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

Wishing for a high albedo Eurovision

Thankfully, the data breach I mentioned last time turned out to be largely a hoax, with Google saying "More than 98% of the Google account credentials in this research turned out to be bogus". Still, it doesn't hurt to change passwords once in a while, especially if you're using a mechanism that syncs passwords across your devices automagically.

SatW has offered up a Eurovision game for tonight's final. Probably best not to try turning it into a drinking game. =:) (It looks like the UK's trying to regain the lost glory of nul points, given the entry is about as milquetoast as it gets)

Friday saw us watch Amy, a biog of Amy Winehouse - about as raw and frank as it gets, with plenty of footage from friends and family. It's a wrenching watch indeed, and highly recommended.

One man's account of working for the phone company, as it lurched from NYNEX to the current day, as Verizon.

Here's rather a cool bit of tech ephemera: Voder, demonstrated in this video clip in San Francisco in 1939. The catch is that the actual selection of what sounds to produce is actually the result of an expert operator - so, no use as part of a purely automatic system, but nonetheless highly useful in demonstrating the feasibility of producing recognisable speech with purely artificial sounds. And the results are actually surprisingly good, along the lines of 1980s tech.

Oh dear.. it's been confirmed - though much as everyone was expecting, with DeNA's paws all over it - that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be IAP-based. *sigh* We'll just have to see how they go about that, but I'll admit, my enthusiasm has been tempered.

On the other paw, it's been announced that Lumines is finally making its way to iOS, in two different titles, one paid, "Lumines: Puzzle & Music", and one free to download, "Lumines VS", coming in Q3 and Q4 2016.

And so, 2016's MasterChef finale played out last week - absolutely beautifully. ^_^ Everyone deserved to be there, and I'll agree, the right contestant prevailed. What a magnificent competition that was!

Interesting little bit of materials science: making wood transparent. =:D Basically, they remove the wood's lignin, then fill those microscopic gaps with epoxy, resulting in a strong, light, transparent material.

Now, everyone knows the appearance of food can affect its taste - present someone with food that tastes of one thing, but is colored wrongly, and most folk will be thrown off, as demonstrated in the surprisingly engaging recent BBC 4 production, "Chef vs Science", where the materials scientist offers up strawberry ice cream - first, colored as you'd expect, then in a variety of unrelated hues. And lo, everyone knew it was strawberry when colored as expected, with guesses ranging across the board when not, mostly based on the color. But, did you know that sound can also affect your sense of taste? (Sadly, it's now fallen off iPlayer, but it's around in the usual channels)
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