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Well, that was a pleasant surprise! A very anonymous-looking package arrived, obviously containing a hardcover book of some kind. Maybe something from a Kickstarter project a while ago? Nope - it was a complementary copy of the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year, volume 7, containing two years' winners and finalists, myself included. ^_^ Of course, I'm biased, but it's a book I'll treasure - not only for the obvious, but the sheer quality of the entries throughout the four categories (Travel Icons, People, Wildlife, and.. wait, I'll remember) really is something to behold, and indeed, encourage - everyone featured is an amateur, with perfectly ordinary DSLR kit, sometimes quite old.

A little while back, I mentioned Long Way North, an interestingly stylish-looking animated feature; I've just noticed iTunes US has it currently available as a 99¢ rental (and $7.99 to buy, including extras. Would be pretty cool if iTunes would credit a rental fee against a purchase, if you chose to keep a copy. Still, at $1 to try it out.. ! Sadly, it's still £4.49 for a UK rental, or £9.99 to buy)

I also recently made note of what looked like quite an interesting monster flick, Colossal - and here's its new poster. ^_^

Poll #2064104 It's movie time! ~flails~ Which have you seen?

Arrival

Yes
12(44.4%)
No
15(55.6%)

Interstellar

Yes
15(55.6%)
No
12(44.4%)

Upstream Color

Yes
1(3.7%)
No
26(96.3%)

Zootopia

Yes
23(85.2%)
No
4(14.8%)

Summer Wars

Yes
10(38.5%)
No
16(61.5%)

Cats Don't Dance

Yes
13(48.1%)
No
14(51.9%)

The Wizard of Speed and Time

Yes
13(48.1%)
No
14(51.9%)

Jupiter Ascending

Yes
10(37.0%)
No
17(63.0%)

Yay, my first churrascaria! =:D An old (formerly, maybe again?) LJ friend happened to be in the city for a stopover, and he declared that "unlimited is his favorite kind of meat". ^_^ It's a style I'd long vaguely intended to try, and it didn't disappoint - it's the usual format of waiters coming by every few minutes to carve off some topside/sirloin/lamb/pork loin/etc, which you complement with some salad bar pickings. Sadly, as there tended only to be a couple slices at a time, it didn't really lend itself to photography, and I didn't really feel comfortable getting the waiter to pause for a moment for a shot. =:) I am also resolved to obtaining a Frolic shirt, as he was modeling that day, but sadly, a quick check with Neonbunny revealed they're sold out of that fairly limited run, but they may well make another run sometime.

Well, that promises to be rather good fun.. if you recall the Turing/Bletchley themed pop-up cocktail bar I mentioned, I duly received my invitation to place a booking within four hours of receipt - luckily, I woke up with an hour to spare. ^_^; Some quick emailing around, and we sorted out a suitable adjustment to the booking, so huskyteer, myself, and the roomie will be headed down to what's probably a wartime bunker in Chelsea next month for quite a special evening. ^_^

Good news, every.. ah. Well, yes. So, it seems the BBC Store has indeed been improving its offerings, to the extent that all three (three episode!) series of The World's Most Dangerous Roads are indeed now available in HD, not just SD as originally. (And affordably, too - £12 for all nine hour-long episodes) Yet, despite being a BBC Worldwide project - so, nothing to do with the license fee - they apparently will only sell their downloads to UK residents. WTF? The restrictions seem the same as originally, similar to Apple: five devices can be authorised on an account. Arg. Still, maybe I'll do the same as elsewhere - buy under the conditions imposed, and use under the torrented lack of restrictions. (As for the show itself, I should emphasise it's very much not what it might sound like - they're more along the lines of rather precarious travelogues, with an emphasis on what's around them, and why, not shying away from the often tricky regional politics involved)

The iPad's battery has a minor mystery attached to it. =:D As I've noted, its life isn't what it once was, but still perfectly useful, at around 6-7 hours, and almost always, the battery percentage is useful, though these days, it tends to die soon after the 10% warning, or sometimes before - with one odd exception! If I'm out rabbiteering, the displayed percentage positively plummets, to the extent that I can arrive there, have spent maybe half an hour watching the buns, and find it at 45%! On Thursday, it excelled itself in pessimism, and declared it had 16% remaining. ^_^; But that only happens when rabbiteering. O.o It seems to be some kind of misreporting by the battery, as when I arrived at the pub a little while later, it grumpily insisted it only had 6% left - which was also the case when I left, an hour and a half later, and by the time I arrived back home. Hooking it back up to Hazel changed its mind, declaring "46% Charged". Most curious! I wonder what could be triggering this? Maybe the cooler temperature outside? Or some oddity with the cell tower(s) it sees in that specific location? Maybe I'll pop it into the fridge for a spell, and see if that has any similar effect. Likewise, I'll try putting it into airplane mode before heading out rabbiteering sometime, and see if it still occurs then. (And maybe even enabling and disabling it before setting off, just in case it's some kind of baseband weirdness)

I wonder how accurate iOS' step count/distance tends to be - it's claiming that after Thursday's rabbiteering and supermarket run, I covered about 3.5 miles in just over 9,000 steps. Hoo!

Yay! Someone's uploaded the entire run of the recent Phoenix Wright anime. And subtitled, too! ^_^ But, for now, my TV viewing consists of the original Australian version of My Kitchen Rules. (And not long now until MasterChef returns! The BBC only discloses schedules a fortnight in advance, so we might get a heads-up next week, as it's begun in March for the past four years)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I've heard of Dangerous Roads. I wonder if it will be available on the Apple TV when they get their app released. Sounds pretty awesome, I've seen a pretty dangerous road: it was around a copper mine in east central Arizona.

iPad battery: yeah, that's a tricky one. You might try the old NiCad Reconditioning trick: full charge, full discharge, rinse, repeat. Loop a video full-screen and let it go. It might help. I've never had absolute faith in the estimate of battery life, though I have found that when my Apple laptops tell you that the battery is low and you need to plug them in, YOU NEED TO PLUG THEM IN!

I've tried a comparison count to see if my Pebble watch and iPhone are in agreement as to step count and it was close, within perhaps 10%. So I think it's sufficiently accurate.
Oo, that sounds like a trip worth capturing on a good dashcam. =:D I think the closest I've been to anything like that was one time out of Barcelona - with neither my mother or I being huge beach lovers, we rented a car and headed inland. And I do enjoy going off the beaten track - I just hadn't quite anticipated just quite how minor the road would become. ^_^; So there we were, on a bare mountainside road, meant for beater 4x4s and tractors, in some little Fiat, cautiously edging over the small rocks forming the "surface", occasionally with me getting out to guide her carefully across a path least likely to leave us stranded. By the time we hit actual road again, we were both perfectly happy to stay firmly on the black stuff.

Brilliant fun, though. =:)

(Speaking as the one who wasn't driving)

It's had a few opportunities to "reset" its estimates, but it's still rather optimistic - if it genuinely runs down (rather than this "phantom discharge"), it's likely not to even hit the 10% warning before just turning off. I must remember to try airplane mode next time I'm out there, though the coming week's looking fairly dull. =:P

Interesting, then, how much distance one can cover without really realising it! No bad thing, of course. (Ah, I can't wait for the weather to get brighter and warmer - I love going for long walks, whether just for fun, or with some destination in mind, such as a noteworthy pub in the countryside a bit east of here - at about 1h30-1h50, it's just a good length to help work up a bit of an appetite and offer a spot of exercise. Or there's a very easy 30min walk to the train station, and potentially a bus back to the warren, else it's a bit of hike up the hill. But if you've eaten and drunk well, that's not so much of a consideration =:)
I hear the trick of draining it to about 20% from a full charge can help, but the general rule with Li-ion is to never ever ever drain it completely. The comparison between my batteries (which I never drain) and those of friends (who constantly run theirs down to nothing) is consistently surprising.