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Here's an interesting breakdown of various categories of games, and the gender balance each holds. There are some more obvious results, like FPSs being (very) male, but I hadn't expected hidden object adventures to be quite so heavily female. Infinite runners are quite egalitarian, too. And the larger category of "puzzle" being so strongly feminine surprised me. Have a look!

Oo! I just received word from Wanderlust that "Momentary" is through to the second round of judging in the Wildlife category of Travel Photo of the Year. ^_^ I now have to supply the RAW and full res JPEG, by Nov 27. And what a prize for each category winner. =:D

So very, very (hilariously) wrong: Pinkie Prime.

Or, if your artistic inclinations are a touch more classical, SF Gate recently offered up a little review of quite a fascinating exhibition on at the Asian Art Museum until Feb 7 2016, noting the influence of Japanese art on Western masters such as Van Gogh and Monet.

I should like to advise everyone that Kettle Chips have a new flavor out: Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup. They are indeed every bit as good as one might hope. ^_^

Ro-Busters ahoy! Seems Honda's developing a version of their ASIMO robot for disaster response. As you'd imagine, that requires considerable agility, here demonstrated by what might seem unremarkable for a human: edging along a catwalk, and then ascending a vertical ladder.

BBOWT are hoping to expand one of their nature reserves by a third, and are seeking funding to buy the three plots they're hoping to acquire.

Rather heartening to see: not only are TinyMUCKs and their ilk surviving, but new ones are apparently continuing to appear. ^_^ The MUD Connector's listings offer plenty to choose from. (Beware the category listings, though - "furry" doesn't list a few I'm familiar with, whilst an alphabetical search turns them up happily - and ye gods and little fishes, it felt quite strange to see the FurToonia banner pop up again, on telnetting to ft.furtoonia.net 9999! Ah, maybe I need to drop by again sometime. It was always a good place)

Christopher Baldwin's always one to keep busy.. not, apparently, content with currently running two ongoing strips, Anna Galactic and Yontengu, he's bringing back Little Dee!

Interesting! Did you know that if you fly at up to Mach 1.2, at 35,000' or above, the sonic boom won't reach the ground?

The SuperBowl 50 Committee apparently abandoned their plans to get Muni to temporarily remove overhead bus wiring. ^_^ I know it might sound a bit trivial, but the system's very heavily used - there'd inevitably be great disruption (well, more than just the Fan Village will entail..), and the system's actually quite a symbol of San Francisco, with those grabber arms extending upward, extracting clean (Hetch Hetchy hydro) energy, with the side effect of the buses themselves being virtually silent at standstill. Of course, the big lure of an electric system in SF is, as much as anything, the torque - it's easy for any bus to ascend the city's hills with aplomb.

There are a few quite cool photos of the Central Subway project in this Chron article. It's still got some way to go before it enters service, though - it's only the naked tunnel that's all but complete. Next comes all the comms and other infrastructure, and the rail lines themselves. Still, highly welcome, and as the story concludes, it'll surely spur demand for the line to be extended the full way to Fisherman's Wharf.

Study Finds Controlled Washington, D.C. Wildfires Crucial For Restoring Healthy Political Environment.

Well, that proved to be a fun little surprise - I got to meet lupestripe and his partner Wolfie for the second time! Being a bunny of very little brain, however.. having agreed to meet at the next stop down the line, to introduce them to one of my favorite watering holes, I promptly waited for the train, on the right platform, and got on, at quite nearly the right time.. onto a non-stop into the city. ^_^; Thankfully, they were also running late, so we wound up discussing options and plumped for the original idea. A little (more of a) ride later, and about 25 mins walking out into the countryside - including one gently uphill, muddy section of field footpath that would, without due care, be positively hilarious - we were there, amidst a pub that saw the Saxons and Jutes swing by. 'Sa good place. Some very good food (it's the best French onion soup I've had!), a carefully selected range of beers and ciders, and of course, such atmosphere. The only thing that can make such a combination better is good company. ^_^ And of course, I'm so happy that they found their choices to be uncommonly good as well.

Via jenndolari, some fascinating, encouraging research into uterine transplants.

Oh, I wish I were back already.. the Castro Theatre will be holding a parody performance of Peaches Christ's "Addams Apple Family Values", prior to a screening of the film itself, on Sat, Nov 21 2015. ^_^

If you're itching to try out some new TV, Amazon Studios has some pilots they'd like people to try out, and give feedback on, to see what might be worth commissioning for full seasons. There's a good variety, including some interesting looking animated offerings, such as Everstar, Danger & Eggs, and Eddie of the Realms Eternal.

First reports of the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil are beginning to come in, and it's looking very promising as an artistic tool, as demonstrated here. The Pro's a bit big for going out and about, so I'll likely hold off until the screen arrives on the Air family. (The Pencil functionality operates differently to finger touches, so for now, it literally only works with the Pro)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eeee, congrats and fingers crossed for the competition!
Thanks! It'd just feel so fulfilling to receive such recognition.. let alone that prize! I'd have to pick drhoz's brains for suggestions for where I might best spend my time. (And indeed, I suppose, working out just how to get around, given I don't drive =:)
Wow, nice to see MU*s still exist.

Study Finds Controlled Washington, D.C. Wildfires Crucial For Restoring Healthy Political Environment.

Heh. Interesting to compare, too:

Periodic blazes that destroy sections of the Beltway region are a natural part of the political cycle and play a key role in maintaining democratic balance [...]

God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion.[...] What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Good ol' Tom. These days he'd probably be on six different kind of government watchlists.

Also: $title =~ s/Barkey/Barley/?

Edited at 2015-11-20 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to drop the current admins a line, and see if they can reset my password. ^_^ Really nice to see Tabyathe's still keeping an eye on the place! She was always something of a keystone to FT. I wonder if there's something like a GUI version of TinyFugue available for iOS.. if not, maybe I should make it happen. Not exactly likely to zoom to the top of the charts, true, but it'd be fun to have out there. ^_^

Governments unfortunately have all the tools to ensure they stack the deck in their favor, notably access to control police actions (witness the kettling of any London protests or demonstrations, howsoever peaceful), let alone intelligence agencies able to monitor pretty much anybody's electronic communications. It was disgusting to see the Paris attacks used so utterly shamelessly by politicians eager to pass the "Snooper's Charter". But then, it follows the playbook perfectly - there was a memo (must find it again) that said as much: that there was currently great resistance, but in the event of a terrorist attack, the climate could become much more favorable. And right on cue, the Flail insisted that abhorrent legislation should be passed immediately.

I noticed the title once I returned to reply, and can't bring myself to correct it. ^_^ I blame lupestripe. =:)
I wonder if there's something like a GUI version of TinyFugue available for iOS.. if not, maybe I should make it happen. Not exactly likely to zoom to the top of the charts, true, but it'd be fun to have out there. ^_^

Not sure. There's a more modern client called BeipMU, but I think it's Windows-only. Of course, MU*s being what they are, there's probably nothing wrong with running tf in a terminal window either. :)

I noticed the title once I returned to reply, and can't bring myself to correct it.

Heh, fair enough. :)
Tabyathe has a tendency to be idle for strikingly long times, but she and Squirrelly do have some regular presence there. The other wizards have ben long gone. I'm help staff, of course, although I don't check in daily or necessarily weekly. It's been a slow place. Still, you get to see me in clay-elemental form there.

If you come on over to SpinDizzy sometime, there's usually a lively crowd.

TinyFugue runs without complaint on OS X at least through 10.9. I assume it runs fine on later versions too. I don't know about iOS. I did have a friend who'd made a muck client for iOS, a couple years ago, but he let his Mac Developer license lapse and so the client is only installable by those awkward workarounds.



Edited at 2015-11-21 05:58 am (UTC)
"Barkey" wines?  I might prefer a quieter libation.

The referenced article says that the "sonic boom" doesn't reach the ground, but yields "evanescent waves" which *do* reach and they sound like faraway thunder; it's not known yet how much quieter that actually is.

Once again, the Onion's lies contain more truth than the straight-news websites can muster.
Makes for terrible storage problems, too - cellars wind up having to offer "adopt a vintage" just to keep the noise down.

(As soon as I noticed the spelling error, I knew I couldn't possibly change it =:)

A reasonable point, indeed. I'd imagine much less objectionable - sonic booms aren't that bad (I did hear Concorde a few times), but it's easy to see they'd not be overly welcome on a repeated basis every day.

I wonder how Skylon will circumvent such issues? (Assuming it actually gets built, I'd absolutely love to be there for its inaugural flight. Or even be on board =:)

It's rather saddening to see how US politics has not only been pushed rightward in the past 40 years, but how extraordinarily divisive it's become, relatively recently. I'm not sure what the cure might be, but I don't feel adhering to a FPTP system is part of it - there sorely needs to be greater inclusivity of parties beyond the big two.
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It was an absolutely mind-boggling idea. I sort of wonder if they just loosely thought they were something from times past, or otherwise casually removable upon demand. Even as is, it looks like there'll be plenty of disruption - last I saw, the F still won't be running from the Embarcadero to the Castro at all for that week or so, to name but one line, simply due to the foot traffic from the Fan Village, but maybe that's no longer the case. I'm more than a little surprised that Muni doesn't seem to actually have a list of changes available yet. (Still, maybe we can use this as leverage that maybe bringing things to a halt on Halloween - one night only - isn't actually such a bad thing.. as much of an introvert as I can be, I absolutely revelled in the feel of the world passing by, with Market basically shut down, traffic replaced by a solid stream of people in weird and wonderful costumery. Friends and I went as a pixel - I was red. Well, more of a hot pink. ^_^)

Me, I'll likely see how it goes with the 43 and then the 2, for that week - with any luck, they shouldn't be too badly disrupted. And the 43's a really nice ride anyway.
Thanks for the Amazon link! I watched Yoyotoki Happy Ears: entertaining and the style was mindful of Adventure Time... probably as it was created by Niki Yang (writer/storyboard arist for AT).
THANK YOU for the Little Dee news!!! I haven’t been checking in with Chris’ work in recent years, but Little Dee was one of my favorites. I have a number of the strips as original art. (I have some Bruno original art strips also.) I wish I had followed through with having Chris do some original art for me – my concept was way, way cool! But I needed some photographs of the setting, and I never got quite what I wanted.

Anyway, I’ll be jumping back on the Little Dee wagon!

Here’s a nice post from my Little Dee past… Stumptown Comics Fest 2007

Oh, yeah… this post has a photos of my Little Dee strips: http://lovelyangel.livejournal.com/724084.html

Edited at 2015-11-21 04:24 am (UTC)
I do wonder at times how far with robot development is science going to go within my lifetime? The stuff we got now is pure sci-fi if looked from the point of time when I was born (1989). So it's pretty fascinating how much further we can go. That said potentially creating a self-conscious existence could have such implications which we cannot possibly imagine at this point (though, again, sci-fi works have delved into that).
There are unquestionably huge advances on the far horizon, as we begin to be able to augment ourselves, too - I just noticed this story the other day, on work toward implants to assist memory. Still very early days indeed, intelligently stumbling around, but it seems reasonable to imagine that in another, say, 100 or 200 years, such augmentation will be perfectly practical - and if it reaches the point of being administered non-invasively, I'd expect such to become nigh universal within a decade or two. And what of artificial bodies? Initially, for people with missing limbs, or degenerative diseases - but what about when such replacements are better than our own? Sharper visual acuity, better hearing, greater endurance, and even to one's own design, whether that's a different gender, or indeed, species.

Of course, as with any such tech, there'll be downsides - the world's militaries will certainly be wanting to take advantage of such augmentations, and I'd be astounded if that didn't include guaranteed obedience. And even for the general populace, we already see how smitten politicians of every stripe are with universal surveillance - they'd be eager to tap into people's very thoughts, if they're at all able.

Still, if we're destined to become assimilated, I hope it's less like the Borg, and more like Lagomoria. ^_^ (The comic starts at the cover, in the bottom right, working backwards to the top left)
Thinking about it maybe some several years down the line the only to enjoy a decent life will be to have your brain capacity pimped up with an implant? I dread a future like that, although the advances are tempting. But not for the sake of surrendering the privacy of the individual's thought :P

Mmm, I wish we'd suffer from a similar crocodilian invasion...smooth slender crocodile bodies everywhere <3
Regarding Amazon pilots, I was sold when I saw "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" but what happened to that live action "The Tick" pilot I heard about?
It exists! Assuming you're thinking of the 2001 series, starring Patrick Warburton, who's perhaps about the only person who could have pulled it off. ^_^ It was actually surprisingly good, even if short-lived.

Or is there a reboot being mulled? FSM knows, I'd be up for that. =:D

Aha! I see there is such a proposal! Oo, I'll have to try digging around for info on that. Maybe I'll try asking over on SLU - folk there are quite clued up on a broad range of matters, from international politics to prime-time TV. ^_^

Edited at 2015-11-23 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry, I should have made it clearer I was talking about a modern reboot of that. Interesting you say that Patrick Warburton was perhaps the only person who could have pulled it off, because he was to reprise his role.