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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)?

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.