With the obvious censorship on the social media platforms I am returning to good old wordpress to spout my nonsense opinions and literally dump some creative output (if it ever starts flowing again)
So it has been awhile since my last post featuring Jesus Quintana and the excellent comedy club Monkey Barrel in Edinburgh. Lots has changed in those 2 years both in my world and the big bad global community of humankind. I am in a new country doing different work without the kids (now adults) and renewed energies.
Will try and drop some regular updates here rather than ranting on social media. Some scribbles. Maybe some new writings. Definitely book reviews and tech wow’s. And most probably some rants every so often.
Hope you are surviving the current pandemic and the serf life is not bringing too much hardship? Feel free to comment or send me your thoughts, whatever they may be.
Gave blood today and apart from a slight dizzy feeling, I got a karma boost and a wee bit righteous so GIVE BLOOD everybody!
About 7% of your overall body weight comes from our blood – approximately ten pints of blood in every average adult. So when I donate a pint of blood, I have given away roughly 10% of my overall blood supply. But that single pint of blood could save 3 lives. So a good investment.
Blood circulating in your body is composed of about 55% plasma, 40% red blood cells, 4% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. It also contains metal including iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, lead, and copper. It even has small amounts of gold. About 0.2 milligrams of gold that is mostly found in the blood. Harvesting humans for gold and other precious metals – there is a sci-fi movie there.
Another interesting fact I got while draining is = large animals have slower heart rates than smaller animals i.e. the blood in their body takes longer to circulate. So a blue whale’s heart only beats 5 times per minute while humans beat closer to 75 per minute.
NHS Scotland have a groovy graphic showing the current health of our blood banks – https://www.scotblood.co.uk/about-blood/current-blood-stock-levels/ – looks like we are in some serious need of AB- and also O+ and O-
So have been learning to use Unity recently, which is an awesome program but a little complicated for what I have been trying to do. But I came across this wonderful start-up developing a Augmented/Mixed Reality platform called Zap Works. It makes the whole process of creation very easy and linking up stored files with the Zappar (think QR code) app on a mobile is straight forward and works seamlessly. For the simpler stuff I will be using this rather than Unity I think.
This blog has been about for 10 years now! I never thought I would churn out almost 1,100 posts. And there are people following the blog (thank you). So I am going to try and write at least one thing a week going forward – I have no idea on what but I have a bunch of projects (ideas) going through concept stages at the moment and I am learning the D3.js library and some Unity/3D stuff so I am sure I will have stuff to show off at the least.
Have just signed up to the ‘creators’ portal on Magic Leap. Having a look at SDK today. Looks like exciting stuff.