Saturday, July 3, 2021

Residency 2, Day 3: 'I wish I’d read more good books and less crap.' - Bedwyr Williams

It was a pleasure indeed to stick on the Oculus Quest 2 headset and experience works by the students mentioned in yesterday's post. They made good use of lockdown! I got lost in there for some time. Some time... Took plenty of snapshots too. There's a proper mechanism for screengrabbing but the trusty old LG (Life's Good) handset did the, well a, trick.

After that, I went out and bought a 26oz road bowling ball for 10€ from a gentle person who was encouraging me to buy a job-lot. Maybe at some later stage. Right now it is good to have one. An unusual sport road bowling, played in Cork and Armagh. Given the way car culture crept up, and now dominates all roads, it seems important to defend other uses of the network. Peculiar story this but decades ago, a special road was built in east London in the proximity of the Dagenham Ford plant, for road bowling too. The first Ford factory in Europe was in Cork you see and when Dagenham opened many of the workers were invited over to London. In typical disparaging Cork style, when these returned to visit, they were nicknamed the 'Dagenham Yanks'. The origins of road bowling are unknown. Some say it came from Holland; others suggest Lancashire mill workers​. Possibly it was a military game and a cannonball would have been used.

Anyway, did some 3D modelling, animation, AI and VR myself later:

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