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Well, this should be painful, and fun.. two hours of an interview to transcribe. Anyone who's transcribed a three minute voice post knows even that takes a bit of time.. still, it'll help contribute to animation history, in this case, Bob Clampett. ^_^

Prize /. comment on the Ginko affair (yep, they're toast):
Ginko also isn't a "bank" in the usual term of the word; it's not regulated or insured in any way and isn't impacted by any of the legal requirements of real world financial institutions. Quite frankly; you're an idiot if you trust them with your money.

So they're the Second Life version of PayPal?

Quite a neat idea: Millions of Us is lending land to people with good ideas for SL projects. "What you get: an appropriately sized land parcel at absolutely no cost to you for a 3 month term, renewable at our discretion for up to 12 months.Typically we expect each parcel will be approximately 4000 square meters. But if your idea needs 10,000 square meters, we're still willing to consider the idea. Don’t be afraid to think boldly. We love vision and boldness."

Something of a surprise: a presidential candidate debate (continued here) with a focus on GLBT issues, courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign and Logo TV; all the candidates were invited, but no Republicans chose to participate. The format was designed to ensure the questions were answered, not merely a platform for soundbites or stump speeches; the questions posed were gratifying diverse, extending to matters such as immigration for partners, and employment law with regard to transsexuality. The forum's main site is Visible Vote '08. Overall, no huge surprises, other than a claim by Richardson that being gay was a choice. Only Kucinich and Gravel could simply state that full equality was the way to go. Obama and Edwards made positive noises towards civil unions, whilst Clinton was full of nuance - even after the debate, it wasn't clear whether she wants DOMA repealed, or merely modified. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" seems to be out of favor with all.

While looking through Craigslist for potential employers, I came across one mentioning "high volume, low cost medical products", and went to check out what they actually did - I'm not sure I'd be entirely comfortable designing life-critical systems, though I do have a habit of giving QA very little to report back on. =:) And lo, their main product is a home gadget for laser hair removal! The technique's long been available commercially, but using highly expensive setups, high royalties, and probably quite comfortable profit margins, making for treatments at around $100-200 per "area" (eg one upper arm), with a few passes required for completion, as about a quarter of one's follicles are dormant at any given time, and thus unaffected. Still not exactly a casual purchase, but at £695 (currently only available within the EU and Japan), not too bad, especially if the cost were shared by friends.

There's a superb Python homage here, in response to Six Apart's explicit approval of pro-anorexia groups.

Could be good, if this leads to more of their works being posted, even if there's already way too much advertising around - seems the BBC is set to add ads to online video for people connecting from outside the UK. "So far the company has only said it will add the advertising to its news, but other programmes are likely to follow."

Via patch_bunny: "Do you, a Catholic, come out of Church each week wanting more great communion wafers? Or, are you a Jew or an Islam who just wants to try that great wafer taste?"

CBS News does the How Those Kids Speak thing, and attempts to relate slang terms for recreational pharmaceuticals, with amusing results. Sadly, no mention of Cake. =:) 'Yahoo for coke. I could be wrong on this one - maybe kids call weed "Lycos" and speed "Hotmail." But I doubt it.'

Two gems from the cutest erstwhile master of comic and book writing, Neil Gaiman:
Dear Neil,
Did you know that they made up a new law in China that prohibits the Dalai Lama, among other people, from reincarnating?


That trick never works.

And finally, this article haunts me: http://uk.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUKL0145707520070801

It's not that the squirrel sneaks into the shop and steals Kinder Eggs and eats the chocolate. It's that it goes off with the toys inside the egg afterwards. I have visions of the neighborhood squirrels industriously assembling their Happy Hippo Star Wars figurines... But why? Dear God, why?

mycroftb spotted a truly classic Dinosaur Comics on the nature of fetishes. =:D

I've not been at all interested in the recently introduced voice feature of the SL client, but this software would make the prospect much more appealing, if it weren't Windows-only. MorphVOX is a voice changer, with a pile of voice styles available, covering different pitches and styles, from wood nymph to bad tempered dwarf, robot or fox. (Yes, there's a furry pack available) The free version's strictly limited, though - no loading of voicepacks, choosing between male, female, and "tiny folks". (It'll work with any other voice-based application, too, such as Skype =:)

If you ever see this album, please share it with us. ^_^ "My friend found this at a thrift store. Unfortunately, the album was not inside, which is a shame because purportedly, these kittens actually play the harmonica as well as a small five piece band."

The ongoing credit restructuring in the US will proceed awhile. The degree of its effects remains to be seen.

If you've ever had a really bad boss, you might want to enter My Bad Boss, to win a week's break far away from them. How bad can it be? Firedoglake offers some examples, including the boss who hired a waitress' stalker, and one who called an employee's ob/gyn surgery to find out why she was there.

While reading of the latest Republican sexual hijinks (Young Republican leader in Indiana sucks off another guy while he's asleep, leading to the filing of sexual assault charges. Seems he did the exact same thing in 1998, as well), I noticed a superb example of irony:
Perhaps the most famous case study in the failure of reparative therapy is that of two founders of Exodus International, Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, who helped start Exodus in 1976 and worked to "convert" gay people for three years, until they fell in love and left Exodus in 1979. In 1982, they held a marriage ceremony and lived together until Cooper died nine years later.

"The desires never go away," Bussee said. "After dealing with hundreds of people, I have not met one who went from gay to straight. Even if you manage to alter someone's sexual behavior, you cannot change their true sexual orientation."

By way of a refreshing contrast, here's a sane Republican, who's just become a founding member of Equality South Dakota:
The fact is homosexuality baffles me, particularly when looking at the most fundamental physical aspect: an attraction to certain body parts and certain sex practices. I can’t understand why some guy would be mesmerized by my equipment, and want to do that with it, when he has the same equipment himself.

Wait a minute. I don’t understand heterosexuality any better. Over the years I have become accustomed to the thought that a guy would naturally be sexually attracted to a woman, particularly certain body parts. (I write from the perspective of a guy, as it is the only perspective I have.) Moreover, a guy might relish the thought of doing that. But why?

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

foofers: "Have you seen how the power light on late-model Mac computers "throbs" while the system is sleeping? Passed by an Apple store late last night. Never knew that the logos on the building do the same thing when they’re closed. (Really.)" This makes me happy. =:D

So, does it make me a bad fox to read the article about that Young republican guy and immediately think when I saw his pictures, 'Well, no wonder he waits till they're asleep?'
*snerk* Asleep, inebriated, and in the dark. A time-honored tradition, it seems. =:)

That what I need! A great big solar-powered throbber for my desktop, so I can find my S3-sleeping machines in the dark! BRILLIANT!

I wonder if I could get LJ to offer a discounted life-time membership if I embrace anorexia? After all, they fully support pro-ana groups, and users of said groups aren't likely to have as long a life-time as they would otherwise. So charging them full cost seems to be taking undue advantage. :/
You know, I think that must be done. You could even have a series of radial strips in front of the background illumination, for an OS X style "activity in progress" effect while awake, or a clock while asleep. ^_^

That seems entirely fair. After all, I'm sure word will be getting around the anorexia circles that LJ's a good place to swap hints and tips, thereby boosting membership - could lobby for a volume discount.

BTW, MorphVOX reminded me I could enquire after you making a voice posting or two sometime; the otter did mention you'd be especially well suited to such.. ^_^
Cute bunny picture - although I had to check out the original post to know it was a bunny. Honestly, it rather looks like a grey skunk who somehow lost their tail to me...

The squirrel story is funny, although I do wonder whether chocolate (i.e., theobromine) is actually good for squirrels. And for that matter, whether large doses of sugar are - a Kinder egg, for a squirrel, is a lot of sugar and chocolate, after all.

MorphVOX (the full version) could probably be found on some P2P network. Not that I'm condoning that, of course, but for people who care less than I do, it shouldn't be a problem to find it, one would think.

And a sane republican? I'm amazed. Honestly.
Heh! I see what you mean - there is something of a stripe. Maybe there's a deeper connection here I've yet to uncover.. after all, we all remember just how well Pepe Le Pew managed to bounce.

Well, with squirrels, one wonders whether any amount of sugar is a good thing, if one wants to avoid tiny sonic booms in the back yard..

I need to see if there's an OS X voice morpher somewhere. Within music host apps, no problem, but obviously, having something like Logic Express acting as an AU host just for that would be a little excessive, albeit probably worth a few geek points, especially if conducted on a separate system. Fairly sure I saw something along those lines, intended for iChat AV use, but it seemed rather limited, with only a few presets available. Hm. Maybe I could take it as a reason to get off my tail and come up with such an app myself.. could be quite fun to write and test. ^_^

It's very good to hear of reasonable Republicans like that, when the prominent wing's gone shrill, each presidential candidate trying to outdo the other for how much they love torture, by just how much Guantanamo should be expanded, and why things like privacy and due process only help the enemies of Freedom™. With any luck, given they're all binding themselves to Bush's bandwagon, the field will eventually become clear for more moderate voices to re-emerge.
On the credit crisis... US Fed has been propping the economy up with $38 billion worth of emergency loans and grants since Thursday. And a major mortgage lender (In the Top.10) has filed for bankruptcy and laid off most of their staff.

Hefty sums indeed for merely a "correction". Of course, one wonders where all the profits from these risky loans went, that such bailouts are necessary, and whether home owners facing repossession will be similarly saved.

It's an intensely annoying situation, as it's costing the public purse these sums, which will wind up precisely where the original gains also went, and utterly, totally preventable. Had loan terms been maintained in some stratum of sanity, this wouldn't be happening. (With lighter inflationary effects on the housing market too. It's craziness that a place to live has become, in some Western countries, something to spend most of one's life paying off - or worse. ISTR hearing of some Swiss mortgages into the 70-year range)
There's a superb Python homage here
Oh, as in Monty Python.  It's pretty good, but for some reason I was expecting a different kind of snake.

a Jew or an Islam
For parallelism, shouldn't it be "a Judaism or an Islam"?  And what if you're a Buddhism or a Zoroastrianism?

For some reason, I'm now wondering if snakes, or indeed, any reptiles, can get fat. Perhaps I can get McDonalds to sponsor the research.

Nono, Cake, as so timelilily pointed out on Brass Eye.

Damn, now I'm in the mood for some baking..
That pic at the bottom is simply adorable. ^^
It's just such an adorable juxtaposition of costumes. ^_^ (The resignation versus the enthusiasm just adds the icing. Lovely coloring job, too - not too complex, but fitting the piece well)

hey this is from an artist LJ name tintedtin

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Shot at 2007-08-10

I figured you would dig it. If you re-post give him credit he's a great artist
Eek! I hope that tale's got a happy ending.. of course, this might be his escape.

The style rings a bell somewhere, but maybe it's just a false positive - I've not been on FA properly in a couple months now. :-P Are you sure about the name? tintedtin doesn't seem to exist, here or on FA.

If you ever see this album, please share it with us.

Here ya go (scroll down):
Oh, wow! *chuckle* I suppose I should've checked there. If you're feeling suitably flush - and, importantly, have a VINYL-ROM player, you could always investigate what wonder lies in store.. ^_^ (Sadly, reviews seem hard to come by, all being for a human troupe of the same name)

"who helped start Exodus in 1976 and worked to "convert" gay people for three years, until they fell in love and left Exodus in 1979. "

*thumbs up* :D
It's really quite a sweet outcome. ^_^ I can't help but think it'd be a fitting end if Exodus International finally admitted both the futility of their actions, and the immorality of trying to prevent love, and instead converted the organisation into a dating agency. (Who's to say they don't already, of course? =:)
Well, this should be painful, and fun.. two hours of an interview to transcribe.

I feel for ya. I had the fun of transcribing part of an interview as part of the requirements for completing my History major. I don't remember how long my section was, but it took me several days to get it done. Here's hoping that whoever gave the interview is a much clearer speaker than the one I had to deal with.
Huh! Interesting requirement. How did that manage to figure into the course? I could certainly see it being very useful in taking accounts of recent history - the 1930s are just a time of a world leaving economic recession, and entering a bright, hopeful age, for most of us, but the time of others' youth. (Not even accounting for languages that are all but dead, such as some of the indigenous North American tongues, where there are sometimes perhaps a couple dozen speakers left now. Though transcribing those might be a more advanced undertaking =:)

It's probably going to take a similar amount of time, I think - it's not in a studio setting, as there's some background activity, and the voices are probably being picked up by just a cassette recorder's internal mike. But hopefully, it'll be interesting at the same time, given just how much BC brought to popular Western animation, not least being one of the key figures in Bugs Bunny's genesis. ^_^

Oh THAT kind of Python. I was wondering what a programming language homage could have to do with Anorexia. ^.^;;

I thought for a moment "Pythonesque" might help avoid confusion, but all that did for me was wonder what a Perlesque show would involve. ^_^;
I have one thing to say....

You should never refer to the recipient of oral sex as a "victim" .....EVER!
ok. Picture waking up to, say, Dick Cheney with one hand down his pants and his lips around your cock.

feel like a victim yet?
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Mmmm.. I definitely wouldn't mind waking up like that[1] one morning. ^_^ (No suit and tie, though. I don't get along with formalwear =:)

[1] Not quite so neuter, though. ^_^;