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I ought to mark the new year with an entry, so I think I will. ^_^

AuctionDrop is offering their services for free: "Bring your used and new cameras, computers, consumer electronics, or other items into The UPS Store and AuctionDrop will sell them on eBay and donate 100% of the net proceeds [ie less UPS' packaging fee] to CARE to benefit the victims of December 26th South Asian earthquake and tsunami."

The Rosenhan Experiment - "On being sane in insane places" - set out to see if sane people could get admitted to a psychiatric hospital, and if genuine patients could be deemed fake.

Via ducktapeddonkey, a nifty look at a Flaming Lips performance. Unicorn, yay!

The web has brought so many wonders within reach of anyone with a connection - now including a public repository of wildlife images and sounds, ARKive. By way of a purely random example of a species entry: the red panda.

A free, fairly ridiculously comprehensive guide to communications programming, courtesy of IBM: RPC, streams, sockets, FDDI, and much more.

What may be the first known animation sequence, on a 5,000-year old goblet in SE Iran, has been transferred to video (8.9MB AVI linked).

The last few days have been spent getting video off the Hi-8 tapes of some of my travel and zoo adventures. It's been fun to revisit the locations involved, even if it'll be difficult to convey the wonder I felt at encountering those places for the first time, as I like to try to communicate that through quiet visuals (and certainly not commentary :).

A snow leopard conservation project faces its own extinction.

From Mainstream Baptist: 'This year, I resolve to stop remaining silent whenever I hear Christians talk about our country being a "Christian Nation." Nations can't be Christian. Genuine faith requires an individual, voluntary, personal commitment.'

And it's good to see Aaron McGruder's remaining as snarky as ever into 2005. Yay!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ARKive has no raccoons?!?!??!?!???!?!?!?!? OMG WTF?!??! BWAaaaA!!!! Aparently Raccoons arent cool enough to be included on the exclusive list of creatures that inhabit Earth! *HURMPH!* *pouts*
Not to worry - I've got some good footage of a raccoon brigade at the zoo, awaiting recompression. ^_^ (Including quite a variety of colorations, from deep grey to an almost red panda-like rustiness) Maybe I'll get the first couple clips up sometime today. Including some of red pandas, naturally. ^_^