?), but somehow surviving desert winds, I suppose that I will make it through stronger than I started; at least that is what Nietzsche claims. Continue reading »

Desert Colors

The desert isn’t merely a blend of tans, browns and ochres. Granted, these hues dominate the Sonoran Desert landscape, but there are plenty of greens with splashes of intense color.

After the winter rains, spring brings a green carpet to the valley; shades of green overtake the ochres and browns of the mountains.

During and shortly after Monsoon the desert comes alive in a blaze of green and yellow grasses with bright flowers of intense purple, yellow, red and orange. Continue reading »

Need a website?

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WHAT A DEAL!
Three years of webhosting, domain registration, AND your own blog for only $250!

We have come a long way since the age of dinosaurs. Smoke signals and the beat of drums might have been a effective means of communication in ages past. Petroglyphs certainly left a lasting record of the exploits of long lost tribes. But face it, in today’s electronic world, you need more than a calling card or a newspaper ad to get your name out.

Facebook is an effective, and free method of reaching your audience. On the other hand, Twitter might be fun but is a waste of time, and I really don’t understand Pinterest. Pinterest is easy, but is it effective? If so, I would like somebody to share their secret!

To effectively communicate your expertise, especially if you are a visual artist, you need to have a website. On a website you can regularly share your new work, as well as your history and expertise in a framework that is easily navigable, and provide potential clients easy  contact information without having to provide everybody with access to your personal life.

There are free alternatives for websites, such as Wix.com. Wix gives the amateur a way to create a visually appealing website. However, it lacks certain necessities and niceties.

The main weakness with Wix is the inability to have an easy to remember URL, or web address. Oh, Wix does allow you the option to link the site to a URL, but they charge for it, and the fees are more than you would pay for your own website and domain registration. And, they reserve the option to populate your site with advertizing. I didn’t find the site easy to use, and I am a professional website developer.

For myself, I have found the most effective website is a blog, such as WordPress. This site runs on WordPress. A WordPress page can be fairly easily configured to your needs.  WordPress has free blogs – however, the free blogs also lack the integration of your own URL without extra recurring fees. They also disallow you placing ads, if you are so inclined; while reserving their right to place ads that might detract from your visitor’s experience.

If you are not technically savvy, setting all of this up can be confusing. That is why I am offering my services to set you up with three years of domain name registration, webhosting and the installation of WordPress for a one time fee of $250.  I will set up your preferred domain name with a registrar – you will always own your domain name for as along as you want.  I will set up three years of webhosting, and install WordPress.

You will then be able to easily log in to your account and make updates whenever you wish, and you can even add updates from your smartphone or by email. After the account is set up, you will not have to rely on a web designer to make your regular updates!

After the three years is up, you will of course have to renew the web hosting and domain registration, which runs about $100 a year currently. And I will always be available to offer you help and guidance via email. This is the sort of help you cannot get with any of the free options. If you are in need of a web presence and this sounds like a viable solution, please use my contact form via the link at the menu located on the top of this page, and I will be happy to discuss it further.

Product Review – Artist Loft Acrylics

Artist Loft Acrylic PaintsI do not generally use acrylic paints.  I rely on oils for my paintings, and Krylon® spray paint is my best friend for found object assemblage.  However, there are instances where only acrylic paints will suffice.

I have five paper mâché skulls that I am painting a base coat on, in preparation of a Day of the Dead piece that I still haven’t fully figured out.

Anyway, I picked up a handful of Artist Loft beginner’s kits, figuring they would give me plenty of acrylic paints for such projects.

Maybe it was a mistake to use Lemon Yellow as my first test – it took three coats to cover the skull, and the paint is still not uniform.  For the first skull, I used red Shin Han acrylics, from Korea. The coverage was uniform and the pigment intense. The Artist Loft Lemon Yellow, on the other hand, is translucent.

For the next skull I used Artist Loft Cerulean Blue – the results were a little better, but still spotty and required two coats.  The Shin Han green – since the tube is labeled in Korean, I do not know what shade of green – also covered with one coat.

Maybe I am using the wrong colors of Artist Loft, and need to choose a more opaque for the next (and final) skull.  It can’t get any more opaque than Lamp Black – and so that will be my next test.  If that doesn’t cover in one coat the I will have to give Artist Loft a thumb’s down for any serious artist. What good is paying half the price for a tube of paint if you have to use twice as much?

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