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If you're interested in learning a (human) language or two, the US Govt's Foreign Service Institute's courses for several languages are now online and in the public domain. ^_^

Try this for size: Unnovations, episode 3. (Should be PSP and iPod compatible, but I've not verified that) It's a spoof of home shopping channels, though with sharper - and darker - humor than you might expect. The first two segments, with the vacation and the luxury tinned food, are perhaps the best.

Running until Saturday, in Regent's Park: an open air production of Babe. ^_^

The cutest antenna connector ever.

Musical discovery of the week: Four Tet. Sort of similar to Bonobo, by way of Fatboy Slim and Boards of Canada. As an example, here are two sample tracks: High Fives from "Everything Ecstatic", and Glue of the World from "Live in Copenhagen".

Kris Kristofferson's "In the News" is a video worth seeing; be warned, it's not exactly uplifting.

As for anime, Welcome to the NHK continues reasonably well, though the pacing feels a little awkward. xxxHolic remains a top favorite, with the recent Demon Parade episode positively magical. On the new front, however, Kemonozume looks like it'll be one to follow, from the director of Mind Game. It opens with a brief introduction, wherein a man saves a woman from being sacrificed to the gods, only to find them both smitten with a curse as a result - they're turned into monsters driven by blood lust. Zoom forward to the present day, where their descendents have intermingled a good deal; in a café, one discusses with another his passion for devouring cute women. Nothing's shown - it's all as a calm conversation at their table.

Problem: people playing in fountains. Solution: signs proclaiming "high levels of hydrogen".

Not quite a Network moment, but still quite damning: Cafferty on CNN (Flash video) expounds on the extent to which a Federal judge ruled the NSA's warrantless surveillance to be illegal, on several grounds.

It seemed to me that austin_dern might enjoy the Comics Curmudgeon column, offering a daily take on those comics which exist outside of any continued justification.

Amusing - SL's seeing its first formal hotel open, courtesy of an RL hotel chain, owners of Sheraton and Westin, amongst others. Of more enlightening interest, however, was the word of NOAA's presence there. Though with the "griefer" problem apparently rising from "rare event" to "routine annoyance", it can only be hoped Linden Lab will actually take the matter seriously, lest they begin draining the world of its real inhabitants, not to mention financial supporters. If you're on there, what's been your experience of late?

If you want to live dangerously online, here's Firefox 3.0a1, codenamed Minefield. =:)

Star Trek and the Holy Grail.

And the icon is courtesy of bunny_soul's kind generosity. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hmm, no Icelandic course... damn.

As for the fountain thing, I'm not sure why people playing in fountains are a bad thing to begin with. Admittedly, letting your cunt-spawn shit their diapers in there is kinda "ewwww!", but outside of that... ah well, at least the signs should keep out the stupid. :)

Regarding SL, I haven't been on there in a while and won't be again, so I can't talk about my latest experiences, but I'm not surprised that the whole thing's getting more and more commercial (and less and less appealing).

"Minefield" is a good codename, but it could just as well be applied to *all* Mozilla products. :)
Maybe they were planning on bottling the fountain's outflow? =:) Mm, I can't quite see the big problem either - it's more the solution I found amusing. ^_^

I wouldn't say SL's commercial, but there's certainly opportunities. The hotel's more of a "rapid prototyping" thing, as I understand it, allowing people to wander around and get a feel for the architecture and facilities that'll be in the RL versions. The NOAA presence is purely educational, with a few simulations to help people better understand the forces they contend with.

It's the architectural side of building I'd most love to indulge in, but that'll have to wait until I've somewhere to build on. Meanwhile, I must content myself with rather more modest undertakings, like the headphones above. (Reminds me - I need to find out if my home still exists. Last I knew, it was having to move. Very nice place - plenty of cushions to lounge around on, or sofas if you prefer, and the jacuzzi's worth a dip =:)

I do seem to hear of quite a few instances of Firefox nuking people's bookmarks, especially post-upgrade. I might give it a proper try, but outside of Greasemonkey, OmniWeb 5.5b3 is pretty much unbeatable for elegance, and with the current version of WebKit (born of KHTML), it's pleasantly fast too. For all their other benefits, UI design tends not to be a strong point of open source projects. And with the degree of usage I get from a browser, it really should be as elegant as possible, ne?
*noddles* Absolutely. I'm still stuck with Mozilla 1.7 myself; Firefox has a horrible UI IMO, and its "users are dumb" attitude really annoys me, but Seamonkey has more than its share of problems, too. I recently downloaded the latest version to try it out, but found that it wasn't even possible to close tabs - clicking on the "X" simply didn't work, for example. Doesn't anyone ever test these things prior to a release?

Ah well. :) I'd switch to Opera, but that one's got a number of UI problems, too, and of course, there's no real Adblock alternative...
Ye gods.. that's a pretty basic bug. All I can think is it required some combination found on your system, and not the monkey in question's.

As for ad blocking, maybe something like Proxomitron would work? I'm fairly sure there's a variety of other options too - and with a proxy, external to the browser, it'd work on any browser you chose to fiddle with. (Similarly, I may someday get around to setting up a local mail queue, in order to use external spam filtering. I've got my filters set up quite well, but I'd like to separate out that functionality, for additional flexibility)
I've briefly toyed with Privoxy in the past, but I don't really like most proxies, and I also like the convenience of having Adblock integrated into the GUI - it's really easy to add new filters that way.

Never change a working system. :)