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Advent cartoons are back! Dec. 2nd, 2008 @ 01:22 am

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas keeps people sat on the edge of their seats Nov. 19th, 2008 @ 01:10 am
I saw The Boy in the Striped Pajamas yesterday. It's worth writing about so I have actually done so. Just to be annoying I've put it on hennell-online, which as of yet still isn't quite finished, although posting actual content may help me get there faster. (Or make me change my mind again as to how I wish it too look)

To save the lazy from clicking go watch TBWTSP.

Edit post: Jul. 29th, 2008 @ 03:24 am
(I can't edit from a pda? Really?)

Edit: Apparently if I wanted to sleep I should have stayed downstairs and watched newsnight...

(also, it's like Invasion of the Slugs downstairs. It's wet outside, what are they all in here for?)

A late night post from my PDA.... Jul. 29th, 2008 @ 02:30 am
I feel like an iced bun that's been put in the oven. Hot, sticky and delicious!

*Ahem* I'm not sure that analogy works all the way through... Anyway it's hot. Very hot.

Some would blame this heat on the stupid hot, sunny and boiling weather this morning, that then turned into rain and thunderstorms. The combination which makes my room amazingly hot, yet forces the window closed due to water and noise.

Of course I guess there is also an argument that the heat is helped by me running a laptop most of the day with a second monitor hooked up, two external hard drives, a graphics tablet, a Camcorder and my mini disc. Plus I was technically keeping the window shut and blinded even before the rain, because the sun causes a glare on one of my screens....

I'm blaming the weather.




I find it highly suspicious my mother and sister are in weston-super-mare the day their pier burns down.... (And why couldn't it have been Weston-super-Mares peer on fire?)

I almost have a proper website.... Jul. 24th, 2008 @ 01:19 am
Back in June I got a very exciting letter from the BBC. Or rather, a very exciting contract. This was exciting both because it was from the BBC, but also because it contains such exciting phrases such as
"In consideration of the payment of the Initial Fee for my work described above (hereinafter called the "work")... I also Authorise... I undertake.... I warrent... I hereby waive.... etc etc.
This was all obviously incredibly exciting. About four weeks ago they sent me another very exciting letter, this time in the form of a very exciting cheque. Sure they could have done it via bank transferring methods, but after I'd considered, authorised, undertooked, warranted and waived I felt I deserved the far more exciting physical cheque. Which is both cooler, and can be shown off like this:

Looky looky, my exciting BBC cheque. (Non-important bits blurred out).


Anyway, my childlike enthusiasm aside, I decided having been properly paid for writing proper things, I should probably have a proper website. (Actually I'd decided such things back before Christmas, but I'd never really got round to it.) So about three weeks ago I got round to teaching myself HTML, CSS and Wordpresses use of PHP to make me something. Two weeks ago I had a fairly finished site, and then yesterday I got back around to fixing up the last few things.

Unfortunately I then checked it in internet explorer, where (for the second time) I found it looking nothing like it should, with bits and boxes all over the place. It's currently working (I think) although its not really how I want it, so I'm intending to start over on a few things to get it working (as much as possible) in IE and firefox.

But, the site is here: http://hennell.draknek.org/, feel free to take a look around and tell me what you think (within reason :D ).

Most importantly mention anything that looks broken, so I can get it all working properly pretty soon.




No silly random thought of mine today - instead read a longer thing I wrote on newsbiscuit.

Dr Who Jul. 21st, 2008 @ 01:42 pm
This has taken me too long to get round to posting - but reaction to the last episode of Dr Who:



Slightly more wordy entry to come later..
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It's not that exciting... Jun. 20th, 2008 @ 03:36 pm
My laptop has just decided to install Vista SP1. As if to celebrate two men have appeared outside the house playing the drums and singing.


I wonder if that's an option I can disable in the prefrances...

Jun. 20th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
I'm not sure why I haven't updated this recently again, there's at least some interesting things I could have mentioned, (and boring things I could have made seem more interesting then they were) but for now I shall simply post a sort of cartoon doodle. Might post another one later I did on my PDA...







Ligretto START!
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Been a long long time... May. 14th, 2008 @ 05:22 pm
Its been a while since I actually updated this, mostly because about three weeks ago the shiny new vista laptop I won arrived. Actually, to be pointlessly honest, a 'similar to, but not what they said' laptop arrived. Unlike my original prize this is a CR model (Rather then the FZ model previously mentioned) and is clearly lower spec. This one has 40gb less HD space, 0.01ghz less processing power, no blue-ray drive, 50% less L2 Cache and a totally different Graphics card. I was going to write angry e-mails or throw it away, before realising I have no idea what an L2 cache is, the graphics card has no great difference, the hard drive is still 4x my current laptops, it's ram is about it has twice my current laptops and the battery life is about 4x better then the FZ model and 500 times better then my old laptop. (Its also smaller/lighter/nicer looking, as well as other advantages I can't be bothered to type)

Anyway, I like it. It's new, its fast and its pretty. Most of all it gave me the chance to actually install my recent purchase of After Effects. And of Photoshop. And of Illustrator. (And
Premier Pro, Encore, Flash, Bridge, On location & Ultra) (Oh and soundbooth). This was great because I hadn't installed most of them on my old machine because A) They wouldn't fit (Collectively they require 25gb or
so.) B) They wouldn't run at a speed even approaching the low end of 'barely usable'.

Which means I've spent the last few weeks messing about with learning the features of Photoshop & Illustrator and having fun with After Effects. It's interesting coming from Gimp and Expression, I know what I want to do, just not what buttons to press. It also seems I haven't really been using vectors properly...

Annoyingly, vista doesn't like my graphics tablet for whatever reason. Being as the pen already has a terrible nib and the tablet has a lack of buttons, I've bought a new one which will hopefully works better and allow me to do more then mess around with photographs. Anoyingly it hasn't arrived yet, so I scanned in a quick sketch and had fun with photoshop brushes colouring it, to produce the following image: (click to embiggen)


Humphry Lyttelton Apr. 26th, 2008 @ 12:51 am
A picture after today's sad news.

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