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. ^_^