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So, Doctor Who is underway, with the new Jodie Whittaker! And I have to admit, I'd been very nervous, given the quality of his previous writing, from the poor characterisation in his Silurians two-parter, to the depths of Torchwood's "Cyberwoman". Now? I'd hardly believe this is the same person. =:D Admittedly, neither of the opening two episodes are especially memorable, but the characters I'm definitely enjoying, and JW absolutely owns the role. And then there's the new composer, with a theme arrangement - and incidental music, too - harking back to the glory days of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop. If the BBC operated Netflix style series dumps, I'd have binged on the whole lot within a day. ^_^ Very, very happy with how it's going so far.

And you remember that other coproduction the BBC has underway with Netflix, Watership Down? It's looking rather promising, if the initial stills are any guide. Here you go! It'll apparently be four episodes, an hour each.

Fancy some new Gerry Anderson? Here's the first episode of Firestorm, a ten minute minisode to set the scene. ^_^

And there's even a City Watch series on the way, courtesy of the BBC. =:D "Based on Pratchett’s popular “Discworld” novels, “The Watch” will follow Pratchett’s misfit cop characters as they struggle to save a ramshackle city based on the “City Watch” subset of the series. Many of Pratchett’s literary characters will also make an appearance including the City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery alongside Pratchett’s original characterization of Death." Intriguingly, they won't be adapting his existing books, '“Many years ago Terry made the brave decision to allow brand new Watch stories to be told with his existing characters. It’s taken a long time for anything to happen because we guard these characters with our very lives,” added Wilkins.'

If you're interested in playing around with making music, or actually do, Traktion 7 is now free, available for macOS, Windows, and Linux, in 32 and 64 bit versions. (Curiously, separate versions rather than fat binaries, but no matter) You do have to sign up with your name, location, and email address, but no link is sent - they just want to add you to their mailing list (automatically, of course; consent not required, even as their T&C proudly state they never spam), so feel free to use a throwaway or filtering service like 33mail.com. (I do accept it's kind of them to make it available for free, but really, can't companies get over this obsession with adding people to mailing lists without their consent? Surely a simple "please send me your newsletter" checkbox wouldn't be so difficult, ideally along with an example of what they'll send, and how often)

Here's me! This time, by @scoliwings@scalie.business. In light of the Trump administration's plans to force gender recognition as an immutable genetic characteristic, they offered emergency commissions in exchange for $25+ donations to three trans charities.

Whoa. If you ever wondered where all the humans were in the Pixar Cars flicks, the Creative director has the answer.. and it's considerably more disturbing than one might expect. O.o;

This 2018 Hugo acceptance speech by NK Jemesin is absolutely fantastic. Only 5-6 mins, so it won't take long - you'll be pleased you watched. =:D Be sure to reach the point where she raises the trophy. Truly glorious. ^_^

So! I've no idea how much impact this'll actually have at this point, but still, it's very good to see happen: RISC OS is going open source. ^_^

The room refurbishment begins. ^_^ I've placed an order for a Hue bridge, light strip, and two side lamps, so no longer (once it's all done) will I have all the room's light provided by one LED bulb in the middle of the ceiling, perfectly positioned to ensure anything you look down at is in shadow. =:) And all three devices are fully panchromatic, so I'll be able to play with the coloring and brightness - supposedly, syncing it to music is also an option. =:D Next up: getting an appointment with the council to get one of the old chairs picked up for disposal, along with the mattress and frame, given they're both well past due. Once /that's/ arranged, I can line up delivery of the replacement futon (not as easy to find in the UK, sadly, with many only being intended as guest beds, whereas I'm wanting it as my main) and frame - and, of course, shelving, so once the chairs are out, I can get shelving in, and actually sort all the jumble out. Which'll probably be quite good fun, actually, unearthing stuff I'd mostly forgotten about. =:)

And that duly arrived - I admit, I paid a little extra for next day delivery, just to be able to play with it sooner. It's an amazing amount of fun, being able to control the tone of the lighting so freely, and Hue supports third-party apps too, with more advanced functionality, like keeping the lighting in tone with a film you're playing on your TV, or disco lighting based on spectral analysis of what the app hears. There are cheaper systems around, but, being HomeKit certified means it's practically secure; they also support various other OS' home management options. (Tip: if you have difficulty on macOS getting Hue Sync to work in Music mode - initially, it only stole the audio input and turned the lights off - be sure you gave it permission to access the microphone. I'd declined that during installation, not feeling that to be necessary) I'll want to look into how Hue deals with multiple people accessing different rooms, particularly something like a bathroom, where it'd be a touch unamusing to have someone else turn the lights off while you're in the bath - I'd love to have some more Hue kit around the house, but the roomie tends to be a bit set in his ways, and not generally interested much in matters of aesthetics.

The only downside, really, is that it is fully extensible.. so I now have three lightstrips, now 3m each (up from the stock 2m), in addition to the two Bloom side lamps. ^_^; I'll probably be leaving it there for now, but having said that, a lot will rest on just how the room winds up, once the room's sorted out, and the shelving's in place.

Rather cool. ^_^ I am now a published bunny, in last month's edition of Sciences et Avenir. ^_^ All fully with permission, and paid appropriately. I do rather like the way they've laid the page out, with respect to the photo.

Hilda, on Netflix, looks gorgeous! It's an animated production, apparently based on a graphic novel.

As you've probably heard, Telltale Games is now amongst the walking dead. *sigh* A year ago, they kicked a quarter of their staff to the kerb - 90 people - and around Sep 21 2018, eviscerated the remainder to leave a skeleton crew of 25 to finish off Minecraft Story Mode - all other projects are cancelled. A real shame - they've produced some outstanding story-based adventures over the years, from Sam & Max and Puzzle Agent, to Batman and The Walking Dead.

Here's a wonderfully 80s video: Carpenter Brut - Turbo Killer. Very slickly produced, with a thoroughly cinematic feel - I'd love to see more from that setting!

This looks like being worth seeing, over in London, aimed at promoting under-represented voices in the animation industry: Punanimation, "a new exhibition at Dalston's Pocko Gallery showcasing the varied motion and illustration talent they've assembled so far in the Punanimation directory. Animators taking part include Daniela Uribe, Wednesday Studio (below) and Justyna Stasik, who have contributed their own takes on the group's logo for the show, along with a series of animated shorts."

A handy reference to modern web design. =:)

Here's a rather weird story of high temperature superconductivity, which begins with a claim of room temperature superconductivity, but which someone then notices involves a very suspicious pattern of identical noise in two curves. Independently, a well regarded prof in the field begins being publically sceptical, only to be cautioned by a senior prof that he should be cautious with his judgement - and then we find the latter never actually sent such an email. ^_^;

You know, Ice Foxx is a very bad influence on me. Or very good. She's pointed me toward these peeps, Wild Bangarang, as being worth trying for really fun leggings. As you can probably tell, they could be quite hazardous to my account..

Well, I tried resisting, and even held out for a few weeks - but, it was inevitable I'd wind up having to lay my paws on a pair of these. ^_^ (Which the stylist at Tuttii Fruttii loved. Yay! Oh, gods, what a job she did with the coloring of my hair! I still can't believe it took me this long to try coloring. It's a mid-dark brown base, with some autumnal tones brushed in, then lent some gentle curls with a straightener; sadly, I've yet to be able to replicate those curls myself - seems it's not quite as easy as it looks. =:P

Rather cool. ^_^ I am now a published bunny, in last month's edition of Sciences et Avenir. ^_^ All fully with permission, and paid appropriately.


And nice boots. :)
It was quite a surprise! And all thanks to Flickr - they messaged me through there, noting their standard rate, which was perfectly reasonable, and so it came to be. Very good people to do business with. ^_^

*grin* Thanks. As soon as I saw them, I knew within myself it'd be just a matter of time, but as soon as I actually let myself buy them, they rapidly became my preferred option when going outside. Only problem is, for whatever reason, they're a little large, so I have to wear thick or double socks. Odd, as their Charla boots are fine in the same size. =:/

BTW, sorry about not replying re your Tumblr suggestion - I'm trying to find an easy proxy for that site, with their post-GDPR shenanigans leaving it problematic for me. I wasn't impressed with their initial "openness" revealing they share everything with 299 companies.
My best suggestion for Tumblr is to just a private browsing window, and not create an account. That shouldn't give them too much info they could possibly pass on in the first place.

Alternatively, as Dr. Strangelove said... stop worrying and learn to love the bomb. :)
There's no way for an app in iOS to access the actual data-stream of music currently playing on the hardware it's self, let alone what an apple-tv or home-pod is playing, so apps that do monitor your music's sound rather than just the meta-data do so through the microphone. (And so don't work when you have headphones on!)

Oh, I should convince you to go to the movies again soon if you're still in the country.
Indeed, my impression is iOS' security model doesn't like the idea of an app snooping on the audio stream. I'm not certain if that's still an absolute no-no, though - I've never gotten off my tail into iOS development. (Which I should fix, but there's so much else to do!)

Indeed! What's coming out? Where's a good place to find out? I'd enjoy somewhere to look up what to look forward to, not just when it actually arrives. How's Bohemian Rhapsody? It seems to be scoring well, which TBH surprises me somewhat.
I've not seen many good reviews of it so far, and RT ranks it poorly. Over all November seems a little sparse in big name releases this year. With the Wreck It Ralph being one I'm somewhat interested in seeing, but not fully sold on it yet.
Hm! It does seem to be divisive.. I suppose I'll have to burrow to find out more. =:/ WIR2 could be promising, but that first trailer was fairly awkward, to put it lightly, but coming from a perspective of Twitter, Facebook, and all those delights, it probably wouldn't seem so absurdly anachronistic. Maybe I'll check the Prince Charles listings instead. ^_^

And there's always the V&A - we can see any exhibitions free, no booking. ^_^
Have I taken you around the Pitt Rivers museum yet?
That's a new name to me. ^_^ (Registered philistine, yup =:)
The Pitt Rivers is an anthropological museum, and it differs from most in that it displays objects not by where they came from, but by what kind of object they are and what problems they meant to solve. And there are a lot of cabinets. Alas, you will have to keep your camera in your bag. The entire museum is a light controlled area to preserve the exhibits in display. https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk
Congrats on being published, that is a truly awesome image! Pity there's no byline. I was kind of shocked when the US Chess Federation started publishing my pictures, and needless to say I was pleased. And then I got a much larger check for a cover photo! I was told that some of my pix were used for a game company's internal publication, but I never received a copy of that, would've been nice.
It's rather gratifying. ^_^ I love wildlife photography, as you know, and I'll continue regardless, but I would like to try making a little money off it, given it definitely does cost significant money, between bodies, lenses, and travel.

Oo, there's a point - when I finally send in my invoice (as requested), I should ask for a copy of the issue, too. =:D (Sister bought one, but she's near Paris =:)

Those photos were more along portraiture lines, presumably? That's an avenue I'm hoping to finally begin exploring shortly, with the room refurb underway - next step is choosing some shelving (industrial? Cute? What kind of weight bearing do I need? How impossible is it to assemble?), and getting the floor freed up for a desk, so I can finally get the camera kit somewhere more permanent, along with Garnet, the monitor, and the makeup & mirror.
I'm kinda ticked at BBC America and BBC in general: they were supposed to come out with an Apple TV app so Americans who don't subscribe to cable or satellite could subscribe to the Beeb and watch Doctor Who! We got to see the first JW ep and liked it, and that's it. Likewise, we won't get to see the Guards/City Watch series.


I'll be getting a post up soon: had a great time Wednesday shooting some storm landscapes.

Here's a Dropbox link to 'em, WB is off on some and I think I now know why:
AFAIK, that got sunk because - of course - of politics, with that weird balance of the "actual" BBC being governmentally funded under a specific mandate, and BBC America being an entirely separate outfit, to the point where, AFAIK, the recent version of BBC America's Dirk Gently still hasn't been shown by the BBC. =:/

Absolutely agreed, though. Imagine you're a UK license payer, and you move away - right now, you have absolutely no means of watching. Bah. Abolish borders, dammit. (Bonus: lots of starving ICE agents!)

Downloaded! Oof, WB would be difficult.. I suppose the only solid method would be a very-nearly-out-of-frame white card, and cropping that out of the published versions. Not that one need be overly concerned - tweaking from reality is fine, after all, not to mention completely reworking the scene. =:)
I know what's going on with my white balance. I'm more and more shooting my Lumix DC-ZS70, like my previous pocket Lumix it's pretty much always in my pocket when I leave the house. The problem with this one is that it produces a new RAW format that my Photoshop CS6 doesn't support! So I have to cheat and increase my workload a bit. As I refuse to pay a monthly rental on software, I bought a copy of Photoshop Elements 2018. I have it do the RAW conversion and save it as a DNG, which CS6 will read just fine, in which I do my final adjustments.

The mistake that I'm making, which I now recognize and know better not to do, is I'm telling the RAW converter to do auto adjustments, and it's screwing up the color balance and I'm not watching for it. I'm ever so slightly color blind, and my perception of blue is slightly off. I think it's adding too much cyan, but I'm not certain. Regardless, the sky is certainly wonky.

What I need to be doing is take the RAW, load it in to Elements, and just not do any adjustments. Save the DNG, load it in to Photoshop, THEN do all my work. It'll be a bit more work, but it's worth it. And the ones that are screwed up: I can re-load the DNGs and recreate the subsequent steps easily enough. Honestly, my Photoshop-fu is kind of weak, I don't do masking or anything terribly complicated since I finished my coursework, I just don't have the time or patience for it. And I've never been terribly good at curves.

But at least since I now recognize what's going on, I can watch for it in the future and fix it.

It'll actually make HDRs easier as I was clicking Auto, then I'd have to go back and change the exposure compensation to zero to get it back to whatever plus or minus it needed to be before I could do the HDR composite.

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I would have absolutely no problem paying for BBC programming, but they won't let me. So I guess I have to wait for things to come out on DVD, and if I wait +6 months after that, I can buy it used/discounted, and the Beeb won't see a dime of that as it's a second-hand purchase. So where's the sense in that? I'm currently paying for two streaming services directly: HBO and Netflix, and we'll be dropping HBO (probably) when Game of Thrones ends. I get Amazon Prime indirectly with my Prime subscription. And I get a very interesting streaming service for free called Kanopy through my uni, from which I just finished watching Kurosawa's Sanjuro - pure Mifuni awesomesauce. I would be perfectly willing to pay for the BBC, but I can't, and I can't pay for BBC America because it requires a cable or satellite subscription, so we both lose. C'est la vie, I have plenty of other things to occupy my time and interests.
Ahh, ye olde CS6! So frustrating Adobe went full-force with software subscriptions - I was all ready to pick up one of their suites, when I had academic pricing available, which would've brought something like Potatoshop, Flash, Illustrator, and a few others to me for around £250, less than the cost of Photoshop alone.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Photoshop on the iPad - will they tie it into a CC subscription? Not sure that'd jibe with the App Store, unless they offered it at the same price in-store as well. Still, at least there's vigorous competition now, with the likes of Pixelmator and Procreate working wonders, for way less than Adobe.

If you have it, don't forget Aperture still runs happily under Mojave! I'm absolutely delighted to be able to continue with it - and of course, as it uses the OS' RAW converters under the hood, it ought to be fine with any new RAW formats too.

There's also the iTunes Store for some BBC programming - the current Doctor Who is $29 (including five minute "Closer Look" extras for each episode), with previous seasons at $15, if that's still going on. I finally put down the money for that a couple nights ago, both for the extras and a vote of confidence in JW. (Haven't seen the latest one yet, though)

I'll never understand the insistence on producers insisting on going through a cable provider, even at this late stage. Maybe you won't have too long to wait, though, with Apple's vaunted TV service due around Spring - rumors are claiming it'll be free to iOS device owners, with extra services available à la carte, so maybe BBCA will be amongst those options.

I was intrigued to see, in this worldwide 100 best films list, that none of the Japanese critics went for any of Kurosawa's works. O.o
I knew of the Apple streaming service, hadn't heard it would be free for Apple device owners. That would be definite bonus, and kind of surprising considering they've gone MBA "shareholder value" mindset under Tim Cook's stewardship. I'll definitely look forward to that launch!

I believe Amazon Prime will carry the Xmas Special next month, so we have that to look forward to. Hopefully.

Yeah, I'm still running CS6. In fact, I have O'Reilly's Missing Manuel sitting on my desk ATM (it's from Barcelona) doing some study. I'm very glad I coughed up the $$$ for the student/teacher edition because we're rather tight with money right now and I really would have been unhappy spending the additional bucks on that subscription. I've been looking at Skylum recently and plan on giving them and DxO a spin when it comes time to look at alternatives. I'd like to check out Aperture, but unless I can find a class where I can evaluate it, that's not an inexpensive package just to see if it's what I want to use on-going. Plus, 2012 MacBook Pro is going to be my on-going laptop, and I don't know if Sierra or HS is what it's going to be capped at, so Aperture is probably going to be locked out from it - I learned that I couldn't install iMovie on my one that blew up last year - the App Store will only install the latest and greatest, or at least the version prior to Mojave.

I just installed Mojave on my 2015 iMac. No complaints, except when I inserted a DVD-RW to burn it wasn't obvious that you had to change your methodology and right click your material to burn instead of drag & drop. I preferred the latter as you could more easily build up a disk, now I'll have to create a burn folder, build the image there, then burn it to the disk.

But we got to see Bohemian Rhapsody last night, and I was able to build most of the soundtrack from my collection, so that was nice. And I was able to determine that I'm only missing three albums from my collection: their first, and the two from before Live Aid. Got 'em all wish listed on Amazon.

I saw that about the 100 Best Film list, quite interesting about the Japanese critics, I don't understand why. As a matter of fact, last weekend my wife was working, and I watched six movies, three foreign, Kurosawa's Sanjuro, Shaolin Soccer (Chinese theatrical release), and The Tall Blonde MAn With One Black Shoe (French, 1975 - Russian DVD).

We got a free streaming service through my uni called Kanopy, they have a large chunk of the Criterion Collection. VERY happy! Watched a fantastic 1927 silent documentary on Berlin, sort of a visual symphony. It's offered free by many libraries here, you might be able to sign up for it via San Fran the next time you're here, but it might not work in the UK.
Congratulations on the publication! What an excellent addition to your portfolio.

Telly is a real feast at the moment, unusually (I don't watch much, as a rule). I've just finished Killing Eve, which is very good, and I'm working my way through the new Danger Mouse.
It was quite an egoboo, I have to admit. ^_^ They approached me completely professionally, noting up front that they intended to pay a sensible commercial rate. So, I suppose my forthcoming Flickr Pro renewal's sort of paid for itself. =:)

I tend to be rather violence-shy, but I'll happily admit, the writing and characters in KE were excellent, and just about enough to win me over. Ooh, there's new DM? ISTR something about that..

BTW, I only just realised that Animal Kwackers apparently finally saw a DVD release a couple years ago! ^_^;
> So, I suppose my forthcoming Flickr Pro renewal's sort of paid for itself.

Yay! Nice one.

I particularly recommend the DM ep with Christopher Eccleston guest starring as the villain, which seemed to me to be a nice little anti-Brexit nudge too.
Indeed chilling about the Cars movie = PlanetOfTheApes thing.....

Congrats on being published now though! ^V^
I think a lot of us had had that question kicking around in the back of our minds, perhaps kept there deliberately for the reasons we've now uncovered. ^_^; Just as well I was never taken by Cars..

Wonder if I should add a reference to being published in my resume.. ^_^ (I do mention photography at the end, in a few lines about miscellaneous extras about me)
The phlegm of the domestic rabbit?

Anyway congrats. :)

Those are some pretty crazy boots, by the way. Maybe I should get some for work.

Interesting.. seems the translation does parallel the English meaning, in the sense of "composure". ^_^

Hee! I absolutely love wearing them out and about, even if this town's quite resolutely dull. Oddly, I found that whilst I bought them the same size as I did my calf-high Charla from them, these seem to run a bit large, so I wind up needing to double up the socks. (They also began by biting into the top of the back of my heel, which I only discovered once I'd reached the buns. Not happy feet at all by the time I got back. Thankfully, a few extra times, protecting those spots with plasters first, seems to've worn them in)
Congratulations on the publication and thank you for the link to Tracktion 7! I installed it and I look forward to playing with a new toy - even if it is probably more sophisticated than my musical skills. It looks fun!
Oh, I was looking at some Hue stuff today and saw one of those strips. I was amazed to find that finally a company made one with both RGB and White LEDs. I've been complaining for years about how gross RGB white looks, to the point where I've never actually gotten these kinds of lights. The most I'd ever used this kind of stuff for is a bit of colourful mood lighting in addition to the normal bulbs.

Ooh, I just did some reading and apparently even the RGB bulbs now include white LEDs? This is something I have to look into.
It seems most LED bulbs are still limited to 800 lumens, so I'd need a whole lot of them to make things work here.
They're a load of fun, too. =:D Using their own app on the iPad or iPhone, I can set up any combination of hues and brightnesses depending on mood, or there's a thriving app ecosystem - I enjoy hueDynamic's ability to gently flow through different palettes (or, if you want, more abrupt transitions). I'll often go with a neutral/blueish hue in the evenings, maybe dropping to purple late at night, and then a dull bronze as I head toward sleep. Or, if I want perking up or just fancy listening to some music with visual accompaniment, up comes Hue Sync on Hazel, pulsating everything appropriately. =:D

Since writing this entry, the collection's expanded to 13m of lightstrips in four segments, plus the two aforementioned Bloom side lamps. I'd never realised how much fun lighting can be, let alone the obvious point of lighting that's more ambient than merely coming from a single point is really nice.

Yep, some of the Hue bulbs are thus - the cheaper ones are white only, and the more expensive add color as well. It's worth checking around for special deals and bundles - Amazon recently had a 1-per-person on a lightstrip and extension for less than the normal cost of the strip, and there's usually a starter pack of a hub + bulbs or strip available. (Hue lighting works off a Bridge unit that connects to one's router over ethernet)
Oh, that reminds of something else that's annoyed me forever. When you cycle through colours, is the red noticably darker than the other hues? I wish they'd add more red LEDs and calibrate everything to keep the luminosity similar as you change colours.
Speaking of Doctor Who, I finally got caught up (with the first four episodes)! I feel like she's been getting better and better at the role each episode. Most incarnations start off way too quirky (here's looking at Matt Smith), but that makes sense when the story is that the Doctor's body is all scrambled up from the regeneration.
I feel like the whole aesthetic of the show is subtly different, as if it's an entirely different programme. So far it's a nice change of pace, since the last couple seasons were pretty heavy with their drama. They seem to be targeting a younger audience, though, because they take pains to spell out their references and ideas so there's no lost nuance. They've also got exceedingly simple plot lines. (Except for the first episode; that one was very well done.) I'd like to think we don't need two-parters to see complex stories, but you can tell by some of the cuts they're doing that they were trying to shave out a few seconds here and there.

(Maybe they're not catering to the youth, but instead... to Americans?)