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Get Lost, a Flash adventure game in which you can die by many interesting means, and can play as a man, woman, or pig that thinks it's a bunny.

Having enjoyed a good little amble around, I thought I'd share a few pics. ^_^ Nothing out of this world - just reflective, in some small way, of a peaceful, cool winter's day by the trail that runs nearby me, plus a view from the main room out through the conservatory.. it's a place I can, despite the comparative isolation, feel cosy in. A rabbit's warren should always be thus. ^_^ But for something less immediately edifying, have a look at this marinading concoction - no thumbnail included, as it's quite wonderfully awful to behold in this condition. Should be good after slow roasting, though.. =:9 (Any guess as to what mostly makes up that marinade? I've no idea if it'll work, but I thought it'd be worth a shot)

Any recommendations for resoling boots at home? I've got three pairs (two Rocket Dog, one Flojos), all with sole rubber soft enough that they more or less wore through in a few weeks - but otherwise, they're in perfect condition, so I'd hate to abandon them, especially so ridiculously early on. A cobbler (if I can even find one locally) could probably do something, but the cost might be prohibitive, though they're all quite simple, flat soles.

Online banking with bunnies. It's an ad, but it's (a) adorable, (b) filled with bunnies. But I repeat myself.

Long, long ago, Electronics Today International ("ETI") published a special edition, containing the shape of electronics to come. I don't suppose anyone has a copy and would be willing to scan it?

circuit_four recently stumbled upon a film that does indeed sound quite worth seeing: The Chumscrubber. "The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. Everyone in town is too self consumed to worry about anything else than themselves. And everybody is on some form of drug just to get themselves through the day. After Troy's death, local drug dealers at the school run out of their stash. They convince Dean to get Troy's stash or they are going to kill his brother that they kidnapped, but they grabbed the wrong kid." It's one of those curious productions, where despite no budget, the players include the likes of Glenn Close and Ralph Fiennes.

Marvel at the trailer of a culinarily skilled mouse's adventures in Rio de Janeiro, via primaeros: Ratatoing. =:D (patch_bunny, this has to be MFT fodder!)

The transcript for Shrink Rap Radio, a psychology podcast, which featured James Wagner Au in show 157 is worth reading. It begins familiarly enough, but then they begin discussing the nature of personal identity as pertaining to alternative realities, and getting into some of the more fascinating tales of who's behind some of the people in-world, such as Catherine Omega, or Wild Cunningham.

Wild Cunningham is the name of an avatar who is actually controlled by, generally nine people who live in a care center in Massachusetts, who –they're all profoundly handicapped; there's generally very little physical movement – they're in wheelchairs, a lot of paralysis, actually, and what they do is they interact in Second Life as an avatar named Wild Cunningham, and they go places and they say things based on democratic vote. And even Wild Cunningham, the avatar,
looks…the look is very unique! He’s like orange and has bizarre hair, and it’s kind of like, because a lot of the people in the center in Massachusetts are white and others are black, so they kind of compromised and made him orange.

And Faerie Hax just made note that Grendel's Children has, apparently, a positive plethora of seasonal freebies: "A big dragon, little dragons, dinosaurs, Dryads, an Ent, bears, deer, Wall-E, gold fish, insects and a bunch of other strange and wonderful avatars. It's a huge and incredibly generous collection." (I wonder if Eve's in there too.. !)

Via rabitguy, a nifty little demonstration of what's possible across a range of modern browsers (IE not included), using JavaScript and Canvas: Pixtastic, a simple image editor.

Music video for the day, as found by relee: Royksopp: Remind Me. It's just curiously engaging, in a very geeky way. I think foofers and momentrabbit might particularly get it. ^_^

Actually, no.. winner has to be ducktapeddonkey's Two Donkeys. It's similarly inexplicable, but it's a genuinely home-grown clip, and but one minute long. Reminds me, if you save this snippet of Javascript as a bookmark, you can transform a YouTube page from its usual FLV content into its rather shinier MPEG-4 version. Higher quality, easily saved, ready for iPods, and the QuickTime plugin doesn't slurp down every morsel of CPU in the way Flash manages:

javascript:(function%20()%20{var%20video_id%20=%20null;var%20video_hash%20=%20null;var%20video_player%20=%20document.getElementById(%27movie_player%27);if%20(video_player)%20{var%20flash_variables=video_player.attributes.getNamedItem(%27flashvars%27);if%20(flash_variables)%20{var%20flash_values=flash_variables.value;if%20(flash_values)%20{var%20video_id_match=flash_values.match(/video_id=([^(\&|$)]*)/);if%20(video_id_match!=null)%20video_id=video_id_match[1];var%20video_hash_match=flash_values.match(/t=([^(\&|$)]*)/);if%20(video_hash_match!=null)%20video_hash=video_hash_match[1];}}}if%20(video_id==null%20||%20video_hash==null)%20{var%20args=unsafeWindow.swfArgs;if%20(args)%20{video_id=args[%27video_id%27];video_hash=args[%27t%27];}}if%20(video_id==null%20||%20video_hash==null)%20return;var%20yt_mp4_path%20=%27http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=18&video_id=%27+video_id+%27&t=%27+video_hash;var%20div_embed=document.getElementById(%27watch-player-div%27);if%20(div_embed)%20{div_embed.innerHTML=%27%3Cembed%20src=\%27%27+yt_mp4_path+%27\%27%20type=%22video/mp4%22%20width=480%20height=400%20scale=\%27aspect\%27%3E%3C/embed%3E%27;}})();

It only works (as is, anyway) on actual YouTube pages, not embeddings. Just start loading the page, then click that bookmark, and you'll see the QuickTime (or whatever you use to handle MPEG-4 files) plugin icon appear briefly before the clip loads. Then saving becomes a trivial matter of clicking the triangle in the lower right, and selecting Save as Source.

Did you know that the data transfer rate of an average human ejaculation is around 1700 terabytes/second? Brings a new meaning to the term "bit bucket"..

Now that was a welcome discovery - Catherine Berry's noteworthy AjaxLife client, which she's suspended until the Lab gets its act together and fixes Teen Grid signups so they work, is freely available, over on Google Code, under a BSD license (ie do as you will, with attribution). It's a handy way to chat on SL using a web browser, including the iPhone's version of Safari.

Christmas dinner was a home affair - duck, this year, which turned out most pleasantly, along with roast parsnips, red cabbage, brussels, potatoes dauphenoise, and two types of stuffing. ^_^ Friday, though, I felt we should go out. I had no idea where, though, and the first place nearby wasn't serving food that day, so we just tootled around a bit, with me running quick checks on places we passed, to little avail - mostly just fairly pedestrian fare. Then I stumbled upon one that sounded distinctly worth giving a try: the Montague Inn, in Shepton Montague, between Wincanton and Castle Cary. Not the cheapest place one could find, true, but quite within the usual bounds. Well kept ales, judging by the Bath Ales pint of Gem I enjoyed (good bottled, but easily much better from cask, as I'd hoped), but also a very good restaurant. I went with the smoked haddock risotto, followed by the seared fillet of beef, served with quartered mushrooms, thin green beans, and shallots, in a delightfully mildly tangy gravy, perhaps enhanced with a dash of wine; Mum went for the house terrine, followed by the shank of lamb, with potato, butternut squash, and green beans, with a rosemary gravy. That, of course, only says a little about the meal - the quality of the meats was outstanding, as uncommonly full of flavor as one could hope for, let alone their accompaniments. I had to see what was on offer for dessert, and whilst the citrus poached pear with cinnamon syrup and vanilla ice cream was very tempting, as was the crème brûlée with ginger and chocolate shortbread, I opted for the chocolate toffee pudding with matching sauce and ginger ice cream. Wow. ^_^ Imagine a fluffy brownie, with a richly caramel flavored chocolate sauce, paired up with an ice cream with enough ginger to provide a contrast, without stepping on the star's toes.. a very good way to round off a noteworthy meal. Very good service, and a cosy atmosphere in the bar, with a rather more modern setting for the dining room itself. I'd happily go back.

Sunday evening felt ripe for another excursion - another quick swipe of google-fu, and off we went to the Queen's Arms in Corton Denham (roughly midway between Sparkford, Wincanton, Sherborne, and Yeovil), seemingly proving the curious rule of English pubs: the less accessible, the better the food. (Indeed, the iPhone's GPS was put to good use) Now.. this is the quintessential village pub, with dining every bit as cosy and casual as the lounge itself - no formality, but still very well kept. Beers included - a little surprisingly - Anchor Brewing's 2008 Winter Ale, and a superb Sheffield cask of Helle's Belles IPA. We both had the same dishes, appealing as they were: a starter of seared scallops with crispy Denham ham, and purées of red pepper and shallot, followed by their own pork belly (they keep local suppliers, but the pigs are their own), slow roared with boulangere potatoes, baby fennel, and cider brandy jus. The scallops worked superbly with the shallot purée, with the pepper providing a nice contrast, even moreso with the crisp ham. The pork belly was probably the best I've enjoyed - very tender, and brimming with succulent flavor, finished off by crisp crackling. To choose between the two establishments would be unfair, but I might lean slightly towards the Queen's Arms, simply for the easy-going atmosphere, but you really wouldn't go wrong with either. And if you'd like to see the menu, here it is: front and back. ^_^

Huh! The default Apple speech synth didn't mangle the placenames badly at all - even emphasis on the syllables was the only trouble, making Wincanton (heavy on the middle, diminished "ton") and Sparkford (diminished "ford", more of a "f'd") a bit odd. Wonder how it does wih Mevagissey.. not bad, but it's a hard "g", and the "s"s morph into "z". (With Cornish placenames, it's worth bearing in mind the Celtic/Gaelic/Brittany roots, shoehorned over the years into English spellings)

Well, that was fun.. fell into a nice little USB trap. Hooked up the board for programming, and XP happily informed me of its detection of a GPS camera. Lo, it's a recognised issue. Checked the Vendor ID/Product ID list, and yep, the real user of that combination is registered, but the one that Microsoft believes is a Taiwanese company, WondeProud.

Finally got around to watching 007's previous outing, Casino Royale - I'd started watching it a year or so ago, but never quite got around to finishing it off. Strong opening, I felt, especially the building hopping, and overall quite well paced, with the casino scenes being perfectly enjoyable to a poker illiterate as myself. (How realistic they were to someone who knows the game, of course, is another matter entirely) I quite enjoyed the villain being less "superhuman" than has sometimes been the case - just, here, someone with power over a modest amount of money, and more importantly, connections of interest. Sad that, inevitably, Bond can't be permitted to see a happy ending, but he's barely less ominous in people's lives than the guy with the black cape and scythe. If they do finally let Bond retire, I do hope there is a happy ending.

Perhaps not the greatest of surprises that we should stumble upon a farm store on the way back to my warren, exiting laden with fresh and hopefully nomworthy goodies, including two local cheeses, cider, apricot and peach wines (from a selection including cowslip, dandelion, strawberry, sloe, and more), a local pork leg cut, bacon, and pasties. =:9

Brr! I mostly really enjoy this house - reasonably spacious, well furnished, no drafts, good heating.. but damn, that kitchen floor gets cold! (Cue cries of "what 'ave the Romans ever done for us?")

And I now have the Christmas specials for Doctor Who, HIGNFY, and Wallace & Gromit downloaded and ready to enjoy. Yatta! (LJ, meanwhile, I'm still laboring away on attempting to catch up..)

As for NYE? I'm not really sure, actually. I'm tempted by the prospect of wandering into the city to see the fireworks, but on the other paw, the notion of seeing the new year in in-world has appeal, enjoying it as it spreads around the world, and in very good company as well. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cyberman TF tales would be interesting. ^^ Of course, any robot transformation tale would be, and I still should work on the robot-wolf story again some time... *blush*
There are one or two, but sadly, literally so. =:P One was in an online Flash dramatisation the BBC had (or might even still have) on their site, and another, vaguely able to be counted as such, would be the conversion chambers in Age of Steel, nicely edited down into a music video of sorts: Tik Tik Cyberman.

There might, of course, be some fun in store with this year's Christmas Special, "The Next Doctor" - I'll be watching that later tonight. ^_^

And you might enjoy K-9 Unit..

Mmm, interestigng video. I've got to admit I never actually watched any Dr. Who, ever, but I've always liked the look of the cybermen. ^^ And the idea of being turned into a robot, especially involuntarily... murrr. ^^

The story sounds interesting, too; I'll check it out.
1700 terabytes/second

Now, if you could only come up with a system to encode and decode genetic information at that same rate.

"it’s a funny coincidence a single sperm has around the same amount of data as a single CD"

The sperm will be around long after the CD is forgotten. If in some future time you want to refer to that amount of information, simply refer to a human sperm and you may be better understood. ;-)

(Especially if they do come up with the genetic encoding/decoding system I mentioned above, and that becomes the accepted way to interface with a computer. ;-)
It's also quite impressive to see, albeit in admittedly rare cases, DNA in soft tissue preserved from prehistoristic times! Of course, it's degraded somewhat in that time, but it seems plausible that within the coming century or so, we might well see Jurassic Park-style reintroduction of formerly extinct species into the world. Now that's data resilience!

Dammit. Now I'm wanting to find Cyberman porn. Rule 34 must apply, surely?

(I do wish some such tale would explore life after the emotion inhibitor's disabled - that was one aspect of Age of Steel that bothered me, with everyone at the end wailing around and basically dying on the spot. Surely, some might react traumatically to such a fundamental, non-consensual (or not? =:) change, even many - but wouldn't there be a fair few who'd at least be able to cope, and some who'd downright enjoy it? Presumably, after all, any diseases or other bodily ailments they might have had would also be in the past. Although some aspects of civilisation might need to be updated - a romantic invitation to look into your eyes wouldn't quite work as well in a Cyberman world.

Ooh, I did enjoy that Royksopp video - love their stuff, and how beautifully done it was! (Actually what it reminded me of was Richard Scarry's 'What Do People Do All Day?', much-loved when I was little and the only Scarry I've hung on to.)

Enjoy Who!
Hee! Okay, I can see that. ^_^ Sadly, I never encountered RS' work until venturing into the wilderness of Oregon, where he's something of a fixture on PBS - my literary upbringing was more CS Lewis and Dr Seuss. Which may explain a lot.

I have long wondered which picture this icon of yours comes from! Because something interesting is clearly happening just outside the crop. =;D

Also, thanks for spreading the Get Lost love. Have you beaten it yet, or have you found your deaths to be sufficiently diverting? =;)
ETI was, for my money, the most /awesome/ electronics magazine ever. I would do... things... for a complete copy of its run. Even if I had to use microfilm. (Which, by way of comment, it /was/ released on, and you may be able to find in libraries of great virtue, and print pages from. I read many of them back in highschool there.)

They had a great 'Infinite Improbability Detector' project one April... :D
It's so frustrating - I used to have a fairly complete run (well, within whatever dates I started off and finally stopped) of ETI, as well as several other electronics and computing mags, but unknown to me, dear old mother was quietly tossing issues out occasionally, as well as 2000AD, which I had a complete run of, up until I started with Trilobyte. Ah well. Even just the ads would be fun to see again, but yes, ETI was one of those nifty - and all too rare - 'zines where the editorial stance wasn't stuffily corporate, but seemed to encourage their staff to have some fun.

'Course, since then, the field's shrunk dramatically, though it's pleasing to see Elektor's still with us, and still serving up genuinely creative projects; as indeed is Dubus, the erstwhile amateur radio publication for VHF and all points north. When Practical Wireless (Practically Witless to its competitors) would always regale readers with yet another SWR meter or QRP transmitter, Dubus would be running a four-parter on a full-blown 23/13cm transceiver and EME array design. =:D

And if you ever manage to stumble upon the long extinct Ambit "Tecknowledgey" catalogues.. those were remarkably fun, for electronics cats; stuffed with app notes and data for many of their chips, it was like an off-kilter Elektor summer special.

Do libraries actively maintain microfiche these days, or are they migrating them to digital storage? I can imagine the latter being a hefty undertaking, though, simply from the volume of material that might have to be handled, probably with a lot of manual involvement, especially for optimal scanning. True, then there are issues with data retention, but that's nothing new in the online realm, and then you gain the (theoretical, modulo the bane of copyright) possibility of making such reading available to the entire net.connected world - therein lies the awe-inspiring magnificence of the web.

if you save this snippet of Javascript as a bookmark

How would one do that?
Create an empty bookmark, or just use a unimportant one, and then replace the URL with that script with a quick copy & paste. ^_^ Exactly how depends, of course, on the browser in question, but if you're using Safari, it looks like you do need to bookmark some random page, unless there's an "add bookmark" contextual menu option I'm missing, then open the bookmarks page, and paste in the script, replacing the old URL. It's a handy little tweak, I've found. ^_^ (Not my creation, I should note - not actually sure where I found it.. think it was somewhere in LJ-land)

Works great! Bye-bye keepvid. ^^
So, I'm trying that Get Lost thing... OMG THAT IS SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, seriously, did you cycle through the difficulty settings on the first page? It's HILARIOUS!!

*plays more*

LOL

Are you up for some Randy Intercourse?

Y/N?

But thou must!



Oooh, the Stately and Majestic Dragon Rabbit!


Okay I've won twice now, this game is confusing. XD




The big devil speaks in playing cards. XD



LOLx2 Land of the Double Dead.


I wonder if it's really possible to escape the spider's trap?


Okay I think that's enough. That was crazy! Thanks for sharing.
*grin* Sadly, I've only just begun playing it! I came across it, and didn't save the SWF (if indeed it's just a single object), as I hadn't been anticipating to get virtually cut off from the net while down in the family warren. As was, I mostly spent the time going through some Logic 8 tutorials, catching up with Ghost Hound, and so on. ^_^

You can go back to it now! It's mostly really funny, though it has a harsh edge that rubbed me the wrong way.