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.

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12 May

So recently while trying to streamline my life I decided to be on the look out for a new text editor. One that had all the text highlighting I am used too in Dreamweaver but something that doesn’t have such an identity crisis that Dreamweaver has (where it doesn’t know if it wants to be a pro app or one for noobs to play about in). Well I finally came across a sexy, lightweight alternative. Its called Coda, and no its not new or anything but I certainly had never really heard of, or looked in to it. But its basically awesome. Its fast and when you please CMD+S to save your work it auto uploads its. This is exactly what I have been looking for.

I think that it will take a while before I am fully comfortable with it but I know its a step in the right direction.

Everyone who does any form of online programming need to check this out.

One more year.

10 May

I can’t believe that I have made it through my second year of my degree. Technically I don’t know if I will progress through to the next year or not but I have no worries in the work I produced this year and have all the confidence in the world that I will be back for the last year.

Its scary to think that in such a short period of time everything I have been working for will be over. Finished. To be honest with you if this country didn’t have such a bias towards people with qualifications then I would have never entertained the idea of studying for a degree in this field. Everything I know I taught myself, or more recently from some of the amazingly talented people who I study with. I can honestly say that I haven’t been taught one thing since I started university. This would be a massive shame if it wasn’t for the fact that what this degree has given me is Time. It has let me have the time to go further with my own personal interests in my chosen topic than I could have otherwise. I know I owe a lot of what I have taught myself to the time this course has bought me.

Right now I am desperately trying to think of something that I can work on in my final year. It needs to be big enough to last the whole year and complex enough to challenge me. But it certainly needs to be achievable by one person. I am taking suggestions so please drop me an email ( scott at fourleaves dot co dot uk) or just leave a comment on here.

I will be working hard all summer with a few exceptions of which are both musical excursions. The first being next months Glastonbury Festival which has become a large part of me and my closest friends yearly rituals. The second is a trip to Berlin that me and Heather are taking to see Radiohead. This also fits in nicely with our 3 years of awesomeness, so we are taking the opportunity to have a little break away and staying over there for 4 nights. Im looking forward to both of them as I know that they will be amazing.

Here is to the year a head.

Words and Thoughts in RGB

06 May

Today really was the sunniest so far.

06 May

Saint V

I took the photo on the way home today just outside the new megaplex near my house. Basically walked outside of it and thought wow, the sun really is awesome. Much like woman and their makeup the sun has the same job. To cover up all the blemishes and make things look pretty. Of course there are the girls/places that look good without makeup/sun, but where I live isn’t one of them places.

First day of the year I could walk around with just a t-shirt.

This is just how we roll

04 May

Timeclock diagram

Just finished up doing the setup diagrams for the ambitious timeclock project. So if you have two webcams, a Teleo Making Things kit, and a custom built Timeclock you can enjoy the project to its fullest. Otherwise you will have to make do with standard on screen slider and mouse interactions.

Friday seems very close indeed.

Somebody call me a dentist.

03 May

As the busiest week of my calender year begins I decided to stock up on my dietary needs to get me through.

I have two major deadlines this coming friday and I am currently feeling totally uninspired. Im sure inspiration will come right in my final hour like it normally does but it doesn’t stop me from being terrified right now.

Anyone who thinks they can inspire me in anyway please do so now.

As nice as Kinder chocolate treats are that kid on the box is superfreaky.

Breakout + Microphone

03 May

So while doing so ground work for a game I am building I decided to modify the simple Breakout game to have a little twist.

There is only two levels so you could only call it a demo really. Oh and you must have a microphone if you want to stand a chance.

COLOURlovers Widget

27 Apr

A widget that brings in the lastest colour palettes and the top ten colour palettes from COLOURlovers the popular colour sharing community.

Download from the link below:

Forgetting Darius Monsef

26 Apr

So I have just got home from the Cinema after seeing ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and I seriously can’t believe my eyes. Is this really Darius Monsef of ColourLovers fame (or kirupa oldboy)!

The film was actually really funny (just like most of the Judd films of late) but I was just thinking all the way through that this is Darius right there on the screen. The weirdest part is that the whole film is set in Hawaii which happens to be strongly connected to Darius as well.



25 Apr

As part of a project I am working on with Ren we are using a clock to as an interface to control stuff on Flash. We have been tirelesly looking for a suitable alarm clock that would house the electronics that power the interface. We have been unlucky so far in actually finding one. So I decided to go with the back up donated by Heather.

Its a little bit pink but I think we can make this work. I will post more on this project once its finished. Its a little bit out there but uses some cool technology to power it.

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Winning the bread.