Sunday, December 30, 2007

GIMP: Help Files And Defeating Font Errors

Here's something I hope will be of interest to those installing the portable version of GIMP, the open source image editor that "competes" with Photoshop. It might also help those that have GIMP crash with an error reading fonts on start-up.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Art For Christmas


In the spirit of Christmas I'll share some artwork by Róisín Kelly-Byrne, the twelve year-old I share my life with. I wish I'd have been as active and creative at that age as she is... who knows where I'd be now!
Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Favourite Albums

In my youth I used to keep endless lists of this sort; now I realise it's been many years since I've attempted the nearly impossible exercise of listing my favourite albums. I think it's only inevitable that the resulting music is heavily skewed to what I heard in my formative years. This period lasted a longer time than for most, largely due to the fact I was active as a DJ and radio producer, and was continuously exposed to lots of new sounds.
Saturday, December 08, 2007

Peace Now

I don't know what I am doing today. Because "today" has not yet come... I am writing this entry some time in your past, since I would not dare to grapple with this simple issue of mortality on the day it has such resonance.

You see, I do not know what I am doing today. But I know what I was doing 27 years ago. That would be 8 December 1980, the day John Lennon was killed.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More On Blade Runner "Final Cut"

Blade Runner shot
This is a follow-up on the Blade Runner DVD set, which I ran out and bought the day of release -- a singular event for me.

So far I have watched the "Final Cut", which is similar enough to the "Director's Cut" that casual viewers will not notice the difference. Sure enough some continuity fixes are in place, as itemised at Wikipedia. There's additional and modified dialogue which fans will notice right away. But non-obsessives will not see what the fuss is about.