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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. ^_^

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. =:)