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The game's afoot! The WSJ is reporting that Apple is allocating $1b to original television programming, supposedly for up to ten shows; a fraction of Netflix's current $3b budget, though even they're outspent by HBO, which budgets an estimated $10m per episode of Game of Thrones. ^_^; I'm pleased to see this, even if it does mean an increase in the fragmentation of TV programming - Apple's clearly got the financial means, and as we see from the likes of GoT and Westworld, TV can get very expensive if you're planning a major production, let alone big-budget cinematic offerings. They'd earlier indicated that's the kind of league they're aiming for - if the executives in charge of making the actual greenlighting decisions have a similarly broad mandate as in the past, there could be some good work ahead. I wonder whenabouts the first offerings will debut? Presumably, given the kind of production timescales involved, at least a year from now, for anything major. I wonder if they'd be up for giving the new Dredd a home.. =:D

BofA may be a somewhat evil financial institution, but, I'll admit, their Museums on Us perk is welcome - on the first weekend of the month, cardholders can get free admission to participating museums. In SF's case, that's the Contemporary Jewish Museum (which held a notable Kubrick exhibition in 2016 that I failed to get to see), de Young, and Legion of Honor. (In the de Young's case, that saves you $15. Only good for the cardholder, though, no guests)

Aah, got to love it.. I reported a pub locally to Apple Maps as being under new ownership, noting what they were currently listed as, and what they were becoming (and have now done so, with something like a month-long refit in the interim). I received notification the error had been corrected. Checking, I discovered they'd somehow regressed it to what the place had been before its previous incarnation, which began in 2008.. O.o;

Here's a comic to try: Mascot Hell, by Eva di Pace, set in the dense slums of a near-future Hong Kong, where all the "Mascots" were pushed away to, once their manufacture was outlawed. It does get quite dark in places, be warned - Blade Runner looks rather happy in comparison, at times, but there's also great fondness admist the dangers. There are only a couple dozen pages to catch up with at the moment, so you'll be able to get up to speed quickly. One caveat: some pages are tagged as "mature", requiring an account - they're easy to set up, thankfully: just email and password, and you're done.


I was looking around for a monitor (basically as a second display whilst programming), noticed one from a preferred vendor that seemed to fit my needs - the Asus VX24AH - and just for fun, thought I'd check the Amazon listing as well, mostly for the reviews. They list it, unsurprisingly more expensively - a 15% markup on the one I'd just seen. Amusingly, it's even sold by the same company. =:D I'd actually prefer something a bit smaller, but it's difficult to find much by way of smaller monitors that don't have horribly low resolution, often only 1440x900 - which is fine for video, but otherwise, on a 20" panel? O.o (Of course, what Hazel can actually drive is another matter - looks like something 4K or so is only at 30Hz, but I'm hoping more modestly - at least HD, if not 1.5x. Indeed, the Asus is 2560x1440, which'd be ferpect) Anyway, we'll see how it works out - there should be one turning up on the morrow. ^_^

Pony! "Fame and Misfortune" - maybe not a standout episode, but in the upper decks. It was perhaps a little slow to get going, but the degree of repetition involved didn't feel cumbersome, as the problem wasn't quite as directly outlined as in S7's early episodes, so when it was (of course) spelled out, it still felt reasonably natural a deduction. The song was one I've saved. And the ending was amusingly inconclusive - which I'm perfectly fine with, as it feels a lot more realistic than suddenly being able to convince everypony that they're missing the woods for the trees. It's certainly good for MLP to offer up lessons, but there's nothing wrong at all in also admitting that some situations are tricky to solve.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I certainly didn't notice anything about the scheme in my welcome pack! I sort of stumbled upon it after taking one of their little polls (the kind of thing where you answer a couple questions and get a point or two; gather enough, and you get some useful bonus), and thought that sounded interesting. ^_^

Mm, I had a Wells Fargo account a while back, which was completely free - perfect for my purposes, as at that time, I was only really thinking of it for the occasional purchase requiring a US-issued card, and iTunes. And then, a few months later, in came the new fee structure, keeping it free only if you kept paying money in, or had a balance of more than a few thousand. =:P

This one I pretty much chose at random, as I simply needed somewhere to deposit a check last year, and it was free at that level. Where have you managed to find? A credit union, maybe? They tend to be a lot less evil than most banks, with, of course, the caveat that you can only open an account if you live or work in a given locality, or maybe hold a certain kind of employment. I'd happily switch, but free checking seems all but non-existent in the US now. (Meanwhile, in the UK, paid current accounts are virtually unheard of, and ATM fees only ever apply at Kwik-E-Marts and the like - the banks themselves don't impose any fees)
Indeedy good bun.... itsa Credit Onion ..... and I was a tad reluctant at first... but.... most of my other family members were happy with it.. PLUS... with their "co-op" affiliation with other CrUns, it's like having branch accounts everywhere... just like a bank... so I don't feel isolated.
Yep!.... they pay somewhere between 2.5 and 4 % back on the average balance kept each month, up to $2,500 and then a lower rate if it's higher... but still pretty good! :}

Cool to hear about the fee limits across the pond!