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.