site remains a soothing source,' writes an angler friend (who asks to
be included on my mailing list for
updates), 'like literary camomile tea or valium, depending whether you
are on the alternative or conventional side of the medicine fence.'
Please try and stay awake through today's episode!
There was a 90 minute power cut during the thunderstorm in the early
hours of this morning but, to be honest, this is an unremarkable day:
spend most of it writing my Dales Way Diary, which will be my
next Sushi Sketchbook
publication. Writing up our April journey along this 84 mile route has
been a way of reliving the experience and it makes me want to get out
The Perfect Floor
I'm sure that I will get out again soon but the highlight of this morning
is that the joiner comes to fit our new cork flooring in the bathroom.
We'd looked at vinyl cushion floors that were cunning replicas of marble,
stone or wooden planks but then we spotted the cork which I much prefer
because it is what it's appears to be: a natural material. It's lightly
stained in a colourway marketed as 'Tea' (which has just been discontinued
by Wincanders, see link below).
Tea and cork; that sums up our drinking habits quite well.
It's warm and quiet to walk on. And I like to think that by choosing
cork I'm making a small contribution to the conservation of the cork oak
forests (see links below).
The Perfect Fried Egg; the search continues
just come and have a look at this: it's turned out really well!'
'Uggh! That's horrible - it looks like plastic!'
*Sigh!* The loneliness of those of us who are engaged in artistic endeavour.
Following my problems with Bryce 3D this was cooked up in Vue
d'Espirit 3. On a technical note, the yolk is a squashed sphere but
I've now worked out how to edit the materials, changing a 'green plastic'
texture supplied in Vue for an equally unappetising yellow. The
white of the egg started out as a target-like tonal drawing that I made
in Photoshop which in Vue can be pasted into the terrain
editor as a kind of contour map. It is rendered in 'white porcelain',
which is included in the basic Vue palette of materials.
I mentioned yesterday, Vue came free on the cover disk of this
month's PC Format (left; you can still order it as a
back number, if you have a yen to design 3D fried eggs).
pick the November edition (right) from the newsagents this afternoon,
which includes part two of an simply explained Vue tutorial as
well as a copy of the 3D mesh modelling program Amapi 3D 6 on
the cover disk (plus a tutorial in the magazine, look forward to doing
that), a free paperback on 'web stuff' and, characteristically for PC
Format, an attractive young woman brandishing a crowbar on the cover
(she's fighting spam, apparently).
I like the combination of astute technical analysis and ebullient silliness
in this magazine. It's a lot of fun.
The Natural Cork Quality Council
Amorin cork news and information
for the wine industry
Wicanders cork flooring since
PC Format 'the world's greatest
PC magazine' and that's not just my opinion; they actually believe
Richard Bell, email@example.com