1773 Newgate Prison Story

Working on my 1773 Newgate Prison story; I’ve been up until 7am writing it.

Upside – I’m really enjoying writing it. I love this time period.

Downside – turns out there are records documenting the horse thief I’m writing about, but they’re trapped in the Connecticut State Library.

So that says that William Johnson Crawford of Newgate prison was received February 26 1774 and escaped April 9 1774. Technically they don’t know if he escaped or was crushed by rocks, but they never found the body.

He was convicted of stealing of mares in Pomfret and arrested in New Hampshire; convicted and sent to Newgate Prison in February 1774. The records are in the Crimes and Misdemeanors volume VI, pages 35-37 and page 369a. That’s all well and good, but those records aren’t scanned.

How do I get in to them??

Otherwise I’m stalled AGAIN while I wait for them to open, so I can write this story accurately. Arrrggghhh :).

I still can’t find any birth records for him. I looked through the microfiche for Pomfret CT, for Union CT (a Crawford family lived there) … any other ideas?

Canon i9100 Print Head Cleaning – Color or Black Won’t Print

One of the most frustrating things to happen with a perfectly functional printer is when suddenly one color won’t print properly. Maybe you buy new ink for it. It doesn’t help. The problem is actually with your print head.

Here is how to clean the print head of your Canon i9100 printer.

Cleaning the Canon i9100 Print Head

You’ll want warm water, a syringe, and paper towels. Gloves are nice but not necessary.

Turn the printer on and open the cover so the print head seeks to the center spot. That lets you access the ink.

Take out all of the ink cartridges. Put them to the side.

Now lift the gray locking mechanism to remove the print head itself. Put it onto a paper towel.

You do NOT want to submerge this in water. This has electronics in it. Instead, use a syringe with warm water. Put a bubble on water onto each ink-destination circle. There will be six of them. Try not to touch the circle itself – that metal mesh is delicate.

The water should suck through the print head and out the bottom side. You’ll see it come out all a mish-mash of colors.

Keep doing this, moving to a fresh area of paper towel each time. As you go, the remaining ink left in the system should get less and less, so you should see less and less color on the paper towel. By the end the water should come through clear.

When it’s clean, put the head back into the printer and re-insert the ink.

Here’s the video explaining how to clean the Canon i9100 print head:

Canon i9100 Printer Waste Tank Cleaning and Reset

Like most printers, the Canon i9100 printer has a waste ink collection system which allows excess ink to be gathered up. This is used when the printer does things like clean its heads – which really means it just squirts and wastes lots of ink out of the nozzles to try to clean them. I suppose they don’t want to waste paper by printing ink onto paper. Or maybe they don’t want us end users to realize just how much ink they waste during their cleaning activity, and by “hiding” it inside the machine in those waste receptacles we don’t know about the problem until they get full.

For the Canon i9100 printer, you’re alerted that the waste tank is full by the printer flashing 7 yellow lights and then one green.

Here is how to handle it. There is a video at the end as well.

Canon i9100 Printer – Cleaning the Waste Tank

While the term used by the printer industry is waste tank, with the Canon i9100 all it is is a single foam strip which runs the length of the printer. It lies directly beneath the path of the printer head. You can see it if you simply lift the cover of the printer.

You don’t have to take apart your printer. You just gently pull that foam strip out. Wash it thoroughly with water. Squeeze it dry.

There are also a few foam pads beneath where you just removed the strip. Dab those with a paper towel. Slide the ink to the left to get the one that is beneath the ink cartridge “home rest” position.

Now put the long foam strip back into place. You can tuck it beneath the ink cartridge fairly easy if it’s in that home position.

Now you have to do this sequence to reset the printer’s memory about the ink status.

  1. Turn off printer
  2. Hold down Resume button and press Power button.
  3. Keep holding down Power button and let Resume button go.
  4. Press Resume button 2 times then let BOTH buttons go.
  5. Green lights will flash and then stop blinking.
  6. When green lights are solid, press the Resume button 4 times.
  7. Press the Power button and the printer should turn off, if not, press the Power button once more.
  8. Your printer should respond as normal.

Here is what the Canon i9100 nozzle test pattern should look like:

If you’re not seeing all of those colors, it’s time to clean the print head itself. I’ll write that process up separately.

Video instructions for cleaning the Canon i9100 Printer waste tank

Lucktastic Win Free Money

Lucktastic – Earn Free Money from your Phone

My tarot card for this week had been about financial stability. Part of what is helping is that I’m running apps like Lucktastic in the background while I work.

I just look over every once in a while if I’m waiting for a screen to load, scratch a ticket, and go back to work. I’m earning a magazine subscription a week right now. I just got Elle today. It’s wholly free.

I can sell them on Amazon for about $5.50/issue x 12 = $66. Plus it builds up my Amazon seller rating. So a win-win for practically no effort.

Heck if I actually win a “real prize” that’s an extra bonus but I don’t even have to for this to be worth it.

Here’s the info on how I do this.

Six of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles

It’s a new week! A new opportunity! I drew a great card for myself. Hurrah, my hard work and effort are paying off! Let me know if you’d like me to draw a card for you :).

Six of Pentacles

Traditional meaning: This is a card of stability and wealth. Things will be all right. The money is there, and it is being handled wisely, with an eye to charity.

It can also be a card about knowing when to accept help. About knowing when a gentle hand from a person can get you on the path you need to be on.

There is a strong emphasis on generosity to others in this card. Some versions of the card actually have an in-distress person in the scene. The idea is, even if you are in rough times, that others can have it far rougher. Remember to still be caring for those around you.

Aquarian Deck:

The person is an official who is skilled at evaluating life. Their office is decorated with signs of wealth. They are well dressed and have a clear vision. They are balancing the options.

The skies are sunny and blue behind them.

They are relaxed and comfortably seated. Calm. Collected. They will figure out what the options are and how to best proceed.

Maybe it will involve using money they have. Maybe it will involve borrowing money or lending money. Whatever the course, it will be considered from various angles before a step is taken.

Cloister Deck:

This person seems more jovial and happy, dressed in bright colors. The pentacles are glowing gold and almost look like they are floating around in the air. The person is even holding a bonus coin. Overall a bright, optimistic card.

1920s Stromberg-Voisinet Vintage Banjo

Bob’s grandfather, Walter Samora, had this banjo for as long as Bob can remember. The family lived in Yonkers, New York. Unfortunately Walter never played his instrument, so Bob just remembers the banjo being around the house. Bob is the musician in the family so it has come down to him.

I got some GREAT information from the BanjoHangout.org forum site! Thank you so much guys!

From Bill: “It’s a Kay, made in Chicago, and presumably from the 1930s given the MOTS (Mother-of-Toilet Seat) fretboard. It’s a lower-end, mass-produced instrument, but is likely to be playable after setup without extensive work.”

From BeeGee: “Its a Stromberg-Voisinet from the 20’s-30’s. Waverly tailpiece. Mother-of-toilet-seat (pearloid) fingerboard. These were quite popular inexpensive banjos. The S-V name was changed to Kay in 1931.”

It is in need of tender loving care. It comes with a case, but the case is also separating and needs some tender loving care. Ask if you need any more detailed photos.

Available for $300.

Amazon Publishing

Amazon Affiliate Links and Social Media

If you have a website or social media site of any kind, you absolutely should have an Amazon affiliate account. That means every time you recommend any product that exists on Amazon – whether it’s a book, movie, software product, or other item, you get a commission on its purchase. It is free, easy money for the things you want to share with your readers.

This includes your OWN books you’ve written. If it’s on Amazon, you get credit for recommending it.

However, there are STRICT RULES about where you are allowed to post promotions. For example, you can NOT put affiliate links in ebooks or email messages. To do so puts in jeopardy your entire Amazon account. Just don’t do it. Amazon is too powerful to get angry, and yes, they absolutely shut down accounts without compunction. Their rules matter to them. Friends of mine have had it happen. I do everything I can NOT to anger Amazon in any way.

Here are the rules.

Your post must be ON A WEBSITE YOU CONTROL.

Not only do you have to control it, but you must have specifically entered that website on the list of your websites in the Amazon affiliate program system. You must have PREREGISTERED that location as one involving your codes. This is part of their quality control system so that you and only you are using your codes.

When you log into your affiliate account at:


Click on your email in the top right, then go to Account Settings. In that screen, go to:

Edit your Website and Mobile App List

You must absolutely put into there every place you are going to post links, and they must be CONTROLLED BY YOU. This can’t be a random comment area of a CNN news report. It must be your personal website or social media feeds wholly under your control. So I can for example put in LisaShea.com. I can even put in https://www.facebook.com/lisashea.origami because that is a page I wholly control. However, I can’t just put in Facebook.com (as in the entire Facebook site) because I don’t control that. I can’t claim credit for any links put anywhere on Facebook.

Make absolutely sure you have that area up to date and you only post your links on those pages, which you control. Amazon knows exactly where incoming links are coming from. If they see links coming in from pages not on that list, they can and will shut your entire account down.

If you are the SOLE MODERATOR of a group, you can post there. But if it’s a generic group that many people have access to, then you can NOT post affiliate links there.

Here is the US Amazon page describing this:


Here’s the EU Amazon page which goes into this in more detail.


OK, now on to part 2.

You Must Disclose That You Make Money

This is not just an Amazon rule, it’s also a FTC rule. A legal government rule, to prevent fraud. In the account you are using, you must say somewhere that you make money from Amazon affiliate links. You don’t have to do it with every single post – this would be a huge burden on short-text places like Twitter. However, your account “about me” area has to indicate that information. On Twitter it’s good to add a hashtag like #paidlink so that it is crystal clear what the post URL goes to.

Take this seriously. You have to do this for legal reasons. You have to let people know that you make money from things you recommend.

And part 3.

Your Link Must Be Clearly To Amazon

This only matters if you use a link shortener. You’ve probably see those URLs – the ones that look like garbage letter piles and you have no idea where it is going. Amazon wants to be crystal clear that someone knows they are going to Amazon to buy the thing, and not being tricked into thinking they’re going somewhere else.

So if you use a link shortener, you absolutely must say that this item is on Amazon so the person knows they are being sent to Amazon.

I’ll also add a fourth caveat:

You Cannot Boost an Affiliate Link Post

You can’t in any way pay money to reach people with your affiliate link post. You can’t run that affiliate link as part of an ad campaign. You can’t “Boost” the post in Facebook. This must be a natural, organic link that you are promoting to people.

If you are Amazon to make money with affiliate sales, that is great. People earn quite a lot of money through Amazon affiliate sales. But make absolutely sure you do it within their rules. Amazon isn’t a forgiving kind of company. They are likely to simply ban you for life for breaking their rules. And considering just how powerful and widespread Amazon is, that’s an excommunication which can really hurt.

Lisa Shea Author

Capital One Spark QBO Failure

VICTORY!!! I had caught up all my QuickBooks accounts except my business bank account.

Capital One Spark generates a QBO file but it CANNOT be read by QuickBooks. They don’t tell you this when you sign up, but if you sign up for Capital One Spark online they ARE NOT VERIFIABLE by QuickBooks. So even though you can generate a QBO file through the Spark system, it CANNOT be read in by QuickBooks. Utter nonsense.

I was facing hand-entering hundreds of records manually.

So I coded a script to read in the QBO file and output a generic IIF file, which could then be handled by QuickBooks. It was challenging, but it beats hand-entering all the data, and now I can use this script going forward!

Hurrah!!!! 🙂

What are you up to tonight?