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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Yep, they're definitely amongst the good guys. *sigh* I really dislike this kind of import limitation - it feels like a restraint of free trade, one of the underpinnings of the EU. Still, I suppose there's a long way to go yet.. in the UK, f'rex, it's illegal to commercially sell imported DVDs, on the basis they've not been certified by the British Board of Film Censors. But who's going to pay to mount such a challenge?

I suppose we can hope they may resurrect themselves in some new form - Hong Kong is if nothing else known for its entrepreneurial spirit. ^_^ (Wish I'd been able to visit before the handover.. sounds like it's been permitted to retain a good deal of its freewheeling nature, at least)
*noddles* Yeah, it's rather strange, isn't it? I remember that there was a reasonably high-profile case in Germany a few years ago regarding cars - VW had sued a company who bought new VW cars in other EU countries (Italy and Spain, for example, IIRC), re-imported them to Germany and sold them for a price that was considerably lower than the price VW itself sold new cars for here. However, they (VW, that is) lost.

As for Lik-Sang... I've got to admit it all seems a bit weird to me. Why does a company based in Hong Kong care about a ruling of the British high court at all? Hong Kong's been returned to China, after all, so the most I would've expected would be a "Dear customers, we're sorry, but we don't ship to the UK anymore" (possibly with a "wink wink nudge nudge", too).

Oh well - with some luck, they'll just come back under a new name.