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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 suppose September feels right, as that was last year's starting point - but, presumably there'll be some advance warning, during which The Hub starts wheeling out the party cannon to alert people to the new season. I've no idea how that's run in the past, though - quite likely they'd have some formal press release first, anyway. =:/

Special reasons? Hmm! We can only wonder.. ! Personally, I'd love it to be to make time for everyone involved to get huddled into studios to record commentary tracks.. how much fun would it be to have DVD/BD/iTunes releases of it all, with actor and character commentaries? =:D

I really do hope Hasbro's taking notice. It seems so, given the prominence MLP's taken in some of their general trade show materials.. I suppose large corporations are always ponderous in their deliberations, even when not shackled by multiple layers of bureaucracy.

S4? Hoo, there's a question. ^_^; I hope the decision's made by the staff, rather than being imposed from above. I'd trust them to have a feel for when it's time to hand off to the world of fan animation for the future - and I imagine things will continue for quite some time, given the wealth of story opportunities people see already, let alone any more that may be introduced in S3 and beyond. And then there's original music, and remixes, and music videos.. !