Prince Of Wales

9°C, rain, clearing.

The Prince of Wales inspired little respect in me a few decades ago. Over the last ten years, he has risen greatly in my esteem. Today he said
"Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s, have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key "
It seems that few people have the courage to say something like that. He was in a centre that treats diabetes, see the article: His own "business" affairs have been admirable- actively supporting real farming, eschewing modern factory farming. Decades ago he seemed pompous and out of touch, now he has his niche.
Today has seen the laws banning use of mobile phones while driving stepped up, now it includes a 3-point penalty on the driver’s licence. This  practice is possibly the biggest threat to my life in Britain these days.


9°C, clear 

This video is getting lots of hits on my own website.
It’s quite old now, made about 18 months ago. It uses ragdoll dynamic simulation that is part of the Havok engine in 3ds max 6. I can’t see a way that would allow a pre-loader that can be hosted on For now, I recommend that you press pause (II) if the video seems jumpy, let it all load, then resume play (>).

Inherit the world?

10°C, showers

So you’re going to inherit the world. We’re trying to be more "green" for the sake of generations to come. Our youngsters are going to inherit the world from us so we’d best hand it over in a worthwhile condition.
In that case why are the youth so often disinterested in green issues.
To illustrate: today we tidied up the house which was left looking like a land-fill site after one of ours left. I found the bin filled just two days after they were last emptied by the council. In one full bin liner was 9 bottles, mostly 2 litre plastic ones. Next to the bin was the plastic/glass recycling bin which was overlooked in favour of the black land-fill bin. this is from the same child who would drive to work only 0.6 miles away, even when the roads were so icy that the chances of an accident were high.
There is no hope of reducing greenouse emissions, nor any other ecological concern. We are wasting our time


9°C, cloudy & dry.

3DS Max: Animating caterpillar tracks if far easier than you’d think. This opens the possibility of animating a Kettenrad, a German 1940s motorbike with a pair of caterpillar tracks instead of a rear wheel.
Finally, an excuse to experiment with Live-space’s video embed feature. It turns out to be a mis-nomer- the video is not embedded- it’s linked!

Music And Lyrics

9°C, clear.

Film: we left the cinema trying to remember a film as bad as "Music & lyrics". The Idea was sound, the cast of good heritage- so the ingrediants aren’t against the story. But it was handled as if by a committe, any plot twists or character development were treted with the standard Holywood formula. There was overal, no eye openers, nothing new to the medium of film. Or as a teenager would say – "Boring".
As a critic would say- "forgettable" or as I would – "go and see it if you haven’t got anything better to do".
The cinema was packed.
Linseed: thinking ahead- the painting is drying nicely and I am plotting what next. Below is a photoshopped image from the last post. It’s a way of thinking about the chiarascuro of the image.

Holiday mode=On.

9°C, showers, some heavy.

This & that: posting to Flickr, shopping and trying to get a builder to repair our roof. Why is it so difficult to return a phone call, or give us the quote promised? What else? Mending things, like the vacuum cleaner.
Il-2 Sturmovic: 1946. Added a patch which as had some strange side-effects to the main game. Apart from the trouble installing it, (due to a bad memory module) it has removed certain custom mission folders in the game, and left others intact. The pattern seems quite strange. The Single missions are gone, but net games are all as before. Que?
Linseed: made a change that could be awkward to complete. I added a hand, see picture, which needs about 4 more layers like the face has had. I have made this mistake before with the painting "Ruff".
It never did look entirely right.