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The trailer (4.4MB) for Death to the Automatons suggests it could be a fun flick, in the style of the b&w pulp sci-fi serials of old. Boxy metal robots with claw hands, a mad scientist, melodramatic angles - what more could you ask for?

austin_dern might like to hear Warner Home Video's managed to secure the rights to the entire run of Popeye cartoons, from the first b&w to the more recent TV series. "Warner Home Video plans to commence preservation and restoration activities immediately."

Most cool. Baen's going to be publishing a short story anthology, purely digitally: "We believe in stories, short and long. For many popular authors, however, the low rates magazines pay for short stories have made writing them a tough economic choice. We're going to change that situation in the simplest way possible: by paying more.
We promise to publish stories that keep you turning the (electronic) page, stories with characters and feeling similar to those of popular novels. Many of the stories, in fact, are set in universes already popular in novel form." $30 for six issues, each "expected to be around 150,000 words, TWICE the size of paper SF magazines selling for similar prices", with "each one available electronically in a variety of formats with no copy protection". (Their emphasis!)

I wonder why there's this small discrepancy? If I look at my last entry, I'm told it's number 433 - but if I look at my full user info, it's number 431. Maybe someone got bored with the usual scheme for enumeration and decided to count from -1 instead? Quite right too. Integers have been fixed for far too long.

Second Life's minimum VRAM preference is 16MB. What happens when you try it on a system with half that?

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An interesting effect, but.. not too useful. Pity. I'd been curious to see how a 400MHz G4 with a Rage 128 Mobility would perform. Maybe I'll try running the Windows client on it under Virtual PC and see how that fares. =:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Certainly, I understand they did a top-rate job on Oz and Gone with the Wind (you know, I don't think I've actually seen GwtW at all. Nor The Sound of Music, which must be some kind of accomplishment =:). Mm, wonder if there's a transcript of the WB exec chat from the other night.. I'd love to hear of TTA being given a proper release!