|A cheesy, fun TV ad from Britain, with a suitably cheesy ending: The Wooly & Worth Show. And a couple more good ones here, including quite a stylish one for Levi's, "Mr Spaceman".|
As otter3 noted, Dragon Tamer DS looks like it could be fun - it's a title in the spirit of Monster Rancher, with sound being the influence determining the dragons created. (The Japanese trailer embedded there includes one guy using the sound of a flushing toilet) The graphics look quite impressive for a DS, too - nicely detailed 3D, smooth motion, and plenty of design elements for dragon fans to enjoy.
Interesting idea: someone's taken Sky Captain and spent a few weeks re-editing it to remove a good deal of dead weight, and re-inserted a couple of the deleted scenes. eg: "Deleted Polly being a klutz, always doing the wrong thing. Now she's a competent reporter. Deleted scenes of Dex for pacing. Deleted any dialogue were a character says "I'm going to do..." Now they just do it."
circuit_four spotted a new work by the creator of Grow Cube, apparently commissioned by a recruitment agency. And really, who can't love a game that features an orange lava bunny/puppy?
|Ye gods and little fishes, I'm actually caught up on FA. ^_^ Had to take the cheap way out with the journal entries, though - that would've added days otherwise, and FA journals tend not to be as substantive as LJ. Still, the 1,900 or so images did prove most rewarding.. here are some I thought particularly worth sharing, including Matoc's "Moko Moko the Fire Bunny", which is actually just about worksafe, maybe. =:) Two of them are definitely unsafe for work. Can you guess which? =:D|
Apparently, both the Kurdish and Persian words for "rabbit" - karwesh and khargoosh respectively - translate as "donkey ears". ^_^;
Quite a welcome measure of reasonability in DC: the lobbying reform bill is now live. ^_^ The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 closes quite a few lobbyist loopholes, requires earmark sponsors be identified, last minute "dead of night" provisions can be challenged, and indefinite, anonymous holds are gone, replaced by a six day window, after which the senator's name would be identified.
One SL event I wish I'd known about in time: "Phil Holliger from the Medical Research Council Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge will give a talk on "New polymerases for old DNA: molecular breeding of polymerases for damage bypass and amplification of ancient DNA" . Holliger works with ancient DNA - DNA samples retrieved from specimens of forensic, paleontological or archaeological interest. Hollinger will describe a new method of repairing damaged DNA, which he recently tried out on a 60,000 year-old cave bear."
I'm entirely atheistic, but the communal role of religion in society can be, and indeed, often is positive - and folks like the Universal Unitarians (who, ISTR, counted something like a sixth of their members as atheist or agnostic anyway =:) are a good bunch. So, I was pleased to see this description of a Water Ceremony last Friday: "In it, each participant brings water from someplace that is special to them, and explains why to the whole congregation. The water is poured into a communal vessel to symbolize the coming together of the community."
Quite an interesting, if unsurprising, look at the real nature of economic activity in SL. Of about 600,000 active residents, 295k spent nothing at all. This table gives a breakdown by total spending during the month.
|From the wildlands of Nova Scotia comes this fantastic tale of one student body's reaction to bullying over a pink shirt: 'The Grade 9 student arrived for the first day of school last Wednesday and was set upon by a group of six to 10 older students who mocked him, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. |
The next day, Grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price decided something had to be done about bullying. "It’s my last year. I’ve stood around too long and I wanted to do something," said David. They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday — even the bullied student had one.'
Not too surprising, given nobody expected it too soon anyway, but it's been made official: SL puppeteering is on hold until "at least Q1 2008", in favor of client bugfixing.
Coming soon: AjaxLife for iPhone.
If you've engaged in any landscaping or major building on SL, this thread might be worth a peek. It's a nifty use of megaprims, achieving construction beyond your boundaries, out into the screaming void where no sim space exists; it's apparently even possible to venture into this non-space as a result.
SL Insider ran a good little piece on how things are falling into place for the initial release of the server code. ("Philip Rosedale, in his talks at SLCC this year, estimated that server-side simulator software would be open sourced within approximately twelve more months. Development staffers whom we have spoken to inworld and who have spoken on the matter on the development mailing list around the same time are estimating 1-2 more years.") The key bit: "Ultimately what will be being released, so far as we have been told so far, is the basic software that runs on the simulators. Not the asset system or user management or other things like that. The ability to install the software onto a Linux system of your choice, and pay for interconnection to the Second Life grid."
I noticed HMV's changing their stores quite considerably, in the face of stiff competition from net.retailers. It'll be most interesting to see how other mass music retailers react, as downloads progress; as pleasant as low online prices are, it'd be a sad loss if most physical music chains went the way of Tower Records. 'HMV's first next generation store opened in Dudley last week, with another opening in Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday. The new store set-up is designed to help the business meet new challenges, as CD and DVD sales go into decline.
The new plans see the business change its tack, introducing juice bars, Macs for surfing the internet and checking MySpace and Facebook sites - an attempt to bring digital into retail. "The new design reflects the way customers consume media and the way they spend their time," said HMV chief executive Simon Fox. "It's becoming an entertainment store rather than a music and DVD store."'
|And with remarkable timing, loganberrybunny noticed that Branson has sold the Virgin Megastores. The 125 UK & Irish stores will be lucky enough to undergo an inexplicable rebranding. (The US stores had apparently already been sold off earlier this year)|
Here's an article on the sub-prime credit crisis, but from a more fundamental perspective - that of financial derivatives.
Now, I'm hardly a vulpine, or even a canid, but.. oh, my. These two pics of one "Vixianna" push a few buttons with me, and then nibble and twiddle them for good measure. Definitely suggests an enjoyable TF outcome.. ^_^ You can see the guy's full gallery here, all of similarly outstanding quality. (All worksafe)
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.
rigelkitty noticed a story roohbear might be interested in: AOL HQ moving to New York. "AOL, the Dulles-based Internet pioneer, yesterday said it was moving its headquarters to New York, transferring the leadership of a company that fueled the growth of the Washington area's technology industry over the past decade. The company said that while senior executives would depart for Manhattan, most of the 4,000 employees at the Dulles campus would remain."
And this is something I'd never heard of, despite being a fan of Doctor Who for years.. as the contributor to doctorwho noted, perhaps the folks at Suchard didn't quite give the design as much checking over as they could have. =:D