Setting up a proper business

Posted on January 31, 2023

Looks like I need to think about setting up a business for myself. While I have done small freelance things in the past, there is a chance that there will be changes ahead. Really need to figure out the proper way to arrange my assets and income in a way that is safe and manageable. Let’s ask ChatGPT what sort of business I should open up.

Given your circumstances and goals, an LLC, or limited liability company, would be a good option for your art business. An LLC provides personal liability protection for its owners, known as members, and offers the flexibility of being taxed as a partnership, sole proprietorship, or corporation, depending on the number of members and tax election made by the members.

As for the potential impact on your retirement benefits, it would depend on the specifics of your retirement plan and how the income from your art business is structured and taxed. It’s advisable to consult with a financial advisor and/or tax professional to assess the potential impact and make informed decisions about your retirement benefits.

Additionally, it’s important to note that there may be other business structures that could better suit your needs, such as a sole proprietorship or partnership, and it’s recommended that you seek the advice of a business attorney to fully understand the benefits and drawbacks of each structure before making a decision.

ChatGPT

Shed

Posted on January 22, 2023

Thinking about building a bit of a shed. Simple construction. Something that I can build myself. It is primarily a learning experience. I may build it on skids so that it can be moved. Just a bed of gravel at the base. Which would mean that I would have to insulate the floor.

Enrico interesting

Posted on January 9, 2023

There are several interesting people with the name Enrico, including:

  1. Enrico Fermi – an Italian-American physicist who made significant contributions to the development of atomic theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He is known for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor, and for his contributions to the development of the theory of beta decay.
  2. Enrico Caruso – an Italian opera singer and one of the most popular tenors in history. He was renowned for his powerful voice, his expressive phrasing, and his exceptional breath control.
  3. Enrico Bombieri – an Italian mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1974 for his work in algebraic geometry, number theory, and arithmetic geometry.
  4. Enrico Macias – a French singer and musician of Algerian-Italian descent. He is known for his unique blend of Arabic, Mediterranean, and Latin American music styles.
  5. Enrico Letta – an Italian politician who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2013 to 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Party and has held several ministerial positions in the Italian government.

Enrico artists

Posted on January 9, 2023

There are several artists named Enrico, including:

  1. Enrico Castellani – an Italian painter and sculptor who is known for his contributions to the development of the Minimalist and Conceptual art movements. He is best known for his “Superfici” series of paintings, which consist of large, monochromatic canvases that are stretched over wooden frames and painted with a single color.
  2. Enrico Donati – an Italian-American Surrealist painter and sculptor who was associated with the Surrealist movement in the 1930s and 1940s. He is best known for his paintings, which often feature strange, dreamlike imagery and surrealistic compositions.
  3. Enrico David – an Italian artist who is known for his paintings, sculptures, and installations that explore themes of identity, sexuality, and gender. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world, and has been the recipient of several awards and grants.
  4. Enrico Baj – an Italian painter, printmaker, and sculptor who was associated with the Surrealist and Dada movements. He is best known for his collage and assemblage works, which often incorporate found objects and unconventional materials.

Taos

Posted on December 29, 2022
blue door with adobe wall

Taos is a town in New Mexico, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and near the Rio Grande. Its name comes from the Tiwa people, who are indigenous to the area. Taos has a rich history, including being a trading center along the Santa Fe Trail and being the site of an uprising against Spain in the 1600s. The town consists of three villages: Don Fernando de Taos, Taos Pueblo, and Ranchos de Taos. Taos Pueblo’s adobe settlement was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Taos is known for its adobe architecture and has attracted writers and artists, such as Mabel Dodge Luhan, Ansel Adams, and Georgia O’Keeffe. It is also home to Kit Carson’s ranch and grave and is a center for Indian fiestas and ceremonial dances. The town has a population of around 5,700 people.

The Village of Fernandez de Taos was founded in 1615 as the northernmost outpost of New Spain, five years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The Indian village north of Taos provided water for the European settlers in exchange for a pact to defend against marauding tribes. Taos was relatively peaceful until the Pueblo Rebellion in 1680, when the settlers were expelled but returned peacefully under the leadership of Don Diego de Vargas in 1692. For the next hundred years, Taos was a center of Spanish culture and had a self-sufficient agricultural and trading economy. During this time, the mission churches at Ranchos de Taos, Trampas, and Truchas were built and are now admired examples of Southwest architecture. Taos was also known for its annual trade fairs, which attracted Indians, colonists, French fur traders, and American “mountain men.” The Town of Taos was founded on May 1, 1796 when 63 families were granted the Don Fernando de Taos land grant by Governor Don Fernando Chac√≥n. The town has a long history, having existed as a village under the Spanish Crown, Mexico, and later as a territory of the United States in 1846. After Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Taos was ruled by Mexico for 26 years before being occupied by the United States in 1846. This occupation led to a period of turmoil and exploitation, resulting in the Taos Rebellion in 1847. On May 7, 1934, Taos was officially incorporated as a municipality under New Mexico state law.

Frybread vendors from Taos Pueblo at Kit Carson Park

The Taos Pueblo, a multi-storied adobe building complex still inhabited by the Tiwa speaking people of the Taos Valley, was first visited by Europeans in 1540 when a small detachment of Vasquez de Coronado’s expedition, led by artillery captain Hernando de Alvardo, arrived in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Cibola. Despite the many challenges and threats faced over the past 450 years, the people of Taos have managed to maintain much of their culture, language, and society. Today, the community of Taos includes people of various cultures and heritages, each with their own history and folklore. The area around Taos is rich in history, with various sites worth preserving, such as churches, trails, battle sites, and old cemeteries. It is important to remember and preserve these memories for future generations.

Taos County

Taos County is a region in northern New Mexico, bordered on the north by Colorado. It is located in the Southern Rocky Mountains and features high, aspen-covered mountains, including Mount Wheeler, which is the highest point in New Mexico. The county is home to the Taos and Picuris Pueblo Indian reservations, as well as Carson National Forest and several national recreation areas and state parks. The county has a long history, including Spanish colonization in the 1500s, revolts against Spanish and later U.S. rule, and defense against attacks by other Native American tribes. Taos County is known for its Indian ceremonies and celebrations, arts colony, and tourism and recreation industry. The county seat is the town of Taos, and the county has a population of around 33,000 people.

Puppet performance on the Taos Plaza during the Saturday Farmer’s Market

Assets

Posted on December 23, 2022

In the context of finance and accounting, assets are resources that a company or individual owns or controls with the expectation that they will provide future economic benefits. Assets can be tangible, like cash, investments, real estate, and inventory, or intangible, like patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

There are several types of assets, including:

  1. Current assets: These are assets that are expected to be converted into cash within one year or one operating cycle (whichever is longer). Examples of current assets include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, and inventory.
  2. Fixed assets: These are long-term assets that are used in a company’s operations and are not expected to be sold in the short term. Examples of fixed assets include buildings, machinery, and equipment.
  3. Intangible assets: These are non-physical assets that have value due to intellectual property rights or other legal entitlements. Examples of intangible assets include trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
  4. Financial assets: These are assets that represent a claim on the future cash flows or performance of another entity. Examples of financial assets include stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

In general, assets are recorded on a company’s balance sheet and are classified as either current assets, long-term assets, or non-current assets (a combination of fixed assets and intangible assets). The value of an asset is typically recorded at its historical cost, although in some cases, it may be recorded at its fair market value.

StableDiffusion 2.0

Posted on November 30, 2022

This is a good article on Medium about using the latest version from Stability AI. Also includes some example prompts.

CNC

Posted on November 26, 2022

Trying to get my CNC machine to work with free software. Also want to do more than just the 2D etching side of things that is occasionally free with some software.

Browser Based

ChiliPeppr is browser based and free. It will work with a Raspberry Pi along with a serial port Json server. I just need to figure out if I can drive things on a Mac OS laptop and have the Raspberry Pi be the item that is actually connected to the CNC machine.

Open Builds is a web based Gcode generator. This may be a good option if my Gcode sender works.

Mini Mobile Cabin

Posted on November 18, 2022

This looks nice and sleek.

The POLITE Network

Posted on November 16, 2022

Thinking of alternatives to social networks. The core of the idea is to allow people to share images, video, text, and sound. They should also be able to share links to content that they host or hold onto themselves. The network would be a bit like the original concept of the internet except that web pages are replaced by personal streams of content. In many cases, the first web pages were essentially that. They were HTML pages that simply held links to the author’s personal writings, papers, images and other items that they wanted to share. Over time this evolved into what we have today. Now making these pages wasn’t for everyone. In many cases, students had access to a bit of storage and an account that they could use to create pages. Later systems like Blogger made this process a bit more accessible. Services like Blogger accepted your files and held them. You handed over your content in exchange for an email address.

The new POLITE network would encourage this personal sharing of content, but would help you negotiate the storage and sharing options. You could host your own content, maybe even accept the content of others. You could exchange or barter your bandwidth or hard drive space in exchange for someone else’s curatorial or link sharing services. Ultimately breaking down the internet into an almost molecular way by creating chains of exchange. A broken up block chain, but by design – where these groups of content and services create a DNA or bundle of content. Yes, the existing internet could also look like this depending on the perspective you take. This may just be a shifting of who holds/stores the content, who manages the card catalog of addresses to content, who delivers that content, and who creates/consumes the content.

Decentralized Blogger?

I have tried at least one of the decentralized facebook or twitter … services. They have a passible start, but not enough posting or content to make them compelling. Maybe things have changed in the last five years. They are also pretty darn slow. When you open up the app, it takes a while to gather content from all the relevant servers holding it. That does seem to be the problem with a decentralized system of relatively large files.

Network?

Ooh. I just read about this in Engadget. Here is an article by MIT about it. Just thinking about a network that adapts to the inputs on it. Yes, the article is about something completely different. Really thinking about the system as it relates to curating content, distributing content, retrieving content, and managing that in a way that isn’t putting pressure on the user.

ActivityPub

Does ActivityPub fit the bill?