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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 think the raccoons are more creepy than adorable myself, but that's just me. :) But certainly, the other animals in that video are as well...

It's maybe just as well there aren't any rabbits in it - it wouldn't do to have lapines depicted as creepy. ^_^ I wonder if they'll have any other videos set in that world, or if that was strictly a one time affair..

Come to think of it, the gorilla reminds me of the one in ILM's "Work In Progress" experimental short.
I don't know, but I think there's other videos for their songs on Youtube (and probably Google Video). But yeah, I'm also happy they didn't feature wolves...

I'll watch the ILM movie as soon as it's finished downloading. :)
Ah, good point! I'll take a peek. YouTube and Google Video are wondrous inventions, no question.. the variety of work up there is just incredible, and it's so easily searched, thanks to the use of tags. Case in point: that "Runaway" video I'd been looking for for years. Given it's been covered many times, just googling for it proved futile - and then I thought to check YouTube. Bingo!

It's really quite a pity that short wasn't developed into a full feature - I loved the setting and possibilities it might offer! Still, for a technology showcase, it's pretty cool they went to the trouble of scoring it and obtaining professional voice talent.. excellent choice for the professor.
*noddles* Well, a technology preview/showcase is something you try to make look as good as possible, so that doesn't surprise me. :) It was an interesting short, too, FWIW, although a bit... well, inaccessible. I'm not actually sure what it really was about, to be honest. :)
I love the chihuahuaraffe. =:) But then, I've always had a fondness for the surreal - it's no surprise my favorite artists are Dalí and Bosch. Or that I enjoy the work of Guy Maddin so much, especially Heart of the World and The Saddest Music in the World. ^_^

Hmm. I've got a small version of HotW around.. here it is. It was produced as a brief short for a film festival, hence the degree of early cinematic homages, not to mention the ending. Such an intense few minutes - positively exhilarating!

(Not exactly any more accessible, I'll grant =:)
*noddles* Yeah, surreality is nice, isn't it? I personally like Magritte a lot, not to mention Escher; I think both of these certainly qualify as surrealistic, too, even though probably not in the same sense as Dalí. ^.^

I'll watch the HotW video when it's downloaded. :)