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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. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Star Trek and the Holy Grail. Is very good the best thing i've seen on youtube.

Um are those bum trees? The monkey doesn't look very happy
It's really rather well done, ne? ^_^ I just keep wishing YouTube offered higher quality versions to easily download, rather than having to mess around with conversion utilities to wind up with something highly compressed at 320x240. Still, it works, and gods know it's a veritable mine of nifty homegrown stuff, and pop culture obscura. ^_^

Oh, I don't know - they seem like quite healthy trees to me. =:) (The little Flash version of the monkey over here is a bit of fun, too, down in the bottom left)

BTW, what do you look like on SL?
A bit like this?
Only a bit? Is that your stunt double?
Not always!
Ooh - tall, dark, and handsome.. =:)

Is it accurate that the Egyptians removed the brain via the nose? I'm wondering how that works, in practice. It looks as if the brain would have to be sorta patiently scooped out, but I'm not really familiar with the practice.
I think it was broken up with instruments inserted into the nose, and then picked out with hook!and then discarded, unlike the other organs stored in canopic jars, i often wonder if chavs and rednecks are actually reincarnated pharoahs!


Ancient Egyptian hygiene seems to have involved shaving and other more painful practices as seen here here (Probably not work safe).
The monkey gets very excited when you mouseover his coloured bars.

BTW the US Govt's Foreign Service Institute's courses are not very politically correct! I think if you went into a restaurant and asked for bratwurst and sauerkraut they would either kill you or roll about laughing!
I particularly like his reaction at the second from bottom bar. ^_^

How are you getting to EF - flying, or taking the train? Come to think of it, I've really spent very little time on European trains, other than in the UK, which seems to only half-count. =:) Seems like that'd be a really scenic journey, other than the bit in the channel tunnel. Are you looking to impress the Nürnberg locals with your cunning linguistics?

I was most disappointed on my last visit to Hamburg, trying to find some good bratwurst - all the schnellimbiss street vendors seem to've vanished. After a day or two, we finally found some - and really good, too, with some sliced potatoes with garlic and ham flecks as well as the sauerkraut - in an American diner themed place. ^_^;
Flying, I like flying! Some trips abroad flying was the best bit of the trip!

Ja das wetter is sehr Schoen.

Ich bin ein haariges

Haben Sie mein weiches Spielzeug gesehen?

Spiced red cabbage was enough for me! Pity really because 99% of the other german style stuff is really scrummy!