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ibneko should definitely see this, but it's fun for anyone: cat see-saw. It's a flash-based game - very small, so it's dialup-friendly, and doesn't require a dual G5 to run. ^_^

As noted by xolo, A look into the Congo, 45 years after the Belgians left.

From a Wired piece on the persistence of gaming away from the system: 'Frequent gamer Alfred Weisberg-Roberts said he often feels lingering effects after playing games like Animal Crossing, in which the point is to collect as many animals and bugs as possible from a wide variety of locations. "Once, my girlfriend happened upon a tree ... kind of like the round, thin trees in the game, and began to shake it -- one in-game way of receiving money, goods and bees," Weisberg-Roberts said. "When nothing fell from its branches, I think she quickly realized how this must have looked to the other hundred or so people in the park."'

So, the Mac Mini is real, with the specs the rumor sites had claimed; two models, $499 and $599. Kawaii!

A simple, cute, free game, and it runs on a variety of platforms: Rats & Spears. Thanks to marko_the_rat for pointing that out. ^_^

On the topic of scam artists "naming" stars for people, one astronomer's tale.

Is a draft all that distant? An article in Ethics Daily, wherein "draft officials urged the church to dust off long-standing 'alternative service' programs" might suggest not. With any luck, the notion of an exit strategy will occur first.

Good gods! Finally, there's more Twin Spica! It seems Shinsen Subs have taken up the slack, with their release of episodes 15 and 16. Being only a 20 episode series, the end is nigh! (I've always wanted to say that)

Samsung's demonstrated a phone with speech-to-text recognition. Should be amusing.. (IBM's ViaVoice can make for a great geeky party game)

A modest proposal: Nuke@Home.

Symptom for the season: Black Hairy Tongue. (Witness the power of usenet thread drift! That came three replies down from a poster enquiring about crystalline "tin whiskers" affecting electronics with age)

Have a random quotation. ^_^

Pic for the day: BrokeRedTail's LilBun. Not safe for work, and hazardously cute.

Via sockscatt, UGO's Hero Maker. Essentially, a paper-doll system in Java, along Marvel lines.. choose a basic body type, then add on the hair, gloves, eyes, nose (including a feline option), tail, boots, and so on.

Now to try catching up on everything from the past couple days. Eep!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wonder if the minimac can run off 12V? I'm just thinking how about a mac in the car to run itunes?
Hm! Well, it does use an external power brick (though with yet another connector type) - it might be simplest just to use a cheap inverter. Not the most elegant solution, but with 100W models at the £20/$30 mark, about as cheap as any other, if you don't indeed already have such a beast. Not sure what DC voltage it takes, though the iBooks and PowerBooks are all 24V, in the region of 45-55W; the Mac mini's rated at 85W.

I'm wondering if something like an original iBook might be best for that purpose, actually - could prolly pick one up cheaply enough, and then you'd have (a) the visualisations too, (b) a laptop into the bargain. Sure, they're not dual 2.5GHz G5s, but Dormouse here is such a system - 300MHz G3, 160MB, and runs Panther perfectly well.. doesn't get too much lower-end than that. ^_^ (Well, except for Bunny, perhaps - 266MHz G3, and only running Panther by virtue of XPostFacto. Not too bad for a system launched and bought in Sept 1998)
Well I was thinking that perhaps a used laptop with a dodgey screen may be cheapest option (either off ebay, or a co-worker who works for Cash Converters).

I'm sort of avoiding an inverter, but may have to.

I'm not sure how legal it is to mount a 4 inch LCD screen on the dashboard in the UK.

It would be easier if apple produced an Ipod for the car...
O_O

Must. Stop. Playing. Neko-Seesaw.
*cries*

That and the rat game...

^_^
The sound effects do somewhat make the game, don't they? ^_^; (Wonder if it'd run on newer phones - is there decent mobile Flash support?)

I wish I could find an early Flash "game" I once enjoyed, off a SIGGRAPH 1995 (or maybe 1996) CD, which started out with three chicks in a nest, "It's Spring, we're back! Teach us to fly!" So, you could pick them up with the pointer, move them around a bit, and done correctly, they'd be able to flutter off. Of course, if you didn't, they'd plummet to the ground, with a "thud" a second or two later. ^_^;; The fun came in all the other things you could do - all very silly, but, I'm easily amused. Clicking on the tree would result in "bark". Click too often, and it'd be "Why are you clicking on a tree? Go click somewhere else.". Similarly, on the cloud would give "Cloud. Cloud. Cloud. I'm vapor!", and eventually, "Ha ha ha haaa! I've got you clicking on clouds!"

Well, I did say I was easily amused. ^_^
I've been driving a rental car for the last two weeks. It's an automatic - novelty - and when it hits second gear, there's an unexpected >MWrrroMMMMMPPHH!!!< sort of growl as it revs up.

It sounded uncannily like the 'Manhacks' from Halflife2.

What the article doesn't mention is that this interplay between game and rl works both ways: In the car, I'd look around for the flying buzzsaw. And in the game, I now check my mirrors before I change lanes. ;)
But have you tried picking anything up, Katamari Damacy-style? ^_^

Agh, I want a PS2 specifically for that. I'm not really much for FPSs (though it's easy to appreciate the tech that goes into the rendering engines of HL2 and Halo 2, no question there. And by the time Duke Nukem Forever comes out..), but the quirkier and cuter titles that come out of Japan (primarily) often lure me in.

I sometimes wonder, FWIW, why clutchless manuals never really went anywhere - the control of a manual, with the ease of an automatic. Still, not being a driver (seasoned navigator and explorer I :), I'm not the one to ask about such matters. ^_^

And I also want to see Animal Crossing for myself sometime. As you may have guessed.
*random*

Say, I noticed that you have "amateur radio" listed in your Interests. Are you licensed?

KC0LVY =;P
I was, but not at present, unfortunately - I let that lapse in the last few years of moving around. :-P Should be easy enough to renew automatically, as far as I'm aware - though many might consider some sort of transceiver advantageous in such an endeavor. ^_^; I did have quite a nice (if old) Yaesu FT-290, duly stocked with high capacity rechargeables, giving a few hours of transmission time, on the higher 2.5W setting, and slightly tweaked for 143.5-148.5MHz coverage, just because it was possible.

When I can, someday, I'd like to get into EME, just for the sake of it - such a wonderfully arcane pursuit. Mostly, though, I'd see myself checking out the current state of packet radio (if it still exists. Hopefully there are people playing with high bandwidth data, possibly on a spread-spectrum basis) and amateur satellites particularly - an activity where amateur radio's still really free to experiment, and push the frontiers. High microwave construction could be fun, too, and I believe the German publication Dubus is still with us, fearlessly venturing into SHF and beyond.

Did you choose your callsign, or did it simply happen to be easily pronounceable? ^_^
I was, but not at present, unfortunately - I let that lapse in the last few years of moving around. :-P

*grin* I remember reading in one of your comments to rabbitswift that you were in Minneapolis for a time. When was that, if you don't mind me asking? =:)

Should be easy enough to renew automatically, as far as I'm aware...

*nods* Unless it's been expired for too long (2 years is the grace period here, I think) they should replace it free of charge if you ask nicely =;P

Mostly, though, I'd see myself checking out the current state of packet radio (if it still exists. Hopefully there are people playing with high bandwidth data, possibly on a spread-spectrum basis) and amateur satellites particularly...

I would love to give packet a try as well, but being the poor high school student I am the equipment is still mostly out of my price range (though I do have a BayPac2 sitting around here, if I could make the cable and find the software for it).

A few years ago I was up in Fergus Falls for a HF contest, and one of the people there brought his satellite equipment (a 10cm/2m yagi on a tripod, his dual-band HT, and a laptop) and we managed to catch a satellite or two for a short time =:)

Did you choose your callsign, or did it simply happen to be easily pronounceable?

I'm only licensed as a Tech, so I can't get a vanity call just yet (and KC0FUR is gone, anyway =;P).