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So very wrong.. Slave Leia Pet Costume, for dogs; with the curious annotation that it "ships worldwide, except Mexico".

The Rise of the Cybermen - well, I'll admit I'm entirely biased anyway, and wasn't disappointed, despite an awkward non-climax. It's pleasing to see Mickey getting a little more attention, beyond merely comic relief. Very cool new design, quite nicely removed from the latterday guy with helmet and silver moonboots, even if straining beneath the indignity of ring modulation. (As someone speculated in yonder doctorwho, was Eccles' confusion over Mickey/Ricky the result of mere bewilderment, or had he visited that universe before?)

It appears Sun is preparing to open the source to Java, once they work out exactly how to go about doing so.

Have you ever switched species? How did that come about? It's not a common phenomenon, as far as I've known, though kaysho did (or were you always as you were?), as did Malin.

Oh, that's not bad.. the sign-up fee for the Embarcadero YMCA is a fairly sane $25, plus $63/mo membership, or $71/mo including all the others in the City. (Bump the joining fee to $99, and it covers all of the Bay) Too early to tell if I'll be able to take advantage of that, but I'm hoping so. ^_^

In January 2006, Gen. Hayden answered questions at the National Press Club. One question stood out at the time: 'No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration? Because as Vice President Gore recently said, "It is much worse than people realize."'

There was a silence, followed by the next question.

Now, ABC reporters make the outright claim: they, personally, are being monitored, ostensibly in tracing the sources of unauthorised leaks.

(I knew I'd read that disturbing non-answer before, but dakhun managed to find the full transcript)

For a summary of the way this has developed in the last few months, here's The Daily Show's look (6m18s, 2.5MB) from Tuesday.

Dance, Monkeys, Dance! is an interestingly Adams-like take on life. Or, download it here (9.1MB FLV).

Do computer fans get louder with age? I don't think Ocelot's fan was this loud when it was new, but I could just be remembering it with the rose-tint of a new purchase (in 2001). Hyzenthlay's fan is all but silent, at least for now - I'm more likely to simply feel it's getting hot than hear it, especially if I've got the windows open. (And it'll only come on under heavy load, such as video compression or playback, even when sat atop a mattress)

It doesn't seem to be online yet, but the Paris premiere of Cars was preceeded by a "well received" teaser for Ratatouille.

Ah, how lovely. Just as I'd got into the bath, and looked behind me, I saw a woodlouse scurrying from a crack where the bath caulking's peeled away from the shelf behind the bath. So if I recline, I may be joined by a multilegged guest. Mm.

Of course, an hour after I write that, I feel.. something on my back.

Wow.. up to 91 icons used of 108. ^_^

So many countries left to visit! I need to see all of SE Asia in particular, as far as permissible - as I recall, Laos doesn't like individual tourists, only groups. And maybe Nepal isn't the best spot right now. I think I'd start in Singapore, up to Kuala Lumpur (both well overdue for another visit), then the train up through the central lands to the eastern side of the Thai border. I don't think I want to plan much of it ahead of time, though - that'd spoil the spontaneity of it. Hmm. Maybe I could remain online via Iridium.. only for email, given the hair-raising costs (around $1/MB, as I recall), and scorching 2400 baud throughput, but it would work everywhere. Although I can imagine some Customs folk being upset with such a device.. not sure North Korea's quite ready for an ad hoc cybercafe. ^_^ (Mind, that would be a load of fun to put into action.. parachute hundreds of tough laptops and satellite modems over some rural areas)

I think I'd like to take the Biology GRE, just for the fun of it.

"If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state." - Cate Blanchett
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Really? Erf! Maybe they've revised the syllabus.. I picked up one study guide several years back, and it leapt straight into cellular biology in bacteria. All the interconnected processes are really quite something to behold. ^_^ (Reminds me, there was an exceptionally nifty bit in the Siggraph 2003 Electronic Theater showing a simulation of the actual process of DNA replication. I need to post that sometime!)
I saw a flash version of "Dance Monkeys Dance" a year and change ago, recorded live and flashed by a fan. Similar to that one, but a LOT more raw and honest. Another case where the live is better than the polished.

The guy who does the speech has a cool website too.
Ahh, interesting! I've saved that version too. I'm not sure which I prefer - the live nature of the Flash version has a much more "real" feel, but the "film strip" treatment also works very well.

The guy who does the speech has a cool website too.

Oh, that's classic! Just listened to Airwolf.. damn, he needs to sign up with an outfit like cdbaby and get onto the iTMS. (I loved 2's early work, but it seemed to run out of real insight fairly early on. Viz Dennis Leary..)
I'm torn between being a rabbit and a squirrel. The difficuly of costuming a squirrel tail is keeping me from seriously considering the switch.
Oh, really? I suppose that's not too great a shift, though I'd certainly miss you from the many of the lapine, especially given how well you've brought yourself into reality, so to speak.

Certainly, I can only think of one or two squirrel costumes offpaw.. there was a particularly cute one in a mattress ad a few years back. Skunks face a similar problem, of course.. I forget how rcking tackled the issue with Samantha, and Trax just skipped it with an unsupported (but still cute) tail.
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Ahhh, true! I'd forgotten about that. Before I knew of furrydom, in one class (something along the lines of Social Studies), the tutor asked us to name our favorite non-human animal (I never like the idea of humans somehow not being animals, as if there are distinct classes: bacteria, molds & fungi, plants, animals, humans. Not sure where viruses fit in, given they're not actually alive per se, but can form part of a life cycle), and why. I responded with dolphin, for their elegance and purity. He then said our reasons were what we saw in ourselves. ^_^
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Have you ever switched species?

I have a term for that: Species Dysphoria, and I'm quite a sufferer :)
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*giggle* It's just a tiny one, compared to those last few while catching up.. ^_^; I probably should push myself to post smaller entries, just a bit more often. Still, it sort of works out.. and indeed, I'll often cut out a few bits before posting, if I don't feel they're really saying anything much, or it's news that's since appeared on just about everyone else's journals already.

I'd like to find the odd fun quiz, though. I was quite disappointed when that IQ thing turned out to be fake, as I had a really good time going through that. ^_^

Mmm, Java's not exactly lightweight.. at least the usual desktop version. Mobile Edition must be a lot lighter, but I'm not nearly well acquainted enough with Java to say what was dropped to make it so. Still, it works even on my old 'book, with a roaring 266MHz G3 and 320MB.. and thankfully, OS X brought Java into the mainstream of languages offered by it, compared to the rather dim and dusty condition it'd been in with 9.2.2 and before, ages behind versions for other platforms. (Same could be said of a lot of languages, too, perl especially.. MacPerl was a completely separate fork, and usually a good version or so behind the rest of the world)

Oh, check up in sockscatt's comment - there's a different version set to a live performance of that! The rest of the guy's site's well worth checking out, too. Ah, to fully be a bunny, not a hairless monkey..

Jon Stewart nailed the situation. ^_^ Hearing all the denials, followed by the reality (so far).. hoo. (I missed him at the Oscars, though. Sounded like he did pretty well)

Mmmm.. I feel another entry coming on. ^_^
Malin switched? What!?
Oh, that was quite a while back! He may've even switched back since, as we've unfortunately not really had any contact in years. But when I met him, he was a wolf through and through, then switching to a fox. (Via maned wolf, I think. Nifty sorts - foxes on stilts!)
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So you started off as you are, more or less? I wonder how common that is.. maybe I'll put that as a question in a poll sometime.

Ah, for the lapine pill to become reality.. ^_^ It'll happen, I've no doubt of that, but it does look quite a way off from here.
Kaysho did indeed change species... from Rabbit to Wolf - which is indeed quite the bold species jump - from prey to predator.

And I even know his old name - but I won't say it because I don't know if he'd appreciate that. :)
It did rather take me by surprise when he announced his "conversion", but he seems to've done quite well out in it. ^_^

And despite being lapine, I'm no less inclined towards meat with every meal[1]. Let's hear it for breaking stereotypes! =:)

[1] Though I did once have part of a "super veggie combo" at Zachary's, almost the only place in the entire Bay Area for Chicago-style stuffed pizza (and well up to anything you'll find in Chicago! As a result, they're absolutely packed every night, and don't even bother taking cards, just cash. So why doesn't anyone else copy them? Strange), and that was quite special. I forget the combination, but I recall green beans and baby corn were in there, and probably something fungal - maybe shiitake, as I'm quite a fan of that rich flavor.
re: fan loudness
I suppose it's possible, depending on on many things such as bearing wear, dirt on the blades & housing, changes in the case (even just moving the ribbon cables), acoustics around the case, etc.

re: spying
I'm beyond sorrowed that the checks-and-balances system is so broken that nobody fears being taken into account for such unconstitutional acts.
Mm, I should take it apart sometime and give it a good cleaning. It's more of an auxiliary system these days, as it suffered various nasty problems as a result of poor case design - it's effectively a very slim desktop now. But still crunches numbers nicely, so I'll sometimes leave it on a long video compression run, leaving Hyzenthlay free to run cool, or play the latest episode of Doctor Who and suchlike.

The whole sorry tale is quite bizarre. There's only the odd flickering of dissent from the Republicans, and even the Democrats, seeing Bush at 29%, can barely manage to say "boo!" to the guy. If the elected houses won't enforce the constitution, what's to stop the story from going further still?
I've not changed species, though I do play other species online. But I do know that people on the NorthernFurs list have, in the past changed species, name and sometimes gender. So much, that it's one of the list's running jokes (along with Leaving The Fandom and This List's Too Busy). As for fans, as said above, dust on the blades, wearing bearings, and loosening fittings could all cause noise.
Hmm.. come to think of it, I did have a minor secondary character on FurToonia at once point, for some actual roleplaying - and I think she may even have been a rabbit. ^_^ Wish I still had my logs from then, but all my floppies were lost in one of the many moves. (I think I peaked at around 400 5.25" and something like 200 3.5". ie, not enough to fill up a single CD-R.. =:) 'Sa pity there's only one free Second Life character per person, but I suppose I should try matching my species to myself first, before contemplating any other characters. ^_^

Ah, yes, Leaving The Fandom, a timeless favorite, now in its 20th online year. It does happen, of course, but more of the time, it's the comparatively drama-free version of threatening to commit suicide. (Which also happens - and those who succeed seldom tell anyone or give any meaningful signs before they do so, as I found a couple years back)
Hmm. So they can ship that costume to Myanmar or North Korea, but not Mexico? Wow. Makes sense. :)
I'm tempted to send them a note asking just why that is. ^_^ (I recall something like caffeinated soap from thinkgeek.com couldn't be sent to Sweden, too =:)

Someday, I know I've got to see North Korea. That severe mystique, matched only by Hoxha's regime, is somehow irresistible.. though from what I understand, I'll be yearning for good food and real beer soon after. ^_^;
w00t This appears to be my first mention in a Porsupahpost. :-)
Ratatouille? There was a teaser for Ratatouille? Eee! I've got to see it! It might even make it worth seeing Cars for, even though that looks like an awful movie. Did you see any character design?
Supposedly, the recent full trailer for Cars makes it look rather better, but it probably isn't going to be one I'll rush out for, given cars don't hold any particular magic for me - just another way of getting around. Still, The Incredibles didn't look that special on first glance, but the actual film.. hee! Brilliant. ^_^

It does sound like the teaser's going to be attached to the theatrical release of Cars, but I've not seen any imagery from Ratatouille yet at all, regrettably. Aah! Can't they post the teaser on the Pixar site, or Apple's trailers area? I'm not even sure what kind of style they've gone with artistically!
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I've been under the impression that switching species or fursonas is fairly common in furry. Been thinking of doing that myself...
Really? I can't say I've seen much species switching at all; though as thewerewolf points out, werewolves regularly switch species. ^_^ (Ah, to be a were-rabbit.. only problem is, I'd have to find a way of staying lapine. I never could understand why, in classic werewolf movies, the lead's return to humanity - usually upon death - was considered in any way positive, an aspect of redemption. Then again, I don't quite understand why werewolves are always so grumpy on the big screen. You'd think some would turn out more like, say, Buster Wilde =:)

Ah, yes! I remember you pondering that a little while back. It might be a little confusing to see (f'rex) a mouse called Freakylynx, but then again, it'd be somewhat unique. ^_^ 'Course, you could always change name as well, as kaysho did, if another one calls out to you. What's coming to mind on the species front? I could maybe see you as a raccoon..