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Are you a East Asian/Caucasian mix? You may want to register your bone marrow, to help save a life. Time is, as one might expect, not unlimited.

This might be the game that convinces me to shell out for a PS3 this year.. just savor the trailer for Trico, from Team ICO. Absolutely gorgeous. And furry! Well, feathery.

In a most welcome development, the BBC has announced that David Tennant and Patrick Stewart will again perform Hamlet, alongside all the other key members of the company, for broadcasting on BBC Two later in 2009. =:D "Confirmation of the Hamlet film comes after months of speculation and campaigning by fans. One online petition, set up by RSC patron Margret Best, collected nearly 8,000 signatures. The BBC is creating a dedicated website to support the new film, including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the actors and creative team."

Micro-review of The Hungry Monk: starter of spinach & Gruyère soufflé with beetroot salad. Absolutely excellent soufflé, lovely flavor throughout, with the cheese lending a light crust on the outside - gorgeous. Nice variety of salad leaves, fairly ordinary pickled beetroot. Local ribeye with tomato tatin - very good steak, offset against the tart tomato. Flaw: meat was medium, not rare as requested. Should probably have chosen something more intricate, but not a disappointing dish. Finally, their signature Banoffi pie - where the dessert originated, apparently, and a very good choice, with just the right level of caramel against a good thickness of lengthways-halved banana, plenty of cream, and a delicately thin pastry base. Would I go again? Certainly, although it wouldn't be at the top of the list, simply because of the elevated prices - somewhere like the Montague Inn offers food of similar quality, more regular pricing, and a better ale selection to boot. ^_^ But for a special occasion (such as a treat for a parent =:), it makes for a superb evening.

Monday, went along to see Carol Cleveland (probably known best to anyone I know from her time with Monty Python's Flying Circus, and in subsequent movie roles, such as Zoot in MPatHG) in a funny retrospective of her life, "Pom-Poms Up!" (Referring to her high school years in Pasadena, where she was a cheerleader; born in London and back in the UK for a good while now, she and her mother left for SoCal early in her life, when visa restrictions weren't in their currently hilariously restrictive levels, as the trend's sadly been over the past few decades) That was over at The Greys, a particularly good pub, with a worthy line in food as well, though only on Tue-Thu & Sat. When they have it, their slow-roasted pork shoulder is excellent, and I'd also recommend the spinach & pan-fried chorizo watercress salad with quail's eggs as a starter - all at perfectly normal prices, too.

A (NSFW) glimpse of a forthcoming pony av, by Muram.

Need a custom plush or puppet? canadian_beast is taking commissions!

mycroftb might consider this dice roller.. =:)

A fascinating account of a very functional - and current - matriarchal society: the Mosuo of southern China.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What astonished you the most?

Coler: That there is no violence in a matriarchal society. I know that quickly slips into idealization -- every human society has its problems. But it simply doesn't make sense to the Mosuo women to solve conflicts with violence. Because they are in charge, nobody fights. They don't know feelings of guilt or vengeance -- it is simply shameful to fight. They are ashamed if they do and it even can threaten their social standing.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: And when there's no solution to a problem?

Coler: Either way, there won't be an altercation. The women decide what happens. Some of them do it more strictly and others in a friendlier way. They are strong women who give clear orders. When a man hasn't finished a task he's been given, he is expected to admit it. He is not scolded or punished, but instead he is treated like a little boy who was not up to the task.

Hrm. 500MB free on the server's 1TB external. Time for some DVD-R writing, perhaps, or another drive..

I think I need to check what the filenames of the TZ5's first photos were. I know I take quite a few, but with the latest being "P1270264.JPG", I'm a little reluctant to believe I've taken 270,264 pics in the past ten months or so. ^_^; (It will be a few, though - I can usually manage at least 100 a day, sometimes around 200-300. I am a little selective in which ones I post here, or on FA, honest =:) Do digital cameras have expected lifetimes?

I'm stuck between two choices tonight. Cheap frying steak cut into ribbons, egg noodles, coarsely cut red pepper, loads of shiitake, broccoli, oyster sauce, and some bird's eye peppers for a sort of Chinese-ish stir-fry; or, some good local bacon, cubed Jersey Gold new potatoes, eggs, onion, and garlic. Tricky. I suppose this is where having a roomie would help - they could help tip the balance. ^_^ (The beef won out, though with plain button mushrooms, as the shiitake were already playing host to a neighboring species. Also added some julienned carrots, and some delightfully hot garlic sauce - Holy Cow's "Himalayan Garlic". I'd bought it as a garlic sauce, and was quite pleasantly surprised to discover it had some real kick to it. Oh, and some snippings of cilantro and lemon thyme, because they were in the fridge =:)
I take it you're a Second Life player? Er.. inhabitant? I'm not sure how to refer to someone who resides, part-time, in a virtual world. Anyway, I've just recently gotten interested again, and my ~fursona~ is a simple domesticated canine... Which seems to be a little-represented demographic on SL. Might you have any recommendations?
Hmm! Actually, not a bad point at all, although I'll admit my attention in new avs tends to be more on the lapine, and sometimes feline or cervine, side. =:) (Speaking of which, if you feel like picking up one of Uchi Desmoulins' rather spiffy domestic cats, he's made his Felis available for free, without any catches - just head over here, and there's a vendor box that'll give you one when you click on it)

One thing you could try, just on the off-chance she's up for it, would be seeing if keihound might be interested in a commission, or even (who knows?) just for fun - she came up with a very cute dalmatian, f'rex, and she's very much a canid sort, so she might well be able to do justice to the concept.

Other than that, there are various reviews up on S.L.A.R.F., but nothing much in the canid line at the moment. sockscatt is part-canid, though, and very active in-world - possible he might have a lead. So to speak.

Then there are the usuals: Lost Furest, AnthroXtacy, and the various vendors on (though I admit, I've yet to visit) Rocket City FurMeet's sim, which is probably about the closest thing to replacing the old Avatarium in Taco, which was a particularly convenient venue for checking out a good variety of avs in one place, without the tremendous lag of the Furnation SkyMall. (That said, I've yet to try there with the Snowglobe viewer, which appears to've made great strides in the speed of texture loading although that may have just been wishful thinking, when I finally took it for a spin yesterday. The map loads much more quickly now, too. And a very nice bonus for me is that the glow layer bug has finally been squashed! That had put rather a crimp in my SL photography)
I know it's not actually the right species, but maybe you could play around with it a bit.. ^_^

Neon of Neon & Xadie just made me think of you, in a somewhat hallucinatory mood. =:)
"That there is no violence in a matriarchal society."

Surely he means "there is no violence in THIS matriarchal society". (Also, why do people who would - rightfully! - chastise patriarchal societies where women are expected to take a subservient role to men as backwards and unacceptable often seem so eager to not apply the same standards to matriarchal societies? How can anyone of decent intelligence fail to see that the lesson we've should've learned by now is "discrimination is bad", not "discrimination is bad, but only if it's done by men"? The mind boggles.)
Oh god, Trico? Oh god oh god oh god.

'Shadow' was one of the coolest games I've ever played. I have a tendency to hand it to everyone who says "I don't like fantasy/exploration/art games".

this looks awesome.
Ooh, I may have to sniff that out.. what platform(s)?

Ah, to be involved in the creation of a title of such splendor. Not impossible, but even with the confined scope of a handheld title, the level of 3D skill (not to mention the artwork!) required will take some time to acquire, to say nothing of the OS itself.. still, I suppose every project has to start with a main() {}. ^_^

If I weren't set on getting that MacBook Pro in the next month or two..
The "Himalayan Garlic" reminds me of a short passage from the exploration and mountaineering books of the fearsomely redoubtable H. W. Tilman. He describes a Sherpa making up some sauce to go with his food: twelve cloves of garlic, a hefty quantity of raw chili, various other spices (as I remember):
... and then the whole mess was swiftly hoisted in, with only an occasional shake of the head and blink of the eyes to show that this was a powerful blister he was taking, and not some mild emollient like milk of magnesia. The Sherpa likes his sauce piquant.

(From memory, probably distorted.)
Hee! Now that kind of observance in a cook would surely augur well. ^_^ For some reason, I hadn't really associated the Himalayas with heat in cooking, but more along Tibetan lines, which - as is my rough and probably inaccurate recollection - tends to be on the mild side, at least as far as our friend capsaicin goes.

I do wish the UK (and US, for that matter) saw more commercial variety in garlic - the usual one tends to be a bit on the mild side, compared to the smoked bulbs I've picked up a couple times at a local farm, pronouncedly more pungent, not to mention that extra tang lent by its time in the smoker. Delicious. ^_^