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Have some lovingly illustrated quotes from that masterwork of hackery, Fifty Shades of Grey. Ye gods and little fishes, such tortured, flaccid prose! “His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.”, or how about “I feel the color in my cheeks rising again. I must be the color of The Communist Manifesto.”

If you're in need of audiophile pseudoscience, Wat HiFi collects quotes from various magazines and columns replete with technowankery. Behold: a world where different SSDs result in different audio characteristics, a $40 silver fuse, £59 USB cable, and a 3m £1,889 ethernet cable make sense, and demagnetising CDs and DVDs is advisable.

Films: as the local fleapit has sort-of-affordable Tuesday showings, I plumped for Jupiter Ascending, which I've been looking forward to for a while. And.. it delivered, in magnificent style. It's everything they promised: a sci-fi tale of epic scope, with inspiration from all corners, including (of course) the Matrix, the Fifth Element, and Dune, amongst many others. The visual design is outstanding throughout - even if you didn't have the audio on, it'd be a film that'd captivate me. But then we have characters I actually cared about, not least our core protagonist, leading an exceptionally unglamorous life as a house cleaner in Chicago, before she's targeted as being the reincarnation of a powerful family matriarch. There's even a spot of furriness involved, with one major character having some lupine influences (sadly, only extending to the eartips), some dino sorts reminiscent of the Kleggs, and the odd background character, like an elephantine pilot. It's one hell of a ride - and probably one I'll embark on again in the coming days. ^_^ (And I've put my pre-order in on iTunes!)

Word for the day: "fisc", originally the public treasury of ancient Rome, later any state treasury or exchequer. From this, we now have the rather more commonplace fiscal.

I imagine anyone remotely interested's already seen them, but just in case, here's a set of three brief shorts starring Equestria Girls versions of Crysalis (Queen of the Changelings, an official character) and Flufflepuff (who isn't =:). It helps a little to know them, but there isn't really any need for background, beyond knowing Crysalis is.. a touch intimidating, and Flufflepuff.. a bit less so. It's a few minutes of silly fun, with a quite beautiful ending. Parts one, two, three.

From the Whimsical Heels department come these quite wonderfully silly vanilla ice cream shoes and red velvet wedges, from Shoe Bakery. =:D

Here's quite a handy guide to C11, which added some rather useful features, including improved threading support, and anonymous unions.

There's another photo editor on the way for OS X: Affinity Photo. It's currently in open beta - sign up, and you can download it immediately. At first glance, I'm liking it - the UI's clearly native, so it feels like a Mac application, and seems to offer the details you'd hope for in a more pro-oriented photo editor, such as curves per channel. (As a side note, I'm impressed by the support: I posted a feature request for PSB support, as some of my panoramas can be quite large, but support for such files is virtually non-existent outside Photoshop itself. Six minutes later, a reply saying they'd looked into it, and think it should be possible, with a little tinkering!)

Could get interesting.. the EU Parliament has voted to resume the investigation into EU complicity with CIA torture. "The European Parliament’s committees on civil liberties, foreign affairs and human rights previously investigated the CIA’s programme in 2006, and they will now resume their inquiry with new details from the Senate’s report. Passing today’s resolution, MEPs said the summary “reveals new facts that reinforce allegations that a number of EU member states… were complicit in the CIA’s secret detention and extraordinary rendition programme, sometimes through corrupt means based on substantial amounts of money provided by the CIA in exchange for their cooperation”. Romania, Poland and Lithuania are widely known to have hosted CIA black sites, along with those in Afghanistan, Thailand and Guantánamo Bay."

Imagine you're an experienced graphic designer, and are more than a tiny bit cheesed off with people hoping you'll do work for them for free/the exposure. Welcome to 27b/6. =:D

Via schnee, one of the best fan crossovers I've seen: Lucky Luke and MLP:FiM. =:D

Here's the trailer for Clive, a Banjo-Kazooie inspired platformer now at alpha, on Steam Greenlight. Windows only for now, with OS X on the cards. Download the demo (first level, fully playable) here. It does work fine under Windows 7/Parallels 8/OS X 10.10.3b1 - though, do note the current version of the demo only supports movement by analogue game controller, with keyboard/mouse support coming later.

Here's a slightly unusual game: Dark Echo. It's somewhat akin to Papa Sangre, but you're not entirely reliant on sound alone - you do have some visual cues as well, to assist in avoiding the murderous creatures after you. And, have a look at the trailer for Alto's Adventure. Technically, it's an endless snowboarding runner - nothing extraordinarily original, you might think - but that demonstrates it's possible to execute a familiar concept beautifully.

So, it's official: Jon Stewart's leaving The Daily Show.

I doubt it'll be of direct interest to anyone reading, but still, I found the news of this tattoo removal cream quite fascinating. It works on the basis that tattoos are visible due to macrophages left at the site of the ink, having consumed it; the cream works by inducing other macrophages to consume those pigmented ones. Consequently, it'll be far simpler and cheaper than laser removal, or cover-up tattoos.

Financial institutions - always very, very dull, with websites never deviating from stock photos of people apparently in sheer delight of paying bills. Maybe there's an exception, as schnee discovered - although.. you might not want to stick around too long. I'm very much hoping this is an example of the Icelandic sense of humor, else, that their web designer is taken good care of. Behold: Vogabakki.

Here's rather a nice sort of robotic TF sequence I stumbled upon via /r/transformation, by ibenz009 on DA, "Like Clockwork": pages one, two, three, four.

Finally, how about a nice little competition? (UK residents only, closing Feb 28 2015) A week for two in Langkawi, flying in BA Club World, staying in the five star Andaman in a Deluxe Rainforest room. (The answer to the question is "Kuala Lumpur")
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have some lovingly illustrated quotes from that masterwork of hackery, Fifty Shades of Grey. Ye gods and little fishes, such tortured, flaccid prose!

Isn't it just? Far be it from me to deny anyone the right to read (or write) what they enjoy, but I do have to say I really fail to see why people enjoy those novels. As far as I can tell, they're just plain Not Very Good™: the story isn't, the depiction of BDSM isn't, and, as you note, neither is the prose. Most of the fanfiction I've read on the Internet has been better (though to be fair I don't tend to read the obvious crap there).

The illustrations are fun, though. Shame they didn't also include the quote about "stars and stripes red", that would nicely have balanced the "communist manifesto" one. :)

I imagine anyone remotely interested's already seen them, but just in case, here's a set of three brief shorts starring Equestria Girls versions of Crysalis (Queen of the Changelings, an official character) and Flufflepuff (who isn't =:). It helps a little to know them, but there isn't really any need for background, beyond knowing Crysalis is.. a touch intimidating, and Flufflepuff.. a bit less so. It's a few minutes of silly fun, with a quite beautiful ending. Parts one, two, three.

Those are lovely, aren't they? 'course, pretty much all of Fluffle Puff is — there's a lot of interesting character concepts and ideas for Tumblrs out there, but Mixermike is one of the few who actually made theirs work, and who've managed to keep going strong for a long time with no signs of slowing down. I sure hope he'll keep it up.

From the Whimsical Heels department come these quite wonderfully silly vanilla ice cream shoes and red velvet wedges, from Shoe Bakery. =:D

Oh, those are neat! I've seen chocolate shoes before – Cadbury World had them, and I've recently found you can buy them locally as well –, but never cake shoes.

Imagine you're an experienced graphic designer, and are more than a tiny bit cheesed off with people hoping you'll do work for them for free/the exposure. Welcome to 27b/6. =:D

Hah! Oh my, at least he didn't lose his sense of humor. :D

Via schnee, one of the best fan crossovers I've seen: Lucky Luke and MLP:FiM. =:D

Glad you liked it! Interestingly, I was actually debating posting this at all, reasoning that people would likely either not know Lucky Luke or not care — I'm glad to see it's tickled a few fancies here and there, though! :)


I doubt it'll be of direct interest to anyone reading, but still, I found the news of this tattoo removal cream quite fascinating. It works on the basis that tattoos are visible due to macrophages left at the site of the ink, having consumed it; the cream works by inducing other macrophages to consume those pigmented ones. Consequently, it'll be far simpler and cheaper than laser removal, or cover-up tattoos.


Neat; I wonder how well this will work in practice, but it would be cool to see all the inevitable wrinkles ironed out and the product used with good success.

Financial institutions - always very, very dull, with websites never deviating from stock photos of people apparently in sheer delight of paying bills. Maybe there's an exception, as schnee discovered - although.. you might not want to stick around too long. I'm very much hoping this is an example of the Icelandic sense of humor, else, that their web designer is taken good care of. Behold: Vogabankki.

Vogabakki, actually. :) Gee, and looking at that sites still makes me dizzy. (Though to be fair that's true for most companies in the finance sector.)
It's rather sad that FSoG paints itself as anything related to BDSM. I compare that kind of twaddle against what I was reading on alt.sex.bondage in 1991.. there, I was introduced to a world of poeple with a fascinating, intriguing outlook on sexual engagement. It's genuinely remained with me since, I feel - that overriding imperative for consensuality (which might seem obvious, but still), with the objective being mutual delight or fulfilment.

Egad, though - even without reading the book, just watching the trailer before Jupiter Ascending (*great* fun) left me feeling.. weirdly cold. It's meant to be erotic, yet it had the charm of a vibrant fart in a quiet chapel. Well, no, that would've been funny. =:) Ah well. I suppose it'll hardly have been the first awful book to be brought to the big screen with an incredible budget, as execs gasp over how popular it is.

I'm not sure if I should delve further into quotations, lest my mind be irreperably damaged. Well, beyond means of superb cider. =:)

How did Fluffle Puff first come about, anyway? (No, no need for the birds and the bees talk. Although that might explain quite a lot)

I'm going to have to bear the red velvet wedges in mind, I think. ^_^ I'm quite fond of wedges, and those just appeal to me. I'm a bit surprised companies like Cadbury (even if the UK gov't did let them just get swallowed up =:P) don't take more opportunity to get genuinely playful like that.

I do need to check into Lucky Luke digital versions. ^_^ ISTR much of the series is, finally, now available in English, but it's been ages since I've looked, or even read any. I'd like to remedy that. ^_^ It's rather a pity Lucky Luke never gained the same degree of acclaim in English as Asterix or Tintin, but then, I suppose that's the way of things - a very few will make it huge, sometimes for relatively random reasons. I only recall about three adventures being translated at the time, but several more available in French. Not that I wasn't amenable to reading in the original tongue, but it just never quite happened, other than a few Tintin, notably The Blue Lotus, whose translation was seemingly delayed forever.

Ah! Fixed the name, yes. ^_^;
It's rather sad that FSoG paints itself as anything related to BDSM. I compare that kind of twaddle against what I was reading on alt.sex.bondage in 1991.. there, I was introduced to a world of poeple with a fascinating, intriguing outlook on sexual engagement. It's genuinely remained with me since, I feel - that overriding imperative for consensuality (which might seem obvious, but still), with the objective being mutual delight or fulfilment.

Aye, I know what you mean. Not that I've actually been on a.s.b back in the day, but I caught the tail end of it, sorta — it left a profound mark on societal views and attitudes towards BDSM in the USA, I believe (at the time, anyway; these days publications like "Fifty Shades of Gray" are probably more influential, sadly). Much of my early education about BDSM came in the form of online communications with furries (often on FurryMUCK, but also on the fur.* hierarchy), not to mention furry art, and it's had a major effect on my outlook. "that overriding imperative for consensuality, with the objective being mutual delight or fulfilment" is spot-on, and I'm often sad to see how few people grok that anymore, or how many never grokked it over here in these parts at all. BDSM is often very adversarial here, both its portrayal in the mass media (no surprise there) and its perception in the local BDSM community, and that's... a shame, really. In fact even calling it the local "BDSM community" feels wrong, for this very reason. "Bunch of bickering people who've thoroughly failed to understand the basic tenets of BDSM, but who fancy themselves experts because they've been wrong for a really long time" would be more like it.

Heh, I guess I'm a bit bitter about it. I'd like to have had more positive experiences, but in this sort of environment, it's difficult. Ah well.

it had the charm of a vibrant fart in a quiet chapel. Well, no, that would've been funny. =:)

I was gonna say — a vibrant fart in a quiet chapel is humor, at least! :)

as execs gasp over how popular it is.

You've hit the nail on the head there. Whether the books – or for that matter, the movies (I'm sure there'll be more than one!) – are any good is irrelevant to the powers-that-be. The likes of you tend to think in categories of good-or-bad (quality-wise), worthwhile-or-not, and so on; the industry thinks in terms of profitable-or-not, and profitability is completely orthogonal to quality. Chances are that most of those who're financing this movie would consider it utter tripe if they actually watched it, but as the famous quip goes: non olet.

How did Fluffle Puff first come about, anyway?

That's a damn good question. I don't know, actually — might be worth asking the creator about it (though given the amount of mail/comments/... he gets, I've no idea if he'd be inclined to reply).

I'm going to have to bear the red velvet wedges in mind, I think. ^_^ I'm quite fond of wedges, and those just appeal to me. I'm a bit surprised companies like Cadbury (even if the UK gov't did let them just get swallowed up =:P) don't take more opportunity to get genuinely playful like that.

Yeah, those are very nice. By all means get a real (i.e. non-edible) pair, too! ^^

Re: comics — yeah, it's weird sometimes. Much depends on having a good, capable and dedicated publisher, mind: Germany got lucky having Carlsen, who proved to be hell-bent on making many Franco-Belgian comics available (though they didn't publish Lucky Luke), and in good translations at that. A couple'd previously been brought to the German market by Rolf Kauka, but he's consigned to history, and for a good reason; if I recall, the creators of Asterix went so far as to take his license away because he was butchering their baby so badly, while also putting a decidedly right-wing political twist on the whole thing.

I owe a lot to Carlsen, comic-wise, and even as a kid I rolled my eyes at some of Kauka's stuff. :)
Sorry to hear of Stewart's departure..... thank you for the news though, and all the mind boggling linx !
Mm, that came as quite a surprise! Still, he's helmed the show for some 18 years - easy to understand he might want a change. ^_^

BTW, I don't suppose you might have a spare oom for a visitor? ^_^ I've got to swing by the Bay again this year, as it's already been four years - and I'd love to take the Coast Starlight train down again. Absolutely beautiful route!
Hm. Clive is VERY, VERY alpha -- cute, but extremely twitchy in both visuals (rock textures visibly juddering up and down) and in controls (the heart of a platformer, poor Clive has Serious Issues with the edges of platforms). That said, it's clearly marked as Being An Alpha. I look forward to seeing more of it in a year or three.