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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'm having the same trouble as foxcoon, and only with the MP4 video files linked here. QT seems to be the only thing that likes them, and then the audio track plays normally while I get only about three or four frames every 20 seconds.

Which is a shame, cuz I'm still itching to see that Secret Squirrels BBC2 doc!
Curious - I generally test everything with the stock QuickTime Player, VLC, and mplayer, to ensure platform independence. If you're experiencing severe framedropping like that on larger frame-size files, it's possible the load's too high for the system, as H.264 (aka AVC, or MPEG-4 Part 10) is a bit more demanding than "plain" MPEG-4. (The benefit in these cases being the ability to squish the files down to manageable sizes, whilst retaining decent quality) How does something with a smaller frame size perform, such as the North Korea documentary?
Which North Korea doc is this?

I confess I know next to nothing about video file formats, but while my system is older, it dutifully chews through pretty much every video I've thrown at it with nary a burp. By contrast, the xxxHolic piece ran for 1:30- I heard every note, but counted 18 frames total. Could be a performance issue. I'd be willing to try a different player app, if I knew where to start.