The Jiger

Posted: 27th February 2015 by Paul in Film, Technology

While transferring some 8mm films shot by my wife’s late grandfather, I came across this clip which was spliced onto the head of one of the reels. It seems to be promo footage of the Jiger, a Canadian invention that was the world’s first production all-terrain vehicle. I understand that at one point the U.S. Army was considering purchasing some, but I don’t believe the deal actually went through. There’s more information on it here.

Aside from tweaking the levels I didn’t really do anything to clean it up, and so the clip is pretty rough-looking. It was in far worse condition than the rest of the film on the reel, so I’m assuming it may have passed through several hands before landing with its final owner, and there may be printed-in damage as well.

WOW.WAD Fanart

Posted: 26th February 2015 by Paul in Gaming, Personal

As some of you may know, when I was 10 years old I was responsible for creating what now seems to be considered one of the most ridiculously awful user-created levels of all time for the classic FPS game Doom. I wasn’t even aware of its infamy until I Googled my own name many years later and came across this article. Anyway, there’s not much to tell but I’ll save what information there is for a later post.

I just wanted to share this lovely gem that I stumbled upon awhile ago. A Japanese artist, Nanka Kurashiki, actually took the time to make a fanart (would it be arrogant to say tribute?) about my old turd of a creation. Obviously far more talent, time, and effort went into this picture than I spent on the level that inspired it!

See more of her great work here.

Editing Quad Video Tape

Posted: 29th June 2012 by Paul in Technology
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Vintage instructional video on how to edit quad video tape (the proper seamless way.) I’m assuming this was probably produced for internal use at the BBC.