Saturday, March 31, 2007

open studio

come and spend your hard earned buraks on some of my drawings here

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Just a quick one to say I sold my second life land. I had a really unpleasant 'club' move in next door. I bought some PG land in the hope it doesn't happen again.

I'll post co-ordinates later

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I love the sound of breaking (boot sectors)

Ok all fixed!

I have to confess i had had a few light ales and then started fiddling with some kernel modules.

I am going to get a tattoo on the back of my hands. its going to say "have you had a beer?" on my left hand and on my right hand its going to say "then put the computer down".

But actually I like it when things break because that is when I learn the most about them. I really like puppy linux, i was able to get in at my old data with it and back it up onto another computer.

Phew anyway I hope my next few posts aren't quite too nerdy and trainspotting.

Friday, February 23, 2007


Ive just trashed my Linux partition that had all my residency work on it!!!

I was fiddling with it after drinking beer

As God is my witness I wont rest until I have that data back.

(currently writing this using a live linux disk (puppy linux))

Sunday, February 18, 2007

why is the hoover extension always too short (just like summer)

Ive been sort of throwing myself into work at the moment to keep busy. I have been having really bad dreams, obviously as a result of the past week. The day after we got the news I had a dream that I was at a kids party but everyone was dressed in black. Dramatic I know, but that was a light one.

On a much lighter note I have been working flat out all weekend getting the Poly space usable. I came home tonight so tired I could cry then I somehow found this

It really is worth a watch

Friday, February 16, 2007


logged into second life to do a bit of work. I discovered that even my second life world has crumbled. The view above is of my land. I have been building a gallery there. On logging in today this is all I found.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


I have just had a phone call from my wife.

We didn't win the tribunal

My son is stuck in a school that is not meeting his needs. In most cases that would possibly make the difference between getting an A or a C in GCSE maths. Winning in my sons case would mean getting enough physio so that deformities to his spine do not crush his lungs and give him a life expectancy of 30 years at the most.

Thank you God

Right now I feel like I am stuck in a Kafkaesque trap.

cant write any more

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

residency update

Just a quick one as its getting on for 7 and I'm hungry.

The residency at Isis is going really well

I'm not going to give too much away at the moment as it is at a really early development stage. What seemed like a quite a small project has grown out of all proportion. The idea of producing a 'distributed narrative' seemed exciting. It is exciting. But it is massive. To be truly distributed it needs to be developed, exploded and then all of the little remaining shards need to be placed very carefully all over the net.

On top of that, I'm not a writer. So I have been developing a technique (which will remain mostly under wraps for now also). I have also been talking to a real writer and picking his brains (I hope he doesn't mind too much)

Here are 2 screen shots of work in progress:

The first is a shot of an I-ching hexagram generator I build in PureData using Gem

The second is a shot of Alexandre Quessy's Audio_PureData package working on my system. This is a way of using net send in pure data to send and receive TCP messages from a server using PHP.


I just got it working and built a rudimentary page that displays the messages (just numbers at present) But I was so happy that I jumped to my feet and forced poor Rusty (works at Isis) to come and have a look at some numbers on a screen, he went 'ooh' at the appropriate times.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

SoNiC DeAtH AsSaUlT (with a cup of tea)

Yesterday we ran the GYOML residency workshops. See for details. Both Steve and Matt were stars and the workshop went well.

That was followed by an event called Datarama, this was set up to allow people to just turn up an sho what they are working on, it can be a creative piece of software, a film they are making, a cool photo they have taken on their mobile phone. Basically anything techy and fun. It was a really good atmosphere last night and more people turned up than expected.

I'll be putting footage of both online ASAP.

Also pop in to my new Second Life pad

Thursday, February 01, 2007


For those of you who know me or have been following this blog

It was the tribunal for my son today. This was a dispute between us his parents and the Local Education Authority over their failings in supporting his education and our request that he is funded to be sent to a more specialist school (Percy Hedley)

It was hard, Have you ever had an argument that brewed for a few years and the lasted seven solid hours? Right now I don't know how we did, we fought some good points, they won a few on technicalities. But what I can say is that we did it with dignity and righteousness.

It will be 2 to 3 weeks before we hear what the panel decides.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The tax man

just finished doing my tax return.

I'm a few days ahead of the game this year . I normally turn up at the tax office one minute before the deadline and start crying like a small child.

Oh and as an aside,

I know your average second life avatar uses more electricity than a person from Brazil. But I am really starting to see its potential. I have a meeting there on Monday and considering how much fuel I would have guzzled getting to a real life meeting and back it cant be all that bad. Now I just wonder if my premium membership is tax deductible like my mileage.

My second life name is CaptainBuck Rodgers BTW in case anyone fancies a chat.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I love it that people have spare time

Because they do things like this

It seems someone has dedicated their life to recreating every font that was used on 'the price is right'

It made my day and I'm sure it will make yours

Friday, January 19, 2007

open standards

I have to say something,

I use Linux, i prefer it to windows or osx. No big deal you say. No big deal to me either. But there is more. I mentioned in previous posts about my son, he has cerebral palsy. Now the thing that links that fact with the theme for this post is the idea of freedom. Not freedom as in liberty, not freedom as in free beer (that always seemed like a poor hook to me) But personal freedom.

I want to know what sort of open standards are out there for my son. He is really motivated when using the computer, he get really animated about it. he actually really likes the gcompris suite and the childsplay suite of programs. But it is exhausting to use them with him. This is because in this particular environment we cant use his switches with it. Now correct me if I am wrong and please do because it will be of great if you do. But I cant find any firmware or drivers for switches in Linux. This is not necessarily the fault of the development community but more the fault of the device manufacturers. Yet this is the same community that will enthusiastically reverse engineer other obscure pieces of hardware.

There is much effort, time and weight put behind bashing proprietary word processing formats (rightly so in my opinion). But what is being done to create a standard for accessibility and support for equipment. How do the different distribution teams communicate to ensure that they all follow the same standard?

This is not a major criticism of Linux and open source, If i didn't like it I wouldn't use it. But it is a question, or a call for advice and support etc

The fact is that most of the time we use switches on my wifes work laptop (winXP)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

the future is already here

its just unevenly distributed. (William Gibson)

There is a good blog I am reading at the moment