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Here's a fascinating little introduction to the uniquely Québecois Catholic swearing, along with some background furnished by other examples of Québec's linguistic departure from mainline French.

I had cause to head into town the other day, and managed to find time to enjoy an hour or two in the V&A - so, I'll inflict some of the items that caught my attention, including a rather spectacular pair of boots, an equally captivating box, a picnic set, and a view from a deserted Alhambra, a movie palace in San Francisco where I caught The Lion King, toward the very end of its life (aptly).

Free books! jeriendhal is giving away two of his works for the weekend only, marking LGBT Pride Month. ^_^

I don't normally link to animated GIF loops, but this bunny is unmissable, although I could be biased. After getting water flicked onto them, they return fire perfectly aptly. ^_^

I was wondering why flight recorders are called "black boxes", when they aren't, and don't ever seem (very reasonably) to have been. And lo, Wikipedia offers explanations, although there doesn't seem to be any definite root, so much as a mix of the options that just sort of sidled its way into common parlance.

For a little geekiness, here's rather an illuminating look at the process of injection molding - its origins, and the practicalities involved.

What happens if you enter "parametric equations of bunny curve" into Wolfram Alpha? Just this. =:D

I'll toot the recommendation horn for 4K Video Downloader, the utility I've been using for a couple years for retrieving YouTube clips for offline enjoyment. It's free, with surprisingly mild restrictions on what requires a license, such as downloading a playlist with more than 25 items - fair enough, as I very rarely download more than the odd music video. The thing that swung me away from Firefox's DownloadHelper was, in particular, the clear dialog that pops up after it parses the URL you've just given it, summarising all the resolutions (and framerates, if applicable) available, and their filesizes, rather than DH's rather kludgy list of obfuscated filenames. I'll take off half a point for a recent update making the "Play" option slightly less available: it used to be shown in the list of completed downloads, at the upper right of each entry, but they've recently relegated that into a hamburger menu. I'd also prefer more of a native feel to the toolbar icons, which feel rather out of place on OS X. Still, that's a minor grumble - for a free app, which handles all the main video sites quite happily, and available for OS X, Linux, and Windows, I'm definitely happy with it as an app I use almost daily.

And noms recommendation of the week: Sainsbury's pepperoncini & king prawn ravioli, being one of the very few prepared ravioli that genuinely taste of what they claim. =:9 I served mine (beware, the tub looks small, but cooked, it's a hefty meal - arguably better as a starter for two) with a sauce made from some chopped up cooking bacon, finely chopped broccoli, pepper, basil, tiny bit of each of smoked hot paprika and garlic purée, and Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup, diluted with milk and water, and, just to help perfect it, a tiny bit of smoked Cheddar. The bacon's not essential, but it does accompany the prawn flavor most harmoniously, and the cheese is also quite optional - even before that, the sauce was tasting rather good, even if I do say so myself. ^_^

Huh! I hadn't been aware Tomorrow Corporation (World of Goo, Little Inferno) had a new game out, but there it is: Human Resource Machine, available for OS X, Linux, Windows, Wii U, and iOS, with the iOS version apparently being half the price of the others - $5 versus £7 or so.

And, here's an iOS platformer coming in July, absolutely gorgeously animated: Red Story, aka Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, courtesy of From Paris Entertainment.

Last Saturday's viewing was a diverse bag: The Selfish Giant, a Horizon on new discoveries on Paleolithic and Neolithic peoples of Europe, and the to-be island of Britain in particular, and Deadpool. (And beforehand, last week's MLP, The Saddle Row Review, One of the better episodes of this season, which has overall been quite strong) Deadpool was rather more violent than I'd have preferred (whilst still remaining true to the usual Hollywood morals: it's fine to have decapitations, but FFS, don't dream of showing nipples, even male), but it had the degree of reverence I feel should be reserved for übermensch.

So, the town had its modest music festival on Sunday - of course, it was the beer that caught my attention. =:) Last year, they had a few polypins of local beer and a good cider, served in polycarbonate "glasses" that made for a reasonable compromise - shatterproof, so there's no public safety risk, and sturdy enough that they're not inadvertantly squishable either. This year, just plain plastic pint "glasses" - but, the bottles available being from the likes of Brew Dog and To Øl, and cheaper than you'd pay in a pub. =:D And so I enjoyed some prize beers, such as Brew Dog's Abstrakt 20, Fyne Ales' Ragnarok, and Wild Beer Company's Ninkasi. I could hardly let them lug all those bottles back with them, could I?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Those shoes are neat.

And I agree, 4K Download is really useful!
Oh, definitely. ^_^ A quick DDG look around suggested on the order of $10k, so I might not be getting them for my next birthday. =:) On the other paw, enquiring about custom footwear to bring those magnificent Neurolab Ultimate into RL indicated more around a tenth of that, so.. I do see those appearing in my future, once finances are less of a wizened husk, and - of course - after I've brought the rest of the 'suit to life, particularly the articulation, which will be a fun project.

Mm, I'm happy with 4KVD. ^_^ There are a few refinements I wouldn't mind, like bringing the "Play" button back out of that unnecessary hamburger menu, and being able to specify "best available" as a default, rather than always having to select 1080p or suchlike manually, but the ease of use and reliability makes it indispensible. 'Course, I'll never quite understand why music labels don't just make videos available in HD for purchase, maybe with some kind of shiny extra, but AFAIK, the only purchase channel for most music videos is the iTunes Store, and even there, they're exclusively SD, last time I looked. ie, the labels only make the best quality available for free. Interesting business plan?
being able to specify "best available" as a default, rather than always having to select 1080p or suchlike manually

Yes, yes, four times yes! :)
Thank you for the shout out!
No trouble. ^_^ I must try to actually read these works, now. Like getting in-world, I so often just don't remember to indulge in good reading, as testified by The Sirens of Titan, where I've been at around the 80% mark for a few years. *sigh* And FSM knows, it's not as if I don't hold Kurt Vonnegut in the highest esteem.
Our pet rabbit has 'returned' fire when we've given him baths or rinses some, although it's not so considered as the gif there. He's just trying to thump and is big enough that when he does it, it counts.

I'm mildly alarmed the rabbit's in that much water but will trust it's for a good reason.
I regret to inform you that you lost several points for mentioning and using Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup. I blame that 'soup' and my Mom's constant use of it on the Sunday roast for my hatred, loathing, and utter detestation of mushrooms.

But to each their own. ;-)

We went out for our anniversary last night to a restaurant that offered bacon-wrapped dates with a balsamic reduction. QUITE yummy, and they came a dozen to a plate!

The HR Machine game looks interesting, I wish they had a demo version.
On a roast? Eep! Nope, there I'm just going to use a plain brown gravy, ideally using some of the roasting fat that's rendered out of the meat, and water from the boiled vegetables, thickened using some basic gravy granules, and quite possibly bumped up a bit with a dash of oyster sauce, oregano, and pepper, at least for beef. Chicken, I'd more likely go with a little rosemary and basil.

I actually didn't like mushrooms (other than in cream of mushroom soup =:) until I was about twelve, and then came to the realisation they tasted great on a pizza.

Ooh, yes! The Magnolia Cafe does/did a version of that ("Devils on Horseback"), with the addition of being stuffed with goat's cheese. Rather nomworthy, though ISTR them being rather pricy at something like $6 for three. Not that being located in San Francisco tends to make food desperately cheap, more's the pity. Not that I can't wait to return, somehow, someday. ^_^

If you're wavering on HRM, perhaps see what the TouchArcade forum thread's saying about it - I've found them to be quite helpful in confirming a game lives up to its trailer or not, and how people are feeling about it after playing with it for a bit. Given the company's pedigree, it's safe to say it'll be well done - it's a matter of how much it'll appeal, and for how long. (Little Inferno was a strange one - so simple, yet so eerily addictive, coupled with that gradually unwrapping storyline) It could be worth dropping them a line requesting either a demo version, or maybe making that the default state of the game, unlocking it all with a single IAP. (I'll hopefully be getting it in a couple days)

I can tolerate mushrooms on occasion, but aside from once ordering Beef Wellington at a fantastic hidden local restaurant (you have to order it a day in advance!), I don't seek out mushrooms. I'm OK with them in things like miso soup when we're out for Japanese food, but that's about it. I have used them once -- diced Criminis -- in a Thanksgiving dressing that I made that was quite a major production and turned out amazingly yummy -- three kinds of bread, chicken stock, the mushrooms, pancetta, apples, onions, lots of herbage.

Speaking of restaurants, we had a new one open that is amazing, that was immediately followed by the death of another local restaurant that was pretty good but very uneven. In the Fall we have a local winery opening here, they have 2-3 other locations that produce just amazing food. We're quite looking forward to that! Should be here just in time for my birthday.