Friday, August 03, 2007

Reason to be cheerful part 3

Having come back from holiday, and felt a bit down about things I have had the good fortune to talk to several people about recording the past 18 months acheivements and to encapsulate the good bits. This now has left me feeling extremely positive about so many things.
Taking stock and reflecting, but in a positive way of what has gone well, collecting evidence about all things metaversal, and looking at all the good people that have joined in on the way is just such a reason to be proud (in a good way)
The massive amount of positive feedback people gave me on Linkedin when I asked "please help" re-enforced and built on that positive feeling.
So, looking forward there seems to be a whole lot of things to do still, but they are all good.
Travelling around explaining the metaverse to people is but one element of that. As more people get into the concepts this becomes less needed.
However, explaining how this movement came about, how it built using the social networks and language of web 2.0 is an even more powerful story. It is a history lesson in many respects but one people can learn from regardless.
Finally there is the whats next. So many things are buzzing around, developments, ideas both from the more local eightbar community and also much wider that it is an exciting time.
Take this for example, the fact we can do Augmented reality due to the great efforts of allows us to try out some now ideas and share them too. What is not to be liked about that :-)
So.... no resting on laurels, lets get on with it :-)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Top gear impersonations

Daz on occasion has said I bear a passing resmblance, in attitude and outspoken style to Jeremy Clarkson. Which I do think may be a little bit true.
When I did a quick video of Roo demonstrating this RFID cleverness right at the start he appears to sound like Richard Hammond from Top Gear :-)
So...... who is our James May?

Monday, July 30, 2007

More little big planet

This is why I have a PS3.....

Little big planet. Yes its not out yet, but anyone who experienced building in Second Life and teh creative buzz, but yearns for more physics will love this.

Check it out. HD version on the PS3 network to download too.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Back to the world, shock, horror, joy etc

The family and I have just returned from 2 weeks in Spain over at Xavia on the costa blanca. It was a bit of a journey of discovery for baby sam as he is only 6 months old. We flew from Southampton too so a lot less travel hassle. Fly.Be managed to not give us the seats I payed for and prebooked on the way out so that got a little tends as Sophie was going to be sitting on her own somewhere on the plane as we were all dispersed across the cabin. Its not like we were late or it was full either.
Anyway, the airport wait was a bit tedious as per, as Southampton is a bit small. We got there in one piece, to massive 30c heat. Picked up the hire car, and drove for 90 mins to the james villa place we had. These have always been great for us and this was no exception.
We had a great time with the pool. Sophie can now swim without arm bands which is veyr cool indeed.
I had a little shock that my small amount of n95 usage led to my phone being cut off in Spain. A few quick tweets and mobile rss seemed to be goign ok. One day it stopped working. I used Jan's phone to call t-mobile. Someone, somewhere, and not me, had racked up £2,000 worth of data bill. So it was a little tense coming home and trying to sort that out. Data is expensive when roaming, criminally so, £7 a Mb. So I was being careful and only using about 0.5mg a day if that. So the day that something supposdly did 128mb on my bill was a shock!.
In the end I figured I would have to pay and then try and claim it back through some sort of legal action. However, in trying to pay t-mobile were not able to accept a £2k payment on a credit card online or on the phone. I ended up at an accounts department, who thankfully recended the bill, back down to what I expected it to be.
Clearly this is a worry that it has happened. Apparently companies just bill one another, no itemization, so there was no record of any usage time or places. I am not sure what the solution is, or how this happened. I just know that I am not that daft, or that rich to do something that mad on a mobile in europe.
So its back to the world. Back to the stress and joy of the metaverse and big corporations.
Having had 2 weeks to contemplate contributions/minor celebrity and family I now know that something need to be sorted damn quick to pay for or acknowledge all the work that has been done. So far I have been very very patient.
This time last year (well post may) I returned to work to a massive push to stop me doing anythign with virtual worlds. That was an insane time with a few people who I hope have realized that they may have been wrong. Me, I could have taken the job I was pished into and sat in a corner on my own stitching mail bags (or the digital equivalent). If I had then I would have not had the chance to do all the things that have happened, and get the company so far into this. So I woudl do the same again. I am hoping that the blockers would look back at that time and say, well you know he was right after all.
So far I have not even hit Second Life yet. I have been resisting in order to slowly immerse back into the world. I am not sure the complete cut off via the phone suspension did me any good, it is good to feel connected and have a little sense of world. Thats different from fielding every work call which is not a good idea.
Best part so far though, coming back from a 100 bhp hire car to the scooby 225 bhp :-)
So monday, back to the office, see people and have some tea, deal with emails and try and figure out what the next few months bring.
Customer visits, internal metaverse, second life personal appearences, press and tv, presentations, belgium, netherlands, san jose, london, barcelona, guest blogging, jan back to work, sophie starts school, 40th birthday..... gulp.
I may not get the what you or I might expect in terms of company recognition but it is certainly diverse and interesting. Not sure I could find the same job elsewhere.
Lets see where the journey takes us all :-)