As I mentioned last weekend, summer has most definitely arrived. And this year, rather than make a quiet, reserved and somewhat stuttering entrance as we are mostly used to here in the British Isles, this time summer has arrived with all the subtlety of a 20-stone Glaswegian doing a bombshell from the topmost diving board at the public swimming pool. “I’m SUMMER! Deal with THAT ya great ponce!” The weather people were at one point predicting that this could be the hottest summer since the heatwave of 1976, which I don’t think I remember on account of being a little too young, and besides, aren’t all the summers we recall from our youth sunny?

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Siggraph 2006

Well, in a surprising turn of events, it’s now very likely that I’ll be attending Siggraph this year! Oh yes - most of the papers we pore over to figure out how to squeeze more graphical honey out of OGRE have passed through this revered institution at some point, so to see it all first hand would be something of a good thing. That, of course, is typical British understatement for ‘absolutely bloody marvellous’.

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Gorgeous weekend

Well, I guess summer is finally here. It’s been incredibly warm the last couple of days - we’ve been helping my wife’s parents get ready for their house move next week and doing a bit of necessary gardening - I’m not much of a gardener myself but it was quite pleasant out there in the sun for a while. I’m pretty knackered now though, and now I have to get back to the desk to get some work done (another chapter to review, some issues to look into).

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I don’t use Ebay much. I have an account, and have made only a single purchase (a brand-new copy of an old version of Photoshop from what I assume was a warehouse clearout - I don’t use it enough to justify the high price of the latest version but when I do need it, it’s very useful), but that’s it. I’ve never really been much of a second-hand seller or buyer, I just don’t have the time for it - you won’t generally find me down at car boot sales.

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It's a conspiracy

I sat down determined to do some Eihort work tonight, but found I have 2 new chapters of the OGRE book to review so that went out the window. I got through one anyway, it was only 9 pages but I had to make a shedload of comments so it took most of the evening anyway. *Sigh*, there’s always tomorrow I suppose. I could really, really do with taking some time off work to get my head down on some new work instead of bouncing from one firefight to another (I still haven’t even done anything with Max for goodness sakes) but that’s not going to happen, too much is happening there too right now and all leave is basically on hold until it’s done.

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Well, we found out last night that the damage to our wooden floors is indeed repairable, and it shouldn’t be too much work (relatively); apparantly it’s not that unusual for people to discover that their great old floors have been butchered in such a manner, and that the most cost effective solution is to insert slivers of the matching wood (dark oak in our case) into the wounds, seal it all and sand everything together before re-laquering the floor.

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So, Mr Gates has said in an interview that he thinks the motion sensitive controllers, famously paraded by Nintendo and now somewhat, *ahem* ‘flattered by imitation’ by Sony, won’t work in practice. One of his arguments is that “It’s tough because sometimes you move the controller, and you don’t [want] to fly into the ground. You just want to put the controller down”. Correct me if I’m wrong Bill, but haven’t games had a ‘pause’ button for quite some time now?

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Celebratory Tandoori

Well, all the painting is now done, so we could actually use the dining room today and eat at a table like civilised people for the first time in what seems like an age. We celebrated with a take away from our local curry house, because we didn’t have a lot of food in the house anyway, were feeling a little lazy, and I had an inexplicable craving for onion baji.

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We had a bit of a blow today during our lounge & dining room renovations - now that almost all the painting is done we pulled up all of the carpet in both rooms. We had already pulled up a fair amount to look underneath and had been pleasantly surprised to find a really excellent hardwood floor underneath, which had a few small holes and patches which needed work, but nothing major.

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I just spent 2 hours looking for an obscure memory leak in OGRE which only occurred in very, very specific circumstances - you had to be using modulative texture shadows (one of OGRE’s 4 in-built shadow types), a spotlight, and have provided a custom shadow receiver material (e.g. for performing a funky shadow effect like percentage closest filtering). Take all 3 together and slowly the app leaked memory, vary any one of them and it didn’t.

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