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mondhasen set me thinking over my last entry - how do folk add images to their entries? That is, how do you go about it, specifically? Do you upload to somewhere like imgur and add the URLs manually, or do you use LJ's rich text editor and let it take care of that? Or maybe a client app? Myself, I compose entries in a text editor, and add the URLs by hand. As for hosts, that's been imgur for a while, for general "images", and Flickr for my own photography. (Agh, I do hope Flickr's future remains assured, with Yahoo busily disintegrating. There are simply so many communities on Flickr! Hosting is comparatively trivial - getting people to establish communities is quite another matter, and seldom even touched upon in all the discussions I've read)

A Kickstarter to support: a David Bowie statue in Aylesbury Market Square, being the location he debuted Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust. They've secured the necessary permissions from the three councils involved, and even have a mask cast from his face, used in the filming of The Man Who Fell to Earth, so the likeness will be spot-on. The goal is £100,000, and they're at £17,505 after nine days, with 31 days to go. As far as they're aware, this will be the first David Bowie statue anywhere.

It doesn't matter if you're familiar with My Little Pony - this animation loop (as a GIF) is really quite nifty. ^_^ It's made of photos of fifteen carvings on eight pumpkins, each taking some seven hours to complete, with a total of 1000 photos taken before they narrowed the selection down. (h/t ungulata!) It's 3MB, so maybe best to wait if you're on a cellular piece of wet string.

I would be failing everyone were I to not highlight the trailer for Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity. ^_^ And you can buy the entire show, plus extras, DRM free, for a mere £τ.

I finally got to see Beyond Beyond, a Swedish animated feature, which I first encountered a couple years ago, but couldn't actually locate until recently. This was, unfortunately, with an autotranslated subtitles track, but nonetheless - I'd happily recommend it, if you might like a sort of modern fairy tale, animated, on a theme we'll all encounter sooner or later. The animation reminds me a little of Hoodwinked - they're perfectly aware they're not Pixar, and they're playing to that! It's quite a stylised look, but no less lovingly animated for that. It's available on iTunes, albeit with an English dub - but, with a cast including Cary Elwes and Patrick Warburton, that might actually be pretty good. ^_^

If you're sufficiently geekily inclined, here's a superb IEEE Spectrum article on the long path toward EUV lithography, which chip foundries expect to be crucial in going down to 7nm and smaller feature sizes in the next few years. It explains just how difficult progress has been - with the wavelengths involved being so much shorter than visible light, everything changes, with air being opaque, glass similarly, so lenses aren't an option, and even mirrors pose daunting challenges.

Just on the off-chance this'll show up in anybody else's searches on the topic: if you're having trouble with your Sennheiser headphones (the snappily named HD25-1 II, in my case, but it seems common across their range) exhibiting erratic loss of audio in one or both channels, fixed by nudging the cables around their entry point to the speakers, you may well not need to buy a replacement cable. Instead, try using some pliers to pull the connectors out, then plug them back in again. It seems the trouble is sometimes (often?) the pins making imperfect contact, not trouble with the cable. That's all but cured the problem here, though I have had to (literally) touch the right cable a couple times to restore perfect balance - otherwise, it's survived a normal cycle or two of being stuffed in the camera bag and taken out, and between rooms.

Might anyone have a monitor recommendation? ^_^ I'm pondering getting a small monitor to accompany Hazel, doubling as extension desktop space and TV. The catch appears to be that I don't really have space for anything big, and seemingly all the manufacturers dump fairly horrid resolution panels into monitors smaller than 24" or so - at 19", it seems to be a surprising challenge to find much at HD, let alone higher, with many at 1600x900, others not even that. Thin and light would be very good, and a wide color gamut would also be welcome. 17" would be ideal, 19" might be workable.. 15" might even be better. Internal speakers would be welcome, and I'd sort of prefer 16:9 (16:10 even better), but 4:3 would be okay.

Furry artwork of the week: The Quiet Forest, by Noben. (SFW) Such a delightfully serene, warmhearted scene. ^_^ (I haven't included an excerpt, as I couldn't really find a good crop - it needs to be viewed in its entirety)

Game of the week for me has to be PinOut, from Mediocre Games, of Does Not Commute. ^_^ It's sort of a pinball game, distilled into the game's essence, applied to a game that couldn't exist in the physical world. It's a little like an endless runner, in that the table is infinitely tall - your job, of course, is to accurately hit the ball such that you manage to ascend. It's all conducted in a gorgeously vivid environment strongly reminiscent of TRON, with a soundtrack to match. It's free, with a single IAP adding the ability to resume from checkpoints. I'll pay for that happily - this is much too good to simply enjoy for free!

Interesting to see the same flight I took a few weeks ago (the same plane, I believe) recently diverted to Vancouver when several staff took ill with some suspected ventilation fault. The investigation's ongoing, so few details have emerged, but it seems there was no lasting harm caused to any crew or passengers.

When life gives you a ginormous wildfire, make unique whisky. =:D (Originally typed as "wildlife"..)

These salt lamps are rather lovely. ^_^ Basically, a big chunk of Himalayan pink salt with a bulb inside, on a wooden base, so they give off quite an unusual, warm glow. Only downside is they ship with 15W pygmy incandescent bulbs, so I'd want to see if there are LED equivalents available, as they don't seem to last that long.

Doubtless inspired by the Mean Tweets series, here's Developers Read 1 Star Reviews.

Egh, I'll never understand publishers/labels/studios. How on Earth is it reasonable that The Art of Zootropolis is £20 as a physical hardcover, and £19 as a Kindle edition? Does the book really only cost £1 to produce, distribute, and deliver (free)? Bah.

The self-hosting seems to be working out - transfers, so far resulting purely from my previous entry, have cost 0.82¢. ^_^ Next, I think I want to get a simple gallery up, probably drawn directly from the previous site. If it turns out I need shopping cart functionality, I can always hop back onto SmugMug.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I really hate the pricing of ebooks, and the difference of a pound between a hardcover and a Kindle edition is utterly ridiculous. Just Tuesday I picked up the new Honor Harrington hardback and what I wish for is that I could spend, say, $3 and also get the ebook edition. But you can't. I think, though I have no evidence to back it up, that publishers are trying to prop-up their overall sales since Amazon is eating everybody's lunch. As a result, I wait for deals to pop up, or I read from the plethora of ebooks that I have gotten from Project Gutenberg and other free sources. I can think of no more than 4-5 authors that I'll buy hardback, the rest I'll wait on. There's a couple of authors that I'm going to start tracking down used editions of in order to get to know them, but that will have to wait until I'm either somewhat gainfully employed or finally getting unemployment benefits. I'm hoping the latter will start next week.

My lungs are a curious (and badly damaged) thing, and I suspect that flight probably prwould have made me ill. I'm particularly sensitive to bleach, and just a few days ago I left a store to wait for my wife in the car because of a strong smell like that. That night, or perhaps the next, she was complaining at home about a cleaning product that I had used on the stove top, and it hadn't bothered me.
Interestingly, this week I bought a book from Amazon for $35, and they did offer the Kindle version as an add-on option for $4 more. I probably should have taken the one-time offer since I can't go back and do it now. The Kindle version by itself is $20. (I think my reasoning at the time is that the book I bought is filled with photos, and reading a photo book on my iPhone isn't going to be a great experience.)
That does sound like a good deal. My problem is that I am not a fan of the Kindle platform and would much rather buy an epub so that I'd have a file to call my own.
Yeah. I never buy Kindle books. I might have bought this one because it was cheap and a second copy of the book I wanted. The primary purchase of the physical book was the truly important thing and all I really wanted and needed.

Heck, I hardly ever buy physical books from Amazon. I always prefer to give money to my local bookstore. I'll routinely pay more to buy books at my local bookstore. (It does help that I live close to One of the Best Bookstores in the United States.)
I am VERY envious! (and happy for you) And totally in agreement that it is one of the best bookstores in the USA. I got to visit Powell's around 1990 and just absolutely loved it, I emerged with a foot or so of hardbacks and trade papers. Unfortunately I haven't been back up there since, though I always recommend a visit to Powell's whenever I hear of a friend going up there.

I grew up in Phoenix, and we have a regional chain called Bookmans, which I would highly recommend if you have an opportunity. Two locations in Phoenix, three in Tucson (where they originated) and one up in Flagstaff. One of the Phx locations is only two miles from my parent's house, so it always gets a visit or two when I'm in town.

Unfortunately we just lost our bookstore. Our closest decent bookstore, note that I did not say good, was Hastings, and the chain went bust. We can drive to Las Cruces or El Paso and hit B&N, which we do frequently.
I'm quite surprised that book publishing hasn't been disrupted at all, as yet, given the popularity of readers and tablets - with a purely electronic distribution model, there's no need for a chunk of cash to get a book printed and available. True, plenty of people do still prefer paper, but you'd think there'd at least be more of a cycle of starting electronically, before going to Kickstarter or a publisher.

And yes, part of the problem of large outfits like Amazon and Apple having such power is that they wind up wielding such power over the publishers. Thankfully, some writers and artists are fine with places like Gumroad for selling their ebooks, so you can then read the PDFs or suchlike on whatever device you like, in any suitable application. (For me, that's often just Acrobat on the iPad, as I long ago tired of Apple's insistence on sticking with the syncing model rather than simply being able to drop/delete a file)

Ultimately, it's rather tragic - I'd be much more likely to buy books casually if priced at a couple currency units per copy, but the current levels are quite a discouragement, beyond titles I'm quite certain I'll enjoy, like Kevin Godley's nifty memoirs, Spacecake, published as a genuine iBook, with plenty of little video embeds and such.