“Is it by mistake or design?”

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My wife and I are a couple of weeks behind on our viewing of American Horror Story but we’re really enjoying it. In part, because of things like this:   That was enough to pique our interest and over the weekend I bought all three of Lana Del Rey’s albums so that we can listen to things like this:   It turns out, I already liked one of Del Rey’s songs. Amanda Palmer did a cover of this track and it’s a regular on my iPod.   Incidentally, if you are looking to buy some Lana Del Rey songs, she has a special edition of her first album, Born to Die, which includes both Born to Die and her second album, Paradise. I think it’s about $5 cheaper than getting them both separately. [“Is it by mistake or design?” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th November 2014]

So This is Christmas…

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I have mixed feelings about Christmas. I’m a big fan of the whole goodwill to all men, peace on Earth thing, not as big a fan of the incessant commercialisation. And the perfume adverts…don’t get me started on those. In fact, don’t get me started on any Christmas ads. I’m lucky in that the office shuts down from Christmas Day to New Years Day. That doesn’t always mean everyone gets that time off because it’s not unusual for us to have a project in the final stages of development which means a few people are in the office fixing bugs, testing, coming up with last minute design changes etc. But at the very least the constant stream of email and meetings eases up for a week. Normally, I just stick to the one week of vacation at Christmas but this year I wanted to get some extra writing done so I took Friday, Monday and Tuesday off which means I’m on the third day of my Christmas break already. As usual I’ve got a whole string of things I’d like to get done. Finish off the first draft of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. Write the first draft of a play … Read More

Stockholm 2013

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Last night, I got back from a five day trip to Stockholm, Sweden. It was primarily a business trip to the Frostbite Developer Days – an opportunity for around 300 of the company’s smartest people (and me) to get together to talk about the Frostbite engine. It was a fun and productive event (you don’t always get both of those things together). I got to hear how other teams around the company are using Frostbite, about some of the upcoming improvements, got sneak previews of [REDACTED], [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] and got to see [REDACTED] running on [REDACTED]. It was a lot of travelling for a relatively short trip but I was glad I was able to go. We also managed to spend a bit of time in Stockholm (another thing you don’t always get on business trips). Mostly that involved wandering the streets looking for somewhere to eat but we did visit the Vasa Museum. The Vasa is a ship that took its maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628. Unfortunately, it only made it 1,500m before sinking. It was salvaged in 1961 and is now housed in the museum in Stockholm. Despite there being 333 years between sinking and salvage, over 95% of … Read More