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For stego_s_aurus, a short article on a border collie with a vocabulary of 200 words.

Plenty of cheap fun - enter a UK postcode here, and witness the more amusing town names nearby. ^_^

My cicadas should be arriving on Wednesday, by FedEx, along with a DV bridge. (Not mine, much as I might wish) Yay! They did! Sadly, all but comatose.. perhaps the freight flight was too cold, or simply too much shaking around en route. There are a few stirrings of life, but I'm fearing this is their time.. and after spending seventeen years underground, nibbling on root juices, too. As for the bridge.. I don't suppose anyone's got a 6 to 4-pin firewire cable I could use for a few weeks? Or even know of somewhere dirt cheap that will accept antiquated methods of payment such as a personal che[que|ck]? Well, maybe that can be a quest for the morrow, when I quietly abduct akira114.

Forget that last bit, could you?

I wonder.. if OPEC hadn't managed to bump oil prices up as happened in the 1970s, and thus the fuel costs had remained in accordance with whatever projections were in use, could Concorde have been a profitable craft? (It was, unquestionably, quite supremely elegant, regardless of other criteria)

British strawberries may be destined for Martian growth: "NASA scientists are keen to use an English breed because it will be more accustomed to low light levels than those from California or Florida.

Another rather good Worth1000 potatoshop contest: "cybernetic animals". Dialup users beware: it is heavily image laden. (As with many such contests, the best ones appear early on, trailing off markedly towards the end)

Apparently, sheep prefer looking at happy people. They can also distinguish between around fifty individual sheep.

So, I'm looking around for any available firmware update for the USB ADSL modem, and run a quick google. One of the results, around position 8, contains the text "... It adsl modems firmware appears to have been adsl broadband modem ... 500 modem xp drivers dignity, the rather, as binatone adsl 500 usb modem problem there ...", titled "Adult Web Site Promotion", from the ever-so-slightly spammy www. 1-2-3-carloan. com (spaces added deliberately). So.. what's the reasoning here? "Well, I was looking for a modem updater, but hey - porn site!" (Although, one wonders if that probably does work in some cases..) BTW, how do they do that? I've seen various spammy sites come up with any number of infinitesimally unlikely combinations of words. If a site were being queried live, I could see a malicious cgi just returning results based on the referrer string.

Could be very good.. an informal interview with Philip K Dick. Available in mp3 form here as a torrent, and here over http; 83MB in all. The former's preferred, so as to avoid straining the user's account. "A friend loaned me a bunch of tapes, and one of them turned out to be an audio interview of Philip K. Dick, interviewed in his home. You can hear the television on and his kids playing in the background. Very relaxed and chatty."

An alternative soundtrack for the first Harry Potter movie. I've not listened to it yet, but the notion's intriguing..

For brigus: print-and-cut-out miniature classic arcade cabinets. ^_^

If you were to try taking a red-hot branding iron to a horse, wanting to take it by surprise, how do you think they'd react? Yes, exactly. (800K MPEG-1; worth playing in slow motion)

Handy site for UK folks: TheyWorkForYou.com. It offers a trivially simple interface to find out what's been going on in Parliament, and offers profiles of your local MP, including how well they've attended, what motions they've tabled, how safe their seat is, and more. Curiously, top searches when I looked included "freedom information", "public schools", and "monkey".

I should perhaps note that, a few days ago, I finally got to see (albeit on a tiny TV..) LotR: Return of the King. I wish I'd had the opportunity to see it cinematically, obviously, as it's a film which calls out for such a presentation - a much less common aspect than some in Hollywood might like, I'd say. I admit to remaining somewhat uncomfortable with the notions of - at least, as the film portrayed them, not having familiarity with the original works - purely Good and Evil forces, too reminiscent of "traditional" superheroics.

Shrubbery of the day, from an Al-Arabiya TV interview: "Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country. And we will help them rid Iraq of these killers."

One vote can make a difference, as shown by the final paragraph here: "Two candidates in Slough were forced to roll a dice to decide the outcome of the election after two recounts failed to split them. The Tory beat the independent."

Another sign Kawaii Radio is a worthy enterprise: currently in charge is DJ Fuzzy Panda. ^_^ You know it makes sense. And on that note, I'll close with my red panda recommendation for the day: Dan Blueston's oekaki of Skott. (Not safe for work, unless Zig-Zag's the boss, in which case it'd be a resumé submission)
What sort of modem is it you were actually looking for the drivers for? I know I've seen these sites come up with some unexpected search strings before, but never when looking for modem drivers.

On which point, be thankful you haven't had to try and find Windows 2000 drivers for a 56k OEM modem, which never had a helpful product name, as I had to do for the old computer today. The best I could find were the default chipset manufacturer's, leaving a modem which does work, but with one quite significant flaw; You hear it dial-up, hear it negotiate the connection... then continue to hear it for all the time it's connected. =:o
Here's one of the searches - just now, that twit managed sixth place on the first page. Not strictly a driver search, no - I was wondering about the modem's firmware, as the driver itself seems okay, given a power cycle of the modem cures the problem. It's a Binatone 500 - the cheap jobbie many ISPs are giving out. With the exception above, it seems to do the job quite well, and the lack of a wall-wart isn't missed.

then continue to hear it for all the time it's connected

On the upside, however, you don't need to use a modem any longer, and can whistle your responses back directly. ^_^ Egad. I presume you took to stuffing something into the headphone socket in short order.

(I had a vaguely opposite problem with Bunny - I couldn't get it to yield any modem audio at all. Not a big problem, as I then (correctly) assumed any timeout was just its way of not recognising the busy signal, for some reason. But being able to actually hear that would've been handy. Probably an init string mistake, as it looked like it wasn't changing with the option for audio on or off. Mercifully, not a current concern)

I have to say, that icon could conquer the world. Please let me know when the new world order is established.
I presume you took to stuffing something into the headphone socket in short order.

Eventually, yes. I'm glad I have a few 3.5 to 3.5 audio cables lieing around, so it now can't be heard. At first I couldn't be bothered to go and find the cable, but it only took about 4 minutes of using the net with the sound on before I began losing the will to live and had to find the wire!

I have to say, that icon could conquer the world.

Muah ha ha haaaa! =;)
Hee! what I'd love to see is a critter (perferably canine, but I suppose chimp can do) who knows how to use the Internet to chat :)
Hee! It'd give new meaning to the old saw, "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog". ^_^ (Would they have to chip in towards the ISP costs?)

Also makes me wish we had some substantive form of communication with cetaceans. There's no question dolphins, f'rex, are intelligent sorts, but it would seem the thought processes are simply too different, or so the lack of results would suggest. (And this for a species not so far removed from ourselves. What of a species that came about entirely independently, somewhere else?)
Wasn't there someone on FurryMUCK, years ago (like maybe 96 or 97), who built a control that allowed his horse to walk a character around the muck? IIRC the horse wasn't really interacting, since he just kind of acted as a random input to the controller.
I admit, I'd not heard of that at all, though perhaps RL was intruding a little at the time. I'm positively intrigued, though. (Add some unobtrusive means of a player being able to offer a stroke to said equine in RL, or even somehow able to appear in hir range of vision..)
Cicada don't last that long to begin with once they're above ground. They may well have just died of old age on the flight.
Mm, that's what I'd been thinking may have happened.. do they have any means of ingesting food and/or water at all, or is their famed appearance as guaranteed a swan song as can be?

Ah well. I'll keep them safe, in case there's hope, but if nothing else, maybe they'll get to appear in an informal show & tell. *sigh* Poor things. I wish they'd properly managed to make the journey, even if I'd hardly have wound up with a chorus as ibneko recorded a couple weeks ago. ^_^
The adults need to feed from live trees, preferably maples. They bore little holes in the twigs, and suck the juices. They want to be on young twigs, right near the ends.

For what it's worth, we had hardly any here (Columbus) at all, but at a rest stop maybe an hour west of here that I stopped at on the way to Indianapolis for the Five Hundred, there were literally drifts of dead cicadas and discarded shells piled around the bases of the trees, so thick that you couldn't see the ground. In some spots the ground was just peppered with holes where they'd emerged. Several times while I was driving, I'd see little swirls of discarded shells fluttering on the road where the wind from the cars was blowing them.
print-and-cut-out miniature classic arcade cabinets. ^_^

If it weren't for the dolls, I would have thought those pictures were of the real thing!
I really should have introduced them more innocently.. ^_^ They really are pretty nifty, ne? I almost feel I should get a color printer.

Now, how would one go about making a suitable scale model of an AOL CD?
OMG this post is too long! I think I will read it later. ;p