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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. ^_^
On 3D modelling - Blender (www.blender.org) is open source / free and we're finding it to be useful. Well, useful after the steep learning curve ...
It sounds as if Blender's been making some progress on the UI front, but I've not really checked for myself - but I did just download both DAZ|Studio and Blender (with the user manual for the latter weighing in at 40MB, eep!), so maybe I'll be able to make some qualified mutterings in the future. What sort of applications are you putting Blender to?
Lighting & layout tests for proposed haunt scenes :) And, just playing around :)
Do you know a good book (or online material) on Blender, by any chance? I've tried learning it myself a while ago, but ultimately didn't really get into it, so to speak, and the tutorials I found on the Blender website weren't all that helpful, either (or maybe I'm just too stupid). >_>
It's scattered all over the net - a little here, a little there. That's the biggest complaint about Blender is that the documentation and most of the tutorials are mighty confusing.

If you're interested I'll email you the bits I cut & pasted into a semi-useful cheat sheet, but it's pretty much a metter of jumping in and trying things. If you can put aside an hour or two every couple of days just to mess with it, it'll start making sense.
That'd be great. :) My email's schneelocke(AT)gmail(DOT)com - thanks. ^^