January 2011 Archives

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Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:03:06 : Playing Bond themes and the wonderful The Beyondness of Things symphonic album in memoriam of John Barry

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Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:18:33 : On step closer to Caprica. Got Discourse chatbot, web server and OpenSim all running on a standalone PC. Just need to add LibOMV for body.

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Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:26:45 : Daden Blog: Speech Recognition in HTML5 on Halo http://t.co/JHP9A3n via @AddThis #chatbots

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Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:16:37 : Daden Blog: Google Building Maker to SL http://t.co/bSWDHKw via @AddThis

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Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:52:02 : Daden Blog: Google Earth/Warehouse to Second Life http://t.co/7FJXO60 via @AddThis

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Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:23:53 : Daden Blog http://t.co/LhIX7e5 via @AddThis
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:00:24 : Just signed up for "City as a Platform " http://t.co/tT3mZPE via @eventbrite

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Lovely set of pics of the old Buran launch site, now rusting and overgrown. Even interior pics of the cockpit.

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Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:31:37 : Playing with #sl mesh. Managed to bring in the Birmingham BT Tower from Google Sketch-Up Warehouse into SL quite nicely - full hieght too!
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:44:17 : Just made the first post to the new Daden Blog - http://www.daden.co.uk/blog/ - pity its about the demise of Blue Mars

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Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:19:32 : Trying to collect parcel from King Heath post office depot - queue right out onto pavement - #fail

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Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:08:04 : Ported my PlotterBot across to OpenSim - averaging c.100 objects per minute when plotting against the full extent of the sim - a good start

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Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:45:32 : Neat, just worked ou how to use HTML5 to easily add sound effects to the C60 project
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:51:36 : RT @Dr_KG: Most of training was historically in classroom, but all 3200 mgrs wanted hand on training. #FCVW #Virtualworlds #lrnchat #USD ...
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:51:27 : RT @Dr_KG: Presenter is From CUNY School of Professional Summit #FCVW #Virtualworlds #lrnchat #USDLA #NOAA
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:51:09 : RT @Dr_KG: CUNY's project mission: Train city workers to respond to emergency situations. Trn about 32K managers yearly. (cont) http://t ...

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16 figure Trained Band with 1:1 pike to musket ratio.

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Sun, 09 Jan 2011 23:17:29 : Think I've finally found how to get RSS onto Flipboard. dlvr.it to post RSS to a dedicated Twitter account, then follow that in a list!
Sun, 09 Jan 2011 23:03:02 : Defanging Venomous Snakes of a Particularly Aggressive Nature http://dlvr.it/D0DSH
Sun, 09 Jan 2011 13:49:41 : Nice cold and breezy walk out to Robin Hood's stride and back http://plixi.com/p/68883756

Plans for 2011

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With the iPad to hand there really is no excuse for not updating this blog more often! (scratch that - using the Movable Type screens on an iPad are a real pain)

Back in September I put together a list of 5 big projects to occupy my spare time (such as it is) alongside growing Daden. They were:

  • Creating environment spaces on OpenSim - with no more limits on number of sims then nice spacious builds in an SL like space are possible
  • Working more on Halo's AI - I'm disappointed that 2 years after the Machine Intelligence competition I've spent hardly any time pushing Halo forward. Particular areas of interest are increasing her situatedness in SL, making more use of semantic triples, and working on the next generation chat engine
  • Widening the scope of my wargaming, and in particular finishing off my MechWar and Napoleonic rules
  • Doing something with my Future History ideas - wiki, novel, book?
  • Growing a second "pocket money" income stream - possibly around selling PDF copies of rules or my old Traveller writings

So 3 months later where am I?

  • OpenSim - go off to a good start with porting the Tranquility Base sim we did in SL to OpenSim, and started work on a Mars base. Then an afternoon out to Packwood House had me start on a model of that C17 building and its grounds. That then got overtaken by events but I did work out how to get island/continent outlines into OpenSim, and am currently looking at terrain data import. Hopefully progress Packwood House, Mars and the terrain import over the next few months.
  • Halo's AI - Read a load about adjacency pairs and spruced up some of Halo's open smalltalk stubs. Working slowly through some semantic triples databases and just started a triples editor to make the whole triples thing easier. Still not as much time on this as I'd like.
  • Wargaming - into the closing stretch of the ECW army, photo's coming, and then can concentrate on rules set. Also found the Napoleon200 project - and will hopefully get my first game in March, and the Wargame Developments Group and their annual Conference of Wargamers which I'll hopefully get to.
  • Future History ideas - bottom of the pile, no progress
  • Second Stream - real progress. Had been playing around with some ideas to solve an on-going problem I have related to one of the above when I not only found a workable solution, but also a real business opportunity. Teamed up with my mate Nick (the last joint venture we had was a short-wave fanzine in school!) and we're now working to develop the project - codenamed C60 for now (and nothing to do with home-taping).

I'll try and post on developments on each of these as they happen.

Promise.

Walk out to Robin Hood's Stride (pic)

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Fri, 07 Jan 2011 13:42:35 : Great morning getting our Discourse chatbot engine to front end a very big and commonly used web app. Just a prototype but clear potential.

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