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So, it's confirmed: Doctor Who begins this Saturday, BBC 1, 7.15pm, repeated on BBC 3 the next day, at 7.05pm. And there's a kid-sized preview on Thursday at 5pm. ^_^

Fun little quiz: Fake or Foto? is a series of ten images. The challenge is to tell whether they're photographs of real objects, or CG renderings. (I wound up with 8/10. One I didn't "mind" getting wrong, whilst the other really surprised me) Not the best design, though - the "show me the answers" link doesn't note your responses against the answers, at least here, but groups the CG and real images; you may want to note down your responses before proceeding.

I particularly liked Fiat Homo, a demo rabitguy pointed out, available for OS X, Linux, and the Redmond Project.

Wonder if Urmel aus dem Eis will see an English dub? Coming out in August, apparently.

paka hosted what turned into an intelligent mini-debate on alternative fuels over here; well worth a look. [Edit: Ah, maybe not.. it's f-locked]

Okay, the Rat Advertising Trial is amusing. ^_^

Woohoo! akira114 keenly observed the poster and trailer for A Prairie Home Companion are now up. (Even if the "large" size is a rather modest 400x176) It's looking good. Coming on June 9, apparently, or eight days earlier in its natural home country of.. Italy?

Interesting.. ABC's going to be offering a two month trial of streaming complete episodes of "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Alias" and "Commander In Chief", streaming using Flash 8. Ad-supported, so they won't permit skipping over the adverts, but free, and available the day after broadcast. "The standard viewing size is 500x282 pixels (streamed at 400kbs), and the larger viewing size is 700x394 pixels (streamed 700 kbps)". No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

Yay! Thanks to mycroftb, I finally have Nookington's. ^_^ (Despite Nintendo's half-assed WiFi! Egad..)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wow! I got a 10/10 on the first try for the CG test, 2/4 on the bonus round (and two more tries to get them all right). Problem with the last test is that some of the images are low quality jpeg, which makes judging the 'cleanliness' of the image difficult.
Hee! Good going. ^_^ (I'll refrain from noting here which I got wrong, lest I provide spoilers)

Hm. I'll have to return with a perfect score, and see what the second round's actually like. Certainly, without good quality images, the task's rather complicated. Still - I'd have to commend all the artists involved. Amazing how far the field of photorealistic CG's come in just the past 15 years, especially at the low end - whilst gaming has a long way to catch up, pre-rendered animations of similar quality are now perfectly feasible, with even the same tools available to home users just as readily as professionals. (And Fiat Homo would've once been at home on a Mind's Eye release, produced by some large corporation's research unit, or University)
I remember reading the Urmel book(s?) when I was a cub, but I'm not sure the movie's gonna be worth watching. It seems like a straightforward attempt at commercialisation to me, and experience shows that any movie that announces in the trailer that the voices of the main characters are provided by this, this and that (wanna-be) celebrity isn't worth watching, anyway. (Think about it... if the only reason why I should watch a movie is that it features this or that person as the voice of this or that character, it's probably better to skip it).

But then, people also liked things like "Ice Age", so I guess anything is possible.
A good point, yes.. I remember some Dreamworks feature's print ads making a big deal of who was providing the voices for each of the lead characters; compare against Pixar's trailers, which seldom make any such reference. (I do hope Cars turns out well. The trailer didn't really engage me, I have to say - then again, the teaser for The Incredibles left me cold, and the movie's perhaps my favorite from them. But it's Ratatouille I'm really looking forward to =:)

Ice Age I was doubly disappointed with - not just the weak storyline, but the fact that Bunny illustrated so well what Blue Sky's capable of. (Add in character designs I just didn't care for, and it wasn't one that could win with me, despite Scrat)
*noddles* I really hated Ice Age myself - so much I actually considered walking out of the cinema in the middle of the movie. I didn't, but in retrospect, I should have.

Oh well. :)
Wow. ^_^ I think I've only been tempted to walk out of a film twice - not including Johnny Mnemonic, as that was hideous enough to be amusing:

- Independence Day (mindless jingoism, mercifully neutralised a little while later by Mars Attacks =:)

- and Fierce Creatures (soon after Rollo's taken over the Zoo, and he's presented with the lemur as the first resident that has to be disposed of. Thankfully, I was just being taken for a ride. ^_^; It's a film that never reached the success I feel it deserved, but so it goes).
Heh. Yeah, "fierce creatures" was pretty crappy, too, wasn't it? I definitely expected more from a movie starring John Cleese...

The only other movie that I've seen so far that really was this bad was "Was nicht paßt, wird passend gemacht"; I'm not sure if that one's ever been dubbed, but if not, thank goodness for it. ^.~ In this one, I *actually* walked out of the cinema, too, because I felt that it wasn't worth wasting another second of my life on this utter trash.
I could never bring myself to watching Ice Age despite purchasing it on DVD. Most respect I had of Chris Wedge from Bunny and Tron (he was a programmer back then) went out the door when I was subjected to Robots.
Okay, how did you wind up buying it but not wanting to watch it? ^_^;

I probably should play Robots here sometime, just to see for myself. As I recall, it was an exceptionally poor script you took issue with, ne? Certainly, visually, it seemed to more than hold its own, even if it did cheat a bit, à la Toy Story, in choosing very CG-friendly characters. (I recall the trailers making no small use of fart/bum jokes, too. Another bad sign, along with naming voice actors prominently, as Schnee noted above)

Oh, he worked on Tron? Ahh. Still one of my top movies of the past 30 years. Should prolly pick up the DVD someday - AIR, it had most/all of the extras as on the laserdisc box. But then, I rewatch films so infrequently it's rarely worthwhile actually buying them. Gods know, back at Terran I picked up somewhere around a hundred DVDs at Tower's prices, and very few have seen play more than once.
Icon Love! :)

And that Fake or Foto stumped me. 4/10 :(
*grin* As soon as I saw it, I had to pilfer it. ^_^ I'd seen the original photo, but it's that tiny bit of text that makes it. ^_^

BTW, do you have the full size image of yours? Looks like an awfully sweet pic. (Note to self: must check her VCL page again)
Exactly. And "Yoink!" reminds me of the time Bart stole Kent Brockman's danish :)

And yes, there is more to that picture. It does constitute nisabE and wolf porn, though. I'll have a look around to see if I've got it online.
Ah Here we go:

http://www.darac.org.uk/static/commish_darac.jpg
Awwwww. ^_^ That really is lovely.

Ah, the Simpsons brought so many classic lines.. one of my favorites remains where Principal Skinner's having a Vietnam flashback, ending in a cry heard across the PA system; Bart's "Kewl! I broke his brain!" remains with me. =:)

(Gods, though, the recent seasons.. I've not really bothered. It's like bad fanfic - the characters are familiar, but it's somehow all wrong. Still, there are those four Futurama OAVs to look forward to - should be interesting to see how the writers adapt to the longer format)
:) Thank you. That's the second commission of DH and I naked that we have. Part of a growing collection.

I'll admit I've not seen many of the newer ones, Channel 4 is still my main source of them, rather than Sky.
Neat. I actually managed to surprise myself and get seven out of ten. Usually I don't do too well with this kind of thing. All of the images are pretty neat, too.
And just think what CG artistry's going to be like in another decade.. ^_^ (I hope they keep that quiz archived =:)
The power of cat and mouse combined got 9/10. We got the car one wrong.

And yay, ratties! :D Did you watch the gerbil one that Arakin posted a link to?
Wow! That's definitely good going. Actually, I suppose I can say which I got wrong, without offering spoilers, as long as no-one says whether they were CG or real. ^_^ I was caught by both of the car ones, oddly enough.

Oh! No, I haven't been through LJ today yet. (And here I am with a new episode of Yakitate Japan, and the first eps of three new anime as well.. ^_^; Not to mention the rest of Funny Pets.. =:)
It's in the comments for that entry :) I could be not-so-much-of-a-lazy-bum and post the link for you, but... I am a lazy bum. ^.^
Such a lazy bum :p
No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

The article I saw in some newspaper or other (can't remember which) said that yes, they'd be US-only.

5/10 on the CG/photo test... oh well.
Ahh, right. I couldn't find anything regarding territorial restrictions, but it seemed unlikely they'd elect to endanger their international sales. Yet, anyway. ^_^ Little by little, we're creeping towards genuine IPTV - it's technologically quite feasible now, especially with multicasting mixed in, but licensing will take a bit longer to sort out, as the new realities of media propagation emerge. Interesting times, and hopefully for the better; I'm reasonably optimistic, given the nature of the net being a many-to-many mapping, rather than a purely one-to-many, as in the traditional broadcast and print contexts. The key remains, as above, one of financing - advertising can surely only go so far, and whilst there's certainly much to be said for the power of political weblogs' readerships in researching issues, it's nonetheless very costly to actually send journalists and cameramen over to remote corners of the world. (I wonder where the Guardian's revenues come from? Are their paper sales declining, and if so, how well does the website hold its own financially?)

I can only hope I'll be able to have an example of such quality up on Alias' site one day. ^_^ Ugh, such a learning curve.. but, got to start somewhere, ne? ("The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep", and all that. Or several journeys, in my case.. it's time to make real use of Hyzenthlay and all the possibilities the net offers, be it in learning Japanese, or just coming to terms with the programming possibilities in Second Life)
I wonder where the Guardian's revenues come from? Are their paper sales declining, and if so, how well does the website hold its own financially?

I'm pretty sure that all the UK titles' paper sales are declining, though from a higher base than in most other countries. The Guardian sells a bit over 300,000 a day, I think, but that was more like 400,000 a few years ago.

Not sure about the website, though I'm pretty sure it's the most popular of the UK titles' sites - possibly because it's mostly free! In any case, UK papers' sites can't really charge for plain news, given the existence of the BBC site. They don't like that, but I do! =:P
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D'oh! *giggle* Actually, yes, getting 6/10 just on the thumbnails is pretty good going! It's remarkable how subtle the "problems" in the CG images are - and, for that matter, people's ability to pick up on them. Vision and image recognition's surely a fascinating field of computing and neuroscience alike.

Sounds like you could go head-to-head with rabitguy if they wind up posting another round.. ^_^ Have you tried any CG creation yourself, perchance?
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You never fail to distract me.

Never. (:
You know, that Rat Advertising Trial actually makes me want to get more junk! And I won't be letting them have it!