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mikesedge noticed the discovery of the world's oldest lapine bones, some 53 million years old, with the foot about a quarter of the length of a contemporary jackrabbit foot.

It's time to Riverdance. =:D

Quite a fascinating concept for learning languages in SL - construct a dozen or so sims, and populate them with professional actors, thereby offering an immersive environment far beyond what a potted offline program could offer.

If you can make good machinima, the Hosoi Ichiba contest offers a prize of L$50k to the winner, with entries closing on June 15. (Full rules in the article, but essentially: "We are looking for artists that can compose the Best Machinima Impression of our Hosoi Ichiba and surroundings on Virgin Island. Hosoi Ichiba is a japanese style market enclosed by walls and watch towers, overlooking a beautiful landscape. Outside the walls you will find Hosoi Yu Ch'un, a typical japanese fishing village and the farming village, "Hosoi Lung Ch'un" The sim is packed with romantic spots for you to build your story around."

How complicated could it be to find a reasonable cordless phone? :-P One of the first things I picked up over the weekend was a replacement for the warren's old one, which has a somewhat ropey recorder (digital, rather low quality), flaky trasmitter, and sticky buttons. One of the few on offer at the supermarket looked like it fit the bill and wasn't too ugly, and a good price. Except once set up, we started to notice the shortcomings - not being able to play messages back from the base station wasn't too huge a matter, but a minor complication. Worse, though, was the way it had no audible alert messages were waiting - you were expected to inspect the handset display for a flashing icon, and that's it. Not so hot. More bizarre, though, was the way to listen to messages - a primary function for a phone/answering machine, you'd think. Except, judging by the menu design, no - you had to enter the menu, then go down six options to the messages submenu, then select listening to them. Blarg. I wouldn't enjoy that, and it didn't thrill my mother, who's somewhat ill at ease with technology beyond TVs and microwaves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Riverdancing birds. How wonderfully bizarre. :)

says the surfing bunny....
*grin* It's just such a wonderfully surreal bit of humor, ne? Reminds me a bit of Terry Gilliam's animated works - for whatever reason, I took to those very early on, even when the rest of MPFC didn't really make much sense to me. ^_^ (Sadly, ISTR it was being aired quite late, so I only got to see it now and then, if I couldn't sleep. Obviously often enough to do the damage, though =:)

Alas, until Canada gets a good flatrate cell dataplan - devices like that are wallet grenades.

Oddly, we have a pre-WiMAX (Expedience) network up here that's a much better deal, and there's a PCMCIA and ExpressCard 54 card for it - but neither Bell nor Rogers carry them, nor will they allow customer to connect with one.

Blergn.
That's the key, of course - the technology's all available, and pretty much in place everywhere cell towers are around, but so many cellcos are fixated upon the notion of trying to get $3 for a ringtone (and amazingly, people go for them, in huge numbers), another few shekels for a picture sent, more for a text message.. rather than just letting people play with a connection.

But if you really want to feel ill about how clueless executives can screw up infrastructure, have a look at DoCoMo's current testing of their super-GSM data service, with a view to deployment in 2010 - 250Mbps.

At that point, things will become quite interesting, assuming the tech can genuinely withstand heavy usage without dropping to a snail's pace - will NTT begin promoting such as a landline broadband replacement? It's difficult to see the throughput not falling with real-world heavy usage, but there would still be plenty of leeway for such to offer faster connections than DSL or most cable, with no installation hassles - as easy as this was, a matter of buying the modem and a top-up to turn into a 7GB data allowance, with said allowance costing less than my monthly DSL subscription. But with so much conflict of interest in many countries' providers, especially Canada (incumbent main telco, and the primary cable provider, ne?), some politicians may face a modicum of pressure to encourage greater competition, and perhaps risk some of their corporate benevolence.