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It would appear the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu are returning. =:D

We may well get to see two stars colliding in 2022, likely forming one of the brightest night sky objects. For now (as far as we can see), they're two tightly orbiting stars, approaching closer and closer.

Could be interesting: Hasbro's launching Hanazuki on Jan 12. "Starting with nine, 11-minute episodes that are a mix of colorful psychedelia crossed with anime influences, viewers will meet a girl named Hanazuki, who is gifted with powers that are tied to her many moods. In her orbit are bunny-like creatures called Hemkas, a sheriff of the moon named Dazzlessence Jones, and Kiazuki, who may or may not be a friend." I am, of course, entirely uninfluenced by the presence of bunny-like characters. The show's homepage is over yonder.

So, I finally got to see Max Max: Fury Road, as an old Uni friend's stayed for a few days over the New Year. It was.. interestingly feminist, though basically devoid of story. I'm pleased I finally got to see it, but also content I didn't go for it at iTunes' recent bargain basement price.

The full cast for Star Trek: Discovery has been unveiled. Breaking with convention, the lead isn't a captain, but a lt commander, referred to as Number One, apparently in homage to Majel Barrett's original role in the pilot. It'll debut in May 2017 with a 13-episode series. Summarising, there'll be:

Main cast:
Sonequa Martin-Green as Rainsford: lieutenant commander of the USS Discovery.
Doug Jones as Saru: A Science Officer serving as a lieutenant aboard the Discovery.
Anthony Rapp as Stamets: A Science Officer specializing in astromycology.

Recurring:
Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou: Captain of the USS Shenzhou.
Shazad Latif as Kol: Commanding Officer of the Klingons, and protege of T'Kuvma.
Chris Obi as T'Kuvma: A Klingon leader who is looking to unite the Klingon houses.
Mary Chieffo as L'Rell: Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship.

Minor PSA for UK peeps: there's a new central number to call if you experience a power cut: 105, which will put you through to your local network operator.

Saturday was magnificent fun, getting to finally meet up with an old Bay friend for the first time since probably 2005. We chatted about his motivation to leave the US for Rotterdam, happening in the coming weeks, my photography win last year, who indeed is Best Pony, and much more. ^_^ We wound up going to a pub that seemed to have quite an interesting menu, and reviewed well on TripAdvisor, and yes, from the moment I walked in, I had a good feeling, with seating including armchairs, benches, stools, and dining chairs, so you could make yourself comfortable as suited you. As for the food: well, yes. =:9 We started with cod cheek scampi with nduja aioli, and artichoke ravioli with truffle, but it was when our six-hour braised beef ribs arrived that we gasped. ^_^; We were defeated, but to good effect - the bones have been simmering for a couple days, for some very good stock, which'll be the basis of something delicious later this week.



A little one-shot furry anime: Buta, 24 mins long.

A few music videos, if you're up for them:

- Renaldo and the Loaf, "A Convivial Ode". Long-running surrealist music project, probably familiar to fans of The Residents, this is their first track and video since the 80s.
- My Russian Pony, "Happy New Year". It's a SFM-produced video, so to me, the faces never really look quite right, but the track's simply so buoyant that it's impossible to care.
- Marjan Farsad, "Khooneye Ma". Beautifully sung track, with an elegantly animated video.
- Elle King, "Ex's and Oh's". If you love the brassy stylings of singers like Shirley Bassey, you'll want to try this.

Blar. I really enjoy the Phoenix Wright (et al) games, but the latest iOS release seems to have skipped a Capcom QA stage or two, plus introducing some less than optimal changes, notably that previously, you could choose (if things went sufficiently wrong with your choices) to resume at one of a few midpoints in a case. No longer! Apollo Justice only offers resuming from the very start of each case. Which, having encountered a bug, looks like my only option in case 3. No huge matter, in the grand scheme of things, but still, it'll be a bit tedious, spending a couple hours winding through the case, only to reach Investigation Day 2, where things went awry. I've filed a bug report with Support, but given we're talking about Capcom, I suspect my only option now is to just start the case afresh, and grind through the first half again. (Or give up on it and request a refund, but I'd prefer to enjoy it all, despite an annoying hitch)
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, I finally got to see Max Max: Fury Road, as an old Uni friend's stayed for a few days over the New Year. It was.. interestingly feminist, though basically devoid of story.

A very apt description. It's not a bad movie if you like explosions and ridiculous vehicles, but as far as the old Mad Max movies go, it was a zombie — all looks and no brains.

Fortunately the political tint was not so strong as to ruin the explosions.

it was when our six-hour braised beef ribs arrived that we gasped. ^_^; We were defeated, but to good effect - the bones have been simmering for a couple days, for some very good stock, which'll be the basis of something delicious later this week.

That looks excellent, simply excellent.

I really enjoyed the feminist tone - it saved the film from being just a grunty collection of explosions and macho men. ^_^ Certainly, not what I'd been expecting! But, with such a skeletal storyline - whilst they hardly have anything in common, it sort of reminds me of The Good Dinosaur. All very well executed, technically, just rather missing out on the crucial requirement of a storyline. And yes, bonus points for the insane guitarist. But couldn't someone have called out "Freebird!" at some point? =:)

I'll be back. ^_^ It's not quite the easiest place to get to, being between stations, but it's also not really much more than a 10-15 min walk (or probably a bus ride, but at that length, it's easy to wait longer for quite a modest walk). It's a bit noisier than my usual port of call, but not uncomfortably so at all, and I'm quite sensitive to loud crowds. With that menu, I'd enjoy trying out more of their offerings, definitely. ^_^ Maybe I'll write up a TripAdvisor review..

As for the stock, I'm sort of leaning toward something vaguely goulash-y - plenty of paprika, onions, maybe adding some parsnips for fun; hardly a traditional element, AFAIK, but they seem like they'd go well with both the pork and the paprika, and both I and the roomie love parsnips. (Which, tragically, appear to be quite difficult to find in the northeastern US. I'm not even sure how easy in California - I get so easily distracted by all the wonderful East Asian supermarkets =:)
I really enjoyed the feminist tone - it saved the film from being just a grunty collection of explosions and macho men. ^_^

Huh, interesting how different opinions can be — I felt the opposite way. :) To me it was tacked on, no match for the film, an unnecessary distraction at best.

Parsnips, difficult to find? Who'da thunk — what a world we live in! ^^