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Back out there – UX Brighton

I finally managed to get my backside in gear and get to one of the many and varied industry-based evenings that happen around here – UX Brighton. They had a couple of talks on Gameplay Research and Design that I thought sounded pretty interesting. Two speakers going on, and I was taking notes on my […]

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Ubiquitous inspiration

I am just back from dconstruct 2009.  As ever when I get back from dconstruct (I think this is my third) I am all fired up. This year it was all about designing for tomorrow, and featured a lot of talk about making the physical digital and digital physical. I love it. I’ve been following […]

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Aspire cosy

I meant to blog this last week, but didn’t get there. I spent bank holiday Monday (well, the afternoon at least) making a little cover for my aspire one. I’ve been throwing it in a drybag along with the powercord and my portable harddrive, and then dumping that in a pannier to take it to the library, and although it doesn’t seem to hurt it I thought a modicum of protection might not go amiss.

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Fly away

We’re off soon on our winter warmer holiday to Florida. How soon? Well, Virgin have this really neat little feature that counts down for you when you log in, so: That soon! Well, less than that now of course. I think that’s a really nifty thing to put on the site. I’m impressed. It really […]

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Big Screen Bonanza!

In the full spirit of end of the year reviews, Flash Brighton and BANG got together last night and did a screening of some of the best animation and you tube stuff out there. This was apparently the biggest ever, with a packed house of around 200 people cramming in to watch the show! We […]

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Robots FTW

Last night (in spite of my stiff neck, which is much improved today – now I can feel the muscles in my arm where I tried to grab the handrail to save myself) I went to a Brighton Girl Geek event. “Batteries not included – a beginner’s guide to building robots”. It was great! Emily […]

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Geeks, cholera and bikes!

Feels like it’s been a long week already, but it hasn’t. I think I’m fighting off a bit of a cold thing – spent most of Wednesday asleep on the sofa in front of the fire (and yes, the fire is doing a great job of brightening up winter evenings and reducing the length of time we have the heating on for). It seems to have helped!

Yesterday was a long day though,

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Planning time!

Well, after the disasterous year in the veg patch this year, it’s reached the time of year to plan for the future again. Yay! This is a high point, it’s got to be said. When everything is potential, and next year you’ll beat the slugs and the pigeons, and the sun will shine and the […]

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Small but mighty

So, as I slipped into my last post, I recently bought myself an Acer Aspire One. I tried so hard to fight it, I really did. I mean, I can’t claim to really really need a portable computer. In fact, I hated and loathed my laptop in the previous job, because it was so damned heavy and nearly broke my shoulder.

But these really cute little netbooks (or whatever they’re called) won me over. I mean, they’re tiny. I got a recommendation that the Aspire had the best screen and keyboard, the reviews looked good, and then Amazon went and had them at £180 for a bit and I caved. It arrived last Friday.

I went for the seashell white (because Amazon were charging an extra £40 for the blue one), linux one with the 512 MB of RAM and 8Gb SSD memory. I’m not bothered about extra memory, but it has an easily accessible slot for adding an extra card. Me, I’ve got a 250GB Western Digital USB harddrive, so I went for the lightest version I could get which also has fewer vibration issues – great if I’m shoving it in a bike pannier.

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FOTB08 – day 3

Sorry for the delay in posting this – it’s just all go around here!

The third and final day of Flash on the Beach for me started with Keith Peters talking on “Advanced ActionScript Animation”. It’s a bit startling to rush into a talk late and be met with a slide saying “Numerical Integration” in big letters. I got a flashback to 6th form and A-Level maths! It was an interesting reminder and overview of Verlet Integration, apparently mostly based on “Advanced Character Physics” by Thomas Jakobsen, so I should really read that at some point. I’ve forwarded it on to my mum to use for teaching A-Level though!

After that I managed to get into the completely sold-out Seb Lee Delisle “Papervision3D Simplified” talk. What I like about Seb’s talks (other than the cows) is that he starts with the simplest possible case, then just adds maybe a couple of lines at a time to do something a little more cool each time, and by the end of the talk he’s got a really cool thing and has made it seem really straightforward. It’s a skill. He’s also quite funny.