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Watch Tyger now. It's a short melding puppetry and different animation styles in a powerfully furry way. The sheer visual creativity is something to behold, supported well by its soundtrack.

Even now, Mike Oldfield's Amarok remains one of my favorite albums. It's one of those fairly elusive creatures, an album that really is one complete work, not just a grab bag of random work. (Indeed, literally so - the CD is a single long track)

Are larger species of rabbit faster than the more regularly proportioned ones? How fast can a rabbit run?

Now here's a gem of a music video: Spinal Tap, "The Majesty of Rock". ^_^ (19MB) The sync isn't perfect, but that's partially the original, and partially the singer. =:)

Fancy trying your paw at 3D modelling, but don't like Maya Learning Edition's honking great watermark? DAZ/Eovia's DAZ|Studio is currently a free download, available for OS X and Windows. Free registration is required (and remember to enable cookies), though they prominently note that "you will receive a single email with a link where you will be able to confirm your email address. After confirming your email address, you will only receive emails you request. If you opt to receive none of these types, you will never receive another email from us." - which seems clear enough.

Gen. Hayden said in January at the National Press Club, "I mean, beyond the ethical considerations involved here, there are some practical considerations about being a drift net. This is targeted. This is focused. This is about al-Qaeda."

The Bush administration's technique of letting reprehensible news drip out gradually seems to be coming to a peak with the matter of domestic spying. First, there was no domestic surveillance; then, maybe a few cases, but always with FISA involved (a rubber stamp, but at least something). Gradually, it became apparent that larger groups of people, entirely within the US, were indeed under surveillance, including such suspicious folks as Quakers, presumably for their opposition to war. The latest good news? USA Today reports that the "National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth". This doesn't supposedly include the calls themselves, only the records - but with the news that at least one NSA tapping room exists in an AT&T facility in San Francisco ("AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room"), I wouldn't be betting against that.

Meanwhile, "The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter."

In the absence of Coke Blak locally, I thought I'd give a home-made version a shot: two teaspoons of instant coffee and one of sugar into a tiny bit of hot water, and (mostly) dissolved, then cold Diet Coke added. Let's hear it for nucleation! Wound up with a drink that's quite odd, very refreshing, and with a head that'd shame Guinness. ^_^ Pity THC isn't water soluble - but.. hm. Maybe it could be introduced to some home-made vanilla bean ice cream, and added to make a float.

I really should open a café. ^_^
The video link doesn't work, unfortunately. :P

As for registering for the 3D software... you can always use a throw-away email address service like dodgeit.com. :)

And as for NSA eavesdropping, the figure I heard on the news last night was actually 200 (!) million US-Americans affected, not just (well, "just") tens of millions; and that was on a respectable news show, too, not the trash that most channels here seem to offer.

And finally, regarding Coke Blak... I tried that on my trip, and actually liked it, but a home-made version sounds good, too, especially since the real stuff was prohibitively expensive. :)
Ack! Good catch - I'd had "Of" in the filename, and "of" in the URL. Should be fine now.

Ah, my primary address is on so many spammer lists now, I hardly worry any more - my filtering takes care of it all. But yes, I've used mytrashmail.com a few times in the past - very handy indeed when there's no need for a persistent address.

It could be such a high figure, given the prominence of the companies known to be participating. Supposedly Qwest declined, leaving them almost the only major US telco to do so.

Hmm. Wonder if there's a market for a Blak-like syrup to add to normal cola? ^_^ Might be fun trying to include extra gunk like taurine as well..
Ah, yes, now the link works. *downloads*

As for the disposable email address, it's not actually spam that I'm worried about; I just don't want every company to have my information, even if it's just an email address (I can lie about the rest, after all). Some companies/services have actually started blocking these disposable email providers already, but it's a rare thing, and even when it happens, you can usually still find one that they don't know about. ^_^ (I keep a list of disposable email services for these purposes myself.)
Speaking of the video again, BTW, is it just me, or did the letters in the beginning (the ones that appear on the screen one after one) actually spell out "ROKC" instead of "ROCK"? o.o
*giggle* I admit, I didn't even notice that. Fits the video perfectly, though. ^_^
*chuckles* Yeah. Although they're still not as good as this guy. He's definitely the next Eminem, don't you agree? ^.~

It's not often I get to see a heartfelt tale of the chore of mowing one's suburban lawn, introduced to a backdrop of lace curtains.

And such sophisticated title graphics! That beats out even Look Around You season two's introduction to the new "rap" style of music..
*chuckles* A heart-breaking work of staggering genius, isn't it? (with apologies to Dave Eggers) ^^