This obscurely titled blog covers my eclectic interests and occasional activities in pen-and-paper role-playing games, board games, computer games, and probably other things besides. For historical wargaming activities, see the blog maintained by my alter-ego, The Wishful Wargamer.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Going through the book, which gets good reviews, is clearly written and has nice colour pictures in it (check out the preview on Amazon), I could possibly tackle the Kinkade Kingsdown Acoustic (a Martin OM variant) to start with, which is the one he builds in the book. It's actually quite a handsome guitar although I do lean towards the classical and therefore nylon string guitars, which are of course different in style and in details of construction (having a integral neck for one thing). By the way, his guitars are called 'Kinkade' rather than 'Kinkead', so it's not a typo.
Having gone through the book a few times it all seems very straightforward - all I need to get are some (more) tools and I'm off! I've even found myself looking at second hand bandsaws and routers on ebay.... OK, maybe that's going a bit far.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
St Cecilia's Hall, an 18th century concert hall in Edinburgh's Old Town (in the Cowgate, just off Niddry Street). We went to a guitar concert there during the 2011 Edinburgh Festival and were amazed to see all these early guitars on display in the area that they served coffee in at the interval. They were in glass cabinets, mind you.
Actually, I've no idea how to make one but did come across a luthier (a maker of stringed instrument, especially guitars) called Gary Demos who had made one and shows how on his website. Another interesting website that discusses many 19th century guitars can be found here.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
I'm still learning and try to play every day (using Frederick Noad's Solo Guitar Playing (Vol 1)) which I think is excellent. A long way to go yet but I'm enjoying it!
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Anyway, I quite like science fiction and all that CG sort of sci-fi stuff and this book by Frances Tsai has some great ideas and techniques for drawing all that sort of thing.....
website is pretty interesting too...
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Deuchars IPA and the middle, slightly more elegant one, had Harviestoun's Bitter and Twisted in it before I put them to good use. I should add that both are excellent Scottish beers - and the bottles are quite useful too. My beer is now conditioning in the shed and should be ready by mid-November, I reckon.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
David Revoy made for MyPaint (v4, I think). Importing new brush packages on MyPaint is really simple by the way and just involves pointing it at a zip file of brushes and it does the rest.
As for this sketch, like most of the things I do this is just a start and will be added to the stack of unfinished creative projects that are piled up about the place. So many projects, so little time...
Thursday, 27 October 2011
You can see how they link to the 1541 banners I posted about earlier and also the heading of this very blog. I'm intending to bottle it tonight so here's hoping that once conditioned (takes about two weeks) that the beer tastes as good as I think the labels look....
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Anyway, it sounds good and has some interesting arp (arpeggio) patches to add movement to the mix. I have far too many virtual synths as it is (all free-ware) but have decided to remove all the extraneous ones downloaded on a whim and concentrate on just a few to really get to know them. This one (and Oatmeal, below) are on that select list. There are a few others that I have retained and I may get around to posting about them if I have time.
Friday, 15 July 2011
various skins (as well as hundreds of patches) for the synth out there including the one I've been using.
flavours of lime has released a new two-in-one skin pack which looks like this (well this is the dark version, or the 'Derek' version as he calls it), and it's the one I'm using now.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
Pretty Cool. Out.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Anyway, the following is more West Country than Eastern Europe and is a clever take on big budget CG movies, teenage callowness and whatnot. What is amazing is how lifelike it is and yet it's all 'just' CG.
Greg Mutt: Avatar Review from Audiomotion Studios on Vimeo.
Impresses me every time I see it. "Marrowbone." "Sweet!"
Monday, 9 May 2011
The simple website template we chose (Danland) has enabled us to emphasise the modern, intelligent and interesting approach that the company is taking. One feature of Danland I liked was the slideshow type banner where we could select what images were shown; and one of the things I've been doing is tracking down, and/or trying to make, what I consider to be interesting images for the banner.
If I can find out what species they are I'll let you know. Or in fact if you know please feel free to comment on this post. That said, one of my colleagues recently discovered eleven species of lichen that were formerly unknown on St Helena, eight of which were previously undiscovered by science. Now there's something to have on your website.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Wingsuit Basejumping - The Need 4 Speed: The Art of Flight from Phoenix Fly on Vimeo.
And you know, the best of it is, it's not dangerous at all (it says here).