April 9th, 2008

Porsupah in the wide blue open

Werehog ahoy

The Visit Mexico sims do look worth experiencing, recreating elements of Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Campeche and Tabasco. Obviously, no substitute for visiting the real regions themselves, but a lot easier to fit into a busy day. ^_^

The inevitable happened: sooner or later, any device winds up running Quake of some variety. Here's Quake III on an iPod touch. ^_^

Though for WTF factor, the news that Sonic Unleashed will feature a werewolf form of our blue hero probably takes some beating. Hee!

Want $2000? (US$, not L$ - even with the American Peso in its current condition, that's still plenty of broccoli and rocket) Enter TWiki.net's YouTube contest, deadline April 14th, as pointed out by jharish.

Toshiba's beginning sampling a somewhat novel graphics engine in the form of the SpursEngine SE1000, based on the Cell architecture. It's aimed more at video decoding, on first blush, rather than geometry tasks.

Nissan's island looks like being a pleasant distraction, with a surprisingly large number of freebies on offer, including some fairly bizarre contraptions and creatures.

On the subject of sims, I was quite pleased to note that Linden Lab recently dropped the setup fee from a fairly hefty $1675 to a rather more bearable $1000. Monthly maintenance remains at $295. Nice to see the barrier to entry lowered, all the same.

Nothing new, but the IMF's just come out with some new growth forecasts, putting the global figure at 3.7%, down from 4.95% last year, with a danger of global depression if that falls below 3%. More specifically, national figures are put at 0.5% US, 1.4% Europe, and 1.6% UK. Unsurprisingly, the worst effects will be in the US, its primary trading partners, and economies with currencies linked to the USD.

Did you know oil revenues contribute 40% of Mexico's federal income?

I did have to chuckle at the news of one future guest star on Doctor Who: Richard Dawkins. Heh! (Be warned, there's a modest spoiler at the end of the article, regarding episode six, giving away its title)

Of course, I'd first carefully made sure to forget the camera back in the office, but I was quietly pleased by the sight of a wild grey rabbit while on a lunchtime stroll around the trail nearby.

.. don't suppose anyone's thinking of indulging in some varied embedded fun in the wilds of Sussex, are they? C/C++ would be very useful, electronics fearlessness a definite plus (SMD, yay!). There's plenty to be done, and we could easily use at least one more good sort on board.