Monthly Archives: November 2010

Winter Wonderland

The south east of the UK is covered in snow and has almost completely ground to a complete halt. At home we have about 6 inches of snow and the road is unusable.

Let’s see what comes tomorrow. I think at least I should take some nice pictures.

Excellent blog

From the maker of that Processing plug in I mentioned earlier. Really worth a look if you’re into processing or pure data. The blog is here.

Processing Embed Plugin

Excellent news. Now there’s a wordpress plug in you can use to embed your processing sketches. I’ll be giving that a go over the next few days. Well, that’s the plan anyway.

This is a train

I’m quite pleased with this picture. The LED display on the train had failed in a really interesting way, so I took a picture of it.

Nice Pint!

Was out earlier this evening with friends and got to sample this most lovely ale. I’ve tried Tangefoot before but never even heard of picked partridge. It was  a lovely pint and very welcome on a cold London night.

Looking forward

4 weeks to Christmas. That’s all, and after that, new year and then 2011. Where has this year gone?

People start asking you ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ around now (and before), like it is some kind of thing you have to brace yourself against. Some kind of attack that’s on the way.

In some ways I can understand that kind of thinking. I already feel under pressure from constant Christmas advertising. I wish there was a little more joy in Christmas. A little more peace on earth and good will to all men.

The next 4 weeks will be busy no doubt, but I’m hoping to keep the ‘peace on earth, goodwill to all men’ in mind as far as I can.

Stalin Ate My Homework

My latest audiobook listen is Alexei Sayle’s “Stalin Ate My Homework“.

When I bought it I didn’t know what to expect except that I’ve always enjoyed his sense of humour. So far it is a great listen. He’s reading it himself and as it is about his life it is full of feeling. It is funny and sad and very unusual. I’m only about 3 hours into it and it is 8 hours long, but I’m enjoying every minute of it,

100 Years

If my Grandfather were alive today he would be 100 years old today. I miss him. He was an amazing man. A tinkerer and maker. A wizard with electronics and always creating amazing little gadgets.

When I was little he made me a toy police car made out of old tin cans and bits of tape machines. It was amazing and I played with it for years.

So today I remember my wonderful Grandpa and think of all the good time we had together. Oh, and you might wonder what the picture is? Well, it was his pencil tin, where he kept technical drawing pencils and a set of compasses and the like. It reminds me of him.

Nomadic

Moving around and not moving around.

Annoyed by iWeb

When Apple recently updated their iLife software suite they decided not to update iWeb. I was really annoyed about that. What a huge missed opportunity in my opinion.

Here’s what I think they should’ve done with it:

  1. Create a free iPhone app that allows you to update iWeb blogs.
  2. Make iWeb sites mobile friendly so that they play nicely with mobile safari and other mobile browsers.
  3. Update the software so you can do more straightforward things like add little forums and stuff to your iWeb sites.
  4. General updates etc

My guess is that Apple will eventually get rid of iWeb, which is a big mistake in my view. I hope I’m wrong.

So I’m on the look out for another iWeb type bit of software. Any thoughts?

Sentiment

A thought, an impression.

Platforms

I’ve been thinking about putting a couple of other projects onto platforms I’ve never tried before. I use WordPress for this blog, and blogger for other stuff, but I’ve never tried things like hubpages or Devhub before and was wondering about trying them out for stuff.

It seems to me though that you can end up with a really scatter gun approach to your content on the web, which isn’t really very useful at all. And do some of these platforms actually work at all for your content? They make lots of claims about you getting money for your content and that sort of thing, but I remain skeptical about them.

Perhaps I need to move on and actually try them out first.

Freelance Sites

I’ve been looking at sites like elance and Vworker and oDesk and others to get my head around what sorts of thing they offer and whether it is really worth getting into using sites like thes for work.

If anyone reading this has any experience of them please let me know.

Messing around with Processing

I’ve been messing around with Processing JS for a few days as it seems to be easier to put .js sketches into a web site than standard Processing sketches, and it is. But, whilst it makes a lot of sense to use processing.js with WordPress, sadly processing.js isn’t so good at audio, and a lot of my processing stuff is audio related.

So I’m going back to straight Processing for now as I know I can get the audio librarys to work with that.

Never mind

Harry Potter

So I went to see the new Harry Potter film today. If you haven’t seen the film then you should probably just stop reading this right now in case I give anything away.

I’ve seen all the potter films so far and I’ve listened to all the books as audio books, and I read the last one as well. Having said all of that, I can’t say I’m a big fan. I only read the last book because I wanted to know what happens in the end, and I didn’t want to have to wait for the film(s) to come out. Of course when I read the book I expected there to be one film at the end and not two.

One can’t help feeling a little cynical that the last book has been made into 2 films. Especially given that the potter franchise has pretty much kept Warner Brothers alive for the past few years. I do wonder what they’ll do without it? I guess they’ll sell us huge box sets of potter DVDs with pointless extras.

Anyway, having read the book I knew what to expect from the film, or at least this half. Or so I thought anyway. When I read the book I think that there was around 200 pages in it that just did nothing for the plot or the characters and seemed to have no purpose whatsoever. I’m all for dramatic pauses but this was more like a dramatic gap year.

I thought that the film would get rid of some of that empty space from the book, but I was surprised to find lots of long shots of the main 3 characters looking into the distant and the like. I can’t say it did much for me at all.

I’ll almost certainly go to the 2nd part in July or whenever, but I’m already expecting it to be a bit of a let down sadly.

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