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Will anyone going along to the mighty LondonFurs bash on the river have a camcorder? I'd love to see video footage of what happens. ^_^ (And indeed, at MFF this year too. Pictures, even, but there doesn't seem to be such a thing as a furry picture repository that offers the simple "give me all the pictures" option, instead of that damnable array of useless thumbnails and resolution options, adding layers of complexity where none existed before. Have I mentioned I don't like Gallery/Coppermine/etc much? =:)

Now this is the lighter to have.. a pewter Dalek. ^_^

A discourse on the gentle art of cooking chestnuts.

For anyone with a Wii, or knowledge thereof:
- is there region locking on the games?
- is the power supply suitable for use worldwide?
- is the video output also worldwide? (PAL/NTSC, monitor support, etc)

Some possible beginnings of hope in Palestine, with the Israeli PM proposing an exchange of prisoners.

On the apparent winner of the presidential runoff election in Ecuador: "Mr Correa, who trained in the US, counter-attacked by accusing Mr Noboa of dodging tax, exploiting labourers and wanting to turn the country into a giant banana plantation. He also suggested that the US president, George Bush, was dim."

Torchwood "Small Worlds" - quite a reversal of fortunes from earlier, indeed. Finally, I wasn't wishing everyone wasn't being such a twit. This is a good narrative development. And actually quite a strong opportunity for everyone as a result, when they're not being called upon to be total idiots. A faerly dark story, even if not without its problems, but one I kept on wanting to watch. (Just - please, Jack, ditch the blue LEDs on the Range Rover. They really don't suit you. Unless you're planning on getting gyroscopic wheel hubs too) "What else could I do?" - wouldn't that have been so much better delivered in a tone of quiet, desperate frustration, than shouted out in anger?

Pharyngula passes on word of "an episode of This American Life on Carlton Pearson, an evangelical preacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had a thriving church with tens of thousands of members, when he had an insight: there was no hell. No eternal torment for damned souls. Jesus came to earth to save everyone, not just the few, not just the true believers. He called this the 'gospel of inclusion'. You can guess what happened. The church collapsed."

Also from said weblog is what's looking, so far, as that rarest of creatures - a creationism debate that's entirely civil and cordial. (You'll want to bookmark that one, if you're at all interested - there's a lot being said)

And just for the fun of it, here are three short Powerpuff Girls music videos. ^_^

Brassy - I Got My Own ThingDevo - Go Monkey GoPower Puff Girls - Chemical X
You only don't like Gallery because no-one's set it up right. I'm fairly certain there's a ZIP download plugin for it. You select various photos and then go through a checkout-like system (so people can charge for the process if they wish) and ultimately get a ZIP of the images you selected.

And on the subject of the Torchwoodmobile's Blue LEDs, it would probably help if they turned them off now and then. If you're a secret, shadowy organisation (outside the government, above the police, under the millenium centre) it's probably not such a good idea to draw attention to yourselves with weird blue strobes.
That certainly would be a good option - but it's not part of the standard installation? That'd explain its comparative rarity. Such a pity, as it leaves people either unable to fetch the whole con's worth, or compelled to use crawler software.

I've also wondered if an extralegal organisation would really have its name emblazoned on all equipment, including vehicles. I'm fairly sure the NSA, f'rex, doesn't implement that practice.

Still, I'm encouraged, finally - Small Worlds I did enjoy, and Countrycide's shaping up quite well, even if they do seem to insist on making use of their post-watershed airtime with the rather gruesome sfx. (Then again, I'm somewhat sensitive on that front. Odd, as I used to lap up horror flicks. I will make an exception for Brain Dead, however, back when Peter Jackson had a wry sense of humor) I did like El Reg's take on it, a little while back, all the same:

Separate from the government,
outside the police,
beyond the United Nations,
independent of the judiciary,
not voting in council elections,
distinct from the Brownies,
non-members of the AA,
think iPods are rubbish,
cancelled the milk,
no TV licence.
Yes, I suspect it's part of the Full download but it's certainly not enabled by default. I'll make sure it's configured on my Gallery later, should you feel the urge to, say, download all the pcitures of my car.

I missed Small GodsWorlds due to being at the Birmingham Coffee Meet, but yes, Countrycide was perhaps more gruesome (as in "You are likely to be eaten by...") than it needed to be.
Turned out to be a little bit of a kerfuffle. Had to install zip on the webserver (Yay for an ISP that lets you SSH in!) and then configure two modules, but 'tis all up and running.
Thinking of galleries, maybe I should set up one on LJ with Second Life imagery.. on the other paw, I recall the UI being fairly painful. Perhaps I'll just upload to FA instead - it's high time I dusted off my page there. ^_^; (Indeed, I'm still a few hundred messages behind there. And I definitely otter wield the tablet at some point..)

Thinking of the gruesome nature of that ep, I still couldn't help but wonder - if a body's in that condition, surely they'd be able to smell it well before actually seeing it. Still, at least they didn't linger on them - I'd still have edited their time right down, though. There's no real dramatic benefit in such overexposure. Egad, I'm sounding almost prudish. *giggle* (You won't catch me uniformly claiming that the book is always better than the movie, or that enjoying visual works reflects a lack of imagination)

Is it just me, or is LJ having nasty db problems lately? I keep running into errors while trying to post replies, here or in others' journals - about one in eight will give a transient failure, usually not losing the text.
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As ACC observed, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Were an advanced spacefaring race to introduce themselves to stone age man, they'd surely be regarded as gods. Or food. (Do any worthwhile SF tales come to mind on that theme? I'm afraid I'm not nearly as well-read as I might like - only enough to recognise it's not a rare theme)

Sometimes, I wish I were more of a spiritual sort - on the other paw, I can still appreciate the societal function served by gods, and certainly enjoy the concept of Shinto Buddhism, with spirits innate in virtually everything. Ultimately, however, I can't really see there being any particular need for gods to exist, nor any evidence thereof. My personal philosophy is basically generic humanism, as espoused by folks like JC - "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", "love thy neighbor", etc. (It's sad to see the viciously selfish attitude embodied by the likes of the Christian Coalition, as evidenced by the explicit confirmation recently that their core values do not include tackling poverty and protecting the environment. Such people are not, to my mind, to be confused with real Christians)

"atheists have no morals"

What, that hasn't come up yet? Remarkable! But then, this is quite an uncommonly good debate. All too often, when these topics are raised, out come the claws and the mallet of Proof By Assertion.
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for some reason the debate at Pharnygula got nastier AFTER the creationist left
I get my creationism/evolution fix at talkorigins.org. Lots of good information there.