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Mmmmmmmm. Ghirardelli chocolate is good stuff, especially as sumptuous as their caramel variety. Many thanks, arakinuk. ^_^

I would, of course, be quite remiss in not pointing out that the recent Doctor Who concert can now be downloaded from this torrent - much higher audio quality than the earlier RealAudio-derivatives, and now you get to see what the audience was enjoying as well. Even if you're not a fan of the show, it's an excellent symphonic performance.

As for The Runaway Bride - dashed good. It could, I think, have relented in the comedic pace in places, but a pretty solid adventure. Looks like season "three" will have more furriness, too - if you've not seen TRB yet, the trailer's just before the end titles.

The caffeine curve.

vandringar shouldn't miss this weezl photo - quite a superb shot. (Which leads me to wonder if atomicat has any snowshoe hare photos)

Referring to the erstwhile Whovian companion of the forthcoming Sarah Jane Adventures, the Sun reports "The costume designer will be buying my outfits for the series very soon and I fancy a bit more black leather for Sarah Jane to wear." Jolly good show, what?

Spam is often a source of bemusement, but this has me really wondering.. did I actually just see a price for "Viagra Professional"?

Fascinating article on a mediocre chocolatier in Dallas, selling their wares as the best (and most expensive) in the world. It goes into quite some detail about the work produced by several actual makers of high-end chocolate, including Amadei, Domori, Praius, Michel Cluizel, Valrhona, El Rey, and Bonnat.

Now here's a neat article, if you've ever lusted after a Wacom Cintiq, but can't swallow the price. The author wondered - how deep does a Wacom tablet function? Apparently, the pen can be some 9mm away. And an LCD is less than that.. so, he set about joining a tablet and LCD.

A new site that might appeal to some users of horseless carriages.

Ye gods. otter3 spotted something for the Depeche Mode fan - an iTunes Store offering of 644 tracks, forming their complete work, for $170.

Here is a posting about confronting death that's as potent as I've ever read, a situation made all the more poignant for Alzheimer's being involved.

For anyone who was enjoying The Lost Room: did it wind up fulfilling its earlier promise? I might get around to giving it a try, if so.

The soundtrack for Okami rocks my socks.

mycroftb spotted Macadamia Rosa (FLV; MP4 with correct aspect ratio), wherein Rose Tyler is given voice by Dot Warner. ^_^ (And if you've seen Azumanga Daioh, the version starring Tomo (FLV) is superb - very well edited and in sync)

And neko dancing in Wario Ware Smooth Moves proves I really should have a Wii by next summer.

The bun also uncovered this.. we'd known all along, of course.

That's one of my favorite chocolates :-) Try the dark chocolate with mint filling variety...those are good...they also had a bunch of really great limited edition flavors for Christmas like peppermint bark and eggnog :-)
They're surprisingly good - definitely my favorite milk chocolate, though I do still enjoy Lindt as well. (And actually, the dark mint was the other variety he included. Yum! But then, you can never go wrong with mint, just like garlic in cooking is nearly always a good idea :-9)

Eggnog? Now that I'd love to try. Come to think of it, maybe I ought to play around a bit with making truffles - decent chocolate's easy to find at the supermarket, and even the exotica's easy to find online, though the prices are somewhat eye-watering. But gods.. go on, look at the Domori site and tell me they're not absolutely passionate about chocolate. ^_^ Just look at their pinnacle Chateau Domori range - these people have an R&D department bringing back lost varietals of cacao. ^_^;
Will that be insideeat, gogetit, or outsidesend? ;-)
It'd almost be worth getting a pizza joint job just to be able to pose that question. =:)

(I wonder where that is - is that maybe part of the local lingo? Has a sort of Hong Kong feel to it..)
Ghirardelli chocolate

Does anyone sell that over here? People (not least you *grins*) keep going on about how good it is, but I've never once seen it in a shop. Though I admit to a little inverted snobbery about chocolate occasionally, since some people (not you) throw up their paws in horror at the very idea that some people (ie me) actually like the British vegetable-fat-containing type. =;P

Incidentally, that Wacom link is case-sensitive; it should read:

Strangely, I've never seen Ghirardelli in the UK at all - quite an oversight, I feel, as their milk chocolate's quite high in cocoa (around 35%, IIRC), making it wonderfully rich in flavor, yet still delightfully smooth and creamy. That said, some poking around the other day turned up Dedicated to Chocolate, who do sell some Domori - but.. no Ghirardelli. ^_^; (Their web designer did, however, take the bizarre action of including tiny thumbnails of the cards they accept, in the top right of the front page - and that includes Visa Electron. What a strange idea, letting people know what forms of payment are accepted)

BTW, don't look too closely at the Domori prices. Just think of what it might be like. ^_^ (I've never tried it, nor just about any of the specialist brands. Something I'd like to remedy, though - gods know, there's a world of exploration possible in wine)

How odd! I could've sworn the link worked originally.. maybe they harmonised on lower case. Thanks for pointing that out, in any event.
*giggle* It pays to play safe. ^_^

Now my rabbit brain's caught between wondering whether that's Zachary's, and looking at the cute feetses. Although, in that department, one would have to go some way to surpass this lapine representative, I feel.

But I may be biased.
Too thin to be Zachary's. Zach's is like the Claim Jumper Motherlode Cake of pizza.
Okami kicks butt regardless.
It's the reason I'd love a PS2, but the Sony Fairy gave me a miss this year. *pout* Still, there's always Loco Roco to keep me amused. ^_^
Speaking of Wii vids on YouTube, did you see this one, featuring Yours Truly and a cast of local furries?
Buns? Sorry, only caught one of the fuzzy rodent variety. Lots of others! Wow, that's one wicked weasel picture though. Seems to be listing to the right.
Can't be Van, then. He's quite liberal. =:)

The pic certainly seemed to get noticed! Deservedly so, without question. Very stylish fur color, too. Everything goes with white, you know.
Cute weasel.

And the article series on Noka was, simply put, delightful. :) Check and mate!

(Oh, and the Wii game was also interesting.)
I've got a cuter bun in my next entry, though. =:)

I was quite impressed by that writer's research. Gods, if only mainstream political journalists had such a devotion to detail! I have to say, it's got me wondering about what single origin chocolates are like - I've never really explored anything more exotic than Godiva. (Well, maybe once or twice - had some gorgeous truffles once from a little place in San Francisco, courtesy of amelitatwinstar) I may have to try some examples, by mail order.

So, all I need is Wario Ware Smooth Moves, Okami, and a new Animal Crossing game on the same handheld console. That's not too much to ask, is it? ^_^
I don't know what they're like, but I don't think they're - generally speaking - better or worse than "blended" chocolates. The reason is simple; blended chocolates are still made from beans taken from the same plantations, so their quality will be about the average of the qualities of (possibly hypothetical) chocolates made only from one single kind of beans used for the blend each.

This doesn't take into account that you won't find single-origin/estate/plantation chocolates below a certain price level, of course (and generally speaking, chocolate below a certain level *will* be worse in terms of quality than higher-priced stuff), or that lower-quality beans (which will bring down the average bean quality for cheaper blended chocolate) will not be used to make single-$FOO chocolate, but I think that if you eliminated these factors, you'd find that blended chocolate is neither better nor worse. :)

The only difference, as usual, would be taste - and that's what I think is most important. I used to be quite a snob when it came to chocolate for a while in the past, but these days, I'm not anymore; anything goes as long as it tastes good, and it doesn't matter to me whether a bar (100 g) of chocolate costs 0,35 EUR or 6,99 EUR - well, at least not as far as taste is concerned (I won't buy the latter simply because I can't afford it). :) Of course, there is still *some* correlation between price and quality, but one of the kinds I like best right now (Rausch, which has various single-origin chocolates that sell for 1,99 EUR or so per 125 g bar, or about 1,60 EUR/100 g) isn't *that* expensive or exclusive. I simply happen to like its rich, creamy taste. :)

And ultimately, that's all that matters. I'm all for trying various chocolates, but I've put the notion that only chocolates above a certain price level are worth looking at and all the other geekery (if you want to be nice)/snobbery (if you don't) behind me. :)

As for the games... no, it's certainly not too much to ask. :)
Weasels are awesome!