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As pointed out by roohbear, this TV ad for butter features some brilliantly realistic furry CG. Bunnies included. ^_^ Just click on "Quicktime and credits" to view it in its entirety. (Check out some of the other work they've done, including one video for the Chemical Brothers)

Meanwhile, on the real media front, hbruton's been continuing her notable work with two badges that, for me, particularly stood out:

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Sedge HareRikoshi

(Both are safe for work, although your reactions are your own responsibility)

It's Shorts Sunday! Here are a couple that caught my eye recently.

Psyop anthem (8.5MB) - a promo for these folks [edit: corrected!], dangerously catchy..


Nizlopi - The JCB Song (17MB), a sparklingly refreshing ditty about a boy and his father's digger.


Grand Drive - Maybe I'm a Winner (18.6MB), a beautifully melancholic song, represented in the fate of the rabbit.


I was tickled to notice the photo on the left of the second row of SignOnSanDiego's gallery of the recent auction of "Duke" Cunningham's seized assets. This might also amuse mycroftb and pyesetz.. his vacated Congressional seat (CA-50; much of San Diego county, but not the city itself) goes to a special election on April 11.

So, I finally watched Kekexili. It's convenient to describe it as something of a Western, which just happens to be set on the Tibetan plateau (Tibet, the nation the world forgot, as China moved in for its occupation, still uncontested). It focuses on a Beijing reporter who winds up there, wanting to cover the story of the volunteer patrol attempting to see off the extinction of the Tibetan antelope, whose wool and skin were (are?) highly prized by poachers, sending their numbers plummeting from the hundreds of thousands down to a few thousand. Consider the ruthlessness of the landscape, and you'll have an idea of how harsh is the story told. And yes, it's seemingly based on events of that patrol, from 1993-1996. The writing is quite simple - it's not a complex story, but one to see and feel. Be aware this is not Hollywood, but somewhere much less forgiving.

Time's cover story is on global warming, and as one might expect - though it's still surprising to see it given such prominence in such a mainstream American publication - it's not exactly cheery.

Eek! So Adobe's said CS3 isn't coming until Q2 2007 - which leaves Intel Mac owners stuck with Potatoshop under Rosetta until then. Not so bad, given how well the emulation works, but still hardly ideal. Wonder if the Gimp folks might take advantage of this opening? As I understand, it still has some major flaws that count against it in functionality, let alone UI, compared to Photoshop, but a year of non-competition would surely be to their benefit - and having two strong competitors, rather than one dominant, could only be a good thing, especially with one of them much more affordable than the other. (Not, of course, that there are any illicit license keys for Photoshop in use around the world) (And right on cue, marko_the_rat notices there's a new version out, apparently with added Snappiness™ - still X11-dependent for now, but with various OS X implementations available, including one available on the OS X discs as an optional installation, that's no big deal)

This Daily Kos entry makes several points regarding the condition of the US economy in recent years, such as the substantially increased reliance on drawing on savings, rather than depositing into them, and the acquisition of greater debt. With luck, the matter can be remedied by milder means such as higher interest rates.

shep_shepherd noticed this rather spiffy story about a remarkably spritely LA bus cleaner who's deciding to retire, on his centenary. "I just kept on going. I'd rather be moving, working or doing something than laying around the house."

O.o; Second Life Escorts. *giggle*
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nizlopi - The JCB Song

You've only just come across that? It was number one, believe it or not, in December!
Such awareness might require a physical radio, though, located in the correct geographical region. ^_^

(I admit I'm not generally much of one for radio, though there certainly are some fine productions courtesy of the BBC and NPR; I should pay more attention to the Prairie Home Companion, for one)
Thanks for the link!  But I just don't get it: Technorati says nobody has ever linked to my blog, even though you just did (and LJ sends pings to Technorati to keep them up to date).  Also, Technorati says only four blogs linked to yours in the last 65 days, but I linked to you on 11-March.  WTF?
I am amongst the Technorati? Who knew? ^_^

I've never really looked into all that, so I'd only be offering vague guesses - perhaps they only count links to specific journal entries? Or it could just be a LiveJournal bug, as if such things existed. =:)

They already had the auction? I was hoping to bid on that 12th Century toilet. ;)

BTW - "Bidder Paul Dedinello" holding the Stephen Colbert sign is really Paul Dinello, who's a Second City veteran with Stephen Colbert. I expect it was filmed and maybe we'll see clips on <a href='http://www.crooksandliars.com>Crooks and Liars</a>.
Shh! I want to keep it a surprise for your next birthday. =:)

I wonder if there's any family connection between the "Bill Cunningham" cited in one of the photos, and our dearly corrupt Republican friend? ("There's one in every family. Two in mine, actually.")

Hee! I'll have to keep an eye on the show next week - that sounds like a good bet. (I wonder if Chris Morris might be able to mesh styles with Jon Stewart or Mr Colbert? Might be difficult, but gods know, he wouldn't be short of raw material.. I did send you "Clinton: His Struggle with Dirt", didn't I?)
Point? Looking for the point....
I hear it's tough to be a pimp.. ^_^
Oh wow, that butter ad is completely amazing.

(I didn't think that was a sentence I would ever utter)

I'm also partial to the sedge hare. =:)
I wonder if the ad agency or client would be up for sending some form of EPK with a DVD of the ad? I'd love to have a copy in high quality. Pretty astonishingly well-crafted.. and all in Maya too, I believe I noticed. I'm going to have to get into playing with that - Hyzenthlay may not be a MacBook Pro, but it should still be quite adequate for that. ^_^

Mmmm, those hare feet, those ears.. :-9 Now, if there were more games with such adorable lapines.. well, I suppose there is Lugaru. ^_^ (And Lugaru 2 is gradually underway, with added shininess)
Amongst all of the escort girls (who frankly look like they've been hit by a bus and then reversed over several times), is it unusual that the one I'd be most likely to hire is the skunk girl?
*giggle* Oh, definitely. At first, all I saw were the humans, before noticing they indeed weren't a species-exclusive operation after all. (I mean, come on, look at cuteoverload! Those babies are adorable. Then compare against human babies.. erf. Still, they must appeal to enough folks.. must be some kind of mind control, I think)
OK, you got me curious about Gimp, so now you have to help me out of this predicament. I installed it, was playing around with it, when I clicked on something in The GIMP window and a whole suite of tools icons there disappeared. No matter what I try, I cannot get these icons to reappear. In fact, I don't even remember now exactly what options I lost there, but they are apparently and irrevocably gone now. Nothing has worked to get them back, even a clean reinstall of the app. WTF?? I am not impressed by a piece of software which cripples itself with a single mouseclick with no way to restore back to the default state...
Eep! I'm afraid I can't really help much, having only fired up Gimp a couple times a few years ago. ^_^ rabitguy's rather more experienced therein, or I dare say folks on macosx might have relevant experience. Sounds like a bit of a rum affair, to be sure.
The video for that song looks interesting. I like the song also. Thanks for the link. :)

Whoa...sexy con badges! *drools*
But which song? ^_^

I do think I'll have to try getting a commission or two, including from her, once there's money in evidence once more. And once I figure out just what I look like now. ^_^ (I think I'm basically a snowshoe hare, but the odd patterning might yet come about. Not as complex as 0r0ch1's, though)
Rawr! Bunnies and foxes in hot-pants/short-shorts ^___^
Such a pity they're not 3D models.. ^_^
Oooh, *very* beautiful badges! Sexah, too ^.^
I may well see how they'll scale as desktop backgrounds - but, for now, the orange bunny from a few postings ago will do quite well. ^_^ (Ah, the joy of Exposé and f11.. =:)

Mmm, hare feet.. :-9 Wonder if he's contemplating bringing the character into RL - as patch_bunny and nevermint showed at FC this year, one can never have too many bunnies at a con, or in furrydom. ^_^
Oh my, that hare badge is yummy =:9

I wonder if she'll open up some more slots for commissions in the future? Definitely an artist worth setting aside some cash for...