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Thanks to Runde on FA, I have discovered the strange wonder that is the soundtrack for Jet Set Radio Future. It's fairly awkward to describe, but if Birthday Cake doesn't send you running, maybe you'll understand. ^_^ (That's Cibo Matto, BTW =:)

Doctor Who goes HD! Only the 2009 specials, for now - no decision's yet been made regarding 2010's season, but I'd be surprised if they reverted, assuming no mammoth hitches along the way. And, K-9 returns to the Sarah Jane Adventures, and not in mere cameos. ^_^

Want to count how many fursuits were at FC2009? Posters will, as Tug notes, be available, up to 42" x 46".

Another step towards global equality: the Uniting American Families Act "will be reintroduced to the House next Friday by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The act would allow the same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents to enjoy the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples." Meanwhile, in a judgement by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, "by Judge Stephen Reinhardt says the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies benefits to gay federal employees' spouses", asserting that "the denial of federal benefits to same-sex spouses cannot be justified simply by a distaste for or disapproval of same-sex marriage or a desire to deprive same-sex spouses benefits available to other spouses in order to discourage exercising a legal right afforded them by the state."

And on the Californian front, oral arguments in the Prop. 8 case will commence on March 5th, 2009. A decision must be forthcoming within 90 days hence.

So, maybe the fan oven is superior for bread baking - I've used the convection oven mode of the microwave to bake loaves in the morning on a few occasions, with good results, but the fan assisted main oven does seem to result in a much better, crisper crust. Now, all I need is a micro-oven, suitable for just a pair of rolls.. though I suppose it couldn't really be persuaded to bake any more quickly. (Although, some experimentation with applying microwave energy as well could be fun.. it'll happily combine micro+oven or micro+grill, or oven+grill. I'm thinking some kind of soft roll, or Chinese buns..) And Wednesday's pretzels worked very well.. baked for slightly less time than the baton, with some grated Gruyère carefully added midway through. =:9

Cure for faulty iPhone syncing, at least in my case: deletion of ~/Pictures/iPod Photo Cache. For a few weeks, I'd been unable to complete a normal, full sync; just updating apps, music, or suchlike worked fine, so wasn't much of a problem, until I realised photos weren't getting updated - I attempted to sync my "SL Pics" folder, and saw none of the recent ones were appearing. Now, it's just as it should be.

An animated feature to watch out for, from Ireland: The Secret of Kells. Not a Disney, Bluth, or Kricfalusi clone, but with its own style. Unfortunately, release dates are only given, currently, for Ireland, France, and Belgium, plus an appearance at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival.

Good animated music video: Billion Dollar Gravy, by London Elektricity, as spotted by badboybunny. Shades of Kaiba, in a way.. I think otter3 might have directed this from a dream.

One iPhone game I've particularly taken to: Newtonica2. The concept's very simple, but, being Japanese, it's executed in a wonderfully cute way. ^_^ You want to propel a space helmet-wearing chick (the avian kind) from its starting position to a target. Around the screen are different objects that either dampen movement, or bounce elastically. Propulsion is provided by touchable musical spheres that send out shockwaves, carrying the bird with them. So, you just need to work out a path and the timing.

Have you ever felt a lack of concrete in your life? Seek no more! The entire run of Concrete Quarterly is now available free, online, as PDFs.

A good little dKos posting on the current state of the wind power industry in the US and the EU - it's surprisingly optimistic, although obviously, its continued success is under threat with the ongoing problems in financing new projects.

Some stunning photography of London at night - taken from a low-flying helicopter hired out at £1150/hour, with gyroscopic mounts for the camera. Seriously impressive work.

Pizza for the day: Co-op "meat feast", in the chilled section. Looked quite edible as it was, but of course, I had to go to work on it. ^_^ Mushrooms were an obvious choice, as was a nice additional covering of shredded ham offcuts. But to liven it up, some rosemary, basil, piri-piri, a little pineapple chutney, and wasabi - trust me on this. ^_^ I wasn't aiming for anything particularly hot, just not dull, and that combination worked remarkably well.

Unicorn Anatomie, as if from a missing episode of Look Around You. You can also see a caught specimen here.

Balloon animals, in a positively inspired TV spot from the nice people at Durex - now including out-takes, courtesy of the director. ^_^

A very shiny music video, for Softlightes: The Microwave Song.

I think rabitguy looks rather good in this catsuit. =:9 I like playing with photographic perspectives - in this case, I feel it resulted in a vaguely classical fashionista shot, but with a far cuter nose than has ever graced Vogue.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, I haven't tried Jet Set Radio Future, but I'm guessing that if it's anything like Jet Grind Radio it can't be too bad.

And yes, convection microwaves are nice things. Ours does microwave, convection, or "micro/convec". Was especially useful when they shut off our gas because we needed to redo the pipes.

Speaking of Dreamcast games with Xbox versions or sequels, I hear there's a XBox 360 version of Rez out now, tempted to go find a copy and try it on my brother's XBox 360. Although last I checked, WalMart doesn't have it, and nobody's pushing it on eBay yet, eBay just has the sucky PS2 version.
I wish I'd known about these titles when they came out! Ah well - I suppose that does offer the benefit that the consoles in question are now old hat, and the games actually affordable. =:) As for their lineage, perhaps xyzzysqrl or rabitguy will be able to enlighten us.

Yep, those combo modes are quite handy, especially cooking from frozen - I can leave something like haddock & Gruyère fishcakes with 300W being zapped in, whilst sitting in 210C as well. That said, it does take some time to get up to temperature, as you'd expect - I'd like to try calculating some real usage figures for the fan oven and microwave in oven mode, and see how they really stack up. The fan oven unquestionably can deliver the heat required, but takes maybe ten minutes to get up to a high temperature for oven chips, pizza, or bread baking. (Curiously, the hob's gas, but the oven's electric)

If you ever wind up with an iPod touch or iPhone, I can recommend a few games you might like - and all cheap! Blue Defense, Newtonica 2, Light Bike, Low Grav Racer.. all between 99¢ and $2.99. There are a few that venture higher, but they're relatively uncommon, usually from the big publishers like Sega or Namco.