Archive for the 'General' Category

I’m on the Flashforward2007 Film Festival Judge Panel

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
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What a cool invitation!  :)   I was asked, not long ago, to be on the judge panel for the Flashforward2007 Film Festival.  I’ve seen over 100 entries, many of which were truly what I’d call “cream of the crop” examples of what Flash is all about.

Flashforward2007 Judge Badge

I’m looking forward to the conference itself in September!  I’m always happy to meet people I’ve come to know online.

Now Shipping:  Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers

Monday, July 16th, 2007
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On Thursday, July 12, 2007, a hefty box arrived at my doorstop.  Inside?  My author’s copies of Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers, written by Tom Green and me.  What a way to perk up the afternoon!  :)

Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers

Right away, I flipped to the XML chapter to show Meridian the picture of herself (she’s in one of the XML sample files, which includes a number of JPGs).  Keep reading »

I’ve Been BoDo’d!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

A couple months ago, a writer for BoDo (Business of Design Online), asked to interview me after happening upon this blog.  I was happy to oblige, and what followed was a bit of pleasant correspondence that culminated in the article linked here (thanks, cat!):

Home Again from TODCon 2007

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
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TODCon Elvis, drawing by Chris Flick
Drawing by Chris Flick,

Truth be told, I was home last Friday already, but have only gotten around to posting today.  TODCon was a whole lot of fun, really.  Actually, that’s not putting it strongly enough.  TODCon was truly a great time!  I finally got to meet a bunch of Community MX pals, including Tom Green, with whom I co-authored Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers (check stores in July!).  I even met a client and a few people I’d helped on various forums, which are the kind of connections I always like to make.

There are times when you have a preconceived notion about someone that doesn’t turn out, face to face, to hold true.  Well, that wasn’t the case here at all.  I was expecting to have a good time, and that expectation was rewarded in spades.  I really “clicked” with these folks, and I imagine any onlookers would have assumed we’d all been friends for a decade at least, as you can see in these photos by Jim BabbageKeep reading »

Las Vegas Bound!

Saturday, June 9th, 2007
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I’m off to TODCon — this one really snuck up on me! — and it’s in Vegas this year, so I’m looking forward to the bright lights.  I’ll be presenting two sessions:  “ActionScript 3.0 for the Non-Hardcore Programmer” and “ActionScript for Flash Sound.”  I spent a couple hours today recording some fun audio files for the samples.  This conference is sure to be a blast!  If I can, I’ll write a few notes from the road.

Falling Off the Face of the Earth—Into Orbit

Friday, May 25th, 2007
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When the concept of orbit was explained to me—this was many, many moons ago, in Canadian grade school—I was riveted. The act of orbiting Earth was, in fact, the act of falling … of falling at such a rate and angle that the falling was continuous. You didn’t ever land, because your trajectory was far enough that the planet’s curvature bent away beneath you.

How does this relate to me today?  Well, the phrase, “fallen off the face of the Earth” generally means a person has fallen out of touch, and that definitely describes my blog activity this month.  I regret that.  I’ve received quite a few emails asking if everything is all right (it is!), if I’ve decided to hang up my blogging hat (no way!), and so on.  So that explains the orbit business, because even if I’ve fallen off, I’m still around.  ;)

Not long ago, I mentioned with glee that Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers is complete, and wow, that was a naïve misstatement!  The actual writing is done, yes, but then Tom and I went through the author review process, where copyeditors tidied up our Word documents.  Currently, we’re going through PDF reviews, which is exciting, because I get to see how the pages will look when they’re actually printed.  The downside is, all of this takes time.  I’m looking forward to free evenings more than I have the energy to express.  Those free evenings are almost here!  When they are, I’ll be right back in the thick of things.  Thanks, sincerely, to everyone who has checked in on me.

Flash CS3 is in the stores now, and it’s great.  It’s bringing up all sorts of new questions on the forums, and I’m excited about the continued interest in an application I use practically every day of my life.  I’ve got a backlog of blog entries, and I’ll be back soon.

Green Run High School Career Fair

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

A friend of mine works at Green Run High School, just two miles down the road from where I live.  They have a Career Fair, I think every year, and she asked if I would attend this morning to speak to students about what a career in multimedia means, how to get started in this line of work, and basically any related questions people might think to ask.


It was fun, and a handful of students were interested enough to take a business card.  If you’re one of those people, or were standing around the edges, feel free to use the contact form on this site to send me follow-up questions, ask for book or online training recommendations, or whatever else may have slipped your mind.

Thanks for having me at your school!

Foundation is Complete!

Monday, April 30th, 2007
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I don’t know when I first saw this image — maybe on a 4H Club commercial, decades ago? — but it comes to mind on occasion.  Imagine a big, plump sheep.  A sheep so laden with wool, it almost doesn’t look like a sheep; looks, instead, like a huge dirty cauliflower.  Now imagine a skinny-minnie sheep, leaping and bounding through green, green, green hillocks.  Imagine it soaring in slow motion, giddy.  Catch just the right angle, and you’ll agree that sheep, indeed, have smiles.

The best part is, both of these sheep are the same animal.  The leaping one happens to be shorn, and boy, does it feel good!  At 1:13am last night — or this morning, if you prefer — I finished my last remaining chapter for Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers.  And yes, I’m sporting a dreamy, sheepish grin.

Now I just have to whittle down my inbox.  I got it down to 83!

Two-Book Milestone, Around the Bend

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
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An alternate title for this entry could easily be “Why my blogging has slowed down lately,” and the shortest answer would be a muffled “busy” — muffled like a voice struggling out from beneath a heavy pile of desktop rubble — but that’s no fun, because it’s a punch line without a story.  ;)   It’s been nearly a year since I pulled away from an agreeable salaried position to see if I could make it on my own.  So far, so good; honestly.  June 7 will be the anniversary, and I’m kind of excited about it.

In an open-jawed, stunned sort of way, I’m grateful.  Grateful to my wife and daughter, who have been waiting patiently for me, sometimes with a surprise pancake dinner.  Grateful to friends who’ve been hanging in there, because my evenings have been shot for time out of mind.  It’s all about to return to normal.

Why?  Two Flash books are on the way.  Keep reading »

Recognizing Audio Patterns Visually

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I’m working on a whopping slideshow for a big client.  The fun part, unfortunately, is pretty much behind me.  The framework has been built.  At this point, I’m merely a slide-crunching machine.  There are hundreds of slides.  This partly explains my sporadic blogging in recent weeks.

Things I’ve come to realize:  a) more than ever, I’m thankful for JSFL (particularly, its File API), which allows me to make automated changes to all my slides at once; b) when I deal with audio files in Audition often enough, I begin to “see” recurring spoken phrases in the waveform — which is a bit like that dude in The Matrix who “sees” blondes, brunettes, and redheads in the tumbling data characters.  Keep reading »