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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. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
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!)