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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.
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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.