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Letters to the kids, “No One Knows”

I’ve been meaning to sit down and begin writing this for some time. Growing up, my dad went to great lengths to inculcate¬†me with his spiritual views. At the time, I didn’t look at it that way, but now looking back it’s what it was. Instead of bibles, he used LSD. Instead of hymns,¬†he used Pink Floyd. It was still proselytization though. Mom did the same thing, continues to do the same thing. I think it’s the nature of people to need to share their view of the universe, to get others on board so they don’t feel so alone. To some degree maybe that’s what this is as well. If I was being totally honest, I’d keep my mouth shut and leave you to figure it out for yourselves. Sometimes I think that would be the best way. Given all the problems religion causes, the blind spots it engenders, I think anyone giving “spiritual” guidance would best sit on their hands.

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What I’ve been up to…

Since last posting (so long ago), I’ve continued to be involved in the Wrong Rock project as an animator and associate tech artist. However, what’s taking up most of my time has been starting a Masters of Computer Science at the local university, Western Michigan University. It’s my hope that by fleshing out my programming toolkit, I can make myself a more viable technical director and rigger for production. Things have gone well so far (4.0 GPA after three terms), so fingers crossed.

2016 Reel Done!

Been busy the last couple months, and so I’ve not been taking the time to keep up on blogging. Just finished putting the final touches on my 2016 Demo Reel, after completing the Creature Locomotion master’s course at Animation Mentor. Our instructor, Nicole Herr, pushed us hard and I think the work turned out well. Hopefully, employers will agree and I’ll be able to find footing somewhere soon. Special thanks go out to the folks at AM and the selection panel at the Arts Council in Kalamazoo for the MCACA Mini-grant. I couldn’t have done this work without all three organizations’ help.

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