Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Vollee announced on the 18th that it's bringing SL to the 3G mobile (which the soddin' iPhone isn't, don't make me rez my soap box). Basicly, the PC game streaming co. will be mapping keys on your phone to execute commands in SL. So I guess this means you could sit in a coffee shop, chat with an 30ft steampunk automaton and dance at the Caledon 2nd Anniversary Ball all at the same time. Actually useful for business for me. Help me Jesus.
From the Vollee press release: "What we have developed is a service which, for the first time, allows you to access a rich persistent virtual 3D world the way it is supposed to be experienced on your phone," said Martin Dunsby, CEO, Vollee. "This is a true ‘before and after moment' in which mobile is living up to its potential in serving as an always on, connected platform."
Beta trials begin in May 2008, but you can pre-register at Vollee's website.
Thank god I don't have 3G, the wife would divorce me.
Friday, February 22, 2008
...we do get servicemen/women in the sim, a fair few actually, there's even a couple here now while the 'Tribute to the Troops' part is on (1-4SLT, if ya quick) but "wandering through the graves looking for fallen comrades" is a bit hammy even for yours truly.
Still, anything that raises awareness is good. Gift horses in the gob and all that :-)
Check it here if you didn't follow the links above, and Digg-it-up if ya so inclined. Also got an article on gamepolitics.com today, which seems to be churning some interesting debate and pumping up the YouTube visits.
Speaking of 'little paws', Worthington ain't too hot today. Still perky, but his back legs just don't cut the mustard these days and he's pretty damn wobbly. He's 7 now. Good going. No teeth, arthritis, smells like old fluff, but still stoic and brimming with character. Here he is, head on his hot water bottle.
It's probably time for his weekly bath later, always entertaining, so if we do I'll grab a pic and post it :-)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
"The Epoc technology can be used to give authentic facial expressions to avatars of gamers in virtual worlds. For example, if the player smiles, winks, grimaces the headset can detect the expression and translate it to the avatar in game.
It can also read emotions of players and translate those to the virtual world. "The headset could be used to improve the realism of emotional responses of AI characters in games," said Ms Le.
"If you laughed or felt happy after killing a character in a game then your virtual buddy could admonish you for being callous," she explained."
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
To support the initiative on the site and give all AND Derby staff the opportunity to get involved with the campaign, our bosses have said anyone in the office who wishes to take part can finish work two hours early on Friday 29th February to do so. Now that's putting ya money where ya mouth is, especcially as we're so busy right now.
The early finish on the day comes on the condition (and fair doos) that you use the time to do a suitable and approved green activity AND capture ourselves doing it in a photograph (for laughs).
Personally, I'd like to encourage you blog reading folks to do this too (I do like my green stuff) and, as initial ideas, you might choose to use those two hours to:
- Install low-energy light bulbs in your home
(saves a bomb, trust me)
- Plant a tree
(for hugging at a later date)
- Draught-proof any breezy windows, doors or your letterbox
- Cancel your junk mail via the Mail Preference Service
(that'll show em')
- Switch your bank account or utility bills to online/paperless statements
(less crap on the mat)
- Foil-back your radiators
(with fresh, not recycled it makes the lounge smell like bacon)
- Start a compost heap in your garden
(harvest the black gold, get exciteb by worms)
- Spread your existing compost out in your garden
(tempting to do this one myself)
- Switch your energy supply to a green energy option
(BGS has a cheap thingy for it)
- Look into getting cavity wall stuff installed
(bit nerdy sounding I admit)
- Inquire about getting loft insulation
(as above, geeky but worth it)
- Defrost your freezer
(actually, I could do with doing that)
- Get recycling bins organized in your home to help you sort your waste more easily
(one for this, one for than, one upstairs for the other)
- Give your car a service and check your tyre pressure
- Install a water-hippo or other water displacement device
(stick a brick in the bog)
- Digging out and fixing up your bicycle ready for use
(present and correct, sah!)
- Plant up your own veg in your garden
(or seeds in trays this time of year)
- Have a spring-clean at home using natural cleaning products
(vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, elbow grease)
- Have a clear-out and take unwanted items to the charity shop
(or stick em on eBay or Freecycle)
Can't help but think I'm lucky with what I do sometimes, some folks have well shit jobs. Not me.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"Tell him: 'You have other options, go and buy a country ... let's see you monetise Liberia'"
Funny, but there's actually some solid gems of wisdom in there too. Gotta be honest, I'm tempted to some of those of Yahoo shares while they're going cheap.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Might go check out the canteen when Daz gets in.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I'd like to say this was a doddle to throw together, but in all honesty, it was a lagfest of doggedly running around the grid trying to find stuff to tag to lyrics. Big thanks to 'my shape changing assistant' and the 'purple people eater' for saving my bacon. Still, all in a worthy cause.