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So, plenty of cities have flashmobs. San Francisco? Gets the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu hula troupe performing History Repeating, lead by a drag queen, at Market & Castro. Brilliant. =:D (Sadly, the clip doesn't include the very beginning, joining in once it's underway, but so it goes) "Willo" on JMG notes they "held an all-day Hit And Run Hula event all over SF. It was remarkable. They started at the Ferry Building, were kicked out by security guards at the SF Shopping Center (across from the cable car turnaround) but were applauded for their spontaneous hula breakout in the Apple Store down the street."

Of possible interest to a particular fox and bunny, perhaps, though I'd be amazed if they're not fully aware of it already. =:) "Couples wishing to register as domestic partners under Nevada's new law may pre-file their declaration between August 24 and September 24, 2009 to receive their state certificate on October 1st 2009, the day the law becomes effective."

The trailer for Summer Wars looks quite interesting. Hafta find out more about it.. though on the cinematic front, today's big event has to be the unveiling of the Avatar trailer, at 7am Pacific/3pm BST. Intelligent big-budget sci-fi is.. well, let's just go with "rare". ^_^;

Saw something clambering on the mesh fencing to my side, a few days ago, and wondered what it was, for a moment.. ^_^


Has anyone encountered Sparky O'Hare (originally Meister Lampe in Germany)? By the looks of it, worth checking out, despite being on paper.

The PSPGo's UK price was confirmed as £225 - £25 less than the PS3 Slim. Can't say it looks compelling - the DS has a vast (though expensive) catalog, and the iPod touch/iPhone's also doing very well in both range and software pricing. My biggest surprise with the PSPGo was the lack of touchscreen, and to a lesser degree, accelerometer; it's essentially the same CPU and GPU spec as originally launched (or is it?), with more SRAM. Still, at least UMDs have finally been ditched, going for a download-only model, and Sony's current indications are that pricing will be similar to iPhone titles (though that does cover a range from 99¢ to $9.99.. not sure how much will be at the low end =:).

Oh, roohbear! Remember this vocal sample from Banco de Gaia's "I Love Baby Cheesy"? I couldn't place the language, though it sounded vaguely Iberian. Nope! He says, "As far as I know that's not a real language, I think the guy was 'speaking in tongues'."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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It can be yours for a mere $30. ^_^

I wonder if I can find a chocobo version. (Seen the rather spiffy av available? Only L$250, too!)
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>> Speaking of intelligent big budget Sci-Fi, I just got back from seeing District 9. It's effin' hard to tell people why it's so awesome without spoiling things. >_
I'm not sure if it's something I'd enjoy, though - the theme of blind prejudice would probably just frustrate me, and I'd likely wind up getting irked by some of the implausibilities as a result, rather than easily being able to overlook them. Nonetheless, it's very good to see sci-fi on the big screen that's far more than some shoot-'em-up spree, and engagingly produced, by all accounts.

Who knows? With this, Moon, and Avatar, maybe we could finally be seeing the return of sci-fi with some actual science involved, and emphasis on genuine imagination and characters, not just bigger and badder explosions.

(Has Moon come your way?)
Sparky O'Hare seems like it'd be a neat comic indeed, yes. (And being on paper is an *advantage*.)

Nah, I'm a digital bunny. ^_^ I've no attachment to paper, though I can certainly appreciate a meticulously produced tome, such as the Mouse Guard volume now out - beautiful work, but medieval fantasy's just not really a subgenre that has a strong appeal to me. (By the same token, I'm not terribly bothered by Lord of the Rings, in any form, though the movies were quite spectacular, and I loved the portrayal of the Shire) I will, however, confess to picking up both volumes of Beanworld, despite being hardback (not just paper, but really expensive paper!), as that's an exceptional work, finally collected in one (okay, two) place - though maddeningly, still incomplete!

I might have to pick SO'H up, I think. Perhaps I'll pop into London next weekend - it's been quite a while since I last loitered around Forbidding Prices or GOSH. Or I'll just pester the publisher for a digital edition. =:) (If it were on the App Store, I'd have been able to buy it already, and probably with more of the purchase price going to the artist, for a lower sale cost. Speaking of which, I should drop the publisher of Katran a line, and see what's up with that. Wasn't anything to set the world on fire, but I'd like to see more of his adventures)
*noddles* I don't know, but I really prefer paper, myself. You can read it everywhere - in bed, in the tub, on the sofa etc. -, and you don't have to rely on devices that can break, electricity that might not be there (empty batteries, blackouts), companies deciding to take away your property (like amazon deleting 1984 from peoples' kindles) and so on. Plus, good paper at least has a nice smell and texture. :)
But I can do that too. =:) Dandelion goes where I want to be, and the iPhone even moreso. In digital form, it'll never be lost or destroyed - a couple backups in different accessible places, and I can pick it up wherever I am, without even needing to remember it. ^_^ Very compact, too - I can stuff a hefty load of books and comics in my pocket (sadly, Grzimek's PDFs are too large for the iPhone to handle well, given the constrained memory available - 128MB total, and apps can expect to have around 30-40MB; each volume's about 80MB, so that's understandable), without any need to tote a bag around, or worry about them being crinkled or creased.

DRM's definitely something to be wary of, yes - that was a supremely ironic demonstration. =:D I might touch a protected PDF or suchlike, but it'd be a strongly negative factor. Thankfully, such seem fairly uncommon - the last couple iPhone books I picked up (PDF only, saving on the printing costs and delivery charges) were completely unprotected, simply adding my name to the bottom of each page. Easy enough to strip out, but quite a nicely unobtrusive method of reminding people they maybe shouldn't. =:) DRM's siren song will continue to be beautiful to members of the MPAA, I'm sure, despite the clear evidence that (a) it doesn't even work, (b) left to their own devices, people will pay for work they want, within their means. And indeed, will pay more than they need to - if a webcomic's good enough for the creators to feel putting it into print is viable, people will happily purchase it, despite the work being available for free. (Speaking of which, I see SamBakZa's There She Is is now up on the App Store - five volumes, as originally released, first free, the others $1.99. I suppose I have to get them - they were quite superb work, after all =:)
If you've got a laptop, then that may be a different issue; I don't, myself (of course, I'd be wary of taking a laptop to the tub, anyway, unless it was an ultra-rugged one that could take a submerging etc. without running into problems).

The iPhone... well, I never used one, but from what I hear, it's pretty locked down as well, so I would file that under "DRM-infested" just like the Kindle. Plus, it seems overkill to spend several hundreds of bucks on a phone OR a laptop just to be able to read comics or books.

Especially when those comics or books are so much nicer in paper form, anyway, as mentioned above. :)
Ah, it's easy enough - just make sure not to get splashy without covering the laptop first. And if you do, turn it off ASAP, disassemble, wash, and leave to dry for a few days to be absolutely certain. Not that I'd do something like that.

*cough*

(Amazing how quick one's reactions can be, given the right incentive)

The iPhone's apps are locked to authorised computers for syncing, yep. Not so bad, given the prices of them - it's difficult for anyone to justify copying a title, when it's only 99¢ or somesuch to pick up legitimately. Of course, it's ferpectly possible to jailbreak (and optionally, unlock, to use it on other networks) them - mine's been thus for a couple months quite happily, at the cost of being obliged to use hacked upgrades rather than just the ones originally made available. No biggie, really - there's only been 3.0.1 since then, which patched an SMS hole, and not a great deal else; there is a hacked edition out, but I'll wait until 3.1's out before bothering, most likely.

The formats are all as you'd use on the desktop, though - I've a small pile of PDF and HTML books on mine, no hackery or special machinations required, and no Apple involvement. Apps, once on your system or iDevice, stay there - that's beyond the point of sale, and Apple don't get involved there, even if an app was later discovered to be a rights violator or suchlike, as has happened a few times with accurate copies of a few classic arcade titles. Anyone with them is unaffected - they simply stop being made available for new purchasers/downloaders. (Similarly with the now-dead music DRM on iTunes Store tracks - unlike Windows Media DRM, there's no server to contact. There's still DRM, unless you write them to CD and import those, or pay for the higher bitrate DRM-free versions that replaced them, but their playability's not controlled by a company deciding to terminate a given format, à l'original DivX. Did anyone ever actually crack those discs?)

And I can read digital editions without having to hold them open - not an issue with comics, but a perennial nuisance with non-"trade" paperbacks. They can be in full color at no extra cost, as with webcomics, and aren't necessarily bound to static layouts, though it's a rare creator that takes advantage of such flexibility. Scott McCloud's spoken with far greater eloquence on such digital possibilities than I could manage, though.

Reminds me, I copied the latest Futurama movie over to the iPhone a while back, in preparation for the flight back to the Bay, and never watched it. I otter remedy that. ^_^
Jailbreaking works, I suppose, but that's like saying "it doesn't matter that this door is locked, you can still cut it open with the the help of the right powertools". Technically true, but I think it's missing the point - the door shouldn't be locked in the first place.

If the books are just (regular) PDFs and/or HTML, that's OK, I suppose; nevertheless, I simply don't trust Apple (or any company) enough to actually *believe* that a non-open, locked-down system such as the iPhone doesn't contain any way for them to screw with you/your programs/your data later on.
Gack! I'm 5 days late in replying, but thanks for the Banco de Gaia clip! I thought it was Spanish, so I played it for two Spanish people... they had no clue. I thought it was Tibetan for a while too, but I don't know anyone from there.

That's the 2ND time I've been duped into "false lyrics" by Banco. The other song they did that in is called Obsidian. They hired a girl with a great voice to make up some words... sounds like "green ham and eggs and salt and butter butter butter" to me :-) See if you can find it, otherwise I'll email it to you.