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"Angry Bird" Toon Boom Studio exercise

This is my implementation of Surefire Pictures tutorial for Toon Boom Studio animation software.
I did the animation and the voice over is by Surefire Pictures.


I will never forget !

Matthew Shepard died 16 years ago today from injuries he suffered five days earlier in a brutal hate crime in Laramie Wyoming. I will NEVER forget !



 

To Albuquerque and back

Last week my sister and I took a trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. My sister arrived Sunday evening and we went out for a late dinner. We left Arvada Monday morning and stopped in Colorado Springs to lunch with our cousin Dick. Dick and his wife Terri are missionaries. They have traveled and lived all over the world. After lunch we took a tour of Garden of the Gods park. They grow really big rocks there.


Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Our great, great grand father, Edmund G. Ross, was Governor of the New Mexico territory for four years (1885 - 1889.) While he was Governor he lived in a house called Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. It's not actually a palace - in reality it's a one floor adobe building. The building has a lot of history behind it and is now part of the New Mexico History Museum. There were a lot of people milling about and I didn't think is was very picturesque so I didn't take any pictures.

We went into the Loretto Chapel and saw the miracle staircase.


Spiral staircase, Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We also went into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The Basilica is very attractive.


San Miguel church was being re-mudded and didn't appear to be open. I would like to have seen more of Santa Fe and toured some of the museums but we both tired out fairly quickly, and most attractions charge an entry fee.

We toured the ruins in Pecos National Historical Park which include the remains of a Pueblo village, kivas, and a spanish mission.


We planned to spend a night in Albuquerque but turned it into a fast round trip instead. We visited Edmund's grave site, ate lunch, gased up and started back to Colorado.

I enjoyed the trip even though it was fast paced. I would like to have spent a few hours in Walsenburg, taken highway 12 around the Spanish Peaks into Trinidad, view the history in Trinidad, see Fort Union and spend some time in Las Vegas, NM. Unfortunately, I have to admit I don't have the energy or the money it takes to make such a trip.

Flying Ralston-Central Park in Arvada

The city of Arvada just completed a complete renovation of one of the parks along Ralston Creek Trail. Ralston-Central Park at West 58th & Garrison in Arvada, Colorado includes new restrooms, a water park, 2 play areas, a large picnic pavilion, and a large open space. I took my quadcopter out for a quick fly over of the new park Friday morning.


Pretty Pictures

Girl on Bicycle
Girl on Bicycle with Eldorado Canyon in background
Boulder Greenbelt Plateau open space


Greenbelt Plateau
National Wind Technology Lab and Eldorado Canyon
Boulder Greenbelt Plateau open space

Flying over Boulder Greenbelt Plateau

I took my quadcopter to Boulder Greenbelt Plateau open space this morning and got some nice video.

Full moon rising

I've had bad luck taking photos of the moon. These are the best one's yet! Someone suggested my problem was caused by vibration when the mirror in the DSLR flipped up; they suggested I try locking the mirror up and use a time delay shutter or a remote. I figured out how to lock the mirror up and a used 2 second delayed shutter. I also tried a range of shutter speeds and ISO's.

Full moon rising over Arbor Lake, Arvada, Colorado.



Maiden flight of the phantom


Maiden flight of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
Arbor Lake, Arvada, Colorado
June 6, 2014.

Motorcycle near miss collision

I recorded this while riding on Colorado highway 93 north of Golden Saturday afternoon. A motorcycle almost hit a van broadside but just missed it by a hair. Saturday May 3, 2014.

Uh oh! What is Clyde up to now?


I bought an introductory quadcopter. It's a ARES ETHOS QX-130. This is it's inaugural flight. I've never flown an RC device before so I'm still learning how to fly it.

Photos so far this year


These are some of the better photos I've taken so far this year.

Lake Arbor Fairways, 14th hole, January 2, 2014.

Olympus SZ12, ISO 80, 1/400, f5.4, 140mm.


Funeral procession of Jefferson County Sherifs Officer Sgt. David Baldwin, February 3, 2014.

Canon Rebel T1i, ISO 100, 1/250, f9.0, 85mm.


Whitecaps on Stanley Lake with Boulder flatirons behind, March, 3, 2014.

Olympus SZ12, ISO 80, 1/640, f4.4, 66mm.


Bald Eagle at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, March 4, 2014.

Canon Rebel T1i, ISO 250, 1/2000, f6.3, 500mm.


My first oil painting in 45 years. March 7, 2014.
I just wanted to play with the paint. I don't know what it is but it must be something.

More to follow.

A quick ride

I got the motorcycle out yesterday and went for a quick ride. Come along with me.

Elver A. Barker

I was one of Mr. Barker's students when he was teaching art classes in Wyoming during the 1960's. My parents bought one of his paintings which I later inherited; it now hangs in my living room. I had a signed copy of his finger painting book for the longest time but I don't know where it's gone to.


I'll try to get a better photo.

I hadn't seen Mr. Barker since about 1968 and assumed he had died so I was surprised to meet him again in 2000. I introduced myself by asking him if he could remember what he was doing in 1965. He looked a little worried then said "No." I told him who I was and how I had been one of his students when he taught in Wyoming. He remembered both me and my parents.

While admiring his painting this afternoon I wondered what happened to him. An internet search found a web page dedicated to him. The paragraph and photos below were taken from Tyler Alpern's web site.

Elver Barker was and artist, teacher, gay and human rights activist who was one of the early officers of the Mattachine Society and an editor of the Mattachine Review. In 1953, he lost his job at the Alameda County welfare office when a supervisor figured out that Barker was gay. He then became among the most active members of the Mattachine Society. Out of fear for losing his job as a schoolteacher for being a gay activist, he operated under the name Carl B. Harding, which he signed to articles he wrote, letters to the editor of local newspapers and when quoted in newspaper reports. "We were afraid we'd lose our jobs," Barker recall to Westword on the occasion of the 1999 Gay Pride Parade. "I loved my work," Barker said of one lost job. "But one day, my supervisor said to me, 'We all live in glass houses around here.' And when he said that, I knew I was being discriminated against." Barker also edited the Mattachine Education Handbook, “a resource dedicated to fighting discriminatory policies such as a standard practice that law enforcement agencies used to illegally entrap gays.” In 1956, Elver moved to Denver to become a teacher and established a local Mattachine Society. His role with the Mattachine is documented in the book Behind the Mask of the Mattachine to be released in the Fall of 2006. His correspondence as a Mattachine Officer is preserved in the New York Public Library.


Above is what he looked like when I was his student.

The Newcastle mentioned above is Newcastle Wyoming.