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These furry shirts are just too much fun.. I'm going to have to get one. ^_^ They're also available with wolf, cat, and fox designs, though the design concept does seem ideally suited for us lapines.

Disconnect is a free, open-source plugin (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) to block and display the various well-known websites that track your progress around the web, then proceed to sell your data - Facebook's the worst offender, but they're by no means alone.

We've all seen the tiresome relaunches of "classic" computing brands, particularly Commodore, where the only connection to their roots is a logo. In this instance, however, it's sort of the other way around - no familiar brand, but a slew of classic game developers, from Atari's glory days, including the creators of Battlezone, Missile Command, Asteroids, and more, corraled together by the co-creator of the Xbox. (Oddly, the company name, at least for now, is dreadfully forgettable: "Innovative Leisure") A somewhat worrisome note, potentially, is the prominence of THQ in the plans, given that studio's considerable troubles, and current retrenchment.

Another new face on LJ, whom you may want to follow: pawnytail.


So, I set off for the office on Saturday afternoon, with the snow lightly falling - seemed like the perfect opportunity to snag some bandwidth (given I still remain on the MiFi dongle, until the telco's systems finally admit to the world that my line is indeed alive, so ISPs can offer a veritable plethora of options. Think I'll be going with Xilo's "pro" offering - no metering, with the tradeoff of not being quite as fast as it could be, but with noteworthy service, judging by the reviews, and indeed, my own minimal experience in asking a few questions of them. Where so many ISPs will respond with a generic letter to any enquiry, after a day or two, they seem to make a point of replying intelligently, with their response interleaved with your original message, within minutes. Or, in Friday night's case, nearly an hour - which, at 8pm on a Friday, is not exactly bad going), and some snowy landscapes. Of course, I got off a bit too late for the landscapes to really be at their best, but a few mildly enjoyable scenes were caught nonetheless. Once the day's ponies were securely on the drive, I headed back to the central bus stop, and waited.. realising that snow hereabouts is about as potent as drizzle in LA. I checked one of the bus companies' numbers on the iPad, gave them a call, and had it confirmed: no service now. =:P

Hey ho. It's not a huge walk into town, and downhill's easier, even with a bit of snow (gradually becoming slushy toward the bottom). The reason became evident at the end, when I saw the police car blocking the way up. =:/ Still, given I'd seen one car do a perfect doughnut just on the level, let alone with any slope involved, I suppose the extreme caution might not have been misplaced. (Apparently, you can't do 90 degree turns on the snow quite as readily as without. Who knew?)

The Mollisan Town quartet sounds like a set of books worth a look, even if arguably flawed in their universe's logic. Still, there aren't too many other hard-boiled detective yarns set in a world inhabited entirely by plushies. They're written by Swedish author Tim Davys, published in English by HarperCollins, available in Kindle and hardback editions, with some rather well-designed cover artwork to boot.

On the iOS gaming front, two that seem noteworthy: Ghost Trick, which'll be familiar to DS folk - the first two chapters are free, with the rest available in one (quite cheap) bundle, or three slightly higher priced packages; and New Orbit, a sort of Asteroids/physics puzzler set in a horror storyline.

And from a couple days ago, with somewhat better light, here's a local grey sqrl, about to enthusiastically launch into a nutritious nugget. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
I like the squirrel pic, but actually I really like the snowy night landscape. I atcually think the slight fuzziness does it a favour; it wouldn't be so atmospheric were it perfectly sharp. I think you mentioned elsewhere that it was a handheld shot at 1/6s, so that's pretty impressive. =:)

*bookmarks the T-shirt site*
Hee! Thanks. ^_^ There was something of a moment there, I think - certainly, far from a perfect image, but given I was resting on a farm gate, hoping I could keep the camera steady for 1/6th (the lens' stabilisation gave out a few months ago, for no particular reason; not very impressive, but less of an issue than the cessation of its autofocus around the same time, so any kind of action shots with the nephews become rather more of a challenge. I doubt it'd be worth repairing; at the long end, the Nikkor 300mm f/4's a world better anyway, and used, something like the Nikkor 18-55 or 18-105 seem really quite decent, and affordable, for about as much as I suspect any kind of repair would cost), I'm okay with it. ^_^ There's something fun about the artificial hues, overlaid on the serene natural tones of the field. Which is, admittedly, a spot I've yet to explore - I've seen a fair bit of the locality, but that field and pathway I just haven't got around to yet.

Actually, on the lapine front, I did spot one bun on Friday afternoon, down the eastern side of the hill - but, stupidly, I disregarded the prime directive of wildlife photography: always be prepared. ^_^; I'd been aiming for a bit further downhill, in some open fields, which seemed like possible candidates for bun photography, and where I'd seen one previously, though briefly. So, there I was, sauntering down the hillside, and noticed something. I stopped, looked around, couldn't see anything.. look around further, and spotted a fuzzy grey bun, looking most unsure about the situation, only perhaps 15' away from me.

I could've tried getting a shot with the Tamron already attached, but I suspect even that activity, just getting the camera out of the bag, lens cap off, would've been enough cause for them to seek a quieter spot. By the time I got the Nikkor on, they'd made good their escape. Still, given buns don't tend to maintain broad territories, perhaps it'll be worthwhile revisiting. Definitely a pity, as the light and distance might've made for quite a nice shot - I'd have been so pleased to finally get a good daylight bunpic here!

(Still, the nice shot or two from the previous locale last weekend helped a good deal. ^_^ The two I saw were only in evidence as I arrived, not returning before I left, but just to know they're still around gave me some reassurance. Small lives, perhaps, but enthusiastic and vivid ones)
If I went to one of those stock-photo sites and saw that squirrel pic, I would have thought "staged".  It's just too perfect!
*giggle* I was amazed I could find a clear slot through all the tiny branches, and not scare them off in the process of (to me) quietly angling around, but they seemed more interested in the munchable than me, which I have no problem with. ^_^

A little closer, and unfortunately, they did decide to scoot - but, I'm thankful they let me so close, and I hope I didn't disturb their repast overly.

There's such wonder to behold in the natural world. It's that that I hope to convey, once I finally open the store this Spring - not just rabbits, but rabbits living their lives, as confusing and amazing as they are.