Does anybody know what I'm talking about? (Specifically, I mean) A couple years ago, I stumbled on a few Japanese flash games, sort of like micro-Sims worlds - you were given a starting point, and various objects you could affect in some way, like starting a fire to get a boiler going, or encouraging wind to arrive, to set a windmill turning, all toward achieving some end goal, like launching a rocket. The key was that everything had to be done in a particular sequence, else you'd wind up seeing some part of the puzzle not happen, or mistime. Is there a particular genre you'd tag such a game with? I'd like to find another one or two, but searching for them is predictably awkward.

Rather a pleasant piece of classical/modern piano-based instrumental music, via schnee, based on one of the pieces in the recent finale: Princess Mi Amore Cadenza & Shining Armour (YouTube, just audio), or you can find a higher quality mp3 download over on MediaFire.

Or, for something much crunchier, Not that Kind of Party by General Mumble is easily worth a download. Again, there's a high quality MP3 link available, if the style appeals.

And! jessie_pup kindly noted Studio Killers have a new video out: Eros & Apollo. Again, a similarly immersive track with lovely, rich bass, and a video that combines retrogaming graphics sensibilities with current CG. Sadly, the voop and mink are only marginally present, although seeing the former's head spin around to a blinking "LOADING MUSIC" reminded me of ice_foxx. =:)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Rat:

What is a memory? Science writer Jonah Lehrer tells us is it’s a physical thing in the brain… not some ephemeral flash. It’s a concrete thing made of matter. And NYU neuroscientist Joe LeDoux, who studies fear memories in rats, tells us how with a one shock, one tone, and one drug injection, you can bust up this piece of matter, and prevent a rat from ever making a memory. LeDoux’s research goes sci-fi, when he and his colleague Karim Nader start trying to erase memories. And Nader applies this research to humans suffering from PTSD.

I'm becoming concerned for the well-being of a particular local rabbit, as featured here and here. Rabbits tend to keep to their locality, although they will sometimes journey further if necessary, so not having seen her in about a fortnight leaves me worried. It could very well be I put her off that spot, though, as the final time was one where I gradually edged closer over the course of several minutes, eventually prompting her to scamper off up the trailway. *sigh* Still, I've also seen buns in one of the slightly further away fields, including a few youngsters - the catch there being is it's a well-known path, used by humans and dogs, with no fences to keep the buns safe. A place I'll be returning to, all the same, though the weather's slipped back to February lately. Still, that did leave me able to catch some quite special light a week ago:


I can also note that my email is once again flowing properly. ^_^ I was finally able to order Dandelion's replacement HD, and restored that with a pleasing lack of drama on Friday, from the final Time Machine backup. That accomplished, Mail was magically happy once more, and perfectly willing to accept the copy of ~/Library/Mail I offered it, saving me the fun of potentially having to reimport everything, including unearthing passwords not seen since the Cambrian.

Finally got around to seeing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (the trailer is here, but I'd actually suggest not viewing it, as it spells things out a mite heavily) with a little diversion from the usual trailers and advertising - the curtains drew to a close momentarily, then reopened, to a rather obviously locally generated display, presenting a simple text message, partially animated: "Is there a [name] in the audience?" "If so, [name] would like to know.." ".. if you'll marry him?" A moment later, a "yes!" was heard, to great applause. ^_^ The film? Yes, definitely worth seeing. Hardly a perfect production, but with such feeling, and a healthy dash of political savvy (not quite The Day Today, but maybe not so far off Absolute Power =:), it has a joyful sense of optimism and perseverance. The basic premise is of a request received by a ministry minion regarding a proposal to bring, yes, salmon fishing to the Yemeni highlands. A crazy notion, obviously, and one which our protagonist dismisses - except, it becomes a favored cause of the Prime Minister's office, seeking a positive news story out of the Middle East.. and so, it begins. Ultimately, it's something of a romantic comedy, of quite a British kind. Yes - give it a try. ^_^

If you'd prefer some additional anonymity on the web whilst on your iThing, some kind soul has just released Onion Browser: a minimal browser that uses the Tor network. You can download the source, or pick it up on the App Store for a princely 99¢.

In all seriousness, this discourse on the thrilling, life-affirming nature of the manifold genres of fringe porn is quite superb reading. The essence lies in the formerly passive nature of our lives and media - by and large, people were consumers, taking in what was broadcast. By contrast, now, the net's spun all that around, with people at large themselves creating a vast array of works, visual and written.

And as fate would have it, a moment later, ibneko mentions …But the Kitchen Sink, a MLP fanfic in which Rainbow Dash falls for.. yes, a kitchen sink. =:D

You see? It was rigged!