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Such a wonderful track! Here, see what you make of Erasure - I Could Fall In Love With You. Damn, he's better than ever! (And for music to look forward to, make a note of Paul Hartnoll's forthcoming "The Ideal Condition" - there's some trace of Orbital in there, but it's quite a different animal, with all but one of the tracks prominently featuring traditional instruments, in addition to the welcome swathes of electronica)

Oh! New GPG key up. It's valid until (quite coincidentally) 7/7/7.

UK viewers of Doctor Who might want to bear in mind next weekend's - Gridlock - will be airing at 7.40pm, due to an FA Cup semi-final.

bob_basset does it again, with a pair of dragon paws, fashioned as usual of black leather.

I wonder what applications lasers might have in cooking.. a low power CO2 laser, say around 25W. There's the obvious - precise cutting, perhaps for complex pasta tiling patterns; but I'm thinking more in terms of actual cooking. It seems with that extreme degree of controllability, effects such as surface-layer cooking would be quite simple to accomplish, such as forming a solid layer of yolk on an egg, leaving the inside fluid. Or making a mesh of lines or dots on an oyster, for a simultaneously cooked and raw set of textures and flavors. Of course, if you want to get silly, how about pinging individual corn kernels upwards and have them popped in mid-air? Tracking wouldn't be that difficult, given there'd be no need to consider elapsed time between triggering the laser and the energy reaching the corn. Unless using a Star Wars laser, of course.

Via momentrabbit, word of an extremely rare sighting of a Sumatran striped rabbit.

I know there are one or two friends who might enjoy this round of foam encasement.. ^_^

Hint for building the PSP toolchain on OS X - tweak line 263 of toolchain.sh from:
$MAKE clean; $MAKE || { echo "ERROR BUILDING BINUTILS"; exit; }
to
$MAKE clean; $MAKE -r || { echo "ERROR BUILDING BINUTILS"; exit; }
ie, add "-r" to the second make command. Otherwise the build will burp out with a parse error. You may also want pspgl, a subset of OpenGL; and for tutorials, there's a port of the first ten from NeHe's collection.

Some folks might be interested in Beyond the Red Line, a (new version) Battlestar Galactica game, demo available for OS X, Linux, and Windows. It's a fan project of seemingly high quality, using the open source Freespace 2 engine from Volition Software. Being a work in progress, the demo's all that's available for now.

An Easter parade, of the NSFW variety. =:D

And there's even a little bit of an egg theme in this rather wonderful, creepy, surreal, and stylish CG animated short by Philippe Grammaticopoulos: La Régulateur. A couple want to have a child.. so, they visit a doctor. otter3 would like this, and it might appeal to the darker side of mythos_amante.

discopanda noticed a rather cool illuminated display matrix, of the kind you might use for light patterns, or large animated images.. but made of fire. =:D

So, there's apparently a sequel of sorts to "Turkish Star Wars".. maybe I'll watch it as a warm-up for last weekend's Doctor Who. =:D With an IMDb rating of 1.5, you know it's got to be good. ^_^

The Adventures of Ohmiomyo and Karma (caution: Flash intro with sound) doesn't always score a hit, but there's much to be said for the tales of a wandering Buddhist monk and bunny.

Generally, I only wear shirts with a furry theme, but I'd be quite tempted by one of these, starring Bruce Schneier.

Aardman, fresh from their split with Dreamworks, have apparently snuggled up with Sony instead, with a three-year deal.

Meet the Robinsons: not bad, not great. Decent enough animation, though the character designs were somewhat uninspired; some lovely scene designs, though, especially around the Robinsons' house. Its main flaw, I think, was a combination of two fundamental problems: poor pacing, and lacklustre writing. Even halfway through, I wasn't really sold on it - it does gain momentum later on, and redeems itself quite well, albeit with a somewhat hamfisted ending. The writing - was simply there, with little to lift it up, let alone any effort to establish a background for any but the main character. Still, not a terrible way to spend the time, but not something to go out of your way for - it's less a movie than a professional demo reel.

Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler): I loved the sound of it, but it didn't really hit me. It had its moments, but seemed to be trying too hard to be wacky, in the same way Excel Saga failed, compared to Fairy Princess Ren. (But then, FPR only made it through its two pilot episodes, and ES ran for a full 26-ep season, so, it's just me =:) It stars Hayate as a hapless student with parents who outright refuse to work, leaving him to keep things afloat. After bringing in his first month's pay as a messenger, they run off with the money, leaving their creditors to him - and these are more the "sleeping with the fishes" sort of lenders. He happens across the rich heroine, and thinks of faking an abduction to gain enough of a ransom - but she's kidnapped for real first, leaving him to (quite ably, but very painfully) rescue her. And so the stage is set for her to give him a stable, well-paying job as her butler. I may try a few more episodes.

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann: nicely weird. ^_^ Not nearly as odd as I'd thought it might be, though, with several of the key FLCL folks behind it. It's set in an underground village, where our hero grows weary of the routine of just drilling away to extend the reach of the village, burrowing all day long. A few others feel that way, too; so when he hits upon a mysterious metallic face, he's excited by the news, only to be interrupted by another weird (dinosaur-like) metallic head. (It has arms and legs, just about) Which sets about trying to destroy all of them. Yes, it's a parody of mecha, and quite a nicely deranged one. As with HnG, it's only seen the first episode fansubbed so far, but I'll probably be following this.

Highlight of the past few days, though, is unquestionably The Fountain, the most recent work by Darren Aronofsky, best known for Pi. I shan't dwell on the details, as it's as much an experience as a story - a fantastically layered tale of eternal life, and love transcending time - with some outstanding cinematography to lay forth the tale visually. (Due out on R1 DVD/HD DVD on May 15, and R2 DVD on May 28. This would be one for HD, if you have the means) Stunning.

Quite an excellent photo of gatcat in this Chicago story. Has he really lowered himself to the level of Quizno's, though?

Quote for the day, from the CEO of Seagate, hard drive manufacturers: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." (The rest of the interview's also good; just simple, frank answers on the tech industry and its players)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Robinsons I thought it was due to lack of a decent story, the story being a bit too unbelievable. Where as kuma would probably agree with you on lack of pacing.

Interesting about Aardman though.
Oh, there was a great deal of suspension of disbelief required.. I didn't have much of a problem with that, but yes, it did make itself felt. But hey, we're talking about a time travel story with helper hats. =:)

I was very surprised to see Curse of the Were-Rabbit didn't do all that amazingly at the box office.. I've not looked to see whether that was due to high production costs, or marketing, which can often compete with the former, for a big film. (Goes without saying, perhaps, that I loved it. I still think it'd be great fun to be caught by the vacuum, floating around inside =:)
Well, when you actually look at the figures, Were-Rabbit did quite well. $192mil internationally, which is only slightly bellow the $225mil of Chicken Run.

However, it looks like Dreamworks don't care about the rest of the world, and short-sightedly only take the US amount into account. As it only took $50mil in the US. Even more short-sighted, Dreamworks also ignore that Were-Rabbit cost $15mil less to make than Chicken Run.

I put the failure to impact the US market down to Dreamwork's mismarketing. They really should have taken the opportunity to put the short-films out on a major US network first to build up the characters.
Ohhh! Right, that changes things dramatically. I was only looking at the headline figures on boxofficemojo - usually there's not quite such a massive imbalance between US and worldwide takings.

And it even cost less to make than CR? Impressive! Certainly wasn't any less rich visually, nor starved of central characters. And bunnies, always a good thing. ^_^

Still, at least they left the feature intact, rather than subjecting it to the bizarre treatment afforded the recent Magic Roundabout feature, dubbing from UK English to US English.. (thinking of which, I ought to see that sometime, though its reception wasn't exactly warm, as I recall)
They used Jon Stewart as one of the voices. And while Jon's an funny guy and great at what he does on the Daily Show, he has no place in voice acting.
There's the thing - Weinstein fell into the Dreamworks trap of thinking big names will guarantee success for an animated feature. Pixar don't shy away from big names, but I've tended to appreciate their casting choices much more. (And not long to go now until Ratataouille! That'll more than make up for the rather lacklustre Cars. I can see myself going to see that on the big screen more than once - not something I tend to do often.. only The Matrix and The Lion King come to mind. Such a pity the Matrix guys lost the plot with the rest of the trilogy - the first was so tightly edited, yet so flabby with the others, like the twenty minute chase sequence.. and let's not go into the attempt at romance in the second. Ye gods, but that was as fiery as a dead mackerel)

Mmmm, mackerel.. oh, there's nothing for it - I've got to try getting hold of a couple good fillets of suitable fish and make up some maki and nigiri. So long since I've enjoyed the clarity of flavor of delicately marinated raw mackerel or salmon, or that luscious combination of tempura and rice..
I'm afraid I've never been able to pallet raw fish, not even smoked salmon. Altho it has been a long long time since I tried any. And it may well have been bad salmon, since the rest of the cast ended up feeding it to the neighbourhood cats who'd camped out around the catering truck.
HnG is a confusing choice of acronym, as it makes me think of Hikaru no Go!
Heh! A bit different, true. ^_^ I should try Go sometime.. my usual casual game tends to be Backgammon, but I should change to a different app, as I feel I'm getting used to the style of the bkgm.com Motif applet.
Yes. You should play Go. Get an account on KGS and you'll find people who can teach you. Beware, you're likely to loose a lot if you start playing people right away.
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Hee! I'll have to see if I can track that episode down somewhere. It's a real pity the original wasn't made available subtitled.. but apparently Fuji TV put their foot down, and so no fansubs exist. :-P I've seen a couple of the US dubs of the original, and whilst it's still enjoyable, it lacks the delightfully over the top grandeur in its narration. Don't think I've seen any of the US version of the show, though - Shatner was announcer there, ne?

Mmm, wontons.. oh, I've got some good cooking to catch up with, when I'm finally on my own again with a good kitchen and company to help enjoy the results. And sushi.. over a year is much too long to be without sushi in one's life.
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At first, I didn't know what it was from - I just came across it on a forum posting. Named, not so helpfully, something like intro_index.gif.. by coincidence, I went looking for some RitM tracks at the same time, and all was made clear. ^_^ (Wound up with "Phases Of An Out-Of-Body Experience" - very cool stuff)


I thought your icon was the work of Philippe Druillet (he of Metal Hurlant fame),
but then something clicked, and I saw the Rabbit In The Moon.
Bzzzzzt-click

(My icon IS the work of Philippe Druillet. :)

"Meet The Robinsons" just doesn't look that interesting.
Now, "Ratatouille" looks fantabulous and very funny.
I don't want to be biased, but I am French. :)

Thanks for posting some bunny babes and not forgetting your heterosexual buddies. :)


I've still seen so regrettably little of any of that milieu, though I did stumble upon rather a good collection the other week. (Just wish I had more space on Hyzenthlay's drive.. but Hyzenthlay uses IDE, and the newer MacBook/MacBook Pros are SATA, so even if money were no issue, I wouldn't be able to just reuse the same higher capacity one, at least internally. Ah, for a little stack of 500GB drives, with some redundancy in effect..) Easy to see how you might've thought of that origin, though, I'd agree.

Mm, MtR was.. well, I wouldn't say a disappointment as such, as I wasn't really expecting very much to begin with - the trailer suggested a bit of an Incredibles ripoff. rifkafox noted it's playing in 3D (using a circularly polarised system, apparently), which I could see making it more fun.

Ratatouille, though, yes. Absolutely. I was intrigued when I first learned of the project, and the Geri's Game director sounded like he'd be able to do well with it - but then when I saw the first stills, and then heard Brad Bird was taking over.. ! Yep, this is going to be Pixar's best (and most successful) yet. Ah, what I'd give for an early screening. ^_^

(Now that might be a fun way to promote it.. have a DVD of Ratatouille inserted now into some tiny number of Cars DVDs =:) (Though, I'd sooner they went with The Incredibles, or Finding Nemo - I'd actually enjoy the outcome either way. Cars was quite a disappointment for me - technologically as top-notch as ever, but really rather a limp storyline)

At some point, we should meet again in France somewhere. You can be the gastonomic guide. ^_^ Ahhh.. good food is such a joy, whether it's some cunningly delicate combination, like the perfectly gently braised pork I had somewhere in the south several years back, or a sweet, fluffy waffle hot from the iron on the streets of Ostend in wintertime. (Oh, that pork! Just the right amount of garlic to enhance, not overpower, obviously slowly braised for hours within its foil, as the meat was so unutterably tender, almost flaky..)

I don't think Ratatouille's setting will hurt my interest in the film, either. =:D

Of course, I was thinking of those bunnies in the context of the outcome of a TF.. ^_^ I wouldn't mind terribly waking up like that.. though maintaining such lustre might take quite a bit of work every day. =:)

Oh, don't forget La Régulateur! There's no dialogue, though, so you don't have an advantage over us Anglophones. =:) It's worksafe, though the strangeness of it might attract an onlooker or two..
Yeah, I saw Meet the Robinsons and the Ratatooie [Latest trailer] was the best part of it, the one where you see the humab charas as well etc
Yeah, I went and saw *Meet the Robinsons*...but the latest Ratatooie trailer impressed me more than the whole film

I was a bit sold on the general 50s look and design to things [Like with Robots] but over all a bit of a Blah film, Bad, pacing + not very engadging charas [As a big fan of Chicken little, the non Pixar Disney effort, I kinda expected more from it]
The foam encasement stuff is very nice - something I'll have to keep in mind, since I rather like the idea of encasement in general, and foam might actually be doable. ^^

The Schneier t-shirt is nice, too, of course; I've been thinking about that one myself, but since it's not available in larger sizes, I'm passing.
Ha! Yeah, the local sushi place finally got a lock on their dumpster. I was so depressed I resorted to desperate measures.