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freakylynx noticed a fun short available for download from the maker: Robot Bastard. (If the style reminds you of Scud: the Disposable Assassin, that's not coincidental.. and he had a hand in Heat Vision & Jack too)

When BoingBoing noted the lyrebird's versatility as an impersonator, they weren't exaggerating. This clip needs to be heard to be believed. ^_^

MacSaber 1.0 has been released. Now it's not just for MacBook owners, but all PowerBooks with the sensor. ^_^ Really needs some suitably flashy graphics, though. (Wonder if the keyboard lighting's software controllable.. think I read it's only handled by the PMU)

worthyadvisor might enjoy some of these icons, from 1950s "bad girl" B-movies. ^_^

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The free version of SketchUp for OS X is now, finally, available from Google. And there's v.4 of Google Earth, though I've not tested to see why the system recommendation's been bumped up, from 500MHz to 1.2GHz G4.

What a wonderful name for an coating intended to provide better plectrum grip - Gorilla Snot.

Nice little farm.. to remaster the James Bond Ultimate DVD collection took 2.5 years on a bank of six hundred G5s, with 700TB of storage. Interestingly, the scanning took place at a resolution of 4000x3000 pixels per frame - wonder if that means they've got HD masters as a result as well? (Though with the original film quality, that may be superfluous)

Via otter3, the only mention of the World Cup you'll see me make:

telnet ascii-wm.net 2006

.. to see the match. In ASCII. ^_^ Streams start ten minutes before a game, apparently.

(Kewl! Germany wins against Poland 1-0)

If you've got an Intel Mac, and like Parallels Workstation, they've just announced a final release. The final version will sell for $80, with a 30-day launch special of $50.

For potential SL newcomers, I noticed they're intending to remove the requirement for billing information for free accounts - that may already have taken place. That'll be helpful for those without access to a suitable credit/debit card.

This video player looks like a promising start, with support for all the usual codecs, plus 802.11b connectivity. Three things I'd like, though: H.264 support (tiny files, or much better picture quality), gigabit ethernet, and definitely WPA support. Still, pretty neat.

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Can you send that bird video to me? It doesn't work for me (I don't have and don't want Quicktime), and the site's trying to be too clever for its own good, so I haven't been able to wget it. :P
Aw, QuickTime 7's snuggly. ^_^ And the H.264 encoder works pretty nicely, even if ffmpegX (sitting on top of x264, ffmpeg, and mencoder) offers much greater ability to fine-tune encodings.

Indeed, they seem to use referrer-blocking or suchlike - rather than fuss around with that, I cheated, and just tweaked the page source to turn the plugin's kiosk mode from true to false, and saved it like any other clip. Silly that some sites do that, but so it goes.

Here's the clip, 33% lighter than the original. ^_^ (I used H.264 rather than Sorenson Video 3)
Thanks. :) I actually tried to fake both the referrer and the user agent, as that's what sites usually check, but it still didn't work.

Ah well. Nice video, in any case. ^.^ And yes, quite amazing.