December 21st, 2017

Porsupah by Potato Otter

Maple rye old-fashioned

w00t! As a surprise, Capcom's kindly sprung the release of Ace Attorney Investigations - this time, starring Miles Edgeworth - upon the iOS gaming community. =:D Having finished off the recently released Spirit of Justice a little while back, I'd resigned myself to another long wait for anything else new (to iOS, that is). It's a free download, including the first episode, with the rest of the cases available for $4 each, or a $12 complete set.

And it came as quite a surprise to discover that, at long last, the BBC has made what looks like (at 665 mins over 6 discs) the complete run of The Adventure Game available on DVD. =:D It probably won't be familiar to many of you, and I ought to remedy that. ^_^ The Wikipedia page does a reasonable job of explaining it in text, but really, the best way to grok it is to watch an episode - I imagine you'll understand the appeal. ^_^ (And I do believe the Red Salamander may've been my first fursuit crush =:)

Yay! I just received notification from AmiAmi that my Revoltech figurine of Judy Hopps is ready to be dispatched. ^_^ That'll hopefully now be here next week sometime.

She-Ra returns! And courtesy of the creator of one of the niftiest comics around, Lumberjanes. =:D The new series will be coming via Netflix. And, MST3K has been renewed for another Netflix season. ^_^

Did you know there's a Ned Flanders-themed metal band, "Okilly Dokilly"?

AirPort PSA: there are new firmware versions out now. ^_^ Launch AirPort Utility, and it'll take care of updating it/them.

Music video of the day clearly has to be Blondie & Joan Jett "Doom or Destiny". =:D “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time,” Debbie Harry, Blondie’s frontwoman, said in a press release. She described the video to i-D as “the most openly political video Blondie has ever done.”

I might have to give these folks a try for wasabi - as in, real wasabi, not the usual horseradish. The catch is that the real stuff doesn't lend itself readily to being pre-prepared - you need to grate it at the table, and the essential taste's apparently dropping off after maybe fifteen minutes. Intriguingly, not only do they sell the stems (technically, not actually roots, but rhizomes), but the plants as well, with a view to growing them at home. AIUI, they're a bit fussy to grow, but not unduly so. Though they note it's best to leave them for two years to mature fully. =:/

A distributed computing effort with a difference: Bail Bloc is a cryptocurrency project funding people's bail.

Yay! Contrary to my expectations, iTunes Extras were added to Tuesday's (US) release of My Little Pony: The Movie. It's the final bit that piqued my interest: "Take a deeper dive with exclusive and in-depth featurettes that showcase the voices and creators of the film. Also, watch a fun music video and watch scenes that didn't make it to the final cut." A commentary track would've been very welcome, but nonetheless, I'll definitely be wanting to see if the missing scenes would've added to the released cut. (I'd especially recommend the deleted scenes from Mystery Men) It doesn't seem to show a 4K release, but it'll be a little while before I could even watch that anyway. =:) Agh, by "scenes", Lionsgate actually means "scene".. ah, not to worry. It's easy enough to see why they dropped it - it's mostly just a minute's exposition about who the four princesses are, capped very nicely by a certain major character.

Yay2! More beer and cider! I've not had anything fermenting in a while now, and finally got that going again, with two more kits: a Scotch Export Ale, and a cider. The ale I've bumped up in strength a bit, and added a little more flavor by boiling 250g of raisins in about 1l of water for some 30 mins, and using some soft brown sugar and medium malt. So, maybe something like a barleywine at the end? We shall see. =:9 The cider was a different kit to the one I've used previously, so the flavor profile might be somewhat different. That I left mostly untouched, aside from more sugar, and a little soft brown when I discovered the OG was rather lighter than I'd anticipated. So, those should be ready to bottle somewhere around Christmas - which probably won't stop me from trying some fresh. =:)

Via CHIRP Radio, a couple seasonal selections: Nick Lowe "Christmas At The Airport", and Devil in a Woodpile "The Pagans Had It Right". ^_^

It won't be valid until Dec 2018, but here's the very new Tube map including the forthcoming Elizabeth line. ^_^

Speaking of London, I may just have to visit God's Own Junkyard someday. It's.. basically a mecca for neon signage. As their site notes, "Chris has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind some of the greatest stars. Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jack Nicholson in Batman are just a few that have appeared alongside the collection." (Fascinatingly, I noticed they have a BUNNY sign (820mm x 1270mm, sign number 271) in the roster of neon signs available for rental)