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This brief clip from a recent George Stephanopoulos interview with Bush is perhaps a little unbelievable, but, there he is, unequivocally denying his own most beloved soundbite: "Listen, we've never been 'stay the course', George." Yet, some things never really change, as this Salon story recounts of Bush's days at Harvard: 'Bush, by contrast, "was totally the opposite of Chris Cox," Tsurumi said. "He showed pathological lying habits and was in denial when challenged on his prejudices and biases. He would even deny saying something he just said 30 seconds ago. He was famous for that. Students jumped on him; I challenged him." When asked to explain a particular comment, said Tsurumi, Bush would respond, "Oh, I never said that."'

rabitguy found this gem: Jethro Tull: The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles (FLV).

We're coming ever closer to the commercial reality of flexible displays, it seems. Only monochrome for now, but 150dpi and 10" across, in the prototype shown; they hope to move to mass manufacture in 2008.

Has anyone heard of The Mouse and His Child, from 1977? It's not familiar to me at all, but sounds at least worth seeing - IMDb only lists it as available on VHS, unfortunately, and long out of print.

eliki noticed a new comic, Catena - "funny, cute, lively, furry and all about cats". Well, "new" - new to me, anyway. ^_^; Very good artwork, too.

Latest casualty of Sony's all-consuming obsession with control: Lik-Sang goes out of business. How forbidding imports can be legal I'm not sure, but there you go. Or, as Sony put it: "Ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards." - despite all the hardware being manufactured with all EU & UK safety regs in mind, regardless of intended destination.

And proving you can indeed fool some of the people all of the time, L International has apparently managed to secure a $45m distribution agreement for computers that may, at some point in the future, ship, eg "a quad-core notebook that will used a touch-sensitive colour OLED panel instead of a keyboard" and a 'fully programmable GSM cell phone based on Microsoft Windows Mobile or Symbian OS and a fully fledged personal computer capable of running multiple operating systems, including MS Windows XP and Windows Vista 64-bit edition' with 'a five megapixel camera that can take "TrueHD (1920x1080) 30fps progressive video"'.

silvertomcat noticed this regrettably brief glimpse at Tron.. on Ice.

Regarding special people, though, Ozy & Millie finds some perfect words.

Absolutely - I've used them, when Me & My Katamari was months away from its first release outside Japan. How on Earth Sony can rationalise this to be in their favor, I've no damned idea.

And as for that pathetic "safety" argument.. WTF? Like they say, all PSPs are made with worldwide safety regs in mind - far simpler to make one box they can sell all around the world, with as few changes as possible. And a pleasant move it is, too, given you only need a plug adaptor to use a PSP anywhere in the world as a result, whereas you need a new PSU for a DS. But there too, as I recall, Lik-Sang offered different wall warts to match.

But, yes, this doesn't seem to be anything new - SCEA couldn't abide Connectix' Virtual GameStation, and lost in court when Connectix demonstrated they'd followed clean reverse engineering practices. So, they bought VGS instead, and dropped it down a deep hole; their press release at the time gushed about the new possibilities this would afford everyone. *cough*
The "safety" argument /is/ pretty stupid, since if you think about it, that means that they're saying that they sell /unsafe/ products, doesn't it? :P
Indeed, I was reading the other day about how some technical standards, particularly from the EU, are winding up raising standards worldwide, on the basis that for most home electronics, it's simpler to keep the number of variations of models down to a minimum, meaning everyone winds up with the better combination of standards.

("Yeah, these wall warts are for Thailand. No-one really minds if they spontaneously explode there.")

So, what are the odds of someone at Sony stating the really obvious: we're doing it (a) because we can, (b) because we want to, (c) our lawyers needed feeding anyway.

*sigh* Such a strange company. The PSP's a magnificent bit of engineering, but with every firmware release comes a new attempt to block homebrew development and game copying. Why not simply release a cheap devkit so people can play around?

(And with the PS3 likely to be a drain on Sony's finances for some time, I suppose we needn't anticipate a PSP2 any time soon. Odds on it having BlueMD or some other deliberately unique medium? =:)