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De la Terre à la Lune, as schnee noticed, is an especially fun bit of furry Flash animation. Very nicely animated. Cerine would enjoy this..

Puzzled as to what resolution independence means for the future of UIs? Here's a good précis.

Track for the day: Indiana, by Elissa Hadley. One to listen to if you're in a Tori Amos mood; a supremely elegant voice.

Say hello to Sailor Dalek. ^_^

Yay! I received one of those letters on behalf of ABC TV, soliciting participation on an unreality show. I was beginning to feel so left out. =:) As sleazily done as you might expect - amongst other tricks, they're harvesting LJ usernames and sending to paid users' livejournal.com forwarding addresses. Of course, that won't work for free users, but what spammer cares about delivery success ratios?

And here's an excellent way of dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses.

I'd known HP made good money off their inkjets and supplies, but apparently, "In fiscal 2005, H-P made more than 80 percent of its $5.6 billion in operating profit from ink and toner supplies".

tursi might like the Video Game Music Quiz.. it's not so much Quizilla/OkCupid as IMDb; an open-ended challenge to identify as much of the music as possible.

"Each music track will have a point value based on the difficulty. Values range from 1 to 9. Difficulty is based on:

- How "popular" the game is
- Where the music appears in the game
- Region of the game

For example, if I post the bonus stage music from Sonic the Hedgehog, it would probably have a value of 3. Many people have played this game, it was released in all regions, but the bonus stage might not be as memorable as say, Green Hill Zone.

You get points for each correct answer, and there will be a few other statistics kept as well. But in the end, your points will determine your ranking."

Now this is a very shiny phone indeed. (Be prepared for the price, on the final page, though)

Here's the natter on Ars Technica's forum regarding the news of Google's CEO joining Apple's board of directors. Myself, I'm inclined to think it doesn't presage anything particularly big, so much as cooperation and an avoidance of stepping on tails.

Would you like to put forward your nominations for idiotic "security" measures? Now you can participate in the Stupid Security Awards:

"Unworkable security practices and illusory security measures do nothing to help issues of real public concern. They only hinder the public, intrude unnecessary into our private lives and often reduce us to the status of cattle.

The airline industry is the most prominent offender, but it is not alone. Consider the UK rail company that banned train-spotters on the grounds of security (e.g. see this article(external). Or the security desk of a US office building that complained because paramedics rushing to attend a heart-attack victim had failed to sign-in. Or the metro company that installed a $20,000 biological weapons/gas detector and placed it openly next to a power plug so terrorists could conveniently unplug the device.

Privacy International is calling for nominations to name and shame the worst offenders. The competition closes on October 31st 2006. The award categories are:

Most Egregiously Stupid Award
Most Inexplicably Stupid Award
Most Annoyingly Stupid Award
Most Flagrantly Intrusive Award
Most Stupidly Counter Productive Award"

I'm sure avon_deer can come up with one or two nominations.. ^_^



Orpheus

0% Extroversion, 66% Intuition, 55% Emotiveness, 90% Perceptiveness

You are an artist, an aesthete, a sensitive, and someone who has never really let go of that childlike innocence. To you, all of life has a sense of wonder in it, and the story of Orpheus was written about someone just like you.

When the Argo passed the island of the Sirens, Orpheus played a song more beautiful than the Sirens to prevent the crew from becoming enticed. When his wife died, he ventured into the underworld to charm Hades but, in his naivete, he looked back becoming trapped there.

You can capture your unique world view and relate it to others with the skill of a master storyteller. Your sensitivity and creativity make you a treasure to the human race, but your thin-skinned nature and innocence can cause you a lot of disenchantment and pain. What's doubly unfortunate is that, if you try to lose those traits, you never will, and everyone will be able to tell that you're putting up an artificial shell to prevent yourself from being hurt.

Famous people like you: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Mr. Rogers, Melville, Nick Tosches
Stay clear of: Icarus, Hermes, Atlas




Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


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The one I linked to (not inlined) a while back, on the nature of one's aspirations in life, was especially good, I think - it's a very cool strip. ^_^ I keep up with its feed here: xkcd_rss.
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And the cap has to be the creator's note that it's his first full-length animation, and third Flash project. Gah. ^_^; I really hope we see more from him!
That Flash animation is terrific! I think that music is from Space Mountain from Disneyland Paris.
Ah, not some appropriation from the world of classical music? (Of course, it could easily be both)

I should see Disneyland Paris someday, though I think I'd actually be more interested in Parc Astérix. ^_^ (And of course, I must see Cedar Point for myself someday)
The phone's certainly nice... although it's somewhat disappointing that camera phones have higher resolutions than my regular (old) digicam now. >_>

The "how to deal with jehova's witnesses" thing is cute, though. :) Now only if I had breasts...
It's pretty impressive - and they do seem to be taking the resolution seriously, rather than plopping in a 6MP sensor beneath a 2¢ blob of a plastic lens. That half-second delay does sound a bit awkward, though.. not a problem unique to that, it seems, with a lot of digicams having distinctly noticeable pauses between triggering the shot and the photo actually being taken. (Not sure why that would be - I'd've thought the camera would simply slurp the data off the sensor immediately, then set about applying any necessary correction and compression)

As for the latter - well, that can reasonably easily be taken care of, with the application of a suitable fee. ^_^
Yeah... my camera does that, too. I'm not sure if it's half a second or less, but it *is* a noticeable delay, which is quite annoying. And yes, I can't think of a technical reason, either, but it wouldn't be the first time that a product is deliberately crippled to make more expensive alternatives look better.

And yeah, I probably could undergo SRS to get breasts, but I'd much rather want the ability to switch between sexes at will. I'd love to be a woman, but I don't want to give up being a man, either. :)
It's quite puzzling.. maybe I should try sniffing around the web, and see if it's explained somewhere. I get the impression it's quite a prevalent problem, even on expensive units - reps seem very pleased when they can announce a nearly instantaneous photo. If it were a matter of CCDs being slow to read (but not so slow video cameras don't work?), that'd mean that much longer an exposure time, which obviously isn't the case. Agh, now I'm going to have to find out. ^_^;

Very good point. ^_^ I've long thought it'd be fun to be able to just casually flip genders. Or even, at least, be able to choose which way one's puberty leads. (I recall one bit in The Ballad of Halo Jones featuring someone who'd indulged in the then-trivial process of gender flipping way too many times, and wound up not only androgynous - and nothing wrong with that! - but also effectively cursed to be virtually unnoticeable by anyone else. Sie had so little "presence" any longer that people literally didn't even notice hir being there in the same room. Of course, sometimes, it can be useful to be able to go about one's business unnoticed.. =:)

The future of genetic engineering is, I fancy, going to be quite interesting.
It probably is going to be, yes - although it's hard to say whether it'll actually help people, since it seems to me that so far, you can only change an organism's genes prior to creating it. In other words... switching your gender will probably never be an easy process, and even if huge advances are made so that it *will* be easy, you still won't be able to do it yourself, at will.

Ah well.

As for cameras... yes, it might be interesting to try and find out. Reading the CCD data *might* have to do with it, but then, if you look at the transfer rates of modern bus architectures, you'll often find that they're able to transfer tens, if not hundreds of GB of data per second. And even though you may not be able to put the fastest (=most expensive) bus into a camera, both for technical reasons (space, power consumption etc.) as well as financial ones, reading a CCD should still be near instantaneous, especially if it's not a large one.

And the fact that there *are* cameras that don't have this delay proves that the technology is neither out of reach nor unaffordable. :)
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You tease. ^_^;
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True - I'd hate to try entering anything more than an SMS on a phone keyboard. The PSP makes for a pretty decent little browser, but even entering an URL is work, let alone trying to enter LJ replies. :-P Even a virtual keyboard like AC:WW's works pretty well - not something you'd want to use for your memoirs, but fairly quick.

Wonder if there's any way of hooking up an external keyboard? 'Course, then that's something else to lose or forget..

Hmm. Maybe someone's come out with VoIP on a DS by now. ^_^
Printer inks are an even bigger scam than five-bladed razors.  Whenever I need ink, I just Google for "inktec" (a Korean ink manufacturer) and the model of printer involved.  Lots of vendors sell Inktec's refill kits.  They're cheap, they work, and they save landfill space!
I much prefer the idea of refillable cartridges, both out of cost, and the lighter environmental impact - just throwing things away is so (literally) wasteful, in cases like these, where the remedy's so easily applied. (Similarly, I'm no fan of anything "disposable", when the durable alternative's bound to work out cheaper before long, let alone the problems in just tossing electronics, usually a rich source of all sorts of fun chemicals)

Have you tried googol-bladed razors? I've read of some LJers finding five-blade widgets actually working better than their oh-so-1996 three-bladers, but that could be just wishful thinking.

I wonder if it'd be possible to design a razor head populated with suitable laser diodes, for hair removal on that basis. Hair removal clinics use CO2 lasers for such, so I'd imagine the energy requirements are beyond what a diode could deliver, but still.. such professional treatments are fiercely expensive. I could imagine the instruction manual and legal disclaimers being more voluminous than the US tax code, though.

You shave, ne? Would you consider some easy form of permanent removal like that?
you shave, ne?

Nope.  Haven't used a razor in 15 years.

Considering that it is now illegal in the US to distribute children's chemistry kits that contain any oxidizers, because a terrorist could use them (although that's about as plausible as the "two liquids" theory of Hollywood terrorism), I just cannot imagine that anyone could get away with distributing a depilatory system that was powerful enough to work, yet safe enough to pass legal-liability review.

There are "electrolysis" systems available for home use.  They work a few times, then the hairs get used to the systems and they don't work anymore because the dial doesn't go to "11".