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The Were-Rabbit is a winner! (Well, we knew that anyway) - it was the recipient of "Outstanding British Film of the Year" at the 2006 BAFTA awards. Jolly good show, what?

Does anyone have recommendations for laptop insurance? (As a standalone policy, not a rider) It needs to be worldwide, but other than that, I'm open to any suggestions. I'd really prefer nothing happened to Hyzenthlay, but I'd want to be back up and running within a day or two if it did. (In particular, I'm thinking of someone deciding they want it much more than I do, the bag falling off my shoulder, or it taking a spill from a nearby Coke)

Did you know that being an active member of the Church of the Sub-Genius could lose you custody of your son? More here.

It looks like the long-rumored Battle Angel Alita live action movie, directed by James Cameron, might actually see the light of day - but not until September 2009. Meanwhile, it does indeed appear the Evangelion live action movie is proceeding, with a budget in the region of $100-120m, and a 2007 release. Now Gainax can annoy a whole new audience with a non-Hollywood ending. Hee!

Hm! Looking at BoingBoing's current stats, we see Windows claiming 71.1% of all hits, Mac OS (not separated by OS X or "classic") at 19%, "Unknown" at 5.5%, Linux with 4%, followed by the "pure" *BSDs. As for browser: Firefox 44.4%, IE 30.3%, Safari 12.1%, and so on. I wonder if they could break those stats down by time of visit? One might suspect a difference between office hours and other times.

Egad! The Sam & Max shirts finally arrived. (Made in Nicaragua, of all places!)

I wonder if bosn or patch_bunny have ever had to contend with a situation like this backhoe driver and a bridge..

I'd like to find out more about these solar panels. The article claims - perhaps mistakenly, given it's in a general newspaper rather than a scientific journal - the secret sauce is a photoreactive alloy, which could indeed suggest simple, and thus cheap, manufacturing. (Though even current panels work reasonably well - that so much energy is squandered is most regrettable)

Mmm, that was good.. some ham tortellini, boiled for a couple minutes with a layer of mangetout on top (to steam them at the same time), then drained. Then I added some bought spinach & ricotta sauce, a couple sliced-up chipolatas, a pich of garlic powder, and a small dash of sriracha. Numptiousness!

That was a slightly close call.. before setting off on the grand supermarket quest, I thought I'd swap Taiko no Tatsujin Portable into the PSP, where Mercury's been resident for the past week or two. And then wondered where the hell the UMD eject switch was, eventually realising (I smart, I is!) it wasn't there any more. The tiny plastic slider had somehow fallen off (!) while in my pocket. Seems fine now, but maybe I'll keep a bit of tape on it.

I'm trying to believe the original letter was written satirically, but that hardly seems likely. Have a peek at the letter written by a Denver neighborhood resident, and an agony aunt's response to her.


Apology might help ease tension in neighborhood

By Amy Dickinson

Tribune Media Services


Dear Amy: My husband and I have lived in our quiet suburban Denver neighborhood for six years.

About two years ago two young gay men moved in across the street. They've taken the ugliest, most run-down property in the neighborhood and remodeled and transformed it into the pride of the street.

When it snows, they shovel out my car and are friendly, yet they mostly keep to themselves.

Last month I went out to retrieve my newspaper and watched them kiss each other goodbye and embrace as they each left for work.

I was appalled that they would do something like that in plain view of everyone.

I was so disturbed that I spoke to my pastor. He encouraged me to draft a letter telling them how much we appreciate their help but asking them to refrain from that behavior in our neighborhood.

I did so and asked a few of our neighbors to sign it.

Since I delivered it, I've not been able to get them to even engage me in conversation.

I offer greetings but they've chosen to ignore me.

They have made it so uncomfortable for the other neighbors and me by not even acknowledging our presence.

How would you suggest we open communications with them and explain to them that we value their contributions to the neighborhood but will not tolerate watching unnatural and disturbing behavior. - Wondering


Dear Wondering: You're lucky that these gentlemen merely choose to ignore you.

Your neighbors could respond to your hospitality by hosting weekly outdoor "gay pride" barbecues and inviting all of their friends to enjoy life on our quiet suburban street.

I can hold out hope that they will choose to do this, but I'm spiteful in that way. Your neighbors sound much more kind.

In your original petition to these men, you basically stated that while you value them when they are raising the standard on your street and shoveling your driveway, you loathe them for being who they are.

The only way to open communication with your neighbors would be to start by apologizing to them for engaging your other neighbors in your campaign. Because you don't sound likely to apologize, you are just going to have to tolerate being ignored.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I often put a handful of frozen peas in with tortellini to sneak some vegetables into my system. Last week I had a Delicious Thing which was arabbiata tortellini with some chopped goat's cheese. Yum!
Hee! True, that's often the role mangetout winds up with me - I adore the light crunchiness as a contrast to the softness of the pasta. I suppose peas could afford the same, if one left them frozen. ^_^

Ooh, goat cheese and arrabbiata sauce! No need to convince me - that sounds like it'd be a wonderful mix. (I need to try finding some nice aged goat cheese somewhere.. given goats are about the only livestock that can survive on the Canary Islands, you'll find a wide range of such cheeses around, once outside the tourist spots, and all at quite good prices)
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Skifi does such cute work - Curr's definitely one of my favorite furry characters. ^_^

Hm. Maybe I should try my paw at drawing him sometime, once I've whipped this room into shape - currently got four large garbage bags for temporary housing of all the junk, so I can then sort it all out so I can find things again, including the contract from the most recent gig, and get all the archive DVDs into sequential order again, as well as finish off converting all the CDs to DVDs. But who could possibly enjoy drawing a blue bunny with a collar, cuffs, and chains.. ^_^
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Well, it's more a matter of taking it up again - I used to sketch a lot (though not all that amazingly well - nothing people would be interested in shelling out cold, hard cash for, at any rate :), but I've barely picked up a pencil in the past eight years. :-P

About the only example I have, at the moment, is over my FA space, yonder.
Yes, pretty pretty icon! I stared at it and then read the first line of the post as a request for info on lapine insurance.

Bunneh-hypnotised. ^_^;
And then you wondered why spilling Coke on a rabbit would be a problem? ^_^
Nah, it's not a problem. The Good Morning bunny in the icon can be called on to tongue-groom the spillage out of the fur.
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It does seem like a story worth pursuing. The idea a kid can be taken away and a parent isolated from any contact on the basis of playfully weird interests. Assuming accuracy in the facts there, I daren't think what that judge would make of a furry parent.

I really need to explore some more browser choices sometime. OW's exceptionally elegant and reliable, but Firefox does have that nifty plugin architecture - Greasemonkey sounds worth the price of admission alone. And I've not seen what Opera's like in years - and free now, as I recall. (Did their CEO go for that transatlantic swim after all? :)
Ware-Rabbit also won big at the Annie Awards (which I attended a few weeks ago. Fun!).
Ooh, you went along to that? Very cool! I recall doodlesthegreat reporting W&G did very well there.

How was it? Did you get to hob-nob with The Stars?

Wonder if we'll start seeing Disney folk up there again soon - sounds like Catmull and friends are really shaking things up, with one report noting the reintroduction of traditional hand-drawn animation. And Pixar, as well as any, know the value of a good story..
No one-on-one star contact, I'm afraid, except for my contact at the animation rescue project, who received an honorary award that night.
The last two letters remind me of the part of Blazing Saddles with "Not bad. In twenty years they'll even be seen in public with you."
*grin* Oh, I need to watch that again.. absolutely inspired moviemaking. Mel Brooks on top form is just a wonder to behold - who can forget YF's version of Putting on the Ritz? *giggle*

I'm still boggling at the original letter. She describes that couple so glowingly, happily noting what they've done with their place, and how helpful they are, only to swing around into full-on harpy mode with not a moment's self-reflection. Assuming it was genuine, I'd really love to know if the writer took the columnist's words to heart.. perhaps a slim chance, but sometimes, people find words in print to be powerful things.
Evangelion wouldn't be Evangelion without a WTF ending. I hope they keep it close to one of the two endings, rather then some sappy happy ending.

As for the letter. *sigh*
I'd love to find out what the producers have in mind for the movie version - whether to go with Shinji's personal perspective, as in the original, or the broader outside view of End of Evangelion. Or even a combination of the two? They could even add in a dash more of SEELE's background, perhaps, as they'll likely want to compress the number of Angel attacks shown on screen, to make for a manageable length.

And will Hideaki Anno be helming the production, we wonder? I don't think they've announced that yet. Considering how much the anime took from him, he may not want to be involved. (Great to see he can direct live action too, though - did you catch his version of Cutie Honey? A pile of fun!)
Ah, yes, Eva...

Teenagers drowning in bioreactive goop, check.

's all I need.
I take it you did read the last (so far? Not sure if it's reached its conclusion, or if we're merely experiencing a pause) part of Metal Harvest Beta.. ^_^

Oh, and plugsuits. Let's not forget the plugsuits.
BTW, need any place settings?
That's very very bizarre. I like it.
Random thing I thought might amuse you. I myself am more interested by this one though... :D (Before you point it out, yes they're for different games.)
Hee! I might have to dig up a copy of Quake II just to play with the bunny. ^_^ (Not being one for FPSs, that'd be my motivation. *grin*)

Reminds me, I should see if I can find a copy of Maya 7 that's fallen off the back of a truck sometime..