Adventures With My Parents…

July 27, 2010
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Because you can never have too many blogs, I have started yet another one. This time it’s to wrangle tales of trips with my folks into one location.

Read about the amazing Porthcurno in Cornwall, England in Adventures With My Parents


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July 26, 2010
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Ever been laid up in a bed, either in hospital or at home, with a major illness or injury? Visiting hours only cover a small portion of the day in hospital and even at home friends and family are often at work, assuming there is someone who can visit. Medication, procedures and lack of routine can leave patients awake and lonely at all hours of the day. We have the technology to solve this right now.

Wellcome - stuck in bed? Stay connected...

Think iPads and an application like Twitter and you get Wellcome, a place where patients and voluntary supporters from around the world (global reach and different time zones mean there’s always a volunteer who’s awake) congregate to chat and connect. For the cost of a few iPads, a handful of system teachers in each area and a website, the mental well-being of patients could be dramatically improved, increasing both the speed of their recovery and the quality of their recovery.

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Making Giving A Game

July 23, 2010

Normally, every couple of weeks or so, Wellington city centre is inundated with collectors for a specific charity; they cover the streets to such a density that I have to walk past three on the brief walk from the bus stop to my workplace. It seems to have been longer than usual since this last happened, so seeing the Women’s Refuge out today I naturally gave them a couple of dollars. Walking past another collector I revelled in the immunity from further collector attention that my two dollar Women’s Refuge sticker gave me. It was then that it occurred to me that these guys are missing a trick with their singular sticker design.

Mars Rocks!

If they had five different sticker designs then the whole thing would change. First of all, giving once would no longer give me immunity – “I’ve given,” I’d say, flashing my badge. “But you haven’t got one of these stickers!” a second, third, fourth or even fifth collector might say. Also, as we all know, the collecting urge is strong in humans. Give people five stickers to collect and some will go out there and get them, giving to charity five times in the process. Even more fun, you could have a rare sticker, carried by just one collector, roaming obscures parts of the city. Then finding them, and communicating that with others, would become an event!

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Great Shootin’ Quadrupeds

July 22, 2010
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Last night I watched Gentlemen Broncos, which is a great film from the same minds that brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. I love Napoleon Dynamite, I think it’s brilliant, but Gentlemen Broncos is a lot more accessible. I’m not keen on Nacho Libre, I think it’s pretty dull, if I’m honest, mostly because it doesn’t make me laugh – thankfully Gentlemen Broncos is much funnier.

It also stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), who I’m pretty sure lives just across the valley from me, which is closer than it sounds, because the valley isn’t very wide, certainly not one of them big U shaped glacial efforts.

One of the things that makes the film so chortle-worthy are the battle stags…

Sam Rockwell astride a battle stag in Gentlemen Broncos – he’s a lucky guy...

However, it should be noted that Jeff Minter (digital wizard, part reason I’m a game designer and nearly whole reason I listen to Pink Floyd) has been filling screens with death spewing four legged beasts for three decades now! Of all his games the one I have spent most of my time playing is the amazing Robotron tribute, Llamatron…

Llamatron, where you control a Llama with lasers, of course...

There should be a point to this post, but it’s really just an observation.

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Apollo 11 – Astronaughty

July 21, 2010
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This time last year, on the 40th anniversary of the moon landings I thought I would do me a commemorative piece of art. In my head this was an amusing piece, full of satire and nonsense. It probably came out of thinking about Mars Rocks! cartoons, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, the tone came out somewhat darker than I expected.

Astronaughty - Yes, I know it's 41 years since Apollo 11's mighty success, but I did the picture last year...

What is funny is the fact that I thought it was worth my while doing this image in four colours so I could submit it to various t-shirt makers for consideration in their collections. Yeah…

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Water Powered Car…

July 16, 2010
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Today I have awoken to rain. I think it’s been mostly dry this week so I think I’m allowed to complain about the rain, what with it being Saturday morning and everything. Curse you rain! Curse you! If only I had my own personal water turbine, at least then I could take solace in the free juice. This would be good at times like this…

I conceived of this about 10 years ago. Think how rich I would be now if it had gone into production...

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Gamepocalypse Now Link…

July 15, 2010
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Just added in a new link to the things I read links over there on the right and down a bit. Linking to Gamepocalypse Now by the seriously underfollowed (on Twitter at any rate) Jesse Schell. If you don’t know who he is you should because he’s the guy that envisions your entire existence as a series of trophies and rewards – think Air Miles and Nectar cards but everywhere! There’s little point me telling you anything more though, when you can just watch him here.

Jesse Schell ponders everyone's favourite game they never played...

Personally, I like the thought of turning everything into a game, or more importantly, I’d like to be employed turning everything into a game. Why? Because game play is the second most powerful tool we have when it comes to solving problems. You really think that Windy Millar came up with a better windmill because he wanted to be more productive. No, he wanted to be more productive than his brother, Breezy, he wanted to beat him. That is game play. Of course it can be a bad thing, you can pervert pretty much anything if you try hard enough. But in the balance of things game play is good, it’s a system that encourages people to do things better, and we need more of that.

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World Cup

July 13, 2010
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Every four yeas I go through two basic thoughts when it comes to the World Cup final. Firstly I think, please, let it not be a penalty shoot out, penalty shoot outs are dreadful and have nothing at all to do with the rest of the game, nothing to do with how good the teams are, nothing to do with football. In fact, it would be better for the game if the goals gradually got wider during extra time, making it more and more likely that one team will score. Actually, I really like that idea, I’m going to send it to Sepp Blatter. Although, if he likes it then I’m not sure I’ll think it’s a good idea anymore. Anyway, the second thought is “isn’t the world cup tiny?” It really is a most diminutive cup. I love its solid gold (apparently, it’s not really solid gold, but it is in my mind) littleness though, I think it’s great. But it’s a good job it’s not any smaller, you can take these things too far…

The mighty Michael Vaughan kisses the greatest prize in sport, represented by the silliest trophy...

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Mars Rocks! Card

July 11, 2010
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Last month I made a card using a Mars Rocks! cartoon. You can too! Read all about it here.

Or Just look at the picture, of course.

Mars Rocks! Make your own card!

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Gregg Wallace Custom Cutlery

July 9, 2010
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A while ago I was up late playing with a piece of software on my Nintendo DS called Colors (I might be English but that’s how the makers spell it, so I’m sticking with its short-by-one-vowel wrongness). It’s a software package and I thought it would be a good idea to draw a cartoon of Gregg Wallace from MasterChef (UK version) beholding a giant spoon. I don’t know why I made it so light.

Lucky for me, I can't remember how many hours it took me to draw this...

If this makes no sense to you at all then look at this YouTube video of him eating.

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