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Only audio, but BBC Radio Wales will be carrying Sunday's Doctor Who concert in Cardiff live from 6pm (10am Pacific). It'll subsequently appear on BBC1 over Christmas. Listeners outside the UK might need to make use of a proxy to appear to be coming from within the country.

Cyriak's animation mix - a compilation of b3ta animations of impressively surreal proportions. Trippy stuff, with a cool videogame style soundtrack too.

The trailer for Paprika suggests it'll be an anime feature to watch out for, particularly coming from Satoshi Kon, late of Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers, and looks to be even more of a mindtrip than before. Oddly 80s animation style..

Finally, real mobile net.access might be coming to the UK - 3's launching flat-rate data. Details remain sketchy, but one main leg of the plan is Skype - rather than trying to ban it, VoIP will be part of the core of it all. Pricing will be available in December, expected to be "lower than £18/month" on top of their existing mobile plan.

Following on from a conversation with mycroftb, I was wondering if anyone knew how quickly rabbit fur grows, compared to human hair. Is it roughly the same timescale? I was just pondering dyeing my fur, if I could, and wondered how long it'd take for the color to grow out again.

Assuming it wasn't made for them, does anyone recognise the soundtrack on this Wii commercial?

Pet skunks
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Oooh.. someone's posted a little clip of "Butterscotch", a toy animatronic pony I noted a while back. She doesn't walk, unfortunately, but her head movements are rather cool to see - and she'll apparently take up to 200lb on her back. ^_^

This thread from AppleInsider talks about the much rumored Apple cellphone, including contributions in the comments from someone claiming to have worked on part of its functionality. Nothing revolutionary like teleportation, but if the claims are true, they'll be applying the same iTunes/iPod seamlessness, much as Microsoft did with the Zune and WMP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The pet skunk cartoon is great! Especially the vengeance panel, which just amuses me to no end.
*giggle* Every panel's a classic, ne? The one I excerpted's just too cute, and then there's the gonzo effect of long fangs (which I hadn't known about - though all mustelids have pretty effective fangs, as any badly behaved ferret will happily demonstrate). ^_^ If I were a skunk, I know there'd be a couple new icons coming out of that..
Yeah, people do tend overlook a skunk's teeth with all the concern over their other abilities. But they are quite good little predators. The icon idea is definitely tempting, though I'm hardly a domestic skunk, and a spotty one at that. But it's hard to find decent skunk pictures to use, too.
I do like the skunk's attitude - they just want to be left alone to do their own thing. If you try to be threatening, they won't do the usual thing of trying to attack with teeth, or running away, but a nicely non-violent method that seems to work quite well. I say we give lapines the ability too. That'll show those foxes and cougars. =:)

I'm hardly a domestic skunk

Oh, I don't know.. you seem to be able to cook quite well, and take pride in a certain degree of tidiness.. ^_^

it's hard to find decent skunk pictures to use

That is one benefit of being a bunny now, I'd have to say. ^_^ Good red panda photography isn't all that common, though I suppose they do receive a reasonable amount of attention, by unfortunate virtue of being desperately uncommon. I might not be a panda any longer, but the idea of having a large area of woodland exclusively for red panda hangouts would be appealing - I dare say they'd get on fine with the rabbits as well.

I knew someone who had a pet skunk, though unfortunately not while they still had her - sadly, she proved their point about obesity, as the previous owner had taken a mostly laissez-faire attitude, giving her table scraps and anything else she'd eat, leading to what sounded like a very portly bundle of fur indeed. Sounded like she was lovely company, though. ^_^ (Cacomistles are also meant to be very good companions - supposedly once quite popular company for gold miners in California)
I say we give lapines the ability too.

Sure, why not? It would certainly make bunnies much more interesting. Not that they need any help in that area.

That is one benefit of being a bunny now, I'd have to say.

I can imagine. Actually, I have found a number of good skunk pictures, but the black fur is a problem. With as little skill as I have at making icons, a lot of them turn into little black blobs when shrunk to LJ icon proportions.

sadly, she proved their point about obesity

That's a shame. At least they didn't starve her, but that sounds almost as bad. I guess that's the trouble with being such a laid back animal.

Cacomistles are also meant to be very good companions

Oh yes, I'd love to have a ringtail, too. They're quite lovely little animals in their own right, and they're rapidly becoming an absolute favorite of mine.
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'Course, angoras are exceptionally floofy sorts. ^_^ I wonder if they grow more quickly than other breeds, or simply retain the hairs much longer?

Much as I like long hair, I think I'd be inclined to remain with regular snowshoe hare length fur - much more practical, and less likely to have ribbons tied in it while sleeping. =:)

Do you have any lapinity around the house now?
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There is one of those Butterscotch ponies in a toy store in the city near me. I was really impressed by how real it looked. It's also going to be a parent's nightmare as it's very expensive!

Now, will they make a dolphin I wonder? :)
What sort of price are they fetching? ISTR the tag mentioned in the original article wasn't all that bad, considering the size and complexity - somewhere around $300, I think. Pretty easy choice: I'd go for a Wii and a Butterscotch, rather than just a PS3. =:) (Or if we're thinking big, a 17" MacBook Pro and an island on SL. Or a cluster of islands)

Hmm. Could try making a full-size version that propelled itself in the same way as the real thing, and beat out that other craft for realism.. ^_^ Pretty amazing the power a dolphin tail can develop, but then, that's a hell of a lot of muscle there. (Gods, actually getting to touch one last year.. three, actually, including one quite elderly resident - somewhere around 35 or 40, ISTR)
Of course, if Butterscotch is too expensive, there's always the Monty Python's Holy Grail horse kit. =:)
Oooh, Paprika looks very interesting.
If the trailer's received an English voiceover, presumably someone's going to be releasing it outside Japan - time for me to find out who, and when. The IMDb first review claims it's less of a psychological maze than Perfect Blue, more towards Tokyo Godfathers (which I still haven't watched ^_^;;) - either way, it's bound to be at least stimulating.
Yeah, that animatronic pony's really nice, isn't it? ^^

And the cartoon is extremely cute, too... I still would love to have a pet skunk some day. :)
I'm really quite impressed! Good, smooth movements, and it seems to be quiet - about the only thing a later version could want is actual mobility, which would certainly be no small feat, especially in a plausibly naturalistic way.

Well, there's always bunnies in the meantime. ^_^ But yep, as I mentioned above, someone I knew once had a pet skunk, and it worked out wonderfully. Very cool sorts - and very soft fur, too, as I discovered at a hands-on exhibit at a small zoo once, where they let visitors handle a few of the less ravenous residents, including a skunk, raccoon, and ferret. Also where I was nibbled by tiger cubs. ^_^
*chuckles* That sounds like quite an experience.

Mmm, I just checked out one of the German resources on pet skunks linked to on Wikipedia, but I've got to say I'm somewhat disappointed so far - they talk a lot about how to build a proper cage etc., and generally seem to share the "animals should be kept in cages by default" attitude (instead of "animals should be kept outside of their cages by default and only caged when necessary"), and they also mention that skunks aren't cuddly and shouldn't be expected to be.

Well, duh, I say. If you don't give a skunk affection, how can you expect him/her to enjoy being cuddled - or to reciprocate, for that matter? And how can you expect a skunk to get along with people when he/she's just locked up in her cage all the time and only let out for a few hours a day at most?

I've got to admit I don't really feel inclined to even further read that site - maybe I just got a wrong impression, and maybe I'm doing them injustice, but I don't really care, to be honest. People like that shouldn't be allowed to keep animals. *growls*

Oh well. I still want a pet skunk, but I sure wouldn't keep her like that.
About the Wii soundtrack: it sounds a little bit like Banghra Nights, mixed by Tiësto, but not sure if its part of that release made for the Peugeot 206
Wonder if I'm thinking of the same ad.. beating their car into the maker's chosen shape? No, think that's a different one, but a fun one also. ^_^

Aha! I see it's the Yoshida Brothers - a new name to me. This will require research.


The track used for the Wii commercial is "Kodo (Inside The Sun Remix" by Yoshida Brothers, from the album "Yoshida Brothers II".
I used the Music ID program on my cellphone to identify it.
It's a nifty tool.


Oh, most cool! ^_^ ISTR Coke running a promo along those lines - call a special number, and it'd identify the song for you.

I'll have to file that away. Heard anything else of theirs? Could be some interesting work..
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Mm, would be nice if they could've padded it more, sounds like - though it's good they did take the trouble to make it strong enough to support a modest weight, so it's not purely ornamental. Of course, the niftiest thing would've been if it'd been an open architecture. I'm guessing it's just some mask ROM in a microcontroller, rather than a full-blown embedded OS, such as ucLinux on a StrongARM.

How long until we see a brain transplant in one of them published? ^_^