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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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02/18/2017 --- Sunday clean up day and watch movies. I have reached 250 and I am on to the next goal of 245. I want those new hips!

02/17/2017 --- I am in soooo much freakin' trouble!!! It's a Friday. I was drinking apple infused whiskey and Sprite. My house-mate suggested we go out for McDonald's so I made her drive. She hadn't been drinking. We got the cookies and then she took a right instead of a left. So we ended up in front of the gas station/convenience store where there were 2 cop cars parked. She got out and went in to get some milk for her cookies. They arrested her for a warrant. I couldn't drive so I was driven home. But women ALWAYS win arguments. I think I am soooo fucked. When the cop drove me home I had some more whiskey and decided to open Ableton Live and write out a beat because I have to somehow come out with a win for the night. At random I chose some drums and by golly we have a beat that I will expand upon tomorrow. It fucking rocks! Savanna is in jail. Can't do nothing about that.

02/15/2017 --- Nikki's Flying Knife is finished. It is a sort of homage to one of my favorite musicians (I am not flipping Nikki the bird - that's just art people). I posted the story of the song on the Bandcamp page for those who are interested. I will say though that the beat was partially created by sampling and chopping the sounds of my arthritic shoulder (CREPITUS is the medical term) as it shreds away what is left of my cartilage. That opening sound of static... It's NOT static!!! Share and Enjoy!

02/12/2017 --- Stepping backwards today to fully focus on reading and absorbing Gary Vaynerchuk's new book "Crushing It." I'm reading the book to see if there are any golden nuggets I can apply. I am about a hundred pages in. So far, the book would be AWESOME for someone in their late teens or early twenties. For people in their 50's... not so much. :)

Both me and my housemate Savanna have been seeing what I can only describe as a "shadow person" outside the house peeking in the windows. I had thought it was from the haunted house of "slippage" next door but then Savanna asked me about the lady on the other side of us. She believes that she died because she saw a lot of people and they were selling everything in an estate sale. Also, her dog is no longer outside. I'm thinking that's our shadow person. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm no psychic. That's my best guess.

02/11/2017 --- Put in some great work on the song tonight. Added some high frequency sounds and worked on some of the mix and panning. To finish it I'll have to get some vocal samples from Savanna, add some lead electric guitar, and seriously tighten the mix and the panning to absolute perfection. For the record, I have definitely FOUND my piano sound in Ableton Live out of all the ones they had to chose from. I am sooooo glad no one ever taught me to play piano because when it comes to playing and composing and form... I break some major rules and come up with some sounds that formally taught players never get because they're always thinking "in the box" of what they were initially taught.

02/09/2017 --- In looking through my list of song titles and hearing the song in my head I am reminded of a rock star that I take inspiration from in his wild spirit and dedication to his music. This dude is frequently on fire (metaphorically and literally) can play both keyboards and bass and is full of great character and stories. I carry a knife. He carries a knife. This dude seriously hurt his shoulder. My shoulder is now injured. And back in the day when he was working on his 2nd CD he wrote a song and something paranormal happened that was witnessed by several people. I've seen this guy in concert twice with his old band. I missed the tour before last but I did manage to see it on DVD and he did a fire/bass/keyboard/electronica solo that was legendary. So when I get my homage in perfect order it's going to become "Nikki's Flying Knife." The rock star in question is Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue and his paranormal story is in a naaaaaasty little book called The Dirt!

The song will hopefully be posted within the week and I haven't jumped ship to heavy metal. I'm still working and loving the genre of Electronica!

02/08/2017 --- The music that I create is called Electronica or "Chop." Back in October I entered Serj Tankian's 7 note challenge for a chance to win free promotion and $ 5,000.00. Serj decided to take the best entries and promote them. The winner has yet to be announced but I was among those chosen in the ELECTRONIC category. There are so many cool songs, in many diverse styles, and LOTS of talent. Listen for yourself and share the ones you love on FB, Twitter, and Instagram. https://www.7notesexperiment.com/

02/05/2017 --- I began a bit after midnight but once I got started I rolled all the way to dawn on the new song. It has the studio name of "Crunchtastic" because the song's beat has been created by the crunchy sound of my decaying arthritic shoulder. The creaking was lound enough for me to capture it with a handheld Zoom recorder. The song is VERY rough right now but I can already hear where I want it to go. I want this dark and mysterious as I may rename it and put it on Paranormal Strangeness. If you know HOW the song was created it may not settle well when listening because it's so painful - just hearing the utter destruction of the shoulder's cartilage and knowing how much pain the future will hold when it becomes pure bone on bone.

02/03/2017 --- I went back a few steps today. I worked up a 22 fret design for J and that was really my only productive accomplishment. My 2nd experiment in using piezo microphones to capture internal bone on bone (crepitus) sounds failed. Too much noise, not enough isolation. I wasted a lot of time and I'm going to stick with my original audio source, an amplified Zoom microphone sound.

Music went to the backburner, as I decided to work on some guitar repairs for a friend of mine. When the bridge pins, the bone saddle, and strings come in I'll tune it up and it'll make a nice beginner's guitar (it's an old Japanese made acoustic Decca). Cleaning up the guitar gave me plenty of time to relax and watch some youtube on the FISA memo controversy. Comey, McCain, Rosenstein, and McCabe are guilty of the crime of SEDITION, and yes, I looked up the law. Absolutely DISHONORABLE and criminal activity. Hope they send all of them to "bang-you-up-the-ass" prison.

02/02/2017 --- Got in a fantastic guitar workout yesterday to toughen up my calluses in preparation for a week of recording. J from J's Tacos and Guitars just posted a video highlighting the custom fingerboard I completed for him so I feel really honored. If you are a guitarist I cannot praise Neck Illusions highly enough. If they're good enough for Steve Vai and Jennifer Batten then they're good enough for you! It should probably be stated that I only work with select clients and I do all my work pro bono. I am not an employee of Neck Illusion. I'm just a guy who does really great graphic design - really fucking fast (I was trained at SCAD and I used to work in advertising).

01/27/2017 --- Knocked out some secret graphic design for a celebrity client and it looks BADASS if I do say so myself! It IS secret at this point in time sooooo......

01/26/2017 --- Knocked out the video project for my nephew. His eyes lit up! Tomorrow I start fresh on a new secret graphic design project I'm doing for a celebrity client. It's a development deal so I can't say anthing more but it's going to burn a few days. Love that burn! I also got some very important news - which also must be kept secret - but it put a pretty big sized smile on my face. Secrets, like your honor or your word, must be kept!

UPDATE: Christian got an A+ on his math project!

01/25/2017 --- Today and tomorrow I feel what ALL parents throughout time have at one time felt. In my capacity as Uncle Ken my brother Mike sprung this "challenge" on me today. I have two days to whip up a video for my nephew's math project that uses his story and vocals. It's going to be awesome! Other than that I have some news from a recent client. Around the first three days of this year I completed a Neck Illusions fingerboard for J's Taco's and Guitars; a Youtube channel. I shot the design over to J and now he's highlighting the design on his channel and Twitter, so that's really cool. Please send some love over to J by checking out his channel and subscribing! And while you're at it, show some love for Neck Illusions. They are currently highlighting the designs I completed for world-famous guitarist Jennifer Batten. I always have a great feeling when I can make someone's day with art or music.

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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