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It is confirmed: Asylum of the Daleks is on Sep 1, BBC 1, 7.20pm - 8.10pm. (And on BBC America: same day, 9pm/8pm Central; in Canada, 9pm Eastern on Space) *Kermit flail* (Has there been any word of when MLP:FiM resumes? I notice, at least according to Wikipedia, that this season will only be 13 episodes, rather than the 26 of before)

There were a couple surprise announcements out of Linden Lab recently: on the graphical front, specular and normal maps are coming, and, the official SL client (as opposed to the various third party clients, such as Firestorm) will soon be available via Steam.


I'm positively tickled by this hat, and the fact that someone's job apparently involves subtly folding its tip down. =:D

The Science Museum will be hosting a public reunion of some of the key folk from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and synth pioneers EMS, on September 29 2012. "Join us for a conversation with these pioneers of British electronic music and find out about the extraordinary moment of the 50s and 60s when electronic music was invented."

Hiriko Fold: an electric car with motors on each wheel, turnable by 60 degrees, permitting sideways driving or turning on the spot - and to help squeeze into tight parking spaces, it folds up. =:D Initially, they're targeting local governments, with Berlin, Barcelona, and San Francisco on the launch list.

Nikon's just announced three new compact cameras - the interesting one, for me, is the Coolpix S800c. A decent spec, although we'll have to wait on independent test results to see the sensor's performance, but the novel part is that it runs some version of Android. Is this the first time a major camera manufacturer's gone with an open source OS? Point being, of course, that this would seem to open the way for all manner of nifty image/video processing being able to run on the camera itself, just as we now see a bewildering variety of such apps for iPhones, from simple Instagram effects, through to full-blown RAW processing. Needless to say, I'm wondering if this will turn out to be just an experiment, or the start of a migration toward more flexible architectures.

This was taken soon after a bit of a downpour, so when this sqrl came toward me - literally running for me, only changing direction toward the end - they'd picked up quite a bit of moisture from the grass on the driving range, leaving them rather less foofly than usual. Indeed, view at full size, and you'll even see tiny beads of water on some of the clawtips. ^_^;



Comics! Go on, recommend comics to me. ^_^ In my daily roster already: Sinfest, Precocious, Skin Horse, SBMC, User Friendly (though I'll probably drop it), DMFA, Heavenly Nostrils, Lio, Bad Machinery, Speed Bump, Non Sequitur, Doonesbury, Over the Hedge, and Dilbert. Others that aren't daily that I sometimes catch up with include Housepets and Gunnerkrigg Court.

zrath reminded me that Devo are currently touring California, with the Warfield on Sep 10 - backed up by Blondie. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was tempted to ponder there may be some latent concern over people just printing comics out themselves, rather than buying the real editions, but that'd take a fairly determined skinflint. =:D Myself, I don't buy paper unless necessary (which is rare) - unfortunately, that does mean missing out on a few furry comics entirely, with no digital editions offered. Seems strange to me that businesses choose to leave money on the table, but then again, the media industries are rife with such examples, prominently featuring studios refusing to make downloads available, and even then, seldom with anything but the feature itself, lacking all the discs' extras. (And then the download may be priced either similarly to or more expensive than the discs!)

Ah, yes, Dinosaur Comics! That I actually do keep up with via RSS, courtesy of an LJ feed. Maybe I should check out such for the non-dailies I've sort of left behind - Housepets and Gunnerkrigg Court especially. It's easy enough to set up an LJ feed, of course, but it seems silly to duplicate ones that are already around. (Though whether it's possible to search for existing feeds now, I'm not sure.. ISTR it was a bit troublesome)

I noticed Ryan North has a hand in Adventure Time, which I had a quick peek at the other day - it's more something, I suspect, I'd enjoy with friends, joking about it, enjoying some nommables. =:9

Wow, Red Meat's been going for a while now. I'll give it a peek, though I suspect its rather bleak tone might deter me from keeping it on the regular roster.

I'll have to check out the others. ^_^ I'm certainly up for a good slice-of-life yarn, especially now Fur-Piled's run its course. (Prematurely, I'd say - it felt like such a lively setting, with characters who all had more stories to tell, but there's much to be said for ending a story or a show in its prime, or not long after)

Strips will probably have to start getting a bit larger - display resolutions certainly aren't going down! I'm on 1920x1200, albeit at 17". I can only guess at the jiggery-pokery the iPad 3 has to engage in under the cover, to keep web browsing sane. =:/