April 9th, 2017

All of the change

Hello world!

It’s been just over a year since my last post, and boy has a lot changed! I have moved to a much farther north part of California where I can see the majestic Mt. Shasta on a daily basis, where the landscapes and air up here are quite refreshing, and there are plenty of places to hike and explore. Needless to say,  I no longer work directly for Blue Collar Builders, although I do offer services remotely when required. I’m more than thrilled with our combined efforts to pushing that company to the top 1% of all California contractors! The Bassline Syndicate is still moving, though not as quickly as we had originally planned, and we are now booking a comedy and music tour across the US, which we will be announcing in the coming weeks. The Bocas
project had been put on the back-burner for a while as many of the members had “life” to tend to, though progress has still slowly been made with research into other possible locations that might prove even nicer areas and even more beneficial to the patrons as well as members of the project. Speed on that will probably pick back up again in several months, after those involved can refocus their efforts. Sadly, the East Coast Eco Community I had mentioned before fell through, but I feel it’s truly for the better and it has enabled me to move forward on my other projects.

The greatest news that I officially get to announce is that, after 5 years of planning and work, we will be opening the world’s first Make N Mod in Yreka,
CA. This has been a passion of mine since the inception back in 2013. If you are unaware of what it is, Make N Mod is actually an interesting fusion of maker space, educational facility, and incubator. The main goal of Make N Mod is giving people the capabilities to create, learn, and do. My very first announcement of it was on the community message board:

“I’m working on opening a maker-space & business incubator here in Yreka, called Make N Mod, that will focus on creation, education, and business services for the community. It has been -and is going to be- a lot of work and a long road to reach the dream… but I’ve finally taken some significant steps this past week and I figured that it’s time that I could finally share that dream with the community.
It will still be some time, and with that I ask anyone that might have needs, wants, desires, opinions, views, or any other input in the meantime to please share. If you want to help or share some resources, please feel free to reach out. We have a great community here and I can’t wait to do my part in making a positive impact.”

We’re working with the local SBA & various other programs and we are still searching for funding. With some elbow grease and some luck, we’ll have it up and running later this year. Please check out the site if you’d like to know more: http://Make-N-Mod.com

Now you can see why the updates are so infrequent here, there’s always a lot on this plate.

March 13th, 2016

Projects I’ve been working on

As usual, an obscene amount of time has passed since my last blog post. Well, I tell you, I have been busy to say the least. I just got back from Maui, which is an amazingly beautiful and fantastic place. Besides that, I have helped grow one of my employers, Blue Collar Builders, to a much larger presence on the web with a new logo, new website, multiple social media accounts, and not to mention being part of the work force that makes such high-quality customer driven projects come to life. I have also started a music events network called The Bassline Syndicate, in which we create, promote, and manage events, handle venue promotions, artist relations, and advertising for both venues and artists. It’s a lot of work, but we’re building out quite the network very quickly. We are quite proud of the impact we’ve had already and the things we have in store are sure to please and amaze. I am a co-founder for a ‘hush-for-now’ project that will be located in Bocas Del Toro, and Lastly, and certainly not least, I have a major project that I’m working on with some investors to create an eco-friendly, micro-grid, progressively sustainable community on the East Coast – literally a few million dollar project, lots of work, but SO very worth it!! And with all of that, you might see why I never get a chance to post!
– peace! –

December 6th, 2013

Busy times – East to West and everywhere in between.

It has been quite a while, yet again, since my last update. In the extremely long gap in posts, much has changed. I have moved from the DC/Baltimore area to the San Francisco Bay area. The road trip was quite the adventure with stops in various areas, though there never seems to be enough time to see it all. Upon arriving in the Bay Area, I had reclaimed much of the feelings of creativity that had been stifled in some form or fashion back east, so I quickly got to work making music, editing video, taking and editing pictures, being as creative as I felt at any given time…. but… unfortunately, along my adventure my exquisite laptop, a Lenovo Yoga 13 (I loved that machine), was stolen. I was heartbroken to say the least. All of the creativity I had pent up and finally was releasing and that was stored on that very laptop, was gone. I must say that I *normally* back everything up religiously, BUT at that point and time, I had not been at a stable location to do such a thing so all I had done since moving West is now gone. In spite of that loss, I have not given up. I can’t let the creativity out via digital means so easily anymore, at least, not until I get a new portable machine. I can, however, use a desktop machine once in a while – all be it 5 hours away from where I currently rest my head most of the time, but hey… it’s growth. Learning lessons and meeting people and building up more creative juices that I can hopefully let loose once again. I do find some additional drive to get things done without having my usual tool around, an emphasis on doing what I can.

In my down time I’ve found that I typically don’t publicly post my creations. I find that odd. I have done so much in graphics, photography, music, video editing, etc. and none of it is out there. I’ve decided I should start sharing. After all, why else would I bother making them? I will start uploading some of my digital art to my DeviatArt account located at http://mrslickshoes.deviantart.com/gallery/ and my video works and collaborations are usually on my page at http://www.ProsenseProductions.com . I shall look around the web and try to consolidate what I find as well as scour my old hdds and computers for my other existing works and start adding music to my soundcloud page here https://soundcloud.com/jphiggs . It’s time to let some stuff out, it’s time to share 😉 *just give me some time to start getting it out there*

July 1st, 2013

DC tourists beware – Parking is enforced, even if they don’t tell you.

I have lived on the outskirts of Washington DC for a long time, most of my life, in-fact. The one never ending frustration with that city is the horrifying lack of straight forward signage as to where you can or can-not park along with when and how much fees are applicable. I have not kept every record throughout the years, but the event of recent I do have available as at least a spec of proof to what I am referring. On March 30th of 2013, a Saturday, I had parked at a meter clearly marked “1 HOUR PARKING 7:00AM – 4PM MONDAY – FRIDAY”, as did many other cars on the street – none had any meters paid for, I had checked since this was a new parking area for me. I spent the day working in a building across the street and came out to find a ticket on my windshield, along with everyone else’s windshield’s as well. I was quite upset as there is no notification anywhere that would lead me to believe I needed to do anything other that what I had done. So I took pictures and sent them to the location listed on the ticket in order to have them review the situation and fix their error. Here are some of the pictures I sent (I am purposefully leaving out any with any license plates):


The signs that apply to where I parked at.

meter ticket-redacted

The meters where I parked at. Notice the Red sticker (torn) has no additional information and none of the other meters in the area had such a sticker on them as well. I went along the whole row of meters and found 1, ONE, meter with a full red sticker that said “Saturday Enforcement” at the other end of the street AFTER receiving the ticket. It is up to the city to keep up the signage for any parking they enforce. Allowable defense includes “the relevant signs prohibiting or restricting parking were missing or obscured”  – which is an exact line from DC Official code §50-2303.05(a)(2).

On June 28th, I receive a letter in the mail stating that I either “failed to submit (either) any documentation (or) appropriate supporting evidence” and that I am now required to pay the fine OR I may appeal by both paying the fine AND an additional $10 “appeal fee”. For this appeal “there are no in-person appearances before the Board”. I am very tired of DC parking trying to rip people off, if you doubt they are, look at some of the local news stations’ reports on DC’s unfair and seemingly illegal practices when it comes to taking your money:





A quick search on Google alone will give enough evidence, or peruse the local news sites for it: http://www.wjla.com/tag/parking-tickets/

….and for advice on how to fight it (I did, and still lost, but hey it’s worth a shot, right?): http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/07/ticketed-incorrectly-in-d-c-here-s-some-advice-91100.html and then there’s http://www.parkingticket.com if you want someone else to fight it for you (for a fee, of course).

January 18th, 2013

Lack of HP support – frustration rant

I purchased a refurbished HP Pavilion PC that came in a HP SEALED box marked REFURBISHED. After starting and registering the computer, there was a pop-up that said the warranty is expired. HP support, which was no help at all, only succeeded in agitating me further and offered no real help or compromise. Instead they proposed that I purchase an extended warranty from them. The representative stated that the warranty started on the date that the retailer received the computer from HP’s refurbishing center. That doesn’t make any sense at all as a WARRANTY is not supposed to start when a RETAILER gets an item, it is supposed to start when the END-USER gets it. Would you buy a car if it’s warranty was used up from the time the dealership received the car from the factory? (Granted they don’t refurbish cars, but you get my point.)

I own a lot of HP products but since I see there is a lack of actual support or willingness to work with a customer, I will no longer invest my money in their products and I shall continually dissuade others from buying those products as well. They have plenty of competitors that actually care about their customers… we can purchase from them just as easily.

If someone will actually help me and resolve this issue, I may go back to being a happy loyal customer. Until that time I shall take my business, and that of many others, elsewhere.

December 16th, 2012

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