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I'm pondering setting up a Patreon for my wildlife photography. What sort of incentives do you think might appeal? What might even encourage you to join in?

From the Big Book of Schadenfreude: Conservative congressional candidate shares screenshot, forgets to close porn windows. (As a bonus, he followed up with an "explanation", quickly deleted, that read more like a sort of stream of consciousness poem, of a rambling and paranoid nature)

For some reason, the UK video release of Zootopia will be somewhat delayed - Amazon's showing it as arriving on July 25, some seven weeks after the US release. Time to work out how to get some of the L$ accumulating in my account converted to US iTunes credit.. meanwhile, the first rips are now hitting the net. ^_^ (And I'm absolutely loving that opening scene again.. *giggle*)

A couple new webcomics you might like to try, both from the same creator: The Muse Mentor, set in a realm of Notions and Muses, where Notions lead essentially quite routine lives, whilst the Muses tend to be inspiring and creative; and Harlowe Vanished, about a girl with a difficult home situation, tired of it all - but her intended method leads to a rather unexpected change in her circumstances. (I imagine lovelyangel might quite like the first) Neither will take very long to catch up with, as they're both (more or less) weekly, with TMM starting a couple years ago, and HV under a year ago.

Quite odd. I have a TC14E teleconverter, which I've used with the 300mm f/4 to yield 420mm f/5.6, but several months back, the combination started going very flaky, to the point where AF would simply refuse to function - somewhat useful in wildlife photography, unless you're camped out aiming at a specific target point. So, I dropped it, using just the lens by itself. Just out of curiosity, I gave it another try on Monday, and - it functioned perfectly. Eh? I'm not sure where the problem even lies, as even when it was being flaky last year, it seemed fine with the rented 200-400mm f/4. Still, I'm not sure if I'll continue using it - especially at the current main bunspot, even 300mm can be a little close sometimes, and taking the TC off isn't exactly a quick, discreet operation, though the buns do seem slightly used to me now. Add in the loss of light, and I'm left feeling I may be better off with simply cropping, given the D7100's sensor and lack of AA filter - with just the 300mm f/4, it can be a crazily sharp combination. (That said, I do think I need to redo that Bath cityscape sometime, using both the D7100 and the TC, given the original was taken with a D90 and no TC. So then, I'd be looking at twice the pixel count on each axis =:)

I'm pleased to see the Conservative masturbatory exercise that is the EU referendum is unlikely to see any change in the UK's membership. Paddy Power, f'rex, currently lists odds of 1/5 staying, 7/2 leaving. Quite tempting to put a small bet on, despite the odds, so I can enjoy a good pint or two at the Daily Flail's expense. =:)

Rather fun: as a little special, the producers of the Simpsons thought they'd try having Homer answer viewers' questions live. Yes, actually live, real calls, with Homer animated live. Here's how they did it, using Adobe's Character Animator, and two Mac Pros operating in parallel, so if anything went wrong with one system, they could switch immediately to the other. And here are the East Coast, and West Coast takes. TBH, the improvised answers play second fiddle to the procession of walk-on gags, but it's fun either way.

Commissioned by UK broadcaster Channel 4, Private Parts is rather a fun little animated short, vaguely like Aardman's seminal "Creature Comforts", except based around female sexuality, and everyone's represented as genitalia. ^_^

Is "Strange Magic" worth pursuing? I started watching it the other day, but after a rather trying twelve minutes, I felt that if it hadn't hooked me that far in, it might not be likely to. A pity, as visually, it was absolutely top notch. Should I persist? (LucasFilms' earlier "Work in Progress" remains one of the best things they've done, not hurt by the voicework =:)

So, I finished off the recent Star Wars, finally, and loved it all. Admittedly, I was surprised by the demise of a major character, but.. I'm okay with that. We/they all have to go eventually, after all - and on such a quest seems as soundly compassionate a footing as any. All the surface level dogfighting by spaceships felt a bit weird, but, WTH. ^_^; So, yes, count me as a big time Rey fan. Couldn't we have had her the first time around? =:) (Ah, Luke's fine, I kid)

CBS unveiled the tiniest of teasers for the forthcoming Star Trek TV series. More of a confirmation it's coming, really, and a glimpse at the graphic design, which feels like they're Doctor Who fans. =:)

Interesting option for anyone wanting to gain a real degree, but isn't flush with cash: University of the People, accredited by the DEAC agency, authorised by the US DOE. Tuition is free, whilst end of course examinations - conducted online - carry a $100 fee each, with scholarships available.

Ye gods and little fishes.. it'd be fun to try running the vector video codec on the new AWS X1 instance, offering 4 Xeons for 64 cores, 3840GB SSD, 1952GB RAM (yes, almost 2TB of RAM), and a 10Gbps connection. =:D (Pricing is actually not insane, either, ranging from $13.38 per hour on demand, down to an effective $3.37 if you want to just buy it outright for a three year period, yours for $98,072 =:)

Next iOS (Android on its way later) game I'll be picking up: Warp Shift. Looks quite beautifully designed, visually and aurally, with - as the writer notes - touches of Portal in its gameplay, and a soupçon of Alice in Wonderland.

Apparently, I need to start distribution sex education pamphlets for the buns, or one of them in particular.. first, he tried mounting a doe, except the wrong way around. Later, he got the orientation sort of right, but was trying to hump her back, as if riding her. Going by her ears, she seemed a touch perplexed by it all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the Big Book of Schadenfreude: Conservative congressional candidate shares screenshot, forgets to close porn windows. (As a bonus, he followed up with an "explanation", quickly deleted, that read more like a sort of stream of consciousness poem, of a rambling and paranoid nature)

Heh. That's ironic, yes — and maybe some day we'll live in a society where sex isn't considered shameful anymore. Would be nice.

Rather fun: as a little special, the producers of the Simpsons thought they'd try having Homer answer viewers' questions live. Yes, actually live, real calls, with Homer animated live. Here's how they did it, using Adobe's Character Animator, and two Mac Pros operating in parallel, so if anything went wrong with one system, they could switch immediately to the other. And here are the East Coast, and West Coast takes. TBH, the improvised answers play second fiddle to the procession of walk-on gags, but it's fun either way.

That's neat. :)

"I drive a hybrid, which is a combination of 'old' and 'terrible'."

"That's why I'm for Bernie Sanders. I love his chicken. But out of respect we should refer to him as 'the Colonel'."

*snrk*
Indeed - that's bemused me for many years, where war is promoted as something noble, filled with heroism, and therefore perfectly suitable for almost all eyes; but catching a glimpse of breasts, or a cock? Heavens, no, that's got to wait until they're 18.

Oh, here's his reply, saved by a commented on dKos. Be warned: it's very odd. ^_^;

Curious by nature, I wanted to test the suggestion that somehow, lurking out in the pornographic world there is some evil operator waiting for the one in a gazillion chance that a candidate for federal office would go to that particular website and thereby be infected with a virus that would cause his or her FEC data file to crash the FECfile application each time that it was loaded on the day of the filing deadline, as well as impact other critical campaign systems. Well, the Geek Squad techs testified to me, after servicing thousands of computers at the Baileys Crossroads location that they had never seen any computer using their signature virus protection for the time period to acquire over 4800 viruses, 300 of which would require re-installation of the operating system. We are currently awaiting their attempt at recovery of files on that machine accidentally deleted when they failed to backup files before re-installation, a scenario about which Matthew Wavro speculated openly to me before we were informed by the Geek Squad that that had indeed occurred. Generally, the circumstances in which I have been involved in a life with over 30 years of leadership, I cannot just shoot from the hip, like reporters in this town who could not even get my campaign history straight, an incumbent who believed that 7000 Americans died because of global climate change, a nomination rival who assumed that a “conservative surge” was just going to magically appear in November like it did on Super Tuesday, had they not been Dump Trump Democrats in fact, or who now is being called silly by the incumbent for not doing his homework on Metro. I don’t just like being right wing, I also like being right.

But, now let me tell you the results of my empirical inquiry that introduced me to Layla and Ivone. Around Powerball lottery time, January 9, 2016, I calculated the odds that my friend Rev. Howard John Wesley and I working independently arrived at the same prayer plan, and I was able to determine that there was about a one in a billion chance that that could have occurred in the way that it did. (www.facebook.com/...). Well, as much as folks like Duffy Taylor want to hope that the Devil is waiting for Christian candidates on a particular pornographic website to infect his or her FEC data file is even more improbable than my Paul and Silas story, and I know that Duffy Taylor is not a man of faith belief; so, I don’t know how he empirically arrives at his conclusion. I couldn’t see the probability or possibility without a RAND computer.

I'd love to see Sanders wear that iconic Southern "tie", and see who gets the joke. ^_^ It's tragic that he's unlikely to secure the nomination, although much rests with the superdelegates at this point - but, at least he's woken up a lot of interest from the left, who've been fairly much out in the cold as far as the Democrats go, for the past twenty odd years. With luck, at least some people will be motivated to try nudging the party leftward, to the point where even an establishment Dem will be talking about income inequality and their plans to level things out a smidge.


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I'd love to see Sanders wear that iconic Southern "tie", and see who gets the joke. ^_^

Heh, yeah, that would be something I'd like to see, too.
It pleased me no end that, a few days ago, the Daily Stinkbag did a poll regarding the referendum. And discovered, to their immense horror, that the "Remain camp" are 11 points ahead. All that propaganda and attempted brainwashing, for nowt.
Really? Oh, jolly good show. ^_^ I'm still a little surprised there's such a minority, but then, the Flail does have a large readership, and an unfortunately gullible one. FSM knows, even my mother read said rag until a couple years ago, happily taking all of its rantings to heart. I remember persistently trying to disabuse her of the notion that the UK would be under Sharia law. *sigh* Once money's coming in again, I'd love to take another try at setting her up with an iPad, and thereby getting her online - but she's unfortunately rather technophobic, and immediately knows she Can't Use a Computer when presented with even an innocent likkle iPad. (Adding to this, my father was initially quite opposed to me getting a computer, way back in the Jurassic. So, not sure this aptitude is particularly genetically inclined =:)

I do hope the UK finally joins the Schengen Zone eventually. I don't like the concept of passports to begin with, but at least they've been done away with for much of the EU. (And gods, they're not cheap now! Amazing how sharply they've risen in price in the last 20 years, let alone the loss of the regional offices)

I'm comforted, nonetheless. The UK's been traditionally reluctant to consider itself European, but.. there it is. Fraught with difficulties, very much so, but what an amazingly diverse union it is. ^_^
Well, there's certainly something weird going on at that ragbag paper. This morning (and I only know because I take a neighbour's copy round for her, since she can't get out) they had a feature about how several big name companies are against leaving. And in their (often disturbing) Editor Says part, they almost seemed to be admitting that leaving would be a huge mistake, and that the leave camp have pretty much lost. These are truly strange times!

That's the beauty of tablets, and I get the feeling that especially applies to iPads. They're absolutely perfect for a relatively simple introduction to the internet. No learning how to control a mouse. Just jab at the information you want. Heck, my dad had literally never even touched a keyboard 5 years ago, yet he's now flying round the net, ordering things off Amazon, emailing, using forums, signing up for new accounts. It's just taking that first step, which I'm sure *is* a bit scary if you've never used a computer/tablet.

That's true enough. There are all these people whining about "all the bliddy foreigner comin' over 'ere grabbing ah joobs." Well, sod off abroad to *their* countries and take one of *their* jobs if you're really that bothered! I'd love to have the chance to move to somewhere like Sweden or Switzerland, but goodness knows that would be so much more difficult if we left the EU! And I do wonder how many of the ex-pats living in Spain etc will be happy when they're told to sod off back where they came from...
My dad will turn 83 on Christmas Day, he's a retired plumber and he's had a computer for probably 15 years. He uses Autosketch to design cabinets, he rips music to MP3 to listen when he's working on a job or in the car, he spams me constantly with conservative rubbish emails, but he's still having trouble downloading photos from his little Sony pocketcam. He has to take it in to a shop and get it de-virused 3-4 times a year, I have no idea how he manages to get it infected so often. My mom just plays games on it and sleeps in front of it with two or three Chihuahuas curled up on her.

Pors, I think a tablet would be great for your mom. If you go to the Apple Store web site, scroll all the way down and look at the refurbs. I bought my 1st gen Mini from them and absolutely love it. My wife and I bought each other half of an iPad for our anniversary four years ago and it became her iPad, so I finally got one of my own.
I have not seen Strange Magic, but have listened to an episode of The Flophouse podcast about it. While I enjoyed the podcast, they judged it to be a bad-bad movie. Probably on account of extended dullness, which is what usually distinguishes a bad-bad movie from a good-bad one.
Strange Magic was OK, but nothing remarkable. Good music, I'll definitely give it that.

RE: your teleconverter, I'd suspect the contacts need to be burnished or perhaps it wasn't absolutely locked in place and it slipped a little?

I have some kit arriving Tuesday: a 75-300 image stabilized and an Eos SL1 body, both used. With the 1.6 crop factor on the SL1, that'll make the 75-300 effectively almost a 500mm lens: I'm VERY eager to see how that works out for shooting birds! The body is quite interesting: touch screen controls on back and VERY light weight. Should be fun. Our school is doing graduation Friday and I knew I needed a longer lens than 100mm, so I broke out the credit card Friday.
Glad you got to see the new Star Wars! Rey was definitely great. The death was unexpected as were other twists. The end... Luke followed Yoda's "run away when things go awry" model :D My son waited since Xmas to show me the following meme because I waited for the DVD before watching it-


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