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I see that Holy Flying Circus is now up in its entirety over on YouTube. ^_^ Produced by BBC Four, it's a comedy drama of the kerfuffle surrounding Life of Brian's original release. The casting is remarkably good, and the writing - about the funniest thing I've watched in the last couple years. If you like Pythonic dry humor, you really ought to see this.

The video linked on this page is rather good. ^_^ It documents a technique for inserting CG objects, which can interact appropriately in 3D, into existing photographs. The setup required is fairly trivial, just noting - in 2D, of course - what light sources there are, and the bounds of any objects in the photo you want your new item(s) to interact with. So, you can add balls to a pool table, and have them realistically bounce off the table's cushions, add a dragon sculpture to a photo where lights are shining from the ceiling, or have a ball roll around in front of and behind items in the photo - all with the lighting entirely convincing.

Intriguing article, on a non-pseudoscience site: DNA mutations influenced by childhood circumstances.

I think I may have to check in on this. ^_^ Warhorses of Letters, starting Tue Oct 25, 11pm, Radio 4. "Comedy by Marie Phillips and Robert Hudson. Napoleon and Wellington's horses exchange love letters against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Starring Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby."

As a note to myself, and anyone else seeking, you can find the OS X driver for the Huawei E220 3G dongle on Huawei's site. Just:

- ensure the E220 is not connected to the computer.
- unzip that file, and launch the package contained to install it as usual.
- connect the E220.
- you should then be informed of two new network interfaces, which are not yet set up, offering to open those preferences.
- authenticate, to be able to make changes to the new modem prefs.
- put in *99# as the phone number; it's unlikely you'll need a password.
- connect!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most excellent links. I wonder if there's a way to download the warhorse program?
Thanks. ^_^ I like to present links here, as I can offer some additional comment or opinion, rather than just tossing the link out without context.

Hmm.. depends. The BBC does release some of their radio work, but a great deal of it just remains in the vaults. That said, you might find it's available from their site without geolocking - as I recall, they only seemed especially picky about that with their TV output, but I could be mistaken.

An alternative might also be get_iplayer, a very handy Python utility (ie runs on a wide range of platforms!) that slurps the list of TV & radio available at the moment, then allows you to download whichever you want. All CLI-driven, but the syntax is pretty straightforward. I've not used it in quite a while, so things may've changed, but testing it just now with v2.80 suggests there may be some additional installation required - it used to be the case you'd just specify which index number you wanted to fetch, and it'd download an iPhone-ready file.
From what I've seen on debian-user mailing lists, 3G dongles are as bad as those much-derided "U3" USB sticks. That is, when you plug them in initially, they pretend to be a CD device with a disc in, on which are the Windows Drivers. The idea being that you plug them in, autorun.inf calls the installer and Hey Presto! you've installed the driver. The driver then sends a command to the stick to switch into modem mode.

This might be a genius idea for Windows people, but for everyone else, it's a nightmare. the CD device is useless so you have to find some workaround (such as above or the Linux program "usb-modeswitch") to tell the stick to do it's job!</rant>
AIEEE! YOU'RE ALIVE!

Egad. I thought you'd forsaken us on LJ! ^_^; *hug*

Yep, just so. Not a bad idea, per se, but of course, they provide (a) no drivers on the device for anything but Windows, (b) they also don't update any of it. So you wind up with a package that's legitimately useful to a good number of folk immediately, whilst excluding a fair few others, for no reason or gain, and ensuring that nicety's obsolescence in a matter of a year or two.

Still, at least the major protocols are more stable. =:) After some sniffing around, getting that driver onto Dandelion (the last time I used this dongle was around Dec 2008, when Hyzenthlay was my primary system; since then, it's been with a friend who needed a non-landline means of connecting. He needed it, I didn't) was pleasantly straightforward. Unfortunately, it's the Taiwanese/cheap Chinese makers who seem worst for that sort of "kick the design out with some half-baked Windows driver" strategy, when so little extra would be required to offer a few more platform binaries, maybe the source as well, though that's hardly reserved for just them.
Not gone, just seduced by the dark side.