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Now.. probably, most people who see this Flash clip won't find it especially amusing, but.. there will be some, especially the more nerd-positive of my friends. ^_^ (It's entirely worksafe, and only about thirty seconds long)

Quite a welcome development.. should be interesting to see if Antarctic Press do more of this: Gold Digger: Peebo Tales #1 for the iPhone, 99¢. Panel sizes have been chosen well to fit the size of the device, so you're not having to squint at four-pixel high lettering, and I certainly can't grumble about the price, other than perhaps being too low - each sale only brings the publisher (let alone the creators) 70¢, after Apple's cut. Ideally, of course, it'd come with a good resolution plain PDF for desktop enjoyment as well, but for the price, easily worth it.

Another app that seems quite worthwhile: Vision, an unusual combination of eye tests (astigmatism, retinal function, visual field, Ishihara color vision) and curiosities (stereograms, illusions, and stereo pairs). Free. (And whoosh it goes, up to $1.99, after a matter of hours. =:P)

I don't generally keep up with Keith Olbermann, but this clip was quite a bit of fun - his guest was John Cleese, on rather good form, conveying well the amusement and amazement of those looking on at the US electoral process.

Okay, Tom Baker's appearance as guest host on HIGNFY was a positively classic turn; I'm going to have to upload that for the sake of broader enjoyment. ^_^ (If only BBC Worldwide could get one of the US networks interested.. wouldn't be easy, but it'd surely be a refreshing change from the usual news coverage =:)



So - what does your fridge hold? =:D And is there anything one can really do with that weird garlicky goop Papa John's deliver with their pizzas? (Strangely, they don't actually offer garlic as a topping. Why?)

I do like the new FA banner.. there's such a lovely peaceful feel to it.

Wine for the day: Three Halves, made of a triple grape combination - often something to be wary of, lest the winemaker be attempting to foist of mediocre wines. Here, it's grenache, shiraz (yay!), and mourvédre, a combination I first encountered in Rosemount's GSM. This time around, it's a little more subtle, but still fabulously well-rounded, with a broad opening, a moderately rapid attenuation, and a long, long tail.

Over on FA (not on LJ, AFAIK), Hare comes up with some lapine imagery that just resonates with me. See what you think.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mmm, just noticed they've bumped the price up. Usually people leave a price for at least a few days, but that was more like 12 hours. =:Þ (Nicely, though, the way the App Store's run means that regardless of the price you picked an app at, you still receive all updates for free) If it's genuinely useful as a home test - which, I'm sure, can't ever replace a genuine professional examination - it seems like something that ought to be bought by some agency or insurance company, and made available for free.

"Yes, 69. Almost dead." =:D And I believe "berk" really ought to be introduced to the broader English-speaking world - far too useful a word to be confined to just the UK (and possibly Australia and New Zealand). ^_^

*noddles* Yeah, it should be... ah well. But it's an OS X app, anyway, isn't it? For me, at least, that means I can't use it, so it's not a big loss for me. :) (And why is Apple telling me I need to have iTunes installed to buy it, anyway?)

Heh, yeah, and "berk" certainly deserves wider recognition. In fact, I was very surprised that Olbermann didn't know what it meant, and I initially thought he was just joking and/or pretending to not know to get an explanation for viewers who might not - I always assumed that while people'd recognise it as a British term, they'd know what it means, at least.

(Just like "fanny", BTW. It always really amuses me when someone wears a "fanny pack" at their backside - that's not where the fanny's located, silly. ^^)
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Ah! No, it's actually an iPhone app. (I was wondering when you'd got an iPhone!) iTunes comes into play in two regards: first, to access the iTunes Store/App Store, and then to sync the local collection to the device. There are some third party utilities available for performing that sync, I believe, but I'm fairly happy with iTunes - my needs in a media player are quite simple. But then, I'm a simple bunny. ^_^

I think I'm going to have to pose recognition of the word as a poll question. Surely Keith's seen enough Monty Python and other British TV to know the word? Perhaps I'll try finding his email address and ask. =:)

Pity I'm not very well aligned in time zones to be able to follow the fun on Nov 4, though. I'm hoping it'll be called for Obama relatively early on, but I suppose there's plenty of potential for delays, given how ridiculously partisan the actual polling process is in the US, not to mention the increasing reliance on problematic technology like touch-screen voting machines, or mechanical punchers. Whatever happened to pencils and boxes on printed forms, counted and inspected by hand?

Ah, yeah - I didn't realise it was an iPhone app. I *did* suspect it was for OS X, at least, knowing you, but in that case, it still would've been strange that it should've required iTunes. ^^

Heh, yeah, emailing and asking Olbermann might work, if you can get ahold of him - I'm sure he gets lots of email. :) But yeah, asking people whether they know the word would also be an interesting exercise - I may do so myself, in fact. Speaking of which, are there any other pieces of Cockney rhyming slang that have passed into the general language? If yes, I might ask about those, too; https://secure.wikimedia.org/wiktionary/en/wiki/Appendix:Cockney_rhyming_slang lists a few expressions, but I don't think I've ever really hard any of them.

As for the election... yeah, we'll see. I'm not sure what happened to pen and paper, either, but then, with every state basically holding its own election with its own rules, and with the ridiculous amount of influence the two major parties apparently have on the whole thing, it's probably safe to say it's not going to be the pinnacle of fairness. I, for one, am glad that the OSCE will apparently have observers monitor the election nation-wide - not because they'd ensure it's fair (they never interfere with the election in any way, anywhere), but because this way, unfairness, if observed, could be documented.

Granted, AFAIK, it's only 100 observers, so it's really a drop in the bucket, but it's also a visible sign that not everything's fine and dandy - the mere fact that these observers are there is a visible reminder that fair elections are not irrelevant.