Category Archives: Geek Tech

The Colouring Book of Retro Computers

Posted: July 28, 2021 at 3:22 pm
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Exciting news! I shall keep this brief, I’ve teamed up with Neil over at RMC The Cave to create a very cool colouring book of retro computers (and maybe the odd bit of associated tech too).
I’m over the moon and greatly honoured to be tasked with creating all 30 (maybe more) illustrations for this book which will be available later this year via the campaign link below.

Rather than me waffle on, here’s Neil to explain a bit more about what else this project is for.

For the campaign I created 3 illustrations seen in the above video which I thoroughly enjoyed doing along with a handful of background images and a fully coloured up front cover! This gave us the opportunity to really set the design up for the book and gave me a chance to establish how much detail to go into for each illustration.

Find out more by following the link to the main campaign page.


A4 Lightbox Review

Posted: July 29, 2020 at 7:59 pm
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Light boxes used to be quite chunky – a light bulb inside a box with an opaque  panel to work on,  simple but effective. The one I used to use generated quite a bit of heat due to the incandescent bulb and had only one light setting, how things have changed looking at these new style models.

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Handy Amiga IFF Plugin for GIMP (Windows)

Posted: September 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm

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I’ve been a regular user of the rather excellent art package GIMP for quite some years and have found it to be a fantastic tool for manipulating digital art, touching up scanned sketches or laying out pixel art for use in a video game project; it’s never let me down. If I have ever needed something that wasn’t included from the off, then a quick search online often yields a solution in the way of a plugin or extension that has me up and running in no time. So when I recently wanted to use some of my old Amiga files I was surprised IFF file support was not included. It’s not a big deal as something like XnView will convert the file to PNG and the results from experience have always been great but wouldn’t it be nice to load these image files directly, no conversion, no messing about, just convenience and no excuses.

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International Amiga Day 2014

Posted: May 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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So it’s International Amiga day 2014!

I wasn’t going to post anything, but then I thought to myself, do you know what, a good chunk of my working life was spent in front of an Amiga computer of some sorts during most of the 1990s perhaps a few lines is deserving of a machine I still have fond memories of.

I started out with an Amiga A1000 which cost some silly amount but was so worth it as it had a piece of software on it called Dpaint. The grandfather of pixel art software and one I spent many years using creating the art for a lot of my earlier Amiga graphics.

I recall seeing the Amiga demos on display and it immediately showed the power this new machine possessed , it was back in the late 80’s light years ahead of the current computers of the time.  The most famous bouncing ball demo which later became an emblem of Amiga Inc. is one the better known examples but for me the one I remember most fondly was a demo that showed a funky looking street scene with robots walking about, imaginatively titled Robo City.

Over the years I’ve owned and worked on most of the Amiga models, which surprisingly I still own, though whether they still work or not is something I’ll have to find out in the future. The last machine I used was an A4000 and absolute wonder of a machine.
So  to mark the date I’ve knocked up a quick collage of some of my old Amiga art from back in the day.

Viva Amiga, you may be gone, but you will never ever be forgotten.


Titter ye not for I been mostly usingTwitter !

Posted: February 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm
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Over the past few days I’ve been using Twitter. I can certainly see the appeal of quick easy straight to the point updates of information. I registered ages ago but never really got into it, until now!

Follow StooCambridge on Twitter

As you can see if you glance over the to the right of this blog I’ve added me last handful of Tweets which is working wonders for my web presence linkage. LOL ‘Tweets!’, see I’m learning the lingo too!

Over and out for now, I’ve got some stars to finish animating…

Tron desk v1.1

Posted: February 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm
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After the rewire and attaching of the lights to the desk, power is now back on and my desk is no longer at the mercy of the Master Control Program!

When I can source the parts my next trick is to turn the desk into a giant light box to aid my illustration work.  It works to a degree at the moment but having white light underneath will give me a much better result.


Tron underdesk lighting. DONE!

Posted: January 31, 2010 at 11:26 am
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Overted a desk disaster. Wire to one of me desk led lights got severed. Works again now. Soldertastic!

Wire does it hurt?

Posted: January 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm
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Spring clean phase 1
Unplug and remove gear. So many wires. 🙁

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