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It's time to start doing things again!

It's time to bootstrap our creativity and not fall prey to passiveness or extended procrastination and consumption. It's time to do something - anything! Take a dancing class, learn to ride a monowheel, paint something or just do anything remotely interesting for someone else!

If you think clicking like on a random call-to-action petition is actually useful, think again - it's not. You have to expose yourself to the risk of failing, to the risk of ridicule and critique to actually create something.

So here's a short teaser from last years biggest demoparty event in Europe - it may not look like much, but you should really consider attending this year if you want to be inspired to start creating things. If you're already creating things, great - compete at the compos then!

See you this Easter!

by Oskar Duveborn - 3 revisions
Published 2014-01-04, updated 2014-01-04
Blog -> FlowersFX

Revision 2013 party report video

What and why

Each Easter there is a demoparty in Germany, most likely the most awesome demoparty in the world. It started a long time ago and every now and then the organizers need to retire but a new party is then born to take over the Easterparty name.

The latest and greatest Easterparty is called Revision and the 2013 Easter was its third incarnation, a truly awesome one at that.

Since 10 years back we rent a mini-bus and roadtrip down to southern Germany to attend this demoparty wherever it is. and this year we shot some video and then combined that with the official party videos to create an over 2 hour long party report!

This report includes most of the winning competition entries and some we found interesting in some way.

The report is divided into 4 30-minute segments with a short pause-segment between each - perfect for a public showing with pauses to refill your beverages!

The report was initially made for Måndagsklubben but is now available for public consumption - enjoy!

Credits and greetings

Revision is the greatest demoscene event currently in existence - a huge thank you to everyone involved in organizing it!

Source video from our personal on-site recordings and of course entry captures, stage shots and time lapse shot from the Revision YouTube channel.

Get the complete competition results.

Entries can of course also be found at various demoscene archives and communities like pouet.net.

Also a big thanks to Edison where this report was shown for the first time outside of Måndagsklubben. Edison is one of the few Swedish multi-platform demoparties left and should be properly celebrated and honored!

While editing this recap, SceneSat kept us sane all the way through with demoscene-related music and live-shows!

Weyland / FFX

by Oskar Duveborn - 9 revisions
Published 2013-07-18, updated 2013-07-18
Blog -> Oskar

Fixing Nokia Lumia 800 7.8 low volume problem

So after updating my Nokia 800 with the 7.8 update approved by Nokia the volume levels dropped to half or less!

This is no joke, I couldn't listen to podcasts while walking around the city because at max level 30 the volume was lower than on level 15 before the update!

The support forum at Nokia is filled with page upon page with this problem and some EU legislation excuse that cannot be taken seriously if you read up on what it actually legislate.

Also, this has nothing to do with the audio level warning. When turning the volume to 30 - the output level is simply half of what it used to be, rendering most songs that's not heavily compressed and normalized useless and most quiet podcasts inaudible.

Fixing it is easy

  1. Connect your Lumia 800 to your PC and start Zune
  2. Go to Settings and then Updates, let it check for updates
  3. At the bottom there should be a Revert previous update button - use it
  4. Wait through the rollback process, it takes a while
  5. Now you're back to where you started before the dreaded update.
  6. Download the seven-eighter tool which will upgrade the phone's operating system to 7.8 with the latest patches again - this time without Nokias changes!
  7. Run the tool, it takes quite some time, let the phone finish and then you're left with a 7.8 Nokia Lumia with good audio levels again!

I can't believe how much this volume issue changed my daily life - walking the streets and riding the noisy metro with songs I could barely hear wasn't fun at all.

Damn you Nokia for ruining a perfectly good phone and forcing us to spend half a day fixing it - and with no thanks to you on top of that!

by Oskar Duveborn - 3 revisions
Published 2013-05-27, updated 2013-05-27
Blog -> Oskar

FFX Visual Studio 2012 color theme

by Oskar Duveborn 2013-03-16
Blog -> Tim

Customize Lock Screen for Windows 8

by Tim Schönberger 2012-11-30
Blog -> FlowersFX

Eat my Shuriken and Die! trailer #1

by Oskar Duveborn 2012-06-17