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A strip I'd like to highlight, on suppressing oneself, from XKCD. Just so. ^_^ Dilbert will get stuck up on many, many more cubicle walls, but that's the strip that deserves to be.

In a meme, I noticed the question "H is for home town" - but, what does that mean? Your birthplace, where you grew up, where you currently live, or where you call home?

BTW, email sent in the past day or so may have bounced - it looks like it's safe to resend now, if necessary.

In Second Life news, I was tickled to see the likes of Duran Duran, and on Tuesday (5pm Pacific), Kurt Vonnegut venturing in. The former intend to begin in-world concerts next month.

Favorite WWDC quote: "'It's a slight disappointment,' Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray, said. 'They announced exactly what people were expecting.'" (True, I would've preferred it had the keynote featured His Steveness in a bunny suit) The Time Machine UI's pretty nice. Like any backup reading, hopefully not something I'll need to encounter other than deliberately.

No huge news: the Mac Pro (dual Woodcrest at 2, 2.66, or 3GHz; 8xECC FB-DIMMs up to 16GB; GeForce 7300GT, X1900, or Quadro FX4500; four SATA drives; two optical bays; dual gig-E) and Xserve joined the rest of the lineup in going Intel, some Leopard neatness was on show, and various bits of marketing info were trotted out, including two bits that caught my interest - of last quarter's visitors to Apple Stores who bought Macs, 50% were new to the platform; and of notebook retail sales in the US, their share's risen from some 6% at the start of 2006, to 12% currently. Jolly good show.

Nothing on the MacBook Pro front, but Merom's inevitable. Wish there were some prospect of a faster GPU, but AFAIK, the X1600 Mobility's currently about the best mobile offering. Maybe it can get a bump up to 512MB - more VRAM never hurts, especially with GPUs being increasingly used for general compositing duties.

Despite the slightly cheesy name, Calitics is quite a good weblog-style site for progressive California political musings. (Found as a result of pundit Bill Bradley throwing a snit. Yay! I've barely heard of the guy, but that exchange was quite amusing)
I sent a message to your usual email address, but for some reason it bounced. It only pointed you at this, which somehow seems like cosplay, and unquestionably of interest to the bunny.
Downloading for transcoding as we speak type. ^_^ A quick googling suggests the lack of response from their domain might not be transitory, but I look forward to being able to brighten a future office location with that track.

Indeed, I know just the person to send it along to..

And what say you of my first question above?
It's a question I hadn't considered before, but after a minute or two's thought, I'm firmly in the "where you grew up" camp. Note however that "growing up" isn't defined by specific ages: One person might feel they grew up only after moving out of their parents' house, while for another that period is defined by elementary school and ice-cream trucks.
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Heh. That still leaves it a very complex question for me, then.. rather like "where do you come from?" - I first check how much time the person has. =:)

Hopefully a simpler matter for you. A happy one, hopefully?

I'm going to have to add XKCD to my regular rotation. I could do with a few more anyway (only about a dozen in the daily list, and about three more non-daily, including nocona and VG Cats, even if 3/4 of the jokes go over my head without explanation, the artwork's always fun), but that looks like quite a gem. As User Friendly shows, good artwork isn't the only factor that makes a good strip, even if it does help a lot. Sometimes I wonder if Iliad isn't like Bill Watterson or Bill Amend, and able to draw astonishingly intricate scenes if he wants to, but maintains the style for the sake of the strip.. ^_^
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Well.. scenic more than interesting. ^_^ Though I do wish I still had a copy of one of the menus I wrote for the restaurant we once owned - every few months, I'd write out the main lunch and dinner menus, as well as the Sunday lunch ones, in Old English script, using a cartridge pen and italic nib. Looked quite reasonable, and fit in with the traditional theme too. ^_^ (I was too young to really help out any other way, though I lent a paw with dishwashing and such. Dad was the main cook, plus my mother's meringues and German apple cake, and my brother and mother took care of the bar and waiting)

Hee! It's the universal con-goer's shirt! ^_^

Yay Fur-Piled! I've been following FP for a year or so now - think I came across it when it was around page 60. Whilst normally I have a terrible time catching up with comics, FP I went through in an hour or so. Of course, there wasn't that much to catch up with, but the fact I could just slurp all the strips onto the drive and then go through them nimbly in an image viewer definitely helped - some comic sites are positively tedious when trying to just skip through an archive. (And I'm not sure I've ever come across one that just offered a simple "here's everything!" download link, which would really help with something like Megatokyo)

I'm looking forward to catching up with Circles someday. ^_^ Think the last issue I saw was number 3, and that was a couple years ago. :-P But it's such a hassle lugging physical comics/magazines around in and out of storage, in boxes, in bags, on flights.. I've pretty much given up buying them, in the absence of any electronic options. Still, all the better for people like Six Apart, LiveJournal, and DVD makers (physical, yes, but I can rip them, and they're comparatively robust). And makers of nummy laptops. =:)
So where exactly is Duran Duran on SL? And for that matter, I still have not run into you there yet!
I'm still awaiting to run into him too, though that could be because I've not been able to get on much for a while. =;)
*giggle* Are you currently on ye olde dialup at the moment? (Though with the degree of lag sometimes, I wonder if one would even notice the absence of broadband there =:) I've not been on in about a fortnight myself, out of an annoying combination of depression (hence the lack of posting of entries or replies here, to a large degree) and confusion as to how to deal with some unexpected neighborliness.

Ah, for an affordable satellite data plan.. all the traffic I can eat, flat-rate, anywhere at all.. definitely have to table that as a post-lapine conquest agenda item.
I've yet to find out. ^_^ I need to scout out places like SL Insider, and see what other word there is - should be fun seeing what their custom avatars look like, too! Hafta see if I can remember the KV interview today, too - quite a remarkable writer, with both vision and conscience.

Who are you there? I'll look you up. ^_^
OH BTW, I just got a pink bunny avatar on SL. I have to meet you there sometime. :P
Hee! One of Lost Creatures' bunnies? Though I'm still not sure who I should look out for there.. ^_^;

Most likely I'll be returning there in the next day or so. No idea if I'll still recognise the place. ^_^ (Reminds me, I need to also find out if my old home's been resurrected somewhere.. was a really nice place, but it seems some troubles arose over the lease)
I'd say your home town is the one that *feels* like home to you - no matter whether you were born there or not, how long you've lived there (or whether you lived there at all) or anything. Just what you feel is your home. :)
I'm inclined to feel that way, I think. Certainly, I know where I belong, and that's where I'm missing so strongly.
*noddles* That's your home, then. :)
I'll be the Mac nerd for this post and just say that I'm incredibly impressed with the Mac Pro, even though it is officially too much machine for me.

I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of Windows integration (if any) is worked into Leopard, since they were conspicuously quiet about that (aside from the obligatory Boot Camp mention) during the presentation.

It's quite a heavyweight system, no question - and thankfully, they've been able to trim back on the heatsinks, though they're still hefty, as this article shows. Though coming from the last revision G5s, any more cooling would've entailed a cooling tower as well. =:) Me, I'm a portable sort exclusively - my next will be a MacBook Pro, once Merom makes its way in. Which will tie in nicely with hopefully having the money, so everyone's happy. ^_^ (No, Second Life has nothing whatsoever to do with my angling to upgrade. That would be silly :)

As far as I've heard, the official line's just that they'll be keeping Boot Camp, and leaving virtualisation to others, notably Parallels and EMC. I'm guessing that'll wind up being the case, given there's so much else for the fruit engineers to work on, and Apple wants to be promoting OS X, rather than anything else. Sounds like Parallels are going to be meeting VMware's challenge - hopefully there'll be a place for both of them.

I also noticed resolution independence was missing from the keynote, but that's in there, from WWDC whisperings. That said, I'm actually quite content with Hyzenthlay's display - 1680x1050 17" works really nicely for OS X. (Previously, I'd been using a Wallstreet, with its 14" 1024x768. Indeed, in the weeks before taking possession of Hyzenthlay, it'd been an original iBook - 12" 800x600. The contrast was.. perceptible :)
I'm stoked to play with Parellels (which led to this post of mine for similar reasons, but substitute Second Life for *ahem* Sims 2. Silly indeed ;) I can understand the somewhat "hands-off" approach to virtualizing Windows; it's not something they want to be too enthusiastic about at this point. I also know where you're coming from on the display note. I transitioned from a 12" Powerbook G4 to a 20" Cinema Display. The difference was, um, yeah.
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Oh, that's a pain. What's the trouble? I'm thinking I might try getting Hyzenthlay taken in at some point - nothing serious, but the right edge of the trackpad doesn't seem securely fastened to the casing, so it rises up very slightly, causing the odd false "tap". Would be nice to get that seen to while it's under warranty, and that'd also take care of the pitting under my right palmrest. (Apparently rabbit paws must be quite acidic. Who knew?)

Are you on SL? What kind of framerates do you see on said 'book?