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 21, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
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
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
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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
Fold it over and around a bit
Until you get to this
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
More on http://www.lifeofsi.tv/
Sunday, September 05, 2010
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
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
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
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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
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.
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
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
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.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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
Sunday, February 07, 2010
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
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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
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.