Richard Dawkins has just announced that his side is “winning the war against religion”, a conclusion he draws from the fact that he is no longer invited to dinner parties with religious people. Other explanations for that phenomenon are conceivable.
The ever interesting Andrew Brown in the Guardian.
Illustrious Model - permalink
Grandpa made a very impressive model of HMS Illustrious and asked me round to take some photos before it was presented.
Getting things out on a deadline can be hard. In Assassins Creed 2 you’re constantly holding down B, even when you’re not.
The idea came to make the blending system completely automatic, activating on its own depending on your proximity to the crowd. However, the coders weren’t happy about the prospect of rewriting an important system within the game. The solution turned out to be astonishingly simple.
“I’m at my desk thinking, why don’t the players just hold the B button? It’s that simple!” Plourde remembers.
“So I taped the B button down. It’s automatic, and it works… it took maybe two hours to code in that cheat so that when you’re walking you’re just automatically holding the B button. The thing is, as soon as we implemented that, the player impressions on blending changed from something that was bad to something that was good, so we’re really happy about that. Not only that, but every mission that required the player to be stealthed had the difficulty lowered and the fun factor raised.”
Lumi Masterclass - permalink
Web User Magazine, August 2013. Originally uploaded by nedrichards.
Met Line Carriage Near Croxley - permalink
This post has been stuck in my ‘drafts folder’ for too long, sorry about that. When I left you last I was leaving Intel – now I can say that for the last year and a bit I’ve been working at a company called Lumi. It was a hard decision to leave Intel, the OTC guys are a great team and I’m proud to call them my friends but the opportunity to work on something new and take it all the way to launch was too good to miss.
Lumi is a service to recommend web pages to people – looking at the pages they see to make a taste profile and looking at new pages that everyone is looking at to make suggestions as to things they might find interesting. As such this is really the culmination of a lot of work about passive interfaces, data collection and suggestion that I’ve been exploring, off and on, ever since I started working in the tech industry. It’s been really satisfying to get close to the data and grapple with these problems again.
One of the that is a real passion of the team is user privacy. We know more than anyone else that startups are risky and we want to make sure that our users and protected from themselves, from each other and from us. If you’re interested check out our long blog post.
We launched properly last week so go to lumi.do and sign up!
I really enjoy following my local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s Police Sargent on Twitter, however occasionally the difference between legal terminology and common understanding can lead to anomalous thoughts.