Friday 18 November 2011

Zelda Takeover Day

Just in time for the release of Skyward Sword I've managed to put together a video about the Zelda-focused day from Gamecity 6.

Oh, by the way - it's mp4 format. For some reason it won't let me attach the flv version as well, so I'm going to upload that separately, unfortunately.

FLV version:

Thursday 8 September 2011

(Awful) Anime Adaptations 2: Blood The Last Vampire: Part 4

Well, here it is:
The 4th and final of the second episode of (Awful) Anime Adaptations.

Now I can finally get to writing the others. Right after I finish Deus Ex, of course...

Friday 29 July 2011


Admittedly I have not watched the original, but this has piqued my interest enough to get added onto my list.

Sunday 26 June 2011

EvE Mining Profit Calculator v1.0 - Release

I have written a mining calculator for EvE Online that the community could find useful - by entering the necessary values it will tell you in order of priority which ores to mine, what to do with said ore, and the amount of money the player can expect to make, assuming they have a full cargo-hold of the stuff.

Here is the public dropbox link for it:

If I update it to be more complicated, then I think I can just update the zip file, so it will have the latest version in it.

Thursday 9 June 2011

(Awful) Anime Adaptations 2: Blood The Last Vampire: Part 3

Here is part 3 - a little short, but I decided to split the final section into 2, rather than try to trim it down. Blip's answer said that the videos just need to be under 15 minutes, so I don't need to retroactively edit part 2.

Saturday 4 June 2011

Video update

Well, this is confusing.

I am still working with the idea of distributing to youtube, either through blip or a separate youtube account (though I would of course prefer to manage it from one central account)

Youtube states that videos can be up to 15 minutes long, but claims that they need to be less than 10. I am currently trying to find out if blip is, well, having a blip, or if their rules are valid.

If they are, it means that part 2 of the blood review is too long, and needs to be split into 2 parts.
The thing is, currently part 3 is about 16 minutes long, which would be too long anyway. But whether I just trim it, or if I also split that into 2, is dependent on the rules.

So, basically, I'm getting most of the work done, but I am unlikely to publish until I figure this out.

I also attempted to re-encode the Dragonball review using the desk bell sound rather than the bowl sound, which would make me feel better about enabling advertising on the episode (I'm thinking of splitting it into at least 2 parts, see the rules above)
However, I had to re-encode the resources I used, which was fine. Except that the film itself for some reason lost it's positioning markers, so each clip is just the Fox logo.
I also don't have any of the audio files anymore. As a result, that's not probably not going to work. At all.

Thursday 26 May 2011

XAML is silly

Someone came into work today with a t-shirt saying:
ideas go here

I said it was HTML5, he said it was XAML, especially since it is a Microsoft shirt.
Now, he is technically correct, but I hate the term anyway. This may not be entirely correct, but this is how I see the situation:

Here's the thing, XAML means "Extensible Application Markup Language" - it's XML with an A inserted. What is it, though? How does it differ from XML?

From what I can tell, it doesn't.
XAML is just XML interpreted by a program in a particular way, it is a subset of XML. As a language, it doesn't differ or add anything to XML. The difference is in how the XML is interpreted by an external program.
As such, XAML doesn't deserve to be called a different language.

It's not like HTML - since HTML4, HTML has incorporated XML, becoming XHTML. But XHTML is visibly different to XML (as a major difference, HTML has attributes within the tag definition itself, but XML's "attributes" are sub-tags)

Just to re-iterate, I'm going to double check all of this, but as of right now, this is how it seems to me. XAML is not a language, it is an extension of Extensible Markup Language (XML), with no differences that can justify calling it a separate language.

Monday 16 May 2011


Right, first off, the third part of the video is almost done. Almost. I hope to finish it soon.

Secondly, I have had another article published, which I've backed up here.

Thirdly, I think I'm going to re-design the sidebar. Currently it's Javascript injecting into the DOM. I did that so that I could have one place to control it all from, and for the "expandy-collapsey" behaviour you need to use some kind of scripting language. However, people can disable javascript and some browsers may object to the way it is done, which means that some people are getting an inferior user experience.
So, I would prefer to use some kind of server-side scripting instead, though with javascript for the expanding - perhaps, due to what I described before, I can start everything off expanded, then collapse it appropriately on page load, so if anyone has JS disabled they will still see all of the links.
However, there is the possibility this will mess up the counter, as it might then count the server's IP rather than the visitor's.
Even if all of that works, I'm not sure how to embed a server-side return into the side bar which is, some of the time, controlled by blogger.
So, lots to look into.

I'll at least categorize the links better, too.

Thursday 17 March 2011

Inception Baby

It's Comic Relief tomorrow, and so far the advertising has generated 7 cents for charity.

Maybe this will turn the tide:

Sunday 27 February 2011

(Awful) Anime Adaptations 2: Blood The Last Vampire: Part 2

Here's part 2 of the review, where I discuss the first act and a large chunk of the second act of the actual film.

Once again, advertising proceeds are going to Comic Relief.

Sunday 20 February 2011

(Awful) Anime Adaptations 2: Blood The Last Vampire: Part 1

Having been released from my internment from thinking Dragonball Evolution might be any good, I decide to celebrate my new found freedom.

Part 1.

I apologize for the widely varying sound quality throughout the video, this took a long time to make and I was plagued with technical issues.

[edit] I have enabled advertising, which took a while ( uses proprietary IE only code, naughty naughty) - since it is Comic Relief on March 18th, I promise to give any and all proceeds to them.
I will either multiply it, or add a lump sum, or both. I haven't decided yet.

Saturday 15 January 2011


After work yesterday, I came across this.

It made me only think one thing: This completely messes up my plans, as now I'll need to incorporate this into the Death Note review, which was the next video I was planning to do (after the one I'm currently working on)

Then, this morning I find this - so someone else has done it first, which apparently breaks some kind of unwritten law, though I'm not amongst these guys and I doubt they pay any attention to what I do.

Yes, the Dragonball review came after a group of them had already done it, but I had also been writing it for months before their video came out.

So, here I am, officially stating my intentions right here and now. This is my list of things I am intending to review:

  1. Dragonball Evolution (done)
  2. Blood: The Last Vampire
  3. Death Note, Death Note 2: The Last Name, Death Note: L: Change The WorLd
  4. Mushishi
  5. Guyver, Guyver: Dark Hero
  6. 20th Century Boys 1-3
  • The Last Airbender (though I'll need to wait in case any more are made)
  • Cowboy Bebop (when it's finally released)
  • Ghost In The Shell (when it's released)
  • Akira (when it's released)
  • Battle Angel Alita (when it's released)
  • Gantz
[edited to add Gantz to the list]

Thursday 13 January 2011


Ok, I'm making some progress on the video. I intend to finish it by the end of the month.

Other than that, I done went bought a domain!
I've fiddled with a few of the urls dotted around the place and everything seems to be working as intended.

Sunday 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

And so forth.

Video is coming along, though I am suffering through setback after setback after setback.

The main issue at the moment is that I'm re-recording selected audio chunks which I didn't think were that good the first time around.
However, these chunks sound different in terms of ambient noise, which is confusing because I'm recording under the same conditions and with the same equipment as before.

So, I'm presented with two choices:
1) Suck it up
2) Re-record all of the audio

I refuse to do number 2.

In the interests of getting something out at some point, I may split the video into a couple of parts and post the first while working on the second. The structure of the video allows for this somewhat, as there are a good few minutes of reviewing other things before I get to the actual film. This is a rather ambitious video this time around, you see.

[edit] Also, when viewing this post I notice that I am being prompted for a user-name and password, presumably for my sidebar, despite it not being in a password protected folder (it's just in the normal public_html folder)
I'll get that sorted asap.

[edit2] Jon got that sorted asap.