Design

Art and design are often a form of therapy for people like me that work in heavily analytical fields. There is so much time spend trying to solve problems at work, that often it is deeply relaxing to spend time making the kids say, "Dad, what is that?"

For a period of time in my past life I worked in very artistic fields. I was a freelance graphic artist, web designer and photographer. I designed over 100 billboards that were displayed in and around the Albuquerque area. Most of the work here is from that time period (2003 - 2008), although I continue to take nostalgic attempts at creativity even today.

NOTE: Fractal art was created with Apophysis, a freely available fractal tool.

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Finding the Why - A Little About Me

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About me

What is your background?
I have a mixed background of work and life experiences. I sometimes call myself a business-nerd. Currently, I work in IT Management for an insurance company. My passion is in software development and solution architecture. I enjoy the planning and implementation of software more than the infrastructure or networking side of the industry. I enjoy being artistic and analytical. I get really excited about technology, but stay grounded with what is available and practical.

When I started my first business (in photography and graphic design) I really had no idea what I was doing. I quickly learned that this business was not a permanent endevour for me, but I learned a lot about accounting, business processes and marketing. I was never a super artistic photographer, but I succeeded because I was willing to do things others thought would destroy the industry and myself (I sold DVDs of negatives and published my pricing online in 2005, image that).

What drives you forward?
I get pretty excited by new technologies. I get even more excited by tech being used for real world problems. I went to a Microsoft conference in 2014 and saw how a group of young adults used a cell phone camera and machine learning to help diagnose jaundice in rural areas of Australia where traveling to a clinic is very expensive. Super cool.

The other thing that brightens me is true sacrifice. In 2016, I ran in a race that benefits Operation Underground. This group saves kids from human trafficking and they do it at great personal risk. This motivates me to find opportunities to be truly relevant in my life. It is easy to watch YouTube videos about amazing people, and feel small. I have realized that every time I comfort someone who is depressed, or fix a computer for a friend, it helps me understand why I am here.

What is an industry that you foresee a lot of change?
Do you want a list? I would start with any industry to uses money and/or contracts. The concepts of block chain (the concept behind Bitcoin and other crypto-currency) are far reaching. Concepts of ownership and trust are about to go through a revolution. I would love to see the real estate industry turned on its head. I have nothing personally against real estate agents, it is just an inefficient transaction that loses almost 10% of its value (money going to neither the buyer of the seller in the process). This is not abnormal, insurance transactions also lose value, but the selling of a home represents years of investment effort for individuals, only to have it "taxed" by the people who fill out the forms.

My parents put a high priority on computer training growing up. In the 80s and early 90s, they saw how this would change our lives. I have similar feelings for my children with 3D printing. Just like Ken Olsen thought that computers would never be important to the home, people think today that 3D printing is a novelty. Something that art schools should dabble in. I think that Walgreens will replace their photo labs with a 3D printer and there will be one on every corner.

Contact

peter at smagpie dot com

+1 (505) 440-7542

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Places

Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage Alaska

On a 2013 trip to Anchorage, I saw this awesome railroad running along side the bay. A chilly fall day and from what the locals said was only going to be a few feeks until the snow set in for the winter.
Iceberg - Anchorage, Alaska

Iceberg - Anchorage, Alaska

The is something deeply mesmerizing in the green blue coloring of and iceberg. Of all the places I have been, I have never seen as many waterfalls as in Alaska. Constantly melting and reforming icebergs would do than in the mountain terrain.
Old San Ysidro Church - Corrales

Old San Ysidro Church - Corrales

Iconic Spanish mission church located in Corrales, New Mexico. Shot with filters to mimic an Ansel Adams style.
Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley

Snow from 4-8 feet deep was really an adventure. My wife is only 5'2", so she would dissapear if we didn't stay on the graded paths.
Fraser Island - Queensland, Australia

Fraser Island - Queensland, Australia

Fraser Island is an "Eco-Island" off the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. With no paved roads, we had to time our trip carefully. With 4WD vehicles, we drove on the beach at low tide. You have to get off the island or head island before the tide comes in.
Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Stalagtites in Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad is a very difficult place to take good pictures. It is really a shame, because the views are stunning, but the combination of low light, limited places for a tripod, and consistant traffic made it difficult. (Canon 20D - 1.6 sec - f/8 - 400ISO)
ABQ International Balloon Fiesta

ABQ International Balloon Fiesta

Billed as the most photographed event in the world, most people who have ever been here have thousands of photographs. This image is from a evening balloon glow event in 2005.

Things

Necklace

Necklace

Jewelry product photo (Canon 20D - 1/125 sec - f/16 - ISO100)
Food Photography

Food Photography

Food photography is one of the most difficult styles I have attempted. This image was done for a local restaruant for their menu. (Canon 20D - 1/100sec - F11 - ISO200)
Guitar

Guitar

I wish I could play it as well as I can photography it. (Canon 20D - 1/80 - f20.0 - ISO200)
Antique Scuba Gear

Antique Scuba Gear

The "aqua-lung" regulator. (Canon 20D - 1/125 sec - f/11 - ISO200)
Rolled Oats Macro

Rolled Oats Macro

From a pattern project I completed for my stock photography portfolio in 2006. (Canon 20D - 1/125sec - F9.0 - ISO200)
Well Drilling Equipment

Well Drilling Equipment

There is something captivating about images of grease, dirt and everyday work. Much more fun to photograph a machine than to operate it day after day. This one was being used to drill a 400ft well in my front yard.
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In Search of Silence

UIkit

I have always been a computer builder. I lit my first computer on fire in my teens (power supply overload). Most of the first computers were all about speed. Recently, I have had the desire to match speed with almost silent operation. The way to do it is with large surface fans spinning at lower speeds. If you have the money to spend, someone can design and build it for you, but I prefer the adventure.

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Sales Process Error after Dynamics 365 Upgrade

Dynamics 365 sales process error after upgrade

I discovered after performing the CRM2016 to Dynamics 365 upgrade on-premise that my sales process workflows were not appearing. After some research, I found that this is a known issue, but with no official fix yet. Some people suggested disabling the process and re-enabling it, but I got an error when I tried to disable the process. I created a copy of the process and was able to enable and disable it, but this would mean that I would have to reassign the process to all existing leads in the system.

After reviewing a forum post on MSDN, I found a solution, but their wasn’t many details. I managed to fix it using some of the information from that post, and wanted to share a more detailed post about the solution.

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Beyond SSDs - Testing an NVMe M.2 Drive

M2 Drive

For many years the hard drive was the typical bottleneck of any well-endowed computer. The first response to any complaint about a slow computer was "add memory" after which came the answer "sorry, the hard drive is slowing your down and unless you want to buy SCSI, your stuck." And then came the SSD drive and it freed us from the bottleneck, sort of... And then came the NVMe M.2, with a prosumer price, the speed are still unbelievable!

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CRM 2015/2016: Changing the Logo and Navigation Bar Colors

CRM 2015/2016: Changing the Logo and Navigation Bar Colors

For the first 6 months after seeing CRM 2013, the new navigation and style was very impressive. Soon after, I found myself wondering how hard it was to make a change. Dynamics CRM 2016 and CRM 2015 (after the Spring 15 update) both have the ability to quickly change the logo, header color, and Alt Text (text shown during a mouse hover) rather quickly. In the past version of CRM, this change was very complicated.

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Slideset

The Widgetkit Slideset takes your product showcase to the next level. It provides a sleek way to show multiple sets of items and uses smooth effects while looping through them.

Features

  • Clean and very lightweight code
  • Eye-catching transition effects
  • Fully responsive including all effects
  • Support of named custom sets
  • Swipe navigation on mobile phones
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.3+ and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Slide Example

The sets are auto generated (4 items per set), item names are shown and it uses the slide effect and navigation buttons.

Zoom Example

The sets are arranged manually, sets names are used as a navigation and it uses the zoom effect.

Drops Example

The sets show the item names and it uses the drops effect and navigation buttons.

Deck Example

This auto generated sets uses prev/next buttons as a navigation and the deck effect.

How To Use

The Widgetkit Slideset takes full advantage of the very user-friendly Widgetkit administration interface. You can create and manage all slidesets and their different items in one place. After you have created a slideset, you can load it anywhere on your website using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

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