Fourleav.es

My name is Scott Hargroves. I create things out of pixels, mainly for the web, but sometimes just for kicks. Like when I built a Multitouch table in my spare time. I do other stuff too, like making short films, taking photos and sometimes sending the odd tweet.

Pigeon Holes

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New projects and old

18 Aug

Lights and Magic

Currently working on a new project, details of which I can’t really expose until I have finished, but it really does feel good to be working on a creative project with an interesting client. What I can say is that I am working on some video/web content on this project so it is a win all round.

In other news I am working on the finishing touches to Critits design. The pages I am working on now are the Job listings and event promotion pages. More info on both of these to follow.

Thats it for now. Over and out.

Newdist

13 Aug

So the new fresh faced overhaul is nearly completed. I still have to implement a few of the other features I haven’t got around too yet but should be done over the next couple of days.

First things that are missing is the search function. Then you will notice that there is no comments or even a way to view a specific post, this is all coming soon.

Enjoi.

So climbing to the top of England is actually great.

19 Jul

Wow. Where have I been for so long. Well up until now I haven’t felt inspired enough to drop any updates on here but now I have enough to tell and can make it worth your while.

So yesterday I climbed to the top of England’s Highest Mountain, Scafell Pike. I did this with Brad and Kris who were great mountain buddies. Basically set off at 4.00am from Hull and took a steady paced drive to the scenic Lake District. The mountain itself is really out in the middle of nowhere and the drive up to its shadow is somewhat spectacular.

Outstanding Natural Beauty

This is a photo of ‘The Lake’, yes thats its real name. I don’t care for what its name is when it sets the scene as good as this. All before we even set off up the mountain.

When we actually pulled up to the base camp we soon realised that everyone else there was taking things extremely serious, with all the latest climbing gear and hiking boots. We must have looked a little odd to them as the strange looks we got confirmed. This did not put us off though pushed on as planned. I will admit that wearing converse to climb a mountain is not advisable.

Not at all appropriate

The walk up is tough as parts are very steep but the reward of doing far outweighs all of that.

Half way up you get the to choose which route to take. The longer easy route, or the Shorter hard route. Myself and Brad decided that the tough route looked more scenic and out voted Kris. While struggling on the most vertical part of the climb we were engulfed in clouds which bought some crazy wind with them. Got a little hairy but was all in the spirit.

We reached the clouds

We got a little lost as well at some point and Kris decided to declare that we were at the summit. Possibly of panic but having seen images of the summit on Wikipedia (geeks) me and Brad knew that this was not it. Lucky we found some more people who taught us the follow the Cairns, which are little man made piles of rocks that guide you to the top of the mountain. The knowledge came late in the day but was valuable in us reaching the top (as pictured below).

The top of England

What is funny/unfunny about getting to the top was the fact that there was so much cloud we couldn’t see any of the spectacular views that this vantage point had to offer. Bummer. Achieved nonetheless.

I would do it again in the blink of an eye. The whole area is amazing and so beautiful. Next time we will aim for a clear day.

Here are the rest of the photos in Gallery form. Oh how I treat you so.

Patrick Bateman would chop me up into little pieces if he was real.

09 Jun

Fourleaves Business Cards

New cards arrived. I only ordered 50 to start with to see the quality, I am glad I did actually because I am not too happy with the way they turned out. Will have to try another printers next time.

Hello World.

07 Jun

First off here are a few images from recent shenanigans and happenings.

Not sure what I really want to put really, but know that I need to write something on here that I can keep as an always accessible memory for finishing my degree.

I guess the first thing write down would be about the degree show that I spent the last 6 months planning with my fellow New Medians. It was on Friday and was the last official piece of work that is accessed, even though it doubles up as a showcase and celebration on the work we have done over the 3 years of study. The night its self went better than I could have hoped really. I don’t like social situations where my work is on display, I get nervous and generally dread the day it comes, but all in all I braved my own insecurities and felt that the whole night was well received. I only heard positive comments towards the Amoeba Project I was showcasing, people were in fact shocked and surprised at it which is exactly what I wanted to be honest. The only person who was negative towards it was some overweight, midlife crisis, wire hair woman, who just “Can’t see the point”. Oh well, we can’t please everyone. It was also great to see my Sisters make it over and bring that magic to the party that only they can do. Read more…

1507 Miles is an 8th the way back to England.

27 May

1507 Miles-O-Fun

Starting to think a little bit more in depth about the specific parts of our World Wide Expedition. This is currently one section, where we will drive the South Island of New Zealand. I have done this route once before but I feel I need to give it a second chance (the first time round was overshadowed by a couple of incidents) and doing so with some fresh eyes (Heather) is going to be amazing. V energy drink and Cookie Times will be the only way to keep concentration on such a mammoth journey.

PS.
Click to enlarge, duh.

This section shall be known as…

16 May

Its 8.00pm on Saturday 16th May 2009. Yes the same 2009 that I thought about 3 years ago when I was guaging exactly when I would finish up with the chapter of my life known as ‘Doing more, Growing More, Feeling More, Sleeping Less‘. Its strange how when you look forward in time everything seems so unobtainable and unimaginable. Yet as we live day by day these become the lego bricks building our lives and we don’t notice that the once unobtainable and unimaginable are slowly becoming part of ourselves. I guess it really is only in times when we step back and reflect that we realise the changes that happen while in the process of building our way to the current day. Which is now. Saturday 16th May 2009.

Most of my sparse audience will know that I have been working extra long and hard to get my final uni project finished in time to showcase this at the Connected Degree Show on 5th June 2009. For anyone who has missed out on what exactly I am doing this video below may explain what I have been working on.

While this has been the biggest challenge it isn’t the only thing that I have been working on. I have a couple of projects that are being wrapped up at the minute, one is for a local month event designed to promote Media, Usability and Design in the local area and is known as Humbermud.

Humbermud

There is still some work being done on this to tidy up bits, but they sent it live because they needed it to launch by the last event, which was on Thursday last week.

The other project is call Critit. This is where the local media Industry finds the latest talent, and Creatives from the area find the freshest jobs. We launched a very early version of this site at the end of last year and have been working on version 2 ever since. I can’t really go into too much detail or even show you any screenshots of what we have but I can say that its looking really nice and we have added a lot of functionality to it over the first release. So I am very excited about that and will let you know when it goes live.

I actually enjoy being busy. This may sound a little strange to some people, but I really don’t like the feeling of not having a goal. Even if that goal is to just catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, it is still a goal. As I move into the next section of my life, which shall be known as ‘Cram as much music into the summer as you can humanely do, then fly right around the world at christmas‘ I look forward to seeing what these lego bricks can build.

Whats he building in there

13 May

To follow on from my last post I thought I would make a little video to give people a visual idea of exactly what I am doing. This is in the early stage of calibration but works fairly effectively. Enjoy.

Things I am doing right now

11 May

Multitouchable

Currently working super hard on my final year project at uni. I decided to go a head and build myself a multitouch table. When this crazy idea first came to me I had no idea of the complexities such a project would entail. I am used to having coding nightmares that need to be resolved before a project can work, but never have I had such a hard time getting the hardware to play ball on a project. Granted this isn’t you average interactive installation but still everything needs to be so precise and positioned at the correct angle just for it to work in any fashion. To say I underestimated this would be the best way to describe this.

Thankfully I have reached a point where I know it works. There are bugs, naturally, but nonetheless this table is mulitouchable.

To follow the progress in a closer fashion, read the blog over at The Amoeba Project site.

The World is Round

23 Apr

So basically I was a little premature with my video of our Around the World trip as the route has now been altered ever so slightly.

Basically we have now finalised it and booked it, so there is no going back.

The final Itinerary is as follow:

  • Depart Manchester
  • New York (4 nights)
  • Change in Los Angeles
  • New Zealand (5 weeks)
  • Change in Sydney
  • Tokyo (2 nights)
  • Arrive Manchester

We basically removed Fiji from the trip to save ourselves some money and also buy ourselves extra New Zealand time. Overall its worth while as on average it saved us approx. £800 for the 3 days in Fiji which is a massive saving on a journey like this.

I am excited for Christmas in Paradise.

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Winning the bread.