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Well, this is proving to be an interesting year. =:) I've just signed Momentary up with a press agency, for newspaper and magazine publication. Now to see where this leads.. and indeed, where my buns wind up. ^_^ I'd had this in mind for a while, but never quite got around to it - but with Easter upon us, I thought it'd be worth seeing if some editor with exceptional taste might want an eye-catching bunny photo. ^_^

Here's a rather impressive canid fursuit courtesy of a Japanese advertiser. Although I still have a tremendous weakness for the Anabukin-chan spots. =:D The outcome is a Japanese play on words, apparently, as the song translates along the lines:

Surpass Mansion, where dreams blossom
Surpass Mansion, where expectations grow
Your heart is swelling, swelling, swelling with pride [crucial play on words: "heart" can also be "bosom"]
Surpass Mansion [the construction company's brand of condominiums]

A ten minute short of some possible interest: Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny. ^_^ (Also note the competition running until April 20th, to win a gift card for $350 with ChezNoir.ca, good worldwide)

I'm very pleased to see the success of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. I'm hopeful it'll prove pivotal in securing a much better life for Iranians in general, even if the theocracy remains firmly in place.

We missed the first UK political debate last night - how did it go? I'm not much for such spectacles - all too often, they're merely PR opportunities, rather than involving any element of debate. And as we've seen with the current abominable bunch, what they claim as policy need have little relation to what's actually carried out. (I see from the Guardian's coverage that Farage remains as much of a media sweetheart as ever. I'd've thought his "lovable fascist" schtick would've gotten old for even reporters by now) [ETA: I find poliphilo's summary of each leader rather delightfully wry]

I must point out Closetspace, a comic jenndolari has been working on for several years now. ^_^ The overall feel is of a superb soap opera, although I'm worried that might sound less like admiration than withering criticism. ^_^; What I mean to convey is that whilst it's essentially a slice-of-life saga, there are also comedic exaggerations, and well thought out melodrama as well. There are some wonderful laughs to be had, and I shed some tears along the way - for lo, didst I read the entire strip from start to present over the course of a couple days.

Where did I first encounter this comic? (Bear in mind, I am a bunny of very little brain) Collar 6 is a strip based around the fairly soapy adventures of a new sub, her mistress, and their maid. The respect for BDSM safe practices is evident, but it remains often a playful strip, set in an alternate Earth where sexuality isn't a matter of taboo. (Did jessie_pup recommend it? jharish? I only sort of re-stumbled upon it while browsing through my local comics & cartoons directory, and noticed two strips in a folder by themselves, from 2009) The storyline kicks in fairly soon, commencing with an unexpectedly powerful challenger to Mistress. There's a lot more, but I'll let anyone interested read on and enjoy it for themselves. It's a grand adventure indeed. =:D It runs twice a week, and has been running for about six years - so, good if you've got some time spare. =:)

A quite wonderful music video: Freewave (ft. RainSnowHail) - Glittershell (Coming Out of My Shell). It's firmly in that category of music videos that tells a story, quite literally in this case.

And then there's Morcheeba - Enjoy the Ride, as hangkat pointed out. =:D Now to seek out an HD version! Just loving the mellow nature of the track, so well illustrated in its video.

Here's quite an appealing competition (UK entrants only) - design a new pizza for Pizza Express. The winner gets a two night break on the Amalfi coast, their pizza on the chain's menu, and £10,000 in their bank account. Not too shabby. ^_^ They've even done a really nice job on the competition site, adding the ingredients in turn, showing what it'll look like thus far, with plenty of choices of cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, sauces, herbs, and so on. Be ready at the end, where they want you to name your creation (you can submit up to five in total), and a few lines about the inspiration behind it.

If you recall Judge Minty, the rather professional fan production set in Dredd's world, you might like to give Prelude to Axanar a try. It's another fan production, made for about $70,000 for the twenty minutes it currently runs, set in ST:TNG's universe.

"Last week, on his way home from work, Caleb passed a puppy lying in the middle of I-610. He thought it was probably dead but saw it raise its head, so he turned around and went back to get it. There happened to be a dog groomers right there and Caleb found a customer to help him get the puppy off the road. They took the puppy to the customer's vet. She had been hit by a car and has both back legs broken, and maybe more." The surgery was beautifully successful. ^_^ With frightening costs involved, they're understandably seeking donations to help pay the bill, which is looking like it'll wind up in the vicinity of $4K or so.

So, this tale begins as one might expect of /r/talesfromtechsupport.. but, well, there's more. And in a good way.

The definitive history of Max Headroom, live and direct.

Fancy going down some giant slides in London this summer?

Marking Terry Pratchett's death, Radio 4's going to be broadcasting Good Omens again, starting on Monday, April 6. It'll be listenable worldwide.

Fangs is an Elite: Dangerous webcomic, taking carefully choreographed screenshots from the game, processing them into a comic-style pure black & white, and overlaying the script. Rather well done.

There's a UK company that makes lenses with deliberately odd optical characteristics, as noted in the info for one of their offerings, the Flare Factory 58: "Each Flare Factory 58 is engineered, crafted and finished by hand in the UK, using salvaged former USSR and East German optical and mechanical components. Since each lens is rebuilt and individually configured, we are able to apply an almost limitless variety of optical degradations depending on your desired look", with dirt options including element separation "creates additional extreme and wild unpredictable flares", cleaning marks "contribute to further flaring artefacts like rainbow fans and grungy texture in the bokeh", and dust/dirt/debris "think dirty Hasselblad waist level viewfinder with bits of crap on the screen". The logo for Dog Schidt Optiks is.. well, appropriate. ^_^;

If you're a fan of grrm's work, you might enjoy this 52 minute segment produced for German TV (hence the burned subtitles), wherein he shows Sibel Kekilli around Santa Fe at night. ^_^ (And I see Maisie Williams will be guesting in the next season of Doctor Who..)

Does anyone know if there's a way of stopping YouTube from autoplaying something else after you've watched a given clip? Indeed, is this happening for everyone else, or just me? I always used to be able to simply watch the clip; lately, though, a sort of countdown circle is displayed at the end, after which something else will begin playing. =:P

The origin of the <BLINK> tag is quite a bit more entertaining than one might expect.. =:D

Enjoy Cassetteboy's latest, with David Cameron and George Osbourne starring in the Emperor's New Clothes.

It looks like the Freddy Mercury biopic may actually, finally, be moving forward, with Sacha Baron Cohen signed to write, produce, direct, and star in it. I feel that could actually work - he's capable of that degree of sheer presence on stage, and we know he won't have a problem with the costumes either. =:) [ETA: nope, apparently SBC left the project two years ago]

Saw "Into the Woods" the other night.. mm, I can concur with the general sentiment of it being a bit muddled. Rather unfortunate, really, given the will was evidently there to make a genuinely sparkling film, but the writing didn't really pull it off. And in disagreement to the stage audiences, I couldn't really engage myself in the musical numbers at all - serviceable, but not much more than that. But then, I wasn't all that taken by Frozen either, which did storming business at the box office, so.. =:/

I noticed there is, apparently, a sequel to the rather superb Donnie Darko, but.. not a terribly good one, if IMDb's 3.7 is anything to go by. So.. has anyone actually dared watch S. Darko? (As for the original, I should note I'll only recommend the original theatrical cut, not the extended director's cut, which restores some desperately unnecessary exposition, and finishes with walloping you over the head with a rather more graphic ending)

Heavens forfend I descend to merely reposting cute photos, but.. this pic from /u/ckabella, captioned "Friend was snoring. Puppy was trying to find the noise." really is quite priceless. ^_^

Charmer of the year: the buyer of this fursuit, who agreed to purchase a fursuit for a given price, only to turn around upon delivery to claim that as they were actually only 17, the seller's sent it to a minor without parental consent, so nya nya nya. This ought to be interesting to follow. =:P

foofers and stego_s_aurus really ought to note this Vaudeville t-shirt. =:)
stego here, lol quite a cute shirt! spikes are upside-down tho
Bah, unlogged-in hooligan! =:)

I'm theorising that it was just that quirk of birth that caused this individual to seek a living in entertainment. ^_^

And what's new at Chaos Manor lately? ^_^ Who are the resident pups these days?

Edited at 2015-04-03 02:50 pm (UTC)
That fursuit thing is really sad. How much do suits like that go for?

Cohen is thankfully not involved in the Mercury biopic, he left two years ago. The article has been updated with a note. But I didn't know about the Queen musical and the sequel! I'm definitely going to have to look for them.

I gotta look at those lenses! I love the name.
Hopefully the guy'll be able to get the 'suit back, or the money due - seems he's got a lawyer involved, so it ought to come to some kind of sane resolution. In this case, I believe the agreed sale price was $400 - quite at the low end, actually, with many used 'suits coming in more around the $1,000 mark. (New, they can start around there, and go.. well, if you've got the budget, there'll be ways of using it =:)

Ahh! Okay, I'll update as well. Rather a pity.. that could really have worked. Do you know if they've currently got anyone lined up for the role, or under consideration? Agh, how I wish I'd seen classic Queen live.. as was, my first concert, I believe, was either JMJ's Docklands concert, or ZZ Top's Afterburner tour, with a long gap until.. hoo, might've been Orbital at the Hollywood American Legion (quite a small venue, probably only a couple hundred people. As it was drizzling, everyone else was even later than us, so we got to spend the evening right at the barrier, between the speaker stacks. Oh, the feeling of bass so present that it's reverberating inside your body.. I think my hearing recovered fully after about a fortnight =:) in 1996. Also on that impossible wish list would have to be Oingo Boingo and the Scissor Sisters. Which would probably be quite a collaboration. =:)

I love it when a company's not afraid to have some fun. ^_^ (Much as I enjoy Apple's products, they're so dreadfully straight-laced as a corporation. Reminds me, I should check up who's appearing at the Apple Store on Regents Street sometime - I've been along to their sessions with Simon Pegg (promoting Hector and the Search for Happiness, which I still haven't seen), and Terry Gilliam (promoting The Zero Theorem, likewise). Really rather fun - there's only space for a couple dozen people in the audience, so it's a cozy kind of venue, and they're entirely fine with photography, as long as you don't flash.
Although I still have a tremendous weakness for the Anabukin-chan spots. =:D

Yeah, that one's cute. Only in Japan, too!

The surgery was beautifully successful. ^_^

Awww, it's things like that that restore your faith in humanity.

The definitive history of Max Headroom, live and direct.

Damn, I thought this was going to be about the Max Headroom incident. :P

Does anyone know if there's a way of stopping YouTube from autoplaying something else after you've watched a given clip? Indeed, is this happening for everyone else, or just me? I always used to be able to simply watch the clip; lately, though, a sort of countdown circle is displayed at the end, after which something else will begin playing. =:P

Turn off autoplay. There should be a switch at the side, or alternatively you can do it in the same menu that lets you choose quality, disable annotations etc.

I think the setting may be saved in a cookie, but it you're not allowing cookies for Youtube, then you're pretty much out of luck.

Perhaps there is a browser extension, Greasemonkey script or so, though.

The origin of the tag is quite a bit more entertaining than one might expect.. =:D

So, if we're being charitable, it's down to "it seemed like a good idea at the time". Somehow I think that goes for the majority of Internet and WWW technology — sometimes I'm amazed it all works at all.

Charmer of the year: the buyer of this fursuit, who agreed to purchase a fursuit for a given price, only to turn around upon delivery to claim that as they were actually only 17, the seller's sent it to a minor without parental consent, so nya nya nya. This ought to be interesting to follow. =:P

If that person believes for even a second that they can basically get a fursuit – or anything, really – for free by saying "my parents don't consent to this contract, therefore I get to keep whatever I didn't pay for", they must be a lot younger than 17.

Pretty brazen attempt, but in the end it'll be a clear-cut issue, I think. A letter or two from the lawyer to the parents might well be enough to sort the whole thing out already.

But yeah, that's some serious chuzpah.
I sort of have to wonder what they did with those wonderful fursuits, after the ads had been filmed. I know I'd be very happy to be that bunny. ^_^

Indeed, to shoulder that kind of financial burden, out of simple compassion for another being.. that's really rather wonderful. If finances begin to clarify in the next couple weeks, I'll definitely be chipping in. (Though, I suppose even a couple currency units would help..)

Ahhh, so it's a change in the defaults? Bleah. Yes, I'm deliberately not accepting cookies from YouTube in OmniWeb, and the setting reverted the next time I returned. Hmm. Time to sniff out what kind of helpful cookie extensions exist for Safari, perhaps.. OmniWeb sadly doesn't support such, and is unlikely to, given its semi-frozen state, though I could go with the "delete on quitting" option instead. Still, most of the time, if it's a video I want to watch all the way through, that means it's one I want to keep, so I'll just grab the URL and hand it over to 4K Video Downloader. (An awkwardly spammy name, but it does what it says, tidily offering all the various resolutions available, with the convenient wrinkle of being able to strip out the audio at one's selected bitrate, as AAC or MP3)

Indeed, the early net protocols were created in quite a different world to the one now, where every major government salivates over the data flowing around the world, plus some particularly rapacious corporations. Still, the basic approach was indeed sound, keeping each layer distinct, building on the lower layers. I still find it disappointing that there's so much unencrypted http around (as indeed is the case here), and that email remains such a soft target, although at least the widespread adoption of TLS means it's more or less safe between you and the mail server.

I'll definitely want to check back on that fursuit case in the coming weeks. I'd find it hard to believe there's any way out for the perp that doesn't involve quite a different outcome to the one they'd had in mind, but as ever, legal waters are best navigated by those with experience therein. I'm a little surprised it isn't already a police matter, though, but with the value not being in the thousands, I wouldn't be overly surprised if they couldn't be arsed.
Aye, every little bit helps.

BTW, I just recently saw this story, too — basically, two deaf-blind sisters from Iceland couldn't go on a vacation to a summer house in Denmark because their interpreters/helpers wouldn't be paid for, and when this was on the evening news on TV, the crew of the fishing vessel Polar Amaroq said, heck, we got 1 million ISK (~6000 EUR) in our workers' fund here, we'll give that to you so you can have your vacation. And they did, and then that story was on the evening news in turn, and... really, I'm just struck by how awesome those guys are, too. :)

Ahhh, so it's a change in the defaults? Bleah.

I think it is, yes.

Heh, I'm using 4K Video Downloader as well. In fact, didn't I recommend it to you? (Or did you recommend it to me? I don't quite recall.) It's a nifty little tool, though I've never used its audio stripping facility; Youtube videos contain AAC audio streams already, and I'd not want to recompress them needlessly, so when I need to rip something (fairly rare, since most pony music comes with download links), I just pass it through mp4box and have it put in a new MP4 container, yielding a nice M4A file.

Email encryption is one of those things where I'm really surprised we never figured it out. One of the reasons is key management, perhaps — it's cumbersome and complicated. And then there's the lack of support in MUAs, especially on mobile devices. (I'd have to check, but I don't think I think e.g. the iPhone is RFC4880-compliant.)

I'd find it hard to believe there's any way out for the perp that doesn't involve quite a different outcome to the one they'd had in mind, but as ever, legal waters are best navigated by those with experience therein. I'm a little surprised it isn't already a police matter, though, but with the value not being in the thousands, I wouldn't be overly surprised if they couldn't be arsed.

Aye. There may well be merit to the notion that without the parents' consent, there is no contract – I don't know which country this is taking place in; here where I live it would be so, at least –, but no contract means just that. The money's still owned by the would-be buyer, the suit's still owned by the seller, and that's pretty much the end of it.

I'd presume that whether the police should be involved is something that's being discussed with the lawyer. They'll know best.
Yeah... "Change in Defaults" seems to be GOOGLE'S MOTTO. ;P

(Nearly) All those things worked-for in pre-Google days at YouTube ... over-ten-minute videos, ability to comment, ability to send messages, promotion, new toggle of autoplay, all this and more.. lost, unless you upgrade your usership to their new membership system. I waited for a few years.. then I finally gave in.. and got a few back ...

I hope you found the switch ^v^ *hug*
I sort of fell out with YouTube when they transitioned all the accounts over to Google - and for whatever reason, I just couldn't convince the system to correctly link my accounts together, so I was left unable to do anything YouTube-related.

Maybe I'll try locating some kind of cookie manager extension for Safari, which could take care of enforcing sensible lifetimes for cookies, depending on where they came from (as in, from which site visits they came, not where they were sent from, given the degree of cross-site cookie usage) - perhaps a few minutes for sites in general, only leaving them be for specific sites where you intend to remain logged in.
Is there a chance you had a gmail account at youtooob? If so, that may be why,... I wasn't registered with a google account, but I've heard from other friends who suspect that's what happened to them also..

oooo! Are you on a Mac? When I used macs, 'iCab' was my Main and Favorite browser there, and it had such a thing!... Gosh!... I sure hope you can use it!... *waggles feathers* .. I sure loved iCab!... Good Lux! ^v^
Interesting. This YT vid has a different translation.


I've found the autoplay thing happens when I'm watching vids that are in a YT playlist. I don't seem to get this when I watch them with their own unique URL without the referrers.
Hee! Rather good that someone took the time to sync the translation like that. ^_^ That's actually one of the several translations I looked at - it was memorable as it included that prelude before the song. But, they mashed up the Surpass Mansion name, and lost the crucial heart/bosom wordplay that makes it make sense. Well, sort of. =:)

It's looking like it's a change in the default behavior. I currently don't accept cookies from YouTube, so the new way for them to handle AutoPlay is to have it enabled. =:P Previously, it was always off, but as of a month or so ago, they've changed that, so either you get to enjoy autoplay everywhere, or you accept their cookie feast. =:P I'll probably just leave it as is - if a clip's good, I'll download it, so it won't even reach the end. Still, I might look into some kind of cookie manager for Safari - not a bad idea anyway, given the ridiculous lifespans of tracking cookies.
As a matter of proofreading, I should point out that you just used "success" and "Iran" and "nuclear" together in the same sentence. :P

Also your comments about Asia and bunnies is causing me to flash back (no pun intended) to this:

Oh, wow! I haven't seen that in ages. =:D And there were.. three parts in all, I recall? Complete with, I believe, a happy ending. ^_^

I wonder what else that animator's come out with since then..

And thinking on Asian rabbits, let's not forget the mascot of the Gala Yuzawa resort. <3
Hehe, I like the icon.

Yeah, you may have found this but if not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsWgrf3XLKQ

By the way, I loooooved (and still do love) Max Headroom... even in ~1987ish, I managed to record most of the episodes, as well as finding copies of the American and British "pilot" stories, which were similar but yet uniquely different. I miss those. Never did understand why it ended so abruptly given the popularity at the time. Then I saw Matt Frewer a couple years later on some sitcom, I think he was even playing a news guy, and I was like heyyyyy....

Ah well, good times!
...So many great links as ever, and...... I didn't even know Max made it across the pond to youse all :D !
Bear in mind, Max Headroom is a British creation. ^_^ The people behind him were Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (who I see from her Wikipedia entry, "is the sister of musician and songwriter Chaz Jankel, who is best known as a member of the British new wave band Ian Dury & The Blockheads." =:)

First there was the seminal introduction, Twenty Minutes into the Future, followed by two series of "The Max Headroom Show", produced by Crysalis Records, where he acted as host for a slew of nifty music video, linked in his own special way. Then came the Lorimar "Max Headroom", which fiddled around with things a bit, turning Bryce into a good guy (!), and was the rather cool sci-fi show everyone remembers.

I'd be up for either or both incarnations returning. ^_^ I thoroughly enjoy good music videos, and I know I'd be able to rely on an interestingly curated selection from Max. And of course, I'm always up for more fun or intriguing sci-fi on TV (sadly, British broadcasters seem to remain terminally skittish about sci-fi, other than the good Doctor. Though I suppose you could almost shoehorn Thunderbirds Are Go into the genre =:) - Extant's proving to be rather good, though I'm only into the fifth episode so far.
hehee! *blush* . Thanks for the reminder!.... I used to love watching his guest appearances on the U.S. David Letterman show... so I got my wires crossed for a few moments... thanks for understanding.... *blushes and hugs your rabbitz feets apologetically* ^v^
Or more baffling, that he made it across the pond *to the US*, despite being conceived in Britain with an American actor. :) Ah, the entertainment industry!!

But it is interesting that certain social aspects of the show are, I think, pretty close to right-on. :P I could totally envision something like the Blanks, for example.. not as much as the disenfranchised outcasts as much as today's privacy zealots. Of course, I always had a soft spot for Reg and the pirate TV guys given my forays into ham radio. ;)

I should pick up the series now and watch it again since the last time I think I significantly watched it was *IN* the late 80s, which was prior to my exposure to the Internet, etc. Hard to believe it's been 30 years. Like I need another reason to feel old.

I remember when zikzak.com was still available but it was taken a few years ago. Always thought that would be a good place to source ad-related animated GIFs with no time delay between frames. Hmm.
Oh, and speaking of long-forgotten bunny-related things (at least 3:00 in)

I'm surrounded now...!
Again, thanks for reading! :)
Just please, keep going! ^_^

It was quite an intense journey, from the beginning, through to the present.. but so compelling, even at the bleakest moments.
I remember that Japanese dog commercial, there are actually a few of them! Have you seen this dog too? (dont forget to put the subtitles on)

The fursuit thing seems like an awful ting to do. Here anyone can back out of an internet deal if done within 2 weeks, no matter what your age or what site you buy from/bid on. You do however need to return the goods. It seems weird the guy claims it was a gift after bidding on it.
Oh, those ads are priceless! I love the way they've clearly been running for a good while, so they've sort of accumulated story canon, with the maid (hee!), and Mum "having her own secrets".. =:D

I almost sort of miss watching commercial TV - but then, when I was last exposed to it over Crimbo, I was reminded these are the gems out of the coalface. (Much as I enjoyed Mystery Diners, the frequent ad breaks, with the same ads too, really grated after a while) These days, I find most of my (little) TV viewing's either courtesy of the BBC, or comes over Usenet (primarily Orange is the New Black, and Extant).

Mm, the distance selling regs are definitely a good thing, even if it does mean you can't really bank the sale until after that period, rather than at the time of the transaction. But as you say, that's a different kettle of platypi to claiming some irregularity and keeping the goods. I wonder if this is the first time that guy's pulled this stunt? It has a bit of a feel of someone having a "bright idea", and them just running with it after their friends all agree it's perfectly sound.
Ooh! I went on the giant slides at Tate Modern - must do these ones too!