Boring 3D far from boring.

I’ve just been checking out Jimmy Maidens’s Boring 3D website which is far from boring and has some beautiful 3D “cartoons” I suppose you would call them. His one liners are pretty amusing too.

This one is called This party would be a lot more fun if we had arms.:

He’s now over at PDI/Dreamworks, which he deserves to be. Unfortunately that means he’s not had the time to update his gallery so often (they must work them hard there!).

Playpen renamed and rebuilt

I’ve just re-built the entire blog with MovableType now instead of Blogger and renamed it Playpen, which I felt was more apt and less pretentious than “Sandbox of the Mind”. So, it looks a lot less beautiful at the moment, no Douglas Bowman template sadly, but I’ll fix that up soon and MT is much more powerful. Oh yes, the comments, such as they were, got deleted in the process. So if you made one, make it again…

I had masses of permissions problems with the files for some reason, something to do with the zip archive on my server I think. Anyway, I set everything up locally and then uploaded it and it’s all fine – I recommend others do the same and save several hours of pain.

I hope to upload more of my writing and interactive work now that hectic semester at work is almost over. But I’ll need to edit the CSS to get it looking all fancy schmancy and have a chat with the folks over at Desktop about what I can and can’t post online (because they own the publishing rights to a lot of my work sadly).

The iMac G5, a simple wow.

Jeez Jonathan Ive and his team are amazing. The new G5 iMac is simply rocking. Nothing more to say until I get my hands on one.

In the promo movie, Ive talks about the design process in which they refined and refined until the iMac looked like it had just evolved. It’s a really great example of allowing designers the time and money to really push something through to completion as well as keeping on the pressure and having the talent and expertise of course. But the talent and expertise often don’t arise when everything is a half-baked rush to get it to market. I’d be really interested to know the timescale for the iMac G5 project.

Have fun with nuclear reactors

I just received this invite:

Saturday, 21 August 2004 10:30am to 4pm New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights

Have fun and learn about the fascinating world of materials science at Australia’s only nuclear facility.

There will be a range of hands-on opportunities for people to learn about the diverse and exciting materials that make up our world. From bugs and drugs to bridges, roads and buildings.

Further information: www.ansto.gov.au/msd

Now, is it just me or does “having fun at Australia’s only nuclear facility” sound a little odd?

Singapore Airlines air rage and the German Professor

Okay, I’m sorry to keep harping on about this whole thing, but being cooped up in a metal tube for 22 hours does things to one’s brain. So, everything was sorted until it transpired that my wife’s points hadn’t gone through so more singing and dancing to get that sorted for the return flight.

Best of all was the flight to Singapore where we are spending the night. A very loud and irritating German guy in his late fifties/early sixties make such a show about his lack of leg room because he was quite tall. He stuck his leg out in the aisle whilst everyone was boarding and refused to move it. Unfortunately we had already sat down otherwise I might have tried to give the leg a kicking. Anyway, they finally moved the guy next to him to give him two seats to himself and then he proceeded to present his business card to the stewardess who looked bored by it, smiled and said “Thank you professor.”

Slightly sickened by this display we got settled in and everything was okay until the end of the meal. He wasn’t eating, so naturally my wife (who hates flying at the best of times) put her seat back. The prof then proceeded to knee the back of her seat and try and push her forward. This ended in a frenetic bout of swearing from us (I’m proud to say I got in some of my best German profanities) and some appeasement from stewardesses rolling their eyes.

In the air and enjoying the Sky Bed

Finally in the air and enjoying the Sky Bed in the business class upgrade with Singapore Airlines after an incredible amount of hassle. The upgrade came through this morning (Saturday) but their ticketing office is closed in Sydney on Saturday. Guess what? You have to go to the ticketing office in order to pick up the upgrade vouchers. It seems pretty absurd given the days of electronic communications that they can’t just put it all through on their booking system.

Shame this will have to be sent from Singapore airport, I was hoping to be cheesy and send it via an Internet connection in the ‘plane, but alas there is none. There’s an RJ45 socket in the seat though, I wonder what would happen if I plugged in…?

Turkey Bombing

Can’t say I’m too happy about the bombing in Turkey just on the eve of making my way over there. I’m sure it will be okay, I spent enough time in London whilst the IRA were blowing things up from time to time. Hope I don’t eat my words…