Monday, 2 April 2012

unicorns work-in-progress

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Kidrobot custom in-progress - tree/flower/plant?

This week's Kidrobot custom figure...the in-progress shots. Vinyl, acrylic, clay, wood, plastic, superglue, etc, etc. One more scheduled to be finished next week, let's see how it goes!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Grey cat in-progress shots.

Clay kitty started as two Kidrobot mini figures; Trikky and Raffy. Here's Trikky. The axe was put aside for later use.
...a little body-swap later.

Covered it all in clay. Added eyes and a nose.

More clay, sanded down (a little bit).

Skipping ahead to the finished beast. Check out the turf.

Monday, 8 August 2011


(Disclaimer: I downloaded Lion yesterday; maybe there's an easier, way of doing this, and I just haven't seen it yet. Please let me know if there is!)

OS X Lion's Launchpad feature is groovy. Swipe 3 fingers and a thumb on your trackpad to view an overlay with all of your installed apps, then drag'n'drop to reorganise them, iOS-style.

Launchpad insists on showing all of your apps, but you can bury unwanted ones in folders, or use Andreas Ganske's Launchpad-Control preference pane to hide them

After I downloaded Lion, I spent way too much time tinkering with Launchpad, but then realised I wanted to store document folders in there as well.

Automator made it happen! How? Because Automator lets you make apps…so if you want a folder to appear in Launchpad, just make an app to open that folder.

It's easy:

1. Launch Automator, and choose Application as Document Type.

2. Choose 'Get Specified Finder Items'. Add your chosen folder, let's say Movies.

3. Choose 'Open Finder Items'. Leave it set to 'Open with: Default Application'

4. Now save the application - give it the same name as the target folder. You might want to create a special folder for your custom apps.

5. Use Get Info and copy paste to assign the same icon as the target folder.

6. Now use the Launchpad 3 finger + thumb gesture, and your folder shortcuts are right there with the apps! The entire bottom row in this screen shot are folder shortcuts.

It's fun. Time will tell if there's any point to it or not :-)

If you want to see more Automator stuff, watch my tutorial movie on

Thursday, 14 July 2011


I'm not demoing, I'm making finished recordings at home. Big difference. I have sixty-odd songs that I could hum for you right now, but I've narrowed it down to five that are 'ready' to record. I'm using my own gear, and doing it as outboard as possible, using GarageBand as a glorified tape recorder (Ableton Live makes it too easy to cheat). It's going to sound horrible, in a lot of ways, which is what I want. It's NOT demoing, I'm not making demos, with the intention of making 'proper' recordings somewhere else later. These are the recordings, capturing actual sonic events happening in real time. And I have ten rules...

Mic and amp. All you need.

1. As much as possible, I must use equipment I have to hand, and not solve problems by buying or borrowing gear.
2. Everything must go into the computer via a microphone, including synths and loops.
3. Everything must go through an external pre amp and compressor.
4. Direct recording is allowed for secondary parts, and sonic diversity, ie using the Avid Eleven Rack for guitar solos and bass tracks.
5.  Every part must be one continuous take - no comping allowed!
6. Editing is allowed, as long as it doesn't compromise rule 5. No copying and pasting is allowed.
7. EQ is allowed in GarageBand.
8. Effects processing must be kept to a minimum.
9. PSP's Vintage Warmer ( is used as a mastering plugin across the mix, simply because I don't have any hardware that'll do the job.
10. Sound quality is not a priority. Getting the songs across is the priority.

This week I'm recording rhythm tracks, and working on a vocal production style that fits the theme...again, it has to be hardware-based, which is proving tricky. I'm using software to figure out what works, then I'll have to reproduce it in hardware. I'll bite the bullet and post some movies/audio when I get the vocal thing cracked!

Vintage Warmer 2 running in GarageBand's Master Track

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

OWLE Bubo camera adaptor for iPhone 4

I thought I'd start this blog with a look at a new toy that arrived this pm. The OWLE Bubo is a camera adaptor for the iPhone - there are 3G/3Gs and 4 varieties. It's basically a big lump of machined aluminium that gives your iPhone far more ergonomic value, improving your chances of getting useable movie footage. That's not all - the package includes a wide angle/macro lens, and a small directional microphone; the previously-mentioned lump has 4 tripod mounts (on each end of the 'fins'), as well as a cold shoe for lighting/sound attachments. A plastic case is included, which pushes into the slot at the rear of the unit. Some third-party cases will also cram into this slot, but NOT iPhone 4 bumpers. I have the white iPhone 4, and there are no issues with the different light sensor on that model. I'll post more Bubo-talk soon; I'll be using it to shoot video for an upcoming work thing coming up. I'm going to get a cable which allows me to add external microphones, too. And a light. Uh oh. Need to exercise some add-on restraint. I bought my Bubo from I don't have any connection with them, before you ask!

The package contents.

Ready to go.

See the iPhone lens and light sensor?

 Works with all your favourite movie/photo apps.

This is the first photo I took with the Bubo lens.