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So, finally, I get to order a new toy or two. ^_^ At long last, a camera - for the past few months, I've been using the coworker's Minolta A200. A perfectly respectable unit indeed, but probably destined to be sold off soon. I went for the Panasonic Lumix TZ5, which combines a very compact design with a 10x zoom, which should make for a good buncam, whilst also being something I can just slip in my pocket or bag. As a bonus, whilst it doesn't really replace a camcorder, it'll also take 720p 30fps video, which could also come in very handy when the warren's out and about in the evenings. And then also a Maxtor external 1TB drive, in a FW400/USB2 case, which'll be large enough to be home to the various music and video applications and libraries, plus plenty of free space for projects and footage, if I can get off my tail and get into Final Cut Pro 6 to edit down some of the travel footage into something non-tedious. ^_^

The bigger purchase will be waiting until I'm in a position to pounce one or two people. =:)

Oh, I like this.. reminds me of a mellow DK50/80: Fujiya & Miyagi - Knickerbocker Glory. (As Wikipedia notes, they're neither Japanese, nor a duo, but a foursome from the exotic climes of Brighton =:) Curiously, the vocalist reminds me quite a bit of later Momus.. whom I once had the pleasure of enjoying live, back at Bottom of the Hill, not a long distance from Goat Hill Pizza, who make very nomworthy sourdough pizzas of many strange and wonderful varieties.

And whilst hardly a recent release, I particularly liked Noisia - Massada, a paradoxical mellow D&B track.


Omega Point looks like somewhere well worth a visit, judging by Garth Goode's SLWTF report. And it's only a bit more remote than dakhun's recent holiday spot of Ellesmere Island. =:) You can see a couple photos from the trip here, by way of a taster.


Now there's a TI chip I wouldn't mind taking home.. 6 channels of audio input, 8 output, 24 bit resolution, 96/192kHz sampling. MOTU do some fantastic stuff, but not much of it's very portable, so much as luggable. Wonder if there's some way the boss can wrangle a sample or two.. ^_^ (We use one of their chips on the radio side of things, so they know the sound of his voice. Seasoned salesmen have been known to flee)

Hm.. seems there are some quite handy LJ scripts for GreaseMonkey, including removing LoudTwitter stuff, and collapsing YouTube embeds into links. (I rarely watch embedded clips, preferring to open the link in a background tab, so I can carry on with my flist while that loads. As is, that means clicking to bring up the tools icon in the YouTube frame, click + cmd-C to copy the URL, cmd-T to open a new tab, cmd-V to paste it in, and Return to make it all happen; or, if it's something good, opening KeepVid and loading a saveable MP4/FLV from there instead)

I recall one report I had to write for an English class, summarising a book you'd read recently, in two sides or less. For some reason, I thought The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would be a good choice. I seem to recall quite a lot of very small writing being involved.. (It didn't get a great mark, but adequate. Very good teacher, though; nicely matched to Trevor Nunn - looking at his IMDb entry, you see a fine lineup of Shakespearean works, plus a couple recent musicals, including.. Acorn Antiques: the Musical.. ?)

So, The Big Lebowski begat The Church of the Latter-Day Dude. =:D

Oooh. A friend just confirmed his staff discount would bring Final Cut Studio 2 down from $1299 to $649 - and Logic Studio becomes an especially easy decision, from $499 to $249. =:9


As a promo stunt for a department store in the studio's home town of Bristle, Wallace & Gromit were given designer makeovers. Marvel at Wallace in a Dolce & Gabbana shirt and Alexander McQueen jacket. =:D "Wallace usually shops at Tank Top Man so this is a big transformation for him."

Interesting. Apparently, BBC Worldwide's in the process of setting up a new drama unit, based in Los Angeles.

Nice touch - the latest SL beta, 1.21RC0, finally brings a real OS X style "installer" into its disk image. ie, an icon on the left that you drag onto the icon on the right, which is a link to the Applications directory. A merely cosmetic touch, but agreeable nonetheless.


Not a 'yena, but I thought paka might like this African wildehond av. And this ringtailed lemur is rather spiffy, too; only available until Sep 20, apparently.

Cute idea - a preview for a Greenwich Village play, Alcohol, was held in SL; its RL opening's on Sep 11. Sounds like a production that'd lend itself easily to a virtual setting, even if not taking advantage of VR's creative possibilities.

Bah! The Ghostbusters game is on hold, following Activision's merger with Vivendi: Sony's looking elsewhere for a publisher, possibly now to coincide with the film's 25th anniversary, in 2009.

Meanwhile, there's always Roboho, "a fantastic new type of erotic adventure game never seen before. The setting: MEGA CITY the amazing metropolis of the future! The action: XXX hardcore robo-sex! The objective: master your Roboho and start earning money! If you can handle this fabulous sex machine, you may have what it takes to be a 21st Century RoboPimp!" Requires signing up for some site, though, ostensibly to prove your age, so the cheese factor has yet to be accurately ascertained. The requirements are very modest, so how the graphics compare to those on the site is another matter: PPC/486, System 7.5/Windows 3.1, 8MB memory.. ^_^;


If you're looking for some subtly different furry artwork, the Japanese doujinshi Howl might be worth a look, judging by their covers - some very nice work indeed! The same collective's putting out a CD-R edition of Audie-Gryph's latex avian work.

Speaking of which, C$209 doesn't sound too bad for a luge suit.. so shiny! Maybe I need to put a wishlist up on the site. =:D (And yes, the thumbnails do take you to good resolution versions. *whine*) Besides, it's a well known fact that rabbits in latex look good. ^_^

Coffee recommendation for the week: Union Hand-Roasted's Rwandan ground. For me, this is the sweet spot - rich enough to be wholly satisfying, without being overwhelming, with some very pleasant influences along the way. Same price as any other bag of ground coffee, and made by an ethical company (albeit with an apostrophe surplus).

Dinner (no photo, unfortunately - I didn't think about it) turned out rather nicely on Thursday. =:9 I thought I'd use one of the packs of minced lamb, and just went into it with a vague notion of something mildly spiced, atop bulgar wheat. So, in the meat went, plus garlic powder, tandoori spice mix, some finely chopped onion, balsamic vinegar, tamarind paste, oregano, and a little chili powder. Oh, yes. That worked. As for the wheat, I thought a touch of tangy creaminess might work nicely, and folded in a little aged Gruyère, to very good effect. Finally, before actually serving it, I added a good amount of finely chopped broccoli and whole baby corn to the meat, to bring some balance to the dish, and add a little crunchiness.

Sunday - much simpler. Chicken and chips. Of course, I couldn't leave it quite that simple.. so after the chicken was partially cooked, I draped an artichoke heart over the top, a couple thin strips of Irish cheddar, and a slice of bacon, before putting it all back in the oven. =:9

Yes, Wacom, we love you too. Gr. Just for fun, I thought I'd compare the UK and US prices for a 12" Cintiq - $949 vs £825. (Anyone used one? The reports I've read seem full of praise for the obvious aspect - you're drawing where the image is, rather than having to split your hand movements and seeing the results)

atomicat's posted some genuinely wonderful photography in the past, but ye gods, this panorama really needs to be seen at full resolution.

 
 
 
 
 
 
We tried some Union coffees at the Good Food Show last year. There were some good ones there, I seem to remember.

Also, Sourdough pizza sounds like a cracking idea. Darkhorse has a sourdough on the go at the moment and I'm sure we can squeeze in a pizza at some point.
Mm! Maybe I should try sniffing out others from their lineup. Do you recall what varieties you tried, or ones that particularly distinguished themselves? How is the show anyway? I see it's on in Birmingham this year, Nov 26-30 - is it worth making a point of? (Is there much/any good beer? =:)

It is. =:D They make it well, too - nice and light, with a real dough texture. (Much as I can work wonders with frozen pizzas, there's just no beating a good fresh dough - even the "self rising" ones, let alone the cheapest ones' "flat disc o' bread" bases) Nicely topped, too, as I recall. That said, I often wound up at Jupiter instead, going for their honey wheat bases, partially out of convenience, as they're right outside the southeastern exit of the Berkeley BART. Can get quite loud, given their popularity and proximity to the University campus, but it's a place I can feel comfortable in, and enjoy good beers of many varieties, albeit all keg rather than cask. (And given the recent loss of the Magnolia Cafe to the 90s yuppie scene, the number of places to enjoy good cask ale's even more slender than before - Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland and wossname just up at the northern end of one of the ferry journeys to Marin County, more or less)

See? Proof California needs to go independent and forge much closer ties to the UK. ^_^

Sadly, I don't remember, or else we'd probably have gone with them on our recent foray into whole beans. Darkhorse has a Kenwood chef for his dough-making needs now (no pun intended). The old hand-mixers just can't cope with regular dough making, the dough-hooks tend to shear off at the weld. The Kenwood, though is a hunk of precision 50s/60s engineering. Five electronic components (two of which DH has already had to replace because they blew up) and a good soild build. I could extol the excellent deisgn of it for quite a while. (It's one of those items like a Ford Focus, where you can see that engineers have actually sat down and thought about just about every part of it).

I hadn't picked up that your sourdough experience was in SF, but it makes sense. We first found it there, too. Apparently, the climate in the Bay Area is particularly good for making sourdough. Or rather, it's not that it helps the manufacture but, because the bacteria that impart the sour flavour are entirely natural, the climate there favours a particular bacteria. So, unlike most places (Godalming for example), SF bakeries can have long-lasting mothers that taste the same for generations.

And yes, I can recommend the Good Food Show. We're going to the Birmingham one again this year. The Thursday is, by all accounts, the best time to go. Although it's madly crowded, people who've been on the Friday or even at the weekend, say it's solid on those days.

As for beers, there's a beers/wines/spirits section and, last year there was a presentation by CAMRA about how to taste beers. Six half pints of various real ales to try. We ended up a bit wobbly after that. There's free food at almost every other stall, though, so you can line your stomach quite well.
Ooooh, a Kenwood? I wonder if it's of the same vintage as the one we used to have in the warren - actually, maybe it's still around, just with my father. Pretty sure it's from somewhere around the early 60s, and it seemed to carry on regardless of what it was given - it'd grind up meat well, blend anything (within reason), and just kept on doing its thing, year after year. It was probably originally bought for the kitchen of the pub/restaurant/hotel I was born in, actually. ^_^

Good design means so much - sometimes, influences converge and make for a project that really works. I'd still place the Citroen CX family in there - for its time, the suspension's quite a piece of work, and even now, will offer passengers a very good ride.

Yes, it seems the circumstances are similar to the way lambics thrive in their home regions in Belgium - one of those fantastic quirks of nature that someone, sometime, stumbled upon.. ^_^ Oh, if I could only lay my paws on Alvarado Street's Garlic & Rosemary Extra Sour.. absolutely gorgeous! Good enough to just toast and eat dry! Still, maybe I should look into obtaining a culture and try making some at home.. good bread's such a delight, and sadly, something the UK's largely abandoned - contrast to France or Germany, where every village will have at least one real baker.

Still, the continued success of the Good Food Show suggests there must be quite a few people willing to help good food make its way back into British culture, following the drought of the mid-20th Century. (People who scoff at British cuisine as an oxymoron have, clearly, never been to good village pubs =:)

Hmm! Maybe I'll try getting along to it, in that case - definitely could be fun, if I can avoid crushing crowds. (A good part of the reason I went to the GBBF on Friday rather than Saturday, alongside not wanting to find half the place dry =:) Perhaps I could work it to spend Thursday at the show, then a couple days in the old warren and at the Chapter.

Food means so much to me, it's probably no wonder I'm rather... rotund. I mean, we eat three meals a day and expect those to have some variety. I don't get how it isn't more of a big deal to most people. I know that people say that everything we do is geared towards sex (we get a job so that we appear successful and thus more attractive to the opposite sex). But in my experience, sex is a much lesser experience than eating. We don't expect sex every day, much less three times a day. We don't complain "Doggy style? We did doggy style last night."

Perhaps we should. But as we don't is it not logical to spend time thinking about it?

As for the Chef, I believe it's an A901 and yes it's likely of the same vintage.
Oh, very much so. I've long thought the Spanish and Italian attitudes to eating, especially, epitomises the appreciation of food as an essential part of life and living - let it take hours! Enjoy it all, maybe multiple courses, but there's no need to hurry it, when the flavors are so good.

(What is this "sex" thing of which you speak? *sigh* September will mark my three year anniversary of involuntary abstinence, other than, as they say, flying solo)

True, daily life can often be busy - but in English and American culture, the time for enjoying food with friends and family seems to've been given over to.. not a lot else, really. I'll admit I often skimp on preparing proper meals, in favor of something requiring less effort, but that often feels like a false economy - less effort, but for that much less reward, too. Cooking well is such fun, and gratifying. ^_^

Wow, yep! Similar vintage indeed - scouting around Gurgle Images a bit suggests ours is/was its sibling, an A701. For some reason, it reminds me of home-made Scotch eggs.. something I should try making myself sometime. (Baked or grilled, preferably; I'm not much for greasiness in food)

I should take more food photography. As should you. ^_^

Yep. I think the A901 and A701 are indeed siblings. There are other Kenwood Chefs and most have interchangable parts (I believe there are 1 or 2 models in the Chef range that are incompatible, but for the majority, a butter-maker is a butter-maker for everyone).

And yes, I should. Heck, I have a porn filter and I've just expounded how little interest that should take. Maybe I should make a food porn filter and start using up some pics.lj space. Sounds like a good excuse for working out how to make Nokia Lifeblog work with LJ.
Luge suits are nice, if you want to be arrested for speeding every time you lay down.
Now if only I had a thing about uniforms.. ^_^

Reminds me, I should try making up a fun diveskin or two sometime - partly for the fun of creating something, partly simply just to get started in learning about SL clothing, and the various little fiddly details, like trying to line up upper and lower body sections seamlessly, given the break in mesh detail around there.

For that matter, you should post a photo or two of yourself. ^_^ (SL, I'm thinking, but you could go for RL as well if you really wanted)
There's some pictures of my Second Life avatar on my FurAffinity page, and some pics of my old house on my DeviantArt page. ^.^
Must dig that robo-slut game once the weather is over and the phone line stops dropping. :( Glad you liked the pano shot. Seeing as I really can't see making any prints of this, I mean, it's a nice picture but it's not the type of thing you'd frame, I now release the full-sized version to the general public. Enjoy!
Oh, and those pictures of Ellesmere Island? Ah man, if only I could get to places like that. Beautiful!
Mmmm! I'd love to go exploring Nunavut someday.. I've flown over it enough times, and the look of those solidly snowy plains is simply so appealing. Who knows? Maybe I could catch some good snowshoe or Arctic hare pics in the process. ^_^

Meanwhile, I suppose there's always Google Earth. ^_^

Hmm. What's their resolution around your neck of the woods? Where would I actually look?
Well I just happened to have done a post when I got out here that describes and has links to my area.
http://atomicat.livejournal.com/2006/03/06/
Not very high resolution as you can't see. Hey Peter! I can't see your house from here! You can see the fields on the property though. Wait, gimme a minute and I'll go outside and wave ok?
Thank you for sharing the AV! That is cool. I like AWDs; one of the zoos in Ohio, and Seattle's zoo now, had them.
It's certainly rather a nice piece of work, ne? If you're not already in/on SL, I could always get you set up with one when you arrive in-world - there aren't any obligatory costs involved with SL, after all, though it does take a bit of CPU & GPU power for good results. That said, I'm still just using Hyzenthlay, a 1.67GHz PBG4 with a 128MB Radeon 9700 Mobility - hardly bleeding edge, but still fine for getting around and enjoying the world with all the shiny options enabled.

Mm, that's a nice looking lycaeon pictus. I wonder they got a male one? It might be the first SL thing that I've seen that I actually like.
I'd be very surprised if there weren't - that certainly has been the case with all the avs I've seen. Indeed, of course, it's usually just a matter of body slider adjustments anyway, some of which might be combined - the default settings for the male Kani bunny has some female slider settings. (I've adjusted mine quite a bit, as I felt I was originally a bit too narrow shouldered)

'Course, you could always enquire about customisations, or ask around regarding such, if indeed you're not already adept with recoloring in-world.

I'd still rate the Kani bunny as one of my top favorites, but I might be biased. ^_^ Hare, over on FA, has made one or two lapines of his own that are very cute, clearly distinct from others, but I suspect it'll take quite a lot for me to change my usual appearance, short of maybe designing my own. (More likely I'd merely start with designing some additional clothing)


http://community.livejournal.com/secondlife_furs/80434.html#cutid1 Shes just released all 6, I was at the Fruit Fox release party too [But they kinda suck]

You doing me a copy of Banana splits still BTW ?
But, you know.. those ears are just so short! =:)

I actually quite like the fruityfoxes - not my kind of species, but I might pick one up anyway. And a hoofie of some stripe, maybe - I was going to get one of Lost Creatures' reindeer last Christmas, but didn't get around to it until after the limited period had expired. =:P

Don't suppose you know of a good My Little Pony? ^_^

Indeed, I could do that easily enough - where'd be a good place to toss it along to?

You've got Me n' Giros address already don't you ?

I got one of those Lemur AVs to make into King Julian from Madagascar ^^