19
Apr

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 Before and after eye surgery glasses

After getting my eye surgery which un blinded me I developed secondary cataracts which actually made my sight sort of worse than before. It is a common complication. I had the last laser procedure to clear it this past Tuesday (which was also my birthday) and now I’m seeing clearly – with some complications.

This Friday I will be getting my retina checked to make sure everything is OK Then I have to wait 5 weeks to get my final glasses prescription. I have a complication where my left eye sees white concentric rings from light sources in low light. (Parking garage, dim NJ apartment.) It’s when my iris is open the widest. My doctor says that this was the best they could do given the severe deformity I had in my left eye. They can fix that, but it’s a really invasive and risky procedure that no one wants to do on me because of how risky it already was. I am pretty sure I am not going to pursue that option.

If this is the best it gets, it’s still the equivalent of going from blind to Betamax to IMAX. The results are still mind blowingly amazing. I went from a -20+ something to -1. I don’t need eye correction whatsoever to do things in my apartment anymore, such as reading books, and writing this blog post. I only need it for distance – driving and such.

I hadn’t seen color properly for my entire life. I do now, which you can see in this post that shows my art before and after surgery.

I have another good visual example of before and after surgery differences. Check out the purple glasses (my pre-surgery glasses) vs. my post surgery glasses in black. The purple ones didn’t even allow me to see well so I needed help moving about. They also cost about $1000 and a specialist had to make them. The black ones are thin, allow me to see, and cost a normal price.

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Before:

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After:

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I’ve been doing a lot of staring at random things. I’ll be taking a week off in May to just walk around and stare and plants and wildlife. Did you know that orange is really bright? Or that male bluejays are actually blue? There’s pictures on the walls of restaurants…holy CRAP, guys!

I can’t easily describe it but I just start crying at random times because everything looks so beautiful.



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18
Apr

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 DAILY REAL TALK: Artificial Self-Limitation

DAILY REAL TALK: When I was a kid I was told I wouldn’t graduate HS. I did.

I was told I wouldn’t achieve a black belt and qualify for pro MMA because I had a genetic issue with my joints. And because I’m a girl. I did that too.

When I was in college I was told I wouldn’t graduate college. I did and paid for it my damn self.

I was told I couldn’t make art because I was blind. Did that anyway. Doing it again.

When I was an entry level receptionist I was told I’d never be a manager. I’m a VP during the day now for major companies and CEO all day every day for my own company where I get to work with really cool people.

When I started a con I was told it was impossible. Started 2. Intervention: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Future Media and (Re)Generation Who. I’ve been operating successfully for over 6 years and counting. Both getting major press and great reviews.

MY POINT is that I’m a regular person with no real skill in particular other than not giving up, always moving forward, and innovating my approach. At every damn point of my life I was told by someone that I couldn’t do this or I couldn’t do that for Reasons.

Nobody fn cares about the people who tell other people what can’t be done. They do that because they have subscribed to artificial self limitation and are just trying to share that self limitation with others because when they down you it makes them feel better about their choice to self limit.

If you think I’m better than you and did this because of magic you don’t have then you are also subscribing to an artificial self limitation of yourself.

I’m not better. That’s an excuse you made up.

So do yourself a favor and don’t listen to people who always talk about what you can’t do. ALSO don’t do that yourself.

Do your thing.

If you think you can’t do something shut the hell up do it anyway.

You’ll eventually have the realization that the people who said you couldn’t still aren’t. You are.

But also don’t laugh at them. There is no joy in revenge. Revenge is for pathetic jackasses with too much time on their hands when they could be actually making their business or the planet better. Just do your shit.

And that’s my thoughts for Monday.

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11
Apr

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 Monday morning geekery and To Do List

Good morning, Monday!

Now is when I take some time to contemplate what I did yesterday. What worked, what I should change, and create my To Do list for today and this week. Something that I find really important is to critically look at yourself every day and to not keep doing the same bullshit I did before if it’s not working.

IN THE MEANTIME you should register for Intervention: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Future Media at http://www.interventioncon.com I’ll be releasing information about some of the programming soon.

Joining us this year is:

Gigi Edgley – “Chiana”, Farscape

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Todd Haberkorn – Voice Actor: “Hetalia”, “Fairy Tale”; Actor: “Spock”, “Star Trek Continues”

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Robert Axelrod – Voice Actor Lord Zedd, Power Rangers

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Pete Abrams – Sluggy Freelance

And of course James and I will be there doing presentations about the arts, marketing, and web design. I have a few secret creative projects that will be revealed soon. 1 thing I am probably going to make my Indie Marketing panel more interactive – and it will be a lot better since I CAN SEE THIS YEAR and I am no longer blind. :D I’m tweaking the format this year to be a bit more interactive.

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I’ll also be looking for people to talk about cosplay and to help folks who are new to cosplay get started or get better. Contact us via the Intervention site if you fit this description of this panel.

Join me tonight at the ReGeneration Who 3 tickets go on sale we will be having an interactive G+ Hangout party.

Hangout starts at 7, tickets go on sale to the general public at 7:30.

But you should register for Intervention now. VIP art and T Shirt designs come out this week – because Tuesday is my last eye surgery and I can see again so I can make things again! :D



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07
Apr

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 BARONESS – Shock Me [Official Music Video]

Baroness makes my prog rock-loving face happy and they have a new music video:

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06
Apr

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 Art before and after the eye surgeries that un-blinded me

Yesterday I had the second from the last procedure that removes the last of the cloudiness from my eyes after surgery. This following Tuesday I have the last (hopefully if all goes well) procedure. I’m in shock again at how clear the completed left eye is. My right eye is the eye that I thought was the clearest. Now that eye looks like I am looking through a translucent shower curtain compared to my left eye that has has all of the procedures.

I did 1 piece of art this week. It is the only piece of art that I did after surgery. It was really messed up because it felt like I wasn’t controlling my body. It somehow knew to pick other colors than I normally would have. It picked saturated, opaque colors and favored hard texture building instead of fuzzing everything out with a ton of blending.

How I felt while making the art was surreal to say the least.

Here is some art that I did before surgery. At the bottom of the page is art after most of the surgeries have been completed and given me sight.

Before surgery, while blind:

Now here is what it looks like done after the surgeries are mostly completed. This piece has a small image here because the large one will be given as a download to those who donated to help me have the surgeriesL

Work in progress:

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Final piece:

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