(And now to catch up on the past few days of LJ! I've fallen behind, I'm afraid)
patch_bunny pointed out to me that the Mystery Fandom Theater 3000 productions are up on archive.org now! The first one is Little Red Riding Hood.
whitetail noticed one of the more stunning furry-themed latex costumes I've seen: Evil Bambi, realised by Oliver Spiers at Obsidian Design, London; photography by Jen Hell.
Welcome to Life is a 2m45 short, starting with you being notified of your death, and subsequent activation as an uploaded consciousness. It's more than a little cynically realistic, however..
B&H are running a little photography competition: submit your best Springtime photo (although, the rules only specify "your best spring photograph", so upholstery fetishists might consider entering as well), and they'll select ten shortlisters, which will then be open for a public vote. Prizes on offer are $500, $150, and $100 gift cards. Closes at the end of the month; specifies US only, but, you know. =:)
Or, for a compo with a rather more unique angle, Crucial's offering dinner with Woz. Worldwide entries appear to be fine.
Some examples of Lytro photography, permitting refocusing on different points of the image.
In other photographic niftiness, Autodesk's got 123D Catch out, for iPad 2 & 3 only (for the fairly good reason of the first rev lacking any cameras) - take a series of photos, and it'll convert them to a 3D file. The magic's performed server-side, but still, quite cool.
Last week, the Perian developers posted an open letter stating that it will be retired in the not so distant future. (For anyone outside of Macland, it's a QuickTime plugin that bundles up a variety of helpful functions, like Matroska container support, SSA/SRT subtitles, Vorbis, and more) It's not immediate, but does clearly state: "Starting 90 days after the final Perian release, we will no longer provide support. We'll wrap up our loose ends, pack up our bags, and move on to new and exciting projects." It'll remain FOSS, though, so the torch may wind up simply being passed on to a fresh crew of developers.
jessie_pup spotted this gorgeous new stamp collection from the Royal Mail, on fashion - quite strikingly done, cleanly removing the faces, leaving the clothes and poise as the focus.
By contrast, the work of Alex Box..
For anyone who remembers Neonbunny's "A Bunny Named Starfox" mix, you might enjoy seeing the genuine music video for one of the tracks involved, La Bionda "I Want To Be Your Lover", from 1980. Not quite Heavy Metal, but not so very far off. ^_^
This is actually good. ^_^ Meco - Star Trek Medley - full-throttle disco.
Spectral Instruments make highly sensitive cameras - typical applications are in orbital astronomy, at the National Ignition Facility at LLNL, and cellular microbiology. They'd quite like to make a unit that could be used like a normal camera, if there's sufficient interest to warrant making it - it'd still be a one-off, but the idea is that they'd make it available to skilled photographers, to see what they could accomplish with it. Here's Zeke to explain.
Here's a handy tutorial on modding a Kani into a pony. Maybe it's just me, but I found the way the Kani head happily carried on occasionally blinking, when isolated from its body, a bit disturbing. ^_^;;
True, it's just a company promo - but it's (a) amusing, (b) quite definitely furry. =:D Pure Storage: You Know You Want Flash, Right? (And they've got a drawing to win some SSDs)
The iTunes Festival app just received its 2012 update, with the first of the acts that'll be filling the Roundhouse throughout September (rather than July, as in previous years). Only four confirmed at the moment, so there's no hurry to apply for (free) tickets. ^_^
It's Dig Dug's 30th anniversary - and Namco's commissioning a slew of webcomic folks to chime in. =:D
Last Saturday's amblings got truncated somewhat, thanks to (surprise!) not setting off until the middle of the afternoon. Still, I did have a good ramble around the intended starting point of the voyage back, modulo two points where the right of way had been interrupted, once by a gate being chained up, another by an electric fence strung midway across. =:P Still, really, that hardly detracted desperately from the day, with the sun sparkling in the stream waters, and the deer enthusiastically blowing me off. I spotted one deer, quite by chance, in the adjacent field - we exchanged glances, and they bounded off melodramatically, as is the cervine wont. Of course, I only had the short lens on the D90, not expecting such a sight.. now, you could excuse that the first time, and perhaps the second.. but it wasn't until after the third time I resolved to accept the hassles of navigating styles with a hefty camera in hand. And there he was.. too far away for good shots, unfortunately, but so it goes.
Sunday, meanwhile, was characterised by the Dead End sign. *sigh* I knew where I wanted to reach, as part of the day's route, but it wasn't to be - or at least, easily. ^_^; The first path down to the river valley turned out to become something of a rocky stream, and these boots are on the worn and porous side. (Even if new, that ruggedness would've required serious hiking soles) So, I took the slightly more circuitous route to the road I was aiming for, which was easy going, and included a look at mad scientist's farm, with results of stretching innocent sheep's necks to crazy proportions. Still, they seemed happy enough. Wandered along, and hit a dead end, courtesy of a You Shall Not Pass landowner. How nice. Backtracked, up and along toward the same spot.. and yep, same thing. Thankfully, cutting through a nearby woods onto a surprisingly busy little road finally yielded exhausting success, up a trail with remnants of a rocky pathway, ideal for suicidal bikers. A little further, and I reached the scene of a 1653 battle, now the very scene of quiet pastoral life. By that point, I'd opted to aim for dinner at another of the few pubs my preferred local belongs to, with an 8pm deadline in mind, after which my wishes for food would be denied.
I arrived, ordered a pint of their seasonal special, and proceeded to enjoy the tantalising menu, before checking the bus schedules again - whereupon I came to the Horrible Truth that the 10pm bus I'd been aiming for only ran on holidays, not every Sunday. Thankfully, I was in good time to catch what was apparently the final bus back into town. I suppose I could've walked back, but it'd been 4.5 hours already, and I wasn't much in the mood for another two hours, especially with nowhere to eat to look forward to by that point.
Perhaps I ought to post some of the shots along the way? Here's one, in any case.
Compare: new, unskippable anti-copying ads for US DVDs & BDs, each on screen for ten seconds; and a skippable spot produced for UK discs.
A pizza of note: begin with a Sainsbury's roquito "Taste the Difference" pizza. Add a good sprinkling of smoked hot paprika, herbes de provence, and rosemary; then, a chopped artichoke heart, and some capers. Cook mostly through, before adding raw tiger prawns, then return to the oven for completion. One of the best pizzas I've enjoyed at home in quite a while. ^_^