#unite14 – Paddyinvasion revisited

by Matt Johnston on August 13, 2014

Next week is Unite’14,  the latest tech/skills conference from Unity Technologies and their partners. We have 8 people going out from the island (that we know of) with fabulous assistance from Honeycomb Creative Works and select assistance from InvestNI.

These are:

Troll Inc
Bitsmith Games
Lionrai Games
South West College
South Eastern Regional College

And I’m attending as both Digital Circle and Conquest Dynamics.

Most of us are flying out Sunday morning from Dublin and landing in Charlotte for a 5 hour layover before continuing to Seattle and arriving just before 9 pm local time.

Monday we plan to visit Microsoft and we hope to make a flying visit to both Amazon and Valve Corporation.

Tuesday is the Unity Training Day which we didn’t manage to score tickets for but we’re going to attend the Microsoft sponsored Windows Porting Lab for the day and finish up with the Unity Pre – Conference Mixer. Then there’s three days of sessions and talks before catching the plane again on Saturday.

It’s going to be an intense week and we won’t have time for jet lag.


Down Coastal Rowing Club

by Matt Johnston on August 9, 2014

I took a trip to Donaghadee to visit the Coastal Rowing Club. They’re mid-build at the moment on a skiff. I’m working with some other folk to investigate how Bangor might get a boat build started. The Donaghadee build was one of nine sites sponsored by the PSNI and the Strangford and Lecale Partnership. You can find out more information here.

My interest isn’t specifically in the skiffs. Unless they can take a mast-step. Then it becomes a lot more interesting.



by Matt Johnston on August 7, 2014

I’ve started building something in Unity that I’ve been wanting to work on for a while. I’m a novice at this stuff but it’s somewhat invigorating. I did have a lot of difficulties as 3D interfaces don’t come naturally to me but this will hopefully improve with practice.

Removing the shader from the plane has made it so much easier to place cubes. Before that I was almost blinded with my own lighting. That’s why the floor is magenta.

Yes, life would be so much easier if I had a bunch of cash and any talent but we have to work with what we have got.


1 in 5 people have never used the Internet.

August 7, 2014

13% of the UK have never used the Internet, though the number for Northern Ireland is actually 22%. 13% of UK adult population have never used the #internet http://t.co/pMqsF1Lv5c #digitalday pic.twitter.com/sAY2hlycHk — ONS (@ONS) August 7, 2014 Looking at the map, however, I would question the methodology. NI is not one blanket region; we have [...]

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Computer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression

August 6, 2014

From Livescience: In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found playing certain computer games was just as effective at reducing symptoms of depression as the “gold standard” antidepressant drug escitalopram. Moreover, those patients playing the computer games achieved results in just four weeks, compared to the 12 weeks it often takes with escitalopram (also [...]

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Bangor Coastal Rowing/Sailing/Boat-building Group

August 5, 2014

First meeting of the Bangor Coastal Rowing/Sailing/Boat-building Group was tonight. I think it’s a darned shame that towns and villages up and down the Ards peninsula have projects involving this sort of thing but where there’s a will there’s a way. I’m going to link up some things I found before: Foyle Punts and Drontheims [...]

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August 4, 2014

The recent “news” that physicists at NASA have managed to break several of the laws of physics and bend a few of the laws of science reporting reminds me of some stuff that Colin wrote for Frontier back in 1996. Frontier is my ongoing attempt to create a background for a science-fiction FTL-capable human community [...]

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A linked list for my memory…

August 3, 2014

An awesome model (post-apocalyptic soldier) Massive collection of 3D/2D art tutorials So you want to be a Unity3D developer? Beautifully presented strategy game (built in Unity) Make weird stuff in Unity (re-post) A minimalist side-scroller in C#

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The App Store is only the cash register.

August 3, 2014

Apple doesn’t have to do jack shit: Whether we like it or not, the game has changed. Trials are out. They’ve been out for six years now and we have no idea if they are ever coming back. Upgrades are out, too. Again, we have no idea if they will ever come back. … Marco, [...]

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I’m not investing in your product…

July 31, 2014

The importance of putting together a team is often ignored by sparky young entrepreneurs. I frequently introduce people in an attempt to see if there is a fire that can be ignited by two such sparks. It’s just like any sort of relationship however. There has to be some sort of chemistry for it to [...]

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