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The journey will not be easy because I have acromegaly, a form of gigantism, resulting from exposure to toxic substances in the Marine Corps. The brain tumor has been surgically removed and treated with gamma radiation; which can take anywhere from five to ten years to take full effect. Until then I am still flooded with high levels of growth hormone and IGF-1. It's not going to be impossible but it IS going to be a serious challenge.

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Thanks for visiting my Diary, Awesome!

I am an Artist/3D Designer/Musician and the primary creative producer in Plague of Smiles LLC; an Art/Music Company. All my successes, all my failures, the links and cool stuff I discover, the contacts I make are all out in the open so you can gain from my efforts, save time, and avoid wasted moves.

MY PLAN STARTED IN 2017: Record music for the next three years with the goal of creating one song every so often. Then switch gears and paint for one year, creating one 6" X 6" oil painting on wood panel, every day if possible. I'll document my progress here. Since this is a diary, the best way to read it, if you haven't been keeping up, is to go to the bottom of the page and scroll up. I am an Honorably Discharged Marine, former S.C.A.D. student, and partially crippled Acromegaly survivor. I tell it like it is so be aware that I do tend to drop some pretty frank language.

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01/21/2017 --- Kind of impossible to work today. My hip is hurting like someone hit me with a baseball bat AND... one of my guitar heroes - Vinnie Vincent emerged from hiding after 22 years missing in action! He's out of shape and old at 65 and from appearances is a transgender in transition??? None of the reporters at the event had the balls to breach the question but he did hint at a lot of "ugliness and hate" with people. I don't give a shit about all that. All I care is that Vinnie is alive and happy! It is soooooo awesome that he is back.

01/20/2017 --- Tom Petty's autopsy results were posted and it sort of hits home. He died of a heart attack resulting from an overdose of prescription medications he was taking for a fractured hip. Fentanyl. Same as Prince basically. My own situation - I am an acromegaly survivor and the disorder has given me extreme arthritis in my hips, knees, and back. I no longer have cartilage in my joints. They are bone on bone with bone spurs and deformities developing. I myself have had a few hip fractures, which I got through by staying off my feet for a few weeks. So I know exactly how much pain Tom Petty was going through. There is however, a difference. I live in poverty. Tom and Prince were both rich celebrities who could get anything they wanted and they wanted pain killers. If you mask the pain it allows you to keep going - for a price. The price these two paid was with their lives.

I am currently working on a song, related to the above. I've recorded the sounds of my own shoulder as it shreds what's left of the cartilage and gives off these very audible and disturbing creaking sounds (Crepitis). The song takes that pain and turns it into a beat that will become a foundation for more layers of sound. My weight is dropping into the 250's. I have to get more off so my BMI will drop. I have to be able to maintain that weight permanently! When that happens the VA will approve double hip replacement surgery. I am a young guy, only 51, and I'm aware that these new joints only have a limited lifespan before they deteriorate. There is no masking of pain for me. There is no hiding it away with pills and patches. Chronic pain is my life. Sad as that may be, I will at least have my life. Considering what Prince and Tom Petty went through if there is a section in heaven reserved for "BADASSES" then these two surely deserve to be there! May all their pain be gone.

Tom Petty - Oct. 20, 1950 to Oct. 2, 2017
Prince - June 7, 1958 to April 21, 2016

01/19/2017 --- Got up yesterday at 4:00 a.m. and spent all day at the hospital for Savanna, a friend of mine who was having a 2nd operation on her knee. Everything went well. During the long wait I took a clipboard, blank paper, and a pen. I was able to dream up 100 ideas for oil paintings and the Augmented Reality data to go with each idea. One of the reasons I believe I will be successful is that I spend my time wisely. Even idle time can be something for you if you want to make it something. Right now I'm drinking chamomile/peppermint tea and listening to Metallica live on the Hardwired tour. Later tonight I intend to open up Ableton Live and see if I can get some traction on song 31.

In business knowledge I am contemplating the new upcoming AR/MR explosion and looking ahead I see a massive trap for musicians and artists. Most artists and musicians release product, heavily tour for that product, and then move on to the next product release. What that means is that their "fuel tank" is only being filled up with a tenth of "gas" each time and touring and exposure "empty" that tank. Yes, I am speaking metaphorically! So when it comes time for AR/MR to "explode" upon the scene and tech companies are looking around for talent, most everyone is going to be riding on empty. This puts all artists and musicians on the WEAK END OF THE STICK where contract negotiations arise. You cannot "bring it" or "set the world on fire" when your tank is E. The contract comes out and guess what? You get fucked!

"You better move bitch. My Fuck Tank's on E!" --- Kid Rock from the song Greatest Show on Earth from the album Sweet Southern Sugar.

On the other hand, if an artist is ALSO a musician and both tanks are full, and you have a "map," a business plan, of where to go and how profits can payout... YOU own the STRONG END OF THE STICK! You would not be at the mercy of the AR/MR people. You'd be the one who rolls up on the street and offers them a ride. "Get in Jack, we're heading for billionaire street! We don't want to keep Bill Gates waiting cause he's waiting for our vehicle to move his ass down the road. We're fueled, we're ready to go anywhere, but... he ain't riding for free!"

"Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire! OOH!" --- Metallica from the song FUEL.

01/17/2017 --- Let's talk Augmented Reality, yes? As you can see from the above ( the goals at the top of the page), in 5 years I should be on target to accomplish my art and music goals. At the rate I am seeing tech improve I believe that in 5 years time a few common things will be obsolete. Smart phones, monitors, big screen televisions, stereos, are going to be as useful as a rotary phone from the 1960's is today. Videos, Youtube, Hollywood, and Gaming will drastically change and much of what exists today will become second class or worthless. They're going to be replaced by augmented reality smart eyeglasses and a wireless storage device small enough to fit in your pocket.

I created a basic plan when I was homeless in the year 2000. In 2010, while doing backbreaking work for a railroad company (wiring electronics for GRS/Vossloh), I added oil painting to my plan. By 2017 I had invested my money wisely and my art/music/3D modeling/animation studio was complete and off I go. I began recording music, painting oil paintings, creating art, and putting my mind into action. Today, in 2018 I have added Augmented Reality into my plans and I intend to catch a long range pass five years from now and score. The target year I see is 2025 when my plans and goals and the hard assets I will have created intersect with consumer desire and demand for a creative who can also deliver Augmented Reality content.

Going from the year 2000 to the year 2025 to become what will seem to be an overnight success. I have a vision in mind with AR/VR/MR and my art, music, and modeling that no artist to date has accomplished. Anytime an artist begins spewing business information it comes across as so much verbal diarrhea.

WARNING: I am going to spew!

Ahem... in my inner vision I see a way to deliver an $80.00 product (that NO ONE else can deliver) to 60,000,000 people without crossing into mediocrity. And I guess for people in the future - looking back - that would make this diary entry a vital clue that few saw coming. I am not bragging. As I learned from Tony Robbins, I believe in putting down your plans in writing because it forces you to ACT upon your ideas and make good on your dreams.

01/15/2017 --- Bug be gone! Got in a "most excellent" guitar practice session and warmed up my vocal cords with singing. The flu didn't change anything. I still cannot hit those Queensryche high notes, but hey, I love my balls so there's that right?! I have a few really great calluses in the making after tonight. I've been thinking over all things AR/MR. Thinking tomorrow is a great day to get back into making music... and it's a new year soooo - I cut the page.

01/05/2017 --- This week doctors listened to my tale, ran tests, and turns out that I don't have strep throat. I have the flu. My coughing is so bad it is now giving me a pressure headache in the back of my head as if something's about to pop up there. The bag of frozen brussel sprouts in the fridge is coming in VERY handy. Drinking Gatorade and listening to Rick Beato's Preludes and Etudes Vol. 1. Even so, not all was lost today. I got in some bass practice by playing random Michael Jackson songs and attempting to figure out the bass lines. Give me a day or so and my room will be clean and all my "ducks in line" for the next project. No music in this first week of 2018 but I did finish a badass Neck Illusion for J's Taco's and Guitars Youtube channel.

12/31/2017 --- My niece made Christmas dinner. Turns out she had highly infectious Strep Throat. Guess what?! AMAZING, you must be a mind reader! Heat, chills, heat, chills, heat, chills, cough, cough, COUGH! Care to guess how my New Year's celebrations are going to go? (LOTS OF WHISKEY). I'm going to go in to the VA on Monday and see if I can get some anti-biotics. In other news, another spot on my CD is gone. Out of the 25 only 19 now remain. Click the link in the upper left hand corner of this page for details.

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Kenneth David Bryon Webber is an opinionated artist, designer, 3D modeler, animator, musician, and CEO of Plague of Smiles LLC, an art and music company. He worked on avionics for the FA-18 Hornet while in the Marine Corps then left with an Honorable Discharge to pursue a career in the arts. He attended the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, but only for a short time as a growing brain tumor brought a touch of madness and homelessness. The tumor was discovered late but thanks to the VA, brain surgery, and gamma knife a real life is still salvageable. 2015 brought a heart attack and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator. So it's safe to say that Ken has felt many thorns in his pursuit of the roses. Stay smiling!

 

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