Interesting article

Whilst browsing through the sculptors section in The Clubhouse forums I came accross a link to an interesting article which is defiantely worth a read if your job is in any way creative, or involves freelance work etc.

First line goes:-

If you have the slightest creative talent, you are probably being hustled constantly to create for little or no money.

Be sure to follow the link to the following article too at the end.

How much do I want Megatron?

Now I know this firmly puts me in the ‘big geek’ corner (like there was really any doubt) but as the title says, How much do I want Megatron

The answer is lots!! I never managed to own any of the cool Transformers when I was a kid, and Megatron was always at the top of my want list, but here we have a re-designed model with die-cast metal parts which when in robot form will stand around 13 inches tall, and comes with accessories like the mace he used during that damtop battle with prime (if you didn’t think I was a geek before, you do now).

If I still believed in Santa (although thinking about it I’m not sure I ever did, which would explain my dislike for the holiday seaaon I imagine) I’d be writing him a letter right now and behaving my ass off, hmm, perhaps a quick note to the north pole and a few cookies can’t hurt.

Mood Music

If you’re like me you have fairly ecclectic musical tastes, and often have a problem deciding what to listen to next, or you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, and leave your music player on random, yet keep skipping past tracks that don’t suit.

I’ve only been playing with it for a few minutes, but this site looks like it could be the right solution at least some of the time (for some reason the link won’t work so just paste the following link into a browser ). You click on the small interface somewhere between energetic at the top and calm at the bottom, and dark on the left and positive on the right and it selects a track for you and follows a meandering path through tracks in the same ‘area’. You can also select/deselect different types of music like rock, disco etc and pick either a specific decade or choose all.

Doesn’t look like it’s great if you’re lookig for a specific artist of track, but if that’s the case you already know what you wanna listen to anyway and play it before visiting the site.

Little People – A Tiny Street Art Project

I might be the last person to see this again, but very worthy of posting about.

Little handpainted people left in London to fend for themselves

I love this, it reminds me so much of when I was a child and your bedroom/backyard/garden etc. would become a vast imaginative filled world of canyons, sea’s, deserts or whatever you wanted that day for your toys to live their lives out in, and the old re-runs of Land of The Giants.

Water Surface Printing

Another old link here you might already have seen a few months back and it passed me by, but now it seems theres a device which can ‘print’ on the surface of water by producing and controlling a series of small waves and ripples.

Not sure what the point is, but I’d certainly like to actually see it in action close up, and maybe have a go a spelling out words (remember your first calculator at school! 5318008)

Cool Tech

One of the guys over at Gutter Zombie posted another cool link, with the question Real Tech? I certainly hope so, this looks like it could be a lot of fun to use/demonstrate with. I guess they intend it for educational use or the engineering environment, but I’m thinking real time ‘chess like’ turn based online physics battle game!

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BumpTop Prototype

Not sure if anyone had already seen this link (I just found it going through some of the old mailshots from Computer Arts Magazine which I never got round to reading).

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It’s a really cool concept, but I’m unsure of how useful it would actually be, the danger for me is that it would be one more distraction, as I tend to save everything to my desktop rather than folders in case I forget where it is (out of sight out of mind is a big problem for me) and I could end up spending longer playing with my arrangement of files/windows and application shortcuts than actually getting any work done.

The official site is here if anyone wants to give the developers their vote for rolling the research project out as a full blown product.

Peter Jackson signs Xbox deal

It’s all about crossing boundaries nowadays it seems, whether or not this is something that will work or not I’m undecided, but I’m all for good storytelling in games, so here’s hoping it turns into something good.

King Kong director Peter Jackson has agreed a deal with Microsoft to create what he describes as a “new form of interactive entertainment”.

The Oscar-winning film-maker said he would be creating a series based on the Halo video game franchise, created by Bungie Studios.

“I’m getting a little bored with films,” he said.

Don’t know what anyone else thinks, good thing or bad?

Read the rest of the story here

Gas-turbine powered laptops!

Sounds cool to me, we’ll have to wait and see I guess.

“A laptop that will run for three hours on battery charge will run for 15 to 20 years using the microengine and it should end up costing no more than current batteries,” said Professor Epstein.

He believes it could be available commercially within three to five years.

Full story here