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Rather a cool video clip of robot dancing - whole body, not just foot shuffling.

Ye gods.. I knew Anshe Chung had a sizeable presence in SL, but I hadn't realised she now runs 550 sims.. US$1m from $10, in 30 months.

Some notes on life as a Microsoft programmer, looking at the sheer scale of the company, and its effects on the development process, from a seven-year veteran of the company.

The list of submissions for consideration for the Animated Feature Oscar has been released, coming to an impressive sixteen titles, even if that number does include *cough* lesser works like The Ant Bully. Variety's look at Paprika is moderately positive (streamed trailer), and the trailer for Arthur and the Invisibles suggests quite a decent production, despite the rather trite editing of the trailer.

Anime: "009-1" - cheeseball secret agent show. Nothing remarkable; I wound up deleting the episode a few minutes in. Kekkaishi - bearable, fair writing and character designs, about a boy training to be a spirit captor/destroyer.

otter3 noticed this inflatable lounger, complete with built-in speakers. ^_^ No subwoofer, though, as the speakers are purely passive - but I dare say an enterprising fur could remedy that.

If you're in the mood for some anime cuteness, and something of a bargain, I noticed a small reduction in the Cardcaptor Sakura Mega Bundle - all eighteen DVDs, covering the entire seventy episodes, down from $540 to $80. ^_^ (No misprint - they even note it's 85% off)

Shrook 2 looks like a fairly promising RSS reader - the UI's nowhere near as elegant as NewsFire, but it seems to work quite well, just requiring rather more screen space than I'd prefer. One particular bit of coolness is that it offers the option of distributed checking of a given feed - every five minutes, each copy of the client checks their list of feeds against a central server (using a hash, rather than the URL itself), and if there's anything new, it's flagged as such. Conversely, out of all the subscribers to a feed, one is chosen to check for updates and reports back. So, you wind up with low load on the feed servers, but the benefit of frequent checking.

For anyone who missed it, here's what the recent "Sonic rings" attack on SL looked like.
 
 
 
 
 
 

One particular bit of coolness is that it offers the option of distributed checking of a given feed - every five minutes, each copy of the client checks their list of feeds against a central server (using a hash, rather than the URL itself), and if there's anything new, it's flagged as such. Conversely, out of all the subscribers to a feed, one is chosen to check for updates and reports back. So, you wind up with low load on the feed servers, but the benefit of frequent checking.

In other words, instead of placing load on a large amount of unrelated servers, you place the same amount of load on one central server, which introduces a single point of failure, makes it necessary to somehow make money in order to pay for that server and its upkeep etc., and also creates a convenient opportunity to spy on what kinds of feeds people subscribe to.

Doesn't sound like a good idea to me, to be honest. And I'm not even sure it's solving any problems: people whose server(s) can't handle the load of a couple of clients checking for updates every now and then simply shouldn't offer feeds to begin with. After all, automatically "checking for updates every now and then" is precisely what RSS is about...

It's an option, remember - you can choose to refresh feeds in the normal way as well. It's all free, so it's just another addition, not a substitution, of the available means.
It's still totally useless and - in fact - counterproductive, though. :)
What have you thought of "Soukou no Strain"? I'm eating it up. But that's because I'm a big fan of Space Opera. Heck, I *write* space opera.
I admit, I skipped over it when I saw the "mecha" tag - I was in a rather jaded mood at the time. Of course, it's pretty much impossible to tell what a given series is really going to be like from a brief synopsis - one might expect Kekkaishi to appeal strongly, given I thoroughly enjoyed Card Captor Sakura, but the nature of the two series is subtly, importantly distinct. (Some might even consider Evangelion to be a mecha series =:)

I'll set the first three episodes downloading later today. ^_^

You write space opera? Ah, anything vaguely along the lines of the Chanur Saga, or A Fire Upon the Deep? (Either of which would seem to hold great potential for big screen adaptations, if they could only secure a director who really wanted to make a sci-fi film, not just Action In Space)
Current WIP is cross between Space Opera and Police Procedural.
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Not sure I'd necessarily emphasise "better", but definitely a very cool video. ^_^ Hafta see if I can find a full res copy of that somewhere.

But why are none of these robot designers taking on Sorayama Hajime as visual consultant? =:) Ah well - eventually. Maybe we'll get ones similar to those in All is Full of Love, too.
Thanks for the link to the SL vid. I'd wondered what that looked like. And they had sound, too!

One of the more stylish rabbit attacks (if you'll pardon the term) that I've seen, not that that's an excuse for such behavior.
I was quite pleased to find that clip too - I've never actually seen one of those attacks taking place. Looks like one of the most stylish, at least. ^_^

Well, we bunnies do try to contain ourselves, out of proper decorum, but it can be awfully hard work at times. We hope you'll forgive the occasional lapse.