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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!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.