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Have a look at this trailer for Tachiguishi Retsuden, the latest work from Mamoru Oshii, known for Avalon and Ghost in the Shell. Then remind yourself it's about people who work in fast food.

Via relee, a somewhat novel machinima: 'After challenging viewers to make him a Jedi hero, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert described "an actual dream" of his. It featured a squadron of Nancy Pelosi clones, Soledad O'Brien in a gold bikini, and Karl Rove's sail barge. Silver & Goldie Goodman recreated Stephen's dream, bringing his fighting spirit to a new level of super heroism.'

There was some good discussion in the comments on the Linden weblog here, over the nature of Second Life's political structure, including the assertion that, in essence, it's an absolute monarchy at present.

GameSLave is a handy reference Wiki, listing all the games being offered in Second Life, within various categories such as Adventure, Board Games, Casino, Roleplaying, and Trivia.

Squirrel lovers - or just fans of good animal photography and artwork - might want to check out a new community, fun_squirrels. Russian an advantage, but not required. ^_^

Good electronica of a crunchy ambient nature (if perhaps a bit too easy with the echo) from a fur: Schrödinger's Dog - Synthetic Rust.

Fancy a TARDIS? Yours for only $4500 or so, buyer collects from Chicago.

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Fits about 4-5 adults.

Hmm.. That's odd. According to the manual, the Void Locker was developed before the Chameleon Circuit. The former allows the inside to be bigger than the outside and the latter is what changes the appearance. Perhaps this TARDIS' Void Locker circuit is broken?

On that note, the current interior design of the Doctor's TARDIS exposes the insides of the Police Box doors (previously they'd be obscured by inner doors. I wonder what would happen if the Chameleon Circuit was fixed...
Well, the sale description does note that the lock is broken - if that came about as the result of an attack and subsequent incursion, it's quite conceivable other damage may have been sustained. Still, that does seem to've been factored into the asking price; I'd imagine the Blue Book value for one in perfect condition would be noticeably higher.

I've wondered what people might see, looking into the TARDIS from outside. One might think there'd be a hologrammatic illusion of some kind, projected within the doorway, giving the expected interior appearance, only broken once you stepped through, like a waterfall concealing a cave entrance.
I believe what you see is what you get with the TARDIS. As shown in the current incarnations, you can look through the doorway and see the larger space inside. Like a small pedestrian door into a cathedral, but without the large cathedral facade around it. I don't think there's any real transition between looking into the TARDIS and being in the TARDIS.

Oh, and am I mis-remembering, or was there an episode recently where the TARDIS became just a plain Police Box (Not Empty Child, some other one. There was no interior to the TARDIS).
TARDIS (...) Made out of pine or oak wood, I believe.

The difference in cost between a solid pine TARDIS, and a solid oak TARDIS, is staggering enough that the owner should bloody well know.

$4,500? For a non-functional replica? Sheeesh. (I'll give points for the 'holds 4 or 5 people' part, though. ;)

Lots of interesting Police Box info here.

And I'm sure I've got a link to plans for DIY TARDIS builders somewhere in the last 700 entries of my journal... Ah, yes. Quite.

Oh. Shiiiiiny bunny... n.n (Steals and sneaks away with...)
You see? You could probably sustain quite a good living making TARDISeses, sonic screwdrivers, and almost fully functional Cyberman outfits. And you'd be a wonderful boss to work for. ^_^

Aaah! They've been invaded by grocer's apostrophe's!
Of course, if you can pretend to be a small human boy, maybe someone will make one for you as a birthday present.
More fun to make 'em yourself. Of course, the problem is I already have a garden shed: local bylaws prohibit multiple free-standing structures exceeding 100 square feet in surface coverage. Fortunately, it's 8'x10', so I have 20 square feet left: a 4.45 X 4.45 sq. ft. platform mounted on four four-foot-deep concrete footings to avoid frost-heave would do for a platform to rest a Police Box on, and it'd get nicely weathered over the years. We could store garden tools in it. Plus I could use the beacon light to illuminate the garden for parties.

(Yes, I've checked to see what laws I'd need to get around to put a TARDIS in my backyard. I recognize that some might feel this is.. symptomatic of a larger issue. Feh, say I. What's the point of being grown-up if you can't act childish?)
Suddenly I have this vision of an Amish-like scene, a group striving in unison to erect a TARDIS. ^_^

And of course, as C S Lewis so widely put it, "Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.... When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

He and I may differ in our spiritual outlooks quite fundamentally, but I'm in furious agreement here. ^_^

~insert Dragonball Z powerup here~
(nodnod) Bang on.

~insert Dragonball Z powerup here~

Oh no! He's entered a powering-up sequence! We only have three weeks to walk sedately out of range before he attacks!! ;D
Ok! That one is going in the quote file and coming out whenever someone looks at my collection of Loony Tunes plush and silly electronic toys.

May as well put this here too... What a great thing to do in Second Life, re-create a dream! This is the sort of shit I've been living for. What a fun future we're gonna have eh?
Hmm.. Tachiguishi. I remember seeing that trailer quite a long time ago (thru Cartoon Brew). I wonder if it's already available somewhere :3

(and btw.. you have email :3)
Hm! Good point - I didn't take notice of the release date. I think it's still in the future, but if it's come out, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a fansubbed version come out. Well, once it's out on DVD.

Have you seen Avalon?

Ah! Cool beans. ^_^ I'll check once I'm back home again - currently out in civilisation, on some random open network. ^_^
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*giggle* Just so. ^_^ I don't go sniffing for networks, but when Hyzenthlay asked if I wanted to join the open network NETGEAR, presumably run by one of the little shops on either side, I thought a few minutes to sync up with online reality wouldn't go amiss. I'd been good, after all, having just prepared another couple employment applications. ^_^ (With the makers of one of the processor families I'm familiar with, too)
Is it just me, or does it look like Oshii was trying to make something even more ridiculously over the top than Cassehrn, without at the same time making the movie thoroughly retarded?
Wow, that ambient electronica track is pretty good! :)
It's worth the time, ne? As you probably noticed, it's one of electricdog's works. I'd've lightened up on the use of the long reverb, but it's a pretty chill bit of listening.

Gah, I really need to break out my keyboard, Reason, and Garageband.. not that I'd be turning out anything like that for a while. =:)
Oh man, that first one. XD

The flaming dove was great, then they cut to a screenshot of Burger Time. XD
I know I've got to see this. ^_^ Checking the trailer again, it looks like it was released in April 2006 - yep, IMDb says April 8 2006, but with no other releases noted! :-P (Well, other than at the Venice Film Festival)

Ahh! YesAsia lists the DVD, but it's (a) Japanese (and therefore expensive), (b) first press limited edition.. yours for a mere $91.75. *wince* Still, it's out there.. wonder if someone will pick it up for fansubbing?

I need to look into how to make machinimae. Presumably a lot of Poser work?
Machinima is the name for any film made using video games or other programs not designed for movie making, to make a film. It's also a term used to describe films created to look like games, such as Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006.

A really good example of Machinima is coming on t.v. soon in the premier episode of South Park's 10th season, Make Love, Not Warcraft.
I'd heard about SP's use thereof - I might give that episode a try. ^_^ The show itself I don't really bother with much - too often, they wind up killing their own satire with the conclusion that everyone's wrong, along the lines of "But don't you see? If we do X, then really, we're doing Y too! And that makes us just as bad as them!" I'm not a fan of such futility - it's as destructive as concluding that all politicians are equally corrupt, and therefore, any attempt to change matters is utterly futile.

As for actually making machinimae, I'll prolly sniff around the surviving remnants of LL's forum. It's surely a well documented activity by now. ^_^ I've never made any gestures of my own, but it seems like it'd be fun to try - and more original dance moves never hurt. ^_^
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Hee! Have you followed their advice? Seems like a perfect idea for decorating. Everything's better with bunnies. ^_^
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Eep? Did something lose its magic smoke?

And that's purely out of aquatic practicality, you understand. ^_^