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Now available for iOS and Android: VR ear cleaning, apparently a very Japanese phenomenon, "a bonding exercise between two people, not unlike a massage".

I may have to get off my tail and get along to the Crystal Heart Festival in SL, getting underway next Thursday, June 30, with a three day concert over July 22-24. "The Crystal Heart Festival is an exclusive event dedicated to all Mahou Shoujo anime and manga such as: Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew and Card Captor Sakura, portrayed from a heroes vs. villains perspective. Here you’ll find a unique line of fashion, cosplay and creations interpreted by some of the best designers across the grid."

It goes, perhaps, without saying that I'm bitterly disappointed in the UK's vote to leave the EU. The consequences are obvious, and in part, immediate, with some large employers moving out, and markets worldwide slumping, coupled with the Pound falling to - well, currently $1.36754, versus its more usuals level of $1.50-1.60. Scotland's all but certain to hold another independence vote, and likely to separate. Good job, Farage, and all the press who continue to give him half their column inches if he so much as coughs. Fancy moving out of the UK for your retirement? Heh, right. Good grief, I'm still finding it hard to believe what a confoundedly self-destructive step some people have taken - a protest vote? What, so give the cutters even more power, so you're even further in the shit?

But never mind: Obama's assuring the "special relationship" will endure. Which is that, again? The one where GCHQ performs the NSA's politically inconvenient work, and vice versa? It certainly isn't anything pertaining to freedom of personal movement, given US<->UK visas for permanent residency, or simply working, remain as frustratingly complex, expensive, and time consuming as any isolationist politician could wish for, ensuring their subjects are kept just where they are.

I feel fundamentally ashamed to be legally part of a citizenry that is happy to tell a significant part of its population that they're unwelcome, despite having lives in the UK, entirely legally, working and fulfilling more of their civic duties than many Westminster MPs, for whom the act of turning up for work is entirely optional. (Reminder: these are the people Leave have decided to entrust their fate to, and everyone else who either chooses to remain, or can't leave) So, one good friend - Polish - may well be leaving with his BF for Spain, rather than be confined to an isolationist position where travel requires at least a passport, and likely a visa for anything beyond tourism. Another's position is closely entangled with European reporting, putting their position also into doubt, even without any residency issues involved. Yet, did the Leave camp think about this? Let them now, at least, contemplate how many lives they've upended, handing power to a spectrum from the Conservatives, through UKIP, to the BNP. *slow clap*

A comic to try: Rice Boy, being a surrealistic, brightly hued fantasy adventure yarn. It's complete, having run between 2006-2008, and not overly long (unfortunately!).

It could well be that Anton Yelchin, actor playing the "new" Chekhov, was a victim of bad user interface design - specifically, the "monostable" gear shifter in Jeep Grand Cherokees, where you move the stick forward and backward to shift through gear selections, after which it always returns to the same rest position.

Hasselblad, in recent years, took a lot of heat from the peanut gallery over its "luxury branding" concepts, essentially copying Leica's strategy of lightly rebadging other manufacturers' cameras, and adding a hefty multiplier to the cost. They've apparently completely changed course, having now launched the first mirrorless medium format body, the X1D. It's still quite exotically priced, at around $9,000, but that's still a significant drop on previous medium format bodies. It even positions them as a genuine manufacturer of camera bodies again - they're produced locally, in Sweden.

I wonder what g force that amounts to? Swiss mech.eng. students have built an electric race car that can manage 0-62mph in 1.513 seconds. =:D (Hm.. 62 mph = 27.716 m/s, so a = v/t = 27.716/1.513 = 18.319 m/s/s, so a bit under 2g)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ah, I misspoke. I realise now that the term 'free movement' has a specific meaning, and of course you're right. UK hasn't had 'free movement' of EU citizens into the country for quite some time, if ever, and never of the Schengen variety. What I meant was that I don't see any reason why Brits should now be prohibited from continuing to work and live on the continent, just because their country has left the EU. I'm not aware there's ever been a peacetime prohibition against expats, even before the UK joined the EEC/EU. (Except in the former Eastern bloc, of course.)

See, I think a lot of the anxiety about Brexit comes from the fact that no one now under the age of 60 has adulthood memories of what life was like before the UK joined the Common Market. A Britain linked to Europe is all you have ever known. The thing is, if you somehow believe that, before that, you couldn't go live and work as you pleased in France or Germany or anywhere else in Western Europe, you're quite mistaken. You had to get the proper visas, of course, but if you had marketable skills and could prove you had a means to support yourself, it was not difficult at all for a Brit to go live and work in the country of their choice, and even apply for a change of citizenship after a time. And I don't see why things should necessarily be any different after Brexit. Unless of course the EU decides to implement punitive restrictions against British expats out of a feeling of vengeance.

Fortunately, I was greatly relieved to hear Merkel say today that there is no need for the EU 'to be nasty' in forming new policies in response to UK separation; that it 'would benefit no one', and she is certainly correct, and a welcome voice of reason. But I haven't heard that kind of graciousness from other EU officials, have you? It's those angry officials who have the potential to cause problems for expats now. They are the ones who have it in their power to make this an amicable divorce, or not.