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Making Writing Progress

I write four days a week, the other three I write code.  Not a bad split, right? Still, I’m not making enough progress on my novel. It’s like cutting down a tree with a butter knife.  Wood chips on the ground show effort, but the thick trunk looks barely scratched. Why can’t I write faster,…

The Applause of Waves

The sea glides in, waves build and white water crashes onto the beach. On a wood planked pier, a delivery truck rumbles along. In its bed, wood crates and tackle tumble amongst rope and wire. A large orange buoy bounces from the back.  Its tether snags the trucks bumper preventing its escape.  The driver removes…

Do You Practice Writing People? You Should.

How many videos on “How to Draw People” have you watched on YouTube this year? A lot? Me too. How many “How to Write People” videos have you watched? Less? Me too. We all agree story is the most important part of visual storytelling, but most of us spend far more time practicing the visual…

The Animation Mentor F5 Comic

Years ago I attended the Animation Mentor school for Character Animation. It was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed the classes, the teachers and the student body.  In the months leading up to the launch of the school, I was in the inaugural class, there was a community of new character animators who were frantically gathering online,…

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Mutual Hook and Ladder No. 1.

Sacramento, California is home to the first volunteer fire department in the western United States.  In the late 1840’s Sacramento consisted of many wooden buildings which were built quickly and placed close together. A series of fires during the Gold Rush era promoted people in Sacramento to form a volunteer fire department called Mutual Hook and Ladder…

Charles Ginsberg and the Practical Videotape Recorder

Charles Paulson Ginsburg was a native of San Francisco, graduated from San José State University and went on to become and engineer at KCBS.  In 1951 he joined a US based electronics company called Ampex. Ampex was famous for its development of the reel-to-reel audio tape recorder, which some sources say was designed at the request…

The Oak Manufacturing Company, Inc.

In the mid 1940’s west coast vending machine operators were in need of a vending machine that was flexible enough to allow operators to stock them with different types of charms. Around this time a man named, Harold T. Probasco, had developed a die-cast aluminum vending machine, that was precision built and featured interchangeable parts allowing…

Sequoia National Park’s Ash Mountain Sign

The Ash Mountain sign located near the entrance to Sequoia National Park was designed by Harold G. Fowler and sculpted by George W. Munro in 1935.  The sign is made from a single piece of sequoia that fell in the Giant Forest area of the park. It remained unpainted until the 1950’s and was moved to its current location…