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rabitguy in particular might enjoy perusing the SproutCore weblog, on matters of web programming - if you can geek out on JavaScript and DOM paradigms, this might be fun.

You might recall me mentioning djinni's furry adaptation of the classic Dracula a few weeks back; at the time, the artist was (for two days only) offering free icons to anyone who responded in time. (Thanks to huskyteer for pointing the thread out!) And here's mine, in suitable cooking attire. ^_^ (Edit: they're all done, and you can see the entire collection over here)

sockscatt is entering a benefit event in SL for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" - "The Flynn Sheridan Invitation Surf Contest". Want to show your support with L$ donations? The entry fee is only L$500, but the idea is that furs can show how we can help, by going rather beyond that.

Edited to add this: "Just so folks know, I'm selling a box in world for L$125 that has a lot of swimwear in it. All proceeds go to the RFL people. We tried to set up a vendor just for them, but the vendor box didn't like it ever much. So, I'm doing immediate transfers. You can find these at my shops on Sunset Bay and Topanga Beach (damage enabled, warning). There's also a box at Sifton, next to the fishing pond.

I'm happy to announce that the furry community alone has raised over L$16,000 for this RFL event, and I'm gonna keep on canvasing 'till the 21st. And if you want the limited edition gear, you gotta get it now. I pull the plug on the 21st. And a LOT of people have been donating significant amounts, and thank you all! I literally log in and drop it off first thing before I even do anything else. Christine is literally FLOORED at the support. so thank you all." (Larger donations can be sent directly to Socks Clawtooth, accompanied by an IM to note the reason)

I'm no percussion connoisseur, but this clip bohor linked to is quite worth enjoying, showing Carl Palmer, two sticks, and one snare drum.

I think I'll have to explore the M.C. Escher Relativity House sometime. =:D

Quite a nifty (but regrettably brief) thread on linguaphiles: favorite proverbs from around the world, eg:

猿も木から落ちる。- "Even monkeys fall from trees." (Even experts make mistakes)

Umwege erhöhen die Ortskenntnis. - "Detours increase the knowledge of a place." (Repeated trying and going astray teach you more about a thing than handling it in an efficient, straightforward manner)

IBM's been involved in SL for a while now, most recently leading to the creation of a private grid for IBM use. Microsoft, meanwhile, is also taking notice, in a different direction, potentially getting involved with the open source server clone project OpenSim. For more detail, UgoTrade has a full interview over here.

Urgh.. this week or two's been as draining as I'd feared, but hopefully it'll all be worthwhile. I could so easily use a week or two off, though.. time to recharge. Still, it's better to be too busy than to have too little to do.

Here's a happy little accident - for some reason, I rezzed without hair the other night, and this cropping of one photo just seemed to work quite nicely. I'm thinking it'd make a good banner image for the site, with the name over to the left, especially given the current one's been up for a couple years now.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Apparently, according to an advert that was on the Tube some years back, the Portugese have a proverb that "If my aunt had wheels, she'd be a bicycle."
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Even if Wall-E didn't sound as good as any Pixar production (with the exception of Cars), judging by that, I'd see it just for Presto. =:D Pity we couldn't have another furry feature production, but Wall-E seems to be making all the right signs - but it'll have to go a long way to surpass Ratatouille, of course. ^_^

Hm.. I think it looks even better without the hair. Though I never much liked putting hair on the critters I draw :P
*grin* At first, I wasn't sure at all (then again, I suppose I'm still not sure, but in a different way =:), but as I looked around at myself, I came to appreciate the different look. I'm not sure how I'll eventually go, but I suppose that's one advantage of SL: easy to change styles and length, depending on one's mood. ^_^

Indeed, I've very rarely put hair on my characters - the fur's always been enough. Of course, sometimes the aesthetics of long hair make themselves felt, but I usually tended towards the more "natural" side, insofar as that applies to 'morphs. (Which leads me to wonder whether lapine furs would be strictly vegetarian, and have similar dental layout, for instance)

I've always thought that hair looks weird on anthro characters, unless done just right. (a good example being Rebecca on Tale Spin; her hair was just way too humongous). Even worse is when the hair is somehow an entirely different colour than the rest of their fur. It can look good if it is simply long headfur that matches the rest of them, rather than looking like an unmatched wig.

Hurray for free icon day! =:)
Really was quite a splendidly generous offer. ^_^ I'm just pleased I managed to slip in in time.

Thinking of which, I wonder if I should go for one of Louvelex's wonderful "sketches" - they hardly deserve such a light designation, given the level of detail that's gone into those on display. And she does do lagomorphs rather well..
Wow, wish I got on board for those wonderful free icons. I Loooove ninjahijinx's art!

And that SL bunny AV is really cute! I'm hardly ever on anymore, but who/where did you get it from? :D
It's a pity the window was only open so briefly, but it's easy to see why that would be so, given the sheer volume of applicants that flooded his doors. ^_^; That was actually my introduction to his work, too - he's got quite an eye for expressions and body language, even aside from his technical aptitude.

It's the "Kani" rabbit, from Lost Creatures - I've not actually visited their new main vendor location, though I've been exploring the sim a bit. *grin* They used to be in Sables dAlliez, but now in Lost Furest. I just wish I had more time to actually spend in-world - every time I'm around, I'm quickly reminded of quite how relaxing it can be, just enjoying some quiet exploration, admiring the creativity of a good build, or simply appreciating the view. Not to mention the events (concerts, lectures, etc), though for those I tend to feel I'd prefer having company.

I wonder what Ninja Weasel's current lapine is like.. though any other contender would have to compete with the Kani's fluffy feet. =:D
Carl Palmer is only getting better with age! What a pity the video and audio were out of sync. (Or is my browser just retarded?)
Actually, this seemed to be one of the rare occasions YouTube was in sync for me. =:) But then, I often sidestep the site in favor of just downloading the MP4, courtesy of KeepVid, and viewing it locally rather within the CPU-sapping browser plug-in.

Fantastic little clip, all the same. And all one one drum, nothing more.. it's positively insipirational, watching people with such talent and enthusiasm at "work" - even if I'll never be able to do that, it's somehow reassuring all the same that some people can.
The downloaded file was perfect! I'll have to remember that trick. I typically go to KeepVid whenever I want to save a clip, but have always assumed that the files would play identically as they did on YouTube. What a pleasant surprise! This vid was a definite keeper. ^^
Just so folks know, I'm selling a box in world for L$125 that has a lot of swimwear in it. All proceeds go to the RFL people. We tried to set up a vendor just for them, but the vendor box didn't like it ever much. So, I'm doing immediate transfers.

you can find these at my shops on Sunset Bay (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sunset%20Bay/55/207/22) And Topanga Beach (http://slurl.com/secondlife/La%20Cuesta/91/120/22 damage enabled, warning) There's also a box at Sifton (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sifton/67/181/65) next to the fishing pond.

I'm happy to announce that the furry community alone has raised over L$16,000 for this RFL event, and I'm gonna keep on canvasing 'till the 21st. And if you want the limited editin gear, you gotta get it now. I pull the plug on the 21st. And a LOT of people have been donting signifigant amounts, and thank you all! I literally log in and drop it off first thing before I even do anything else. Christine is literally FLOORED at the support. so thank you all.

Edited at 2008-06-18 02:05 am (UTC)
Entry duly adjusted. ^_^ Very good to know folks are being supportive of the endeavor!

(I'm going to have to try out the enclosed gear.. a good excuse for some new photos, too =:)

For that matter, I'm not sure I've been by Sunset Bay yet. Hopefully things'll become slightly less crushingly busy from today, so I may actually have time to spend the odd hour here and there - I find it's awkward trying to just pop in, as there's always plenty of chatting to catch up with, not to mention the calming pleasure of simply exploring a tranquil nook.
*chuckles* "Umwege erhöhen die Ortskenntnis" isn't REALLY a proverb... at least not a classical one. It's a witty saying that some people may use, for self-deprecation or as a wry comment on others being late etc., but it's not really a proverb. Still funny, though. ^^

Oooh, and Carl Palmer! He's still got it, I see - lots and lots of it, in fact. Wonderful performance there. ^^
Every proverb has to start somewhere, ne? ^_^

I think I'll coin one, in fact: "Rare as a cross-eyed rabbit".

It's a joy just watching that level of skill/talent/proficiency (how much is innate and how much is acquired, of course, is up for much debate) - add in the sheer simplicity of the setup, and it's like good Japanese cooking. Reminds me, I need to dig up the menu from Jameson's, down in Brisbane.. absolutely phenomenal meal, and quite clearly Japanese inspired, keeping the compositions simple, with the emphasis on delicious combinations of top quality ingredients.
*noddles* "Delicious combinations of top-quality ingredients" is what ALL cooking is about, I'd argue. :) At least cooking where you cook for the taste etc., not to fill your stomach and keep the hunger at bay.

But yeah, I'd be interested in seeing that menu, too. ^^

And the video was a joy, yes. :)
Sensei Miguel, my martial arts teacher, used to say "Even monkeys fall from trees" all the time.

Nice SL banner.
Nice drum solo but take a look at the great Buddy Rich, and this young guy has some wicked talent on the snares.

Sproutcore looks really nice. Unfortunately, there's a problem with Ubuntu's gem installer which generates an error when I follow the directions but I'll probably give it another try today.

The M.C. Escher house looks amazing but it could really benefit from shadow effects. I'm really looking forward to deferred shadowing effect patch hitting the mainstream client.
Yes, a very appropriate icon. ^.^

I keep telling Dad he NEEDS to find another job, regardless of the increasing layoff situation in the country. He works like hell, goes in/gets called in more often that a normal worker should, and takes/gets little time off. It's not good for him -at all-. Preferably starting up some serious international job-hunting. If not that, at least get away from this one.
Microsoft are gleefully jumping onto and shagging Open Source projects after shitting on them for years because they want to give themselves ammunition to defend themselves against anti-trust lawsuits.

A potential interest in OpenSim is intriging. It's probab;y just a couple of individual employees working on the project though rather than there being official support from Microsoft the company. I could think of other open-source virtual world platforms (such as Sun's Project Darkstar / Project Wonderland) that would likely be more robust and powerful than OpenSim.