Rakugo is a Japanese verbal entertainment.
I'm watching a Japanese adventure series called Kamen Rider Fourze at the moment. It's set in a high school, and quite a lot of the everyday stuff is recognisable and relatively familiar but every now and again something happens - somebody falling to the floor to prostrate themselves, say - that really gives you pause. The Wikipedia article makes Fourze sound rather unmarkable but over at Comics Alliance, Chris Sims explains why it's wonderful.
Chum Steve has pushed a beautiful looking C++ range library to GitHub. It makes me want to do some real stuff in C++11 - it's the language we've all been waiting for. Ironically enough, I've been dancing around revisiting an old Java library of mine and this has given me another nudge in that direction.
Sims has a talent for making almost anything he writes about sound like the greatest thing ever, and everytime I've followed one of his recommendations he's been absolutely right. I'm almost on the point of entrusting my entire future pop culture consumption to him.
Let's Get Ready To Tumble is a live, Saturday night competition featuring some of the nation’s best-loved celebrities vaulting, tumbling and flipping head-over-heels to try and win the public's votes. The complete amateurs will be given a crash course in the basics of gymnastics before teaming up with the highest-flying, gravity-defying gymnasts from across the globe to tackle never-before-seen, new-to-TV disciplines. You might understand why I'm not filled with unalloyed joy at this announcement. Gymnastics is hard - really, really hard - and the idea of someone getting a "crash course" and expecting to be even vaguely competent is pretty ridiculous. I'm reading this out to Harry and I got as far as Let's Get Ready To Tumble and he started shaking his head and saying "that'll never work".
Up at the crack of stupid to trundle down to London. Sleep well, chums.