Olly Skillman-Wilson and I are in London until 17.30 today and have to find something to do before the 7 hour bus ride home.
Porcupine Tree were phenomenal at the Albert Hall, it was the last show of their 13 month tour and they really went for it, Steve Wilson sounded a little gravelly but I think it added a little more depth to the performance.
They also spent a lot of time making jokes about Cliff Richard, because he refused to remove his stage gear until the night before.
We stayed overnight with my good friend Adam Bennett, who's girlfriend Rebecca-Jane Joseph will be interviewing Porcupine Tree at the end of the week! She's a journalist and he's a sound engineer so she'll probably get him to translate technobabble for her. They had to leave early this morning because of their busy londonfolk lives, so we won't see them again before we leave today.
I have a grainy mobile phone photo to upload when I get home (Can't transfer it to my netbook till we get back home, didn't bring a usb cable or bluetooth dongle, bad planning)
Organising a trip to London ourselves has been the best bad idea ever.
Update (16/10/2010, 02:42): Here is the grainy photo I promised.
Don't know if anyone has seen this already but Autodesk is giving away single seat student licences for a bunch of their software, which can be downloaded from their website.
At the time of posting I have Autodesk Maya 2011 64-Bit downloading with 24 minutes to go :D
Playing around in maya, I made a model of a Mk 6 kevlar helmet with a desert dpm cover and some goggles.
UV mapping is a pain the butt. Since it started at a sphere the texture wound itself around the pole at the top and I had to use a photoshop effect to counter it, I don't think I did too badly there, it still has a seam down the side where the pattern doesnt match up, but the real thing is stitched together anyway. There's also a pretty ridiculous bump map thrown in there.
I made my own texture for the desert dpm, here it is if anyone wants it:
Oddly, on an incorrectly colour profiled monitor, the light brown background looks pink.
So there's this guy, his name is Joe O'brien and like many others he got screwed over by The Man.
Now, I know what you're thinking, why does The Man always have to step on the people? Damn it, down with The Man!
But wait, because Joe is a Professional Photographer, and if there's anyone The Man is doing a favour for by stepping all over them, its a Professional Photographer,because they can get a nice dramatic black and white shot of The Man's boot treads, to be reproduced by underground gorrila print presses to inspire the oppressed masses.
But mostly he takes pictures of sexy ladies in PVC clothes. also extreme sports.
Here is the light box all finished and stuff. Well finished enough at least, it still needs a bit of tinkering but I'm leaving alone for a while. now I have to find places for all the other stuff it has displaced in my room.
Also here's a little guy made from wire!
There is a mobile phone somewhere on my street driving my speakers crazy.
A few months ago I bought an Asus Eee 1005p netbook. I did this because I found that since building my desktop computer I was using my ageing laptop less and less at home, and it was too big and the battery life too short, for me to carry around everywhere else.
When I unboxed it my first thought was 'wow, every time I touch this its going to get covered in fingerprints.' It comes with a REALLY shiney black finish with tiny metallic blue specks in it, which looks extremely smart until you start putting your hands on it.
After several days of umming and ahhing I carefully took the thing apart and removed all the shiney plastic panels. I cleaned the surfaces with a cloth and window cleaner, masked off a few sections and set to work.
For a base coat I used about 5 thin layers of white Hycote spray paint, the main design was done with acrylic artists paints and a Sharpie pen, and I finished it all off with a few layers of Hycote gloss lacquer.
the lacquer is acrylic based and designed for use on car paint, it dries to the touch after about half an hour and if you leave it for a day or two it sets rock hard.
I'm making a light box! They're pretty expensive to buy, but I reckon I can make one like the box on that page for a lot less. I've spent about £36 on materials (I had to order an acrylic sheet and some flourescent lights, which are on their way here) but the rest of my materials are scavenged.
My dad is helping me build this since he's got all the tools and engineery know-how, that's him in the picture on the left. (I did some work too, but I can't use power tools and a camera phone at the same time, so you'll have to trust me on this.) After cutting the plywood to the right size with a hand held circular saw, we had to make a circular cutting jig for the router. Dust everywhere, good thing we did it in the garden.
After making a recess for the disc to sit in we used a jigsaw to follow the inside edge of the previous cut to leave an almost circular hole.
Here it is. It took a bit of trial and error to get the disc to fit in the hole and rotate freely, we sanded the edge of the acrylic untill it fit just right, although it wasn't far off, considering we took turns hacking it out of a 500x500mm sheet of 5mm acrylic with a coping saw.
The disc was a bit stiff turning on the bare plywood, so I glued some strips of an old T-shirt to the lip it runs on.
Here's the disc in the board with the finger holes drilled to help rotate it, there's not a lot more we can do right now because the lights haven't arrived yet and we need them to see how deep the base needs to be.
That's everything to do with this project so far, I left out the parts where stuff went wrong so it looks more professional like, more later!
PRO TIP: Keep your cuttings! If you try this yourself you'll want them to test tools on and make sure the acrylic doesn't just melt with high speed tools. I threw mine away, but luckily everything turned out fine.
The title of this blog is something my parents say to me often, I named it to remind me to get on with my work. :D
These are some old things I made, I'm putting them here because I think they're interesting and I'm still fiddling around with the layout of my blog, so I want to see what it looks like with a few words and pictures in it.
This is a model street made from paper and string, painted with watercolours. the houses on the right are about a centimetre in length each, to give you an idea of scale.
I don't think I'll do anything more with this right now, it depends if I can think up a project for it to fit into.
This is something I made a couple of years ago, in my first year of sixth form for a DT project I think.
Ergh, market research.... I did like making things though.
Also, here's a Lego truck I made, I found a photograph of it on my phone, I hadn't finished it, and only made the front end, but from this angle it could be finished!
I haven't done any drawing in about 3 weeks, I really need to stop procrastinating and do a few sketches... maybe later, eh?