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Watch Tyger now. It's a short melding puppetry and different animation styles in a powerfully furry way. The sheer visual creativity is something to behold, supported well by its soundtrack.

Even now, Mike Oldfield's Amarok remains one of my favorite albums. It's one of those fairly elusive creatures, an album that really is one complete work, not just a grab bag of random work. (Indeed, literally so - the CD is a single long track)

Are larger species of rabbit faster than the more regularly proportioned ones? How fast can a rabbit run?

Now here's a gem of a music video: Spinal Tap, "The Majesty of Rock". ^_^ (19MB) The sync isn't perfect, but that's partially the original, and partially the singer. =:)

Fancy trying your paw at 3D modelling, but don't like Maya Learning Edition's honking great watermark? DAZ/Eovia's DAZ|Studio is currently a free download, available for OS X and Windows. Free registration is required (and remember to enable cookies), though they prominently note that "you will receive a single email with a link where you will be able to confirm your email address. After confirming your email address, you will only receive emails you request. If you opt to receive none of these types, you will never receive another email from us." - which seems clear enough.

Gen. Hayden said in January at the National Press Club, "I mean, beyond the ethical considerations involved here, there are some practical considerations about being a drift net. This is targeted. This is focused. This is about al-Qaeda."

The Bush administration's technique of letting reprehensible news drip out gradually seems to be coming to a peak with the matter of domestic spying. First, there was no domestic surveillance; then, maybe a few cases, but always with FISA involved (a rubber stamp, but at least something). Gradually, it became apparent that larger groups of people, entirely within the US, were indeed under surveillance, including such suspicious folks as Quakers, presumably for their opposition to war. The latest good news? USA Today reports that the "National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth". This doesn't supposedly include the calls themselves, only the records - but with the news that at least one NSA tapping room exists in an AT&T facility in San Francisco ("AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room"), I wouldn't be betting against that.

Meanwhile, "The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter."

In the absence of Coke Blak locally, I thought I'd give a home-made version a shot: two teaspoons of instant coffee and one of sugar into a tiny bit of hot water, and (mostly) dissolved, then cold Diet Coke added. Let's hear it for nucleation! Wound up with a drink that's quite odd, very refreshing, and with a head that'd shame Guinness. ^_^ Pity THC isn't water soluble - but.. hm. Maybe it could be introduced to some home-made vanilla bean ice cream, and added to make a float.

I really should open a café. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
USA Today reports that the "National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans

Well there's a happy piece of news. Every time I think this administration can't get any more twisted, they come up with a way to top themselves.

In the absence of Coke Blak locally

I haven't seen it around here, either. But I thought that was because I lived in a backwards little nowhere town. From the sound of it, though, the version you cooked up might be better anyway.
The tragic thing is the way that, yet again, the truth is emerging in little dribbles, beginning with outright denial, gradually progressing to greater admission. Meanwhile, both the people involved, and the Attorney General, see no conflict between such a program and the fourth amendment, let alone any contradiction between it and a society of liberty. I must say, I was quite surprised to see the calls database story broken by USA Today, of all papers. When did they start hiring journalists?

A lawsuit's been jointly filed by the EFF and ACLU, along with an amicus brief submitted by 72 congressmen. (Still far too few, imho, but at least a good sign of support)

I was quite pleased with how that drink turned out! ^_^ And much cheaper, by the sound of it. 'Sa pity things like that, or any of the "smart drinks" are always so expensive, compared to regular stuff - even the own brands are way more than plain cola or suchlike. And making it at home means you can make it as mild or potent as you wish. ^_^ I may have to experiment a bit with making up a sort of coffee/sugar concentrate for this purpose.. wonder if I can find crystalline caffeine too? =:)
Cyber Candy does coke blak.

Most Sainsburys in the UK do Pepsi Cino which isn't a million lightyears away.
Ah, pity.. there's no Sainsbury's within easy reach, unfortunately. I may have to lay my paws on a couple such drinks anyway, somehow or other, just to see how my rendition compares. I can see this being a series of interesting flavor adventures. =:)
Sending cola via mail is so expensive! Kuma and i have often compared strange drinks, odd how a "special edition" often end up a 99P store.

Still I've been making my own tailored "isotonic" drinks this week, they aren't "isotonic" as i use more potassium than sodium, as i'm sure my body has an excess of Na and not enough K
Have you seen any of those Midnight Spank commercials for the G4 channel? I'm trying to find online versions, they're so damn funny/twisted.
Hm! No, can't say I've come across them at all - but then, my TV viewing's exclusively over the net nowadays, so I miss out on all the ads and promos. I assume Google Video and YouTube haven't turned up anything, nor their own site? I'll keep an eye out, anyway. ^_^
*lol*
I just found two of them on YouTube and edited my last post to include the links ^.^
The video link doesn't work, unfortunately. :P

As for registering for the 3D software... you can always use a throw-away email address service like dodgeit.com. :)

And as for NSA eavesdropping, the figure I heard on the news last night was actually 200 (!) million US-Americans affected, not just (well, "just") tens of millions; and that was on a respectable news show, too, not the trash that most channels here seem to offer.

And finally, regarding Coke Blak... I tried that on my trip, and actually liked it, but a home-made version sounds good, too, especially since the real stuff was prohibitively expensive. :)
Ack! Good catch - I'd had "Of" in the filename, and "of" in the URL. Should be fine now.

Ah, my primary address is on so many spammer lists now, I hardly worry any more - my filtering takes care of it all. But yes, I've used mytrashmail.com a few times in the past - very handy indeed when there's no need for a persistent address.

It could be such a high figure, given the prominence of the companies known to be participating. Supposedly Qwest declined, leaving them almost the only major US telco to do so.

Hmm. Wonder if there's a market for a Blak-like syrup to add to normal cola? ^_^ Might be fun trying to include extra gunk like taurine as well..
Ah, yes, now the link works. *downloads*

As for the disposable email address, it's not actually spam that I'm worried about; I just don't want every company to have my information, even if it's just an email address (I can lie about the rest, after all). Some companies/services have actually started blocking these disposable email providers already, but it's a rare thing, and even when it happens, you can usually still find one that they don't know about. ^_^ (I keep a list of disposable email services for these purposes myself.)
Speaking of the video again, BTW, is it just me, or did the letters in the beginning (the ones that appear on the screen one after one) actually spell out "ROKC" instead of "ROCK"? o.o
*giggle* I admit, I didn't even notice that. Fits the video perfectly, though. ^_^
*chuckles* Yeah. Although they're still not as good as this guy. He's definitely the next Eminem, don't you agree? ^.~
O.o;;

It's not often I get to see a heartfelt tale of the chore of mowing one's suburban lawn, introduced to a backdrop of lace curtains.

And such sophisticated title graphics! That beats out even Look Around You season two's introduction to the new "rap" style of music..
*chuckles* A heart-breaking work of staggering genius, isn't it? (with apologies to Dave Eggers) ^^
Pity THC isn't water soluble

Apparently there are ways around that problem.
Oooh, that sounds absolutely nummy! Even aside from the plant's other effects, it's quite a tasty herb as well. Making a lassi from scratch, too.. not something I've tried at all, as my own cooking tends more towards East Asia rather than the Indian subcontinent, so I'm relatively unfamiliar with what spice combinations work particularly well. Gods, I'm looking forward to having a real kitchen to play in again, someday.
The trick is the milk and almond in the lassi: They apparently add sufficient fat to bond to the THC.
On 3D modelling - Blender (www.blender.org) is open source / free and we're finding it to be useful. Well, useful after the steep learning curve ...
It sounds as if Blender's been making some progress on the UI front, but I've not really checked for myself - but I did just download both DAZ|Studio and Blender (with the user manual for the latter weighing in at 40MB, eep!), so maybe I'll be able to make some qualified mutterings in the future. What sort of applications are you putting Blender to?
Lighting & layout tests for proposed haunt scenes :) And, just playing around :)
Do you know a good book (or online material) on Blender, by any chance? I've tried learning it myself a while ago, but ultimately didn't really get into it, so to speak, and the tutorials I found on the Blender website weren't all that helpful, either (or maybe I'm just too stupid). >_>
It's scattered all over the net - a little here, a little there. That's the biggest complaint about Blender is that the documentation and most of the tutorials are mighty confusing.

If you're interested I'll email you the bits I cut & pasted into a semi-useful cheat sheet, but it's pretty much a metter of jumping in and trying things. If you can put aside an hour or two every couple of days just to mess with it, it'll start making sense.
That'd be great. :) My email's schneelocke(AT)gmail(DOT)com - thanks. ^^
Gen. Hayden said in January at the National Press Club, "I mean, beyond the ethical considerations involved here, there are some practical considerations about being a drift net. This is targeted. This is focused. This is about al-Qaeda."

That's not a complete transcript you have in that link. Even back then there was something particularly alarming hinted at that they refused to comment on. Look at this transcript, and about 60% of the way down, you'll notice this question:

"No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration? Because as Vice President Gore recently said, "It is much worse than people realize.""

And all Gen. Hayden did was look at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner.
Ahh, yes! I'd been looking for that.

The problem, of course, is what will either of the leading two parties actually do about this? So far, it seems the Republicans are willing to hand over any and all power to the White House, and I'm not overly confident we won't see the Democrats quietly let the program continue, should November bring a change of one or both houses' balance of power.

It disappoints me that not one mail client around comes with GPG/PGP as standard, rather than as an additional plugin whose existence you first have to be aware of. And even then, not necessarily does it make the process nearly as transparent as it should be.
Yeah, that's the problem with this issue and a number of other issues. The Democrat leadership has to take a different attitude and actually oppose the things that Bush stood for in order to improve anything. Though it looks like Gore would do something like that if he had a do-over, so at least some people in the Democratic party are starting to learn the lessons from their mistakes and finally take the correct attitude.
Oh yeah, and there's that whole illegal thing. I don't think the Democrats would allow measures to continue that they vociferously argue are illegal. :-P
Was that a serious question, BTW?
I wanna try that new Coke Blak. Haven't gotten around to it yet.
It sounds like a fun idea, but I love fiddling around with food at home, rather than just getting what some company gives out. (Well, not so much "gives", in this case.. !) Neogeen had a great little description of it, but she seems to've locked up her journal recently. :-P

When I'm next reunited with my espresso maker, I think I'll have to try combining that and some sort of cola. :-9 Ah, I miss my mug of cappuccino in the mornings..
Cool tyger video. :)



I'd love to watch that on a big projection screen and kick-ass sound system. Oh yes. ^_^ It was rubbing me the right way immediately, but when I saw the TF theme as well, I knew I had to give it prominent mention in my next entry.
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*giggle* I wonder if there's a high resolution version available.. not that I have any means of playing such back (Hyzenthlay doesn't tend to like 720p files, let alone 1080p. I'll need a MacBook Pro for that.. which might come later this year, if I wind up selling Hyzenthlay and putting the proceeds toward such), but it'd surely look quite remarkable. And a full 5.1 audio mix.. mmm, now that would be impressive to hear. (I noticed The Altogether on DVD had genuine 5.1 mixes, not merely copies of the CD stereo versions. But I'll need a suitable decoder to actually take advantage of that - mine is an old coal-fired Surround box. And thousands of miles away, making it terribly awkward to listen to on rainy nights)
I really should open a café

...in Amsterdam.
*chuckle* I'm going to have to explore the city sometime.. maybe in late summer this year, if things work out. So often, I've just zoomed through the Netherlands on the way to other parts, and barely seen much of the country beyond De Efteling.

A better choice of location for such a project than, say, Singapore. ^_^; Wonder how the UK's such clubs/cafes are working out? I saw an episode of The Money Programme from a few years back, looking at one cafe's preparations for opening in Brighton, and the way the police seemed to be, thus far, turning a blind eye.
Did you know you can make THC water soluble using Soy Lecithin? I make Bhang with Rice Milk, THC, and Soy Lecithin, adding some honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, mace, clove and black pepper for flavor.

I've seen THC Orange Juice that I assume was prepared similarly.

I also not this is post #420 and you mention THC, good bunny!
Hee! Actually quite coincidental, I'll admit, but a happy convergence nonetheless. ^_^

Ooh, that does sound good. I must attempt to persuade you to make some of that when we're next in the same spot. Lecithin, hm? Interesting.. yes, that would seem to lend itself very well indeed to the purpose.

And THC orange juice? "Part of this complete breakfast" indeed! *giggle*