February 14th, 2011

Neopets bunny

A shadowy shot into the flight of a bird that did exist

Furrydom gains even more mainstream recognition - Chris Hart's coming out with an artistic tutorial book, Drawing Fantastic Furries. =:D

Via drhoz, a simple tale of playing wolves & deer, starring a horde of 6-year old girls.

katrus noticed this article, relating how an island once home to a Japanese chemical weapons manufacturing plant and testing site has now become a haven for wild rabbits.

Wolfire released the source code of their old title, Lugaru, in 2010, under the GPL. They also kindly included the art assets, for non-commercial purposes. Of course, some ass just had to go and rip that license to pieces.. so, now you can find the same game in the Mac App Store twice - one's from Wolfire as "Lugaru HD", the other from iCoder as just "Lugaru", who rather ludicrously claimed they're doing nothing wrong. (Take care reading that Kotaku posting - not that the original was especially well written, but some of the comments are worthy of Slashdot in their inability to actually read the article, or the posting by Wolfire wherein the open source announcement was made, clearly and explicitly excluding the artwork from commercial use) Thankfully, the fraudulent version was removed by Apple. No word yet on whether Wolfire will be seeking damages from the scammers.

Two shots from the Tilden Regional Park yesterday - I'd received a helpful reply from the parks peeps by email, and wanted to start investigating the chances of rabbits somewhere in the area before the wet week began (just in time for my Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 week's rental to start on Tuesday, yay).

First, a hummingbird caught just after taking off:

And later in the afternoon, as sun grew low, some of the week's clouds began to gather, giving part of the sky an eerie hue:

The candidates for the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi have been announced, and amongst them are a snowshoe hare and a snow leopard. ^_^ (Plus more curious entries, including a bird resembling Twitter's just a little bit, and a dolphin on skis) Regrettably, the outcome isn't something any (?) of us can influence, as it's being held - not surprisingly - as a Russian national contest.

So, I thought we'd try something from Tony's Pizza, whose menu I'd been dreaming about since seeing it; we chose the lamb & eucalyptus. My host returned with a minor anecdote of the process once he got there to pick it up. The restaurant's host in this instance was a woman in her early 20s.

G: "I'm here to pick up a pizza."

H: "What's your name?"

G: "Gareth."

H: "Telephone number?"

G: "(…)"

H: "Should be ready in a few minutes."

[Turns head to look at cooks]

H: [Loudly, startling a few guests] "Where in the fuck is that lamb and eucalyptus pizza?"

[Turns back]

H: "It'll be three minutes."

(But actually turned up in about one)

And lo, the pizza was absolutely fantastic. Genuinely thin crust, crisp on the bottom, flavors all balanced, not too much cheese - and yes, to my surprise, eucalyptus really does make a superb companion to lamb, surpassing mint quite handily, I'd say. Tony's Pizza is for people who really enjoy pizza, and love good food in general. ^_^

I saw a bunny today. Unremarkable, perhaps - but, on the first day of the Chinese New Year, I was positively tickled to see my first wild bun in the Bay. ^_^ I'm scouting out possible locations, and on Thursday 3rd, that turned out to be the San Bruno Mountain Park, reachable from the Daly City and South San Francisco BART stations. Now, more sane people might take the bus up, but.. well, okay, I only got lost once, clambering up completely unfamiliar hillsides with no foreknowledge, eventually judging it prudent to go some other route that involved less precipitous drops off one side, plus the minor matter that I seemed to be still some way out of the park itself, according to the trusty iPad. I love clambering around, but, I admit, when the bag contains a 17" MBP, iPad, D90, and two lenses, my enthusiasm for such does undergo some mitigation. Clearly, I need an assistant. =:)

Another park well worth visiting is the Tilden Regional Park, easily reachable from the downtown Berkeley BART, courtesy of AC Transit 67, getting off at Spruce & Grizzly (or, only on weekends, down at the park's welcome area). Plenty of signposted paths and trails, ranging from fully surfaced to hairpin dirt tracks. Good sweaty fun. ^_^ No buns, unfortunately, though one deer did dart across my field of vision - without the camera in hand, of course, save for one badly blurred shot of what could be a tail. Ah well. Not every shot is a keeper. =:D

Crissy Field offered a few quite appealing avian shots, which I'll hopefully get around to uploading before putting this entry online, including one grey heron in the process of taking off - quite an effort, as you can imagine. Sort of the "747 Heavy" equivalent. ^_^ The locale affords a superb vista of the bridge, too, as well as Alcatraz, but it's really wildlife where my photographic passion lies - trying to capture those moments in wild life that help illustrate more than just that minute fraction of a second. I probably ought to do a better job of sharing more photos, but on the other paw, I don't want to bore everyone with scads of wildlife and architectural shots on a daily basis.

The full trailer for Hop just came out. It does look like it'll be dangerously adorable, whatever the quality of the storyline may be. ^_^

Word comes down that the BBC Trust has given approval for plans to make Radio 3, Radio 4, and BBC 4 works available on iPlayer in perpetuity, freed of the current seven day lifespan.

Finally, via Hyperyote, an image he found on his office door today..

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