Adobe Sketch

I recently reviewed the Adobe Ink and Slide hardware I obtained in June, 2014. I thought it might be appropriate to cover some of the apps which take advantage of this hardware in greater detail. For starters, I wanted to focus on the free Adobe Sketch app. While I certainly can’t claim to have any graphical abilities, I do continue to practice and doodle.

Adobe Sketch Logo

This app is only available for the iPad. While you do not technically need Ink and Slide to use the app, there are a number of features which work best with the Adobe hardware. Read more »

Starfish flower opening

We have grown a Starfish flower (Stapelia gigantea) for a number of years. It typically takes about an hour for the blossom to fully open. The open blossom measures about 5 inches across. While it is covered in hairs, there are no spines. I took a time lapse series of photos with my GoPro camera today and converted it into a short video.

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How to prosper in class

We are just starting the Fall, 2014 semester (this is only the third day). I thought this might be an appropriate time to share some insights with students who are reading this weblog. There are a number of things that make me go hmmm… Consider this a slightly different take. I want you to understand how to prosper in class (and later in business). Keep in mind that most of the reasons I respond in certain manners is because I am trying to help you define traits and behaviors which will help you succeed in business.

Item 1 – Never, ever, ask me the following question – “Is this what you are looking for on this assignment?” Here is my translation of what the majority are asking (after many years of responding) – “Is this the absolute bare minimum that I need to do to receive a satisfactory grade on this assignment?” From this point forward, I will refuse to answer such a question (and may well direct you to this weblog post). In a business environment, this is a sure way to let your boss know you are uncertain and only trying to do the minimum (think of Wally on Dilbert). It is not a good way to impress anyone. From a business best practice, here is how you should phrase such a question – “How would you suggest I improve on this work/ assignment?” This tells me that you recognize one can always improve and you want to do so. Read more »

Building Steps

If you are curious what I did the weekend before the start of the fall semester, review the video below. I compressed an entire day of building custom steps into less than 30 seconds of time lapse video. Really do like my GoPro camera. The video was created using Photoshop. I hope you enjoy watching my son and I work. As always, I look forward to your comments.

Building the Deck Steps from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.


Over the summer, I had the opportunity to participate in a session by Andy Lauta discussing many capabilities with 3D printing and Photoshop. I was particularly intrigued by the concept that you can easily create lithophanes using Photoshop. I know you first question is probably – what is a lithophane? Essentially, these started in the early 1800s as a wax object that an artist worked with until an image was visible when the wax was help up to a light source. More details can always be found at Wikipedia. Yes, Photoshop has 3D capabilities, but I never realized how easily one could create such objects using this tool. Read more »

The Deck Project

In case you are wondering what I did over the weekend, I thought you might enjoy this time lapse video. Essentially, I compressed 1 entire day’s work into 15 seconds. My son and I had a lot of help installing the flooring on his new deck. Great opportunity to work outside and enjoy the day. Many thanks to those who helped – we couldn’t have accomplished nearly as much without you.

For those who are curious, I drained 3 GoPro camera batteries in the creation of these photos. I then created the video in Adobe Photoshop (and added the titles and music). No pixels were harmed in the process.

The Deck Project from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.


I recently obtained a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal and attached my GoPro camera to it. Yes, it is an expensive hobby, but one I am having a blast with. I have my own drone. Enough said. It is great to be able to see a completely different perspective on the world (a bird’s eye view at the minimum). I thought I would share some observations and an initial video to help readers better understand the technology. First, here is a photo of the device flying (with limited guidance from me).

Quadcopter flying

There are some quirks it took me a while to figure out. Read more »

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