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w00t! World of Goo is out for OS X. ^_^ You can find demo versions for OS X and Windows here, with the full license setting you back a mighty $20.

Via drhoz:


This should be fun! I've been wanting to get properly into LSL for a while, and now, courtesy of the publisher and one of the authors, I have in my paws a review copy of Scripting Your World. At first glance, it seems to cover a usefully broad range of topics, with plenty of code, ranging from snippets to full applications. I'll likely ramble on about the book and LSL more in the coming weeks, as I work through it.

Huh! Not that I use it myself, but I was a little surprised to see StumbleUpon's owned by eBay now. =:P

Should be interesting - RyanAir's apparently planning £8 transatlantic flights. "The flights - which could begin by the end of next year - would be available for those booking early. Passengers would pay airport taxes on top of the fares. The transatlantic flights are likely to go from Stansted and Dublin airports to New York, Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston." I do like the spirit of powering on ahead through a downturn/recession/depression - not a strategy without risks, but it can leave you in a far better position than your competitors, when things brighten up again, not to mention keeping that many more people gainfully employed at a particularly pressing juncture.

Hm! Hadn't heard of it before, and Google wasn't able to shed much light on it, but Katran appears to be a furry comic, first issue released by a German company, Glanzkinder, 99¢ in the App Store. Picked it up, and it does seem to have promise - but the viewer app, which doesn't identify itself, seems wretchedly flaky, managing to crash four times before I'd even gone halfway through. (By comparison, the one used by the outfit handling Antarctic and Image's releases is perfectly well-behaved, also offering a choice of page transitions, the default being a simple slide between pages, under touch control)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cheap trans-Atlantic flights would be nice. I remember reading about that before, probably in the in-flight magazine on my RyanAir flights in June/August; of course, with fees etc. added, it may not actually end up being THAT cheap, but as long as they can beat the ~700 EUR I had to pay for my flights to/from the USA in 2006, I'd be happy. ;) I'd kinda like to see people there again, but at that price, it isn't happening.

That being said... Glanzkinder? Sounds like someone used too much clitter. ;) (Wait for the disclaimers...)

Anyhow, in all seriousness, Katran is actually a dead-tree edition comic published by Eidalon, so all that "Glanzkinder" probably did was convert it for the iPhone. ;)
Indeed - ISTR taxes for a UK->US r/t being something like half the (normal!) price of the flight itself, once you added up the airport charges, "fuel surcharge" (hah! How many other businesses get to do that?), tax, and so on.

I wonder if it'd be possible to cross the Atlantic or Pacific in a Zeppelin. Now that'd be a voyage to remember. ^_^ (Though, it has to be said, crossing the Pacific's a whole lot less interesting than the Atlantic, given you're just headed over ocean and nothing more, going from LAX-BNE, whereas LHR-SFO goes over Greenland, the Nunavut territories, and gradually southwards again)

"Using Clitter while pregnant may result in glitter babies" =:D

Aha! I tried finding the original publisher, but really didn't have much luck - it looked from the cover like something that was available in puréed squirrel home form, so I thought I'd be able to find reviews of it that way. Perhaps this is its English debut? Certainly a low-risk option, given the cost of bringing it out electronically's surely less than a sane minimum print run with a reliable printer. Now, if only you could pull and pinch the iPhone's own size.. =:) Ah well. Direct neural interfacing will come along eventually. ^_^

Cruise liners and ferries charge fuel surcharges, too. Personally, of course, I think this is always fraud: anything you are required to pay to a company in exchange for the right to use a certain service by definition is part of the price of that service, and the whole "fuel surcharge" spiel just allows them to advertise things as free, or at least below the actual price. Airport fees are similar, of course, although you could at least argue that these go to the airport rather than the airline itself.

And sure, you can cross the Atlantic in a zeppelin; it's been done before, and if you use helium, you won't even end up with burning wrecks. ^^ It'd certainly be quite an experience, too, although it'd probably not be affordable to plebs like us.

Heh, and yeah, that's the line I was referring to. ;)

As for the comic, I have no idea whether it's been published in English before, but yeah, it might well be that this is the first time it's been. (amazon.de also reports a third issue, BTW, but none of the issues are available at all, at least not new).
Oh, agreed entirely - it makes no sense to claim the price is (say) 300€, plus a "well, we felt like charging more" fee of 100€. Just admit the price has gone up! =:P 'Course, I sometimes wonder how budget airlines like RyanAir can actually turn a profit, given how many of their flights are at those £9-29 level - seems like it'd barely cover the fuel, let alone all the staff involved. If that kind of real economy can extend to intercontinental flights, I'd be a happy bunny - not just to the US, either, but Asian destinations as well, perhaps Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, which could then be a springboard for similar fares to Australia and New Zealand. Ah well - we'll see. ^_^

Hopefully the industry manages to shift over to renewable fuels before long - ISTR some promising pilot flights (so to speak) being conducted by Boeing using alga-based fuel, which wouldn't run into the same issues as the wretched flirtation with corn-based ethanol. Mad idea, given corn's a particularly thirsty crop, and requiring good growing conditions, for what could otherwise be food, with the predictable effects on corn prices, hitting the poor in Mexico and further south particularly hard. Switchgrass, amongst others, is a considerably hardier crop, and with much better final ethanol yield. Still, so goes the way of humanity - a big mass of entangled influences and interests, stumbling forwards despite itself.. =:)

'Course, there's always scramjet craft to consider, as and when they can finally overcome the engineering obstacles - hop into the stratosphere and back down on the continent of your choice, in around a quarter of the time it takes at present. But still, I admit, the idea of cruising gently along towards one's destination does have some romantic appeal.. though I suppose the degree of appeal would depend on how spacious or otherwise it turned out to be.

Ahhhhhh. Pizza's just arrived. =:9

RyanAir has a LOT of extra fees. Want priority boarding? Sure, for a fee. Check in at the counter at the airport, as opposed to online? Sure, for a fee. Want to bring checked luggage? Sure, for a fee, and make sure neither that nor your carry-on luggage is over the restrictions, or you'll have to pay a hefty fee. And did we mention our restrictions are significantly tighter than those of other airlines, or the airports themselves?

Oh, and did we mention that if you bring checked luggage, you cannot check in online? Of course, the check-in-at-the-counter fee will not be waived just because we say you MUST check in that way. And regarding payment - how would you like to pay? Anything other than Visa Electron requires, you guessed it, a fee. (And while Visa Electron, from what I hear, is not uncommon on the British Isles, it's virtually unknown in continental Europe.)

And so on... IIRC, the actual fares for my flights to and from the UK were less than 10 GBP, all in all, but what I ended up paying was on the order of 80 EUR, and that is WITHOUT most of the fees - the only one I had to pay, other than airport fees etc., was the "no-Visa-Electron" one. Still not bad, but RyanAir, in the end, is not as cheap as you might imagine, even though it's still cheaper than its competitors.

As for other fuels... maybe I'm just cynical, but I think that if the airlines could really save money that way, they'd just pocket the difference instead of lowering prices. ;)
Of course the inevitable eco-weenies will automatically decry the prospect of £8 transatlantic flights, claiming anyone who takes them to be planet-killers.

Me? I'd happily feed said eco-weenies into an industrial-sized shredder - and sell the resultant mush to an 'organic' meat-pie-maker for a special premium.
Mulched eco-weenies are what China will have to burn to run their industries when they start to get short on coal. Until then, it will simply continue to be used as an additive for chocolate(y), pet food, and baby formula.

And I don't think RyanAir quite rates up there with the Vorlons, Shadows, Empire, or Andromeda.

Just so's you know. ;-)
World of Goo was good. I got it. It's recommended. Story mode was a tad bit short - I beat it in a fully day. But it was fun while it lasted.

Also... Eeeeeeeeee, catboys? Or... some odd breed of cat+elf? o.O
Hey... stumbled upon this thread while looking for other katran-fans...
the comic app for the ipod/iphone worked perfectly fine for me, although they could add more functionality to their viewer. on the other hand... i do not need much more than flicking through the pages...
tried to contact glanzkinder yesterday concerning a print issue and upcoming ones... and i actually had a chat with "joker", their illustrator, who told me the story of his baby "katran"... he had a small print issue with a shity publisher, who didn't put much effort to reach the readership... with his new company, among other's working on iphone-apps and promoting young artists and designers, he was suddenly able find a new way to publish his comic... and here it is.
let's see what the next issue (nov-dec) will look like ;)
cheers
I am going directly to Carbon Hell already thanks to all the Ryanair flights I make. But oh! To visit San Francisco again! To see New York and Boston for the first time!
Hallo all,
I found this web-page http://www.katran-online.com but it only goes to an myspace side :(
however it looks like it is the artist himself.