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Kate Worley, writer of Omaha the Cat Dancer, lost her battle with cancer last weekend. Her family is, aside from the loss, now also left with medical bills which threaten to cost them their home; donations would be welcome.

Something that might appeal to schwitters and huskyteer: The Adventures of Mia, a furry tale of a girl mixed up in air racing in the 1930s. (A larger image of the first cover can be found over at Rabbit Valley) One issue out, with the second being solicited for August.

(FWIW, I took a couple days off from LJ, so I'm only now catching up with what everyone's been up to. ^_^)

From the "it's just neat technology" department: the Australian National University's Heavy Ion Accelerator - basically, a large VdG generator. Fun! ^_^

But.. if you want to see something of that kind.. powered up, please enjoy this 1800K JPEG of a Sandia facility. Trust me - it's quite a sight, even if you're on dialup. (But, at home, you might have to make do with putting various things in a microwave)

A cool net.radio station: Kawaii Radio. When the first track playing is The Seatbelts' cool jazzy Space Lion, you know it's going to be worthwhile. (The Seatbelts provided much of the soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop) Which led me to discover the potentially very handy RadioRecorder, which, unlike the ever-helpful StreamRipperX, provides for timed recording, à la VCR. (The latter's more for immediate ripping, and provides a proxy for listening at the same time)

Some exploration into the unknown, in the deepest ice cores retrieved.

PC World mentions Seagate announcing, amongst others, 2.5" drives up to 100GB at 5400 and 7200rpm. Yum. I'll soldier on regardless. ^_^ They're also entering the increasingly popular 1" market, as found in the iPod mini.

Here's a journal vastly more interesting than mine: Neil Gaiman's.

Browsing around the iTMS, in vague hope of locating the Dragon Half OST (not just for the infamous end theme, a superbly deranged Beethoven melange, but also the full version of Dick Saucer's theme, amongst others), I happened upon "It's a Drag to Be a Dragon", by Zak Morgan. The preview's moderately interesting, and suggests it actually is about dragons, rather than some metaphysical representation. Nothing about red pandas, I'm sorry to say.

Hm. I may have to give Telediscount a try; they're yet another imprint of 18866, 1899, and Telestunt, amongst others. Their reputation seems reasonable, and 1p/min (total cost) at all times to Western European countries, the US, Canada, Australia, and so on isn't bad at all. That particular version of the company doesn't offer carrier pre-select (CPS), so it works much like a calling card, except the cost comes about as simply another phone call on the bill.

Oooh, a couple new furry stories of interest! Both themed around transformation into plushies: Toy Store, and Uninvited Guests. The first is the better of the two, I feel, dealing with one man's change into an overstuffed rabbit, whilst the latter's more of a TF-fest, but still enjoyable. There is non-consensuality in both, I should note.

The local megamart had two "Thai selection" packs for 1/3 normal price, making them fairly reasonable: they include lemongrass, garlic, shallots, galangal, and bird's eye peppers. And lo, it did come to be - something approximating a Thai green chicken curry, with the above, plus fish sauce, fresh basil, a little shrimp taste, and plenty of diced turkey thigh, left to simmer gently for an hour or so, before being completed by the addition of some baby corn, fine green beans, and baby carrots, left for only a couple minutes, so as to retain their texture and flavor. Really not bad at all. ^_^

From pancakebunny - a community dedicated to Oolong, a Japanese rabbit - a not-advert for IHOP.

One fansub group's begun an older series which sounds promising: Oishinbo: "... (roughly, Progress in Deliciousness), depicts drama and intrigue within the world of Japanese gourmet cooking (complete with detailed drawings of the food)"

The wisdom of Britney Spears: "I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes." (September 2003)

Spooky. I thought "Lucky Jack", the jackrabbit from Home on the Range, looked like Shawn Keller's work, and so it is. Meh, maybe I saw the credit in a posting somewhere.

Another OS X LJ client to try: Phoenix. (Amusing backwards compatibility - not just OS 9, but a 68k version as well, and one suitable for 1-bit displays) Still - I'm using the usual web entry, as.. what more do I really want from a dedicated client anyway?

Linus Torvalds on his forthcoming move from Santa Clara up to Portland: "The plan was to try to acclimatize and have time to grow webbed feet (although I'm told there are implants available) by moving during the summer."

A curious bug: "You print from Mail, but the printout looks strange - backwards and upside down, that is. Instead of standing on your head and using a mirror to read it, try our helpful tips before you print."
 
 
 
 
 
 
iTMS? (Hum, read that as iPMS the first time around~)

Mmmm, Dragon Half OST... I think I've seen that around on BoxTorrents, will check for you once the site comes back up (or you can check yourself... http://www.boxtorrents.com/)

Phoenix, huh. If it's good (stable, with nice features, but not too complex in GUI design), do tell me, please? Currently, I'm using iJournal, which is small (<1M in size), simple and sweet, but another lj client might be spiffy.

iTMS? (Hum, read that as iPMS the first time around~)

*giggle* I can only speculate as to Steve Jobs under PMS. The notion is.. disquieting. ^_^

BoxTorrents? I think I looked there, but couldn't see it, except a comments reference from someone pleading another to re-seed it. Oddly, a track listing seems to indicate there were only a couple actual music tracks on the CD, being more of a drama than a soundtrack. Still, I'd love to hear the proper version of Dick Saucer's song again, and playing the end theme would only serve to remind people around that yes, I do have slightly unusual tastes.

I really should actually give Phoenix a proper try. ^_^;; At first glance, it basically seems like an offline-capable version of the web interface, plus auto-detection of music playing from either iTunes or Audion. A different layout, but basically the same options, which makes sense.

BTW, you might want to have a look at OmniWeb 5.0b7 now. It's still not perfectly stable (iCab's very good in that regard, but falls over on CSS, and somehow doesn't express the same elegance of interface), but it's certainly up for routine use. And, if it should go bang, it does remember all the windows, tabs, and entry fields, restoring and reloading them on the next startup of the application. Workspaces are one of its nice features - I have one set up for loading the dozen or so daily comics, f'rex. I flip over to that, back to my main workspace, and carry on while they're all loading off-screen (in one window, multiple graphical tabs on the left).
Mmm... stuff on BoxTorrents gets reseeded every so often... well, series, anyways. And people have to seed _something_ to keep a proper ratio to not get banned... Just keep checking back. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Mmm, Phoenix is open source, spiffy. 'bout time I started learning how to write actual OS X apps instead of doing terminal/textbased things only. Guess I should try it out, figure out what I don't like, and start making changes~

Mmmm, ok. Workspaces are spiffy things. :D
Took a look at Phoenix. It's good, but I don't like the having-multiple-windows part. iJournal is better with the one single window, post and be done with it. And it doesn't remember my perviously used servers. May have to do something about that. I should check to see if iJournal is opensource as well... I believe it is, and I think I tried messing with the GUI to skin it, 'cept I failed miserably.

Mmm, and the ability to browse through previous posts is nice though... I wonder how they're getting that, by page scraping? Hope not...
Heh! I actually prefer multiple windows, in moderation.. it's one of the aspects I never became comfortable with, when using Halime, and a factor in returning to MacSOUP when an OS X version finally emerged. I'm fine with panes and drawers, but sometimes, they're used a little too extensively - such as in Mail, where I can't understand why it's not possible to choose between mailboxes from the menu bar, rather than having to open the drawer, select, then close again. Having the option of a mailboxes drawer seems fine, but there really ought to be a Eudora-style Mailbox menu.

Browsing through old postings? Simple http, surely? We're probably not on the same wavelength here. ^_^; (I've mildly amused myself a couple times by finding my journal on google on the first page, when searching around for things of particular interest. Once even garnered a googlewhack!)

Definitely a good point that it's open source.. I should take a peek, although I'm more inclined to sniff through a Cocoa app like JewelToy, just for the Objective-C goodness.

What do you find most appealing about iJournal, above simply compiling an entry in a TextEdit window and plopping it into the LJ (et al) web interface?
Mmm, I just leave the drawers open. Don't like it, but meh, well, learning a new mail app is annoying.

::blinks:: probably not... Um. Like, they show a calendar and you can click dates, which brings up the entries posted that day.. I assume you can edit the contents as well (if not, it'd be rather silly and worthless...)

::nods:: open source = good~

Small, doesn't take long to load, remembers the login information for specific servers, so all I need to do is change servers and hit enter... Tab allows me to move through all the fields that I need to change, and pretty much avoid using the mouse at all, which means posting can be done really quickly, without leaving the keyboard at all.

Compiling the entry in a textedit window, then copying/pasting it into the web interface would mean opening two applications to accomplish one task. I'd rather compose directly in the browser, since typically, if things go wrong, I can use the back button to revisit what I just posted.
Kate Worley, writer of Omaha the Cat Dancer, lost her battle with cancer last weekend. Her family is, aside from the loss, now also left with medical bills which threaten to cost them their home; donations would be welcome.

That's terrible news. Omaha was my introduction to 'adult furry' comics.

But.. if you want to see something of that kind.. powered up, please enjoy this 1800K JPEG of a Sandia facility. Trust me - it's quite a sight, even if you're on dialup. (But, at home, you might have to make do with putting various things in a microwave)

Nice!!! I wonder if they give tours? =:)
Yep, same here.. *sigh* I didn't even realise I was a furry at the time, either.. I'd simply started getting into comics (beyond 2000AD et al), and after a few trips to the monthly comic marts, picking up all sorts of wonders - including a sadly lost collection, over several months, of the original Valkyrie Press run of Bryan Talbot's superb The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, perhaps the finest comic work ever - came to the realisation that.. "Hey, there's a lot of furry titles here. Wonder if that means something?" ^_^

I noticed some pondering that there should be a new Ursa Major award, named after her, or Omaha - I'd certainly approve of that. (At the time, I had connections to Minneapolis, so the reference to "Mipple City" always amused me :)

(I still regret never making a point of taking the Best Brains studio tour while I was there. Still, their spirit lives on, in the innumerable riffings of endless fanfics, and the occasional original production, such as MFT3000. Which I've still yet to see, actually)

Tours? I wonder.. ^_^ Come to that, I recall tours of the Stanford linear accelerator are available, but only for groups of ten or more. Livermore might have something to offer, too.. golly, I wonder if there are ten geeks in all of the Bay who'd be interested?

"Hey, there's a lot of furry titles here. Wonder if that means something?" ^_^

Heh, I've noticed. Not that I'm complaining because I get to borrow them. >:)

(I still regret never making a point of taking the Best Brains studio tour while I was there. Still, their spirit lives on, in the innumerable riffings of endless fanfics, and the occasional original production, such as MFT3000. Which I've still yet to see, actually)

I read someones comprehensive account of one of those Best Brains studio tours, just as they were starting to dismantle the set and place pieces on eBay. I recall the 'hatch door' piece that was used throughout the last season of the show went for well into the 5 digits.

Tours? I wonder.. ^_^ Come to that, I recall tours of the Stanford linear accelerator are available, but only for groups of ten or more. Livermore might have something to offer, too.. golly, I wonder if there are ten geeks in all of the Bay who'd be interested?

With considerably tightened security, I'd be surprised if any major research facility is still giving tours. It's worth checking into, though....


I'm a happy Phoenix user. Before I had broadband it was essential for composing entries prior to posting, and even now I prefer writing in the Phoenix window to the web interface, which sometimes refreshes randomly mid-sentence, losing everything. It inserts LJ and HTML tags for you, which I don't often bother with. My only gripe is that it doesn't pick up my Current Music from iTunes, requiring version 2 while I'm running 1.
True, tag insertion's a benefit.. I wonder how easily such apps cope with moving them? (Occasionally, I'll decide a link belongs in a different part of a sentence)

I could have used a semi-question mark there, if such a thing existed - to a comma as a semi-colon is to a colon.

BTW, will you be going along to that nighttime opening of the Zoo? If I could, I'd certainly go, not least because I'd be in with a chance of capturing twilight red panda activity. (If you do happen to see them, I'd love to see any photos you might take. Other species too, of course, but.. ^_^)

iTunes 1? That's a fair vintage. Preference or necessity? I wonder if some additional AppleScript might be able to bridge the gap there.. unless iTunes 1 doesn't have the necessary dictionary. (I really should get around to AppleScript someday.. doesn't look particularly difficult, and certainly very useful)

BTW, if you happen to know someone looking for original (tangerine/blueberry) iBook parts, I think Mouse's time may have come. It's been weeks since I was last able to persuade it to boot.. *sigh* Frustrating, as I'd really wanted it to be a family system, once I obtained a WLAN base station or card, but it's of no use to anyone like this, and I could most certainly use the money from selling the keyboard, display, battery (still quite frisky, giving a little under three hours in normal OS X usage), and so on.

I've seen that refreshing oddness with the web interface on occasion - rarely, but even then, it manifests here only as putting the scroll bar back to the top repeatedly, and blanking out the window until the scroll bar's moved again. That's with OmniWeb 4.5, and now, 5.0b7. Thankfully, it's rare enough as not to be much of a concern, as it's not actually destructive towards the text. (And if 5.0 does go boom, it'll automagically restore all windows and entry text next time it's started up. Very handy)