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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. ^_^


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.

Depends how they're going to continue trying to uniquely identify people - if that's still the intent, it'd remain a bit of a hassle to get a new character if they wind up getting booted. Still, LJ's managed fine post-invitation - even if SL went completely open, I wouldn't expect much more trouble than there (supposedly) is at the moment.

Who are you there, then? ^_^
Oh, I'm not actually on SL. Not enough free time with working overtime and talking with Daks.

But I have a couple local friends who often don't log off when I visit. So I've seen enough to know how it works. Seen one trouble maker in that time, but just a minor nuisance.
True, I suppose there's no real need to log off SL, if you've got a spare system for it, though by default it'll time out after thirty minutes or so. (Slightly irksome that even when sitting in the Dock, it's still sucking down CPU, but I suppose that's inevitable with the way SL's architected - the client needs to keep its worldview updated constantly. Wouldn't be so much of an issue, but with so little space here, Hyzenthlay's always sitting atop the mattress, which doesn't conduct heat away too well. ^_^ Doesn't cause any problems, but obviously, it's always a good idea to keep a computer running cooler than warmer. The fan's eerily quiet, though)

Paid overtime, hopefully? (I've always been salaried, for better or for worse, other than that last contract. Nice, in that healthcare isn't a concern, and there's paid vacation time, but of course, long hours aren't exactly unknown in programming =:)