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w00t! Five new pages of Fur-Piled! To snag them in one easy go:

curl -O "http://www.liondogworks.com/images/fp[158-162].jpg"

(Oh, gotta love page 159.. =:)

For anyone interested in drawing toony characters, or just curious as to what makes a toon, the kind folks at the ASIFA-Hollywood archive have scanned the first half of Preston Blair's seminal Advanced Animation, rare first edition from 1947 (yours for a whole dollah!), complete with unauthorised use of various studios' characters. It's truly wonderful work. To fetch all the pages so far:

curl -O "http://www.animationarchive.org/pics/pbanimation[01-17]-big.jpg"

The remainder will be following later.

You've doubtless seen it already, but it bears repeating: Stephen Colbert at the White House Press Corps dinner (400MB torrent, good quality) should not be missed. "I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message: that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world." "I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq."

The thought occurs that Guy Maddin and Tom Waits really ought to collaborate on some project.

Via spidermouse, an absolutely classic, wonderful AIDS compaign spot (2.4MB) from France. Not work-safe. ^_^

An extremely nifty animation of ESA's Huygens probe's landing on Titan, with plenty of useful added information on screen, putting the visuals into a much-needed context.

What else do you do when the cable goes out? (Work safe)

FurAffinity's mascot, Fender, au naturel. Oh my. =:) (No, not work safe)

In the /. comments to the Gartner rumormongering about a possible additional Vista delay, one wag pointed out the definition for "vista" as a noun: "A distant view or prospect".

Now that's rather pleasant: a Fairtrade cinsault/shiraz from Chile. Very well-rounded, soft, but much more full than any merlot, whilst being gentler than most cab.sauv. or plain shiraz.

Oh, murr.. McKellen tells Empire magazine, "He hasn't been given a love line, which I think is a pity. It would be wonderful if the camera hovered over Magneto's bed, to discover him making love to Professor X."

Not a bad release schedule - the current season of Doctor Who is beginning to appear on DVD. The first volume only contains The Christmas Invasion and New Earth, whilst vol.2 on June 5 will have the following three episodes. ie, a month after the first broadcast!

The state of health insurance in the US isn't improving, with 40% of Americans making between $20-40k now without insurance, compared to 28% in 2001. 20% of all working Americans are paying off medical bills, even allowing for insurance, and 60% skip medication for chronic illnesses in order to save money.

Here's an interesting graph plotting cost of oil versus Bush popularity. It's perhaps not overly surprising there's something of a correlation - deaths thousands of miles away are abstract, for most people, whereas totals on a gas pump are more visible.

Fluffy cold-climate canine fanciers should take a look at this representative.

An Intuos 3 ought to make quite a good input device for Second Life.. on either side of the main paid, there's a group of four buttons and a touch strip, plus the pen with two rocker button positions. And the mouse with three buttons (one being the scroll wheel) and one on either side.. hafta see how to make best use of all that in dancing.

A gun-shaped party cracker loaded with a teddy bear. It's Japanese, of course. ^_^

Well, that's a bit of a nuisance.. seems Bunny's drive has finally failed. Bunny, you may recall, is my venerable Wallstreet, bought in September 1998, and acted as more or less my primary system since 2004, until Hyzenthlay came onto the scene. Not a big matter, but still.. time to ponder what to do. I don't really want to put much money into a spare system, given Mouse already fills that role, but, I suppose a small drive wouldn't be expensive, and larger than what's there anyway. ^_^ (A Travelstar 14GS, the largest available in March 1999. Yours for a mere $535! ~wince~ Literally the largest, too - 13mm tall, so there's virtually no post-1999 laptop thick enough to hold one of that form factor) Hey ho. It served well.

Yume Tsukai: looks particularly promising. We start in a rainy classroom, where a girl's abducted by a ghostly apparition.. and soon, another almost joins her in whatever netherworld awaits, interrupted by someone able to dispel the nightmare. The latter turns out to be one of a pair of dreamcatchers, whose stock in trade is solving such mysteries.

Au Tonelico promo: the character designs look fairly routine, but as it makes clear, it's the music that's central to this series. I'll certainly be giving it a shot on the strength of that promise alone. Okay - having seen the first episode, it's vaguely like a cross between Outlaw Star and Escaflowne, with the seriousness much more towards the former. It's fairly cliched, but there's a certain charm to it.. I think I'll be continuing with it, even if not as a high priority.

xxxHolic seems to be continuing reasonably well - I'll keep it in the rotation. The character designs do take a lot of getting used to, with rampant spider legs (and arms) - quite a departure from CLAMP's more usual style. It's nothing incredible in the storyline department, but it has a certain tanginess I enjoy.

Peek over here, and you'll find someone running OpenStep 4.2 on an Intel Mac, under Parallels Beta. Apparently works quite well.

Handy - looks like µTorrent and BitLord are both now compatible with Azureus' distributed hash torrents. Useful if the tracker goes boom, or you simply don't want to use one, such as for a private torrent between friends.

From dKos comments: "Having spent a good deal of time in Central America in the 1980s, what I most remember about Reagan was the praise he gave for General Efrain Rios Montt of Guatemala when that fellow was ordering the slaughter of tens of thousands of Mayans as a means of drying up support for leftwing radical guerrillas.

The mass graves are still being dug up."

Ah, you've got to love it.. when did the Governor of Kentucky decide to repeal sexual orientation protection for public employees? Right after declaring it to be "Diversity Day". ^_^ The Business Lexington Journal - a pinko commie Euro-lovin' publication if ever I heard of one - says "While Kentucky businesses are begging the governor to obsess over workforce training, skyrocketing health care costs and incentives for job growth, he seems more focused on meddling in the choices people make in their private lives as to what sort of companionship best suits their personal needs."

Not (currently) suitable for an internal laptop battery, unfortunately, but Hitachi-Maxell's come up with a novel battery design, using only alumin[i]um plates, to which water is gradually added.

Handy. Finally got around to setting up rsync for automatic mail backups - no cost, and as the app name suggests, it only copies what's necessary to achieve synchronisation. It doesn't handle resource forks, unfortunately, but they're not that widely used in OS X - vastly less so than in OS 9 and before. A bit of a pity, as the concept worked out very well, making for easily tweaked program resources, but at the expense of portability - when the net came along, the death knell had rung. (Not that similar functionality can't be achieved with straight data forks, of course, as shown by the NextStep/OS X application format, wherein multiple executables coexist, loaded as required by the architecture - in NextStep's case, 68k, SPARC, PA-RISC, and x86)

In the US, blue is the color of liberalism, red of conservatism; in the UK, it's the other way around (plus yellow for the Liberal Democrats, the de facto heirs to the liberal crown, given "New Labour" has shifted into the Conservatives' territory). How do other countries match up? Not, I'll have to say, that I'm much of a fan of such simplistic labels as Lib/Con - at least a two-dimensional scale seems much more useful.

So, I noticed a local computer consultancy guy's getting rid of what sounds like a stack of old Macs and ancillary bits'n'bobs, and was getting ready to add my name to the list of good homes, when I worked out - even aside from where would I put anything more - what need would I have? Everything I want to do, Hyzenthlay's well up to the task, and it's easy to stow away, and expends minimal power in doing so. What would be the point in having a desktop running full time, especially one with an older processor?

Thing is, I used to aspire to collect computers - in Fremont, I picked up three Sun 3/360s and a 4/110, with the vague intent of placing them around the house as MU*/news terminals. The Atari 800 didn't see much use, either. Gods know, it's a good thing I declined the idea of a Sun 690MP.. as things turned out, everyone just used their own 'puters in their own rooms, with some surplus 10Base-2 coax snaking around under everyone's doors.

Ultimately, I think I prefer the idea of gadgetry to actually owning any. No.. maybe it's more a matter of minimalism and efficiency. The former's been something of a necessity, whilst the latter simply has appeal, whether in considering, say, power consumption of a computer, gas mileage, or execution unit utilisation in a processor. I like the fact Hyzenthlay's so capable (and beautiful! Practicality ought not sacrifice aesthetics, surely), whilst still remaining easily portable, whether into the bath or around the world, and using a modest 70W when pushed, with the battery charging, display at full, and processor going full pelt.

That said, things would probably be different if I lived in one place for any real length of time. Moving every 6-24 months makes such collecting a touch impractical.. and there's certainly part of my geekiness that'd love to display classic computers on the walls, like the AIM-65, SYM-1, Acorn System 1, ELF II, and Superboard.

Well, that turned out quite pleasantly - a sort of Thai-inspired curry. Started off with getting some water to the boil, adding cilantro, lemon thyme, basil, garlic powder, and hot chili powder (discovering the bird's eye peppers in the fridge were.. on the elderly side), plus a packet of broccoli & cauliflower soup as a base. Then a package of diced turkey thigh (ideal for this kind of cooking, as the prolonged simmering lets the flavors permeate the meat), and a few thickly sliced shiitake.

I fiddled around with the herbs and seasonings more in the meantime, given the simmering changes it all around, and added some tarragon and oyster sauce as well, along with some asparagus tips, baby corn, and mangetout, plus some raw tiger prawns, covering the whole thing with a package of fresh egg noodles while all that steamed away below.

Quite acceptable. ^_^

And with this entry, I'm all caught up on my posting backlog. Huzzah!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Um, curl -O? No comprende. :-/
Just open a terminal window, and off you go. ^_^ man curl to get the full skinny on the command - very handy for these kinds of occasions, where there's a simple range of files you'd like to fetch, without the hassle of manually opening and saving each image. (Other Unix variants may have wget instead, which is much the same thing)

In this case, the -O switch means to save the files using the original filename(s). Alternatives include nothing, whereby the results will just stream to the terminal - not very useful for images - and -o, which specifies to use the name you're supplying instead. (If you've used a range, as in these two examples, then #1 stands for that first substitution. eg curl http://foo.com/bar[1-10].png -o MyOwnName#1.png would save them as MyOwnName1.png onwards)
Yay Terminal! It worketh! Turns out I already own that Preston Blair book. Bought it 15+ years ago. It's a reprint, but it has all the same drawings in it. ^_^
Oh, really? The article made it sound as if the first edition was the only one with all the famous characters. Not that that's the real draw, of course, but the sheer expressive magic on every page, literally illustrating just what brings such characters alive. Quite inspiring stuff.

Does this mean you have artistic aspirations, mmm? ^_^
Yikes! You're right, the drawings aren't quite the same. The page layouts are, but it looks like PB went through and drew substitute characters that are slightly different to the ones in the first edition. Interesting!
Interesting! Someone's posted a comparison of a few pages from the first and second editions, over here. Gods, the first looks so much more appealing! The second remains artistically useful, no question about that, but there's definitely more fun in seeing familiar characters.
That french animation is just... weird... but very, very cool and some of the guys in there were kinda hot...

In Canada it's much the same as in the UK, Red are Liberals and Blue are Conservatives and the New Democratic Party (I guess kinda like our Lib Dems) is Orange. Well technically they're green and orange (a colour scheme that's imossible to miss, really...) but the green usually goes to the green party.
I should try looking into the history of political colors, and how they came about. One rationalisation I came across was that red is the color of passion, of intensity, whilst blue is more of a calming, pacific hue.

Orange and green? O.o "Vote for us before you're blinded by our color scheme!"

I definitely liked that campaign spot.. the message is worthwhile, of course - there'll almost certainly be one or two merely seeking to satisfy their lust before, perhaps, someone special comes along - but damn, they did do a good job on the modelling. Loved the spinning around.. *giggle* Now, if they'd used folks like 0r0ch1 too.. :-9
I've actually seen a few US political maps on which blue stood for Republicans and red for Democrats... confused me greatly at first. Try explaining that one. x.x
Hee! That might come as something of a mental speed bump, yes. ^_^; Still, at least the context of political maps usually makes it obvious which schema's in use - dates are much worse, with most of the world using day/month/year, and the US opting for month/day/year. (Hm. Which way does Canada swing?)

For file naming, though, the system I've always preferred is something based around four digit year/two digit month/two digit date - fairly unambiguous, and sorts neatly. (Also an ISO standard, as I recall, though I always used to date my artwork that way long before I realised any broader acceptance thereof; it's always just below the "P" sigil, typically with a /n to denote which piece of the day that was)

Well, it's because there hasn't been any kind of consistent coloring scheme for US political parties. It comes down to what the guy in the graphics department likes better around election day. Some weirdo grabbed the idea that colors are assigned from on high around 2002 or so and now people are acting like it has a history or any meaning.

I should try looking into the history of political colors, and how they came about.

Try a history of Rome. If memory serves, that was the first recorded use of colours to identify political factions, though they weren't 'political' in the same sense we use.
Damn, Fur-Piled left on a even bigger cliffhanger - hope they post the new pages soon ;)
Well, I'm sure the artist won't leave us hanging for more than a week or so.. =:)
So many links... o.o

I've bookmarked that old animation book scan mind, and shall have to take a more thorough look at it sometime. ^^
*grin* "My god.. it's full of links!"

I just had so much left from last week, and new bits to pass on, plus some vaguely personal ramblings - it was either this, or trying to split it up yet further.. ^_^ I hope you'll make it through, though - it's a lot, but I try to make the bytes used count.

The ASIFA column says they'll have the rest up on Saturday. I'll certainly be there, waiting. It shows so well the talent that's required in a good animator - there's such motion even in still images. (And once moving, then there's the whole matter of comic timing. Such a pity WB started off rediscovering all that with TTA, Freakazoid, and Animaniacs, only to more or less forego comedic animation in favor of dramatic)
There was a comment on theferrett's original entry with that link on that I totally forgot to quote on my entry, it was 'I feel like the message got somewhat obscured, unless it's "You're going to get fucked over by love; at least use a condom to protect your precious bodily fluids."' XD
Wonder if it was there I clipped a notable quote? "Always get a pre-nup. Just think of that ring box as a sanity Jack-In-The-Box with an unfamiliar song; only the lucky can sense when it's on the second-to-last note."
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Mmm - in San Diego, I didn't really even bother fully unpacking. Which saved a bit of time six months later.. ^_^; But then, I never felt comfortable there - the sound insulation was such that you could put your ear to the wall and comfortably listen to conversations above and below. (Lucky me, I was sandwiched between two floors) Bad enough that I didn't watch MST3K as it was airing, but just set it recording and went out wandering, as just the ambient noise was enough to make it awkward to listen to a relatively quiet show like that.

I'm terrible for keeping boxes things arrive in, not just packing ones.. though I can get rid of jewel cases, mostly because they're just so bulky compared to paper sleeves, as well as always being made out of the most brittle plastic available. :-P

Ah well. It may yet be that I'll have a full move to look forward to around the end of the year, and with any luck, at least a partial one before then. Which will be marked with the consumption of much raw fish. ^_^
The doggeh on the telly in the cable tv pic really reminds me of Giro's Second Life character!
When did uTorrent switch to Azureuses DHT?
Er, as far as I can tell, it uses the mainline/official client version of DHT?
I'd just like to point out in the interests of balance, that there's a heterosexual version of that French animation too, which is here and is just as well done. (I've watched both.) =:)
So, I noticed a local computer consultancy guy's getting rid of what sounds like a stack of old Macs and ancillary bits'n'bobs

What sort of old Macs? (sez the manticore, watching Old Beige stagger and stumble and wishing like Hell he could run Final Cut Pro...)
Oh, relatively old stuff, as I recall - blue G3s and earlier, I think, but the original posting was apparently set X-No-Archive?: yes, and I've already lost it from my local spool.

Wonder how much original Mac minis are going for, now the Intel models are out.. though by now, maybe the first PMG4s are getting close to the two digit range? Gods know, the Wallstreet's been there for a while, but I doubt FCP would be very happy on a 266MHz G3, and adding the cost of a G4 daughtercard wouldn't be worthwhile, even if an option, given they're around the $200 mark themselves.
Blue G3s? Not much of an improvement there over the beige box. But I hadda ask. <ggg>

Up here we are seeing those G4s going for maybe CDN$200-$300, but to run FCP 5.0 I apparently need a gigaherz processor or better, and that still means a cool grand. Which I don't have. But one can dream, eh?
An older version of FCP might do the trick - I never really used it, as Ocelot was on a TV at the time, making reading the windows pretty much impossible, but 4.5 installed fine on it, with a 400MHz G4.

How are PPC Mac minis fairing? Those might be a bit more palatable, with the Intel models out, besides being pretty damn cute - and tiny - systems to boot. ^_^
Thanks for the tip; I'll look around and find out what the system requirements are for the older versions. I imagine I could swing 400MHZ, certainly better than I can 1 GHZ...

Haven't seen a lot of the Minis for sale Up Here. I find myself thinking they weren't especially popular, tho their size would make them useful in my current small-footprint situation. Then Big Beige could spend the rest of its life just being online, leaving the hard jobs to its little brother. :-)

Well, that's a bit of a nuisance.. seems Bunny's drive has finally failed. Bunny, you may recall, is my venerable Wallstreet, bought in September 1998, and acted as more or less my primary system since 2004, until Hyzenthlay came onto the scene.

Aw, the one you brought to Singapore, and gave me my first Mystery Science Theater 3000 in nearly six months? Sad news for the poor system.

Indeed so. *sigh* I'm still wondering quite what to do. I did save that article on setting up an OS X Client (rather than Server) system to act as a NetBoot server, which might be an option, but that's complicated by Bunny needing XPostFacto to patch a few extensions for Tiger or Panther to boot. And I don't think I have a Tiger boot CD at all, let alone one tweaked for Bunny.

Most likely I'll just see if I can pick up a 10-20GB drive cheaply - I don't mind putting $20-30 into Bunny, after all, just not so much I could've wound up with a TiBook. =:) Speaking of which, I might wind up getting Ocelot back into action at some point, or at least, fixing the display, now that it's not the gateway any longer. (Previously, it had been running the USB DSL modem, sharing the connection, running the firewall, and acting as the site's front end) Wouldn't really be worth getting it completely fixed up, though - I'd need the upper case and a new battery, which just themselves are around $100 each, and by that point, you're close to a "new" rev.A TiBook anyway. Still, it does a fine job of tasks like video compression all the same - it works fine, after all, just requiring an external monitor or VNC. Shame, though.. the rev.A was one of Apple's low points, without a doubt, with the problems the display hinges caused around the upper case.

By comparison, Hyzenthlay's taken a couple spills already, and not so much as a scratch. The 17" "HD" PowerBook G4's perhaps one of their best designs. Hopefully that's been carried over to the MacBook Pros (MacBooks Pro?).

I wonder whether it'd be cheaper to visit again leaving from SFO or LHR? The UK seems to enjoy particularly favorable airfares around the world - even moreso if you're a student, going through a company like STA Travel. Still, I'll ponder that when such is feasible again - which might even be September or so, if things work out well this month.
"µTorrent's DHT implementation is the same as Mainline and BitComet's, but unfortunately this is incompatible with Azureus's implementation."