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mycroftb spotted this superb lapine t-shirt.

SLWTF is a superb travelogue style journal, visiting some of what SL has to offer. ("Reality Service Island is worth a look, if only because… well, hey, giant metal hand, right?") Of particular note is Black Knight, a roleplaying group set on a richly detailed spacestation; it's Japanese in origin, but it seems folks from around the world are involved.

keihound found this utterly, totally cute CG short - only two minutes or so, and stars a sort of bunneh. What more could you want? ^_^

If you're going to FC, you'll be able to see a collaboration of artists' depictions of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac on display in the art show - here's Blotch's entrancing sheep [safe]. Are those horns not hypnotic? Trace the ridges back and forth, back and forth..

kuma_chan uncovered an original 1970s episode of Rupert the Bear here and here. Well worth a peek, even if only for the opening theme. ^_^

Now this does sound like a promising bit of projector tech. At 5 cubic cm, it's intended for integration into other devices, as well as standalone units, for times when you'd like a bigger picture than your iPod or phone can offer, but without the need to carry around an "actual" projector. It works using red, green, and blue lasers, eliminating the need for any lens, and raster scans à la CRT, simplifying the micromirror down from the DLP-style chips with one mirror per pixel, to just a single mirror.

How will it compare to LG Philips' flexible LCD? The version they'll be showing off this year is 14.3", 1280x800, 24-bit color. (Whether genuinely 24-bit remains to be seen, given most, if not all, "8bpp" LCDs actually use some degree of dithering, as I recall)

Meanwhile, in the fruity orchards of Cupertino, AI claims the company's working on a keyboard with OLED displays in each keycap, each driven by a microcontroller, presumably taking care of decoding something like an IIC serial bitstream. One point which perhaps the patent filing addresses is how to reliably maintain a connection between the keyboard PCB and the moving keycap. Even aside from internationalisation uses, it's easy to see such keyboards being very handy in apps with heavy usage of shortcuts, let alone some games. (All assuming it actually happens, of course - a patent filing does not a product make. It seems inevitable, though, whoever manages to push them out in volume first, pushing the volume cost well below the Optimus)

Courtesy of tania, a new occasional webcomic, Kiskaloo. The artwork style will be somewhat familiar to most people. =:)

Here's a good interview with Jopsy Pendragon, creator of the Particle Laboratory, one of SL's premiere resources for learning about creating particle systems.

You might want to check your parents haven't signed up with Sears' "My SHC Community", as they've apparently decided to do a Sony - they install a mofo spyware package. Its functions? Oh, nothing much.. just monitoring where you browse, inspecting the data sent and received, including the pace and style of any text entered, as well as the header section of personal email.

If you're in the US, identify as penicularly enhanced (or handicapped, as depending on outlook =:), and Jewish, maybe you'd like to assist this individual in their linguistic research. All ages and genders welcome - it's simply that <30 females have already been helpfully forthcoming.

Obviously, the (virtual) reality's yet to be seen, but Clever Zebra sounds like it could be very helpful indeed for SL designers wanting to offer building services, whether for free, or as a paid service.

SETI@Home needs more volunteers, due to additional receivers now online at Arecibo. 'According to project scientist Eric Korpela, the new data amounts to 300 gigabytes per day, or 100 terabytes (100,000 gigabytes) per year, about the amount of data stored in the U.S. Library of Congress.'

If you feel like offering your support to the striking writers: 'UnitedHollywood is asking you to shoot a video showing us how you would get the AMPTP to make a fair deal. Videos can be up to four minutes long and any genre from comedy, drama, mockumentary or even commercial-like, and must contain the phrase "fighting for the future." The only other stipulation is the last line of the video must be "We're all on the same page."

Paul Haggis will be one of the judges. Need I say Due South? Crash? I didn't think so. I heard that a writer/producer I once worked with, upon learning of this contest, asked, "Aren't we just teaching people to come and take our jobs?" To which I would say, "If they're good enough to take our jobs, they should have 'em."'

For anyone in NYC, a charitable event in the form of the Snuffy Animal Dance on January 30: "Come dressed as an animal....The sexiest animal wins a 2 night stay and dinner for 2 at the Emerson Resort and Spa."

Homebrew VoIP for the iPod touch & iPhone. You'll need an external mic for the former, as it doesn't incorporate one. Meanwhile, next week's CES will see Sony announce US availability of Skype for the PSP.

Fans of the genre might enjoy this week's Slow Wave, "Zombie Motivation".

Torchwood's second season's been confirmed as starting in the UK on BBC 2 on Wednesday, Jan 16, and in the US on BBC America on Saturday, Jan 26. In the UK, it's worth noting that there'll be a repeat, edited for a pre-watershed audience. (Is there really still a concept of a younger audience watershed?)

Via tilton: SQUARE BAGELS.

On reading this news story, I couldn't help but wonder - just how did they collect it? (Which also reminded me of these wonderful candies. Easily one of the best things ever to come out of China)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Psst! I know Blotch is popular for very good reason, but have you checked out Heather Bruton's Ox picture?
Oh, indeed! It's merely that bovines don't generally appeal to me - but it's certainly well up to her best standards, with some superb use of color contrasts, not to mention lighting. I'll be interested to see how Roz Gibson's rabbit turns out - I admit, I'm not much of a fan of her style in general, often being rather spiky, but I'm curious all the same, especially as I've not seen much of her color work. (Though for use of colors, Eric Blumrich's work remains some of the most memorable I've seen. Had a really good sketchbook piece by him, too, which was another casualty of all the moves, sadly)

Heather Bruton: Roen PiperAnd I would have bet fair odds that our friendly bunny would post her latest rabbit picture! (Even if it does have a funny hairstyle. :)


Edited at 2008-01-04 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, those feet! Those ears! Now, if I can just persuade him into this lycra instead.. ^_^

Speaking of which, you must have a minor collection yourself by now, mm? Assuming the überbike you mentioned a while back has been seeing use (weather permitting). Or maybe even if not..
The uberbike... if I were rich enough, I'd say that it had turned into a rich man's folly. As it is... well. :) It turns out that without a specific purpose (e.g., commuting) for the bike, I instead spend my exercise time out running with Mischa. At least I have the best of all possible reasons to blow too much money on a bicycle and then barely use it!
I haven't worn Lycra for a long while, but you're making me think bad things.
Oh, we couldn't have that,now.
Blotch never ceases to utterly amaze me with his artwork... I'm very curious to see the rest of the series and who they'll be drawn by (and yes I got the link for the Ox from above, also stunning ^^)

That animation has got to be the most infectiously cheerful thing I have *ever* seen in my life... Now I'll never get that song out of my head, thanks :P

Also, I've seen an earlier version of Microvision's projector... they did a short technical demonstration at the Athabasca University last summer and I got to help them set up their computer equipment. I don't know how far along the device has come since then, and even then they said they were using an older, prototype device, but it was quite impressive. I can really see it coming in handy for people who travel around doing presentations and meetings.

I mean, back at the AU meeting support was always the biggest headache... it was guaranteed that at the last minute someone would try to hook their laptop up to the projector or server or something and then *poof* nothing would happen. If everyone could just carry their presentation on the pocket PC along with their own projector, it could save a lot of hassle.

Though I'd like to see it get to the point where people no longer have to leave their office to give presentations...
Ooh, Doodles just noted that Dark Natasha will be handling Rat. Not sure I've seen any of her rodents, but her lapines are easily amongst my top favorites, for that anthro-yet-feral look to their physique.

Have you played Loco Roco? Definitely one of the best PSP titles - like Katamari Damacy, quite an inspired idea. Uniquely Japanese. ^_^ (Soundtrack included - it's all insanely catchy stuff like that)

That projector really could be big, so to speak, if it succumbs to volume pricing pushing the unit cost down. Imagine if they could cram a future revision into smartphones! (Cue watching The Daily Show on the back of someone else standing in the bus =:) It does seem peculiarly difficult a matter, indeed - I've read of plenty of such accounts on the PowerList, where Windows has decided it's just not going to play unless you ask it really nicely, with extra sugar on top. (Scene of Flanders preparing cocoa for Bart comes to mind..)

Actually, virtual meetings do seem to be starting to take place, at long last - IBM's been using SL for such, avoiding the need to shuttle people around the world quite so routinely. Seems like a win for everyone (though I admit, I love travel, though that's not been much in evidence in the last year or two. *sigh*), saving the company money, and avoiding yet another few thousand air miles of carbon dioxide output. (Fascinating seeing Boeing cooperating in field trials of algae-produced aviation fuel - could be quite a promising line of research)
The OLED keyboard has already been made, and is even available for purchase - http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/
Which is why I noted it. =:D Rather nice overall design, it has to be said.. it's always good to see care and taste applied to industrial design. The operative factor is cost - something along these lines pushed into manufacture on the scale of millions of units would likely push them into upper end commodity range, easily bundled with iMacs as standard. Assuming they do go for it, of course - many a patent never makes it into production.
Ah, I missed the mention. Currently battling with flu.
Erf! Hopefully not too bad a bout.. I went through a bizarrely swift bout myself a few days ago, onset and recovery within a day or so. GO leucocytes!

Meanwhile, in the fruity orchards of Cupertino, AI claims the company's working on a keyboard with OLED displays in each keycap

How.. novel. ;)

For anyone in NYC, a charitable event in the form of the Snuffy Animal Dance on January 30: "Come dressed as an animal....The sexiest animal wins a 2 night stay and dinner for 2 at the Emerson Resort and Spa."

Hmm... pity kathrishali is not from New York. ;)

Travel is often possible. ^_^ (Even if not lately, on a personal basis. *sigh* Got to get back to Malaysia sometime, and take that central line up through the jungle, to the eastern edge of the Thai border, then up to the north of Thailand. Not sure where from there, though - I'd probably just do as I did last time, and play it by ear. No fun in planning things too much, after all =:)
*noddles* That sounds interesting, although it'd probably not be my cup of tea. :) I like to explore, but not when I'm in a place that's so foreign (to me) that I'd feel outright lost...
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SN really gets lapines, not to mention the WD style. ^_^ Though I think my favorite of his lapine works so far probably remains the one I linked to the other time, "Jackalop 2" - I simple adore that quietly gleeful expression, with his tongue just poking out, and those beautiful bunny feets. =:)

No idea if he takes commissions, but maybe you'd want to consider him sometime, when you've got a few shekels spare.. and of course, Ayame Emaya's been known to handle hoofies rather stylishly too. ^_^
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Nobody said it couldn't be a silent movie. =:D
If you like Second Life Space Stations, I highly reccomend the Necronom VI station.

It's got aliens.
Wow.. ! I might actually have to rope up a companion and go exploring, if they're okay with low-key visitors. Reminds me, I still need to drop by that other ship I noticed recently - not a hub of roleplaying, just a mysteriously complete, sizable build.

BTW, give a squeak if you do come up with that raygun you were pondering. That could be a load of fun. ^_^
I couldn't believe it when I found it either, I was looking for Colagol[Barnaby the Bear] stuff and thought *I wonder if theres any Rupert eps* unfortunatly its not one with Bill, Pong Ping, PC Growler or even the Raggety episode but it sure choaked me up seeing it again

I dunno if you've seen the new Stop Motion Rupert series on C5, but as a lifetime Rupert Fan [I actually learned to read from the 1973 Annual] it makes me feel physically sick
GooTube's a real treasure trove. I'd had a music video in mind for years, which I'd seen about once, maybe fifteen years previous - it just stuck with me that it was so damn neat having stop motion raptors acting out "My Little Runaway". But as the song's been covered so many times, googling wasn't proving very helpful. Then along came YouTube.. ^_^

It's a strange feeling, growing up with certain TV shows, thinking there are just so many episodes, only to eventually discover the whole show only amounted to thirteen episodes.

Is that a different beast to the CG version of Rupert I recall being made a couple years back, or am I misremembering? Then again, sounds like I should just let those memories finish their decay.

Wish Ten would resume airing Dogstar.. I've really been enjoying the few eps so far.
*tag with friend sticker* You're -neat-. I like you.
Yay! I'm a plushie! *splays hands and feet out*

*peek left, peek right* *cuddle feets* Aw.