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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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About time someone showed up the Basic Stamp. Always thought it was excessively wimpy, especially when you think of what you can get out of a good ol' fashioned 6502. *sigh* Atmels... yah, notoriously good. I think I'll stick to the mondo simple and cheapo as my needs are mondo simple, and my budget is ultra-cheapo.
Yay 6502! A world away from the superscalar, SIMD-equipped, multilayered caching digital metropolises (-es?) of 2006, but still, so easy to work on. Zero-page indexed by Y was such a cool idea to sort of work around the dearth of registers (cf ARM or PPC).

It's been years since I last even touched a 6502 based system, but I still remember 0xA9 being load A immediate. ^_^; And 0xEA = NOP. Ah, PHP:PHA:TXA:PHA:TYA:PHA..

The best thing about Arduino is that board's USB based, and the IDE's cross-platform, so I can just run one off Hyzenthlay, without having to mess around with some Windows system or emulation. (Emulation certainly can work well, though - VisualDSP++ is strictly Windows only, despite many calls for porting, but ran quite happily under VirtualPC. I knew the IDE would, but I was very pleased to see the USB JTAG ICE run fine)
I've always thought that the 6502 was about the best introduction to ML out there. Start with that and then get into 16 bit offset memory indexing etc (groan, grumble). Still proud of a 52 byte prog that would draw a Serpinski triangle. *sigh* All that other stuff beyond me but I'll be getting into microcontrollers when I can. Nice wintertime stuff.