Ok where have I been and what have I been upto!
... not much ...
Working on this and that, but mostly... I hate to admit it... I've been lost in playing Fallout 3 and now GTAIV
Major productivity boosting stuff, both games easily have a 100 hours of play time in them before completion.
Both amazing games, if you can look past a few bugs and your machine is high spec.
I have finally solved my light math/ auto exposure problem thanks to Wesley Bourne, I'll be posting more on that when I get some good examples of it together...
But really, nothing much to report other than lots of game playing and mince pie eating really.. tis the season to get fat and sleep loads.
Oh and I moved ISP to O2 and right now I can highly recommend them especially if your already a O2 mobile customer as you get money off. i've downloaded 70gb and Uploaded 60gb already and I've only been on a few weeks. Nice and fast!
I realized something rather profoundly obvious the other day, how when I need to or have to do something I offload it onto the future so... I'll do it tomorrow, or later.. as if the me doing it later is another person.. offloading work to someone else, but of course.. that other person is me. So it really does nothing but delay the inevitable. Your going to be just as 'you' later as you are now, and the work is going to be just as boring then and your going to want to offload it onto someone else or your future self just as much then too.
I just found it rather funny, how internally I felt or had this idea that doing something later was like another person or something, hard to describe. It's hard living and dealing with the NOW all the time we build up all these concepts of the future and life as a line and progression when really all there is is 'now', so offloading into the future is just a way of pissing off my future 'now'.
I was thinking how if I had done something hard or important every day for the last year.. 5 years or so on.. how id be rewarding myself now, all the hard work would have been done by someone else, a past me and id be enjoying it now. That's another interesting way of looking at it, give your future 'now' a gift instead of offloading work onto it, think how your future 'now' will feel if you go and get that work out the way right now.
I know what I mean
Trying to understand the world of hosting, dns, name servers, registrars, cnames, domains etc etc...
Bizareo world it really is, lots of shady reselling going on, companies that tend to vanish over night unintentionally and ones that vanish quite intentionally with your money ; round every corner it seems.
I've been getting a bit pissed off, I just registered a free domain at co.cc to only have co.cc vanish today, no doubt they will be back in a day or so, but to have a name server go down is unacceptable even for a second.
And my web host has given up the ghost too, almost in tandem. All my searches through free hosting has resulted in wasted energy, seems like almost every other host you goto is really owned by one you just visited already, I thought id found a gold mine with 07x.net but didn't take long to find it randomly decides not to serve up images now and then, but I found a few more hosts that offered similar if not as great services... but nay they looked suspiciously identical to 07x.net and I\'m fairly sure they were either the same company or reselling services of the same company, in any case, they both suffered the same fault.
Even looking at paid hosting resulted in frustration, I can put up with limitations and file size limits on free hosting, but even stricter file format and size limitation on PAID hosting is out the question, I got fed up in the end after host after host told me they didn't support anything other than images and html, NO videos, no zip... or their idea of unacceptable use constituted of users downloading more than 1mb per visit.... *cries*
So basically I have to pay £10 a Month minimum to get even basic hosting it seems..... screw that. This site is a hobby/form of expression more than anything else... call me tight. Makes more sense for me to just continue hosting it myself, move it onto my always running Mac Mini.
All made extra difficult by my somewhat specialized needs. I need Large file hosting (20mb) (or at least I will do eventually) a gig of storage at least, PHP support (with support for absolute paths with PHP include) and FTP that supports my methods of synchronization.
But hurrah a light at the end of the tunnel, I've found a home with a good friend who has a dedicated machine somewhere in far reaches of the web. For now It's just hosting the images for me, I'll hopefully get the PHP moved over in a few days and get a domain sorted out... It's perfect as I can have a shell account meaning I can use rsync over ssh to synchronize any changes to my whole website in a few seconds.
I'm also thinking of buying AlexLovett.co.uk
Fairly, boring, unmemorable... but hey.. It's my name! therefore I cannot get bored of it and feel urged to change it every year... *thinks about changing my own name* ..... ..... no!
But even buying a name is more complicated than id first thought, lots of resellers, some will drop you and dissolve your account just from a single complaint email or based on text content filtering.... yuck!
These guys caught my attention in my searches regarding hosting and domains, check them out if your interested in this jazz at all:
I've been playing with RealFlow trying to get a paint like gooey stretchy look, finally figured out that Surface Tension was the important ingredient in high values: 2000+
And some earlier not so successful but entertaining tests:
Link: www.realflow.com --- surface_tension
And some earlier not so successful but entertaining tests:
And this is just funny and awesome:
Some people tinker with old cars, I tinker with my blog dealy.
Fixed some things up, navigation almost makes sense now... though It's still a bit fruity... amazing how far things have come really over the years. I remember back when I twas one big flat list a mile long full of barely compressed PNG's as images, I don't even want to think of how many hours have gone into it. I know I've clocked around 50 hours in for the backend, but I'm betting I forget to clock it half the time
Woo just (finally) made Links clickable... sad that took me 40 Minutes to figure out
I still have lots of todo items to keep me busy with in future for this site. Making the design more interesting perhaps, though I don't want to distract from the content, it is lacking in style.
Site Screenshot for posterity:
And these are just funny:
Awesome,funeral services advert
And... shit this is real
That's big, now all that place needs is grass and trees, I\'m sure they can fly some in with that kind of money. Showoffs