Shawn Olson Creative Arts

Art, Poetry, Photography, Writing and 3D

Donald Olson and Brianna Smith
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Welcome to Shawn Olson Creative Arts, a diverse website devoted to arts and creativity. My interests and skills are wide ranging, spanning from years as a professional photojournalist and web developer to a lifetime of creative free-thinking.

Throughout these pages you can lose yourself in thousands of photos, artwork, poems, essays, reports, games and more. You'll find essays exploring philosophy and education; critiques of modern fads, media and commercialism; tutorials on web programming, graphic design and photography.

Please take some time to browse my site. I have been working on it diligently since the beginning of this millennium. I authored most of the work on this site. However, I do keep bylines attached to articles as there are some pages authored by some of my talented friends and family. When I first launched this site I envisioned it to be a community site; after dozens of people were on it I realized that I shouldn't make a community site attached to my name—which is why I launched the Artistic Network – A global directory of artists and art.

My professional life has led me to the development of Webonizer, a content management system that runs most of the large sites I oversee. Webonizer is the backbone of this site, the Artistic Network and many more sites that produce a lot of content. If you are interested in running a website using Webonizer or simply need a website, please feel free to contact Master Web Designers.

Use some of the links below to get a tour of me and my work.

You can find other areas by using the navigation menu at the top of every page or by using the search utility.

I always enjoy feedback from visitors. Feel free to send me an email with any comments, ideas, praise, criticism or corrections.

Latest Articles

Later Dude

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 | Last Updated Feb 1, 2015

Cringe Bassist Ryan Butcher has died.

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Good Times or Better Stories

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 | Last Updated Dec 7, 2014

Random stories about some funny events in my life. Some became funny after the fact.

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My Wife Likes it Hot

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 | Last Updated Dec 7, 2014

A little story about when my wife made things a little too hot.

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Copy and Paste Object Properties in 3ds Max

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2014

MAXScript for copying properties from one object to multiple other objects.

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maxscript, copy, paste, property

Autodesk Moving to Rental-Only for Software

How a company made for artists is pushing a policy that promotes more starving artists instead of thriving artists
Posted on Oct 13, 2014 | Last Updated Oct 13, 2014

Autodesk is now making plans to stop selling perpetual licenses and move all future business to a rental-only model.

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software, sales, consumer, license, perpetual, rental

Leopard Frog

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 | Last Updated Aug 26, 2014
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Photos of the Leopard Frog in Ohio.

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leopard frog, amphibian, ohio

Moments with Ethan

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 | Last Updated Jun 2, 2014

Photos of my son Ethan Olson over the last few years.

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ethan olson, photos

Dealing with Readblock Character Limit in MAXScript

Posted on May 29, 2014 | Last Updated May 29, 2014

MAXScript function to circumvent the limitations in MemStream.ReadBlock() that has a character limit of 5120 characters.

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maxscript, MemStream.ReadBlock(), readblock, unknown system exception

2013 in Review

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 | Last Updated Feb 26, 2014

Newsletter about 2013, including various losses in our family and other news.

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2013, loss, death, dad, dog, opportunities

Perplexing Things

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | Last Updated Jun 23, 2014

Essays on perplexing and amazing aspects of reality that are often unintuitive.

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statistics, nature, mind, math, perplex
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