by Matt Johnston on October 21, 2014

I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up! from Dave Fothergill vfx on Vimeo.


Cars … Are Friends Electric

by Matt Johnston on October 19, 2014

When I sleep at night I am rewarded with visions of electric vehicles. The cars we have received from automobile manufacturers are not much further developed than the car you see below.

Electric vehicles are awesome. You may not realise how awesome but they are beset with some issues which are resisting general acceptance.

Range Anxiety and Charge Time

Consumer-grade electric cars tend to be limited to around 100 miles. Only the electric super-cars (like Tesla) have the range that we expect from cars. My diesel has a range of around 300 miles on a full tank that takes about three minutes to replenish. The Tesla still takes about an hour to charge (at a SuperCharger) and while the cars with 100 mile ranges can get an 80% charge in 20 minutes on a turbo charger.

A supercar like a Ferrari F40 has a range of 750 miles.

Cost to Buy, Cost to Run

Electric cars are expensive. My diesel, with all of the mod cons and dead-cow interiors cost me 50% less than a Nissan Leaf which has a range of 120 miles on a full charge. But it’s hard to deny that electric cars are cost-effective to run. With operating costs of 2 pence per mile, the Leaf is excellent. My car has a 300 mile range on a £60 tank of fuel – which works out at 20 pence per mile.

The operating costs of internal combustion engines, including wear and tear, tend to be higher too.

An Assault on Battery

Batteries are awkward. They’re heavy, they’re expensive.

The lithium-ion battery pack in a Tesla Roadster weighs about 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg). That’s a lot of weight to carry and it can greatly reduce the car’s range. However, the designers of the Roadster have offset this battery weight with a light frame and body panels. The entire car only weighs 2,690 pounds (1220.2 kg)

One of the advantages of a heavy battery is that if you put it at the bottom of the car, it really lowers the centre of gravity.

A New Way Of Thinking

Any one want to help me re-think personal electric transportation?

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Spherical Worlds

by Matt Johnston on October 18, 2014

My work for this week will be following this tutorial.


Charity e-Walk….

October 17, 2014

Covered by the Independent Charity marathons usually involve a lot of sweat, hard work and blisters, but not for one runner, who simply pushed the control stick forwards until he reached the limits of GTA V’s Los Santos. … Super Meat Boy co-creator Tommy Refenes live-streamed the marathon on Twitch, using it to help fund [...]

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Game School

October 15, 2014

I’ve always found it easier to work in groups. Being able to talk to someone about a project and, in return, feel better for helping others. So the pitch is; meet once a week, maybe an evening or maybe a lunchtime and write game stuff. Yes, I’ll be leaning on others. But hopefully I’ll help [...]

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Foo. War. Pig.

October 15, 2014
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Why is Belfast getting all the jobs?

October 10, 2014

Paul gosling at the BelTel has an editorial (which they call a blog) about Why Belfast Is Getting All The Jobs. This is predicated on the recent loss of 900 jobs at the JTI plant in Ballymena. But the jobs aren’t going to Belfast, they’re going to Poland and Romania. He bemoans that Northern Ireland’s [...]

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People Pay More For Design

October 9, 2014

Via Loopinsight: A Vogue piece on Jony Ive. Design critics now look back at the birth of the Jobs-Ive partnership as the dawn of a golden age in product design, when manufacturers began to understand that consumers would pay more for craftsmanship. This is something that many people have always understood but until it was [...]

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The anti-Ulster

October 6, 2014

Stephen Fry on ESTONIA: This is a forward looking, highly prosperous, diverse, culturally, religiously and racially tolerant country… It is, when you think about it, the anti-Ulster. We’re a backwards-looking, poverty-dominated, sectarian, theocratic, intolerant and racist country. And that’s just baed on listening to the news this morning.

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I’m emancipating myself from L4D.

October 6, 2014

From eurogamer: How Left4Dead changed my life for the better The way friendly-fire is always on, encouraging you to acknowledge and respect the space occupied by other players, and using set-pieces like those final mission base defences to encourage you to form a plan and work together, always ensuring you know where the other players [...]

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