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It's been a few years now since I ran a camera poll, so.. ^_^

Poll #2015442 Cameras You Have Known and Loved

What kind of camera(s) do you use primarily?

DSLR
5(35.7%)
MILC (eg Micro Four-Thirds. Nikon 1)
0(0.0%)
Phone
3(21.4%)
Compact
5(35.7%)
Bridge
1(7.1%)
SLR (film)
0(0.0%)
Other (please say what!)
0(0.0%)

What camera(s) do you use at all?

DSLR
7(31.8%)
MILC
0(0.0%)
Phone
6(27.3%)
Compact
5(22.7%)
Bridge
1(4.5%)
SLR
1(4.5%)
Other
2(9.1%)

Are you considering a DSLR or MILC in the future?

Very likely
1(10.0%)
Possibly
3(30.0%)
Unlikely
2(20.0%)
Already an owner
4(40.0%)


In a demonstration of one of the reasons I'll never have anything to do with Facebook, here's the story of someone whose name was deemed not real enough to use there. But, real enough to work there..

Any net.radio recommendations? I have a few stations in my iTunes sidebar, and they're mostly pretty good (though some do seem to have relatively thin playlists) - but the amount of advertising absolutely grates. I'd like to be able to listen for a while, not have to hop stations every other track. For that matter, how do subscription-based offerings like Spotify fare in that regard? I'll be taking advantage of the Beats 1 trial when the station goes live tomorrow, assuming they don't geolock it down.

Here's a game I stumbled upon on TouchArcade the other day: Furdemption, a puzzler in which you have to guide a royal rabbit out of Hell. ^_^ Now, true, I will confess to a degree of bias, but they are very cutely animated, although I'm playing quite cautiously, as I don't ever want to find out what becomes of them if I fall into the lava. ^_^; You can see the game in action over here.

So, a few mini-reactions to recent-ish MLP eps:

Appleoosa's Most Wanted: thoroughly enjoyed. But then, who couldn't enjoy a theme of finding their true selves?
Make New Friends but Keep Discord: enjoyed, although I wasn't sure I quite bought into Discord's jealousy. I do want to see more of Tree Hugger. ^_^
The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone: much better than I'd expected. I was pleased to see Gilda return, and become rather more rounded in nature. Maybe not the most subtle of writing, but still, I was happy to see Gilda happy. ^_^
Slice of Life: invasion of the comics! =:D Absolutely brilliant. I've long felt we could do with seeing more of the "minor" characters, and this delivered in spades. I only wish they'd had David Tennant voice Doctor Whooves. =:)

Who else is using Safari as a primary browser? I'm wondering if it's normal for switching between tabs, and switching from another application to Safari, or away from it, to take a noticeable amount of time - up to a second or two. Feels like something's amiss, though I'm not sure what it could be - it's a fairly stock installation, with only AdBlock and Disconnect extensions enabled. Hmm. Well, if I turn extensions off completely, then back on.. it's speedy again. O.o
 
 
 
 
 
 
The big news, of course, is Friday's SCOTUS ruling: marriage equality covers the entire US now. "The Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples." I know I'm hardly the first person to note this, but WTH. I want these photos and tweets in my LiveJournal, as a record. ^_^ (h/t drhoz)

(Note: the text is a parody account tweet! But WTH =:)



And how did the news reach the world? Well, even now, SCOTUS rulings are only made available on paper, in person - so, the interns have an opportunity to break the news first to their respective broadcasters, in the Running of the Interns.





That news, in combination with how the rest of Friday went for me (noted in a friends-only entry, out of professional necessity), made for a very happy Friday indeed. ^_^

Lesser known marine careers, from Robot Hugs.

Ooh, that works! Take a bottle of Pimm's cider, but add a shot or two of Heston's Earl Grey & Lemon Gin to the glass first, then add the cider. The gin plays beautifully with the Pimm's fruitiness, gently but clearly enhancing its nature.

Some more tidbits about Project Sansar, Linden Lab's next world, were revealed recently, including word that it's currently running around 75fps, with the intent of 90fps, for better use on VR headsets; the terrain will be voxel based; accounts will have a two-tier structure, finally - you'll have one account with the Lab, and then your in-world accounts will all be linked off that.

I rather like this Wondermark take on inheritance. I'd be okay with an exception for housing - everyone needs a place to live, even if the late 20th century saw houses become increasingly merely a financial instrument, with the consequence of absurd inflation. (And heaven forfend we stop just ploughing down nature reserves and old forests to build new houses, when there's such a vast number already there, sitting unoccupied, as a direct consequence of treating housing as such)

If you ever wondered if you're in the wrong profession.. "Cum For Bigfoot was Virginia Wade’s first foray into monster porn, otherwise known as “cryptozoological erotica.” According to her website, Wade (a pseudonym) first “dipped her toes” in the increasingly lucrative industry of self-published smut with titles like Stacy and the Boys and Seducing Jennifer (later retitled, for those lacking imagination, Jennifer’s Anal Seduction). But Cum For Bigfoot outsold all of Wade’s other erotica, earning her up to $30,000 a month through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. So she kept churning out Sasquatch stories, publishing a total of 16 books in the Cum for Bigfoot series."

Have a random time-lapse Bigfoot painting of an adorable nature. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a fascinating decision, the SCOTUS may have admitted how it'll be ruling on marriage equality soon - and it could be good news. ^_^ You can read a summary of the case in SCOTUSblog's article on the remaining cases in this term - scroll down or search for "Obergefell v. Hodges". Towleroad has an analysis of the situation. The actual decision may well come on Thursday or Friday, around 10am Eastern, as it would seem the court's term concludes on July 3, with only one other date current scheduled for opinions.

huskyteer brings good news for everybody: there will be a Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds film!

Speaking of which, Saturday's lineup turned out to start with Shaun the Sheep, which I absolutely loved - basically all the cleverness you'd expect of Aardman, with plenty of little background jokes, some barely perceptible, and typically superb animation and comic timing. Much fun. ^_^ Then, Kingsman, which - I admit, didn't mesh with me. Skillful technically, but I could barely connect emotionally at any point. Finally, Robot Jox, which I'd never made much effort to see - I'd assigned it the tag of low budget fighty cheese, more or less, but no, it turned out to be quite a bit more intelligent, perhaps due to the screenwriter, who caught both of us by surprise: Joe Haldeman. Frankly, I'd take this over Pacific Rim any day! The latter had, of course, far superior effects tech, but Guillermo del Toro really didn't do himself justice there, with so vastly better a grasp on humanity in Pan's Labyrinth.

Here's a superb weblog to visit, if you're feeling at all tired of the endless, useless advertising surrounding us, especially on the web: The Ad Contrarian, by someone now retired from the very industry.

Does anyone have a recent (CC 14 or later) version of Photoshop they'd be willing to put to use on one photograph in particular? I'd like to see how well its "camera shake reduction" works on reducing the blur induced, when I overlooked the slightly slow shutter speed. It's not an especially good photograph, but one of personal significance, as it shows Dad on the last time I saw him, seemingly on the mend.

Via Egg Freckles, an Apple Newton anecdote: "Gaston Bastiens was the General Manager of Newton when I was there. He was not well liked, and he kept making crazy decisions. For instance, he decided it would be good idea to charge Newton developers a percentage of their profits (unheard of at the time, and lunacy for a struggling platform). And: When it was clear that the Newton wasn’t selling all that well, and unwanted Newts were stacking up in warehouses, Gaston had Apple buy parts to make another 80,000 units. I won’t even get started about the sea of T-shirts we were swimming in (there’s a big difference between “Buy $5000 more promotional shirts” and “Buy 5,000 more shirts”).

There were a lot of Newtons sitting in warehouses. Also, many Newton Fax modems. Many, many of them. God only knows how many he ordered. There could well have been more Newton Fax modems than there were Newtons to plug them into. One of our developer support folks (Bob E) found out that it was possible to order a palette of surplus Apple products delivered to your office. Hey, the stuff had no hope of being sold, so if someone had a use for it . . . Bob ordered a big palette of Fax modems, and when he shipped stuff off to developers (hardware, manuals, etc.) he would pour in some Fax modems as packing material."

And so, from the annals of history, MoDeminos, in which four thousand fax modems become dominos. =:D

For anyone into iOS or OS X development, Apple's made quite a few sessions available as downloadable videos, including the "Platforms State of the Union" - effectively the technical keynote, versus the main one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philae is awake! Now, it's a matter of gradually re-establishing better contact, whilst maintaining a guarded distance, so as not to expose Rosetta to the comet's dusty expulsions.

And in preparation for the July 14 encounter of New Horizons with Pluto, the Sky Safari devs have released Pluto Safari for free, for iOS and Android.

Wow. So the Wachowski/Straczynski co-production Sense8 finally materialised recently! I've only seen the first episode so far, and I'm loving it. The breadth and scope of the storyline and characters is something you'll rarely find. (And if I spent more time actually watching TV, I know next up would be Wayward Pines, as so eloquently reviewed by jakebe. As is, I'm still only about halfway through the first seasons of Orange is the New Black and Extant, and have four unwatched episodes of MLP in the queue, not counting today's)

Snicker of the week, courtesy of austin_dern, with a touch of rollercoaster irony.

Here's a remarkable little rambling article on the science of water - why is it "wet", what is ice, why does it behave as it does? Very geeky, yet highly readable - the work of someone who thoroughly, deeply understands their field.

Another weather forecasting site of some use: forecast.io. I can't speak of the quality of the forecasts, having only just discovered it, but the data visualisations are good, though not quite up to the standard of MeteoGroup's WeatherProHD for iPad. (I pay quite a bit of attention to the weather forecasts, trying to gauge when the cloud cover will be patchy or light enough for good rabbiteering - of course, their idea of good weather is not usually in line with what can yield good photographs =:)

Quote of the year, from aurifer: 'In 2004, Manitoba finally passed a bill for gay marriage. Chris and Richard and two other couples were the first to receive their marriage licenses. A little over ten years later, one of these older lesbians was telling a younger girl (niece? Friend's daughter?) that she was going off to attend a gay wedding. The girl said, "No one calls them 'gay weddings' anymore. They're just 'weddings'."'

How about a glimpse into a world imagined by rav_bunneh?

In response to "couple in Canberra threatens to divorce" in protest at marriage equality, SBS announces Same Sex Couple Threaten Not To Give A Shit If Other Couple Divorces. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
Admittedly, the title is a bit baity, but - it's actually sort of justified. =:) The Vagus Nerve: A Back Door for Brain Hacking. "Vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS, got its start in the 1990s, when Cyberonics, of Houston, developed an implanted stimulator to treat particularly tough cases of epilepsy. That application was just the beginning. Researchers soon found that stimulation had the potential to treat a variety of ailments, including painful neurological conditions such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, inflammatory problems such as Crohn’s disease and asthma, and psychiatric ailments such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder."

The catch? We're still working out how exactly to send the signals required to have the desired effects, with one featured company thinking they've made some significant progress, notably how to deliver exactly the right kind of pulse, and using only an external device the size of a phone, which you'd hold briefly to your neck. "The idea that this single nerve can have such a profound effect on so many different organs and ailments might seem far-fetched. To understand the underlying logic of this treatment, consider the anatomy of the vagus nerve and where it connects to the brain. The nerve terminates in the brain stem at a structure called the nucleus tractus solitarius. “The NTS is a junction in the brain,” explains Milton Morris, who until recently was senior vice president of R&D at Cyberonics. From there, the vagus nerve’s signals travel to other important brain structures with bewildering Latin names, such as the locus coeruleus and the dorsal raphe nuclei. Most of these structures produce neuro transmitters—the chemicals brain cells use to communicate—that have an inhibitory effect, decreasing a neuron’s excitability. That anatomical perspective clarifies how VNS produces its therapeutic benefits. An epileptic seizure, for example, is the result of waves of excitation sweeping through the brain. Deploying the brain’s natural dampers should—and apparently does—cause these waves to peter out. Many of the ailments now being investigated by vagus nerve researchers likely involve similar overexcitation, or oversensitivity. “Epilepsy might be just one end of a spectrum,” Errico says."

w00t! Another quick freebie sketch! This time, by /u/PrincessAloria. ^_^

Food recommendation of the day: M&S' soft-boiled Scotch eggs. Not only with a nicely soft-boiled yolk, but the meat itself is a touch better seasoned than most around. Easily the best supermarket Scotch egg I've encountered. (Note that you won't find them with the other Scotch eggs in the "Picnic" section, but with the other "Gastropub" items)

With oddly good weather on Thursday, I naturally had to take the opportunity to go rabbiteering. But that tends to pick up more as the afternoon wears on, and I wanted to be outside sooner - and so, walked there instead. It's a very pleasant stroll, going up and down a couple hills along the way, leaving the shirt back soaked, and me both tired and delighted. ^_^ No notable shots from the session, unfortunately - most of the buns were staying "inside", and those out were mostly content with just enjoying a snack or being flopped out. The black bun of late reappeared, though, and again didn't mind me being there at all, although when they crossed the road back toward their home warren, they did choose to cross a bit further away from me. Ah well. I'm pleased they don't consider me too much of a threat. ^_^ (Must remember to bring more water, though - I finished off the 500ml toward the end of the afternoon, but by the time I got back home, I polished off a few pints of water and diet cola over the next couple hours)

rav_bunneh has some ponderings on the progression of human society through from our current position. poliphilo and lupestripe may wish to take a peek, but obviously, you're all welcome. ^_^

Music video of the week: Hozier - "Take Me to Church". Not an easy one to watch by any means, given the theme of homophobia. Excellent track - probably best listened to without the video, perhaps, as that grabs one's attention away from the music.

For better or for worse, Discworld is closed. "Terry Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna has brought down the curtain on her father’s Discworld novels, declaring that she will not write any more herself, nor give anyone else permission to do so."

It was widely reported that Hot Topic had bought ThinkGeek, but in fact, they were gazumped by GameStop, beating the earlier $122m offer with $140m, plus a penalty fee due to Hot Topic.

TIL that whilst the Mexican peso does offer 5, 10, and 20 centavo coins, in practice, they're rarely used. Going even further than the Australian model, prices apparently tend to be in multiples of 10¢, with totals rounded up to multiples of 50¢.

If you've been considering some furry jewellery, how about a torc or bracelet from the Crafty Celts? Plenty of choices, though sadly, not including any leporines. Elegant, and quite affordable. (And as for leporines, they replied to my enquiry! "We get asked occasionally for that, so maybe one day. I can picture it in my head, which is a good indication I can carve it. However, I am currently just trying to hang on for the ride with the swell of popularity we are experiencing because of Vikings! Stay tuned!")

I had to plump for a Kindle copy of Really Terrible Bible Stories vol.I: Genesis, by Dana Hunter. "Every day, worldwide, people hand a book to children that's filled with graphic adult content. It features genocide, incest, murder, rape, animal sacrifice, slavery, and more. And that's just the stuff the heroes get up to in the first few chapters."

In various news: Met Police use fake cellphone base stations, capturing the device identities of anything within tower range - and needless to say, for all the police's blithe refusal to comment, they're by far from the only purchasers of such devices, freely available commercially; the awkward birth of Moon River; and research demonstrates TV transmissions could be used for civil radar purposes.

Seeing that Julia Margaret Cameron will be receiving a major exhibition at the V&A, I noticed a link to this portrait by her. Is that not a gorgeous piece of work? "Cameron is one of the most celebrated women in the history of photography. She began her photographic career when she received her first camera as a gift from her daughter at the age of 48, and quickly and energetically devoted herself to the art of photography. Within two years she had sold and given her photographs to the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) and in 1868, the Museum granted her the use of two rooms as a portrait studio, likely making her the Museum's first ‘artist-in-residence'."

So, Apple Music finally got announced. I still don't know if I can be lured into a subscription, but I'll certainly take advantage of the three month trial - Beats One would seem to have some real potential by itself, aside from the on-demand catalogue represented by the iTunes Store. It's at least interesting. Full support for Audio Units in iOS will be welcome too, though even as is, iOS is a veritable playground for music development, with a wide array of full-featured synths and sequencers, linking through Audiobus, and controlled by apps like Liine's renowned Lemur, originally a standalone device, until the developers shut down the hardware and ported it over to iOS (and now Android too).

It was also very welcome to see the original hope for Swift to be made open source come about. I ought to get into Swift, though to be fair, my current emphasis is more on acquiring familiarity with the intricacies and expanse of OpenGL - hours in the day, and all that. There's quite a lot of little news, reading between the headlines, including that ADC's rolled all the dev programs into one, and that a paid level of membership is only now required for App Store distribution - developing for your own devices can be done with the free level. There are refinements on the App Store, too, including "app thinning", so only the resources required by a user's specific device will be downloaded, reducing the space required.

Syfy has apparently announced that they intend to adapt Dan Simmons' Hyperion as a miniseries. Not, I'll admit, a series I've read, but it'll be interesting to see a bit more intelligent sci-fi on TV, even if of more of a fantasy nature.

So, say you're in the mood for touch of melancholy? Here's just the ticket: Lullaby for a Princess, a remarkably professional pony music video - beautiful and soulful in its regret.

Even for a bunny, these are some seriously impressive ears. Add in the fact he's an angora.. ^_^

A little while back, I linked to an appeal to help raise funds to pay for treatment of a pup who'd been found run over. Here's an update, and it's very happy. ^_^

So, someone's given a RyanAir ticket in his Facebook name, not his legal name. With them demanding a hefty fee to change the ticket, he changed his name instead, so his new passport would match. =:D

It would appear that some good can come of that wretched leporine affliction, myxomatosis: University of Florida researchers find it "can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants."

Wow, that blood drawing went easily! Just wandered along to the local hospital with the papers the GP had given me, waited all of about thirty seconds, and sat down, right arm with palm upwards. A quick constriction above the elbow, and before I knew it, a tiny prick within the elbow. A few seconds later, and he was labelling two small vials. Providing nothing alarming shows up in the liver function test, I should end the year with all my nails completely standard issue again. ^_^ (The anti-fungal medication in question, Terbinafine, works at the nail bed, so it's got to be taken for 4-6 months in all, for a full cycle, hence the need to ensure the medication doesn't cause undue stress. Its Wikipedia entry is, naturally, about as reassuring as you'd expect =:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have nothing in particular to write about, but I'm going to do so anyway. =:)

I woke up at the crack of noon, with the sun beaming away outside. Checked my usual comics roster, and headed downstairs to make something lunchlike, which turned out to be a sort of ersatz biryani, incorporating chicken & pesto sausages cut up, smoked haddock, and prawns, along with asparagus and leek, spiced with some Berbere mix, chipotle paste, garlic paste, and oyster sauce.

With the weather so good, I was obliged to go rabbiteering. It seemed like a slow day, until I sat down by one of my usual spots, checked email, and when I looked around, a black bun was looking cautiously at me, some 20' away. Moving slowly to raise the camera, they didn't flinch, and instead, made their way toward and under the gate. Once "outside", they lay down. Even with me taking photos of them, quite obviously seen by them, they let me continue. I feel rather proud of being considered unthreatening by a bunny. ^_^ At that range, they more than filled the field of view I had - this may be the first time I'll be attempting a panoramic stitch of a rabbit. =:D

Eventually, it was time for them to find something to eat, making for some potentially quite appealing close-up shots of leporine dining, including a quite wide-open mouth. ^_^

And now, back at one of my favorite watering holes, enjoying a pint of a superb Milk Stout from Red Squirrel, out in the back yard. Bright, warm sun, other folk all around at their tables, and with what should be a magnificent Autumn ahead of me (and hopefully not a bad Summer either!).. maybe things really are, finally, all coming together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is anyone skilled in the ways of minor repairs in clothing, by any chance? To my dismay, the washer/dryer punctured a few tiny holes in probably my favorite shirt, Daft Pon3. Small enough, I think, to be repairable.. even aside from the hassle and expense of replacing it, it's no longer available. Any recommendations as to how to go about it myself, or anyone I could send it to, would be most gratefully received.

Here's quite the gem of Americana, courtesy of jeriendhal: scans from an issue of Front Page Detective (complete with sultry woman portrait on the cover) from the 1950s (?), "the magazine that featured my Dad in a story about finding illegal radio transmitters at Belmont Racetrack." He kindly includes the full article.

As found by patch_bunny, these true wetsuits are rather special - they look like formal officewear, but they are indeed fully functional wetsuits. =:D (There's a YouTube version over here)

Show me a favorite music video from this year. ^_^ What makes it stand out?

You otter hear rigelkitty's Fur The More 2015 set. Pretty damned cool. =:D As he warned me, it's a bit of an energetic mix for a bath, but that hasn't stopped me. =:)

If you want to help keep some rescued rabbits happy, huskyteer dropped mention of Fat Fluffs, a rescue in the West Midlands. You can donate to them by SMS, post, or online, through BT MyDonate (no PayPal involved!), with the latter offering the option of GiftAid, making a UK taxpayer's donation worth 25% more to them, at no extra cost.

Eee! Another rendition of me, this time from Vinters/Grinimal, so very kindly offered for free. =:D

When you're pondering seeing a film theatrically, do you pay much attention to the price? If so, is there a cut-off point where you flip from being about to pay, to just leaving it for the home release? I was all set to see Tomorrowland, with the local soulless megaplex's cheap Tuesday pricing, but then found that they'd eliminated that - it's now £9.30 after 5pm, £7.30 before. (And more for 3D) Previously, it'd been about £4.70 all Tuesday.

austin_dern explains "jobs". ^_^ "For that matter, what’s a job to a kid? It’s just a place adults go to become tired and unhappy somehow. There are maybe five adult jobs a kid understands. There’s being an astronaut, there’s fighting stuff (fires, supervillains, crime, wrestlers [other]), there’s being a nurse, there’s being a teacher, and there’s driving a snowplow. Everything else is a bit shaky. For example, when I was a kid all I quite grasped about my father’s job was that he worked in a chemical factory in the parts that normally didn’t explode. He had to go in for eight or sometimes sixteen-hours shifts and I understood that most of the time things didn’t explode. But that leaves a gap in the imagination about just how he filled his working days. Come in, check that things hadn’t exploded, sure, and then it’s four hours, 56 minutes until lunch.

A kid might understand what someone in a service job does, because they could see a person bringing them food or taking clothes to clean or so. It’s why someone would be hired that’s the mystery, because getting that service means giving someone else money. Money’s hard stuff to come by, what with birthday cards arriving only for a one- or two-week stretch of the year, and maybe a bonus at Christmas if they’re lucky. The tooth fairy can help cover a little capital shortage, but that’s too erratic stuff for a real economy."

What did you want to be as a child? I recall vaguely thinking "nuclear physicist" would be fun, but, TBH, didn't really have any specific ambitions - I was fine with just seeing what I'd grow into, as it were, and my parents were thankfully similarly unhurrying. It probably had to be something in the scientific line, though - I took so easily to chemistry sets, and that first electronics kit I had, with a mess of components terminated in little springs, to be connected by wires - I took that everywhere. =:D

I can't say I'd mind one of these drones for wildlife photography.. behold - the Tayzu Robotics Titan X8. Forget GoPros - this will haul a RED. =:D

Bah. Looks like the ethernet cable linking the AirPort/Time Capsule upstairs to the switch downstairs is going flaky.. re-running that should be entertaining. =:P Meanwhile, I'm leaving Hazel on the AirPort's WiFi so it can see the backup disk and the connected drives, and tethering it to the iPad, now flipped over to the roomie's WiFi. SCIENCE!

Could be handy for some folk - Synergy is a utility for sharing a keyboard, mouse, and clipboard across multiple systems, as well as permitting drag & drop of files between them. It runs on OS X, Linux, and Windows. Just move the mouse across to which ever system you want, as if it were one system with display spanning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Over here. (UK residents only, unfortunately, closes at 2359 tomorrow, May 31 2015)

the task is simple.

choose a number between 0 and 100 and suply a short justification for your choice.

the winner is the person whose number is closest to two-thirds of the average of all the entries.

for example, three entries are submitted : 20, 30 and 40. the average is then 30 and the winning entry is 20 being exactly two-thirds of the average.

in the event of a tie, the prize will go to the person who submits the best justification. professor thaler's decision is final.

prize is dom reilly bag - lightweight, elegant and handcrafted.

send your guess to ThalerChallenge@ft.com


So, who's feeling sufficiently mathematically minded? =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, Kung Fury was released. =:D The roomie, being a backer, had it ready to roll as soon as the moment of release arrived, and lo, it was Chromecast from his PC to the TV, and it was good. ^_^ It's difficult to make good parody or homage, but they managed to fill thirty minutes with all that made 80s action flicks so fantastically cheesy and fun, even if they did take one or two liberties with the level of effects possible then versus now (though the producers of Space Precinct would've surely loved current options. Hi, Triceracop!). Some of the effects were a touch gorier than I would've preferred (particularly in the "origin" sequence), which jarred the playfulness of the whole, for me, but all the same - it's easy to see how this can indeed become a full length feature in a year or two. ^_^

In Bangkok, there's a restaurant with some unusual serving methods: "The chicken is carried out on a silver platter not to the diners, but to a long platform raised a couple of feet above the ground in the middle of the outdoor dining area, and set on one of the several metal catapults. A waiter riding a unicycle makes his way to the platform and stops a few feet away of the loaded catapult. As he struggles to keep his balance and concentrate on what comes next, the edible projectile is set on fire and launched from the medieval artillery device. The chicken soars through the air and most often than not lands on metal skewers the waiter holds in both his hands, in his mouth and on his head."

I was rather surprised to hear from the author of one of my favorite furry stories, Invasion of the Bunnybots - it will indeed be getting posted to the net again soon. It's remarkable for the sense of progression of the transformations involved - not merely describing the visual changes as one might witness, but also the mental progression, how it might actually feel. I don't know if they've written much/anything else, but I'd certainly hope so. ^_^

So, who wants to guess who I voted for in Eurovision? ^_^ (And congratulations to Australia's admirable debut!) I was, admittedly, rather disappointed that the UK's entry barely managed to stay afloat - I'd expected it to be maybe in the middle of the running. =:/

One of KS's newsletter project choices looks particularly interesting: smart friendship bracelets. They're programmable, so they're a platform as well as a wearable, and modular too - the intention to offer bracelets that are both genuinely wearable and functional in their own right, and to help bring girls into programming.

If you're considering going along to one of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectaculars - coming to New York later this year - all I can say is: go for it. The experience of enjoying so much superb orchestral arrangement, all with a full orchestra and choir - the very same people who've been offering us the show's music since 2005 - is quite extraordinary. Not to mention being feet away, at times, from Daleks, Cybermen, mummies, and more.. =:D I was a little surprised that the "key" theme from the Rings of Akhaten wasn't amongst the selections, but then, they have quite a lot to choose from - and the list is good. (Is it a spoiler if I note the closing theme from "A Christmas Carol" is included? Easily one of my favorites of the series - a fantastic episode, to boot. So much love, yet so much heartbreak)

I was sat down by one of my rabbiteering spots, on an old concrete traffic barrier behind the sturdy, locked metal gate (which you can walk around), and two buns came quite close, perhaps 10' away, looking at me and the gate. One decided to head off elsewhere in the small field, whilst the other came a little closer, then, in preparation for heading under the gate, gave their hands a good grooming first. And so, I show to you - the bunny tongue. ^_^

Being watched like that, in a relatively intimate moment for a rabbit, apparently prompted them to share their thought on such an intrusion.


Here's a good excerpt from a book on how RIM/BlackBerry met - or didn't - the fruity newcomer to the world of smartphones. It takes its time to follow the internal thinking around the iPhone's launch, and their response, the Storm. It's worth a read, as it brings a very human face to the whole saga - the actual people involved, and helps explain why things happened as they have, from multiple perspectives.

Meanwhile, today's intentional piece of geek humor is provided by RFC6919. "RFC 2119 defines a standard set of key words for describing requirements of a specification. Many IETF documents have found that these words cannot accurately capture the nuanced requirements of their specification. This document defines additional key words that can be used to address alternative requirements scenarios. Authors who follow these guidelines should incorporate this phrase near the beginning of their document: The key words "MUST (BUT WE KNOW YOU WON'T)", "SHOULD CONSIDER", "REALLY SHOULD NOT", "OUGHT TO", "WOULD PROBABLY", "MAY WISH TO", "COULD", "POSSIBLE", and "MIGHT" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 6919."

Tyrrell's have quite a novel seasonal flavor of crisps out: mint and butter. It sounds wholly unlikely, but it's genuinely delicious - they do indeed have a definite buttery taste, with a gentle, light mintiness to them. Kudos to them for attempting such an unorthodox flavor, and succeeding!

And here are two young buns exchanging a secret message. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
And so I learned just how influential Kevin Godley has been - not just part of 10cc and Godley & Creme, but director of one or two seminal music videos, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes and Herbie Hancock's Rockit - designed thusly as it was, apparently, very difficult to get black artists onto MTV in their early days, so they sort of sneaked him in on TVs. O.o Though the session started late (so, ConOps everywhere can rest assured it's not just them =:), it proved to be a lot of fun - ye gods and little fishes, but the guy's got some stories to tell. Definitely keep an eye on iTunes to see when that "Meet the Author" session gets posted - as with most of them, it was recorded with video for posting later on; somewhere around a few days to a week afterwards, I believe. (And as a tiny marketing exercise, I suppose it worked - I did indeed later buy a copy of his.. well, sort of memoirs, "Spacecake". The original title was going to be "Listen With Your Eyes", but his wife pointed out that that was "kind of shit", so he went with an Irish turn of phrase he stumbled upon in conversation, referring to someone who has their head in the clouds. It's on iTunes for £9.99 or US$16.99; not on Amazon, apparently. No idea about print, but it's a book with a good deal of links, audio, and suchlike embedded - even if a print edition exists, it'd be more wholly enjoyed digitally) Very cool guy.

"Bill wasn't interested in what we knew, or could do; he was after the deeper stuff, what we didn't know we knew we could do. His way of getting results was to challenge our methods. If we were used to a pencil, he'd give us a brush. If we worked in full colour, he'd allow us one. He'd get us to draw left handed, paint with our eyes closed, stand on one leg, put the brush in our mouths, between our toes, anything to switch off access to the obvious and force us to take a step into the unknown. Now this might sound a bit pretentious and hit and miss but it was funny, everyone had to do it and in front of the whole class and have the piss taken out of them, to boot. Actually maybe that was the point. Maybe good old Bill was taking the piss out of us all for his own amusement but the basic point stuck, at least with us. Dig a little deeper. There may be something unbelievable out there instead of something quite good. That simple logic has stayed with me all my working life and subconsciously informed everything I've done since."

! rav_bunneh drew me again, au naturel. ^_^ (NSFW, but a delight!)

Some furry-styled business world tropes, taking after Richard Scarry. Amusing, even if you've personally encountered some of them. =:)

Cine Gear Expo looks like being worth wandering along to, if you have a particular interest in cinema, with an emphasis on the production thereof. Free registration for now, taking place at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, June 4-7 2015.

Best comment on this report of a shower of millions spiders (in Australia, naturally) who proceeded to cover the landscape in cobwebs: "It must be really boring living in those countries where spiders are harmless." (Aha! It's actually from 2012, and the spiders were fleeing floodwaters in Wagga Wagga)

I hadn't heard of "Equestrian Dreamers: My Little Investigations" before, but there it is, looking very polished, and available - free - for OS X, Linux (via Wine), and Windows.

Touch Arcade had a little diatribe the other day, quite deservedly, on poor App Store ratings. Not, I should note, because the games were actually terrible, but.. well, here we head into the cauldron of revenge some consider reviews to be. One set of examples they cite regards Minecraft: "one crafter who says he has been playing for two years but has now decided it's "not worth it" so awards the game one star. Also awarding a single star is the guy who says "it is good but should be free". You might expect a few stars from a review titled "Minecraft is epic" but no, that's another one-star wonder, with a list of stuff that the reviewer thinks should be added before he'll bump his rating. And two ladies on a shared account demand that horses should be added, then almost as an afterthought throw in a list of other animals that should be added too. Another one star." On Monument Valley (veritably, a latterday classic), another deems it '"pointless", declares the $4 purchase price "extortionate", and says he's glad he got it free on a Starbucks promotion "or else I would be beside myself with rage right now".' And these are the more sane examples. =:D

I was amused to note, on a visit to the Cider Tap (if you're ever in London, and feel the need for some serious cider, just head out of Euston, and they're by the entrance to the station, opposite their sister establishment that sells only beer), a sign noting "Please do not ask: WE DO NOT SELL STRONGBOW". =:D Of course, I had to ask if that actually happens - apparently, yes. Multiple times a day. ^_^; (Hint: if it looks busy, try upstairs. If you make it up the tight cast iron spiral stairway without spilling everything, you'll find a little nook with a few more tables)

And the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is about to begin.. and we're right at the front. =:D

 
 
 
 
 
 
The big question is: who's going to be watching Eurovision tomorrow night/afternoon/morning? Will you be putting on a feast to match? ^_^

I'd been thinking of lingering after the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, but.. Eurovision's usually reliably good fun, and I can go out any time - Eurovision is but once a year. Foodwise, I picked up a pulled pork & red onion pizza, which I may well add some tiger prawns to, some Malibu, and a bottle of Angostura 1919 rum. Add the juices/smoothies in the fridge, the vodka, tequila, bitters, and gins (plural =:), and we otter be set for cocktails. ^_^

I haven't been following the semi-finals, though I heard Finland's metallic entrants were knocked out. =:P At least the UK's electroswing offering is one I'd be happy to see win. Anyone else I should keep an eye out for?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Is anyone else going along to the Royal International Air Tattoo this year? Whilst I'm hardly a military sort, there's no denying the magnificence of the aircraft involved, appearing from all around the world - and Friday? Sees the Vulcan. =:D Why, yes, I think I will shift my Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 rental to include that day.. (booked back in February, taking advantage of LensesForHire's half-price offer that month)

And, is anyone going to Confuzzled? If they're selling the con t-shirts separately (rather than only as part of a registration package), might someone be willing to pick one up for me?

rav_bunneh surprised me the other day with a couple pen sketches, which.. I really like. Whilst I certainly know the second very well (a bit too well =:), it's the first that especially sings to me. ^_^ He's a talented bun, even if he keeps trying to deny it.

Here's a sequence of frames from a panel on "how to draw anatomically correct furs". But.. well, it's not in the least bit serious. =:D (Needless to say, absolutely NSFW, although you could justify it as being educational. =:)

Finally! A werewuf who isn't all growly all the time! Here's a very well produced - and rather adorable - student thesis animation short, Dirty Paws, by Karina Farek.

Here's a curious animated oddity - Gato Brujo. (Each episode is only three minutes long)

The Muppets are returning to TV! Apparently, the new pilot "received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives a couple weeks ago".

SLARF just reviewed a less common species avatar: Kahoots' African Painted Dog, midway between realistic and toony, and quite clearly the species it portrays.

Apple recently made an interesting acquisition: Coherent Navigation, whose iGPS work uses multiple satellite systems to provide ~10cm positioning accuracy with high jamming resistance. The question, of course, is: why? Simply to improve upon the current AGPS in use, or does it hint at something unknown, like the "Apple Car"? It could easily be simply the former - it looks like Coherent was a very small company of only a few people, so it's unlikely to've been a tremendously expensive purchase.

From the "Well, That Just Happened" department: have you ever seen a duck stampede before? You have now.

If you're at all interested in films, it's worth checking out Apple's Meet the Filmmaker series of podcasts. They're around 30-45 minutes long, and the director or cast have free rein to talk about the film in question - you'll find the directors or cast of films like Big Hero 6, Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Better Call Saul, and Shaun the Sheep (the director, not the cast). They're very chilled out, and as the audience area in Apple Stores are quite modestly sized - a matter of a few dozen seats, usually - it's a lot cosier than you'll find in a talk show. (Indeed, they're worth going along to in person, if you're near one of the flagship Apple Stores - always free, just make a reservation and turn up a good half hour ahead of time to be in with a good chance of being able to sit. They're fine with photography, just no flash) Speaking of which, I see Thursday holds a potentially interesting fashion discussion, "Join Kinvara Balfour and award winning fashion designer Christopher Kane as they discuss his work", followed by Mr Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme), "Join Kevin Godley as he discusses his ebook SPACECAKE, which chronicles the part work, part play, all real interactive misadventures of the ex-10cc media masochist and his journey through the worlds of rock music, video and technology." Think I might amble along for both of those.

So, turns out a double of Heston's Earl Grey & Lemon Gin, a double of Thornton's, a tiny dash of home-made cinnamon vodka infusion, topped up with mango & apricot smoothie and diluted with milk, makes a very palatable cocktail. =:9 (I'd recommend the gin to non-gin lovers, too - it's rather unlike most, teetering on being a sort of dry-ish liqueur)
 
 
 
 
 
 
For a night which saw a relatively clean win for a party that's pushed for punishing the poor and slashing the NHS, there's a degree of comfort to be found nonetheless, beyond the welcome resignations of Clegg, Miliband, and Farage (oh, so nearly - but, whom would the press have been left to adore?). The LibDems have paid the price for propping up that regime, Caroline Lucas held onto her Green seat in Brighton with her margin increased by 10%, the SNP's done spectacularly well, Farage lost his bid, and Labour might finally have to re-examine where its heart lies - in being eternally afraid of offending Murdoch or the Daily Flail, or actually becoming a party of opposition to the hateful policies of austerity. (Though I fully expect them to continue their drift to the right) And there's even some surprisingly good news from the Conservatives, per Lord Ashcroft: "...and furthermore let's set up a Royal Commission or similar to review the voting system. First Past the Post has had its day..." Toward that end, if you're a UK voter, consider adding your name to the Electoral Reform Society's campaign for a fairer, more proportional system.

Not just a cool track, but a really nifty cat mask too! Galantis "Runaway (U & I)". Or, if humans are more your bag, how about this skateboarding-themed vid for The Moth & the Flame "Young & Unafraid" - it's maybe not quite as you might expect.

Or maybe a touch of the old ultraviolence? How about this SNES-themed Norwegian number? The Fjords "All In" is.. memorable. ^_^;

VICE Canada recently took a look at Fur-Eh, a new Edmonton furcon. They had fun. ^_^ Of course, fursuiting features prominently, but they're quick to note it's really only a large, highly visible minority. Sex is mentioned, and accepted; and, unsurprisingly, that CSI episode is raised and appropriately discredited. Overall, it's a pretty positive look at what is, after all, a huge pile of fun.

A Kickstarter of note: LightSail, a solar sailer packed into a CubeSat. It's a project from the Planetary Society, headed by Bill Nye, originally proposed by Carl Sagan. It's already reached its minimal funding goal, but there's a lot more that they could make happen with more money.

Apparently, this is the first released image from Nick Park/Aardman's latest production, "Early Man". =:D

Here's rather an intriguing photographic startup: Light. They're aiming at the gigantic cellphone market, aiming to offer quality to rival DSLRs, by aggregating the output of many conventional sized cellphone sensors, but each one operating at a different focal length, with the longer lenses folded down flat against the body, rather than protruding from the device. The proof, of course, will be in the pudding - even if it doesn't equal DSLR or MFT cameras, there's surely some potential in taking a photo with many focal lengths simultaneously. Whether it'll prove alluring to phone buyers, though, remains to be seen - anything more than the current optical setups is going to add to the width of a phone, and as the article notes, the bulk of the market tends to want either cheap, or thin and light. As a rival to more serious cameras, it could prove quite interesting.

Admittedly, I'm not used to the accent, so I can barely understand the guy, but you've got to love this Tube staffer's sheer style. =:D Aha! [A transcription has been provided! ^_^]"Super dooper good afternoon to wonderful people at Victoria. All the way to the top for the North Pole, so get on board and relax and don't dare delay santa's sleigh. We're just at a red light, nahmean, soon be a green light, should leave very soon. So don't worry people, we'll soon be jingling all the way to the North, you know? Easy driver, Rudolph and Prancer All these wonderful people, stand clear. Rudolph the red nosed train is ready to get out of here, whoops - e - daisy don't you dare delay Santa's Sleigh. Yes, driver!"

Melancomedy, who previously produced The Box, have released their latest short, the superbly bleak Between Two Ghosts (briefly NSFW). (h/t eliki, whose brother is amongst those involved)

Could be good to see made - Kickstarter for a series of sci-fi shorts, Transhuman. Of course, one would hope their definition of transhuman might also extend to reshaping one's body, not merely improving upon it - although the two can be closely linked. =:)

So, here's a flick I'll be looking out for: Anne Hathaway, starring in "Colossal", described as 'Godzilla' Meets 'Lost In Translation'. =:D Intriguingly, it'll be written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, the same guy responsible for the time travel mind-twister "Timecrimes".

The good Doctor Who news: UNIT scientist Osgood, killed off summarily by Missy, is returning. ^_^ The less good? That two-parter's being written by the same individual responsible for the - ah - memorable episode, Kill the Moon. =:/ But - how about these lift doors from the new Durham police HQ?

Of minor geek interest: Ofcom's introducing new rules on switching providers for broadband and landline services (but not cellular, yet), so rather than the current process of having to contact your existing provider to initiate the process, you'll be able to let your new provider take care of the whole switchover.

I'm going to have to take a look at this, as I'm rather interested in OpenCL: a Linux rootkit that runs on the GPU, making for a novel attack vector. (h/t thewayne)

Artwork of the week: this piece by Owlette. (Entirely safe)

Wow, that's a stupid Yosemite bug! A week or so ago, I changed the disk password on my Airport/Time Capsule, to make it easier to re-enter on the BD player downstairs (it's the usual "navigate an alphanumeric grid using the up/down/left/right buttons" UI, so anything more than a few letters gets quite tedious). What I didn't realise was that Time Machine apparently wasn't aware of that, and could no longer see the backup drive, so it was quietly not backing up to that, only on the internal drive. Reselecting the drive within the Time Machine control panel prompted me for said password, whereupon it could finally see it and begin preparing the next backup.

In gaming news, Squeenix has announced, more or less, that they're abandoning consoles, in favor of mobile gaming. Naturally, it's to be hoped the nature of their titles won't change radically - whilst "bite size" gaming is absolutely a major part of mobile gaming, titles like The Journey Down and Grim Fandango illustrate there's also a need for longer, more involved titles. Eep! And now, Konami says the same thing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hatoful Boyfriend, the pigeon dating sim, is on sale until May 11 2015 - 75% takes it from £6.99 down to £1.74, for OS X, Linux, and Windows. Or, there's the Collector's Edition, which apparently adds the soundtrack, a comic, wallpapers, and yearbook. (The usual prices are $10 and $15) "Congratulations! You've been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation's Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world's greatest pigeon high school. Finding happiness won't be easy, but it's not all academic - there's always time for a little romance in this delightful remake of Hato Moa's popular visual novel / avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend!
Please Note: No birds were hurt in the making of Hatoful Boyfriend. In fact, many found love."

A luscious 3D platformer from the minds behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country wanted funding, and got it in spades: they were hoping for £175,000 for Yooka-Laylee's creation, and have £1.4m with 40 days to go. =:D

Via schnee: there's an IGG funding campaign running for *ahem* Tiny Equine Stockings - as they put it, "Socks for people who like miniature horses!". Surprisingly enough, they're available in different varieties: Clever Horse, Smart Horse, Timid Horse, Apple Horse, Speedy Horse, Party Horse, and Fashion Horse. =:D They do look really fun. ^_^ [Edit: well, poop. It ended earlier than I'd thought, and without having reached its target. Maybe they'll try again?]

On "taking action", this Wondermark comic is perfectly on the money. Perhaps worth bearing in mind on Thursday, for UK peeps. =:)


An interesting surprise just hit the App Store: Grim Fandango Remastered. I never got to play it the first time around - and this time, it's cheaper too, at a princely $10.

Saturday's film was a random selection - I hadn't heard of it, so we went for it. =:) "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" is a Korean drama from the 15th Century, telling the tale of a famous battle that saw 12 battleships defend against the invaders' 330.

An interesting weblog, if your geekiness extends into image sensors (DSLRs, smartphones, et al): Image Sensors World.

Hm. The thought occurs that the Clapham South deep shelter tour is on October 8 2015, by which time I may be a few thousand miles away. Still, not such a bad problem to have. =:) If I do wind up having to miss it, and if it's transferable, would anyone be interested in buying the ticket? It's quite a rare opportunity. ^_^

This Dinosaur Comic? Yep, it's true.

Competition of the week: an absolutely outstandingly beautiful bracelet, worth £75,000, and apparently open to entrants worldwide.

From the "it seemed like a good idea at the time" beer naming department: Flaming Ass Owl, an Imperial Porter, at 9.2%. Really rather good! The malt's been smoked, and a touch of spicing added too - but despite the monicker, actually with a gentle touch.

Drink of the day: 3 shots Thornton's, 2 shots Juniper Green gin (though any would probably do), 1 shot Aqua Riva tequila (best to use that, if possible), and a dash of Boudin Curaçao, plus a bit of ice. It's like the best chocolate ice cream, all molten. Very dangerously easy to drink. And fortuitously, discovered on Election Night. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Could definitely be some photographic fun! London Zoo's running "sunset safaris" on Fridays between June 5 and July 17 2015, 6-10pm. That'd make for some unusually good light, of course, and the chance to see the more nocturally inclined more active. Not sure I've ever been there, actually - the last full-blown zoo I frequented was San Diego's (and the Wild Animal Park, near Escondido).

I'm sort of beginning to ponder the next suit's design - bringing my SL self into RL. ^_^ The head's really the key - the body will be fairly straightforward, as I imagine I'll just use normal fake fur, perhaps padded gently around the hips and thighs to offer subtle support to the leporine physique. The trouble is that I only have personal construction experience with carving foam, which won't be appropriate here - that'd make for a rather larger head, ideal for a more toony look, but here, I'll be aiming a bit more naturalistic.

I'd been completely unaware of the existence of something like this, which seems more at home in the plans of an old school Bond villain - behold the World War 2 Japanese submarine aircraft carrier. Yes, a submarine, which is also an aircraft carrier. O.o;

Now, I'd imagine everyone's aware of tanukis' place in Japanese folklore, specifically the males. *cough* But, you maybe haven't seen this selection of woodblock prints by 19th century ukiyo-e master Kuniyoshi. They are not even remotely worksafe (as the URL hints =:) but hilarious. ^_^

Last week, one evening's rabbiteering saw a lot of activity, including one quite spirited bout of combat - thankfully, it didn't last long (though there did seem to be a grudge held), and neither party appeared to be hurt afterward.



Here's a handy resource for anyone choosing an SD Card for their DSLR - they test a pile of different cards per body, and list the actual write speed achieved using each. eg the page for the Nikon D7100. Even aside from the cards' differences, the bodies themselves impose an upper limit, depending on the interface supported, and the speed of the processor involved - by comparison, the D90 tops out at about 20MB/s, though that's sort of made up for by the much smaller filesizes involved versus the D7100.

A nice compo: win a Venice-London trip on the Orient Express, including flights to Venice, and a rather plush overnight stay.

If you missed the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band recently, it seems they're aiming even higher next time, on Dec 3 2015: "Following the massive sold out event at London's KOKO, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are continuing their celebration of 50 years in the business with a brand new gig at indigo at The O2, London. Tickets are on sale right now!Get set for a mini-festival featuring original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons and Bob Kerr, plus a vaudeville band, two rock groups, a brass band and a theatre troupe ALL UNDER ONE ROOF! This is as big a celebration as it gets and tickets are strictly limited - secure your place now."

I don't follow the show, but still, this VHS intro for Game of Thrones is fun.

Did you know the US has a National Raisin Reserve? "American raisins, once seized, are sent to various warehouses across California, where they are stored until they are sold off to foreign nations, fed to cattle or schoolchildren, or disposed of in any other way to get them off the market that year." (My italics)

A tidbit of UK cellphone news: from 1 July 2015, 0800 and 0808 numbers will be free for all, whether from a mobile or landline. This is already the case for some tariffs, including GiffGaff, but many others face 10-20p/min or more.

Crossover marvel - Firefly/Doctor Who, "The Time Job". =:D

Here are a few more shots (NSFW) of Evil Bambi (SFW, if black latex deer don't attract attention), as I linked to some time back; apparently, made by Obsidian Design.

A mildly amusing Reddit thread, on latterday "uphill both ways" sentiments. =:)

huskyteer might want to check out Wings Remastered on iOS, a new incarnation of a classic Amiga WW1 arcade flight sim.

There may, I hope, be a story behind this wonderful "But.. they may see us!" photograph, in what may be Moscow. ^_^

MLP this season seems to be on a steady upswing. ^_^ Castle Sweet Castle was an entirely serviceable episode (and, I suppose, the moral of ensuring that help or gifts are indeed for the recipient, not the giver, does bear repeating), whilst Bloom & Gloom went head-on into examining some very basic fears about friendship, surprisingly well. But, for me, the star of the season so far must be Tanks for the Memories, one of the best Rainbow Dash eps, including a particularly good number to boot. (Perhaps needless to say, I didn't recognise the Game of Thrones reference until EqD pointed it out =:)

Tasty Sandwich™: some baguette, filled with a few thin strips of aged Gouda, three thick slices of Sainsbury's garlic sausage, a light spreading of Seriously Strong cheddar spread, and a modest spreading of bacon jam. =:9 Hm. Maybe it's just as well I don't have a significant other. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm (nearly) ready! Lapinity will be opening in its new home on Monday, April 27, with a variety of options, including some rather beautiful pre-mounted offerings ready to hang, as well as simply the prints themselves. Publicity and orders will both be welcomed. ^_^ For now, you can see how it'll look, but with no ordering enabled.

Oh, this looks like it could be seriously good. =:D The first trailer for The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has just debuted. Quite a surprising director, too, having previously helmed Kung-Fu Panda. Curiously, they've chosen to bracket the story within another, a conceit reminiscent of The Princess Bride.

Once in a while, things work out despite themselves. =:) If you recall the Charing Cross "Access All Areas" tour I mentioned the other day, finding everything booked, I placed myself on the waiting list. At first, for just some relatively random date, not realising it was specific to that date - then, for a date I actually wanted, Friday July 3, as that'd segue beautifully into giving plenty of attention to the White Horse's American Beer Festival running over that weekend. I duly received two notifications from EventBrite, saying spaces had opened up. I clicked on the first, which turned out to be for June, and then the second, the one I wanted, and proceeded from there to the purchase page. Naturally, the site gave me the wrong date. =:P Too bad, but hardly any great matter. Then, on Thursday evening, I received an apologetic note from TfL saying a site bug had resulted in some tours being oversubscribed, and they'd be in touch to arrange a substitute date instead. They called on Friday afternoon, and initially offered something else in June; I countered, wondering if they might have something on July 3 instead. And so, I've wound up with precisely the ticket I thought I'd originally bought. =:D

Well, that's an interesting change of career.. Scott Forstall, one time iOS chief, just announced he's co-producing a Broadway adaptation of Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel of the same name.

Here's a beautiful, though bittersweet, love story in a fifteen page comic: Where the Stars Shine Brightest, by Salkitten. (Risqué in one spot, but otherwise safe)

It's not a furry music video as such, but, it was apparently the background to the FinFur Animus 2015 dance parties. ^_^ (Info on the con over here)

Did you know there was almost a 1990s cartoon series of Doctor Who, produced by Nelvana? Sadly, nothing came of it - supposedly, another bid came in and detracted from the attention given here, with it all petering out.

If you enjoy Star Trek, you might derive much geeky delight from this comparison of ST:TMP script revisions that jenndolari's compiled. It's presented as a tall webpage of seven columns, one for each revision noted, going through the progression of the film - as you might expect, in some versions, particular scenes don't appear at all, or with significant differences. I was tickled to see one story treatment tagged as "First draft script ostensibly written for the new Star Trek Series, Star Trek II, but, known only to the core production staff, was written as the rough draft for a Star Trek movie."

I found horseradish! The actual root! Not wild, but, over in Waitrose. Wow - it's as much fun an ingredient as I recall! Damn, I wish this weren't labeled as a seasonal special. Stil, it'll be loads of fun in stir fries and more while it lasts. =:9

Watched the season opener of MLP, and.. erf, that was an awkward one. Such concepts of enforced similarity can certainly work as a literary instrument, as with Harrison Bergeron, but with that lack of subtlety, it came rather close to painting egalitarianism as identical to such enforced lack of differentiation. Still, it certainly had its moments, such as Phlegmatic Pinkie, Fluttershy realising joining the adventure might not be such a bad idea, or the balloon binoculars. =:)

Ah well - looks like the Fursuit mailing list just got wound up, going by the auto-unsub I received. (And yep, it's confirmed on the site) It had a pretty good run of things, given it was born around 1992, the result of a discussion Malin, Frang, and I were having whilst waiting for a Timberwolves game to begin - Frang was talking about a program he'd written to help calculate the weights required along a fursuit tail in order to afford it some realistic swishiness, purely passively. I wound up thinking it'd be really helpful to have a venue to be able to share thoughts and plans like that, and so, rcking foolishl^Wnobly volunteered to set it up.

For jayblanc - well, looks like we made the wrong choice as far as food quality goes, on visiting the World's End, but I suppose it had to be done: a pint of the World's End, at the World's End, before seeing The World's End. =:) The Camden Eye, across the road, offers some seriously nice woodfired pizzas, and a good selection of ales - and even a "secret" nook, so whilst it was heaving downstairs, I was all but alone, watching half the the world pass by. Most relaxing. ^_^

That was an unusual moment, on Saturday afternoon's rabbiteering - rather wish I had a headcam operating. =:) There'd been some unusually prolonged chasing going on, with them eventually diving into a corner of the field I can't see, but close to me. A minute or so later, the chased bun comes wandering along, in no particular hurry, and ambles right past me - maybe only 5' away from me! It was only when I turned around to start taking shots that they had their #ohshit moment, and started hurrying away. Actually quite a good day, overall - they were quite active, with one or two couples in evidence, though the tinybuns did unfortunately remain close to the hedgerow at the other end of the field, and no binkying. Of course, you can never tell, from one day to another, what the activity level's going to be like.

Does anyone know the ways of wild foxes well? I'm a touch more familiar with leporines. ^_^; I noticed this guy early on on Tuesday afternoon, sauntering fairly normally through my original rabbiteering spot (thankfully, with no ill effects), and thought nothing more of it, until I noticed them in the next field (well, more of a strip of land, now being turned into something), but staying put. I know rabbits are sometimes given to just chilling out - are foxes similarly minded? It just felt quite odd, to see the same fox in almost the same spot for over an hour. (BTW, how does this 800 pixel width work for everyone? I'm hoping it's small enough not to break the width of anyone's journals)

 
 
 
 
 
 
The video YouTube - nay, the Internet - was destined to disseminate has debuted: David Hasselhoff in True Survivor, the music video for Kung Fury, a not-very-serious homage to 80s action films, including dinosaurs, Valkyries, Hitler, time travel, and 80s computing tech galore.

The director of the superb Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Wolf Children has a new production coming out this year: 「バケモノの子」, which translates more or less as "The Monster's Child", though the English title appears to the "The Boy and the Beast".

Here's a remarkably insightful look at Second Life, with a perspective of personal identity. Worth reading whether or not you're involved in SL - the themes apply to any sufficiently flexible virtual world.

If you're in or within reach of London, and have an interest in modern urban history, you might be sufficiently geekily interested in two new TfL tours, for which tickets will open at 10am on Friday, April 17th, at 10am. Going by the Rotherhithe-Wapping tunnel walk last year, if you're interested, you'll want to snag tickets as soon as convenient. "The one likely to cause the most excitement, is the exceptionally rare opportunity to go into the Clapham South deep level shelter, a series of tube tunnels dug next to the tube station that were used as accommodation during air raids. One of eight such shelters across London, most are off limits as they are used for secure document storage, so this is a very rare opportunity. The other tour is to see one of London’s newer disused tube stations — at Charing Cross. Go behind closed doors to exclusive areas not accessible to the public, walk under Trafalgar Square and see the London Underground from a different angle." [Edit: it would seem both events sold out within about five minutes. ^_^; But not before I landed tickets for the deep shelter!][w00t! The waiting list was real! - I also landed the Charing Cross ticket, which will segue oh-so-nicely into the White Horse's American beer festival. And they take their festivals seriously, with not just kegs, but even casks, and sometimes of very special brews..]

I had no idea Criterion had given Watership Down their attentions, but there it is: an absolutely gorgeous Blu-Ray, at long last. =:D Many thanks to whitetail for bringing this to my attention! I see there is an HD version on iTunes UK, but lacking any mention of Criterion, I suspect it's an old transfer; iTunes US does have explicitly Criterion's, though without any of the rather interesting extras.



I remain a trifle disappointed that of all the WiFi nodes I can see from here, only the roomie's and mine are non-generically named. What have you called yours? And are there any favorites you've spotted? (One I thoroughly appreciated, visible then from Muddy Waters on Church & Market, was named with a suitably short URL, along the lines of http://192.168.1.2/w - connect and load that page, and it explained the WiFi was open for anyone to use, and that if you'd found it helpful, to consider dropping them a line at a given email address. I did, and received a thankful note back =:)

I appreciate web design isn't an easy matter - many professions often seem easier from the outside. Nonetheless, there are some principles one might think would be fairly obvious to design in or allow for. The local bus company recently reworked their site, and committed some amusingly bad mistakes - now, true, having promo codes be case-sensitive isn't a grave mistake, but a bit silly. Rather more bizarre, though, is the date field on their contact form, for specifying the date of a trip you want to discuss - it hints, reasonably enough, that it should be of the form dd/mm/yyyy. So, you might be inclined to enter something like 2nd March 2015 as 2/3/2015. Nope! They mean quite literally what they said, and will reject anything but 02/03/2015. =:D (And let's not even get into the many sites that will reject phone numbers of the form 07684 786000, as advanced space removal technology has not made it into their toolbox) Okay, gripe done. ^_^

Gin of the week: Martin Miller's, distilled near Birmingham, then shipped to Iceland for dilution to 40%. (Apparently, they can't import the water, as they'd be required to treat it before use) To my palate, it's on a par in the world of gin as Chase and Grey Goose are in vodka. Very smooth, exceptionally soft mouth feel, but with all that makes gin what it is. =:9 I hadn't heard the name before, but it isn't merely the product of a marketing department - it is indeed the result of that person feeling dissatisfied with a G&T, and setting out to create their perfect gin.

If you'll recall the stolen fursuit from the other week: there's been an update. It's been returned, along with shipping costs; benevolently, the owner's choosing not to pursue the matter further.

Nice competition: two flights anywhere Cathay Pacific flies, in premium economy. (UK residents only)

With finances beginning to improve, I felt like finally returning to one of my old haunts on Saturday night, a pub with a particularly good line in food, a well-chosen selection of beers and ciders, and enough history to be.. well, I'd say nigh tangible, but those hefty beams are quite real. The place's date of construction isn't entirely clear, but it's apparently known that some previous owners laid on hospitality for the inbound Normans. Started off with their charcuterie plate (which still doesn't come with anywhere near enough baguette slices!), with slices of a deliciously tangy saucisson, deeply aged Serrano ham, and house-made pork rillettes and cornichons. Such a satisfying start to a meal. ^_^ The main, meanwhile, I chose from the specials board - as tempting as the lamb shank with puy lentils was (I'd had that on my first visit, and it was absolutely excellent), I plumped for the pan-fried pigeon breast atop spiced red cabbage, with potatoes dauphinoise, and a red wine sauce. Mmm.. really nicely done, with the meat cooked perfectly pink, nicely tangy cabbage, a rich sauce, and I'm always a sucker for that style of potato. =:9


Whew. I is a relieved bunny. ^_^ In the early hours of Thursday, I discovered the iPhone wasn't charging at all, nor being seen by Hazel. Awkward enough per se, particularly as I'd just added a month's broad area bus pass to it. ^_^; I tried vigorously blowing down the Lightning port, and using a bit of paper as an improvised spudger, but to no avail. To the Apple Store! Just, the only one with availability on the day (otherwise, Sunday or Monday) was a couple hours away.. still, I'm fine with any opportunity for travel, and the pass would cover most of it. ^_^ Mercifully, it did indeed turn out to be merely an accumulation of microfluff - a few minutes in the back room, and they had the Lightning and headphone sockets both in pristine condition. (And a minor bonus: got to see the Apple Watch in person. Rather a nice bit of tech and design, though I'm yet to be sold on the utility of smartwatches. Still, we'll see. There's inevitably going to be a good deal of discovery ahead for developers and the public alike, working out just what such turn out to be really good at and for)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've had a few jobs now, and one thing continues to puzzle me - why do so many folk conceal their salaries? Even when employed at the same company, so there's no risk of poaching, that holds true, and this puzzles me. Could someone explain?

A couple weeks ago, /u/xRabbitfluffx offered a couple free portrait slots, and I was lucky enough to be chosen. And.. wow. I'm absolutely delighted. ^_^

The Muppet Show might be heading back to TV. =:D

Does anyone else maintain an ad-free Flickr Pro account? I'm a little confused (which is not unusual), as I just saw a transaction for Flickr come through - what looked like a two year payment, as is indeed currently selected, but paid to me. Don't places like Flickr tend to take money from people? The next payment is due in December, but I notice that old card expired this month - but still, I'm not sure why they'd wind up giving me money.

Yay! Only one week to go until the complete (save for Vivian Stanshall) Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band play again. =:D They're not very serious. And damned talented. What's not to love? ^_^ (If the name isn't familiar, their legacy may be, responsible for the track which another band later used as their name, Death Cab for Cutie; a well-known arrangement of the Monster Mash; and The Urban Spaceman, amongst quite a lot else)

Watched "Seven Psychopaths" the other night.. egad, now there's a cheery little flick. ^_^; IMDb's algorithms certainly got it right with their "also liked" headlining "In Bruges". I'm not quite sure what to make of it, actually.. it was well written, with some interestingly complex characters, particularly Christopher Walken's, but the sheer bleakness prevented me from being able to immerse myself in it. (I was, needless to say, very apprehensive when one character appeared, holding an adorable white rabbit, fearing for the worst. The buns, thankfully, were all safe throughout) I think I'm pleased I've seen it, but I doubt I'd be able to watch it again. Admittedly, that aversion holds true even with Breaking Bad - I've seen a couple episodes, and I'll certainly acknowledge it's excellent TV, but.. oh, so desperately bleak. (And bear in mind, I admire Chris Morris' work, even including Four Lions =:)

lupestripe really needs to see this series of SoftBank ads that hangkat found. (Hint: the star is a very cute white pup)

You've seen computers touted as being small - Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, and more. Those, by comparison, are positively gargantuan versus the University of Michigan's Michigan Micro Mote. Here it is on the edge of a coin. =:D And it is indeed a genuinely fully-fledged computing device, with solar cells able to power the device off even indoor lighting, and a radio for communications. As you might expect, such a small device has commensurately tiny power consumption: the 1x1mm solar cell produces 20nW of power, with the device's idle consumption reduced to 2nA (ie 0.002µW). The processors themselves? Cortex M0! Yes, ARM again. Yay!

Dinner on Sunday turned out well. ^_^ It was a collaboration between the roomie and I - he bought the beef joint, I landed a few heavily marked down vegetables (at the right time, 10% of usual price. And I do mean of, not off =:), and I sort of kicked it off with marinading the joint. I played it by ear, basically wanting something peppery, potent enough to make a good marinade, without being in the foreground. I wound up tossing together lots of water, a bit of oyster sauce, plenty of Berbere mix, a few teaspoons of Dijon mustard, some basil leaves, plenty of grindings of Tellicherry black papper, a little fish sauce, a pinch of asafoetida, a little ras el hanout, and a bit of crushed garlic. Not a simple mix, but one that I intended to head concertedly in a peppery direcion, with loads of body to back it up, especially against that robust meat.

It proved.. good. =:9 I actually wound up simmering it for a little while, with the meat in, to ensure the flavors would circulate, given we only had a few hours until dinner, then popping it into the oven to finish off, along with some parsnips and potatoes. Meanwhile, the vegetable assortment was sequenced - cauliflower first, then Brussels, then tenderstem broccoli. The gravy? Well, I hadn't actually originally intended it, but the marinade was tasty, so I simply thickened it with rice flour, nothing more.

Here's rather a nice prize bundle: NI Komplete 10 plus a Kontrol S49 controller. Open worldwide, except "Americas" (would they mean literally all of North, Central, and South America?). Fun tie-breaker.. "If you could have control over anything, what would it be and why?" Or.. how about a 17-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, flying business class on a 787?

Programmer humor. Probably just as well they cut away before demonstrating a destructor. =:)



So, we watched Skyfall - the roomie's second time, and my first. Quite a lot better than I'd feared, actually, with a good deal more ambiguity of moral purpose than I'd have expected of a Bond film. As exciting a production as ever, of course. And I was, for once, delighted to see a solidly capable woman do rather more than survive, in the form of Eve. (Though, a little sorry to see even Bond can't escape tropes like visualising where a device is being "hacked" from.. what? Arg! Computers aren't exotic toys now! Can't we have a touch more realism even now? But then, there was the Tube train whose lights remained firmly illuminated even after departing the tracks, with nary a flicker.. *cough* I know these aren't major issues within the plot, but can't we be rid of these unnecessary bumps in the plot? Realism can even pay off, though such seems to be held with some disdain in Hollywood - consider the swordfight at the clifftops in The Princess Bride. They didn't need to genuinely choreograph the scene, but they did, and wound up with a portrayal whose verisimilitude affords a certain authenticity elsewhere, even when we know it's all a grand tale)

All a bit weird. ^_^; I recently rediscovered Swords & Sausages, and from there, Nine to Nine, and thus its origin, College Catastrophe, which began around 2000 - but, the artist later reworked many of the earlier strips. So, I'm currently looking at a strip from 2011 10 30, which apparently originally debuted on 2002 05 19. And despite having been active on LJ since 2003, I had no idea they were even around! Bah.

Just before the guest - a mutual University friend of myself and the roomie - arrived, I dashed out to indulge in some rabbiteering. And.. caught this moment. ^_^



Friday afternoon saw a very special surprise. Some time ago, I backed the Scandinavia and the World Kickstarter - and I now have the SatW version of me to share. =:D (Even better, I'll be animated later on, in the dance and Royal Ball!)


It does feel rather immodest to promote these depictions of myself, but.. they so resonate with me. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Might someone who's on F*c*b**k be willing to try looking up either or both of James Clark and John Clark? They're likely to still be in Somerset, England. James might mention travel and photography. I'd love to get back in touch with them, but I'm having no luck so far, with their old sites still registered, but with no A or MX records associated, and no other likely matches seem to surface with any amount of searching. =:P (Though if they've more or less vacated the web, I doubt they'd be on that site, but it's worth a shot)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, this is proving to be an interesting year. =:) I've just signed Momentary up with a press agency, for newspaper and magazine publication. Now to see where this leads.. and indeed, where my buns wind up. ^_^ I'd had this in mind for a while, but never quite got around to it - but with Easter upon us, I thought it'd be worth seeing if some editor with exceptional taste might want an eye-catching bunny photo. ^_^

Here's a rather impressive canid fursuit courtesy of a Japanese advertiser. Although I still have a tremendous weakness for the Anabukin-chan spots. =:D The outcome is a Japanese play on words, apparently, as the song translates along the lines:

Surpass Mansion, where dreams blossom
Surpass Mansion, where expectations grow
Your heart is swelling, swelling, swelling with pride [crucial play on words: "heart" can also be "bosom"]
WOW
Surpass Mansion [the construction company's brand of condominiums]

A ten minute short of some possible interest: Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny. ^_^ (Also note the competition running until April 20th, to win a gift card for $350 with ChezNoir.ca, good worldwide)

I'm very pleased to see the success of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. I'm hopeful it'll prove pivotal in securing a much better life for Iranians in general, even if the theocracy remains firmly in place.

We missed the first UK political debate last night - how did it go? I'm not much for such spectacles - all too often, they're merely PR opportunities, rather than involving any element of debate. And as we've seen with the current abominable bunch, what they claim as policy need have little relation to what's actually carried out. (I see from the Guardian's coverage that Farage remains as much of a media sweetheart as ever. I'd've thought his "lovable fascist" schtick would've gotten old for even reporters by now) [ETA: I find poliphilo's summary of each leader rather delightfully wry]

I must point out Closetspace, a comic jenndolari has been working on for several years now. ^_^ The overall feel is of a superb soap opera, although I'm worried that might sound less like admiration than withering criticism. ^_^; What I mean to convey is that whilst it's essentially a slice-of-life saga, there are also comedic exaggerations, and well thought out melodrama as well. There are some wonderful laughs to be had, and I shed some tears along the way - for lo, didst I read the entire strip from start to present over the course of a couple days.

Where did I first encounter this comic? (Bear in mind, I am a bunny of very little brain) Collar 6 is a strip based around the fairly soapy adventures of a new sub, her mistress, and their maid. The respect for BDSM safe practices is evident, but it remains often a playful strip, set in an alternate Earth where sexuality isn't a matter of taboo. (Did jessie_pup recommend it? jharish? I only sort of re-stumbled upon it while browsing through my local comics & cartoons directory, and noticed two strips in a folder by themselves, from 2009) The storyline kicks in fairly soon, commencing with an unexpectedly powerful challenger to Mistress. There's a lot more, but I'll let anyone interested read on and enjoy it for themselves. It's a grand adventure indeed. =:D It runs twice a week, and has been running for about six years - so, good if you've got some time spare. =:)

A quite wonderful music video: Freewave (ft. RainSnowHail) - Glittershell (Coming Out of My Shell). It's firmly in that category of music videos that tells a story, quite literally in this case.

And then there's Morcheeba - Enjoy the Ride, as hangkat pointed out. =:D Now to seek out an HD version! Just loving the mellow nature of the track, so well illustrated in its video.

Here's quite an appealing competition (UK entrants only) - design a new pizza for Pizza Express. The winner gets a two night break on the Amalfi coast, their pizza on the chain's menu, and £10,000 in their bank account. Not too shabby. ^_^ They've even done a really nice job on the competition site, adding the ingredients in turn, showing what it'll look like thus far, with plenty of choices of cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, sauces, herbs, and so on. Be ready at the end, where they want you to name your creation (you can submit up to five in total), and a few lines about the inspiration behind it.

If you recall Judge Minty, the rather professional fan production set in Dredd's world, you might like to give Prelude to Axanar a try. It's another fan production, made for about $70,000 for the twenty minutes it currently runs, set in ST:TNG's universe.

"Last week, on his way home from work, Caleb passed a puppy lying in the middle of I-610. He thought it was probably dead but saw it raise its head, so he turned around and went back to get it. There happened to be a dog groomers right there and Caleb found a customer to help him get the puppy off the road. They took the puppy to the customer's vet. She had been hit by a car and has both back legs broken, and maybe more." The surgery was beautifully successful. ^_^ With frightening costs involved, they're understandably seeking donations to help pay the bill, which is looking like it'll wind up in the vicinity of $4K or so.

So, this tale begins as one might expect of /r/talesfromtechsupport.. but, well, there's more. And in a good way.

The definitive history of Max Headroom, live and direct.

Fancy going down some giant slides in London this summer?

Marking Terry Pratchett's death, Radio 4's going to be broadcasting Good Omens again, starting on Monday, April 6. It'll be listenable worldwide.

Fangs is an Elite: Dangerous webcomic, taking carefully choreographed screenshots from the game, processing them into a comic-style pure black & white, and overlaying the script. Rather well done.

There's a UK company that makes lenses with deliberately odd optical characteristics, as noted in the info for one of their offerings, the Flare Factory 58: "Each Flare Factory 58 is engineered, crafted and finished by hand in the UK, using salvaged former USSR and East German optical and mechanical components. Since each lens is rebuilt and individually configured, we are able to apply an almost limitless variety of optical degradations depending on your desired look", with dirt options including element separation "creates additional extreme and wild unpredictable flares", cleaning marks "contribute to further flaring artefacts like rainbow fans and grungy texture in the bokeh", and dust/dirt/debris "think dirty Hasselblad waist level viewfinder with bits of crap on the screen". The logo for Dog Schidt Optiks is.. well, appropriate. ^_^;

If you're a fan of grrm's work, you might enjoy this 52 minute segment produced for German TV (hence the burned subtitles), wherein he shows Sibel Kekilli around Santa Fe at night. ^_^ (And I see Maisie Williams will be guesting in the next season of Doctor Who..)

Does anyone know if there's a way of stopping YouTube from autoplaying something else after you've watched a given clip? Indeed, is this happening for everyone else, or just me? I always used to be able to simply watch the clip; lately, though, a sort of countdown circle is displayed at the end, after which something else will begin playing. =:P

The origin of the <BLINK> tag is quite a bit more entertaining than one might expect.. =:D

Enjoy Cassetteboy's latest, with David Cameron and George Osbourne starring in the Emperor's New Clothes.

It looks like the Freddy Mercury biopic may actually, finally, be moving forward, with Sacha Baron Cohen signed to write, produce, direct, and star in it. I feel that could actually work - he's capable of that degree of sheer presence on stage, and we know he won't have a problem with the costumes either. =:) [ETA: nope, apparently SBC left the project two years ago]

Saw "Into the Woods" the other night.. mm, I can concur with the general sentiment of it being a bit muddled. Rather unfortunate, really, given the will was evidently there to make a genuinely sparkling film, but the writing didn't really pull it off. And in disagreement to the stage audiences, I couldn't really engage myself in the musical numbers at all - serviceable, but not much more than that. But then, I wasn't all that taken by Frozen either, which did storming business at the box office, so.. =:/

I noticed there is, apparently, a sequel to the rather superb Donnie Darko, but.. not a terribly good one, if IMDb's 3.7 is anything to go by. So.. has anyone actually dared watch S. Darko? (As for the original, I should note I'll only recommend the original theatrical cut, not the extended director's cut, which restores some desperately unnecessary exposition, and finishes with walloping you over the head with a rather more graphic ending)

Heavens forfend I descend to merely reposting cute photos, but.. this pic from /u/ckabella, captioned "Friend was snoring. Puppy was trying to find the noise." really is quite priceless. ^_^

Charmer of the year: the buyer of this fursuit, who agreed to purchase a fursuit for a given price, only to turn around upon delivery to claim that as they were actually only 17, the seller's sent it to a minor without parental consent, so nya nya nya. This ought to be interesting to follow. =:P

foofers and stego_s_aurus really ought to note this Vaudeville t-shirt. =:)