Uh-oh I’ve started pixelling again

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After waiting for over a year, I’m making some progress on one or two personal projects. Obviously, it would be best to concentrate on just one but I want to see if I can manage to make some tiny games / apps / digital toys this year, as well as pans to make a real actual book. So, here’s the toucan in 48×48 pixel splendour.

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Today’s doodle comes to you courtesy of Peterson’s Portage of Plymouth. If you need a boat or ship hauling, then they’re the fellows to get in touch with. I have a discount code for all my subscribers. Simply call Plymouth 3921, as for Reg and quote “FROSTSTUFF20” for 20% off the usual fee!

You won’t regret it*

Come to the Coffee Pot

Come to the Coffee Pot and enjoy genuine barista coffee, gluten free bonsai tarts, and our amazing quinoa sculptures. All you can eat breakfast £7.95. And if you can’t come to the Coffee Pot, the Coffee Pot can come to you!

No large groups. Closed Tuesdays.

Adventures in ARr

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I’ve been thinking about dipping my toe in some AR (Augmented Reality) development, but have been waiting for a decent idea which I can shoe-horn some pirates into. I’ve also been waiting for Google to get their act together and release something akin to Apple’s ARKit, which they have now done with ARCore.

So the idea involves pirates and paper craft and pens: The 3 P Holy Trinity. What next beyond inky doodles in my notebook? Um, well. Some time to commit to it would be a good start. And a test device (say a 2nd hand Google Pixel ‘phone). Add that to some Blender3D models, hand drawn texture maps and Unity3D and I’m in business.

Anyone who wants to help, bung me a message here. Must like pirates and fun. I’ll be at Brighton’s VR/AR meetup tonight in the faint hope that:

  • Anyone actually reads this blog
  • They will be at the same meetup

Let’s hope Nintendo’s Labo announcement helps raise the profile of folding stuff out of cardboard and thick paper.

 

The Cormorant

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Here’s one from my small-but-growing rare postage stamp collection: An 1843 New Guinea Post Office stamp commemorating the pirate ship Cormorant. It’s a real beauty and I was thrilled to find it in amongst a load of old 1970’s Panini sticker albums at a Hassocks car boot sale, a year or so ago.*

The Cormorant was owned and captained by the Dutch pirate (and unordained priest) Joris van Beek (1593-1654). It’s interesting and quite surprising that New Guinea chose to celebrate van Beek and the Cormorant as they were responsible for a great deal of plunder and damage to life and property around the Java seas. Perhaps it was because of van Beek’s curious and notable custom to hold regular religious services on board the Cormorant, where he blessed the crews of captured ships before he encouraged them overboard. Whatever the reason for the stamp’s origins, I’m jolly glad I’ve got one. It’s worth at least £46.50 according to the Royal Mango Stamp Index.

* maybe it was Scaynes Hill. Memory is a bit hazy.