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Fotoshop, by Adobé is a gem of an "advert", styled perfectly after genre TV advertisements for beauty products, slickly produced.

Did I make note of this already? Even if I did, it's well worth encountering again: the best Asuka (Evangelion) costume you've ever seen. I'd be interested to learn what sort of fabric(s) they used - any thoughts? (Tip of the ears to jessie_pup for that!)

You'd never have thought you could have so much fun with two dulcimers! Definitely, if you're in need of something to kick you into action, "Come Alive" by Dizzi Dulcimer and Emily Edwards needs to be in your music library. ^_^

"Letters of Note" is a noteworthy weblog dedicated to publishing what it says; and so very worthwhile, for the insights into humanity it affords. Here's one recent example, from John Steinbeck, to his teenage son, in 1958, after he declared himself to be in love.

Official police tails.

If you need a good warm, fuzzy moment, even if brought about in confrontation, read this account, by a GameStop manager, relating the story of an elder sibling standing up for his younger brother's choice of game and controller, versus their father. As Foalpapers said: "My hat is off to the older brother in this story. His is an attitude and moral fortitude of which we need far more."


Ever wondered what sort of furry Adam of Mythbusters might be? The answer is revealed!

As proof of how interesting photography needn't depend on exotic equipment, consider this posting by Blair Bunting, a rare outing for natural light photography for him, in a diversion about watches, their utility (or lack thereof), and the beauty of good design. Then, consider that all the shots featured were taken with an iPhone 4S.

A look inside reporting of the Bradley Manning hearing is quite enlightening, if somewhat unsettling.

An interesting variation from the norm - and perhaps a look into the future? McDonalds will be giving away nine million copies of Michael Morpurgo's Muddlepuddle Farm books with Happy Meals.

Musician's Friend is having a bit of a "what's the worst cover you've ever heard" thing, and rather unsportingly, kicked it off with this.. example of The Final Countdown. Seriously, what's the point of bringing out the big guns right at the start? O.o;

Not that BT is entirely a bad company, but, having seen their latest price revisions, I'm left wondering just how they imagine themselves to be competitive. It turns out it's cheaper for me to use my cellular connection for calls up to about six minutes long, within the UK.


io9 had a good little interview with Caroline Skinner, the new executive producer ('a role which lead writer Steven Moffat described as the "Prime Minister actually running the whole thing."') of both Doctor Who and The Fades, which she was involved with from the beginning. She confirms David Yates was rather getting ahead of himself in announcing a Doctor Who movie, and that they hope The Fades will return for a second season, with indeed the show initially sketched out in terms of a trilogy.

So, if you were to try converting a Unix timestamp into a human-readable date, using Wolfram Alpha.. well.. um. This falls into the "we can learn stuff from this" category, hopefully with the Wolfram crew in said number.

*sigh* Still no word on the boots I mentioned a couple entries back - at the time (NYE), they suggested it shouldn't take longer than a week for them to come in, but it sounds like the order's bumping its way up the supply chain to a concealed Swiss HQ. Calling on Thursday, they indicated they should know the fate of the order around the middle of next week.. hopefully, that doesn't involve the word "discontinued" or "unavailable".
 
 
 
 
 
 
About time someone did a "Fotoshop" ad in that style. I'm sure it's been done before, but probably not with such verve.

The iPhone 4S is about the same price (£400 or so) as an entry-level DSLR -- so no, probably not "exotic" but still hardly cheap. =:P Nice photos, though, of that there is no doubt.

And talking of which, that squirrel looks highly suspicious to me. What might he be hiding behind that root? =;)
It's certainly spread around, too! It's been popping up in quite a few venues that I've noticed, in but a few days. Everyone's known beauty photography's retouched, and is hardly a new practice, whether in photography, or the artistic license applied to the subject of a portrait by a painter. =:) The degree, though, is arguably rising, with Photoshop and allied plugins able to perform quite sophisticated alterations, though still requiring someone with a sense of style in charge of it all, lest one wind up with glaringly obvious "Photoshop Horrors".

True, smartphones' total costs aren't terribly low, but the utility provided proves sufficient for their sales to be in the tens of millions per quarter, just for iPhones, let alone the industry as a whole. As a result, such devices are in the ownership of quite a lot of people. Hence, my claim to their lack of exotic quality, particularly against what that photographer uses for his studio work.

That said, it does seem DSLRs are ascendent. I'd be interested to find out why, and indeed, if that's anything new, or a trend that's been going on for some time, with the feature sets and prices perhaps now reaching a sweeter spot for people more serious about photography as a hobby. (I'll also be interested to see what happens with MILCs vs DSLRs. The optical path of a DSLR is a bit convoluted in total, but you do wind up with a zero-lag look at what's happening, in even the dimmest conditions. MILCs are much more slender, and lighter (eg 291g for the NEX-7, vs 620g for the D90), though lenses add up either way, both in weight and volume - only with a pancake lens on a MILC will you wind up with that critical pocketability)

I suspect squirrels have plans even more cunning than rabbits. We should gather notes.
With regards to the cosplay, I'm almost sure it's made from PVC :)
Ah, but what I'm wondering is what's underneath. ^_^ Is it just a simple PVC suit, or, as I suspect, a composite or multi-layer affair? Perhaps the model just wears it exceptionally well (not inconceivable, for publicity shots), but it gives the appearance of a thicker fabric, perhaps padded in some way, along the lines of a triathlon wetsuit, which winds up with quite a different set of characteristics to any of its individual components.
Google Autotranslate started spewing this when I looked at the page:

[Enamel] [body suit (Surface: Polyurethane base fabric lining: nylon, polyurethane)
[part] enamel chest (Surface: Polyurethane base fabric lining: nylon, polyurethane)
Contents: Part part urethane board and other rigid polyurethane foam is partially non- Polypropylene Sheet
[glove] enamel (Surface: Polyurethane base fabric lining: nylon or polyurethane)
2WAY Tricot (nylon or polyurethane)
surface enamel [wrist] Parts (Surface: Polyurethane base fabric lining: nylon, polyurethane)
Inside: Sponge-free polyurethane foam

If you can get anything out of that...
Ah, so it might indeed be a fairly conventional PU fabric? Interesting! I suppose the model does indeed just wear it very well. Perhaps, for that price, they're made to measure, inherently eliminating any risk of looking in the least non-form-fitting.

Fantastic work, in any event. There's more than one fur reading this, I imagine, who can but wish they had such, and the figure to match. ^_^
Wow...that is a lot of dates! O.o

And almost precisely the same number I haven't had. In any sense. =:)
Hey, that "Come Alive" song is pretty neat! I wish we'd hear that on the radio instead of all that crappy pseudo-R'n'B and wanna-be gangsta boys TALKING to some tune in the background.

And those police tails...murr! I wonder if I'd get fined for trying to lift one of them :P

As for that rendition of "The Final Countdown"...I do think that it counts as ear rape, but then again who am I to judge.

Hope you get your boots soon! You seem to be really keen on them :)