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Pic for the day, by Anklebones and TheWormwood. Absolutely not even remotely work-safe. ^_^

Canada no longer holds the record for milk squirting: "My technique is simple. I suck the milk into my nasal cavity, hold my nose, pull my left eyelid back with my finger, and squirt."

If you're not familiar with Greg the Bunny, DVD Times has a good review of the recent DVD release (of the Fox series only, not surprisingly - if anyone knows where to find the original shows, I'd love to hear!). And while looking around for other news on Ratatouille, I came across a rather.. um.. odd character one of the storyboard artists came up with, independently: Rocket Rabbit. Eep!

I want to play with one of these. ^_^ (Wonder if they're dog-safe?)

Not a very happy bunny (indeed, he's known to be a bear) is the chief economist at Morgan Stanley: "Roach sees a 30 percent chance of a slump soon and a 60 percent chance that 'we'll muddle through for a while and delay the eventual armageddon.' The chance we'll get through OK: one in 10. Maybe."

54% of the 1,574 adults questioned in an NSF survey on scientific literacy (36K two page PDF) knew that the Earth takes one year to orbit the Sun. In brighter news, 75% knew the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than vice versa.

The AOL CD throne: "It contains 4000 CDs, weighs at least 150 pounds, barely fits through doors, and plugs into an electical outlet."

Did anyone happen to record the BBC series "Absolute Power", starring Stephen Fry and John Bird as heads of a PR agency? It seems to've travelled a lot, including TVNZ and BBC Canada, but as far as I can see, there's no video release, and no sign of a rerun.

From coongt, news of the Jones Soda Holiday Pack.

Woohoo! Prompted by the surprise arrival of a R1 copy of The Saddest Music in the World, I finally opened Ocelot up to see if there was any visible obstruction preventing the drive from spinning up. (The motor's fine, as evidenced by it sucking the disc in without trouble) And lo, a single hair around the spindle.. once back together, all was well once more.

Now this - the Schienenzeppelin ("Rail Zeppelin") - would've been fun to see in action: a train pushed by an open propeller. Though I'd have settled for a ride on this Japanese maglev, which set a record of 552kph (342mph), beating out the conventional record set by a French TGV, at a more stately 515kph.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Re the frisbee

"I'm going to have to put you on the gamegrid."

End of Line.... ;)
*giggle* Perfect. ^_^ (I still think that's one of the coolest movies. Odd to think that computing power was so precious, not so very long ago, that the CG imagery was produced in wireframe, and then cel-painted. And the design work for The Last Starfighter still stands up very well, for that matter)

Come to think of it, I never really saw any of Tron 2.0 - would you know how it turned out? ISTR some positive mumblings, but whether it simply wasn't that good, or didn't happen to be in vogue, I'm not sure.

Meh. I should write some sort of furry game.. not with a view to making money, but just for the fun of it.. more of a learning exercise and technology demo.

Tron 2.0? I love that game but I don't remember why I lost interest part of the way through. I liked the visuals which captured the style of the movie surprisingly well and the updated "remix" of the original Wendy Carlos soundtrack (one of my favorite soundtracks) It also had a novel gameplay theme where your character has a finite number of memory blocks to download algorithms to, and sometimes you have to dump algorithms, re-arrange or optimize your memory to make space to "download" new algorithms.
Hmm! Maybe I should seek the game out.. tell me, does Bit appear? ^_^ (In JewelToy, its "yes" is used as an encouragement of sorts when you're doing well)

Of course, I had to check out what Wendy Carlos has been up to since the original movie - not much cinematically, unfortunately, but her credit on Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey piques my interest! Now that could be rather spiffy.

I've thought the laser harp, as used in Jean-Michel Jarre's Docklands concert (and probably elsewhere), could be worked on.. perhaps deliberately diverge the beam to a few mm width, so it could pick up on the level to which a "string" was being played, thereby giving a means to offer some degree of control, as with electronic pianos' sensing of the velocity and strength of striking a key.

Just make sure the lasers really are just lasers, and haven't been replaced by light sabers by some joker. And now I'm thinking of Darth Vader doing a Harpo Marx musical number..
Hmm! Maybe I should seek the game out.. tell me, does Bit appear?

Yep, sort of, with a real voice. Halo has a similar character who talks like a deranged C3P0.
Of course, I had to check out what Wendy Carlos has been up to since the original movie - not much cinematically, unfortunately, but her credit on Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey piques my interest! Now that could be rather spiffy.

I have this movie, in fact. And it is interesting that the filmmakers manage to find Theremin and bring him to the US after he 'mysteriously' disappeared and wasn't seen in 50 years.
And now I'm thinking of Darth Vader doing a Harpo Marx musical number..

Wasn't that already done in the Star Wars Holiday Special?!? ;) I think we should start petitioning Lucas to get that thing released on DVD. It's not like it's going to damage the Star Wars franchise any more than the last two films.... >:P
Yep, sort of, with a real voice. Halo has a similar character who talks like a deranged C3P0.

Yay! Okay, that clinches it.. somehow, I need to see Tron 2.0 for myself now. (I noticed the IMDb credits including one for "Byte") Pity, really - if I were back at the old place, I could've seen it by now. (And doubtless heard it, too :) And HL2 and H2, unquestionably.. but hereabouts does seem to be fairly barren on the furry front.

Got any clips of 343 Guilty Spark? ^_^

Now there's a film I'd certainly enjoy seeing. Sort of an electronica version of Buena Vista Social Club? >chuckle<

Gods, yes.. I need to try making it all the way through the Holiday Special. (Did you say you had a reasonable copy of it tucked away somewhere? Mine's just the 20MB postage stamp, although the lack of quality could be considered compliance with the Geneva Convention)

Wonder if the Director's Cut will be retrofitted to include even more annoying characters than Chewie's family? Jar-Jar's family too, maybe? Quick, get Lucas on the line!
Nope, I know nothing of Tron 2.0 or the rest. My memories of the first movie are rather sketchy for the most part in fact. :)
Eep! You haven't yet tossed money at the Mouse for your very own copy? ^_^ (Eventually, a copy of the LD box set turned up at Amoeba Records, somewhere around 1999 - I had to go for it, as it came with some nifty extras, and a flawless transfer, with vibrant colors the VHS version couldn't hope to match. Still, I understand the DVD transfer's also turned out very well, despite the chromatic challenge)

Based on RabitGuy's word, I may have to seek out the game at some point.. does sound like a worthy inheritor to the title. Of course, I wish there'd been a second movie.. not like Disney to back away from a sequel, after all. :) (How did The Lion King 1.5 turn out so well? The animation quality was far above their normal TV-grade for OAV releases, and they even slipped in that mindworm of a song..)

Well, nobody's gotten the feeling of what the computer world should be like better than Tron has, and while the movie was a pretty bare-bones sort of mythology it was still a much better and more satisfying one than anybody else has offered. (Max Headroom is too busy being satire and forecaster to fill the role.)

Incidentally now that Roger Ebert's web site is really up and running you can look back on ancient reviews; he gave Tron a solid four stars. I didn't realize until the book I hated hated HATED this movie that Roger Ebert's got a touch of the science fiction fanboy in him.

Egad, it's been a while since I really paid much attention to any specific reviewer.. ^_^ When in the UK, I used to enjoy Barry Norman's views on BBC 1, although he was - having since bowed out in favor of Jonathan Ross - always hopelessly against almost anything sci-fi, and only slightly less so against horror. Still, as with Ebert, even if you disagree with his conclusions, it's an entertaining ride getting there. I was quite impressed that he took it upon himself to offer a complete commentary track for the Dark City DVD - a good one, too. Ah, if only Alex Proyas had had sufficient power within the studio to decline their insistence on that infamous opening monologue.. (which, mercifully, I missed, arriving in the auditorium that crucial thirty seconds late)

BTW, have you seen Serial Experiments Lain, I wonder? I'd certainly recommend it, if not - needless to say, don't bother with the dub. Thirteen episodes of around 22 mins each - the Pioneer DVD release spans four discs, though I imagine some merry merchants will offer it on fewer.

If they made a new Max Headroom, I wonder if it'd now be more expensive to re-enact him the original way, rather than purely CG? ^_^ Matt Frewer did quite a superb job in the role, in any regard.. I'd certainly be happy to see more of MH in either the series context, or as VJ, as in the original Chrysalis series, which remains utterly unavailable in any form.
How could people get those scientific questions wrong? They are all so easy! Also the AOL link doesn't work for some reason.
It's.. somewhat disturbing. Some, I could imagine people perhaps being a bit confused, but Sun around the Earth? Not knowing how long one orbit around the Sun takes? The breakdowns don't provide much more comfort, either - look at the results for that latter question. Correct by level of education: <high school 31%, high school 51%, baccalaureate 77%, graduate/professional 76%. So one in four at that highest level isn't aware it takes one year for the Earth to complete an orbit? It's certainly possible the manner of the questioning could affect the results - I could easily imagine many less confident folks becoming easily flustered, even if they actually do know the correct answer, for want of self-assurance. Some, I'd be surprised if The Man In The Street did know, such as the basic principle of a laser, or whether electrons are smaller than atoms - such topics don't crop up in most people's everyday lives. I may have to try nosing around for more information on the matter.. in particular, if there's solace to be drawn in some really good results from fresh high school graduates, and the style in which the questioning was conducted (formal room, by phone, in the street, etc).
Actually I take solace in that people are so dumb. That explains a great deal in this world.
One thing to note: the question about how long the Earth takes to go around the Sun was a 3-way multiple choice question. All the rest (except the one about what's a molecule) were true/false or 2-way multiple choice questions. So just based on chance, they are going to get a lower mark on the 3-way choice. That also shows that a fair number that did get the questions right were just guessing, and that's bad.

Also, looking at the scores for people with less than a high school education, there were several questions where that group got scores below 50% - worse than random, sometimes much worse. The scores for these questions in the group of graduates still tended to be much lower than the other questions. It seems like there are certain areas where "common sense" (or is it religious belief?) is at odds with reality, and it takes a lot of educating before this finally sinks in.

It is good to see, however that 92% or more of people in every group knew that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. They may not know their ass from their elbow, but they know what kills them. :-)
That also shows that a fair number that did get the questions right were just guessing, and that's bad.

A good point, and all the more disquieting for that.

They may not know their ass from their elbow, but they know what kills them.

I'm afraid so. :)

And by way of a contrast, this Register story gives a prime example of how not to ask questions in a manner expecting to reveal public preferences.
Hm! Curious about the AOL throne link.. it checked out happily just now, even after refreshing the page. It's a proxy link, for what it's worth, as the original site went down fairly quickly after being made public - effectively, the Coral project acts as a distributed caching network, theoretically capable of serving up a page if it exists anywhere on its network.
Well now it does work!
*mmm* Cervine and lapine lust. I likes!
*grin* Easily one of my new favorites.. the bunny's up there with a couple (rather breathtaking) Dark Natasha pieces I've seen. Such wonderful shading, and with a realistic tone overall.. of course, I find it tempting to consider it the aftermath of a TF. Oh, those footsies! That tail! ^_^ Just adorable.. I need to find out if they'll revisit those characters.
That CD throne is amazing. ::awe:: I only have about 140 advertisement CDs... although that's all from the mail, and none taken from stores and such.
140? Wow.. that's still quite impressive. Perhaps you could make a footstool? ^_^ Of course, arranging them in cubes would make them go a lot further, simply gluing them at the points of contact.. and it'd be easy enough to shift geometries for curves as desired.

I can only wonder what it would look like if those CDs were somehow still free to be rotated.. seems like something that'd be ripe for CG animation, having it spin gently apart, then reform, à la Pleix's "Sometimes" video. (Annoyingly, they used to offer QuickTime downloadables of their work, but no longer)
Ooooh, now that'd be cool.
GTB? I managed to snag all the RMs off their site before it vanished, but there's a lot - about 290MB worth of stuff - and I don't have a CD burner. I'll email you a copy of the concordance, so you'll know what exists.