Archive for November 11th, 2002

Game: Fly that paper plane!

November 11th, 2002

The Paper Airplane Flight Simulator was blog’d (blogged?) about by Firda on the 24th of October, but I wanna blog about it now 🙂

Basically, you control a paper plane by settings it’s angle, thrust and ‘elevator’ and see how far it can fly, how high and how many loops/revolutions it can do.

I’ve just managed a distance of 190ft, maximum altitude of 43.25ft, 0.15revolutions and 50.35seconds in the air. Ok, I cheated. I was constantly changing the angle of the plane whilst it was in flight (trying to keep it on a straight line instead of going down).

TV: Playing God

November 11th, 2002

“OMG!” Was my response when I saw the following news headline on BBC News: Public ‘play God’ in game show.

Fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your viewpoint), it’s not quite a dramatic as it sounds. It’s not a way to raise/save money for the NHS: (the viewing public don’t get to say ‘Turn off the life-support machine”, “Yes – give that person a life saving operation”), but just to give their opinion on peoples lifestyles for a Channel 4 gameshow called ‘Without Prejudice’ (hosted by Liza Tarbuck).

Blogging: Slashdot: Notification of blog move

November 11th, 2002

I’ve just posted the following on my “other journal” at Slashdot to try and help any ‘fans’ of my journal/blog (if any 🙂 ) to this new site.

Hmm, I’ve installed Movable Type on my new “blog site” at blog.rac.me.uk (possibly a temporary URL, I haven’t decided yet) and I’m just running it to see if it gives me the additional ‘flexibility’ that Slashdot doesn’t. I’ve added a couple of modules to it so that I can actually have smilies in my posts easily (I’m quite fond of the little critters 🙂 ) and various other things – but we’ll see how things go. It’s only been a week since I installed it (and a day since I got around to getting fr’isk PerlMagick/ImageMagick properly installed), but you don’t know until you try.

At the moment, it’s mainly got mumblings about Distributed Proofreaders (recently on Slashdot), the ODP Mozzie Awards and just a small continuation of my previous journal entry (i.e. still no word from Kim – I’ve got no idea who she is).

Oh, and I haven’t really had a chance to play with the site design yet (it’s practically running in ‘default design’ state): but if all goes well, then I’ll instigate a nice look to it as soon as I’ve finished a couple of other site redesigns I’m working on.

Comments/criticism/ideas welcome (either via here or via the new blog). If everything is alright (and, more importantly, I’m happy with it), then I may think of offering ‘free blogs’ to a couple of my Slashdot friends (particularly one with the initials ‘NW’ who has, in some strange way, been ‘helpful’ 🙂 ).

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