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Well, I think I'm sorta ready to start accosting people for conversation here again. =:D Be warned! If we're listed as mutual friends, I do want to keep in touch with you. Probably even if not. =:) Anyway - it's probably not going to be feasible to catch up with everything everyone's been up to in the past few weeks, so please, if there's anything I should hear about, do let me know, either here or in email.

As for what I've been doing? Roughly along the lines of what I said, actually, though it wound up leaning heavily on the musical side. I've been starting to get into basic musical theory, as well as dabbling with Reason 3, Logic Express 7, Reaktor 5, Dimension Pro, and Acoustic Legends HD, as well as getting properly into LSL, in part thanks to fleetfur, who happened to have a local copy of the LSL Wiki kicking around; a copy of which now resides on my PSP, for easy reference in the park, or just lying on my back. ^_^

mycroftb recently happened upon a few rabbits near his own warren - here's the best clip. It is YouTube, so the resolution's nothing special, but still.. there they are. ^_^ It's a different peacefulness I find in watching that, compared to red panda footage, but tranquility nonetheless.

He also noticed a particularly neat bit of guerilla theater: The Moebius, wherein Improv Everywhere members repeated a five minute sequence of events in a Starbucks almost flawlessly, over the course of one hour, with no indication of what was going on. The account given is deliciously entertaining. ^_^

One minute DJ, finger sized. =:D And from 2006's Siggraph presentations, two brief spots (coincidentally, both German) that appealed to me - the first out of extreme silliness, the second for the superbly realistic character animation. Voilà! Kuhfo and Gez the Black Sheep.

If anyone's feeling mad enough to turn porsupah into a permanent account, I'd be a happy bunny. ^_^

"Concerns that this month's GayPride festival might lose out because it clashes with the season finale of Doctor Who have led organisers to show the sci-fi favourite on giant screens in Trafalgar Square." And attending earlier in the day will be John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman. ^_^ It kicks off at 3pm on June 30.

The power of an editor is.. nowhere to be found in this pizza recipe. The comments are priceless. ^_^ "I followed the instructions to the T and the result was inedible. It was like biting into my own refrigerator even though I used a supermarket's one. Will not make again."

Here's a few fun tracks: Brav, Growler, Voices of India Revisited, and Something Good. Just try listening to Brav without bouncing to it. =:D

The nifty part? Here are their source files, for Reason 3, courtesy of their composers: Brav, Growler, Voices of India Revisited, and Something Good. ^_^ So there you can see exactly how all the sounds were accomplished, or render them to 24-bit 96kHz AIFF. (Which, indeed, you'll probably need to do with Growler anyway - it's a particularly complex rack)


St Petersburg witnesses one of the largest pieces of furry artwork I've ever seen. ^_^

Music video for the day: Beck - "Girl". Good track, and quite a creatively amusing video.

Memorable idiocy with a BMW. (Shame about their reputation - the cars are superb; it's just the idiots at the wheel who sometimes exhibit an arrogance and disregard only later developed into a way of life by some suburban SUV drivers)

otter3 pointed out these spiffy furry action figures, including this lapine example.

With only days to go until Ratatouille's US release, the first trailer for Pixar's next work has come out: Wall-E. "The year is 2700. WALL•E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for. From Academy Award®-winning director, Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), WALL•E is the story of one robot’s comic adventures as he chases his dream across the galaxy."

Fascinating project - seems like a cross between the best points of Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia. 'The world's scientists plan to compile everything recorded about the Earth's 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone. The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. The project will take about 10 years to complete. "It's an interactive zoo", said James Edwards, who will be the encyclopedia's executive director. The new encyclopedia should fill about 300 million pages. Funding of $12.5 million to cover the first 2-3 years of work is already in place.' The Encyclopedia of Life.

For really obscure 70s/80s music, Mutant Sounds looks like being an excellent weblog resource. An example of what you'll find: Philippe Doray - Asociaux Associes, a highly odd LP from 1978.

Chemical Brothers "We Are the Night" - buy. Is good. Much more diverse than their previous work, including several guests.

Short for the day comes from Croatia: Plasticat, a furry tale of a somewhat overactive conscience.

I've mentioned the QuickTime wonder-plugin Perian before, but you might not realise there's a new version out, not mentioned on the front page yet - download a beta of v1.0 here [edit: or not..]. Amongst other new niftiness, it now offers Matroska support, as well as for SRT and SSA subtitles.

Here's Danny Byrd guiding us through Under the Sea, a d&b track he arranged in Logic Pro. It's pretty neat hearing each of the (too many, as he himself apologises early on =:) tracks individually, then in their group, giving a feel for how essential layering is in drum & bass.

Furry music video alert: werewuf in Fatboy Slim - Wonderful Night. And the XRS d&b remix, which I'd say is better than the original.

Daft Punk fans might enjoy this Palms Out Sounds entry on the origin of some of their core samples and melodies.. wonderfully diverse.

If you've ever been to a good Chinese restaurant, and wondered just what's on the Chinese menu, rather than the English version, here's a site of interest that guides you through the Chinese ideograms you'll find in a restaurant setting, explaining how their meanings are derived, all very informally. And I echo his sentiments about the neon rabbit.

Nifty space project for the week: Darwin. It'll consist of four craft stationed at the L2 point - three 3-meter telescopes, and one acting as a communications hub. Its mission: to seek out new life and new civilisations. Well, extraterrestrial life, at any rate. ESA hopes to launch the craft around 2015.

patch_bunny found Steam Trek: The Motion Picture - a spot of silent era sci-fi. =:) And, he also noticed Kimono's House, a remarkably enjoyable My Little Pony strip with implausibly detailed sets. Yay!

We Are Dad: "The Lofton-Croteaus are an amazing family: Headed by Roger and Steven, their contagious charm and humor has been key in coping with the rigors of raising Frank, Tracy, Bert, Wayne & Ernie. The dads also cope with the pressure of America’s most overtly anti-gay climates in its history; 4 of the kids have HIV/AIDS, 3 are of mixed race, 2 are from a backwoods Oregon Cult, and 1 of the kids, Bert, is at the center of one of the most hotly contested legal battles of this decade - gay adoption.

Bert was born HIV positive, but at age 3 he sero-reverted, meaning he now tests HIV negative. The result is that Florida, who deemed the parents good enough to foster a sick, unwanted child, considers the dads inadequate to adopt that same, now healthy, child. Why? Because of Florida's discriminatory complete ban on gay adoption."

I do like the design of the A-bike - just check out that folded size, and its weight. You can see a corporate video for it here, including seeing (a) just how portable it is, (b) yes, you can actually ride it, too.

A feature on John Williams, director with lapine inclinations.

Well, there's a new sound to me.. Brazilian drum & bass. Still characteristic of the genre, but at least going by this collection, with strong Latin influences, often positively laid back at the same time as holding the frenetic rhythm. Very cool.

Despite the general domanance of Google, the search engine field's still seeing a lot of growth and diversity. Seeqpod specialises in finding music. For each match, you can listen to it using the site's Flash player, download it, and find associated weblogs, MySpace, Wikipedia, lyrics, tour dates, and places to buy it.

That's handy to know - Logic Express can read and convert Akai format sample CDs. Its EXS24 sample unit can read the discs, and import any or all of the samples contained, winding up as individual AIFFs in ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/AKAI Samples.

An intriguing synthesiser of sorts: the Reactable. "The Reactable is a collaborative musical instrument, with a table-shaped tangible interface. Several musicians control the instrument simultaneously by placing and moving specially designed transparent objects on a translucent tabletop. The users can create complex, dynamic sonic topologies by moving the objects together and interconnecting them in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language. Each object has a different audio function, including sound generators, pitch filters, audio modulators, etc."

Here's a good review of Cakewalk's Dimension Pro synth. It's sample based at its core, but those soundbanks (and they're fairly extensive, occupying around 8GB on disk) really only form the basis for many more possibilities, as you'll read there. Very cool stuff.

Want to write your own AU and VST plugins? SonicBirth (OS X only) lets you do just that, for free. Cross-platform, there's also CPS, offering the ability to act as a VST or Flash plugin, or a C++ or Java toolkit. Be warned, on the Windows front, you'll need at least a P-166 with MMX and 32MB. (For the OS X download, you'll probably want to explicitly save the file somewhere - as it's being served as text/plain, just clicking on the link will bring the archive up in the browser as a "text" file)

I've found my perfect iTunes visualiser: magnetosphere. High framerate, highly responsive to the music, and absolutely packed with shiny things. =:D Free (though they're coy about whether it'll remain that way), available for OS X and Windows.

Of course, maybe you're bored with softsynths and all that dull portability - how about a nice Serge Modular?

As the interview says, you probably haven't heard of Tom Zé; but it's a fascinating look at reassembling music and found sounds in a wholly Brazilian way. "Because all my roots are in my country's folkloric music, which I still listen to, and I still have friends who play it. I adopt the same ethics. But at the same time I studied in a modern university where I learned the post-Schoenberg technology of serialism, dodecaphonics, and I learned these things without having the least necessity of using them. And I can't use them. That's how I live, completely nourished by the past. I never have the pretension of making music of the future, only the eternal necessity of entertaining, of bringing joy, of combatting boredom, of not repeating what has already been done, and with the contradiction of saying that I plagiarize everything."

w00t! There's now a Mac version of DEFCON. ^_^

A new version of Shiira's out, and whilst it doesn't quite match OmniWeb 5, it's well worth checking out if you're stuck with Safari.

You really should enjoy all the sights of Australia.

What do you want networking to be able to do for you in the future? Cisco wants to hear about your vision of "connected life", in the form of an essay of up to 1,000 words - with a grand prize of $10,000, and ten of $1,000. ^_^ Closes on Sep 14 2007, and it's open to residents of the US, Canadia, the UK, Australia, and Japan.

Sexy Alien Cartoon Band "makes fun of the blatant sexuality in music videos. SonicBoing is really a one man band because I did all of the animation and the music."

I'm not much of one for breakfast, preferring a more Mediterranean style of making the main meal a late dinner, but these Annie's cereals seem like a good choice for the more AM-inclined. How can you refuse Honey Bunnies or CinnaBunnies? =:D

A sort of bunny music video, "Lapinous" - definitely recommended, as it's actually well edited. Cool soundtrack, ne?

Favorite J-Pop band name spotted to date: "Bump of Chicken".

They've done it! Parallels 3.0 now features 3D acceleration. All the benefits of virtualisation, with native performance, as they demonstrate there with Quake 4 under XP, while the rest of the system purrs along under Tiger. (Previously, if you wanted to play a Windows game on an Intel Mac, that required booting into Windows using Boot Camp) And IIRC, VMWare also intend similar 3D support.

Fascinating article on the terrifying sex organs of male turtles. It's genuinely educational, as well as amusing; don't miss the Brisbane river turtle one reader submits in the comments. Actually, read all the comments, and don't snicker too loudly if you're at work. And I'm not quite sure if this link is strictly safe, given a rather memorable, boggleworthy picture of an Argentine Lake Duck.


"Rickay's Night Out", as spotted by mycroftb. (NSFW)

So, Doctor Who reached an astonishing peak with Paul Cornell's two-parter, Human Nature and Family of Blood - not simply a very good story, but an occasion for the actors to show what they're genuinely capable of. Congratulations are in order for all concerned, for a superlative moment of television, casting forth into prominence what makes life worthwhile. One for the show's annals, and most likely, to receive recognition beyond its fen.

Yoshimune - take a samurai comedy, put it in the present time, and make the character designs reminiscent of the Powerpuff Girls style. It's fun. ^_^ Only three episodes subbed at the moment, though.

Darker than Black - notable. Vaguely sci-fi/fantasy/detective/renegade.

Lovely Complex - good stuff. Reminiscent of Kare/Kano, but more satisfying. The animation stylings will offend those who dislike anime, but the animators obviously have a good understanding of comic timing and expression. It's a simple enough premise - girl's very tall, boy's very short, and they both have something of a developed complex about their respective conditions. And true enough, they wind up getting along very well, despite that being about the last thing either of them want.

Bokurano [view opening titles] - very good. We join a group of seventh-graders on an island beach, playing and exploring, when one of them suggests seeing what's inside a nearby cave. They go further and further in, when they see some light, which turns out to be from a series of large LCDs. It's from a "game", and the designer invites them to test it out. That evening, they all wake up on the beach, wondering what just happened, when the giant robot in the game appears for real, and blinks them aboard. The designer comes clean, and admits the combat they were simulating will now be for real. It's got several Ghibli staff on board, making this Gonzo production an unusual combination, with more of an emphasis on character interplay than might otherwise be anticipated; the manga's from the same person behind Narutaru, and there are certainly some familiar influences. Worth following, after two eps.

Gigantic Formula - apparently derived from a spam subject line, it's quite reminiscent of Evangelion, with the mecha here each representing a different nation in one-on-one battles. I'm not much of one for mecha shows, but this has a good feel to it, with character designs by the person responsible for the somewhat different Kamichu, and the mecha apparently representing a Who's Who of mecha designers. Two episodes in, it's rather derivative, but still a lot of fun - the talent involved shines through. Five in, and I'm sold. The basic elements may not be novel, but the writing's quite good.

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge - four bishies living in a mansion are landed with the owner's daughter, on the understanding they turn her into a "proper lady". Catch is, she's the übergoth. All very over the top, and enjoyable enough.. but I'm not sure I'll continue with it.

Kami-chama Kirin - magical girl. Think Card Captor Sakura meets Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar - it's extremely cute stuff.

Rocket Girls [view opening titles] - silly and it knows it, but doesn't mind. A nascent spaceflight program's in trouble, and they have to regress to an earlier version of rocket - but that means having to trim a lot of weight, including the pilot's. On hearing they want him to go down to 40kg, he decides it'd be a good move to flee in a light armored vehicle across the jungle, only to come across a girl who's come to the island in search of her father, last seen there several years ago, on his honeymoon, when he abruptly vanished. The director thinks they might as well use her as an astronaut instead. After two eps, another I'll probably keep watching, but not as a priority.

Moonlight Mile was off to another promising start, too, but five eps in, I'm not impressed with the quality of the writing, which is little better than many fanfics. I may fetch another few eps at some point, to see if it improves, but I suspect I'll be leaving it there.

Five centimeters per second - enchanting and wistful, the first part's the simple tale of a boy travelling to meet a friend he's not seen in a year; though I couldn't help but feel a cellphone would've made things a lot simpler for both of them. ^_^;


.. also available in fully animated form!

Back into the world of live action cinema, Daft Punk's Electroma was rather disappointing. A reasonable enough concept, but ploddingly produced. Slow pacing can be fine - gods know, Stalker's a superlative example, but there, the film was given life by Tarkovsky's exceptional talent for composition and observation. Here, the footage reminded me more of a home movie with neat props. Still, points for the robofetishism. =:)

Prize for the month, though, is unquestionably The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, with the feel of a classic Ghibli. Whilst there is time travel, it's ultimately about the people involved, their feelings, and their lives. Very well animated, with a great eye for the subtleties of body language, so often lacking in anything but top-notch animation, and seldom from the Western studios. I shan't say more - watch it instead. (You'll need a player that understands Matroska containers, like VLC or MPlayer; I'd recommend the latter, as its support for subtitles is superior - VLC adds the text to the decoded image, then scales, making the font and the shadow highly pixellated, and doesn't line-wrap long sentences. They're both good choices, though, as they'll handle just about anything you throw at them, with no need to mess around with working out what codecs are needed) Strongly recommended.

And by way of a real contrast to some of these rather derivative series, there's Dennou Coil [view opening titles]. Set a little into the future, with pervasive VR via normal-seeming glasses or goggles, it's another world, or maybe not far from ours. Not VR in the sense of being in some closed room and reality's created for you, but instead, seamlessly overlaid onto the real world. Imaginative and well-written, it's much more Ghibli than Lain, resulting in something of both. Give this a try, even if you're not usually much of one for anime. (And it wins an award of some kind for relevant use of IPv6 in one scene =:)

I miss my sake bento. I think I'll have to pay it a visit this summer.

[Eep! I don't seem to be receiving any LJ email notifications today]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome back :)
*hug!* You're not rid of me that easily. =:)
Ha! I was wondering where you went!

Good of you to save up four months of LJ posts in one go, too. ^.^
And bear in mind this is post-editing. Thankfully, my connection's monthly cap is quite generous, and doesn't count outbound traffic at all. =:)
Hey, it's good to have you back! :)

Your posts make me long for the internet connection I had back at school. Something tells me I could spend a day or two downloading everything linked above with the crappy DSL here at home.
Aw, thanks. ^_^

It's got to be better than dialup, though. ^_^ (Just before getting DSL turned on at the last place, I tried fetching one ep of Zettai Shounen.. and spent about three nights getting about halfway)

Are LJ notifications working for you today, or did I just stun the system? ^_^; I only just noticed there were replies to this entry when I checked it manually.

Of all of the shorts, definitely, don't miss Lapinous. Makes me hope all the more I might be able to offer a home to a couple buns soon.. though I suppose that's a bit optimistic, given how many landlords don't want any furry companions in the place. And I first need to land the contract anyway.. ^_^
Yay! Welcome back! You have been missed :-)
*giggle*

So, what have you been up to? No need to worry - this isn't a family journal. =:)

I've missed LJ, definitely. I just needed time to get things like my latent musical interests jump-started, and work out how to balance time better. I need a lot to keep me busy, else I just lapse into boredom, or worse, and I think this might actually all work out well. Hopefully I'll actually have some basic musical noodlings to show off before long, even if it's just the odd few bars or loop here and there. And I've still got to get properly into FCP and Maya.. ^_^
John Barrowman and... Freema Agyeman? Is she a mingemuncher?

Welcome back!

I feel kinda sorry for the BMW driver. Just a wretched idiot; not one of the aggressive young men who usually constitute the BMW problem.
Yanno, I actually hadn't thought.. I don't think I've heard anything about her one way or the other. Presumably she's playing the role of Diana Ross. =:)

I'm still boggling at that driver's antics. Certainly, everyone's entitled to the occasional brain fart, whether as a result of a very bad or very good night before, but that seemed less a momentary lapse of judgment than a matter of discretion having long since boarded up the windows and sought more gainful employment elsewhere.

It's good to be back. ^_^ Only problem I discovered is a rather awkwardly obvious one - the lack of a proper surface upon which to place my trusty Keystation 49e. True, there is the floor, and I do hope I can rely on its continued presence, but that'll be a lousy posture to have to maintain when I hit superstardom. (Though, it has to be said, comfortable)
Welcome back! It's nice to see you posting again.

The world's scientists plan to compile everything recorded about the Earth's 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site

Now this sounds very nice, and I hope they manage to get it done. It sounds like just the thing for those of us who have always wanted to travel the world to see exotic species, and have never gotten to.
It's a project genuinely worthy of the networked age. I'd love to see some good sponsorship forthcoming from outfits like Cisco in particular, not to mention SAN vendors - maybe Amazon could chip in, given the nature of their business, and continued willingness to sustain The Internet Archive, with its own fairly remarkable requirements.

In the meantime, even if the publishers do insist on demanding institutional prices for such works, there's always Grzimek - not even a fraction as comprehensive as this hopes to be, but still a remarkably good reference work, covering every species, from bacterium to primate, across seventeen volumes. The digital edition is much easier to carry around. =:)
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*snug* Thanks. ^_^

What's been going on in your neck of the woods lately, then?
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Good to hear from you again! (ps, do you still hang around on SL?)

And yes, Dennou Coil does indeed rock! A very Vernor Vinge "Rainbows End" style world, perhaps even a little more consistent and saner.
I haven't really been on SL properly in a while - more just keeping close track from the sidelines as I prepare. =:)

Seems like Dennou Coil's been in preparation for some fourteen years, apparently - reminds me a little of Princess Tutu in that regard. The projects' maturity seems to've served both very well indeed. I'm following a few series at the moment, but it's Dennou Coil and Bokurano I'm especially keen to see appear in the latest fansub list, plus Darker than Black. Rocket Girls I was close to giving up on after around ep.3-4, but I'm pleased I continued - true, it was quite daft at times (not that there's anything wrong with that - Lagann, etc), but its sheer sense of wonder made it shine, in the end.
Welcome back! *jump up and down and squeak for joy* (That's something I can also do on SL now.)


Defcon: Now, I don't know anything about that game, you understand so I'm just mouthing off based on what I saw on the front of the web page. A game about nuclear war and genocide?! I don't think I'm at all pleased to see that on the Mac.

Speaking of a related issue, you may have noticed during Steve Jobs' keynote speech during the WWDC that he was plugging some kind of Mac renaissance for games. All well and good if you're into games (and who would buy a Mac if they're a serious gamer?) but it turns out all these hot new titles will be coming to us by way of a portability engine called Cider. No doubt, they promise equivalent speeds to a native game, but it remains to be seen if they deliver. :/
Ooh, I should get into animations too. ^_^ At least, until SL supports arbitrary programmatic description of movements, which I understand is in the works, but potentially not for some time. Certainly would make some things much easier, like playing a keyboard - then it'd just be a matter of requesting a movement from the current position to the key you're wanting to hit, rather than having to make up a whole slew of separate animations.

Cider is a bit of a cheat, indeed - still, it seems to work quite well, though I'm not sure what kind of performance hit is inevitably involved. If the overhead's small, it'd permit DirectX-only programmers to unknowingly target the rest of the OpenGL world. I'd like to hear what the folks at Aspyr think of it all, or even the Omni Group, who made that Giants Mecc port a few years back - a little out of character for them, but they're as good a Mac programming house (or programming generally) as they come. And given it's essentially wrapping a Windows version of the title, it's all Intel Mac-only - no love for the PPC folks.
Welcome back! Good to see you posting again; I'd been wondering what happened to my source of random links. :)
Only pseudorandom. =:) I just can't abide coming across these things and not letting friends know as well, hopefully towards some discussion of them. ^_^

Are you still hauling vast quantities of consumables and heavy goods every which way? (Does it tend to be any particular kind of Stuff™? No need to be specific if you specialise in, say, U-235 =:)
Yay! Really nice to see you back here. =:) Admittedly I now need to find an extra four hours to browse through all the links herein... =;)
*giggle* I was considering packing up all the initial pages for easy offline viewing. =:)

Good to see you back! I was just talking about you today a few hours ago! *hugs* It will take me a week to read your whole comment :-P
Eek! ~scurries away, shy bunny~ =:)

There are one or two things I hope you'll find of interest in it all, though. ^_^ I've watched Lapinous a few times, and listened to Brav and Growler several times.. and apps like Reaktor and Dimension offer such possibilities.. all just wonderful that it's possible at all, let alone on a little PowerBook but one inch thick.

BTW, did anything come of that hotel idea from a while back? Seemed like it could be pretty cool, assuming there weren't any severe catches involved.
You are back! All is right with the world once more! *hug* Glad you had a productive time away. =:) (Also, I have a photo to show you.)

By the way, you just got me very excited with that St. Petersburg picture. =:) I assume this is some kind of SL replica of the city, yes? Or at least of the palace at Tsarskoe Selo.
>giggle< I'm quite pleased with how it went, yes. ^_^ Still so much more to do, but then, when isn't that ever the case?

Yay, photographic wonderment!

As far as I understand, that's a genuine hot air balloon in the real city. Just a very, very furry balloon. =:D (So.. would lapine ears pose an obstacle to such a construction effort, I wonder? I'm sadly lacking in knowledge in that field) Just seeing a picture like that fires up my wanderlust.. even for "just" somewhere like Vienna or Budapest, even if not St Petersburg. Well, there's a sane chance I might land a good contract in the coming week, which would make such explorations possible once more, though maybe I'll be forgiven for wanting to place the Bay at the immediate top of the list. ^_^

I do want to try embarking on my original plan of a few years back, though, heading up from Kuala Lumpur through the interior of the country, ending up at the eastern end of the Thai border - sounds like it'd be quite a neat little adventure. For anything like that, though, I'd ideally want a good HD camcorder with me, preferably with a high quality audio recorder as well - something going onto a little stack of SD cards, fed by a pair or quad of suitable mikes, as befitted the occasion. There's so much in simply ambient audio of different parts of the world, yet so few high quality recordings.
If we're listed as mutual friends, I do want to keep in touch with you.
You are so kind!  Sometimes I wonder whether furs stay on my mutual-friend list because they're afraid of leaving-induced drama.

John Williams: Is he listed here?  I kept expecting to see a Star Wars reference, but no go.

Well-hung turtles: Wow!  Their members are almost as big as those of dogs!  And they're much more willing than dogs are to make a genital display for non-procreative purposes.

Argentine Lake Duck: "If the paper weren't written by respectable scientists..."  You know, scientists sometimes publish "joke" papers.  Example.
Mmm, I've seen one or two awkward displays of such indignance, but I've felt it's best for all to simply overlook such indiscreet behavior. Thankfully, that's been very much the exception - people mostly understand people's interests sometimes shift with time.

There seem to be too many John Williamses. We should dispose of some, for inherent clarification of reference. =:)

Not that canids are typically shy in such matters, of course. =:D I suppose that's the downside of having tall legs.. a certain lack of privacy follows, compared to being more flush to the ground.

Oh, farg. Stuff the Voigt-Kampf test - next time I interview someone, I'm showing them that. They start giggling uncontrollably, they're in. =:D
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE You're back! I've missed you and your LJ posts! I know we haven't gotten to know each other all that well but I've really enjoyed your semi-regular updates and posts ^^
HEE! Aw, that's really nice to hear. ^_^ I do enjoy sharing it all, but of course, it's being able to discuss them with everyone that makes it worthwhile.

So, nothing too huge changed in your life? You've not suddenly woken up female, say? (Always so disorienting)
meep! Welcome back bunny! :3

Have to read it all yet.. but, I guess I can say I might be the only one on your friends list that actually knows Tom Zé's music? :P
Well, you are particularly culturally aware. ^_^ There's a chance rabitguy knows of him, but other than that.. !

(Ooooh.. a complete David Bowie collection? I grew up with him, thanks to my brother. "Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom's a junkie.." And then Queen, of course - who even spanned myself, my brother, and my mother)
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*giggle* I hope you make it through - it's all things that particularly caught my eye, and which I'd normally love to chat about with friends, but for the small matter of everyone being variously unfeasible distances apart. So, LJ sort of makes up for that, as well as SL. Ah, if only it were as easy to change form in RL.. even just once would be quite enough. (Thinking of which, you might particularly enjoy Dennou Coil)
The New Chemical Brothers album is out in about 2 weeks BTW
Good, isn't it? Quite a fun variation of styles involved. Wonder who they'll tag for video directing this time around.. Michel Gondry's always a reliable choice for fun mindtrips. ^_^ (One of many of his I particularly like features Kylie Minogue walking around a small French town square. With each pass around, the sights and events from each previous pass accumulate.. quite nifty)
Hey, you're alive~ Heaven's, that's a long post.

A-bike: I want that. ^^;; Would be so useful. Maybe.

Five centimeters per second was quite nice. And Dennou Coil is definitely recommended. Missed the IPv6 bit though~

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge... it's got some 24? episodes now? I don't know - it's ok. Not a big fan of the animation, but the humor and resulting laughter on my part has gotten my roommate to investigate several times. Yoshimune's also good - episode 4 was released very recently.

Would also recommend Hayate no Gotoku~ and maybe Kekkaishi?
I wonder if there are actual owner reports of the A-bike to be found? As foofers pointed out, one probable limitation would be gravel surfaces, given the lousy condition of bike lanes in the Bay Area, where they even pretend to exist. But for reasonable road surfaces, that exceptional portability does look quite impressive.

I really liked the emotion in 5cm, but I couldn't quite shift that feeling of "if only they, like 99.999999% of the population of Japan, had cellphones, he could've just called her up and said he was going to be (really) late". Trouble is, that might've been realistic, but also not quite the same film. =:) Pity about the licensing, but so it goes - I'm sure I'll wind up catching the other two segments sometime or other.

YNSH - mm, I may give another few eps a try. I did quite enjoy some of the humor, though the artwork style seems a bit odd at times. The manga-ka's really pounding it home that they're bishies. ^_^

Thinking of shows I could catch up on, it occurs to me I still haven't finished Zettai Shounen. Things got busy for me in the latter half, and then I lost ep.20 in that bout of HD corruption.. I think I'll check what eps are actually absent and go for a complete marathon, or maybe just the second half. (But first, this week's Doctor Who, and the new Bokurano and Darker than Black!)
BMWs actually have a certain reputation for being crap here. :)

Nice music, too; I liked the Fleabag track a lot. :)

And the furret dance animation was just CUTE! ^^
I do recall taxis all being Mercedes, not BMW. ^_^ (Though maybe that's due to BMW's lack of diesel tech? They don't seem to have much of a reputation for diesel engines, at least - far less than M-B, Honda, or Toyota)

There were two Fleabag tracks, it seems - Growler and VoIR. Both rather good, though. It's rather imposing, looking at the racks they construct, and all the sequencer tracks involved, then realising I need to reach that level, if I'm to create anything as nifty. Ah well.. one step at a time, mm? Have you explored any musical avenues, like keyboard or guitar, maybe?

I'm impressed by that animation! Really well done, and seemingly only using Flash as a frame-stepper for hand-drawn images, rather than animating through spline manipulation or object movement/distortion. I'd love to see more involving him, definitely. ^_^ (The design reminds me somewhat of Saeto, in Fur-Piled.. now there'd be an animation project!)
Yay, you're back!
Indeedly doodly, neighborino! =:D

(I've got to try saying that in conversation sometime, and see what reaction it gets =:)
Nice to have you back! *hug*
Yay! You're still amongst us too! **hug** Hopefully we'll get to meet up again sometime before too long. Doubly so if there's uncooked fish involved. ^_^
perhaps the longest entry to grace my friends list... ever.

also, i do wonder what native st peterburgians would think of that balloon decorating the hermitage square. st peterburg has never been a city particularly enthused by modern art or architecture, with the first skyscraper ever, proposed and approved by the city council two years ago meeting intense criticism of the "this will ruin our wonderful city" nature.
Hee! They must be positively horrified by the way London's developed. =:D Personally, I adore a skyline like that, with old classics like St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London rubbing shoulders with modern stunners like the Swiss Re building.

And this is after I edited a few minor bits out. ^_^
Miss you, bunneh, and your wonderful links too. :)
Aww. ^_^;

Yaaay! You're around! Hopefully the past few weeks have been good to you?

Nifty space project for the week: Darwin. It'll consist of four craft stationed at the L2 point

I wish there was one such project every week. :-)

I have to wonder though - the lagrange points might not be bad places to put telescopes, but they can't be the best places. There haven't been any in situ measurements at L2 and L3 that I am aware of, but the gegenschein is known to be rather strong at the lagrange points L2 and L3, so they must have a higher abundance of dust than anywhere else along the Earth's orbit. Better observations might well be obtainable elsewhere. Also, the lagrange real esate is rather limited - use of them might have to be prioritised in the not so distant future.

Also, as everyone has said, welcome back. *hugs* I've been on a nearly complete hiatus myself for the past 2 weeks or so, what with moving and all. It's been quite hectic.
"Gegenschein".. oh, what a wonderful word. ^_^ Interesting to see there's a specific term, if not surprising. Hopefully the project sees completion, of course - my impression is there's been a rather tepid commitment to ESA in the past, but maybe that's being improved, partially through the raised hazard of the US government, lending legitimacy to the notion of spending considerable sums on a second GPS system. (Not a bad idea in any event, in my opinion - reliance on any one system is just calling out for problems)

All (or mostly) settled now? I'm weird. I love moving. =:D Well, at least, if it leaves me somewhere I want to be, that is. **hug!**