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Entries from July 2007

UK people ‘hate BBC’

July 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

When I saw a headline on BBC News entitled UK Asians ‘do not feel British’ I was pretty shocked – did a majority of UK Asians really not feel British? If so, this was cause for alarm. On reading the article though, things were much calmer:
Over a third of British Asians do not feel British, [...]

Tags: bbc · writing

The Death of Publishers

July 23rd, 2007 · 49 Comments

Update: Virginie Clayssen has done a wonderful French translation of this post on her weblog teXtes. 
Adrian Buys an eBook Reader
A couple of weeks ago, I idly visited mobileread.com and discovered something incredible – Tiger Direct in the US were selling Sony eReaders for $100, a discount of $250. Thanks to the rampaging power of the [...]

Tags: book · future · spec · tech · web · writing

How many seconds?

July 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’ve heard it said that the iPhone has inferior features to other phones. On paper, there is some substance to this. Compared to the flagship products of Nokia and HTC, the iPhone lacks:

3G
a high megapixel camera (competing phones usually have 3-5 megapixels compared to the iPhone’s 2 MP camera)
video recording ability
video calling ability
GPS
MMS
Instant Messaging (although [...]

Tags: apple · tech

New Conversations

July 19th, 2007 · 6 Comments

At GDC this year, I remember hearing some writers talk about the sorry state of story and dialogue in action/adventure games. One of the promising games that they looked forward to, though, was Mass Effect – apparently it would have a brand new conversation system.
Over the months, details emerged. In effect, the game would allow [...]

Tags: games · video · writing

Echochrome

July 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

One of the most innovative games that’s come out of this year’s E3 is Echochrome for the Playstation; basically, if M. C. Escher could’ve made a computer game, this is what it would look like. I have some questions about the control scheme, difficulty level and gameplay (e.g. does the guy keep on walking all [...]

Tags: games · video

Bits and Pieces: Left Turns

July 12th, 2007 · No Comments

The research at U.P.S. is paying off. Last year, it cut 28 million miles from truck routes — saving roughly three million gallons of fuel — in good part by mapping routes that minimize left turns.
Incredible – something that seems obvious in retrospect, but in practice hard to implement. Interestingly, it wouldn’t work in the [...]

Tags: science · weather

Bookmooch

July 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Along with selling a whole bunch of games, I’ve started addressing the problem of my overflowing bookshelves. Granted, I only have two bookshelves, but I’m not really at a stage in life now where I have the space to keep hundreds of books. A couple of weeks ago, it was getting so bad that I [...]

Tags: adrian · book · review

Bits and Pieces: Centuries

July 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Weather
In a book about weather (called ‘Weather’) that I’m reading, there’s a fact that blithely states:
Driest location: The Atacama Desert in Chile has virtually no rainfall (0.08mm annually), except for a passing shower several times a century.
Not several times a year. Several times a century. What impresses me about this is not the fact that [...]

Tags: games · mars · space · video · weather

Transformers – not enough robots

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

That’s what this wonderfully incisive Movie Preview Review says, anyway:

I’m going to see the movie – for the robots.

Tags: film · review · silly · video

Feeding the weblog

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Now that Feedburner has been bought by Google, I’ve signed up with them so that I can see how few people subscribe to my RSS feed. In theory, this should make absolutely no difference to anyone who is subscribing to the feed, since the current address automatically redirects to the new Feedburner address – but [...]

Tags: meta