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Well, that was fun. ^_^ Word went out a few weeks ago regarding Apple's iPhone Tech Talk World Tour, but most of the venues filled up within hours; but they encouraged people to sign up anyway, in case space became available. So, Friday saw me pop up to the University of Middlesex, and join a couple hundred other geeks in hearing a potted tour of the platform's development environment, OS, and design philosophies. (I'll admit I'd probably have gained more from the time had they not convened at 9.30am, compelling me to set the alarm for a dust-inducing 5.45am. =:P) After then, I followed my nose in seek of a good pint with accompanying good food, with space to sit and relax, on a Friday night. So, of course, I headed for the seclusion of Leicester Square, and discovered The Bear and Staff, with a charmingly peaceful dining room upstairs, where I enjoyed a chicken, glazed ham, and leek pie, with carrots, beans, and cabbage, plus herbed potato & parsnip mash, followed - perilously - by some wondrous vanilla cheesecake & forest fruits. Very good service, too.

And there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch: a chicken/ranch burrito, salmon skewers, and battered prawns. =:9 Followed by a free t-shirt, which wasn't nearly as tasty. (Simple design, with just "London" on the front, next to an iPhone Maps pin, and the cities on the back)

I did not touch the private rod.

Via vandringar, a most interesting point is raised: in being the major backer for Prop. 8, did the Mormon church violate the law that grants it tax exemption? "Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes [...] no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation [...]" The author invites people to submit IRS form 13909, along with suitable evidence of their violation, as an official complaint on those grounds.

Elsewhere in politics, Minnesota's providing an interesting battleground, between the Republican incumbent, Norm Coleman, and the DFL newcomer and SNL alumnus, Al Franken. As of the weekend, some Coleman was about 220 votes ahead, out of about 1.2m votes each - as slender a margin as it gets, whomsoever is eventually sent to the Senate. Current results can be found here.

And amongst California's propositions was one to fund high-speed rail from the Bay Area to LA, which, to my mild surprise and considerable pleasure, passed.

gatcat apparently has an eye for bunnies too, in his quite superb phographic repertoire, in this shot of evilyena's commendable work.

Is there any better vodka than Grey Goose? I'm largely unfamiliar with vodka, but to my palate, Grey Goose is leaps ahead of Stolichnaya. What do you do with vodka more or less by itself - just chilled, straight? Twist of lemon? (Wouldn't mind hearing cocktail suggestions, either, though I usually tend to have just some combination of cider, beer, red wine, and possibly vodka and/or cider brandy in the house)

Ooh! I see Monkey: Journey to the West is on at The O2 in the Meridian Gardens. (Is it worth using cheap ticket agencies? What are the catches?)
It does seem as if gloves aren't really a current style, though at least not as nearly entirely abandoned as hats and caps, other than baseball style, which, like any variant, only really suit certain facial types and demeanours. (I envision you as something of a stetson sort. ^_^ A former roomie and snugglebuddy used to cut quite a figure in a black leather stetson - quite dashing)

Indeed! Much of today's going to be a time for catching up on stuff around the warren, I think - groceries, washing, vacuuming, sorting out the 1TB drive (especially the music apps and libraries), as well as starting on that LSL scripting book, and continuing with the introductory videos on iPhone development, and associated example code. Finding that pen would fit in nicely. ^_^ Still, would be nice to get out for the evening - maybe not the city, but more likely one of the towns in the area, more for the sake of it than actually with any goal in mind. Next weekend, though, I might try the Good Food Show. =:9

Hats are nice, too, yes - in fact, I just founded furs_with_hats yesterday. ^.^ That was mostly a one-time joke for the #fursuittv channel, of course, but still...

I'm not sure a stetson would look good on me, but I've always an akubra. ^^

Of course, it probably wouldn't go quite that well with lace gloves, stockings and the like. But then, for those things, you'd ultimately need a lady's hat as well... although you'd probably want to wear a bit more in that case than JUST lingerie, too. Maybe a nice skirt or dress? ^^

Mmm, as for the rest... LSL? I don't suppose that refers to Leisure Suit Larry, but I'm not sure what it might stand for... :)
Mm, that might look a bit out of place.. perhaps a cute 20s flapper style hat? I've always thought them emblematic of the time - delightfully stylish, even somewhat modern, whilst still remaining practical as well. Were I merely drawing something, though, I'd probably try something fairly unorthodox. (One of the fun things about SL, of course - it's not too difficult to come up with quite wonderful clothing designs that might be utterly impractical to bring into RL, at least outside of a Parisienne haute couture catwalk =:)

That said, I'm usually to be found wandering around in one of my wetsuits or diveskins. ^_^

LSL = Linden Scripting Language, for scripting within SL. Doesn't look too difficult conceptually, though the nature of SL often means there are little gotchas lurking that mean two different ways of doing something might be perfectly correct prima facie, but one perhaps is much less taxing on a sim, or doesn't incur some kind of execution or permissions limitation. But that's why I'm getting into the aforementioned book, which looks like it should be able to bring me up to a fair degree of proficiency - there's no substitution for experience, but I should know more or less how to go about most kinds of internally based programs, and be aware of what's better tackled on an external server. (Which I now have, thanks to the old TiBook being in the new warren now, and happily running 24x7 on a static IP - ideal for light webserving or suchlike, now with Be's rather better 1Mbps uplink, compared to my previous 256kbit)

Mm, that's something else I need to get into - designing lustrous textures for SL clothing. 'Course, that means getting deeply into something like Potatoshop, but what higher motivation could there be? =:)

You mean an akubra would look out of place with lingerie? Yes, true - but yeah, a '20s flapper hat might work quite a bit better there. :) At the very least, it should look interesting...

Ah, and OK; I should've guessed LSL was related to SL. :)

Mmm, and yeah, being able to design interesting stuff would indeed be a good reason to pick up Photoshop again.
Ah. What day might you be going to the Good Food Show? DH and I have tickets for the Thursday :)