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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.
    Oh, indeed - there are other significant factors in play, especially with recycling, where the huge gain isn't so much the conservation of the material per se, but the energy saving in avoiding refining the stuff from ore.

    And of course, processes change over the years - some common manufacturing process drops its need for some element, perhaps out of cost concerns, or under legislative pressure, such as the Reduction of Hazardous Substances directive. With manufacturers normally running only one common production line (even if spread across multiple vendors), such a move effects the products in question globally.

    By the same token, of course, some new process may come up with a new requirement for some less common element. =:)

    I should look into what polymer alternatives are on the way, too, and how current popular polymers might be derived from vegetable oils. And, for that matter, if there's been any word on that "carbon cracking" oil converter - last I knew, a pilot plant was taking in waste from a Tyson meat processing plant. ISTR it wasn't going anywhere then, but the price of oil's risen quite sharply in USD terms since then.

    there are other significant factors in play, especially with recycling, where the huge gain isn't so much the conservation of the material per se, but the energy saving in avoiding refining the stuff from ore.

    True, yes. There's also the fact that landfill space costs money. I think that most of the recent increases in recycling in my area are motivated by that.