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I absolutely have to promote this Easter ad from German supermarket chain Netto, being supremely adorable and leporine-themed. ^_^ It's a real joy, honestly. (And a really good Voight-Kampff test, too =:)

I must ask: did you enjoy chemistry or electronics kits as a leveret? (Or your species' equivalent =:) Any fond memories?

Steam Powered Giraffe will be playing live again on YouTube, entirely gratis, on Saturday, April 1, at 1pm PDT/9pm BST.

And coming on April 14 to Netflix: the new season of MST3K. =:D

I'll be trying this service out presently: 33Mail. They give you unlimited email aliases, which can be independently zapped; so, you might enter a competition or sign up for some newsletter, and if it turns out they begin spamming you or selling your address, you can then just kill that alias, leaving everything else unaffected. You don't even need to set anything up - just use whatever alias you want, and if anything's sent to that address, it'll automagically be set up and forwarded to your real address. The basic service is free, with a small 10MB monthly bandwidth limit; "premium" for $1/mo raises that to 50MB, permits anonymous replies, no ads, and use of your own domain (with the basic level, your email addresses will be somerandomname@yourusername.33mail.com). There's also a "pro" level at $5/mo, giving 500MB/mo and use of five custom domains.

Here: some sketches from /u/fxscreamer's graphic novel, a work in progress.

The Royal Mint has a site dedicated to the new £1 coin, brought into circulation on Mar 28 2017, noting the rationale behind its creation, how it differs from the existing coin, and so on. They note that currently, about 1 in 30 £1 coins is counterfeit. The Mint has a guide on telltale signs - often, fakes are fairly easy to spot, if you're looking to begin with, but who really notices much about pound coins in change, beyond their number? One that gives away a lot is simply that the faces on genuine coins are always aligned; beyond that, it gets down to quality, with the lettering around the edge often being rather ropey.

On which note - did you know that we're still uncertain as to where Earth's gold originated? There's a popular theory that it's the result of supernovae, but, that has certain factors against the current understanding, including the amount and distribution of such heavier elements. It may, in fact, be the work of neutron star collisions - or, indeed, a combination of the two.

It's quite fun, checking up on how far I walk during rabbiteering days - Monday especially, which was prefaced by popping into the city as well. Supposedly, I took about 13,300 steps, coming to a little over five miles. ^_^;

Huh! That was an interestingly different bit of spam.. it included my surname and address. Well, an address from about fifteen years ago, in the lovely county of Other. =:) Still, it's easy to imagine the response rate from that being a good bit higher than the usual "invoice for your attention". Interestingly, it registered not one hit on VirusTotal's scan. It's a .dot file, FWIW. I admit, I'm half tempted to open it in a disposable VM, just out of curiosity. If I did so, though, I'd definitely want to have some form of packet sniffer waiting to witness the hilarity, and maybe inject something along the way. =:) If anyone wants a copy, let me know - I'd love to hear what its payload amounts to. (It's not a field I've ever delved into, but I can easily see the fun in security engineering and pentesting!)
Within seconds of starting to watch it, I knew I had to share it. ^_^ There may be an awful lot of insipid ads out there, but now and then, there's an ad agency really wanting to create something inspiring, funny, heartwarming, or flat-out adorable. (Come to think of it, I wonder - there must be sites out there that bring memorable ones to their readership's attention. I see almost none these days, as I watch very little TV (right now, just MasterChef, which began on Wednesday, though it'll be joined on April 15 by both Doctor Who and MLP:FiM), and that which I do tends to be either from the BBC (hence, no ads whatsoever) or off the net (and has therefore already had any ads removed, with occasional exceptions for promos/teasers for the same show), so I'm largely unaware of any interesting campaigns)

Ooo.. have you replicated any of these experiments recently? YouTube ahoy! =:D

Mmm, I used to enjoy making the odd batch of homemade wine or beer, but haven't done so in way too long. I definitely should, even if it's from a kit, though I suppose there's nothing to say I couldn't make my own wort, or possibly even buy some good concentrated cider apple juice, like Vilberie, Dabinett, or Yarlington Mill, though concentrating might well lose a lot of its character, given how mediocre most commercial fruit juices from concentrate tend to be, even with all of food science thrown at it. Ah, I do miss working on the vector video project - both because it was an inspiring project, but also because it put me in the heart of cider country. =:9
I've not tried to make this material in almost 50 years! It was a saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal mixture, but where the ingredients were obtained and what quality/purity they were I don't recall ;o)

As a kid I mostly used the powder to add realism to pushing a model car off an embankment after lighting a fuse... you know, a Charles Addams type of outlook on things. My brother's friend went the full route and somehow got hold of some TNT and blasting caps. That was... educational.

The cider was pretty simple. A gallon of cider, a cup of sugar, a cup of raisins, and it was put under the shed until it got bubbly. Luckily I never got poisoned. The still was my brother's idea to make the cider into something of higher octane. Fun with science!