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The Perry Bible Fellowship continues to rock.

The Furry Song. Genius. =:D

If that's too sensible, try the techno remix of Machadaynu that rabitguy found. (Caution: MySpace ahead) Music of the 21st Century, today!

Your daily dose of woo: Aquamantra spring water ("Energy Enhanced Natural Spring Water that resonates with the energy and frequency of well-being").

mycroftb spotted this gem of a Flash parody: Phoenix Wrong: Triple Take.


Giant rat in Chicago
dronon found that the terribly bittersweet One Rat Short is viewable online. And, there's a Ratatouille animation test around as well, uploaded by Pixar; it's very welcome to see companies embracing the possibilities YouTube and its ilk afford.

And! The Secret of NIMH will see a special edition DVD release this summer, from a new HD master. "Actually, we just completed a re-mastering of the film for a new DVD which will be coming out next year. If all goes according to the marketing plan, it will feature an HDTV 16x9 version [no longer on the cards, apparently], a 1:1.85 letterbox version and a full screen version. It will have all the minutia, including negative dirt and scratches removed. We are doing a producer/director's commentary and on camera interviews for the 'extras' in about two weeks. When we know the release date of , we will post it on the homepage of this site. Right now, we believe it will be in March or April. The new master looks beautiful! MGM/UA is releasing it thru 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment."

rabitguy reminded me of a latterday CG classic that, if you've not seen it, really oughtn't be missed: The End (FLV), by Chris Landreth, also director of the Oscar-winning Ryan, based on the life of Ryan Larkin, who recently fell victim to lung cancer.

And Heck No! (I'll Never Listen to Techno) (FLV) is a brilliant bit of stop-motion animation.

Via relee, an eight page interview will Will Wright on Spore.

otter3 noticed computing with bubbles. Be sure to check out the included movies (MPEG-1) - really quite captivating.

Hey, schnee - how's this for a superlative example of overloading information per syllable? We shall now turn to ibneko for a reading. =:D

This shirt I must obtain. Yes. Might well appeal to terminotaur too. ^_^

Ars Technica offers an opinion on Macrovision's open letter to Jobs' DRM missive. (Can you imagine it? A company founded on, and selling nothing but, DRM, coming out.. in favor of DRM?) Or, less reverently, a translation from PR-speak.

Ah, I see searching in Google Video now returns results from both Google Video and YouTube.

A distinctly retarded, nerdy, and funny short: Gates versus Jobs.

A new shareholder lawsuit alleges that Intel paid around $100m per quarter to Dell in exchange for keeping AMD out of their lineup, with one year's payments topping $1b. Intel are claiming what substance there is to the suit constitutes a tiered exclusivity discount.

Chris Chibnall, responsible for some of Torchwood's worst, now graces Life on Mars. Oh joy. Still, the first episode was a very welcome return, even if some elements were overplayed somewhat, like the disdain for reporters. And WTH's with the fog-like thickness of smoke everywhere? Yes, smoking was more widespread then, but people could still see where they were walking.

Silly bit of Flash: 1-click. In case you need enhanced visibility for your mouse pointer..

In the process of seeing whether I could intercept a Flash video stream, I discovered a very handy TCP sniffer front-end, Eavesdrop. Very easy to use, whilst remaining fully functional.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strange, I though the PBF had stopped - but of course, it's good to see they're actually continuing. :)

Yeah, the poem is nice, isn't it? :) http://www.fa-kuan.muc.de/SHISHI.RXML has audio renditions if you want to listen to it, BTW.

Dell whoring themselves out? Unbelievable! :P

Mm, he seemed to have a bit of a pause there, but thankfully, he doesn't seem to've given up yet. I'll admit, some of the more recent ones have fallen a bit flat, but that was as delightfully cynical as it's ever been. ^_^

I wonder if there are some high quality readings around? All the 16kbps artefacting did get in the way a bit, although I suppose it wouldn't sound very different. Hee! (Maybe I should look into teaching English in China/Taiwan/Japan.. I'm a good programmer, but too many managers don't really give a damn about quality, as long as the body's warm and cheap)

Should be fun to see what evidence both sides bring forth. Even Intel's initial response didn't seem to exact deny what was going on. The catch, of course, is enforcement of antitrust laws - even if there's a case, the Bush administration's not exactly renowned for its vigorous enforcement of laws, unless they involve porn, gambling, or drugs. (On which note, today's Non Sequitur is as sharp as ever =:)
*noddles* Yeah, a few of the recent ones aren't that great - I don't really get the "Missing School" one, for example, and the "Fun Bot" one was also lacking a bit. But apart from those... :)

Not sure about higher quality readings, but I'm sure there's communities dedicated to learning Chinese on LJ, and maybe someone there could help you out (or point you to existing higher-quality recordings). :)

And yeah, Non Sequitur is always fun. ^^ (Well, most of the time; there's a few bad ones every now and then, too, but these political ones are always good.)
I saw it as the kids in Missing School are dreading a day of cheesy educational games. (Even aside from the cruelty of not getting to make snowbunnies, but snow's something I only see rarely myself. *sigh* I definitely did enjoy those couple winters in Minneapolis) Fun Bot's punchline was a bit lacking, true. Amusing, from the unexpectedness, but might've been better if there'd been more of a reason behind it - but three or four panels doesn't give much space to establish background.

Ah, good point - there's bound to be someone on linguaphiles who could oblige, or come up with a suitably high quality link. I wonder how widely known the poem is - is it merely an intellectual curiosity?

Syndication does bring with it a swathe of blandness, but a few gems sneak through nonetheless - NS definitely, and Lio's often quite cool. With so many wonderful strips online, of course, it's not really worth seeking new strips out on the syndicates' sites, when the grand lists on Belfry and such hold so many more. (Of course, now and then, a strip goes from purely online to appearing in the papers as well - Bruno made that transition a couple years back, as I recall, but I'd already stopped reading; not for any particular reason, just the usual "missed a storyline or two, didn't remember to get back in")
Yeah, the unexpectedness was amusing, but then, that's something that's true for pretty much every PBF strip, and they usually manage to establish a background, too.

People in linguaphiles might be able to help, yes, although in my experience, a number of them (not sure whether it's just the majority or just a vocal minority) are arrogant and high horse-ish, so to speak. Not sure how widely known the poem is...
Heh. Nah, I don't know enough words to read the entire thing out loud. At least not from the chinese characters version. And my grasp of pinyin isn't good enough either...
Aw. ^_^ True, it does look like it'd be a fairly challenging piece for a native speaker - let alone listener. =:D

Oh yes, I must have such a shirt. :) I just wish I had the $$$

Hehehe, the low and high power organ crushers are actually quite accurate descriptions.
When I can, someday, actually get some land on SL (other than the 512 sq.m. First Land, which I otter sell on sometime - too small to really do very much with), I must put that design up as a poster. ^_^ Would be cool as a virtual shirt, but it'd need much better resolution than would be possible, given the fun lies in the text. Still, might be worth trying a slight reworking, just using a different size/weight font..

Ah, you've accidentally crunched into a slide sample too? ^_^ Just as well natural eyes can't zoom in - the microscopic world is often quite beautiful, but also quite disturbing. Dust mites, ew. :-P (I'd be no good as a surgeon, either. I don't faint at the sight of blood, but any showing of innards on TV is enough to get me to leave the room rapidly)
'One Rat Short' actually made me all tearful :(
Mmm, their togetherness was all too brief.. so cruel. *sigh* Not that I expect it to happen, but conceivably, the story wouldn't have to end there.

And there's always Ratatouille to look forward to. ^_^