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ysengrin stumbled upon a NSFW gem of a clip in a somewhat unlikely place, over on Scienceblogs, from the co-founder of the evolution weblog, The Panda's Thumb.

Not the ending I was expecting. ^_^ An episode of Profesor Baltazar, an apparently well-known cartoon series in Croatia, with an animation style reminiscent of the Pink Panther.

Ratatouille: what can I say about this that hasn't already been said? Technically excellent, writing infused with the spirits of wonder and wit, and some of the best animation I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing. And anyone of a ratty nature will be in heaven - I'm no expert on the genus, but it seems clear to me they spent no small amount of time looking at just how rats move. Without question, this is the best Pixar's ever done. It's not just a good film, but an outstanding one, that left me with that rare blissful glow of having enjoyed something wonderful. Maybe it can bring the same to you. ^_^

8.9 on IMDb, 95 on Metacritic (compared to Pan's Labyrinth's 98).. yes. Not quite as high as Heart of a Dog, though.

The next day, I went for a couple shorts: Deathdealer: A Documentary, and The First Three Lives of Stuart Hornsley. The first stars Henry Rollins as, basically, Death. He's in something of a mid-life crisis, feeling he should maybe pick up on a Jack-in-the-Box franchise opportunity that recently opened up, but.. in the meantime, his work needs to be done. So, thanks to a documentary team, we see him going about his duty. It's gallows humor, no question, and the lives ended aren't trivialised. See what you think.

Stuart Hornsley, on the other hand, is about different lives. We meet him in a University hall, where he's busy with calculations on a time machine project, only to be interrupted by a colleague - and somehow, he feels that was the moment when his life went the wrong way, leading him to a Bronx apartment seven years later, assisted by boy wonder Vitali. Stuart gets the notion of trying to change that moment somehow, and succeeds, when he spills his coffee all over his notes.. and returns to a life as a middle school teacher, but still helped by Vitali. It's a lovingly produced short, with an intriguingly different angle to time travel.

And back in the gutter, this very silly NSFW strip, "Sex Toy" absolutely needs highlighting, following mycroftb's discovery. =:D (Hey, silvertomcat, can you record spidermouse's reaction to that? =:)

Your EQ is 147

50 or less: Thanks for answering honestly. Now get yourself a shrink, quick!

51-70: When it comes to understanding human emotions, you'd have better luck understanding Chinese.

71-90: You've got more emotional intelligence than the average frat boy. Barely.

91-110: You're average. It's easy to predict how you'll react to things. But anyone could have guessed that.

111-130: You usually have it going on emotionally, but roadblocks tend to land you on your butt.

131-150: You are remarkable when it comes to relating with others. Only the biggest losers get under your skin.

150+: Two possibilities - you've either out "Dr. Phil-ed" Dr. Phil... or you're a dirty liar.

What's Your EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)?

That panda video was just wrong. Not because of the sex, but because they weren't very good fursuits! They should have asked a bunch of furries to help them, but where would you find two panda furries with fursuits?
Hmm.. actually, I do know of two, but they're at opposite ends of the US. Not that distance need be much of an obstacle, ne?

I just overlooked the cheesy rental quality. ^_^ I wonder if there are such things as good rentals to be found.. I suppose many people don't really care about quality, but imagine two costume rental places next to each other, one with the usual stuff, the other with the work of folks like Latin Vixen and Farallon. ('Course, "furry" costumes aren't usually specifically made for the kind of abuse I'm sure rentals have to contend with, but Robert Hill's work shows fiberglass heads can be wonderful too - and I wouldn't be surprised the quality of fur used in ours is markedly better than anything you'll find on a rental)

Someday, I'm going to remember to try looking around for a place selling foam. I'd love to get a bunneh carved out.. ^_^

That's just what I was thinking, too. Sometimes, I'm really wondering whether people try to build/buy bad costumes on purpose...
Thanks for the links! Now I've got something to download when I'm in town next week.
It's a real pity that connection didn't work out as hoped, but, not a lot that could be done about it. :-P Any idea if there's anyone else within a few miles that might be willing to share some kind of connection? Perhaps satellite would be workable then, and just share it out over plain ole WiFi, just using cantennae to make a point-to-point link, adding a dollar or two to the expense. (Maybe there's some kind of provincial aid available to develop rural business and connectivity? Could go into business on as neighborhood ISP)

I'll see if I can get the other short uploaded as well, if you'd like. It's a very warm production, I think, and rather well-produced - a student production, it seemed, but as professional as anything you'd find from larger commercial outfits.

I'll live. Good suggestions in any other place. I'm a mile from a town that boasts 50 people at most, no more than a hundred people (IF!) within a two mile radius. That friend with the sat link is about ten miles north. Nope! Think it'll be dialup for the foreseeable future. Hey, If I lived for this many years with far less than 28.8, I can handle it now.
Sounds like you've got your customers right there. It could be worth thinking about, ne?

(I came into the world in a village of.. maybe a couple dozen people and a phone box, so you're in a relative conurbation =:)

And here's the second short, in two parts: ichi, ni.
Okay, um...that comic at the end. Hysterical. Though I probably shouldn't have looked at it at work 'cause people usually ask you what you're snickering at...
Can we rely on you for a live-action version? =:D

Not an artist I'd seen before, either! I need to catch up on FA.. maybe this weekend, actually. (When the number of unseen submissions enters four digits, it's a good hint to that effect)

(Did you show them? =:)

I think I'll pass on the live action version. A suction cup on the forehead would probably leave a rather bizarre mark that would be difficult to explain later.

I've only been keeping up with my page on FA and a few my favorited artists. I've yet to figure out a good way to just browse there. And no, I didn't. I'd have to worry some of them would have heart attacks *laugh* They already think I'm exceptionally weird!
I'd have to worry some of them would have heart attacks

On the other paw, if that number includes more senior figures in the hierarchy, that could be a novel approach to career advancement. =:)

'Course, that's one of the great things about being in the Bay Area - highly likely to be working amongst people who just don't mind how weird anyone else is. ^_^ (Not that it's confined to just the Bay - I still think it was most cool of Graeme to not only let Furtoonia and Brazilian Dreams II run on a company system, but even pay for a drive and memory upgrade to red_panda so we could accommodate more users that much more readily)

Heh... GREAT comic.

My EQ seems to be 100. Quite average.
I thought of cropping out the final panel, just the left side, but then.. it'd spoil the surprise. =:D And much as I enjoy having visually interesting entries, I also like to avoid making them too busy, ideally, but sometimes there's just too much to witter on about. ^_^

It's odd - I recall seeing lots of Quizilla quizzes around, yet very few now.. seems to be mostly okcupid, with a few blogthings scampering hither and thither. Would be nice to see ones with more thought going into them - that one, f'rex, seemed to judge purely on response, rather than perception, let alone the motivation linking the two. Not that it'd be reasonable to expect a poll to be a potted psychiatrist, but there'd be merit in pondering such considerations, though I expect each site has their own irksome restrictions on what kinds of responses are available, and what calculations and rules can be applied to them.
*noddles* Yeah, true. I'm pretty sure that'd be doable, too - from what I recall about OKcupid, they allow you to track several variables, with each answer for each question having certain values that get added to each variable (respectively). It's not the most flexible system in the world, but you could still do a test that links perception and response (simply by using answers along the lines of "I feel X and do Y"). But most of these tests are at least somewhat simplistic, yes...

Ah well. The comic cheered me up, at least. *smiles*
We don't get Ratatooie over here til Oct 12th WTF !!!
Well, you know how it is for these struggling independents.. prints aren't cheap to make, after all, and they can't take too much of a risk on a film that might do badly.


Still, Disney's always hated international releases; Australia's comparatively lucky, only having to wait until the end of next month. Thankfully, most of the other studios have managed to narrow the gap a lot, sometimes to the point of simultaneous releases.