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It's apparently been announced that when the next season of Doctor Who debuts, it'll be simulcast in the US on BBC America. (No word on whether that'll be the case for subsequent episodes) And, it appears the 2017 special, Twice Upon A Time, will be released on UHD BluRay! I'm not clear yet whether it was actually produced in 4K, or if it's simply an HDR upscaling.

Here's an EU survey enquiring into opinions regarding summer time - whether you support the switching or not, how important it is to you, and what your preferred option would be. Myself, I went for keeping summer time year-round, offering a bit more light in the afternoon, when I'm cogent to appreciate it. The original justifications, around the time of World War I, are long gone, and with the switches come increases in road accidents, as drivers find themselves with suddenly rather different lighting, versus a gentle progression with the year. With no justification for it, why perpetuate the scheme?

That bodes well! Lauren Faust's helping craft "DC Super Hero Girls" for Cartoon Network.

I'll want to hear more about this: Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima will produce "The Cartoon Touch", for release by Fox Family. BC you may recall as the creator and original director of Brave, whilst KL's best known for directing A Goofy Movie and Tarzan.

A rather horribly comprehensive list of just how extensive the US' involvement in South American politics since the dawn of the 20th Century.

Maybe not a huge surprise, but there've been some murmurings of Doctor Who possibly ceasing Crimbo specials - apparently not: "Director Wayne Yip (Lie of the Land, The Empress of Mars) has a Doctor Who Christmas special listed on his agents website. There have already been rumours that he was directing an episode and this appears to be some form of confirmation."

I've only just begun reading it, but it seems to have promise - rather an interesting looking webcomic, The Property of Hate. It's one of those settings/worlds where little is familiar, so you need to pay attention to how this world works, as well as why. Being about 40 pages in now, I feel more confident in offering a recommendation, if you're in the mood for quite a novel tale.

I finally got to see Ocean's 8! ^_^ Monday was shaping up to be a particularly hot day, which suggested to me that spending the peak of that in a nicely air conditioned auditorium might be a more pleasant way of spending the time, particularly with the good company of jayblanc. ^_^ I'm delighted I did, certainly - the screen chemistry on display was remarkable, underpinned by a tight script, and characters I could genuinely appreciate. The setting - the New York Met Gala - demanded some noteworthy costume design, and the production didn't disappoint, though that skill permeated the rest of the film ably. I'd certainly recommend it, and for me, I think there's enough likelihood I'll want to rewatch it now and then that I've placed a preorder for it. Not long to go, either! iTunes US just began showing a release date of Aug 21 2018. ^_^

Being in just the right spot to do so, we also caught Incredibles 2. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it, TBH - I certainly appreciated Elastigirl and Violet getting more screen time, Violet especially, but the pacing felt rather wonky to me, where the original flowed very well, and the villain wasn't terribly surprising. (And I'm not the sort to try second-guessing the writers) Still, it's an easy choice to watch - anyone who enjoyed the first will find plenty to like in the second.

And the following night, the roomie offered up Wes Anderson's latest, Isle of Dogs. ^_^ It's stop-motion animated, as you doubtless know, with distinctly Japanese sensibilities throughout, making for quite an original production. TBH, about the only significant criticism I can level at it is that it's disappointingly feeble on the feminist front, with minimal feminine involvement, beyond a couple trophy roles, and a rather more important human character. The cinematography's superb, naturally - it's as exceptionally stylised as any of Wes Anderson's works, perhaps even moreso, being literally engineered frame by frame. I admit to preferring Pixar's style of largely eschewing star names for their roles, but, the A-list cast definitely behaved themselves. =:) It wound up as one would hope - simply very well acted, without feeling weighed down by its preponderance of stars. Good show. ^_^ (FWIW, I notice it's $19.99 on iTunes US, and £9.99 in the UK; buy accordingly!)

Oooh! Affinity Designer just debuted for iPad, and for the silly price of $14. *yoink* As one might expect, it does require a semi-recent device: "iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad (early 2017 onwards)". I wonder what happens on an unsupported device? I may fetch it on the iPad Air as well, just to find out. =:)

So, Ace of Base and Nazi symbolism.. =:P

Finally, new MBPs! Nothing revolutionary, but it's nice to see the new chipset (now a hexacore i9) supporting up to 32GB, which'll be handy for some folk; I'd be more interested in the SSD capacity, now extending up to 4TB. =:D The display resolution remains unchanged, at 2880x1200 (similar to 1.5x HD, but 16:10 rather than 16:9), but I'd live. =:) I'll be interested to see how it compares to Garnet - I imagine the GTX 1080 will still reign supreme, but of course, that comes at a hefty cost, with it being not a lot of use without being plugged in, and with no integrated GPU option to fall back to when high performance graphics aren't required. Maybe I'll wander along to an Apple Store sometime, and see how SL performs, given what an unusually heavy CPU and GPU load it presents, given its arcane graphics pipeline. I suspect this is the revision I'll lay my paws on, at the appropriate time - Hazel's still an excellent performer, though, even as it approaches its fifth anniversary. ^_^

So, someone new to r/furry - u/fennecgf - wandered into the sub, and offered free sketches. Their style looks intriguingly dynamic, so, I thought I'd offer up a couple examples of myself in SL by way of references. This is what they came back with. =:D

 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a nice day out! Altho, as I said, I had to dock Ocean's 8 half a star for pedestrian cinematography, which didn't live up to it's tight script and well knit together ensemble cast. So can only give it four and a half stars. You forgot to mention we also saw "Incredibles 2".
I can see that - but I'll consider it to be more deliberately disregarding cinematographic convention in places. =:)

I2 was cunningly concealed in the following paragraph. =:) I certainly did enjoy it, but of the two, it's O8 I've preordered. (Due on Aug 21, yay! Solo not until Sep 4 or so - the roomie'll doubtless have that downloaded within hours)

I'm a little surprised there's still not been any word on a second Zootopia outing, too, but I suppose Ralph's next adventure wasn't announced until a couple years after the original's release. I'll be particularly interested to see if they take the bait on making a cinematic sequel and a TV continuation - the former for the huge budget, and the latter for the ability to tell so many more stories, with the setting so well equipped for it.
Oops, my eye must have skipped over that while scrolling down.

Since I want to be a professional screenwriter, I'm professionally obligated not to talk on record about how I'd adapt something for TV because that's a tricky legal area. So you'll have to continue that conversation with me off-line.
No problem; brains are weird things. Handy, though.

Mm, presumably akin to unsolicited submissions to companies leaving them with the awkward prospect of the submitter being able to claim inspiration in a future product/release? Not to worry. Maybe we can continue such in London or Oxford sometime. ^_^
Pretty much yes. But far more so when it's about adapting an existing work, since then there's an extra set of third party rights involved.
Unfortunately I missed O8 in the local theater, so I'll have to wait for it to hit Netflix, HBO, or Amazon as I cancelled the Hulu subscription.

We saw both Ant Man & Wasp and Increbibles 2 a couple of weeks ago, enjoyed both very much. Might get out for Equilizer 2 soon, might not.

FYI, it looks like Packt Books has finally started releasing new books for their free book of the day. They went through a space of 2-3 months where I was lucky to get more than four a month of their free releases being something that I didn't already have.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, TBH. ^_^ It's a very good script, but it's the screen chemistry that really make it sizzle; suffice to say, Autostraddle was all over it. =:)

If only some of these competing TV services could cooperate! It's getting a bit much, and it's only set to get worse, with everyone asking for $10+/mo for their own distinct offerings. Still, that's why the digital gods bestowed BitTorrent upon us. =:)

Oh, cool beans! I admit, i haven't checked there in a while now - no particular reason, though the friction of the captcha might've contributed - it's one thing to have to go through that once, but two, three, even four times? (If only O'Reilly hadn't gone the subscription-only route.. reminds me, I need to keep an eye out for a good iOS 12 title - there's presumably got to be one or two, even if only in a pre-release state)
My personal morning habit is I load an f*tonne of web comics to read over breakfast, and that includes Packt, so it's easy for me. As far as the Captcha is concerned, which I agree is a PITB, the thing to do before clicking on the 'get this book' button, is to reload the page! 95%+ of the time I ever get the 'solve the Captcha' requirement.

One thing that I hate about lots of streaming services is that they don't offer subscriptions if you don't have a cable or satellite provider! So if you are a cord cutter, you can't get certain programming, such as BBC America or Fox Sports. I almost missed the final of the World Cup, except I was able to get a trial of Fubo for the last game. I'm not sure how I'll be able to get the Women's World Cup.

You might want to look at betas for Big Nerd Ranch books, they seem to be pretty prompt on new Apple OS releases, they might have one brewing.
TV distribution problems may make it difficult for us to watch Jodi in Doctor Who, which will make me very unhappy. Might have to wait for the DVD release, I don't know if Amazon will be carrying them promptly on Prime. BBC America is one of those who wants you to have a cable subscription for their Apple TV app. Supposedly BBC was going to release a full BBC TV app for Apple TV, but that was going to be last September, and I've never seen it.
It baffles me when I see channels tie themselves to cable packages like that. I presume it's a contractual obligation, or there's some hefty benefit in providing exclusivity, given it's fairly common outside HBO and.. are they the only ones selling access per se?

Mm, I recall seeing something about a proper BBC app for Apple TV.. I'll maybe go sniff around a bit - perhaps someone on Reddit or the Mac Rumors forum knows. Would be fun to find it appearing in some kind of combo Apple TV subscription plan, when they're ready to launch their own original programming - they won't have nearly enough to launch a full channel, after all, whether scheduled or purely asynchronous, à la Netflix, so some kind of other catalogue would seem all but essential, unless they wind up offering some other kind of bundle, like some kind of news offering with the likes of the WaPo and Grauniad, and magazines - there was that mag subscription company Apple bought up a year or so back, after all. I'll be interested to see just what they do offer - the current $10/mo for Apple Music's not bad, but with the likes of SOMA FM, CHIRP Radio, and so on, I just don't feel a need for more. Of course, it all has to be paid for one way or another, and I'm happy to have thrown $100 in CHIRP's direction back when I had an income.

It's not dirt cheap, but there's always the option of a season pass, usually $20-25, over on iTunes - that way, you get them quite soon after UK airing (if you're outside the UK; within, some kind of iPlayer stipulation requires they only release new episodes on iTunes a week after broadcast, which caught me by surprise). And of course, there are *cough* other means.
How do you arrange your comics reading? I use a combination of OmniWeb's "workspaces" feature, basically permitting taking a snapshot of windows/tabs for easy reloading, or simply leaving them there, just away from the usual stuff, augmented by Vienna, my long-time RSS reader, keeping me subscribed to various less regular comics.

The way workspaces work in OW is if you just leave the windows there (technically, at least one window), it's just maintained so you can switch between various workspaces as you wish, like work, home, and some specific interest(s). Once you close all that workspace's windows, the next time you return, it'll refresh from the last snapshot, preserving all the windows and tabs from that time. So you can use it as either a persistent workspace, or rather the opposite. And whilst it's very long in the tooth now, it still offers the best tabs anywhere, with graphical thumbnails down the left or right. (Used to be in a drawer, until those became deprecated) So you can scroll around your tabs, and always see what you've got stored, rather than the nigh universal "cram them all into the width of a strip across the window" paradigm =:P)

So I keep the dailies in a workspace, and then add whatever new ones have been published on a less regular basis ℅ Vienna.
I currently load 61 tabs of various things, and actually I do it in the simplest way possible. I'm running Firefox 61, I just open a new page and tell it to open all in new tabs and let them load while I'm warming up my oatmeal and getting my drinks. I really don't care whether or not something has refreshed: if it hasn't, I close it, if it has, I read it.

I recently purged a couple that I just had lost interest in and added one or two. My oldest stalwarts would be Wired and Slashdot, for comics it'd be Dilbert and Kevin & Kell, and I'm actually still reading User Friendly, even though it's been in repeats for years.
Not sure why she calls it Property of Hate.. but you can bet my favorite series over there is... the Duck stuff :D

Hoping to catch Isle of Dogz with my roomie (who has bought it) sometime soon also!
I'm not actually much closer to figuring out the title, and I'm now on page 204. ^_^; Quite an amazing yarn, I have to say - visually sumptuous, with a style that feels much as one might expect of someone versed in animation, plus some gorgeous use of color. But, as yet, I actually haven't explored their site any further, lest I bifurcate my attention still further - I am, as you know, a bunny of very little brain. ^_^ (On which note, I saw the trailer for Christopher Robin back then, too - looks actually quite promising, with the CG in the style of plush of the time)

Ooh, you're in for a treat. ^_^ It's absolutely stylised to hell and back, but WTH - it's as slick as you'd expect from him, and one of his most satisfying productions, I feel. (Reminds me, I really ought to see Steve Zissou someday)
Oh, that sketch is fab - it looks super Sixties. If they were to open for commissions I would be very interested.
I'll have to check if they're intending to, when I'm next in the sub! ISTR them saying they were new to furry art, too - I think they made quite the debut. =:D I'd be up for a full piece, certainly. Maybe something sci-fi related, with shiny space suits. ^_^ Ooh, maybe a homage to one of those gloriously cheesy pulp sci-fi covers.. (reminds me, there was a wonderful piece in that Discworld art exhibition last month, a Frazetta homage, but with the gender roles reversed. It was glorious. ^_^ Rincewind as the figure at the hero's feet, and.. agh, I forget her name - the female barbarian, I think)

I imagine their choice of my outfit was based on one of the images I supplied as a reference - simple, but quietly elegant. ^_^
That's a great pose. Monarch of all you survey!

Oh yes, I think they'd do a great job of a pulp-type cover!