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Following on from my little sneak peek at Egypt Urnash's contribution to the forthcoming We're Still Here comic anthology, I noticed she's now giving away the PDF edition of Decrypting Rita, a sci-fi work you really might want to check out. If you like what you see, consider throwing money at her. ^_^


Oooh.. Intua's BeatMaker 2 recently saw its successor debut. Enter BeatMaker 3! "BM3 is now probably the closest thing to an Ableton Live style workflow clip/scene launching that you are likely to find on iOS. The interface has some of the Akai MPC workflow that appeals to Beat Makers but this is a fully featured DAW rather than just being a beat making machine." And here's a video review. And all for twenty measly dollarpounds!

Hee! On a random whim, I thought I'd check the credits for The 11th Hour, and lo, I am indeed there. ^_^ I may have to finally get an IMDb account and update The 11th Hour's credits there appropriately..

Yaaay! MasterChef returns next Wednesday! ^_^ It's not the "main" show, with that having concluded earlier in the year, but the celebrity outing - which obviously isn't the same thing, but can still yield plenty of the same fun, and quite a surprising degree of talent, once the initial culling's taken place. Two episodes next week, Wed & Fri, with Friday's winners getting through to the semi-finals.

The trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, from the book by Madeleine L'Engle, looks amazing. The only bit I really didn't like was seeing a release date in Spring 2018. ^_^; And coming just before it, in March 2018, Black Panther. I'm not generally much on Marvel flicks, but this could be pretty good fun. ^_^

In this longform piece on Zoe Quinn, central to the seething wretchedness of Gamergate, I noticed one fun tidbit: her latest project is a FMV title about the camp sci-fi writer Chuck Tingle. =:D

I adore this review of the "food" Soylent. =:D

MLP fen might get a kick out of this shower curtain. =:)

Here's a fascinating, novel method of neutrino detection, first postulated in 1974, and now seemingly verified.

As regards Mueller's impaneling of a grand jury, this thread from Seth Abramson does an excellent job of explaining just what's happened, and the specific significances.

If you're in need of some serious video editing software, there's Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve, available in a free edition, and available for macOS, Linux, and Windows. It doesn't support the full version's collaborative features, for working as part of a team; is limited to UHD and below (but I'll live); and only supports one rendering GPU on Windows and Linux, and two on the current Mac Pro.

Or, Avid's come out with a free version of their professional Media Composer video editing package, Media Composer First, and it's a remarkably good offering! It's somewhat restricted, as you'd expect, but intelligently, in such a way that anyone simply wanting to get to grips with a pro editor can do so meaningfully. Most importantly, you can't export projects above HD resolution, so no 4K final output. It's available for macOS and Windows.

I'm quite interested by recent suggestions the next Apple Watch might come with LTE connectivity - not being a phone sort, I'd love to be able to jettison the iPhone, leaving the mobile heavy lifting to the iPad. Still, we'll see what comes about - power consumption's always an issue, absent any novel battery chemistry. If that does come about, I wonder how much that might improve the Watch's sales? Am I unusual in not being enamored of phones and voice/video comms? (Not that there's anything wrong with being unusual =:)

I finally got to see the first of the new MST3K - and it's every bit as much fun as the original run. A touch different in certain entertaining ways, but I found the riffs coming just as hot as they've ever done, perhaps aided by the wondrous turkey of a debut outing as they'd found: 1962's Danish kaiju flick, Reptilicus, incorporating some quite memorable SFX work. =:)

Here's rather a cool project: 164 animators around the world reanimated the Steven Universe episode "The Answer". ^_^ And, a little Steven Universe fun: an episode title generator. Enter your "episode title", choose the positioning and background scene, and let it put it together for you. ^_^ Aaand, a real life Greg Universe van - nothing official, just dedicated fan work, here by one Cosplay Mutt. =:D

The origins of tacos al pastor makes for a delightfully engaging read; a good example of how food styles traverse the world, adapting to the locality, and sometimes, become embraced as latterday tradition.

Of course, I am duly obliged to make note of this xkcd comic. ^_^

More beer! More beer! The ninth and tenth batches are underway. ^_^ One's a stout, the other a barleywine; I have a fondness for heavier styles of beer, and haven't really made anything dark yet. Both began life as kits: the first "Velvet Stout", with the sugars provided by brewing sugar (dextrose, finely grained) and some dark Muscovado. To help lend it some extra character, I took about 140g of raw cocoa nibs I'd had sitting around, and simmered those away in water for half an hour, yielding a delicious smelling brew I then strained into the wort. And, just before putting the lid on once it was all done, I added about eight capfuls (in twenty liters) of Madagascan vanilla essence. Quite reserved quantities, I think, so they'll probably only be light notes on the basic flavor. We'll see. ^_^

The barleywine began as a Geordie "Winter Warmer" kit, but to send it more where I had in mind, I used demerera for most of the sugar, plus a 500g bag of medium malt powder. Sort of tempted to try making a little spice ball to add to it, perhaps with some nutmeg and cloves.. but, it's been a fairly busy week, so I haven't really had a good opportunity to pick up such, and they're not spices I actually tend to keep around, though I ought to, especially cloves, given how fantastically they work with red cabbage, boiled with vinegar and sugar. Either way, tasting them three days into fermentation suggests they'll both be rather lovely, though maybe not as widely separated in flavor profile as I'd hoped; I may settle for making a water brew of some chocolate powder I've had sitting around for a while (lovely stuff - I simply don't tend to drink hot chocolate often, though this particular variety does go rather delightfully with a healthy splash of Grand Marnier), and adding that, possibly along with a little coffee, but I'm not really wanting to send it in that direction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of course, I am duly obliged to make note of this xkcd comic. ^_^

Hah! That's me on Twitter :o)
*giggle*

If you work out how to make money off it, let me know. =:)

I'm really looking forward to getting the lens back in action - it's now a matter of deciding whether to send it to Nikon for an official repair, which will be expensive, but comprehensive, or a third party, which may well be able to repair the motor rather than having to replace it. I admit, I'm leaning toward the official route - more costly, but then, I'll wind up with effectively a brand new lens, for not much more. (And FSM knows, I'm really missing being able to go rabbiteering, at this point, even if the weather's not been all that special, usually ranging from sunny intervals to plain overcast)

I ought to get a Patreon set up, but I can't really decide what kind of options to go with. I'm sort of leaning toward a "per photo" system, where people have to trust I'll only post reasonable photos, but there's much to be said for a monthly system as well, except for times like these. =:) But whether I'd actually receive support.. I just don't know. =:/
I miss your bunny pics! It's true I spam twitter with these types of pics, but that's what the service should be for, not regurgitating indignation-stirring news stories about The Donald or whomever! ;o)

I don't know how anyone could make any money online like you seek, but I'm sure there are success stories (somewhere). It's a hard decision to buy eye candy, no matter how delicious, versus just view it for free :o(
That stout is going to be EPIC, I can smell it fermenting from here, sign me up! ;-)

Classic British barley wines (http://www.thomashardysale.com/barley-wine/ is what comes immediately to mind when I read "barley wine" - all others are pale imitations :) are certainly an acquired taste.

Some Belgian triples come close to a barley wine's SG, and unsurprisingly also tend to be an acquired taste as well.

As we are want to do, us Yankees have changed things up hugely to the point that Imperial Stout/Porter/IPA have come to fill the huge malt (SGs above about 1.08) beer section of the markets at the expense of true Barleywines.

It's also hard to open your wallet for a $12-$15 bottle of beer, so that's working against the style here in the US as well.

Ohhh, video editing links, CLICK!

Love your long form posts btw, really wonderful to relax and sip on something tasty (A nice single barrel rye is in my glass as I type this) to enjoy with them by.

CYa!
Mako


Edited at 2017-08-13 02:15 am (UTC)
Hee! On a random whim, I thought I'd check the credits for The 11th Hour, and lo, I am indeed there. ^_^ I may have to finally get an IMDb account and update The 11th Hour's credits there appropriately..

Heh. "Panda Programmer", eh? (You may also want to update the credits on Mobygames while you're at it.)

Nicely curated news as usual. ;) I used to LOVE the Madeleine L'Engle books - will be interested to see how the movie turns out.
I'm just not keen on a watch that I have to charge every day or two. My now sadly orphaned Pebble gets charged weekly and can go over 10 days. Granted, it doesn't have the functionality of the Apple Watch, but I DON'T WANT IT TO. I'm a bit of a Luddite in that regard. I want my watch to be a watch, with some extras, and my phone to be a phone, with lots of extras. But that's me. I don't want my iPad to have cellular connectivity. I've considered that, but I don't need another data plan.
To be clear, the Apple Watch does too much for me. I can read the Pebble watch face that I've selected without needing my reading glasses. I don't read text messages on it. If I need to set an alarm or use the countdown timer or stopwatch, the reading glasses are required. I suspect I'd need the glasses for pretty much anything on the Apple Watch, which makes it a tremendous inconvenience.

I'm also debating the convenience of Apple Wallet for paying for things. It's neat, but if the merchant POS system uses the chip reader, that's probably perfectly secure. The truth is, I find Apple Wallet via my iPhone to not be very convenient. Yes, using an Apple Watch for payment is allegedly very convenient, but silly if I can't read it without my glasses and if it performs no other function for me. If they take only swipe, then they also probably don't take Apple Wallet, which means they are probably not a merchant that I'd like to do business with.

Luddites R Us!
That Steven Universe project was pretty neat and a nice refresher on Garnet's origin story.