May 29, 2006, 12:21 EST
Posted by Administrator

Yes, I'm aware I missed off the accents in today's comic :P

May 20, 2006, 13:46 EST
Posted by Administrator

I've been playing Nethack recently. A completely different experience to Angband. Whereas the latter focuses on combat tactics, risk assessment and inventory management, the former focuses on puzzles, special cases and other stuff. That's one thing that it has that Angband does not - far more special cases, exceptions, bits and pieces and other things.

I don't think I'm going to give up Angband, but it's nice to have some variety. Also, I'm typing this from my brand new laptop! Well, not entirely new. A friend of mine got this laptop as an insurance replacement when hers died. She doesn't needed it for E3, but she doesn't need it any more and thus I purchased it from her.

I've followed my naming scheme for computers. All my boxes are named after characters from the Arthurian legends, but NOT the obvious ones like Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot etc.

So, I'm currently in possession of...

Main Windows box at home - Morgana. Named for Arthur's half-sister and according to some versions, Merlin's rival and a powerful enchantress in her own rights.

Old reconditioned MS-DOS box for playing old games without having to faff around with emulation and other crap - Uther. Named for Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon.

The new Ubuntu laptop - Igrayne. Named for Arthur's mother, Igrayne of Cornwall. I chose the Y spelling, because it looks nicer than Egraine, or Igraine - two of the other versions I found. I'm still getting used to GNOME. I couldn't be arsed to install kubuntu, so I thought I'd get used to GNOME and see whether I enjoy it better than KDE. Making an informed decision is less fun, but more rational. Still customising it and getting it to be exactly the way I like it.

But all's good. Am still at least 35 strips ahead of the curve, so there's a good buffer in place.

May 7, 2006, 23:04 EST
Guest strips
Posted by Administrator

Whoah! Thanks for the quick response people. I've got a few complete guest strips already. There's still room for more, but thankyou very much to the people who've contributed already!

Lazy Evening - more fractalling.

April 28, 2006, 01:01 EST
Family Pride
Posted by Administrator

Families are interesting things. Sometimes you love them, sometimes you hate them, sometimes you're indifferent. And at the moment, I couldn't be prouder of mine. Last weekend, my sister (aged 25), and my mother (aged 55) both ran the London Marathon. That's over 26 miles. A very very long run. Sister did it in 4 hrs 45, mother in 5hrs 15.

You've gotta admit, that's quite an achievement. Even doing the marathon is one thing, but doing it with a pretty much busted knee like my mother has (she ripped some tendons on a sharp wire some years ago) is impressive.

And they raised several thousand pounds for charity. Thus, am feeling family pride :)

Also - Fast Learner - some fiction I wrote a long time ago, about the roguelike game ADOM.

April 16, 2006, 00:43 EST
Multipart comics
Posted by Administrator

And we come to the first multipart comic. This one worked OK, but I'm probably not going to do any more, at least none that have more than three parts. This is a joke-a-day comic primarily :)

Am enjoying the Easter weekend greatly. I've done nothing at all - lazed, lazed, slept and lazed some more. The very definition of a holiday. The only thing I've not been lazy with is cooking - I've cooked myself some very very nice food over the last couple of days. Tortellini, curry (from scratch, no premade sauces), homemade pizza... mmmm... Lots of good food.

Aelphic Talisman - another random wallpaper.

March 31, 2006, 22:18 EST
Posted by Administrator

Currently some teething problems with the site alterations - but thanks a lot to Vaevictus of the Angband community for the metric buttload of help he's been giving :) More than that - he's pretty much moved all the code of the side into modern terms :) If anything is breaking on your browser, please e-mail and tell me precisely what is breaking, what browser you're using, and what your screen res is.

Finally finished it. The little creative project I was working on. Six pieces. :)

Six pieces, each intended to be a place of worship of one of the fundamental elements of the world - Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Light and Darkness. Dunno if they're crap, brilliant or just very mediocre, but I've enjoyed making them, and learned a lot about 3D rendering :)

The Church of The Consuming Flame
The Abbey of The Prismatic Light
The Chapel of The Silent Darkness
The Shrine of The Cascading Waters
The Temple of The Endless Earth
The Cathedral of The Swirling Air

Comments, thoughts, criticism always appreciated :)

March 19, 2006, 16:08 EST
Posted by Administrator

Gave into advertising, and bought a copy of Bryce - 3d scene creation and rendering program. Really quite good, though like all very powerful programs, it's hard to use at first. And even harder to make amazing things in it.

Still, I've been playing around, and have made some very crap images in it, and a trio of reasonable ones. It's fun, if nothing else :)

Mage Staff - not so good.
Ruins of the Temple - much better
Chess under the Lantern - really getting the hang of it now

Guest strip on Monday, done by somniloquy, a fellow Angband fan. More guest strips always welcome :)

March 18, 2006, 15:01 EST
Posted by Administrator

And the cooling water is back up and running at work - I can do experiments again.

March 15, 2006, 00:09 EST
True to life
Posted by Administrator

Today's comic is a very very true to life one :-P The second you get something good... everyone else wants a piece of it!

March 13, 2006, 15:07 EST
Work vacation
Posted by Administrator

I'm not going to be doing any proper experiments this week. A little at-work vacation, so to speak - all the easy stuff at once, analysis, catching up on paperwork, drawing comics... I mean working. Really.

Oh, and thanks to everyone who reviewed the fractal art (both good and bad reviews :) - I greatly appreciate your criticisms and comments.

March 10, 2006, 04:31 EST
Seven Deadly Wallpapers
Posted by Administrator

I'm really feeling quite accomplished. I was hit with some ideas at the pub this evening, so I jotted them down... and put them into practice when I got home. It's 4.30am, I'm falling asleep, but I feel good and proud of this lot:)


Comments and criticism are welcome!

March 9, 2006, 02:12 EST
Late nights
Posted by Administrator

Another one of those lonely late nights in the department. I do enjoy the peace and quiet to a degree, but it's the last few hours of the experiment that really get to me. It's 2am here, and I've been in the labs since midday. The experiment should be done at around 4am, and then I can go home.

March 6, 2006, 09:05 EST
Five Days a Week
Posted by Administrator

OK, I've been looking over the number of strips I've been drawing, vs the number I've been publishing. And it doesn't help that I think some of the later ones are cooler than these ones, and I want to get them out sooner!

Therefore, I'm accelerating the comic, it's now going to be running 5 days a week, rather than the previous 3. Monday to Friday.

Also, a lovely friend of mine, Douglas, and I have entered into a relationship. He's mine, and I'm his. I am no longer single :-)

March 4, 2006, 22:09 EST
Parents and art
Posted by Administrator

I've been visiting my parents this weekend - for multiple things. To see my grandmother again for the first time in ages. To sort out her computer, and my parents' computer. And generally, just to come home for a while. It's nice to visit, but I enjoy living away really.

Also, I'll make a decision on Monday as to whether I want to run the strip 5 days a week or not :) I think I can keep up the rate... we'll find out whether I choose to.

Also also (love the grammar), I've been doing some more artwork recently - I wouldn't say I'm good at it yet, but I'm improving. These are my latest two...

Alien Technology
Dryad of the Northern Forests

Criticism and ways to improve are always welcome :)

March 3, 2006, 00:57 EST
Posted by Administrator

And another guest strip today, this time by Otie.

Have been having computer hell recently. Windows works fine on this machine, wireless, applications and everything. But I can't seem to get Linux to - am using SuSE 9.2, and for some reason, everything just doesn't work. I can't get sound operational, using ndiswrapper for the wireless card seems to make the system freeze, and it's just a general nightmare. I'm seriously pondering completely blanking out the linux partition and replacing it with something else. Maybe Red Hat - it's something different, so it might work.

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