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    Art Supplies

    My old instructor in using archival materials and methods just turned over in his grave. ****************************************** On the contrary, egg tempera predates oil by several centuries. There are egg tempera paintings in fine shape from the 14th. century. The intricate jewelry on old masters portraits was done in egg tempera on an oil foundation. Egg yolk is an emulsifier that accepts both water and oil. By adding linseed to the yolk/water mixture and adjusting the water/oil ratio one can extend drying time and do some blending. An equilibrium can be reached where the mixture is soluble in either water or oil. The water soluble oil paints offered by big name manufacturers aren't rocket science but a reversion to a method that fell into disuse. When I see some old masterpieces I give homage to an unknown chicken that made it all possible.
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    Art Supplies

    I use Utrecht Art house brand. Good stuff. Liquin and turps will not pass customs. Nothing vaguely flammable. Use the messenger shipment method, the standard method winds up in the Mex Post office to an unknown fate. I get delivery at my door. I have also ordered powdered pigments to use with egg tempera. Anything past 1 lb. triggers Mexican customs since they think you are an importer. Oil whites tend to dry dull but you can safely use egg yolk tempera on top of oil and oil on top of tempera. Tempera dries instantly but needs 2 days for full strength, it will not peel off. I only import the cad yellows and orange. Maybe alaz crimson. Napthol red is intense and lasts forever. For all other colors I use the local ATL brand which is much cheaper. Efrem Gonzales and the small shop close to the Salvadors theatre carries ATL. I paint on Masonite which the lumberyard cuts to preferred sizes. I use vinyl white house paint to prime since the acylic gesso remains too absorbent and has large particles that need to be sanded. Under a microscope gesso has pits that absorb the paint into the substrate. Had trouble with fine lines in oil. Bought a couple of pinstriping brushes and tied them to a chopstick. The amount of body hair allows loading of enough paint whereas riggers are too soft and the paint peters out. For really fine lines egg yolk tempera in somewhat wet oil works good since the water content keeps the line from spreading. For impasto I add either powdered chalk or talcum to oil paint. Saturation is not noticeably affected. The local marble dust is too coarse but can be used. Best palette material I have found is freezer paper which Superlake has at times. Will not absorb and can be thrown away. Also the cheap plastic coated paper plates are good. The super cheap paper napkins are good for wipes and can be discarded. Jara's carries agua ras which is Mex equivalent to US paint thinner. Mex paint thinner contains acetone that kills brushes and leaves you high.
  3. I got booted from IMSS because of a late payment. The hell with them. I am told Seguro Popular is another option. I have absolutely no idea about eligibility, requirements, cost or location. Any info much appreciated.
  4. I have had IMSS for the last 17 years. I have never used their services except in 2015 I needed surgery for an intestinal malignancy. I inquired to IMSS, reported my problem and diagnosis, and started the process of having IMSS do the surgery. IMSS gave me lengthy and delayed half assed schedule that made me nervous since I thought I had a serious problem. I decided to use a private surgeon instead since the IMSS wait was so long. The private surgeon did the surgery and I have not made any IMSS claims since. I continued the IMSS coverage as a catastrophic backup. This year, through negligence, I missed the cutoff date for my yearly payment (a month or less) . Instead of the matter being treated as merely a late payment it seems IMSS is seeing my problem as a request for readmission to the program ostensibly as a new patient. I was told to a get sheet filled out by the director in Chapala. IMSS had my 2015 request for services in detail on the computer. It leaves the impression that now I was a very sick individual applying for IMSS. This is the wrong picture. I just want to renew my 17 years of coverage. The director suggested I go to Guadalajara and made it sound as if there would be an evaluation for my readmission. He sounded negative and I am concerned that I would be rejected and treated as a new patient because of missing the deadline for a payment. Has anyone else been late on an IMSS payment and how did they handle it. I welcome any and all suggestions.
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    Placed an order in Feb. on Amazon US for local delivery. Never got the merchandise, package tracking says items returned to Amazon as undeliverable. I was promised a refund but after 2 months no credit on my credit card. I have been all over Amazon web site but can not find a category for my problem, cannot find an email address for a person that is not automated-- no reply. Cannot find "Contact Us" or the promised referral on the "Help" tab. Anybody got any ideas? Could not find a fone number.
  6. Is an RFC required to renew my car registration? If so, what is it? How do I get it?
  7. Is an RFC required to renew my car registration? If so, what is it? How do I get it?
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    Excessive TELCEL balance

    Thanks for answers so far. I was told that the max transfer was 200p/month, that the recipient had to use the amount within 10 days or it would be forfeit, and that the transfer was a one time deal, not to be repeated. Based on this info it sounds like an impractical hassle.
  9. I don't like or use cell fones and only have it for roadside emergencies. I pay 100P every 2 mos and have managed to accumulate a 3800P balance that I will never use. Ideally I would like to transfer the balance to either my maid or gardener or some other fashion where the money does some good instead of fattening Carlos Slim. From what little I have been able to find out TELCEL is a real shit about balance transfers so I am at a loss of what to do. Any ideas about the constructive use of my TELCEL balance would be much appreciated.
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    Computer parts

    I am happy with mercadolibre.com.mx which is a Mexican version of ebay. Order via internet, pay cash at OXXO and the item will be delivered to your house in 1 or 2 days.
  11. http://www.jorgekfurniture.com/ I was a neighbor of Georges in Patzcuaro for several years. He is a talented furniture designer and incorporates copper and woodworking designs that are truly unique. He also incorporates leather from Italian tanneries. He is a good guy. Lost touch with him but he had an impressive clientele including the King Ranch and southwest banks. He and wife Sheri started in 96 and I was able to help initially with my woodworking skills. Worth a look if you want something truly great. I compared his stuff to the crap you get in Santa Fe NM and there is no comparison.
  12. Years ago I quit buying inkjet printers, The whole thing is a ripoff. I buy cheapo black laser printers (last one Samsung 980P). They last quite a while and if I can't get a toner reload I just toss them and buy another cheapie. Toner reload is around 400P and good for several thousand pages. It is seldom that I need color prints and if so, the Pharm, Guad does then off a USB stick for a few pesos. Inkjet HP is a plague and the rest aren't any better. HP often counts pages instead of ink levels and it is rumored that after a certain amount of pages the printer will start having phony "paper feed" problems.
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    Mother nature at work. I have a constant speed monitor on my computer. Megacable especially varies the download speed second to second. Sometimes there is a 2-3 second drop. While, on the average, the download rate may seem adequate the variations can play havoc with a video stream. Netspeed is misleading since it shows the average rate, not short term variations. Netflix goes to some lengths to smooth out the stream. I can't comment on other content providers. In general lately both Telmex and Telecable service is lower quality since they are pushing in more high data users without visible infrastructure improvement.
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    Google Chrome

    An interesting hack for Chrome that I use. Many times a news article will suck you in either since you have exceeded your freebie quota (NY Times) or you have to subscribe to continue. Using the mouse copy the URL (address bar). Go to Chrome settings (3 vertical dots extreme upper right). Click to open and the click (Create new incognito window). When the window opens paste the URL and hit Enter. The article will open and you can continue reading.
  15. Carmen -766-1608 Honest, reliable. Needs 1 or 2 days weekly. Single mom supporting daughter in nurse's school.