Animator : Doug Wilson

Animator : Doug Wilson“There’s been rather a lot to take in over one (HoBB) Weekend and it’s all very useful stuff” (Douglas Wilson)

When animation enthusiasts get together their world is one of positive ‘possibles’ as the constraints of live action have no place in their thoughts. When Doug Wilson checked out what was happening over an animated HoBBian Weekend, he was subjected to a key overview of the animation industry which left him wanting to discover all the ‘inbetweenies’.

Creating a hunger to explore is far better than telling it how it ‘was’, as things move on in the animation industry so fast that experts rarely manage to keep tabs on all areas.

For Doug Wilson, one concentrated weekend of animation study and chat about everything from Bolex cameras and Macromedia to ping pong ball suits for motion capture, crystallized his thoughts and illustrated where his potential in the animation industry might be best explored.

Doug’s University studies include practical work outs in the animation industry so let me know if your Production Company could do with a more than enthusiastic up and coming star of British Animation (Well that’s the publicist in me talking!)

If you are poised for a potential career decision, move, or are still at school – contact me – as I can give the benefit of a concentrated experience for you to help answer ‘would this suit me?’

Waves from one animated toon to another ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Undercover Earth and Slug Slime Computers

Undercover Earth and Slug Slime ComputersBy using plants and materials found locally, our roots stay undercover and we limit the growth of invasive plants. Anyone who likes nature will understand why we allow nature to grow alongside the more cultivated plant species we grow.

Every plant plays its part and though we always curse at the number of thistles, nettles, creeping buttercup and dandelion we grow, nothing is presently dominating the garden to such an extent that we deem it a total nuisance.

We compost the weed roots collected, so they eventually end up nourishing the trees, bushes and grasses and we have been given some useful ground cover plants – these are gradually working through the beds and features but , ‘at their own pace’ till they find their balance.

I designed and commissioned a rotary sieve which works faster than one operator can feed it. This can separate out stone from soil, tumble earth from weed plants and will eventually, with some modification, grade soils.

The stones it sieves go to make up paths and also soil cover to dissuade seeds and confuse slugs and snails. Although I read that their slime trails are ‘seeded’ with chemicals that accurately communicate to slugs that cross, where the best local eating places can be found. In all seriousness, if such a system for recording information can be developed for super computers, its goodbye Mr (Silicon) chips. However, I seem to remember some scientist suggesting the possibility of massive biological computers and being the only one to have consistently positive results from his own experiments – I hope the media wait for corroborated evidence this time before going gaga about slug slime.

If any research wants to come to HoBB Real and collect slugs, they are most welcome