Downshifting V8s and opposite locking.
Gun oil and tyre smoke, Grindhouse flick shocking.
These are a few of my favourite things.
"Like every writer, he measured the virtues of other writers by their performance, and asked that they measure him by what he conjectured or planned."
-- From "The Secret Miracle", J. L. Borges
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
"Barrichello may quit over Button", says the headline.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
I've been experimenting with Microsoft's game programming framework, XNA. It didn't really kick off until I found the free physics library, JigLibX.
JigLibX is brilliant and makes a lot of very difficult things very easy. I still need to get my head around 3D matrices, though, before some things will make any sense.
Here is where I am so far, though. The first seven seconds are pre-flight checks, BTW.
It's like Orville Wright and Igor Sikorsky were right here in the room, isn't it?
- Implement a chase view so it's easier to control. Control inputs are a bit ham-fisted at the moment and the current IdiotWithAHandyCam viewpoint makes it tricky to tweak.
- Animate the rotor.
- Write the rest of the game. (It will be like Defender, but in 3D, with flocking, stampeding critters and mutants for Jonny.)
- Bung it on XBox Live.
- Wait for the cheques from Microsoft to give the postman a hernia.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
With more appropriate textures, there are some cool sci-fi cityscapes to be found.
Friday, 27 June 2008
After publishing the unofficial Lazlow News RSS feed, I've added a couple more feeds in a similar vein. Here is the complete list:-
- The Lazlow News RSS Feed: All the latest news items scraped from the news page at Lazlow.com.
- The Unofficial Lazlow Podcast: The latest episode of the Lazlow Show in podcast format.
- The Top Gear Columns RSS Feed: Clarkson, Hammond and May all have regular newspaper columns that are also available as RSS feeds. This is a little mashup that merges them together into a single feed.
"I have operated on a few simple principles for more than two decades now, with good success.If that isn't a manifesto for every pre-mid-life-crisis-philosophical-assassin-poet out there then, gods damn it, I don't know what is.
First, do no harm. Or as little as possible.There is no meaning -- in anything -- but what our minds create. To search for meaning is to make the same mistake as those who search for happiness : both meaning and happiness are mental constructs superimposed by your mind on top of the actual conditions of your life. Seeking them in externals will drive you mad if you're smart, or guarantee you failure if you're persistent."
Second, do not suffer fools or Bad People. They will rob you of your life.
Third, make choices with an eye to minimize future regret. In other words, imagine you were on your deathbed looking back - live your life to make that old bastard as peaceful as possible about dying.
Fourth, learn and wander. We may or may not be hairless monkeys, but there is wisdom out there. It may be an evil world, but there is beauty. Find it.
Peace, love and chicken grease
Monday, 23 June 2008
A colleague recently pointed me to a neat little feature of the New York Times website. When reading an NYT article online, double click on any word in the body text and the site will pop up a window showing the glossary entry/definition for that word.
When you look to see how this is achieved, it's actually blindingly simple and, with a little monkey grease and Google's define: operator, possible to get it working on pretty much any other website.
If you want to have a go (and you have Greasemonkey installed) you can find the script here.
It's a bit quick-and-dirty, and might not play nice with your popup blocker but have a dabble and let me know what you think.