Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Live Cheap: Instant Noodles, But Awesomer

When it comes to tips on living cheaply, instant noodles are kind've obvious. If someone gave you tips on how to stay healthy and then said "try not to cut your arm off", that's the kind of obvious we're talking about here. But WHAT IF.. that person showed you how you could avoid cutting your arm off in a completely awesome way? Huh? You'd be impressed then, I bet. Well, here it is - how to make completely awesome instant noodles.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Thoughts from the Shower: Supernatural and Diversity

I'm a fan of Supernatural. I love the show and have watched every episode from all 11 series so far. I've also watched loads of outtakes and on-set videos with the actors messing around, and just yesterday I spent some time reading through the Twitter feeds of the three main characters - Jensen Ackles, Jared Padelecki and Misha Collins. They really seem like a nice bunch.

This morning, I was reading some articles about Donald Trump and Ben Carson (I'm not going to link, 'cos I don't actually like either of them).

When I had my shower today, my thoughts somehow went from US politics to Supernatural. Let me explain how...

Friday, 13 November 2015

Spriter Pro and GameMaker

Well, the last two posts were about old retro stuff for now, this one's more about the new things. And back to game development, too. Lovely, shiny, new dev stuff..

A few weeks ago, I got a copy of Spriter Pro cheap from Bundle Stars. In the last couple of days, I've had a chance to play around with it a little. Spriter is a 2D animation program, aimed at game developers. I've managed to make a character and animated it walking, so I'm going to use that example to give an idea of how Spriter works.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

More Old Stuff

Maybe I should call this stuff "retro" instead of "old", it sounds so much better..

Anyway, here's a couple of photos I took. The timestamp says 2006, but I'm pretty sure that was just when I resized them and saved them.

A hoverfly, long since deceased

An underpass and a cow. An undercow?

Unfortunately, I don't have the originals, so these are the biggest versions I have. If I remember right, they were taken in Hertfordshire, along a canal path. Looking at Google Maps, I believe it was along the River Gade, just West of Garston.

Writing this, I'm starting to remember a bit more. It must have been around 15-18 years ago (1997-2000). My camera at the time was a Nikon.. an F60, most likely, in a nice champagne colour. It was my first decent camera and I'd just recently bought a lightweight tripod and a cheap macro lens from a camera shop in Watford (there were a couple up the top end of town, near the big nightclub whose name I've forgotten due to it changing so often). Anyway, it was a really hot, sunny day, and I'd wandered North up the canal path taking various snaps of things along the way. I remember it was my first time going around with a camera bag and tripod and I was feeling a little self-conscious about it.

It was dark by the time I got back that day. I'd basically walked from Garston to Kings Langley, then back down to Bushey, before walking back to Garston. I'm not much good at estimating distances, but I reckon that's about 20 miles or so. I probably slept well that night.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Some Old Stuff

The other day, a friend of mine showed me a picture she'd taken, which reminded me of a picture I'd taken years back. So then I had to see if I could hunt down the picture..

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Thoughts from the Shower: Parasitic BRAIN WORMS!

I love showers. They provide great thinking time. I've been meaning to post some of those thoughts for a while, but today's shower provided me with a moment of musing that I thought worth recording.