Shawn Olson Creative Arts

Art, Poetry, Photography, Writing and 3D

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Greetings Earthling. Welcome to my creative portal. My name is Shawn Olson. I'm a creative jack-of-all trades who has years of experience in 3ds Max, web development, journalism, photography, graphics and parenting. You may know me as a technical artist for Black Mesa or as the developer of Wall Worm if you came here as a game developer.

If you need help with any of these things, then I'm your guy:

  • Problem Solving
  • 3D Environments
  • 3D Assets
  • 3ds Max pipelines
  • Game Design
  • Documentation
  • Journalistic Coverage
  • Application Education
  • Web Application Development

If you must know more about me, feel free to read A Short Biography. But more importantly, enjoy the various photos, poems, editorials and scripts across the site.

I always enjoy feedback from visitors. Feel free to send me an email with any comments, ideas, praise, criticism or corrections. Of course you can always interact with me on the Wall Worm forums or other 3D forums where I haunt.

Latest Articles

Cringefest 2003

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 | Last Updated Jul 29, 2013

Cringefest was a large show in 2003 showing off the talents of many popular bands in Central Ohio, including Cringe, Liquid 6teen, Eightdaze, Soma and more.

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MisCon 25

My Adventure with Onkel Sven.
Posted on Jun 5, 2011 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
John Dalmas and childJohn Dalmas and LadiesJohn Dalmas and William WarrenDalmas in the HoodRobert Lovely and John DalmasJohn Dalmas Giving ToastJohn and BrookeBill WarrenJohn the Story Teller

I traveled to Missoula, Montana with John Dalmas to participate in MisCon 25. I met several interesting characters including William Warren Jr, James Burk, Jim Glass and others.

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miscon, missoula, montana, sci-fi, scifi, science fiction convention, john dalmas

Forum Etiquette in the 21st Century

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A short discussion on using online forums. Why I concluded that participation in forums should be limited.

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forums, online forums, social media, necroposting, flame wars, noobs, fanboy

January, 2011 Newsletter

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 | Last Updated Jul 27, 2013
Brain MazeSanta's Meal to Slay For

Newsletter from Shawn Olson on January 10, 2011.

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newsletter

Great Holiday Meal

A Breakfeast to Slay For
Posted on Dec 20, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
Santa's Meal to Slay For

Santa has the best meal he's had in years. Mrs. Claus, though, isn't so sure. A holiday baking cartoon.

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cartoon, christmas, santa, bacon, rudolph

Wall Worm Model Tools

Easily send your models from 3ds Max to the Valve Source Game Engine
Posted on Nov 18, 2010 | Last Updated May 15, 2015

I've written a new MAXScript to help automate sending models from 3ds Max to the Valve Source Game Engine.

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3ds max, source, smd, export

Brain Maze

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
Brain Maze

Maze of a human brain. Maybe you are an important thought or a tapeworm egg. Either way, find your way to the center of the brain.

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maze, brain

August 27, 2010 Newsletter

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
de_sacrilegede_sacrilege wipConvexity being used on de_sacrilegeMantis Cluster

August 27, 2010 Newsletter with a review of Convexity, a game level builder plug-in for 3D Studio Max.

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Hatching Mantids

Posted on May 10, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
Mantis ClusterBaby Mantises on Egg SackMantid Egg Sack DebrisTiny MantisBaby mantis HangingJumble of MantidsHatching MantisMantids on Leaf

Photos of dozens of baby praying mantises hatching from their egg sack.

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mantids, mantis, praying mantis

Information Overload

An Over-Abundance of Information in the Information Age
Posted on Apr 4, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay on the trends on the Internet that cause an explosion of information that is often antithetical to the ideals of democracy and progress. This essay cautions parents, teachers and community leaders to be wary of every emerging media outlet.

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internet, society, media, information, data, knowledge
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