July 26, 2020No Comments

GoPro as a laptimer for trackdays.

If you are any­thing like me, you’d con­sid­er an hour­glass (or even a cal­en­dar) enough to record your own glacial pace around a race­track, lap after lap. In real­i­ty, even if you are attend­ing track­days with your car or motor­bike, like all of us, just for fun, hav­ing a vague idea of your lap times might be help­ful to under­stand if you are improv­ing your driving/riding or not.

As track­days open to every­one are not com­pet­i­tive, it is for­bid­den to take lap times (at least here in the UK) and despite most sport­bikes hav­ing a timer func­tion embed­ded in their dash­boards, I always found hav­ing to press the but­ton at the end of every lap an unwel­come dis­trac­tion.

Enter the omni-present GoPro cam­era, strapped some­where on the bike.
I’ve spent the last cou­ple of years, tim­ing my laps at home watch­ing GoPro record­ings of my ses­sions. It gets very tedious very quick­ly (just ask any of your friends you forced to watch said videos) and it is lit­er­al­ly time con­sum­ing.

Recent GoPros have an inte­grat­ed GPS chipset, run­ning at 18Hz, that will give you more than enough accu­rate tim­ing with­out hav­ing to buy any oth­er ded­i­cat­ed hard­ware (lap­ti­mer apps and exter­nal GPS receivers).

To analyse the data I recent­ly stum­bled upon Race Tech­nol­o­gy’s GoPro Race Analy­sis Soft­ware.
It runs on Win­dows only, but works smooth­ly for me on a Vir­tu­aBox instance on Mac. The inter­face is… fair­ly unfriend­ly at first. It remains unfriend­ly even lat­er on, but you can get the hang of it after a short while.

Screenshot of the software interface.

Once the .mp4 files from the GoPro are loaded in, the soft­ware will plot speed, posi­tion, accelerom­e­ter data, cir­cuit lay­out and video pre­view. Once the start/finish line mark­er is added it will cal­cu­late lap times, and sec­tors can be added. You can com­pare laps or sec­tors and export the rel­e­vant data and/or video part.

Screenshot of the software interface.

There are extra func­tion­al­i­ties like maths chan­nels, abil­i­ty to join GoPro chap­ters togeth­er (this is when the GoPro trun­cates videos in sev­er­al 4Gb files), video over­lays, and oth­ers that I haven’t real­ly tried and prob­a­bly won’t, as I’m more than sat­is­fied with it just sift­ing through all the video and giv­ing me the data with­out hav­ing to sit there spool­ing it all.

I’d love to see this run­ning native­ly on Mac or even just have a decent user inter­face but, to be hon­est, it does exact­ly what it says on the tin and it is well worth the £50ish license fee.

March 22, 2020No Comments

I Love Your Work | March ’20

I hoped the 20ies would have been more glam­orous than being stuck, self-quar­an­tined, at home because of Coro­n­avirus.

Start­ed a new job at the begin­ning of Jan­u­ary, it kept me pret­ty busy, so I’ve had much less time to “look at nice things online”, hence the long hia­tus.

I’m slight­ly obsessed with maps (this beau­ty hangs in my liv­ing room) and had a go Anvaka’s City Roads. It draws each road from city maps extract­ed from OSM. Results can be export­ed in raster or vec­tor for­mat to play with.
Lon­don Vs Rome:

Exer­cise Book Archive – an ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion
of old exer­cise books from all over the world.

Now, a few play things that will make your GPU/eGPU hap­py:

david.li – (awe­some) exper­i­ments in WebGL.
Code from the projects on GitHub too!
This is his par­ti­cle sim­u­la­tion in action:

Par­ti­cle Love by Edward Kwan, of Lusion Stu­dio.

Also, in oth­er news, fol­low­ing the recent injec­tion of cap­i­tal, the guys at ReMark­able unveiled the new ver­sion of their tablet, that seems to fix a few short­com­ings of the orig­i­nal ver­sion (bat­tery life, cpu speed) and made it look sleek too: https://remarkable.com/

November 26, 2019No Comments

I Love Your Work | November ’19

Pro­ce­du­ral­ly gen­er­at­ed vec­tor for­mat scrolling Chi­nese land­scapes, by Ling­dong Huang. GitHub repo here.

Been deep div­ing into 3D art late­ly:
Lee Grig­gs, Fed­eri­co Ciuf­foli­ni, his dio­ra­mas are great, and Paar­sec: fol­low her on Twit­ter for a steady stream of 3D and visu­al arts exper­i­ments and links.

Kessel­sKramer for Tim­ber­land.

Brand New’s iden­ti­ty for their 2019 con­fer­ence is phe­nom­e­nal, espe­cial­ly the neon light details and the pro­gram cov­ers!

Crowd­sourced New York hyper­lapse by Sam Mor­ri­son:

And now, for the cute side of the Inter­net…
Seeds of Dream, by Mer­ci-Michel for L’Oc­c­i­tane.
Touch­bar Tam­agotchi by Grace Avery. (GitHub repo here):

November 17, 2019No Comments

reMarkable notes.

I came across the reMark­able a few months ago, after see­ing a video of it used –mag­nif­i­cent­ly– by Pinot Ich­wan­dar­di on either his Twit­ter or Insta­gram stream (you real­ly should fol­low both).

Remarkable tablet shown with Noris Digital pencil & Field Notes notepad.

For those of you not nerdy enough or who actu­al­ly had a social life for the last cou­ple of years, the reMark­able is an 11-ish inch tablet run­ning on Lin­ux with an epa­per dis­play and sty­lus. Its only func­tion is note tak­ing and sketch­ing. It does­n’t do (inten­tion­al­ly) much more.

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October 8, 2019No Comments

Introducing: I Love Your Work

“Intro­duc­ing” might be a wee bit pre­ten­tious. Just a bit.
I Love Your Work is going to be a month­ly col­lec­tion of links to (most­ly) design and pho­tog­ra­phy work that I admire.
The kind of beau­ti­ful stuff that makes you feel both com­plete­ly worth­less and inspires you to do bet­ter next time.

In the first batch of links for this Octo­ber:
The bril­liant self por­trai­ture of Juno Calyp­so, and some more about her work on the British Jour­nal of Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Juno Calypso - The Honeymoon

Zhenya Rynzhuk’s stun­ning port­fo­lio site. Found via Val Head­’s UI Ani­ma­tion newslet­ter.

Der­ry Bir­kett. UX Design and a very inter­est­ing col­lec­tion of blog posts, both on the site direct­ly and, lat­er, on Medi­um.

Lucas Zan­ot­to. Check his Insta­gram fil­ters too!

Ian Howorth’s pho­tog­ra­phy places south east Eng­land in a delight­ful­ly dark cin­e­mat­ic dimen­sion.

While on the theme of cre­ativ­i­ty (risky word), in today’s era of most­ly cor­po­rate-anaes­thetized con­tent, art, and cen­sored nip­ples, it is worth to sit back and relive the amaz­ing­ly chaot­ic cre­ative process of the leg­endary Nation­al Lam­poon mag­a­zine via Dough Ken­ney’s life sto­ry and the sto­ries about the mak­ing of Ani­mal House.

Doug Kenney and Chris Miller

In par­tic­u­lar order:
Fat, Drunk, and Stu­pid by Mat­ty Sim­mons;
Drunk Stoned Bril­liant Dead: The Sto­ry of the Nation­al Lam­poon;
A Futile and Stu­pid Ges­ture, on Net­flix.

October 2, 2019No Comments

Parpaillon

On the way back from Cor­si­ca this sum­mer, er route to meet a cou­ple of friends to ride Furka­pass, Grim­sel­pass, Neufen­pass, Susten­pass (aka the Swiss Roller­coast­er), I took a small detour along a few grav­el roads cross­ing the Alps.

The ini­tial plan was to cross through Col du Parpail­lon, then ride along the Assi­et­ta and pro­ceed towards Susa. Sad­ly the Assi­et­ta is closed for work until next sum­mer and I was able to explore just a very small sec­tion of it (just after the crest). The Parpail­lon was open, and the sun­ny weath­er made for an amaz­ing ride.

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September 23, 2019No Comments

Atkinson Dithering Machine

In the last cou­ple of years I start­ed being more and more obsessed by e‑paper dis­plays. I part­ly blame my Kin­dle – by far my favourite and the best elec­tron­ic device I own to date – and my love for 1‑bit graph­ics.

My first com­put­er was a Mac­in­tosh SE and most of my ear­ly years in front of a mon­i­tor were spent exper­i­ment­ing with Hyper­card: you tend to devel­op a cer­tain (life-long) taste for black and white graph­ics.

Before sum­mer I bought an Inky pHAT dis­play and put it to use with a spare Rasp­ber­ry Pi Zero W I had in a draw­er in the office, and my old Playsta­tion Eye cam­era.
The Playsta­tion Eye works “out of the box” with the Pi: tak­ing pic­tures with it is pret­ty straight­for­ward. The next log­i­cal step for me was to dis­play them as beau­ti­ful dithered black and white images on the small e‑paper dis­play.

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August 12, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Elsewhere

Assort­ed links from around the web for the first week of August.
Great, tidy, prod­uct design port­fo­lio site:
Thi­a­go Dal­cin

Prod­uct relat­ed & gen­er­al geek­ery:
The 8 point grid
Ambush (Dig­i­tal Prod­uct Stu­dio)
The Ori­gin of Hyper­Card

Rhythm in design is every­thing,
I’m aware I’m clear­ly fail­ing at it at the moment:
Ver­ti­cal Rhythm in Sketch

Design ❤️
Ven­mo’s Iden­ti­ty Refresh
IBM’s Plex Type­face
New Iden­ti­ty for Corre­os (Span­ish mail ser­vice)
Link – Idee per la TV (sim­ply beau­ti­ful)
Scope Design Con­fer­ence App

July 30, 2019No Comments

Pyrenees

I’ve been an avid motor­bike rid­er since I was old enough to ride legal­ly (a few times before that too, but I digress). Sad­ly I’ve been rid­ing less and less in the last few years. I’ve also nev­er real­ly enjoyed road-rid­ing in the UK that much – well, most­ly south­ern Eng­land to be hon­est.

Nowa­days I tend to either spend qual­i­ty time on track or trav­el­ing abroad when pos­si­ble.
Rid­ing back and forth with­in Italy and the UK, cross­ing the Alps in Switzer­land, is a rel­a­tive­ly com­mon occur­rence.
This East­er, with a friend we decid­ed to board the fer­ry from Portsmouth to Bil­bao, cross the Pyre­nees (weath­er per­mit­ting) and then point back to Lon­don.

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April 30, 2019No Comments

Here we go again.

I grew up online. I have quite an exten­sive dig­i­tal foot­print, I’ve also kept a blog (www.jnkmail.com) in glo­ri­ous bro­ken Eng­lish from the ear­ly 2000s till I got sucked up, like many, in the first wave of social media – prey of short quips on Face­book and the like.

I grew up online. And then grew old­er (a grumpy old man) see­ing this mag­nif­i­cent tool we had reduced to a cesspit.
I design dig­i­tal prod­ucts for a liv­ing today, and my activ­i­ties online over the years sort of helped/shaped what my career is today and, to an extent, where I end­ed up liv­ing (the ever sun­ny Lon­don town).

Writ­ing here is prob­a­bly part detox­ing from the afore­men­tioned cesspit I can­not stand any­more (or recoil­ing back in nos­tal­gia of the good ‘ol sim­pler days of the web – ‘mem­ber?), part hav­ing a space where to share, and keep archived, pet projects, dis­cov­er­ies, thoughts, rants – lots of rants, trust me – about design, dig­i­tal, and (pos­si­bly) motor­bikes… in bet­ter Eng­lish this time.

Good night & good luck.