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A simple competition: win your weight in beer. =:D (They do note you'll be added to their mailing list - but, JW Lees do make some good stuff, notably Manchester Star, currently available in Sainsbury, possibly Morrison)

If you have a few moments spare, see what you make of this article from the New Yorker: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins.

Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with.

“Come on,” Jillette said. “Steal something from me.”

Again, Robbins begged off, but he offered to do a trick instead. He instructed Jillette to place a ring that he was wearing on a piece of paper and trace its outline with a pen. By now, a small crowd had gathered. Jillette removed his ring, put it down on the paper, unclipped a pen from his shirt, and leaned forward, preparing to draw. After a moment, he froze and looked up. His face was pale.

“Fuck. You,” he said, and slumped into a chair.

Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from Jillette’s pen.

And so Elite: Dangerous not only makes its initial funding target, but also secures Mac support, and gains an extra ten ship designs, having breezed past the £1.5m mark. ^_^ And as a reply on the comments there noted, you can download the original and sequels as Windows applications, pre-bundled with emulators, over here - or, native versions of a clone of the original, Oolite, for OS X, Linux, and Windows. I oughtn't have gone with the support level I did, but - it was very much a one-off opportunity (being able, in a small way, to not just fund it, but actually help influence the course of the game!) and thankfully, the diet does mean not having to spend much on food and drink. ^_^;

Short for the day: Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses. Can you guess what it's about?

And, a music video: I Have Your Heart, of a woman and a cat-man's forbidden romance. Flayrah notes "The 4’25” video is apparently not produced by an animation studio, but by three people: New York cartoonist/paper cutout artist Molly Crabapple, music composer Kim Boekbinder, and Melbourne stop-motion animator Jim Batt (and a small staff); it raised $17,280 on Kickstarter."

Could it be that publishers are finally grasping that physical media is not their future? Finally? Disney's announced that Wreck-It Ralph will arrive for download first, on Feb 12, with the discs debuting on Mar 5. Though, I dare say they'll still try to favor the discs with much more extras, still only sometimes even available as downloads.

Well, that's an.. interesting wrinkle to get out of paying SL rent. If land's group-owned, it appears it can be put up for sale, with no contributions from any members, and the land doesn't fall out of group ownership.
Indeed so. I could sort of understand, if this were 20 years ago, and the film in question some relatively risky prospect, but now, with digital distribution (ie no duplication or delivery costs), and the availability of the net *worldwide*, such deliberately retarded releases are utterly nonsensical. (See also the even more inexplicable Cloud Atlas delay, with the UK almost the final location globally).

I'm fine with seeing films in cinemas, but there really isn't much of a draw there, for me - even if they were free, to start off, you're sharing with any number of people, who may well not be all that interested in the film, or wishing for detailed reminders of the plot. Add in the crunching on popcorn and crackling of other munchables' packaging, and fidgeting around in neighboring connected seats.. it's not really a persuasive argument, much as the industry loves to promote the magic of the cinema. (Not to mention careless owners, who sometimes can't give a damn about minor matters like convergence - eg Odeon) And to cap it off, I'm presented with "my god these pirates are evil" propaganda when I've already damned well paid to be there?

Hey ho. There are good venues, but they're not the multiplexes.
They did eventually fix that last one, by instead thanking people for supporting Cinema. Because someone pointed out how poorly people took to being lectured about stealing after they had paid them money.
Ah, they missed that aspect at my last visit - just the stick of the "imagine you couldn't come to a wonderful place like this!".. *cough* With, of course, the usual life-threatening warnings not to even dream of recollecting anything you saw in a cinema.

Not, of course, that it's possible to search anywhere for current releases, and find just about anything. Something like that would kill the film industry before we even knew it.