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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)
 
 
 
 
 
 
*successfully resists the temptation to vote both "Yes" and "No" on "Upstream Color"*

I've honestly not even heard of most of these — and I only watched "The Wizard of Speed and Time" because it was on TV at some point when I was at someone else's (a relative's, I think) place long ago.

It's a forgettable movie alright, too, but it IS notable as being the final film that Stephen Stucker starred in before his untimely death. Wikipedia describes Stucker as being "known for portrayals of bizarre, larger-than-life characters"; he'll always be immortal to me for his role as Johnny in ZAZ's Airplane!.



Good times... good times.
"I can make a hat, or a broach, or a pterodactyl...."

He was brilliant in that movie! I didn't remember him in WoS&T, I'll have to see if I can get a copy, it's been ages since I saw it. Nor did I remember him in Airplane II, but at least I have a copy of it.

It's appalling how many fantastic talents were lost to AIDS. We had some wonderful good news recently. One of my sisters-in-law had two or three male gay roomies that she lived with in college two or three decades ago. One died while they lived together and she lost contact with the others. Out of the blue, my wife got an email from one of them: he'd seen her on one of the TV shows that my wife has been on talking about astronomy and tracked down her email via her observatory, and my wife was able to put him back in contact with her sister. This guy has lived with AIDS pretty much since the disease broke out in to a plague and apparently is doing pretty well.
It's appalling how many fantastic talents were lost to AIDS. We had some wonderful good news recently. One of my sisters-in-law had two or three male gay roomies that she lived with in college two or three decades ago. One died while they lived together and she lost contact with the others. Out of the blue, my wife got an email from one of them: he'd seen her on one of the TV shows that my wife has been on talking about astronomy and tracked down her email via her observatory, and my wife was able to put him back in contact with her sister. This guy has lived with AIDS pretty much since the disease broke out in to a plague and apparently is doing pretty well.

I agree, it's appalling how many people died to it. And it's always good to hear about people who did not in fact do so despite contracting HIV, too.

I'm actually wondering now what the outlook would be for someone who got infected in 2017 and whose infection was discovered quickly.
I have an immunodeficiency, caused by genetics. It was discovered 8 years ago when I had pneumonia five times in seven months, normally it's caught when kids are infants, but it was pretty new when I was a kid and I slipped through. I do currently have the advantage of my body not attacking itself, though it could and might do that. So there's some overlap between what I have and full-on HIV/AIDS. Today the prognosis is pretty good, they have lots of drug therapies that can allow you to live a pretty normal life while infected. It is now a very manageable condition, though the drugs, as I understand it, are still very expensive.
Mmm. Do you have to pay for them yourself?
They're covered by insurance -- currently. My wife had a meeting last month with the head of the consortium that funds and operates the observatory that she's at and told her that if the government screws up insurance to the point that I'm no longer covered by her insurance, that we'll be leaving the country within a year.

My meds would be $3-5,000 a month without insurance. And it might take a couple of years, but without it I eventually will start getting recurrent pneumonias again and require hospitalization. And were I to contract a MRSA infection in hospital, it could easily be game over for me.

My condition, short form, is that my body stopped producing immuneglobin, which is your main infection fighter. I do weekly infusions of immuneglobin taken from people who donate/sell their plasma to donation centers. It takes A LOT of processing between when it comes out of their arms and is injected to my abdomen. Fortunately I do the infusions myself at home or wherever I'm at, no restrictions on travel. In fact I did it twice on a river boat in Germany when we went on holiday two years ago.
I sympathize. That does not sound like a fun condition to have at all, though I'm at least glad that modern medicine is able to do what it does.

I used to be a plasma donor, actually (these days I'm doing regular "full" donations instead). Wonder if you ever got anything that came from me in the end. :)
It wouldn't be an entirely invalid response. =:) I'm a bit surprised absolutely nobody else has seen it, though certainly, it's hardly a high profile production - I think I only knew of it by checking up on IMDb to see what else the director of Primer was getting up to. And it's absolutely not a film for everyone - there's a good deal of abstraction, as with Stalker, though it's rather less dialogue-heavy.

Myself, I absolutely loved WoSaT. ^_^ I happened upon it courtesy of a then-novel broadcast Thing: overnight TV. =:D Night Network was one of the shows on offer, being a two hour hodgepodge of music videos, film reviews, interviews, and so on - actually quite entertaining, as it was pre-sanitisation, so it had quite a fresh air to it, as well as being mostly live. WoSaT popped up, and amazingly, the rental joint up the hill had a copy.

Its sheer enthusiasm really engaged me. Mike Jittlov clearly loved what he did, even as frustrating as it could be. (And as a curious coda, the storyline with the producer actually played out IRL, too, leaving Mike Jittlov basically empty handed for all his efforts)

Stephen Stucker may not have had time for many roles, but ye gods and little fishes, he had immense fun with them. =:D Obviously, Airplane was the result of many others' work as well, but it wouldn't have been the same without him, quite definitely. I almost wish I had children, so I could point to him as a role model. =:)
Stephen Stucker may not have had time for many roles, but ye gods and little fishes, he had immense fun with them. =:D Obviously, Airplane was the result of many others' work as well, but it wouldn't have been the same without him, quite definitely.

Absolutely. ^^ And I think Airplane! was good precisely because so many incredibly talented people who loved what they did (and did what they loved) came together and absolutely went beyond what could be expected. It wasn't just Stucker — but he really shone in that movie.

They don't make 'em like they used to anymore, do they?