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Many fine thoughts on the pizza! I actually asked that right after having tackled the problem (quite tastily), in the way several folks also suggested - defrosting in the microwave, followed by heating in a pan over a low heat to get the base crisp. What I didn't do, as some noted, was cover it, so I had to finish it off with a zap in the microwave to get the toppings hot again. (It was originally a "loaded cheese" deep pan, to which I added a healthy degree of garlic powder (sacrilege, I know, but we appear to be lacking fresh garlic, and I admit to being enamored of the convenience of its powdered kin) and a little chicken in black bean sauce, emphasis on the chicken, as it's rare for me to eat a meal without meat involved) I'd also cut it into quarters before defrosting, if I need to try that again, as once at room temperature, it exhibited no great love for the notion of cooperating with sliding off the plate. Two large metal spatulas did the trick, with no loss of structural integrity.

Who else has seen The Wolves of Kromer?

Here's a neat animated (and marginally furry) music video: Rabbit Junk - In Your Head No-one Can Hear You Scream. (QT7 doesn't like it, but VLC and mplayer are fine) There's a dash of Squarepusher and a good bit of Ministry in the musical influences - well worth a try.

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It seems Sony's preparing a global recall for owners of laptops using their batteries, but details aren't yet available.

I get it - Bush's newly legislated powers to detain anybody indefinitely without charge, or any obligation to bring them to trial, or even inform them of the charges or evidence against them, and to use torture - it's all just part of his green credentials. See, with this in place, the CIA won't need to continue the covert flights to countries that explicitly permit torture, as the US is now one of them. Just think of all the air pollution that'll avoid! (Did your senator vote for US torture? See the list here)

I think I'd like one of these displays to view Second Life on.

And so the dance goes on. ^_^ "A couple of weeks I ago I wrote about the battle between Microsoft's DRM system and FairUse4WM, which breaks it. The news for this week is that Microsoft has patched their security against FairUseWM 1.2 and filed a lawsuit against the program's anonymous authors, and those same anonymous authors have released FairUse4WM 1.3, which breaks the latest Microsoft patch."

From the sharp peepers of spidermouse, "Also, I saw a van today that was plastered with: Gildun Scaffolding: Make Sure Your Next Erection Is In Safe Hands."

And please enjoy this word on airline safety procedures. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, both TN senators voted for US torture. Definitely gonna be sure to vote against them in November.
I'm thankful to hear that. I so dearly wish this weren't even an issue.
Unfortunately, I can see the senators holding onto their positions, in this state anyway. It's terribly conservative and terribly for anything that "helps President Bush fight terrists", even if it does mean giving up rights ('cause, you know, anyone who does not completely and absolutely agree with the president is a liberal terrist fag).
I'm just disappointed that the more traditional conservative position of standing up for oneself and one's rights has fallen completely by the wayside. Who'd have thought the bulk of both houses would crumble so easily at another terrorist incident? That they'd agree to the gutting of one of the absolutely fundamental requirements of a modern legal system - habeas corpus - let alone consent to torture (and we're not "just" talking of waterboarding or electrocution, but good ol' fashioned pummeling too. One lucky inmate, as I recall, had his legs "pulpified" - not an easy word to forget - and died not long after. They now think he may have been a taxi driver) or completely warrantless surveillance of anybody.

As for the Senate, you might like to keep an eye on what happens with Ford's bid against Corker. It's not one I've been following, but it seems to be shaping up to be surprisingly competitive. Ford's no Gore, but he'd hopefully be able to do the right thing.
It's all rather depressing. I might try to get out if things don't go well in '08 (or next year if November's elections are miserable).

As far as Ford vs. Corker, I'm getting frustrated at both of them. Commercial breaks are usually began and/or ended by one or the other's campaign ads. Ford's ads do tend to make more sense (talking mostly about himself), while Corker's are almost all about attacking Ford for being liberal (which tend to make me want to vote for Ford instead of Corker).
Erf. Indeed, political TV advertising in the US does get rather out of hand as elections approach. It's not to the benefit of anyone, I suspect, though perhaps incumbents see some relief at a populace so worn out by all the mudslinging that's all too often seen, that people wind up just wishing the lot of them would get lost.

Still, maybe things are changing for the better, with the rise of the net. True, people can indulge in only the weblogs and such of their choosing, but still, it's not too difficult to research the claimed and actual positions of a pair of candidates - much more useful than any 30 or 60 second spot on TV. But old habits die hard. I'd love to see much less emphasis on parties than candidates, but we're a long way from that yet, especially when the current crop of Republicans can be relied upon to pass anything requested by Bush, whether with a quick rubber stamp, or a bit of theater to demonstrate their independence from the executive branch.

I wish emigration/immigration were a much simpler process worldwide. As is, legal routes tend to strongly favor only those with trade experience or graduates. Canada remains one of the most open nations, though even there, it's a bureaucratic process of a year or so, though much less so than with the US, where employment-based permanent residency (ie "green card") can take around four or five years. Or longer, if you were silly enough to be born in India or China, as different regions go through different channels. I'm under the impression the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are more along the lines of Canadian speed.
If you laptop is on your laptop when the battery bursts into flames you may end up making Rocky Mountain Oysters Depending on you species of cause.
Lightly seared. Delicious! (Well, probably. Not quite my kind of food =:)

At this point, I'm almost feeling sorry for Sony - but not quite, considering their fun and games with people's computers who dared to play CDs they'd paid for, on their desktops. (And to think I nearly worked for one of the companies responsible for that code.. but I felt uneasy about the place, and didn't think it'd ultimately be a matching that would work out)

Still, it'll be interesting to see what comes of the PS3, once the price comes down a bit. Technologically, it's got a lot going for it, and the audience reactions at that recent Japanese games show seemed pretty positive. I'm more interested in what will follow the DS and PSP, though, being a mobile tech fan. Whether there'll be a PSP2 remains to be seen, of course - the PS3's going to be a heftily expensive undertaking for them.
Sony make too much money for me to feel sorry for them. And I bought 2 Samsung made Sony VCR's before i twigged why they were crap :( There was also the time they made the MP3/4/X player that used a different format to everyone else. I'm reminded of the Sinclair C5 :)
The Wolves of Kromer looks interesting...
It's really quite nicely written, and playfully performed. Easily worth a rental, if the local video emporium has a copy - it shouldn't be too difficult to find. Or I could send mine along sometime.

That display is nice, but I'd rather have CAVE, myself. ;) Interestingly enough, BTW, there was a feature in DOOM 1 v1.1 that allowed people to run DOOM simultaneously on three computers (in single-player mode); two copies of DOOM would be started with the -left and -right parameters, IIRC, and would display your view to the left and right, respectively. You needed three monitors arranged in a fashion roughly like this:

     +-------+
     | front |
     +-------+
+---+         +---+
|   |         |   |
| l |    P    | r |
|   |         |   |
+---+         +---+

I never was able to try it myself, and supposedly, this functionality existed *only* in version 1.1 (not the later ones, and not the earlier ones, either), but... well, I wonder if it would be possible to modify a modern OpenGL-based port to properly utilise a CAVE. ;)

I wonder why they removed that capability? It's not like iD have ever been shy to demand the best of a home system (though, for my money, with diminishing results - just how well rendered does a FPS need to be?).

Ooh, an immersive display.. very nice. Probably not too cheap, but then again, displays of all varieties are constantly dropping. Indeed, for a dedicated enthusiast (I'm thinking of audiophile budgets), the main problem would seem more to be the logistics of constructing such a room, given the need for some projection distance from all faces of the interior. Still, in building the ultimate furry domicile, that's something one could easily take into account. ^_^ (Where, though? On SL, my old home was in pretty much the perfect location for me - high up a snowy mountain, but still not far from the shoreline. On the other paw, there's much to be said for being within easy reach of the vibrant life of a culturally sizzling city)
I don't know really. My guess would be that it was mostly useless (nobody really had the systems to actually use it) and that it ate up valuable memory - maybe memory which was needed for other things. I'm not sure whether network play was there right from the start, for example, or at least whether all the network play features were.

But yeah, CAVEs are nice, aren't they? :) You'd probably need tools that could use them, but if you had those, they'd be quite great. ^^
Saw a truck a few days ago for "Schindler Elevator Repair and Maintenance".

I couldn't believe they didn't rename themselves "Schindler's Lifts".
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You mean the story pacing, or the foreground character animation in parts (particularly with the paint can)?

I'm, like, just mellow with the music by then, man. ^_^
Oh my, its much more environmentally friendly than just forgoing airplane fuel. With no need for pesky judicial oversight think of all the paperwork that now doesn't have to be done. Not to mention the provisions to keep adminstration leaders away from possible prosecution under articles of the Geneva Convention. Probably save a whole forest!

The Airline safety thing is great!
Ah, you see, you see? Smaller government! There it is!

(Ye gods, I wish The Onion weren't so prophetic of late)

That sketch came from a 1980s British show, "Not the Nine O'Clock News", which you might have come across - amongst other things, it provided the first big vehicle for Rowan Atkinson. (In this case, though, it's only Pamela Stephenson, who later became a psychologist and married Billy Connolly.
I'd kill for more audio and video from that show. I found a couple on YouTube that were priceless, and I found the audio from a show one night when searching for recordings of Rowan Atkinson.
You've got mail! It's not spam! =:)
Did your senator vote for US torture?

No, thankfully. Of course, New York's Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton aren't exactly on the right-wing of the political spectrum (although Hillary's been expressing some rightward-leaning views as she positions herself for a run for President).

One of these days, New York's sharing a border with Canada could come in very handy...
Mm, I noticed HC making noises about violence in videogames recently.. :-P Still, I suppose "thinking of the children" is a popular note to sound in many political quarters. Simpler than trying to look for the root causes of teen depression, even if they're often fairly well documented. Gods know, Columbine didn't seem to set off much soul-searching so much as witch-hunting. Of course, with terrible cases like that, it's still a matter of speculation whether they could have been steered from that outcome, or if they were in some way predisposed to violence - that maybe that shooting might not have occurred, but at some other time and place instead, later on. Nature vs nurture, and all that.

And predictably enough, the "maverick" McCain signed on as well. I don't trust him in these matters - he's angling for the presidential nomination as much as possible, and he'll go along with whatever the party requires of him, including kissing and making up with the televangelical wing. Sad, as he has done some good work in the past, but like Powell, it seems the career comes first.
If the Dems wanted a strategy point for the next presidential election, they'd zero in on the ability to "disappear" people that the president now has, and always refer to it as McCain's bill. After all he voted on this, apparently after all the important changes were made.

I mean maybe he's not happy with it, but if he voted for it he did sign off on it. That's a stamp of approval.
Did your senator vote for US torture?

Of course they did. I didn't even have to look at the list to know that. Kentucky's leaders have been right alongside the Bush administration in pretty much everything, as far as I can see. There are days when I really hate living here.
Who knows? Maybe Fletcher can be unseated, given AG Greg Stumbo now has something of a basis upon which to run. And even the Senate looks like a possible win for the Democrats. (Of course, even if the Dems win both houses, it's up to everyone to ensure that they receive the message clearly, and failure to grow a spine will result in one being forcibly inserted. Torture, a lack of habeas corpus, and warrantless surveillance of anyone are not things which can be suffered to stand - all must be rectified, not adjusted)

It seems certain that much of this is unconstitutional, but, as with any matter of law, that's only worth as much as the enforcement, and we've seen the legislature has no interest in blocking this well lubricated descent - it's now up to the voters, or failing that, the Supremes. Justice may well, I feel, yet be in store for those so busily trying to cover their political asses.
Dunno. Looks like a healthy smattering of Day of the Tentacle in the influences of Rabbit Junk.
They should release that FairUse program as open source, then anyone can continue to update it no matter how pissy Microshit gets.
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