Chris J Powell

Upgrading Krispy's Tech

Upgrading Krispy's Tech

Here we are into April already and I sit here plotting the upgrades in my life as I always seem to do this time of the year.  So far this year I have done a couple upgrades already with a new phone (upgraded my LG G3 to the new Huawei Nova Plus) and a new Tablet.  The phone upgrade was really because it was time, I did an early upgrade as the battery on my G3 was more than a little flakey.  The tablet though…may seem like a strange choice in a world that is constantly looking to be bigger and better as I got myself a diminutive Acer Iconia One Android Tablet that is not much bigger than my phone…but acts primarily as a ebook reader. In the coming weeks and months though, I am really looking at doing a monster upgrade of the tech and services that I am connected to. The first upgrade will be happening in a couple of weeks with a massive step up to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) with some monster upgrades … Read more

Wedding Bells are Sounding

Wedding Bells are Sounding

This week has been a bit of a wild ride for me.  Both my full time job and my fledgling part time business are really starting to take off and my focus has been on further developing the skills I need to succeed at both endeavours.  The reality is that much of my waking day is spent learning, developing and implementing technology improvements and design elements into the things that I do. To top things off, this week I crossed a bridge that I really didn’t think would happen…less than 50 days until I get married to the most amazing woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We will be transforming our back yard into an “eat, drink and be married” theme that really focuses on the blending of our two families.  With a small guest list of just over 50, the stress and anxiety from planning this has weighed heavily on both my fiance and myself but we seem to be adjusting well to this new reality. Stay tuned as a new website will be going up … Read more

So I am 44, Now What

So I am 44, Now What

Every year around this time (ie yesterday), I turn a year older and this causes me to sit back and look to the previous year and contemplate what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do. Last year I looked at the number 43 (post has gone missing), and what that means to me, but just after that post an amazing thing happened…life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you don’t know you are looking for.  I met a wonderful, understanding life partner who has brought great joy and happiness over the past year. As I celebrated the completion of 43 years on this rock and enter into my 44th year with something truly amazing to look forward to. I now have an amazingly complex newly extended family, my daughter now lives with me full time and wedding bells will soon be heard throughout the land as I commit myself to the most wonderful woman I have ever met. As I sit back and reflect on the passage of time I see that … Read more

A Future…

A Future…

There is something cathartic that can come from reviewing ones life as long as you don’t let the multitude of mistakes, mis-steps and wrong turns distract you from truly learning from the challenges that you have faced. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to look back at my “Unniversary”.  It is not really a day to celebrate as it constitutes the day that I thought I was committing to a “lifetime of happiness” with another person but as time wore on, we were no longer compatible and 2 years ago we went our separate ways and can now really look to finding happiness…without each other. We have both moved on.  Myself especially, I have found a partner, a confidant and a soul mate all rolled into one.  For a very long time, as I battled the inward effects of Anxiety and Depression I thought that I would be alone forever.  That is just not the case, there was/is someone out there for me and when I was least expecting to find a “forever”, I stumbled upon her.  In just … Read more

There Comes a Time…

There Comes a Time…

My life experiences have taught me many a lesson over my nearly 44 years of living, none more profound than the ones I have had in the past several months. I have done many, many things in my life. There comes a time though, when you have to really and truly take stock of who and what you are…and really take a long hard look at who you want to be moving forward.  It is funny how falling in deep deep in love definitely helps with placing the right perspective on what needs to happen in ones life.  Last year at this time, I was quite likely at my lowest point.  I was more than just “off”, I was down right out of it. What a difference a year makes! A big announcement is coming very soon (with a little luck and some hard work Monday, April 11 will be more than just the Birthday of my future wife…but will also be the launch of a new endeavor for me. Cheers and have a wonderful Hump Day everyone! Krispy

Building on a Solid Foundation

Building on a Solid Foundation

I look around me and see all that has gone right in my life over the past 8 months.  I sometimes wonder when it will all come crashing down around me but then I realize that bad things don’t necessarily have to happen just because good things are happening. The many good things that have happened to me include but are not limited to: meeting, falling in love and getting engaged to what can only be described as the love of my life becoming a dad again (no, not babies…I got two full grown kiddos as a package deal with Love!) reconnecting and getting to see my own kiddo as she flourishes into a wonderful young woman moving out of the city and back into a small town (which is the right pace for me) You see all these things in themselves would be grand, and in many ways is all that I need.  Money can’t buy happiness and I am truly happy, and have no money…but I keep feeling like there is something missing from my life as it … Read more

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Four years ago this week I ventured forth and started to put the thoughts, rants and meanderings out there for the world to see.  4 years ago I really didn’t think that anyone at any point would give this attempt at connecting a second glance but through the process I have seen this site flourish and at times become a realization of a dream of mine. Writing is not something that comes easy, nor does the discipline of committing the time to doing it right.  The past few months have been a challenge for me both physically and emotionally and my commitment as Wordsmith has waned somewhat. The four years of being a blogger have seen me experiment with different platforms (the first posts were done at Google’s Blogger.com site) but then I found WordPress and even though I have on a few occasions left the comfort of it, I have always returned. Looking at the numbers behind the site itself, I have accomplished quite a bit over the four years that I have been committed to building the Krispy … Read more

Preparing for a Fresh Start

Preparing for a Fresh Start

As I sit here this morning, enjoying another cup of coffee and reflect back on what I have done with my life in the past 42 years I really don’t have many regrets, although the ones that I do have are pretty big.  My life path has changed a few times over those years but I am, for the most part happy with where I sit today. Later this morning I head off on an interview.  I don’t know much about the company or its product and I know that the job itself will be relatively hum drum but considering the health issues that I have been battling with, right now a pay check is what I need, not a life changing career that will have be being an international globe trotting superstar. In the past, I have worked really hard to be the best in what ever profession I was in that itself has caused me a lot of stress and had me setting expectations upon myself that were not only difficult to live up to, but also set … Read more

Long Day

Long Day

Who knew that being a writer was not just about putting thoughts down onto paper or in my case letting my ramblings and meanderings flow through my fingers and onto the screen in front of me. You see, I recently moved all of my previous content (almost 5 years worth) from all the various sources to a single location on the newly minted home of “i am krispy”.  While the moving over of the data was easy, a simple 4 click endeavor…going back and attaching images, link checking and reviewing for duplicate posts was not only a challenge, but has been a mind numbing endeavor that after 11 hours I am only 50% complete. I am not saying that this activity is not important, the number of dead links that I have found are actually quite telling of just how much the internet changes over time.  What I am trying to get to is that if there is anyone out there thinking about taking on the role of a “blogger” whether it be for fun or profit, there is far … Read more

I am back – Krispy's Rants Lives…but now it is "i am krispy"

I am back – Krispy's Rants Lives…but now it is "i am krispy"

It has taken me far longer than I had anticipated, considering that I moved away from the world of shared hosting to becoming a System Admin all on my own but so far the experience has been not only worth it, it has been incredibly rewarding. I set up everything from scratch, using some great resources found on the interwebz and then dove into the modification of a theme that I think is pretty darn awesome! I was torn for several weeks about migrating to a different Content Management Solution other than WordPress but at the end of the day, it was by far the easiest, most supported and despite having no less than 10 reinstalls of the OS and the site, I am no ready to touch every single post on the site and reconnect all the broken and missing links. First off, the VPS Server that I chose was among the most affordable solutions I have ever seen, I went with www.vultr.com as my provider with a 768 MB $5.00 per month setup, then I went about trying … Read more

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