Sunday, November 21, 2010

What a singing voice

W00t, originally uploaded by epredator.

As I proved on Cool Stuff Collective I have a wonderful choral singing voice (erm.... not).
However I played Rockband 3 gave the singing a go on Medium and got 100% flawless singing Imagine. Go figure !

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Undenk Music graffiti

Music graffiti, originally uploaded by epredator.

On a walk down to the waterfront at Warsash, from the opposite direction to the route I normally take I noticed this music graffiti on the derelict base of the building on the point. It is remarkably sublte, if you look loosely you will see that they are individual notes in what appears to be a scrawl between old microphone and stencil tag.
It was also positioned at the base of the wall so the mic is growing out of the grass.
The flickr photo is geotagged too with the exact location, if you happen to be walking there before someone scrawls all over it.

It is carrying the Undenk tag too a sort of open source graffiti movement.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Chicken suit - Fable 3

Chicken suit, originally uploaded by epredator.

I played quite a bit of Fable 3 this weekend and it was very amusing to end up wearing a chicken suit. People in funny suits is of course a major part of working on The Cool Stuff Collective :)
Having dressed up as a Banana, Slash/Rockstar and sung in a bizarre choir voice in the record this week the chicken in Fable 3 seems almost tame :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cool News

Predlet 2.0 has a go at presenting The Cool Stuff Collective from the comfort of his own house

He also said whilst watching the part I do. Oh look two daddys, one here and one in there.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cool Stuff Collective Predlet Style on 101010

I just got back from the Virtual Worlds Confenence, Learning in Different Worlds in Lathi Finland.
Predlet 1.0 greated me with a TV programme version she had made using a large shoe box and drawing.
She was drawing the parts of the Cool Stuff Collective and telling me how proud she was of my work on TV doing future tech on The Cool Stuff Collective with Sy.
All this on 10/10/10 too :)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Cool Stuff Monkey

Cool Stuff Monkey, originally uploaded by epredator.

Predlet 2.0 was more than happy his monkey got scanned in and made it to the end gag of the Cool Stuff Collective show this week :)
More over here

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Old Rubik's toys and Evel Knievel rides again

I was having a rummage around in the loft at the weekend and stumbled upon my Rubik's snake puzzle. It seemed worth getting down and giving to the predlets to see what they make of it. It was a hit.
Rubiks snake
It is a set of pyramids linked by rotators. Whilst they were playing with it I suddenly realised it must be about 30 years old. Which was quite shocking! It has survived the the of time though.
Other things that came down from the loft included my Evel Knieval stunt bike. This did not survive quite so well as the handle bars had got a little brittle. As it hurtled down the hall and into the bathroom it smacked into the wall and the little Evel would have been heard to say "It came off in my hand".
It still does go though. You can buy new version of it still on Firebox
When I had the original one back in the 70's the bike worked but all the metal in Evel's body snapped, so it was impossible to get him sat on the bike or in any stunt poses. It was before the interwebs let us reach the toy companies and ask for customer service so I wrote a letter (I was about 7) to the toy company saying how unhappy I was that Evel had broken. They sent me a new Evel. Which I thought was amazing, and still do.
The other Rubik's related item that I still find fascinating was the Rubiks' rings. This is a set of square panels bound with nylon that let the panels be folded around one another. It is very tactile puzzle solving. Logically it is really a shuffle puzzle.
You start with it in this format
Rubiks rings
Fold it over and around a bit
Rubiks rings
Until you get to this
Rubiks rings complete
The tactile nature of these puzzles and toys is a nice change from the purely digital world I live in. However a blend of the two, an Augmented Reality Haptic feedback Rubik's puzzle .... wooooooaaah

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Check this out - Beer Pong

The main presenter of The Cool Stuff Collective that I am doing my little thread of emerging technology on, Sy Thomas leads another live when he is not in the TV studio. Check out him and and his comedy partner Simon Feilder in this Beer Pong comedy short.

More on

Sunday, September 05, 2010

An event not to be missed - Cool Stuff Collective

Over on my biz blog at feeding edge I wrote about my day out at MTV studios in Camden filming studio pieces for a new CITV Kids TV show called The Cool Stuff Collective.
Its a gadget and games show aimed at 7-12 year olds (and the rest of us too of course who love gadgets and games!)
I get to come on the show and talk about emerging technology, things that are just there, or you may think there are science fiction but be surprised they are really real.
The Cool Stuff Collective airs on 5:00pm Monday 13th September on CITV Sky 621 Freeview 72 Virgin 734 Tiscali 307
Watch out for a cameo appearance on the show about 3d printing
Yes its the epredator potato SL print from 2006 by Fabjectory
This one has appeared on TV before, he got more air time than me on Newsnight, not he is on childrens TV.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Excited predlets on trip in car

We took a trip to Longleat and on the way things got a little heated and they got excited :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Go green team

Go green team, originally uploaded by epredator.

Green team won predlet 1.0's sports day today. She is very happy as she was a major force in green team :)
It got rained off last week and lucky it did, today was scorching hot and I was not away in Brighton for the rescheduled one.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wifi hack solution to iPhone signal problems

Just a thought but it works for drive by wifi so maybe for an iPhone signal :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Brilliant lego action movie

Thanks to @eric_anderesen for tweeting this excellent piece of legoma (or whatever we call stop motion films made with lego).

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I like the look of this :) Predators iphone movie game

Looks nice, and made with unity3d too I believe

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dear England football team - How to kick a football

How to kick a football, originally uploaded by epredator.

Predlet 2.0 may only be 3 and a bit years old, and we are not really a football family, but the lad knows how to kick a football. He does it wish passion and vigour, lots of determination and also a high degree of precision (and thats just wearing sandals)
So.... If the lads who played so bad in the World Cup need a lesson, or if they need someone fresh for the squad. He is ready.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Comedy abbreviation on TV

Comedy abbreviation, originally uploaded by epredator.

It is amusing when TV titles in fixed format displays have to get abbreviated. This is a typical example.
The UK budget, no one knows whats going on... Wait... The Shadow knows!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

England vs USA world cup match

It was all very odd, we watched England throw a lead away 1 nil up against USA and yet we missed the first goal as ITV HD went to an advert break by "accident". Never straight forward for England in any tournaments. Can't just turn and and win or lose. Always something (not always our fault). Thinks Maradona hand of god moment.......

Yes I know thats a French strip, blue was the closest I could get in xtranormal did not see the US one on the asset list :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Florida theme park tips

As we just got back from orlando doing the Florida thing I thought I would list the highlights.
We had an unlimited pass for 2 weeks to disney, universal and Seaworld. In the 14 days we were there we only had 2 days not using those passes.
We were not in resort but in a house with a pool about 10 miles out from disney and about 15 from universal. We also had sat nav .
I do not think we were there at the busiest times but there were certainly some big queues, which we tried to avoid.
Due to coming from the UK we were able to do the most important thing at the parks. Get there early!
The tactic of identifying the main ride you want to do and heading straight there when it opens saves a lot of time and effort and also gives you an option to go to the second choice one in case of failures.
It is also often quite good to head straight to the other side of the park to things as people will meander along at the entrance taking photos etc.
We had a very mixed family group so we tended to not do all the big rides but checked the schedules for the character signings as the predlets loved those.
Must do's
1. Rockit roller coaster universal. A very long coaster, with a choice of music. I would not bother with buying the video that it takes of you as it is only a few seconds spliced into the music video and a 3d render of the track. The ride has some high G turns that almost hurt. I rode it once late when I was a bit tired, but first thing int eh morning the next time woke me up bigtime :)
2. Toy Story Midway at Disney Holywood . A cart 3d train that lets you shoot hoops and sticky darts at 3d cgi characters. This is for all ages and shooting by pulling a piece of rope is brilliant :) Its in the middle of the park behind the big hat. It seems to be the main draw as its the newest so head there first.
3. Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disney Holywood. Turn right and up near tower of terror. Still a great coaster.
4. Monsters Inc Laugh floor at Disney Magic Kingdom, in Tomorrow Land. Wrote about this on feeding edge
5. Live action stunt show Disney Hollywood Studios. Awesome car based stunts done for real.
6. Aquatica - This seaworld water park is worth it for the giant kids adventure playground and the rapids to float around.
7. Woody Woodpecker kiddies coaster Universal. This area did not open until 11am but there is hardly any height restriction.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean - Disney Magic kingdom now with added captain jack sparrow
9. Simpsons - Universal - Brilliant simulator ride takes a pop at lots of other rides including pirates as above
10. Spideman - Universal islands of adventure. Its spiderman, a 3d cart ride.
11. Give up listing its all just so good!
Yes I gave up listing the rides in order pathetic. Really pick a few big ones then meander around timing things to go to the live shows. We tended to only last until about 3pm then headed home for the pool.
You should also really take a trip out to kennedy space center. It's such an important an impressive collection.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New transition lenses

New transition lenses, originally uploaded by epredator.

I have new glasses. This is not the darkest the transition lenses go but they are still fascinating.
I had some original reactotlite sunglasses back in the 80's. I had avoided them again with my specs as wearing things all the time that may turn dark at a moments sunlight seemed a bit of a waste.
Of course now, my latest trip to the opticians tagged me as old and needing not only short sighted every day glasses but the dreaded reading/computer use glasses.
So i really did not want 3 sets of lenses, reading, seeing and cool shades.
These frames I got seemed pretty funky too. So far so good.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ash hamster

Ash hamster, originally uploaded by epredator.

One of the unreported victims of the Icelandic volcano ash and its affects on international flights to and from the UK and around Europe is that we have a visitor for a while longer at our house.
Pippin was originally visiting for a week whilst his family went on holiday, but of course they are still there.
Of course it is very handy to be able to take photos, pop them on flickr where they filter down via friendfeed into facebook where Pippin's family get to see that he is ok.
A slight change for him today as he needed some new food from our local pet shop (we don't usually have pets so that was a new experience) and new bedding sawdust and tissue paper.
He seems happy enough though I am sure he misses his real owners.
#ashtag #ashhamster

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Predators Movie

Yes of course I am looking forward to this summers new predator movie. :)
The recent AVP have not been that great. However I suspect that Robert Rodriguez will make this a doozy.

If not, well no harm done. It is still interesting to see the background story emerge.
I have said on many occasions I used the predator handle before the first film even got made. I was more than made up when I saw early shots in Fangoria magazine of the awesome Stan Winston design.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Skateboarding Predlet 2.0 trick #1

Predlet 2.0 learns his first ever skateboard trick, well less of a trick and more of an essential.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Roo bafta award

roo bafta award, originally uploaded by epredator.

He gets everywhere doesn't he :) Fancy getting a gig at the Bafta's.
Roo has some great (real) photos of the event here and here
It's nice to see a fellow colleague and metaverse evangelist still living the rock and roll lifestyle :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Me and the predlets

Me and the predlets, originally uploaded by epredator.

Of course this needs no explanation :) Just testing our kit ;)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Barney does Predlet 2.0 impression

IMGP4756, originally uploaded by epredator.

At his birthday party the other week predlet 2.0 found a tractor to ride. It was good to see these as free ride machines at the indoor playground where we had the party. All to often these devices are money traps set out in the most awkward places in shopping centres.
Anyway nice to see Barney copying predlet 2.0 or vice versa.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Snow Hunters

Snow Hunters, originally uploaded by epredator.

The weather has been very odd for this part of the country.
We even got to sledge in our own garden !

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Digging out this old snowboard gear

Sat Down, originally uploaded by epredator.

With all the #uksnow around I thought it was a good idea to dig out my no limits sallopettes and airwalk boarding jacket and relive my youth.
Of course I dont have a snow board, not a hill bit the rest of the kit is still in great condition.
The trousers were ones that I stomped into a shop in resort with a huge rip in the rear end of my cheap quilted ones and demanded the best pair of snow trousers they had. I ended up with some brilliantly waterproof teflon coated ones (that still fit BTW).
The airwalk jacket has lots of great features like a neoprene cuff so you get no snow up your sleeve. A hood that also has a peaked cap and lots of layers and pockets.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Now that is a gate!

Gate mechanism, originally uploaded by epredator.

We went for a walk near swanwick and I was amazed at this seemingly over engineered gate mechanism.
The gate is like a re-enforced version of the old level crossing gates where the metal squared off elements fold under gravity.
With this gate though it is a bit more military checkpoint. A large cantilever block can push the gate down (on the right) and the very solid cross braces lift up.
It is really clever.