Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | December 10, 2010

Reflections……….


As 2010 comes to a close I thought it appropriate to take a look back at what this year has brought us. My wife and I are anxious to embark on our next adventure in 2011 and have been preparing for it. This year we have been very busy preparing the interior of our Silver Eagle to accommodate this new lifestyle. We have made several modifications and added some new features.

During this past several months we have come to find out that our original interior design needed some changes. At least we had a real good idea on how to make them as we had built it to begin with. We’ve redesigned the bedroom, made changes in our lounge and the result was fantastic. It has made it much easier for me to have a workstation for my computer and a comfortable chair to sit in.

Along with creating our living space I have been very busy with my Web Design classes. At times I have thought “What have I done, going back to school at my age”. But what the heck, it’s never to late, right? I do know that it will give me a good working knowledge of how to create Web Sites for RV Parks. I am anxious to get started!

My first step will be to create a Web Site for Dreamscape Eagle RV Park Web and Graphic Design. This will take place over the next few weeks.

I have enjoyed my new title as Newsletter Editor for the Eagles International Club. Our club was formed to share the common interest in our hobby of Bus Conversions and the Silver Eagle Bus. As some of you might be aware, the Silver Eagle was the chosen coach for Trailways back in the day. Of course it was also the main choice for using it in the Entertainer Industry for the smooth ride. I was asked to become the new editor this past May and was excited to learn a new area of design and publishing. The response I’ve gotten has been very positive, which only gives me the desire to learn more.

Over the next few weeks and months this blog will become geared to the actual experience of our adventure in RV Park Web and Graphic Design. So stay tuned and make your self at home with your favorite beverage!

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Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | December 7, 2010

Searching for Workamping and RV Website Creation Jobs


As I am about to graduate with a degree in Web Design I thought I would start our endeavor.

My wife and I are looking for RV Park jobs that will include office and light maintenance work. As I will retire August 2011 we feel that now is the time to prepare for our upcoming future. We are excited to say the least.

In order to grasp how we are currently living you can go here for a better understanding.

Becky and Paul with Dreamscape our 1968 Silver Eagle

Dreamscape our Home on Wheels

Here is another shot of us as we were leaving our Texas Bus Roundup 2009, one of our favorites.

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Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | September 22, 2010

Learning JAVA


One of my classes this semester is JAVA. Another code to learn while taking Web Design Technology. It seems pretty easy to use, once you learn the basics. I do not know how much of this I will actually need when I embark in this new experience, but will give it my best shot.

If I was much younger I could see the benefits to expand my career, but right now it’s seems to be a moot point. There are so many ways to design Web Sites that do not require any code experience, I’m a little confused as to why I need it. It’s all part of the learning process I guess.

As my goal is to design RV Park Web Sites as we travel, I hope to have these classes finished by this time next year. Then I can put the rubber to the road and enjoy my retirement years.

If any of you that are reading this find that JAVA is helpful or not please leave a comment.

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | September 3, 2010

Java and JDK


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I am now embarking on learning a new language, Java. It seems to be fairly simple to learn, although time will tell when I complete the course. At least the book we are using has some great examples and directions, unlike the previous book we had for php. That was not an easy course to follow, as we used the Wamp server and the book directions were not made to do that. You really had to read between the lines on that one.

The book we are using for Java is Java Programming by D. S. Malik & Robert P. Burton. They have a Website, www.cengage.com, which is their corporate website for learning.

I can see some of the benefit using Java, as the coding methods make it pretty easy to write code. We had to download a new to me Text Editor, which is made for Java. It’s called JDK, for Java Developement Kit. It included everything needed to complie and run the programs.

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | August 13, 2010

Busy, Busy Summer Learning php and MySql


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My goodness, how many languages are out there for this ole guy to learn! It has been a real struggle these past couple of months. I found out yesterday that I will not graduate in April as planned. I have too many classes left which includes some English, Business Math, Java, Advanced Web Programming, Interactive Web Elements and Social Behavior.

We had hoped to be able to start planning our new RV Fulltime lifestyle and hit the road next summer, but it now looks like it will be postponed. Bummer! We want to travel to Mom and Pop RV Parks and build Websites as we travel around. Hopefully workcamping along the way to help pay for our travels. We are excited and dread it at the same time. I plan to retire next year, so the income will be pretty limited. Therefore the need to supplement our income by building Websites.

I was glad to get back into Dreamweaver but only for learning php and MySql, not designing Web sites. I have not been able to learn much more about Adobe CS4 which is what I hope to be using more of. I guess if I was just getting into the work force all of this might be of some benefit, but I really don’t think I’ll use what I’m learning after school.

Right now I’ll just keep plugging away at it and do the best I can. Along with online classes we have been able to fit into the time schedule some more interior work on our coach. It is very difficult to fit it in and live in it at the same time, but we will prevail!

I apologize for not keeping up with this site, but to be honest I haven’t had the time. Maybe that will change and I’ll be able to contribute here more often.

Happy Trails,

Paul

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | May 18, 2010

Started My Third Semester


Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0

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I was all ready to take the summer off, until I found out that classes at TSTC are year around, bummer! No rest for the weary as they say!

I also have to take more Algebra, which I’m not fond of taking, it’s a waste of time for me at my age. If I was back in my 20’s it might be different, but it just seems that I’ve never used it in the past, so why now! I could be using that time learning other aspects of Web Design, but oh no I’ve got to spend just enough time to pass the course. I did get a B and so far have a 3.8 GPA overall.

This semester I have one class in Visual Basic 2008, which seems pretty simple. I had to download the program which took about 6 hours, then burn it onto a DVD. It seems to work, just need to learn it at warp speed! My other class for the first half of the block is Software and Business Accounting, not sure why I need this either. I guess it’s all tailored for younger folk who are just starting out in their career choice. It does require me to learn Office Access, which is OK I guess. I’ll probably not use it either after I graduate.

I’m anxious to get back into the nuts and bolts of Web Design using Adobe CS4. I know it’s probably overkill, with all of the easier ways of creating a Web site using drag and drop. At least I have the software and can play around with it as I have time.

It’s all good!

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | April 22, 2010

Using Adobe Design Premium CS4


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I had briefly used Dreamweaver CS3 until I had a license problem. Adobe Support worked very hard to help me find the fix, but we agreed that the file was corrupt. I received my Adobe CS4 Design Premium and went to work. I was very behind in some of my class work, but I was fortunate to have already had a Website up and live. I just had to make a few changes.

Dreamweaver can look like a daunting task at first. It really is not that difficult once you start working with it. A book I purchased for one of my classes explains it very well, Dreamweaver CS4 by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith. It is a great resource book for learning the basics and much more. It’s amazing how much time is saved once you learn how to use the program properly. That will be an ongoing journey for me.

I did experience a few problems with Bridge CS4 as there was not a Web Gallery button on the page. I worked hard to figure it out but I was pressed for time and made it up in Photoshop CS4 instead. After I loaded some tools off the Content disc into Photoshop and Bridge, all was well. At first I didn’t see the Output window on my workspace. After I clicked on Window>Workspace>Reset Standard Workspaces, the page refreshed and there it was.  The sidebar show Output with buttons for creating a gallery in PDF or WEB GALLERY. As I had not worked much with Bridge I can see how valuable a tool it is. It does save a lot of time when creating a Web Gallery. I put together a Web Gallery in PS as I had lots of other work to do. Here is a snip of my first effort. I’m sure the more I play around with the design, improvements will be made. This gallery is located at http://jerrykiser.com/ on the Main Gallery page.

Web Gallery

Web Gallery Created with Photoshop CS4

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | April 22, 2010

One of My Earlier Assignments in Computer Communications


This was one of my early assignments in learning Computer Communications. The class is designed to teach us how to navigate and use different programs. It was mostly a class to teach us how to use Office 2007. I had used earlier versions, the navigation is different but pretty easy to figure out. I really enjoyed the class.

Computer Applications Class Assignment

Computer Applications Class Assignment

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | April 21, 2010


This poster design was for one of my first semester classes, Design Communications. It was fun to make and it was a great learning process. Of course it’s about Silver Eagle Bus, which is what we own and live in. I guess you might say I’m addicted!

Poster Design

Poster Design for Design Communications Class

Posted by: dreamscapeeagle | April 21, 2010

Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words


In learning Web Design, photography plays a huge part in creating a Website. With indoor pictures lighting is very important for the object to be displayed properly. Outdoor pictures are much easier, but do present some challenges also.

This picture is of the Artist yard showing many metal sculptures in various forms of display.

Yard Sculptures

The Artists Yard

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