Half-animal, half-human hybrids depicted on oldest discovered cave art - CNN

Cave art depicting a hunting scene has been found in Indonesia dated to 44,000 years old, making it the oldest rock art created by humans.

This is fascinating. The fact that humans were representing things that didn’t exist in the real world makes me curious as to the stories we were telling ourselves then. How do they differ from the ones we tell today?

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A yawn is a silent scream for coffee.

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Had a nice little holiday party with old friends tonight. And some new too.

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The never ending quest for notebook layout nirvana continues. Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be bullet journalers

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I was doing some research for the short film I’m considering making. It was originally to be based off of the Parable of the Two Wolves. I found two interesting bits.

  1. I found a version of the Parable that has a much better ending, and I instantly gravitated towards it.
  2. I then found out that the Parable is a lie. It was created by an evangelical preacher for a sermon. He falsely attributed it to Native Americans for impact. I was initially concerned about how to use this as a basis for a short film without appropriation and wanted to pay respect to the culture that originated the Parable. Seems like that’s totally out the window now. So I’m rethinking it completely.


For 2019 I chose the theme of “Compounding”. Not strictly a goal, but a single word that should be present at the top of my mind when facing decisions, hardships, and successes. I wasn’t as good as I could have been in regards to using that word to help me progress past certain boundaries, and obstacles. But I did have some successes with it.

This year, I’m not going to forget the word compounding, but I’ve been giving a lot of thought to a new theme for 2020. That theme will be Storytelling. I’ve come to this word for a variety of reasons:

  • I started my professional career as an animator, which is a kind of storyteller who works with movement.
  • Over the last two years, I’ve been studying and practicing Improv comedy. An act of creating characters, relationships and stories on the spot and in the moment
  • I’ve been very mindful of the stories I tell myself over the last year. Especially the ones that are from the always chattering monkey mind, which insists that I’m too much of this, or not enough of that.
  • At work, we use User Stories to help us understand the users of the things we build. “As a Blogger, I need to write an article, so that I can express myself. User Stories are indeed stories. They tell the who, what, and why of a given action.
  • I have been tinkering with parts of a puzzle, and never putting them together completely. Web Marketing automation with zapier and other no-code tools, iOS and MacOS automation, Coaching services, Niche Job Boards and Tshirt sites, and many other “failed” side projects. Lack of focus is my story there.
  • I’ve been using images to help solve problems at work. These kinds of business drawings tell the story of the company or users.
  • Just this month I had conversations with people I’ve known for a long time that reminded me of the things I miss, and that also happen to be the most rewarding experiences for me. Telling stories.
  • We all tell stories to each other. It’s how we communicate to have people empathize with us.

All of these related thoughts (and maybe some I’m currently forgetting) have me coming back full circle to remember my love of storytelling. By bringing that to the top of mind as my yearly theme I can refocus and create.

I’m strongly considering creating an animated short film. It’s not really that I want to animate or relearn a 3D application again, it’s more like that feeling where I want to express myself in a visual way. To tell a story. To feed my good wolf.

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This is refreshing in more ways than one. Positive news from across the globe, presented with beautiful graphics. Beautiful News. I’ve already forgotten where I came across this link… sorry to not cite source.

Experimenting with slowmo and lights

Happy December 1st. I’m excited to start the Pixar in a Box Art of Storytelling course this month. I’ve been thinking about storytelling a lot lately. So much so that I am thinking it’s my theme for December, and possibly all of 2020.

Today is the last day of the Microblogvember challenge. The prompt is pretty on point for today. It is integrate. I have posted something every day for thirty days, as soon as I hit publish on this post. I’ve wondered how people like Seth Godin can post every day for years. Weather he writes the post in batches and releases on a schedule, or if he is writing them each day really doesn’t matter. He is putting his thoughts out there every day.

Some of my posts I thought were good, some not so much. Some resonated with people, and comments were made. I’m happy to have used the thirty days to start to build a writing and/or post a daily doodle. I’m hoping to integrate the practice in my life. To record my thoughts each day. If one of them resonates with a post, that’s the icing on the cake.

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Draw don’t shop :) Check out Black Ink Friday for more.

Rushed for time. No “real” tools. Just my finger and a simple drawing app. Sometimes tight constraints are good. It took me longer to type this and post it than to make the Daily Doodle. I suppose that’s the point. Quickly drawing ideas, not making art.

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It’s a Thanksgiving prep Kanban board. My kids think I’m a little kooky but I’m hoping these types of things teach them good teamwork principles

Happy Thanksgiving. I find this is a good day for reflection and good times spent with friends and family.

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The seemingly unending “let’s make a family room in the basement” project is really nearing completion