Too Many Ideas - Archive for January, 2010

Downloads Fixed

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

My apologies to anyone who was trying to download anything directly from impworks.  I managed to knock out the download handling so all the links were broken.  It’s up and running again now.

Rotating Star Field II

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Last week I posted a Rotating Star Field. I’ve enhanced the script that builds the Vue scene from the star data to approximate the colour of the stars from their spectra and to size them relative to each other too. Unfortunately the high quality, uncompressed render comes in at about 1.2GB and I’ve yet to […]

Translate This Button

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I’ve just added a Translate.This button in about 5 minutes to the left hand menu. Looks to be a nice little JavaScript implementation of the Google translation service. I know there are WordPress plug-ins to do this but I’ve had mixed experience with those in the past so I’m going to try this one out […]

Rotating Star Field

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

A tweet last night took me to a site that linked to another The Astronomy Nexus which had a handy csv file of astronomical data.  The CSV includes all stars in Hipparcos or closer than 50 parsecs to us. Thats almost 120,000 stars.  I knocked together a quick script to import the data into Vue […]

Pancetta, Chorizo and Broad Bean Risotto

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

A warming risotto for the cold snap.  Feeds 4. Ingredients 2 Onion Chopped 2 cloves Garlic finely Chopped 1tbsp Olive Oil 225g Frozen Broad Beans 150g Chorizo Sausage – Cooked and chopped into chunks 150g Smoked Pancetta – Diced 350g Risotto Rice 1.2l Chicken Stock 1tbsp or fresh Dried Thyme 1tbsp Dried or fresh Oregano […]

A Town Called Eureka – Season 2

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

I finished watching Season 2 of A Town Called Eureka tonight. I like TV shows about quirky communities. A Town Called Eureka is an excellent addition to the likes of Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, the first season of The League of Gentlemen and Trumpton. Each uses an outsider as a way into the strange place: […]

Snowfall 2 – The Return of the White Stuff

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I’ve been living in Liverpool since the early ’90s and I can’t remember snow this deep.  Certainly beats the light dusting of snow in December. See also: Winter Wonderland – Snow Day and Snow day 🙂.

Sherlock Holmes

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Just back from seeing the latest take on Sherlock Holmes at FACT in Liverpool.  The city was very quiet tonigh with lots of restaurants shut and hardly anyone around the city centre. This take on Sherlock Holmes is a little more spirited and while not overtly steam punk certainly has something of that genres sensibilities […]

Happy 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!

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