Tuesday 19 April 2011

The storey of the first Digital images.

The storey of the first Digital images.

As most of you will know I’m a student, well I guess you will as the name of this blog is Kevin's University Adventures. As a part of my next year’s thesis project I’m considering images and compression.

During my whole day of research! I stumbled upon this little gem, it’s a picture of a cute baby well it’s a digital rendering of the first Digital image taken, its actually a photo of the first digital image in a Jpeg format as the original was a 176 x 176 grid and each bit was a pixel, just black or white. On a computer that was operated with switches in 1957. I really don't think they would have a format name for it.

But however it has hunting eyes don’t you think.

Sunday 17 April 2011

I just got a tweet from space.... freaking awesome!!!

So the other day, I tweeted Clayton C. Anderson one of the astronauts on the International Space Station (I.S.S), and he replied. That's right from space. A freaking tweet from space, freaking awesome!!!! 

I just got a tweet from space

1964 Modem Reaches Out And Touches The Internet

Background: This modem was given to him in 1989 by the widow of a retired IBM engineer.

Computer history org has a Model B dated 1965, 1967 Model C written up in a magazine. Interestingly, incorrectly identified as being only 110 baud.)

Wednesday 13 April 2011

An interview with Rich from Follow You Home.

I have just had the pleasure of holding hostage interviewing Rich from a local band called Follow You Home. There an interesting mix of pop rock that I happen to enjoy. Rich use to be in a band that went by the name of Three Storeys High, I used to enjoy them back when I was in Sixth Form College sitting in the Gherkin, a local student pub. Well Follow You Home is Rich's latest music venture so enjoy the word candy.

What's the origin of your name follow you home?
I am afraid there is no long and meaningful answer to that, I guess one of the hardest parts about starting a band is coming up with a name that is both catchy and has not been used yet. I think our name came from a Green Day lyric or something like that.
 Who makes up the band and what do they do?

We have Kayley on Vocals, Nick on the Axe, Mikey on the other Axe, Tom on the tin cans and myself (Rich) on the bass.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We are trying to put our own stamp on our songs, just trying to mould a distinctive sound, I would call what we play "Power-pop / Rock". The melodies and pretty much classic pop melodies, but we try to have a powerful backdrop of music cutting through.
Who are your major influences?
I like to think we have a really wide range of influences. Everything from the 50's, old pop songs, Rock and Metal.
I guess some of our favourite bands are: Foo fighters, brand new, Jimmy eat world, green day, system of a down, and of course old school pop punk bands!
Who writes your songs?  

Our songs are really shaped by the whole band, me and Nick normally have an idea for a melody / lyric but it doesn't really come to life until we all get together and throw our ideas into the mix.
What influences your song making?
It's hard to say what influences our song writing. Most of the time, it just happens. I am a strong believer that if it doesn't click straight away it isn't worth keeping so most of our songs are written and arranged within a few hours.
So you first performance is coming up are you all nervous?

We had a little taste of the stage last week in Derby, supporting our friends in The Hush. I think this helped to take the edge off this first home-town show. But I think nearer the time there will be nerves. Its good though, keeps you on your toes and keeps the passion there.
What's your ultimate direction for your band?
Ultimately, we are just happy to be making music. We want to play shows, travel and as long as people want to listen we will keep doing it!
How do you feel about music piracy?
Personally, as an unsigned band for us music piracy is not a bad thing. We just want to be heard by as many people as possible! I can see how it is a problem for the big boys though!
Any last words……….

I just want to thank you for taking the time out to check us out, and we want to ask anyone thats reading to please help unsigned bands and check us out!

Well some interesting mouth words, from Rich there and not once did he beg for his life so I let him go, he has a gig coming up after all. Anyway remember to check them out the website is followyouhome.com or annoy them on Facebook and twitter.

Now enjoy.

Once Upon A Lie (Exclusive Preview) by Follow You Home

Tuesday 5 April 2011

Alternative Vote System : What it is & why you need to vote on May 5th f...

It's voting time, one month from today so remember to vote.

Friday 1 April 2011

The Best Video of all time!!1

Did anyone see the money he was using to test his wallet? I've never seen any money like that before, this video must be from the future, I'll try to enhance the wording on the money itself in order in an attempt to garner clues about our future.

Hay every body April fools!