Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Silent Age, Episode 1

I’ve just finished playing Episode 1 of The Silent Age, an amazingly cool point and click adventure with a really straightforward interface, simple but distinctive art design, and interestingly mysterious story.

I love this artwork: stylish, simple, emotive.
I love this artwork: stylish, simple, emotive.

It is made by House on Fire, a Danish indie studio. What is the game about? In their words,  The Silent Age is a minimalistic 2-D point-and-click adventure game for smartphones, and especially tablets, in which you use time travel to solve puzzles. The adventure takes you back and forth between present day 1972 and an unsettling future in 2012. Based on my play through, that’s a good summary. Without wanting to give away too much, the time travel mechanic is what makes this game really stand out. If a problem can’t be solved in the here and now, then maybe it can be solved in a different time. Continue reading The Silent Age, Episode 1

South London Makerspace

I was thinking about hacking a BigTrak Jr, and so I dropped a line to Danny at Orion Robots. Not only did he answer my question, but also he told me that there was a Maker Day at the London College of Communication. Excellent, I thought, and decided to head down.

It was a wet and miserable day, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a good-sized group of makers and hackers chatting and sharing projects. I met Faraz, who was messing around with some RGB LEDs and an Arduino. I showed him the video of Darrenlloyd Gent‘s RGB LED Strip Information Display (see it here), and we talked about things we were working on. Continue reading South London Makerspace

Product Tank November Meetup

Last Sunday I was chatting with a friend of a friend in the pub, and we got to talking about our interests. Over a few beers, we talked about Arduino, Home Automation and the Internet of Things. He works for a major multinational electronics corporation, and so it was really interesting to hear his perspective.

A few days later, I got a message from him in my inbox, inviting me to attend a meetup event on November 20 called ProductTank.

ProductTank November is all about our connected world of things. We are now living in a world where the web has spilled beyond the screen and into the physical world: connected devices are becoming commonplace and the smart home is now a reality. But what challenges does the Internet of Things bring from a design and product management perspective?

It sounds fascinating. I’m really looking forward to hearing from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, founder of the ingenious Good Night LampClaire Rowland from AlertMe.com, and Alex Jones of Fjord. It just goes to show, sometime you should talk to strangers.

 

By bike, by train: Overland from Japan

Long-haul cycling, carrying all you need on your bike, is a liberating, rewarding and intimate way to travel. I simply can’t get enough of it.

Tight. Too tight.
In the forest between Koriyama and Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture, June 2013

I first got into cycle touring when I was living in Japan. I kept a blog detailing the preparations for a trans-Eurasian journey by bike and train. You can read it here. The trip was cancelled at short notice for family reasons, but I’m still proud of the blog and of the writing on it. If you only read three posts from it, I recommend these:

There’s plenty more to read on the site, so go ahead and explore. Enjoy.