Total Geekery

I’m posting this from my mobile phone of all things. I discovered Opera Mini in the last few days and have been using it ocassionally to check e-mails and blogs etc.
Opera with its ery nice small screen rendering is also in the works for the Nintendo DS (here) which should be good if it gets released in the UK, currently its only scheduled to come out in Japan but I know I’d buy it, even if just for the novelty.
*changes off phone due to lack of battery*
On that note there is also a new version of the DS coming out, the DS Lite, trying to tap into the iPod marked and going for the all white look, I believe there will also be a black version coming out as with recent iPods and an ice blue version which looks quite nice. 3d models of them here (click on the pictures below to go to a model of each you can move around as you like) and pictures here (click on the arrows to view other images).
Looking nice about the DS lite: Longer stylus, adjustable screen lighting, possibly less painful corners.
Not so nice: Different charger socket, GBA games stick out, Start and select buttons are in different positions crestor medicine.
Also on the subject of the DS if anyone wants it my Mariokart friend code is 004358-517180.

In other news I’m up to episode 11 of season 2 of “Lost” and should be watching 12 tonight, 13 and 14 too if 13 has arrived.

Lost

Well, I gave in at last and “aquired” series 1 of “Lost” and watched all 24 episodes in 4 days (a lot of late nights).
I have to say that I have been intrigued by it since I saw the trailer at the cinema and would probably have watched it on TV when it came out if I had a TV.
I thoughly enjoyed it and will get the second season too, it may not be up to the hype but its still damn good.
The hype is pretty damn stunning though. I’m not sure whether ABC or fans have set them up but there are relitively realistic sites for Driveshaft (Charile’s band) and Oceanic Airlines which I think is possibly bit much.
If you haven’t sseen to the last episode of season 1 then there may be spoilers below.

Polar bears. So far there have been at least 2, I think that they came with the French Chick and Co when they came over for their science expedition, looking at how animals cope in different enviroments isn’t that uncommon, even if it was meant to be somewhere else they were going. They may even have been taking them to Antartica for experiments as that is apparently fairly close.

The Hatch. My first thoughts were that it was some sort of submarine which had run aground and then been covered, not too inconiveable considering where the “Black Rock” was. This was kind of discredited when I saw how far down the ladder went inside the hatch, possibly something to do with the “monster”.

The Monster. I’m fairly sure that it isn’t an actual monster, whatever it is sounds mechanical to me. I think that whatever it is is underground too, it tried to drag Lock down into that hole. When the trees get ripped out of the ground I think they’re being pushed up out of the ground instead of pulled, they don’t look like there is a lot of strain on the top of them and when they are moving around in some of the shots there doesn’t seem to be anything at the top of them.

The Others. I think that, tying into the last two items that they have some sort of system of tunnels and are controling the monster. It would explain how they got to the black fire without leaving footprints (although that could just have been the tide) and would explain how they seem to appear and dissappear all over the place without warning. I also think that the others may well have been the people in the boat who took Walt.

Other theories etc are welcomed.

Oh, and this was the first time I’ve used the Draft function on blogger, due to having a lunch break.

And they called it "Firefox"

If any of you have seen the beta of Internet Exploder 7 then you will, I should hope, recognise it as a complete rip off of Firefox.

If you have ever used Firefox you will recognise the tabs, the search box, the RSS symbol. Not only are they present, they are all in almost the exact same place and work in the same way. I assume that Microsoft realised the competition had features that it didn’t and copied the code line for line (Firefox being open source).

However this update is undoubtedly an improvement, although I won’t be switching to it.
The nicer updates which caught my eye were:
The inclusion of PNG alpha transparency (finally) which has annoyed me for ages and ages due to having to make all my tranparent images GIFs just because there were so many people using IE.
Closer W3C compliance, although I don’t know how closely it complies.
The other main updates can be found here.

Building

I’ve been building several areas for the Neverwinter Nights server I play on. You can script functions to do pretty much anything and what I’ve discovered is thatits really easy, I’m not sure if I just have a knack for it or if it really is that easy but I’ve been making a load of scripts to do various things and so far not come up against a hitch.

I’ve also had fun making the areas, its amazing what you can do with a few buildings and some trees to make it look like an elfie city.

Anyhow, yeah I’m a geek, I’ve managed to combine programing and online persistant worlds into one blog post.

Hmm, this seems a bit short for a post, though I suppose its just lack of pictures.
Therefore here are some pictures:

More Pictures

Well I seem to have had quite a few pictures lately what with one thing and another so heres another one I vectorized in GIMP, the original image is here. The pic is from Easter year before last thus the short hair, though it might actually have looked better with long hair.




Apart from that I haven’t been doing a lot. Works pretty much the same. I’ve been walking at the weekends in training for a hundred mile walk in May. My dad is getting back home from France (where he has been reasearching for the last 4 months) on Sunday.