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Most comments: 12

2014-07-15 21:23:04 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I would appear to have over one thousand  followers on this here Google+ thing that I've been neglecting. Now, hands up how many of you are real people?

Oh! That's a surprise. There are more of you than I thought. Is it worth me posting stuff here then? Will you read it? Will you interact with it? Will you join the conversation?

I'm thinking of performing a weekly brain-dump on a Sunday. The subject being whatever I've had going on in my head for the previous week. More to get my thinking out there and peer-reviewed, instead of leaving it bouncing around the echo chamber of my head.

+1 this if you'd read it. Comment if you'd comment (well duh :P) on it.

Trying to gauge if it's worth doing, and if anyone is actually paying attention. ;D

Most reshares: 1

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2013-04-29 12:01:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

EVE Online is 10. Older than Warcraft and nowhere near as lame ;)

Most plusones: 12

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2013-07-14 14:12:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

xD

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2015-06-15 17:31:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-11 18:20:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm beginning to unleash my imagination on my blog and will be posting short fiction as regularly as I can manage. The first piece went up today (http://keithneilson.co.uk/06/the-great-beast) Problem is that I'd quite like to have an image to go with it.

It's been suggested on twitter that I should search for creative commons images that others have posted, but then I wouldn't know that the artist had been directly inspired by the piece in question.
I've already been told off because someone on twitter interpreted my tweet regarding this as a request for professional work for 'exposure', which it most certainly isn't.

This barely a request, more of a suggestion, that if my work inspires someone I'd quite like to know about it. If I want to use anything inspired by my work that is brought to my attention I'll contact the artist personally and... more »

I'm beginning to unleash my imagination on my blog and will be posting short fiction as regularly as I can manage. The first piece went up today (http://keithneilson.co.uk/06/the-great-beast) Problem is that I'd quite like to have an image to go with it.

It's been suggested on twitter that I should search for creative commons images that others have posted, but then I wouldn't know that the artist had been directly inspired by the piece in question.
I've already been told off because someone on twitter interpreted my tweet regarding this as a request for professional work for 'exposure', which it most certainly isn't.

This barely a request, more of a suggestion, that if my work inspires someone I'd quite like to know about it. If I want to use anything inspired by my work that is brought to my attention I'll contact the artist personally and we can discuss the terms of use.

The way I see it, I'm putting my work online for free, there aren't even any ads on my site (at the moment, that may change in future). I'm doing it for the practice mainly, and to work literary muscles that haven't seen much use in a while. Do artists in other media not do this as well? Is it not much better to bounce ideas off each other than let them careen around the echo chamber of our own skulls?

I'm also going to take the advice of the person on twitter, to search for CC artwork and see if it stirs anything in me. This works both ways, after all. ;)___

2015-01-12 19:51:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Nice :D Have you thought about presenting it on a website/blog or something? A tumblr would probably be enough :)

Nice :D Have you thought about presenting it on a website/blog or something? A tumblr would probably be enough :)___

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2015-01-09 17:56:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Who's playing Elite:Dangerous and writing/creating stuff about it?

Who's playing Elite:Dangerous and writing/creating stuff about it?___

2014-08-26 10:31:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Humdrum humdrum humdrum :/

Humdrum humdrum humdrum :/___

2014-07-27 12:02:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#Braindump  2

The Secret Lives of Lighters and Those They Encounter.

Bit of a mad one this.

I have a theory that lighters (disposable, cheap plastic ones you get at the corner shop, not expensive ones) do not actually belong to anyone. As a smoker, I find that lighters enter and leave my life at a fairly regular pace and yet I very rarely have to buy one. This must mean that Lighters ciculate, migrate, and travel.

I found myself wondering about the people who these itinerant lighters visit and spend time with, before moving on to the next one. This developed into a mad idea.

Take a Clipper lighter, combine it with a USB flash drive. On this drive will be a barebones operating system whose only function, from the end user's point of view) is to allow the typing of text into an editor.

On the lighter/flashdrive hybrid is written the... more »

#Braindump  2

The Secret Lives of Lighters and Those They Encounter.

Bit of a mad one this.

I have a theory that lighters (disposable, cheap plastic ones you get at the corner shop, not expensive ones) do not actually belong to anyone. As a smoker, I find that lighters enter and leave my life at a fairly regular pace and yet I very rarely have to buy one. This must mean that Lighters ciculate, migrate, and travel.

I found myself wondering about the people who these itinerant lighters visit and spend time with, before moving on to the next one. This developed into a mad idea.

Take a Clipper lighter, combine it with a USB flash drive. On this drive will be a barebones operating system whose only function, from the end user's point of view) is to allow the typing of text into an editor.

On the lighter/flashdrive hybrid is written the simple instructions: "Plug Me In (Boot)"

The USB drive boots to a simple text editor which opens with the following message already entered:

"The next time someone asks you for a light, or you offer a light to someone, give them this lighter and tell them they can keep it. Delete this message and write whatever you want in here. Thank you."

The user writes. Anything goes. Seriously, absolutely anything. They can choose to remain anonymous or not, or use a pseudonym, or not. Anything that can be communicated in a purely written form, poetry, fiction, GPS co-ordinates, mathematical formulae. Anything.

These writings are not saved on the USB, while the computer is plugged in and powered up, the text entered only exists in the active memory of the computer. Once the power is cut it is gone, but not before it is encrypted and uploaded to the livesoflighters.com server.

The barebones OS on the drive opens the same text editor with the same message every time it's plugged in. The editor will be a basic notepad editor, but the only function in the file menu will be "save and quit". Selecting this option will encrypt the entered text and immediately upload it to the livesoflighters.com server. Nothing will be saved on the USB or any HDD present on the user's computer, the USB OS will not even access any existing dirves. No identifying information will be stored by the livesoflighters.com servers, indeed none will be transmitted by the USB OS if at all possible. The only meta data attached to each text entry will be the date and the lighter's unique ID.

Once livesoflighters.com has received a predetermined number of encrypted entries, an admin will be prompted to enter the decryption key, which will also simultaneously publish each entry as a dated blog post, indexed by the lighter ID that the text originated from. The count will then start again and a new decryption key generated for the next time the threshold is reached.

Once the first batch is published, it then has the possibility to become a conversation. With people replying to specific posts from the last batch. (possibly provide for some method of cross-linking these posts using Lighter ID and date as a reference). It may even be the case that some choose to disregard the instruction and keep the lighter for as long as it survives, this could be quite some time if the lighter is a Clipper.

The episodic postings also lend themselves to on-going print publication, though some form of editing should be implemented in such a case. Possibly include a crowd-sourced rating and selection process for such an eventuality. Users will also be able to flag posts they find offensive, disturbing, or to have adult content, as well as those that are just gibberish (I predict there will be a few posts of "oirhtnesoirghsl;kngeorighagaerpgoj" etc)

I'll leave you with the disclaimer on the splash page of livesoflighters.com:

"The owners of livesoflighters.com take no responsibility for the content posted here, caution should be exercised. We present this content without comment, as a record of humanity, and the lives of lighters."

That's #braindump  2, what do you think? Is this doable? What possible pitfalls can you see? ___

2014-07-22 06:16:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Where to start with Unity?

Seriously, I have no idea.

Where to start with Unity?

Seriously, I have no idea.___

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2014-07-20 20:13:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hi!

Welcome to the first of what I intend to be a weekly #braindump .

I have a variety of online outlets for the crap that floats around in my head. Each with it's own particular purpose.
My Blog (http://keithneilson.co.uk) is currently playing host to a series of post outlining something I've been thinking about and reading around for about 6 months or so.
Facebook is for, well, the 'inconsequential' things that Facebook is for. Family, baby pictures, pets, nights out and more 'real-world' crossover.
Twitter (@mandrill) I use as a sort of shout into a crowded room. Sometimes I get a response, sometimes I don't. When I do it's almost always interesting though, if brief and fleeting.
I have a tumblr (http://kneilson.tumblr.com/) too, and that is mainly for bad poetry and reblogging other peoples stuff. 

I plan to use G+ as... more »

Hi!

Welcome to the first of what I intend to be a weekly #braindump .

I have a variety of online outlets for the crap that floats around in my head. Each with it's own particular purpose.
My Blog (http://keithneilson.co.uk) is currently playing host to a series of post outlining something I've been thinking about and reading around for about 6 months or so.
Facebook is for, well, the 'inconsequential' things that Facebook is for. Family, baby pictures, pets, nights out and more 'real-world' crossover.
Twitter (@mandrill) I use as a sort of shout into a crowded room. Sometimes I get a response, sometimes I don't. When I do it's almost always interesting though, if brief and fleeting.
I have a tumblr (http://kneilson.tumblr.com/) too, and that is mainly for bad poetry and reblogging other peoples stuff. 

I plan to use G+ as somewhere I can put my more random ideas and thoughts that isn't my Drive. Where they can be exposed and tested by others. Criticised, added to, amended and edited. Refined by many intellects rather than simply echoing around the inside of my skull. I welcome all participation, but be cool about it please.

Right, that's the preamble out of the way. On, to business.

I have an image of a game in my head, a shape, and a style. Played on PC, it's an ARPG, but more with a more sci-fi/steampunk/space-based setting. It's something I've been looking for, hankering after, a decent sci-fi ARPG with all the looty goodness and isometric viepoint of Diablo III

The galaxy spanning setting provides room for plenty of creativity, The way I see it is that life and intelligence have evolved elsewhere in the Galaxy but humanity was first. This is not the utopian ideal galaxy of Star Trek; where humanity joins the  other races in peace to explore the galaxy. In this future, WE are the pinnacle of intelligent civilization and technological prowess. But there are still powers and phenomenon out there that we do not understand.

Clarke's Law applies; "Any technology, if sufficiently advanced, is indistinguishable from magic."

To keep with the ARPG idea, most of the alien life will be little more than animals, and loot will still play a big role. Loot will be in the form of genetic material, through which the player can adapt their own genes. Improving their strength, speed, and intelligence. 

Those aliens which are more than just beasts are a maximum of WWII level technology. With the tech levels of the alien species ranging from tribal (think the Fallen in D3) to a kind of Dieselpunk feel along with the heavier weaponry that would imply.

Intelligence would also be used for research, gear would need to be researched and crafted. Humanity being the most advanced species in the galaxy would mean that farming for better weapons would not be an option, unless you won them in PvP. Resources for research and crafting would be dropped by mobs or harvested from nodes on conquered planets.

The single player game would basically be an endless progression. Two progression mechanics would operate; the Genotype would be determined by how far from the human standard the character had deviated, either cybernetically, or genetically.  While Experience would be a more traditional progression mechanic and would be potentially limitless. The training/ leveling mechanic with experience would be EVE like, in that you selected a skill to train and all experience gained went into that skill. Each level of any skill gained counts as your level total and the cost of skill level rises in the same manner as other traditional levelling mechanics (such as D3 or WoW) regardless of the skill being trained.

Co-op would work much the same as D3, with players teaming up against appropriately scaled enemies. The split of the spoils being agreed beforehand. This opens up a lot of possibilities for guilds, raids, and the like.

PvP would come in many flavours. From E-Sports friendly arena based 1v1, 2v2, etc, matches, to bands of players going up against each other and their environments to conquer a resource heavy planet for their 'empire'

There is no way on earth that I could ever make this a reality, none at all. It is just taking up system resources in my head and now I've got it written down somewhere other people can read it.

The first #braindump  is done. Enjoy.___

2014-07-15 21:23:04 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I would appear to have over one thousand  followers on this here Google+ thing that I've been neglecting. Now, hands up how many of you are real people?

Oh! That's a surprise. There are more of you than I thought. Is it worth me posting stuff here then? Will you read it? Will you interact with it? Will you join the conversation?

I'm thinking of performing a weekly brain-dump on a Sunday. The subject being whatever I've had going on in my head for the previous week. More to get my thinking out there and peer-reviewed, instead of leaving it bouncing around the echo chamber of my head.

+1 this if you'd read it. Comment if you'd comment (well duh :P) on it.

Trying to gauge if it's worth doing, and if anyone is actually paying attention. ;D

I would appear to have over one thousand  followers on this here Google+ thing that I've been neglecting. Now, hands up how many of you are real people?

Oh! That's a surprise. There are more of you than I thought. Is it worth me posting stuff here then? Will you read it? Will you interact with it? Will you join the conversation?

I'm thinking of performing a weekly brain-dump on a Sunday. The subject being whatever I've had going on in my head for the previous week. More to get my thinking out there and peer-reviewed, instead of leaving it bouncing around the echo chamber of my head.

+1 this if you'd read it. Comment if you'd comment (well duh :P) on it.

Trying to gauge if it's worth doing, and if anyone is actually paying attention. ;D___

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2013-10-30 19:34:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

What indeed :D

What indeed :D___

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2013-10-06 11:47:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Standing United, will get the job done.

Standing United, will get the job done.___

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2013-09-26 07:18:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-07-29 09:44:05 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

My 22" monitor died when I cam back from my weekend away so I'm looking to replace it with a pair of 23" monitors. I have a 17" dell that I'm making do with for the moment but would value some opinions on these:

http://bit.ly/18Mr2lA

My 22" monitor died when I cam back from my weekend away so I'm looking to replace it with a pair of 23" monitors. I have a 17" dell that I'm making do with for the moment but would value some opinions on these:

http://bit.ly/18Mr2lA___

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2013-07-15 18:09:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This. So much this.

Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Great Agnostic"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll___This. So much this.

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2013-07-14 14:12:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

XD

xD___XD

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2013-07-10 08:12:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Further to my previous post of my GFs tattoo, this is the design I'm going for on my inner forearm at some point

Further to my previous post of my GFs tattoo, this is the design I'm going for on my inner forearm at some point___

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2013-07-06 10:43:29 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Ink on my GF's leg. And the original design. By me. (The design, not the ink. Left that to the pro ;D)

Ink on my GF's leg. And the original design. By me. (The design, not the ink. Left that to the pro ;D)___

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2013-05-07 08:58:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Always love NIN Remix albums. :D

Always love NIN Remix albums. :D___

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2013-05-06 08:28:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Gamer's Anatomy" is our latest great tee on www.Qwertee.com going live in just 15 minutes. Get this great design now for the super price of £8/€10/$12 for 24 hours only. Be sure to "Like/+1" this for 1 chance at a FREE TEE this Friday, "Share" it for 2 chances and "Comment" on it for a 3rd chance. Thanks Guys!

"Gamer's Anatomy" is our latest great tee on www.Qwertee.com going live in just 15 minutes. Get this great design now for the super price of £8/€10/$12 for 24 hours only. Be sure to "Like/+1" this for 1 chance at a FREE TEE this Friday, "Share" it for 2 chances and "Comment" on it for a 3rd chance. Thanks Guys!___

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2013-04-29 12:01:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

EVE Online is 10. Older than Warcraft and nowhere near as lame ;)

EVE Online is 10. Older than Warcraft and nowhere near as lame ;)___

2013-03-13 16:54:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Looking for resources and guidance for learning Javascript (and various other web technologies) and was wondering if anyone knew of some good circles to follow?

Looking for resources and guidance for learning Javascript (and various other web technologies) and was wondering if anyone knew of some good circles to follow?___

2012-12-27 12:46:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How do I filter invitations so I only receive them from people I already have circled?

How do I filter invitations so I only receive them from people I already have circled?___

2012-11-02 17:52:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Like talking Sci-Fi? Talk to these people :D

The Original SciFi Circle - Weekend Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The main Science Fiction circle (and all other circles). I am notifying people who are in the circle. Posting all my circles here for people who want to opt-in. This is the TOP SF and Science Circle - for people who want in, please comment in the specific circle in the links enclosed. All my circles which are reshared are listed here. These are public circles and form part of the Public Circles Database:)
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Please ✭✭✭*Reshare* ✭✭✭ to share the love and to support Science and SF!!!!!! 
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Circles now being curated from Pages as follows: 

+Fascination SciFi  : Top Circle Resharer and Fascination SciFi (curated by +jan schellenberger )
+Scifi Engagers - A Public Database : Curated by +jan schellenberger 
+PhOtoG Pluss  : Curated by Peter Edenist ( to change ownership asap)
+CIRCLES on Google+ : Curated by Peter Edenist (Looking for curators)

Please let me know if you want to be added to any of my circles:
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SciFi New Circle (Circle 2)   ──☛http://goo.gl/kg4GH

Hard SciFi Circle                 ──☛http://goo.gl/rk6Ke

SciFi Pages Circle              ──☛http://goo.gl/4m2vg

SciFi Fantasy and Illusion      ──☛http://goo.gl/pw19C

Sensational SciFi Sharers (Top Circle) ──☛ http://goo.gl/Ed3jC

Browncoats (The Shiny Circle) ──☛http://goo.gl/Yy3e4

TESLA - Science Circle   ──☛ http://goo.gl/rhk2r

Robotics Circle               ──☛ http://goo.gl/Z7izf

Worth Following Circle    ──☛ http://goo.gl/xJuAk

Dr. Who Circle               ──☛ http://goo.gl/rV9W4

Diamond Circle of Awesomeness ──☛http://goo.gl/rb2Fd

Love Light and Happiness        ──☛ http://goo.gl/QZ7Bm

Photographer's Circle              ──☛ http://goo.gl/a5HvN

Photography Themed Pages    ──☛http://goo.gl/QHNec

Fascination Sci-Fi Circle        ──☛ http://goo.gl/1M17H

Top Circle Resharer               ──☛ http://goo.gl/aiEzO
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2012-11-01 18:26:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For the month of #Movember, my avatar across all social networks will be sporting a 'tache. If you think you can do better than my effort feel free to have a go and I may just use yours instead :D

For the month of #Movember, my avatar across all social networks will be sporting a 'tache. If you think you can do better than my effort feel free to have a go and I may just use yours instead :D___

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2012-11-01 16:23:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm doing #movember  this year. Want to help out? Go make a donation towards prostate and testicular cancer research and treatment.

I'm doing #movember  this year. Want to help out? Go make a donation towards prostate and testicular cancer research and treatment.___

2012-10-10 07:14:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The trickiest part of any transcendental experience is convincing your intellect to accept it.

The trickiest part of any transcendental experience is convincing your intellect to accept it.___

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2012-10-08 10:27:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yes that is my hair.

Yes that is my hair.___

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2012-08-25 15:26:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'd certainly appreciate some feedback on this. Reason 5 files available on request (See bandcamp page for info.)
http://m4ndr1ll.bandcamp.com/track/4-mins-48-secs-25-08-2012?permalink

I'd certainly appreciate some feedback on this. Reason 5 files available on request (See bandcamp page for info.)
http://m4ndr1ll.bandcamp.com/track/4-mins-48-secs-25-08-2012?permalink___

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2012-07-17 08:30:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I wonder how many protests there would be about offshore Yoda-farms...?

I wonder how many protests there would be about offshore Yoda-farms...?___

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2012-06-20 07:56:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Even if we are ultimately alone (yet to be determined ofc) we've got plenty of room to spread out :D

Even if we are ultimately alone (yet to be determined ofc) we've got plenty of room to spread out :D___

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2012-06-13 08:22:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hee Hee :D

Hee Hee :D___

2012-06-12 08:02:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I bet Richard Dawkins gets this feeling all the time...

I bet Richard Dawkins gets this feeling all the time...___

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2012-06-03 13:09:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ooh. Shiney. :D

Ooh. Shiney. :D___

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2012-06-01 08:10:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I want to live in a softer world. sigh

I want to live in a softer world. sigh___

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2012-05-25 15:03:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Time to redefine the term 'Social Game' and reclaim it for games that really build societies. The spam factories on FB are not Social Games, they're network farms. Encouraging players to create networks of people that they have no interaction with beyond the game in order to provide them with behavioural data that can be used to target marketing.

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/05/24/internet-spaceships-are-serious-business

Time to redefine the term 'Social Game' and reclaim it for games that really build societies. The spam factories on FB are not Social Games, they're network farms. Encouraging players to create networks of people that they have no interaction with beyond the game in order to provide them with behavioural data that can be used to target marketing.

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/05/24/internet-spaceships-are-serious-business___

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2012-05-10 08:02:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I love A Softer World. Perfectly reflects my wryly jaded and cynical outlook on life :D

I love A Softer World. Perfectly reflects my wryly jaded and cynical outlook on life :D___

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2012-05-09 13:49:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'll just leave this here...

I'll just leave this here...___

2012-05-09 08:54:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Today marks the first day of work on a scratch built Buddypress theme.

After looking at the forum software that is available and gauging their ease of customization and compatibility with wordpress I've finally given in and installed the buddypress plugin.

I will be creating a custom theme, from scratch for it and am currently looking for a comprehensive tutorial. (I'm not likely to need it as the theming system is very similar to Wordpress)

Does anyone know of a decent guide/tutorial that highlights the differences in theming between WP and BP?

Today marks the first day of work on a scratch built Buddypress theme.

After looking at the forum software that is available and gauging their ease of customization and compatibility with wordpress I've finally given in and installed the buddypress plugin.

I will be creating a custom theme, from scratch for it and am currently looking for a comprehensive tutorial. (I'm not likely to need it as the theming system is very similar to Wordpress)

Does anyone know of a decent guide/tutorial that highlights the differences in theming between WP and BP?___

2012-05-08 08:31:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Aargh!!

Anyone know of a decent, comprehensive tutorial for integrating wordpress and bbpress?

I'm running into the "User does not exist" error when folloing the one's I've found.

(bbpress 1.1 and wordpress 3.3.2)

Aargh!!

Anyone know of a decent, comprehensive tutorial for integrating wordpress and bbpress?

I'm running into the "User does not exist" error when folloing the one's I've found.

(bbpress 1.1 and wordpress 3.3.2)___

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2012-05-04 09:00:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I thought this was going to be a pithy and succinct comment on the content of the linked article, boy was I wrong. Warning: Long Post Ahead

You want to know why? Scarcity.

All of the major traditional media industries rely on supplies of what they make being limited and them having control of the means of distribution. They don't like the internet because it takes that control away from them. They're also stuck in the mindset of a manufacturing industry when they should really be switching to the service model.

So rather than embrace it, they do everything in their power to hobble it. They don't seem to realise that nothing they do will ever be enough to maintain the status quo. In fact everything they are trying is merely pushing the technology further out of their limited sphere of influence.

After the announcement that The Pirate Bay would... more »

I thought this was going to be a pithy and succinct comment on the content of the linked article, boy was I wrong. Warning: Long Post Ahead

You want to know why? Scarcity.

All of the major traditional media industries rely on supplies of what they make being limited and them having control of the means of distribution. They don't like the internet because it takes that control away from them. They're also stuck in the mindset of a manufacturing industry when they should really be switching to the service model.

So rather than embrace it, they do everything in their power to hobble it. They don't seem to realise that nothing they do will ever be enough to maintain the status quo. In fact everything they are trying is merely pushing the technology further out of their limited sphere of influence.

After the announcement that The Pirate Bay would be blocked by major British ISPs at the behest of the British Phonographic Institute the number of visitors to their site went up by a phenomenal 12 million in one day. Not only that but these 12 million extra visitors, as well as the usual visitors were given precise instructions as to how to circumvent any blocks put in place.

The war on internet piracy is like the war on drugs except it's consequences are not the fragmentation of society as in the WoD's case. The consequences of traditional media's War on Piracy will just be the death of the traditional media industries as they plough more and more of their effort and resources into the war, rather than into producing the media that we all love.

The WoP is turning the creative industries into creative crafts, where individual craftspeople, or collectives of craftspeople, create their product and deal directly with the consumer. Cutting the PR companies, Distribution companies, studios, record labels, and print publishers out of the loop completely.

These individuals and collectives don't care about the risk of piracy as much as they care about the risk of obscurity. In a shift similar to that of the MMO sector to F2P, creative work will be given away to everyone for nothing. Some of those will pay for it. Even if the proportion of payers is a fraction of a percent of those who have been given the product for free (lets assume 0.5% of 1 billion) , that's still 5 million customers. Multiply that by whatever the creator wants to charge for their work (say $5), and you get $25 million. Add to that appearance fees, consultancy fees, and charges for other services that the creator can only provide in person (like a rock concert for example), not forgetting merchandising and you can see where my argument leads.

Technology has reached the stage where the barriers to entry to any creative activity; musical composition, film-making, eBook publishing, etc. are extremely low. It's getting to the point where the quality of material that a creative person can output with off the shelf consumer electronics and software is nigh on indistinguishable (and often more innovative and interesting) from that produced by the big boys. In addition, that level of quality is only limited by the talent of the creator rather than the resources they have at their disposal.

Not only that, the cost of distribution and replication is effectively zero. So taking our $25 million example above. Imagine that the craftsperson in question spent about £10,000 on equipment and software, it hardly makes a dent in the $25 million. In fact it may be possible that all the creators expenses are met by the spin off activities (consultancy, personal appearances, merchandise) and the $25m is pure profit.

At the moment that profit goes to people who have no talent and have created nothing. They make a living by taking other people's work, promoting it, distributing it, and then pocketing the lions share of the profits in order to cover their 'costs'. As was mentioned before, these costs are now effectively zero. "But that's only for those using the internet technology to copy stuff." I hear you protest. Why? This tech is accessible to everyone, pretty much free of charge, why shouldn't traditional media make use of it internally to reduce their costs? Meaning more profit for them and a fat bonus for the suits that work for them. I don't begrudge them this, it's a sound business decision.

What I object to is the idea that only they are allowed to make use this technology to replicate and distribute 'their' product. They won't argue that of course. They'll continue to argue that finding, marketing, and distributing the product still costs a lot of money and is essential if the 'poor' artists are to get anything, not for a second admitting that the artist could probably do all that for next to nothing and make a healthy living from their work.

Of course, this does mean that we, as consumers, will have to do a lot of the legwork of finding these artists. But considering that this 'legwork' mainly consists of using Google and taking recommendations from people who's opinions they trust and respect, people they know (either in RL or VL [Virtual Life]. Then this work seems less and less of a chore and is something we would be doing anyway.

In conclusion: Old Media, by continuing its War on Piracy is merely holding a gun to its own head. The tighter they try and hold on to the status quo, the more easily it slips through their fingers. Artists no longer need them. Consumers no longer need them. The only people that need them in order to put food on the table are the lawyers, and god knows we could do with starving a few of them.___

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2012-05-04 08:04:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Happy Star Wars Day!

*May the 4th Be With You*

:) Let the star wars themes continue on one of the best geeky pun days of the year!

#starwars #starwarsday___Happy Star Wars Day!

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2012-05-02 08:15:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Except that algebra's usefulness is limited to a fairly narrow range of things (unless you actually think really hard about how to apply algebra to every situation) whereas playing music gives yourself and others pleasure, cooking allows you to fend for yourself, and learning a foreign language will be more an more useful as we travel into the future (learn Chinese, srsly).

I would still do this though if I happened across my Maths teacher today... ;)

Except that algebra's usefulness is limited to a fairly narrow range of things (unless you actually think really hard about how to apply algebra to every situation) whereas playing music gives yourself and others pleasure, cooking allows you to fend for yourself, and learning a foreign language will be more an more useful as we travel into the future (learn Chinese, srsly).

I would still do this though if I happened across my Maths teacher today... ;)___

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2012-04-24 17:52:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This spoke to me, so I thought I'd share it with the rest of you weirdos ;')

This spoke to me, so I thought I'd share it with the rest of you weirdos ;')___

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2012-04-23 07:57:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Remember, we've had thousands of years of evolution and civilization to practice not being awestruck by what we are. Our future robot overlords haven't...

Remember, we've had thousands of years of evolution and civilization to practice not being awestruck by what we are. Our future robot overlords haven't...___

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2012-04-20 17:38:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I fully endorse this product and or service.

I fully endorse this product and or service.___

2012-04-20 11:42:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This weekend will be fuelled by red bull and pizza as I get the P13 website pulled together.

The largest chunk of time is going to be devoted to learning how to style Vanilla Forums, so that its look fits with the rest of site. If it worked the same way as Wordpress this would not be an issue but rather than keeping all a theme's files in the same place vanilla seems to scatter them into a variety of places which makes creating your own theme a bit of a nightmare.

If anyone can point me at a decent tutorial for building a vanilla forums theme completely from scratch (ie not just tweaking an existing theme) I'd be most grateful.

This weekend will be fuelled by red bull and pizza as I get the P13 website pulled together.

The largest chunk of time is going to be devoted to learning how to style Vanilla Forums, so that its look fits with the rest of site. If it worked the same way as Wordpress this would not be an issue but rather than keeping all a theme's files in the same place vanilla seems to scatter them into a variety of places which makes creating your own theme a bit of a nightmare.

If anyone can point me at a decent tutorial for building a vanilla forums theme completely from scratch (ie not just tweaking an existing theme) I'd be most grateful.___

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2012-04-18 17:48:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For a new screenshot of #Dust514 , and details of an IRC session with The Devs, check this out.

For a new screenshot of #Dust514 , and details of an IRC session with The Devs, check this out.___

2012-04-18 14:40:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Anyone else using #hootsuite having issues?

(Using it via chrome if that makes any difference)

Anyone else using #hootsuite having issues?

(Using it via chrome if that makes any difference)___

2012-04-18 09:18:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Right so what is up with the group chat on G+? It only seems to work from mobile devices and the 'add person to chat' button is conspicuous by its absence in the G+ chat interface and yet it appears in the Gmail chat interface (but doesn't work)

Hangouts are all well and good but cause all sorts of issues when some people don't have cams/mics. Don't get me wrong, hangouts are cool but a simple group text chat would be so much more useful (and reliable)

#google+, #niggles , #feedback

(also, who would I point this at if I wanted someone at google to notice it?)

Right so what is up with the group chat on G+? It only seems to work from mobile devices and the 'add person to chat' button is conspicuous by its absence in the G+ chat interface and yet it appears in the Gmail chat interface (but doesn't work)

Hangouts are all well and good but cause all sorts of issues when some people don't have cams/mics. Don't get me wrong, hangouts are cool but a simple group text chat would be so much more useful (and reliable)

#google+, #niggles , #feedback

(also, who would I point this at if I wanted someone at google to notice it?)___

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2012-04-13 13:24:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I was thinking "Aw that's sweet." as XKCD occasionally is and then I read the last panel.

I was thinking "Aw that's sweet." as XKCD occasionally is and then I read the last panel.___

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