September 15th, 2012

Wide-eyed Fluttershy

A perfectly cromulent posting

Poll #1866386 How do you watch Doctor Who?

How does it arrive?

Broadcast TV (BBC 1, et al)
Streamed (eg iPlayer)
Downloaded (eg iTunes, Usenet)

What do you watch it on?

Other monitor

Finally, when do you watch it?

As it's being broadcast
As soon as it's put online
Sometime convenient

(Nope, I haven't seen A Town Called Mercy just yet - but it'll have finished downloading by the time I post this!)

BTW, does anyone currently subscribe to an ongoing BBC series such as Doctor Who, over on iTunes? I was quite disappointed last time I did, for Frozen Planet, as new eps would only appear precisely a week after broadcast, compared to an hour or so for Usenet versions. And no amount of enquiring could turn up whether that was due to the BBC, BBC Worldwide, Apple, or Santa Claus.

Dear Princess Celestia: today I learned that the components of lignin and vanillin aren't so far apart from each other chemically, to the point that some artificial vanillin (which is one of the components of real vanilla) is indeed produced from lignin, although it seems most of it nowadays is courtesy of the petrochemical industry rather than forestry. I was amused to notice that "beginning in 2000, Rhodia began marketing biosynthetic vanillin prepared by the action of microorganisms on ferulic acid extracted from rice bran. At $700/kg, this product, sold under the trademarked name Rhovanil Natural, is not cost-competitive with petrochemical vanillin, which sells for around $15/kg.[10] However, unlike vanillin synthesized from lignin or guaiacol, it can be labeled as a natural flavoring."

Team Badger has more information on bovine tuberculosis, including a measure of where it lies in causes of cattle deaths, shown below. Kill the Cull, meanwhile, has a handy gathering of cull-rated news.

Some rather playful boots from Prada; two-tone, giving the appearance of only wearing shoes. =:)

Jawa used cars and droids.