27 Jun 2014
Author: will | Filed under: CoderDojo, Cork City, Design, reuse
The DesignerDojo folks (Hi Paul) go on about how good SketchUp (formerly Google SketchUp) is for making 3D shapes, and for building, say, houses.
I've stumbled across Make Weird Stuff in Unity. In short, design in SketchUp, then import in to Unity, where it can be sued as the basis for a simple walk-through, or for use in a game.
Oh, Designer Dojo have been slowly turning Cork City Centre in to a SketchUp model… Racing game for the Grand Parade circuit (with a short-cut through Oliver Plunkett), or a gripping brawler in front of the Court House on Washington Street. Or Cops and Robbers battle for a shooter via Battlefield:Hardline.
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Of course I'll need to learn how to use SketchUp and Unity properly first.?
Make Weird Stuff in Unity Tutorial
An in depth hands on way of making cool looking stuff in Unity super quickly with no programming
Sometimes Life offers you two equally appealing choices. Both on Thursday June 12.
On the one hand, at 6.30pm the CorkDev.io crew (of which I am a member) is presenting in Sample Studios' auditorium a John Henry Donovan talk about the Designer-Developer relationship. you see, the line between the Web Designer and Web Developer has become slightly blurred over the last few years with both roles having to take on extra skills to keep up (dang you HTML5). But has this led to contention in the ranks? More news following the talk which also includes talks on Angular Classy and the IBM BlueMix project.
Meanwhile downriver in the Clarion Hotel the ISACA is presenting Emerging Trends in IT security which presents insights on the ever-changing threat analysis scene. Interesting stuff, and I would really like to see if my droid aps can alert me to the pwonpads and other attacks almost guaranteed to be going through the hotel wi-fi.
Not that I'd be doing any of these…
Decisions and indeed decisions.?
23 May 2014
Author: will | Filed under: Ireland, Irish, photo
Have you ever gone to Google Maps to see your own house from satellite and discovered something, well, weird nearby. Well this is what happened to someone I work with (his parents house is near this shot).
Proof, if proof was needed that the Irish Ploughing Championships needs a new specialist section. Or possibly a way to make a fortune for advertising on fallow farmland…
Here, Carlow says "Hello". The link if you want to look for yourself is… 53.31855,-7.56631
2 Apr 2014
Author: will | Filed under: copyright, copyright protection, copyright theft, fair use, invention, Ireland, Irish, law, legal, legislation, news, politics, public domain, reuse
Orphaned works are that special case in copyright law. You can tell, roughly, when they were created, but you can't find the owner.
It effects books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located. The creator dies, the publisher shuts down, the distributor left.
But the copyright remains.
Its come up since the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has put out a call for comments about the changes for EU legislation (at http://www.djei.ie/science/ipr/copyright.htm )
Sadly, since its the Irish government, its released as a pdf file, but laws shouldn't be copyrightable. The deadline for comments is Wednesday April 23 2014.
Comments go to the "Orphan Works Consultation, Copyright Section, Intellectual Property Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation", not me.?
DJEI – Intellectual Property Unit: Copyright and Related Rights
Public Consultation on Transposition of the Orphan Works Directive and the Use of Orphan Works under Irish Law. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to the public consultation on the transposition of the Orphan Works Directive (2012/28/EU) into Irish law.
20 Mar 2014
Author: will | Filed under: brand name, Ireland, Irish, opinion
Podcasting does odd things to time. You are listening to a up-to-the-second broadcast, but its a few days old. That's why I'm talking about March 17th now. The Morning Ireland (yes I listen to the second most depressing Irish broadcast, I need the updates live, and the details via download) presenters were, as an aside commenting that they would get in trouble for calling "Saint Patrick's Day" by the more commonly used name "Paddy's Day". The English don't have Georgie's Day, the Welsh don't have Dave's Day and the Scottish don't have Andy's Day (unless Andy Murray is playing tennis).
A note to American readers, March 17 is not "St. Patty's Day". Patty is the feminine of Patrick. St. Patricia's Day (or if you prefer St. Patty's Day) is August 25th, and features dried blood coming back to liquid form. Which is slightly creepy.
The thing is, Paddy's Day didn't loose its "saint" by accident. March 17 is both the feast day of Saint Patrick, and the international day of celebration to be Irish. To be a "Paddy". Think of it as an Irish Pride festival.
Paddy used to be, and sometimes is, a derogatory term for "an Irish person". The nickname of "Paddywagon" for an American Police van was a commentary on just how many Irish men had joined the US police forces. Somewhere along the day we claimed it back. "Paddy" is rarely used as a derogatory term, "Mick's" and "Tadhg's" are usually used in the way "Pommies" or "Yanks" are used, but it used to be worse. Paddy's Day would be the equivalent of the US's Black History month using the name starting with a "N" and ending with a smack to the mouth, but we embraced it. We made it out own.
And on the run up to March 17th, hundreds of landmarks around the globe were coloured green to celebrate this little country.
Paddy's Day is not about Saint Patrick. Its about being Irish and Proud. And maybe a little bit of snake banishing.
In pictures: The world goes green for St Patrick’s Day
The Great Wall of China and Downtown Disney Orlando joined a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world in lighting up green yesterday.
25 Feb 2014
Author: will | Filed under: book, CoderDojo, overheard, programming, Writing
If the book gets made, I think it might get a quick run through at at least one Coder Dojo. All the better for the second draft.?
A coding textbook for Irish secondary schools could be written in one day
The attempt is under way today at Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin as part of International Open Data Day.
Want to play with biotechnology in the same way that others are playing with programming and 3D printing? More and more people are grappling with this question as DIYbio becomes a household word, but the first project is always the hardest.
Well Cathal Garvey, and yes he’s Cork based, aims to change that, and create a beginner’s kit for biotechnology that not only makes it easier to accomplish, but gives you the scope and fundamental knowledge to take it further at your own pace, learning by making.
To make this happen, he need your help, and your cash. He’s put together an IndieBB campaign (think KickStarter for Indie projects) to get a kit in people’s hands. In return for your commitment (and cash) you can opt to receive the bacteria and DNA that you need to undertake your first experiment in genetic engineering. You can even receive a kit containing equipment and extra goodies that set you on your way to a personal or community biolab! Or just some cool stickers.
Take a look at the project, because I know I’m probably going to try to arrange a visit to the lab, but maybe not resist uncomfortable Dr Frankenfurter jokes to his face.
The link is http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indiebb-your-first-gmo?
IndieBB: Your First GMO
IndieBB: a DNA system designed to help you and your friends to explore genetic engineering and synthetic biology by making fluorescent bacteria at home.
23 Jan 2014
Author: will | Filed under: blogging
is anybody listening?
The back end has been repaired, primped, scrubbed and mobile versions are back.
I think I feel some blogging coming on. I have a few LCB posts to make…
photo credit – Evan Gray
The EC is looking for feedback — but not much, and pretty sharpish.
Go to http://www.copywrongs.eu and answer the questions which are important to you. You do not have to answer all the questions, only the ones that matter to you.
The original consultation can be found at …
, and there's a simplified version at…
The deadline is 5 February 2014. Until then, we should provide the European Commission with as many responses as possible!
24 Aug 2013
Author: will | Filed under: blogging
The site is going to go dark for a little while. But don’t worry.
Behind the scenes I’ve changed servers. Everything seemed to have copied over correctly. Nameservers were updated…
Then something went “sproing”. Paths are showing up as corrupted. In short nasty.
So I need to do the equivalent of moving all the furniture out, (in other words, backing everything up), then burn the house down to build a new one.
Part of this is that updating is broken with the move, and while its an annoyance now with hand massaging files, its something that will get worse as more things get out of date. Also I think I have a corrupt path somewhere (looking at the error message I can see where its broken, its still looking for the old server, but not how to fix it).
So a touch drastic. I’ll be back. The “window view” post has it’s photos on stand-by. But you’ll have to humour the site vanishing for a little (hopefully very short) while.
And yes LBC, I know about the topic being “Humor” but this is a little more serious. Hopefully see you more soon.