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Via rabitguy, a helpful guide: How to Visit New York City on $100.

Or, if you're more in the mood for something minorly wonderful, take a look at this short demo of a Mimio whiteboard coupled to a Croquet virtual environment (not SL, though it passingly resembles it here), forming a fun way of learning. fleetfur, take note!

I'm sure everyone's seen Bucky Rabbit's photo everywhere - there's no need to repost those pics here. But the utility in having done so is real, as related there in a report from Florida. He may not be a mortal danger, but you don't want to wind up with your door kicked in and all valuables swiped, including your hard drives. (Latest word includes "And, I was informed last night that they believe they *do* have good finger print samples from a few key items - ones which could not be confused with anything that he might have touched, when he was here 'legitimately'. So now, they just have to do their lab work over it, and, hopefully, match them.")

Here's a five minute clip (30MB) from a recent BBC production, "Bill Oddie's Wild Side", looking at hares. It actually pointed out one behavior I hadn't been aware of - quite cool. And no, I'm not going to say what. =:)

dakhun posted some illuminating facts regarding the efficiency of corn-based ethanol production versus photovoltaic panels here. Well worth reading, and not only for spaceroo introducing you to the Ford Nucleon.

Runde's opened a few commission slots, if you're feeling in the mood for some very good pencilwork (monochrome or color), optionally inked. And not bad prices at all, with the most expensive tier being $32 for color pencils on 11x14" paper, original included.

The Fabulous Duck Story.

Fat Planet, one of my favorite music weblogs, just pointed out champeta trance.. just way cool. "Champeta is a bastard hybrid of a dictionary of genres: highlife, afrobeat, zouk, cumbia, soca, calypso - and undoubtedly dozens more - and can be found throughout Colombia's Caribbean coast. For its trance rebirth, 'El Pulpo' fires up decades-old Casio keyboards and drum machines and a liberal sherbert dibdab of old rave samples." Sadly, they could only find a YouTube clip rather than anything high quality, but it's still great fun.

But if Duran Duran's more to your taste, here's a good machinima (download) submitted for the band's recent "Falling Down" Video Mashup Challenge. And there's lapine interest, too. ^_^

Looks like an original documentary/comedy.. "Qallunaat: Why White People are Funny". "Funny? What's so funny about white people, otherwise known as Qallunaat to the Inuit? Well, among other curious behaviours, Qallunaat ritualistically greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain a lot about being cold, and seem to want to dominate the world. This docucomedy is a collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist, Zebedee Nungak. Zebedee is CEO and head researcher of the mythical Qallunaat Studies Institute (QSI). According to Nungak, 'Qallunaat ought to be the object of some kind of study by other cultures. The more I thought about the way they have studied us over the years it occured to me, why don't we study them?'"

If you're looking for OS X programming books, Pangea Software's just released their Ultimate Game Programming Guide as a free PDF. "The warehouse that stocks and ships our inventory somehow managed to lose our remaining 1,000 copies of the Ultimate Game Programming Guide. They have been unable to locate the missing books, so it appears that we may be permanently out of stock."

Quite an interesting combination of characters - Millions Of Us recently hosted an in-world chat between Philip Linden (Linden Lab head honcho) and Gavin Newsom (mayor of San Francisco). It's available in both transcript and mp3 forms, part one, and part two. "By remarkable capacity to look at the things that unite us, not the things that divide us. Thirty-nine percent of our population is foreign-born. The greatest strength of our city lies in that composite. And that's why this city is doing the things that few other cities have endeavored to do, like universal healthcare, and it's got the most prolific environmental policies in the United States, and we're doing things on civil rights and marriage equality that challenge some, sure, but are advancing principles that we think are universal in terms of people, people's rights being respected regardless, not just race, ethnicity, religion, but also sexual orientation and gender."

So, who else remembers Captain Eo? ^_^ Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Michael Jackson..

You've got to love the caption the site gave this wuf pic from Perfect World. (Work safe)

Oh.. my. zrath just discovered that SD Gundam was so very close to being turned into Doozy Bots. (Though I'll admit the idea of transferring "consciousnesses" into robots is an appealing premise, even if fully reversible)

In a disappointing show of idiocy, Health Canada has apparently declared that if you're sexually active and gay, you can forget about being an organ donor.

Ooh, shiny new HD camcorders from Panasonic - full 1080p, 3 CCD, for $800. :-9 The cheaper one only records to SD cards, whilst the more expensive unit includes a 60GB hard drive - hardly seems worth the extra $300, unless you're going to be shooting a lot of video without an opportunity to dump it to DVD-R, given it goes through storage at about 2GB/hour.

I thought tania might enjoy this posting on the joys of sketching on the train.

I shan't be indulging in a great deal of MacWorld speculation. Anything announced will, I feel, be reported in good time. Still, it did strike me as uncharacteristic that they'd announce octo-core as standard across the Mac Pro line, and quad-core in the Xserves, but a week hence. So, perhaps there's cause not to fear too much padding in the keynote next Tuesday. ^_^

terminotaur, or others merely randomly geeky, might enjoy The PCR Song.

"M-Net's new local sitcom is about the Greenes - a white family whose lives are turned upside-down overnight. After ignoring the warnings of a strange old man not to park their caravan on the burial grounds of his ancestors, they wake up to discover that have all turned black. At the same time the maid has become white. The Greenes panic and decide to start a new life as the Mbulis and that of course leads to many bizarre situations. The Coconuts pokes fun at day-to-day South African characters, relationships, prejudices and stereotypes." It's styled in a similar way to, say, Freaky Friday; it's not a huge budget production, but it must be given credit for ploughing headlong into many a controversial issue.

I shan't say anything about this very brief clip from Norway, but it's worth 46 seconds of your time. ^_^

If you've been fascinated by the progress of the OLPC project, and are curious to see what the software's actually like, rabitguy noticed it's being made available (given it is, after all, entirely free and open source) as disc images, which you can let QEMU, Parallels, and suchlike boot up. laptop.org, RedHat.

I've been going on a (very) minor mustard kick lately, for some reason, trying the local supermarket's premium own-brand offerings occasionally, with the result of now having little jars of their Dijon, English, and Whole Seed mustards, featuring respectively white wine from the region, cider vinegar and honey, and "real ale". Frankly, it's remarkable what a difference the changes make - where a cheap Dijon mustard will just use distilled vinegar, the much gentler touch of the wine makes for a similar potency of actual flavor, yet without being as sharp. Similarly, the English is much more well rounded, compared to most bearing that monicker, being dreadfully harsh.

Hey, paka! The Mesopotamians. ^_^

And (other) music for the day: djbalor's "Ancient Ruins", a cinematic, classically inspired piece of some grandeur.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I read somewhere else (but can't remember where :-P) that the rule "clarification" was conducted in uncharacteristic quiet, too, though I can imagine even large changes can be opaque in a sufficiently large hierarchy, unless you're really following the internal politics closely. *sigh* Hopefully there'll be some reaction to the move, though if the folks at the top are sufficiently intransigent, they may - for now - win, as the ban on blood from gay donors in the UK demonstrates.


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Good point. And left to moulder long enough, heinous discrimination can be considered "traditional", as with the anti-gay marriage brigade, who worship an image of marriage as popularised by a slim section of society a century or two ago, conveniently ignoring the entire aspect of women as chattel, dowries, arranged marriages, and indeed, gay marriages.

But then, I've never been one to consider tradition as a rule for the future, but simply part of the past, and in many cases, a welcome part of local culture. Sometimes traditions all but die out, as with the 'Obby 'Oss, now only celebrated in Padstow (and always jamming the roads up solid on the day :-P) - a wonderful remnant of quite old customs, even if surely partial at this point.

And then there are others, like foxhunting, now thankfully in the process of being consigned to history in the UK.
I too was VERY surprised to hear about this (quite a while ago of course, bein' da canuk) and expected it to get quietly overturned as quietly as it was put through. See the gay marriage thing just wasn't a thing here as far as I saw. (I know the first guys in Manitoba to get married! Nice couple, been together 18 years.) Who knows, maybe in some corner of their own closet there was a hue and out-cry but I think you really need the religious element to make that shite fly and stick and let's face it, America is a theocracy.

On the other hand I HATE HATE HATE doctors and THEIR outmoded thinking on this issue! See I almost died because A: You have to ASK for an HIV test specifically and pointedly by name. B: I certainly don't fit the "Demographic" so it was immediately discounted as a possible diagnosis by this old phart who should have hung himself with his stethoscope years ago. Bleah!
I shan't say anything about this very brief clip from Norway, but it's worth 46 seconds of your timeThat's kinda like a dream I had long ago: I was trying to choose the #7 express or local train. Since I was carrying shopping bags, I was unsure about taking the loop-the-loop of the express train. Since I no longer live in Queens, NYC I was to wait a few years to see that there is a point where the express tracks climb a STEEP climb whereas the local trains are relatively flat, so there *IS* a point where the express trains are highly inclined. Just not that much :">
Ah, whereabouts are you these days? Still in the general vicinity?

From what I've read on overheardinnyc, it'd almost be expected for the driver to use the PA to give a long "yeeeeee-haaaaw!" as the train sped downwards. =:)
ferret's den is in Elizabeth NJ, just a short train ride to NYC, but I have no reason to go beyond Manhattan into Queens anymore.
Sounds like an interesting (and funny) documentary.

Mmm, as for the article on thestar.com, I'm unable to read that; it actually appears for a second or so, but then I get redirected (!) to a 404 page. Idiots.
I'd like to see something of the Nunavut territory someday.. there's something fascinating in living in such hostile conditions, yet thriving nonetheless. Maybe not a good excuse for a roadtrip, though. =:)

Odd! I wonder what it's objecting to? :-P I've mirrored the page as a PDF here.
Oh yeah, I'd like to explore northern Canada as well - or northern Siberia, for that matter, although as long as Siberia remains annexed by Russia, there's probably little chance for that. But then, either's just a dream, anyway, and there's lots of other things I want to do/buy before that.

Thanks, too! I suppose it may have been a cookie problem, but my tolerance for crap is pretty low these days, and if a site can't handle their cookies being rejected gracefully, I'm not gonna bother - they'll just have lost a reader.
Mm, Nunavut seems like a safer bet, though I'd hope both regions have some form of network connectivity. ^_^

Quite odd with the site - it wouldn't be cookies, as I have them disabled universally, only turning them on for specific sites (deleted upon quitting the app, unless they're useful ones like login tokens). Maybe Javascript? I keep that on, usually, though there are plenty of times I turn it off, such as when a site embraces that bone-headed form of advertising where random words in a story are linked to some irrelevant price comparison site or suchlike. Mercifully, that's implemented in Javascript, rather than actual HTML links.

I've got Javascript turned on as well, so that can't be it. (The in-text ads are likely provided by intellitxt.com or so, BTW, so Adblock or something similar will work wonders for filtering them out.)

As for network connectivity, I've got to admit that I'd not be that worried about that when travelling the Canadian arctic. If I needed Internet access for some reason, I hope you'd be able to find some in Iqaluit or so; but then, I'd not travel there to browse Livejournal, anyway. :P
The hare clip was interesting and informative! :-) It's hard to find any nature programs on rabbits or hares--I guess they're just not considered as exciting as big predators like wolves and lions.
They're curiously uncommon, true. I'm very pleased the seeder of that torrent chose to include a full description of the show, else I may well have passed it by, despite Bill Oddie's charismatic presentation. (I wonder if it was broadcast in HD as well.. I'd love to have that segment with the full original clarity, though I suppose HD broadcast cameras remain fairly costly, even by industry standards. Hopefully their light sensitivity's improved - that's what led to Torchwood's comparatively bright dark scenes, apparently. Now, if they could only begin producing Doctor Who in HD as well.. but they seem to be biding their time on that, citing the high additional effects and makeup costs, given how CG-heavy the show sometimes is)

Though I do have at least one other around, which I should re-upload sometime, looking at a tiny Welsh island populated almost exclusively by rabbits. Some wonderful footage there. ^_^

Of course, other species come in for similar treatment as well - you won't see raccoons in many North American zoos, though I do recall seeing one such pic from Toronto Zoo. The colony in Singapore Zoo, as austin_dern will attest, is quite feisty, when they're not doing fur hat impersonations.
a tiny Welsh island

Sounds like Skokholm to me. One of the interesting results of the lack of predators is the relatively high number of black rabbits - the site I linked to says about 5% of the population. You do very occasionally see black rabbits in the wild elsewhere - I saw one near here a couple of years ago - but they don't tend to survive very long.

It was the island where Ronald Lockley carried out his experiments in rabbit control - including some with myxamatosis - just before WW2, though by the time he wrote The Private Life of the Rabbit he was clearly very uncomfortable with such an unpleasant method. As the article also says, these days the rabbits are mostly left in peace - except by the puffins, who tend to steal their holes! (This was shown in the 10-min documentary I saw the other day on BBC2, which may be the one you refer to.)
That's the one. ^_^ (Both the island and documentary) So, I suppose there's validity in the old "strength in numbers" adage, though I suppose that's more due to the geography.

"Chinchilla rabbits" - aw! Quite an adorable coloration.. certainly, easy to see why they're so known. If only I could give a home to a few lapine companions.. but, there's simply no space here, and I certainly wouldn't want to leave them outdoors in the yard. (Though if I had a place to myself, a large, suitably enclosed yard would surely be fun for them - running's got to be one of the joys of life for a rabbit. That, and munching on some good leaves =:)

I wonder if I could obtain The Private Life of the Rabbit through the local library..

Oh my gawd that Doozy Bots thing is insane. o.o

You've seen the Haim Saban Sailor Moon thing right?

Also did you watch that youtube video I posted on my LJ yesterday? With the Japanese McDonalds stuff?
Oh, gods, yes.. that was utterly priceless, taking the "Sailor" bit rather literally. =:D Now, there'd be a show to put into production, if you were an Evil Overlord..

Ack! I must've missed that. I'll peek now. ^_^ Japanese advertising is often quite in a world apart.. and the programming too, on occasion, such as "Oh Mikey!", about a family of American mannequins who move to Japan..
I heard an interview this week with the co-head of the transplant program in the University Hospital Network, which is a major group of hospitals in Toronto. Essentially, he said Health Canada has copied WHO guidelines from 1990, which are totally inappropriate given how the diseases that formed that plan have changed in distribution and vector in the years since.

He said that essentially, the guidelines were being taken as 'advisory' by the medical community until they had some science to back them up: they would still continue to look at donor behaviour and medical history, not 'groups', as they have for decades and will continue to so do. Which really is how it should be done, dammit.

That said, Health Canada has totally fucked the pooch here: it's not like we have a surplus of organ donors in this country, and people die every day from want of an organ. Giving the impression that anybody needn't offer for blatantly biased and incorrect reasoning is just.. arrg. (tears ears off)
Ahhh, that's most encouraging. I'll have to make note of that in my next entry. But as you say, even that's of limited benefit now, with the decision having been made and broadcast.

Obviously, nobody wants further instances of HIV-laden blood getting into the transfusion system, and similarly with organ donation, but surely, if someone's in the position of dying if they don't receive a replacement (gods, I could never be a surgeon.. blood I don't mind, but glistening organs and connective tissue.. erf. Maybe there's an element of that in my fascination with cybernetics =:), the odds are much better even with HIV in the picture. Not exactly the best outcome, but it'd beat being six feet under.

I can only hope the people responsible for the decision will face some grilling over what legitimacy underlies their thinking. Preferably wide open in public, followed by a departure or two in order for those figures to Spend More Time With Their Family™.
The fellow in the interview - a colleague of Levy, btw, not that I can remember his name - mentioned a case in his hospital a few years ago where a kidney was up for grabs from a patient who was gay: in a committed, monogamous relationship of many years; whose partner was HIV positive. They'd taken precautions during their life, of course, and the tests showed the donor was not infected - but as the article you linked to mentioned, there's a window during which a newly infected person won't necessarily trigger the tests, so there was a chance - small, finite, but real - that the organ was infected.

They presented it with full disclosure to the patients on their transplant list. It was considered and turned down something like four times by patients who felt that the risk was too great, even given their great need. But the fifth patient accepted the risk and had the transplant.

And that patient is doing great today. It was clean. :)

This is how it should be done, I think. A donor's risk level is assessed, and if they're in an actual group of risk, a patient is told of the situation and given the information they need to make an informed choice. But under Health Canada's new 'guidelines', that donor would have been rejected outright, let alone being an individual with a slightly genuinely risky profile; and somebody who's walking around healthy(ier) today would still be on dialysis, or dead.

The Red Cross should fix its guidelines accordingly, too. Heterosexual women are rapidly becoming as 'dangerous' a pool of HIV infection vectors as homosexual men, but you don't see them declining straight women from blood donation: bigotry and glacial bureaucracy at its most dinosaurific.
Is it wrong that I find the Giger-esque chick kinda hot? Not the actress, but the character. Hisssss click-click-click-click.

Rawr.
There is rather a Xenomorph quality to her, indeed - perhaps I should post the link in xenofetish, which seems to've gone rather quiet lately.

Hm. Wonder if anyone's make an Alien av yet.. I'd be amazed if they haven't, given the extraordinary range of forms available, even if many folks seem content with quite routine human appearances. So strange, given the complete absence of any tail, proper ears, and that peculiarly smooth skin. (Not that perfect smoothness would be anything to avoid, in the event of a full latex TF. *squeak!*)
He may not be a mortal danger..."
Teeheehee! *giggle!* Yep, he sure looks like a terror. That reminds me, did I post those pictures of myself posing naked in a pile of lion plushies with my chainsaw and machete? Damn, well overdue!

Well anyone on top of things knows all the down-sides of the ethanol debate. A lot of the tech that goes into making displays is relevant to solar cells though so hopefully prices will plummet eventually, and the efficiency has gone way up as well.

"No operational models were built." Duh! *grin* I'm sure I have Pop-Sci or Mech magazines with that car and a host of other fun experimentals stashed in the granary. Got boxes and boxes of em! Pure gold, I've got a lot of friends on my list here who'd spend hours on their bellies, reading em and absentmindedly kicking their feet on the floor, just like kids with comics on a summer afternoon, totally blissed out.
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Teeheehee! *giggle!* Yep, he sure looks like a terror. That reminds me, did I post those pictures of myself posing naked in a pile of lion plushies with my chainsaw and machete? Damn, well overdue!

Well anyone on top of things knows all the down-sides of the ethanol debate. A lot of the tech that goes into making displays is relevant to solar cells though so hopefully prices will plummet eventually, and the efficiency has gone way up as well.

<em>"No operational models were built."</em> Duh! *grin* I'm sure I have Pop-Sci or Mech magazines with that car and a host of other fun experimentals stashed in the granary. Got boxes and boxes of em! Pure gold, I've got a lot of friends on my list here who'd spend hours on their bellies, reading em and absentmindedly kicking their feet on the floor, just like kids with comics on a summer afternoon, totally blissed out. <font=0>(Fucking grey-muzzle geeks!)</font>
Ooooh, is that the pic you sold to the provincial tourist board for their magazine front cover? =:) Definitely sounds worth seeing. ^_^ (Come to think of it, you could pull off the costume the raccoon's wearing, too..)

It's fairly amazing just how powerful lobbies can be, but then, I suppose when you're the size of Archer-Daniels-Midland, there's a touch of power involved. Wonder if there's any kind of grass that could be grown on a suitable scale in the Canadian tundra.. though for now, I suppose the oil companies are happy enough with the oil sands, considering the immense scale of exports to the US. (Which Bush, the unions, and the car makers all seem very happy to sustain, given the ferocious opposition to improved fuel economy, claiming it'll put them at a competitive disadvantage to foreign manufacturers, even as those same companies merrily offer far superior engines elsewhere in the world. Are you sure this isn't all some weird dream?

Wow.. it'd easily be worth scanning and posting some of those. ^_^ Must be some priceless articles and adverts buried amidst them all. (Of course, I'm fond of home computing prognostications from the 50s and 60s. Sometimes howlingly off the mark, and occasionally remarkably insightful, though with the emphasis on "occasionally"..)

I wonder if anyone's made a ferrite core USB drive. Someone must have, surely. ^_^
Raccoon?

Oi! Farm the REST of it? Gag! any big areas that'd grow enough to do anything should be used to harness a far less destructive, far more available resource, wind power. I'm thinking of all this space on the praries with nice tall spindly windmills. I think we're killing ourselves by transporting everything, all these physical things, and you know how efficient motors are. What we need are some better transmission and storage systems for the pure energy itself and not just shift the raw ore around so to speak.

I've got some pics that I need a spanking for not posting (anyone wanna?) of this nice compact solar-powered steam piston engine. Ok, that's definitely worth digging for right now. Bad me!
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/Atomicrap/Scraps/SolarPiston1s.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/Atomicrap/Scraps/SolarPiston2s.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/Atomicrap/Scraps/SolarPiston3s.jpg
Article would have blueprints too of course. A car headlamp for a reflector? And we throw this shit away, and then manufacture something else at a high cost no doubt to do the same thing. We don't THINK ANYMORE!!!

Skweee! While I'm posting links, have a look at these! I got the Richard Scarry books I had as a kid back!! Looks like they've had a LOT of reading and still survived completely un-scribbled upon. I do wonder how many kids they've entertained along their voyage.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/Atomicrap/Books/Scarry001b.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/Atomicrap/Books/Scarry004s1.jpg

(Lighting demo was interesting! Great work, subtle very effective touch.)
*sighs* Honestly, I was all set for Health Canada to make steps forward in the banning of gay blood, not backwards! This is ridiculous, but as time goes by and it starts to become more and more known I think people are going to start making a fuss.

ZOMG is Frank Gembeck drawing again?! That would make me so happy... And also I want that bunny... and his clothes ^^ Though I'm not sure I have the hindpaws large enough to pull them off quite as sexily... Speaking of sexy outfits though, I'm wondering where a guy like moi would look for something like a small lycra top... I have this feeling you might be the one to ask ;P

And Captain Eo had me almost falling out of my chair laughing so hard. It's like Star Wars meets Labyrinth!!!
Heh heh - great link! Thanks for posting. :)
...I've made it out to California.

Where are you these days? Employed? Happy?

Oh, finestkind! Is Steve still serving up fishy wonders? If you find yourself up around San Leandro sometime, you could do much worse than Sushi Musashi - not really the same caliber, but a very decent place. :-9

Not so wonderful here, it has to be said. Too little happening on the RL front other than going stir-crazy, and travel's all but non-existent. Add in being so far from most folks I know, and I could say things have been better. At least matters online are much more pleasant. Drop me a line and we can natter further. ^_^

Everybody <3's the polymerase chain reaction :D

English mustard isn't harsh. I could eat it with a spoon ^^
Maybe I was just young and sugar-fuelled at the time. I know I once regarded Tabasco as hot.. ^_^; Trouble is, so many hot sauces are vinegar-heavy.. bad enough when they're fresh, but after they've sat on a shelf for a few months.. :-P

I miss wasabi. (Even if it's usually basically horseradish, with real wasabi being relatively rare, and apparently quite mild by comparison)

BTW, how about getting one of these? Could wake up one morning, groan a bit, and pull the sheets/blanket back..
That is pretty cool. Thanks!