Streatham Kite Day

April 12th, 2010 by RoyReed

The 12th Streatham Common Kite Day was a great success. The weather was good, although the wind could have been better – being from the north-east it came over the crest of the hill which made it very gusty and turbulent.

We had hundreds of visitors to the festival, due partly I’m sure to the live interviews with Bob Colover and myself on Radio London’s Lesley Joseph show on Sunday morning.

Chula KiteWe’ve had people travel from as far as Devon to come to the kite day in past years, but this year we had a group of fliers who’d come from Thailand to show off their beautiful Chula and Pakpao kites. The Chula is the male kite. It has three bamboo barbs attached to its line for snagging the Pakpao female kite. The Pakpao is quite small and fragile. It is highly manoeuvrable and flown with a long tail with which it attempts to snare and tangle its male opponent.

Some of the invited guest fliers had pulled out at the last minute, so we were a bit worried that we might not have enough going on to fill the arena, but in the end everyone mucked in and there weren’t too many dead spots.

It was nice to meet Mike Slocombe of Urban75 after having been an admirer for several years.

You can see more photos of the day at the Streatham Kite Day Gallery or my Flickr account.

Internet is Out of Order

March 1st, 2010 by RoyReed

I saw this notice in the window of an Internet shop in Clapham this morning!

Internet is Out of Order

New Kite Trick Animations Added

January 17th, 2010 by RoyReed

I’ve added three new animations to the kite tricks section of the website. These are:

The animations are made in Swift 3D and exported and tweaked in Flash using a model of a Benson Phantom Elite originally made with (the no longer available) Amapi.

Blue Plaques on Google Earth

December 1st, 2009 by RoyReed

blue plaqueI’ve just added a Google Earth KMZ file to the GE Community website which shows the location of all of the English Heritage London Blue Plaques. You can see this in your browser if you have the Google Earth plugin. Or click here to download the full Google Earth program. It took some time to convert the listing on the EH website – I hope you think it was worth it.

Office Panorama

October 27th, 2009 by RoyReed

ReedDesign OfficeI thought I’d add a panorama of the ReedDesign office so you can all see where all that creativity happens.

My laptop still has that abomination Vista installed as the postal strike seems to have held up the delivery of the Windows 7 upgrade, which I can’t wait to get my hands on.

The kite on the wall is a carp which I’ve been told in Chinese sounds like profit so hopefully it will give me good luck in business.

Panorama Update

October 14th, 2009 by RoyReed

I’ve taken the opportunity of a couple of quiet days to update some of the older panoramas on my website. I’ve used the latest beta version of Pano2VR and decided to only go with Flash panoramas and ditch the Java and Quicktime versions completely. All of the updates used a much higher resolution image and will only be compatible with Flash 9 and upwards – but as the uptake of Flash 9 and now version 10 seems to be fairly universal I don’t think this will be much of a problem.

Virtual Tour for Mill Hill School

October 5th, 2009 by RoyReed

Mill Hill SchoolReedDesign has just completed a series of 360° panoramas for Mill Hill and Belmont Schools. The panoramas include interiors of the Chapel, Favell Building and 6th Form Common Room as well as some exterior views of the grounds.

The panoramas were shot on a Nikon D300 with a 10.5mm fisheye lens and a KingPano panoramic head. They were stitched using PTGui and converted into Flash panoramas using Pano2VR.

Socialist International Women

June 12th, 2009 by RoyReed

Socialist International Women

The latest ReedDesign website went live today. It’s a total re-design for the Socialist International Women – nearly 300 pages in three languages.

Socialist International Women is the international organisation of the women’s organisations of the socialist, social democratic and labour parties affiliated to the Socialist International.

Tate Modern

June 6th, 2009 by RoyReed

Went to the Tate Modern with friends today. I have to say that I really hate what they’ve done to Gilbert Scott’s old Bankside Power Station building. They’ve totally ruined the proportions by sticking what looks like a line of port-a-cabins on the roof. And the way the galleries are curated is just bizarre. But as we were on our way out there was a mass invasion of the turbine hall by people dressed as pirates from Captain Pugwash who proceeded to lie on the floor making the shape of the Black Pig.

Thames Panorama

We also looked at the Robert Morris: Bodyspacemotionthings interactive installation which was great fun – much less po-faced than all that art-with-a-capital-A.

While we were having coffee I took some photos from the balcony which I stitched into a panorama – not bad considering the photos were taken on my camera phone.

Thames Panorama

HTML Character Entities

April 27th, 2009 by RoyReed

Character entities PDF

I’ve added a PDF showing Windows Alt codes for some of the more frequently used characters to my HTML Character Entities page.

Let me know if you find this useful.