Posts added by jon


06 Feb 2009
Wii Mote for PS3

This looks very interesting, Wii Mote for PS3

05 Feb 2009
A Sleeper Hit

In 2005 we made a film with Disabled Film Maker Luke McDonnell.  This is a unique and quirky insight into a train journey in the Uk.  We hosted the film on a now obsolete corner of our web site.  We have recently noticed that it has become a sleeper hit and has been watched over 7000 times in the last couple of years.  To put this in context it is not on YouTube, it is not linked to from our site and has never been promoted.

Journey to Crewe

PlayPlay
04 Feb 2009
Tales (from Next Door and Far Away)

Stories from the past. Technology from the present. A whole new world!
‘Tales’ was a cross platform event for young people combining animation, drama, dance and film. Together with Toxteth Tv and a whole load of Merseyside schools, we created and modelled the world of ‘Tales’ and it rocked St Georges!

Here for the first time online are the animations created by Onteca and the young people of Merseyside.

Tales Introduction

Tales Part 2

Tales Part 3

Tales Part 4

Tales Part 5

Tales Part 6

Tales Part 7

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04 Feb 2009
Film Council Short Filmed by Onteca

Onteca was one of only four companies regionally to receive funding to make
a Digital Short film this year. Space Freaks: Dance or Die is a sci-fi comedy musical featuring a cast of dozens, song and dance numbers and some of Onteca’s innovative special effects.

Principal Photography was during September (which means we’ve already filmed all the scenes) and we are now in the middle of Post-Production; editing and compositing in the CGI. With excellent performances from our stars and solid, swift and talented work from the crew we have a lot of good footage to use. Mat Fraser, Lara Masters and Laurence Clark (stars of stage and screen) provide a backbone of glamour to the film.

Ken Campbell, creator of the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, actor, director and teacher, was to have appeared in the film. Following his untimely death, the film is now dedicated to the memory of his life and work.space

02 Feb 2009
The state of the world
    In our looks-obsessed society, lots of people think that being overweight is an appearance issue. But being overweight is actually a medical concern because it can seriously affect a person’s health.

Diabetes and heart disease are health problems that can stem from being overweight. Being overweight can also affect a person’s joints, breathing, sleep, mood, and energy levels. So being overweight can affect a person’s entire quality of life.

Defining Overweight

When people eat more calories than they use, their bodies store the extra calories as fat.

A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people keep up a pattern of eating more calories than they burn, more and more fat builds up in their bodies.

Eventually, the body gets to a point where the amount of body fat can harm a person’s health. Doctors use the terms “overweight” or “obese” to tell if someone has a greater chance of developing weight-related health problems.

As you’ve probably heard, more people are overweight today than ever before. The “obesity epidemic” affects kids and teens as well as adults. So younger people are now getting health problems that used to affect only adults, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, is resurge legit.

Why Do People Become Overweight?

Obesity tends to run in families. Some people have a genetic tendency to gain weight more easily than others. Although genes strongly influence body type and size, the environment also plays a role.

People today are gaining weight because of unhealthy food choices (like fast food) and family habits (like eating in front of the TV instead of around a table). High-calorie, low-nutrient snacks and beverages, bigger portions of food, and less-active lifestyles are all contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Sometimes people turn to food for emotional reasons, such as when they feel upset, anxious, sad, stressed out, or even bored. When this happens, they often eat more than they need.

Measuring Weight

Figuring out if a teen is overweight is a little more complicated than it is for adults. That’s because teens are still growing and developing.

Doctors and other health care professionals use a measurement called body mass index (BMI) to tell if someone is overweight.

The doctor calculates BMI using a person’s height and weight, and then plots that number on a chart. There are different charts for girls or guys. BMI estimates how much body fat the person has.

Because muscle weighs more than fat, a muscular person can have a high BMI, but not too much body fat. Likewise, it’s possible for someone to have a low or ideal BMI but still have too much body fat.

You may get a BMI report from school, but the best way to understand BMI is to talk to your doctor.

Health Problems of Being Overweight

Obesity is bad news for both body and mind. Not only can it make someone feel tired and uncomfortable, carrying extra weight puts added stress on the body, especially the bones and joints of the legs. Kids and teens who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes and other health problems. And overweight adults have a higher chance of getting heart disease. Learn how to prevent most conditions by reading this article https://thehealthmania.com/Metabolic+Greens+Plus+Review.

Weight-related health problems include:

Asthma. Obesity increases the chance of having asthma. Breathing problems related to weight can make it harder to keep up with friends, play sports, or just walk from class to class.

Sleep apnea. This condition (where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep) is a serious problem for many overweight kids and adults. Sleep apnea can leave people feeling tired and affect their ability to concentrate and learn. It also may lead to heart problems.

High blood pressure. When blood pressure is high, the heart has to work harder. If the problem continues for a long time, high blood pressure can damage the heart and arteries.

High cholesterol. Abnormal blood lipid levels, including high cholesterol, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels, increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke when a person gets older.

Gallstones. A buildup of bile that hardens in the gallbladder forms gallstones. These can be painful and require surgery.

02 Feb 2009
Best Free MMO Engine

This one might be a work in progress, kind of a toss up between

tmmokit – www.mmoworkshop.com

This one is really free to use, no royalties at any point.  A bit rough and ready but does work.  Uses Torque as its render client

multiverse – www.multiverse.net

Royalties but no up front fees, the tools are nice but keep crashing for me.  Good in theory but seems to be a bit glacial in its progress.  Uses Ogre as its render client

monumental – www.monumentalgames.com Maybe a different focus for this tech as the two internal projects are not RPGs.  Have had a pile of investment recently so will watch with interest.  Not a lot of community on the site though.

More …. must be but i haven’t found them yet.

31 Jan 2009
Why the recession/depression has hit bottom

How does depression affect sexuality?

The brain is the body’s most sensitive “sex organ.” Sexual desire starts in the brain and works its way down. Chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters help brain cells communicate with each other in order to stimulate blood flow to the sex organs. In a person with depression, these chemicals are out of balance. As a result, sexual desire is low or nonexistent. In addition, low levels of some of these chemicals can dull pleasurable feelings. The strain that depression places on relationships can further interfere with sexual function and pleasure.

Some people with depression experience sexual problems. The severity of the problem depends on the severity of the depression and the presence of anxiety. For those with more severe depression, the more likely it is for sexual problems to be present. Read more from these hyper male force reviews.

How do antidepressant medicines cause sexual problems?

Antidepressant medicines are highly effective in helping to ease depression. However, many of these drugs–such as SSRIs– have undesirable side effects, including sexual problems that can result. Some antidepressants may make it difficult for a man to have an erection. For both men and women, sexual problems can mean being unable to initiate, participate fully in, or enjoy sex. Such complications can lead to a loss of self-confidence that can, in turn, undermine depression recovery. In addition, side effects tend to increase with higher doses of antidepressants.

30 Jan 2009
Multimedia C++ Framework

Very interesting course at the Fact Centre, Liverpool into a new multimedia C++ framework which of course i only found out about once if was over.  The examples of work look amazing and the aspiration is one we agree with the ease of Flash with the performance of C++.  Not released yet but will be LGPL – Open Frameworks

Open Frameworks

29 Jan 2009
Performance in MMO Engines

Generally i can’t find any information about the way in which World of Warcraft is put together, but through some lightweight spying, looking at their jobs page you can see that the whole thing is coded in C++ which must have been a hell of an engineering effort, hence their enormous budget for production.  Obviously C++ is the fastest possible code for raw speed but i don’t fancy we have the budget to go that way.

We are currently using the Tmmokit which will max out at around 200 players per server.  I am keen to move forward incrementally and come upon an interesting article about Eve online (which claims players in the thousands on individual shards).  Eve uses Stackless Python.

28 Jan 2009
Blogging while the design is changing

I am having the interesting experience of chucking up a few posts while elsewhere Dan is changing the design, every time i look the world of blogteca changes