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Via jakebe, the quite inspiring tale of the Stupid Bunny. As he says - isn't this too wonderful to not do? ^_^ This could've been made for stego_s_aurus..

I recently happened upon this book, which promises to be a truly fascinating read - This Is Your Brain on Music - The Science of a Human Obsession, by Daniel J. Levitin:

Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life - even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last becoming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Levitin unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including:

Are our musical preferences shaped in utero?
Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music?
What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain's response to music?
Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure?

This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession.

You might, of course, wonder what the author actually understands about what makes music.. so, I had a peek at his bio on Wikipedia:

Within cognitive psychology, he has published articles on absolute pitch and music cognition and perception. He has worked as a producer and sound designer on albums by Blue Öyster Cult, Chris Isaak, and Joe Satriani; as a consultant to Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan; and as a recording engineer for Santana and The Grateful Dead. Records and CDs to which he has contributed have sold in excess of 30 million copies. [...]

Levitin has worked on and off as a stand-up comedian and joke writer, performing at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco with Robin Williams in 1984, and at comedy clubs in California; he placed second in the National Lampoon stand-up comedy competition regionals in San Francisco in 1989, and has contributed jokes to Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, as well as the nationally syndicated comic strip Bizarro, some of which were included in the 2006 compilation "Bizarro and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro"

Now there's a life. ^_^

Quite a nice piece of casting news: Thomas Sangster, whom some will recognise from Human Nature/The Family of Blood, has landed the lead role in the forthcoming live action Tintin movies.

A pleasantly silly feature on consumerist polling, posing questions like "What brand would you most like to sit next to at a dinner party?" No huge surprises, with various top global names making their way into different top five choices for each scenario. The selections for which brand they'd like to resurrect are mildly interesting, with Atari coming in at number three, and "none" at number one.

You may well have come across The Video Game Name Generator before; but as otter3 discovered, someone's been running a contest to actually create Flash games based on titles tossed out by it. =:D Fancy Narcoleptic Soccer Rush, Enraged Rocket House, Extreme Bedtime: the Next Generation, or Furry Punching Nitro?
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Now there'd be some distillation apparatus.. certainly would change the nature of the Matrix a bit. =:)

Yep! All the contest entries are playable, either as Windows downloads, or Flash games. Maybe I should try getting into Flash - sounds like an exercise in masochism, from what I've heard said about the development environment, but still.. the results can be well worth the effort, as Drum Machine, Everybody Else, or N demonstrate.
Hee! See, now I'd actually seek out those games, if they existed - who needs Yet Another FPS? But then, too many games take themselves far too seriously. One could easily say the same about people too, though, hence the problem. The success of Katamari Damacy, Loco Roco, Animal Crossing, and indeed, the Wii in general would seem to indicate Nintendo's premise of trying to push gaming beyond the recently traditional audiences. With the anticipation of Spore nigh tangible, even some significant bits of EA seem to see this too, thankfully. ^_^

Even if not a game, DDTR could make some YouTube stars.. !

"Relentless Gnome in Africa" - that sounds like the title of a B-movie. :) Or maybe a C-movie or a D-movie...

"Dracula's Pony Incident" - do I even *want* to know? ^^

"Insane Math Party" - thanks, I've had those. :P

"Flamboyant Sex Invasion" - this, on the other hand, could be interesting... ^^
As punishment for linking me to the Video Game Name Generator, I'm going to list out some of my favorites as they come up, with commentary in itallics.

Endless Lego Onslaught
Hardcore Sewer Racer
Micro Spatula at the Olympics
Preschool Demon Strikes Again
European Manlove Psychiatrist
Perverted Wheelchair Frenzy
Gothic Zamboni Heroes
Duke Nukem: Beautician XXX
Shadow of the Barcode in Busytown - I had a book in this series as a child
Everybody Hates the Rugby 25th Anniversary Edition
Kamikaze Rainbow Trainer
Depressing Godzilla Wasteland
Mystical Tank from Outer Space
Viking Volleyball Power
The Harlem Globetrotters: Croquet Kids
The Spelling from Mars
Elite Mech in Busytown - Lowly Worm Strikes Back
Blissful Big Game Hunter Hospital
Bizarre Chef Incident
Inept Laser in Crazyland
Tiger Woods' Dungeon Rage
Michael Jackson's Ice Cream Conspiracy
Barbie's Devil Dystopia - When SMT sells out
Vampire Unicycle 95
Savage Hamster Armada
Hazardous Puppy Encounter
Legacy of Transvestite in Middle-Earth
Enormous Badminton Freak
Jedi Love Unleashed
Ghetto Bass Adventure
Final Godzilla in Space
Ninja Llama DS
Super Cooking in the Salad Kingdom - AKA Destroy All Veggies
In Your Face Surgery Inspector
The Castle of Chainsaw Police
Big-Time Vegetarian Conquest - The sequel to the critcally aclaimed Super Cooking in the Salad Kingdom.
In the Lost Kingdom of Hippo Punch-Out!!
Supreme Furry in Middle Earth
Nihilistic Blimp GT
Big Bird's Karaoke Jihad
Everybody Hates the Mind Control Agent
Cthulhu's Lowrider Academy
My Very Own Alien Rave
Orbital Squirrel Overlords - GASP! THEY KNOW!
Save Yourself from the Beautician Blast
Super Sexy STD Encounter
Wacky Squirrel Battalion
Full Metal Mind Control Inferno
American Princess Knights
Red Hot Gnome Psychiatrist
No One Can Stop the Hovercraft - 2nd Impact
Erotic Manlove Master
Wrath of the Bible Camp
Eco-Friendly Hillbilly Demolition
Elite Toon Soldier
Nuclear Toon Hoedown
Divine Rabbit Carnage
Cantankerous Punching on the Oregon Trail
Hitler's Bingo Starring Mickey Mouse
Rockin' Vegetarian Slaughter - The Arcade version of ...
Haunted Toon Tactics
Fluffy Battleship Havoc
Kabuki Metal in Busytown - He drives an apple for a car, paints his face white with red lines, and beats people up with his hair
Neo Yeti Z
I am going to have to use "None at Number One" as a title for something, someday. I must. @_@