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Of some possible geeky interest: microtrenching, a technique for laying fiber cables much more cheaply than the traditional "dig a wide trench through the road and close a lane while doing so" method necessary for drains and suchlike. In the example used, the trenches are more like channels, a relatively svelte 1.25" wide, and 12" deep - so traffic can still pass safely over the open channels prior to them being filled in. Apparently, San Francisco is looking to codify such permits into law, which would greatly simplify companies like Sonic and MonkeyBrains making FTTH widely available in the City.

Being from the BFI, it only covers the UK, but still of distinct amateur historian value: they've introduced their Britain on Film map, which allows you to search for a location, and find what archive material they have for that place, with many of the newsreels and suchlike being free to view.

Rather fun: where Daft Punk samples originated, with the originals followed by their usage.

And if you're up for some radio plays, Strangeness in Space, wherein the first four episodes are now available and free: "What would happen if Sophie [Aldred], the manager of a NASA Space Centre gift shop, and Trev and Simon, two idiots claiming to be a 1980s styled synth pop duo called Pink Custard, were thrown together with a computer robot called LEMON on board a damaged space craft, lost in a distant universe, orbiting Planet Mirth?"

Meet Jeff. He's the son of Darius, who was formerly the largest rabbit in the world. ^_^

The first episode of The Real Comedy Controllers is now available on iPlayer (globally; they only geofence TV), with a total of four parts, arriving on Saturdays. I'll let huskyteer describe it. ^_^ "The show itself consists of anecdotes and discussion from four movers and shakers in the world of TV and radio comedy (pitchers, commissioners, producers, writers), and the instalment we enjoyed covered the '60s and '70s. Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, Jimmy Mulville and John Lloyd were all excellent value, but I have a particular soft spot for Lloyd. He's a very funny speaker, does wicked impressions, and got visibly emotional talking about his friendship with Douglas Adams.

The broadcast show will be three hours long and feature complete episodes of select comedies, but we had to be content with clips. My favourite of these was Round the Horne's Julian and Sandy presenting their version of Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man, which I will leave you to imagine."

If you're using Safari, and would like a (fairly) simple way to prevent any video from autoplaying, as seems to be the latest delightful web design fetish, try enabling the Debug menu with this at the CLI:

Safari: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1
Safari Technology Preview: defaults write com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1

- then, in the Media Flags section, enable both "Video needs user action" and "Audio needs user action". If you encounter any odd site incompatibilities, you can always turn those back off, temporarily or permanently. ("User action" counts as any actual user interaction with that element, like clicking on it) Similarly, you can conceal the menu again with the same command line, just replacing the "1" with "0" at the end. BTW, STP release 26 includes a first draft of an interesting WebKit proposal aiming to offer a unified thin layer on top of Vulkan, Metal, and DirectX, in the form of WebGPU. The Khronos Group appears to be thinking along similar lines; with any luck, these early prototypes will bear fruit in one common API. It's rather cool to see such nascent ideas take form. ^_^

The buns, happily, still seem to be doing well; I finally got out to see them again on Thursday, for the first time in about three weeks, thanks largely to the rather dour weather, but also simply being on the busy side this month. The light wasn't the best, but things did clear up toward sunset, and they obliged with a rapid chase or two, including this dramatic moment. ^_^ (As usual, thankfully, nobody came off worse for the incident, though whether the first knew quite why they were being chased is something I'll never know. I do get the impression sometimes there's less strategy being pursued than "it seemed like a good idea at the time" =:)

big big bunneh!

Interesting stuff re Safari.. I wonder if they have plugged their security failings yet... Last I tried it, I found that it still kept a secret file of user habits even with privacy set to full and all items 'supposedly' deleted from the cache...
Are you thinking of the recent Wikileaks haul? That's apparently rather stale, with the exploits used patched a couple years back.

What secret file was this? I'm not sure I've heard of that issue.

I'm quite liking Safari now. I still prefer OmniWeb, but there's no denying it's in (barely) maintenance mode, so it's not as sleek as it once was. And Safari's handoff facility and shared history (all optional) are very handy - I can start reading a webpage on the iPad, and then summon it on Hazel, or vice versa. Would be rather neat if they extended that a little further, to support transferring the text you're entering on one device over to another when you open that page, though I suppose the "universal clipboard" sort of supplies that, albeit slightly manually. Auto-expiry of cookies would be really nice, too - that's something I've always appreciated with OmniWeb, where the per-site prefs include deleting cookies on quitting the application, so you're not carrying around a bajillion tracking cookies around with you, only the ones you've explicitly permitted to be long-lasting.
Hey there wow... OmniWeb! Wow.. I haven't tried that inna long time... I'll try to remember to give it a go and see how it does with today's sites!

T'was about 2 maybe 3 years ago I cleared out all the caches from the beginning within the app, and yet was still able to find some of its remaining private information in hidden system folders. Haven't checked for a while to see how it fares these days (but not from wiki leaks... was a personal experience on my actual machine yep!)