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It's not exactly local to me, but it's a very tempting line-up: a comedy evening in Brighton, including the likes of Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Rob Newman, and Robin Ince, all for a princely £15. =:D That's over at the Theatre Royal, on Sunday, March 22nd.

Here's a collection of interviews with a wide variety of personages and celebrities, covering quite a spread of talents and backgrounds, including the likes of William H Macy, Annie Lennox, Ron Perlman, Terry Gilliam, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Rob Reiner. Audio only, around 20 minutes long each.

Want to see how a jet engine works, with beautifully produced animated cutaways? There are several more from the same guy, including what makes tarantulas tick, how speakers make sound, and how LCDs work. Educational, and gorgeous to boot.

Quite a fun, simple music video: Flight Facilities - Down to Earth, starring a dancing Sam Rockwell.

I've listened to the album quite a few times, but the Tron Legacy soundtrack easily remains one of my absolute favorites - this version came from vinyl, sampled at 24/96, mastered with apparently a lighter touch on the compression (in the dynamic range sense) than on the digital releases. Really comes into its own on something like The Game Has Changed, with that deliberate synth distortion playing against the orchestra. I have very boringly average hearing, and hardly any special setup - just Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones fed straight from the MBP - but wow, that album's just so intensely immersive. =:D (Love the film, too)

I may have a new favorite TV chef. ^_^ Have a look at this recipe for a cauliflower pizza, presented by Laura Miller. (Oh, what a voice! <3)

For Bay peeps: the forthcoming two Midnites for Maniacs screenings are going to be especially fun. ^_^ First, on Fri, March 6, 7.30pm at the Castro, is a DCP presentation of the regional premiere of the director's cut (with a longer, darker ending) of The Little Shop of Horrors, followed by eXistenZ, plus an array of Cronenberg trailers, on 35mm. Then, on Sat, May 23, at 7pm at the Roxie, a Jeunet/Caro double bill of Amélie and La Cité des Enfants Perdus, both from 35mm.

I'm not given to promoting Buzzfeed links, but - these bits of Andre the Giant trivia are quite remarkable. I hadn't been aware William Goldman actually wrote the part of Fezzik specifically with him in mind. And the photo of him standing next to Arnold Schwarzenegger is quite an amusing contrast. =:D

A fun TG TF sequence: Multiply, by Snaketrap. Entirely NSFW, although maybe safer in some workplaces than others. =:)

Temporarily, the Kindle editions of Post-Human, books 1-4, are free, as is book 5. [Edit: that's over now, unfortunately]

And similarly, the iOS version of classic platformer [And] Yet It Moves is currently free, until 3pm GMT on Friday.

I was curious as to the origin of the term "the Streisand effect", and was impressed by its magnitude. =:D It arose from her attempt to remove an aerial photo of her home, on the basis of invasion of privacy. However, as the Wikipedia entry notes, "before Streisand filed her lawsuit, 'Image 3850' had been downloaded from Adelman's website only six times; two of those downloads were by Streisand's attorneys. As a result of the case, public knowledge of the picture increased substantially; more than 420,000 people visited the site over the following month."

Here, have a truly demented blend of two tracks.. Stayin' Alive in the Wall. Yes. ^_^

lupestripe pointed out a relatively new comedian, Nish Kumar, and so I went sniffing around YouTube - and yep, here's seven minutes courtesy of the BBC. Very funny stuff.

Rather a curious potential acquisition by Apple: soft synth developers Camel Audio. Presumably their work'll form part of a new version of Logic and/or Garageband?
Ah, poop.. yes, it looks like those books have reverted to their normal pricing. Still, it remains to be seen how worthwhile they are. =:) Certainly, the theme appeals to me - I'd find it difficult to believe we won't have direct neural interfacing and augmentation within 200 years, tops. Indeed, we're already seeing rudimentary beginnings, but still quite crude in capabilities, and requiring delicate surgery - what'd be necessary for widespread interest would be some kind of self-assembly mechanism.

Of course, all that will open up many cans of worms, given the way certain governmental agencies around the world have a very keen interest in monitoring all the data they can possibly obtain, whether through tapping undersea cables or peering points, or setting up fake cellphone towers, for specific locations of protest or suchlike. Once we're part of that network directly, their interest is unlikely to diminish.

You might well enjoy checking out both Steel and Newman. They've both had long careers in politically charged satire, the latter in the classic British political comedy series, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, named after an erstwhile morality campaigner, leader of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association, and very good at courting media coverage, despite negligible direct influence or authority.

Well, that books & everything company has both "Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood" and that one, quite affordably, though unfortunately, only in paper form - neither appear to be available digitally. (Not that I mind paper as such, but having moved around this many times, I really don't like adding more bulk to my life, plus the improved environmental friendliness of simply serving a couple hundred KB, versus manufacturing a paper book) Actually, I wonder if the local library might have copies, or be able to secure them..
I don't know how inter-library loan works in the UK, but I would imagine you can get it that way.

I go back and forth over books. My wife and I have literally thousands of books in every room of the house and I'm going to Las Cruces today to dig for some more computer books.

I'm almost at the point of deciding to switch to ebooks for recreational reading. I buy Humble Bundle collections whenever they're offered, I download lots from Project Gutenberg, so why not? I have one storage locker full of books, our library is full of books, a second storage locker has lots of books because of trying to clear out the first locker and our guest bedroom (we actually got it to clear out the living room while we got new carpeting). Books are everywhere.

Except for Sir Pterry, David Weber, and the Harry Dresden author whose name eludes me for the moment. Must always have Sir Pterry in hardback form, though it's possible I may start also buying digitals. And I have a considerable amount of Weber in epub, the Baen Free Library is a wonderful place.

I just put up a post of another Humble Bundle available for another four days, it has one book that I would buy the entire bundle for that one: Barry Hughart's The Adventures of Master Li and Number Ten Ox. Fantastic Chinese adventure/humor.