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Peek at these TV spots (500 & 900K, Flash video) that rabitguy spotted! It's heartening to see a telco courting the lapine market. (The "Texas Hold 'Em" one is perhaps the best, but they're all adorable)

If you're interested in dead trees, the San Francisco Public Library's holding the biggest book sale on the West Coast shortly, from Sep 29 - Oct 2, at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason, with 200,000 books on sale; and on Sunday, all at $1 or less.

Photo for the day probably has to be this one on the front page of the Red Vic's site, for The Art and Crimes of Ron English. I really don't know whether to call that work-safe or not.. ^_^

More Watership Down goodness.

Heh! A friend from a previous professional incarnation notes the redoubtable Jeff Minter's responsible for the music visuals on the Xbox 360. Probably not quite enough to get me especially interested in the console - for that, there's the nummy Cell architecture within the PS3, though it'll probably take the code monkeys a while to figure it out, and the possibility of some pukkah game design innovation with the Revolution, beyond mere specification dick size wars.

Pic for the day, though, must be Popeye the Sailor Moon. A curtsey to tgeller for that. ^_^ (And then there's this craigslist ad that he just pointed out.. be warned, it's in the "adult gigs" section :)

Ahhh. Finally, I got to enjoy one of my minor consumerist indulgences - a healthy run to Ranch 99 and Trader Joe's. We returned laden with variously interesting (carrot, yam) noodles, sauce staples such as oyster and fish, a 2lb bag of raw headless tiger prawns for $9, bay scallops, Taiwanese shrimp balls, a tray of woodear mushrooms for $1, nuclear peppers, Chinese long beans, shiro miso, and the necessaries for my special chicken preparation (as stego_s_aurus may recall), which I'll be attempting to reprise on Wednesday evening. And, of course, the holy tube of wasabi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yay Yak!

Also, who's going to watching TV on their smallass cellphone screen? Yesh
Is it Shaved Yak Day already?

Weellll.. bear in mind some of the newer phones have relatively large screens, on the order of 3" or so. Still not something you'd want to use as a secondary monitor for a laptop, but surprisingly good for watching TV resolution material, especially if the dot pitch is small enough.

The catch, of course, is the telcos generally charge some combination of limbs for material sent over their network, and then wonder why there's not greater takeup of 3G phones. The slimier ones will then attempt to make it as difficult as possible to simply upload stuff from your computer - their way or the highway. :-P Meanwhile, the pocket video player market begins to blossom.. ^_^
this craigslist ad

Somehow I suspect Team Rocket is behind this.
That'd be remarkably fiendish.. at some crucial tournament, they'd appear, and have quiet words with Pikachu, demanding he take a fall in the second round, see, else they'll show these photos, see..

(For some reason, I envision the exchange taking place with the spirit of Cagney being channeled)
Proper credit goes to TheWerewolf for pointing them out to me, but I've not been able to see most of them due to the site blocking 'Play' from the Flash context menu once the clip finishes. Bad web engineering...

Microsoft bundling a Jeff Minter graphics demo with every XBOX360 seems appropos because two previous game consoles he worked on were the Atari Jaguar and Nuon, also based on three or four general processing units and were notorious for causing premature baldness for game programmers. Minter really enjoyed working with this hardware and produced the only notable works for either of these platforms. It's interesting that a lot of game developers aren't happy with working with the PS3 and XBOX360. Cry babies! :)
Jeff's on livejournal under the alias stinkygoat. Ooooh, pretty pictures.
Ahhh! Okay, I'd seen that icon in Friends of Friends pages, but never actually made the connection. Cool beans!

Most excellent, and I've just added him to my watch list!
I need to work out a way of capturing those ads. It's possible they link to a capturable file, as with that bunny MTV bumper from last year sometime, as foxcoon found by using a packet sniffer. Any recommendations on that front? etherpeek's very capable, but it seemed to be suffering from feeping creaturitis last time I looked, trying to add curses-style menus everywhere, whilst successfully burying the actual "show me this interface" functionality. Worst case, maybe Telus' PR folks can help with some high res versions - but we are talking (a) a big company, (b) a telco.. ^_^;

The Xbox360 oughtn't be too difficult to work with (has it been disclosed what OS it'll be running?), and should even be quite fun to play around with, given the utility of Altivec. The PPC970-derived cores (IIRC) do have slightly funky despatch requirements, but that ought to be reasonably easily accomodated by the compiler. The Cell, on the other paw, may require some particular skill to glean the most from its multiple vector cores. Pity I seem to be unavailable now, else I'm sure there's a games company or two who might like my vector coding skills. ^_^ Both, though, do seem to require programming talent beyond the norm.. ah well, SCEA had their chance. :)

('Course, even with a much more conventional unit like the 3DO, you probably saw how the quality of titles increased as time went on, and programmers eked out ever more from the hardware. I never did get access to the DSP, but it sounds like it was a very simple critter anyway, basically just managing the output DMA buffers->speaker flow. Wonder if there are any specs available on it, now it's all a moot point?)

If any/all of the next-gen consoles turn out to be usable for home development, though, maybe I'll have a go. I've had some abstract gaming concepts float up to the surface of my memory on occasion, and it'd be fun to get them brought into reality. Though release schedules aside, it's likely to be a very busy few months ahead for me.. but, with any luck, highly rewarding intellectually and aesthetically. ^_^
Ok, those bunny ads rocked. :)
I'm going to have to contact the company and see if there are high quality versions available for download somewhere - or even promotional shirts or other marketing doodads. ^_^
(I'm good with these technical terms)


A-ha! Craigslist and Trader Joe's! YOU ARE in the US!!

A l'abordage!!


Ah, but I can read craigslist from anywhere! ^_^ (And indeed, have done so quite a lot - their job listing pages are all but unique in being virtually exclusively populated by actual employers, not recruiters, and you don't tend to see the same positions eternally reposted, as with Hotjobs, Monster, et al)

Earlier comments have gone into a little more detail regarding the new-found position.. ^_^

Are you in a travelling mood?


I'm always in a travelling mood.
But I don't have a car.
I have a bicycle though! And I know the bus system in L.A.
Urrrrr...

I want a caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!!!