I Made a font

What happens when a certain blogger has time on his hands, and he decides the best way to waste it is to do an internet and see what he finds? He signs up to a font building website, builds a font, and blogs about it.

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The Social Disconnection

I think it is pretty obvious that I use the Internet a lot. I certainly have an account on most Social Media Sites, be they Facebook, Twitter, here, YouTube. I’ve used Facebook since I was 12, the same age my brother is. But what would it be like if I disconnected from the online world?

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The Pop Figure Conundrum

Over the last 2 years, I have amassed a small but reputable collection of Pop Funko Vinyl Figures. Essentially, they’re vinyl figures modelled on various media and pop cultural phenomenons, from Batman to Firefly. And looking at the 7 I owned (I have 8, but 1 resides at my Uni pad), and I asked myself a few questions. 

Today (The day I write this) I was inspecting them, and I noticed one had its foot broken. And in comparing theAsm, that one was somewhat heavier compared to the others. So I decided, while having a closer look of them, I would measure how much each weighed, to prove my hypothesis with my broken one.

I used, for my experiment of sorts, scales. The figures were measured in ounces, and I did one at a time. As I measured each, I wrote down how much each weighed in ounces. In order of lightest to heaviest, I will list the results, and we will see if the first part of my hypothesis was right, that the Mikasa figurine was indeed the heaviest.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: 2oz
Mirror Universe Spock: 2 and 1/8 oz
Data: 2 and 2/8 oz
Locutus of Borg: 2 and 3/8 oz
Palpatine: 2 and 4/8 oz
Adipose: 2 and 7/8 oz
Palpatine (WITH STAND INCLUDED): 3 oz
Mikasa Ackerman: 4 and 1/8 oz

So, the first part of my hypothesis was indeed correct. The Mikasa figure was the heaviest. And I think I understand why. She is the most sculpted figure, with her uniform, and gear, as well as her fairly detailed hair for the figures (which do have a cartoony look). I don’t have 2 Palpatine figures though, that was the same one measured with and without his stand. I did this, so I could show the difference the stand makes, which adds half an ounce to the weight of the Palpatine figurine. What surprised me was the fact that the Adipose figure (which by all accounts is the least detailed figure) was actually the second heaviest (not including any stands). The actual lightest being the Stone Cold Steve Austin Figure (Which was my first one incidentally).

The Second part of my hypothesis actually requires a bit of audience participation. Now, I don’t want people to measure their all their pop figures. But I would like to know:

  1. What is the heaviest Pop Funko Vinyl Figurine you own

  2. Is it broken or slightly damaged in ANY way

I ask this because; as I previously mentioned, the heaviest figurine (the Mikasa one which I thought to be the heaviest) was broken. Her foot is chipped off, making it harder for the for her to stand. Obviously, something a bit of Superglue should remedy. But still, I’d like to know the things I listed above. Because the figure’s head is top heavy, and has quite a light body, does that affect the durability? I think it does, when it shouldn’t. These figures are collectibles, but should be somewhat durable. NOT what the Mikasa figurine is. I made a Google Form to help you list this, and I will read over the responses, should I get any. When done, I shall make a follow up post. Thanks for reading. Part 2 shall come soon.

http://goo.gl/forms/pFLZm2NDYu

 

Hairbrained Schemes: Various ideas I have had

Over the years, I have had some pretty crazy, out of nowhere ideas. Normally these involve technology, or games, or things I see as generally useful. Here are a handful of them. Book ideas are not included, mostly because some of them are pretty good ideas.

1. My Museum

This is an early idea. I was four years old, and I was playing with a jigsaw 3D Dinosaur, I had a pen and some paper, I laid my dinosaur on the window sill and wrote ‘THE BEN ATTWOOD MUSEUM. ENTRY IS £1’. Suffice to say, I had no visitors that day, but It was the first of my mad, hairbrained schemes.

2. Apple doing video games

We have an Apple Phone, we have an Apple Tablet, an Apple Mp3 and now Apple watches are getting released. This idea was basically an Apple cloud based gaming service. People would buy a wifi device, and once logged in with their Apple ID, they’d be able to play video games downloaded from their app purchases. Obviously this is a very good idea, because Amazon and Google are both making very similar ideas, albeit with a greater focus on Television.

3. The Intranet

We’re getting there, I would love to see a wireless chip installed inside our bodies, and when we want to access information, we can connect via router to a virtual reality of information, and do what we do on our PC’s, with our heads. It will make things like Facebook and Twitter so much more Awesome. Inserting technology into your body isn’t that crazy mind you. Pacemakers, Hearing Aids, and devices like the Apple Watch and the Android Wear, they’re turning us into cyborgs. And let me tell you, being a Cyberman isn’t too cool.

4. Short distance teleportors

I feel short distance is the best for a few reasons. We need to look after ourselves, and just teleporting straight home eliminates walking, so I would make a device which transports you a certain distance, which depends on the battery percentage. I feel that this could be useful for busy commuters, who could be running to a train station when their train is 2 minutes from departing, one could teleport to the station from where they are, or very close to the station and have better chance of getting to the station.

5. Embryo enhancement

We will develop treatments for couples to have babies with enhanced abilities. These enhancements would not mean a superman like hero sadly (that would be pretty cool, for a nerd like me), perhaps a superior immune system, a decreasing likelihood of genetic diseases, and maybe even lifespans lasting over a century, and 80 years old being the new 60. However, if I was smarter and could do this. Of course, there’s a lot of controversy, even over test tube babies on their own, let alone actually changing and splicing DNA. Some could compare it to Nazi Eugenics, and social darwinism. Also eliminating genetic diseases could be good, but may convey some form of prejudice against people like that.

6. Finder

Finder was an app idea I had. Basically, it’s Find my iPhone, and Android Device Manager. Except, instead of limiting it to Tablets and Mobile phones; you can geo locate keys, bags and other items prone to getting lost.

7. Genesis OS

I made a full blog post on this idea. So I will let you search that on the blog. But the basic premise is a catch all OS, for Desktops and laptops, combining the functionality of Windows, and the creative apps of Apple. I even made a design on Powerpoint (Which I may modernise). But I will let you search that.

8. TV Shows

I have a lot of ideas for Television shows for kids and teens. What annoys me most is that there are lots of shows for kids, and adults, but there’s nothing for teens. Yeah, a lot of teens don’t watch TV anymore, we have stuff to do. But I feel that there should be good quality entertainment for all young people. I had a few ideas, such as a show about a spaceship in the middle of space, where all the characters would die eventually, but it is about acceptance of your fate. Another one was a school based dramedy in a similar vein to Scrubs, but the main character has a Vlog type POV and tells stories through flashbacks. I’ve had plenty of TV show ideas. A lot of them won’t get made, but in my head, they’d be awesome.

My Queen Album: Goin Back

A very short post this one. I am having a short break from the exam stress, so I thought I’d update you with a new post. Things are going well, have most of my exams next week (with a clash!), but I will pull through. So yeah, Queen.

It is known by many people that I am a Queen fan. I love Queen (Queen 2 is the best album) and I like their music. It stretches a wide variety of genres; some succeed (Another one Bites the Dust) and some do not (The whole Hot Space album, with the exception of Under Pressure). Anyway, Queen have released 14 Studio Albums in the time they were together, from 1973, to 1991 when Freddie died.

In 1995, they released Made in Heaven, a collection of songs either released as solo projects, unreleased ones and demos which were reworked by the 3 surviving members. In 2012, a re-released version of Barcelona was put out, replacing the original music with a full 80 piece orchestra, and putting Freddie and Montserrat’s vocals in. I have long hoped Queen would do this again. Sadly they have not. After all, Deacon has retired, and Brian and Roger are doing live stuff, as well as their own projects.

One day, I was on You Tube listening to Unreleased Queen songs, and I thought ‘With all their unreleased stuff, they can still make another album, so I looked through demos and unreleased tracks, and made my own album. Here’s what I came up with. I should also add that these are demos, and as a result would probably sound somewhat different to their current form if released as real songs. Here we go:

Track 01: Goin’ back

This track was actually part of an experiment, a musical project by Trident Studios’ house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable, in 1972. Cable was experimenting with re-creating the “Wall of Sound” style favoured by Phil Spector. He recorded cover versions of the following two songs:

  • “I Can Hear Music” (1973) (written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, which had been a hit for The Ronettes and The Beach Boys)
  • “Goin’ Back” (written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, which had been a hit for Dusty Springfield and The Byrds )

Cable enlisted singer Freddie Mercury from the band Queen to perform lead vocals on these tracks. (Queen were recording their debut album in Trident Studios at the time.) Mercury in turn suggested bringing his band-mates Roger Taylor and Brian May to add percussion, guitar and backing vocals to the recordings. Technically not a Queen song, but it is one of their earliest recordings so it counts.

Track 02: Mad the swine

Mad the Swine was written for the debut Queen album. However, it was dropped for one reason or another. This song was only released in 1991 as an extra track on the ‘Headlong’ 12″ and CD single and the US Remaster version of the Queen I album. It is probably the only track to appear on an album, though this was a remaster. It needs a real release.

Track 03: I go Crazy

This song was written and recording during the sessions which led o the release of The Works. It was written by Brian May and released as a B-Side (many of these picks were B-Sides). Good, feel good song, needs a release.

Track 04: A Human Body

Non-Album Track written by Roger Taylor, he sings lead vocals and plays guitar.

Track 05: Soul Brother

the B-side to Under Pressure, this track was included in the bonus tracks for the newly remastered Hot Space. This is a great track which I think should have been included on the album and if it did, probably would have became a hit. PLEASE RELEASE IT AS AN ALBUM.

Track 06: A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling

Released on the ‘A Kind Of Magic’ 12″ single in 1986. Written by Roger Taylor. I reckon it needs some work, but hey, I reckon it could be a good album track.

Track 07: Hang on in There

Recorded during the sessions which made The Miracle. This song sounds so menacingly late 80’s, I like it.

Track 08: Stealin

Non album track recorded during the Miracle sessions. Only released on the Breakthru single (not US) and the US Scandal promo CD. Don’t know who wrote it, but I like it. Album, please.

Track 09: Lost Opportunity

Lost Opportunity was recorded during the Innuendo sessions. Written by Brian May. This track was only released on the ‘I’m Going Slightly Mad’ CD and 12″ single. It definitely deserves an album release.

Track 10: Stop all the fighting

A video I made for the song Stop All The Fighting by Freddie Mercury. This was the B side on the I Was Born To Love You single. I like the start, it is so mid 80’s, full of all that energy you hear in the music that came out of that decade.

Track 11: There must be more to life than this (Feat Michael Jackson)

BACKSTORY: Work on the track begun in 1981 as part of the Hot Space sessions, this track is an anti-war and anti-racism song and was also to be recorded with Michael Jackson. A demo version of Jackson singing and Mercury playing the piano exists. The 2012 documentary The Great Pretender features also a snippet of a duet version, where both Jackson and Mercury share the lead vocals. This does need some work, but the demo is great. Will it be released in full glory?

So there’s my picks. Are they good? Probably not. Would it be a good one for Queen die hard fanboys? Yes. Playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPVG8WyWp_reJpS9Cf2dz-rhkiqZnmBLd&feature=mh_lolz