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Now there's an interesting development in Prop.8: Jerry Brown's role as Attorney General requires him to act as defendant in legal challenges to state law. However, he can argue against said law, if there's sufficiently compelling reason to do so. And that's just what's happened:
But in a lengthy filing late Friday, he argued that the constitutional amendment was "inconsistent with the guarantees of individual liberty" in California's governing charter.

"Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," Brown said. The authors of the state Constitution, he said, did not intend "to put a group's right to enjoy liberty to a popular vote."

It's hardly any secret that trade shows have gradually diminished in significance with the rise of the web, but still, I was a little surprised to see Apple announce its final year at Macworld and consequent last year of Christmas.

Beatbox Chef - an.. unconventional kitchen guide to creating a perfect break. If you've got any interest in creating electronic music, or just love listening or playing with it, watch this. =:D

Recent iPhone games of note: Dropship, Rolando, I Love Katamari (its debut was marred by reports of poor control responsivity and generally laggy performance, but a recent update appears to've pushed things in the right direction - I may well pick it up now), X-Plane Helicopter, SimCity, Radio Flare, and HydroTilt.

Following on from John Barrowman's public request for a musical episode of Doctor Who, David Tennant confirms he'd love to do it, as would RTD. =:D Intriguingly, the Telegraph claims Joanna Lumley was once in the running for the main role, but Colin Baker won out. I recall reading Sandy Toksvig expressed her interest. Now, if Judi Dench were to land the part..

Does Poufman not call out for a place in your home? =:D Furniture should always be this much fun. Sadly, no word on the site regarding price - it looks like they're an in-store thing only, and in Italy.

Okay, that was much more enjoyable than I'd thought it might be.. I finally got around to watching Kung-Fu Panda. True, it's let down somewhat by the basic storyline exceeding its quotient of suspension of disbelief, but within the framework of creating a Hong Kong-style cinematic epic, with regrettably many colloquialisms to pep up the dialog (or so the writers felt necessary), but the basic spirit of the film was still very well natured, and even demonstrated some understanding of the nature of understanding. Nicely done.

Rabbit abuse! From Apple! Still, you've got to like the Rankin-Bass style animation used for the two seasonal ads. And, if you've got a UK iTunes Store account, the company's running a little 12 Days of Christmas promo, offering free tracks and episodes from Dec 26 - Jan 6, plus a drawing to win 1000 songs. That requires submitting your and a friend's email addresses, so you may prefer to use a disposable account. (Wonder if it's only valid for music downloads, or to some approximate value of 1000 tracks.. I'd be inclined to snag a few TV shows amidst the mix, like The Protectors and Space 1999)

An invaluable political and celebrity resource: Dickipedia, "a wiki of dicks". eg Paul Wolfowitz.

Oooh. That did turn out well! Basically, chicken and bacon in a mildly creamy sauce, on tagliatelle. The wrinkle was in the sauce especially - that began with some pancetta gently frying away in a tiny bit of oil, then some garlic powder as well. Meanwhile, I marinated a chicken breast in soy sauce, rice vinegar, herbes de provence, mango chutney, and pepper. When the bacon seemed done, I added enough water to make up sufficient sauce, brought that to a boil, and added the chicken (with marinade), soon followed by some arrowroot to thicken it up. Now, as it was, it was tasting quite reasonable, but not quite what I was wanting - so, in went a tablespoon of heavily creamy custard, two teaspoons of low-fat mayonnaise, lemon juice, and a tiny pinch of tandoori mix and chili powder. 'Sgood. ^_^

Shiny dragon. Behold the wonders of lycra and leather!

Ah, if only.. "Typo In Proposition 8 Defines Marriage As Between 'One Man And One Wolfman'"

Nice little new LJ feature, for paid accounts: view flist entries for a given date, overcoming the 1000 entry/two week limit on the usual flist journeying back in time.

Well, this should be interesting.. with the last lot of groceries, I included a pork shoulder joint. I almost never touch joints, given I live alone (mostly by choice, given I adore having the warren to myself, though there are a very few people I could see sharing it with), but the price was right, and I haven't had a roast since March. =:) Of course, I couldn't just toss it into the oven for an hour or two.. a quick bit of googling later, and I knew what had to be done: slow roasting. After marinating. So, it's had about nine hours in the fridge with a mix of.. hmm. Six grated garlic cloves, two ineffective black truffles, pepper, soy sauce, mango chutney, five crushed cardamom pods, herbes de provence, lemon juice, and oil from a tomatoless jar of sundried tomatoes. That's now in the oven, wrapped in foil, in an oven around boiling point, whither it shall emerge after some twenty hours. What will be left? Only time will tell.

Wow. That was.. gratifyingly good. I tried carving it, but the knife just pulled the meat apart.. beautifully tender, rich with its own juices and the marinade's flavors, helped by the juices turned into a gravy with just some arrowroot to thicken it up, plus pepper, balsamic vinegar, salt, and maple syrup. Had a bit of a surprise when I woke up, having set it going - the oven had decided to turn itself off. =:P To be on the safe side, I popped back during the day to make sure it was behaving, and reset whatever mysterious timer might have been involved, by turning it off and back on again.

A really nice bit of lapine character design, by VeraMundis, over on FA. Gorgeous color work, and rather neatly styled, leaning into tooniness, but with one foot left in simplified realism. And he's cute. (The rest of their gallery is well worth looking at, if the style appeals to you)

Courtesy of iTunes - £5 for each of the two seasons - I've been discovering just what a wonderful creation Rex the Runt was. Strongly recommended for anyone with a love of surrealistic humor, such as The Goodies or The Goon Show; the visual styling is a delight as well, coming from Aardman. (When asked how he created the look of the series, Goleszokski replied, "With a biscuit cutter.") Plotlines included:

* A plan to shrink cities and keep them as pets.
* Vince having a torrid romance with a vacuum cleaner while the others fell down the bottom of the bed and finding a sex clinic.
* Rex being turned into talking spaghetti.

It would seem Linden Lab's mulling over some improvements to make paid accounts worthwhile. At present, there's very little incentive to do so (bear in mind the overwhelming majority of the company's revenues come from sim rentals) - about the only differences are the ability to rent mainland (as opposed to private estates), and a weekly stipend, which returns much of the subscription in the form of L$. Two options in the survey referenced included the ability to backup inventory, and to be able to log in in invisible mode, which could be very helpful for busy builders, or the shy.

If only more than the cover existed. =:D But, a slight variant is available as a shirt.

Oh!! If only it weren't too late to pick one up for kowarth's Christmas present! (OK, OK: and one for me, too.)
A shiny dragon, or a Dalek shirt? The latter you can find at Forboding Prices..

Me, I'll settle for a snuggly bunny. My needs are simple and fluffy. ^_^

I was thinking of the T-shirt, but I suppose I wouldn't say no to a dragon...
Hmm.. have I introduced you to Scabrous yet? ^_^
Darnit, that book made me spit all over my brand new laptop's monitor.
Imagine if Top Gear ran with it.. =:D

The Haynes manual is genius. Given their fairly recent expansion into non-car manuals, I wonder if Haynes might approach the BBC about an actual publication?
I wonder.. ! It's not impossible.. the BBC do seem to've been rather more adventurous with outside creativity, as evidenced by the Journal of Impossible Things, even aside from that regrettable incident with the boot being laid into someone knitting Adipose.

There must, after all, be a Doctor Who geek or two at Haynes just for the shirt to appear. ^_^

>> There's also the 2D-animated spinoff, Secrets of the Furious Five. It has Po telling a few stories to little bunnies. *snort*
What makes Apple's pull out of MacWorld different, of course, is that most trade shows that aren't *run* by the company aren't single company trade shows.

MacWorld's raison de etre is Apple. It showcases other company's products - but solely from the perspective of how they relate to Apple - in fact, most of the products shown either only work with Apple's products, or work better with them.

So in a way, MacWorld is more than just a trade show - it's a paean to Apple. Apple dumping them isn't just 'good business', it's kind of a slap in the face of both the fans and the industry supporting Apple.

They could have handled this differently. Dropping the booth and the staff at MacWorld would have saved them the money (like Apple is going horribly broke... but that's a different issue), but continuing to do the keynote and announcing new products would have continued to legitimise MacWorld for very little expense OR time (I mean, it's just up the road - I can't believe Jobs can't take a few hours out of his schedule to do a little show).

Ah well. This wasn't the first time it happened - we forget that MacWorld Boston got this treatment - then became MacWorld New York. I suspect MacWorld SF won't disappear either.
Have you seen the manual for the Type 40 TARDIS?

I'm not sure its correct to assume that trade shows are less significant because of the internet. I've worked in the convention and trade show industry for the past 8 years, and of those, the last few years have shown us unprecedented growth.

Face-to-face marketing truely is not something the internet can replace. Typically the internet mildly substitutes in times of budget crunches. Even then, trade shows continue, albeit sometimes smaller in size (depending on the industry involved in the show) until markets turn around or evolve.
Mmm, seems like Starr is still the slimebag he used to be. (Not that that's any surprise, of course.) But it's good to see Brown's doing his rightly duty, and I am optimistic he will prevail, too - Starr's "arguments" are so weak that it literally takes just five seconds to tear them apart. I doubt the CA supreme court will be foiled by them.

I like dragons!
Ooh, that hydrotilt game looks fun... I may have to check it out! Rolando is pretty good so far too. ^.^