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For their 75th anniversary, NASA Ames is holding their first open day in 17 years, on October 18 2014. ^_^ Tickets will be required. "We're inviting all of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to come inside the gates and get to know NASA's center in Silicon Valley. Take a two-mile walking tour through the center and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, join us on our plaza to learn about our missions. In addition food, drinks and mementos will be on sale."

I was very pleased to read that AMSAT-NA is planning a new amateur radio satellite with an FM transponder onboard: Fox-1C. It's been a while since OSCAR 9/10/11 went silent, so since then, there hasn't really been much of an opportunity to relay voice over any amateur radio satellite (if I'm wrong, do let me know!), especially using FM rather than SSB. The use of a heliocentric orbit ought, as I understand, make for its appearance along the same path each time, simplifying tracking - which in my case, would probably be manual. =:)

So, rabitguy got Facerig, and proceeded to set it on a scene from The Shining, with Jack musing matters over with Lloyd, the bartender. It's.. surprisingly effective - just, this time, with a red panda and a cat playing the roles.

Hey, have a peek at a new SL av that tsudog made as a collaboration with Arito. Is that not really keen work? =:D

I still just compose in plain ol' HTML, but I notice LiveJournal recently updated their iPhone application, with the promise of Great Things for iPad, Android, and Windows Phone too. ^_^

So, Studio Ghibli is retreating. It's become too expensive for them to remain as a full-blown studio with permanent staff on their employ, so, they're effectively reverting to how they began, with just a small core staff, ramping up on a purely freelance basis.

I'm very pleased that the latest builds of OS X Yosemite seem to play nicely once more with OmniWeb. I'd actually temporarily given up on it as my default browser, but it does seem stable again. It'll sound quite daft to anyone, I'm sure, but.. OW's been my browser since - pretty much when I arrived on the web, around 1994, when I enjoyed it under NextStep 3.3. It's changed a load, of course, not least ditching their own rendering engine a while back, when it became obvious that was just a tremendous amount of work. It's still rather a beta, but.. it's a good beta. ^_^ Here you go, if you're running OS X. In particular, I remain inordinately fond of its tabs implementation, which appear in a drawer to the left or right (as per preference) of the window, as thumbnails of their pages. Loads of tabs? No problem - you just scroll up and down to see them all. If you want a larger thumbnail, just drag the drawer out further, or push it back in. Not that I usually keep more than a couple dozen tabs open in any given window, usually far fewer, but it seems to me a much more elegant method than the text-only tabs found almost everywhere else.

I recently watched Toys again, for the first time in.. foo, probably since around my introduction to the work, back in Mipple City. I remain amazed at its severe 5.0 rating on IMDb, and can frankly only largely ascribe that to its inherently pacifist nature. (FWIW, I wouldn't bother with the current DVD release - it's quite low contrast and vibrance. Very much a "dump to disc". I wonder if it's any better on Netflix et al, if it's available)

I don't make a habit of highlighting comics - but, this one from SatW is worth seeing. I maybe should apologise for linking such a tall image, but.. I hope you'll agree it deserves to be seen. ^_^



One of the photography competitions I entered a couple months ago recently requested the original file for one of my entries. =:D No cash prizes in question (I'm not the most mercenary sort around, but, wildlife photography is far from a cheap hobby or profession, and a Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 would be entirely welcome. And then there's that insanely good Nikkor 800mm f/5.6, with MTF charts not far off perfect. And lo, LensesForHire have one!), but, it might result in exhibition in a quite well respected venue. I'll be nervously anticipating further word. ^_^; Even if nothing else comes of it, it's tremendously gratifying to realise some judges saw the photo, and it caught their attention as being possibly worth highlighting. I'm not quite clear on when I'll hear, but it'll definitely be by November. I've no idea how many folks are shortlisted, but their instructions recommended using either a third party like Dropbox, or their own FTP; and the latter held some twenty other contestants' entries. With a popular contest attracting somewhere around 15,000 to 50,000 entries, I'd take a rough jab at possibly a couple hundred being shortlisted? I have no real insight, but that kind of level of narrowing down would seem about right. That's an exciting level of competition. =:D I can only hope!

Relatedly, I noticed Sigma's announced a pair of 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses - one in their "Sport" category, the other in "Contemporary", the latter being a slightly simpler optical formula. The Sport version uses two fluorite front elements, suggesting it'll be aiming at quite high quality results. Downside is that its weight is shown as being about 2.9kg - still quite hand-holdable, but heftier than, say, their 150-500mm. It'll be very interesting to see if they're genuinely pursuing the pro market with the Sport variant - how will it compare to the Nikkor 200-400mm f/4? Not as fast, of course, but if you add a 1.4 TC, that's bringing the two not so far apart, at 280-560mm f/5.6. Will the Sigma's ambitious (and perhaps unnecessarily broad) 4x zoom be its downfall?

Here's the story of one person who's set about recovering the audio from steel wire recordings of his family. "My Grandfather was a remarkable man who was fascinated by technology and built all kinds of electronic and mechanical gadgetery during his lifetime. He started working on electronic home projects in an era when components were only just becoming available to hobbyists. Among other things, he built electronic musical instruments, radios, and even a TV around which all the neighbours used to gather to watch some of the first BBC broadcasts from Crystal Palace in London where he lived.

In the late forties he built an electronic wire recorder. Tape recording had not yet been introduced commercially and steel wire, thinner than a human hair, was the only medium available for making audio recordings. Although by this time wire recorders were being introduced on the domestic market in America, in Britain they were still a rarity and confined mainly to the military and to offices where they were used as dictaphones.

My Grandfather was able use his wire recorder, along with a homemade microphone, to make recordings of my family including my Great Grandparents and my Mother as a little girl. He also recorded alll his favourite music from the radio and even copied a couple of old 78rpm discs. His recorder is long gone, but about 20 spools of wire have survived and have remained tantalisingly silent...until now!"

"Pipe Guy" plays techno with plastic plumbing pipes and flip-flops. And it sounds pretty damned good, too!

This short article is a short voyage into the use and nature of dictionaries. It begins by pondering why you'd even use one, and then, what you'll find in them - mostly, as it puts it, "They’re all a chore to read. There’s no play, no delight in the language. The definitions are these desiccated little husks of technocratic meaningese, as if a word were no more than its coordinates in semantic space." But there is an exception - and indeed, it is a thing of beauty. (Definite bonus points for the tech info at the end!)

Yesterday, I revisited the buns at the old place - it's a very pleasant locale, but most importantly, they always seemed quite open to photography, aided perhaps by the pathway running alongside, so they're somewhat used to people being around. Whilst I didn't get any ZOMG moments of extraordinary acrobatics, it was a delight nonetheless - a warm, bright, sunny day, and several buns around, in all the spots of the main field that I used to frequent. There's something I enjoy tremendously about having to keep track of all of them - who's where, what their mood appears to be, so I can pay extra attention to ones that seem like they might be feeling particularly springy or feisty. Here's one of them, caught with something of a panning, which has left everything else with a gentle blur, despite a 1/1000th second shutter speed. What must it be like, to be able to leap with such speed and power, thrusting forward at more than your own body length in one "step"?


Signal just came out for iOS, from the same folk - Open Whisper - as Android's RedPhone & TextSecure. As such, it's compatible; indeed, they'll later be combining the two into a single application there as well. It's open source, and free. With these apps, you can place securely encrypted phone calls, and exchange text messages similarly.

Saw HTTYD2 (in 3D: works well!) - I'm not quite convinced the storyline's as cohesive as the first, but there's a lot to enjoy in it, and one moment in particular I'll respect the author for. If you liked the first, you'll definitely want to catch this. Needless to say, Toothless is as wonderful as ever. =:9 (I've mentioned it before, but if you're in SL, you might want to check out Kinzart's Midnight & Dawn dragons. If I couldn't be a bunny, this'd be a pretty damned cool alternative. ^_^

So, the new iPhones debuted - and, unfortunately, they're as damned huge as rumors had had them. *sigh* Am I really so strange in wanting a smaller phone? Dammit, Tim, Steve had it right! The iPhone began at 3.5" because it was a comfortable size for one hand, with the thumb able to access icons across the entire area of the screen. Even with the iPhone 5s, I'm left having to shuffle the device in my hand to reach the screen's upper and lower bounds, unless I go two-handed, which seems a fairly cumbersome style - at that point, I'd sooner just use the iPad. I was interested to see phase detection on the camera sensor - it'll be interesting to see how accurate and fast that works out in practice, versus the contrast detection system more conventionally used outside of DSLRs. (I can't comment on MILCs, not being more than passingly familiar with Micro Four-Thirds and Nikon 1 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, aka MILCs) Still, bit of a moot point for me - I doubt I'll be swapping out the iPhone 5s for quite a while yet, as it's the iPad Air that sees most of my usage outside the warren. (Touch ID would be pretty nice on its successor - it's proven to be a remarkably easy means of securing the iPhone, and easily preferable to entering one's iTunes Store password, however familiar it may be)

One thing that caught my attention with Apple Pay was that as the information stored on the device is only a token, not the card numbers, so if the phone does get stolen, the card account is completely unaffected - it's just a matter of cancelling that token. (Not that that brings the phone back - but it's one less bit of hassle) Also, as it's coupled to Touch ID, Apple's apparently negotiated "card present" rates for such transactions. Just wish my debit card would finally sport NFC, not just the credit card, though the lack of security is rather worrisome, mitigated by, I believe, a fairly low cap on the size of transactions supported with just a tap of the card. I wouldn't be overly surprised to find there's a fair bit of security through obscurity going on, though NFC crypto has, as I understand it, progressed somewhat since the dark days of NXP clamping down on details of just how insecure their early implementations were. One interesting, possibly not so coincidental matter in Apple's adoption of NFC, is that apparently, as of October 2015, card merchants in the US must support "EMV", aka "Chip & Pin", unless they want to assume responsibility for card fraud/misuse, which will lead to the US finally seeing the technology broadly adopted.

The Apple Watch also arrived, but I'm not in that market, so I shan't comment much on it - I wasn't taken by the iPod, thinking it a fairly expensive means of carrying a lot of music around, but it proved to define its segment. It certainly looks very nice, but I don't really want something on my wrist, and I'm not interested in FitBit/Fuel Band health functionality. (Speaking of the iPod, the day also apparently saw the iPod Classic's demise, vanishing from the company's site. And so the (click) wheel of technology turns..)

Speaking of phones, how often do real people - ie youse guys - upgrade theirs anyway? The way pundits speak, they'd have me believe it's perfectly commonplace for folks to swap out for a new model every year. Am I actually unusual in buying an iPhone 3G in Sep (almost wrote 1998, which would have been impressive) Sep 2008, then an iPhone 5s in Dec 2013? Admittedly, I'm not one for phones as phones (ie voice and SMS) anyway, and the iPad's been my device of choice since getting my original iPad Mk.1 - but a good smartphone's not exactly a trivial expense, after all.

There's a new TV series based on Watership Down coming to the BBC! Details seem scarce at the moment, but I'm all for more buns on the screen.

For the aviation geeks: a series of photos of Seattle's Museum of Flight's ongoing restoration of RA001, the first prototype 747, whose first flights date back to - surprisingly, to me - 1969.

I'll leave this here, in case others encounter the same problem: under recent builds of OS X Yosemite, Parallels Desktop 8 ceased working, refusing to launch any VMs. This can (for now?) be fixed by turning off the kernel extension signing check, using sudo nvram boot-args="kext-dev-mode=1" in the shell of your choice. Yay, no mandatory upgrade required! (I may, at some point, but TBH, Parallels 8's done a fine job. It's a great way to run Windows, with the benefit of being able to run multiple OSs in parallel, restore sessions very quickly, and preserve entire system states trivially simply)

Back in Hartnell's day, it appears Brian Blessed was almost Doctor Who. =:D I was also tickled to see him note that "It’s about time they had an Asian actor as the Doctor. And a female one."

Apparently Microsoft's buying Mojang. =:/ Not quite sure why, but then, Facebook bought Oculus Rift, so - eh, the dollar trees need harvesting now and then?

I doubt it'll be another Damekko Doubutsu, but Wake Up, Girl Zoo! could at least be good fun.

eliki pointed out a rather good four minute sketch, "The Box". If you've enjoyed the work of, say, Chris Morris, you're in with a good chance of grinning at the dark humor here, on a deterrent to Scotland leaving the UK.

patch_bunny notes that they've recently finished up on the latest episode of MFT3000. ^_^ The film? Eliminators, whose description sounds like prime riffing territory: "A former pilot rebels against his creator, teaming up with the scientist responsible for android technology, her pet robot Spot, a rough-and-tumble riverboat guide, and a martial arts warrior." =:D It'll be available soon, once they've completed the final audio mix.

So, there's this friend, who sent out an image. How much of a tease is he? (Perhaps worth noting: he was at SDCC)

A potentially handy web app for landscape photography: The Photographer's Ephemeris. There are also paid versions available for iOS and Android. Drop the pin somewhere of interest in the world, and you can then see the times and angles of sun & moon rise & set, and their locations in the sky at any point during the day or night. That way, you can plan when to take a specific shot, if you're looking for illumination behind a certain landmark, or with light approaching one at just the right angle.

Yay! iOS 8's "Continuity" function for phone calls works at of beta 4. ^_^ If enabled, when the iPhone receives a call, I'll see notification of it on the iPad - the caller ID (if supplied), and the name associated with that number. I can then choose to take the call on the iPad, if that's more convenient - as it sometimes is, as I only keep the phone on me outside the warren, but the iPad comes down to the kitchen or main room with me. Hardly a world-changing feature, but welcome. Similarly for SMSs as well - they appear on the iPad within the Messages app, and can be replied to from there.

One of the best TF sequences I've seen in a while: A Horse Named Charity.

imgur recently offered a one-off imguraffe t-shirt via Teespring. Given the adorable design, I pretty much had to go for one. ^_^

For dark humor in a geeky style: Cards Against Mars.

One wildlife shot (well, a pair, really) that caught my eye recently: a rat chasing off a stoat, with a bonus levitating rat. Quite a moment! And if an otter's more your bag, how about this one from the Isle of Mull proudly sporting his crab catch?

I started playing AC:WW again, but, I think I've had my fill for this time around. It's actually good fun, even now, with all the little subtleties involved, like "native" fruit only being worth 100 Bells each, but "foreign" are 500 - so I set about wantonly chopping down the peach trees, in favor of pears. Of course, the axe kept breaking, and Tom Nook doesn't sell replacements every day, only some days. There is the Golden Axe, too, but that involves a chain of trades.. I still keep an eye out for Wendell to show up, just out of principle. =:) In any event, it's very good to see OpenEmu runs it almost flawlessly, with just a minor audio glitch on leaving a room. I'll admit, I'd be half tempted to pick up a 3DS for AC:NL, if I could find one going cheaply. Frustratingly, though, I realised Nintendo recently dropped its server-side support for WiFi, for DS and Wii - and one of the conditions for getting Nookington's is to have someone visit your village and buy something from Tom Nook. =:P But, it does seem there are some replacement server projects, such as AltWFC, coupled with WFC Patcher, which patches the ROM file to bypass WFC authentication. Haven't tried it out yet, but I'd be happy if it worked. On the simple cheat side, I realised that leaving Bells in your saving account and gaining interest by setting the date way in the future works on the DS system time, not AC:WW's as set using the Service Center phone. In the case of OpenEmu, that means your computer's system time - and futzing with that can cause some indigestion with other applications, which suddenly find their SSL certificates invalid, or Time Machine feeling unhappy about not having backed up in several thousand days. ^_^; So, best to quit Mail and Calendar first, and turn Time Machine off temporarily. But yes, it does work - I just withdrew 40,000 Bells that had accumulated between 2001 and 2037. =:D Hardly a world shattering hack, given even the maximum you can gain this way is, apparently, 99,999 Bells at a time, but still, easier than repeatedly selling loads of fruit at a few thousand each time. ie: set OS time to 2001, launch OpenEmu and AC:WW, start playing, save, quit, set time to 2037, relaunch and resume, and visit the Town Hall to see your balance having increased. ^_^

That said, WiFi support in DeSmuME, whose core OpenEmu bundles up for its DS support, appears to be barely available, so I might have to result to poking around in the game file to see if there's some way of triggering Nookington's. (There does indeed seem to be quite an active game hacker community, including AC:WW, offering means of using Action Replay dongles to slot in tweaks like additional copies of Tom Nook's stores, or manually laying out the contents of your home's rooms at the (more or less) command line - but that's only relevant, AFAICT, to folks using that device and the original hardware. But, maybe there are clues to be gleaned in how the files are laid out)

Remember the superb Presto short from Pixar a couple years back? The director, Doug Sweetland, appears to have a new project on the boil, "Storks". Details seem completely unavailable at the moment, but if it has even a fraction of the energy and classic timing of Presto, it could be well worth waiting for.

For ducktapeddonkey: "Landlady’s pet donkey becomes a pub regular".

I'd long suspected as much, so I was quite tickled to see my suspicions confirmed by research by Aunshul Rege of Rutgers University. Those scam emails are deliberately poorly written, for the purpose you'd imagine: only the most gullible will reply to them, thereby minimising the number of potential marks you need to pay attention to. (Slide 36 of a presentation of O'Reilly's "Lean Analytics")

Good to see someone bringing animated feature production to the UK! Other than Aardman, who've seemingly given up on the feature length market, nobody really comes to mind, despite the wealth of talent to be found around. In this case, it's Sarah Smith's new company, Locksmith Animation; previously, she's worked with the likes of Armando Ianucci and Chris Morris, and more recently, wrote and directed Arthur Christmas. (Which I can happily recommend, FWIW)

Meanwhile, Stan Sakai's long-running Usagi Yojimbo is being developed for the big screen. =:D A long way to go yet, but the folks involved have substantial experience. As part of the pitch, they've produced a seven minute stop motion animated short, "The Last Request".

The BBC released episode details for the 2014 season, with episode titles, writers, and directors. One name that piqued my interest is for the finale - directed by Rachel Talalay, who, once upon a time, directed Tank Girl. =:D

A game with some furry interest which finally saw release the other day: Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace, "a space combat sim in the tradition of X-Wing/Wing Commander, set in an 80s cartoon style universe. Spacefaring dinosaurs have declared war on mankind and only the Proton Riders - an oddball group of superpilots - can save Earth from certain defeat! Ace Ferrara is a military cadet who just scored the most prestigious internship in the galaxy: aboard the Proton Riders' flagship Discordia. However, between escorting coffee freighters and manning the fax machine, Ace soon discovers that being an intern among his heroes isn't quite what he dreamed it would be. Step into Ace Ferrara's shoes, meet cybernetically augmented cats, daredevil adventurers and the enigmatic Double-Doctor Proton, and work yourself up from lowly intern to galactic hero!"

Stone Brewing, whom some of you (well, hopefully everyone =:) will know from Arrogant Bastard Ale, are apparently poised to open in Berlin shortly, with a brewhouse, distribution center, and a bistro/restaurant. =:D And, another brewery in Mississippi. The world needs more good beer. ^_^

Oh dear. I finally saw a film by a director with a fairly impressive record, Guillermo del Toro - Pacific Rim. Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Still, I will credit the production design work, which looked extraorinarily impressive, in part, I feel, because the suits actually existed, rather than being purely CG. (I feel the Thumper Principle kicking in)

A minor photographic note: Nikon recently issued firmware updates for a few models: D4S, D7000, D7100, D600, D610, and D90. Doesn't look like it's anything more than support for lens distortion data v.2, but it can't hurt to update regardless. (Simple process: extract the .bin file, drop that onto the root of an SD Card, and enter the Setup: Firmware Version menu, which will now have an "Update" option. You'll need to update the firmware first, then the lens data)

If you know the classic "Cans" CGI ad from the 1980s (and it's included at the end, if you're not), this three minute short provides some interesting background into how they went about creating the 30 second spot. And if you're particularly geeky, this tribute to Robert Abel, head of the company that produced the spot, is a superbly informative, personal insight into how companies like that came about. Did you realise they used an early form of mo-cap for the character's animation?

So, if Dr Bronner had been Thai, and obsessed with reincarnation and sex, perhaps this would have been the result. ^_^;

I did download that workprint screener of the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who. (It's available where you'd expect) Rather an interesting bit of insight into the production process, actually, as there are plenty of filler sfx, such as a fairly crudely rendered dino, and a fairly rough audio mix - it's aired properly now, but it's worth a look regardless. (So, theories as to who the puppetmaster at work is? Is this the work of the same folk as Madame Kovarian? Or, as I read elsewhere, might "Missy" be short for "Mistress" - ie, a female incarnation of the Master.. ?)

lupestripe and others up Leeds way might be interested in the Fireworks Champions event at Broughton Hall, on Saturday, Sep 20 2014, which sees three teams, plus the organisers, show off their best displays set to accompanying soundtracks, plus all the usual food & drink, though you're also free to bring your own.

I recently learned that there's a film adaptation of Beasts of Burden in the works, directed by Shane Acker, who wrote and directed 9. No release date as yet, though, so it still seems to be a little way off. And, Alex Cox has a film adaptation of "Bill, the Galactic Hero" debuting in Dec 2014.

If you have an iPad (probably other devices too), check out Sequential. It's another comics storefront, but, it doesn't peddle the same stuff as everyone else - rather, there, you'll find gems like Hunt Emerson's work, Brian Bolland's personal projects, and all manner of indie arcana, and almost always much cheaper than the paper equivalents. (I was also quite impressed when I enquired about one work being rather more than the paper version, and received a detailed, genuinely explanatory reply from the owner)

Utah decided to appeal a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which declared 2-1 that their anti-marriage equality amendment was unconstitutional. The interesting twist is they've chosen to petition the Supreme Court. If they accept, that could set the stage for a definitive ruling covering all such bans across the US. Per ScotusBlog: "SCOTUS will act on the Utah #ssm petition by late-2014, likely grant it, hear argument in March 2015, and rule (5-4) in June 2015"

The trailer for The Last Fiction is worth two minutes of your time, if the idea of a traditionally animated action flick appeals. It's in Farsi, without subtitles, but that doesn't really matter.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out: BRICS nations found World Bank rival, to be known as the New Development Bank, based in Shanghai.

Barbecue in the Bay Area's rather an under-represented cuisine - about the only places that come to mind are Memphis Minnie's, in the Lower Haight, and then some joint down in Newark. But! Seems there's a new player in town: Perdition BBQ. They offer all the usual meats and combos, but also rather an impressive beer list, and a beer garden around the back. The location's pretty damned convenient, too, just around the corner from the downtown Berkeley BART, on University Avenue.

A Monday some weeks ago held an event of some particular significance for me, even if of a pop culture nature: hearing Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons, as well as Frazer Irving, talk about the genesis of 2000AD, and its impact on the British and international comics scene, at the British Library, in A British Revolution: 2000AD and Beyond. Pat Mills being, after all, one of the fathers of 2000AD itself, and Dave Gibbons is known to a few people as well. =:)


Afterward, the roomie and I were loosely heading toward The Artichoke, a pub which apparently serves a decent line in tapas, but stumbled upon Shaker & Company instead. It was an unknown entity to me, but, they did seem to have a pretty good spread of bottles at the bar, and the menu promised good pizzas, which was confirmed by two passing us by on entering. =:9 The first two cocktails were fine indeed, but the belle of the ball was definitely the Old Fashioned, tweaked, as they were out of one of the usual ryes. The roomie fortuitously said "barman's discretion", when the waitress came to offer the news and enquire as to our preferred replacement - which, jharish may be pleased to learn, turned out to be Bulleit 45%.

After all that, the roomie had to head back home, as his commute dictates getting up at Dark O'Clock; meanwhile, realising I was but a hop from the Euston Cider Tap, had to call in there. If you're ever in London, and want some seriously good cider - the stuff you'll find down in Somerset and thereabouts - call in there. It's right outside Euston, adjacent to their Euston Tap, offering many beery delights. No food, unfortunately, given there really isn't any space for a kitchen (barely even a toaster =:), but a couple pints of sheer apple delight of 7% or so will ameliorate the wistfulness. ^_^

And on the way back, we're offered cupcakes on the Tube, for no reason than random friendliness. ^_^ (Sadly, I couldn't accept, being completely stuffed with the aforementioned pizza. Really didn't want to see how scientifically accurate the Mr Creosote scene was)

If I used TVs, I'd almost be tempted by the current offer on Apple TVs - £79 as usual, but currently with a £25 iTunes card. £54 for one isn't a bad deal, but I've not looked into what the jailbreaking scene is like thereabouts. (What little TV I watch is largely on Hazel, or more likely, the iPad while in the bath, so file formats and codecs aren't an issue) The offer makes me wonder, of course, if September might not hold an interesting update, possibly bringing an outright iOS variant with App Store support.

Here's a handy comic offering flowchart guidance for "what should you do when you see something on the net that you want to share?"

I don't, as a rule, buy CDs. I did, however, buy one after Hazel O'Connor and her skillful partners managed a fantastic gig. No drums or percussion, no guitars! Just keyboards and some damned good sax, and Hazel herself, covering some of their own compositions, some jazzy classics (she covers Nina Simone well!), and a couple favorites, inevitably including The Eighth Day. And so I wound up sheepishly requesting a signature. ^_^ So, I have a dedication from a musician I've admired for years. Sort of amazing, I think. ^_^; Photographically, it was a nightmare - typically an extreme combination of very low light, coupled with strong lighting, of any hue, but especially yellow. Some keepers, nonetheless, helped by the stabilisation in the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mmm, indeed - yellow gold's a very heavy color, speaking of power, or aspirations thereto, and that's not something that speaks of me, or you. Although I would happily back you as UN Sec. Gen. ^_^

It's an odd world sometimes, ne? If you want to be a pony, or a dinoRAWR, you've got to be twelve or under. Pah! Perhaps that's an element of furrydom's success - we really get to explore ourselves, in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways, whether combining species in unlikely ways, falling in love with folks we've never met in person, exploring who we really are, in species, gender, and more.

I confess to too much black. ^_^; Not out of any special fondness, just a helpfully neutral tone. On the other paw, I don't mind it - black jeans rising to a multi-hued Daft Pon3 shirt is a combo I enjoy. ^_^ Maybe it is shyness - the urban equivalent of the snowshoe hare's white. =:/ I do feel I'm not really where I should be, but I'm still trying to work all that out. I hope I arrive, at some point..

The pager goes off and I am like "MY PEOPLE NEED ME!"

*giggle* Okay, I can see that. ^_^ I think I might even be able to work with that - having an actual, real, very present need to be up and about, I'd find invigorating and exciting, and that's a fantastic spirit in which to work. Even as a programmer, I've known that a few times, particularly before Cleaner 5's release, where I was part of the key to getting the Mac OS multiprocessor operation tidily locked down for perfect reliability. Thenabouts, I was getting dropped off at the hotel (having just got into town, no time to look for anywhere) past midnight, after a normal start - and I loved it. =:D We were slaying some really esoteric problems, of the most awkward kind - but together, we made a force to be reckoned with. Just wish I'd had a magical girl TF sequence to go along with it. ^_^