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Here's a trailer for Black Sunrise, 1m30 long, so you've no excuse about not having time to watch it. =:) Be warned, it is dark in tone, and includes a former bunny - but you may be intrigued all the same. It's for an ongoing project by one person, Nick Cross, whose work you may have seen in Yellow Cake before. When finished, it'll be a full feature-length production; currently, some ten minutes are complete.

BTW, sorry about the gap in postings. I'll be good. ^_^ I'd prefer to keep future entries a little shorter than this, unless there's something more involved to discuss or relate. I'll post this in its entirety, though, else I know I'll just keep adding to it until it's triple the length.

Wastelander Panda Prologue is a trailer for a live action TV series Epic Films of Australia are intending to produce, featuring an anthro giant panda, the last surviving, in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. If this is a meaningful representation of the quality they're aiming to produce, it'll be well worth waiting for.

Here's an app with quite a bit to bring to the iOS music scene: Auria, from WaveMachine, the folks who brought you Drumagog. It pushes the iPad as DAW further still, offering playback of 48 simultaneous tracks on an iPad 2, or a mere 24 on the original, and aims to forge the development of VST on iOS, for open-ended plugin fun.

I'm pleased to see the Royal Canadian Mint's celebratory coins do indeed feature lapinity. ^_^ Only just, but we're there, as one of the mobile's decorations. Australia's currency is quite furry indeed, whilst the UK's merely has some appearance by those traditional British natives, lions and unicorns.

To be boringly mundane for a moment, might anyone have recommendations for UK home contents insurance? The main criteria: must include coverage of possessions while travelling, not just at home; that coverage should be worldwide; single item limit of at least £2500, total at least £5000. The bank's offering seems fairly decent, meeting those for £18.88/mo. I've never yet had to claim on a policy, other than as a result of last winter's flight debacle, but if something happened to my bag when fully laden, I'd rather be able to claim than have to shell out for everything again.

ZOMG! I've found somewhere with those boots in stock! Now to hope they don't sell out before Wednesday. ^_^; (It happens - the place I was originally looking at, back before NYE, sold out in the few days I spent pondering whether to go for them or not) Even with international shipping, helpfully at no extra cost, they'll wind up only slightly more expensive than if the local outlet could have obtained them. And lo - the order was placed. ~happy bunny~ Oddly, the import deposit was much higher than I'd anticipated, but with a -20% promo, it worked out the same regardless. ^_^ They estimate delivery betweem Friday and Tuesday. (I've noticed this in a few places lately - it can be faster to have something delivered around the planet, than within the same country, whether the US or UK. Go figure!) .. and they fit. Beautifully. I may never take these off again. ^_^

If you've got an iPad, I'd recommend trying out the free sample chapter of E.O.Wilson's Life on Earth. It does indeed look fantastic, with useful animations and video clips that genuinely make for a better understanding of the material presented. And on the game front, the new platformer Paper Monsters is a real delight. And Pizza vs Skeletons looks like it's not taking itself too seriously. =:)

Short of the Day: No Robots, a student project from SJSU, about five minutes long. It's a time of autonomous robots, and with it, robot crime, and human suspicion, from the perspective of a café owner.

If you've ever wanted your net connection to appear to be from the UK or US, TunnelBear looks like being an exceptionally easy VPN offering, presenting a simple UI. Rates seem reasonable: free gets you 500MB/mo (with a bonus 1GB if you ask them on Twitter), whilst subscribing runs to $5/mo, or $50/yr, for unlimited data, plus encryption.

This does surprise me, though I suppose it's inevitable, given what a low priority funny animation's become for Warner Brothers, coupled with reluctant marketing only surpassed by Hasbro: 1 in 3 Americans doesn't recognise Bugs Bunny. (And Daffy fares worse still, 44% not knowing who he is) The article also notes that there's apparently a Pepe Le Pew project underway, with the titular star voiced by Mike Myers.

A look at Princess Celestia, from someone who bought one of the toys (being unable to find Twilight Sparkle), only to find her nature somewhat different to the wise counselor portrayed in MLP:FiM. Instead: "I love when you comb my hair!" "My barrettes look so pretty!" (..and as her son pointed out, the toy is bright pink, when she's white. Would Hasbro arbitrarily change a Transformer's colors, I wonder?) The show's creator, Lauren Faust, notes that Hasbro did indeed insist on various changes, such as shifting her from a queen to a princess, on the basis that queens are seen as evil figures, by way of Disney. "She does not have parents that outrank her. I brought the weirdness of that situation to my bosses, but it did not seem to be a continuity concern to them, so I’m letting it alone. I always wanted her to be the highest authority, and so she remains so. And I certainly don't want marriage to be what would escalate her. (Bad messages to girls and what not.)"

Another new iOS/OS X platformer with a mild twist is Jazz: Trump's Journey, loosely themed around the progression of Louis Armstrong's musical career. =:D

Four minutes of very nerdy humor, looking at a few languages, and how they interpret less obvious scenarios, in a Destroy All Software talk from CodeMash 2012.

So, it did indeed come about: Kodak goes for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Whilst that's not necessarily the end of a company, the phrasing used by the CEO in explaining "Chapter 11 gives us the best opportunities to maximize the value in two critical parts of our technology portfolio: our digital-capture patents ... and our breakthrough printing and deposition technologies" rather hints that their actual business isn't where they're looking to make money.

Yay! The iPad case finally arrived at the correct address. Resent from Hong Kong on Wednesday, received on Tuesday. ^_^ It is indeed a gloriously hot pink, though perhaps slightly more pale than I'd hoped for. Seems well made, with even stitching, the magnetic closure applying just enough force to keep the case closed when not in use, and with a sensible degree of protective firmness in the case. And, of course, the smooth tactility one would expect of fake patent leather, with a gentle give to the padding within.

A bit of iPad geekery: Spicy Schematics, for editing electronic schematics, and applying Spice simulation to them. Available in free and paid versions, though it's not obvious what the restrictions on the former are; it's not a wildly expensive app, in any event.

Just a rather good stag photo, in silhouette against a sunrise, which I thought avon_deer might like.

One benefit of living in a studio, rather than a house, as at the last gig: little need for heating. ^_^ I do use one of the wall heaters (all electric, unfortunately, including the stove - I do like the responsivity of gas) sometimes, but even leaving it off entirely still leaves the place comfortably cool. Not that it's exactly frigid outside, I'll admit - if I mention a range of around 4-10C, atomicat is free to laugh. =:)

And blame ice_foxx for pointing me in this direction..

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for the good video's and links.
My pleasure. ^_^ I try to offer up just those that especially appealed, and seem worth sharing that little more broadly. That's the big issue now, if you're a creator of any stripe - getting your game, artwork, short, etc actually heard about, as a few thousand App Store devs can surely agree.
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HA! I didn't know what the design was, so called upon Google Images to afford me enlightenment.. that is a really nice design! Ah, would that the humble hares of the United Kingdom could be afforded such a position. ^_^
Envious of your heating... My Victorian flat conversion is rather hard to keep warm.
Well, I'm probably helped by only having one exterior wall - I'm in the middle of three floors, with other houses along the (Georgian) terrace. Mercifully, sound isn't an issue, though I can sometimes hear the upstairs neighbor being a bit heavy-footed. And occasionally the traces of some other quite happy caveman sounds. =:)

My favorite for heating, though, probably remains a place dating from.. probably around the 16th Century, and extended a few times subsequently. All stone construction, single glazing.. oof. That was fearsomely expensive to heat, with the result I'd sometimes wake up to ice on the inside of the windows.. ^_^; Beautiful place, though. The downside for me was that it was stuck a couple miles away from the nearest town, and a good walk to even the nearest neighbor, so I was reliant on the parents for rides into/from town. Mind, I was heavily into computing then too, so I was usually buried in programming and video, when not occupied with scholarly studies.
I'm in a terrace too... But ground floor, and most of my heat escapes out of the kitchen which was built on to the back, and just has a flat tar and felt roof, with not space to put in insulation, and suspicion the walls wouldn't tolerate the additional weight.
Ahhh, right. Yes, the kitchen back at a previous homestead was similar, though with all the heat there, it didn't wind up being much of a problem - keeping a small family fed and watered kept Mum quite busy. ^_^ The bathroom, on the other paw, was rather a different situation.. my lengthy, nocturnal bathtimes typically necessitated some extra warmth in the room.

(That's one of the very few weak points of the current place - only a (good) shower, no bath. I really do enjoy good, long baths.. or a hot tub, but that's even further away from my current situation =:)
Same here, the bathroom is at the end of the kitchen, so gets pretty cold. (Yeah, it's a weird layout.) So I have to turn the heating up when I want a bath in the evening...
The Canadians have a reasonable record in the rabbity-coin department, as I see you've already shown in the icon used with one of your other replies! I still expect to see a 50p coin later this year to mark the 40th anniversary of Watership Down's release...

Jazz: Trump's Journey

Aww, shame; I thought it was a new Jazz Jackrabbit game!
I wonder whom one would contact, regarding a suggestion for a new coin design.. perhaps it could be intended to raise awareness of British wildlife, given the brown hare is actually becoming quite uncommon in the UK generally (I've never seen a hare, as yet - yourself?), or indeed, figures of British literature.

Ooh, now there's a family of games ripe for re-release under iOS emulation! And Gex the Gecko, while we're at it.. I think I still have my PlayStation CDs for a few Gex titles, from back in the time of Connectix' fantastic emulator for classic Mac OS. Which worked well enough for Sony to take them to court, and lose, whereupon they took the other attitude of buying it up, releasing some PR about what a superb opportunity this was for Mac gamers, and promptly dropped the code into the deepest hole in Japan.
I've never seen a hare, as yet - yourself?

Actually, yes! Most unexpectedly, in the middle of a summer afternoon, sitting by the side of a B-road. It was near Kinlet, just west of the Wyre Forest.

There isn't a great choice of PS1 emulators for Linux, I must admit. I use PCSX, but its compatibility isn't 100% by any means.


"The article also notes that there's apparently a Pepe Le Pew project underway, with the titular star voiced by Mike Myers."

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...
That moron better not give him a Scottish accent. >:(


Those Beavis and Butthead busts are disturbing, especially the one on the right (I don't care enough about B&B to know which is which), though the hair style is very David Lynch. :D


A Scottish Pepe! I'd almost dare him to do that.

~runs~

The guy (SFX makeup/prosthetics by profession, surprise!) really caught the RL analogue of the uncanny valley there. So realistic, yet still distinctly toony.

And nope, I've never seen an ep of their show. ^_^ I've only caught bits and pieces of it - I did enjoy the bits of King of the Hill I've seen, though. Idiocracy could've been superb, but was just played too broadly to last its length.
A certain croc is so damn getting himself at least one of the coins! I am into numismatics, which means that I nearly get an orgasm when faced with a limited edition/rare coin :D

Beavis and Butthead! My childhood revived!
Silly rabbit, 2011 was a great year for lapin coins!

I thought the Silvar Lunar Lotus was quite beautiful.
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Came straight here to post that, actually.
Re Kodak

Someone told me that Kodak UK falls outside the US Kodak makes me wonder if its time for a new printer in the same way that i'm hoping that my summer cruise is now going to cost me peanuts ?