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Sam & Max: North American release!

by Trevor May | 18th October 2006 | Asides Video games | Comment on this

The new Sam and Max game, Episode One: Culture Shock, is out now… well, in the US and Canada at least. Download it via GameTap if you’re over there. The rest of the world (and me) will have to wait until November 1st to download it from Telltale Games’ own site. If it’s anywhere near as good as IGN say it is, I’ll be a happy psychotic rabbity thing.

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The Brighton Eye: i360 approved

by Trevor May | 16th October 2006 | Architecture Brighton | Comment on this

Brighton Eye i360

A bit late on this news. Following the Frank Gehry announcement a couple of weeks ago, planning permission has been approved for the i360 in Brighton at the foot of the derelict West Pier.

From the press release: “Designed by the award-winning London Eye architects, husband and wife team David Marks and Julia Barfield. At 183 metres high and with the observation pod rising to 139 metres, the i360 will be Britain’s highest observation tower, taller than the London Eye (at 135m).”

During contruction, the West Pier debris (inluding the collapsed centre section) will be removed but the shell of the main body will be kept intact. The attracton is scheduled to open in Summer 2008.

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Playstation 3 vs X-Box 360: The Game

by Trevor May | 16th October 2006 | Asides Gadgets Video games | Comment on this

Penny Arcade offers an interesting comment on the Sony PS3 / X-Box 360 battle this morning: “The game which sits above the ones we play – historically almost naval, in its pace – is more fascinating than ever, this time around.”

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Back again

by Trevor May | 16th October 2006 | Miscellany | Comment on this

Sorry about the lack of posts of late. We had a rather nice break in the South of France, followed by a rather nice weekend in Amsterdam, followed immediately by redundancy. Consequently I’ve been spending a lot of time sorting out my portfolio and scouting for work.

If you need, or know anyone that needs, a designer do get in touch!

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Gehry’s Brighton towers get green light

by Trevor May | 6th October 2006 | Architecture Asides Brighton | Comment on this

Gehry’s “noddyland eyesore” gets go-ahead. I rather like it, but I just don’t think it’s right for the Regency-era Hove location that it’s set to be built in. If it were to be built at the architecturally dead Marina I’d be very much for it. That said, it’s an improvement over the King Alfred Leisure Centre that it’s replacing.

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Blade Runner DVD… again.

by Trevor May | 28th September 2006 | Asides Movies | 1 comment

Oh goodie! Warner have released Blade Runner! Wait, didn’t I buy this DVD seven years ago?

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Fear of flying

by Trevor May | 15th September 2006 | Humour | Comment on this

This little gem couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time: I’m flying tomorrow. What in-flight announcements would sound like if they were truthful:

We appreciate that you have a choice of airlines and we thank you for choosing Veritas, a member of an incomprehensible alliance of obscure foreign outfits, most of which you have never heard of. Cabin crew, please make sure we have remembered to close the doors. Sorry, I mean: ‘Doors to automatic and cross-check’. Thank you for flying Veritas.”

(via BoingBoing)

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Re-Imagineering

by Trevor May | 15th September 2006 | Architecture Disney | 1 comment

Sometimes bordering on the obsessively skeptical, Re-Imagineering is a great blog about the shortcomings of Disney theme parks today. The latest post, “Communi-clutter“, features a comparison of EPCOT Center’s Communicore of the 80s/early 90s and Epcot’s Innoventions of now. Same place, different time.

It’s clear that the practice of dumbing down and cheapening what were (and still are, underneath) fantastic architectural statements by The Disney Company is sadly now incredibly commonplace.

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iTunes 7: It’s a bit buggy isn’t it?

by Trevor May | 15th September 2006 | Music Software | Comment on this

Engadget has a little article on the glitches within the newly released iTunes 7. I have, so far, only encountered a couple:

Firstly, scratchy playback. This I managed to fix by opening up Quicktime preferences and turning off safe mode, which had inexplicably turned itself on after upgrading.

Secondly, and more annoyingly, I store some of my older music tracks on an external network drive. When I used to fire up iTunes 6 with my iPod installed and had forgotten to turn the drive on, iTunes would happily skip those tracks. They’d still be listed in iTunes and on my iPod, but they just wouldn’t update. Which was all good.

Now, with v7, if I want start iTunes with my iPod connected I have to make sure I’ve started up my network drive, opened the drive in Windows Explorer and then start iTunes… or it’ll just hang using 100% CPU. I have to then force quit the application and the helper before starting it up again.

I hope they fix that bug soon!

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Woman Demonstrates Bionic Arm

by Trevor May | 15th September 2006 | Asides Miscellany | Comment on this

Video of woman demonstrating bionic arm: The first woman to receive a ‘bionic’ arm, which is controlled by thoughts alone, has demonstrated how it works.

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