|Furry TF alert in Dandy & Company. ^_^ And a different kind of TF (worksafe!) that, say, relee amongst others might enjoy. And a rather cool Flash short, Aladdin 3150, as found by rabitguy.|
As El Reg pointed out, this auction for invisibility is quite a gem. ("Note: The Secret of Invisibility is intended for MORAL PURPOSES ONLY") And as a bonus, you get "Secrets of Sexual Seduction" and "The Wizard's Book of Animal Secrets", the latter of which makes many a wonderful claim, including "Controlling snakes, bees, gnats, houseflies", "Teaching your dog to walk & dance on stilts", and "Keeping a squirrel in your pocket".
Please enjoy The Chemical Brothers: The Salmon Dance, in HD. ^_^
Lamp of joy.
However, if you'd prefer some really bad music (in suitably YouTube quality), give Video Games a try. You won't
Have some free plugins! KVR Audio's Developer Challenge just closed for entries, with voting commencing on the 17th.
Logic Pro 8 is now out, as part of Logic Studio, for $499, down from LP7's tag of $999. Interestingly, one of the headline points made is "XSKey-free operation. A simple serial number replaces the USB dongle and lets you make music without the hassle of extraneous hardware." Logic Express 8, meanwhile, goes from $299 to $199. (Main difference is the lack of surround channel support, otherwise it's almost identical in capability)
|From Forbes, "Is Sex Necessary?": "Seminal plasma contains zinc, calcium and other minerals shown to retard tooth decay. Since this is a family Web site, we will omit discussion of the mineral delivery system. Suffice it to say that it could be a far richer, more complex and more satisfying experience than squeezing a tube of Crest - even Tartar Control Crest." (And let's not forget the MP3 vibrator, complete with internal microphone. Only 64MB, though. Why am I reminded of Invasion of the Bunnybots' uploaders? =:)|
Well worth a read - Vanity Fair ran an article examining press coverage of Gore's 2000 campaign, and some of the main themes that appeared in that time. Impressively, many of the journalists and editors referred to join in this retrospection; some feel their writing was perfectly justified, some, less so.
On Friday, the California senate approved same-sex marriage by 22 votes to 15, in Mark Leno's AB43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. It's reasonable to expect the Governor to veto the bill, being a Republican; which is not to say you shouldn't let him know your feelings on the matter.
|The IAEA chief on Iran: 'Alluding to that U.S. position, ElBaradei warned against rhetoric that is "a reminder of pre-war Iraq" in comments to reporters in Vienna. "We have not seen any weaponization of their program, nor have we received any information to that effect - no smoking gun or information from intelligence," he said. "Based on the evidence, we have, we do not see ... a clear and present danger that requires that you go beyond diplomacy.'|
Good little piece from Reuters on the OpenSim project, which has been developing an open source, unofficial sim server compatible with the normal SL client. It's still immature, but there's heavy development going on. Perhaps, as the article alludes, this will also spur the release of LL's own server code. Of course, the big question will then be whether such servers can interconnect, and, how their economies would be verified - if you run your own asset server, you could simply give yourself any amount of currency.
A good, brief dKos posting on the apparent changes underway in ocean circulation patterns.
rigelkitty noticed a number of furry-related movies in production, of which three particularly caught my eye:
- Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil: "Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when her and the Wolf get called over to examine the sudden mysterious missing of Hensel and Grendel." If you've not seen the first one, give it a try. The CG's deliberately made to look as if stop-motion models were used, rather than aiming for Pixarian perfection - simpler, and a lot cheaper. It works, too, and the writing holds it up well.
- The Tale of Despereaux: "The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess."
- Tortoise vs. Hare: "A mock documentary take on Aesop's fable of the race between the slow, steady tortoise and the quick but overconfident hare", from Aardman Animation.
|patch_bunny discovered some delightfully shiny fursuit parts, such as these pig trotters, or these adorable fox paw stockings; a good companion to one of my favorite TF tales, sockscatt's Bandit and Skids.|
One thing I'll always remember Spain for is introducing me to the joy of apricot jam. Sure, there's no shortage of oranges in the country, and indeed, there was a modest grove just by the villa we had, when I was a leveret. But apricot jam, a little butter, on a roll fresh from the baker.. cheap heaven. ^_^ (Though it's Germany I think of more for bread, those fabulous scents coming from the bakers in the morning)
So, time for me to update the PSP's firmware, I felt - and the newest version seems to be 3.52 M33-4. All went swimmingly, and I can now run Ratatouille, which is adorable - it's essentially a 3D platformer, but particularly well realised. Plenty of subtle touches in the animation, with the original voices in the occasional spoken part. Camera motion's a bit unhelpful at times, but that's a perennial issue with the genre. Using the nub of joy as movement controller works well, even if I find myself wanting SL-style freedom of camera control.
On the homebrew front, there's an increasing supply of handy apps, such as PSPTube, for browsing YouTube videos without needing to convert the FLV files, and PSPPDF, a simple, elegant PDF viewer. Unfortunately, it seems Google's deprecated the old YouTube API, in favor of one that doesn't currently require a developer account. Trouble is, PSPTube requires one, and they're seemingly no longer being issued. Should only be a matter of a little time until the developer shifts the application over - it's under active development.
|No matter. I have Mulligatawny soup in the fridge. (There's something I need to try learning about, and cooking from the Indian subcontinent in general; my own cooking tends more towards East Asian, though it's as much of a mongrel as can be. I just paint with flavors, and usually, interesting things come about =:)|
An albino dolphin.
patch_bunny noticed this Colorado quarter: Land of SUV. =:)
What happens when you roll a drum containing 20,000lb of sodium into a lake? This.
|Is this article on Philip Linden more notable for coining the "phipple", or the note of "preferring to re-drop the already-made hint that the server code will be open-sourced within a year"? (Which would tie in with their recent launch of SecondLifeGrid.net, aimed at drawing a distinction between the world of SL, and the underlying platform)|
'On April 23, 2006, CBS's "60 Minutes" interviewed Tyler Drumheller, the former CIA chief of clandestine operations for Europe, who disclosed that the agency had received documentary intelligence from Naji Sabri, Saddam's foreign minister, that Saddam did not have WMD. "We continued to validate him the whole way through," said Drumheller. "The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy."
|Now two former senior CIA officers have confirmed Drumheller's account to me and provided the background to the story of how the information that might have stopped the invasion of Iraq was twisted in order to justify it. They described what Tenet said to Bush about the lack of WMD, and how Bush responded, and noted that Tenet never shared Sabri's intelligence with then Secretary of State Colin Powell. According to the former officers, the intelligence was also never shared with the senior military planning the invasion, which required U.S. soldiers to receive medical shots against the ill effects of WMD and to wear protective uniforms in the desert.'|
It's most disheartening to see Good Vibrations experiencing a cashflow crunch, apparently due to pyramid schemes and an alteration to Google's ranking system; their stores are fine, at least. [Edit: the article's since vanished]
The World Service took a look into SL recently. "Hear Madz as she is teleported by her guides into a wonderful world of roses, latin lovers and cruise ships crewed by people in fox form." and "Some groups say they have benefited from Second Life. Simon Stevens has cerebral palsy and runs a successful business online, Madz asked him what kind of liberties Second Life gives the disabled?"
Apparently, Mizuho Bank will be opening in SL soon, with the prospect of linking in-world transactions to RL accounts under consideration. More fun, though, might be the hoverboard track (with free rental) in Virtual Akiba, a recreation of Akihabara, covering two sims.
For a company so proudly crowing of its talent, why does Google's resumé screening suck quite so much? Bad enough it fails to go through the sausage machine without choking it, but at least they notify you of their failure - followed promptly by a bouncy acknowledgement that they've received your application.