BCU Global Game Jam 2018 – Tweet Summary

The 2018 Global Game Jam event took place over the weekend of Friday 26th Jan to Sun 28th Jan. In the case of BCU registrations commenced around 17:00 on the 25th, with the opening ceremony starting at 18:00. The theme for the 2018 event was “Transmission” the previous year was “Waves”.

The event started to finish up around 13:00 on Sunday 28th Jan with the teams uploading their games (online). At 14:00 presentations kicked off, with a number of companies and organisers present to judge and give prizes. The Vice Chancellor also attended for most of this final presentation session along with half a dozen academics from the School of Computing and Digital Technology. After the handing out of a number of prizes, one being to visit Fish in a Bottle (online), the two day event wrapped up around 15:30.

In all over 70 people took part, from universities across the country along with a number of graduates out in industry as well.

The following tweets below, may give you some idea of what the event was like. One can also see a collection of tweets from last years event (online).

I also made a further post during the weekend of the Game Jam – highlighting a good few tweets that depict the use of Tents at these events and Hackathons in general (online). Some large hackathon events have been in tents that would have taken days to construct. Some teams bring tents with them and have in-tent coding going on during the event, while others take more a campfire approach. In the case of one hackathon held in a sports hall, a large portion of same was taken over with tents.

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Bring your Tent: Global Game Jam & Hackathon Examples

Over the past couple of years one can see that Tents have been deployed during Game Jam and Hackathon events. You can see in the tweet directly below that a whole section of a sports hall was taken over with tents during the 2017 Global Game Jam.

Another tweet from Global Game Jam 2017 shows a tent and “campfire” in operation. The theme for the 2017 event was “Waves”.

Looks like one group are undertaking “Tent Projection Mapping” for the 2018 Global Game Jam, therein incorporating the camping experience into their game idea. The theme for the 2018 event was “Transmission”.

Looks like a “Fort” was constructed for the events below.

Here we have an entire team doing some in-tent game development.

This event from Sydney suggests brining your own tent to the Hackathon

These Hackathon events from 2017 takes the idea of a Tent to a whole other scale.

Here’s one from 2016 with a major Hackathon Tent under construction.

Here is the “Peach Pod” Tent from a 2016 Hackathon event.

In Tent coding from 2016.

Looks like this 2015 Hackathon is at quite some scale, with quite a significant entrance way in place.

A Microsoft Hackathon from 2015.

A tent in place for a 2014 Hackathon Event

A slightly different style of “Tent” than many of the examples above.

Here’s just a few other examples of Hackathon Tents.

The following tweets below, highlight some nice examples of Post-it note art on the walls adding a good splash of colour and fun to the environment. Post-its can be useful for many things and not just for planning out your Game / Hackathon idea. Here’s a previous post (online) highlighting some post-it note art on campus.

Having some mascots at Game Jams and Hackathons are always fun too.

The Carbon Journey Event – What does the Future Hold

At the start of the week a day long event was held focusing on what the future holds for the world in which we live. It was organised by Aston University and Birmingham City University and held at the Genting Arena. As you will see from the images below it was quite an amazing and eye opening event, attended by a large number of staff and students from both universities.

The world of tomorrow is likely to be a good deal warmer than it is today. The degree to which the average world temperature will be warmer will have an enormous impact on the lives of billions. The population of the world continues to grow and by the end of the century could very well reach anything from 9 to 11 billion people. A growing population needs ever more resources thereby growing our carbon footprint. However if we are to combat dramatic climate change then exceeding a 2 degree change from per-industrial times will have very serious consequences for the planet, population, plant and animal life.

Many countries have signed up to limit their carbon footprint, but with current commitments, estimates put the average global temperature increase at a good bit over 3.5 degrees. Anything beyond a 2 degree increase will have drastic results, therefore it is clear that far far greater measures will need to be taken by everybody whom call planet Earth their home.

The event was well timed as just a few days before (27th Oct) it was announced that global wildlife populations had fallen by 58% since 1970 (online). What will the global wildlife population be like by 2050 or 2100 if immediate measures are not put in place to curb this dramatic decline?

A good few tweets were generated throughout the day with the hashtag of #carbonjourney (online). Further details about the event and the days programme can be seen (online).

The images below should give you some sense of what the day was like. As can be seen quite a number of speakers were on stage throughout the day. Painting the a picture of what the world of tomorrow may be like from a number of perspectives.

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The following video – gives some sense of what the news could be like just 30 or so years from now – in the year 2045.

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1000 WordPress Blog Followers and Counting

In the past hours I have just gained my 1000th Blog Follower (The Happy Lifeaholic). The total number of followers now stands at 1178 (which includes 160 Twitter Followers). The next milestone for some strange reason is 1337 Blog Followers, I wonder how long it will take to reach this number.

The number of page views stands at just under seven hundred shy of 40,000. Quite recently WordPress changed the notifications archive, prior to this once could see milestones for the number of likes – under the Awards section, but this is no longer the case. When last I looked I was again just a few hundred likes away from 10,000.

Does anybody know how to view the number of WordPress likes a site has received, given the recent change with the notifications area?

Speaking of numbers, my YouTube channel stands at 183,917 views so not long now before reaching 200K.

Some other recent Blog Followers include
Painting Painting Painting
Toby Gant’s Photography Blog
The Xavi’s Photoblog
Adolfo Viana Photography
Matthew Richards Photography
Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow Photography (with a whopping 27,457,599 views and counting)

Flowers at Duthie Park

Flowers at Duthie Park

Flowers at Duthie Park

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Out of this World Lecture

This evening I attended a lecture organised by the BCS titled “Spacecraft On-board Networks and Vision-Guided Landers” given by Professor Steve Parkes – Director of the Space Technology Centre at the University of Dundee. A large part of the talk was focused on a technology called SpaceWire that is used in many satellites as a means for communication with a myriad of sensors. In a sense it could be regarded a little like USB but allows for a variety of network topologies rather than just the tree structure seen in USB, its also designed to function in the harsh conditions of space. Its presently being used or designed into over 100 spacecraft including the James Webb Space Telescope. In relation to vision-guided landers a video was played demonstrating some simulation software of the surface a moon/planet/asteroid. A good deal of knowledge regarding the surface is known, the interesting thing for me was hearing that they used fractal technologies to fill in any gaps in the terrain. The simulator is used to test the use of vision based landing systems.

A number of interesting websites were mentioned towards the end of the talk including the Space Technology Centre at Dundee and the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station. Another site of interest is the Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS). The talk concluded with the audience having to look at a number of satellite images and take a guess at what they were looking at. Images ranged from sand blowing across the UK, to fires and circling aircraft. It was also quite appropriate given the topic that the lights in the lecture theater were turned down really low to the level of a cinema experience or perhaps a bit darker.

If you look closely at the map below you can see the satellite receiving dishes located on the roofs of a few of the building of Dundee University.

YouTube Channel hits 100000 Views and Counting

Was delighted to see my YouTube Channel setup just 13 months ago has just gone past 100,000 views. The channel has a little over 600 videos covering anything and everything from Building a PC to Roller Coasters, Aquariums, Dredging and even setting up a Motion Capture system.

Why I don’t know but my most popular video at just under 5,000 views is a POV video of the Blue Flyer Roller Coaster at Nickelodeon Land, Blackpool, Pleasure Beach. Why this is I really don’t know as I have posted several other Roller Coaster videos that are far more exciting. On the best day this video peaked at 57 views.

The next post popular video showed the process of Installing an Intel Core i7 3930K Hexacore CPU on an ASUS Sabertooth X79 Socket 2011 Motherboard. This video was uploaded in July 2012 and has reached 4500 views. The most popular day peaked at 44 views.

At just under 4500 views the third most popular video shows the process of Installing the Corsair H100 Radiator and Pump within a Cosmos 2 Case Sabertooth X79 MB 3930K CPU.

At 3000 views a video showing Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Orlando essentially being attacked by Voldemort, hasn’t been as popular as I would have expected it to be. Quite a few of the lightning strikes happen very close (although in the distance) to the Castle, creating some interesting scenes.

A video of a Chinook Helicopter performing at Lecuchar Airshow received 238 views on the evening that it was uploaded. It was amazing to see the maneuverability of the aircraft. I uploaded just over 100 video clips of various aircraft from the airshow amounting to about one hour of footage.

Another interesting playlist coming in at four and a half hours of footage shows the Nordic Giant Dregder working in Aberdeen Harbour. The most popular video in this series shows the Imposing Hulk of the Nordic Giant and the Liebherr P995 Excavator hard at work.

Perhaps a more unusual playlist is that showing a set of blank screens in various colours ranging from White to Black and on the Red, Green and Blue. The most popular of these at roughly 2500 views is that of a Blank White screen and nothing else.

Perhaps the cutest video posted is that of a family of Dwarf Mongoose – a little surprising to see it has received just 79 views, on the other-hand they are not the most active and energetic of creatures.

So what makes for a popular YouTube video – well certainly it seems that people enjoy staring at video containing white and nothing else. Videos with an element of comedy seem to be very popular, and of course PSY Gangnam Style surpasses them all at 1.25 billion views, even Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris trails behind at almost 830 million. Will we soon give up watching television and go towards online digital content only?

Beautiful Blogger Award

A special thanks to Lance Romel who nominated me for “Beautiful Blogger Award”. Thank you so much lancepost.wordpress.com for counting me in.

7 facts about me:
1. I love seeing interesting Architecture in cities & towns around the world
2. Enjoy the odd spot of hillwalking
3. Spent some time venturing around the Canadian Rockies – some amazing scenery.
4. Big fan of Star Trek and Star Wars
5. Still haven’t joined Facebook
6. Have worked with at least 30+ computer languages
7. Big fan of the Lord of the Rings (though read about half of it 20 years ago).

My 7 beautiful  bloggers are:
1. northernnarratives.wordpress.com
2. tomshorephoto.com
3. tonentimbre.wordpress.com
4. astrawberrypatch.wordpress.com
5. francineinretirement.wordpress.com
6. theelementaleye.com
7. fieldsofspirit.wordpress.com

Thank you all bloggers for sharing your good articles, together, we can make the world beautiful.

Award Rules:

  1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
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