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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."
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.