Also in the aforementioned preview of animated releases for 2012, I see the director of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has a new one coming, too - "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki", "the story of a college student named Hana who marries a “wolf man” and gives birth to two wolf children. When the wolf man dies, Hana and the children move from the city to a quiet rural town." Given the director's excellence before, this ought to be well worth waiting for. And then there's Genndy Tartakovsky with "Hotel Transylvania"..
|For the serious Whovian collector.. an edition of 25 Sonic Screwdrivers, made by the same person who makes the "real" ones, Nick Robatto, and in exactly the same way: purely hand-made, nothing machined or CNCd, made of 248 aluminium, copper, brass, resin, and leather components. Quite a work of art, though at the kind of price you'd fear. ^_^; (A little more affordable is the poster My Mysterious Doctor, as in The Impossible Astronaut)|
And anyfur in Manchester might be interested to hear of a stage adaptation of the Doctor Who episode Midnight, playing for a couple more days, until January 8th, at the Lass O'Gowrie. The article also notes the same venue will be hosting a version of The Ballad of Halo Jones.. ! Bear in mind, it's a very small venue, and be sporting The Lion King's budget.
You may recall Sir Phillip Green, one of UKuncut's star performers. Head of Arcadia, the parent company of Top Shop, he's renowned for his tax evasion skills, with wheezes including getting out of some £235m in tax by way of channeling funds into his wife's Monaco accounts. You may also have heard that as Top Shop's not doing so well lately, the group's closing some stores. One tidbit I hadn't seen reported before, though, is that he took out a loan in 2005 - a £1b loan.. to pay his wife a £1.3b dividend. *cough* The "fun" part is that that loan's coming due soon. By 2010, there was £464m remaining to repay..
Here's a good video review of one of the more unconventional iPad synths, TC-11. As the guy points out, it departs from the usual paradigm of presenting itself as a traditional synth, with knobs to be twiddled, and playing a keyboard, and instead, seems much more designed with a hihgly multitouch interface at its heart. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most expensive, at $30, but against normal AU/VST pricing, that's still firmly on the low end.
With the coffee house I'd intended to visit turning out to be packed and not particularly peaceful, I opted for Mission Impossible instead. ^_^; For a MI flick, it delivered. I wouldn't say it was especially remarkable, but competently handled. True, it is Mission Impossible, but I couldn't help but feel they went a bit overboard with the unbelievability - sticky gloves that go on the fritz after a couple minutes, a missile that's not intercepted by anything, and Torchwood's contacts on loan.. Still, good to see Simon Pegg again, even if his role was a bit on the comic relief side, and very good to see stronger female characters than in the second, where what could've been a good foil for the perfect Cruise turns into little more than a simpering maiden after crossing paths. Thus far, probably the best.
rabitguy might be interested in this video of Battles' "Tonto" that dzlk uncovered - a rather unusual LED installation, synced to their performance in a disused slate mine.
Rather good to see Rango named Best Animated Feature at the latest OFCS Awards, alongside Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Best Adapted Screenplay, which I shall confess to still not having managed to see. I'm hoping Lucasfilm don't stop there, as far as animated features go; nor, indeed, its director.
The (US) National Film Registry recently announced its latest list of 25 films to be preserved, with some odd inclusions, and some well overdue, including Porgy & Bess. Interestingly, films' safety - ie, how well preserved they already are - doesn't seem to be a factor, given Bambi's inclusion, but no less well-deserved for that. And apparently, Porgy & Bess may soon see a new release, with its legal wranglings between the Gershwins and Goldwyns apparently settled, just in time for the negative to be rescued from disintegration.
|Rather sad to see, though it's been a long time in coming - rumors are circulating that Kodak may be preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They do still own quite a substantial patent portfolio, which may yet continue at least some of the business forward, but they've not really made much great inroads into any companion industries, and the P&S camera market's nowhere to make money, with extreme price pressures, and the entire market segment arguably in decline itself, with the improvement of cameraphones into viable, and highly flexible, cameras in their own right. They have manufactured some high-end sensors, but typically outside what could be considered a volume market; the Leica M9's sensor is Kodak designed, but its pricing is in Leicaland. In DSLR land, Canon's are entirely their own work, Nikon's are a combination of their own and Sony's design and manufacture, and of course, Sony's are purely their own. Whilst it's tempting to consider Kodak helping Nikon, Kodak would have to be in a position to offer something at least competitive to Sony to place such a business relationship in jeopardy.|
And for foofers, this map of the USA is indeed a true work of cartographic art.
Guide to cooking soup, courtesy of avon_deer
Dinner: well, with the fridge running low, but not feeling overly inclined to head into town just yet, I went with a leftovers creation - and it turned out surprisingly well! First, four slices of good smoked bacon, trimmed of fat, fried for a couple minutes, then joined by some baby corn and mangetout, minced garlic, black bean paste, and a Berber spice mix (think "ground chili" as a theme). Once they'd gained some heat, I added a little water, and half a block of tofu, cubed up, and the remnants of a bag of mixed salad, and left that all to continue simmering away, finally adding a packet of instant mild curry soup to thicken it up and add further to the flavors, serving it as three tortilla wraps.