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Having been reminded by huskyteer that there was indeed an earlier adaptation of "My Family and Other Animals", I set about comparing them - at least, as far as I can, given the ITV version is ongoing, and only up to its second episode at the moment. It's proving to be quite a contrast! They're clearly from the same work, but the tone is quite different: ITV's is pronouncedly about the people involved, whilst the BBC's was a lot more accommodating about the wildlife observations he made, with some excellent photography along the way. Of course, now, I have to read the books - which, from what I recall of the readings by my biology tutor back in the Jurassic, will not be any burden. =:)

If you want to watch a film, where will you be most likely to do so, and why? Are you an avid cinemagoer, or are you more inclined to wait for the home releases? Is that because of cost, or the comfort and choice of munchables/drinks at home? For me, if I'm to be lured to a cinema, it helps a lot if there's something special about the place - cookie-cutter multiplexes.. well, aren't exactly brimming with personality, let alone the food and drink. On the other paw, there are places like The Little, over in Bath, crammed into a central Georgian nook, or the fabulous Castro Theatre, with just one screen, and genuinely a big screen, with ornate 1920s movie palace decor all around. The cost is certainly an issue, too - it's easy to spend not much less on a single ticket than for a copy you can watch as many times as you like, and home cinema setups now can be quite impressive, with an excellent choice of cider, beer, and wine to accompany. =:)

Gently wonderful: what does a bicycle look like? An easy question, you might think - and so, a designer collected people's sketches of bikes, and produced realistic renderings of them. "Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty far off from a regular men’s bicycle. Little I knew this is actually a test that psychologists use to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t."

From the dev behind "Papers, Please" comes a playable demo ("It's not meant to be a proper demo of the final product but it's probably safe to extrapolate from here. Barely tested and possibly full of bugs. Progress is not saved.") of their latest project, Return of the Obra Dinn, with graphics this time in glorious 1-bit. "Obra Dinn's demo starts with players pulling a rowboat up to an abandoned ship, which they board and walk around in search of treasure. The only thing on the ship, it turns out, is a crummy old pocket watch, but before getting off the ship, players come to realize that the watch can be used to discover ghost skeletons—and replay the moment in which each person died over a century earlier."

The £1 coin will be changing in 2017, commencing in March, with a six month switchover. The newcomer is a dodecagon - twelve sided - and bimetallic, similar to the £2. Apparently, counterfeiters are a touch too adept with the current design, with around 3% (!) of current £1 coins being fakes.

I'm pleased to note that Zootopia is 2016's biggest grossing film worldwide, at $854m, followed by Batman v Superman with $787m, and Deadpool at $757m. And deservedly so. ^_^ And speaking of which, this interview with Ginnifer Goodwin is worth a (sadly brief) read, confirming the story evolved quite a bit - hopefully, the home release's extras will explore that, as Wreck-It Ralph's did. The same site also talked with the directors about the selection of species for the stars, and the challenges involved in maintaining scale.

How good can Second Life look? This good. ^_^ A scene from the long-running Insilico sims, by Stark Osterham, "Ghost Whisper":



For pony folk: an interesting post on translation of one of the show's songs, "Hearts Strong as Horses". Of course, when you're translating a song, the difficulty elevates - the tune can't change, so the number of syllables you've got to play with is (more or less) fixed beforehand.

As for the new season: the opener I overall enjoyed, but felt the pacing to be quite uneven, and I'm unsure as to why Sunburst exhibited such retiscence at being deemed a wizard, when he clearly was just that, and very much so. The baby scenes were surprisingly well handled, leading into some good, old fashioned chases, not to mention the pivotal plot point. ^_^; "The Gift of Maud Pie" was a relatively simple episode, and ultimately, wonderfully charming. "On Your Marks" felt somewhat uneven, and relied upon an awkward misinterpretation, but had some definite highlights, with the ending resolving surprisingly well.

An interesting tale, and one with - we hope - a happy ending, of some people in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, who started getting angry calls, letters, and visitors, for no reason they knew of. It turns out to be the result of one company's widely used geolocation database - for the most part, quite useful, within limits. But where they don't have any accurate location data, they use defaults - and a very popular one happened to be where they lived, pointed to by some 600 million IP addresses.

Tuesday saw some.. well, unscheduled rabbiteering, turning out to be something of a blessing in disguise, as the forecasts had been suggesting it'd be Wednesday with the better sun during the afternoon and evening, when it turned out to be largely rather cloudy. And because I happened upon this group of tinybuns, gathered by one of the warren's entrances, sufficiently cool with my presence as to allow me to pass by (eventually =:) without feeling the need to seek refuge. Indeed, I was close enough at this point that I've only cropped the photo slightly vertically. To be that close, and tolerated by my subjects (so to speak, not that I would have any objections to being Queen of Leporines =:), is indeed a touching and humbling moment. ^_^



And in a "what a world we live in!" moment, we now have Flappy Bird ported to an e-cig.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I rarely go to cinemas. When I do, it's usually the local multiplex; I care less about the place itself or the overpriced junk food than the movies, and usually it's nicer to see those on a bigger screen, with decent audio and so on.

Of course it depends on the movie. The more you want to forget that you're in a cinema and immerse yourself, the better a multiplex is; the less you want to do that and the more you want to feel that you are IN a cinema WATCHING a movie, the better an arthouse cinema is.

But also it's often the choice of movie that'll dictate where you'll go. A few years ago I went to see "Yellow Submarine" (the Beatles movie); that obviously was not being shown at the multiplex.

But by and large I don't usually go out to see movies anyway. For that matter I don't usually watch 'em elsewhere either; I'm just not much of a movie buff.

Gently wonderful: what does a bicycle look like?

Haha, neat.

An interesting tale, and one with - we hope - a happy ending, of some people in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, who started getting angry calls, letters, and visitors, for no reason they knew of.

Interesting, indeed.
I'm looking forward to trying out the Alamo Drafthouse when I'm next in Bay orbit. =:) They've got quite a good looking menu available for enjoying during screenings, and they even bought out a long-time video emporium, with a view to renting and selling from that vast collection.

For immersiveness, I'd quite enjoy seeing what the Avegant Glyph is like - that seems to be where they're aiming, above VR applications. FSM knows, it's vastly less kludgy looking than the Rift, too.

I used to watch a lot more films than now, as I noted below, but these days, I tend to gravitate toward SLU, LJ, and sometimes catching up with all or much of a comic's run - at the moment, that's Questionable Content, which I'm enjoying greatly. (Only started at a random point in 2011's run, given it's been going, more or less daily, since 2003! Currently in late 2013, I think =:) It's the interactivity - much as I love superb direction and imagination, watching a film, especially by oneself, is a much more passive activity.

I'm quite surprised that company's API didn't just include some basic extra information, like approximate radius of confidence, or even simply a flag saying "we don't know where on Earth this maps to". Still, at least their plan to migrate these default "locations" to being offshore will help, even if I imagine there'll be a new kind of confusion as to why their device is now in Baffin Bay. =:)
Yeah, I've heard good things about the Drafthouse. Hope they'll live up to their reputation when you pay 'em a visit. :)

I'm quite surprised that company's API didn't just include some basic extra information, like approximate radius of confidence, or even simply a flag saying "we don't know where on Earth this maps to". Still, at least their plan to migrate these default "locations" to being offshore will help, even if I imagine there'll be a new kind of confusion as to why their device is now in Baffin Bay. =:)

I'm just guessing, but I'd actually not be surprised if radii of confidence etc. existed in the paying versions of the service — from what I recall, there's a free version that has been intentionally watered down to provide less accuracy (called GeoIP Lite or somesuch), but it's still good enough that most people use it, and many don't even seem to know there's better ones if you're willing to shell out a few bucks. That said, I'm just speculating.

Unrelated — have you seen this? I thought it'd be of interest to you. :)
U rarely go to the cinema as i find it a wee expensive unless one of my companies has a visit for me in one. Much prefer waiting for a release on DVD or to see it on TV at home.

I have two such visits coming up and both are multiplexes.One in Brighton and the other in Brighton.
Mm, it's definitely something to think about, at current prices. *sigh* The local Cineworld used to offer "bargain Tuesdays", but they dropped those last year in favor of just weekday matinee prices. (For some reason, "dollar theaters" - or their equivalent - don't seem to be a thing in the UK, offering cheap seats for second-run films. A pity, really, as I'd be quite up for something from the previous year, or decades, for something relatively trivial, like £3. Ah, if only the big chains could take a leaf out of Alamo Drafthouse's playbook.. not that they focus on the cheap seats, so much as offering good food while you watch, and venues you actually want to go to for the fun of it)

I think it was the Odeon in Brighton I saw Inception first. Wow.. now that was very much my kind of film. Given he had Interstellar simmering away for years, I wonder what he'll get up to next.
Both those films you mention are great. I wonder too what he will produce next.
Ain' that just amazingly great for Zootopia? ^v^ ... Maybe there's hope for the world!
Speakin of worlds... will have to go into SL and see if that look is there in those sims... woot!
It's definitely encouraging. Who needs growling, gritty übermensch, when we've got Judy and Nick, and all of Zootopia?

I wonder if a sequel will star them, or hand the spotlight over to other, new characters.. well, we'll find out eventually. I can't imagine they won't do something more. TV would be fine with me - even on the more (comparatively =:) limited budgets there, I'd love to hear many more tales from the city. And HTTYD has translated well to TV, especially in recent seasons.

I really need to try reminding myself about SL when I'm not getting ready to go to sleep. ^_^; After all, every time I'm in-world, I have a great time. And I've still yet to explore the pony sims, for that matter. ^_^
If I go to the cinema, it's usually either a classic at the BFI or something I wouldn't mind seeing, wouldn't bother going to on my own, but a friend has suggested it. There are very few films I MUST see before they appear on TV, though Zootropolis with friends and the latest Bond with partner are exceptions :)
Mm, going with friends makes quite a difference, too - possibly even moreso at home, for me. I used to watch a lot of films, particularly around 2002-2003, but even back at school, once the homework was taken care of, I'd be busy tapping away at the keyboard, with something playing on one of the VCRs. (Usually something I'd already seen plenty of times, so it didn't matter if I was paying attention: perennial faves included Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek II) These days, it's fairly unusual for me to watch a film by myself - I usually just gravitate toward LJ, SLU, and catching up with comics (currently, Questionable Content; currently up to comic 2531, so only another three years or so to go =:).

SPECTRE really seemed to polarise people, ne? The roomie wasn't fond of it at all, whilst I had a blast - most fun I've had with a "modern" Bond since Goldeneye. ^_^ But then, I do lean toward films that don't take themselves all that seriously - I haven't had any real interest in the recent Batman flicks, f'rex, but adore Tim Burton's contributions.
SPECTRE was much-needed light relief after the emotional wringer that was Skyfall!
I'm not much of a cinema-goer because I prefer the control I have over time and audio and other such things at home. Initially I was assuming 3D would be the thing to differentiate cinema from home, but then they come out with good 3D home TVs.

Which brings me to another thing... I'm a little bitter that 3D content didn't take off more than it did. Sure it's a gimmick but it's a pretty neat gimmick! Moreover, why would 4k TV take off?! You need to see the blackheads on people now, instead of just each of the hairs on their head?

Anyway, some cinemas nearby have been trying to cater to the high-end experience. The experience has proven to be its own popcorn-munching entertainment, as some in the community have tried to paint such places as racist because the price tends to keep poorer people away, and of course as we all know only (and all) white people have discretionary income. :P

In short, I don't see much value in paying money for the privilege of being inconvenienced and annoyed, just because there's a bigger screen and beer (which I don't drink anyway).

Now for the hemispherical IMAX downtown, that's a bit of another story.