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Here, have a thread about a pigeon dating game. You can find the game (currently technically a demo; OS X and Windows) and the English patch over here. Go on, guess which country's responsible for this, without inspecting any of the URLs.

I'm impressed by how well Vocaloid's developing. True, the voices are still detectably synthetic, but then, with the degree of autotuning in common use now, they hardly stand out. ^_^ Here are some example tracks of two of the newer voices, Clara and Bruno, mostly in Spanish, with one in Japanese.

The Chaos Computer Club continues to be a hotbed of novel thinking - this time, they're proposing an independent, uncensorable satellite network. It's a large proposal, but microsatellites can made made quite cheaply, and the mesh of base stations they're suggesting would be aimed around the 100€ mark, intended to readily affordable.

Wow, that was (mundanely) impressive - swung by the supermarket to pick up some cheeses, meats, and ciders for tonight, and despite the place being packed, barely anything was out of stock. I'd been a bit concerned getting there four hours before closing, given some of the NYE shelves I've seen in the past.

Curse these January sales.. I'd fallen for this design of boot, but availability seems scant, especially in the size & color I was wanting, and the full price was a bit eye-watering. Coincidentally, they have a local store, and lo, 20% off.. they'll still have to order them in, but.. oh, I do like these. ^_^

I like the satalite network idea.
.. but not dating pigeons? =:)

I'm certainly intrigued. Getting low-complexity satellites up isn't much of a problem, but that leaves much complexity on the ground, of course - but with a high-density mesh of tracking station equivalents, perhaps it's plausible, and with profound implications.
the soles of those boots look unusual - makes me think of these shoes they're marketing here to help tone oneself, by having a curved sole ^.^

Indeed so. ^_^ I can't speak of the efficacy of such soles, but they do, by all accounts, seem to be incredibly comfortable, if a bit odd at first.

Will you be offering an unabridged version of your latest travels and last night's celebrations? ^_^ Presumably the countries thereabouts celebrate new years on the Gregorian calendar as well? (Looking there is a healthy reminder of just how many calendars persist in the world!)
I have the FitFlop sandals and FitFlop skeepskin mukluks (kinda like Uggs). I like the squishy soft sole, very comfy! I have no clue if it's really doing anything else for me, but my feet are happy!
Oh, cool beans! I was actually looking at something similar from FitFlop, but reviews of that particular style suggested it was quite a small fit, and not just in foot size, so it seemed likely it wouldn't actually fit. And then I saw the ones above.. <3

Really looking forward to trying them! Zappos have a little video clip showing them in use, and that sole looks like it'll be the next best thing to walking on clouds, just with fewer 747s in the way. =:)
Oh Japan. You are so... interesting.

Japan's less a country than a transdimensional portal. ^_^ I'd say I'd love to get along there someday, but that goes for so many places. I'd like to revisit Kuala Lumpur, and finally take the jungle line up to the eastern end of the Thai border, armed with a good multichannel audio recorder and mics arranged for full reception of spatial information, to capture the ambience of an elderly train that remains a lifeline to communities along its route. Laos too, as it seems they've lightened up somewhat on entry requirements - used to be they'd only admit foreigners as part of organised groups. And of course, I wish I could've got along to Hong Kong before the handover, but it does seem Beijing's mostly left the place to carry on as it was.

Who knows? Maybe some of central Asia as well. arbutus is currently in Azerbaijan's capital city, Baku, and his reports of life there are fantastically engaging, although I'd have the disadvantage of only a very little, very rusty Russian. =:)
I can only think of Japan having seen that pidgeon dating game :D

Fancy boots! Somehow made me think of 'Alice in Wonderland', but I'm probably just weird.
*ding ding ding*

I could probably be very much at home in Japan. ^_^ Not much by way of a beer industry, and probably none by way of cider, but on the other paw, when you progress up the sake scale from the basic stuff, you find some works of quite astounding complexity. And then there's sushi.. =:9

I really ought to find a decent Japanese course sometime. Even if I never progress beyond the basics, it never hurts to expand one's linguistic repertoire. (I really ought to dust off the French, too - that's lain mostly unused for ages)

Oo.. now there's a fun costuming idea. ^_^ I wonder if I can find some similar boots in SL - I've already got a cute gothic number that would go with them. And being a snowshoe hare would just add to the confusion. =:)
You're a cider lover, eh? I must admit that since the very first time I've had cider I became a fan as well :D

So long as you devote time and keep it regular you can go much further than just a basic level of a language, even Japanese. I've studied German for 9 years, but don't really know it well - I plan to sign up for a course after I will have finished school. Maybe Russian too, as I used to speak the language rather well as a kid.
Ah, some good stuff, I hope? ^_^ Not too far from where I was at the last gig, there was a farm that happened to stock a dizzying array (perhaps literally =:) of ciders from around the country - Somerset, Montgomeryshire, Kent, Herefordshire, Devon, and more - all arranged down the length of a former barn, on four levels of shelving, with dry at one end, sweet at the other. Probably over a hundred, and that's not even counting the perries and blends, and all the bottled ciders and local beers too, and various delectable distillates. It was truly a dangerous place to visit. ^_^

And then there was the butcher's barn adjacent, with some of the best fillet steak you've known, and home-made sausages..

They don't offer mail order, but Orchard Hive & Vine do, with delivery a ferpectly reasonable flat-rate £11.75, regardless of the order size. Not desperately cheap, but the selection is good, mostly from small orchards in their locality, along with some larger growers, such as Dunkerton's, whose Black Fox I can recommend, and which can be found in some supermarkets, including Waitrose, if there's one within reach. (I suspect their offerings may vary locally, but if they carry Orchard Pig, or Ermie & Gertie's, those are also well worth trying - quite strongly flavored, both, definitely representative of farmhouse cider)

I suppose Russian would be a comfortable step, given Polish belongs to the same family of languages, even if with the tweak of Cyrillic. =:) I certainly got along well with French, and managed passably in Latin as well. Even had a quick pass at Russian, but only for a few months - we took the French exam early, so we got the form master giving us Russian instead. Much fun - he was a particularly good teacher, who conveyed passion for his subjects. (He took over a couple Latin classes for a few days, while the usual teacher was away - so we got Latin delivered in a Muscovite accent. Brilliant!)
Nice boots. It'd be awesome to see you wearing them. What do you think of these boots? http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Bormio-Mens.htm :3
I tend to be very reluctant to appear in any imagery. ^_^; But, I could try something just showing the boots and leggings.. all the same, they've turned out to be superlatively comfortable. The caveat, though, is the grip isn't much good. Fine almost all the time, even in the wet, but I did perform something of a pratfall one time, walking downhill, in the wet, on a manhole cover. =:P But so comfy.. you can just walk forever in them. ^_^

I've not actually tried any of Vibram's wares, but I recall schneelocke being quite fond of them. I may have to give them a try sometime.
I sure am, and I recommend giving them a try — some folks love 'em, others love 'em less, but there's only really one way to find out.

(schnee is my main account, though! :))