Thursday, October 18, 2007 crap hosting

i purchased a lifetime reseller hosting account from via the b/s/t forums on digitalpoint. unfortunately this was on the 2nd march, 7 and a half months ago! i have not received any login details whatsoever, or any service of any kind. what i did receive for my $155.96 is a negative iTrader. iTrader is just like your ebay feedback rating, and just like the ebay system, some don't want to give any negative iTrader for fear of getting it in return.

after waiting over 6 months for a refund from bizoppz (forum name of webberco) i left a negative iTrader stating:
$155.96 US paid on 2nd March. Over 6 months on, nothing received,no refund given.

after such poor service from webberco/bizoppz and waiting half a year for money back, bizoppz responded in about 15 mins. great response time, yes? yes it was quick but only to give me a neg in return and write:

Months after buying he claims he never got info. I have proof details were sent.

ah, that old ebay trick, where you hold off giving feedback until you are sure you won't get a negative. his 'proof' is that the emails he sent are in his sent folder. he didn't seem to take heed of the fact that other people had difficulty getting email from him, so it seems that the problem was on his side.

quote from iamsgf:

ok...... i was probably the 1st person to pay you 2 weeks ago.... i still have not got the estore and now you have dropped the price before you have even given the people that purchased what they want?

Needless to say.... 2 weeks on I am now a very unhappy bunny. It is totally unacceptable to sell something that you do not actually have.

Therefore i want a refund as you have not delivered in want can be considered a reasonable time!

quote from GrassRoots:
Do not buy from this person!

I paid 4 days ago and have recieved NOTHING and I am not getting responses to my emails!!!

quote from resellbargain:
When can I get my $200 back? I bought a resellerstore in february and did not get any of the updates and things you promised me.

I have e-mailed you countless of times but no answer for months.
it doesn't seem to be a very good way of running a business, customers can talk to each other these days and compare experiences via a marvelous contraption called the internet, eg. webberco on

a pm i received from bizoppz gives me the option of shopping at one of his online stores, mostly digital downloads that i am not interested in.

As stated previously, your account was activated and emails WERE sent. I have the "SENT" emails in my SENT folder to back up my statements. The best I can do for you is to offer you some credit at one of my online stores, or you can use the account. Now, I realize I may sound like an ass on this, however, you have to understand my side as well. Since starting the hosting offers, I had many people who would sign up and then ask for a refund.

at least he understand that he sounds like (is?) an ass. maybe the reason why people who actually got to try his hosting asked for a refund, is that they received piss poor service? just speculating, will keep you posted.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oil Paintings in Studio

here is some artwork that i had on display in my studio just over a week ago. posting them here because i lost my compact flash reader, but now i've found it you can see the oil paintings and polymer clay sculpture in all their miniature glory.

nothing sold but i left my studio open and went round other studios in the building. no artwork was stolen either. i tend to open the door and use the annual open studios day as a social event, seeing other artists and what they have been up to. i find that a lot of members of the public are scared to go into artists studios, especially if the artist is there at the time. one or two just sit there waiting for passers-by to make eye contact and quite honestly it freaks some out. one artist in particular, i'll mention no names, freaks me out (and i know the guy). he's actually a very nice chap but his stare can send would be customers/interested parties onwards onto the next studio. if people really like your work they can always get back to you. leaving your contact details on your door is a good idea.

i've downsized to painting small panels lately, usually i work a little bigger but my wrists have been aching so the small format is easier to handle. included are a couple of light bulb paintings, japanese rice cracker, redcurrants, and sugar-puff paintings. this open day was also the first time i showed a sculpture, my first polymer clay effort. the model was internet marketer Jeremy Schoemaker /Shoemoney (from photos). i posted a pic before when Shoemoney's head was still soft sculpey pre baking. sculpey is easier to use and less messy than regular clay and is a lot of fun to use.

is small the new big? do you like to be dwarfed by a canvas or be able to hold an artwork in your hand? what is your ideal picture/artwork size and why?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Flying Squirrels

i came across this amazing basejumping video today. you have probably seen basejumping before and you have probably seen wingsuits before, but have you seen them together? watch these guys skim passed rocks just a few feet away! it must feel incredible swooping at incredible speeds like a huge flying squirrel. .

more basejumping in Norway below by Robert Pecnik. at the end of the vid the jumper glides towards clouds and the camera on the suit mists up just as he enters the clouds. Robert Pecnik is flying with a Phoenix-fly Vampire V-2 wingsuit. it reminds me of one of the final scene in crouching tiger hidden dragon.

in this flyby from the point of view of a parachutist, if you turn up your speakers a faint woohoo can be heard. although it could be wahoo. this might be due to the doppler effect, demonstrated by an ambulance sounding different coming towards you than it does moving away from you. maybe basejumpers should scream "nee-naw-nee-naw" as the do flybys?

it looks really cool and that is what you see most of the time on video sharing sites. of course anyone trying it would have to weigh up the risks for themselves. in this vid something goes wrong, hitting a bridge at 120mph you're going to die instantly.

even though it's risky i fancy trying it sometime. do you?