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Another great track from Steam Powered Giraffe: I Don’t Have a Name For It. ^_^ And.. ! I enquired of them if there was any chance of any UK performances (they're based in San Diego), and there is! They'll be at the Asylum Steampunk Festival in Lincoln, 25-28 Aug 2017, with tickets going on sale on Feb 1. "The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the World, attracting participants from around the globe. It takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in the historic City of Lincoln. For four glorious days the historic streets of Lincoln are thronged with thousands of splendidly dressed steampunks enjoying a festival which strives to combine art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun." I am indeed most tempted. ^_^ (Of course, where I'll be by then remains to be seen, but that's an easy enough aspect of existence to modify on a temporary basis) If I were to go along, that'd be my first con since ConFurence 10, back at the Town & Country in San Diego. And it'd be an excellent excuse to contemplate some appropriate costumery.. =:D

Don't suppose anyone else might be along at the Destinations Show next weekend? (Actually, Feb 2-5; Thu-Sun) It's mostly a travel expo, with loads of weird and wonderful tour operators and the like, but for me, the attraction lies in the speakers, this year including the likes of Michael Palin, Simon Reeve, and John Simpson. There'll also be this year's photography contest finalist entries on display, alongside masterclasses on aspects of the craft. Tickets may still be available for free, else there's paid entry available (something like £11, I think).

So, here's an interesting development for tech sorts wanting to remain in the EU: a new French startup visa! Its domain seems to be limited to startups, but with that caveat, it appears to be issued to the person, not the company, as with the H-1B - so it would seem to be possible for someone to leave for another company, with no extra bureaucracy. By comparison, an H-1B is approved for an individual to work for a specific company (and indeed, in a specific position, and even location) - if that company goes bang, you're almost back to square one, with the new company having to put in a new application, with the very welcome benefit that at least you're not subject again to that year's visa quota, having already been counted under the year of your original petition's approval.

I don't mark celebrity deaths often, but I'll make an exception to that for John Hurt. Such a fabulous career, spanning Alien, Contact, The Storyteller, Watership Down, 1984, and so many more, not to mention his surprise introduction to Who canon as the War Doctor, a memorable role indeed. Back at the Trilobyte offices in 1995 or thereabouts, I got to meet him - he was working on a future project, Tender Loving Care, where (appropriately enough) he played a doctor, and so, he came around on a tour of the office to meet everyone. I don't really recall what I said - something very ordinary, I think, maybe just greeting him - but that occasion remains a very warm memory.

And a special prize to the bunny who'd fiddled with their camera's controls a few weeks ago, and forgotten to set it back from AF-S to AF-C, as well as leaving it on S rather than Ch.. =:P Still, I only lost a shot or two through that, before eventually realising what was going on. (AF-S acquires focus a Single time, then stays there - good for portraits and static subjects. AF-C keeps acquiring focus Continuously - what you want for moving subjects. S, meanwhile, takes just one shot, however long the shutter button is depressed; Ch keeps on taking them continuously, at the highest rate it can; in the D7100's case, in 12-bit normal crop mode, that's 6fps. The new crop flagship, the D500, not only has an excellent, new autofocus module, but can also manage 10fps, which would be ideal for those wonderful action moments, where everything's concentrated into just a second or two)

Regardless.. ^_^


A minor convenience from BT: a nuisance caller blacklist. It's apparently a combination of their own ISP-style blacklisting, analysing call traffic, and your own additions - receive a junk call, and you can then dial 1572 to add it to your personal blacklist. No charges involved.

Following on from a previous entry: I did indeed wind up resuming case 3 of Apollo Justice from the beginning, and after a couple hours of retracing my steps, successfully progressed to meeting Valant on the coliseum stage, and from there, eventually, to the end of the title. I definitely enjoy the Phoenix Wright/Apollo Justice series - of course, the logic in the cases is always a bit wonky, and it can be quite frustrating at times when you're aware of the point you want to make, but have to puzzle out how to express that in the game (presenting a piece of evidence, say, that has some implication regarding the point you're trying to make, even if quite indirectly), but ultimately, the characters do grow on you (with the exception of Wocky =:), and when the epilogue rolls, I do find myself missing them already. And just because, I'm now playing through the following title, Dual Destinies, again; for whatever reason, Capcom released DD on iOS first, putting quite a few events in the timeline out of order, so I'm now getting to experience things in the intended fashion. I wonder when the new title will come to iOS.. and the new Animal Crossing, for that matter. ^_^

When the friend I mentioned the other week showed me his fitness stats on his phone, I was reminded that I could also do that with mine, though I turned it off soon after getting it. Voilà! Re-enabled, and now it's keeping track of the distance and number of steps walked each day. Not as much as I'd prefer, but still, not too terrible - Wednesday, f'rex, saw - or so it recorded, given I don't have it on me inside the house - 4,752 steps, coming to about 2.9km.

If you've ever wondered about defining function pointers in C, there's now a very handy reference available. =:)

Here, take a look at the best toothpick dispenser ever. =:D

If you like hearty ales, you might want to take advantage of Bath Ales' special on their positively wonderful Festivity, their winter seasonal - BOGOF! So you get two cases for £26.50, not just one, each case being a dozen bottles. Delivery is a flat rate £9, unless you're local to Bath. Ends at the end of the month, if they haven't run out beforehand. And yes, it'll keep very well - I had a couple straggler bottles that lasted about two years before I finished them, and they were even better. ^_^ Note that you need to follow the newsletter's link above, rather than going to the site as you might otherwise do. (The description on the page makes it clear that you're getting one case free with each case, and you should see product code B1G1FFEST beneath the price - if you don't see that, but FES7B, you're paying normal price) Whilst it is indeed better on cask, it's one of those lucky beers that loses very little being bottled, so it's pretty much as good as you'd get in one of their pubs. Me, I went for two cases, ie four. =:)

No dramatic shots of them, but, I was delighted to see tinybuns on Friday! Probably in their first month outside, and every bit as adorable as you'd expect. And fast - if they want to zoom, it's virtually teleportation. =:) Here we see one of them out in their first winter, only a matter of weeks old, with what's likely to be their mother. ^_^


Of some minor geek note: the new iOS 10.3 beta marks one quite interesting transition - the debut of Apple's new APFS filing system, replacing the erstwhile HFS+. It seems safe to imagine that if they're experimenting with APFS on a mass scale with iOS, will macOS be far behind? Will 2017's WWDC hold word of HFS+ finally departing the stage?

Ever wondered just how Bezier curves actually work? Here's a superb explanation, with helpful animations assisting the equations, conveying the points being made visually.

Random nerdery: apparently, there existed adapters so you could use cassettes in 8-track players - about as elegant a solution as you might expect, effectively a small tape player protruding outside the player. The host then demonstrates a similar kludge from the early 2000s - an MP3 player inside a cassette case. It's the finale that's the most wonderful, though - yep, an MP3 player in a cassette adaptor inside an 8-track player. =:D

Going purely by the trailer, Colossal looks like it could be quite a fun giant monster flick. ^_^

Food! Three from M&S, this time. Soft yolk Scotch eggs: good. The yolks are indeed soft, but the meat seasoning remains rather timid. Lamb moussaka: very good! Needed no herbal augmentation. As fiddly as ever to get out of the tray, though. Beef hash: disappointing. Good ingredients, but bland gravy as supplied, requiring much perking up - in my case, pepper, oregano, sage, paprika, oyster sauce, half a field mushroom, and some Quorn mince.

Apparently, the UK's entry for Kiev's Eurovision 2017 in late May is Lucie Jones "Never Give Up On You". She certainly has an excellent voice, but I'm not particularly interested in the song itself. But then, my Eurovision choices don't usually tend to be winners. =:) You can read more about her over on the Contest site.

The sheer scale of the Women's marches against Trump was quite phenomenal - not just in DC, but in so many cities around the US, and indeed, around the world, including Antarctica! And not just cities, even, but in rural Minnesota. ^_^ Estimates are, of course, difficult to ascertain, but US Prof D J Pressman suggests a total of "between 3.3 million to 4.2 million", making them the "largest protests in US history". Much to Hair Führer's disgruntlement, estimates place the march in Washington as having three times as many people as his inauguration the day before. As you'd expect of an NPD individual, this didn't sit well with him at all - he later used his address to the CIA to lambast the biased media for reporting the modest crowds, with reporters even suggesting his crowds could be smaller than Obama's in 2009. You can see plenty of photos from the Bay Area's marches over here. (Originally, they'd only planned one, in the City, but eventually ceded it'd work better if they went for three instead: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose)

Pizza is big business, of course, but the usual strategy with the huge operators is via food chemistry, with additives to help prevent the pizza tasting much worse than it began, and everyone (mostly) uses thermally insulated sleeves along the way. But this place works rather differently, part-baking them at home base, then loading them into a van with individually controlled ovens, so they finish baking en route. Intriguingly, they don't appear to just take your order, but drive around with the most likely needed pizzas, only falling back to an individual delivery if necessary: "First the ovens are pre-loaded with a selection of pizzas that have been par-baked in the production facility. The pizzas chosen for loading on the truck are based on past orders from certain neighborhoods, allowing engineers to predict the most likely pies that will be ordered and stock the truck with those; if somehow a pie that is ordered isn’t on the truck, a car from the company’s fleet of delivery Fiats will make the trip to deliver the pizza."
 
 
 
 
 
 
OK, absolutely love the Death From Above bunny shot! That is wonderful!

The pizza van is great! When I lived in Phoenix, initially we had a place less than a mile from my condo called Take Me! Bake Me! where you could get a pizza or lasagna or probably other wonderful things: they would build it in front of you, you take it home and bake it, and your dinner is ready. Wonderful stuff. Unfortunately they ultimately closed after surviving quite a number of years.

The post-inauguration marches were quite wonderful, the numbers were staggering!

It was sad to hear about the passing of John Hurt last night, he was fantastic as the War Doctor amongst his other roles. Prior to Who, I think the last thing we saw him in was Merlin. My wife loved that show for the slashy vibe.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Brexit and work visas. I think May is in a very tight spot and a lot of the country is beginning to realize that there may be some very hard times ahead if it happens while LOTS of things have to get renegotiated. "45" just pulled the trigger on banning people from seven Muslim countries from entering the USA, INCLUDING people who already have GREEN CARDS! So people who were already legal aliens are now banned form reentry. Unbelievable. Google is telling all of their people who are out of the country to come home NOW. It will be interesting to see what kind of a hit airlines take as travel is cancelled.

Actually, it's possible that I sold some cassette-to-8-track adapters back in my days in retail! Though I never owned an 8-track player, my dad's first car (that I remember), a '69 Chevy Impala, had one.

I know of Steam Powered Giraffe, I have some friends in Phoenix who are heavily in to steampunk. While I appreciate the esthetic, I don't have the money or desire to really get that much in to it. One couple that I know occasionally go to LA to the Queen Mary to attend a SP convention, and they regularly go to the convention at Old Tucson since it's just a couple of hours away. And they get to wear their finery to the Phoenix conventions.
I just love those bunny toes. ^_^ It's so, so good to know they're still around there after all, following such a terribly quiet autumn, and indeed, with new buns on the way. I can't do much about the weather, though. =:) But if there's a good day, I'll be out there.

Did they part-bake the base? I'd imagine so, if only to make it easier to handle. Ah, if only home ovens could go up to full pizza temperatures (without hacking them =:) - there's just magic in a pizza straight from a really hot oven, with the base beautifully crisp on the bottom, segueing to that lovely softness just above, and some cheese bubbling away merrily.. =:9 That said, I did look on Amazon a while back for dedicated pizza micro-ovens, which do apparently exist, like outsized waffle irons - not cheap, but quite tempting.

The marches were positively invigorating - very much what I needed, in the face of a never-ending stream of abominable cabinet candidates of the likes of Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, and Rex Tillerson, let alone his "policy" being written by the likes of Bannon, with results like the State Department senior leadership resigning in unison, with no replacements even being considered, the muting of agencies, the new requirement for agency research to be vetted by political staff before potentially being released to the public, and the incredible visa ban.

I can only wonder how quickly this will accelerate Apple and the like into boosting their hiring outside the US. Vancouver's already something of a tech hub, after all, and then there's London, assuming Team May can ever work out some coherent plan for the next few years that doesn't fall foul of existing legislation, treaties, and the House of Lords.

I sort of wish I'd known 8-track. ^_^ I think I recall seeing ads for the cartridges, as part of the old "music club" spiels. I'm still wondering how that infinite loop actually even worked without the tape crimping up immediately.

I'd probably have said much the same thing until SPG. =:D I think they've really helped me realise how much fun it could be, and the timing might work out very well, if I can manage to put together some kind of outfit on a budget. A convention on the Queen Mary? Ooooo.. that sounds quite magnificent. I'm definitely going to have to research costumery options, not least the bedrock of such an ensemble: a proper corset. ^_^ And where to find magnificent hats these days, oh yes. It's very tempting to try something a bit in the spirit of SPG, come to that - I'm not sure I'd really want to appear too human, but we'll see. ^_^
The H1B's are much abused over here, no offense. The jobs that you are after are definitely in the scarcity category, not in the cut expense category. There's a recent proposal to put a minimum salary of $100K on H1Bs to make sure employers have truly searched the American talent pool before going overseas. It would prevent the like of Disney from gutting their IT staff for offshoring, that's for sure.

The QM is quite a site. It's in Long Beach in a permanent slip, I've seen it twice, most recently about 30 years ago after a ComicCon run when I had some friends living in the area. The Spruce Goose used to be hangered with it, but it's now up in Oregon. The QM is now a hotel/event destination and is quite spiffy. It would be an excellent place to hold a Steam Punk event, which is why they hold one there.

I would really enjoy an ocean cruise in something like that. While I loved our river cruise on the Elbe on the Theodor Fontaine, I can't imagine a Carribean cruise on some of these behemoths that are routinely runing around it.

A friend of mine created this site for a class. I helped her with a lot of the technical work of getting it up and running initially as she'd never worked HTML or the server side before, she got an A+ for it. But it's largely devoted to Steam Punk and specifically mentions SPG along with Professor Elemental and others.
Visas do get abused, absolutely - the roomie was involved in making himself slowly redundant, as the company would cycle staff in from their Indian division on a yearly basis, before returning them, occasionally bringing back more promising staff. It's an ill-fated project, but the "payoff" is still probably a year or two down the line - and the conglomerate's large enough that it won't affect the top brass, just that relatively tiny unit. (There was never any more for raises, at the same time as, a couple years ago, the CEO gave himself a quarter million raise)

But a $100K minimum? You're doing well even in the Bay Area to pull that much in, let alone anywhere else in the US. I haven't hit that yet, nor anyone I know, including a layout guy who's as senior as they come, and another overseeing devops. Even as is, the multiple thousands in lawyer and governmental fees, plus months of processing, are a substantial disincentive to hiring people not associated with such agencies; you're looking at interviewing in January/February, collecting the paperwork in March for an April 1 filing, and then processing that can take 4-8 months, to begin no earlier than Oct 1, even if approval's granted before then, plus the time to then obtain the visa itself.

Even the outsourcing agencies won't be stopped by that - those underpaid staff will simply be even more underpaid in India, where the outsourcing will continue to drain, as companies can be wherever they like, whilst individuals are locked into their designated territories, outside limited tourist durations.

Part of the US visa issue is a lack of distinction between the agencies (Wipro, Accenture, et al) and individuals. As is, those companies take up around half the H-1B quota by themselves. How to actually codify such a distinction, though - that might get tricky.

Oh, the Spruce Goose has left? Aw! Still, that could be a good excuse to revisit Oregon for the first time since.. foo, 1996 or so, I think. Maybe I can try luring rabitguy into something like a jaunt up to Portland and down the coast sometime. ^_^ Or even up to Seattleland, to see if I can pounce jenn_dolari or lovelyangel. =:)

Oop! Some of the images there seem to be forced out of their correct aspect ratio and orientation. ^_^; But there's definitely inspiration to be gleaned.. I think I'm going to be having fun researching the feasibility of attending. Even if I were to go for just a day, it could be worthwhile - I suppose it all depends how much I'd have to commit to in membership up front, and if there turns out to be anyone I could share a room with to cut that cost down. I don't really know anyone particularly likely to attend, but I suppose that could change.
The Wikipedia article on Trilobyte has a mention of the TLC project and John Hurt in particular.  The article on TLC itself says that Sir John was the only person of note who acted in the game.
It's fair to say TLC wasn't a major work. ^_^; It had the potential, perhaps, but the resources available weren't of the scale required for a serious cinematic production, which it aspired to be. I didn't get to play much of Clandestiny, unfortunately, but that definitely felt like a fun idea - but sometimes, even the best titles don't manage to find their audience at the time, as demonstrated by Toonstruck's lacklustre sales. I wonder if there's any chance of that being resurrected, given latterday classics like Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle have seen fresh iOS releases.
> Ever wondered just how Bezier curves actually work?

Somehow I never needed Bezier curves, but now I'm less hesitant to encounter them!

> Random nerdery: apparently, there existed adapters
> so you could use cassettes in 8-track players

I have 2 similar adapters
- an audio cassette with a magnetic head where the tape ought to be.
A wire dangles out of the player to allow connecting a CD/MP3 player

- a 3.5" floppy disk with electronics inside to allow "playing" a flash card thru the floppy drive
They're pretty cool things. =:) Ultimately, quite straightforward, but it's most helpful indeed to have them visualised so succinctly as there. (Whilst Bezier didn't actually invent the curve, he's responsible for putting them into popular usage, while working for Renault, and ultimately, developing an early CAD/CAM system)

Oo, a floppy emulator? Kewl! How does that actually work? It'd seem quite tricky for an adaptor to be aware of what track location the head's been positioned at, so presumably there's just one long head spanning the length of the floppy's read window. Would the adaptor simply spurt out the entire "floppy's" contents repeatedly, not just for all sectors on a track, but for all tracks? (It's been a long time since I looked at floppy formats, but I suppose a sector would have to include both track and sector IDs)
I suspect it's a lot like the device that plays CD/MP3 players
thru an audio cassette: an electromagnet transfers data
to the magnetic head. There's no spindle to know "disk rotation"
(or use it to power a generator - it uses batteries).
I doubt it emulates a floppy.
The software driver probably uses it just as a serial bitstream.
It's definitely bi-directional: it has to request the sectors
and might even write to the flash card.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FlashPath
https://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Flash-SmartMedia-Adapter-MAFP-2E/dp/B0000510NY
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MSAC-FD2M-Floppy-Disk-Adaptor/dp/B0001Y7PNU/
Ahhh, okay, there's a special driver involved - that makes sense. That way, it can perhaps "write" to the adaptor to communicate what track it's looking for, and the device serves up that track. Does seem like quite a bit of fuss, but then again, I suppose USB 1.0 only really came into being around 1996 or so, with the original iMac a little later helping propel the standard into mass adoption, making an instant market for keyboards, mice, trackpads, and floppies. Thankfully, USB 2.0 didn't take too much longer to arrive - around 2001 or so, wasn't it?

Before then, something like a card reader.. foo, I suppose laptops would've had to use PCMCIA, and desktops something PCI based. I wonder if any company was crazy enough to make SCSI readers.. =:D Either that, or be happy with whatever speed you could cajole out of something like RS-423 - ISTR that typically topped out around 230kbits/s, ne?
Regarding the Women's March, my friend Alex found out some really disturbing facts and I feel compelled to share 'em...

http://imgur.com/gallery/Dd0S3N0

On the bright side, your bunny pics are cute. <3
I had to look up NPD to figure out that you mean Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The #2 option is also apt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Democratic_Party_of_Germany
Indeed so. ^_^ Whist it's unorthodox to offer a diagnosis without a personal examination, that's far from being any rule; and when the indications are quite so profound and numerous, it's essentially a textbook example, eg John Gartner of John Hopkins University.

Ha! Egad, that's rather chillingly apt. With Bannon apparently vying for actual power in the White House (currently, he's not exactly without influence, being one of the principal authors of Trump's executive orders, but lacks any formal legal authority), it seems to be down to the trio of Pence, Priebus, and Ryan keeping him under observation, such as, apparently, during his call the other day with Putin, as it appears even they're beginning to suspect Putin indeed has some kind of leverage with Trump. Whilst Trump's politics are odious, they're also entirely shallow - the real motivation comes from Bannon, and you don't need to look very far to see where that direction leads.
Suddenly it makes a lot more sense why Zume pizza doesn't allow personalization of pizzas...you have to order of their menu.
Of course, the big question is: is it good? Certainly, the scheme has the potential for about as good as at a restaurant, if they're really taking the time to select good ingredients, and not being shy with the herbs. (Speaking of which, I'll be enjoying somesuch in a couple hours. ^_^ I've had pizza in mind all day, and I'm quite looking forward to spending some time at a recently opened bar in town - the brewery's flagship, even, which surprised me. They started off a bit rockily, especially one that involved pesto - for some bizarre reason, they'd spread it all over, after cooking, thereby immediately chilling the cheese. They're much, much better now, although I suspect there's some purée making its way into the tomato, which leaves it a tad strong for my liking. Still tasty, though, and alongside some twenty pumps and taps, ranging from lagers and bitters to stouts and double IPAs.. it's a nice place to catch up with LJ and maybe some Aperture processing)
Not sure why my comment posted twice ;-)

It's not bad. It's relatively cheap and they won't let you tip the drivers which makes me twitch a bit. It's new york style...I suspect that any other style wouldn't work terribly well since the crust would be harder to manage.

I don't order that often from them because there are a places I like more (and often I don't WANT one of their pre-selected ingredient sets, especially as they're overly fond of cilantro and you can't ask to have something omitted from a pizza)

Sounds lovely. I suspect there might be frozen pizza in my future tonight, only because I have to run to the grocery store after work and I fully suspect I won't have the cope to actually do any cooking when I get home. Tomorrow will be jambalaya with an indeterminate dessert at this point so I don't want to do heavy cooking two days in a row.
You know, I don't think I've ever actually had NY style - I've only seen video and photos. Is the base a touch softer and thicker than Italian? (Tony's claim to offer such, amongst other variants, but I'm always lured toward either the classics or Californian. Go figure =:)

Frozen.. pizza.. ? *faints*

Nah. =:) It's been a long while, but I recall DiGiorno's not being bad, at least once I'd boosted the herbs and toppings.

And FWIW, I did indeed follow through with my immediate desires - an "Eggspresso" was mine, with smoked bacon, mushrooms, black pepper, and a runny yolked egg in the center. Really rather nommy. Accompanied by an unfiltered IPA that proved nicely balanced, if not as floral as I might have liked.

Jambalaya and the like is such fun to make - no recipes, just lots of flavor, and a nice bit of zesty punch. Come to think of it, I do have some sausages needing using up, which have been sitting in the freezer for a while, and some nice king prawns arriving in tomorrow's delivery (cheaper than a bus ticket, and they heft it all to the doorstep. I definitely approve).. and with those sausages being unfortunately not very lean, they might lend themselves very well to some extended time in the slow cooker. =:9

I will admit, I love cilantro. ^_^; Are you amongst those for whom it has a weirdly unpleasant flavor, or is it simply a preference? You'd think they'd accommodate for that, given that effect's fairly commonplace.

Someday, I'll remember to pick up everything I need for a good lasanga. It's such a delight in life, but as I'm usually just cooking for myself, I never wind up making it, given the comparative hassle, versus stir-fries and biryani-like dishes. (And yet, it freezes beautifully.. though defrosting does tend to be a bit of a nuisance)
New york style has a very thin crust but it shouldn't be crunchy. You should be able to fold the pizza in half as you eat it. It's not really my preferred style of pizza, I like crunch and breadiness to my pizza. NY style I can eat a whole large myself because there's not enough oomf from the bread to fill me up.

Actually I may just settle for salami and cheese instead of pizza. Maybe with a small salad and bread. We'll see. I didn't have lunch and I worked out so I have leeway with calories *grin*

I am indeed one of those people to who cilantro tastes like concentrated yuck. And it's such a strong flavor you can't taste anything else when you get it.

I like lasagna but I almost never make it because I can't deal with the masses of lasagna left even when I'm making it for a bunch of people. I know it freezes but it usually stays in the freezer until horrifically freezer burnt and I throw it away. Freezing stuff mostly just works for ingredients for me.
Suddenly it makes a lot more sense why Zume pizza doesn't allow personalization of pizzas...you have to order of their menu.
Steam Powered Giraffe is...interesting. Alas, if you do see them in person, you won't see the same line-up. The guy with the derby hat just left the band according to their website. It wasn't a sudden departure. Apparently, he worked with the rest of the band to find/train a replacement.
Mm, I noticed that! Very recent, but then, I suppose such occasional turnover's to be expected over the years. How did you first come upon them? I seem to be about the last person in the world to know of them. ^_^; I'll see what the costs are for the festival in August, and then may well pick up something - maybe just a day or a weekend, especially given I'll likely be going there by myself, unless I manage to rope someone else into coming in the meantime. =:)

Ah, so much music to catch up with! Maybe I'll sign up for their Engineer-eteer membership, and get access to their complete work. Or maybe I'll just buy the concert videos and an album or two. 'Course, I don't want to spend enough that I won't be able to put together some kind of outfit for the event, especially the obligatory corset, given properly boned ones aren't cheap. Definitely will be fun, though. ^_^

Have you engaged in any kind of costuming/cosplay, I wonder?
I came across them through your post, so you weren't the last this time (chuckle). After your post, I looked-up the group, found their website and that tidbit about the recent line-up change. Also found the video to Overdrive. I enjoyed that song. Some of their other stuff, meh.

I'm not into steampunk. However, if this group ever made it anywhere near the Maine wilderness, I'd consider seeing them as I bet they're fun to watch on stage. I haven't done any costuming/cosplay with a like-minded group recently. Long ago, I had a classic Trek science uniform shirt for a while. I have attended a few local furry events, but have no interest in a fursuit.

I do have a French fur trapper's overcoat I made and used for several years at Boy Scout Klondike Derbies. In that winter scouting event, each scout patrol (6 to 8 youth) is provided a list of gear they need for the event. It is loaded on a dog sled and the scouts drag it around the course to various stations ("towns") where they must demonstrate a scouting skill to the station judge ("town mayor"). Depending on how well they do, they score "gold nuggets" (spray painted bits of wood/beads). The scout patrol with the most gold at the end of the day wins. I am not a stationary station judge. I'm a wandering judge, the dreaded "Yukon Moxie" claim jumper. When I catch a scout group, they must answer my three questions. If an answer is correct, they score a bonus nugget. If they're wrong, I take a nugget. And if a scout complains, I point out they are fortunate not to be in the actual Klondike gold rush, 'cause a claim jumper would kill them and take everything they have.

Alas, I can't find a photo at the moment. We haven't held that event in our district in the past 3 years due to not enough volunteers stepping forward soon enough to pull it together.

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Sweet rabbit pics, as per usual :o) I love the little bun emerging from behind mom.

I've discovered where one of our two yard rabbits takes up residence. There is a brush pile next to and on my back yard fence (I am too lazy to cart the brush farther away than I can toss it over the wire) and twice now the little guy has zoomed out of this shelter when I've been throwing other things over that way (sticks and such). I'll keep away from this spot in the future so as not to spook him away.

I know the other rabbit likes it out by the shed: there have always been rabbits out by my shed. I don't know her actual main nest because there are many places to hunker down out there at the edge of the woods-once-fields. She hops off whenever I go out for a spade or other shed dwelling implement, but always stays in about a hundred foot radius of it.

Both come into the dog yard, probably because the coyotes and foxes won't. They lead the poor Huntress on merry chases (they have been lucky as she does come close to getting them at times).
Off to the bunny races!!