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I'll be trying to catch up with folks' postings from the past week or so, but I might not be able to catch everything. I'm giving priority to current entries, else I can easily see myself spending a week catching up on the past ten days, and then.. ^_^; But in order to avoid a megapost, I'll keep the size of each forthcoming entry over the next week or so down to a slightly more modest level. Believe me, this is brief by comparison. ^_^;

Now this is a fun little short.. Badgered (7min, 20MB), telling the tale of a badger who really just wants to be able to sleep peacefully. But others have different ideas..

Bright Eyes is a beautiful piece mycroftb noticed, brimming with tufty-tailed goodness.

There was a Gong Show movie? ^_^; Okay, this I'll have to catch. And Дни Затменя ("The Days of Eclipse") looks most promising indeed.. "Loosely based on a great science-fiction novel Billion Years Before the End of the World by renowned authors Boris and Andrei Strugatsky, it one of my favorite films. It is hard to say what is more striking in this film - cinematography or the ideas it is about."

On which note, I noticed there's going to be another Star Trek movie, focusing on the early days of Kirk and Spock at the academy. It'll be produced and directed by J J Abrams, the creator of Lost, for a 2008 release.

Someday, the US will recognise same-sex marriages from other countries - but that day now seems even further away than ten years ago. maus_merryjest designed this poster to highlight the tragedy.

It's news to me: rats can boggle their eyes, as keihound's Pea demonstrates here. It's.. very strange to see. *giggle*

Oh, gods.. Asura "Lost Eden" is just a gorgeously mellow disc. I'll have to share an example track - maybe Raindust.

Who's been to EuroFurence or Feral? I might be lured into something like that, rather than the usual generic hotel setting. Although I might have to sort out satellite net.connectivity first - I'd be gnawing on the trees by the end of the con otherwise, and that wouldn't do anyone any good.

ffmpegX 0.0.9w is now out. Main difference is Intel support, alongside "further optimisations" for PPC, and the addition of FLV (Flash video) as an output format.

Any mechanically-minded folks feel like checking out this engine design? The claims are fairly extraordinary, but it looks like it's not merely vaporware. "The prototype has a 14 inch diameter and is 14 inches long. It weighs 150lbs. There are only 26 moving parts, 31 parts total. The first prototype uses diesel or biodiesel for fuel. Through two revolutions of its crankshaft, the ME firing cycle is equivalent to a 32 cylinder reciprocating engine, that is, it fires 32 times. As a result, its displacement is equivalent to an 848 cubic inch [13.9 liter] reciprocating engine, despite its compactness."

And here's a new electric delivery van, able to carry two tonnes at 50mph for about 100 miles on one charge.

Woohoo! OmniWeb 5.5 sneakypeeks are in public beta. ^_^ Visit their forum to register and find out more. If you're already using OW, you'll find this version much faster - but it is still a beta, and they don't want people forgetting that, with a 15-day expiry period and a yellow/black tint to the window title bar. As it's now in sync with WebKit, it renders as accurately (or moreso) as the current Safari. (And yes, it passes the Acid2 test perfectly =:)

Oh, and if you find the warning-style title bar distracting, just enter this in the shell of your choice:

defaults write com.omnigroup.OmniWeb5 HideConstructionWarning -bool true

And elsewhere on the software front, I noticed BinaerVarianz' latest version of KisMAC now supports Airport Extreme cards - apparently the Broadcom Airforce BCM4306 chipset - in passive mode, not just active, though it looks like that's only properly functional for PPC systems right now. As before, if you switch to passive mode, be sure to end the scan before quitting or changing modes, else you're liable to have to restart in order to get the normal driver back in operation.

New Have I Got News For You! Happy bunny. Happy bunny with a suitable client to fetch said wonder of television. ^_^ And if you'd like a taste of the sharp nature of British political humor, I've made up a pocket-sized version here (25MB).

Got a spare afternoon? Things I Learn From My Patients. eg:

- "Latex paint, despite being thick and creamy, does not coat your stomach and provide the same relief as pepto bismol."

- "18 year old kids absolutely need new Audis-- especially the kind with the DVD player built into the dashboard so that they can watch "the fast and the furious" while driving along a windy road at say, 3am. the best thing to say (if you are an 18 year old driver of such a car) is "hey, watch my car handle this turn" as you careen into a tree. (unrestrained driver had not one but TWO spiral femur fractures in the same leg. his foot was pointed backwards). tree survived with minor scratches."

- "When attempting a self-circumcision do not use dry ice to numb the area... and when the dry ice sticks to the... a.... area, do not attempt to remove the ice with boiling water."
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Generally, I'd strongly concur - I wasn't keen on Lucas' announcement that his next three films would take place before the original trilogy, precisely because we knew what a bleak outcome it would all have. (Though I've still yet to see III, which sounds like the best of the second batch) I'd still be interested in what happened next, but that seems very unlikely - and at this point, really, I'd rather see money going into new sci-fi stories (with the emphasis on "sci-fi", not merely thrillers coincidentally set in the future. A Scanner Darkly could be promising) than another continuation of an existing setting.

Still, I admit, I'd probably enjoy seeing Kirk & Spock at the Academy, if they managed to find the right people for the roles, and a good writer. Easy. ^_^

Nemesis I didn't mind - not the most coherent plot, but a decent atmosphere, I felt.. more of a cinematic feel than, say, Insurrection, which was basically a double length TV episode. (Yet I bought it on DVD.. oh well. I had money to burn. But I shall not recant my purchase of Spiceworld =:)

As far as the ST movies go, I felt they more or less ended with Undiscovered Country - a superb farewell to the original. Beyond that, it never quite gelled for me, with that uncomfortable handover between Kirk and Picard, let alone the awful notion of a single point of weakness for the Borg. At least McDowell got to chew the scenery, though - but he excelled in Tank Girl in that regard, quite the match for Zorg.
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Wow! Indeed, that's not something I've encountered often. About the only other occasion I can recall was at the end of Unforgiven.. similarly, something of a swan song for Eastwood, I suppose, and an excellent note on which to slip away from the view of the camera.

Pity they can't just rejuvenate him for a real Judge Dredd film.. even if the satirical edge of such absolute authority might be lost on some of the audience. =:)

I'm still wondering if I should someday pick up the complete Babylon 5 box set - think that's a Region 2-only thing, with the entire series, the movies, and Crusade as well, for a surprisingly reasonable sum. It's not exactly something I'd be watching every day, but the characters and actors made it an unmissable weekly event for me, and finally getting to enjoy it in proper 16:9, perfect DVD quality.. even as little as I revisit my DVD collection, that would be a very tempting addition, when feasible.