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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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Oh, still so? I think it was in last month's newsletter, but they noted it was something of a work in progress.

Yay! Thanks for that. ^_^ Wow, I'll be a grizzled SL veteran in no time. =:) What's your name there?

I wonder if I might change my "second name" to Ree? I generally just go by Porsupah, but on those occasions where I've needed a surname, I've gone with Toliani, based on the original character's homeworld (Tolia Major, IIRC). But.. well, so much has changed since then, losing the raccoon side, and now the red panda as well.. mm, hafta ponder that one.
I'm Fleet Goldenberg. :P Closest I could get to Goldenstripe.

Moth and I suspect we were once alien dolphins in RL from the planet Thalassa in the Eridanus constellation (next to Orion). We're unusual like that. ^_^
I went onto SL this morning. All coolies thus far, even though I'm only as far as wandering outside the information centre. My main trouble at the moment, unsurpisingly, is learning how to turn my hooman into a squizzer. I've heard that I'll either have to buy a squirrel body avatar from someone or construct and script my own.
Yep! One good place to try is the blue annex to Dwellget, over in Taco land. I'm not sure I've seen many skwrls for sale, but there's bound to be some. My bunny's from the Lost Animals range - there's an outlet in that annex, plus several other avatar vendors. Definitely, for now, the simplest thing is to buy an av (they tend to run around L$700-900, to make it feasible for newcomers to find the form they want), as it does take some time to get used to the modelling tools and how it all hangs together.

There's also a variety of free avs floating around - if I can work out how to do so, I'll try sending you the free ringtail I was given. Quite cute. ^_^ (ISTR he's an early prototype from Luskwood)
Thank you for the advice, hon. *snug* I'll go along there later. *hugs lots*
I had a look at the blue annex this morning. There's a male red squirl there in the Luskwood avatar section that I quite fancy for L900 (about $3). I've left my present avatar in the building for now so I can go back there for another look once this interview business is done with.

Thanks again for the directions, hon! *nosekiss*