Saturday, May 20, 2006

Elephants Dream

Here's a very good release if you're interested in 3D animation, and it's free to download as well.

"This is the final stage of a successfully completed Open Movie project which has been community-financed, using only Open Source tools, and opening up the movie itself as well as the entire studio database for everyone to re-use and learn from. The movie and production files are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.5, which only requires a proper crediting for public screening, re-using and distribution."


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Weekend in London

Last weekend I went with Squirt and the ever so slightly weird TJ up to London to visit Nigel. I guess Nigel wanted us to come down, partly because he was bored and also because his wife was away in Thailand.

I drove down to London on Friday night, leaving around 6pm and getting to Nigel's just after 10pm. The drive was actually very good and fortunately we didn't encounter much traffic, not even on the M25. I suppose it helps by taking the A303 past Stonehenge towards London.

We all chilled out in front of Nigel's extremely small TV (cough cough) by watching the classic cult zombie film "The Return of the Living Dead". It's actually not a bad film, especially with its extremely cheesy special effects and bad 80's costumes. I did find it very amusing at times and it's unlike other zombie films I have seen. Worth picking up on DVD for a few quid.

The next morning we all woke up reasonably early and headed off to the Millennium Dome (now renamed the O2) to park up and catch the tube into the heart of the city. We thought we'd do the tourist thing, as it was a really nice day, if a bit grey at first. We initially started off at Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament.

Then carried on walking over to the other side of the Thames towards the London Eye.

Walked further towards the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and then St. Paul's Cathedral.

We gave St. Paul's a miss, as it was close to ten pounds to go inside!!

We then went past the Bank of England and onto Tower Bridge.

The Tower of London and then we caught the tube to St. James's Park to see Buckingham Palace.

We took plenty of photos of Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial.

New Scotland Yard

Then Harrods's. TJ incidentally had to take several pictures of a large 102-inch Hi-Def TV. You wouldn't believe how excited a person can get just by looking at a large TV! Still that's TJ for ya.

Then Piccadilly Circus before heading back to the O2, where it started chucking it down with rain.

We headed back to Nigel's place after grabbing some pizzas from Asda. We stuck on an extremely amusing film called "The 40 Year Old Virgin". It seemed even funnier as the main character of the film had an uncanny resemblance to TJ.

We had to leave mid afternoon on Sunday to make it back to Exeter for around 7pm, a very good and quite tiring weekend. Beats staying at home cutting the grass.

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Gundamn you!

During my visit to Toronto I stumbled across a comic book store not too far away from Spadina. They had some pretty cool models in the window and for some strange reason I was attracted to the japanese robots. I plumped for the fairly cheap at 8 canadian dollars model of Strike Gundam. I've just finished assembling earlier on today and here is the end result....not bad eh!
Think I might have to purchase another one when I go to Hong Kong.