This is truly a wonderful piece of writing. Read in peace, reflect, and find some inspiration. A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs. Its conclusion is, I'd say, perhaps a little unexpected - and oddly uplifting, for such a moment.

Food recommendations for the day: Sainsbury's Brie de Meaux (unpasteurised cheeses FTW! Such a rich, fully tangy flavored cheese, miles away from the usual), and their 18-month Parma ham. Add those to some focaccia from M&S (best of the big supermarkets for bread, I'd say; though better still would probably be local bakers.. but the UK's given up on those, probably much to the derision of all of France, where every single village has at least one boulangerie, always offering fantastically crunchy baguettes with vanishingly fluffy innards), and you've got a simple sandwich that tastes quite wonderful. ^_^

You need to see the trailer for Danger 5 right now - looks like being much fun. ^_^ It's a parody of the 60/70s spy genre, such as The Persuaders and Diabolik.

As KrinnDNZ noted, "No one is entirely sure when magical penis loss first came to Africa" is quite a wonderful opening to any article or paper. In this Harper's article, the author discusses penis theft on the streets of Lagos.

Largely speaking, a heavily cloudy day isn't too much fun for photography - but, now and then, a moment presents itself.. and this was, I felt, one such. The original's quite a lot larger, but if you click through to the original size, you can enjoy those fluffy curlicued textures in a much more pleasing resolution.


An explanation as to why you feel annoyed or angry at being shown to be wrong.

A fun bit of Whovian ephemera: pretty much the entire cast and crew of The End of Time miming to The Proclaimers' "500 Miles". Which has, amusingly, spawned a fan project equivalent.. maybe we can get some furs in there? ^_^ (The same posting mentions that when Karen Gillan eventually leaves, she wants that to be it for Amy Pond: "Death would be an option. I don't want Amy to pop up again every so often, because for me it would take away from the big, emotional goodbye. Once she's gone, she's gone.")

If you've been a little confused by the out-of-order meetings between the Doctor and River Song, here's a handy chart thoroughly linking their respective timelines and meetings.

You won't have seen a hotel quite like the Treehotel before. ^_^ (Nor, perhaps, prices =:) Each room is an individual concept, eg the mirrorcube.


Mind, there's also the Wieliczka salt mine, for centuries - from its founding in the 12th Century by a local Duke, up until 1996 - exactly that; but with the strong tradition of Catholicism in Poland, generations of miners gradually added their own features to the interior of the mine. It's reminiscent, in a way, of some scrimshaw carvings, with such exquisite detail, albeit on a far grander scale here.

Rocket Raccoon is joining what looks to be a singularly silly and fun fighter, Marvel vs Capcom 3 - his trailer is over here.

A minorly geeky little video, on some of the elements of industrial design, by Jonathan Ive. Obviously, it doesn't disclose any trade secrets, but it's interesting nonetheless for taking a peek behind the scenes, showing some of the various structural components of the iMac and MacBook Pro.

And one cute little Easter Egg from Google (no, not the barrel roll =:) - while you're waiting for a YouTube video to get going, press the left & up cursor keys at the same time, and enjoy a game of Snake. ^_^

Regarding Frozen Planet, which I still haven't started watching, I see Play's listing it on BD for £25.99, coming out on Dec 8 2011; on the other paw, there's the iTunes Season Pass for £16.99 in HD (£12.99 in SD only), in the UK Store; unavailable in the US Store, unfortunately, at least for now.

Finally, Murmuration. I shan't say more about it than the description given on Vimeo: "A chance encounter and shared moment with one of nature's greatest and most fleeting phenomena." - it's difficult to adequately express how sublimely wondrous this is. I can only imagine what it must've seemed like in person! Just amazing. It's only two minutes long and entirely safe for everyone, though you may want to turn the volume down a little, as there's a (rather cool) Nomad Soul soundtrack attached.