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Egad. Song of the South is rumored to be coming to DVD in 2006.

It seems the starting date of the new Doctor Who series has been announced: 7pm, Saturday March 26, on BBC 1. Not exactly an obscure timeslot. ^_^

How do you make a sushi roll out of a light aircraft? Easy. Begin with starting the engine by hand, then realise the brake isn't working, and watch helplessly as it slices other aircraft quite fetchingly. Or, for a more low-tech occupational hazard, please think of the donkeys.

Caption, anyone? (And this picture is genuine. ^_^ It's of a harness feeding positional data to a Scanimate system, an old analog computer video animation setup - as you can see towards the rear, not quite the simplest of devices to work on)

Every now and then, despite being of the panda persuasion, I enjoy a good steak. That doesn't necessarily mean expensive - seasoned lightly and cooked minimally. In Sunday's case, just a dash of finely ground black pepper, a little garlic salt, and a tiny sprinkling of asafoetida to lend an almost imperceptible edge. Tossed a couple times on a fairly high heat, leaving the meat nicely juicy, but not actually squishily soft.. really quite good. ^_^

Speaking of which, further astounding advances in nanotechnology, in the form of the LifeWave Energy Patch, whose site helpfully reminds us that 'nanotechnology is described as "Manufactured products that are made from atoms. The properties of those products depend on how those atoms are arranged. If we rearrange the atoms in coal we can make diamonds. If we rearrange the atoms in sand we can make computer chips. If we rearrange the atoms in dirt, water and air we can make potatoes."'

The product itself? "The materials in the patches consist of a patent pending blend of water, oxygen, amino acids and organics applied to a polyester fabric and sealed within a polymer shell. The active materials are applied to a substrate so as to form a nano-scale organic antenna. When properly assembled, we believe that these LifeWave antennas are capable of passively communicating with the user to instruct or initiate various metabolic responses in the user."
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every now and then, despite being of the panda persuasion, I enjoy a good steak.

http://www.wwfchina.org/english/sub_loca.php?loca=61&sub=16#3

Perfectly normal. :P
Ah, for the chance to test the theoretical omnivorousness/carnivorousness of a giant panda.. there'd be such a photo opportunity in a giant panda gleefully munching on a large steak. ^_^

Red pandas (it seems our collective taxonomy's still under considerable debate - last I'd heard, giants were being put in with the ursidae, leaving my kin sole members of ailuropodae; but, as they note, others think the converse, with red pandas going in with the procyonidae. Not that they're a bad bunch :), of course, do tend to have more of an omnivorous nature - whilst giants tend to enjoy almost nothing but bamboo (or so I hear), reds are quite happy with fruit as well, along with eggs, and the occasional small mammal. Not sure about fish, come to think of it.. my guess would be that they'd be quite acceptable if offered, but not a likely target. Hm.

Ah, I need to go red panda watching again.. (someday, in the wild) Or I can just get off my tail and do some more clip extraction and compression..
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Oooh. I'm going to have to explore that properly.. definitely fuel for a future entry.

Inevitably, I feel augmentation will come about, simply for the advantages of, say, being able to remember an entire encyclopedia or language reference with the accuracy of digital media, and the interpretive abilities of this bizarre grey squidgy thing. How far will it go? Well, I can't see progress going backwards, so, ultimately, any movement towards greater use of increasingly capable digital prostheses would seem to point in only one direction.

I'd be amazed if we, now, will even recognise our descendents in, say, 1000 years, let alone be capable of meaningful communication with them. Still, I could be laughably mistaken; either way, I suppose it's not overwhelmingly probable I'll find out one way or the other. ^_^;

Furry robotic bodies now, dammit! ^_^
astounding advances in nanotechnology
Intel have been making chips from/of sand this years i think, how else do you explain the celeron!


Doctor Who


I'm really not sure if i what to watch this! For exactly the same reason i haven't watched the new Hitch Hikers trailer!
I'm definitely looking forward to the new Who. ^_^ I wish they'd release an actual trailer for the show, beyond the teaser that's been around for several weeks, though.. but the gestalt feels good. Naturally, there's another version of the theme, too, supposedly closer to the first version - the new arranger said he wasn't keen on any of the subsequent renditions. (Couldn't they have let Orbital do the honors? ^_^)

H2G2 - I'm more cautiously optimistic. The first trailer was fairly stinky, but the second was considerably better. (Although I still wonder if they couldn't have kept the Book voiced as in the originals.. he's gone now, but the Book doesn't interact at all with any of the characters, so, given the constraint of not being able to choose any new lines, it'd seem quite feasible to simply add his recordings where appropriate. Still, failing that, Stephen Fry's certainly a good choice) Give it a try. ^_^ Both, if you're feeling masochistic, but definitely the UK version.

How about Sean Connery as Dr Who? *grin*
...but the gestalt feels good.

Isn't Gestalt some number a Mac uses to tel what mobo you have or something?
Indeed - there were a whole raft of characteristics of a system and OS installation one could determine using Gestalt calls under old Mac OS. Would've come in really handy with The 11th Hour, as it was otherwise necessary (and was, given we were aiming for compatibility with just about any Mac with enough power for the FMV) to first check for the appropriate library's existence, then perform the specific tests.

I found Portfolio rather fun to program under, on the 3DO, though that was occasionally hampered by the way the OS was under heavy development throughout its (regrettably brief) life, so what was documented and what was actually implemented were entertainingly different at times. ^_^;
How about Sean Connery as Dr Who? *grin*

Sounds like a good idea to me :)

You know, the idea of James Bond being a Time Lord has crossed my mind a time or two before. That would explain why his appearance changes periodically ;-) Although it'd be an awful waste of a couple of regenerations to turn into George Lazenby and back again... *grin*
It was bad enough when he took over in 'Robin of sherwood'...

Hitchhikers trailer - pass the sick bucket, I'll stick to the books or BBC series personally
Gods, it's been ages since I saw RoS.. about all I recall is the Clannad theme. (Which I liked, yes, even if a tiny bit repetitive. Though, for complex overlays, Enya's Orinoco Flow takes some beating.. ah, that was a good moment, when she was at Number 1, and Tom Jones & The Art of Noise with "Kiss" were at Number 2 in the charts.. it's not often I actually want to pay attention to radio in the car, but those got turned up every time :)

I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie. I'm not taken by the way they've handled the second head, but, comic timing can make up for a lot (or take away just as dramatically). Overall, Zaphod looks like he'll fit in well, and Arthur should be fine.. I'm still not sold on Ford, but, we'll see. Stephen Fry ought to be good as the Book, though as I've postulated elsewhere, I keep wondering if they couldn't have just used Stephen Moore's existing readings, given the Book doesn't actually interact with any of the characters. And Alan Rickman - eh, I'll watch (or listen to) him in anything; his turns in Galaxy Quest and Help! I'm a Fish! were memorable, the first especially.

I could, of course, be horribly, fearsomely wrong, of course; I was quite looking forward to Star Wars Episode I, after all. *shudder* (Ep.II, though, I quite enjoyed - that's where the political intrigue kicks in)