Beautiful Books

A while ago I was given some very beautiful leather-bound books as a random gift (I made a short post a long time ago about one of them). The person whom gave me the books gave them to me because they had no idea what to do with them! Neither did I at the time if I’m honest however they were so gorgeous I couldn’t let them be left to get dusty on a shelf so I accepted them anyway. Almost two years later here I am much in the same position they were; not willing to get rid of them but also not willing to write in them for fear of ruining them. It’s a shame really.

The leather covers have various embossed patterns on them with an additional section to keep your place in the pages. It has a thin leather string which you use to keep the book closed. The leather front cover even has metal supports in the corners to keep them from becoming misshapen. Now a leather cover on a book isn’t uncommon, what really makes these books special are the pages. The pages are all hand made with petals of various flowers mixed in with the page material giving these gorgeous random pieces of colour throughout the book.

I’ve tried to think of many a thing to start using these books for but none seem worthy to be put in anything more than a basic sketchbook or lined journal! If anyone has any ideas as to what they would do with them please let me know!

Within the front cover of the larger book was a piece of paper (long since lost unfortunately) with information about where the books were from and how to get more. Luckily I made bookmarks of where to get them! The company is called Natural Affinity and can be found on ebay here.

I thought I would share these with you not only to help gather ideas as to what to do with them but also because they are such an interesting piece I had to share them! At least by sharing them I am doing something with them!

Revision and Birdwatching

Today (the same as the past few days… should be weeks) I have been studying for my final exam of my degree. Seeing as we have been having beautiful weather the past couple of days here in Bournemouth I decided to take me studying outside. While I spent my time memorising formulae I noticed the same group of birds flying from point to point for an hour or two, then they started to get closer and would land on a wall near me; perfect for taking a few pictures. I got my camera out and have sat it by me all day and got a few nice images of some pretty birds! take a look (I’ve also thrown in some arty images from throughout the day while I was bored):

I’m not sure whether I would take bird watching / photographing birds up as a hobby but I have certainly been enjoying it as a minor distraction from my studies. Also, I would be quite interested to find out what kind of birds they are. They didn’t tell me themselves although they are certainly very talkative!

UML Class Diagram Explained With C++ samples

Great post about C++ UML diagram creation

CPP Code Tips

As you know a Class diagram is a diagram showing different classes in a system their attribute, operation and the relationship among different objects.

Class Diagram

Even I have been using it for long time; I always had confusion each time when I use it. This post is meant for such people; also it will be helpful for beginners, here I will explain the class diagram with C++ class example.

A class representation

Class diagram for the above class is shown below.
Different visibility of the class can be represented as
“+” Public
“-” Private
“#” Protected

Different Parameter direction
“in”           The parameter is an input parameter.
“Inout”    The parameter is capable of both input and output.
“Out”        The parameter is an output parameter.

Different type of members in a class
1) Static members are represented as underlined.
2) Pure virtual functions are…

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Almost back

Hey all, went on a bit of a hiatus there and will be for a while longer. I am right at the end of my degree and so have been focusing on that for the past while and will be focusing extra hard for these final few weeks. After that however I am sure I will be back to my usual feed. Maybe with some tutorials, who knows. Anyway here is some pictures I would like to share with you all that I have taken in the past few days where we’ve had some somewhat random weather! Speak to you all soon!


Busy Time

I apologise to all on my absence from this site. Last I was on here was towards the end of my second year at uni. Since then I have been incredibly busy not only with starting my third and final year of uni but also working throughout the summer.

I got a simple retail job throughout the summer and am continuing to work at weekends during this term time which adds somewhat to the reason why I haven’t posted in so long.

What have I been doing at uni though to keep me so preoccupied? Well, I have been doing a very large amount of programming as well as some actual animation. I will outline and talk a little of each of my projects below:

Rain Simulator

During last year I had what was called a specialist project. I decided to make a rain simulator. Unfortunately it isn’t very practical as there is no way to export what is generated in it however the project was all about exploring particle simulation.

Flocking System

The next programming project I had was to write a Burt Reynolds style flocking system. Again for the same reasons as the last piece of software it isn’t very practical however I think it works fairly well.

Grass Generator

This is my most recent programming foray which I created over the past couple of months for a unit at the beginning of this third year. This project is practical; it allows you to generate a rectangular field of 3D geometric grass and then export it as an obj file for use in other 3D packages such as Maya.

I think once exported into maya it looks quite good no?


So there is all my projects so far bar one and thats because I haven’t been able to render it so far (it’s 500 frames long and is taking around 40 min per frame to render on a fairly high powered machine) so you’ll have that to see in what I hope will be a soon-to-be post!

I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks of my software!

My odd liking of old music…

When I say old music I do not mean music from the 70s or 80s, I mean music from the 40s, 50s and 60s. In the past I have had a very diverse interest in music. Most people listen to a couple of genres that they like and stick to them. I however loved a range of music from rock and metal to classical and folk; a bit of a weird mix I think now that I look at it written down.

Recently I have taken an interest in jazz music and not specifically modern jazz music, I’m talking 50s jazz music. Thing is, even though it is old I find most of the jazz music from that period to be some of the most diverse, soothing and uplifting music I have heard. It all started when I chanced upon this royalty free jazz radio (link Sorry, I can’t find the original source of the file but this is still the file I use). Since I found it I find that when I am working or just want some background music it is my go to source. Every time I put it on it seems to put me in a better mood.

It seems like I have been on a heck of a rollercoaster when it comes to music tastes. To be honest I have found that lately I have been gravitating towards more music like old jazz or classical (more relaxing music) in general. I don’t know if this is anything to do with stress but either way, I love it.

Linux…My New Favourite

Over the years I have flirted with the idea of using linux as my operating system of choice on my desktop however I was never very good with using the terminal or programming or familiar with the concepts upon which linux works. That is different now however. Since my university uses dual-boot systems with windows and linux on them I have found that most of the work that I do can be done much better on linux or should I say in a much more customise-able fashion.

One of the main problems I had was with using the terminal; I knew that I didn’t have to use it to get about the system but everybody I spoke to said that is was the best thing to use but I just couldn’t understand why. This again has changed with me. Until recently I figured that using the terminal was just quicker than navigating windows however I found that the terminal is much more versatile than that. In my case I encountered a problem where I had 5 sets of 96 frames in different folders; this was fine however they all had the same title. That was until the terminal came and saved the day! I was able to put my programming knowledge to good use and wrote a short shell script that simply renamed all of the frames in correct order with a name of choice while preserving the frame number. This saved me quite literally hours of renaming files. Now, I understand in windows you can simply click and drag over all the files, rename one and the rest will take on the same name but with a “(1)” etc after it however, for constructing video from image frames video editors don’t usually pick these bracketed numbers up and so this naming convention causes more problems. Just one example of why I now love linux.

I have considered completely moving over to linux however I am also an avid gamer. Because of this I think I will always have windows accessible in one form or another. Which is a shame in a way but it’s no big issue. The way I see it is I can do all of my work on linux and I can use windows for entertainment.

What are your thoughts on the whole linux debate?