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If you're willing, I'd like to invite you to read this entry by momentrabbit, on life after their pup, Dotty.

So, VancouFur recently took place. Unknown to anyone beforehand, the con hotel turned out to also be one of the Canadian government's venues for temporary housing of Syrian refugees. There were concerns that there might be something of a culture clash. What happened?

"One of many highlites [sic] to me was when the new group of Syrian Refugees children came in and got to interact with us. To them we were cartoons come to life, to us was a means to display our acting performance to a very appreciative audiance [sic]. Win win all around. The parents interacted too and took photos with us as well, so kewl."

"The interactions between our attendees and the Syrians were amazing," Trapa Civet, Vice Chairman of VancouFur told Mashable in an email. "I feel like the moment was just as magical for the performers as it was for the refugees."

Civet said they said advised attendees to be respectful of the refugees and even went to the trouble sending letters to the refugees translated into Arabic inviting them to join. The two groups crossed paths on Sunday morning.

In the end, they said, there was no shock at all but, rather, fun: "It is always a amazing feeling to see the expression of glee in a child's eyes in response to your costume and actions. Even the adults chose to jump in and get some hugs from our animal friends."


xyzzysqrl would like to share his wolf armor with you. =:D

A prog from BBC3 that might be of interest to some: Daft Punk Unchained: "This documentary explores this unprecedented cultural revolution, revealing two artists on a permanent quest for creativity, independence and freedom. Between fiction and reality, magic and secret, future and reinvention, theatricality and humility, The Robots have built a unique world. The film combines rare archive footage as well as exclusive interviews with their closest collaborators who talk about their work with Daft Punk, including Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers and Michel Gondry."

The new Ghostbusters trailer is out! I am so looking forward to this. =:D

The New York Review of Books' feature, The Fierce Courage of Nina Simone is well worth a few minutes of your time. And on a rather different note - not that I've seen it myself yet - Mad Max: Fury Road, reviewed by the writer's 70 y.o. mother-in-law.

Serenity Caldwell reviewed the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil in appropriate style: drawn entirely thereon. ^_^ (I must remember to ask shatterstripes if she's tried them out yet) It does indeed sound like a very attractive option versus a Cintiq. Still not seeing what she means by her handwriting being "not great", though. ^_^

We stumbled upon quite the hidden cinematic gem on Friday night, Moonwalkers. ^_^ The roomie's discovery, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. How does this tickle you? Ron Perlman is a CIA agent, tasked with getting Stanley Kubrick to shoot some "moon landing" footage, just in case the real landing doesn't work out. He winds up securing the services of a hack actor playing Kurick and a hopeless agent (Rupert Grint), with the latter owing much money to a not very nice man, The Ironmnonger, who's now taken the payment meant for said director. It's a brilliantly funny caper, even if not a little violent. Seek it out! From what I can see on IMDb, it's sort of crept out in a few countries, so you'll probably have to torrent it for now to actually see it.

Via schnee, a helpful flowchart on how to name animals in German.

So, here's a forthcoming comic of some interest: Angel Catbird, a superhero who's wound up getting spliced up with owl and cat genes. And it's written by Margaret Atwood, perhaps best known for The Handmaid's Tale.

Yay! One of my favorite TF flicks, Sssssss!, getting the HD treatment! It's a thoroughly daffy 70s horror film, based around a herpetologist's new assistant being unwittingly turned into a cobra.

Intriguingly, North Korea will be holding a Party Congress in May - the first since 1980. Of course, it's anybody's guess what will transpire - it's entirely possible it'll just be business as usual, but there's also the remote possibility of something more substantial. Might a Korean version of perestroika be in the offing?

A free sci-fi collection from an unlikely source: Future Visions. "Nine award-winning sci-fi authors – Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire and Robert J. Sawyer – and graphic novelist Blue Delliquanti were given access to people and resources at Microsoft Research, which has more than 55 areas of research within it. They chose the areas of research they wanted to explore. Among the many topics they absorbed were quantum computing, prediction analytics, virtual teleportation and computing that relates to emotion. The writers talked to researchers in person, asked questions and had candid conversations during packed, curated visits in the spring, aligned to their interests. The stories inspired by those visits are included in a 239-page collection of original short stories, illustrations based on each story by Joey Camacho, and a graphic novel."

Captions invited. ^_^ The two here were communicating by means of nosebump, when the adult suddenly leapt around in that 180 degree style rabbits can manage so dramatically - I happened to catch them at the very start of that. ^_^


Fancy a little fiendish guitarwork? How about this Japanese bank card advert, featuring the guitarist known as Li-sa-X. Yes, that is indeed her playing, and she's now the ripe old age of eleven. ^_^;

Rather curiously, the Eurovision Song Contest voting rules have been changed: "In previous years each country's jury and public votes were combined and announced in one go. Now the votes will be split with each country's jury vote cast first, and votes from viewers in all countries combined and announced at the end. Organisers say this will create a "dramatic finish" as the winner will only be revealed at the very end." I'm not sure about this at all, though it might be interesting to see the differences between the public and jury votes. The explanation does offer some good points, such as where the public and jury votes differ greatly, under the scheme as has been, the act might not place at all, and receive no points at all - now, that likely wouldn't be the case.

Here's a neat little bit of technological archaia: How the Teleprinter works, produced in 1940 by the GPO. (And for added nerd value, it's one of a fairly small number of films produced using Dufaycolor, an early process working along somewhat similar lines to digital camera sensors, with different, microscopic areas of the film sensitive to different ranges of color, rather than the more familiar film method of multiple layers)

I only just noticed! People's journals have RSS feeds. That might be something I could take advantage of, if I were to write a new OS X/iOS client. As is, I just use the plain web route on both Hazel and the iPad, but a dedicated client could offer some niceties, like showing how many postings friends have made since the last time you went about replying, offering a split view for someone's entry and your reply (particularly useful for replying to long entries), ensuring the style buttons *aren't* placed directly above the entry field, thereby getting obscured by iOS's "cut/paste/style" on selecting text on the first line or two of a reply, tagging an entry as "to reply to later", for easy returning to, and so on. What other things might appeal to you in such a client?

Saturday's viewing a couple weekends ago offered up a serendipitous choice: Burke & Hare, set in the very locale we'd just had the great pleasure of visiting. ^_^

I was rather upset, on Thursday's rabbiteering a few weeks ago, to witness a bun with some form of injury - they seemed to have either no control over, or no strength in, their hind legs, getting around purely by their front legs. Unfortunately, one of the others of the warren chose them to attack. It may be a bit much to hope, in the wild, but I must at least hope they remain safe. I don't know if I should publish any of these photos.. I suppose I should, as it did happen, but, I also lay no claim to being a documentary photographer. It probably only hurts anyone who's seen the peacefulness beforehand, albeit with them maintaining an odd poise, then that vigorous scuffle, and their subsequent isolation. However! A few days later, I noticed a bun with a slightly odd gait, but otherwise moving reasonably well - I could be thinking wishfully, but perhaps they are indeed recovering. ^_^ The population of the warren seems to be doing very well - I've observed peaks of up to eighteen on a few days, and once, twenty four, always including quite a few tinybuns. (I did finally remember to buy some raisins, too, and to scatter some of them out my the current prime spot; three times, actually. I do hope they find and enjoy them - they'll surely be a welcome change from the current slim pickings, especially with the current cold snap, with temperatures bouncing around freezing. And there I was, a few weeks ago, dismissing the need to pick up some gloves, thinking "ah, winter's gone now!" - ohhh, no, not just yet. It's not that it's been that cold, but when you're maintaining a still position, even a chilly breeze can freeze tender paws. For now, I just make do with taking a little break every half hour or so)

Speaking of tinybuns, here's a trio, probably no more than a couple weeks out of the warren, practising their synchronised eating:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Heh, wolf armor! That's neat. There's wolf armor in Skyrim, and it's nice, but not THAT nice. (For some reason I keep writing "amor" instead of "armor", too. Not quite the same thing!)

And they’re angry about the theme of men destroying the world and starting wars compared to women nurturing and rebuilding it, but that’s just a reality.

I weep for the USA, I really do. Just how far have people – not just individuals, but the entire society, as a whole – removed themselves from human nature? It's tragic, really.

Might a Korean version of perestroika be in the offing?

Will remain to be seen, I reckon, but surely something must happen SOME time; they can't go on like that forever.

Those rabbit pups (kits?) are cute, too. :)
It's a sort of a change, I suppose, from armor that's very sweaty, to armor that's rather drooly. =:)

Falling in love with one's armor, though, could make quite a lovely film. ^_^ (Speaking of which, when do we finally get the animated Buster Wilde? =:)

The trouble is, of course, is it's so easy to divorce ourselves from history. Not that current generations should be held guilty for the evils of generations past, but still, it becomes frustratingly depressing to see xenophobic pledges of allegiance take hold as soon as times are tough, as we now find with the widespread, utterly indefensible rejection of Syrian refugees by the EU, or the outright, proud xenophobia of Trump supporters. (Especially ironic, of course, given the modern US was founded on massive immigration)

It'll be very interesting to see where North Korea finally winds up. I suspect the leaders accept their fate, but - as anywhere - wish to prolong their luxury as long as possible. It certainly seems inevitable, and somewhat tolerated - and the constant stream of phones from China don't serve to preserve the original isolationist intent.

Bun kits are indeed quite wonderful. ^_^ I kept wishing I could get close enough to tempt them into my hand, but, yes, that's not going to happen, short of becoming Snow White. =:)
An animated Buster Wilde feature, that would be something! In fact more Buster Wilde comics would be something — I always thought the story deserved more development, perhaps a conclusive.. uh, conclusion, but I also don't fault the authors for stopping when they did. Fewer good strips are preferable to more bad strips, right?

I can just about imagine that armor growling menacingly at bandits and other such riff-raff, too. Or giving them big puppy eyes so everyone just shares some Honningbrew and parts as friends. ^^
Daft Punk are awesome !
I've long enjoyed their work, but their modern climax - so far - for me was easily their soundtrack work on Tron: Legacy, so skillfully blending orchestral and synth sounds, to outstanding effect. Kudos to whomever spotted that potential! (And a film I thoroughly enjoy, to boot. I loved the original, I love this new addition too, fully exploiting current CG abilities. It's a little odd to think, when the original was in production, even filling the CG in by computer was deemed too complex/expensive - and now, there's a human star recreated using such tech. Just amazing =:)
I probably would have had no interest in Daft Punk had I not been exposed to Emerson, Lake and Palmer at an early age, then subsequently Tomita, Jarre, Vangelis, and Kraftwerk. They are pretty cool. I'm also keen on Chemical Brothers.
I haven't tried the iPad Pro/Pencil, probably getting one when the iPad Pro 2 happens. And most likely using it with AstroPad to be able to use Illustrator on the bus.
Eep! Thanks for dropping by. ^_^; You're more inclined, then, toward the Pro than the new Air? (Or both Pro, given the rumors, suggesting there'll be both 12" and 10" Pro models hereon. Which feels a bit odd to me, but then, so it goes. I still can't say I'm in love with the name "MacBook Pro" - to me, that feels rather jarring, off the tongue, versus PowerBook)

You might consider letting the Affinity folks know what's lacking in their Designer. I imagine the list of shortcomings is substantial, but they've proven to be responsive in bringing Affinity Photo well up to par - and their work's unquestionably Mac native. (Back on Media Cleaner Pro 4/Cleaner 5, that was something we were quite proud of - on both Mac OS and Windows, we were entirely native, with the respective front ends genuinely crafted for both. Not even that much extra work, really - all the development time went into the core, barely anything into UI maintenance, by comparison)
LJ sends me notifications when my user name is mentioned. n.n

IIRC the Pencil only works on the iPad Pro? I haven't been keeping up with the current state of the tablets since deciding not to drop $1k on a first-gen Pro.
Ah, yes - I'm getting ahead of myself. ^_^; The scuttlebutt has it that next week's Apple Event will see a new 9.7" iPad, which will be Pencil compatible, and will be rebranded "iPad Pro", making a family of two device sizes.
Any movie with Strother Martin is a treat, and Sssssss is a wonder. And there's Dirk Benedict before Battlestar!

The kittens are adorable. We'll be seeing some in a month or so judging by the 'activity' taking place all over the yard on Friday! Front yard, side yards, even the dog's fenced yard...

It's always saddened me how wounded animals get ostracized from their group. My mom tried to explain it to me when I was a child, but it has never really settled in.
I'm really quite surprised to see tinybuns out so early! I wouldn't have expect them to be coming out into the world for at least another few weeks, let alone already out and about. I wonder if that's at all related to the attention I've seen paid to a particular clump of grass cuttings? Sounds odd, but there's this ball of grass that keeps garnering interest from various buns, sometimes seemingly trying to add to it, rolling it up against them - it's not behavior I've seen before, and they're not telling. =:) Best I can imagine is it's destined to be nesting material, rather ahead of schedule.

I loved Sssssss as soon as I saw it. But then, I've always had a soft spot for transformations, as American Werewolf in London proved to me in how many times I watched that, that sequence especially. ^_^ (And more recently, we had the wonderful Were-Rabbit =:)

Helping the less immediately fortunate's such a positive political attribute, for me. I'll admit, it wasn't always thus - once upon a time, I was a Thatcherite. ^_^; Maybe not so much out of logical conclusion, so much as passive assimilation - the family broadsheet tended to be the Daily Telegraph, and even the BBC/ITN news tended to paint the Greenham Common protestors in a somewhat trivial light. Mercifully, at least UK conservatives haven't (yet?) wound up being anywhere remotely as insane as in the US.
An update of more great links!.. (spent the most time with the Teleprinter and animal naming) ... heh!

Thank you bun.. and nice pix too! *hughug*

Edited at 2016-03-13 11:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the story collection, I look forward to reading it. I burned through the first David Weber/Timothy Zahn Honorverse novel Fri/Sat (somehow I ended up with two copies of book 2 in HB and no copies of book 1) and now have two Iron Druid books to read.

The Syrian story is very cool. I should look for pix.

North Korea? Man, talk about a screwed-up country. "Communist", but actually a dictatorship. I continue to be amazed year after year that none of the top aides don't shoot the twerp.

That's very sad about the buns with the lame hind legs. I wonder if there might be a twisted umbilical cord or something similar causing the problem. But the photo of the trio of synchronized buns is VERY cute.
The last photo is awesome.
Thanks. ^_^ I try to convey their lives in my photography, not simply offer encyclopedia style imagery - there are so many stories to be told, but catching those special moments takes a frustrating (and rewarding) amount of time. And I'll keep on trying, because I must. I'm no zoologist, but from the moment one of my biology tutors started reading Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" in some classes.. well, it worked. =:)

Excellent Esquilaxing!