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It appears there's going to be a two hour maintenance window for LJ this Friday/Saturday, commencing at 10pm Pacific (6am Sat GMT), to deal with the various database-related problems we've all been experiencing, such as the dearly beloved "could not generate talk-id" and "database unavailable".

mycroftb spotted this Cadbury bunnies pic (not work-safe). Yes, she has company over. ^_^

Okay, Taiko no Tatsujin Portable has to rank as one of the Must Get titles for the PSP. It simply embodies such a spirit of fun and silly cuteness, in an extremely Japanese way; true, the whole thing's in Japanese, but if you stumble around the menus, you'll wind up somewhere fun, so who cares?

I noticed moves are afoot for a Wallace and Gromit statue to be erected in Aardman's home town of Bristol in their honor. ^_^

You should see this impressive sheet steel wolf sculpture. More photos here, too.

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The iTMS gained two notable additions the other day: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Not exactly cheap, as ever, but a step in the right direction - $1.99 for one episode, or $9.99 for a current episode and 15 future ones. (How much do folks pay for basic or premium cable plans now? Last time I went that route was nine years ago, back in San Diego, with Southwestern Cable, a remarkably non-evil cableco. Think that ran about $30, with the spread including goodies like NASA TV and The International Channel)

Gods, I wish I'd seen this Sack cartoon during the surreal time of Miers' SCOTUS nomination. (Collect the set!)

Quote for the day, on the topic of "Natural Cheetos": "What? These are not "Cheetos". I do not know what they are, but the same company cannot be making them. It is like going into the Apple store, buying a Mac, coming home, opening the box, and finding a kangaroo inside. It's just wrong. "Yes, ma'am, we do make computers, but we also make kangaroos, two-litre bottles, lichen, hope, and credit cards."

Egad. I think this room's showing tentative signs of organisation. At this rate, I'll actually be able to get a package or two sent out in the coming week, now that all the boxes and bubblewrap are in one column, DVD-Rs in another, DVDs safely stowed.. not that I'll be publishing any photos of it all just yet. ^_^

It's only masking a slightly tatty set of new offerings, but I was amused to see Orange's new calling plans are named after four different animals: dolphin, panther, canary, and raccoon.
Argh! System error! Must log in to see Ms. Cadbury getting down with her bunny self! Don't have log in! Twitching! Must see.. chocolicating bunny.. getting weak.. eyes growing dim.. grandma.. I smell bread... (thud)

"Yes, ma'am, we do make computers, but we also make kangaroos, two-litre bottles, lichen, hope, and credit cards."

Thanks, I'll take two hopes. Oh, and a kangaroo in a two-litre bottle. But only if I get to watch you put it in there.
Thankfullly, you didn't say how much of the kangaroo had to be in the bottle.

I say we lobby Cadbury for a return of their true star. Wonder what Miriam Margolyes' reaction would be, after all this time? ^_^ Oh, such a voice.. !

And hey, maybe you could have a walk-on part!
Try this... Amazing what you can find on the web, isn't it? :D
BMN seems like rather a waste of time to me. It's more hassle to go and find a valid u/p through them than actually entering an email address on whatever site, be it a "real" one, a spare freebie, or a spamtrap, such with mytrashmail.com.

It's irritating that so many newspapers insist on registration, but, generally, I just skip to a source that's open instead, if it's something I really want to read. And, fair's fair, basic demographics are useful to them; as long as they don't use the address to spam away, I'm fine with it, so I signed up for a couple papers with genuine information. (The NY Times, f'rex, I think sent something like two messages in a year)
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Ah, true - some use email/password, but some do want a username. For insignificant purposes like that, I'd probably just use some random string - they don't care, after all, so long as there's just one person with that sequence. Indeed, I suppose one could use a disposable email address as the username - that's hopefully guaranteed to be unique. ^_^ (I did use BMN for a few local papers, where I only wanted to read a single article, unlikely ever to return there, but it's fairly rare for a story not to appear on the wires, and thus Google News and suchlike)

OmniWeb's nice about auto-filling username/password fields, thankfully, stored in the usual keychain, so they're accessible outside the app (with authentication, natch). I'll admit I often store useful passwords in plain text as well - if I lost Hyzenthlay, I'd be worrying about more than someone gaining my NYT access. :)

For the big papers, like latimes, nytimes, and washingtonpost, I'm sort of sympathetic, as I noted - it's surely not easy keeping Real Live Reporters on staff, and the introduction of the web complicates things a fair bit. ('Course, that doesn't explain why the NYT felt it appropriate to sit on the wiretapping story for a year..) Maybe I should subscribe to Guardian Digital when finances are back on a level footing. And Harper's, for that matter.

Still, it would be nice if papers granted open access, and just invited people to submit their age/gender/location, maybe with some modest prizes on offer. After all, commissioning a readership survey in the Real World™ is a several thousand dollar plus activity - far cheaper just to offer some free subscriptions and shiny things, one would suppose, assuming a capable webmaster.
"mycroftb spotted this Cadbury bunnies pic (not work-safe). Yes, she has company over. ^_^"

I can't look at that as I don't have a FurAffinity account and it seems that the "SlyCat" name is already taken by an empty account.

Is it anything like what Glis did with http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/KeV-Beeley/Adult/CadburyBondage-KB.jpg ?
Like I mentioned above, try this... Amazing what you can find on the web, isn't it? :D
Thanks for the tip. I prefer Glis' tho :P
A mite less vanilla, yes. On the other paw, her companion in the new piece is.. worthy of attention. ^_^
Didn't work for me...
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I've never actually bought anything from the iTMS (yet - I'll be getting the two Twink albums when I can :), but as I recall, the video offerings are all aimed at iPod usage, ie VCD resolution, 320x240. Fine for TV viewing, but not archival quality, so anyone really into some story-based series like Lost will want to get the DVDs. Probably all quite deliberate, but the industry's shown many times how their stated aims of reducing "piracy" mesh with actually doing something about it, like making the stuff available. Pre-iTMS, remember what a god-awful selection there was? Various trial runs from some of the smaller labels, with all the big ones staying away from anything digital..

Not that I mind - all the more space open for the smaller guys as a result, often much less paranoid about DRM shackling. (Which may well keep me away from HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.. the schemes being proposed there sound fairly nasty. DVDs are only copyable thanks to a leak of a key, courtesy of Xing Networks, after all - the code was a fairly minor step. Genuinely strong encryption within the budgetary constraints of a mass-produced, low-cost device might well be entirely feasible at this stage)

The "multipass" deal isn't too bad, I suppose, especially considering the bulk of that will go to the network, rather than the cable company, or not at all, as with unauthorised methods. Wonder what the territorial restrictions are? (Any provider can offer their wares in whichever iTMSes around the world they choose - the selection isn't uniform. I recall that caused Apple a lot of headaches when moving the iTMS into European operations, as the labels still maintain separate divisions for many separate countries, rather than anything pan-European. ISTR there were some grumblings that that violated some EU principle of equal availability of goods, but I don't believe anything happened as a result)
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It does depend, I suppose, on the monitor. When I first learned of VCD (given it's huge in Asia, but non-existent in the West, other than on the net or dodgy market bootlegs - silly, really, as it's a perfectly legitimate format, and brought folks over East the pleasure of rewind-free viewing of perfectly legal material years ahead of DVD's assumption to the Western media throne. Other than laserdisc, of course.. ah, that was a fun format. Not quite as portable, though :), I was quite sceptical - but it works fine on a TV. Indeed, even on an LCD at close quarters, a well compressed file can be fine - there, of course, the iTMS has the benefit of access to the original masters, as with their audio offerings.

(Gods, though.. those Doctor Who torrents I thought were flaweless on the 14" TV.. on Hyzenthlay, aren't quite so perfect :)

I may even give it a spin myself, particularly for TDS. Not sure what the DRM's like - I think it's similar to the music offerings, though I don't know if they can be exported to a "clear" format, à l'audio CD.

This is where I'm wondering if some folks' hopes for an Apple DVR are, as I read in a comment somewhere, misplaced - offering material online like this means we're finally seeing the emergence of a new means of distribution, separate from cable and satellite companies, TiVo works very well, but it's a solution to an existing paradigm (eek!) - no need to filter out ads if they're not present to begin with, or anything to do with time of transmission. Of course, that's all present with torrents now, and frankly, that's keeping up the pressure on these companies to actually make legitimate competitive offerings available. (We all want to see Jon Stewart able to keep himself in ties, after all :)
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True. I write out TDS onto DVD-R quite happily, even knowing I'll probably never watch the episode again, unless it happened to be an especially memorable one (I hope you caught the one just after Cheney's little "oopsie! Now I must keep the authorities away for the next fifteen hours!" incident.. needless to say, it's around here somewhere :). I was rather disappointed when I learned the iTMS video resolution was only that, but for something like TDS/TCR, I think I'd be fine. (Even aside from whatever the negotiations required, it does seem like 640x480 MPEG-4 is asking a bit much of an embedded device, whilst maintaining a sensible battery life. That said, it's still fairly amazing that 320x240 H.264 is feasible, with a battery less substantial than an After Eight mint, and much more bitter. Or so I would think)

And how long ago was it we had world-class computers owned solely by governmental institutions, spanning multiple rooms?

I keep wondering just how much more amazing it's all going to be in another few decades, assuming things don't go entirely pear-shaped in the meantime.
Argh! Beautiful wolf sculpture or MacBook, beautiful wolf sculpture or MacBook? This is the dilemma that you put before me.

It is very pretty, but with international shipping it would probably cost over $1000 after the bidding has finished. Never mind. At least the artist was nice enough to post photos to swoon over. Let’s hope that he makes a second one!

Room organisation is something that I desperately need to do.
*giggle* I see the MBP eventually won out.. ^_^ If you give Parallels' virtualisation app a try, let us know how that works out. Sounds like it should be pretty useful, though the emulated machine environment sounds much more geared to productivity apps than gaming.
Who are you on SL then ?
Make sure you download the extra songs using the instructions on http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/09/how_to_download_taiko_no_tatsu.php
Oh, handy! Thanks! I really otter put in some practice.. still fairly hopeless at it, but who cares? It's one of those that's fun however good or bad you are - just wish I could post the odd screenshot. Any idea if there's any way of doing that, short of actually having a developer rig? (Of course, there's the idea of a camera, but that'd be cheating. Even if I had one =:)