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.

Yet another f**king dog attack!

April 13th, 2009 by RoyReed

This used to be a £265 custom made Blue Moon Exile UL.

Exile UL

Exile UL

Two blokes the size of houses with two boxer/bull terrier crosses one on a harness, one not. I was trying to keep the UL in the air in about 1mph wind with the dog chasing it. I shouted to the bloke ‘if I land it will the dog attack it’. He says ‘no’. I land and you’ve seen the results. The bloke refused to pay, in fact I thought he was going to start a fight – and he really was big, think nightclub bouncer on steroids. This happened less than 20 minutes ago and I’m still shaking!

Anyone who cares about such things might like to sign the ‘Keep Dogs on Leads in Public Places’ petition.

The Crazy World of Inkjet Printers

April 12th, 2009 by RoyReed

Well, I’ve just ordered a new inkjet printer (HP D5460) not because I need one – my old inkjet still works fine – but because it’s cheaper than buying a new set of cartridges for my old one. The upside is that it’s a much higher quality than the old one, which I’ve had for nearly four years. The downside is; what do I do with the old one? Any suggestions welcome.

The Basics of SEO…

March 18th, 2009 by RoyReed

…from Michael Smethurst of the BBC (PowerPoint presentation via SlideShare entitled ‘Designing for you least able user’).

All you need to know about getting listed with Google – and other search engines. There’s no rocket science here, just good practical advice.

Kites on Google Earth and Maps

March 17th, 2009 by RoyReed

I had a long play with the Google Earth API over the weekend and created a UK Kite Sites page (and a Google Maps version just in case anyone can’t install the plug-in).

Exile on Clapham Common

January 25th, 2009 by RoyReed

Blue Moon Exile

I met a guy on Clapham Common yesterday who I noticed taking some photos of my Blue Moon Exile. He sent me a few and I thought they looked very pretty and he said it was OK to share. Turns out he’s a film/video director, so no wonder he has a good eye. His company’s got a great name, too – Rubberductions.

Virtual Freestyle – Round 10

November 1st, 2008 by RoyReed

Round 10 of the Virtual Freestyle kite flying competition is now under way with the largest ever field of entries (28) from nine different countries. You can see my entry for this round in the kites section of this site. It was filmed by Dave (popeye) Hearn – another entrant – at Epsom Downs Race Course a couple of weeks ago when we had a rare bit of good weather.

Fury Colourizer

August 22nd, 2008 by RoyReed

ReedDesign has just produced a new colourizer for Kite Related Design’s Fury.

Fury ColourizerThe colourizer has a built-in ordering system which means no more screen grabs to show which colours you want on your custom designed kite. Just click the button and your scheme will be sent straight to Carl ready for production.

Streatham Common Kite Day

April 15th, 2008 by RoyReed

Despite the weather which gave us three heavy and prolonged showers, the 11th Streatham Common Kite Day was a great success.

Giant Octopus Kite

It is always invidious to try and single out particular people for thanks over and above others but on the kite flying front Carl from Team Spectrum and the Brighton Kite Flyers deserve special thanks for their presence and perseverance in the face of the inclement weather.

Tom Apurba and his team put on a great display of kite fighting and we had the added bonus of Keith and Vee Griffiths of the STACK pair Ex Grads. Team Adrenalyze took the honours in the power kite field.

As most of the top freestyle flyers were at a competition in France I put on a display in the arena flying to two of my favourite tracks: Let’s Dance by Chris Montez and Putting on the Ritz by Ella Fitzgerald.

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love gave some added colour to the day with Chinese kites and two dancers dressed in Lion and Panda costume.

Many thanks to Gavin Love who not only did all the organisational work on the refreshment front but also did a very full day on the Common as traffic meister amongst other duties.

Gordon Richardson was as ever supportive and we welcome all the help we get from the Friends of Streatham Common.

On the food front welcome too to Ishmael’s Mother for what was the best curry on the Common; the hog roast and bar provided more traditional fare and Posh Pancakes did the business.

The Highwaymen did good business selling both clothes and kites, as did Ramnath Pupkin of Hanuman Kites who sells ‘the smallest kites in the world that actually fly’ – they’re not (not even close) but I don’t think anyone’s had the heart to tell him.

So all in all a great day and thanks to everyone who came.