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With more than a touch of irony, the people who led the CGI movie into reality, causing Disney to abandon 2D animation entirely, are now going to be bringing it back to them: John Lasseter's backing the hand-drawn The Frog Princess, and will likely be producing Rapunzel similarly. Like so many, Eisner couldn't separate the medium from its success - it's not the CG that brought Pixar to prominence, but good stories and excellent casting. And some very good tech.

As schnee posted, Eivør Pálsdóttir - Brostnar borgir is well worth listening to.

"But in a Classic Maya funerary vase from northern Guatemala, now in the Princeton University Art Museum, the rabbit was made into a scribal god! Among the Maya, divine scribes usually are monkeys. It is not known if there were any rabbit scribe gods among the Maya."

So, AMD did indeed buy ATi. Hopefully this won't affect ATi's neutrality as a vendor, nor any OEMs' relationships, given some - Apple included - will be in the position of using Intel chipsets and AMD GPUs. I'd imagine there's little to be concerned about, but some acceptance of the situation from Intel would be reassuring.

Is it just me, or are the Seeed raccoons utterly adorable? Creepy, but adorable. ^_^

Gadget for the day: this 2.5" drive enclosure, which also functions as a video playback device. You can use it like any other USB2 external drive, or plug it into a monitor or TV to play back MPEG-1/2/4 files, and includes a remote control. Now, a version with WiFi as well would be rather nifty.. pity it doesn't support battery operation, though.

Here's one of my current favorite anime openings: xxxHolic. (Despite the title, the show is entirely worksafe =:)
I like Mr. Negativity's thoughts on the AMD ATI merger.

First AMD's finances:
Then talking about nVidia:

And yeah, I downloaded the Seeed video for the raccoons. The other characters are more creepy.
Mm, quite a level-headed look. I hadn't realised AMD was going to need to borrow quite that much to pull off the deal - as he says, the timing does seem a bit odd. Then again, I get the impression this has been quite a long time in coming - quite possibly it would've been awkward to cancel the arrangements at this stage. And the payoff does seem plausible, both further in the future, as well as rounding out the product line in the near term. Like him, though, I'm a little concerned this might freeze out folks like Apple from having a free choice in GPU vendor - would they insist on nVidia GPUs to go with their chipsets? I'm hoping not - and with any luck, such attempts would be stamped on as anticompetitive, though anything goes with Bush in power.

Indeed, the gorilla's not too much fun - but then, I'm not a big fan of simians. Prosimians, though, are another matter entirely. ^_^