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Thoughts on Graduating from University

Posted on May 13, 2018

Some fourteen years later, at almost forty, I finally completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree! All aspects of my life—academic, professional, and personal—went through many metamorphoses during those years. While I may not have been conscious of the value of those experiences as I went through each of them, they all helped me grow.

There are many ways to obtain knowledge today, and there are a lot of misconceptions about the path one should take, and why going through university is essential/worthless. I'd like to address some of these issues by sharing my experience and thoughts. I hope to help students and professionals, young and old, to reconsider preconceptions they might have about the path that "should" be taken.

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How to get a black piano-like finish

Posted on May 5, 2018

Zutorie - closeup

While I was working on Zutorie, I was aiming for the body of the piece to be piano-black. Once people saw the results of my kinetic sculptures, they were wondering how I did it and suggested I shared my process.

Keep in mind that the following steps were applied to Russian birch plywood. If you use other wood, you may need to do some tests beforehand.

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Find out what codecs your browser supports

Posted on October 31, 2012

Codec Detect

Even though HTML5 is quite promising, a lot of us realized that the fragmentation of what video and audio codecs are supported is quite an issue.

While making a clients's mobile version of their website, I tested on an Android phone and obtained a message from the embedded Vimeo video that the H264 codec was not supported. Even though each browser vendor publishes its own matrix of what they do and do not support, it's not always easy to find out that information quickly. Worse, not all clients are tech savvy, and they may not easily be able to provide you with the necessary information to figure out what codecs their browser or device support.

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