Big excitement day! A new version of WordPress. What’s in it? A new theme? Updates to old themes. Updates to plug-ins. Lots of updates to do across all the sites! Perfect for Christmas. An updated customer is a safe and happy customer.
Lowell Limited has been developing and implementing secure WordPress interactive websites for ten years now, currently operating several sites of internal interest and for three commercial clients. Future time availability suggests that it’s possible to accept two additional clients depending on the site complexity. Use the Contact link if you have a proposal.
Only three of thousands of glass plate images taken by Beatrice Tonnesen have ever been found, so all records of her photographs come from prints, newspapers, calendars, and magazines. Lowell Limited has been performing the restorations on these images, publishing them on the Beatrice Tonnesen website, and maintaining a digital database of the restorations.
Lowell Limited has new begun an Omeka implementation for the Beatrice Tonnesen Archive of images. This will provide a professional source for all available Beatrice Tonnesen images. Currently the image inventory appears to be about 20% of the entire repertoire that BT shot. So there is lots more to find!
Lowell Limited, LLC is an authorized partner of Lynda.com. I’ve known Lynda since about 1997 when I took Photoshop and Flash lessons at her then new studio in Ohai, California. I’ve been a subscriber of her online training service since it became available, and have used it for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, WordPress, HTML, CCS, Ableton, photo restoration, printing, scanning, and other incidentals too numerous to mention. Lowell Limited has been a sales partner for several years.
Lynda has announced a FREE 10-Ten Day Trial Membership available through partners. The last couple of years she has published new courses like gangbusters. This banner ad is a link to the trial offer if you’re interested in improving your computer skills.
November 14, 2014 I officially closed down a site that I have been using for over a decade, Sloppypilot Digital Media Studio, and redirected the URL to this site. All the commercial activities associated with that site will be handled under this site. Some of the more experimental and creative works will be implemented on Skeptical Humorist.
Fraser From Iraq was my first WordPress blog. It started in 2005 and ran until 2010, encompassing six of the ten tours of duty to Iraq by my friend Jamie Fraser. The site is not being updated these days. Jamie is working on the problems of civilian life. The site’s theme however needed an update to the current WordPress capabilities, and the post categorization and tagging needed some finishing work for clarity. That’s been done, and the site will be kept technically updated for posterity.
American History Prints also utilized an old theme requiring an update and a proper reorganization of the material. That has been done. A select few of these images, along with associated text, will occasionally be available as archival quality prints from the store at Lowell Limited, LLC. All of these high quality images are ©2014 Lowell Limited, LLC, and are available under licensing for greeting cards, calendars, advertising, or other print projects.
Several more Beatrice Tonnesen images are in preparation, as well as from American History Prints.
All restorations are ©2014 Lowell Limited LLC, and may only be reproduced under written license agreement.
Use the Contact link for any questions.
I went to Chennai India for one project, and came back with two. The first was to establish models and volumes of Chinese built bicycles for import to India for sale in the visited company’s retail stores. That part of the project is progressing. The second component that arose surprisingly is to utilize the team I’m involved with and joint venture to build a state-of-the-art bicycle manufacturing plant for export. Details of that will be forthcoming. For now I have some writing to do.
One of my favorites, Barry Ritholz, has been writing a regular column in the Sunday Washington Post. This week he compares the responsibility of a broker and a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) to the interests of an investor. Basically, the RIA is held to a fiduciary responsibility standard in dealings with the investor, and costs far less than a broker. The broker is held to a “self-policed” complex legalese suitability standard. Barry lists the problems with the suitability standard.
So the ordinary individual investor has three problems with the suitability standard:
1. It favors the brokerage firm and its employees over the investor.
2. It costs much more than services provided under other standards.
3. And it creates an inherent conflict of interest between the adviser and the investor.
Lowell Limited will complete its RIA licensing process in the first quarter of 2016. At that time clients will be accepted at locked rates of 25 basis points, or 0.25% of assets under advisement.
I went to India for the first time in 1996 shortly after the country had finally opened up commercially. India seemed to my eyes as if it had stood still since shortly after WWII. My company had already been a Walmart vendor for Asian built bicycles using a licensed “Kawasaki” brand for a year or so. One of the retired USA bicycle industry former business owners suggested that I make a trip with him over to visit a company that was interested in trying export to the USA for the first time.
It was TI Cycles of India, of Chennai (then Madras) India, a division of Tube Investments of India, which is owned by the Muruagappa Group, a major India conglomerate. That business relationship extended for about four years until tariffs in Europe were adjusted favorably towards India and negatively against China. Then TI decided to pull out of the US market to focus exports exclusively in Europe. And I haven’t been back since 1998.
Now again, almost 20 years later, some things have changed and some things haven’t. I find myself preparing for a return trip to reacquaint with many old commercial friends, and to possibly renew a business relationship.