Another year further from the high school freshman who had discovered writing the summer before and bravely started sending out his poetry and stories. Didn’t sell any stories, but won a couple of cash-paying poetry contests, so he managed a $400 profit that first year.

Yay me.

Advice to musicians, writers, artists and creative people everywhere: Pursue your dreams when you’re young. It’s much easier!

This sky dragon surprised me by dancing across the sky one day at about 8:30 in the morning, as we were heading to church. It is stitched together from seven frames shot in a diagonal pattern. After some minor clean up, I decided that keeping the stair-step pattern accentuated the "climbing look" of the dragon. Processing tools:

  • Frames processed with Bibble5 (bought by Corel, renamed to AfterShot Pro)
  • Frames stitched together into a panorama using Hugin
  • Title/copyright overlay made in Inkscape
  • Panorama converted from 16-bit/48-bit TIFF to 8-bit TIFF using RawTherapee
  • Combined the converted panorama and title/copyright overlay using the GIMP graphics program
The full sized image is 27"x25", so I'm thinking of selling prints. What do you think?


Big as a 50-70″ TV. Big enough to put on an easel or mount on a wall. Lets call it the Canvas. (Finally a purpose for those 8K displays that are otherwise pointless except as hi-res computer monitors.)

More than pressure and tilt sensitive. Shape and detail sensitive. So I can take my (clean) well-worn favorite old paintbrush, use it directly on the tablet, and have every detail of its bristles picked up: Individual shape of each bristle, each separate amount of pressure and change in direction.

Fast enough to do all the calculations required in paragraph 2 in real time, along with whatever the painting app does in applying all that to its digital paint, etc.

Give it a separate small physical pallette I can hold in my hand, or set on a stand or table, for mixing colors! That should have paragraph 2 and 3’s capabilities when mixing colors, too.

Make the little pallette the item that triggers popup menu, maybe with a handy physical button. And popup menus could optionally appear on either the pallette or the Canvas. (On the Canvas they’d be translucent so I could see what’s beneath them.)

That would be my idea of a tablet.

OK, Kickstarter engineering whizzes, have at it!