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relee found out what happens when Ronald McDonald meets gabba. It's Japanese, of course. =:D

The unsurpassable ultimate in geek workplace toys. ^_^ Now watch them be inundated with resumés..

The Tech Museum in San Jose has a presence in SL, and apparently, management that appreciates the interesting results that can come about when VR meets RL. If you feel you've got an idea that's worth showing off, The Tech Virtual Workshop can help - with up to ten of the best exhibits being chosen, starting in February, to be physically installed at the museum, with a US$5,000 prize each, and an invitation to attend their ZER01 Festival in June. There'll also be prizes awarded on the bases of Most Innovative Virtual Project, Best Design project in Second Life, Best Collaborative Teamwork, and Most Active Virtual Participation.

Speaking of SL, here's Hitler explaining Second Life, as noticed by rabitguy. =:)

"Reuters is back next week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. We’ll be interviewing guests such as Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale, Linden Lab Chairman Mitch Kapor, Robert Scoble, and Tim O’Reilly, live in front of a Second Life audience at the Reuters Auditorium." If you'd like to pose a question for one of these in-world interviews, you can either email in advance, or attend on the day.

momentrabbit noticed that part of the London Underground has emigrated, and found a new life making utterly adorable skunk bookends instead.

Some good Bill Hicks: Legendary One Night Stand. (91MB as a download)

While hopelessly ensnared browsing around Wikipedia, looking up lovable figures like Enver Hoxha, I wound up on Kim Philby's page, and noticed, towards the end, one line that I really ought to pursue: "'Kim Philby', by the now-defunct Vancouver band Terror of Tiny Town, is a polka-esque retelling of some of Philby's story." (This News Statesman article doesn't serve any better to illuminate his motivations, but does end on an intriguing note, "With the collapse of communism and the Soviet empire, the KGB, in the spirit of the new world order, made available some of its files to western authors. One of these authors, Genrikh Borovik, even called his book The Philby Files. It now turns out that Borovik and the other authors had access to only one Philby file and that there are another 18 still secret. Why?") And what a fantastic chess game the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact describes.. not that things are very much different now, though with some different pawns.

Here, have a track I once listened to plenty of times - my brother (who had the sound system and music collection) had the single of this. It appealed to me immediately. ^_^ John Otway: DK50/80. Serious music, yus.

paka found the Aquaduct, a novel solution to providing clean water where the water supply may be distant, and often contaminated. It's essentially a trike with a water tank at the rear, with the pedals driving a pump to force water through a carbon filter, into a small tank at the front. Result: clean water by the time you get back, with no pollution in transit or purification.

An interesting graphic displaying the time left until current reserves of various metals run out, from platinum to copper. You may be surprised by some of the results.

A few strips you might not have in your regular roster:
  • Little Dee
  • Dan & Mab's Furry Adventures,
  • Scary Go Round - all human, but with an uncommonly sly wit,
  • Bag of Toast, for some engaging randomness, and
  • Fur-Piled, a slice of life story somewhat akin to a blend of Circles, ASB, and Queer as Folk.

    Game for the day: Big Bang Reaction, from Freeverse. It's a puzzle game of sorts, graphically slick, nicely professional overall.

    Rather a nice recorder dock for iPods, with XLR and 1/4" inputs, for $100.

    Another poll on the presidential candidates, where you're presented with a list of political assertions, and whether you agree with the statement or not. You're then given the option to weigh your responses to certain questions more heavily, and then presented with the leading candidates and their rank of suitability, as well as a matrix of their positions.
    Heh. You have a point. =:D I suppose they could've redubbed him in something Germanic-sounding, but meaningless, but that'd probably be a good deal more difficult than it seems, both from the ADR perspective, and coming up with a miniature fake language. I'm surprised ADR works as smoothly as it normally seems to, but I guess lipreading has some leeway, especially where - for most people - the mouth articulation's of only secondary interest to the audio, and indeed, other facial cues.

    As I recall, the writer of The Fifth Element came up with an artificial language for Leeloo. Still a film I enjoy greatly, and proudly own on laserdisc and DVD. ^_^ (Which also led me to The Sixth Element, which might be fun.. reminds me, I still haven't watched his The Forbidden Zone)

    I really do like the design of that skunk - it's a much more interesting pose than one normally sees in commercial sculptures, or plush. That's part of the reason I'm so fond of my old (and very well cuddled =:) Trudi red panda, as he's in a sort of "cradled in your arms" pose, not just sitting or standing on all fours - perfect for slumbertime snuggling.

    Mm, that question stood out to me in particular - it's a very awkwardly worded assertion. Still, I know who I'd support - Gore if he were a candidate, Kucinich for his genuinely progressive positions, and Edwards. Clinton seems far too much a professional establishment politician, much like Bill - not a terrible choice, certainly, but not a vote for change. Obama's a superb orator, but I've not really seen him distinguish himself in the past, let alone his insistence that bipartisanship is the way forward at this point - the Republicans haven't shown any sign of being so interested, and I can't forget his mentor on the topic was Joe Lieberman, who's now wound up endorsing McCain. (And to be honest, he earns a happy middle finger for his support, before and after the event, of McClurkin, a homophobic preacher. Not that any of the front three are exactly clambering over themselves to draw in gay support)

    Yeah, I feel just the same way about Hillary and Obama. And Kucinich, for that matter - together with Gravel, he's the one I'd support the most if I could, although he probably doesn't have a chance. Still, it's good to see there's a candidate for the candicacy that's actually got sensible positions, at least.

    Mmmm, have you got a picture of that plushie?

    Also, what's ADR?
    Mm, Gravel's a good sort as well. I'm not sympathetic to flat taxes, but other than that, he's got plenty of good, sensible ideas aimed at improving people's opportunities and lives generally, rather than helping pressurise the flecks of economic well-being off the middle and lower classes' carcasses.

    I don't seem to have any pics of him, but I can remedy that, once I can get the camera rescued - I lent it to my mother, but she's very averse to learning about anything technological. *sigh*

    ADR = automated dialogue replacement - effectively an MPAA-budget term for dubbing. ^_^ (I was quite surprised when I first realised how much on screen is dubbed)
    *noddles* I don't like flat taxes, either... mmm, and I've got to admit I don't actually know too much about Gravel, but he usually did come out at or near the top on those tests, along with Kucinich. :)

    Hmm, if your mother's averse to learning things, wouldn't that make it easier to rescue the camera if she's not using it after all?

    And thanks for the explanation. ^^