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A music video I'd like to recommend: Julia Nunes - Make Out. It's a bit of a departure from my usual electronic leanings, but it's such a happy, warm video, and an absolute delight of a track as well. If you need a bit of cheering up, or just want some warm fuzzies, watch it now. ^_^ (And on the making of the video, she notes, "I did not account for bystanders watching. We filmed at a hotel with an open walkway and people were snapping pics all day. They started coming out of their rooms around the fifth play through "Make Out." They probably heard it another 70 times. I was also not expecting my DP to be wearing mechanical arms. I walked on set at like 7am and saw a robot human and thought maybe I was still dreaming.") There's more on the background to the video and the album over here.

"FYS: Chat Room" is a brilliant little short story by jeriendhal. You'll pick up on the setting quickly enough.

New Year turned out to have a good deal of coughing and aching, unfortunately, thanks to a fantastically poorly timed - and rare - bug of some kind, culminating in sleeping from about 2am-3pm after New Year's Day. (You know a cough is deep when you can feel vertebrae shifting position as you cough..) Thankfully, I'm now mostly over it, just in time for both our guests to have left. =:P Bah, pesky organic bodies. (Hence the lack of replies to comments lately, for which I must apologise) Nonetheless, we did enjoy some very welcome mutual chilling out, including several games of Exploding Kittens (but none of Pandemic, much to my regret), watching Battle Beyond the Stars for the first time in ages (and I noticed one "Jim Cameron" listed in the Art Department - yep, him!), and my suggestion of Tank Girl was happily accepted. (And why is Tank Girl still not available in the iTunes Store? Agh, I'll never understand studios whinging about "piracy", whilst doing all they can to encourage it)

The actual trailer for Zootopia is now out! I must find out if there will be a full-size Judy Hopps for sale at Disneyland. ^_^ (There was, back in 1996, a "life size" - about 4' tall - Br'er Rabbit, perfectly on model. Absolutely wonderful! Sadly, yet another victim of all the moving around)

Sort of a mini non-parable from rav_bunneh: The Glass. It's amusing, true, and encouraging.

davesmusictank pointed out a sobering read: "The Really Big One", from the New Yorker, on where we might next expect an especially powerful earthquake - and no, it's not where you're thinking. And yes, it would be very, very bad news. The odds? They're estimating around a one in three chance of it occurring in the next fifty years; the last such subduction event was in 1700, and such events in the Cascades occur, on average, every 250 years or so. "In the Pacific Northwest, the area of impact will cover some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America. Roughly three thousand people died in San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake. Almost two thousand died in Hurricane Katrina. Almost three hundred died in Hurricane Sandy. FEMA projects that nearly thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. Another twenty-seven thousand will be injured, and the agency expects that it will need to provide shelter for a million displaced people, and food and water for another two and a half million."

Complete with many, many examples: The Website Obesity Crisis.

Laurie Anderson Reflects On Life And Loss In 'Heart Of A Dog', via NPR. "Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson has made a new film that's a personal reflection on death. The film is dedicated to her husband, Lou Reed, who died in 2013. But his passing is not spoken of in the film. As you might guess from the film's title, "Heart Of A Dog," a central focus is her late dog, her rat terrier, Lolabelle, who died in 2011. But Anderson also tells stories about her mother's death, the accident which nearly killed Anderson's twin brothers and one that nearly killed her. Anderson narrates the entire film, did the drawings and animation and wrote and performed the score. Home movies from her childhood as well as video diaries are woven in. Lolabelle went blind before she died. To give her some sense of structure and pleasure, Anderson got her a form of music therapy including piano lessons, using an electric keyboard which was placed on the floor."

ChipWorks published their examination of the Apple Pencil, which has quite a lot crammed inside. Sadly, their investigation into exactly how the Pencil actually interacts with the iPad Pro's display is ongoing, but they do offer one teasing tidbit: the chip at the very tip is a high voltage low current driver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aw, thanks for the shout out! (though as entry points go, I'd send them towards "Mimsey's Tale".)
Just read the chatroom story. Nice work, jeriendhal!

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Thank you!
I am, unfortunately, but a bunny, in a perpertual state of flux. ^_^; Can you point me toward Mimsey's Tale, perchance?

Nonetheless, I did find Chat Room quite - well, "inspired" is so over-used, but it does help. Was there any particular genesis to the story, I wonder?
Actually you can start here with a scripted version of the first half of the story that began it all.

The prequel "Mimsey's Tale" can be found for free here, or an expanded and edited version is for sale here

As for Chat Room, I just got thinking about what morphs would do if they were having problems with the humans they were taking care of, or worse, actually didn't like them (supposedly impossible due to their hardwired programming.) That led to thinking of a stereotypical online chat room where they could discuss things without humans being the wiser.
We finally started playing Exploding Kittens properly, it is much fun.

If you like Pandemic, you really ought to check out Flash Point: Fire Rescue. It is an AWESOME cooperative fire fighting game that you can play solo. I've written extensively about it on my gaming blog, which has been sadly dormant since September.

Oddly, there was no new module for Xmas this year. Normally they run a Kickstarter every summer to fund the next expansion, but nothing came this year. I hope this doesn't mean that they're not going to give us any new content.
I'm glad you're feeling better as well, btw. My woozy mind is slipping cogs and gears or I'd have said so earlier!

Judy Hopps has possibilities, and a large plush certainly wouldn't be out of that realm. She'll appear at the cons, too, I imagine. I'm avoiding the hype this film is receiving, and transmitting, and hope to see it after the dust has settled (on disc by Xmas?). Disney will exploit, er, work this film's potential for a couple of years at least :o)