Well, that sucks

I don’t generally like posting negative, self-indulgent stuff on this blog, particularly multiple times in succession (hence the light sprinkling of comedy to lighten the mood), but I’m also aware that people will want to know why I’m not fielding their questions in the forum just at the moment. So, here’s the excuses. I’ve had what turned out to be one of the nastier bouts of ‘flu I’ve had in a pretty long while; the last time I can remember feeling this crappy was when I developed flu on the way back from Canada in 2004 which led to an apalling 10-hour flight.

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Undeniable talents

I’m still sick as a dog, merely the form of my illness has changed - I’m now onto the ‘coughing until you’re sure you ejected a major organ’ stage.  In my semi-vegetative state I’ve made my way through one and a half books and way too much TV, owing to the fact that my clogged brain can’t cope with anything more demanding. However, it’s not all bad since it led me by pure chance to be watching ‘Dave’ (a TV channel over here - don’t ask why) when something exquisite appeared:

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Urgh, v2

I’ve definitely got the ‘flu rather than just a cold, judging by the uncontrollable shaking and alternating between shivering under 7 layers of blankets and sweating like it’s a hundred degrees. I’ve also had the worst headaches I can remember for a long time, for about 12 hours yesterday, which sucked. At least my throat is better this morning, and I think my fever has broken now (I have vague recollections of thought processes that I know seemed completely reasonable last night but now seem downright nonsense), but I’m definitely in no state to be doing anything today.

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This cheered me up a bit today after feeling thoroughly rubbish all day: Camelot have had to withdraw some scratch cards because some punters are too dumb to understand negative numbers. When told that to win you have to reveal a number (a temperature) lower than one printed on the card, some consumers were outraged that they were told that they hadn’t won when they scratched off a -6 when the number they had to get lower than was -8.

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Urgh

I started to get a bit of a sore throat yesterday afternoon - no problem I thought, sucking a throat lozenge while I got on with things. By the evening though, it felt like I’d been eating nothing but sherbert and vinegar all day and had developed a really nasty full-on cold. Sleeping was really hard and I still feel seriously rough today, so despite having plenty of work to do I think I’ll have to accept I’m not going to be very productive today.

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I’m just catching up with the news of a day or so ago, so feel free to yawn and comment on how slow I am on the uptake 😀I don’t particularly watch the phone market that closely, because I own a fairly simple phone right now, but I’ve been intrigued like most people about the fact that Google paid a lot of money to secure a segment of the newly available section of the wireless spectrum from the FCC, and had been testing all kinds of phone tech.

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TheEasyCompany have been posting more pictures of MOTORM4X (offroad driving game using OGRE) and they just posted their first couple of videos. They look great - here are the bandwidth-friendly but low-quality YouTube versions: Now, really you want to watch the high-res versions from their site, because they look gorgeous and really show off the great attention to detail. And don’t get freaked out by how fast the trees are blowing in some bits, if you look closely you’ll see a ‘FF >>’ icon at the bottom which indicates time is being accelerated, which they’re doing to demonstrate the changing weather effects (which you can’t see very well at crappy YouTube resolution).

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Cg 2.0 public beta

Yay, we’ve been waiting for this - the beta of Cg 2.0 is now publicly available to all. I’ll be updating the OGRE dependencies downloads later on today to include it for the purposes of future releases. It’s important because in OGRE we skipped the last major Cg update (v1.5) because of a loop unrolling bug (the compiler would hang) that would strike people using SM1 vertex shaders for things like skinning.

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Espresso!

I drink less coffee (and Red Bull) now than I used to, owing to the fact that I no longer pull the 70+ hour weeks which used to be par for the course for me, and on the whole I feel a lot better for it. It’s one of those things where you don’t really realise just how much you’re trashing your body until you stop and get a bit of balance back.

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Damn the puny Dollar

Well, if I thought the US Dollar was behaving on the economic stage like a big girls blouse before, I clearly underestimated its ability to plunder the depths of unmanliness. As of this morning the dollar has minced up to a shockingly effeminate GBP£1 == US$2.078 on the back of the US central bank dropping their interest rate again. Since a significant part of my income (and Ogre website ad funding) originates from the US, this of course is a royal pain in the ass.

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