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So, Kung Fury was released. =:D The roomie, being a backer, had it ready to roll as soon as the moment of release arrived, and lo, it was Chromecast from his PC to the TV, and it was good. ^_^ It's difficult to make good parody or homage, but they managed to fill thirty minutes with all that made 80s action flicks so fantastically cheesy and fun, even if they did take one or two liberties with the level of effects possible then versus now (though the producers of Space Precinct would've surely loved current options. Hi, Triceracop!). Some of the effects were a touch gorier than I would've preferred (particularly in the "origin" sequence), which jarred the playfulness of the whole, for me, but all the same - it's easy to see how this can indeed become a full length feature in a year or two. ^_^

In Bangkok, there's a restaurant with some unusual serving methods: "The chicken is carried out on a silver platter not to the diners, but to a long platform raised a couple of feet above the ground in the middle of the outdoor dining area, and set on one of the several metal catapults. A waiter riding a unicycle makes his way to the platform and stops a few feet away of the loaded catapult. As he struggles to keep his balance and concentrate on what comes next, the edible projectile is set on fire and launched from the medieval artillery device. The chicken soars through the air and most often than not lands on metal skewers the waiter holds in both his hands, in his mouth and on his head."

I was rather surprised to hear from the author of one of my favorite furry stories, Invasion of the Bunnybots - it will indeed be getting posted to the net again soon. It's remarkable for the sense of progression of the transformations involved - not merely describing the visual changes as one might witness, but also the mental progression, how it might actually feel. I don't know if they've written much/anything else, but I'd certainly hope so. ^_^

So, who wants to guess who I voted for in Eurovision? ^_^ (And congratulations to Australia's admirable debut!) I was, admittedly, rather disappointed that the UK's entry barely managed to stay afloat - I'd expected it to be maybe in the middle of the running. =:/

One of KS's newsletter project choices looks particularly interesting: smart friendship bracelets. They're programmable, so they're a platform as well as a wearable, and modular too - the intention to offer bracelets that are both genuinely wearable and functional in their own right, and to help bring girls into programming.

If you're considering going along to one of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectaculars - coming to New York later this year - all I can say is: go for it. The experience of enjoying so much superb orchestral arrangement, all with a full orchestra and choir - the very same people who've been offering us the show's music since 2005 - is quite extraordinary. Not to mention being feet away, at times, from Daleks, Cybermen, mummies, and more.. =:D I was a little surprised that the "key" theme from the Rings of Akhaten wasn't amongst the selections, but then, they have quite a lot to choose from - and the list is good. (Is it a spoiler if I note the closing theme from "A Christmas Carol" is included? Easily one of my favorites of the series - a fantastic episode, to boot. So much love, yet so much heartbreak)

I was sat down by one of my rabbiteering spots, on an old concrete traffic barrier behind the sturdy, locked metal gate (which you can walk around), and two buns came quite close, perhaps 10' away, looking at me and the gate. One decided to head off elsewhere in the small field, whilst the other came a little closer, then, in preparation for heading under the gate, gave their hands a good grooming first. And so, I show to you - the bunny tongue. ^_^

Being watched like that, in a relatively intimate moment for a rabbit, apparently prompted them to share their thought on such an intrusion.

Here's a good excerpt from a book on how RIM/BlackBerry met - or didn't - the fruity newcomer to the world of smartphones. It takes its time to follow the internal thinking around the iPhone's launch, and their response, the Storm. It's worth a read, as it brings a very human face to the whole saga - the actual people involved, and helps explain why things happened as they have, from multiple perspectives.

Meanwhile, today's intentional piece of geek humor is provided by RFC6919. "RFC 2119 defines a standard set of key words for describing requirements of a specification. Many IETF documents have found that these words cannot accurately capture the nuanced requirements of their specification. This document defines additional key words that can be used to address alternative requirements scenarios. Authors who follow these guidelines should incorporate this phrase near the beginning of their document: The key words "MUST (BUT WE KNOW YOU WON'T)", "SHOULD CONSIDER", "REALLY SHOULD NOT", "OUGHT TO", "WOULD PROBABLY", "MAY WISH TO", "COULD", "POSSIBLE", and "MIGHT" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 6919."

Tyrrell's have quite a novel seasonal flavor of crisps out: mint and butter. It sounds wholly unlikely, but it's genuinely delicious - they do indeed have a definite buttery taste, with a gentle, light mintiness to them. Kudos to them for attempting such an unorthodox flavor, and succeeding!

And here are two young buns exchanging a secret message. ^_^

Those bunny tongues are awesome! It's always very cool when you catch an animal's tongue unexpectedly, it's not like you can easily try to get shots like that. And I love the shot of the two staring at each other, it looks like they're using telepathy to communicate. They also look like sibs to me.

Have you heard of/seen the RFC spec for Ethernet over barbed wire? Someone actually did it and it's possible.

Speaking of Blackberry, I read last week that Microsoft is thinking about buying them. I've advocated that for years, I hate that MS destroyed Nokia when it really didn't seem to be a good fit.

Last weekend I went shooting for the first time in months, drove up a back highway through Indian reservation land shooting interesting trees and falling down shacks. At one point that I stopped to shoot I saw a horse on the wrong side of the fence, she was on the highway side, just walking along eating as she wanted. She wouldn't come anywhere near me, and if I talked to her and walked slowly towards her, she'd turn and run away. Then when I went back to my car (parked on the opposite side of the road of both me and the horse) she went up to the shoulder of the road. I drove down a couple of miles to shoot some more, and a few minutes later she was there!

I never got closer than 20 yards or so, she was a very pretty Pinto. Unshod, I could hear that when she was walking on the highway.

I'll post some pix eventually, I'm not sure how sharp they are as the lens that I was using is a little bit questionable. I guess I'm going to have to buy me a long zoom one of these days, I don't have anything beyond 100mm without this lens.
*grin* It's quite a challenge, capturing a bunny tongue! These worked out remarkably well, thanks to them being comparatively brave, and not minding that I was right there, so I was able to get just the right angle, as well as being close, by my usual standards - the EXIF info says 18'.

It could very well be that the pair are siblings, yes - they're part of a small group I've seen in one of the usual spots (of course, the warren as a whole may have many more members) Maybe it's Nose iNformation Transfer Protocol in use?

Ye gods and little fishes! Trying to compensate for the losses and crosstalk on wire like that.. wow. Still, if they can make ADSL possible, shoving megabits down bits of wet string only ever intended for 3kHz of voice.. !

BlackBerry would seem like a much more compatible outfit, right off the bat. Nokia they pretty much flensed, keeping little more than some hardware design expertise and a brand. At this point, they're about as much Nokia as Commodore or Atari.

There's real magic in wild encounters like that. ^_^ The knowledge that, if they choose to remain, that's precisely what they're doing. I always feel priviliged to be given such opportunities - and it's certainly not difficult to spook most wildlife, sadly, with entirely good reason on their part.

You're on Canon, ne? I'd recommend mine, but that wouldn't be much use. ^_^; The Nikkor 300mm f/4D AF-S is a classic in their lineup - brilliantly sharp and bright, with decent reach, but still light enough to be comfortably handheld for an afternoon. I know Canon's already got a couple Fresnel-based telephotos out there - I'm hoping Nikon go further, given the success of their recent debut into the field with that one's successor, which shrank its length and weight by about half! If they could work similar magic with the 200-400mm f/4, I'd be very interested indeed, assuming I could afford it by that point - there are times when 420mm (I usually have the 1.4x TC on) is a little close, so having the flexibility of zoom would be welcome, as well as being able to remain at f/4 at the long end. Of course, I should probably try getting this all to start paying for itself first. =:/

I could definitely use something in the mid-range - right now, having sold the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8, I'm left with the 10-20mm f/4-5.6 (such a fun lens!), 30mm f/1.4, and the 300mm f/4. Still, I suppose it's not a priority - I only tend to use around 70-150mm with the occasional local concert. (There's one venue in particular that's pretty neat, and they're entirely fine with photography, but there just aren't many acts playing there)

Definitely, see what you can do about putting a sample of them up!