Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Could be in prep for the new 'net speed rules' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7764489.stm)
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
As usual the vitriol expressed by commentators is out of all proportion - what is it about commentators that they have to have a side rather than just express their view - I am a Mac addict/I hate Steve Jobs.
I have an ipod (quite an old one now) and use iTunes for simplicities sake - no major complaints; but I am aware that moving to a Mac pc would necessitate all sorts of conversion problems and is therefore unfeasible. Therefore the Mac vs PC wars will continue.
Monday, 24 November 2008
But still the presentation needed to be better arranged - labels on items should have been high on the display case so people at the back of the crowd could see it. And it is a busy exhibition, lots of people hanging around.
Which brings me to two other points: annoying people who go 'because they should' not because they want to - do they understand what they are seeing (and sometimes I wonder if the curators understand what they are showing) and what young children get from such exhibitions.
And finally another gripe - if you pay £8 or £12 for a ticket - would it be too much to include the audio tour in the cost (I have moaned about this before) because that may contain all the information I am seeking about historical perspective, development of artistic style etc.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Whilst the new continent is overly full at the moment (feels like a golf course, everyone at the first 3 tees!) and sometimes the respawn rates are lethal - it should settle down....
Dalaran is lovely - light and bright; the shops are a delight; the sewers fun....
Got the flightpaths mapped for Northend - tried out the new pets - worm, rhino etc. Overall I like it, Love the Walrus people (check out their fishing buff - get the elixir, change to Walrus and fish!) already had murloc costume, orc costume quests... and btw for a pet baby murloc i would sell my granny - anyone in the market for a dead granny??
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
So I realised that waiting for a grown-up meant two treats….. hence the diet I need now. But now I am the grown-up so I get the instant gratification QED!!
PS latest brainscan a sucess - half my brain is fine and half occluded! well not half - maybe 15%! I highly recommend James May's 20th Century for a quick slot on MRI's - he missed out the details about early Kraftwerk soundtrack but the rest is quite correct.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
There are no expansion packs, no peripherals to add on (i could discuss this but anyway peripherals are not 'plug and play' with men) no options to upgrade later. Well you can trade-in but that means getting used to new operating systems and probably a different keyboard.
Friday, 31 October 2008
Compare this with Ahelmil - my WoW tooon - I picked her look and her name, her career and her race. Oh I can change all that in Second Life as I cannot in World of Warcraft.... but. Well perhaps both avatars personalities are expressed by what they say rather than looks. Odd to compare the two of them; one ultimately changeable , the other quite static. Perhaps its more a case of Ahelmil is my child - I created her and taught her (and remain the keyboard goddess that plays her) but her look is developed by the game. Hypatia was born; and then my personality and style developed her. Which is most me?
Perhaps I invite comments. Nah lets keep this between you and me!
Monday, 20 October 2008
I think I will love flying - now to complete all the quests that require flight!
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
And then - Gods help me - WoW patch of 1.something GB..... surely they know that my 3G usb modem cannot deal with GB of downloads - I get enough lag and latency just playing (specially from home vs a nice comfy Starbucks somewhere).
And then updating Twitter - well I might get it working and i might start posting again - blimey 500 days or more since I set up that account!!
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Well first of all tickets are £12 - that's a bit steep for a few statues and some bits and bobs from the BM's basement (roman house keys and pots etc). The Diorama of Hadrian's extensive villa was great and could have been better utilised. Reliance on sources such as Cassio Dio and the Historia Augustus continuance is a little slanted (as all roman history is!) and reading inscriptions and translations of medieval copies of Cassio and the Res.
Worse the audio tour was an extra £3.50 (why could they not include it in the cost of the ticket) and was really quite awful. No additional information - actually often just reading the 'interpretive display boards. A necessity because most people crowded round the display cases trying to get their monies worth. Sorry BM - not your best effort!
Friday, 26 September 2008
iTunes 'Genius' (modest Mr Jobs does it again) hmmm well certainly seems to create some random play lists for you - annoyingly suggests loads of tracks you are missing from iTunes store. Well its throwing up some oldies from my back catalogue - and some rubbish I can delete forever!
And i would like to say a big TY to Skype
Friday, 5 September 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
So the next test will be a new game - Guildwars here I come!
BTW - I am now using Bloggers spellchecker!
Monday, 4 August 2008
I Found myself looking at the shoes in Marks and Spencers, in Primark etc and asking where are the 'funky' shoes - the fushia and green ones I can get in SL. The ones I suddenly feel brave enough to wear. I know I now have more dresses in my wardrobe than ever before. That I swing out when I walk down the street in a smart outfit.. that the fitted skirt I bought makes me feel feminine and businesslike at the same time.
So here's a shout for SL - it really can improve your first life/real world attitude and confidence. I may still need Trinny, Suzanna and Gok for a few ideas - but I can see if I like em in my SL before I rush out and spend 'real' cash amounts on them.
And a note to shops everywhere - fashion is all well and good - but a nice pile of staple heels and skirt shapes is soooo much better!
Monday, 21 July 2008
As my only phone contact this is increasingly annoying. Since it went bandy in march its had a new motherboard; and oddly was downgraded to 5.2 mobile windows. Yes it definitely had MW6 when I got it, I remember boasting about this to a freind! So back it goes and in its place I shall be trying a Treo 680! Want to hear about that? Watch this space.
And noted the software is available in SL - can you track an avatar by bluetooth???? I am impressed - does that put the Big Pond sim in Australia, Dresden Art Galery in Germany and Knightsbridge in London - cos Hypatia must have clocked up a few million miles - and can I have those airmiles for Hypatia's avatar (the Keyboard Godess) who would like to go to Melbourne!
On a more serious note and having listened to Steve Gibson on Security Now (A TwIT podcast - have they thought about renaming that acronym) the tracking of not just your person but your internet behaviours, personal location and the views you express (Hey! I blog, therefore I am fair game) are very much up for grabs by the sneakyist technologist. Be very aware Big Brother is not just watching, but listening and reading - though what he may deduce from all this information is..... I imagine steam will come out his ears and his head blow off actually.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
I have to say I love my HTC Touch - a truely mini-pc, I run MS OneNote that Sync's with my main PC. Not only dealing with e-mail, texts and web browsing but also spreadsheets (handy for Archery scoring) and on the fly budgets and word documents. It's also my ebook reader and music player with a 6gb micro SSD disk in it. And it makes phonecalls as well!
Thursday, 12 June 2008
In SL and MMRORPG - they are fine - cos at the end of the day you are (hopefully) only spending pennies - or less than 50 quid a month. But in RL or FL(first life) as some now choose to call it - ditch your credit cards! Labels are nothing if you look like Edwina from Ab Fab in it!
So what do I mean by an aspirational lifestyle - its all the right hair, the right tie and the right address! And that seems true for social websites too. SO its safe to play with a huge house, stable of horses, flashy cars and extreme sports - perhaps that’s why gaming is so popular - we all get to be James Bond or Lara Croft. But at the end of the day remember reality - or at least the you who works and socialises is not your avatar; be it elf or neko, marine or just SL fashion model; Game responsibly folks.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
The project will eventually turn into something else. Tell us what you think so we can figure out what that is.Interclue- Rest your mouse on the icon, and up pops an enhanced summary of the linked page.
GIMP GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Lazarus Ever had one of those “oh $*#@” moments when you've finally finished filling out a long form, and hit submit only to see an error message? And when you hit the back button, the form was blank... If so, you know you need Lazarus. And if not, you have a chance to install Lazarus before disaster strikes!
Friday, 30 May 2008
AO stands for Animation overide, and your little cartoon Avatar is very versatile in this, adding to or replacing the Linden basic movements. Want to jump like the girl in the Matrix? Fly like Superman? or walk like Jessica Alba? Then either altering or replacing your AO is the way to go.
Again there are free animations and with a bit of help (again look at TUi and NCI) you can build your own but there are some high quality animations out there for those with the lindens!
If nothing else go and get a feel for some of them at the posing stands at the following shops:
Torridwear: Good entry level AO's and cheap clothing
Pixel Spa: complete AV's with hair, AO and clothes in a range of nationalities and races
SE Emotions: more upmarket AO's catering for models, but nice animations
Vista AO's: Good AO's at entry level
Cost varies - as much as your need to customise yourself - if you are looking for modelling poses try SE. But with a little effort you can achieve the same results for free.
Youtube has some useful tips on life in SL.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
UK Couture http://slurl.com/secondlife/UK%20Couture%20Island/229/129/23
sf Designs http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lotus/225/237/143
And for acessories
Shiny Things - Shoes and Jewellry http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shiny%20Falls/190/173/37
Gurl 6Hair, and other stuff http://slurl.com/secondlife/GuRLyWood/109/110/22
Take plenty of lindens and enjoy.... most of these places have free gifts or clearance items.
Coming next AO's and Skins!