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An informed discourse on the joys of British rail service.

Via revar, the results (2.7MB Flash), "Move Your Dead Bones" (not nearly as gruesome as it might sound :) of a vulpine mad scientist combined with a dance track. ^_^ (Aha! mycroftb says it's by zarla)

Some rather cool tail paintwork for Frontier Airlines. eg ocelot, red fox, and raccoon. You can also download three of their TV spots, featuring a rabbit, a penguin quartet, and (briefly) a bear.

Doctor Who viewers in the UK might want to note that Saturday's schedule has it on at 6.30pm, rather than the usual 7pm, to make room for the 50th Eurovision Cheese Festival (8-11.20pm), this year hosted in Kiev. (Streams will apparently be available to those without local coverage)

Some interesting things wash up on the digital beachfront from time to time - most recently, a Czech time travel adventure little known outside its home country, "Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea":

"One morning, Jan Bures (or is it Karel Bures? I forgot which is which :) discovers that his twin brother Karel (Jan?) has choked to death on a bread roll. However, Jan knows what to do - Karel was a pilot for Universum, a time travel agency. So he dresses up as his brother and goes to his brother's job. He soon discovers that his brother was part of a Nazi ploy to hijack a time travel rocket, go to 1944 (when Germany is in trouble) and give Adolf Hitler an A-bomb. Although he can do little to prevent this, the ploy fails - firstly, the hijackers are double-booked with two American tourists, and secondly, they land in 1941 - when German soldiers are threatening to conquer Moscow. When they return, they return before they actually took off (this is Jan's attempt to save his brother by preventing him from suffocating). And things go downhill from there..."

Singing cubic animals. From Japan, naturally. And they'll sing in harmony with each other, too.

Do you recognise this rabbit? I'm trying to discover who the artist is, but there's not even a squiggle of a signature.



(Click for full size image, 18k)

The EU software patents saga rumbles along - this time, swinging back towards sanity, with the new draft saying that "software would only be patentable if it controlled a physical process, or a controllable force of nature."

I'm afraid I know nothing more about this residence beyond what you can see.

And to balance out the tone of this entry, this cautionary tale of a Welsh housewife and her electric underwear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ah! I've not actually checked her journal yet. ^_^; Previously, it was just sitting in the nascent entry's file uncredited, aside from my Point of Discovery. (There's no reason why those words should be capitalised, but it seems fitting somehow. More dramatic)

Oh, they didn't download for you? Maybe there's some auto-detection going on - here, they appeared as MPEG-1 files within the QuickTime plugin, which I then saved. Presumably it'd work as well by peeking at the pop-ups' sources for the URLs.

There we go: hangar, penguins, and penguins2. All about 3.5MB each.

Heh! Wonder if said co-worker wants to try Donnie Darko too? *grin*

Trixi Bigfoot? Not ringing any bells.. ~googles~ aahhh, that Trixi! Mm, I could see how one might think that.. I tried googling on the filename, but no luck, needless to say, and variations on the theme probably won't be overly unique. ^_^; Still, quite a new favorite all the same. ^_^
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Ah, to have that sense of tone to be able to sing such harmony.. I dare say the quartet a couple coworkers, myself, and Stauf (of The 11th Hour) sang[1] at one company party wasn't quite up to that grade.

[1] On helium. ^_^

BTW, on the livery front, have you seen EasyCruise? In keeping with the Easy group owner's theme, the dominant color is - well, pretty obvious. (Including the uniforms, it seems!)

Donnie Darko's certainly one of my favorite films, as you may've seen from my user info. Of course, it won't strike everyone the same way, but when I first saw it, I was absorbed completely - even if you disregard the main plot thread, there's simply so much witty, intelligent, and sometimes snarky writing to enjoy, with some excellent casting. The newer director's cut's apparently mostly the same as the original, with most of the deleted scenes as on the original DVD restored, plus a couple alterations in the soundtrack - I've not seen the director's cut, but that'd probably be fine too.
That bunnyboi looks vaguely like Ollie Canal's work, but I don't think it is.
Mm, there's an artist I've not seen around in a while.. any idea if he's still drawing? I think all I've seen from him dates from 1997 or so. Quite a distinctive (and appealing!) style, to be sure.
The last I saw of Ollie was at FC2 or 3, I forget which. He was busy singlehandedly making an animated movie, and writing a story about an abused little Dragon who was mad at the world. I haven't seen much from him since. I'd really like to read the rest of the story, and se how it turned out.
On the fronteer ads, I've got a few more of them from the site. One of Griz & Larry (bear & lynx), the dolphin, the rabbit and the fox, and the rabbit talking about being fat. Want 'em?
Oh, finestkind! Definitely. ^_^ I only just learned of those ads, so all I've seen is the ones currently on show. Someone on the Fursuit list working for said company's pondering asking if they'd be interested in making a presentation at a furcon sometime, which'd be pretty spiffy. ^_^

Ah, if I could only lay my paws on high quality copies of the Cadbury Bunny TV spots, though.. I suppose it couldn't hurt to try asking said company - if anyone should have copies, it's them. Beautifully animated, and the voice casting was perfect..
Oh, cool beans! Duly retrieved. Thanks! ^_^

(Hee! Could be wrong, but you might've fetched that Cadbury ad from me sometime :)

I wonder if Frontier have some sort of EPK DVD? I suppose it couldn't hurt for me to try dropping their PR folks a line, on the off chance they'd oblige someone not in the media.
An informed discourse on the joys of British rail service.

*Grins* The post in question is showing its age a bit, though, given that it repeatedly refers to "British Rail", an organisation which stopped running trains the best part of a decade ago now. =:P
Though I was tickled to notice that the logo lives on, even now! And why not? It's such a recognisable piece of design.. hm. Wonder when it came into use? I'll guess somewhere around, say, 1966. (I could be well off - this is purely a blind guess)

Oh! This page suggests the logo was launched in 1965. ^_^

Although the use of that name's perhaps the only part that has changed in that time.. :)
Mmm...cute bunny.

I've found the direct links to the mpeg files for the Frontier Airlines commercials:
Hangar
Penguins 2
Penguins

And I couldn't get the "Underwear" one to work.
*giggle* We must have timed that perfectly.. I'd just replied to Mycroft with direct links too. ^_^ (And Socks says he has more of them!)

Mm, that last one was dead for me the other day, too. :-P Well, not so much dead in the 404 sense, as they seem to've forgotten to put the URL into the pop-up code, or the file onto the server, at least by the likely filename. (Given the others are all $NAME_hi.mpeg)

"Wait a minute.. flightless birds advertising a frequent flier program?" *grin*
We must have timed that perfectly.
Or I was just absent-minded and didn't notice the links you posted.

I also made a half-arsed icon out of that Flash video:
Hee! Duly snagged. ^_^

I really ought to look into creating Stuff™ with Flash.. looks like it's (predictably) a hell of a lot of work to wind up with anything of the caliber of Everyone Else, but still, it's got to be equally satisfying to wind up having created something like that. Not that I'd aim for anything like that any time soon, of course. >chuckle< I'm still always impressed when I see many of these shorts, usually produced by just one person, yet telling a story as fun or touching as any studio would be proud of. And it's making its way into television production, needless to say - even cinematic, considering Tamala 2010.
I should learn Flash, as well. I have it installed...but all I've accomplished is making a rectangle move across the screen.
Frontier Airlines. eg ocelot, red fox, and raccoon.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, as we begin our preparations for landing, please make sure that your seatbelts are fastened and that your fox is in the upright and locked position..."

Thanks for the link to all those cool Frontier tail art photos! I'd certainly fly an airline using planes with a cougar (or wolf, or fox, or coyote, or bobcat, or...) on the tail ;-)
"In the event of sudden horniness, a fox will fall from the compartment here. Please see to your own needs before assisting others." ^_^

Hmm. No sign of any red panda design, though - ooh. Wonder if there are any such designs for the Chinese or Burmese national airlines? Tibet of course won't have such until they're recognised as an independent entity, and I think Nepal's air services may be mostly provided by Indian airlines.. then again, ISTR a particular Indian tea festival's mascot being the red panda, up in one of the very northeasternmost provinces.

I wonder if you can make a flexible booking with them, specifying a particular aircraft design? ^_^

(Well, that clinches it - when I'm given a Gulfstream to play with, I'll be having it painted up appropriately)
I'm guessing the trailer is not in tornado county.
Or beaver territory. ^_^
'k.. that got sent before I wanted it to go.

I have 5 of their ads, coast_3_0.mpeg, DirecTv_3_0.mpeg, expand1_7.mpeg, foxy_3_0.mpeg, and jackandfoxy3.mpeg. Been a while since I grabbed those.
D'oh! Still, better to have it sent early, than accidentally closing the window/tab.. I've done that once or twice, and it's always quite frustrating - somehow feels quite uncomfortable, trying to repeat one's writing.

Ahh! Cool beans. Socks has posted a few ^^ up there, but it looks like there's only some overlap - he's got expand1_7 and jackandfoxy3, which I've snagged, along with the others. Do you have a bit of webspace you could post the others?

(Wonder why they've retired them from their site? Maybe they're still there, just not linked)
Afraid I don't have hosting capabilities. I can certainly forward any long that you'd wish, if you have the inbox space.
By all means! You've seen my domain in files I host (like the image above - I've enquired of Trixi if he's her work), and the username is exactly what you'd think it would be. ^_^ I don't think the hostrabbit in question has any size limits on my mail queue.
Some rather cool tail paintwork for Frontier Airlines.

Those are nice. At last, an airline with perhaps a shade of imagination.

I'm afraid I know nothing more about this residence beyond what you can see.

Hmm. I wonder if the area is prone to flooding. It's kind of neat, in a rather tacky way, but I don't think I'd want to live in such a thing.
Definitely, rather niftier a livery theme than the norm, even if missing a certain species. ^_^ Oh, and check out the links Socks posted ^^ up there for some additional TV spots no longer on their site. (Why are so many airlines quite so dull? United's got to be one of the worst - not simply battleship dull paintwork, oh no.. that theme continues to the in-flight torture, with an airline magazine that probably hasn't changed in fifteen years, and movie selections dull enough to not only be inoffensive, but positively narcoleptic. Especially when all the US airlines are whining loudly about their misfortunes, wouldn't one of them like to try distinguishing themselves? Compare to, say, Virgin, where on one flight I saw - unedited - Gods and Monsters, and South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut)

That's maybe a plausible explanation for that home, yes. Of course, I'd wonder if it wouldn't be simpler just to (literally) move to somewhere less soggy, but as long as you're not prone to sleepwalking, I suppose it must afford some pretty neat views. ^_^

Wonder if the raccoons still visit? (Do you get any nearby? I'd love to see pics, if you do!)
Of course, I'd wonder if it wouldn't be simpler just to (literally) move to somewhere less soggy,

You'd think so. But then people aren't always the most rational of creatures, either.

(Do you get any nearby? I'd love to see pics, if you do!)

Oh yes. We've had one hanging around for some time now. They don't usually come around during the day, and they generally don't stick around when they do. But if I can ever get a photo, I'll see if I can get it posted.
I had noticed this article earlier today and was surprised that you hadn't mentioned it :):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/japananimalpandaoffbeat
Oh, my gods.. ! That's one of the most adorable photos I've ever seen. ^_^ It's really calling out for another red panda to be photographed in a similar pose - "spot the difference".

(Has the writer of that piece actually seen a red panda? Brown fur.. weeeellll, sort of, but not really, and "a stripe on its tail"? O.o;)
I'm afraid I know nothing more about this residence beyond what you can see.

Saw it on Boing Boing??  The photo also appears in this galleryThis site claims the house is in Bridgeton, but I suspect that's a lie.
I do like the philosophical angle of the latter claim. ^_^

And if that "bridge out" sign doesn't actually exist yet, I must make it my mission in life to bring it about.
You wouldn't happen to know if "Tomorrow I'll Wake Up" is available anywhere with English subtitles, would you?
It does seem to be of very limited availability of any kind - but this copy appears to have English soft subtitles. Perhaps there was a small run DVD release at some point? "Czech Movie House" came up on some googling, but wound up not appearing to offer the film after all, and that was about it for DVD results.

Apparently, this version originated on eMule, if you have eMule/eDonkey2K kicking around, or I could send it along.