September 2009 Archives

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Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:53:35 : and why do #teengrid users get the MOTD about the adult content policy and viewer!
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:52:54 : Got our #sl Reg API service running on #teengrid, nothing said you HAD to set the limited_to_estate field for it to work

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Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:17:19 : Prepping for #fote09vw next week - panel for and against virtual worlds in education
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:49:36 : Stunning, logged Halo into SL to test a new feature and she went straight to her bed and straight to sleep before I'd logged in myself!
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:21:27 : Think I've got Halo's diurnal model working - only proble is it will take at least a day to test it. Expect her to be in SL 24/7 from Monday
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 10:33:19 : Just about to install MantisBT to improve our bug tracking
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:32:53 : Jumping between C#, LSL, PERL and our own XML at the moment - great for mental agility!
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:19:12 : Installing wiki on the Daden web site as a new home for all our product documentation and notes

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Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:30:45 : Rural idyll shattered by 1) village shop #1 being shut for week and #2 out of milk, and 2) letter from #britishgas messing up again
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:37:32 : 1237 Youlgrave - stopping of a the village shop for supplies
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:53:32 : 1153 Bakewell, youngest person on bus by about two decades ( usually other way round in brum). Next bus 1225. Coffee!
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:54:57 : Hour to kill til bus - huge old fashioned bric a brac market selling just about everything - must come back on a lazier day
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:06:22 : 1007 chesterfield
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:07:23 : Off to the cottage by public transport - one train and two rural buses. 90 minutes by car. Today...

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Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:17:04 : Called into Birmingham Art Gallery to find that Burne-Jones Perseus show was called back to Stuttgart 2 weeks early so I've missed it :-(

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Tue, 22 Sep 2009 21:26:26 : Stunning view of the Eid fireworks from the #50 bus. Looks like they are being fired from on top of a multistory with #brum as the backdrop
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 19:18:10 : Good meet up in the Greyhound with sundry SL solution providers. Good mtg with M Linden too, nice guy.
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 08:55:11 : At SGI AM then down to London to meet with Mark Kingdon and then on to an LL SL meetup. Top of my agenda for Mark - sorting Teen/Main grid.

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Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:20:20 : Sorted the API out to talk to our chatbots via SMS. Just waiting on a number now.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2009 21:46:39 : #filmreview Away We Go **** Great little film and must see viewing for praents/potential patents. Good nu-folk soundtrack too

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Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:05:40 : Building loads of sentence stubs for AIML makes me think that it's time to start building an RDF enabled grammatical parser

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Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:28:47 : #svw09 ACS again 15:1 ROI from training environment in SL on time management. 5:1 for a Unisfair build.
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:26:29 : #svw09 ACS rl mtgs costing $15k each replaced by IBM SameTime 3D open sim derivative - annual licence cost saved in 2-3 mtgs
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:56:32 : #svw09 highways agency - costs £65k to do a simple one day RL emergency services training exercise - using virtual worlds to reduce costs
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:00:01 : #svw09 bp used protosphere in 2006 - certainly nothing there then that you can't do in SL. Even doc links are to browser - video likewise
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 08:50:08 : #svw09 joe little from BP talking about their experiences of virtual worlds - a potential "game changer"
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:59:25 : On my way to #svw09 at SGI. Presenting pm on our Theatrebase project with BRB and Hippodrome

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Wed, 16 Sep 2009 07:55:53 : Free use of Moseley Exchange on Fridays in Sep/Oct. Could be a good excuse to try it out, but a pity its coming too late for Daden

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Tue, 15 Sep 2009 17:26:42 : Just done slides for Theatrebase presentation at Serious Virtual Worlds on Thursday. Now into SL to talk about virtual physiological models

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Mon, 14 Sep 2009 20:26:55 : Good follow the sun sales day, with AM presentations to Japan and New Zealand, then PM to USA. Ain't SL great!
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:07:15 : My AI and VW paper from SGAI 09 just published by KBS Journal - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.knosys.2008.10.001 - 12 months after I wrote it!
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 11:44:48 : Castleton Medieval Festival - great displays by Regia Anglorum - rabbits made the best glue apparently!

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Sat, 12 Sep 2009 23:11:56 : Just put v3.4 of our Discourse chatbot engine live - big improvements to editor usability by hiding most of the AIML/XML at long last

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The Augustine Commission has released its summary report on the future of US manned spaceflight. The key points appear to be:

  • Finish Space Shuttle ops as planned in 2011
  • Extend IISS to 2020
  • Abandon Ares 1 and probably Ares V to develop a new Ares V Lite mid-range booster
  • Hand man to LEO operations over to private contractors
  • Shift the emphasis from Moon then Mars to "flexibility", which may include both, plus L5, near earth asteroids and even Phobos and Deimos, but no dates

Looking to commercial contractors to do the lift to orbit is a nice step - but:

  • The assumption still appears to be that the contractors will use rockets, and not any form of re-usable system (a super Spaceship 1)
  • Although there is some talk of in-orbit refueling for lunar/mars injection, it appears to be discounted in favour of the single lift approach
  • Although Orion (the new crew capsule - a big Apollo CM) is seen as possibly too big and in need of a trim (everything is "lite" in this report), there still appears to be an acceptance of the "apollo" model rather than going for a spacecraft that only travels orbit to orbit and never has to re-enter

Be interesting to see what extra detail/decisions there are in the final version.

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Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:12:33 : Starting to let people know a PIVOTE workshop in Nov to share experiences and ideas for the future - http://groups.google.co.uk/group/pivote
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:29:35 : VAT man actually owes me money for a change - that's what comes of doing export business I suppose!

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Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:19:28 : Liz of York gets Highly Commended for Best Suburban Pub. Junction gets nothing :.(
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:08:49 : At the Best Bar None awards at the ICC - two Moseley pubs up for awards - Junction and Liz of York

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Mon, 07 Sep 2009 11:13:32 : And any recommendations for a good UK SMS gateway service, multilingual with a good API to integrate to our code?
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 11:10:10 : Need a birmingham based freelance web designer to do some demo web pages - about 3 -4 pages, each in 2 languages. DM me with email
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 10:54:19 : Well that didn't take too long - Halo and Abi now talking on Jabber/IM on our dev server.
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 09:03:31 : Target for the day - get our Discourse chatbot running on Jabber/IM
Sun, 06 Sep 2009 22:31:24 : Just finished a game of Pandemic - we beat the virus on the last turn again - close call

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Sat, 05 Sep 2009 21:26:45 : Stunning full moon and moonlit cloud over #mffest
Sat, 05 Sep 2009 18:02:51 : #mffest Comus best so far, might check out their original album
Sat, 05 Sep 2009 16:13:22 : #mffest good neil young covers from aging rockers in the Bohemian Jukebox tent
Sat, 05 Sep 2009 13:45:56 : Down at #mffest - Moseley Folk Festival - looking fwd to Vetiver later on. Sold out apparently and large chunk of Moseley here

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Thu, 03 Sep 2009 17:14:16 : Just finished a PIVOTE demo for 30 or so members of the Gronstedt Train for Success group in SL
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 14:56:37 : Just used Freecycle for the first time to get rid of an old wardrobe - a bit clunky but does the job. Daughter now looking out for a sofa!
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 08:07:44 : Changing all my LinkedIn Groups to weekly digest, volume (and spam/x-post) just too high for daily. Isn't that the way with all tech?

I've started work on a pet Futurology project called Five by Five - five themes over the next five half-centuries.

As a first element I've just updated my future timeline - mainly focussed on space exploration and AI development. Other issues like poverty. the environment and politics will be added as part of the larger project.

BTW the wiki that the timeline on is one of the reasons there are less posts to the blog - the wiki is a better tool for some of the writing I'm doing at the moment - and easier to use from the iPhone!

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