Sunday, December 31, 2006

Derren Brown - Suggestion

Someone linked to this video on YouTube of Darren Brown and Simon Pegg. Quite long (7 minutes) but worth a watch.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Battery

Craigslist Meets the Capitalists

Craigslist Meets the Capitalists
Wendy Davis of MediaPost describes the presentation as a “a culture clash of near-epic proportions.” She recounts how UBS analyst Ben Schachter wanted to know how Craigslist plans to maximize revenue. It doesn’t, Mr. Buckmaster replied (perhaps wondering how Mr. Schachter could possibly not already know this).

Monday, November 13, 2006

Global Rich List

Apparently I am (and you too probably!) are in the top 5% richest people in the world. How rich are you (relatively)?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Xbox 360 vs PS2 : Sales

Taken from Joystiq, the console sales figures for Japan last week are quite interesting reading.
* DS Lite: 113,097 (-28.73%) * PSP: 23,725 (-8.43%) * PS2: 20,982(-3.89%) * Xbox 360: 6,580 (+320.45%) * GBA SP: 1443 (-22.34%) * Game Boy Micro: 1,299 (-3.85%) * Gamecube: 647 (+0.47%) * DS Phat: 373 (+227.19%) * GBA: 20 (+33.33%) * Xbox: 0 (-100.00%)
Xbox 360 sales have trippled in the last week but are still less than the PS2.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Animation 2

I mentioned in a previous post that a friend was working on a new film. Here is a short preview and what he has to say about it.
A spoof of the new 007 gun-barrel opening sequence, highlighting Daniel Craig (with his fair hair)making himself known. This is a stop montion animation using clay on a stikfa armiture. The sequence has been shot infront of a green screen to allow for the addition of the set afterwards through chroma key. Feel free to edit it and add sound, just let us know the end result... Plenty more to come, I have the entire set of starwars made on stikfas, the terminator, alien, batman etc...

Windows Media Player 11 - Missing Artists

Microsoft have been pretty busy lately gearing up for the launch of Windows Vista: I'm pretty impressed by the updates from Redmond, but apparently we aren't allowed to see a list of artists in playlists:

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Animation

Back in the day, a friend got inspired by the Wallace and Gromit films to make his own clay animations. These are the results... He's just finished university and is looking for his first job. In the meantime he's working on a new film. I'll try to post it when it's ready.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Kefalonia - Fire

While on a holiday, a minor fire broke out close to our villa. The locals had a habbit of lighting fires in the evenings but this one got a little out of hand. At first we thought this was just someone clearing land for some type of building project. Then the planes and fire engines turned up.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Back from holiday

We arrived back from our week away in Kefalonia last night. A good time was had by all. More pictures to follow.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Mysterious Text Message (Part 2)

Charlotte Lucy was born at 12:50 today. :-)

Mysterious Text Message

I just received the following from my brother:
Bambino stalk on its way. Looks like landing today very likely. Will notify if any further info.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Weekend Away

Shelley and I went away for the weekend with Shelley's parents and sister to the Cotswolds. We stayed in Park Cottage, Stow On The Wold. Highly recommended. We accidentally ordered a chinese from the following establishment. As the photograph shows, this isn't in Stow On The Wold... (opps!). We also walked past a Llama farm as illustrated beautifully by the following photograph. We visited the Corinium Museum in Cirencester which mostly features Roman artifacts such as the following mosiac.
The Orpheus Mosaic was found in 1825 and dates back to the 4th century AD. Orpheus was a character from a Greek myth who could play the lyre so beautifully that wild beasts were instantly tamed. The mosiac shows Orpheus charming the animals with his music.
We then got lost... The End. *BONUS PICTURE*

Monday, September 25, 2006

Flow

Flow is the Playstation 3's answer to Geometry Wars on the X360. However, the gameplay in Flow is vastly dissimilar to what you find in Geometry Wars The following link is to a flash implementation of Flow. There is even an offline version for you to enjoy at home. http://intihuatani.usc.edu/cloud/flowing/ *edit* While we are talking about the PS3, spotted this HD video (Quicktime) over at Penny-Arcade.

VMWare not responding

I mentioned in a previous post that I was installing VMWare on my workstation for use as a development environment. Unfortunately it developed a fault over the weekend and now everytime VMware loads the window looks like this and promptly maxes out the CPU. The only buttons that respond are the minimise, maximise and close buttons. Attempts to resize the window are fruitless. Trying to uninstall and reinstall the software made no difference. Even when deleting the installation directory and hunting down all the registry settings. I'll do some research into this on the VMWare website this week and see if it can be solved (without reinstalling the host OS).

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Children of Men

Shelley and I watched Children of Men at our local cinema this evening on my brother's recommendation. Shelley thought it was an OK film. I thought it was pretty awesome. Here's why:
  • Both Aphex Twin and Radiohead in the soundtrack.
  • Plenty of really long (as in time) shots with no cuts (that I noticed).
  • Reminders of 1984, Equilibrium, Half-Life 2.
The director, Alfonso CuarĂ³n, was also responsible for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but please don't let that put you off. Here is an extract from a negative review by Boyd van Hoeij of EUROPEANFILMS.NET.
"An ugly mix of contemporary issues is hacked to unrecognizable bits in this tame, at times insipid thriller trying to impress with impossibly generic analogies to our own time."
Highly recommend you go see this film. Next stop... The Fountain.

The Eraserhead Warp Record Memorial Mix

The following is a 49 minute best of Warp mix by Eraserhead. It comes highly recommended.
Mourning the death and celebrating the life of a once great label
The Eraserhead Warp Record Memorial Mix

Evening Pan

Installing VMWare to put together a PHP / IIS / MS-SQL 2000 (Desktop Edition) virtual machine. Developers, Developers, Developers (Developers, Developers,...)... Link : Count to 10 on 1 hand (counting 0 as 1)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Walk along the river

Dani visited this weekend. He's making the most of his time before starting his new job on Thursday. We met on Saturday to go shopping for presents for Shelley in Reading. Reading, although it isn't *that* bad, can be summarised by the following pan - taken on the roof of the town's Oracle shopping centre car park. Dani came back to ours and watched Hustle and Flow - a film about life in the ghetto ("Everybody gotta have a dream"). On Sunday, we all went for a walk along the Thames and took 700(!) megabytes worth of photographs including the pan below. Tomorrow it's back to work. It's the "early" shift for me so have to be in just before 7am. This means leaving the house at 06:30. I'm currently in the middle of moving jobs from Technical Support to Software Development (at the same company) and so will do Technical Support until 09:00 and development for the rest of the day. So it's time for bed now if I'm going to wake up in time.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Most boring post ever 2

In competion for the last "most boring post ever", we have the above photograph. This shows some patches we found on the wall in our bedroom behind a freestanding wardrobe. Not sure what this is, but I'm sure we will all be eagerly awaiting the next exciting installment as we explore the strange patches on the wall.

V Festival 2006 - Radiohead

We went to the V festival 2006 in Staffordshire and saw a couple of bands including Radiohead. The attached video (with poor audio quality) is an extract from Paranoid Android showing some mashup lighting effects.

Most boring post ever

Oven broke. Dad came to look at it. Found damage (see above). Replaced element. The End.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Prestatyn 2

Second photograph taken in Prestatyn. The previous photo was a 1d stitch. This is a 2d stitch.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Prestatyn

Photo taken in Prestatyn and put together using Autostitch.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I don't like fileplanet.

Fileplanet is rubbish. You have to queue up to download files and half the time the queue screws up and you have to start again (or find somewhere else to download the file from). In the past 7 days I have completely changed my mind about fileplanet. The reason? Download Manager. This little application makes downloading stuff from fileplanet ultra-easy. The only downside... it still has queues. Please Gamespy, see the light, BITTORRENT!

Where did I put that photo?

Official Google Blog: A better way to organize photos? I'm a big fan of Picasa. My favourite feature is the (slightly buggy at present) Geotagging integration with Google Earth. The link is to an official Google blog post where they envisage a world where photographs are automatically tagged based on their contents. For example, all the photos on my hard disk which feature my parents will be automagically tagged appropriately. Google have, like all companies with that much money, bought a company with the technology to make this a reality. Awesome.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

PORTAL Trailer

Trailer for a new game from Valve to be released on Steam with Half-Life 2 : Episode 2. "Thinking outside the box".