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*squee* I've only just realised Studio Killers came up with a video for Jenny, one of my favorite tracks on their album. ^_^

Watch out for a 50th anniversary Bonzo Dog gig in November, with guests including the likes of Bill Bailey, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Stephen Fry, and Brian Blessed. =:D

Also for those within reach of London: New Scientist is holding their first convention at the ExCeL, Sep 22-25 2016 (Thu-Sun), with guests including such folks as Tim Peake, Festival of the Spoken Nerd with Helen Keen, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and the Exomars Rover, and panels including How to Hijack a Satellite, Control Room: AI Apocalypse, and How to Test Your Own DNA. Tickets are bookable now, from £25 for single day tickets in advance (it's a four day thing, so you'll want to plan which day(s) feature what you're most interested in) for standard admission, £45-50 for VIP, through £45 for any two days, to £90 for all four days.

I finally tried a bit of the cinnamon vodka that's been steeping for.. probably over a year by now. Wow. =:D It's pretty much exactly as you might imagine: absolutely untamed, pure CINNAMON. Rather delightful, actually.

I sort of miss the old Apple watching days of yore, where observers like As The Apple Turns (still perhaps the best Apple related site there was, with incisive wit and insight, wrapped into plenty of parody as well) would speculate on the goings on, with as much to go on as in the Soviet days. =:) Still, there are occasional glimpses into more interesting speculation beyond what the next phone will offer, as in this tidbit that their car project has apparently landed the founder and former CEO of QNX. That, to me, is interesting, as QNX is legendarily stable - the epitome of the hard realtime OS. (Hard as in, you get to specify rigid timeslots, and things don't get to overrun. Useful in situations where something not being processed in time could have Bad Consequences)

There are innumerable "Best" lists out there, mostly rather pedestrian in scope - but this one, I feel, is worth highlighting: the Best 50 Animated Films of the 21st Century so far. It does include some universally known titles, particularly toward the end, but plenty that are more in the realm of animation geeks and cinephiles, like Ernest & Celestine, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - and they do give well-deserved nods to several other excellent productions in the footnotes. (Thanks to lovelyangel)

huskyteer can sometimes be very, very silly. *giggle*

Monday was actually quite reasonable, weather-wise, and I had a bus ticket all paid for - it would have been churlish not to leap at the rabbiteering opportunity. ^_^ Whilst there wasn't any great drama, I did love this momentary expression on one bun (quite unusually, as buns almost only ever partake of grass from the top downwards, for a part of the way, before proceeding elsewhere; the main reason they'll do otherwise is to help furnish a nest, which wasn't the case here) yanking on a grassy stalk, apparently putting up greater resistance than they'd anticipated. ^_^


Transformation sequence of the week is by AmberAria, relating to a roommate's secret, and how he can ensure his friend keeps it.. ^_^ one, two, three, four, and the final page, five. And it would appear there is a sequel in the offing.

Ye gods and little fishes, but I'm out of shape.. the roomie had a load of wood delivered the other day, for some decking around the back of the house (yay, barbecue time!) - a few dozen long, treated and grooved planks for the surface, plus a load of thicker supports, and some baby (yet still 20kg each!) bags of concrete. It took the delivery guy a matter of minutes to unload from the van into the driveway. It took us about half an hour, together, to shift it all - around 650kg, per invoice - around to the back yard. ^_^; Still, I can't deny - it was fun. ^_^ (And he paid for pizza afterward, yay!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nice animation list! I've seen 36 of those 50.
(Yay! *hug* Post more entries!)

Wow, not bad going. ^_^ Indeed, even I was quite surprised how many I'd seen, given I don't tend to see all that many films, especially cinematically.

What were some you've not seen, but might like to?

I was particularly comforted to see Brave there, I admit. For whatever reasons, it fell short with some folk, yet, for me, it's easily one of the better Pixar productions, with a fabulous message of independence (though also responsibility) and mutual respect. And I admit, I've still yet to see Tokyo Godfathers - and I'd love to see April and the Magnificent World, which I noted in this very journal a while back. =:/

Of course, tastes vary; I deeply adore The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - it moved me quite profoundly. But, others can and have seen a film they liked, but didn't feel it remarkable. (They are, of course, dreadfully wrong =:)

It might even have been you who brought Ernest & Celestine to my attention, I think. ^_^ Oh, if ever there were a feature that deserves a much broader audience! Absolutely beautiful. And from what I understand, the English dub's actually well done, too.

I was a little surprised to find The Emperor's New Groove on there, though not unhappy - I found Mark Dindal's direction almost as engaging there as in Cats Don't Dance. Sadly, it seems the reception of Chicken Little obliterated his animation career without trace. *sigh*

And of course, I can hardly object to Curse of the Were-Rabbit. =:D
Sorry about not posting; I'm too tempted to gripe about first-world problems and frankly who wants to see that? I've kept my life fairly quiet overall. Little changes here and there, like new furniture.

Animation-wise, well in a lot of cases it's "Been meaning to watch at some point" - I've got a huge backlog of downloaded movies I've not gotten around to for ages and ages!

Let's see, the ones I definitely mean to get around to at some point are, in decreasing level of interest, are:
- Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Pirates! Band Of Misfits
- The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
- Monster House

The remainder, even the ones with lots of praise, just haven't clicked with me as I've watched trailers. Granted I have some irrational biases. :)
- Mary And Max
- Tokyo Godfathers
- Frankenweenie
- Boy & The World
- Ponyo
- Winnie The Pooh
- Millennium Actress
- The Wind Rises
- Inside Out
- It's Such A Beautiful Day

I just noticed they included an honorable mentions section at the end with 22 films. Of those, I've seen 11, and am curious about another 4 or 5 of them. :)
Personally, I'm entirely up for even quite pedestrian concerns. ^_^ Not everything in life is a critical juncture, after all, although it's not until later we discover where those points were. =:) (The designer of this game really should take some cues from the likes of ustwo or SkyGoblin)

Ah, Pirates is another I've somehow missed out on! I'll see if I can get around to that in the coming weeks. ^_^

Ponyo was, of course, as good as you'd expect of Ghibli, even if not at the very top with Spirited Away or Totoro. The Wind Rises I still haven't seen, as with Kaguya - I've been quite remiss with keeping up with Ghibli's work, unfortunately. (Reminds me, I'm still only midway through Arietty..)

Inside Out, I admit, intrigues me a bit - I have seen that, and can definitely recommend it, but unfortunately, at the level of "intense: may not want to watch again soon" (see also: Pan's Labyrinth, The Fountain). If you do see it, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
It's strange, but somehow, despite it having the many months of development and marketing - I had no idea Inside Out existed until it showed up in theaters. It was like "Surprise! New Pixar film!" and I was all "Whaa?"

I read reviews and yeah, the emotional resonance thing was mentioned a lot - so I'm kind of cautious as to watching it or not, because I have no idea what direction my emotions will go. I loved the direction of Pan's Labyrinth - it was one of the first Blu-ray discs I bought because I wanted the picture quality - but yeah, it's not a film you often get in the mood to re-watch.
Aha, funny seeing you here!

You have to have some of us over for another video night so we can see some of those. It's been forever.
Interesting list of movies. I am glad Ernest & Celestine made it as well (if you haven't read the books you really ought to), and even Frankenweenie! Omissions... well, it's only their opinion (and mine) afterall, but I think both Brother Bear and Up on Poppy Hill deserved mention, as well as The Book of Life :o)

I'm really feeling out of shape in this heat/humidity we are under. I finally tried trimming out our new skylights today (had the roof re-done and replaced the old roof windows as well). Up and down two flights of stairs countless times *sweat sweat* just to find I had bought the wrong wood width: a 1x3 is actually 0.5x2.5, which I used to know but foolishly forgot. Ah well, back to it tomorrow if no rain.
Oo, I wasn't even aware there were E&C books! I'll have to nose around and see if the local library has any of them. ^_^

I admit, I wasn't huge on Frankenweenie (the original, that is), but then, I've sort of drifted away from the darker side to some degree - back at Uni, I was quite into NIN (but also Mike Oldfield =:), whereas now, I'm much more about Studio Killers or pony remixes and original compositions, like OhPonyBoy "Blob It". That said, there's much that's remained constant as well, like Queen and Eurythmics, who have always been favorites with not just myself, but my mother as well. ^_^

They did note several "honorable mentions" in the footnotes, though, including Brother Bear (which I did enjoy, but it didn't somehow make quite the impact I might have expected, given I'm very much a fan of transformations) and The Book of Life (which I adored - but then, I'm something of a romantic). UoPH I'm not actually familiar with!

1x3 is actually 0.5x2.5? Erm. Of course!

Er.. why? Is that one of those things like camera sensors still get referred to as, say, "one inch", when that actually harkens back to the size of a vacuum tube for that actual sensor size? Per Wikipedia:

"Sensor sizes are expressed in inches notation because at the time of the popularization of digital image sensors they were used to replace video camera tubes. The common 1" circular video camera tubes had a rectangular photo sensitive area about 16mm diagonal, so a digital sensor with a 16 mm diagonal size was a 1" video tube equivalent. The name of a 1" digital sensor should more accurately be read as "one inch video camera tube equivalent" sensor. Current digital image sensor size descriptors are the video camera tube equivalency size, not the actual size of the sensor. For example, a 1" sensor has a diagonal measurement of 16mm."

And so 25.4mm becomes 16mm. ^_^;
I missed the honorable mentions as well :o) And the E&C books are a joy to read, if for nothing else than for the illustrations themselves.
http://picturebookillustration.blogspot.com/2012/12/ernest-and-celestine.html

Lumber... I was wrong: the boards I bought were 0.75" thick, not 0.5". However, the measuring of lumber is nominal, by "pre-seasoning and pre-milling" sizes. After shrinkage and finishing you get a smaller board which everyone knows, or soon learns, or sometimes forgets... In 1951, according to my shop bible, The Better Homes and Gardens Handyman's Book, this finish size was actually a bit larger (a 32nd on the thickness, an 8th on the width). The point is, one should bring a measure along if actual sizes are critical, as they were in my case.

Interesting point on the sensors, too, btw.
Indeed! Brother Bear is far far far FAR more deserving of that list than say, Emperor's New Gratuitous Groove... ;P
Yeah, but Emperor's New Groove is a meme. That must say something about cultural impact!
I did see it over here at this meme place... http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/the-emperors-new-groove ... but, how is it a "meme" as memes go? Isn't a regular "meme" a sort-of "List-of-questions-people-share-and-all-answer" thing...?
Maybe in 2006!
A meme is more like "a ______ people share" thing, so a list of questions that people answer would fall under that idea. It's about viral propogation through the minds of the people of a society. Music is memetic, too.

I like the term 'viral' because they're pretty much the same substance. A virus isn't a living thing, it's a set of instructions that your body just mindlessly accepts and reproduces. Just like how the youngsters mindlessly accept and reproduce bad song lyrics.
Do we have to get off your lawn now? =:)
Ah.. well-said then Fred! ... Admittedly I did look it up, and I see that it encompasses a lot more things that the quizzes :}

....still not quite sure how Emperor's New Groove is any more a meme than many other movies or toaster kitties or mushroom badgers though.... Maybe you can point to some specific indicators of its being a meme that differentiates it?

*fuzzlefuffles Porsupah too*
It can be hard to pinpoint. It's enough a part of our shared cultural experience that people still make references to it. Then you get the specific stamps that get shared around, where one single aspect is iterated over. Image macros and the like.

It's amazing that anyone still cares about a 36-yo student programming project like QNX.  Back then, Y2K was a theoretical issue that didn't really matter because of course all current software would be replaced well before the new millennium!

Ford announced back in December 2014 that they were dropping Microsoft Auto in favour of QNX.  And obviously Apple's self-driving car division has agreed that QNX is more reliable than Microsoft products (as if there had ever been any doubt!).
Ah, there's plenty of life in the old dog yet. =:) After all, just look at Unix's roots, back in the late 1960s! And now, via the BSD branch of the family, there's macOS (and, of course, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD), and that Linux whippersnapper. =:)

Thankfully, Microsoft's influence basically died once mobile and embedded came along, save for huge corporate clients who continue to be beholden to anything and everything Microsoft, cost be damned, even when they could accomplish the same with embedded Linux (or sometimes, just a bare metal project) for far lower cost. (The roomie works on a project that's doomed to be wedded to Microsoft until the heat death of the Universe, as they're now part of a multinational with all the sense and agility you'd expect, not to mention respect for employees)

I do hope Project Titan works out well. I'd enjoy a self-driving car, especially if I don't have to buy it. I'm not at all interested in having to drive something, as that would take away from time I can use for things I want to do; and then there's being able to enjoy beer and cider without endangering people more than I see around me. =:/ (Oh, for mandatory retesting every few years.. it wouldn't cure everyone of bad habits, but it might at least remind some of better ways)
I've seen roughly half or a little more than half of those listed. I agree with the rating of the #1. Some of the others of those I've seen I might have rated higher or lower. For example, I loved Ernest & Celestine, The Secret of Kells, and Song of the Sea (had to travel 40 miles to see that last one in a theater). Some of the mainstream ones aren't on my list of favorites, some are. Thanks for the link.
Mmm! Even by Ghibli's standards, Spirited Away was simply excellent, even down to tiny details like the soot sprites. ^_^; (And now I again wish iTunes offered multiple language tracks. Even with good English dubs, I still prefer the Japanese audio - where both exist, why don't the studios offer them?)

E&C I absolutely adored. The style of animation was quite unusual, especially these days, and the storyline itself was so much more gently paced than animated blockbusters. And the characters.. indeed, that was a true joy to watch.

Kells and SotS I still haven't seen, unfortunately. (I wonder if the local library might have them? Maybe not, but then again, they did have some surprising choices when I was a regular patron of their DVD offerings, several years back. These days, I'm almost purely digital)

It quite impressed me - not just huge releases everyone's heard of, but plenty of lesser known ones, as above. I might sniff around that site a bit more, and see if I can find some other cinematic inspiration - I wouldn't mind finding some good, relatively undiscovered sci-fi, for instance, especially anything with a bit of a "space opera" feel. (Oh, for a big screen adaptation of A Fire Upon the Deep!)
Thanks for all the links as ever! Lots of anthro stuff in da vids!


...I agree with Moxie man too... just because it's animated doesn't mean it deserves to be on that list.. It's great seeing the compilation though! And at least they had an honorable mention at the end, and some of those could well have replaced some that the put on the main list...

PS .. checked out most of the stuff, and hey.. that goat and werewolf thing.. wow! Although I do think he was rather sudden... with all the access to magic, there *must* be some way to get his friend the 'thumbs' too.... :D

... and the bunneh is really giving you the eye... ;D

Edited at 2016-07-31 10:58 pm (UTC)
I followed some of the other links in Darius's FA and stumbled upon Fydbac, who I had stopped following a couple years ago. I think they were doing to much factory commission work for my liking? Anyway, they've got a neat sense of style, and I thought I'd point them out.