I thought I’d share this quick little snippet with you.
I’ve been struggling with an Titanium Android app issue. Here is my problem:
There is a text field within a tableview. When you tap on the field the keyboard shows (being given focus), but the field will loose it’s focus immediately, they keyboard remains, you then have to tap the textfield again to be able to input text.
Turns out that you need to specify a height on the parent TableView – that fixes the problem! Found through this blog post.
October means crazy comic madness in midtown New York. The Javitz centre, a massive venue on the west end of Manhattan will be overun with a swarm of comic professionals, enthusiasts and fans for New York Comic Con
Attending the convention this year in a professional capacity to promote and discuss my latest project C.A.P.O.W. involved 4 days of early starts and late nights.
C.A.P.O.W. is a project designed to help indie creators publish and co-create digital story's with a specific slant towards comics. My aim is to disrupt and challenge the current digital offerings flowing out of the comic publishing circles. They are very welcome but lacking in accessibility and usability. More on that later.
Firstly we were treated to a press and pro only series of panels on the Thursday, a great offering of small press and industry related talks that a also let us into the show space slightly earlier than the general public. Under the auspices of SCI-FI-LONDON I have recorded a series of talks with my newly acquired Spark Digital Mic. I will be posting these over the coming days, when I get a chance to tidy up the recordings and settle myself down.
The sheer scale of this event is hard to fathom, even though it is dwarfed by the giant beast that is San Diego Comic Con. The show floor, comprising of vendors, creators, publishers creates a landscape that each attendee attempts to conquer over the course of the 4 days. It's worth noting that the con sells single day tickets and multi day tickets. Thursday, the opening day, is by far the easiest and calmest day of the event, but nevertheless overwhelming.
Arming myself with the #NYCC Mobile App allowed me to attempt a plan of sorts. This is what I managed to tackle, panel wise.
How to Get Press Coverage
Creating comics the Cmixology Way
Joe Kubert: A VisualLecture
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Straczynski Writing Workshop
[adult swim] Pesents: Robot Chicken
Celebrating 36 Years of Judge Dredd, Slaine and 2000AD
Marvel Unliited Plus Member Event
William Shatner Q&A
As well as the Show Floor, and the panels. Most conventions have an Artist Alley, where comic artists, mainstream and independent setup a booth and sketch, sell their wares and chat with fans. The one at NYCC is particularly large and I was lucky to meet and chat with some amazing artists. I'll post a follow up about that later. In the meantime here are a few pics to whet your appetite.
Having no DSLR anymore, I shot a bunch of pics thought the event and made some new friends too. I'll post some updates and recaps, but I'm now relaxing and taking in the sights of New York and vegan treats. Flying back to the UK tomorrow, I'll say it was extremely productive and fun!
So you’ve upgraded or are thinking about XCode 5.0 and you want to still build against the 6.1 SDK (you may have a need to do this as you transition over to 7.0) If you are using the Titanium CLI, then you know you can build against specific SDKs, the system needs these SDKs availble for the CLI to detect. Here is a hack to stay up with the pack, yet still build with 6.1
There are 2 approaches,
You’ve already updated XCode and are having kittens, if so follow the instructions marked From XCode 5
You are hesitant and want things in place before updating Xcode, follow instructions marked From XCode 4
From XCode 5
It would be easier if you copied the SDK before updating XCode to 5.0, but in case you haven’t, steps 1 & 2 allow you to do this.
By performing these steps, your system will indicate that there is an Update available, so check that you have the same version of XCode otherwise, updating will cause you to loose your SDK hack – ignore until the next XCode is available, it might be worth stashing the SDK somewhere.
Thanks to Fokke Zandbergen blog post that prompted me to write an updated approach to this problem, and Jason Kneen for needing a different approach, allowing me to update this post with new instructions.
[UPDATE: changed the step 2 so that you don't require copying the app onto your machine, and the copy command]
[UPDATE: adding a note, so that 6.1 development is used with 3.1.1.GA only, for 7 compatibility]
So today I celebrate (not quite a full on celebration) but mark the anniversary of my birth and realise that there are many things that I want to achieve and accomplish. So in that vein, I am starting here and from this post onwards will begin to chronicle my backlog of news and events that make up interesting things in my life. There have been many highs and lows over this last year. And I think its important to recognise these, and grow from them.
Much happened in 2012, it didn’t end very well. My brother , Amit, only 48 passed away suddenly on the 4th December. He had emigrated to Canada 6 years ago. Having being diagnosed with cancer recently, it wasn’t the cancer that got him but procedure he was going through and his system just shut down post-op. He hadn’t even started chemotherapy.
This has put a huge strain on my family emotionally. I really don’t know how best to deal with the loss of my elder brother, I’m in a surreal space. I do intend to setup a site for my brother as a memorial where people can share their images, thoughts and wishes. My heart goes out to my mother, sister-in-law and 2 nephews.
Still, i’m going to try and communicate more of my thoughts efficiently, which includes publishing my back log of posts from 2012, which there are 12 posts sat waiting for some sort of polish to them.
Christmas and New Year celebrations have been some what lacking and quiet, mainly as I don’t have any desire to do much except for watch TV and read a bit. I’ve slowly started to re-integrate into work, but it’s been a little tough moving forward and regaining my focus. I can’t believe he’s gone. I’m grateful for the many memories I have.
2012 is the year, that marks a major milestone. 30 years ago a pivotal movie was released by Disney that completely blew my mind: it was called TRON. This futuristic look at the digital game world, and struggle of an evil AI maninframe taking over the world, battling with a maverick young programmer swindled out of his right place, I can say, is one of the most unusual and inspirational movies on a cult and industrial level.
If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get the newly restored blu-ray version and treat yourself to this amazing production, its not full on an action movie, so don’t expect that. So July 9th this year marked the anniversary of the original release date. I think we had to wait for nealry 6 months before it was released in the UK. To celebrate this, a special TRON Anniversary Party is been organised to take place at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, on 27th October. For further information and tickets, please see the http://www.tron30th.com
GA $50 ticket gives you access to:
The TRON exhibit
The filmmakers panel with Q&
The screening of TRON
1 free drink
VIP $75 ticket gives you access to:
The TRON Exhibit
The filmmakers panel with Q&A
The screening of TRON
Access to the VIP area
All night open bar in the VIP area
1 limited edition signed poster
A lot of sharing on posting content to personal sites, this afternoon. So far, as personal demos from indie web creators expand our minds, I have setup a pubsubhubub (try saying that when you’ve had a few) tag on this blog, hopefully this will allow ‘people’ to get updates from posted content in timely fashion.
As I’m also using googles pubsub server, i’m hoping this goes down well in SEO and search engine visibility.
The BFI have been involved in a campaign over the last couple of years to ‘Save the Hitchcock 9′. These 9 early films shot by renowned director, Alfred Hitchcock in the 1920′s are in great need of restoration and thus a funding campaign was set into motion, involving a big donation made by Martin Scorsese’s charity, The Film Foundation.
There is no doubt that the genius of Hitchcock in the world of cinema is ingrained within our lives and culture, References and homages will continue, as the years progress. The BFI are celebrating his genius with a season of every one of his films through to October 2012.
What makes this project very interesting is giving an audience to his first foray into a genre that would define much of our understanding of him. Being a member of the British Film Institute, which I would highly recommend, gave me early access to purchase tickets to see ‘The Lodger’, Hitchcock’s first thriller, a silent film that follows a series of ‘Jack The Ripper’ style murders around London town by a character known as ‘The Avenger’, based on a book that purported Jack The Ripper to have lodged in a local guest house. Released in 1927, this movie showed the thinking behind many of Hitchcock trademark approaches to theatrical filming and his unique approach to storytelling through the lens.
Colouring and toning effects were employed directly to the negatives, giving the movie added depth and colour cues. We were given an introduction to the project and a quick extra glimpse into the restoration process with before and after shots. Although this movie was remastered fairly recently, current digital technology has allowed a much clearer and precise restoration.
The Lodger also gave us Hitchcock’s first cameo appearance.
Part of the restoration process involved commissioning a new score, and musician Nitin Sawhney was tasked with delivering his interpretation . The audience in the Barbican and those in cinema theatres around Britain were the first to experience the fully restored movie with a score performed LIVE by Nitin Sawhney’s Band and the London Symphony Orchestra. The acoustics and performance worked wonderfully I initially found it hard to just watch the movie, but after the first couple of minutes immanaged to focus my eyes away from the musicians and just let them do their thing. It was impressive the way the lighting for the orchestra synced with the negative colouting/toning used between the scenes, as the screen hues changed, so did the illumination around the orchestra, it allowed for an immersive experience and the ears to follow the sound and the eyes to stay on the screen.
So on the whole I was impressed by the score. Beautiful strings, voices and motifs used to create narratives that weaved between the suspense, comedy and love story. It worked suprisingly well, given the nature of the original novel by Marie Belloc. Great use of drums and percussion throughout, mixed and performed extremely well.
I couldn’t help but notice traces of Nitin’s work from previous albums creeping into the soundscape, subtle string phrases reminiscent of Nitin’s earlier album Prophesy sprang to mind. It was diverse and fitting with a lashings of Psycho and North By Northwest, add in some period atmosphere and a bit of Metropolis. I heard some much Hitchcock in it, yet it had such a distinctive sound that was very much Nitin Sawney. The score sounded full and timed perfectly, my congratulations go out to the Nitin, the band and the LSO.
Experiences like these are what make the world of cinema so special. I fully intend to try and catch future movies with LIVE accompaniment. It is just that one of my pet peeves about the cinema industry centres around poor projection or care in the sound department, something that is changing with digital cinema. When its being played LIVE for you, its a totally different experience. The Barbican has great acoustics, so it is well worth catching performances there if you can.