Shawn Olson Creative Arts

Art, Poetry, Photography, Writing and 3D

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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

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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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

Infinity, for the Mind and Body

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | Last Updated Feb 7, 2014

A short discussion on infinities.

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infinite, infinity

A Balogna Syndrome

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 | Last Updated Jan 4, 2014

A cartoon of a bull chronically depressed due to an unfortunate pun in his name.

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Boycott Adobe

It's Time for Artists to Send a Message
Posted on Nov 5, 2013 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2013

Critical discussion on software companies fleecing artists and consumers.

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software, fleecing, boycott, rental, lease, buy

Wall Worm Auto Material

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 | Last Updated Aug 27, 2013

Wall Worm Auto Material is a 3ds Max script that automatically applies materials to newly created objects in 3ds Max.

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3ds max, maxscript, material

PHP Traits for Implementing Interfaces

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 | Last Updated Aug 13, 2013

PHP 5.4 introduced traits. Traits are in many ways like code-assisted copy and paste. They are ways to mix code into a class without inheritance. But what are they good for? When should they be used?

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PHP 5.4, trait, interface, abstract, oop

Colorful Insect Photos

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 | Last Updated Jul 30, 2013

Some colorful insect photos.

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Saying Goodbye to Dad

Newsletter, July 27, 2013
Posted on Jul 27, 2013 | Last Updated Jul 27, 2013

Shawn Olson's Newsletter, July 27, 2013. News about my father's death.

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