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'Course, I couldn't help but think of mycroftb on reading this entry regarding Animal Crossing. What will I be letting myself in for.. ^_^

This could be a promising community.. scifi_fashion, dedicated as its name implies to the aesthetics and fashion of sci-fi.

Dalek passport photos.

Wow, the tablet works!

No, I don't think I'll be uploading that one at any higher resolution. ^_^;

Meanwhile, some kind soul has taken it upon themselves to be armed with the goatse photo, and a camera, to capture people's first reactions thereto.

And why doesn't FA have "rabbit" as one of the species options? Four different kinds of dragon, though..

Damage control, or an earnest desire for real change? "Conservatives call for return to core Republican principles": 'Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican congressman who co-led the petition drive that helped oust Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said in an interview yesterday: "We don't just need a new majority leader, we need a course correction. "A lobbyist can't be corrupt unless he has somebody to bribe, and we've created a culture that just breeds corruption," he charged.'

fairybear pointed out this groundhog gem of a streaming Flash trailer.

Huh. So Toys'R'Us is going to close down? Oh well. Nasty places. Not quite as depressing as Wal-Mart, but only through their ironic sterility.

Chumbawumba have posted a very cool mini-editorial on CD copy protection. "Well, I'm not one to believe statistics and the like, but most recent independent research clearly shows that these same people who illegally download music on P2P networks also spend more money on legal downloads (from sites like Napster, iTunes store etc..) and buying CD's than those people who don't venture into this shady world."

Further musings on the MacBook with cheese:
- there are mixed reports on battery life. I've seen one person report they've called Apple, and been told it's similar to the previous PowerBooks; another says they were told the official line is "no comment" until they're actually shipping. One person pulled out the AC adaptor at the show and saw around four hours on the menu bar battery meter, another just saw "calculating". My guess is it'll wind up around the five hour mark on light duty.
- the card slot isn't PC Card or PCMCIA. Whilst ExpressCard is a compatible protocol, the standard comes in different physical widths - 34mm is the narrower, and thinner than a PC Card. Apparently quite fast, though. [Edit: You can find the ExpressCard overview here. Unlike its PC Card/CardBus/PCMCIA predecessors, it isn't backwards compatible - even aside from the different width of the narrower variant - as it's based on a combination of PCIe and USB2]
- no reports yet on what the boot process is like internally. As I recall, Apple said it wasn't going to be Open Firmware - perhaps Intel's new baby? Apple has no BIOS baggage, after all. [Edit: looks like it's Intel's EFI after all]
- and as one Slashdot commenter noted: "Be bloody, bold, and resolute! Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm MacBook." ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Damage control, or an earnest desire for real change? "Conservatives call for return to core Republican principles": 'Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican congressman who co-led the petition drive that helped oust Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said in an interview yesterday: "We don't just need a new majority leader, we need a course correction. "A lobbyist can't be corrupt unless he has somebody to bribe, and we've created a culture that just breeds corruption," he charged.'


There's a vast amount of disgust with Tom DeLay, and that whole wing of the party. I'm earnestly hoping that DeLay and his cronies spend the next few decades in prison. I remain steadfast in my support of W, and the GOP in general, but that entire Reaganite/populist cabal that surrounds DeLay need to be cleaned out of there.
There may be disgust of that whole wing of the party, but republicans are not noted for speaking out against their own party. Their general ideology is such that for whatever good and bad, any criticism of the party from within their own ranks is treason. This is why out of hundreds of republican in congress, I can only think of one who has been consistent in their sharp criticism of the unconstitutional behavior of the Bush administration. This is not good for a party that prides itself on keeping the country true to the writing of the forefathers.

Basically, I don't think you can 'clean out' the bad apples in the republican party because there will always be more bad apples to fill the void (college republicans), and for some reason (which I've never been able to understand), it's the least principled, least competent that seem to rise to the top of the party. For instance, other top Republican leaders in congress are Bill 'Kitten Killer' Frist and Rick 'Gays are sodomites' Santorum. Both are listed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as the 13 most currupt members of congress (11 democrats and 2 republicans, by the way).

Can the republican party really reform? I doubt it.
I can only think of one who has been consistent in their sharp criticism of the unconstitutional behavior of the Bush administration.

Deriding one's opponents as unpatriotic is perhaps shallow and distasteful, but hardly unconstitutional. It's also been pretty much the norm since the Reagan administration. Bush, whatever his faults, has never partaken of the blatant corruption and money-chasing that characterizes DeLay and his gang. On the whole I'm inclined to judge him a better than average President.
Bush, whatever his faults, has never partaken of the blatant corruption and money-chasing that characterizes DeLay and his gang. On the whole I'm inclined to judge him a better than average President.

No, Bush has never really had to worry about money in his life, but as far as corruption goes, Delays infractions seem quaint. John Dean, Nixon's former adviser, listed about 13 cases of possible impeachment against Bush in his book 'Worse than Nixon' - and that was over two years ago. Things like forcing people to sign a loyalty oath in order to attend Bush campaign rallies. The treasonous act of releasing the name of an active CIA agent because her husband was a critic. Using public money to pay off 'pundits' like the $250,000 to Armstrong Williams to basically act as a propogandist for Bush's policies. Lying to congress and the public about the "smoking gun arriving in a mushroom cloud" as a case for war is unforgivable, no to mention the 2200+ Americans dead, 500 billion dollars gone and a horrible deficit, and no Osama bin Laden to show for it. Appointing mostly dreadfully incompetent, ineffectual, compromised people to run federal organizations, as tragically exposed by Hurricane Katrina. And then there was that male prostitute who somehow managed to get an exclusive White House press pass, and often made extensive, unaccounted for visits to the White House, according to logs.

I'm only rattling off a few from memory, but there are many more.

In six years of intense digging, the worst thing the Republicans could ever find about Clinton was that he cheated on his wife. You cannot name a single presidential administration in the last century that is as rife with scandal and corruption as the Bush Administration. But do try. :)
whoops, minor dyslexia there. Rather, 11 republicans and 2 democrats are on the list. You can view the entire report here.
ExpressCard is NOT a compatible protocol to PCMCIA or PCCard.

PCMCIA, PC Card and Cardbus are parallel and are in fact very close to Compact Flash - all using a variant of the PCI bus design.

ExpressCard is a hybrid serial bus with a PCI Express and USB2 connection.

http://www.expresscard.org/web/site/

Also Cardbus is as wide as the ExpressCard/54 (54mm) but is about 10mm longer. However, the MacBook has ExpressCard/34 which is only 34mm - just over 1/2 the width of a Cardbus card - which will limit what you can stick in there.
Ah, good catch! I thought I'd noticed there was compatibility electronically, but not physically. Sounds like quite an improvement in protocol, offering that PCIe/USB2 choice for designers, though with that unfortunate - and potentially expensive - break in backwards compatibility. Thankfully, I don't have any investment in PC Cards - only the old CapSure video capture card from when I bought Bunny, and that's never been supported under OS X anyway. (Not a bad card, actually. It's limited to quarter-screen, and it's advisable to keep capture to 16-bit to limit the disk bandwidth required, but I made quite a bit of use of mine at the time)

Hopefully we'll see 3G/EVDO/GPRS card manufacturers offering their wares in the 34mm format soon - that's one of the very few applications for the slot that I'm eyeing. Not that I'll be dumping Hyzenthlay in any hurry. ^_^
I did a Google image search to try to find goatse so that I could see what my first impression of it was, but once I found it I remembered seeing it before. Don't know what it has to do with goats though. :-P
once I found it I remembered seeing it before

Gentlefurs, we have a new contender for Understatement of the Year. ^_^

(I can't remember my reaction, oddly. I think it was along the "boggling" line, wondering just how (and why :) someone could perform such a feat. One presumes a good deal of practice is required)
Apparently it's EFI, intels new baby.
Ahh, okay! That's what I'd been suspecting. I wonder why Intel came up with that, rather than implementing Open Firmware? Presumably EFI affords some advantages, unless some engineers just felt bored one day.

(I keep thinking of EfI, the printing/imaging company, when I see those three letters.. almost wound up with them at one point, but I didn't want to get stuck in printer controllers. I'm much more of a video sort)
Damage control.

For instance, Abramoff is corrupt - I don't think you'll find anyone from either party who at this point would say otherwise - but you notice he helped Reagan, popularly idealised as the patron saint of Republican policy and prosperity (it wasn't).

These were the people who lockstepped behind W on so many things - the people eager to lash out at the Democrats with accusations of opportunism and patriarchy when it was, well, opportune. I'm no Democrat, but I don't like nor trust these guys.

I feel sorry for any American who still does, because the Republican devotion to poor fiscal and environmental strategy screws us all over, conservative, liberal, and all in between.
Ah, Abramoff.. I was intrigued to see that he may've worn a wire for a few days, prior to his plea bargaining. One can but wonder who might have been recorded as a result..

I also just noticed that - well, you remember he was hired by some interests in Guam a couple years back, and requested he be paid via an intermediary, in checks of $9k, so as to fly under the $10k IRS reporting limit? He then came under investigation. it appears the White House directly removed the federal prosecutor in question; surprisingly enough, the case then folded.

Let's also not forget Rove's role in the Plame disgrace, and Bush's assurance that nobody in the White House was involved, and that anyone found so would be removed, only for that bold assertion to be neutered to "anyone convicted".

I'm more Democrat than Republican, certainly, but as far as the rather meagre spread of US options go, I'm also rather more Green than Republican. (Even the Libertarians have some good ideas, such as in immigration, but I can't accept a laissez-faire attitude towards environmental protection)
What is the deal with all the bunnies anyway, Mr. Panda?
I'm not quite sure, but I seem to be one of them now. All very peculiar.
I couldn't help but notice. :)
Toys'R'Us is going to close down? Oh well. Nasty places. Not quite as depressing as Wal-Mart, but only through their ironic sterility.

Only some of their stores.

I've been thinking about this... I really like their selection of plushies, especially their cats. Maybe you just didn't like them because they didn't have any red pandas. ;-)

I picked one red panda plush up at one of the Toronto zoo's gift shops last week, though. :-)