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Could definitely be some photographic fun! London Zoo's running "sunset safaris" on Fridays between June 5 and July 17 2015, 6-10pm. That'd make for some unusually good light, of course, and the chance to see the more nocturally inclined more active. Not sure I've ever been there, actually - the last full-blown zoo I frequented was San Diego's (and the Wild Animal Park, near Escondido).

I'm sort of beginning to ponder the next suit's design - bringing my SL self into RL. ^_^ The head's really the key - the body will be fairly straightforward, as I imagine I'll just use normal fake fur, perhaps padded gently around the hips and thighs to offer subtle support to the leporine physique. The trouble is that I only have personal construction experience with carving foam, which won't be appropriate here - that'd make for a rather larger head, ideal for a more toony look, but here, I'll be aiming a bit more naturalistic.

I'd been completely unaware of the existence of something like this, which seems more at home in the plans of an old school Bond villain - behold the World War 2 Japanese submarine aircraft carrier. Yes, a submarine, which is also an aircraft carrier. O.o;

Now, I'd imagine everyone's aware of tanukis' place in Japanese folklore, specifically the males. *cough* But, you maybe haven't seen this selection of woodblock prints by 19th century ukiyo-e master Kuniyoshi. They are not even remotely worksafe (as the URL hints =:) but hilarious. ^_^

Last week, one evening's rabbiteering saw a lot of activity, including one quite spirited bout of combat - thankfully, it didn't last long (though there did seem to be a grudge held), and neither party appeared to be hurt afterward.



Here's a handy resource for anyone choosing an SD Card for their DSLR - they test a pile of different cards per body, and list the actual write speed achieved using each. eg the page for the Nikon D7100. Even aside from the cards' differences, the bodies themselves impose an upper limit, depending on the interface supported, and the speed of the processor involved - by comparison, the D90 tops out at about 20MB/s, though that's sort of made up for by the much smaller filesizes involved versus the D7100.

A nice compo: win a Venice-London trip on the Orient Express, including flights to Venice, and a rather plush overnight stay.

If you missed the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band recently, it seems they're aiming even higher next time, on Dec 3 2015: "Following the massive sold out event at London's KOKO, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are continuing their celebration of 50 years in the business with a brand new gig at indigo at The O2, London. Tickets are on sale right now!Get set for a mini-festival featuring original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons and Bob Kerr, plus a vaudeville band, two rock groups, a brass band and a theatre troupe ALL UNDER ONE ROOF! This is as big a celebration as it gets and tickets are strictly limited - secure your place now."

I don't follow the show, but still, this VHS intro for Game of Thrones is fun.

Did you know the US has a National Raisin Reserve? "American raisins, once seized, are sent to various warehouses across California, where they are stored until they are sold off to foreign nations, fed to cattle or schoolchildren, or disposed of in any other way to get them off the market that year." (My italics)

A tidbit of UK cellphone news: from 1 July 2015, 0800 and 0808 numbers will be free for all, whether from a mobile or landline. This is already the case for some tariffs, including GiffGaff, but many others face 10-20p/min or more.

Crossover marvel - Firefly/Doctor Who, "The Time Job". =:D

Here are a few more shots (NSFW) of Evil Bambi (SFW, if black latex deer don't attract attention), as I linked to some time back; apparently, made by Obsidian Design.

A mildly amusing Reddit thread, on latterday "uphill both ways" sentiments. =:)

huskyteer might want to check out Wings Remastered on iOS, a new incarnation of a classic Amiga WW1 arcade flight sim.

There may, I hope, be a story behind this wonderful "But.. they may see us!" photograph, in what may be Moscow. ^_^

MLP this season seems to be on a steady upswing. ^_^ Castle Sweet Castle was an entirely serviceable episode (and, I suppose, the moral of ensuring that help or gifts are indeed for the recipient, not the giver, does bear repeating), whilst Bloom & Gloom went head-on into examining some very basic fears about friendship, surprisingly well. But, for me, the star of the season so far must be Tanks for the Memories, one of the best Rainbow Dash eps, including a particularly good number to boot. (Perhaps needless to say, I didn't recognise the Game of Thrones reference until EqD pointed it out =:)

Tasty Sandwich™: some baguette, filled with a few thin strips of aged Gouda, three thick slices of Sainsbury's garlic sausage, a light spreading of Seriously Strong cheddar spread, and a modest spreading of bacon jam. =:9 Hm. Maybe it's just as well I don't have a significant other. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you ever find yourself in the Omaha, Nebraska area, the Omaha Zoo is pretty amazing. They have a tropical rain forest biodome, lots of lovely critters to shoot. I've been there 2-3 times (a friend and former neighbor works for Mutual), once in Octoberish, and it was a pretty amazing transition going from outdoors to inside it.

Yeah, I knew about those Japanese carrier subs. Pretty cool stuff. There was a similar technique used by American ships (and probably other nations) where they would carry a float plane or two for artillery spotting and recon and basically had a big crane that would lift them out of the water.

Bacon jam? That sounds pretty awesome! When I was in Albuquerque last week, we stopped at a bakery at my boss' request and I got a loaf of green chili cheese bread and a loaf of sun-dried tomato bread. My wife's been trying to make grilled cheese sandwiches with shredded cheese with not very good results.
I must contrive an excuse to travel through Nebraska someday. ^_^ As I've mentioned, I'm tentatively hoping to organise some kind of epic roadtrip next year - and absolutely nothing in the Roadtrip Rulebook says anything about a route having to be direct. =:) I'll have to think about what time of year, too - I'm sort of thinking of N'Awlins as a destination, so something like October might not be a bad idea, to avoid the probably sweltering summer. (I remember Houston in July quite well. It was 3am when we rolled into town, and we pulled over to refuel. The dash thermometer said something insane like 88F, which I put down to some kind of contamination by the engine's heat. And then I got out, into what the rest of the world calls a sauna)

That scale of engineering really is quite awe-inspiring, even if for such dreadful purposes. I presume there's nothing like that in current use, is there? (Though I imagine there could be, if the need ever arose)

The jam's sadly not as amazing as it could be, but still, pretty good. It's more of a bacony savory onion chutney, I suppose - not really something I'd use by itself, but it does make a very good condiment. =:9 Green chili cheese bread? Ooh, that sounds pretty damned good. ^_^ I actually had very good results with that "five minute bread" recipe, adding finely chopped ham and a bit of Cheddar - I had no idea how it'd turn out, but it made for a rather pleasant, subtle influence on the flavor.

A lot, of course, rests on the specific cheese, with all those diverse melting characteristics. That said, I don't tend to grill cheese very often, unless you count pizza. =:) Whilst all the supermarkets around have pretty decent cheese counters, one does a noteworthy job of it (Waitrose), with plenty of favorites, in addition to some lesser-known ones, or ones that don't feature so much in the public consciousness, like Berthaud's Époisse and Appenzeller. And to my delight, today I found out that the nearer-but-not-as-convenient branch also has a few ciders I can't find anywhere else, including one that the branch I normally visit dropped a few months back, Black Fox, a beautifully tart cider.
There's a chain here called Cost Plus World Market which has quite an interesting epicurian section, it was the first place that I was able to buy Jammie Dodgers at! After all, who doesn't need a Tardis Self-Destruct button? Anyway, they once sold a marvelous jam that was a sweet vidalia onion/balsamic. So wonderful, and they don't stock it consistently.

*sigh*
Oh, yay! Cost Plus! I bought my papasan chairs from them, back when I was living in south San Jose. ^_^ (A rented house, of course, and unfurnished - so my furniture pretty much consisted of two huge papasan chairs, a ginormous water bed a friend was getting rid of locally, and an A/V rack. I'd love to actually furnish a place, but I always seem to move around every other year or so, sometimes internationally, so it's just not been possible. Who knows? Maybe I'll actually be able to settle with this new gig.. certainly, the location's exactly where I'd love to be. For me, it's home, even when I don't live there. Have you found your home now?)

Jammie Dodgers! I really ought to pick some up sometime. Sure, the jam's terribly fake, but there's just something so fun about them. ^_^ (And if you can find them, given McVitie's tend to have zero US presence, Gold bars are really rather nice. The coating's tricky to describe well - it's firm, though not quite as hard as chocolate, with a sort of lightly caramel-y flavor. Whoa! The price is a bit eye-watering, but Amazon sell them!)

I think I might have to look into jam making. =:9 That kind of jam/chutney's proving so useful, but the usual prices aren't all that low - and making it at home would mean being able to use precisely the ingredients you want. Don't suppose you've got any kind of vegetable plot/garden? Oh, the wonders of real tomatoes, not the usual ones bred for size, or peas straight out of the pod.. =:9
To quote Lord John Whorfin, Home is where you hang your hat! (Buckaroo Banzai is an old fav of mine) Home is definitely with my wife, but I also feel at home when I'm back in Phoenix with my friends. So the friends component has a lot to do with it. If I could get my wife to help clean up and organize the house so that we could invite people up for games and food, it'd be a lot more homey.

We're on the top of a mountain, and it snowed last weekend, so not much gardening. Some wildflowers, but aside from that, mainly trees and bushes. I'm thinknig about going to Home Depot and seeing about some fast-growing flowers that deer and elk like to eat to get some more wildlife in the front yard.

If we make it to the UK later this year, maybe I can find some Gold bars, they sound interesting. I know of a couple of UK food import shops here and there, there's a chance I might find it somewhere.
I'm sort of beginning to ponder the next suit's design - bringing my SL self into RL. ^_^ The head's really the key - the body will be fairly straightforward, as I imagine I'll just use normal fake fur, perhaps padded gently around the hips and thighs to offer subtle support to the leporine physique. The trouble is that I only have personal construction experience with carving foam, which won't be appropriate here - that'd make for a rather larger head, ideal for a more toony look, but here, I'll be aiming a bit more naturalistic.

Using resin or some such material to cast a mask that can then be furred/painted/... as appropriate comes to mind. Not that I have any experience with such things, mind you.

Now, I'd imagine everyone's aware of tanukis' place in Japanese folklore, specifically the males. *cough* But, you maybe haven't seen this selection of woodblock prints by 19th century ukiyo-e master Kuniyoshi. They are not even remotely worksafe (as the URL hints =:) but hilarious. ^_

Heh! Always nice to see people had a good sense of humor even in times past.

Did you know the US has a National Raisin Reserve? "American raisins, once seized, are sent to various warehouses across California, where they are stored until they are sold off to foreign nations, fed to cattle or schoolchildren, or disposed of in any other way to get them off the market that year." (My italics)

Now that's just crazy.

Cool photos again, too!
The trouble with a rigid mask/head is - well, I once had the great delight of being Leticia, one of Robert Hill's girls, as in this icon. ^_^ His style is always fiberglass, split into halves. It certainly works well, but it felt weirdly claustrophobic, with the sound of my breathing so clearly present. It's still an option, but I'd really have to consider that carefully. (I should ask patch_bunny about his vacuuformed masks, and how they feel)

Ultimately, the look does come first - I want to wind up as true to the Kani look as possible. Weird to think I'll hopefully soon(-ish) be back in a locale where I can actually chat with other suiters in person, not just by email. ^_^

I'm still tickled by the occasionally pornographic grafitti on Pompeii's walls. Technology and societies change, but there definitely are constants as well. =:)

That was a hell of a day for bun activity! Of course, it's impossible to guess - the next couple days were quite routine, even a bit light. Probably all part of their contracts - good union, I'm sure.
Plasticy. There's an elastic band around the back to hold it against your face, and no interior padding. As with other plastic masks you feel the tissue around your eyes wanting to push out the eye holes.
Oh, you make it sound so inviting! =:) Still, I suppose whatever I go with is going to wind up less cozy than a carved foam head, given the whole intent is to keep the overall size down. Have you played much/at all with foam covered balaclavas as a head construction technique? Would you like to? ^_^ Maybe we can both try our paws at a new project, once I've moved into the City (as always, assuming nothing goes awry with the legalities).
Tried it once. Came out looking like shit. :P
The Moon Moon of rabbitdom? =:)
And noisy inside.
Cattle or Schoolchildren.. LOL!

Ah yes, reading/writing of disks... Not sure how they reach their conclusions taking everything into account... I can say that I've noticed striking differences between "cameras" more than with the media... I got a Sony camera and noticed it took at least twice as long to write to an SD than a Canon I also have, so I then picked up one of the specifically super-high-speed cards and tried again on the Sony, with no marked improvement.

Great bunneh action snaps!
That's the thing - with so much difference in speed capability between bodies, it's certainly worth knowing what speed card will and won't actually make a difference. Of course, buffer size plays into it significantly - that's one of the few weak spots with the D7100, which they did thankfully remedy with the D7200: in 12-bit RAW with lossless compression, I only have buffer for about four shots. =:P Rarely a problem, but once in a while, with a prolonged chase or repeated leaps, it can be a bit of a nuisance. Thankfully, it's rare it's an issue, and even when the buffer's full, and the shots are basically going straight onto the card, I can still maintain about 2-3fps - not the 6fps in 12-bit mode, but not agonising either.

I was a little surprised to see the D7200 hasn't adopted the faster UHC speeds - looks like that side of things is inherited from the D7100. But, the D7200's buffer is more like twenty RAWs deep, so, not a huge matter. (Will I get one? It's possible, but that's a low priority. When finances permit, I think the next major purchase might be a Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 - still light enough at 3kg to be handholdable, and with that flexibility of focal length. Usually I have the TC14E on, giving me 420mm f/5.6, but occasionally, I want to pull back - but that means having to manually swap out the TC. Being able to just pull back with a little twist would definitely be a positive, not to mention the extra stop at 400mm. I've got a week's rental of one coming - rather looking forward to it!)
Those shots are amazing.
Thankee. ^_^ It was quite a day. Of course, I enjoy going rabbiteering anyway, but when those moments happen, and I manage to capture them well - it definitely does bring me an immense degree of satisfaction, and happiness. Rabbits are so overlooked as wildlife subjects, I feel, and so I try to illustrate their lives, and convey their spirit.
Thank you for the tip! Actually, thank you for the sandwich suggestion too!
The aged gouda, FWIW, is "Old Amsterdam" from Waitrose - they tend to have a really good selection of cheeses, including several made with unpasteurised milk, for a heartier flavor. And the occasional oddball, like the carrot cake cheese, which is actually very yummy, though I may conceivably be biased. =:) They're entirely fine with giving you samples of any cheeses you want to try, too. (I'm also quite a fan of Appenzeller, Berthaud's Époisse (beautifully stinky =:), and Jarlsberg Reserva)

And if you want that on toast, I definitely can recommend the Pana Pugliese also at Waitrose, made with durum wheat - winds up being just supremely crunchy, and the bread itself is firm enough to withstand toppings being spread on it perfectly happily.
Ooh, that last one does sound good! I have just invested heavily in Norman cheese...
That site with the cards is pretty neat. It looks like the Kingston UHS-I one is the most economical one at the higher end of the spectrum.