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Drawing of boots

This drawing is the first piece of artwork that I signed with my nickname (given to me by my friends in New Orleans), Magicko.

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Nature Scenes from Asheville, NC

These are some of my paintings this last week of 2020 that I have spent in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Asheville in North Carolina.

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Making a Nintendo 64 ( N64 ) Raspberry Pi Emulator with Roman

I recently got some new hats. The first has the Super Mario ghost character, Boo, on it. The second features Majora’s Mask from the N64 Zelda classic. My love for this classic Zelda game inspired me to create an N64 emulator with one of our raspberry pi boards and the RetroPie.

I was impressed with the over 50 game systems that RetroPie offers. I had ordered a set of Super Nintendo controllers and a set of N64 controllers that have usb ends instead of the original plugs.

We formatted an SD card with Etcher to put on RetroPie. Then we plugged everything into the raspberry pi and started to configure things. I am actually still having some problems with programming the joy stick 100%, yet everything else is working great with the original style controllers. After programming the controllers, we had to run some code to add a controller hot key for entering and exiting the emulator.

After everything was working, it was apparent that games still needed to be put onto the system. I was able to download several games for free online. When you download an old game file to put on an emulator, its called a ROM. I obtained the ROMs for Super Smash, Mario Party, both Zelda games and Banjo Kazooie just to get started.

The ROMs go onto a usb that is plugged into the raspberry pi. I am very glad I was able to finish this project and share all my old games I loved as kid with my son, Roman.

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Print/Branding

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Snap Style Commercial for Columbia Auto & Collision

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Wooden Skyscraper

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A long fascination

“The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it” -Napoleon Bonaparte

After getting a copy of, The Corsican; a diary of Napoleon’s life in his own words, I quickly devoured this interesting collection of personal journals and correspondence from the pen de l’empereur himself.

The librarian asked me if I was on a Napoleon kick at the moment, since I frequently check out material about him. I summarily replied, ” for whatever reason my whole life has been a Napoleon kick”.

Jacques-Louis David has always been one of my favorite artists and his legacy is really almost inseparable from that of Napoleon. Some call his paintings propaganda, yet they capture the soul of Napoleon in a way that exceeds positive PR. The triumph of personal achievement replacing noble birth and discovering glory and destiny by action.

In his private writings, I was intrigued that he never seemed to dream or even desire rule of the world. Many of the wars he fought, from his viewpoint, were forced on him especially as he gained power. The monarchs of Europe could not tolerate a self-made man ruling so close to their countries. So, try as he did to assume a royal persona to change these views, he constantly had to react to impending invasions. Even at Waterloo which is seen as his great failure, it is amazing he managed to even gather an army to fight the British invasion upon his return from exile.

 

 

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City Bull

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