Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Happy #FathersDay to all the Dads out there, treasure them while you still have them...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass meets Fortnum & Mason with great effect!

Love what London store Fortnum and Mason have done with their windows and inside the store in a truly briliant tie-up with Tim Burton's new film "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I dream of a fiery Nicholas Cage on a Motorcyle!

Well that was weird! I seem to have spent last night running my own personal version of the movie Ghost Rider in a long running dream , complete with a flaming Nicholas Cage on a large bike, and complete with vengeful deaths! And even when I woke up to go to the loo I went back into the same dream when I went back to sleep - how weird is that? The only thing I can think of that would make me dream of Nicholas Cage is that I read this article in the paper where someone had gone to a lot of trouble to superimpose Cage's head on Game of Thrones characters!!!!!
(Mind you having had another look at it I can see why it might have been a traumatic experience for me! ) The really funny thing is I've not seen either of the Ghost Rider films, just watched a few trailers and clips on Youtube!

I'm an International Artist & Entrepreneur with Sales Worldwide, who'd have thought it!

I was updating my LinkedIn profile today and wanted to include a list of all the countries I have sold products with my designs on to, either through my Zazzle stores or on Pixels, Redbubble or Society6. After wading through 82 pages of sales on I was amazed at the list I managed to produce. Turns out I have customers in the following countries:

USA, Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Slovenia, Malta, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea & Qatar.

So what's selling to all these countries? Well these are the last few sales I've had this week....
Fractal Kaleidoscope Art 670 Postcard
Fractal Kaleidoscope Art 670 Postcard by CharmaineZoe
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This postcard went to a customer in Germany
This postcard went to a customer in Turkey
Ex Libris Bookplate Stickers
Ex Libris Bookplate Stickers by CharmaineZoe
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Sold 2 sheets of this sticker to a customer in the Netherlands
Vintage Ex Libris Bookplate Stickers
Vintage Ex Libris Bookplate Stickers by VintageVariety
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Sold a sheet of these stickers to a customer in Texas, USA

Friday, April 15, 2016

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

No Luck in Grand National - prediction comes good!

I watched the Grand National yesterday and had to laugh because when I pulled my horse out of the hat for the office sweepstake I got Hadrian's Approach (No35) with odds of 66-1. At the time I joked that with my luck it would fall at the first hurdle, well here's a list of all the fallers etc and look who's the first to go! (mind you it did keep going right to the end of the race - just a pity it had no rider!).

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Now you can finally see your SD Card files on the GEAR VR if you have an S7 or S7 Edge

At last Samsung have solved the problem of how to see movie files stored on the SD card in S7's on the GEAR VR!.
Switched mine on this morning and went to the Oculus Videos menu in the Gear, clicked on the My Movies button and there they all were - definitely weren't there last night so must have done an update overnight. So now I can see the movie files I created from my 3D & 2D Bluray discs all in 3D in the Oculus theatre without having to copy them to the phones storage every time I wanted to watch one. So far have converted Avengers:Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, San Andreas & Mrs Brown's Boys (yes really!) and they all work beautifully. The only one I've not been able to convert was Jurassic World, no idea why. They need to be in a folder called Movies on the SD card and if they are 3D a subfolder just called 3D within the Movies folder.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

I'm in love with my Gear VR!

Got myself a Gear VR headset free when I bought one of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 phones a couple of weeks ago. I've been using it most every day since then and I'm just blown away, every time I switch it on it seems there's new stuff to explore. There's now an amazing and ever growing assortment of material and apps from being able to play Netflix videos on a huge screen in a 360 degree 3D environment to watching 3D movies on an even bigger screen in the Oculus Theatre.

I've taught myself how to download 3D & 360 degree movies from YouTube and how to put them on the S7 so I can watch them on the Gear, the variety of stuff available is amazing, quality varies but when you see the good stuff on the Gear it's amazing.

Of course there's lots of games available as well, some of which are free and others have to be paid for. Free ones I can definitely recommend are InCell, Smash Hit, Temple Run and Bait. I've also discovered Groovr, a music visualisation app which is pretty amazing. I found a video on YouTube of 2 hours of music by Lesiem, a German project whose music combines elements of rock, pop, electronica, new age, enigmatic and ambient music, as well as Gregorian chant and other choral music. I downloaded it as an MP3, stripping out the graphics so was able play it in Groovr and float along a methane river on an alien world with the most amazing graphic animations surrounding me, trust me, has to be seen to be believed! There's so much more I could tell you about but this will do for now I'm sure, needless to say I'm loving it!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fun with my new Samsung GEAR VR!

Just over a week ago I got a new Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile phone with a free GEAR VR headset. I am totally blown away by the GEAR, having used it now for about a week. It was amazing the first time I used it, but now it's even more amazing as it's done a couple of updates which now allow me to watch not only Netflix, but also YouTube videos and Facebook videos (was able to do a search in Youtube, find my channel and watch all my videos (albeit on a smaller screen than the Oculus Theatre or Netflix screens. From last Sunday you can see videos your Friends have posted on Facebook, as well as a range of 360 degree videos of varying qualty (I recommend Dreams of Dali which is amazing!) I've posted a video of it below, but trust me when I say the experience of actually being inside the video with the towers towering over you for 100ft and then sailing inside and up through them is a totally awesome experience - I can't even begin to describe what it's like!
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is impressive, I upgraded from an S5, just to get the free GEAR available if you pre-ordered. One little bugbear is the new S7 only takes a Nano SIM card, (as does the S6), whereas the S5 has a micro card so I couldn't get my existing SIM card to fit and had to order a Nano card from my phone service provider T-Mobile which cost £10.20 and delayed my using the phone for several days. I also decided to upgrade from a 32GB micro SD card to 128GB, thinking I would be able to use this with the GEAR. Unfortunately after several failed attempts to use some 3D video files I'd downloaded from Youtube I contacted the customer service dept at Oculus and received the bad news that at the moment you just can't do it, although they were working on it and it would be enabled in the future. Bummer! I have resorted to storing all the 3D videos I download from YouTube on the card and just transferring them to the relevant folders on the phone when I need to watch them in the GEAR, Sadly I found that the phone's own storage fills up pretty quickly when it comes to 3D files!

So having sorted out my storage the next thing was choosing a bluetooth controller and I went for the SteelSeries Stratus XL, having done a lot of research on line this came out miles ahead of the competition and although the most expensive one I figured I'd rather pay the extra and get something that would work properly with the GEAR and be reliable from the off. Haven't had a chance to use it much apart from a quck blast of a game called Land's End, but I was having to stand up to play it and kept banging in to the coffee table. Will have to go upstairs later and use the spinning office chair I have in my dressing room to get the proper 360 degree experience!

For anyone wondering what I use to download and convert YouTube videos to MP4 files ready to play on the Galaxy S7 & GEAR VR it's called Video Downloader Ultimate and is a doddle to use. the only fly in the ointment is using the free version you have to wait 20 seconds before each download. For converting either my own 2D videos or videos I've downloaded from Youtube to 3D I use Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate. Again there is a restriction if using the free version, you can only convert and save the first three minutes of your files, which is fine if your own videos are that short or less. BTW you need to convert the videos into a Side by Side format to play in 3D. I think if you download Top to Bottom format videos from Youtube you can convert to SBS with this prog, although I haven't yet tried this.

Sunday, February 28, 2016


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