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Elite: Dangerous is within sniffing distance of its target - but also its end, when January 4th has run its course in the UK. At 2am Jan 2, it's at £1,175,351 of its goal of £1,250,000. (Bear in mind, the minimum pledge is only £1 - it's just that the various levels offer all sorts of nifty goodies, including the soundtrack, shirt, copy of the novel, some starting bonuses in-game, all expansions, and participation in the alpha or beta testing) Scrub that: some 18 hours later, it became fully funded! At least, for its initial goal. Now to see about Mac support, and ten extra ships to play with. ^_^ (Thursday 1pm: it's at £1,299,724!)

Music video for the day: dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip: Get Better. (Love the "fox ears" hair!)

One animated feature I'll be looking forward to in 2013 is Ernest & Célestine (IMDb); in this clip, in which Célestine objects to Ernest's plan for her. True, it's from a press release, but the US distributor's president seems sold: "The film is a triumph of 2D animation and storytelling. A phenomenally beautiful hand painted watercolor design, immensely likable characters, a wonderful ‘friendship against all odds’ story that sweeps you up and does not waste a single minute of screen time. It is just overflowing with warmth and playful visual humor, there is so, so much to like about this movie."

Regarding LJ's recent issues: unsurprisingly, it's malicious traffic again.

So, I finally got to see Rise of the Guardians. ^_^ Whilst the plot was a bit lacking, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters (particularly the Russian style Santa, and of course, the Easter Bunny <3), and the visual creativity. The casting was likewise spot on. Despite the plot, the storyline nonetheless had a magnificent sense of playfulness, in its brighter times, making it a real joy to experience. I wasn't a fan of its hyperkinetic camerawork, but its positives easily outweighed such reservations - if you've not seen it yet, and could do with something to buoy up your spirits, see it. Or, indeed, to see Bunnymunde. =:9

Here's a good article that summarises just why the Daily Mail is so poisonous, leading in with a recent story on the UK about to be deluged by Bulgarians and Romanians. No, really: "We're on our way to Britain: A year from now up to 29m Bulgarians and Romanians will have the right to settle in Britain and claim benefits. And these gypsies in the slums of Sofia can hardly wait…"

I was almost tempted to pick up Prometheus on iTunes, at $14.99/£9.99 for HD, but then discovered that the "digital copy" on the physical discs - which come with a lot more extras - apparently include iTunes codes! (Though there seems to be some confusion as to whether those are good for HD or SD)

Taking a small survey from Premier Guitar could win you a 32GB iPad mini, preloaded with three of their guitar apps. Open worldwide.

So, the Yule/New Year break is over, and the house is back to normal. As is, I'm pleased to note, the diet, which I duly resumed on Wednesday, unaltered and in full effect. ^_^ (I have not, however, dared weigh myself again. Not just yet =:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let's be weight loss buddies!
Oh, cool beans! Any idea how much you're losing? (Or hoping to) I think I'm around 8-10lb/mo, though the past fortnight's probably not been reflective of that. =:) Following any particular plan, or just cutting back? For me, that's easily done by dropping the snacks (I love crunchy snacks. And dangerously, I can cook =:), and most of the beer and cider, save for one day a week.

Even aside from the weight going down, it's also spelled an end to the acid reflux, which I'm definitely not unhappy about. ^_^
I aim to be 60 lbs lighter by the end of the year. Hopefully I can manage that with the 1200 calorie diet my doctor has recommended.

I was bad over the holidays but made up for it by fasting the day after.

I want to be able to wear my old jeans and not have my paws and knees hurt after being on them all day. My family has predispositions to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes too, so I want to try and prevent those.
Mm, 1200's quite readily feasible, and that ought to yield a good 8-10lb/mo, especially if you're up and about a lot of the day, so the diet won't drag on.

Nothing wrong with putting a diet on hold over the festivities. ^_^ I thoroughly enjoyed that delivery pizza on Dec 22. (Mmm, triple bacon & spinach.. so good!) The big thing, of course, is to resume it when intended, and that seems to've gone without a hitch for both of us.

Indeed, I know I had a lot more energy when I was at my proper weight - I was up and zooming around San Diego Zoo all day, where my friend was puffing away after a small hill. I'd love to feel that again. And definitely, if there are significant personal risks you can minimise by shedding the pounds, that's only for the better.

I'll probably wait another day or two before weighing myself again, just to be merciful to myself, all the same. ^_^; I've been doing so usually every day or so, though, mostly because the scales aren't especially accurate - get off and back on, and it'll show maybe a 2lb difference. With more frequent data points, the noise is more readily filtered out. (I wonder if there are any scales available that are accurate, without spending a lot.. still, it doesn't really make much difference, I suppose - it's the loss that counts. Dropping a jeans size last month was quite a boost!)
I use a wii balance board in lieu of an actual scale