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The quite inimitable otter3 pointed out this outstanding outcome of a bet, of a lapine nature. We need more bunny journalists, I say.

And I'm indebted to tgeller for pointing out the very thing I'd been curious about: a furry domain registrar, HareLink.

ysengrin noticed Arduino, a microcontroller in the vein of the erstwhile Basic Stamp, but rather cheaper - around $4 per microcontroller, against some $50 per Stamp. Better still, as the IDE is open source and gcc-based, it's cross-platform, available for OS X, Linux, and Windows.

Rather cool - the NY Metropolitan Opera offered a simulcast of Madame Butterfly on a huge screen in Times Square. The journo also noted 'Alongside the giant image of his character BF Pinkerton proclaiming that "a Yankee travels the world, he drops anchor wherever and whenever he pleases" a recruitment video was playing for the US armed forces, complete with a picture of a stealth bomber.'

It's apparently one part of the Met's attempt to reclaim a fresh audience for opera, with the cheapest tickets down from $26 to $15, HD simulcasts to cinemas in the US and Europe, and downloads (including, yes, ringtones).

Can't really make this stuff up.. in advance of the Borat movie's release, the Kazakh government's taken out a four page promo for the country in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. ^_^

Cute. AllSimps links to every episode of the Simpsons, in streaming Flash video. Be prepared to endure load times.

Lio is a particularly good strip, despite being syndicated. Here's an example of what I enjoy about it. =:)

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Aha, an AVR then. Those are all I use for stuff. The free IDE is very good.
Do you mean a good thing in principle, or good to use? I think I'll wind up picking a board up when I can, just to play around and get a feel for its capabilities. Might be fun getting some robotic toy (like that almost life-size pony I linked to a while back) and using that to run the mechanics, for easy programmability, given the negligible hackability of the included microcontrollers in such things.

I've not played with any of Atmel's wares. How does their architecture(s) compare to, say, an ARM? Obviously, we're looking at something smaller in scope.
Good to use. windows based, but it works. Check out the AT-90USBKEY thing, it's $32 and the bomb. I haven't played around with it yet but I have a box of them back at the office.

Anyway, architecturally, it's FAR AND AWAY the most superduper gold plated mondo superior 8 bit uC out there, hands and feet up and down, totally, dude, totally, six keg and shredded carrots for dinner totally.