Edit: Yes, this was an April fools joke from Niko and I 😀Hope no-one in the 2 communities choked on any food whilst reading it!** For Immediate Release GUERNSEY / VIENNA, AUSTRIA - The open source 3D engine projects Ogre and Irrlicht today announced that they are going to join forces, abandon development and create a new state of the art 3D engine named ‘Ogrirr’. “We are starting a new age for independent game developers” says Steve Streeting, founder of the Ogre engine project.

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PS3 impressions

So I had my first hands-on bash at the near-legendary (for both good and bad reasons) PS3 last night, thanks to the indulgence of a friend who decided to burn the cash on one; and thought I’d post my initial impressions. This is only based on a few hours so it’s highly gut-influenced. Firstly, as a physical lounge item it’s far too attractive for its own good. You want to touch it immediately, but you know you shouldn’t.

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Here’s how to Here’s how to_ hard to get a western country to invade you: Cross the border in a waterway and kidnap military personnel Deny consular access Pretend that they crossed the border and not you despite GPS evidence Get your GPS imaginary coordinates wrong the first time and accidentally invalidate your own argument (doh!) Parade captured sailors on television and pressure them to admit to something they didn’t do Dangle the carrot of releasing one captive and then snatch it away again so that negotiators lose all trust in you Have a simmering nuclear row in the backround too Make sure you appoint a fundamentalist nutcase as a leader You couldn’t make this up.

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Come one, come all

Looks like the new server was a good investment - thanks to the distributed (dare I say ‘viral’ without having assorted foodstuffs thrown at me?) publicity campaign for the OGRE 1.4.0 final release, there has been a stampeding of feet towards ogre3d.org. Website hits tripled their normal pace to 1.5 million yesterday and downloads increased by even more than that, with a total of 5,000 files being pulled down (peaking at 400 an hour at one stage), sucking a total of 135GB in bandwidth - thank God for the Sourceforge mirrors is all I can say!

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It's away!

Sorry, I can’t help but use Star Wars final-trench-run-related quotes when talking about releases, it’s just so natural a metaphor. In this case I’m wittering about the fact that OGRE 1.4.0 is now final. Oh yes - that means it has it’s own CVS branch (v1-4) and is the officially supported version now. Bye-bye Dagon, we liked you a lot, even though you had that whole fish-smell thing going on, but now it’s Eihort’s turn.

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Testosterone Distilled

It’s had really quite mixed reviews but I knew immediately on watching the trailer that I wanted to see 300. I’m always a sucker for good historical fantasy, or just fantasy in general, having a special place in my heart for classics like Conan the Barbarian and Lord of the Rings on the one hand, and even unintentionally comedic nonsense like Hawk the Slayer on the other. It’s all good.

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I just read today that US airports are going to start taking all 10 fingerprints from visitors instead of the 2 they’ve been taking in recent years - which in itself was quite surprising to me when I got there last year. Seems clutching a British passport doesn’t mean much anymore. This is apparently going to help them catch more terrorists, on top of the 34 pieces of personal information they make airlines hand over about passengers on inbound flights.

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Brace for impact

Whilst I was transferring data across from the old OGRE server, I made a point of making sure I archived all the old stats for future reference. I also pulled out the download stats from Sourceforge to get a complete picture. They all pretty much show the same trends, and that leads me to believe that despite the fact that the new server is coping with the traffic load extremely well, even to the extent that I might have over specified it,  the growth room is definitely needed.

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Dentistry - again

So, I had the first of what was to be 2 dentist appointments this week, to try to sort out some lingering problems detected on X-Ray of some impacted wisdom teeth I had removed a while ago. It was pretty uncomfortable, even though they shot me full of so much anaesthetic that my jaw didn’t come around for over 4 hours and I was forced to walk around town trying not to look like a stroke victim.

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I love xkcd

If you don’t read xkcd already, I urge you to do so regularly, it’s really quite funny. There are lots of webcomics around obviously, but I have 3 main favorites, all for subtley different reasons: User Friendly, because it’s always taking witty pops at the big corporations and cuts across pretty much every element of IT, Penny Arcade for its game focus and unapologeticly visceral humour, and xkcd because of its, well, quaintness and subtlety.

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