Remaking A Classic – Chimera

The Chimera is perhaps the best known of all the Greek mythological creatures, the familiar fusion of creatures that heralded storms and natural disasters who was ultimately slain by yet another demi-god. In its original description, The Chimera had the head of a lion at the front, the head of a goat in the middle, and either a dragon or snake head at the back, probably dragon as she could also breathe fire. Later renditions have brought all three heads to the front, and some even include a snake in place of the tail and dragon wings.

She’s a nice little metaphor for the worst traits of humanity: Continue reading “Remaking A Classic – Chimera”

The Week In Geek – 22/09/14

The Week In Geek

Welcome back to The Week in Geek, our weekly summary of all our favourite pieces of nerd news. Tim and Joel keep watch for stories that interest us, but let us know if there are any stories you’d like us to talk about next week!


Bendgate

Ok, we’ve all heard about this already. The short version is that iPhone 6’s are structurally weak enough to bend is subjected to a minimal amount of stress. You can destroy one with your bare hands, or by putting it in tight pockets. Leaving aside all of my own pro-android view points, let us take this time to bask in the hilarity that is a bendy phone:

Seriously, Google “Bendgate” because the responses from corporations are hilarious. Somehow it’s funnier when businesses start ripping on each other than when the gleeful masses of the internet do it. Corporate trolling! It’s a thing.

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Joss Whedon’s series to support the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters it’s second season this week, and already the show is taking a turn for the dark. Those of you who watched the first season to the bitter end [SPOILERS] will remember that following the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D is officially dissolved, but unofficially operating under the directorship of Agent Coulson to try and route out the forces of Hyrda. [SPOILERS OVER, you can come back now] No character has been left unchanged, the plane is gone, and things are more intriguing and action packed that ever before.

The first season was slow to really get started, but was an excellent introduction to the show at large and a great accompaniment to the film franchise. It’s storyline compliments those films that set it up and have been released alongside it (although I’m not sure it stands up on it’s own merits so well) and goes that little bit further into Marvel lore that may not have seen the light of day without the smaller-scale project. Look forward to Agent Carter, another supporting series that follows S.H.I.E.L.Ds beginnings that will premier in January.

 

Adobe buys Aviary

Aviary is a photo-editing platform for mobile devices, it is also a creative SDK of sorts. It’s no major surprise then that Adobe, the guys who run Photoshop, are interested in the platform that is Aviary which last year alone saw over 10 billion photos be processed through its various apps.

So why is this interesting at all? Adobe are doing something known as “the Creative Cloud”, a cloud-based creative software system where you pay a set monthly fee (£27.34 per month for the first year) and get access to all of Adobes software. It’s aimed at enthusiasts, hobbyists and small to medium sized businesses. It’s a more affordable way to run programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and more! Of course, in the long-term it’s more expensive than out-right buying the software, but if you don’t necessarily want to own the software for some reason, then this is a chance to get the whole works without buying the software.

So where does Aviary fit in?

Aviary delivers SDKs (Software Development Kits) to mobile platforms, which allows the creation of creative software. So integrating this in the Creative Cloud makes sense, as it means Adobe are also able to support those who want to work with the Aviary SDKs (which is now being renamed to Adobe Creative SDK.) It seems like a smart buy for Adobe, best of luck to the employees of both companies!

 


 

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Until next week, keep it geek!