September 2010 Blog Posts (42)

Office & Workstations to rent in Leith

Based in the beating heart of Leith, Muckle Hen Productions have developed a modern and contemporary office space. We have 2-3 desk spaces to rent in a self contained glass walled room, and 2 working stations in the shared space. Both are available for freelancers and companies.

Other facilities include a stylish shared kitchen and a glass walled, funky board room that includes a plasma screen and audiovisual playback facilities.

Additional costs could include access to a… Continue

Added by Muckle Hen Productions on September 13, 2010 at 10:04 — No Comments

Video Gamer takes on The Elite and The Powerful ... and loses ...

RIP Scottish Games - Fall 2010. Like General Patton, I was there. Where? I was there when Scotland burst onto the video games industry scene as a major player with Lemmings, I played GTA before it was launched, saw Hedz crash and burn, witnessed the rise and fall of Red Lemon, Visual Science, DMA and many others. An industry from Alpha to Omega; beginning and end.

Around the time I am writing and you are reading, major… Continue

Added by Dr John Sutherland on September 12, 2010 at 21:00 — 6 Comments

Live Twitter Q&A With River Cottage Landshare Activists Incredible Edible Todmorden This Sunday

This Sunday the River Cottage episode featuring Landsharers Incredible Edible Todmorden will be screened again on Channel 4. If you didn't see the episode the first time around, make sure you catch it this weekend, when you can take part in a live chat with Incredible Edible Todmorden on twitter immediately after the program to ask them how they set up their scheme, and get tips for starting your own.

Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear started the initiative back in 2008 by planting edible…


Added by Rebecca Thompson on September 10, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments


When I see a headline which reads 'Free school pioneer says design not necessary' I assume a level of exaggeration. I assume that the author cares about the place he lives in, the vehicle he drives, the hospital that cares for him and his loved ones, and generally the physical nature of the world he spends his days in. Although he goes on to make it very clear that he does not care about the design of the places his children are taught… Continue

Added by Sam Cassels on September 10, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Help needed - apk from source

Level Three

I've been working on a small touch screen game, written in Processing for Android which is now ready for release.

I intended launching it on the Android Market.

It has original music and a high score table.

Unfortunately the version of Processing I used was in beta and no longer generates an apk.

Can anyone explain how to use Ant or apkbuilder to generate a working apk from the source files?

The application runs on the… Continue

Added by Rosie Wood on September 10, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

Short Steps Development Scheme 2011

Northern Ireland Screen is pleased to announce the launch of Short Steps, a development scheme for short films. The Scheme will launch in September 2010 and commence in November 2010.

The Scheme will have twenty places available to Northern Ireland resident filmmakers.

The Scheme will provide filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The Scheme will encourage a collective approach to short filmmaking,… Continue

Added by Christine Morrow on September 10, 2010 at 10:44 — No Comments


Scotland is a small country. If you are in a room full of local experts debating a problem that needs solving, then two things are likely. Firstly, the problem likely happened because of previous decisions those same people made, or because of actions they failed to take. Secondly, the solution, and the responsibiity for making it happen, probably lies in the room.

So, lock the doors. Admit that we had a lot to do with causing the… Continue

Added by Sam Cassels on September 10, 2010 at 10:24 — No Comments

TSB New Innovation Pot - but make it snappy!

Many of you will have caught this but in case anyone hasn't, the Technology Strategy Board launched yesterday a new £600k competition to help small businesses turn innovative ideas into new market opportunities.

The competition is inviting ideas for disruptive solutions in four categories: Energy, Digital, Healthcare and Sustainability.

The first step to getting involved is to produce a short two-minute video setting out… Continue

Added by Carole Dunlop on September 9, 2010 at 11:18 — No Comments

Jazzing up The Queen's Hall

Jazz 2010

The Edinburgh Festival has wrapped up for another year and Autumn is creeping in. Time for some soulful tunes and Jazz sounds to keep the party going.

The Queen’s Hall has a great line up for the Autumn months and as always the bands and performers cover a wide range of musical styles and sounds. So when The Queen’s Hall asked me if I would like to produce a further collection of designs for their brochure and… Continue

Added by Carlene Edwards on September 8, 2010 at 14:25 — No Comments

Short Steps 2010/2011

Short Steps, the short film development scheme run by Northern Ireland Screen will be launched online on Friday 10 September.

The Short Steps Short Film Development Scheme Promotion Day will be on Friday 17th September at Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast from 12pm - 3pm. Feel free to bring questions and ideas on the day.

Application information will be available online from Friday 10th September and the deadline for entries is Friday 8 October.

For further… Continue

Added by Christine Morrow on September 7, 2010 at 15:53 — No Comments

Creative Scotland support BarCamp Glasgow II

BarCamp Glasgow is back. Many thanks to those good eggs at Creative Scotland for supporting BarCamp Glasgow II, which takes place this Thurs, 9 Sept, from 5.30pm, at BBC (Pacific Quay), with drinks and networking to close the event. Hope to see you there.… Continue

Added by Arvind Salwan on September 7, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

DON'T FORGET: Episode One of Being Victor today

Added by Priya Bhakta on September 7, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Firstport Digital Media Social Innovation Awards

Firstport provides business support and advice and start-up awards to new and emerging social entrepreneurs across Scotland. We are particularly keen to stimulate ideas using digital media - websites, computer games, social networks, phone apps etc- that can help make a real difference in Scotland. Inspired? Over the next month we are looking for early stage ideas that have the potential to become viable social businesses using digital media.

What can we offer?

Firstport can… Continue

Added by Paul Zealey on September 7, 2010 at 9:55 — No Comments

38minutes groups: we're having a clear-out

Ravi's interesting blog from earlier this week attracted lots of useful feedback on 38minutes - what it's there for, what works and what doesn't.

A few people pointed out that whilst there are lots of groups, not all of them are useful and not all of them are updated regularly. We've been aware of this for quite a while, and much as we hate to come… Continue

Added by Nicola Sinclair on September 3, 2010 at 15:55 — 2 Comments

Fed up with being Phished and Pharmed?

You know the route: you see an ad that sez, 'our client, an international blue-chip organisation, has immediate need for ...' So, excited, you send your details in and the trail goes cold.

Why? Because recruitment agencies are unregulated. Anyone can set themselves up and start phishing and pharming. Phishing is using the web to gather-in details from people using a false premise. Pharming is to… Continue

Added by Dr John Sutherland on September 3, 2010 at 9:06 — No Comments - finally a proper home for our quotation history

My good chums at Mint and Channel 4's Adam Gee have come up with a beauty of a service, finally providing a beautiful, slick home for the world's best quotations. It's a brilliant resource for anyone passionate about history, English language, Classics, science, or…

Added by Ewan McIntosh on September 2, 2010 at 13:56 — 2 Comments

What can Games Developers learn from the 20th Century

I'm still smarting from the car crash of RealTime Worlds in Dundee. Someone I was talking to called it a 'Darien moment', recalling how Scotland crashed out of the independant nations group when we lost everything in the disastrous Darien colony.

Eggs. Baskets. All. One. In.

So, is this the end of the great independent games developers in Scotland, consigned to the same dustbin as computer manufacturing, coal mining and… Continue

Added by Dr John Sutherland on September 2, 2010 at 8:52 — No Comments

A Digital Strategy for Arts and Culture in Scotland - update.

On the legal Birthday of Creative Scotland I proposed the creation of a web 2.0 platform available to all arts and culture performances in Scotland - providing the basis for comprehensive listings and ticketing for anyone anywhere. As a counterpart, individuals participate in a similar web 2.0 set up. For me the interesting bit is not the listings nor the ticketing, as these are relatively easy to understand and overdue. The key point is the… Continue

Added by Richard Saville-Smith on September 1, 2010 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

The wonderful Seamus Heaney does his piece for the Literary Belfast app

You hear people saying things about people who have achieved much in their field, and you always hope it’ll be true. Many people will tell you how lovely a man Seamus Heaney is, and that’s exactly what we was. A gentleman and very giving of his time.

He arrived at Linenhall Library where we filmed him in one of the rooms, and the photo shows Glenn Patterson, who has been conducting the interviews for all of our writers, deep in chat… Continue

Added by Gawain Morrison on September 1, 2010 at 18:18 — 4 Comments

Nigel Bristow to direct Biosuite : Emotional Response Cinema

The boy is back in town ... and his name is Nigel Bristow

Due to unfortunate clashing of schedule’s Phil Crothers, who had been working with us on Biosuite, has had to step aside as director on Biosuite. We thank Phil for his understanding that we have to keep to our schedule, and are sorry that we’ve had to part ways at this stage.

We really wanted someone who had the expertise of Phil, who was available at short notice,… Continue

Added by Gawain Morrison on September 1, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

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