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As ibneko kindly pointed out, Arashi no Yoru Ni has been subtitled. ^_^ (You'll need a recent player, like VLC, as it uses H.264 for video, Vorbis for audio, within a Matroska container. Hopefully they've used soft subs - much nicer to be able to choose where subtitles appear, such as below the picture. Ah, no - it's hardsubbed) Catch the trailer here, if you want to see what it's all about.

Bolt City is a collection of comic strip works, all of very high quality; eg Copper: "Bunny".

Keith Olbermann's been one of the more perceptive US political commentators of the past few years, even engaging in investigative journalism at times. This closing monologue on Rumsfeld's comments on disagreement is a powerful and timely reminder. He finished with Edward R Murrow:
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” he said, in 1954. “We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.”

Sci-Fi Pulse claims Torchwood recording's not been going entirely to plan, courtesy of poor low-light performance of their new HD cameras, forcing the use of brighter lighting.

Panda sneeze. ^_^

It looks like the Mac mini's been silently upgraded, according to one recipient's unit, delivered as a 1.6GHz Core Duo rather than the base model's advertised 1.5GHz Core Solo, plus a larger HD and DVD-R. Much more appealing, even allowing for the GMA945 graphics.

"A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather."

terminotaur came across this rather good, drily cynical Australian PSA on voting and the democratic process.

Someone's come up with a hack to strip iTunes 6's DRM, in the form of QTFairUse6, but regrettably, it appears to piggyback on top of iTunes, intercepting the decrypted AAC data, prior to decompression. So, you do wind up with a "clean" file, but only produced in real-time. It's also Windows-specific at the moment, but that may change. (It's not related to the original code of the Hymn Project, which, I believe, was able to decrypt the "protected" files itself, and thus wasn't subject to the real-time limitation)

Thinking of AAC, what HE AAC (aka AACplus) implementations are there? I'd been hoping that'd appear in QT7, but that didn't happen. Sometime, I otter rip a well-engineered clip or two and compress it in a variety of codecs and bitrates, then back to 44.1kHz PCM, and offer the results here for blind testing.

If you're using OmniWeb 5.5, you can enable a DOM inspector by entering this at a shell prompt; it'll then be available in the contextual menu. Quite spiffy, actually - nicely separated within a HUD-style translucent window.

defaults write com.omnigroup.OmniWeb5 WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

I like this plush!
Ohh, that's wonderful! It's maybe just as well I don't have the money at the moment.. =:)
I suspect the pink bunny in Copper has alopecia.

Captain Jack's brand of bi campness is probably better suited to bright and happy lighting anyway.

Bless you, panda! *gives bamboo-decorated hanky*

Ah, dear old Tube n Jakebe, mm? A very nice couple!

It'll be so good to see Captain Jack again. ^_^ He was such a fabulously fun character - playful, but courageous nonetheless. Hope they're not having to wreck the mood of the show with the enhanced lighting, though perhaps that can be corrected during editing. Good to see it and (supposedly) the "third" season of DW are being produced in HD!

I've sometimes wondered what a bunny sneeze looks and sounds like..

They do make such an adorable couple. Ah, to be in such a fortunate position. ^_^
Is there not an archive of bunny sneeze material available like there was for bunny yawns? :)

You're having trouble getting a date? *huggle*
I'm going to have to find out. ^_^

In the course of such, I came across this article on competitive rabbit jumping, including the cautionary note, "The sport has a few more limitations: Rabbits under four months old are not allowed to compete, and should not be subject to training. And once male rabbits reach six months old, they often become more interested in the scent of female rabbits than in jumping over a bamboo stick propped up by flower pots." =:)

Well, the problem is, Cupid only fires one arrow at a time, not two. But maybe my life will stumble upon someone in whom I inspire great fondness, and where I can see similar wonder. I'm sure stranger things have happened. ^_^
Found a sneeze: http://www.yojenny.com/photos/buster/sneeze.mov

And you're a super excellent person, Pors! There has to be others apart from me who recognise that. ^_^
It's as adorable as one would expect! It's the ears that make it. ^_^ There's another on YouTube, but the lighting's pretty bad. :-P

Ack, too much of a backlog of films to catch up with! Arayoru's got to be something for tonight, definitely, and Terry Gilliam's "Tideland" sounds like something worthy of his quirky creativity. And maybe Tangos - Exilio de Gardel too. (I go through far fewer films by myself than with company, as akira114 can verify =:)
Yeah, it's pretty dark. Pity it's a YT video or we could download it 'n' lighten it up. ^^

*looks at your dvd pile* Won't be seeing -you- on SL tonight, then. :P
Oh, it's quite possible to download Flash videos - just drop the URL into KeepVid. ^_^ That'll yield the source FLV file, which can be played by some players, like mplayer, and transcoded with some apps, like ffmpegX using the x264 library (for some reason, ffmpeg and mencoder wind up failing).

Maybe I could be persuaded onto SL again. I miss the place, but I've been hearing disturbing reports of "griefers" becoming a significant problem.. would you say that's the case? Last thing I want is to have to get suited up with shields, attack scripts, and guns, just to have a happy wander about.
You are an invaluable source for all things video-related! ^__^

Yeah, the griefers are still roaming. The other night I went to the Extreme area with tiggycat and as soon as we arrived someone shouted to TC "This one's causing trouble over here!". TC replied, "Feed him to the turtle!" :)
The copper bunny strip's style is rather reminiscent of VG Cats, I'd say. :)

Shame about the excommunication; I really wonder whether these people (the catholic church, that is) are evil or just really, really stupid and misguided. It sure is getting harder and harder to believe the latter, though.

The fascist party spot was interesting, too - and it sure makes an interesting point insofar as that voting for (basically) one of two evils[1] every four years or so is hardly something that deserves to be called "democracy" in the truest sense - that is, a reign of the people. And of course, the part about getting one's information from just one TV station or newspaper is true in too many cases, too, and touches upon the larger problem of (a lack of) what I like to call "media competence" - that is, knowing how to deal with media, how to separate truth from fiction, how to be skeptical, how to not let your opinion get influenced by inflammatory reporting, and so on. I really think that this should be a subject that's taught in school - instead of reading Shakespeare or Goethe (or whatever), we should learn how to be able to be informed participants in a democracy instead of just being sheep who will swallow everything given to them. Ah well.

BTW, I also think you forgot to link to the iTunes 6 descrambler... :)

1. Depending on where you live, you may have more evils to choose from, of course, but the basic idea is the same.
Hmm.. there are some similarities in style, yes - that use of the lower eyelids at the end definitely appears in VGC occasionally. (Not to say this isn't its own strip, of course) The other strips on the site are well worth looking into, needless to say.

This is always one of the root causes of trouble within religion - the difference between abiding by the governing principles, versus obeying specific (and all too often, selectively chosen) rules. The latter's much more easily achieved, whereas the former requires an appreciation for the ways espoused by the gods/prophets involved, and how best to apply those to current day life.

There's really the key - how to treat media reports with a realistic degree of scepticism. Not paranoia, but just taking into account the multiplicity of perspectives that may be available - the stories from the Guardian, CNN, the New York Times, al-Jazeera, and Ha'aretz won't necessarily be singing the same tune, and the reporting may be more or less investigative or bombastic, depending on the organisation's house style, and the individual journalist's own perspective and talent. The net makes a wide range of news sources easily possible, and really ought to be encouraged - in part, as that makes demonisation of the devil du jour that much more difficult.

Which is not to say it's easily attained, of course - Iraqi politics, f'rex, are quite complex, and heavily sectarian, with each group having its own religious and political motivations, such as the Kurds vs Turkey. Juan Cole's one good person to read on such matters, as he's well-read on the politics and history of the region, and speaks the languages involved; "lost in translation" isn't just the name of a film. =:)

Reminds me, I need to fetch some of those FSI language courses.

The problem with linking to QTFairUse6 is it doesn't really seem to have a home as such - it's very much a work in progress. A good place to check, though, is in the Hymn Project forum. Unsurprisingly, it seems to be the attention of some quite intensive development. ^_^ Wish the DRM itself were an open secret, but the encryption appears to remain secure. (Maybe someone can write a BOINC project to run a brute-force attack? =:)
Yeah, skepticism, taking reports with a grain of salt, and keeping in mind that everyone (obviously politicians, but also journalists, editors etc.) has a motivation and/or an agenda is not always easy. But I think it helps to try to not form an opinion until you have enough information to do so; there's a tendency among people to have an opinion on anything right from the start, and cognitive dissonance later on makes it quite difficult to change that opinion, even when new facts emerge or when it turns out that the old ones weren't really facts after all. Reserving judgement until you know enough to actually, well, judge things instead of just parroting what the journalist whose article you just read or whose report you just watched repeats... that's a valuable skill, too.

Not sure what FSI means. :)

As for QtFairUse6... well, a forum post/thread is a good start already. ^.^ Thanks!
Arashi no Yoru Ni

What a thoroughly wonderful movie!
As soon as I saw the trailer last year, I knew I wanted to see it - but it was anybody's guess whether any fansub group would bother. (As one might expect, fansub groups will tend to cluster around certain kinds of shows, with some left to fall between the cracks) Instead, it looks like this is just the first of two (or even more!) treatments. ^_^

Wonder if it might even see a Western cinematic release? Probably a bit much to hope for, but it does seem to deserve (I admit it, I've not yet watched it =:) a presence on store shelves, in front of more people than only fans.
oh yeah.. I wanted to watch this movie since I saw that trailer too. *waits patiently for the download*
I'm only a few minutes in, but, so far, it's looking like it's worth every minute. ^_^ Oh, I really hope this sees at least distribution on the arthouse circuit, but it's worth a much wider audience. I suppose there's a chance one of the US anime distributors might pick it up, for at least an English-subtitled DVD release. (Wonder if it was produced on film, or video? Either way, the Japanese DVD looks quite well mastered)
Thank you for this news! I have been waiting for this to be fansub'd as well.

In fact, I was just searching for evidence of this last night, but I did not find it! You must have much better sources than I.
It was ibneko's keen eyes (well, cat, you see) who alerted me to its release, conveniently a couple hours before I went to sleep - it duly turned up on AnimeSuki the next day. ^_^ They're one of the prime sites for keeping track of fansubs of anime that hasn't been licensed outside Japan.

I'm still only a few minutes in, but gods, yes - this is good. (Not an easy opening, it should be said)
I had checked AnimeSuki, indeed, and I must have missed the announcement. It must be very hot news indeed, then.
It's one of the best friendship tales I've ever seen. I just fell to pieces near the end when the goat and wolf were both freezing and starving, and the goat told his wolf friend to... wow, what an incredible scene...
Good thing I managed to skip over that comment! ^_^;

Egad, yes. Powerful scene indeed.. and with the nature of the film, I couldn't quite be certain how that was going to play out. I was horribly tense during that, tearing up..

What a wonderful movie. No question, it really deserves a wide cinematic audience outside Japan too.
well sure, forcing an eleven year old child to have a baby born out of violence and into a life of poverty with a mother who cannot even take care of herself yet is something Christ would do.
I'd really enjoy hearing Jerry Falwell's response to that story. Could even he turn that into an issue of pure black and white?
Ah neat, a subtitled version of Arashi no Yoru Ni.

I'm not online enough to download it right now. In a couple hours we hit the road with the moving truck. Don't have the software on the laptop either.
Ooh, goody! I been waiting on that goat / wolfy anime for like, ever! :D
It's well worth it. ^_^ (And I'm still only part of the way through.. come over sometime. Films are much more fun with company!) Mei's - the goat - voice is really rather cool, too.. :-9