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The quite inimitable otter3 pointed out this outstanding outcome of a bet, of a lapine nature. We need more bunny journalists, I say.

And I'm indebted to tgeller for pointing out the very thing I'd been curious about: a furry domain registrar, HareLink.

ysengrin noticed Arduino, a microcontroller in the vein of the erstwhile Basic Stamp, but rather cheaper - around $4 per microcontroller, against some $50 per Stamp. Better still, as the IDE is open source and gcc-based, it's cross-platform, available for OS X, Linux, and Windows.

Rather cool - the NY Metropolitan Opera offered a simulcast of Madame Butterfly on a huge screen in Times Square. The journo also noted 'Alongside the giant image of his character BF Pinkerton proclaiming that "a Yankee travels the world, he drops anchor wherever and whenever he pleases" a recruitment video was playing for the US armed forces, complete with a picture of a stealth bomber.'

It's apparently one part of the Met's attempt to reclaim a fresh audience for opera, with the cheapest tickets down from $26 to $15, HD simulcasts to cinemas in the US and Europe, and downloads (including, yes, ringtones).

Can't really make this stuff up.. in advance of the Borat movie's release, the Kazakh government's taken out a four page promo for the country in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. ^_^

Cute. AllSimps links to every episode of the Simpsons, in streaming Flash video. Be prepared to endure load times.

Lio is a particularly good strip, despite being syndicated. Here's an example of what I enjoy about it. =:)

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Now, if John Dvorak were in the fur for a week every time one of his prognostications flopped to the floor.. ^_^ (Though I recall he had a spot as a guest contributor to BoingBoing a little while back, and there, he was an entirely different person - really quite insightful)

BTW, you might enjoy this clip I'm currently transcoding - Christopher Walken on Conan's show last night, wherein they wind up discussing how cool it would be to have tails. ^_^
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Hm! Interesting. Maybe he reserves his trolling for print? I should see if there's a regular torrent for TWiT - is it worth catching?
Aha, an AVR then. Those are all I use for stuff. The free IDE is very good.
Do you mean a good thing in principle, or good to use? I think I'll wind up picking a board up when I can, just to play around and get a feel for its capabilities. Might be fun getting some robotic toy (like that almost life-size pony I linked to a while back) and using that to run the mechanics, for easy programmability, given the negligible hackability of the included microcontrollers in such things.

I've not played with any of Atmel's wares. How does their architecture(s) compare to, say, an ARM? Obviously, we're looking at something smaller in scope.
Good to use. windows based, but it works. Check out the AT-90USBKEY thing, it's $32 and the bomb. I haven't played around with it yet but I have a box of them back at the office.

Anyway, architecturally, it's FAR AND AWAY the most superduper gold plated mondo superior 8 bit uC out there, hands and feet up and down, totally, dude, totally, six keg and shredded carrots for dinner totally.
[info]ysengrin noticed Arduino, a microcontroller in the vein of the erstwhile Basic Stamp, but rather cheaper - around $4 per microcontroller, against some $50 per Stamp. Better still, as the IDE is open source and gcc-based, it's cross-platform, available for OS X, Linux, and Windows.

I ordered a dev kit from Sparkfun just two days back. Looks like fun. :)
Considering the 'roo's recommendation above, I definitely feel there maybe some Atmeliation in my life later this year. ^_^ (Or should that be Atmelioration, the act of finding a snuggly microcontroller? Or is a microcontroller a baby senior Cyberman? Do they use Atmels? WE NEED TO KNOW!)

About time someone showed up the Basic Stamp. Always thought it was excessively wimpy, especially when you think of what you can get out of a good ol' fashioned 6502. *sigh* Atmels... yah, notoriously good. I think I'll stick to the mondo simple and cheapo as my needs are mondo simple, and my budget is ultra-cheapo.
Yay 6502! A world away from the superscalar, SIMD-equipped, multilayered caching digital metropolises (-es?) of 2006, but still, so easy to work on. Zero-page indexed by Y was such a cool idea to sort of work around the dearth of registers (cf ARM or PPC).

It's been years since I last even touched a 6502 based system, but I still remember 0xA9 being load A immediate. ^_^; And 0xEA = NOP. Ah, PHP:PHA:TXA:PHA:TYA:PHA..

The best thing about Arduino is that board's USB based, and the IDE's cross-platform, so I can just run one off Hyzenthlay, without having to mess around with some Windows system or emulation. (Emulation certainly can work well, though - VisualDSP++ is strictly Windows only, despite many calls for porting, but ran quite happily under VirtualPC. I knew the IDE would, but I was very pleased to see the USB JTAG ICE run fine)
I've always thought that the 6502 was about the best introduction to ML out there. Start with that and then get into 16 bit offset memory indexing etc (groan, grumble). Still proud of a 52 byte prog that would draw a Serpinski triangle. *sigh* All that other stuff beyond me but I'll be getting into microcontrollers when I can. Nice wintertime stuff.
Psst! I just registered www.atomicat.com through harelink. Woohoo! I've finally arived!

Inimitable? But I kinda liked Emmitt Otter. He was a friend of mine.

Me? Nah, I just craaaaaazy, dude. Comes with the waves like the surf.
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That is weird timing indeed. I wonder if it's possible NetSol - given the kind of company they are (it is?) - stores such whois failures and notifies third parties of that potential interest so they can swipe the domain? Technically, that'd be trivial, if massively unethical. Still, not a big matter here.

I wonder if they do use GoDaddy for the back-end, or if that similarity's due to the TLD registrar (NetSol, for .com and .net)..

Ah, if I'd only thought to get a good lapine domain back when I first set up mine, back in Dec 1996 - but, there are some quite good ones still available, though not including fluffybunny.com or bunnytail.com. With any luck, I should be able to see about that next month sometime, though I'd likely keep the current name active anyway - it's one of the very few elements of my life that hasn't changed, and my email address is almost part of my name now. ^_^
As a long-time reader of Kevin and Kell, the comic strip from which the Hare Link ISP offshooted, I feel fairly confident in recommending it. I've never used it myself, natch, but K&K's creator Bill Holbrook chooses his business partners very carefully and he himself is a great guy who's been a successful newspaper-syndicated comic artist for many years. I sponsored him with a Squirrelverse ad for a while in 2005 on kevinandkell.com and found him to be totally pleasant to deal with, as was the guy who admins his website. ^_^

On another note, a comic site I enjoy muchly that features strips similar to Lio is 'The Comics Curmudgeon', where a guy looks at a selection of the daily newspaper comic strips and humorously comments on them. Tis good fun!
http://joshreads.com/
I hope he doesn't look at Lio! TCC is for strips that are well past their prime, assuming they had one originally. (Actually, maybe you found out about it from my journal? =:)

It's fairly boggling just how BH manages to maintain a solid stream of K&K on a daily basis - that's worthy enough by itself, but then he's got those other two strips as well! Maybe he draws simultaneously with both hands? ^_^ Once I can, I'll try transferring the domain over to them - I only need basic registrar service, but it never hurts to have additional webspace. No such thing as too much space or traffic, after all. (I'm informed there is such a thing as too much garlic, but it's not something I've personally experienced)
Bill has said that he works on a three-month rota where he swaps around the comic that he's drawing in a given month. He draws a month of Kevin and Kell, then a month of Safe Havens, then a month of On The Fastrack, then goes back to the start of the cycle again.