Day 30

And we are done! This has been an interesting experiment on doing something for 30 days. It turns out I took a little longer than 30 days, but this is the 30th blog post!  Let's have a quick look back!

Based on amounts of visits per day, Day 14 was the most popular post.

In the last month I have been to 3 concerts, spanning very drastic genres (Classical, Indie-pop, and Electronic), although all at the Sydney Opera House. (Amon Tobin was the best, hands down).

I completed at least 4 major assignments and 1 exam!

And one of my photos was a featured on gizmodo.

Pretty good month if I don't say so myself. Now it's all done, where to next? Well, I will still update this blog when I have something interesting to add, but I think the next thing I will work on is to try and teach myself cinema 4d or unity. Thanks for reading and checking out my blog!

Day 28

It's not really day 28, there has been a big gap since I last posted. Family and exams. But this isn't going to be one of those 'sorry for not posting' posts! No no! I have stuff to share! Exams are done and I am putting the finishing touches on my Media work for this semester! Keep an eye out for it tomorrow!

Here is another corrupted gif of me working away on the media project. See yall tomorrow.

Day 27

Currently working on a video for media arts, here is me sitting at my computer doing some final cut work:

All glitchy! I used You Glitch, a cool bit of software art made with open frameworks.

Here is a bit of the video that I'm working on, also in glitchy mode:

Full video is due on tuesday, so hopefully I will have it uploaded soon so you can all have a look!

Day 25 + 26

It came from the web! Because OC is too hard when there is study to be done!

Is holo-tupac new aesthetic? And what is new aesthetic? Watch the video above!

 

Are you like me and having trouble remembering how different sorts work? Hungarians are here to help!

 

Are you in need of WTF?

 

That's all folks!

Day 24

I entered a photography competition over at Gizmodo and it is one of those silly 'get yo friends too vote for it', but voting is super easy, all you have to do is go on over to their site, scroll down to the vote section, and click on the little button next to my name! Make sure you click on Rory McKay not Rory OBrien :)

Yep nice and simple, if you could vote for me it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Day 22 + 23

Another double post. Yay for doing the challenge while I'm supposed to be doing study! (But as Dom would say, "They don't call it the 30 day challenge for nothing!") Monday night! Aw yeah, partial lunar eclipse. The universe is pretty sweet. Things like the lunar eclipse happen every now and again. Did you know lunar eclipses only happen on a full moon?

Wednesday morning is the transit of Venus, have a look because you will never see it again. Unless time travel is invented before when you die, and that would be pretty sweet. Look here to find out how to look at the sun safely. Don't freaking look straight at the sun.

 

Here is a playlist I made for a radio show I do called pinknation ( I didn't come up with the name)

Features lots of Amon Tobin and Sufjan Stevens after last week's concerts.

A surprisingly high number of people called in to say that they loved Amon Tobin. Normally we get 0 calls!

Day 21

Amon Tobin was the best show I have ever seen.

The music and sounds were so clear and loud, the bass went so low that you could feel rumblings through your body.

The visuals were spectacular too. Completly different to pictures or even videos on YouTube. It was so clear, and all the visual effects were outstanding. There wasn't a single part of the concert that wasn't mind blowing.

The audience was really amazing too, I don't think the opera house has ever seen so many white people with dreads! During the intense parts a few people got up and danced. While I'm glad no one in front of me was standing up dancing, it was great to see people so moved by the music.

One of the greatest shows ever. I had to keep stopping and talking to people after the concert about how good it was.

 

Day 19 + 20

Day 19 was taken up entirely by finishing a group assignment, but it is all done now! Day 20!! How exciting!

 

Amon Tobin is tonight!!! Really excited about this! I will give you all the details tomorrow!!

At 9pm tonight, you can watch the show live on youtube here. That's what I'd be doing if I wasnt there in person :)

 

 

Day 18

Hello, so I'm running a touch behind, mainly due to a massive group project due at midnight on Friday, so I'll keep this short. If you go to UOW there is a collective on campus called 'Happy Bellies'. Happy bellies is a vegetarian food collective with plans to have an on campus veggie garden and a student run stall to sell local and organic produce cheaply to students. Currently neither of these is happening thanks to UOW being less than cool, and using student money for things that students don't want....

 

Today there was a Enviro Art exhibition launch, and all the food was provided by Happy Bellies (which I am a part of, if you didn't guess already).

It was heaps of fun, and the art is really amazing! If you are around UOW you can check it out upstairs in bld 11.

Here is me swapping glasses with a pineapple.

 

 

An a completly unrelated note, there is a new Humble Indie Bundle. Go and get some awesome video games! Pay what you want, no DRM, and money goes to charity. (too bad exams are in 1 week!)

Alright, back to this assignment!

Day 14

Yesterday afternoon when I should have been studying, I decided to get my creative on. After yesterday's post touched on Sol Lewitt's Cube without a cube, I wanted to take the idea and do something else with it. What if instead of a cube without a cube, it was a cube without a cube without a cube. How many layers of 'without a cube' could I go?

I sketched this down after a few false starts:

What do you see? A cube without a cube with a cube? Or a cube without a cube in a corner of a cube? Try rotating the picture!

So after playing with that, I thought I would try some stuff out with the scanner. Here are some interesting results:

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Today I also went to the Illawarra Fly, highly reccomended. Took heaps of nice photos... I'll upload the rest on a day when I don't have anything to blog about :P

But for now, here is a photo of me and my friend Jess.

Day 13

It came from the web.

Here is some really cool tape art by a Slovenian design collective called multipraktik. I really like duct tape as a medium to work with (haha... wow... never thought I would type that). It has so many constraints and I do really enjoy working with it. In duct tape stuff I have done before, I have only used one or two colours in stuff before, and I enjoy forcing just the two toned effect. Multipraktik have used a whole bunch of colours of tape and they have gotten some really nice effects

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Here is a video of me and some duct tape art I did a while ago based on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #356 (cube without a cube). Currently all my walls are duct tape free, just sitting there waiting for something to be put on them. Another great thing about duct tape is its size. It forces you to work on a large area, often in a more visible space. It is different to a drawing in a book, it is always there, always visible. Anyway, here is some animated duct tape art I found on tumblr..

I don't know who made it, so let me know if you do.

 

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Another thing I found today is this stop motion by Ian Robertson

Kind of reminds me of a video I made almost a year ago.

 

 

Day 12

SEGFAULT is the name of the game I have been working on for a couple of weeks and it was completed today. It uses gamestudio, which I ranted about yesterday, but I actually think it turned out ok. Im going to try and share the game with you, but for now, I have some screenshots to show you. Enjoy!  

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Day 11

Another late night at uni, another frustrating day with 3D game studio. Do not use this software. You would expect that you would be able to save the game as an .exe right? Something that everyone can play? Hahahaha no. This is game studio. Not even close.

You need to get a special license to be able to do that. Hopefully the lecturer has that version so I am able to share this game with you. But for now, have a look at our poster...

More pictures and stuff to come tomorrow.

Day 8 + 9

Failure. Yesterday, Monday I didn't get a chance to blog because I was too busy with other things like uni assignments and fixing my bike.

After getting home from uni at 10:30, and then after having some food, it was nearly midnight by the time I got started on my bike. I had to take off my old disk break and put a new one in its place. It was all completed around 1:30am, so I decided to go out and give it a try.

I was out cycling from just before 2 to around 5am. Let me tell you, Wollongong in the wee hours of the morning is actually really nice. I rode around the foothills of mount Kiera and watched a lightning storm roll far out over the ocean. I sped through the hills of Mangerton where I encountered a not so friendly pooch, he didn't seem to keen on my coming into his street, so I sped away, worried that he was going to nip at my feet. I got a little bit lost in Consiton, and I finished my cycle with a stop off at the light house look out. So it turns out I can indeed change the break pad of my bike and put the whole thing back together. :)

One of the funnier things I saw last night was a man getting out of his car to go to the 24 hour gym. If you have a bicycle, you always have a 24 hour gym, and you don't have to sit in a car to go there!

Bikes are the best.

  • Good for the environment
  • Don't have to pay for petrol
  • Exercise (how bout them glutes!)
  • Makes you feel like you are flying
  • Listening to music and going down hills is so much fun.

Go and get a bike. Put some fun between your legs ;)

Day 7!

1 week in and still going strong. What have I learnt so far....

Well, on monday I had my first coffee ever. EVER! I am 21 years old and never had a coffee before this week.

My review of coffee: Very good. Would 'coff' again.

What else have I learnt? I should do this earlier in the day. This week I am going to try and blog in the mornings, how fun!

 

Day 6

A little late. Sorry, but I haven't gone to sleep yet so it still counts. Today was filled with lots of lovely things. I saw two of my favourite pieces of music performed at the Opera House.

Rhapsody in Blue and Summertime (as well as a bunch of others) by Gershwin. Rhapsody in Blue was amazing to see live, with the piano parts improvised.Summertime was also good, but I do like it more as a jazz standard, here is Miles Davis playing it:

 

It was all in all a very good concert.

Also tonight, I got to hang out with a bunch of gay gamers, or gaymers for short. This fills such a niche market that I fit snugly into, and it is so great, people that have never met before have so much in common. The first gaymers meet up I went to started at 5pm, and we stayed out until 6am the following morning. Ah internet, bringing socially awkward penguins together since 1996!

Day 5

There is a game I have been playing recently and it is called FOTONICA.

A first person game about jumping, sense of speed and discovery. The key is timing, the goal is exploring and traveling flawlessly through the environment. The setting is an abstract - mainly duotone - outlined world, with a look referring to the geometrical abstractions from the 50s and the 3D low-poly gaming era.

It is really fun. This game makes you feel like you are going fast. Really fast.

Watch the trailer.

The sounds, the visual effects that make you feel like you are breaking the sound barrier, the levels that feel like they are floating inside the world of TRON. This game is really quite amazing. It is an artwork. You can play this game for free, or pay for it. I paid for it, totally worth it.

FOTANICA is for PC and Mac.

 

While I am on the topic of video games, if you have a ps3, I can not strongly enough reccomend to you Journey.

It is $20 on the psn store. I want to tell you about it, but I think you should go and play it first. Let it unfold for you. I think this is the future of video games. It was an experience. You know at the end of Inception or Memento when your mind was blown and you just wanted to stay in the movie world? You will have that with Journey. It has such great flow, such unexpectedness, amazing visuals and makes you feel something like no other game has before.

VIDEO GAMES!

Day 4.

Having looked at my google statistics, I have got a recent bump after starting this 30 day challenge, but I need some more! I showed some friends my site, and the first thing they did was to search 'black guy on white girl'. Unfortunatly nothing came up. So in an effort to get more viewers to my site, I present to you: