The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit (porsupah) wrote,
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

Dreaming of pulsed lasers

If you've taken any photographs of a high standard on the theme of travel, you might consider entering Wanderlust Photo of the Year 2015. Entry is free, and appears to be open globally, though the travel prizes do originate from the UK, and they explicitly note you're responsible for getting to the point of departure. The four categories are People, Wildlife, Landscape, and Travel Icons; you can enter up to four photos, in any combination of the categories, with category winners receiving a photo commission to Western Australia, and can bring a companion along. Entries close soon, though: Halloween.

You might want to take advantage of rather a generous free ebook offer, for Tiffany Taylor's compilation of illustrated scientific poems, "Great Adaptations". Confirm your email address, and you'll receive an unprotected PDF of the work (Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial 3.0 Unported license!). I'll leave the first two of the five pages visible, and pop the others under a cut, to keep the entry from growing to skyscraper proportions. Each links to a full res version, though just getting the original PDF would probably be simpler. ^_^

The tiny end of an era.. =:) I finally removed Slashdot from OmniWeb's favorites bar, demoting it to residency in the Computing News main bookmarks. It's still not a bad site, but Hacker News tends to be more timely, as well as having markedly superior comments, occasionally involving the authors of the article in question.

We could soon be learning more about Venus, with Akatsuki due to be placed into an eccentric orbit on Dec 7 2015. It's not clear sailing for it, though - it had originally been planned to be put into orbit in 2010, but thruster failure meant it's been in a heliocentric orbit since then.

A scene of geeky wonder: 2600 people celebrating DNA's discovery.

I finally got around to checking out what the sound track for Kyowe - 幸せになれる隠しコマンドがあるらしい (踊ってみた) was (one of my favorite short furry music vids!), and established the official vid is a somewhat different mix, Yuzuki Yukari - There's Supposed to Be a Cheat Code for Happiness. (The ending of the furry version now makes a bit more sense =:)

You've probably heard about the rather odd "doesn't really seem like just a planet" that was discovered recently, which certain segments of the media have been playing up into a full-blown alien hunt. Well, now there's a comic strip to match. ^_^

Of some random geeky interest, in the wake of the news that Western Digital's buying SanDisk, a chart showing HDD industry consolidation, if you're wondering where all those other companies went, like Maxtor and Quantum. Now, we're down to three vendors (and loads of brands): Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate.

Electrically powered flight is still very much in its infancy, but it's fascinating to see it is indeed beginning, with far grander plans in Airbus' long term E-Thrust project. There, the current concept has one jet engine, supplying power to a battery array, in turn powering six fans for thrust. The key is that the jet can be optimised for electrical power generation, improving its efficiency, and be much smaller, as on takeoff and ascent, power would be supplied by both the jet and the battery; in cruise, the fans would help recharge the battery. There is, of course, much work ahead, with lithium air cells to develop, as well as the superconducting cables required - this isn't an aircraft you'll be able to experience any time soon.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has entered production. =:D

A wonderful review of a memorable performance of La Vestale, by Bernard Levin. =:D

Here's another rather nifty inflatable Toothless costume. No idea what the price is, but Qian Abby and her minions apparently make and sell them.

Relatedly, here's one person's account of dealing with the news that that pain in their back is actually cancerous, likely terminal within months. (Note that it does lean heavily into the political and religious sides)

ponitacupcake noted the existence of a My Little Pony café, in Harajuku. Regrettably, it's only a pop-up, until Nov 29 2015 - but, who knows? Maybe Hasbro will see the concept can work. ^_^ (Interestingly, it embraces not only the current FiM generation, but previous ones as well)

I threatened, a while back, to highlight some folk you might like to befriend here, if you indeed don't already know them. ^_^ So, maybe I'll start with..

  • jakebe's vignettes convey you to new worlds in but a paragraph, with people you'd love to meet. His entries are similarly eloquently written.
  • huskyteer publishes her short stories less frequently, but they're always an absolute delight - and you'll also get to enjoy daring tales of travel on two (powered) wheels, with insightful observations along the way.
  • lupestripe doesn't believe in photography, but his travelogues nonetheless are meticulously, engagingly written, going into historical detail you won't find in mere guide books.

    I've only met two of the three in person so far, but I'm hoping to remedy that in the coming weeks. ^_^ (And, at least the delay in being able to do so might mean being able to go along to the White Horse's excellent Barleywine & Old Ale Festival in late November! Perhaps my favorite styles of beer, and not generally easily found, let alone maybe thirty of them in the same place. Add in some very good food, and it's not a difficult decision to make =:)

    And the buns have actually been relatively active lately! It was quite a joy to see so many out and about on Thursday evening - in one spot, I could see around a dozen out satisfying their grasslust. (Even including one tinybun!)

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