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Watch Josie's Lalaland now. No, really.
(Download; 22MB, 3m40)


relee spotted the trailer for Project O, a Wii title I'd get, if I had something that would play it. :-P After all, as they say, what the world really needs is more knights riding cows.

The storyline might be somewhat choppy, but The Composer is still a very good Flash short.

In the IPCC's latest assessment 'of the progress of climate change, the body said: "If warming is not kept below two degrees centigrade, which will require the strongest mitigation efforts, and currently looks very unlikely to be achieved, the substantial global impacts will occur, such as species extinctions, and millions of people at risk from drought, hunger, flooding."

Professor Martin Parry, a senior Met Office scientist and co-chairman of the IPCC committee which produced the report, said he believed it would now be "very difficult" to achieve the target and that governments need to combine efforts to "mitigate" climate change by reducing CO2 emissions with "adaptation" to tackle active consequences such as crop failure and flooding. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society, he said: "Ten years ago we were talking about these impacts affecting our children and our grandchildren. Now it is happening to us."'

Spice Trade, a free LGPL Java project from Finland, could be a fun game for those with a hankering for turn-based strategy games: "Start from nothing and dominate another continent. Spread the influence of your culture while creating your own empire!

Since the 14th century, Europe has been a global super power when it started colonizing other continents. But what if history had gone a different way? What would Europe be like if Asia had prevailed?

Abu Al-Qazzaz is the main character in Spice Trade. He is a poor young man from Baghdad, who has inherited a house and some land.. oh, and he wants to get married too. Abu decides to try his luck in the spice game. He has to prevent the European countries from gaining a trade monopoly. Will Abu be able to beat out the Europeans in the spice trade? Could Europe have been different? How? You decide!" The FAQ gives a good overview of what the game's actually like.

I found it amusing that, of everywhere in SL, Warren Ellis would choose to move to the Fort Stygian sim, "part of the Wastelands chain. The Stygian Pirate Nest is a sort of hideous tin blood-bucket bar on legs, just west of the Fort Stygian landing point." But we each have our own concepts of contentment. ^_^ One of his picks sounds particularly interesting, at East of Odyssey:

"Nash has installed seventeen sculptures - Unsung Songs - in the Odyssey Island landscape, inviting avatars to be collaborators and explorers of the virtual unknown… Each Unsung Song is like the product of an ethereal instrument, fresh from another planet where synaesthesia is the dominant mode. Each is an experiment in visual and sonic polyphony where the avatar is both audience and co-creator of the unearthly forms and music that float in the domain."

Good to see Friday's build of Leopard, 9A559, lists but two fairly small (but big if they bit) listed known issues - looks like it's on course for an October release.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short haul flights, particularly within the UK, and EU in general, could be cut dramatically

Certainly. At least North America and Australia have an excuse (not a great excuse, but an excuse) in that they don't have well-developed passenger rail networks. Europe, and for all we moan about it even the UK, do have such. I wonder what could be done if all the money for airport expansion were poured into public transport? It must be several billion pounds.

Wind farming I'd especially like to see much widespread in the UK.

Agreed. Having seen a number of the things from fairly close up, I would rather live near a wind farm than a pylon line.

On the bright side, there's a lot of Canadian tundra waiting to become cornfields.

Unless it's over oilsands, in which case it's waiting to become an even bigger environmental disaster...