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I want to expand a specific playlist on my iPad: Bounce. Its debut members are:

Birthday Cake - Cibo Matto
Futurama theme (extended version) - Christopher Tyng
Adachigahara's Theme - ShockOne
Straight to... Number One (Duck's Radio Mix) - Touch & Go
BATS! (SMOR3S Remix) - SMOR3S
Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna
Sugar Rush - AKB48
Ultimate Sweetie Belle - Alex S.
Tast-E (Big Brother Theme) (Vocal Mix - Radio Edit) - Paul Oakenfold & Andy Gray
Riptide - Emma Stevens
Lightning Strikes (feat. Emily Haines) - GoldieBlox
Icarus (redLymb's Extended Club Mix) - Flutlicht

If you can grok that - I'd love to hear your recommendations. ^_^ I'm after energetic tracks, but not repetitious. Bright, bouncy, fun, but not vapid. And no, this doesn't mean I've watched Channel Four's degeneration but from afar, in the form of a thousand variants of Big Brother.

A very simple, geeky tribute: GNU Terry Pratchett.

Ebbe Altberg, head cheese of Linden Lab, gave a keynote speech recently, with some interesting tidbits on their next generation VW under development, including:

- Fully articulated hands and faces is a goal
- non human form avies, skeletal systems will be flexible and maybe customizable
- Our goal is for users to maintain their identity moving to the new platform. You will be recognizable.
- Our business model today prevents people from starting because of set up costs
- The cost of land will come down, but sales tax will go up

I'm encouraged. I'd very much like to maintain my current av, or something similar - the Kani's hardly the latest and greatest bun around, but it's become something of a part of my furry identity. And it's very good to see him admit that the current sim costs do dispel a lot of potential activity, especially where it's not inherently geared toward making a profit, such as AM Radio's artwork installations.

A compo one or two folk I know might be interested in: win a BD player and Studio Ghibli's full back catalogue. =:D Note that you can, unlike most competitions, enter multiple times - once per day.

It does appear to not be a hoax, going by this posting - apparently, FurAffinity is now owned by IMVU (official forum thread here), makers of a 3D chat application. O.o; I have to say, I don't follow the logic of such an acquisition - such deals are brokered for a reason, whether that's IP, key staff, exclusivity or priority rights to a product, or simply the profits. Here, though? Where's the benefit to IMVU? Ah, a moot point for me, in any event - I gave up on FurAffinity years ago, when they began jerking around with the rules, beginning with banning SL photography (whilst, of course, being entirely fine with RL snaps of cars, guns, knives, feet, or just about anything).

I absolutely approve of this 24 Carrot Cake. =:D

A nicely positive article: Why I'm Optimistic about Gender Equality in Tech. Whilst I'm not sure I'm quite as optimistic, perhaps I ought to have a more positive outlook; we have, at least, progressed from the position of Emmy Noether, under-recognised even now, and of whom was said "In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians." and "Miss Noether is... the greatest woman mathematician who has ever lived; and the greatest woman scientist of any sort now living, and a scholar at least on the plane of Madame Curie." (Albert Einstein and Norbert Wiener respectively)

The new £1 coin was unveiled, going into circulation in 2017. It'll be 12-sided, like the old threepenny, with the front design depicting the leek, thistle, shamrock and rose circled by a royal coronet.

Now here's rather a nifty little personality test.. it's run by IBM's Watson. =:D Give it at least 100 words (there's a counter beneath the text field), and it'll offer percentages under a variety of categories, including Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Emotional Range. Of course, it can only work on what you give it, but you might be surprised at the level of insight.

A rather fun furry Kindle title is temporarily free: Internshipping, by Lex Rovi. It's easily worth grabbing for free! ^_^ (Amazon US, Amazon UK)

If you're in the market for something like a GoPro, there's some interesting competition coming from China, in the form of the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera. It sells for $64 there, half the price of the GoPro Hero, and sports 1080p at 60fps, and a maximum of 64GB, versus 1080p at 30fps and a max of 32GB. And there's an optional cat harness. =:)

Now, I should note this is equally revolting and fascinating - don't click unless you mean to. Paul Williams tells the photographic tale of the 10 foot tapeworm and the three bears.

Rather fun - a shoe, the Volvorii Timeless with e-paper side panels, so you can freely change the design shown to any pattern, or indeed, solid black or white.

A rather nice waves simulator running in your browser, involving no textures - it's all rendered on the fly. Good performance, too - I get the nominal 60fps available on Hazel, and 20fps on the iPad Air.

I am indebted to austin_dern for informing me of the existence of a German word for people who urinate in public: the quite beautifully melodic Wildpinkler - apparently becoming something of an issue in St Pauli, Hamburg. Apparently, it's enough of a hassle that a local group has taken to painting two nightclubs with an especially hydrophobic paint, so those relieving themselves get to enjoy it themselves. (Why would someone even do that in the first place? Don't these clubs have toilets?)

A long shot, but.. does anyone have a high quality copy of the video for Touch & Go's "Straight.. to Number One" (Duck's Radio Mix)? In the meantime, I've found a slightly better quality copy of the video, bought the track, and merged them carefully - but still, I'd love to buy an HD version. ^_^ I've sent the group an enquiry, so maybe that'll yield some results as well.

It's that time of year, when some buns take a particular interest in other buns.. usually with not a great deal of reciprocation of the enthusiasm. Here, the grey had been gradually edging closer to the black bun over the course of a couple minutes, before getting close enough to warrant a response. The hint was taken. =:)

 
 
 
 
 
 
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen someone post about Pratchett or Nimoy dying. I get it, they're famous, and geeks like them, but really... egads, I'd be rich.

It does appear to not be a hoax, going by this posting

Mmm, may want to fix that link. In any case, I don't foresee this being good news for FA.

Re: SL screenshots (honestly, you can't in good faith call that photography), BTW, I think the reason they're not generally accepted is that they're cheap and easy to take, and people were liable to flood the site with a mass of screenshots (and keep in mind storage still isn't entirely free). The same thing's less likely to happen with actual photos, even digital ones.

That said I agree that FA is an art site, not a photo hosting service. It would do well to remember that.

I absolutely approve of this 24 Carrot Cake. =:D

Neat! I like that one.

Now here's rather a nifty little personality test.. it's run by IBM's Watson. =:D

Copy and paste "this is a test" twenty-five times, and you'll find that you're 41% cautious, 3% uncompromising, 9% prone to worrying, 81% stable, and more.

I can well imagine it might appear insightful if you gave it a real text sample, but then even horoscopes appear insightful at first glance. Analyzing text to determine someone's personality traits is merely a new kind of woo, akin to e.g. phrenology.

A rather nice waves simulator running in your browser, involving no textures - it's all rendered on the fly. Good performance, too - I get the nominal 60fps available on Hazel, and 20fps on the iPad Air.

Meh, not working.

Apparently, it's enough of a hassle that a local group has taken to painting two nightclubs with an especially hydrophobic paint, so those relieving themselves get to enjoy it themselves. (Why would someone even do that in the first place? Don't these clubs have toilets?)

This has actually made the evening news in Iceland. I personally think that this is a waste of money: people are just going to take another step back and piss on the ground in front of the wall (or so low on the wall that the splashes won't reach them).

Good advertising for the paint manufacturer, though.

Here, the grey had been gradually edging closer to the black bun over the course of a couple minutes, before getting close enough to warrant a response. The hint was taken. =:)

Cool shot!

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Lots of great stuff as ever!
Sooooo... UK is so sure they won't be on the Euro by then? ;> .. (j/k)
Amazing music list.. but wow... way more SEXY than I thought I'd find here... heh! Good luck in finding that duck song! *tailwags... then heads off to the IBM test and the the SL forum* :}
I'd be entirely fine with the UK joining the Euro - but I would miss the unique coinage. ^_^

I'm still a bit surprised something like "Shut Up and Drive" got picked as part of the soundtrack for Wreck-It Ralph. =:D Still, the excerpt they used certainly fit the film. Though on the sexy front, well, there's this fan video set to La Roux's "Tigerlily". The CGI's relatively simply textured, but a fun vid nonetheless. Worth turning up the bass for this one. ^_^

No reply from Touch & Go as yet, which I suppose isn't so surprising. *sigh* Ah well - the copy I have is at least rather better than the first one I found. Why it's still so difficult to buy HD music videos, I just don't know - as I recall, all of those in the iTunes Store are SD only. Why do labels upload HD to YouTube, but only let you buy SD? (Or, in this case, not at all) Humans are weird.

SLU's a good place. ^_^ It's quite a strong community there.
Ooo Ah Ooo Ah! *earfuzzles*
Thanks for the notes on all the thingies!... And yeah... it's weird when it comes to some music... I've spent years waiting to locate a few songs... and in fact, there's a few I still haven't found in good condition ;P

oh!... As for the test too, welllll...heh.... It's just that there's no guideline for the test at all, so.. what really did they want us to write about? .... a bio... what we see outside the window.. a fictionlet... a math problem... I have nothing to go on, so I basically wrote a question to them, "what should we all write?" :D ... Curious wat you chose to do.... *rufflefluffs yer fur* :}
I just had to come back and place one more comment after taking that "test" LOL ... it did a rather poor job of judging me (or maybe I didn't play along with its 100 word challenge the way it wanted me to blindly comply) .. :D
*chuckles and scritches the dancing bunny!*
But wouldn't that be confirming its validity? If you aren't giving it genuine writing, it's not going to be giving any kind of reasonable result. It's an analyser, after all - it'll happily chow down on anything you give it, like some digital Dobermann.
Hah, totally approve of that new pound coin. You may not know this but I am a coin collector so this kinda news does raise my blood pressure. And so cool they actually held an open contest for the design of the tails side :D

Hehe, come on, throw in some old school acid house:



Ooh, also, I know it's not bunny pictures but the solar eclipse shots I snapped this morning should nevertheless grab your interest :P

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It's maybe not a subtle design, but I definitely like it, reflecting the four constituent states of the United Kingdom quite elegantly. Much as I'd like to see the UK adopt the Euro, I would miss British coinage. (Ahh, the 5DM coin - now that was a hefty denomination!)

I'd be tempted to place that more with light industrial, like KMFDM - but then, I've never been much of one for labels. ^_^ Actually reminded me of one group whose catalogue I should trawl for a couple more playlist contenders: the Lords of Acid. =:D (Oh, wow! I see from their Wikipedia page they're actually still active! I wonder what their audiences are like.. =:)

Nice shots there! I was hoping to catch it, despite sleeping rather poorly, and indeed, woke up (again) around 8.20am, just in time for the start. Checked the visible satellite, and.. blar, nice swath of cloud running SW-NE, starting about 50 miles north of me. =:P Still, at least I hadn't spent money on a nice filter. =:) (Though I would like to sometime, once money's coming in again, along with a decent tripod. Then I'd be able to point at a given scene, and have the many-minutes exposure erase anything moving from the scene, like a busy town center)

What sort of size coin collection do you have? International, presumably? (I wonder which London museum would be best to visit for a large collection? I know the British Library has quite an impressive spread of old stamps from around the world, inevitably including nations that no longer exist, or have changed their names. I wonder if there's an animation on YouTube somewhere showing the changes in names and borders over the last three centuries.. someone must've put such a thing together by now)
Yeah, that single pound coin feels much more inclusive, if you will, and hence why I like it. Also makes me feel of a vegetable stand...and then it'd be nice to share the Euro but it's pretty beneficial to keep the pound seeing how favorable the currency exchange rates are, especially from pound to złoty :D

As for my coins, they're largely British pounds and pennies, just reg coins in everyday circulation that I pick up in my change. Found or been given some pretty unique ones, though I am still after the dateless 20p coin! Also got some other coins, lots of Polish coins, some very rare that my dad gave as he quit his collection. There's a few comemorating Solidarity and Pope John Paul II.

Shame to hear about those pesky clouds! Seems like they spoiled the party for lots of people and we just got lucky :P
I learned of the GNU Terry Pratchett earlier this week, implemented it on a couple of my sites but I'm not sure it's working correctly. I installed the Chrome detector and it didn't twig on them.

Tom Tom Club has a song called Time To Bounce that might meet your needs. They have some pretty cool stuff.
It's such a quietly appropriate tribute. ^_^ Wish it weren't being rolled out just yet, but I'm happy to play a tiny part in propagating its deployment.

Hm! I wonder what could be going wrong.. is it Apache dishing out the data? I recall there being a bit of a hierarchy of overrides..

For detection, I'd probably just KISS, and use curl -I or local equivalent - then you're seeing zigackly what's coming in.

Oo, Tom Tom Club! Now there's a name I haven't heard in a while, in either sense. I'll have a sniff around - they could be just the ticket. ^_^ (Any tracks that have particularly good videos as well? I'm always looking out for imaginative music videos - they're ideal fare while tootling around on the bus to/from rabbiteering and one of my favorite supermarkets. And yes, Time to Bounce definitely qualifies on both counts. ^_^ Thanks for that!)

Something you should spread around: If you execute the following JavaScript, you can alter the dimensions of the full-screen rendering.

gShaderToy.resize(1920,1080);

(Or put in numbers for your own screen.) Just open the developer tools with F12 (or look through menus for an option), find the console, and paste that line in. It resends the sizes for the code that renders in the canvas.

I need to severely reduce the fidelity to get acceptable frames on my Surface Pro, but it looks amazing. Try that one on a 5K Mac!