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So, it's confirmed: Doctor Who begins this Saturday, BBC 1, 7.15pm, repeated on BBC 3 the next day, at 7.05pm. And there's a kid-sized preview on Thursday at 5pm. ^_^

Fun little quiz: Fake or Foto? is a series of ten images. The challenge is to tell whether they're photographs of real objects, or CG renderings. (I wound up with 8/10. One I didn't "mind" getting wrong, whilst the other really surprised me) Not the best design, though - the "show me the answers" link doesn't note your responses against the answers, at least here, but groups the CG and real images; you may want to note down your responses before proceeding.

I particularly liked Fiat Homo, a demo rabitguy pointed out, available for OS X, Linux, and the Redmond Project.

Wonder if Urmel aus dem Eis will see an English dub? Coming out in August, apparently.

paka hosted what turned into an intelligent mini-debate on alternative fuels over here; well worth a look. [Edit: Ah, maybe not.. it's f-locked]

Okay, the Rat Advertising Trial is amusing. ^_^

Woohoo! akira114 keenly observed the poster and trailer for A Prairie Home Companion are now up. (Even if the "large" size is a rather modest 400x176) It's looking good. Coming on June 9, apparently, or eight days earlier in its natural home country of.. Italy?

Interesting.. ABC's going to be offering a two month trial of streaming complete episodes of "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Alias" and "Commander In Chief", streaming using Flash 8. Ad-supported, so they won't permit skipping over the adverts, but free, and available the day after broadcast. "The standard viewing size is 500x282 pixels (streamed at 400kbs), and the larger viewing size is 700x394 pixels (streamed 700 kbps)". No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

Yay! Thanks to mycroftb, I finally have Nookington's. ^_^ (Despite Nintendo's half-assed WiFi! Egad..)
 
 
 
 
 
 
No word as to whether they'll limit access to within the US.

The article I saw in some newspaper or other (can't remember which) said that yes, they'd be US-only.

5/10 on the CG/photo test... oh well.
Ahh, right. I couldn't find anything regarding territorial restrictions, but it seemed unlikely they'd elect to endanger their international sales. Yet, anyway. ^_^ Little by little, we're creeping towards genuine IPTV - it's technologically quite feasible now, especially with multicasting mixed in, but licensing will take a bit longer to sort out, as the new realities of media propagation emerge. Interesting times, and hopefully for the better; I'm reasonably optimistic, given the nature of the net being a many-to-many mapping, rather than a purely one-to-many, as in the traditional broadcast and print contexts. The key remains, as above, one of financing - advertising can surely only go so far, and whilst there's certainly much to be said for the power of political weblogs' readerships in researching issues, it's nonetheless very costly to actually send journalists and cameramen over to remote corners of the world. (I wonder where the Guardian's revenues come from? Are their paper sales declining, and if so, how well does the website hold its own financially?)

I can only hope I'll be able to have an example of such quality up on Alias' site one day. ^_^ Ugh, such a learning curve.. but, got to start somewhere, ne? ("The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep", and all that. Or several journeys, in my case.. it's time to make real use of Hyzenthlay and all the possibilities the net offers, be it in learning Japanese, or just coming to terms with the programming possibilities in Second Life)
I wonder where the Guardian's revenues come from? Are their paper sales declining, and if so, how well does the website hold its own financially?

I'm pretty sure that all the UK titles' paper sales are declining, though from a higher base than in most other countries. The Guardian sells a bit over 300,000 a day, I think, but that was more like 400,000 a few years ago.

Not sure about the website, though I'm pretty sure it's the most popular of the UK titles' sites - possibly because it's mostly free! In any case, UK papers' sites can't really charge for plain news, given the existence of the BBC site. They don't like that, but I do! =:P