Happy New Year 2018...Bonne Année 2018...Feliz Año Nuevo 2018...Buon Ano 2018...Gutes Neues Jahr 2018...Matahiti Api 2018...
As tradition goes, now's the time to wish y'all a Fantastic New Year 2018! (better late than never hmm?)
So, as usual, may you be healthy, happy, wealthy, oh-but-you-know,as-long-as-you're-healthy, etc.
And as per the tradition as well, it's time to do a short review of the year past, and of the projects to come in the future, reminding us that time goes by...
You may have noticed that ShamWerks has been a bit slow on updates recently. Well, it's kind of a transition period for me, there's a lot going on backstage...
As expected, and without an ounce of surprise, raising a lil' baby is a pretty time-consuming endeavor!
As a result, I have less spare time to tinker around. But alledgedly, it should get better a few months from now!
And to be honest, how could you not melt in front of this smile?
(Whaaaaaaaaat? My son is the most beautiful baby in the world, I'm just stating an obvious, scientific fact)
Jack has hit the road...
My father, Jacques, passed away on November 17th, aged 90.
He died peacefully, in his sleep, at home, while keeping his wits about him until the last day (and also while chainsmoking a pack a day...) : in the end, not the worst way to go.
Our relationship was complicated, and as he was bed-ridden for the past few years following a stroke, I had a lot to deal with taking care of him...
In any case, he leaves a big void behind him, and not only because he was 1.94m tall. (that's 6ft 4" for you yankees).
He returned to the sea he loved so much... With his departure, I'm turning over a new leaf, and it's not an easy one to turn.
Good bye "le Père", have a safe journey...
Direct consequence of the previous information : my garages were electrically powered through my father's apartment, since he lived in the same building.
With his passing, the lighting in my workshop is no more... And I'm too old to tinker around with a headlamp.
I could go through the administrative procedure to get a proper power outlet installed, but it's a lot of paperwork (and a good chunck of money, too!).
There's a new law in France, which favours access to power outlets for electric vehicles, but it's still a hassle to set up...
Long story short, all projects in the shop are at a dead stop until further notice.
But all this could change thanks to...
A real estate project!
I plan to buy a house, which boasts a really nice worshop!
Nothing final yet, and it'll take some time to sort out.
If it doesn't work out, I'll go back to the "garage power outlet installation" option.
But if it does, you can expect a whole lot of "workshop" articles for sure!
Yeah, why not... Let's change all the things, amirite??
So I'm changing jobs : new challenges, new exciting context, some travelling to be expected... Hoping I've made the right decision!
It's gonna take a lot of work and energy, but I'll keep moving forward! #keepHustling
The first thing is that unfortunately, in the short term, updates on ShamWerks will probably be thin on the ground.
But the positive counterpart is that if everything goes as planned, 2018 could be the starting point of many new articles! (including a collaboration... More on that later)
Anyway, that's it for now! Let's begin a new trip around the sun on our little rock, have a safe trip everyone!
One glance to the odometer :
Half a million visitors came ome this website! Champagne!!
In July 2000 we celebrated the 5000th visitor... Damn, we did ride a long way since then!
One glance in the rear view mirror :
ShamWerks as of today, it's 19 years of online presence, 317 posts, 95% of which translated to english, over 450 comments by visitors, and over 5000 pictures!
Both hands on the steering wheel :
Even though probably no one noticed, there's been quite a lot of evolutions on the site, to make it faster, and up-to-date with the technical state-of-the-art. In particular, ShamWerks is now mobile-friendly (say "responsive" if you wanna look fancy), so you can read it on your smartphone or tablet! (I had to go through over 300 posts to make sure it was bulletproof...).
Eyes on the road :
Right now, I have over 20 articles being written, and quite a lot of ideas for future projects. Well, let's be honest, probably way more projets than I have spare time for... But anyway, expect some heavy stuff soon!
In July 1999, we barely reached the 2000th visitor ; it took 17 years to reach this half million milestone... But if I follow the current trend, see you in Summer 2024 for the 1.000.000th visitor party!
As usual, thanks to all of you for your interest, I know many of you are long time followers. Have a good trip!
Happy New Year * 2017 *Bonne Année * 2017 *Feliz Año Nuevo * 2017 *Buon Ano * 2017 *Gutes Neues Jahr * 2017 *
OK, simply put, I for one will not miss 2016 a bit, it's been a tough year for many reasons. Good riddance!
In the other hand, 2017 will be a great year, full of changes, at least for me! (edit 20170720 : told ya! )
I wish you all a very Happy New Year, Health-Money-Happiness-Oh-But-You-Know-As-Long-As-You're-Healthy blah blah blah.
It was then a complete redesign of the previous version, namely "Da Sham's Webpage", after 8 years online. I already had an online presence since '96, but it was only a single Geocities page, not an actual site...
Along the last 10 years, it's over 180 articles that I have published on ShamWerks. Quite a slow pace compared to other blogs, but I always give priority to actual content over a quick picture without context ; and that takes time!
Speaking of which, the average length of my articles keeps getting bigger, it's now have tripled since '08!
Recently, ShamWerks has evolved again to adapt to new medias : you can now browse the site from your mobile or tablet! The logo, too, got a bit of a dust-off... It was the perfect occasion to indulge myself to a small present to celebrate :
As usual, many thanks for your renewed fidelity, your messages, your help... Be safe on the road, see you soon!