Category: Miscellaneous


Posted on Categories Digital art, Miscellaneous, PhotographyTags ,

About a week ago, I discovered an image editing program called Paint.NET. It was originally a college project meant to create a program to replace Microsoft Paint, but has grown into a full-fledged photo editor, supposedly rivaling Photoshop and PaintShop Pro.

While I haven’t had much time to test this claim, I like what I have seen so far. For my first experience with the program, I attempted to cut out a picture of a buffalo using the Magic Wand tool, and I actually got a better result than I did doing the same thing with the same picture in Photoshop. One thing I like about Photoshop is all the filters, but Paint.NET has plug-ins which can be downloaded which may do the same things. I haven’t had a chance to look through them yet.

While I love Photoshop, Paint.NET definitely has one advantage: the cost. It’s pretty hard to beat Free.

Google SketchUp

Posted on Categories 3d, MiscellaneousTags ,

A co-worker recently introduced me to Google SketchUp, a 3d modeling tool designed for ease of use so anyone off the street can create 3d models. I haven’t got into it too far, but what I’ve done I really like. It’s definitely not up to the high standards of 3ds Max or Maya, but it is fun to play around with, and a really good artist could probably make static 3d models up to their standards. One benefit of SketchUp is the 3d Warehouse Google maintains. Just about anything you can think of can be found in the 3d Warehouse, each model created by users and downloadable for free.

I’ve been playing with it modeling a house plan I designed a couple of years ago. It’s fun to see the 2d blueprints take shape and turn into a real 3d model. When I am finished, I will post a couple of different angles on the 3d page of my Web site.

Online Sterling Scholar portfolio

Posted on Categories Awards, Miscellaneous, Web designTags ,

I am currently in the process of converting my 1999 Speech and Drama Sterling Scholar portfolio to a Web site. I have wanted to do this project for a while, but I haven’t had the time. I am a little over half done, but I should be done soon. The currently finished portion can already be viewed online here. Some of the background images take a little while to load because I haven’t optimized them for the Web yet. I’m trying to fix that.

This is actually part of a larger project I have been wanting to do which I will call my Wall of Fame. It will be online images of all my awards and certifications.

On a similar note, I noticed a few days ago that the T.W. Jones and Sons Web site is finally up and running. It can be found at The Pastry Pub Web site has also been up and running for a few weeks at

Up and running (I hope)

Posted on Categories Miscellaneous

Hello all! I got on my blog this morning and the entire thing was just gone! Not even my database was there anymore, so I’m beginning again fresh. Hopefully this will still be here tomorrow.

Maybe it’s just some cruel April Fools joke. If so, I’m not amused.