February 11th, 2017

Porsupah face-on

An unexpected magnificence of cauliflower

Well, I finally got around to doing something I'd promised myself ages ago: sought out a good arts supply store, and picked up the necessary to see if I can get back into drawing. ^_^ Three pencils: 0.7, 0.5, and 0.35mm, plus B leads for each; a pack of pens, from 0.05 to 0.5mm; a nicely gummy rubbery thing; two solid graphite pencils, 9B and 6B; and a sketchbook. There was an acrylic paints set that was very tempting (with an eye to cel painting), but I felt I could leave that for another day - best to have things potentially worth coloring first. =:)

Also almost re-enacted Night in the Museum, when I was quite peacefully enjoying some exhibits at the Science Museum, only to find they'd apparently closed half an hour earlier. ^_^; I'd been wondering why the main doors were shut (well ahead of time), but went with the group entrance instead quite happily. Eventually, some staff asked if I was a visitor, bringing along a couple other folk who'd found themselves in the same position. Ah, if I'd only given a different answer.. =:)

I recently encountered a webcomic I'd like to recommend: Tamberlane. The artwork is gorgeously toony, in a classical way, and with appealing writing. And, as a bonus, it updates reliably, twice a week. ^_^ And as it's not quite up to sixty pages yet, it won't take too long to catch up.

Might anyone have a recommendation for a good place online to go sniffing for wallets? Amazon's fairly useless, given the rampant keyword gaming, but most other places seem to be exercises in frustration as well. Specifically, what I'm looking for: shiny! Must be shiny; can be black, but hues of red, orange, or blue would be better still. I'd like a bifold without a zip, so everything's easily reached. If there's an outside pocket, even better - I use the one on my current wallet for bus & train tickets, keeping them even more easier available. A good example of what I'm after is One Odd Bird's "Wren", though the price is a bit steep, and delivery would be something of a nuisance. Still, I suppose the cost isn't insurmountable, especially if this lasts as long as my current one has, which I picked up in 2001, whilst visiting austin_dern in Singapore.

rustyfox noted the publication of a study into what's been deemed "misophonia" - that is, the pronounced, innate adverse reaction to perfectly ordinary, routine sounds. The study itself is over here, with a New Scientist article and brief BBC report also available. He writes, unluckily, as one of the participants in the study.

Here, have an infinite chocolate bar. =:)

The new Snagglepuss comic looks like being rather interesting.

As a coda to my gripe the other day about Mail, I received feedback from the two bugs I filed on the matter, noting that the latest macOS beta should have fixed that, and to let them know what the situation is now. After a couple days, all indeed seems well so far. ^_^ That's quite a relief, as I use email a great deal, personally and professionally.

Game of the week: Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet, for which the trailer can be found over here. It's a very nicely written point & click adventure that doesn't take itself tremendously seriously, and with superb voicework, including Tom Baker. Out now for iOS (a bargain at $3/£3), Android, macOS, and Windows.

Hm! There's a dusting of snow on the ground, which has - unusually - actually hung around. Maybe it's worth a shot at some rabbiteering this afternoon.. it has been a week, after all. I might even remember to pick up a bag of raisins for them. ^_^