I was looking forward to putting some quality time into Bioshock last night, having neglected it for over a week now due to travelling, multiplayer GH2 sessions and such. Unfortunately however my stomach and related organs chose this time to encounter what can be most tactfully described as a ‘significant containment breach’ and thus my evening was completely ruined. It felt very much like food poisoning but since my wife ate the exact same meal and has been fine it can’t be that.
Yeah, I’m back. Luckily the server didn’t have any blips like last time I went away, which is filed snugly in the ‘good thing’ drawer. I’m pretty tired, which sounds daft since I just got back from a break, but it’s a surprisingly long journey down to deepest Cornwall despite the distance on the map not looking very big (the nearest you can fly to is Exeter and we got the train down).
We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit again this year, and I’m really glad that I can actually attend this time. 😀 In 2006 we only got around 2-3 weeks notice that it was happening (it was obviously pulled together quite late) and I was already travelling around the same time so despite trying to figure out a way to make it work I reluctantly had to decline - Greg (xavier) and Michael (reimpell) attended on OGRE’s behalf instead but I was gutted at having to miss out.
I’ve been relatively quiet online the last few days - I was ‘up North’ on Friday via a red-eye flight to Manchester which entailed a simply wonderful 5am start and returning home at around 9pm, so obviously not much got done that day (besides the consultancy I was hired for of course). On top of that, on returning home I found out that one of our cats had become very ill during the day; retching and hacking and generally breathing really badly, and not eating at all (very unusual for this one).
I should have known better than to ask my wife ‘What would you like to do today?’. Like any self-respecting tech who has a lot of PCs, and is often called upon to sort friends & relatives PC’s out when they decide to throw a wobbler, I’ve been known to keep a fair number of spares around. Ok, so maybe a lot of spares. It’s something my wife ‘suggests’ we do something about fairly regularly, but I’m not a naturally spatially organised person and the thought of sorting through all of it triggered almost instant catatonia.
This has been on the cards for months, but I wasn’t able to talk about it until the book was actually out. Consummate software writers the Dietels have just released a new edition of C++ How To Program, published by Prentice Hall, and this time one of the additions is a sizeable chapter on using OGRE and CaseyB’s OgreAL to make a simple game. The C++ How To Program series is very popular, selling over a quarter of a million copies, which is reflected in the fact that this is the sixth edition of the book.
I used to be a big consumer of that revitalising nectar Red Bull, particularly when I was pulling long hours at work and then long evenings & weekends on Ogre. At least one a day, often 2 and 3 was not that unusual - although after setting myself a record one evening (5 in 3 hours), I learned the meaning of the word ‘moderation’ (is the world supposed to oscillate in time with the pulse in my head?
Well, yesterday was an absolutely glorious day here in Guernsey, I don’t think we saw a cloud all day and there was just the lightest of sea breezes. We’d already booked to watch some outdoor theatre up at the castle so we made a day of it, echewing the car and taking a stroll down to our picturesque seafront town, grabbing a spot of lunch at a terrace restaurant and generally kicking back.
So, I’ve finally joined the 21st century and got rid of my last trusty CRT monitor. I hung on to it far longer than I intended to really, but initially I avoided LCDs because of their poor response rates and ghosting. Then, I avoided them because they were too expensive. Then, I avoided them because I like to test in lots of fullscreen resolutions and wasn’t that happy with the way that looked on many LCDs, and didn’t like being locked to a single ‘best’ resolution.