Monday, June 28, 2004

I've just been test driving the new verisons of Mozilla and Firefox, (which I am using to post this!) and both have fixed a little glitch which broke up the background image of this website if you scrolled one of the scrollbars. So now the only inconsistancies I can find between IE, Mozilla, Firefox and Netscape is that the 'Text Area' in the email form on the left changes width slightly and Netscape renders the opacity of the backgrounds at incorrect levels. So overall, not bad! I've not ever used Opera, so I can't comment on that, or what it looks like on a Mac, (or Linux for that matter,) since I no longer have access to one. Feel free to send any comments on the way you view the site to the usual address!

Saturday, June 26, 2004

So that's the end of England's EURO 2004 campaign. At least the French are out too, along with a lot of other big names. I thought Greece looked dangerous in the group stage and was glad England didn't face them. I think we really would have struggled. I still would have preferred Spain. Oh well. Now we can sing "40 years of hurt" in the World Cup - Germany 2006!
In game news I've just got Driv3r on the X-Box today. I was really disappointed. The production of the FMV is pretty high, but the in-game stuff is still quite basic. Character animation is somewhat laughable. Mouths still don't move during speech, (and they don't move much in the FMV either, which looks odd.) The car physics is still the main draw though, which makes the driving sections quite fun, but the appalling 3rd person camera control makes the on-foot shooting areas tedious. The maps seem fairly faithful to the real world. I managed to find a hotel I've stayed in on a trip to Miami, along with the shopping centre and Hard Rock Cafe nearby (labeled the Miami Stars Cafe in the game.) Despite my initial disappointment, I have still been playing for a few hours and progressed onto Nice which has a much tighter, complex road layout, which could be fun. So either this game is addictive fun despite it's flaws, or I'm just stubborn! I wouldn't have thought I will return to this title once I have finished it, but I have yet to make a stunt movie which could kill half an hour if I were bored.
Finally, in a website update, I have added the ability to choose the theme you are looking at on this site. In the top left of the page is a drop down box with a list of different themes. Pick one and all pages on this site will be set to that theme. You can change your mind at any time, or stick to Random to sample them all eventually. It also makes it easier for me to add new themes, so look out for new additions to the list very now and again. I have 5-10 more ideas in the works already.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Please England... PLEASE win tonight! And don't start a major bust up with Portuguese fans afterwards, whatever happens. If we do win, we should expect Holland in the Semi's and then France in the Final. Which really would rule.
(If you don't know, I'm talking about EURO 2004. Some Football (not Soccer!) tournament or other.)

Monday, June 21, 2004

I went to one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers gigs in Hyde Park, London this weekend and as expected, they did indeed rock. The support acts were Chicks on Speed, (who sucked so bad they were booed off stage mid session,) and James Brown, (who you were lucky to understand a word from, since it was mostly noises and mumbles more than lyrics. But hey, I've seen the "Godfather of Soul"!)
I got the tickets for my Brother's 18th birthday present, so thanks for thaking me with you Chris! ;o)
Wimbledon starts today, but looks like I'm not going now :o( Never mind.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Yesterday I entered the X-Box Media Centre Skinning Contest, with a beautiful piece.
I've also got my entry in for Submerge 2004. I just hope it gets there before the deadline of tomorrow!
Some people on the MediaLab Arts course have got themselves into the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase this year. My work wasn't chosen by the lecturer's to be submitted :o( but well done to the Bo-shing guys!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I've been finishing up the past few days. I moved over the blog from CreateUK and today added in the latest entry on the HiAsh front page.
On the projects side of things I've added the e-Learning on the GameBoy Advance site into the new portfolio. The only things I can see that need doing now are having the media bar elements change, (especially on the portfolio page so that they are more relevant to what you are reading at the time,) add some work to the portfolio and then add more background styles for the site to randomise to. After that it would just be tinkering, (I might center the whole thing for example, or allow you to choose and fix to a style with a cookie.)

Monday, June 07, 2004

I'm hoping to do a few of the things you should 'do-at-least-once-in-your-life' before I jet off to Florida (moving date is now September 10th for that.) One of those is to go and watch the Tennis at Wimbledon and as luck might have it, my Dad got a hold of a pair of tickets in the ballot and can't use them. Sweet. I think I might be going to the British F1 Grand Prix this year too. So now its just a trip to Old Trafford that I really want to do!
Also managed to book another holiday, to Portugal. Unfortunately it is long after the football is over :o(
I'm still waiting for these MediaSmart people to talk to me. I'm going to get back to GMTV and offer my services to them again, since they seem ready for me.