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This collection of fake Underground signage is absolutely brilliant. Can't say I've seen any of them myself, but then, I'm only in London once in a while. Has anyone spied them in the wild? (That said, with the recent move, I may well be along a bit more often than a couple times a year. Of which, phase II just completed at 3am on Saturday morning, with The Stuff™ all brought over)


I'm not entirely certain it's showing what it claims, but, supposedly, this is a block of ice glowing red/white-hot, courtesy of a chunky induction coil. (Apologies, but I don't recall who pointed this out to me. ^_^;) Edit: dakhun offers a detailed explanation of what's being seen, in this reply.

A couple Doctor Who tidbits: seems the Christmas episode will feature Madame Vastra and Jenny, and, one episode of the second half of this season is written by Neil Gaiman. ^_^

The badger cull is to be postponed! Of course, this is no time for complacency - Defra clearly isn't announcing a cancellation, only a delay until Summer 2013. However, it does mean the cull will not now proceed in the coming few days, giving much-needed time to further publicise the usefulness of field trials of the recently developed bTB vaccine for badgers, and to get the bovine equivalent out into deployment - methods that will genuinely help to control bTB.

This is a very gentle short, though not without feeling, melancholy, and longing; one might not expect such of the tale of the life of a plastic bag, voiced beautifully by Werner Herzog.

Occupy presents a discussion on "Socially Useful Banking", featuring Andy Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability at the Bank of England; Dominic Lindley, Head of Financial Services Policy at Which?; Duncan Weldon, a senior economist at the Trades Union Congress; and Lisa Pollack, a reporter on the Financial Times Alphaville blog. Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London; October 29, 1800-2030. No charge. (The sponsors list is rather an interestingly varied bunch, too, including the Quakers, Peter Tatchell, Unite, the United Reformed Church, The Robin Hood Tax, and the Baptist, Methodist, and United Reformed Chuches' Joint Public Issues Team)

Here's a fascinating look at attempts to understand proto-Elamite writing, some 5000 years old. Thanks to current imaging technology, and an element of crowdsourcing, we may be on the verge of being able to understand these cryptic cuneiforms.

You may have heard of the anime Death Note. You might even have heard of My Little Pony. So, here's an anime music video combining both: PonyNote, Best in Show winner at Otakon 2012.

I know they're not a husky, but on seeing this dog with a particularly neat ball, I immediately thought of huskyteer. I'm sorry. ^_^

Courtesy of OGLAF, the Derp Fox shirt.

The New Parkway will be reopening on Nov 30! As originally, you'll be able to enjoy second-run flicks on comfortable furniture, enjoying good pizza and local beer as you watch. The new venue's located not so far from the original, at 474 24th Street, still in Oakland.

Here's a fun weblog to peek at, if you really enjoy the wonders of excellent cooking: Eataku. Which also notes that Iron Chef is returning! A new chairman, I note with some wistful regret, but we can hope Fuji TV understands the need for careful selection. It debuts in a two hour special on Friday, Oct 26 2012 - hopefully, fansubs will appear within a few days, though I recall the company did crack down on fansubs of the original. Perhaps they'll be gentler now.

This city council meeting speech on a "gay rights" motion in Missouri is worth seeing. It does indeed seem rather nasty, but, you'll want to carry on to the end of the three minutes.

I'm not one for the minutiae of TV shows, but, I'm curious: has there ever been any mention of how Daleks are powered? Or Cybermen? The closest I can come is recalling the latter had a weakness in the form of gold, or gold dust, but that was more to do with interfering with some system, than sustenance per se.

Want to back the reopening of what sounds like a rather excellent chocolatier in San Francisco? Charles Chocolates wants your moolah! "I have always held very strong opinions about what makes a great chocolate — opinions formed over 25 years of chocolate experience (and consumption!) that have guided the development and production of everything that we make. Key is the belief that chocolates are food - fresh food — and as such they should be made with the freshest ingredients and enjoyed within a few weeks of being made. Our chocolates are not designed to be displayed on store shelves for months before being bought and eaten. We make them by hand when you order them and deliver them to you within a few days of their creation."

Also in the City, Chocolate Lab sounds like somewhere I need to drop by. (Doesn't hurt that the beers are supplied by the likes of the Magnolia and Speakeasy)

This wolf? Is a fursuit. =:D Also: lying on a bench, and exhausted thereon. ^_^;

Some interesting number crunching in this Grauniad piece on tax avoidance in the UK, examining a selection of large US companies. You can look at their total and average turnovers and tax paid between 2008-2011. Relatedly, here's a quick look into how a Hollywood studio production can rake it in, yet still not turn a profit, technically - much as Starbucks do, the key concept is to use subsidiaries and charge them high fees for things like intellectual property, causing them to make a paper loss.

Another venue for detailed journalism, worth adding to your news bookmarks: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a not-for-profit based at City University, London. (In a nice touch, all their work is published under a Creative Commons license, though the rights to photographs and video may be held by other parties)

Aeronautics sorts will be far better placed to pass comment on this than I. It would seem there is, perhaps unsurprisingly, an alternative explanation being posited for the cause of the 2010 crash near Smolensk, killing the Polish leadership: evidence including sheared rivets, rivets missing, and shrapnel may suggest an explosion.

More interviews than you can shake a modestly sized deciduous forest at, courtesy of the Paris Review, with the likes of William Gibson, Maya Angelou, Robert Crumb, Susan Sontag, Ray Bradbury, and Samuel R Delany.

If you enjoy good transformation artwork, I ought to highlight a two-pager (so far, anyway), "Pest Problems", by Ravensflock: page 1, in which an innocent bunny wakes up in a strange location, and page 2, wherein his world changes rather dramatically.

Little by little, Cuba comes out of its shell - from January 2013, its citizens will be able to travel internationally freely, without the long-loathed exit visa system. The article does note that some restrictions will remain for certain people, however, such as members of the military, and doctors, to avoid a brain drain.

If you feel like frittering away a few minutes somewhat usefully, have a look at the adult finalists in ImproveSF's current competition to design the San Francisco Public Library's new card artwork. Of 3000 entries, the 10 finalists are presented, which you can offer additional points to, depending how much you like each of them. Of course, there's one design in particular that caught my eye, "I Love SFPL" - but there could be some bias involved. ^_^ To vote, you'll need to make an account - just the usual name/email/password, with everything else being optional.

Flicks I've enjoyed in the last few days:

- Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. Amiable, quite enjoyable, but somehow ultimately fails to be convincing. Worth seeing if it's around.

- Safety Not Guaranteed. Positively delicious. Convincingly performed, and written with balance I've not enjoyed since Don Juan DeMarco, with Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, and Faye Dunaway. Worth seeking out. (Easy enough in the US; still no release, cinematic or video, in the UK)

- Expendables 2. Blame the housemate. =:) It's exactly what it looks like - an excuse for loads of guns and explosions. Still fine by me, as it doesn't really require any attention be paid to it, so you can carry on with browsing and conversation, with no loss of experience.

Has anyone watched the Blu-Ray release of Priscilla? (Only released in the US, apparently, and not available for download at all) Seems there are some potentially worthwhile extras, even beyond the image quality.

I've also finally seen some of Firefly, which I understand one or two others have enjoyed. =:) Rather liking it, yes. True, it touches on a plethora of tropes, but none the worse for that. It's rather unfortunate, realising that having seen the sixth episode, I'm almost halfway through it all, not counting Serenity, but so it goes. (Favorite character? Has to be Kaylee. I want to be her when I grow up =:)

Thoroughly enjoying the current series of Red Dwarf, especially including the latest ep, "Lemons". I did think the key guest role was played by Tim Minchin, whom I would assert would be absolutely perfect there.. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've seen dog toys that equip your dog with a huge tongue or moustache, but the teeth are new. Hee!

I believe early Daleks moved along a powered grid, and stopped if they left it, but this was dropped so they could do things like invade Earth.
It does work uncannily well, ne? ^_^

Ahh, yes, I vaguely recall something like that.. might've been from the films, as I've still seen next to nothing of the first two Doctors, sadly. Definitely something I ought to remedy, both just to gain that little deeper understanding of the Doctor's evolution, as well as understanding Eleven that bit better - I recall speculation that Matt Smith's taken some elements of both One and Two, sort of turning One around, with a sometimes grandfatherly figure, yet in a "young" body.

BTW, how did that recent plot thread strike you, with Amy and Rory "separating"? Personally, I just couldn't buy it - the same Amy who waited decades, the same Rory who waited millennia? True, for some couples, not being able to have children of their (genetic) own might be a terrible blow - but the bond 'twixt them seemed much more fundamental. Hey ho. It sort of worked out happily in the end, regardless.
Daleks were powered by static electricity, originally.
So.. cats are a Dalek invention?

"HERE KIT-TY KIT-TY KIT-TY"
BuzzFeed really needs to learn now to rely on Javascript to display images. Eh.

The red hot ice cube was cool (as it were). :) Makes sense, too; the actual melting process probably takes a certain amount of time, so if you raise the temperature fast enough, it'll heat. Or not? I actually have no idea if that really makes sense; it'd be fun to get a physicist's explanation.

That dog with the ball is... just too cute. :) But yeah, that's not a husky, right? Looks more like a Shiba Inu to me.

Regarding what I said about BuzzFeed... so does Topatoco. Idiots. :P

Good speech on gay rights, too. A friend actually showed me this a few days ago; he didn't make the point as strongly as he perhaps could have, but it's an excellent point for sure.

Love that fursuit, too. I've been wanting one like that for... ages, really. Ideally a lockable one. ^^ Or one that one can be sewn into. Or both. *blush*

BTW, have you seen the latest installments of United Noshes? The Democratic Republic the Congo and Denmark were just covered. (I was a bit taken aback by the latter's assertion that "Danish cuisine doesn’t exactly have a high reputation among gastronomes", admittedly; Copenhagen's Noma, for instance, has been selected as the best restaurant in the world for three years in a row now, and while it's not perhaps necessarily representative of Danish cuisine as a whole, I doubt it's fair to basically say "it all sucks", even if you couch it in polite terms and also attribute it to others rather than saying it yourself.)
It is a mite frustrating, having to enable JS for a site, simply so basic functions like image loading or links will work. Still, at least that's possible, with most browsers. I suppose I ought to check into such functionality with Safari, though I usually keep that just for awkward sites that'll only work with specific browsers - OmniWeb may not be actively maintained any longer, but the built-in niceties are so good, like tabs with thumbnails, in a drawer to the left or right of the browser window itself, so there's never any issue with tabs scrunching up tightly, leaving a few letters of the title showing.

Mm, the preacher could've gone through the "reveal" a bit more slickly, but his presentation certainly made the point very well. Momentum is in the side of good, but still, it's sad nonetheless to see such resistance put up by people who can never actually put up any rational argument against the love of two of the same gender being just as sanctioned as a heterosexual coupling. (Particularly amusing are the "traditional" crowd, especially when citing the bible, ignoring the little matter of the other kinds of marriage listed therein, some explicitly mandated)

I think the first time I pondered being "trapped" in a suit was on seeing Farallon's rather wonderful enlargement of a Kimba plush, some 3'-4' long..

while it's not perhaps necessarily representative of Danish cuisine as a whole, I doubt it's fair to basically say "it all sucks"

Of course, that makes me wonder what their spread for the UK will be like. *chuckle* It's rather tragic that British cooking has such a dire reputation, either all boiled or just fish & chips, when there's such delight to be had in something like a carefully braised lamb shank with root vegetables, a hearty pot pie, or a slowly roasted slab of belly pork with a side of pork cheek, atop creamy mashed potato, and a rich gravy.

Ooh, they stole the crown from El Bulli? Not bad going. ^_^

Ah, I do hope I can get to partake of at least some of that caliber next year - with any luck, finances will improve somewhat. After all, the last thing you want, on enjoying a night like that, is to have a nagging sense of not being able to afford it. (Indeed, it's hardly as if many good restaurants are crazily expensive, either, even if hardly viable on a nightly basis =:)
Oh yeah... it's just bad web design. And yes, enabling Javascript is usually a good way of getting around it, but I tend to feel I shouldn't have to allow it; it's like having a newspaper delivered and then being required to allow the delivery boy access to all your house just so you can read the paper.

Ooh, that "thumbnails of tabs" gadget sounds nice! I wish Firefox had something like that.

Yeah, I'm certainly not criticizing the guy; quite the opposite, he did a swell job there. :) And yes, it's funny how people selectively ignore the bible, isn't it? Or, alternatively, say that some passages should be taken metaphorically, which (when you think about it) is just a thinly-veiled variation thereof, essentially the same in practice.

Jesus and Mo spoofed this just this week, actually. In a way, christian fundamentalists who actually take ALL the bible as gospel (and who really do, instead of just claiming they do and then ignoring parts of it anyway) would at least be more honest, if batshit crazy, but no such things seems to exist, right? Not that I'm surprised; you'd be unable to even translate the bible if you really went all the way with this, and you'd basically end up the same as fundamentalist muslims who also insist that the qu'ran cannot be translated, that every single last bit of it must be taken literally and accepted as the absolute truth, and so on.

I think the first time I pondered being "trapped" in a suit was on seeing Farallon's rather wonderful enlargement of a Kimba plush, some 3'-4' long..

Ooooh, I don't think I've seen that. :) I don't remember what my "first time" there was; I've been in love with the late Pouchhopper's locking quad fox suit ever since I first saw it, but I know I saw that over in a Yahoo group that I only joined because I was already interested in this, so I'm not sure anymore. Ah well — perhaps not a discussion for a public entry, anyway.

Hmm, British cooking isn't so bad, I think. Britons are sometimes poked fun at here for things like mint sauce, but by and large, when I think of British cuisine, I think of good, hearty food, things like steak-and-kidney pie, toad-in-the-hole, bubble & squeak, bangers and mash, that sort of thing; puddings as well, of course, e.g. spotted dick, with vanilla custard and so on. ^^ Not particularly posh, perhaps, but good.

But yeah, it'll be fun to see. I'm also curious what they'll come up with for Germany; there certainly is no end of "typical" dishes, but choosing just a few might be hard, and German cuisine varies a lot by region. Bavarian or Baden-Württembergian food, for instance, might as well be from a wholly different country as far as I'm concerned (that said, I actually like it a lot).

I'm also curious to see what they'll do for Iceland; I really hope it's not gonna be þorramatur, which is what often gets dug out and rehashed when people talk about Icelandic cuisine, due to its shock value (especially for sensitive US-American stomachs who might recoil at the thought of such things as singed sheep's heads, pickled ram testicles and so on). Fun and traditional (and tasty, actually) as it may be, it's just not representative of modern Icelandic cooking.

But then, they'd likely be unable to find such things even in New York. :) (In fact, I was extremely surprised they were almost unable to get pork liver from any butcher without having to wait for it. I could understand that for specialty items such as pig's caul, but liver?)

Anyway, I think I do expect that they'll select something nice and representative there, too. :)

Mmmm, and as for expensive/fancy restaurants? Yeah, it'd be fun to go to one of these, but I doubt I will anytime soon myself. :) As for Noma at least, I'm told that if you want a table, you should book a couple of months in advance, BTW. And if you do go... by all means share your experiences! :)
Not sure how they powered the Daleks, but I do remember that the Cybermen were easily killed by rubbing gold objects on their breathing grid and contaminating it with gold dust. Not a bad Achilles Heel, but not a good one, either.

The MLP/DeathNote video was priceless.

Getting sewn/locked into a fursuit? Hmmmm. Only if it has "accommodations" for bodily functions. But otherwise? Heee!

And what's wrong with British cooking??? Most of it is meat! Can't go wrong with that?

And I've PM'd you in SecondLife, if you still hang out there? I'm a little different now...
I wonder - there's got to be a specialist wiki for Doctor Who, along the lines of Wookieepedia for Star Wars. If I can't find everything short of assembly instructions there, I'll be amazed. =:)

I did notice a few insertions of Cowboy Bebop, too.. now there's an element for a PMV combo, ne? Especially Ed and Ein. ^_^

Of course, our local resident expert on such suit confinement is ducktapeddonkey.. though, admittedly, not quite as realistic as that! (Reminded me of Hawthorn's bunny, actually. Apparently the visibility was, as you might expect, rather a pain in that, given the fairly natural placement of the eyes. Not that suit visibility is generally wonderful.. but the utter fun of it more than makes up for any such incumberances =:)

True, there's no great shortage of meat in British cooking. =:9 Although I suspect the European prize on that front goes to Hungary. Ah, I've got to get back there sometime. Though I suppose I can say as much of just about anywhere in the world - I've so been lacking in longer journeys of late. With any luck, perhaps finances will improve in 2013 to the point of being able to fly a couple times - the Bay Area included, naturally. ^_^

Ah, yes! Got that, but haven't been in-world lately. No special reason, so much as having just been rather busy, particularly in the last week, with getting the move and weekly meetings sorted out, and finding myself in a situation where I can indeed work again, given the peacefulness of the house.

I'll have to see if I can remember to drop by later today. ^_^
Induction heating "of the ice cube":

Obviously, there is a shape made of metal inside the ice cube, and that is what is being heated. I am guessing it is a shiny ring of white/grey metal a little smaller than half of the size of the ice cube, and it is situated so that the top of the ring is just above the centre of the ice cube. I see hints of such an object, oriented so that the ring is viewed nearly edge-on by the camera.
You can see a little front of melting moving inside part of the ice cube from time 0:01 to 0:03.
When ice melts, the water takes up less room than the ice did. This allows a small amount of steam to be produced without immediately exploding the ice cube. The bubble of steam rises to the top of the melted cavity in the ice and allows the top of metallic object to get even hotter, since the steam would not convect the heat away from the metal as quickly as water or ice. This is why the top of the metallic object (at the centre of the ice cube) gets red hot first.
Being pulled by gravity, the metallic object quickly melts its way down to the bottom of the ice cube. At time 0:14 the metallic object pierces the bottom of the ice cube, and there is a release of pressure and an outflowing of water and steam. You hear this as a strange hissing sound, and you can see the sudden surge of water in the dish surrounding the ice cube, accompanied by steam rising up around the side of the ice cube, illuminated by the red-hot metal so that it looks a little like flames.
At time 0:20, you can see a spark jumping to the right of the ice cube. The metal itself may even be melting by this time.
At time 0:23, there is a sudden change in the configuration of the illumination at the bottom of the ice cube. This may be the metal object finally separating from the ice cube and falling flat (or maybe pooling) on the surface below the ice cube. They turn the current off immediately after this happens.

Edited at 2012-10-23 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, yes! That does make sense. The most obvious sign, as you note, is the sudden release around 14s.

Quite the eye-catching demo, ne? (And for the next one, the ring - or its remnants - plop into liquid oxygen? =:)

Thanks for taking the time for such a detailed explanation!
*nods* It's quite an effective demo! Lots of interesting things going on that would be impossible without inductive heating.
Hee, Nightmare on Elm Street! I've watched the original movie countless numbers of times, one of my favorites of all time. Now I sort of want that Tube sign with that station ^^

I have heard that Starbucks has not paid any taxes here for the last two years...stupid government should start those so-called cuts and increasing state revenue by sorting those thieves out. Bunch of fuckers. If any one of us tried to evade taxed we'd be sentenced to years of hard labor in a slate quarry somewhere in Wales. Ugh, they make me boil, both those companies, as well as Cammie and Deputy Laughing Boy. Everyone should pay their taxes, it also includes cheeky American companies like Fapple, Moogle, FatDonald's and Stealbucks.

Ugh, Smolensk...don't wanna touch that even with a stick. It has become a handy tool for those who make a living off stirring up political conflicts. Pilot error, period, case closed. I would also argue that all those who died there were 'pro-Western'...let alone the validity of using that term in the first place.
Coo, it's been quite a while since I saw NoES! Great flick, though. (Curiously, I used to be much more into horror than now. I was quite impressed with the original Hellraiser, f'rex)

Ah, yes, Starbucks - apparently, that loss-making UK operation's doing so badly, the UK chief's been promoted to one of the senior US positions. It's a tough life.

And any hope of the current government doing anything about such tax cheats? Well, given they brought on Mr Top Shop as one of their advisors, who skirts a few hundred thousand in liability by funneling money through his wife's Monaco account.. but hey, we're all in this together! *cough*

I wonder if Tube staff actually remove such stickers on finding them? I know I'd happily leave them there - so carefully prepared, and adding to maybe an otherwise routine day for many people. ^_^
What Cammie is really saying is YOU'RE all in this together. I know that politics is a game of cheating and seeing how much you can away with, but this is so straight in the face, how come don't the media kick up a stink about this?
I couldn't stand Firefly. The whole thing was just so cheesy and there were so many unexplained things that I lost interest after two episodes.

Then walf came along and forced me to watch Serenity and I hated the series even more.

Edited at 2012-10-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I doubt anyone would contest its cheesiness. ^_^ It's whether it was fun that counts, at the end of it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, even if the whole cowboy/Western schtick was laid on a bit thick.

Mind, I also enjoy unexplained plot points. =:) Not if it's merely laziness, or trying to reach too far with the plot and then finding yourself unable to tie it all back together, but mysteries and things left unspoken, I'm fine with - eg the true nature of Seele in Evangelion. Or, of course, the outright abstract or philosophical, as throughout Stalker, though that I'd watch even just for the visual poetry, let alone the constantly intriguing discourse.