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Does anybody know what I'm talking about? (Specifically, I mean) A couple years ago, I stumbled on a few Japanese flash games, sort of like micro-Sims worlds - you were given a starting point, and various objects you could affect in some way, like starting a fire to get a boiler going, or encouraging wind to arrive, to set a windmill turning, all toward achieving some end goal, like launching a rocket. The key was that everything had to be done in a particular sequence, else you'd wind up seeing some part of the puzzle not happen, or mistime. Is there a particular genre you'd tag such a game with? I'd like to find another one or two, but searching for them is predictably awkward.

Rather a pleasant piece of classical/modern piano-based instrumental music, via schnee, based on one of the pieces in the recent finale: Princess Mi Amore Cadenza & Shining Armour (YouTube, just audio), or you can find a higher quality mp3 download over on MediaFire.

Or, for something much crunchier, Not that Kind of Party by General Mumble is easily worth a download. Again, there's a high quality MP3 link available, if the style appeals.

And! jessie_pup kindly noted Studio Killers have a new video out: Eros & Apollo. Again, a similarly immersive track with lovely, rich bass, and a video that combines retrogaming graphics sensibilities with current CG. Sadly, the voop and mink are only marginally present, although seeing the former's head spin around to a blinking "LOADING MUSIC" reminded me of ice_foxx. =:)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Rat:

What is a memory? Science writer Jonah Lehrer tells us is it’s a physical thing in the brain… not some ephemeral flash. It’s a concrete thing made of matter. And NYU neuroscientist Joe LeDoux, who studies fear memories in rats, tells us how with a one shock, one tone, and one drug injection, you can bust up this piece of matter, and prevent a rat from ever making a memory. LeDoux’s research goes sci-fi, when he and his colleague Karim Nader start trying to erase memories. And Nader applies this research to humans suffering from PTSD.

I'm becoming concerned for the well-being of a particular local rabbit, as featured here and here. Rabbits tend to keep to their locality, although they will sometimes journey further if necessary, so not having seen her in about a fortnight leaves me worried. It could very well be I put her off that spot, though, as the final time was one where I gradually edged closer over the course of several minutes, eventually prompting her to scamper off up the trailway. *sigh* Still, I've also seen buns in one of the slightly further away fields, including a few youngsters - the catch there being is it's a well-known path, used by humans and dogs, with no fences to keep the buns safe. A place I'll be returning to, all the same, though the weather's slipped back to February lately. Still, that did leave me able to catch some quite special light a week ago:


I can also note that my email is once again flowing properly. ^_^ I was finally able to order Dandelion's replacement HD, and restored that with a pleasing lack of drama on Friday, from the final Time Machine backup. That accomplished, Mail was magically happy once more, and perfectly willing to accept the copy of ~/Library/Mail I offered it, saving me the fun of potentially having to reimport everything, including unearthing passwords not seen since the Cambrian.

Finally got around to seeing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (the trailer is here, but I'd actually suggest not viewing it, as it spells things out a mite heavily) with a little diversion from the usual trailers and advertising - the curtains drew to a close momentarily, then reopened, to a rather obviously locally generated display, presenting a simple text message, partially animated: "Is there a [name] in the audience?" "If so, [name] would like to know.." ".. if you'll marry him?" A moment later, a "yes!" was heard, to great applause. ^_^ The film? Yes, definitely worth seeing. Hardly a perfect production, but with such feeling, and a healthy dash of political savvy (not quite The Day Today, but maybe not so far off Absolute Power =:), it has a joyful sense of optimism and perseverance. The basic premise is of a request received by a ministry minion regarding a proposal to bring, yes, salmon fishing to the Yemeni highlands. A crazy notion, obviously, and one which our protagonist dismisses - except, it becomes a favored cause of the Prime Minister's office, seeking a positive news story out of the Middle East.. and so, it begins. Ultimately, it's something of a romantic comedy, of quite a British kind. Yes - give it a try. ^_^

If you'd prefer some additional anonymity on the web whilst on your iThing, some kind soul has just released Onion Browser: a minimal browser that uses the Tor network. You can download the source, or pick it up on the App Store for a princely 99¢.

In all seriousness, this discourse on the thrilling, life-affirming nature of the manifold genres of fringe porn is quite superb reading. The essence lies in the formerly passive nature of our lives and media - by and large, people were consumers, taking in what was broadcast. By contrast, now, the net's spun all that around, with people at large themselves creating a vast array of works, visual and written.

And as fate would have it, a moment later, ibneko mentions …But the Kitchen Sink, a MLP fanfic in which Rainbow Dash falls for.. yes, a kitchen sink. =:D

You see? It was rigged!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Hopefully the rabbit is alright.

This morning we had a baby rabbit right outside the living room window. The bun slowly hopped to a tree ten feet away when he seen us looking at him.
(Yay, new icon! Or at least, first time I recall it, which could be a different matter entirely =:)

I do hope so. It's such a perilous life, out in the wild, though I suppose "migrations" do happen - at the last place, the spot where I first noticed buns, in a field quite close to the main road, with some horses (which was my clue to look more closely), eventually got abandoned a few months afterward. Later on, I wound up spending most of my bunwatching time a bit further down the road, and as recent visits back there showed, they've positively thrived since. ^_^

Awww! Did you perhaps manage to catch a shot? Indeed, buns aren't generally tolerant of being watched, at least until there's a safety gap in play - then, they can be just as interested in looking at you. Of course, some will just scoot as soon as they catch sight of you - that seems to be partially based on where they've made their home, and partially a matter of the individual in question.

Ah, I do hope I can get out for more photography in the coming month than the past one. It's just been so wet and dull, with temperatures seeming more like January or February. Some of the trails are as bad as then, as a consequence, with thick mud, where a few weeks ago, it was solid ground, seeming even a bit dry. Hey ho. I ought to take that as a cue to finishing off the photos for the store, if I can't be out trying to add new ones to it. ^_^;
I like my 'fluffy' icon, but use it fairly rarely. I have a bunch of those plush foxes in white, grey, and red.

Technically all my icons are at least five years old. My journal has been in a pretty low gear for a long time. I should be more active, though inactivity seems quite popular on my friend's list.

Wish I could have gotten a photo. The wee bun looked barely large enough to leave the den. I was worried that moving would spook him.
Aw! I miss my plush companions.. mostly still with friends in the Bay, with just the Trudi red panda and a beige Dance-with-Me bunny remaining with me on the past few years' moves.

Pff! The laggards can forget LJ all they want, but the place remains vibrant. ^_^ Certainly, there are folk I'd love to see return to writing, but my flist remains busy enough I need to keep up with LJ at least daily, unless I want to face a mammoth catchup session, as indeed happened on Saturday, with about 3-4 days to get through. Not really ideal, usually, as that forces the choice between a long session with proper replies, or a more manageable length one with rather fewer replies. Trouble is, some nights/days I just don't seem to be in the mood for really conversing, and so I push the reading back to another time.. =:/

Indeed, buns are innately wary, although the younger ones can sometimes be a little more adventurous, not to mention enthusiastic, with occasional chases between other youngsters, or the justly renowned binkying. ^_^ (Saw a couple nice examples thereof yesterday evening, but couldn't really get the shots - too far away, weak light, and mistiming. Still wonderful to see, though!) Wonder if there's a chance they'll return.. !
I don't know if the type of game you mentioned has a formal name; most of them have so far been done by one person I think. The original was called Grow, and there have since been a number of followup games. More here.
Yes! Grow Cube was one of the ones I'd once been enthralled by (I am a simple bunny).

Squee! There's even an iOS title! (Albeit not Universal, but I can always run it on the venerable 3G, if it doesn't scale nicely on the iPad)

I'm a little surprised to realise it isn't a subgenre, so much as a few wonderful little works of latterday art. No less delightful for that. ^_^
Lovely sunset shot! Now that I'm over with school I can pick up photography again :D
Ooh! Wildlife too?

Thanks. ^_^ It was one of those very mixed days, but, that does sometimes mean those special ephemeral moments where the light's doing something special, and will be back to dull in a matter of seconds. There's a certain pleasure in capturing such slivers of time, never to be repeated, or at least, not quite the same way, at the same spot.

I almost caught quite a good bunshot today - I'd just left the road, entering the playing field via a sort of storage area. And I noticed a grey fuzzy shape by the path, not much more distance from me than my height, if indeed that. They considered the matter, and rapidly came to the conclusion that the obscurity of the brush was a very good idea right now - too quick to even raise the camera, let alone a shot.. but they were so close! Ah well. No amazing shots today - the light was very grey by the time I got to where the buns tend to be, and even then, they tend to be very wary, making it awkward to get close enough for any sensible resolution. Still, it's lovely simply to see them. ^_^

What will you be turning your paws to professionally, then? You're in the journalism line, ne?
Exactly, wildlife's my favorite subject :) I remember how I would go out on hikes in the countryside, regardless of the time of the year, and just snap snap snap lots of pics. Once I get started it's hard to snap me out of it, if I may say so :P

In my experience, good shot opportunities often appear when not expected, and whether they will be caught or not depends solely on the photographer's reflexes. Love it when something like that happens to me, it's as if the elements challenged you, encouraging to try and give it a go at immortalizing them.

That's a very good question that I haven't got an answer for :P Put it differently - I have an option, which is journalism, broadly understood. If I decided to stick with it then I'd most certainly go deeper into sports journalism. The option's there, so I'll wait and see what comes up. I'd to get more into writing about ice-hockey, so perhaps this is the right path. In any other case, I'd pick up studying once more...right now I think I'd go for urban planning.
Ooh! I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing some of your work. ^_^ (That said, I'm often terrible at remembering to check my friends on Flickr - where do/will you tend to put your photography online? For me, it's primarily Flickr, with a few of the best on 500px)

That's the great thing about the age of digital photography - it's so easy to experiment away. And of course, with wildlife photography, you'll often wind up with many that don't get shown, as the expression wasn't quite right, or a branch came into view at just the wrong time, or the focus slipped to the grass in front. Back at the last gig, a good lunch hour might yield 300 shots, or more - with film, that would've been painfully expensive on a routine basis, not to mention rather a hassle, loading in ten rolls in an hour! 'Course, shutter assemblies have finite lifespans, but still: on the order of 100,000 shots for around £500 isn't too bad a deal. ^_^

Do you have any lenses I can lust over? =:) Ah, for a Nikkor 600mm f/4.. but I suspect that's quite some way off, given its extreme lack of proximity to being given away with ten cornflakes tops.

In my experience, good shot opportunities often appear when not expected

And as if to prove the point, I was out on the downs this evening, hoping to catch some buns, who were unfortunately not so much in the mood - saw a few, but just a bit far away for anything notable, other than one poor individual who's afflicted with what might be abscesses. As I was standing by the field's wall, a bird came into view, quite clearly not a pigeon or crow, so I tracked their motion and caught a few shots. And indeed, there they are: a sparrowhawk, with what was once part of another bird.

Maybe you could go into politics? Must be a desperately frustrating field, but I'd far sooner see representatives like yourself in positions of power, than the sometimes deliberately ignorant sorts we so often see.
Normally it's posted here, on Lj, but I may set up a flickr account so to avoid jamming SUP's server's with snaps :P

I used to take snaps with films rolls until I was about 18 - I still have tens of those in my old place, it crazy how many would have been needed to take pictures in such numbers as with a digital cam.

Nah, the only lense I have is the camera lense and that's just a mere 55mm. Can't really take close up shots unless I get very close. But then sharpness becomes an issue and so on...

Wow, that's an epic shot, that's just what I had in mind! It's all about being in the right place and time, and having the reflexes and keen eye to notice things happening at all. Great pic.

That's very kind of you to say so. Power can be corrupting, though. Then again, one never knows the future turns of events, so I may as well become an activist of some sort. Many of those in power are so full shit. Generally, I have a 'no shit' attitude and usually demand straight answers, so perhaps I could make a difference.
I love the Tortoise and the Hare cartoon at the bottom of your entry. :)
I sort of had to include that. It explains much. ^_^