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Monday, September 30, 2002

The fast light browser fantastic


At last a cross platform browser build purely with speed in mind. About time, too, given the number of times I've waited whilst IE, that hulking beast, locked my machine up while working out exactly how to render serveral nested tables..point your mice at the
Phoenix
Not that Mozilla isn't nifty, but some of us remember a nice fast browser called Mosaic :)

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Monday, September 30, 2002

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Czech Animation Lives(?)


Of course, nationalised industries aren't such a bad idea for some things. For the arts they can be a boon, even if they lead to the biting of the hand that's feeding them. Consider the cautionary tale of the Czech animator.

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Monday, September 30, 2002

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Sunday, September 29, 2002

Interconnection


Thought for the day, from Emily Short..



In real life, space is continuous; in IF, it is discrete and comes in boxes. This often discourages authors from making use of grand vistas, which is rather a pity: I like games in which I can sometimes see from one room of the game to another. It may take some special programming to make this consistently behave right, but the rewards are considerable. Seeing far away objects before you are able to reach them (the sinister tower at the top of the hill) builds a sense of anticipation. It also deepens the sense that the setting you're moving around in is not just a movie set.



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Sunday, September 29, 2002

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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Blondes to become extinct.



Blondes 'to die out in 200 years' . Blondes will never die, says this bottle of peroxide. Hmm. A future in which the likes of Debbie Harry are regarded as freaks and only obscure perverts prefer blondes..

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Saturday, September 28, 2002

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Ownership


The late Robert Heinelin thought that it was an important qualification for a writer to own their own home outright. The theory was that this meant that when times were hard, it was possible to eat beans and slum it before the next cheque. He may have been right.

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Saturday, September 28, 2002

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Saturday, September 14, 2002

First Contact?


Just what is body J002E3? It's a near earth object, in the right orbit for a peice of space junk. But it matches the profile of no known possible object.

Target Body: J002E3 Spacecraft (UNCONFIRMED)
Observer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Coordinates: 118°14'27.6''W, 34°03'15.1''N

So, who knows? The Mighty Plongern of the planet Vork?



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Saturday, September 14, 2002

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Saturday, September 07, 2002

A brilliant inspiration



Now that the PAL version of Stuntman is finally finished, senior managment decree a day of jubilation, with free beer and food. The chosen date? September the 11th. Management genius in action :)

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Saturday, September 07, 2002

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Divorce


Is refusing to link to your partners blog grounds for divorce?

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Saturday, September 07, 2002

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Three dee math


One of the biggest pains in the arse of any 3d developers life is contiunally writing and rewriting 3d math routines. You should write your own set once, just so you know how they work. After that it's just pointless repetition. This is the kind of area where Open Source could excel. A nice set of math routines, nice and ready. There are probably good examples all over the place in Crystal Space and Cal3d, and plib, but someone (twelve someones) is trying to put together a definitve version: the Math3d library. Of course, they have some way to go before they match the excellent FreeMagic library

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Saturday, September 07, 2002

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