I’ve never really thought about my blood pressure - I’ve had it checked fairly regularly, but I’ve never previously taken much notice of what the numbers were or anything. Recently though a friend of mine was diagnosed with pretty high blood pressure, which he wasn’t expecting at all, and has had to make a few changes to try to reduce it. So that got me thinking, and since I had to go to the doctor for a routine check-up this week anyway, I thought I’d pay a bit more attention this time.
I just thought I’d post these videos on my blog, because I’m really liking the art style on this racing game using Ogre. They only just got their first car going around the track (hence no shadows yet), but it’s looking polished already (there’s also a HD version available which shows off the artwork better): I really like what they’re doing with the character customisation too (again alternatively watch the HD Version):
Sony’s guy in Europe has been celebrating the success of PS3 in the region since the price cuts late last year, and although he’s rather economical with the truth in places, he’s right - in countries such as France, Spain and Germany the PS3 had a particularly good XMas and New Year period. I’m not entirely sure why, but there has been quite a difference between the figures for the UK and those for the rest of Europe.
Let’s get this out of the way early - I hate Facebook. Not because of the implementation, but because I hate everything Facebook stands for, in exactly the same way I hated the last hype-cycle of the Internet age, and every predecessor to Facebook that has been flavour of the month this time around. Here’s my reasons: It’s fundamentally a total waste of time and resources - social networks generally are of course; they’re just a great big hole to piss your time into for absolutely no measurable return.
I’ve been thinking of blogging about this for a little while but I thought I would wait until some kind of conclusion had been reached before making judgement. As you might know, I bought a QNAP TS-209 recently, and my initial experiences with it were mixed. On the one hand, it was incredibly well put together and easy to set up - literally 15-20 minutes to plug in the 2 hard disks, connect it up to the network, and zip through the basic configuration set up.
The Gerstmann affair might be old news by now, but 1Up’s editor Sam Kennedy posted a fascinating blog entry on the matter today that I highly recommend you read if you’re interested in the backroom goings on of gaming sites like this, and just generally to read a great summary and analysis of the whole affair from start to finish. Very well written.
Damien kindly sent me a link today to MacHeist, a site that sells bundles of Mac software for a limited time at rather extraordinary prices, while also donating 25% of the revenue to charity. I took a look, and on seeing the bundle that was there, immediately bought it. It’s $49 for 14 applications, and whilst inevitably there’s some dead wood in there and things I wouldn’t normally buy, the inclusion of PixelMator made it a no-brainer for me on its own - the entire bundle is $10 cheaper than buying PixelMator is usually anyway.
The acquisition of MySQL by Sun Microsystems for an eye-watering $1bn is old news by now, but I just thought I’d recommend listening to a special edition of Open Season which talks to the executives involved (as usual, hosted by the leaders of Alfresco and MuleSource) - if you’re at all interested in the state of ‘commercial’ open source, Open Season is always a good listen, even if most of us aren’t within a million light years of the sort of enterprise business these guys are involved in.
Dammit. I had (perhaps foolishly) begun to think that I’d put most of my back problems behind me now - it has after all been over a year since I had any significant pain from it; just a few aches / cricks / stiffness occasionally but nothing major. However, while taking a shower Sunday morning I reached down and ‘whallop’ - something popped out (or in my case, rotated since my recurring problem is a twisted rather than slipped disc).