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If you use windows, most likely you would have come across the problem where you lose the Safely Remove Hardware Icon in your lower right hand corner.
I know its not strictly necessary to do, but I feel much better about doing it because once I did it without and it rooted my USB key.

Here is Puddle’s sure fire way to get it back
Make a new shortcut and stick the following, sans inverted commas, as the link and voila!
“%windir%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll”


Terminator Piggy!

Word or Phrase of the day

Dunning-Kruger effect –is the phenomenon whereby people who have little knowledge systematically think that they know more than others who have much more knowledge.

Our techy was a highly annoying man who displayed classic Dunning – Kruger effect.  He pretty much examplified the reason why i dislike some mac users.  Upon learning I used a PC to do graffikal/multimedia work he promptly berated me that Mac was indeed far superior to anything on PC.  When I pointed out that my main applications – Maya and Touch work well on PC. (Maya does run on Mac as of recently) he said that “Bah thats because you use crap PC programs”. Last I checked Maya was a rather well regarded application.
He also boasted that his hearing range was from 2hz to 26khz. Which may be true, though from what I understand of people working in the live music industry thats probably unlikely, who cares? I mean we were doing notes for the show. I couldn’t give a crap if he could hear god himself talking at that point. Ok thats not Dunning-Kruger but still, freaking annoying having someone spending 10 min regaling us his superhuman hearing while we are doing notes.

Continuing on with my stream of conciousness rant – this rant was allowed to continue because our director was incapable of well, directing.  On numerous occasions she should have stepped in and executed directorial decisions and she failed each time.
When a choreographer scheduled new rehearsals outside of official times ‘Talk to him, I had nothing to do about it”
When a choreographer and a dancer had a tiff (rather entertaining too) she didn’t broker a peace or enforce a timeout and mediation. Her solution was to sit at the edge of the studio and say ” I dont know”, then followed by ” she’ll be here”. When it was plainly clear that there was no way those two could actually see each other and not try to kill each other.

A multimedia designer taking photos of shadow play. Simple yes? Well no, it turns out that if you are  bumbling retard and take photos of backlit shadows on a white sheet WITH THE FLASH ON, astonishingly nothing comes out other than a big fat white blarg.
I probably wouldn’t have minded so much if a/ it wasn’t 20:00 on a day i was supposed to finish at 16:00 and b/ having to put up with her constantly reminding us just how damn good she was

Now what else can I rant on about? actually that’ll do for tonight. Good day


This is may look like beached giant cybernetic squid,  but is in fact something I developed with an architect in response to a design brief for a Flight 93 memorial design in the United States.  Unfortunately we didn’t win, so no giant squiddy monstrosities will be appearing soon, but it was a really interesting project, and for me I found the exploration really interesting.
I developed a system where we simulated turbulent airflow over the terrain model and then chucked particles through it, and by tracing those lines in space, managed to create this thingy.  It was a really interesting thought experiment as to new ways of exploring space and generating forms.

Went through a phase of developing procedural shaders and geometry.  The geometry is all based off L-Systems, the hero neuron was hand tweaked, the shaders are all complex procedurals, so it holds up at all resolutions. Originally designed for a print piece for a friend.

The resolution has been reduced, high res is available, just contact me


Well, I managed to heroically resist scratchin off the scab, and it finally fell off by itself et voila! So no more hole!


Wandered around Rue Mouftard today, which was great, there was an antiques street market and I managed to purchase this –padlock.jpg

A completely useless, giant old school padlock. Its going straight onto the nearest door.

And just to make this particular post completely incoherant, here’s a link to the best hubble images. Just simply extraordinary images. I believe the old girl is going to get an optical upgrade next year which is great, but then it will be decomissioned 2013.

Continuing the theme, my friend, Sascha, aka Aevoc has just released a few new tracks. check it out.

I wish I had started this blog earlier, and I know this is just my inherent paranoia setting in, but I can’t help but feel that the last few years have been really amazing with adventures and mischief, and now its all going to slow down a bit.

So, in an effort to make my life seem far more interesting, I’m going to randomly throw in pictures and annecdotes from the past to brighten up this blog.

Oh and the reason that I’m so into it right now, other than being feeble, is that I have to compress a 6:25min film into 5mb and make it look good. Its taking forever to encode. On the plus side h.264 – its magic.