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A Spike episode? I was approaching "Gauntlet of Fire" with some degree of trepidation, but it turned out superbly. ^_^ Needless to say, I'm very much hoping this isn't the last we'll see of Ember. No new episode today, sadly.

A couple musical offerings I've enjoyed recently: General Mumble "M/L/P/R/M/X/E/P", being a highly processed bit of electronica based on various MLP songs. I'm normally not one for autotune, but here, it's been quite openly deployed, retuning the harmonies entirely, turning the tracks into quite novel reworkings, far beyond the usual additions of bass/rhythm. And, tallulahgoodtimes "SwangYoThang2", a refreshingly punchy bit of electroswing.

So, we'll apparently learn of the Doctor's new companion this evening. [ETA: it's Pearl Mackie - and the teaser is well worth watching!]

I mentioned Star Billions the other week - and having completed Season Two, I've got to recommend it. ^_^ Here's a good interview with the developers, going into the design choices, and even how people wound up reacting to the AIs on offer, from the gung-ho SARGE, to the conciliatory LACIE.

Actually completely SFW is the Wikipedia entry for tendril perversion. ^_^

In the "battery technology that may actually see deployment in the next decade" department, a novel system using encapsulated nanowires. It's not about energy density, so much as lifespan - where current batteries keel over after a couple thousand cycles, this holds the promise of extending that into the hundreds of thousands, making for a battery that might never need replacing.

Interesting.. it looks like Apple is finally going the Netflix route, and preparing for developing original TV programming: "The [Sundance] iTunes Lounge was in fact part of a stealth effort by Apple to establish a new, more active role in delivering entertainment. In the weeks that followed, Apple execs were in Los Angeles hearing pitches for original TV series that it plans to launch on an "exclusives" app on Apple TV and within iTunes. Apple wants to work with "triple A-list" talent, according to a source, and build up a roster of must-see shows available only on its platform. Naturally, the talks have been veiled in the utmost secrecy. Producers who have met with Apple will refer to it only as the United Fruit Company." If those involved are indeed eyeing Netflix as their model, I'd love to see a similar degree of adventurousness, considering they've brought us the likes of Orange is the New Black, Transparent, and Jessica Jones.

While catching up (well, sort of - I started with the archive from a random point in 2011, rather than the very start, in 2004) with Questionable Content, as mentioned by lovelyangel, I noticed one of the artist's shirts available for sale: All My Vices Are Devices, which seemed like it might appeal to a few folk. =:) (And, don't tease robots)

Nice to see: (most of) IDW's comics are DRM-free. So, that's MLP taken care of - I wonder if Boom have similar plans, so I can maintain a fully portable Lumberjanes library. ^_^

Some background into Aretha Franklin's legendary "Respect".

Looks like an interesting little FOSS OS X utility: Background Music: "Automatically pauses your music player when other audio starts playing and unpauses it afterwards; Per-application volume, boost quiet apps; Record system audio"

It's an ugly webpage, but there's a lot of lesser known Bill Watterson art to be found, some from before his rise to fame, and even some afterward.

I do hope Beats 1 expands into multiple channels at some point. *sigh* They do offer some excellent shows, like The Candy Store with Charli XCX, but for much of the time, I can't listen to literally more than a track or two without hip-hop coming into the mix, sending me scampering off to En Lefko, The Flip, KLFM, Amy's FM, or Power Ponies. (I love how international net.radio is. ^_^ They're Greek, French, Croatian, French, and Czech respectively) The downside with all of them, inevitably, is the advertising - cue rapid switch to any of the others. Beats 1's is, thankfully, the least intrusive, amounting to an occasional "made possible by", taking a couple seconds. Consequently, I still wind up revisiting my own music collection a lot of the time - it may be familiar, but I can just settle into a groove, without having something disrupting that after a few minutes. =:/
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actually completely SFW is the Wikipedia entry for tendril perversion. ^_^

Ah, neat. And re: helical growths on plants — when I was little we had plants growing behind my school that tended to develop these, and I always loved picking them and winding them around my fingers. Unfortunately I never found out what those plants were called, and I've not seen them elsewhere since.

It's an ugly webpage, but there's a lot of lesser known Bill Watterson art to be found, some from before his rise to fame, and even some afterward.

Neat!

And what's ugly about the page? I'd say it's actually quite nice to see a page that's not ladden with crap and that doesn't require Javascript to accomplish such things as display images, show text, and have clickable links.
I always find it rather nifty how plant tendrils do that - and in the case of grape vines, tremendously..

.. look, give me this, please..

grapeful in the way they can just follow the trails laid for them, to better offer space for the fruit to grow unimpeded.

The page simply strikes me as ugly, prima facie - how it's implemented is irreleveant. It's quite possible to create appealing webpages with even HTML 1.0, with a little care. Absolutely, I side with not requiring client-side scripting for functionality or layout - with CSS, there's so much possible these days. (Egh, do so many sites need JS just to implement links?) FSM knows, I'm no fan of the craziness that the web's devolved into now, with tens of megabytes required for just a single page, once all the trackers have loaded, for actual writing and imagery that might come to a few hundred K. Maybe that's part of the appeal of embedded development. =:)
I always find it rather nifty how plant tendrils do that - and in the case of grape vines, tremendously..

.. look, give me this, please..

grapeful in the way they can just follow the trails laid for them, to better offer space for the fruit to grow unimpeded.




And fair enough — though I do believe that by and large form follows function, and the page really works quite well. Of course, this not being 1995 anymore, inlining the full-size images should not be a problem anymore. :)
Watterson....
Respect..............
and
Nano-wires........................!

(thanks!) ^v^
nanowires...

The music plays on and on!

Myself, I think if I can wind up with a leporine cybernetic body, probably based on my SL self, I'd like a nice little fusion reactor. ^_^ But there could be something to be said for needing to recharge..
Oh that kitty AI is so cute! I want to play that game, but I'm on team Android, and she's on team iOS. I'm not gonna go out like ROM30&JU13-ET.

Also wow, I knew I missed a lot of Doctor Who but I didn't know he was getting a new companion. I've got a lot of catching up to do. But then I'm also behind on Naruto and all the webcomics I stopped reading and everything else except One Piece...
but I'm on team Android, and she's on team iOS

Not so! Scroll down a little on the game's main webpage. ^_^

The only mildly frustrating aspect is that it's a game of three acts: the first arrived on launch, back in December or so (and somehow, I completely missed it), the second arrived a couple weeks ago (and they kindly dropped the app to free to celebrate), so the finale is probably coming somewhere around September. Still, they've certainly been building up the mysteries nicely along the way. You get the first part with the app, and the second is an IAP. Interestingly, whilst they do insert timers to space out the plot points, there's no money involved - you can either just leave them to run out naturally, or play one of two minigames to plough through the time more quickly, which is what I almost always did.

Sadly, yep, the Impossible Girl departed in the Christmas special. Rather unsatisfyingly, for me - felt too much like the arbitrary use of a plot device, than unavoidable necessity. Still, so it goes. The teaser for the newcomer does look like fun. ^_^

I've been winding up getting into quite a few new webcomics lately, largely thanks to that poll the other week. ^_^ I'm very pleased to have got into both Questionable Content and Go Get A Roomie, and I'm finally - after being peripherally aware of it for a long while - catching up with TwoKinds, starting from the very beginning, so I've now got.. just under ten years of comics to get through. ^_^; Still, it's easy enough - the site's gratifyingly responsive, so the page-turning delay is minimal. (With QC, I did "cheat" and only start at somewhere in 2011, given it too has been running for over ten years)
Oh! I saw the reviews calling it a great iOS title and I was confused! I'll have to see about getting it.

I've not been reading Webcomics for a while, for the second time in the last year or two. I'll probably catch up with some of my favorites, one day...
Well, now I've played all of Star Billions, and pushed it off on friends who I suspect will ALSO play all of Star Billions.

...dear heavens, season 2.