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Here's a little technological gem: an excerpt from Micro Live, January 1985, wherein they first take a look at the current state of the art in novelty and feature phones, including one capable of storing hundreds of names and numbers, for easy dialling, before introducing a fascinating new radiotelephony technology based on the concept of small area "cells". They conclude with a live demonstration of an international phone call made from the rooftop of Broadcasting House, using a portable cellular phone. ^_^

For those following along with Steven Universe, here's a selection of characters drawn in a realistic style - quite striking! (By /u/Gilgrion) However, having just checked the episode list's broadcast dates, I can see I'm in for quite some frustration - whereas most series have completely or largely consistent air dates, appearing every week or so, Cartoon Network's SU schedule ranges from four episodes on the same day (known as "bombs" in the fandom), up to two months apart. ^_^;;

Another glimpse at fxscreamer's WIP graphic novel:



A fun bit of editing: Zootopia Remix, in the style of Pogo. Or, how about this fursuiting music video, set to Reckless Love's "Night on Fire". =:D Amusingly, it's actually a furry reworking of the band's original video.

Or, for something rather different, this ad from a Kuwaiti telco, being broadcast over Ramadan, condemning the attacks perpetrated in the name of Islam. Notice the credits appearing as it progresses - they give their names, and in which bombing they'd been injured.

This is curious. ^_^ Apparently, some people were taught to spell dilemma as "dilemna", with the "n" being silent. Yet, no source can be found that's ever listed the errant spelling. I'd never even been aware of such an "alternative spelling" until now.

Hm! Has anyone else experienced trouble downloading from YouTube recently? On Tuesday, I tried fetching the new episodes of Steven Universe, only to find 4K Video Downloader just shrugging its shoulders. It managed to parse the URL fine, offering the usual selection of filesizes and resolutions, but couldn't actually download anything. I'm guessing it's just YouTube playing with the internals, so apps like this are left high and dry until they're updated. (Not to worry: I found much better quality copies on DailyMotion =:)

Doctor Who: oh, my. ^_^; I'm absolutely fine with writers taking liberties with technology for the sake of advancing a storyline, but.. WTF? So, yes, obligatory "covers half the screen" password dialogue, great. That's artistic license, even if horribly overused. But an air cycling system that magically can't be overridden? In a time of lockdown? And then, to cap it all off, some oddball "are you sure you want to escape?" plot device based on a four digit combination lock.. ? O.o Argh. The problem is, if you delete all that crap, it's actually a good episode - so why on Earth did those (experienced! With demonstrable familiarity with 20th Century techology!) writers both go on such a tour of Lazytown, when they could easily have worked up a script that didn't rely so heavily on Because I Said So technological plot devices? (And I'll forget about the bacterial evolution, let alone mechanisms)

I'm glad to see 500px appears to have dropped their "fingerprint" logo, which supplanted their well-established "infinity sign" logo a couple years back.

California's new - niche, for now - crop: coffee! "The avocado growers face major disruptions in their business, including increased competition from Mexican imports, less access to water and rising real estate prices, all of which are forcing them to rethink that crop. But thanks to Mr. Ruskey, they have realized that their sprawling avocado trees provide perfect shade for high-quality coffee bushes. One variety of Mr. Ruskey’s beans, Pacamara, emits an earthy scent like the smell of California dirt and new plants in spring. His Geisha beans have a light and fruity flavor with low acidity. Bourbon finishes with a chocolate taste."

The 300mm f/4 continues to be unstable, sadly. Thursday's rabbiteering was curtailed by yet another AF failure, which no amount of contact cleaning or manual focus adjustment could remedy. Yet, again, by Friday, it was again focusing normally.. quite odd. Could there be a thermal element to the fault? Or even electrical? But then, if the latter, why would it sometimes return to normal during a rabbiteering evening? Anyway, Friday's looking very good for weather, so I'll see what happens then. If it strikes again then, and won't come back within half an hour or so, maybe I'll head back and see if the roomie's D5500 causes it to respond differently. (Unfortunately, that uses a different battery, the EN-EL14a; the D7100 takes the quite differently shaped EN-EL15, which is shared across the upper end DX and various FX models)

And there we go - Friday, it was back to normal, and continued uneventfully through the evening. ^_^ I'll remain wary, given what a blow permanently losing AF on the lens would be, but for now.. !



The home brewing proceeds apace! Bottled the Belgian on Saturday for its secondary fermentation, and the "vodka" looks like it's ready to do something else with - having ordered the wrong kit, a neighbor may well be able to assist with a secondary yeast pitching to bring it to 20% after all. Still, it's wonderfully smooth stuff - plenty of cocktail potential even as is! The Belgian's modeled after Duvel, so, moderately malty, with a brisk hop finish - tasting rather nice at the moment, and per calculation, looks to be in the 9% range at the moment. The cider I'm leaving a little longer, as it still seems okay with finishing off the last sugar - as of Saturday, it's at about 1.012, so still a little sweet, but with a very pleasantly rich apple nature, and the tannin I've added does seem to've brought out a bit more of an edge. It's not a farmhouse cider by any means, but so far, I'm quite happy with it. ^_^ I imagine that'll be ready to bottle around Tuesday or so - I'll just see how far the yeast wants to go, and how it tastes at that point.

Next up: another kit, this time from the Australian brewers Coopers, with their "IPA Brew A". I'm hoping that'll be pretty good as is, but I'm intending to dry hop it with some of the Northern Brewer I picked up the other week - that could put me somewhere within reminiscence distance of the Magnolia's quite wonderful Proving Ground IPA, which whilst being quite heavy on the hops, is done in such a way as to emphasise the aromas, not bitterness, especially the cask conditioned version. As the instructions suggested adding 1.5kg of light malt powder, rather than just sugar, I compromised on picking up one 500g bag of medium malt - I imagine the kit would be lovely by itself, but the additional malt could be quite a fun addition. ^_^ And there we go! Made that up on Monday, with an OG of 1.067 - if it comes to around 1.011 (as the cider appears to have wound up at), that'd make it around 7.5%.

And, well.. yep, we tried the cider and Belgian properly for the first time on Tuesday. ^_^ The cider's turned out surprisingly more authentic than I'd been expecting - it's actually a brew I'd want to seek out, despite being borne of a concentrate. It's somewhat like a Dabinett and Vilberie combined, with a nice mild edge. Meanwhile, I'm occasionally venting the Belgian bottles to ensure they don't pressurise too greatly - and it's good! Somewhat like Duvel x Rochefort. Better beer and cider than I can buy, for a fraction of the price? It's not such a bad deal. ^_^ And there we go! Bottled the cider at 1.008, so, still a bit sweeter than I'd ideally like, but still a very pleasant creation indeed, superior to most supermarket ciders, though I suppose that's not saying very much. =:) At that FG, it's somewhere around 8.2%.

For that matter, does anyone else here brew (or even distill) at home?

And another from last week, with one youngster gingerly making some unknowable enquiry of perhaps a parent.. ^_^



And maybe a couple from Thursday.. thankfully, the lens hasn't been giving trouble for the last few rabbiteering evenings. Whether that's purely coincidental, or related to me trying not to maintain focus for quite such prolonged periods (if I half-press the shutter, the body continues to maintain focus, which also means the AF motor's kept active, even if it's not doing much beyond tiny adjustments at that point), I can't tell, but I'm hugely relieved, though I'll still be happier when I can get the lens taken care of properly.





I'm horribly behind with everyone's journals, but I'll do what I can to catch up. If there's anything I ought to make a point of reading, do point the entry out, please.
 
 
 
 
 
 
before introducing a fascinating new radiotelephony technology based on the concept of small area "cells".

Technically speaking it wasn't actually new — cell phones have existed since the 1950s, at least (the exact date depends on when you want to start calling them that, of course; the transition from earlier technologies is fluid, with a large gray area).

That's not to say that these phones were "mobile" in the modern sense either — a cell phone in 1957 was perhaps not quite as small and portable as a smart phone in 2017. :) (But they were "mobile" in the sense of movable, e.g. by virtue of being built into cars.)

Still, a fascinating bit of history!
There were car radiotelephones, absolutely, but based on the concept of highly localised (few miles) cells? That's the basis of what transformed cellular radio from its predecessors, where each zone might cover half a country or state. (In the UK, I believe radiotelephones operated on either the 50MHz or 70MHz bands, with "Northern" and "Southern" regions. It was up to the caller to know which to attempt to call. No idea what the call costs were, but presumably on the order of "if you have to know, you can't afford it" =:)

Heh. I remember one of Mum's cars back in the late 90s (it was maybe from the late 80s) still had the handset for a car cellphone. =:D I rather wish the rest of the unit had still been there, but I believe it'd been removed before we got it.

An old friend wound up foisting an old Nokia on me (I wasn't one for phones then or now) - it functioned well enough, but I was still a bit disappointed it couldn't actually do anything more - I think it might have been able to do something along WAP lines, but that was mercifully short-lived enough I'm not sure I ever even got to see it in person. (All rather anticlimactic, when I'd previously known Ricochet back in the Bay, offering pervasive data access anywhere. Pretty neat service, ultimately brought down by overexpansion - and if that hadn't killed them, the rise of GSM surely would have. A pity, nonetheless. It was pretty cool to be able to be fully online, with the web and email, unfettered, in 1998)

Micro Live was a good show. ^_^ It's worth having a look at what else survives online from it - they did a pretty good job of conveying current happenings in the industry, for a mainstream audience that was only just becoming aware of the usefulness (and fun!) of home computing.
I'm not sure how localized they were. The German B-Netz (which started operating in the early 70s) apparently had cells with a radius of 27 km, though. Of course, without automatic handover of calls when you crossed cell borders, it maybe didn't matter that much. :)
The title of this post seems to belong to another post?

Re YouTube, youtube-dl seems to still work fine.

Are you on Dreamwidth? I can’t post to LiveJournal any more because I haven’t accepted the new user agreement, so I’ve had to stop cross-posting here.
They don't usually have much to do with the posting, so much as whatever food's on my mind. =:) In this case, dinner, due once said pork has finished off in the oven, hopefully gaining a lovely top of crackling, alongside a couple roast parsnips, a couple long sections of leek, and a little chicory. That'll be going alongside some boiled greens, and butter beans that had been sitting underneath the pork whilst in the slow cooker, taking up the flavor of the home made cider and a couple long peppers along the way, and now coated in a soft French cheese whose name I forget, plus a gravy made of said cider, reduced, with a little gravy powder added to thicken and season..

Ah, I need to pick up youtube-dl, yes! Thanks for that. I don't know if it was just a transient issue, or just those files in particular, but I've since downloaded a couple music videos from YouTube without trouble. ^_^

I haven't moved to DW, as I've not felt the necessity of such a severe uprooting. I'll likely maintain an archive in case anything should happen, but given LJ's historically been antagonistic towards Trump's BFF, I'm not anticipating (nor have I heard of) any untoward or surprising actions as a result of the new TOS.

Great to hear from you, in any event. ^_^
Ah, sorry! I somehow managed to miss the subject-line theme before now — possibly because I tend to be immediately drawn to the food content of your posts, and so it never seemed incongruous before.

I hope your crackling worked out! It's so disappointing when it doesn't. I like the idea of beans with soft cheese.

I think I’ve managed to give you access to my Dreamwidth journal via your LiveJournal OpenID (I’m nou over there as well). (It’s kind of annoying that I can’t even post to tell people I’m no longer able to post, and also slightly weird that it’ll let me comment but not post.)
Wil Wheaton of Star Trek fame has done a lot of home brewing, and I think his wife has joined him in brewing mead, IIRC. He's posted some of his formulations and trials and tribulations on his blog, though it's been a while since he's written about it so you'd have to do some tag searching to find it.
Oo, I ought to have a peek at that - the roomie's been quite interested in making some mead. It's not cheap, of course, with all the honey, and takes a good bit of time to mature well, but seems so well worth it. Wonder if I could exchange a bit of my Belgian and/or cider for a bit of his mead? ^_^
I don't know if he's posted any mead recipes, but I'm sure you could find plenty online.
Oh, indeed - there are many around. He's very tempted to try, but he's enjoying all his fruit wine creations a bit too much. =:) Quite understandable - it's really quite easy, and so cheap! And using different juices and blends, you can wind up with some remarkably superior creations costing a fraction of even the cheapest commercial wines, even TJ's Two Buck Chuck. =:) (I never could quite tell the difference between their CabSauv and Merlot, but they made for perfectly enjoyable drinking, let alone braising lamb shanks away for hours =:)
Steven Universe has suddenly become very interesting in the last four episodes. I think Lion is Pink Diamond.

Coffee which is lauded to taste like dirt? If the dirt is that good, why don't they just grind and sell that?
Fun buncha goodies as ever!

- I had heard that about dilemna too! (i think we had it that way in grammar school)
- Sorry to hear about the lens failure.... some internal flaw in the manufacturing?
- That cel phone vid was quite a hoot! ...ahhh, the simpler days :>
- Got a kick watching the Zoot remix also!... mostly glad it sounded nice as well ^v^
- and yep, YT seems to act funny now and then, depending on the browser I use... :/

Good luck catching up!
Hm! Has anyone else experienced trouble downloading from YouTube recently?

I don't download but I've been having issues with their imbed codes not working on DreamWidth. I just give up and drop in the link to the page when that occurs ;o)

Great rabbit shots, as per usual. Little bunnies are so damned adorable, regardless of their destructive capacity regarding crops and even field collapse. I finally saw our front yard rabbit a couple of days ago after almost a week. The Huntress put up such a fuss that I had to go out and walk toward it to get it to move out of her sight.

The deer are more plentiful this year, and I see them every day out back. No use trying for pictures. When I have the camera they are usually not there, and if the dog is with me she knows what I'm doing and charges the fence to scatter them!
A friend here has been making cider for over a year now, and seems to have the process down pretty solid.

At first he played with different kits, powders, and concentrates as his cider base. Now he just buys a case of the big cans of Allen's apple juice, adds yeast and keeps it in a vented stainless steel vessel until stops venting.

Then he pumps it through a very fine filter into one his draft vessels. The draft system adds a little nitrogen and he's got fresh, cold, consistent and very tasty cider for almost pennies a glass.

If I wasn't still abstaining, I'm sure I would have consumed quite a bit of it by now. :)

He's tried distilling it a couple of times. I'd heard it turned out OK. But wasn't really something you'd reach for unless you really wanted alcohol.