Honey Is Made From Dead Bees

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Carnoustie Social Network – OurCarnoustie (via It's a Blog thing)

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Carnoustie Social Network - OurCarnoustie Just over a year ago now I Tweeted out to find out when the local Torchlight Parade was taking place in Carnoustie.  (My home town) – I got a reply from an individual saying he also wanted to know the same thing and couldn't find information anywhere.  There  used to be a notice board outside the local library (now gone) and a diary of eve … Read More

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January 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

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Free Paranormal Podcasts

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There’s nothing like a spooky story to listen to on a dark night – for me usually when walking the spaniel. Podcasts are a great source of listening material and a couple of free paranormal podcasts are regular additions to may playlist.

The first is Mysterious Universe which is a mix of news stories and interviews. They have a free show and you can support the show and get extra episodes. As well as an entertaining mix of stories from aliens, yeti, channeling and ghosts, there is some great music. The audio mix is superb and has some of the highest production values I have heard on a podcast. All stories are presented as entertainment only but not mocking. As a parent, I would not recommend for children though 🙂

The second is the Paracast which has recently moved to broadcast on the GCN American radio network. This is a talk based show usually a long discussion format with an author and you get nearly 3 hours in this weekly show. The presenters and contributors are into all aspects of the paranormal and take it seriously though the host throws in a cynics point of view now and again. Again not a show for children. Perhaps a gap in the market for a spooky childrens podcast?

If you only try one, try Mysterious Universe – definitely a lighter and glossier show. Paracast can be rather long on a single topic.

Now I should address why I listen to these being Christian. Partly it is entertainment with some great stories and partly to see how other people reason their beliefs and what they are. I have met numerous ‘normal’ people who ascribe our origins to aliens or something else yet never even watch a sci-fi show or read a book on the topic! I also enjoy the discussion of alternative views of history and ancient civilizations which were more advanced than the conservative academic accepted view. A good chunk of my other podcasts are Christian and others are technology based. To some, my beliefs would be as wacky as UFO’s building the Great Pyramid but of course I have put them up to rather high scrutiny (as do some of the saucer people to be fair). Here’s one of my favourite link for proof of God and a little test to see whether you need God.

Happy listening – would appreciate any podcasts recommendations you have!

Written by daftspaniel

December 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

Posted in Podcasts

HTML5 – Generate Landscapes with Canvas

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I have been hacking away at the HTML5 canvas again and have moved away from the building block look of previous efforts. I did venture to Java and back to Javascript which means I need a less intensive way to generate the landscape. Thankfully I turned up some good ideas and even pseudocode on a few games forums. I have not decided yet on a platform for this program and each prototype iteration has been a move. Python/Pygame would be nice, .Net has potential (Xbox?), Java (web, Android) – right now the portability of HTML5 is very tempting though getting worker threads running has issues and a few other vital features are a little immature. Most platforms have enough drawing primitives to support it (though alpha channels on Java in Linux are really slow). Hmm bit of ramble there but any suggestions appreciated 🙂

Anyway, here’s a screenshot of the current HTML5 output which renders near instantly at page load. The clouds are a recent addition and are slightly alpha blended.

When sufficiently mature I’ll add some buttons and pop it up here again. Not likely to be this side of Christimas though maybe before 2011.

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December 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Posted in 2011, Android, ChromeOS, Web

Seashells in the Snow

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I do like to be beside the seaside – in all weathers! Frozen sand is rather odd as is the sight of seashells in the Snow!

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December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Beach, Photography, Scotland

25 (Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss

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This an extensive list of useful 3D software – bound to be one that suits your needs!

25 (Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss.

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November 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Posted in Web

Wibbly Wobbly Bridge on the Mac and Game Maker

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Earlier this year I took part in a PyWeek programming challenge to write a game in a week. It was good fun and despite not having much time I did manage to create a simple (and very rough game). A few days ago I happened to Google for it and found someone had published a Mac version – you can find it here with a few screenshots. Rather unexpected but nice that someone took the time.

Anyway, I am hoping to produce a new version of the game using Game Maker. This is an easy to use system which is starting to target PC, Mac, iOS, Android etc. Interesting stuff.

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November 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Android, iPad

Kinloch Primary School Carnoustie

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It has taken me a while to upload this one! This was put together in the summer and covers the demolition of a well known primary school in Carnoustie. The building was not in great condition and not practical for the town today. Hopefully the new community centre built in its place will become as fondly remembered as the school!

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October 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

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