Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Guitar4Blind.org is Now Up and Running

A number of years ago, I developed a site called Guitar4Blind.com. It was a website designed to teach blind people how to play guitar chords with the use of screen reading software. It was developed with the assistance of a blind guitarist from the United Kingdom named Terry Hopwood-Jackson.

I would create a page and send it over to Terry for testing. Terry would test the site and inform me of whatever typos or mistakes may have been in the page. i would make the necessary changes and he would test the page again. After all necessary corrections were made to a page, we would move on to the next one until the site was eventually finished.
Recently, another blind guitarist reached out to me, named Casey Harper from the state of Virginia. he made some additional suggestions regarding navigation and features to be added to the site.s so with Casey's assistance, i made some changes and added some features. I would inform casey that a page or section was completed and Casey would test them.

One of the biggest changes to the site was navigation. I added links that would allow people to skip over certain sections that had various descriptions and explanations. This was specifically added so that return visitors could skip over the parts they have already read and familiarized themselves with. The entire site was basically optimized for quicker and easier navigation for return visitors.

I also added a new chord finding feature/ before, the site only allowed people to learn chords by key. Casey suggested also listing them by their root note name. This is a feature I had thought of doing prior to Casey suggesting it but never quite got around to it. I figured that since I was already making major changes to the site as far as navigation goes, I might as well make even more changes.

With Casey's assistance, the site more than doubled in size and I decided to go with a new name, guitar4blind.org. I thought that now that a third person (Casey) has been added among the list of contributors, it seems more like the beginning of an organization dedicating to teaching blind people music online.

Maybe more features will be added over time. However, for the meantime, there are already plenty of features there. If anyone reading this blog knows of someone who is blind or visually impaired, use screen reading software and want to learn guitar, please pass on the information. The whole idea behind the website is to give the blind more opportunities to learn music online. In fact, the site has not been optimized to earn money at all. It's not about money, it's about giving more people an opportunity to enjoy making music. Here is the link: http://guitar4blind.org

Bob Craypoe, also known as R.L. Crepeau

Saturday, January 2, 2016

DrPsychotic.com Celebrates Fifteen Years Online

As of December 31st 2015, DrPsychotic.com celebrates fifteen years online. It was all the byproduct of a failed local arts magazine.

You see, In 1999, I decided to try to do a local arts magazine that would include humor and some of my cartoons as well as a few other things. It was supposed to be sort of the local arts scene meets Mad Magazine. Unfortunately, it only survived three issues and a fourth was finished but never went to print.

After the magazine went under, I took what was left of some of the content and created a website with it. At first, it was a little lean on features and maybe had a dozen pages or so. Since then, It has grown to be over 3,000 pages and includes features like guitar lessons, mandolin, banjo, balalaika, piano and mandola chords, as well as harmonica and soprano recorder songs.

The biggest section of the site is the classic poetry section, which is about 1,800 pages itself. Then we also have jokes, a photo gallery and a cartoon gallery. That's not all either. Just check the site out for yourself to see what all is there. Just log on to DrPsychotic.com.

After the creation of DrPsychotic.com, I decided to create more websites. Some did well and others did not. I eventually created Craypoe.com to be a centralized location where all of my websites may be accessed from. Now I refer to it all as the Craypoe.com network of websites.

Originally, the Doctor Psychotic character was just a 2D cartoon as displayed on the left. You can see how he was actually developed in stages. A few years ago, I decided to create a 3D version like the one you see above. Doctor Psychotic was the beginning of my internet presence and it has grown significantly since December 31st 2000. I have written hundreds of blog posts and online articles. I've created a number of videos and posted them on my YouTube page. I have my music online as well too.

I am not bragging about all of the things I have done and continue to do or the things I have achieved. The point is that it all really started as a result of one of my failures. I could never have foreseen back in December of 2000 what would eventually become of it all, up to this point. After the failure of the magazine, it was pretty hard to imagine that all that much would come from that failure. As I look at it all now, I am so glad I didn't give up on everything.

So if you attempt something and fail, try to think of what you might be able to salvage from it. Start over again and build up from there. Learn from your mistakes and keep plugging away at things. You just never know what might happen in the end. Good luck with salvaging your failures.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Features Have Been Added to the Punksters.net Website

More features have been added to the Punksters.net website and related blogs. A special section was added for the superhero team called the Dysfunctionals. A blog was also created for them as well.

On the links page, a lot of comic strip related links have been added, for those who are interested in comics. There are links to a lot of the classic Sunday morning comic strip websites.

More characters have been added on the Characters Page. this should reflect the most recent character count, which is nearing about thirty characters now.

I have also begun to play around with animating some of the characters. I have created some animated gifs. You can expect to see even more as time goes by. On the blogs page, I have added a new blog about how I get some of my character ideas and the newest on speaks about the family and friends of the main characters.

So please check out the website and view the new additions and changes for yourself. just CLICK HERE..

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A New History Related Section Has Been Added to DrPsychotic.com

A new section has been added to the DrPsychotic.com website. the section is called "For the History Buff." it is a section that was created to appeal to people who have an interest in history.

The section currently features famous speeches by American presidents. It has at least one speech from each American president. included among them are inaugural addresses, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's pearl Harbor Address, Truman's Hiroshima Address as well as G.W. Bush's September 11th speech.

The section also includes all 85 of the Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, declaration of independence, the mayflower compact and more. all of the content was migrated over from another site that will no longer be updated and will be soon taken offline. it's all part of the consolidation process, where we will be moving content over from the sites that generate less traffic to the sites that generate more. We feel the content will not only be more likely to be seen but add value to the already more popuular sites we maintain. So give it a look and see how you like it:

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Craypoe.com Has Been Redesigned

Craypoe.com has a whole new look these days. The entire website has been redone and some new features have been added as well. It's also considerably larger. the site has gone from about a dozen pages to over 70.

Many of the pages that have been added to the website are part of the image gallery that features the 3D artwork of R. L. Crepeau. You may browse the images by category.

Under the Articles and Blogs section, a few new RSS feeds have been added. Even more will be added to that section in the future. Don't worry, we will let you know when that happens too.

Some new merchandise has been included in the merchandise section. so be sure to check that out, if you would be so kind. Some of the Craypoe.com associated websites will be discontinued in the future. their contents will be moved to other sites in order to consolidate the websites in order to make them easier to manage. you will be informed of them as well.

So check out the new look and features when you get the chance. Thanks.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The DrPsychotic.com Photo Gallery Has Been Updated

The DrPsychotic.com has been updated to include new categories. Over 200 new images have been added. among the new categories are historic American images, World War I & II images and Air Show images.

The old humor related images are still there. the navigation is a bit different than what it was prior to the update. Overall, the appearance is better, the navigation is better and the number of pages and images have increased significantly. Please check out that portion of the website to see what's new. Here's the link: CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you all there. Be there or be square!

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Dr Psychotic Cartoon Gallery Was Updated

The Cartoon Gallery on the DrPsychotic.com website was just updated. it had actually been a while since it was updated. More content was added and the appearance was also updated.

I have included some of  my 3D artwork as part of this section of the site. I will probably add even more at some point.

I recently started a new site called Punksters.net. I have decided to add some of the comic strips from that site. Of course if you want to see more of them, you will need to go to Punksters.net. that's a hint, by the way. So please check out the changes on DrPsychotic.com as well as the new Punksters.net website.

Bob Craypoe