Oh… hi! Originally, my opening gag for this post was going to be something along the lines of: ‘Huh. This thing still works…?’ – however, the joke is firmly on me since the ‘kinetype.com’ domain has just reached its year anniversary, and without an up-to-date card on file to renew my ownership, expired unceremoniously. So, no; that thing does not still work. (If you go there now you’ll find a charming ad-laden placeholder and an invitation to step in and claim that red-hot goldmine. Feel free, entrepreneurial reader, to wreak havoc with my brand identity.) Though the option’s still open to renew, I realised that this inventory should now be at the center – rather than the kinetic typography generator to which this blog was first tacked-on. Et cello… a new domain!
So, post shake-up, said generator can be found at akt.akineticblog.com, the old Hope Park Square back-up is now at hps.akineticblog.com, while this guy is at the www subdomain, or just plain akineticblog.com. Why do I get the feeling it wasn’t many posts that ago I was just explaining the last domain set-up…? Enough meta-posting; content!:
I am employed as a Flash developer now. Sweet! This has exactly two benefits:
1) Career finally on track to Coolsville (definitely in an outer borough already), and
2) People asking what I do, unaware of the platform, just think I’m a developer, but a particularly fancy (and arrogant) one. Score.
I work for the wonderful Thought Den <3 – check them out, yo!: http://www.thoughtden.co.uk/
Thought Den, or: Ed('s) Thong Hut
I’ve been made to feel more than at home by Ben and Dan, awesome director-fellows and Kings of Thought Den. They even made a hugely awkward and dorky (completely unfair and impromptu) film of me screwing around with an iPhone-OSC-Flash thing I put together, partly based on the learnings of my previous post on OSC-to-Flash music visualisation. If you can stomach it, read and watch here.
This job move has also meant a spatial move; 302 miles south (woo!) and 70 to the east (boo!). Let’s see, that puts me in … oh, Bristol! Neat! I couldn’t find my camera while I was packing to move (four hours before my flight…), so forgive the sub-par photography, but the Bristol adventure has so far resembled this:
Not Bristol but Troon, in the bleary small hours, packing unfinished - 'Time I took a picture!'
At the airport, in a PA deadzone, obliviously writing an email and missing the boarding call (but only a little bit)
I think I might live along here one day.
Some, uh- scaffolding. It was very, very blue.
Convinced I'd dreamt this, yet there the picture was, in my phone. My clothes and hair were also filthy, and I found a bloodied half-brick, bundled up in my jacket.
What lovely colour sense the engineers and forsakers of this bridge had!
Ah, lucky cats: quintessential Bristol
An economy religion
I might've known it would be a seagull, captaining the shellfish-restaurant-boat
And if thou gaze long into a spiralmonkeyface, the spiralmonkeyface will gaze also into thee.
A more opulent, cobwebbed religion
This isn't actually a photograph but a screencap from when I was wandering through a VR simulation from the 90s. Shortly after, green teapots whizzed past me to collide with a man made entirely of chrome. The shattered pieces then morphed into the word 'cool!' in Comic Sans. Terrifying.
No, naughty cat! Stop it! This isn't your house. But help yourself to Crazy Landlady's frozen food (somehow kept outside during summer...).
*sigh* Doesn't it just make you want to pedal an old bicycle, go buy some bread maybe?
In other Flash-activity / Flactivity, here is a little …Flupdate: I made a desktop clock (a deskclock, if you will) gadget, deploying through Air. It runs like this:
Note: displayed time correct only occasionally; click for greater accuracy
It needs polishing up and some customisation options, since it’s hardcoded to suit my desktop (above the cat), so I’ll add a nice menu and post it here with the source and everything – like a real community-oriented developer! ALSO: The mouse-position wobble thing was a late and non-final addition. The new Flash Player 10.1 and Air 2 runtimes yielded some bizarre corruption, with Sprites seemingly masking-out each other in places they shouldn’t, and at irregular intervals. Bug report en route – but for now I’m having to update all TextFields each second, and ensure the clock is redrawn every frame (not the sveltest of overheads), so I decided to do at least something with the spent processor time, useless as it may be.
Pledge: next update in less than a month.