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relee spotted this lengthy video from IGN demonstrating some actual Wii gameplay, with a simultaneous look at how the controllers are used.

mycroftb pointed out the gorgeously illustrated perils of a bunny who eats too many cabbages, from the pencil of Duo Radon. (The strip begins with the first b&w image on the top row; the section heading isn't really descriptive of the strip)

Dume - it's not often a webcomic piques my casual interest in cellular biology. And it's got a nottah.

This article notes twenty non-English words their users find most fun; my favorites are "the French 'l'esprit d'escalier', or spirit of the staircase. This is used to describe the precise moment a person comes up with a clever retort to an embarrassing insult. It is usually after leaving the party, and walking down the stairs that the quip comes to mind.", and "In Japanese, 'amakudari', literally descent from heaven, describes the phenomenon of being employed by a firm in an industry one has previously, as a government bureaucrat, been involved in regulating."

And "The Fuegians (from Tierra del Fuego) have a succinct word - 'mamihlapinatapai' and it means 'two people looking at each other each hoping the other will do what both desire but neither is willing to do'." has such a wondrous role, too. ^_^

Ye gods! A new transformation pic from Rimle! Fox TF underway here, not worksafe.

Transformers and My Little Pony, together at last! (As mycroftb discovered.. somehow =:) It's very silly stuff, but somehow appealing.

And on the theme of odd combinations, I stumbled upon this much too brief clip of Sonic X characters, redubbed.

Ah, handy.. looks like whilst KeepVid doesn't work for files that required signing in, the same method does. In the page source, look for video_id. Copy the rest of that URL, and add it to this to get the URL of the FLV file itself:


Every now and then, The Register points out some gloriously inept piece of corporate rebranding, often involving a variant of a coffee stain as the new logo. This New Zealand example, though, goes above and beyond - the mission statement is a little queasy, but it's the song (only presented as lyrics, mercifully) which really takes the cake.

SanDisk's just announced their MPEG-4 video recorder, encoding to memory cards, due next month for $130. It's only a recorder, with no included tuner. It's not clear what color formats it supports, as their page is unhelpfully light on specifics. Essentially, it's their answer to Neuros' MPEG-4 recorder - give it composite video, it spurts data onto the card.
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I wish there were a way of depositing a stack of them in local schools. =:)
Ah, my favourite element: Tedium. :)
Seems to be remarkably rare in your vicinity. =:)

(Wx is pretty cool, too. Doesn't taste all that great, though)
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Or maybe the White House, for the next press conference involving some education initiative? =:)
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*chuckle* It's so very tempting to replace the real periodic table with this version on every chemistry exam that passes through my paws this semester ;-) The sad thing is that a depressingly high number of students probably wouldn't notice the substitution...
Mind, it could make for the shortest test in history - just pass the first half who giggle. =:)
Oh when will they put a new trailer up on the Transformers movie website? *pouts*
But.. Michael Bay! The Rock was an incoherent cinematic vomiting session, and The Island didn't win much acclaim. Though I'm led to understand Armageddon wasn't too bad, if a bit light on scientific accuracy. (I'd sooner take Armageddon: The Final Challenge =:)
I had Armageddon on dvd and it was a much-liked part of my collection. Until I got sick of that Aerosmith theme tune, that is.

What made it especially memorable for me was that I only had a 6x speed dvd-rom computer drive with crappy video card to play it on at the time, and when the computer had to try to handle the busy visuals of the Shuttle take-off sequence the vessel would split into a hundred jagged pieces til they had reached outer space and it reassembled! :)
6x? Luxury! My first was a 2x. ^_^ Old enough, unfortunately, that it can't read DVD-Rs, only pressed discs - not very handy for restoring from backups. But it's been a while since Bunny was my primary machine, and Hyzenthlay makes a much nicer DVD player anyway - larger screen (17" 16:10, versus 14" 4:3), and Bunny's DVD decoder card never seemed to quite get the black level right, leaving black a bit lighter than it should be.

Ahh, I had a similar problem with the meteor impact scene in Dinosaur. ^_^ Playback squirted a few blocks, then skipped a fraction of a second back into clear video. Pity that had such a light storyline, as it started off exceptionally well - I used to play the opening "flight of the egg" quite often, just to marvel at it on the move.

For lightweight sci-fi, though, I say The Fifth Element takes a lot of beating. ^_^ Quite a fun script, everyone clearly enjoying themselves (Gary Oldman especially), and oodles of artistic creativity.
I thought you had replaced or was going to replace Hyzenthlay with a new Mac?

Will the next one be called Hyzenthlay II or Thethuthinnang? :)

Hee, that reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons where her cat Snowball II got killed, and she went through about another four new cats in the same episode who met unfortunate ends until she got Snowball VII and decided to just call it Snowball II and pretend the multiple kitty perishings had never happened. :P
It says something for the show that even now, I can think of "Thanks, ants." and giggle. ^_^
That's one of my favorite jokes in the whole series. Another is the video leading up to, "Stop fighting now. Stop writing now." On the FLOOR!

I recognized the periodic table's divination, too. :)
That BBC article managed to misspell both "übermorgen" and "gemütlich" - and also "gestaspjótt". Sure makes you wonder how many other mistakes are in there. :P

The TF picture is cute, but I really wish it wasn't pixelated in certain areas. And the bunny comic is cute, too, if a bit silly...
Regrettably, yes, BBC reporting can be remarkably uneven - sometimes inspiring, sometimes CNN insipid. In this case, for whatever reasons, it looks like they chose to drop all accent modifiers. Surely we're not still in the age of 7-bit ASCII?

(Unicode rocks! =:)

Mm, that Japanese requirement to self-censor is rather irksome - unfortunately, both he and Kemono Inukai seem to prefer to play it safe, and go for a large area; I've seen instances in published manga where the pixellation's been all but invisible, "blurring" a single line. ^_^

I just wouldn't want to be anywhere near that full! I'm much more of a grazing bunny - little bits here and there, throughout the day. Absolutely beautiful artwork, though.. some artists really manage to capture that lapine face and poise particularly well. I may have to try extracting an icon or two from it, if I can get the framing just right. (Wonder what DR's commission rates are? Or maybe I could try for a trade, if I can get off my tail and draw.. it'd be a bit of an unequal exchange, though ^_^;)
*noddles* Yeah... but even people who don't know about Unicode should be able to use HTML entities, at least. It's not *that* difficult to type ü to get an ü, for example... :) So yes, the BBC definitely goofed there.

As for self-censorship/pixelation... is that actually required by law, or...?
Indeed, as I understand it, you're absolutely forbidden to show uncensored genitalia in Japan, in print or on film. Which leads to that kind of shaving of the affected area, so to speak. =:)

Silly, but then, who really believes censoring of "bad" words prevents The Children™ from filling in the gaps perfectly easily themselves? (And then we get into cinematic ratings.. why on Earth was Life of Brian given an AA rating on its release? Apparently, that translates to "no-one under 14 permitted" - and even originally banned in Ireland and Norway!)
I don't know about Ireland, but Norway at least used to be quite the fundamentalist country for a long time. And IIRC, "Life of Brian" was advertised in Sweden as "a movie so funny it's banned in Norway", too... ;)

As for the the AA rating (well, and the bans, too, of course)... I guess the ratings for "Life of Brian" came after church pressure, or maybe after anticipatory obedience from the lickspittles in the review boards. >_>

But yes, it's pretty silly, isn't it? And the same goes for naked genitalia and all that, too - I really wonder why so many societies seem to be intent on suppressing anything that has to do with sex, while violence is never seen as a problem. Talk about skewed priorities...
mamihlapinatapai, is a good word.

Meraki is one I use. It's the kind of joy you get during or after simple tasks, like cleaning.
That's quite an excellent word indeed. ^_^ For all English's wondrous flexibility of expression, there do remain gaps in conveying undertones, such as the various kinds of love, found in Greek.
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That was a really cute strip - very well illustrated, almost innocent enough to've come out of a real children's story book...maybe. \^.^/_*
RIMLE? Wow, it's been ages since Rim posted anything at all. Last time I checked, he was fursuit hunting (and it was a nice little fursuit)...but then nothing. Fascinating.
Very hopefully, I'd set OmniWeb to check his page every now and then - when I saw it was his page that had updated, I was in some disbelief. ^_^ Very unfortunate, as he's got an excellent feel for capturing a TF midway - better even than Gryf or Kemono Inukai, I'd say. His gazelle and stallion ones in particular remain in my top images, showing the progression of the transformation.

It's doubtless tempting fate, but, I can't help but wonder if this might presage some form of resumption of updating.. !
Ahahahahaha, it's been far too long since I've seen that particular periodic table. The jazz (Jz, 5/4) still cracks me up.