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w00t! DJ NeonBunny mixes again: Disco Dance. ^_^ Easily recommended.

Whoa.. there's some serious pseudoscience in the Life Technology Tesla Purple Energy Shield. "The idea is, that tachyons pass trough untreated aluminium plates without hindrance. By anodising the surface of the aluminium, they develop a field that slows down tachyons. Thus the aluminium surface gets charged with subtle energy/information."

EarthBound/Mother 3 won't be receiving a release outside of Japan - so one group's taking it upon themselves to offer a fan translated version, as mycroftb noticed.

Next Wednesday sees the first live HD broadcast from space, aboard the ISS. In the US, it'll be carried on Discovery HD Theater at 0830 Pacific.

Does anyone know what's up with Yiffstar? Hopefully it's just some glitch, rather than being out for the count..

I was quite tickled by these survey results of Unitarian Universalists:

'Whereas "human reason and knowledge" was called very important by 96 percent of UU congregational leaders who took part in the multi-denominational Faith Communities Today (FACT) survey released early this year, the Bible was termed only "somewhat important" by 50 percent and had little or no importance to 48 percent as a source for worship and teaching. God's presence, at best, was sensed significantly by only 25 percent in church and somewhat by another 36 percent.'

'Casebolt offered 20 labels, including pagan, atheist and agnostic in his Midwestern survey. Humanist was again a clear choice (54 percent), but agnostic (33 percent) beat out earth-centered (31 percent). Atheist was picked by 18 percent and Buddhist by 16.5 percent. Pagan and Christian tied at 13.1 percent. "That the typical respondent felt the need to circle three or four terms to describe his or her theological views" demonstrated the complexity of many UUs' outlook, Casebolt said.' - note the presence of "atheist" as an option. ^_^

Regardless of political affiliations, this review of Donald Rumsfeld's fighting techniques is definitely giggleworthy.

Be sure to view to demo movie clip of this new condom that takes one second to put on. Very spiffy.

mycroftb spotted this fchan thread - I shan't explain it. NSFW. But amusing. ^_^

Hornby's buying Airfix, which might give huskyteer some comfort.

By way of discopanda, this cute little javascript hack. Load a page with plenty of images, such as a LJ Friends page, then paste this into the address bar. (It's portable, so it should work on any browser you like)

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(%22img%22); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+%22px%22; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+%22px%22}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0)

Here's a neat little story of one man's foray into politics in Vermont; an individual can make a difference.

drhoz noticed that the camp featured in "Jesus Camp" has closed, for "at least several years".

Ah, that's much better.. finally got around to sorting out more of the room, tossing ancient bills and statements, keeping most of the little trinkets from my travels (I don't tend to buy souvenirs - my momentos tend to be trivial things like a ticket stub from seeing a movie, or a bill for an excellent meal, or just the odd tourist pamphlet, like the ones for Cambramatta or the Petronas Towers). I could even dare to show the room off to a guest at this point. ^_^; And best of all, that sorting turned up the headphones - I'd been using some cheapie earbuds, but these noise cancellers (an exceptionally thoughtful gift, just before a long flight) are particularly comfortable, and offer a much richer sound. Mmm, time to enjoy some of This Binary Universe in good quality. ^_^

And many hugs to giro_batol for his old PowerShot A200. ^_^ That'll be perfect for getting various bits onto eBay, as well as maybe the odd photo from my wanderings. Perhaps the nearby park has some alluring autumnal hues on show..
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, if you make scientific sense, all is well. ^_^ It's essentially a matter of winding up with claims that can be experimentally tested, I feel. Electricity and magnetism were once poorly understood - only with the pioneering work of people like James Clerk Maxwell was their interconnection made clear.

Warp physics? All I managed was a simple scanrate converter using only plain small-scale logic devices.. monochrome, as I didn't want to get into the complexities of color formats as well, though I did cover the basics of NTSC, PAL, and SECAM along the way. (Really quite cool , when you think about it - shoehorning color on top of existing b&w broadcasts, whilst at the same time leaving existing b&w viewers unaffected. And now we have monitors running at 1920x1200 and above, purely digitally..)

Ah, that'd be an interesting way of doing it! Hopefully they'll be able to give people some idea of the timescale for the project, as it progresses. I can understand they'd be reluctant early on, as you just know there'd be people wanting to hold them to any estimate given, unconcerned this was all being done as a labor of love.

Hmm.. there might've been some downtime before, yes. Hopefully not too much was lost (doesn't anyone back up important data?), but it ought to be simple enough for authors and readers to resubmit anything missing. For me, the main area of interest was - surprise! - the transformation stories.

There's the thing with freedom - it isn't safe. =:) Eliminate all routes to misdoing, and you wind up eliminating that which you sought to protect.

And let's not forget Homer's spice rack. ^_^ (Thinking of which.. we could do with one here.. =:)

I can Powershoot too if I flex my muscle just right ...

Have you contacted the Olympic Committee with a view to adding a new game to the event?
SL was a fucker today. It made me near cry. I lost hours on the git because the ongoing database fuck-ups that are wrecking peoples' inventories brokea major project I had built for Teen SL and then poofed away into nothingness some vital components in the project that I can't replace because they're not available to buy on Teen SL and I can't take my teen avatar back to the main grid to buy more. :(

SL is becoming a joke. >_>
Oh, gods, that sounds like a hell of a time, and not the good kind. *sigh* Worse still that it sounds like you can't "just" redo it all.. that really stinks. Can a Linden help on the missing components?

**hughughug** Time, maybe, for unwinding with something animated, like Finding Nemo. Or some good furry poartwork. (Or Robin Hood, which can be both at the same time)

I dare say the rocky road will continue for a little while yet - their mad dash for growth has worked, putting greater stress on a software architecture that doesn't sound terribly well designed. For all that, though.. it can be such fun too, ne? >>hug<<
I still haven't got my bits back. Maybe I never will or maybe LL will do an item return once they've 'fixed' the database issues.

I LOL'd at their blog entry where they said "It's fixed now" and they were deluged with comments saying "no it ain't!". Four hours later, another blog entry: "It's not fixed after all". As someone said on the blog today, the complaining about the service is more fun that SL itself!

I think things would be a whole lot more reliable if Philip Linden follows through with his interest in letting folk host the SL software on their own servers and only pay a lower fee for accessing LL's user database.

As has been commented, having a Google-like Tao philosophy management structure where you let the staff do whatever they feel like instead of giving instructions from the top only works if the product they're selling isn't fucked up nine ways to Sunday. Google can afford to let their employees play basketball and sit on bean bags, because their browser WORKS!

*hugs lovingly*