Archive for 2009

    Be a good person, save the Internet

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    There’s still a few days left to take advantage of Microsoft’s offer to provide free meals to the charity Feeding America if you download Internet Explorer 8 though their Browse for the Better campaign. Helping out those in need is all well and good, so if it makes you feel like a decent person then get the download to help out. But please if you are using Internet Explorer 6 then download this so that my web designs don’t look like they’ve been kicked in the face by your browser. IE6 doesn’t look at web pages and display them in the way a normal browser does, it takes random parts of the site and chooses something it thinks will amuse the reader or does it’s own thing.

    So help to save the Internet and get rid of any old copies of IE6. Even if you don’t use it get rid of it just in case one day, maybe you’ve had too much to drink and accidentally click the blue E icon instead of the Firefox or Chrome (or I suppose Opera if you have a Linux/Unix beard). Then you break the Internet and a kitten dies.

    So please save the internet and the kittens and upgrade from IE6. Then use Firefox or Chrome because they are much faster.

    For a more in-depth look at why the world is a better place without Internet Explorer 6 check out the article on Mashable – IE6 must die.

    That’s no moon…

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    There’s a new World of Warcraft Star Wars game out next year, Star Wars The Old Republic. And it’s a lot like World of Warcraft, a lot of people playing in the same world going on quests together and dancing, etc. I’ve never found enough time to get into one of those kind of games, in fact I rarely find enough time to drive around running people down in Grand Theft Auto these days – I should get back to that. Anyway, I’m sure there will be a whole host of Star Wars Kid type memes next year when the game comes out but in the meantime if this is the kind of game that ticks your boxes then check out

    Blue Harvest

    It’s full of news about the game along with screenshots, videos and interviews and has a forum to discuss all the rumours. It’s kind of a niche market but seeing as a lot of people tend to stumble onto this site via google from places like Bulgaria, Brazil and Hungary (and hello to the Guatemalans following my tales) I thought I’d post this up and send you all over there.

    Personally, I’ve always found the dancing in these games rather amusing, I’d be interested to see Darth Vader’s dance in the game.

    For full disclosure I can’t use my huge influence over the internet without admitting that the site is run by my brother Owen. And what a fine job he has done with it. Check it out now.

    Somewhere new to spend your evenings

    Sunday, September 6th, 2009

    Fit-Pig-Logo-200pxI have been away from here for some time while I’ve been concentrating on another website I’ve been working on. I decided it was time to brush off the cobwebs, or whatever web pages accumulate over time (perhaps instead of finding dead flies on an unvisited website you’d come across tiny dead google bots?) .

    Fit Pig Recipes is the name of the site and can be found at the eponymous dot com address (or the link at the start of this sentence). The idea is it’s a place to go and find recipes for dinner, snacks etc. The recipes are user submitted so if you have one you like then you can submit it on the site and it will be posted along with all the others for people all over the world to enjoy. Traffic is going to take a long time to build up, so far I got quite a few visitors from and a few from the recent announcement on Facebook. Thanks to Paul for his inspiration in getting into the blogging (outside of this one) game. It took some time but I got there!

    I’m going to be trying a few more sites, still considering which topic to go with next – I have a few I’m considering but will be updating here more often too. Something that has been said far too many times already on this site but this time will be different….

    Video editing

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

    I’ve recently done some video editing, some at home and now some for work and think it might be one of my next projects/hobbies. Although at the moment I’m not full of ideas of what to shoot I’ve enjoyed the editing process and gives a whole new appreciation for what is done in TV and film. My first foray was the outtakes of – it’s a classic, see it while you can, I’m not renewing the URL in October (and I can only take credit for camera work on the short film, editing there was done by a pro). My second attempt (that made it through to a final cut) will sadly not be available to the general public, being a work project. I’m hoping to work on something a little more mainstream (well as mainstream as editing at home on a laptop then posting to the internet can be, let’s say something that can be viewed by those reading this blog).

    I don’t believe I’ve ever used so many brackets/parentheses in one paragraph before. I’m sure that’s not very well respected in the literature world.

    Right now I’m still at the point of wanting to run before I can walk, I can’t wait to get the first film festival nominee cut and out of the door. I have, however, the minor issue of learning how to properly use editing software, be it iMovie at home or Adobe Premiere Elements at work. If anyone uses any decent sites for either of those post up the links in the comments.


    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    I’d never tried it before but I noticed it in a Japanese store (Mitsua) and recognised it from the video in my previous post. It’s pretty good, quite refreshing. It may not replace the Yorkshire or PG but it expands my tea cupboard a little.

    Yes every Englishman has a cupboard dedicated to tea.

    Herbal? No thanks.

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

    This pretty much sums up tea for me.

    Elemental – Cup Of Brown Joy from Moog on Vimeo.

    via Leah Culver

    Villa de los realejos international tournament

    Sunday, March 8th, 2009

    This was inspired by a posting on BuzzFeed. The idea is a random wikipedia article names the band, a random quote names tha album and a random photo makes the cover art. Only issue I had was nearly all the random photos on flickr were set to all rights reserved. Come on people, share a little!

    So here’s the album cover. I should probably have worked on some tracks before finishing off the cover art but working from the end backwards is a nice change.

    Villa de los Realejos international tournament album cover

    Original ‘random photo’ In case you were wondering by leedav on flickr.

    Back in the USSR…no wait, too many letters

    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    Since I’ve been back in the US I’ve been telling the tales of what I got up to in England and was thinking “If only there was somewhere I could go to tell everyone the story at the same time”. Until that time arrives I will make do telling you here. It was cold, around -5 to 0 centigrade or 23-32 faranheit. We got snow on a couple of days but it wasn’t a windy rainy cold so it was bareable with several extra layers of clothing.

    We went to Spurs, ice skating at Tower of London (photos to come eventually) and met up with friends and family.

    Coming back to California were were a little overdressed, it’s been in the 80s here (mid 20s in c) and it feels like the start of summer.