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Beer for the day: Bath Ales' "Wild Hare", an organic golden pale ale, with a calculated sharpness of hops, but not lacking the essential maltiness - here from wheat and barley - of a good ale. Ratebeer page here.

sockscatt pointed out this video of MIT's "Whiteboard", demonstrating a cart drawn on it; the program understands that the wheels will carry it down the slope, and animates the consequences.

If you ever heard The Firm's "Star Trekkin'", you'll remember it.. and here's the video (FLV download). Boldly going forwards, 'cause we can't find reverse

Or, for a classic bit of 80s synth: Visage - Fade to Grey (FLV).

And speaking of YouTube, you've probably noticed that it's been confirmed: Google's buying them for $1.65b in stock. No word yet as to whether the founders have called Mark Cuban to say "nyah nyah nya-nyaaah nyah".

Good Amiga interview here. But only five people working on OS5? That's not a large team for an application, let alone an OS; but, if they can pull a hare out of their hat, I'll be watching.

If you're within reach of Cardiff, Nov 19 sees a Doctor Who concert at the Millennium Stadium: "Composer Murray Gold and the Doctor Who team are working together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales to stage the show. The star-studded concert, which will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, will feature the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing selections of Murray's celebrated incidental score, accompanied by a host of stunning visuals from Doctor Who.

The audience can also expect live appearances from some of The Doctor's greatest enemies including the Daleks and Cybermen. David Tennant has confirmed that he will be on hand to take part in a question and answer session alongside Russell T Davies and Murray Gold." (And four days later, the Scissor Sisters are in town =:)

shep_shepherd noticed Germany is being kept safe through vigilance: 'A large area near the town of Halle was cordoned off after a "flabby red, orange and green substance" was found by the road, Reuters reported. Fire officers in protective suits spent two hours inspecting the substance before concluding it was jelly.'

An interesting article on Archer Daniels Midland, one of the US' largest agricultural corporations, examining their recent promotion of ethanol as a fuel. (Coke lovers have them to thank for high fructose corn syrup, too)

So, Tower Records is/are history. They've been sold to a bidder that intends to liquidate the company, for $150m.

For the Bay Area folks: two CompUSA stores (3201 20th Ave, SF and 3149 Stevens Creek, SJ) are closing, with 30-60% off most stuff, and "at least 15%" off computers.

Word comes down from Studio Ghibli that Miyazaki himself is embarking on another project, for mid-2008 - but no other details have been revealed as yet. (His son is directing the studio's next release; they're not entirely in accord, with the father apparently expressing his artistic objections via another studio director)

Rather cool photo taken by deffox of lightning around wind turbines.

And sphelx noticed the quite wonderful auto bird turd emergency kit from Grumpy Girl.
So sad about Tower Records. "The largest record store in the known world" is no more. Many a time in the early '70s I made the pilgrimage to the Sunset Bl. store to find imports that were available nowhere else. "The Butterfly Ball", "Lumpy Gravy" and "One Live Badger" were particularly memorable finds there...
For a big chain, they still managed to retain something of a personality about themselves - vastly moreso than, say, Sam Goody or the defunct Suncoast. They always had good selections of music and music video, as well as a good line in magazines (ahh, Skin Two! So ~shiny~) and knick-knacks, like a few metal Futurama propaganda style signs, or Powerpuff Girls foam figurine keychains. I used to go along to the one just across I-5 from me in San Diego fairly often, as well as the one near the Castro.

A sad end indeed, let alone the 3,000 or so people working there now having to scurry to find something else. And to think, that group won their bid by a single increment of $500k..

I too will mourn the death of Tower Records...

...By hitting all the local stores to see what's on sale!!
How old is that article you dug up, Porsy-Baby?
It says the closeout procedure will start "this Saturday".
Is that this week's Saturday? Oh boy oh boy!

"(Coke lovers have them to thank for high fructose corn syrup, too)"

Oh yeah, gee thanks! We really like it better than REAL sugar!
Oh golly! Yes, more please! Can't get enough of that corn syrup!
(Why yes, that IS sarcasm!)

Visage's "Fade To Grey", woohoo! I love that tune!
It's bilingual!
I downloaded the FLV, thanks!

Annoyingly, that article didn't have a date, and the Hollywood Reporter's article comes from last Saturday, saying the same thing - so, presumably, it does mean next Saturday. I almost wish I hadn't just picked up BT's "This Binary Universe", but this way I get it in my cute little paws in a day or two, for only slightly more. (Really looking forward to that - he's come out with some particularly good work in the past, but the associated visuals sold me on it)

It's strange, thinking that a body in charge of US sugar growers' interests would have such formidable power (hell, just ask Hawaii) - it's almost like something out of the middle ages, substituting for rare and exotic spices. (Still, with Bush already surpassing Saddam Hussein in the torture department, maybe there's more of that traditional wisdom in store)

I'd love to get hold of a high quality copy of the video for Fade to Grey. ^_^ Or even just the track. Ah, those breathy syntoms.. I must remember to include such influences if I can get off my tail and get playing with the keyboard. The video reminded me of the one for Ashes to Ashes in a few places - but then, that was one of the first "big budget" videos, inevitably helping set the stage for the next decade or so.

I wonder if YouTube discards the original submitted files? Would be cool to see the Google Video treatment applied to all their current offerings - GV goes for considerably better visual quality, preserves the aspect ratio, and preserves stereo audio. Wish they'd do away with that daft requirement to download it using their player, though, given a GVI's merely a lightly tweaked AVI - it'll play in VLC or mplayer fine, though the audio seems to stutter in the QuickTime Player, perhaps as a result of not being handled by the DivX or 3ivX plugins. If they can blend their superior file quality and aesthetics with YouTube's social networking aspects, the results could be very cool.