So, I finally got around to putting in my ha'penny into the backing of Elite: Dangerous. ^_^ Whether it succeeds in its funding goal remains to be seen - it's going to be more akin to Camouflaj's République, it seems, which powered through its target in the closing hours, than the Tesla Museum, which romped home. If you're holding off, remember you only get debited for your pledge amount on the closing date, January 4 2013, and only if it reaches or exceeds its goal. Kicktraq indicates the progress has remained steady, but needs a little bump upwards, if it's to meet its target.
If you've wanted to donate to Wikileaks before, but were stymied by the paucity of options, there's a new umbrella organisation, with a remit of helping fund investigative journalism toward transparency and accountability: the Freedom of the Press Foundation. They'll be rotating a selection of four such organisations, every two months - currently, they're Wikileaks, MuckRock News, the National Security Archive, and the UpTake. Donations can be spread however you like, à la Humble Bundle. As for the organisation itself, their board of directors includes: Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, John Cusack, Xeni Jardin, and John Perry Barlow.
Goatswood looks like a good place to visit for SL photography, or indeed, Victorian/Gothic roleplay. I'm rather more of a futuristic bun, personally, but I can certainly appreciate the exquisite level of care lavished upon the sim's construction.
A few free films up on the Internet Archive, as DVD ISOs (and lower quality transcodings): L.A. Story, A Room with a View, Blazing Saddles, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Moonstruck.
Scott Kelby's Lighting Recipes seems like a good look into practical photographic lighting. Free, iPad only. (There's also his Photo Recipes, £13.99, iOS Universal, which I haven't tried yet)
Hm. There's nothing really stopping me from making my own HD digital box set of MLP S1, is there? Assuming the runtimes of all the episodes on the DVDs match the versions on the iTunes Store, I could strip off the commentary tracks, and add them to the iTunes files. I'd far sooner not buy physical media, but with Hasbro's licensing as it is, that'd be a viable option. Mmm.. yes, that could be a plan. ^_^ (Yay! Hasbro's released this week's episode early on iTunes!)
Could be a rather nifty commission! Capcom's running a Darkstalkers character design competition, with the top prize being the design realised by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, the artist for Darkstalkers Resurrection, along with a Darkstalkers art book, and a statue of Lord Raptor. (Open to peeps in the EU, US, and Canada)
Well, that's our seasonal music sorted. Presenting the only such you need: A Heavy Metal Christmas, by Sir Christopher Lee, including his versions of The Little Drummer Boy, and Silent Night. ^_^