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Mmm, sacrilicious! (Courtesy of lolchrist)

BBC Three's gaining a few new pilot episodes, two of particular interest: Being Human is a flatshare drama with a difference: the three flatmates in question are a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf; and Phoo Action, from Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz) starring Terry Phoo, a gay, Buddhist kung-fu cop, and Whitey Action, an enigmatic young anarchist.

Why punctuation is important. =:D

So, the NAACP invited all the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to address their convention. All the Democrats turned up; the Republicans? Not so much.

Video effects fundamentals explained on trampoline.

I noticed the GBP's over 2.00 versus the USD, and apparently continuing to strengthen, so I thought I'd whisk up a chart or two to see what the trend is. (Note the third chart has the axes swapped, hence the apparent reversal of direction - xe.com's chart applet doesn't seem to offer the counterpart) Currently, $1.380 = 1€, $2.036 = £1, and $0.95 = Cdn$1.

Via shep_shepherd, a BIG DOG. O.O

Ooh. New Rabbit in the Moon. Got to love the heavy techno version of Let's Dance. =:D

So, there's now a DSPSP Lite - a bit slimmer, 1/3 lighter, and nicely, now including video output. Also apparently features twice the memory, at 64MB.

Finally restoring functionality lost in QuickTime 5, QT 7.3.1's release offers fullscreen playback without a Pro key. It's been in the offing for a while, given Leopard's QT apparently offers such, and iTunes has supported fullscreen for a while. There've been various ways around, such as third-party QT-based players (the APIs have always been complete - the stock Player app's simply not offered the option), or AppleScript snippets, but that's not quite the same.

Photographers - is it likely this iPhone ad was shot using only the device's backlight? It's certainly a good piece of commercial artwork, in any event. (Bear in mind, when others were starting to discover the opposite (or same) sex, I had computer ads from magazines[1] on my walls.. I've improved since then, really I have =:)

[1] Oh, gods, I even had a program listing up for a while, too.. in my defense, I'd like to add that there were also some good pages from skiing mags as well.

Yay! VGCats plush!

Ferret lovers be warned - this clip is tooth-destroyingly adorable. ^_^ (And with a ferociously catchy soundtrack, too)

Wouldn't it be fun to rework the video for Technologic to match up with the psytrance Bamboo Forest remix..

Isn't this a beautiful coloring job?

I'm looking forward to watching this at some point: Nukie.
Without a doubt, bar none, unequivocally the worst film ever conceived by Man. Watching this film is an exercise in pure masochism. "Nukie" doesn't even have the "so bad it's good" charm of other horrible wastes of celluloid such as "Troll 2" or "Hobgoblins." The title character actually looks like a cross between a retarded bushbaby, a rotten potato, and a burlap sack full of horse manure. It's obvious that the creators of this film were envisioning an ET-like so-ugly-he's-cute character, with delusions of multi-million dollar licensing deals, lunchboxes and action figure lines. What they ended up with was a hideous monkey-faced monstrosity straight out of your worst Lovecraftian nightmare. This film is a horrible blight on the history of Mankind. It is pure torture and should not be viewed at any time by any human being whatsoever. I've made it my life's work to track down the unholy Sias Odendal, director of this film, and beat him senseless for his crimes against humanity. I blame "Nukie" for destroying my life and utterly shattering any hope that I may have had for the future of our civilization. Early on in the film, one of the "Space Foundation" scientists utters the line "This actually should not exist!" That is precisely how I feel about this film. I hate God for allowing this film to be made.

In the immortal words of Tom Servo, "I'd slap this movie if I could."


That's not a dog, it's a small HORSE!!!
I mean, geeze, 275lbs!!!
I had a Great Dane once, back in France, but he was a lot smaller!
Holy frickin' horsehound!

That RITM CD seems to be a best-of recap album, so I doubt there's anything new on it. But it does come with a DVD!

It's definitely one of those pics you can't help but go open-jawed at. =:D Ye gods, you really don't want him running playfully towards you at full speed when you get back home in the evening..

GDs do seem like a wonderful breed - did you ever meet stego_s_aurus'? No long with us, sadly, but she was quite the school matron to the other two pups around.. they'd be scuffling around a bit too much, and she'd lay down an authoritative "ARF." Which usually did the trick, albeit only temporarily.

Mm, it does seem to be more of a retrospective, though maybe the final track is partially new. The DVD's pretty neat, too, though This Binary Universe takes some beating on the combo release front.. The Antikythera Mechanism's still one of my favorite music videos and tracks. I'd love to see what might happen if BT and Amon Tobin wound up collaborating on some project..
Ok, that review just rules! Aren't you sick of those namby-pamby Oooo, it's not sooooo bad reviews that are about the worst the papers can dish out?

Whee! With almost eight years under their belts I wonder how they'll blame the tanking of the dollar on Clinton?
Check out some of the other reviews, too - this movie really seems like a magnet for them. "The plot line is like watching actors trying to break out of their usual roles of downs syndrome porn and the main character looks like a deep-fried shag carpet soaked in cheese made rancid manlove to ET's bastard cousin. It goes downhill from there."

Apparently it was only ever released on VHS, and is now long since out of print. Thankfully, some generous soul chose to share his copy on the net. Want it? ^_^

I'm betting it'll be blamed on Those Damn Yoorpeens. (Bonus points for the UN being involved somehow) Which is perhaps peripherally true, as it appears there's been a gentle uptick in the amount of oil trading in the Euro, coupled with the Euro being one of the other currencies the various central banks are edging towards, diversifying away from the USD. Nothing dramatic, of course, given any sudden shifts would be catastrophic for all.
Oh sweet! What rich writing. Someone hire these guys. I thought that the reviews on the Badonkadonk Land Cruiser on Amazon looked quite promising!

It was those darn yerpeens... they had the nerve to think long-term, instituting a universal currency that they knew would have at least a decade of teething problems. I laughed when they all laughed at the shaky start. Who's laughing now?

Oh, that gentle rise in oil trading with the euro? Pray it don't happen too fast indeed! Know how much the japs have invested in 30 year t-bills that are mostly based on the strength of the petro-dollar?
Oh, those tank reviews are wonderful. Definitely going into the next entry. ^_^ I don't think I've got a pic handy, but it's probably googlable when I'm awake - I love vehicles with real personality, like the Nekobus someone brought along to (I think) Burning Man a couple years back. I'm not particularly one for cars, but something like that I'd be honored to pilot. ^_^ (That, or a Bugatti Veyron. Such an engineering accomplishment, and rather beautiful too. I'm something of a fan of good design)

Heh, indeed.. all the sceptics were cranky about how poorly the Euro was faring, initially, having to be propped up by the central banks. And now? It's maybe not the Swiss Franc, but it's established itself as quite a well-grounded commodity. Though, if the UK does - as would surely seem inevitable - wind up adopting the Euro, numismatists would surely lament the loss of some particularly creative coin and bill designs, from the traditional portcullis of the one penny, to more amusingly nationalistic symbols, such as the Welsh leek on one version of the £1 coin.

True enough - Japan's quite a substantial creditor of the US debt, even if secondary to the considerable support offered by China, though the two are somewhat locked into a financial version of MAD, given the US relies upon such continued support, but shows no willingness to do anything crazy like pay off the debt (O NOES TAXES!), yet China also doesn't want to lose a primary trading partner. Such an ironic marriage..

And to think, we're just past the point of "peak oil".. oh, aren't we just in for some geopolitical fun in the next forty years. (Not that Iraq's invasion had anything to do with oil, of course)
And now, we hear:

July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Iran asked Japanese refiners to switch to the yen to pay for all crude oil purchases, after Iran's central bank said it is reducing holdings of the U.S. dollar.

Iran wants yen-based transactions "for any/all of your forthcoming Iranian crude oil liftings,'' according to a letter sent to Japanese refiners that was signed by Ali A. Arshi, general manager of crude oil marketing and exports in Tehran at the National Iranian Oil Co. The request is for all shipments "effective immediately,'' according to the letter, dated July 10 and obtained by Bloomberg News.

The yen rose on speculation for an increase in demand for the currency, the result of Japan's annual 1.24 trillion yen ($10.1 billion) of oil imports from Iran. Central bankers in Venezuela, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates have said they will invest less of their reserves in dollar assets because of the weakening currency.

Apparently, Iran ranks at about position 4 in world oil production.
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I'm quite shocked - shocked, I tell you - not to find Catwoman on the site. (*sigh* I'd heard murmurings of the project for years, and then it was confirmed as being in production. Then.. I saw the costume. The chestnut has it that one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but there are many times where a project or product's gestalt is accurately reflected succinctly)

BTW, if you're looking for really good bad films sometime, try "Armageddon: The Final Challenge" and "Escape from Galaxy 3". ^_^ (Sadly, I don't have a digital copy of the former, only VHS, and that's safely inaccessible many miles hence. I did digitise the latter, though)

Mmm, sacrilicious! (Courtesy of lolchrist)

This made my night! I'd almost forgotten about that place, so thanks for reminding me.

Via shep_shepherd, a BIG DOG. O.O

I'd hate to see him running at me at full speed, no matter how gentle he's supposed to be! And he's supposedly still growing? I hope that doesn't mean health problems for him down the line. I'd be worried about his spine, or his ciculatory system myself.

I'm looking forward to watching this at some point: Nukie.

I'll have to admit, the review just makes me curious about it. I believe them, of course, but I still might rent it if I ever found it.
Going to get a shirt made up with that design? =:D

Gods, yes. I was just thinking that's an amount of momentum you really don't want to have heading your way, without some stunt-grade cushioning involved. ^_^ (Ah, to have a pup in my life again.. but there's just no space in this place, and I can't think a couple buns would fare much better, given how noisy the place can be, though the idea's so tempting)

Well, some kind soul did just share his (long out of print VHS) copy on the net.. I could easily send it along. ^_^ I'm terrible at actually getting around to watching films, but I might just have to give that priority on the morrow, though I'd prefer having some of Northern California's finest herb at hand first. =:)

(Which might possibly, though very unlikely, make this brief animation less indefinably creepy..)

The rainbow umbrella and the white "status bar"!

Love it.
That touch got a laugh out of me. =:D Not that the rest isn't very geeky to begin with, but that was definitely a nerd joke. ^_^

Wonder if they should've finished with a couple of them finally stopping, holding signs saying "image stabilization"..

Oh, come on, you can't expect them Republicans to show up for a *negro* convention! They might start making ridiculous demands, you know - like the right to vote! Can't have that! >.>

Eh. The ferrets were cute, at least, although I'm not sure whether leashing them really seems like a good idea - outside of the fact that I'm not a big fan of leashing animals in general (it can be necessary around people, but if you're afraid that your animal might run away if (s)he's not leashed, you're doing something wrong), it seems like a recipe for lots of entanglement.

Ah well. Gotta see Nukie at some point, though, yes. :)
I did enjoy the irony of the one who did bother showing up being Tom Tancredo, one of the more xenophobic candidates who goes *squee* at the thought of an armed fence across the entire length of the Mexican border, and happily associates with hate groups.

Sometimes, I wonder what it'd be like to actually enter the mind of various animals.. not sure it'd be safe to do that with a ferret, though. =:)

I wonder if I can find an interview on the making of Nukie, the creative inspirations and suchlike.. ^_^
Hmm... that's quite ironic, yes. Well, I suppose he wants to cover as many bases as possible - to have his cake and eat it, too, hoping that the NAACP won't notice that he also sucks up to hate groups, and vice versa.

(As far as the southern secessionist movement is concerned in general, BTW, sometimes I really wish they would just go ahead and actually do it so everyone else wouldn't have to endure them anymore.)

Mmm, who knows about ferrets. :) I'm sure it'd be quite an experience, at least - like being on a permanent sugar rush. ^_^

Oh, and if you find anything about "Nukie", that'd be wonderful, too! ^^
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Hm! Don't think I've come across that.. closest I've got is "Outer Body Experience", original on Decade. Time to snuffle around. =:D

I was pleased to see the DVD along with Decade's release - a good addition. Not works of art from the likes of Michel Gondry or Chris Cunningham, but a nice enhancement to the album. (Hm.. wonder what CC's been getting up to lately?)
hmm - didn't know ferrets could swim that happily