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It appears there's going to be a two hour maintenance window for LJ this Friday/Saturday, commencing at 10pm Pacific (6am Sat GMT), to deal with the various database-related problems we've all been experiencing, such as the dearly beloved "could not generate talk-id" and "database unavailable".

mycroftb spotted this Cadbury bunnies pic (not work-safe). Yes, she has company over. ^_^

Okay, Taiko no Tatsujin Portable has to rank as one of the Must Get titles for the PSP. It simply embodies such a spirit of fun and silly cuteness, in an extremely Japanese way; true, the whole thing's in Japanese, but if you stumble around the menus, you'll wind up somewhere fun, so who cares?

I noticed moves are afoot for a Wallace and Gromit statue to be erected in Aardman's home town of Bristol in their honor. ^_^

You should see this impressive sheet steel wolf sculpture. More photos here, too.

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The iTMS gained two notable additions the other day: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Not exactly cheap, as ever, but a step in the right direction - $1.99 for one episode, or $9.99 for a current episode and 15 future ones. (How much do folks pay for basic or premium cable plans now? Last time I went that route was nine years ago, back in San Diego, with Southwestern Cable, a remarkably non-evil cableco. Think that ran about $30, with the spread including goodies like NASA TV and The International Channel)

Gods, I wish I'd seen this Sack cartoon during the surreal time of Miers' SCOTUS nomination. (Collect the set!)

Quote for the day, on the topic of "Natural Cheetos": "What? These are not "Cheetos". I do not know what they are, but the same company cannot be making them. It is like going into the Apple store, buying a Mac, coming home, opening the box, and finding a kangaroo inside. It's just wrong. "Yes, ma'am, we do make computers, but we also make kangaroos, two-litre bottles, lichen, hope, and credit cards."

Egad. I think this room's showing tentative signs of organisation. At this rate, I'll actually be able to get a package or two sent out in the coming week, now that all the boxes and bubblewrap are in one column, DVD-Rs in another, DVDs safely stowed.. not that I'll be publishing any photos of it all just yet. ^_^

It's only masking a slightly tatty set of new offerings, but I was amused to see Orange's new calling plans are named after four different animals: dolphin, panther, canary, and raccoon.
BMN seems like rather a waste of time to me. It's more hassle to go and find a valid u/p through them than actually entering an email address on whatever site, be it a "real" one, a spare freebie, or a spamtrap, such with mytrashmail.com.

It's irritating that so many newspapers insist on registration, but, generally, I just skip to a source that's open instead, if it's something I really want to read. And, fair's fair, basic demographics are useful to them; as long as they don't use the address to spam away, I'm fine with it, so I signed up for a couple papers with genuine information. (The NY Times, f'rex, I think sent something like two messages in a year)
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Ah, true - some use email/password, but some do want a username. For insignificant purposes like that, I'd probably just use some random string - they don't care, after all, so long as there's just one person with that sequence. Indeed, I suppose one could use a disposable email address as the username - that's hopefully guaranteed to be unique. ^_^ (I did use BMN for a few local papers, where I only wanted to read a single article, unlikely ever to return there, but it's fairly rare for a story not to appear on the wires, and thus Google News and suchlike)

OmniWeb's nice about auto-filling username/password fields, thankfully, stored in the usual keychain, so they're accessible outside the app (with authentication, natch). I'll admit I often store useful passwords in plain text as well - if I lost Hyzenthlay, I'd be worrying about more than someone gaining my NYT access. :)

For the big papers, like latimes, nytimes, and washingtonpost, I'm sort of sympathetic, as I noted - it's surely not easy keeping Real Live Reporters on staff, and the introduction of the web complicates things a fair bit. ('Course, that doesn't explain why the NYT felt it appropriate to sit on the wiretapping story for a year..) Maybe I should subscribe to Guardian Digital when finances are back on a level footing. And Harper's, for that matter.

Still, it would be nice if papers granted open access, and just invited people to submit their age/gender/location, maybe with some modest prizes on offer. After all, commissioning a readership survey in the Real World™ is a several thousand dollar plus activity - far cheaper just to offer some free subscriptions and shiny things, one would suppose, assuming a capable webmaster.