Yesterday they began the teardown of The Center for Media Studies (formerly Heather Hall) on the campus of Fort Hays State University.  Since the mid-80s, Heather Hall served as the campus television and radio station, and hundreds of graduates entered those doors and emerged as news and media professionals.

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Lewis Field Stadium Fly Over

This weekend, I had the pleasure of flying the DJI S-900 drone for the Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University.  It was a thrill to fly this large camera platform, and get off some great shots.  Of everything we shot, this is probably my favorite shot as the drone flew over Lewis Field Stadium.

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MAXON announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite R16 for Adobe After Effects CC

Press Release

MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) . The upgrades symbolize the ongoing strategic relationship between MAXON and Adobe to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON’s powerful 3D application, Cinema 4D, and Adobe’s industry-leading software. The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the Fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities.

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2014 Epic Storms and Tornadoes from Artbeats

Years ago I met Phil Bates, CEO of Artbeats, one of the most recognized stock footage library companies, to discuss the work he was doing with time-lapse photography that created many of the companies most used and recognized clips. It was interesting getting his take on what can sometimes be a very tedious job of shooting stock footage for sale. This summer Phil spent time driving around the Midwest chasing storms for the company’s new collection. While he didn’t make it as far west as Hays, Kansas. Phil did capture some epic storms, supercells and probably more tornadoes than he cares to remember.

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PIC A DAY 060814: ECTO-1

I enjoy building things with LEGO, and love all the sets the put out. Today I sat down with the Ecto-1 set (#21108) that was suggested by a LEGO building and made its way into production. This means I also had a chance to pull out the camera to take some shots.

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PIC A DAY: 060714: MakerBot Replicator 2

My wife bought me a MakerBot Replicator 2 for Father’s Day (I get to play with it early because the box it came in said MakerBot on the outside). Tonight, while I run through a print or two, I thought I’d grab the camera and see what I could come up with.

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PIC A DAY 060614: Sushi

The last time I did a Pic A Day was in 2012,  and truth be told, though I take a lot of pictures, I haven’t focused on the craft of taking those pictures.  My goal for the rest of June is to take a share a photo, give some background on the picture that was taken, and improve my skills.

Today, it is a food pic.

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Podcasting: The Gear We Use

Since 2005 I’ve been podcasting my thoughts to the world.  It started with The Coolness Roundup that I co-hosted with Charlie White, and has since grown to include seven weekly shows on the Major Spoilers Podcast Network.  Over the years, the gear that I use to record podcasts has changed, but for the last four years, I’ve settled on a couple of different setups for the various shows I produced.

I’ve compiled a list of essential gear for those interested in knowing what we use, as well as links to purchase that gear directly from  You can find that list  at Major Spoilers.

What I Want From the Universe in 2014

I’ve been quite down for the last couple of months. I wouldn’t classify it is depression, but rather this dread that my life is not going the way I thought it would be at 43.  I’m making some big changes in 2014, and it also has me scared to death that I will fail utterly.  I don’t want to fail. I want to succeed in making my life, and those that I touch (not in a creepy way) better in some way.

I was told by a wise person that if you put something out into the universe, and you are sincere, the universe has a way of helping you.  With that in mind, here are the ten things I want from the universe in 2014.

  1. I want to be a better father to my kids.
  2. I want to be closer to my wife and be a better husband.
  3. I want to be financially secure, free of debt, and not have to worry about money. If that means winning the lottery or having my business earn 10 times more than it did last year, so be it.
  4. I want to be a better person than I was a year ago. In other words, I want to not be as much of a dick or a jerk wad as I have been.
  5. I want to take Major Spoilers to the next level and make it an astonishing success.
  6. I want to be able to contribute more to the running of the home.
  7. I want to have a positive impact in someone’s life.
  8. I want to lose 100 pounds, eat better, and exercise.

These things have true meaning to me, and are not some trifle or a gimme, gimme. Universe, are you listening?

Thank you.


Pulling the Trigger – Part 1

I need to take things to the next level, and fortunately, I have a number of people willing to help me. I’m thankful for that, and it has taught me a wonderful new lesson on doing things for free in order to benefit down the road.

Thanks for giving me some homework to do. When it was suggested the website needed to be changed, I didn’t think much of it, except “yeah, yeah… one more thing to do.” But then I stopped to think about that – I have been needing to update the site for some time, and in order to do that, I’m going to have to spend some time sacrificing other things (writing, family, etc.) to make that happen.

I’m pulling the trigger on the site change with a few additional items in the coming months. I’ll let you know how it goes through this site… Who knows, maybe I’ll even update this site in the near future, too.

A lot of crazy rambling here… that’s what I get for doing this late at night and after a few beers… It will all make sense toward the end of the year.

And then the clock starts ticking toward something bigger.

The home of Stephen Schleicher

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