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These furry shirts are just too much fun.. I'm going to have to get one. ^_^ They're also available with wolf, cat, and fox designs, though the design concept does seem ideally suited for us lapines.

Disconnect is a free, open-source plugin (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) to block and display the various well-known websites that track your progress around the web, then proceed to sell your data - Facebook's the worst offender, but they're by no means alone.

We've all seen the tiresome relaunches of "classic" computing brands, particularly Commodore, where the only connection to their roots is a logo. In this instance, however, it's sort of the other way around - no familiar brand, but a slew of classic game developers, from Atari's glory days, including the creators of Battlezone, Missile Command, Asteroids, and more, corraled together by the co-creator of the Xbox. (Oddly, the company name, at least for now, is dreadfully forgettable: "Innovative Leisure") A somewhat worrisome note, potentially, is the prominence of THQ in the plans, given that studio's considerable troubles, and current retrenchment.

Another new face on LJ, whom you may want to follow: pawnytail.


So, I set off for the office on Saturday afternoon, with the snow lightly falling - seemed like the perfect opportunity to snag some bandwidth (given I still remain on the MiFi dongle, until the telco's systems finally admit to the world that my line is indeed alive, so ISPs can offer a veritable plethora of options. Think I'll be going with Xilo's "pro" offering - no metering, with the tradeoff of not being quite as fast as it could be, but with noteworthy service, judging by the reviews, and indeed, my own minimal experience in asking a few questions of them. Where so many ISPs will respond with a generic letter to any enquiry, after a day or two, they seem to make a point of replying intelligently, with their response interleaved with your original message, within minutes. Or, in Friday night's case, nearly an hour - which, at 8pm on a Friday, is not exactly bad going), and some snowy landscapes. Of course, I got off a bit too late for the landscapes to really be at their best, but a few mildly enjoyable scenes were caught nonetheless. Once the day's ponies were securely on the drive, I headed back to the central bus stop, and waited.. realising that snow hereabouts is about as potent as drizzle in LA. I checked one of the bus companies' numbers on the iPad, gave them a call, and had it confirmed: no service now. =:P

Hey ho. It's not a huge walk into town, and downhill's easier, even with a bit of snow (gradually becoming slushy toward the bottom). The reason became evident at the end, when I saw the police car blocking the way up. =:/ Still, given I'd seen one car do a perfect doughnut just on the level, let alone with any slope involved, I suppose the extreme caution might not have been misplaced. (Apparently, you can't do 90 degree turns on the snow quite as readily as without. Who knew?)

The Mollisan Town quartet sounds like a set of books worth a look, even if arguably flawed in their universe's logic. Still, there aren't too many other hard-boiled detective yarns set in a world inhabited entirely by plushies. They're written by Swedish author Tim Davys, published in English by HarperCollins, available in Kindle and hardback editions, with some rather well-designed cover artwork to boot.

On the iOS gaming front, two that seem noteworthy: Ghost Trick, which'll be familiar to DS folk - the first two chapters are free, with the rest available in one (quite cheap) bundle, or three slightly higher priced packages; and New Orbit, a sort of Asteroids/physics puzzler set in a horror storyline.

And from a couple days ago, with somewhat better light, here's a local grey sqrl, about to enthusiastically launch into a nutritious nugget. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
I like the squirrel pic, but actually I really like the snowy night landscape. I atcually think the slight fuzziness does it a favour; it wouldn't be so atmospheric were it perfectly sharp. I think you mentioned elsewhere that it was a handheld shot at 1/6s, so that's pretty impressive. =:)

*bookmarks the T-shirt site*
Hee! Thanks. ^_^ There was something of a moment there, I think - certainly, far from a perfect image, but given I was resting on a farm gate, hoping I could keep the camera steady for 1/6th (the lens' stabilisation gave out a few months ago, for no particular reason; not very impressive, but less of an issue than the cessation of its autofocus around the same time, so any kind of action shots with the nephews become rather more of a challenge. I doubt it'd be worth repairing; at the long end, the Nikkor 300mm f/4's a world better anyway, and used, something like the Nikkor 18-55 or 18-105 seem really quite decent, and affordable, for about as much as I suspect any kind of repair would cost), I'm okay with it. ^_^ There's something fun about the artificial hues, overlaid on the serene natural tones of the field. Which is, admittedly, a spot I've yet to explore - I've seen a fair bit of the locality, but that field and pathway I just haven't got around to yet.

Actually, on the lapine front, I did spot one bun on Friday afternoon, down the eastern side of the hill - but, stupidly, I disregarded the prime directive of wildlife photography: always be prepared. ^_^; I'd been aiming for a bit further downhill, in some open fields, which seemed like possible candidates for bun photography, and where I'd seen one previously, though briefly. So, there I was, sauntering down the hillside, and noticed something. I stopped, looked around, couldn't see anything.. look around further, and spotted a fuzzy grey bun, looking most unsure about the situation, only perhaps 15' away from me.

I could've tried getting a shot with the Tamron already attached, but I suspect even that activity, just getting the camera out of the bag, lens cap off, would've been enough cause for them to seek a quieter spot. By the time I got the Nikkor on, they'd made good their escape. Still, given buns don't tend to maintain broad territories, perhaps it'll be worthwhile revisiting. Definitely a pity, as the light and distance might've made for quite a nice shot - I'd have been so pleased to finally get a good daylight bunpic here!

(Still, the nice shot or two from the previous locale last weekend helped a good deal. ^_^ The two I saw were only in evidence as I arrived, not returning before I left, but just to know they're still around gave me some reassurance. Small lives, perhaps, but enthusiastic and vivid ones)
If I went to one of those stock-photo sites and saw that squirrel pic, I would have thought "staged".  It's just too perfect!
*giggle* I was amazed I could find a clear slot through all the tiny branches, and not scare them off in the process of (to me) quietly angling around, but they seemed more interested in the munchable than me, which I have no problem with. ^_^

A little closer, and unfortunately, they did decide to scoot - but, I'm thankful they let me so close, and I hope I didn't disturb their repast overly.

There's such wonder to behold in the natural world. It's that that I hope to convey, once I finally open the store this Spring - not just rabbits, but rabbits living their lives, as confusing and amazing as they are.
I love squirrels. Big floofy tails. FLoof floof floof.
They're very proud of their tails, ne? Sitting up there, swishing them away all day.. ^_^

Wish I'd got out today for some more photography, but it was much too late a start - only awoke at 1pm. ^_^; I just wish I could locate some local buns who don't keep themselves completely out of view during the daytime. With luck, maybe that'll improve as the days grow longer.
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Eep! That long? Bleah.. maybe they're having them done in batches? Could well be, given all the on-demand places just use simple transfer technology, which often doesn't seem to last that well. I'd love to see more use the kind of printing that was used in the Associated Student Bodies shirts - I've got a couple that are still good, despite countless washes over eleven years!

That said, the Coyote River ones aren't doing badly, though one did spring an armpit hole. =:P Not the best stitching.

I think I'll be getting one, too - first, I want to pick up a tape measure, or just a ruler, to be sure of getting the right size. Hopefully postage won't add hugely. =:P
Ohh, I love all the T-shirt designs, but perhaps wolf is my favourite.
Heh! I suppose that makes sense. ^_^ It's quite an inspired notion, even if the price is a bit steep - but, I'd speculate that's due to the technique required to lay down the pattern physically, rather than just applying an ink transfer, which seldom seems to work all that well anyway. (Now, if only more could use the method in the Associated Student Bodies shirts.. those have lasted amazingly well!)

Will you be sporting one shortly? ^_^
Just ran across this, and thought I'd share it.



More here.
Hee! Yep, caught that the other day.. quite remarkable. =:D I noticed stinkygoat mention that his sheep wouldn't give a toss. =:)
Lovely night shot! It's been ages since I've done night shots myself.
Thanks! ^_^ It was very much a spur of the moment thing - the photographic problem with that road is that there are tall walls down much of the length, so it was only at that spot that I could actually get a good view over the open fields, rather than just down the road. Sadly, all the snow's gone now, save for the odd scattered spot, even on the top of the hill. On the other paw, that does mean being able to avail myself of the buses, rather than walking. =:) (Though, this kind of programming is something I can do anywhere, given it's all contained on Dandelion. Definitely one benefit of not being an embedded project, much as I enjoyed playing with the logic analyzer at the last gig!)

I may well try some more night shots in the future, as I now have my tripod again - made sure to pack that into the bag while visiting the former housemate the other weekend. The Tamron's not really an architectural lens, but it works acceptably at shorter focal lengths - it's more at the long end where its resolution limit's more evident, compared to the Nikkor.

I forget - what sort of camera kit do you have? ISTR you mentioned DSLRs in my poll. ^_^ Just a D90, Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC, and Nikkor 300mm f/4D here, hopefully to be joined by some sort of UWA in the coming months - possibly the Sigma 8-16mm, or their 10-20mm. Not that I'd turn down a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, if I could afford it. =:D
Those T-shirt are great !! Really fun, too bad there is not a special dog breed ... ;3
Ah, maybe we can make you an honorary bunny. =:)