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Anyone who knows what this movie's based on will realise it instantly. ^_^ On the Western front, however, comes Arthur and the Invisibles - written and directed by Luc Besson. ^_^

Interesting pic: a red panda marionette. But bunny pic for the day has to be Dance, Bunny, Dance.. :-9 Or, for the less fluffily inclined, thewerewolf came up with a positively spiffy lupine Cyberman. ^_^


Some thoughts on Second Life's future spotted over in their forum, pertaining to its near and medium term. Worth a read, even if you're not on SL, for the speculative possibilities mused upon.

Here's quite a reasonable documentary on the country: Welcome to North Korea. A stark production, even allowing for the justifiably dolorous commentary.

Happily, it seems Merom is shipping now, earlier than previously expected; hopefully that means a bumped MacBook Pro sooner as well. Though as far as I can see, the X1600 Mobility's still about the fastest mobile GPU around, with nothing faster imminent - a speed bump there as well would be especially pleasant.

The AMD/ATi merger rumor mill's started up again, and sounding quite plausible. Here's a detailed examination from Ars Technica on the feasibility thereof, from a few weeks ago, looking at marketplace and technical perspectives. (Why not nVidia? Hannibal notes they're larger and more profitable - AMD would have to go into debt, whereas ATi's a much more palatable acquisition financially)

And to go with that shiny new graphics card, how about a nice large display? You might want to push the chair back a bit using it, though.

"The preview image is a digitally touched-up version of what you will recieve. The original does not have any shading on the body, and also on the original, there is some discoloration on the shoulder on our left." - Wow. Nothing like misleading people who, for unfathomable reasons, will think that the picture shown is actually what they will get, is there? :P *headshakes* Ah well.

The raccoons are totally adorable, though. ^.^
It's an odd move, certainly, though stating it clearly in the description seems fair enough. I'll admit it'd probably deter me from bidding, without a scan of the actual physical piece, just in case that discoloration were pronounced.

Still, as auctions go, it's not even in the same league as one I saw on eBay last year, for a "Mac tablet". The guy was describing that it would be an iBook with the display rotated around and the based sealed to the display half, forming a tablet. The only picture was a rendering (flawless, naturally). Now, given the practicalities involved in trying to mod a laptop into a tablet.. it maybe could be done, but it'd be a considerable undertaking, given how delicate display data cables are, let alone making the end result look good, with the hinges now pointing outwards. And then there's the having to add touchscreen sensitivity.. ^_^; (Oh, and refunds were explicitly not going to be offered)

I don't think it received any bids. ^_^
I hope not. :)

And yeah, at least it was mentioned in the auction piece, but I still think it's a bit... well, unfortunate at best. Ah well.

Interesting movie about North Korea, too, BTW (I'm just watching it).
Mm, I'd want to see a scan of the piece itself as well, ideally looking as the touched-up version already does.

It's not a bad documentary, I felt - perfectly frank about them being always under surveillance, and the grimly pompous air of a city with skyscrapers with almost nobody in them, or going anywhere, whilst still remaining free of hyperbole, and even taking a look at perspectives from both sides of the border, literally. I also have CNN's reworking of Channel Four's "Dispatches: Inside the Secret State", which I may upload at some point - it's got some good footage, but I found their insistence on providing a recap after every ad break (ie every thirty seconds) along with the animated logo in the bottom left, just too distracting after a while. One I'd love to lay my paws on is from the BBC "Holidays in the Axis of Evil" collection - unfortunately, the version I saw around had much of the North Korea segment missing, through someone not recording it in time. Hopefully it'll see a repeat sometime, as others in the "Holidays in the Danger Zone" series were very well worth watching, such as the four countries visited in "Welcome to the Stans": Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
*noddles* That definitely sounds interesting, too, yes (although it's a pity they didn't include Turkmenistan).

If you find any of those, be sure to post them, though. :)
Actually, I do have Meet the Stans, somewhere. Hopefully. ^_^ I'll see if I can dig the files up for transcoding to an uploadable size (my webspace has a 50MB/file cap - it'd be possible to link them seamlessly with a reference movie, though, which I might try, but it always seems like a good idea to keep things simple) sometime this week.

It was quite an interesting short series, indeed. At one point, the presenter visits a bioweapons storage lab, with pretty much zero security, and the flasks held in rather elderly household fridges. He later visits an old time caviar fisherman, who unwraps a veritable log of the stuff for the crew to enjoy, sitting it out himself as he's tired of it. ^_^ In another part, he gives a ride to an Islamic militant with unconcealed hatred of the ways of "the West", in a part of the country (I forget which) with no small degree of sympathy for such people. It's quite a mix - a definite credit to the BBC, and all those involved.

(There must be a word for that special frustration felt on losing one's writing, and having no option but to redo it all.. :-P I mistakenly reloaded the page, effectively wiping an almost complete reply. Hey ho)
*noddles* Losing your writing sucks, yes. >_> What browser are you using? Mozilla at least preserves (or tries to preserve) form contents when you reload a page...

Yes, sounds like quite an interesting series. :)

And as for webhosting... you could always just split the file itself into several parts and upload those separately, or use a service like RapidShare.de or so. :)
Those three raccoons remind me of the three evil raccoons in that clay-animated German music video about the gorilla who gets drunk. You know the one I mean.

Oh! The one I've still never seen. ^_^; SEEED, ne? Pretty sure I have it around.

Hmm. If I can wind up spending another three months in the Bay, at this point, once it's all arranged, it'd cover Halloween.. how's it turned out along Market in the last couple years? (I admit, I was too wrapped up in work to be at all interested last year. This year, hopefully I could have a mask and ears made up with patch_bunny's help, which'd offer sufficient - well, full - vision to be feasible in a crowd. Red.. not so much =:)
I haven't been to Hallowe'en in The Castro for years. *shrug*
You mean this one [youtube.com]?
Now that's surprisingly good quality for a YouTube upload! I'll snag that for H.264 transcoding. ^_^ Reminds me of something The Residents might have come up with, were they furry. Ah, if only..
My parents got a 37 inch hyundai TV thingie, without knowing that it also features a regular tv port on the back. So you know, given that I am at home in the Bay Area for the summer, I sort of live entirely in front of that tv turned computer monitor for the summer. But 103 inches??? DROOOL!

Also, did you watch Dokuro-chan? If not, I'd give it a see if I were you.
Oooh.. is it HD-capable as well? I admit, that's one point in favor of getting a MacBook Pro to succeed Hyzenthlay - the ability to play 720p/1080p files flawlessly. H isn't too keen going too far above 848x480 H.264 - 1024x576 is into the "might, might not" range. It's SL that's the primary motivation, I admit =:)

Haven't seen much of Dokuro-chan yet, no. I've been slacking on the anime front a bit - I'm way behind with Utawaremono, and only up to halfway with Princess Princess, and barely even started with Kashimashi. I have been keeping up with xxxHolic, though, despite the eternally funky artwork. (Reminds me, I otter finish off Utena someday)
Uhh, I watched the xxxHolic Movie and the Tsubasa movies, cause the xxxHolic one was also made by the guy who did Guu. But otherwise, I've just not had the heart to watch any anime, as I still haven't gotten past my anime burnout.

Also, yeah, HD capable. The resolution on the monitor/tv is very widescreen though, so some games annoyingly won't support it, and stretching is le major suck.
The raccoons are cute, but the bunny is very nice.
My thoughts exactly. =:) I had to include the quhns, of course - way too cute not to. But the bun.. *siiigh!*

I really need to spend some time on FA this week, and get all caught up with new work there, replies, and so on.. 'course, I should wield the tablet too..
Awww, much cuteness! ^.^