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If you've got $15 (or multiples thereof =:) to spare, you might want to look at this raffle that the Michigan Furs are holding, to help spectravixen and cal_foxx cover the medical costs from Spectra's recent accident. There's a long list of artists and writers, contributing commissions - ranging from conbadges, single character commissions, custom MLPs, a partial fursuit, songs, and stories - to the first and second winners.

Not by a furry artist (and why not? 3D art seems so rare in furrydom, other than suits), but nonetheless, a fantastic dragon cake. (Well, in the plural, but it's the first that's simply breathtakingly good - not to detract from the final one!)

For animation of a different nature, though, the trailer for 9 suggests a potentially worthwhile production. Some big names involved, such as Tim Burton and the director of Nightwatch, plus a good voice cast, but whether the story will prove to be wanting remains to be seen. Should be superb future-gothic eye candy, at least.

What an astonishing experience "Doctor Who at the Proms" must have been, in person.. even with the best of audio equipment (not to be found anywhere near here =:), there's just no substitute for hearing the music as it's performed, to feel the excitement, the passion.. music's not to be a temple to technology, but a profound celebration of life and imagination.

"A Matter of Loaf and Death" was, thankfully, every bit as fun as its predecessors, with superb timing (especially the early near-doom in the crocodile pit) as ever. Amusingly, I noticed the Christmas Day ratings had ITV take position 11, and the BBC all of the higher rankings - W&G at the top, followed by Doctor Who. Jolly good show, what?

So, the new 17" MacBook Pro finally joins its 15" unibody cousin. Yay! It shall be mine, one way or another. ^_^ Nothing revolutionary this time around, with the dual-GPU setup the same as in the 15", offering the 9400 for lighter duty, or the 512MB 9600 for heavier GPU demand; currently, Leopard only supports one at a time, but it's a safe bet Snow Leopard will be able to take advantage of both, given OpenCL's prominence in its feature set. The battery's become non-removable, and bulked up, offering 95Wh capacity, making for a claimed eight hours, compared to five on the 15". Battery lifespan's apparently been nudged up to 1,000 cycles, courtesy of more intelligent charging, and the maximum memory's now up to 8GB in two slots. Same 1920x1200 resolution, with glossy LCD as standard, now joined by a matte option.

Zebra clip, of the anthro kind. =:9

I think everyone should take a look at Ayato's superb interpretations of various Discworld inhabitants. ^_^

roohbear noticed the local police blotter in Grass Valley included this entry (scroll down to Wednesday): "12:37 a.m. — A woman from the 300 block of North Star Place reported someone was outside her window hooting like an owl. Police confirmed it was an owl and not a person."

Ahhh. Finally got around to visiting Middle Farm, a working farm with some very well stocked shops.. not all that far away, but had remained in that "get around to it some weekend" category all year. On the way back to the warren last week, I casually wondered if such a place might offer unpasteurised milk - difficult to obtain, but worth it. They replied in the positive. So, I was duly obliged to wander along, and the coworker (no LJ yet, but I'm working on it =:) was vehicularly equipped on Saturday - wagons roll! ^_^

Wow. Not just some ciders on offer, but about sixty of them, and around twenty perries as well. To help make the decisions easier, tiny tasting cups were provided - just run off a bit from the keg. Wound up with four pints each of two ciders, one perry, and one local winter ale, each quite distinctive. The milk? Oh yes.. oh yes. =:D It's gorgeous! It's from their own Jersey cows, squirted out and into plastic bottles, nothing more. It's more like thin cream.. !

Some rather nice dragon avs.

drhoz noticed this story about deep sea giant single-celled organisms - in this case, grape-sized. Not merely remarkable for their uncommon size, but the possible implications for interpreting the fossil record from the Precambrian, as it's been thought that complex tracks from that era reflected multicellular organisms - perhaps the age of the protists lasted rather longer, before bilateralism came into vogue.

Well, that's one benefit of winter - unheated rooms become efficient larders. ^_^ So the conservatory's now holding the cider, perry, and a few beers, at a nicely cool temperature, without using up space in the fridge. It's quite pleasant walking in there, actually - nicely chilly. Reminds me of the walk-in refrigerated rooms at the cash & carry we used to frequent, back when we ran our second restaurant.

Bun of the day - from today, actually, braving the cooler climes of the moment, though seemingly none too thrilled about the matter. The preview's cropped from the full frame, whose composition I do prefer, but shrinking that to 560 pixels across would've left the bun perilously shrunken. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
Scalie cake! Thank you!

OpenCL? Don't know that one. I know OpenGL for Graphics and OpenAL for Audio, but C? Computing? Cuddling? Crashing?

That zebra vid's lovely. For a moment, I thought he was nude, but it wasn't to be. Also, for the record, I do like that kind of tight-fitting headgear to the more cartooony mascot-style head that most fursuits tend to have.
The only problem with such outstanding edible art, of course, is how on earth do you bring yourself to put a knife to it?

OpenCL. ^_^ Essentially, a standardised means of utilising GPU computation, independent of platform or GPU provider.

Mm, mascot style suits are easily the most common, though there are (of course) plenty of others, as patch_bunny will happily expound upon. His vacuuformed masks have the benefit of being particularly durable, compared to latex, but I've yet to enjoy personal experience thereof - something we're hoping to remedy eventually. ^_^ vawlkee's made quite a few gorgeous suits (even if lacking in lapinity =:), perhaps unique in furrydom in using fiberglass, making for quite resilient construction, though rather a claustrophobic feel, compared to carved foam or the like, given the acoustic qualities make it "sound" tight, as it were. But again, it's then easy to wind up with something quite a bit smaller than would be possible with carved foam, and requiring no border makeup, given they're full-head, not masks.

So, when will we be seeing you in the fur/lycra/latex/neoprene/PVC/etc? ^_^

So, when will we be seeing you in the fur/lycra/latex/neoprene/PVC/etc? ^_^

Probably not for a while. For one, they're not exactly my scene. I could probably be persuaded into donning one for a while given the right circumstances ('suits can be quite a personal thing so I'd probably want to know the owner quite well before anything happened).

For another, I'm not really of a suitable shape (pardon the pun). Unless you know of anyone with a pot-bellied pig suit?
Bah! Just be a dragon - they're made to have hearty tums. ^_^ After all, it's all about how much (or, it seems, little) you enjoy what it does for you - have fun being yourself, and the rest follows. Which, I suppose, goes for the rest of life, ne?

True enough, I suppose. I do like the idea of hedonism. On one of the various social sites I've signed up for, I describe myself as a 'non-practising hedonist'. I like the idea, but I'm generally far too middle-class, too button-down or just simply too lazy to let such wild fantasies beyond the bone cage in which they reside.
95Wh battery? What's that translate to in Ah? Seems my new-to-me laptop came with the "blue tab" 6.6Ah battery, although there's also a "yellow tab" 7.8Ah battery available. (And I've also heard of an auxiliary battery you can stick in the media bay, but I don't know what the Ah is on those. The battery life is pretty good even with just the blue-tab main battery and no auxiliary, but imagine installing a yellow-tab main battery /and/ the auxiliary battery - lots of battery time then...)

That 8GB RAM sounds nice, mine is maxed at 1280MB RAM. (256MB onboard + 1GB PC2700)

I'm guessing that that fancy Macintosh laptop doesn't have a touchscreen like mine, though. Probably wouldn't handle some of the blatant abuse I've heard these laptops are capable of taking, either.

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power = voltage x current, so whatever those batteries' voltages are will help yield the answers you seek. ^_^ Wonder if they've gone with LiPo tech, as in the MacBook Air - slightly better energy density than Li-ion, and quite readily formed into oddball shapes, making it attractive to designs like the MBA, to make use of precious internal space more efficiently.

I did actually have a second battery with my Wallstreet, but it didn't really offer much benefit - meant you lost the optical drive, but gained another three hours of battery. On the other paw, whilst I did have a few MP3 and game CDs I carried around, I suppose I did mostly use just the HD while mobile. Both batteries are long since dead, though Bunny's still almost usable - needs a new PMU, though. Tempting to get one, if I can find a Wallstreet being parted out cheaply, but being of that vintage - mid-1998 - means it doesn't include Firewire, USB, or WiFi, so if I wanted to use it as a home server, I'd also need to get a Firewire or USB card.. not much point, really, when Ocelot's filling that role nicely already. Tempting just for nostalgia, though - the Wallstreet remains one of my favorite Apple designs.. very ST:TNG. ^_^

It all depends what you do with it, of course - just browsing/email/etc doesn't really demand a great deal in resources, though browsers will happily chow down on any memory you care to give them. =:)

No touchscreen, but then, check out the size of the multitouch (four points) trackpad. =:) And you'd be surprised how resilient such laptops can be.. Hyzenthlay's from the previous main design, cosmetically similar, but made in the usual case + additional stiffeners way. It's taken a few falls, including out of the bag while walking, onto the road. No harm beyond a slight curve at the corner that kissed the tarmac. ^_^ The unibody design means the whole lower case is just one carving, with the support structures an integral part of the whole.. pretty neat work.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, mine's a Panasonic CF-29. Magnesium alloy FTW. ;-)

As Seen On TV YouTube (Yes, that says CF-30, but it's clearly a CF-29 in the video and not a CF-30.)
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It should be interesting to compare it to the original short film (with a lovely lack of celebrity voices): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=964QHmjLqa0

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*grin* I thought the visual hook might be useful.. ^_^ It's one thing to just mention a zebra, but it's only when you actually see him that you get a proper appreciation for just how easy on the eyes he is. =:9
He's posted a new clip of himself as an anthro doberman.
I'd happily enter that raffle, but really, what am I going to do with all that art? 18 artists and two winners? Sounds rather unbalanced to me.
I wouldn't let that be an obstacle, you know. =:) You could, I'm sure, ask any of them to draw friends, if you felt so inclined.

Not that adding more winners wouldn't be a fair idea, true - you may want to suggest that to the aforementioned organiser, given the considerable roster of contributors that's rallied together.

You went to Middle Farm, hurrah! I was there with the bike club the Sunday before Christmas for my festive ginger wine and a nice single varietal perry.
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How about the MPEG-4 version? As long as you've got VLC, QuickTime, Mplayer, or anything else compatible, you'll be able to enjoy it - and offline as well. ^_^

(The technique is, I believe, uniform for all YouTube videos: if the original URL is something like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00b4r, change it to http://www.youtubemp4.com/video/f00b4r.mp4)
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