You’d think I would’ve noticed that when taking the shot.
Emos of the animal world.
Ghandi attacked Victorian London.
It’s covered up in the history books though.
And she’s chewing on Glinda, the Good Witch of the North!
Oh, and there’s loads of new puzzles over on http://www.StickScene.com too!
It might not look like much, but that’s my thesis. It’s done!
I handed it in today, and I’m very pleased indeed.
Oh yes, and ‘Matazone’ is also now legally one of my middle names
EDIT: In case you can’t read it, the title says ‘Hidden Cyberspace: Narrative and Identity in the Work of William Gibson’. That’s the final title that was settled on. I needed three copies for the examiners; it’s not in three volumes!
I can’t promise you won’t see anything you don’t like, but this page assembles a random selection of images posted on LiveJournal and provides an interesting moment’s browsing.
It’s been a big scandal that the NSA is illegally taping the conversations of several million Americans. It’s been denied that the project was so out of control, but it seems like every time the story is returned to that the numbers go up.
There is a writer called Borges who came up with some brilliant ideas in his stories, but the one that returns to me as being the most relevant on an everyday basis is about a king who wanted an accurate map. I heard this several years ago, so this is probably my spin on it, but it went something like this:
There once was a king that, when he was done with war and had conquered all he desired, wanted a map so he could see everything that he ruled over. His closest entourage are sent to make a map of his land. They bring it back to him and spread it over his table. He looks at the map, and sees that it is good, but it does not show all the streets of his city, so he asks for a better map.
More people are sent out to make a better map. Much time is spent on making an accurate map of the city and the land. When it is done they return to the king and spread it out over the floor, because it is now much bigger than the table. The king looks at the map and sees that it is good, but it does not show every building.
A huge amount of people are sent out to make a map of the land so accurate that it shows every building, every field, every stable, and every shed. After many years the map is done. They spread it out over the city, because the map is so large that it cannot fit inside the castle. The king sees that this is a very good map, but it does not show the rooms.
The whole country begins to make a map that is accurate to the last detail. Everything, every room, every table, every tree, is included. The country begins to crumble and the map expands until it covers the whole land. The country is engulfed in the map, and in places the map and the countryside cannot be told from each-other. The map is finally completely accurate, but the land has been destroyed.
The NSA seeks to build a map of the people, but they are getting so much information that it becomes meaningless. The detail with which they are now capable of looking at people means that they can no longer distinguish any patterns or purpose. Meanwhile, the land itself is changing and being destroyed by the processes that are needed to collect all the data.
Yes, it’s been quiet around here lately hasn’t it? I’ve got a few things going on:
I’m finishing my thesis on Monday next week
I’ve been putting the finishing touches on http://www.stickscene.com
I’ve got two clients’ websites to build
Yep, I’m definitely a busy bunny!
So, about the new site, the premise is that people have to guess the film/TV series name from a simplified version of a poster, DVD box art, or a scene. Have a look on there to see what’s been made so far to get the idea.
Currrently there are a couple of bits of coding to add, but I could do with more content so I’m hoping people on here might be able to help.
Basically, you create an account using the ‘join’ menu option, then you can use the ‘submit puzzle’ menu option to create new puzzles for the site. When you’re creating a new puzzle, please check the details on http://www.imdb.com !
The best system of making the pictures I’ve found so far is to put the original image on one layer and then draw lines and sample the colours on layers over it. Personally I use Flash to make the pictures, but I’ve seen ones made in Photoshop or even Micro$oft Paint!
ALL IMAGES CAN ONLY BE UPLOADED IN .JPG FORMAT! This is due to the code involved in the watermarking feature.
After you have had five images approved then you can add a picture to your profile, and after ten you can add a link to a website. This will appear under your puzzles, hopefully giving you exposure to thousands of people every day! Hurrah!
This is still beta-test stuff, so if you have problems please let me know. There’s a forum on there too, which is a good place to post any comments that you have, http://www.stickscene.com/forum/ .
I’m in the final stages of putting a new site online, and I decided to put a little polish on some of the buttons. Given that the whole thing is done in PHP and involves lots of forms, I needed a way to make a rollover image that could submit the form for me.
A search on Google initially made this look like it was going to be rather complex… Well, not complex, but unnecessarily lengthy:
Look at the state of that! Lines of code running all over the over the place!
But then I found this thread, with the following lovely bit of code:
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I customised it a bit so that it would submit my form and to give it some more user-friendly tags:
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I’m a big fan of good coding. When something as simple as and useful as a rollover can be achieved with a line of code then you know that things are working the way they should.
Any band that releases an album called ‘The Arockalypse’ gets my vote.
For people in the US who might not have heard of the Eurovision, it’s a big song contest where each country pretends to try and win, but actually only wants to give that impression because it costs millions to host and if you win then you host it next year. Ireland learnt this the hard way after winning three years in a row; their entry the year after was so bad that there was no way they were seriously trying to take part. The usual result is a bunch of below-average song-writing, passionate performances, and lots of dancers to make the whole thing seem more impressive. Every year someone (usually a country from northern Europe, who have developed a bleak sense of humour after several centuries of living in northern Europe) will put in a novelty act for a bit of a laugh. This year we have Lordi, but I’ve got a feeling that they stand a good chance of winning!
The Eurovision defintely needs more zombie rampages, and Lordi might just be the people to provide them.