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Make, Do and Learn

Let’s breathe some life into the old blog with some lists.. Haven’t done those in awhile.

This year the purse strings are understandably tight, but there’s always next year. Things I plan to..

Make

A game.

Any game. Geez, just make use of my degree already! I think I will be able to chalk this one off this year but let’s etch it on here to my eternal shame.

Apps.

I still love games but I also get my kicks with new software, especially on iDevices. I’ve learned a lot about Apple’s development environment and I have more than a few projects in mind. Time to finally put it to use.

A website.

The new website for my creations. I’ve had the domain name for well over a year but I’m too afraid to put it up until I have something to show for it. Time’s a waisting..

Claymation.

Long overdue and another interest that’s never received the attention it deserves. I really don’t do arts and crafty stuff enough. Time to get away from the computer and get my hands dirty.

Comics.

Well, why not? I used to way back in the day but my drawing skills need dusting off. I have one of those Picture A Day books – maybe time to dig it out for starters..

Robots.

I’ve been fascinated by AI and robotics since I watched all those movies like Wargames, Short Circuit, Terminator etc. With kits like Arduino this stuff is so accessible and full of possibilities.

Do

Visit Japan.

I haven’t been beyond Europe except New York last year and there’s sooo many places I still want to see. Japan is top of my list. Fascinating culture and so much tech to geek out over.

Walking.

A lot of walking. I’m still proud of my solo drunken ramble from central London to home. Need to get fit and do some serious walking and see some nice scenery. Maybe visit a mountain or too. I feel very creative and invigorated after getting out in the fresh air.

Learn

Photography.

I really do have an interest in photography, I’m just too shy to get my phone/camera out. Hope to take more pics though – Liz has convinced me to try Instagram – and save up for a proper DSLR and take some courses. I’m not planning to be a Photographer any time soon, but I love learning new things and it can’t hurt to brighten up the place around here a little.

Japanese.

No, seriously. If I’m ever to go to Japan, I promise myself I’ll at least attempt to learn a bit of the language. Wouldn’t hurt to brush up on my French and Spanish too.

Yep. That’ll do for starters.

Making Felix Morton

Making Felix Morton

I was invited to a fancy dress party last weekend so thought i’d do something a little different and go as Felix Morton from one of my favourite adventure games, The Dream Machine. Below is the end result, and I made one of them Instructable thingys too;-)  

A box to call home

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The Mac Returns

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WordPress 3.0 is here!

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I still live…

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Lil’ update

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