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A mélange you'll need to see for yourself - some highly creative food, trees, and barbed wire.

SL Discoveries, for when you need to know about lobster shoes, a toon poking stick, or a crotch cannon (no, I mean literally).

Quite a surprise - I've long enjoyed Birdy the Mighty, a 1997 anime with a TG TF theme (and plenty of form-fitting attire), but it never went any further than the two pilot episodes. (Briefly, an alien agent winds up on Earth, pursuing a fugitive; in the course of the chase, the other lead character is critically injured. To save him, they wind up merging the two - so he spends most of the time as himself, but transforms into Birdy as required) Now, there's a new thirteen episode Birdy Tetsuwan Decode. ^_^ What's next for the league of forgotten anime - a full season of Fairy Princess Ren?

tgeller noticed this word animator. Enter a name, or any word, and let it rearrange it in 3D.

So, I got to see Presto in full the other day - and it's as wonderful as I could have possibly hoped for. True, Pixar have excellent technology, but most importantly, they have writers and animators who truly understand and love their craft. This is the kind of thing Termite Terrace might have turned out - sharp, witty, beautifully timed, and music that plays its part in the show just so. And it stars a bunny. What more could you ask for?

Oh, and there was Wall-E as well. =:D It's technically the best Pixar's ever managed, the editing is tight, even if the background story does require hefty suspension of logic — it's quite remarkable how the two lead characters genuinely grow on you. Ratatouille remains their best, but this is a solid second, alongside The Incredibles. (Again, the sheer talent in both timing and cinematography is quite stunning - occasionally distractingly so, but they're good about giving you just long enough to appreciate those moments of awe)

So, let's see.. just how much power can Hyzenthlay draw, if I really try? Here goes: full CPU load, maximum screen brightness, and the battery's charging.. 69W. Which would be why the PSU's listed at 70W. ^_^ Down to low brightness, and it's about 64W.. quit BOINC, and it's about 44W. Light use, no charging, and it's down to about 23W.

And here's a little lapine triptych. ^_^ The three photos were taken sequentially, showing the bun first reaching up for a munchable, then quite satisfied with it, and finally a guest appearance by a bunny tongue. =:D I wish the originals were higher resolution, but that'd require some fur-raisingly expensive equipment that could probably be mistaken for surface to air weaponry.

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» Rosetta@Home: "Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don't need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's."

» Predictor@Home: "Predictor@home is a world-community experiment and effort to use distributed world-wide-web volunteer resources to assemble a supercomputer able to predict protein structure from protein sequence."

» SETI@Home: "SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)." Needs no introduction, really, even if developments haven't been quite as dramatic as in Contact. =:)

» World Community Grid: "World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better." "Nutritious Rice for the World" is one of their projects, alongside FightAIDS@Home, and Help Conquer Cancer. Interestingly, it's effectively an IBM project at its heart, with the company having donated "the hardware, software, technical services and expertise to build the infrastructure for World Community Grid and provides free hosting, maintenance and support."

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That's the thing - the field as a whole is just so vast. And, ultimately, I suppose each group will have its own sense of priorities, or avenues they feel most worthy of exploration.

I wonder if it'd be worth getting my SLUG running BOINC.. wouldn't be particularly high throughput, but similarly, it wouldn't draw much extra power as a consequence. Maybe I'll get around to putting Debian or somesuch onto it today, now I've finally got a spare 2.5" case for the old 60GB drive it'll be using. (Unless I left it in the salt mine, though that's not much of a walk away) It'll be nice to have a full-time server at home again.. only light duty, obviously, but unlike Hyzenthlay, able to run 24x7 at home.

Edited at 2008-07-12 11:35 am (UTC)
Hey, in that word animator thingy when you do "Otter" it spins around to say "Balls"
Appropriately enough, looking at the icon, "Bosn Otter" becomes "Dutch Wife".

Bosn on its own, however, becomes Nude. =:D

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Hee! Perfect. =:D

I think I must lobby for Alec to join the rare breed of Pixar returning characters. ^_^ (There's the Toy Story crew, and that's pretty much it. Not too bad a paradigm, I suppose, right in line with Studio Ghibli - but even Pixar showed that a really well thought-out sequel can exceed the original. That said, I heard Toy Story III is alive again..)

Oh now that you mention anime, you should check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiNjXLrunJ0

It's relevant to your interests.
Aw! I was all looking forward to a bunny conquest of the planet, too. Though I think I'd go more with Tetsuwan Birdy uniforms - the "collar and cuffs only" look's never really appealed to me, even if many a Hanna-Barbera star had to make do with such. (And ties, for some reason. Now there's a garment that never makes sense on anyone)

I was watching a documentary on human sexuality and sex appeal one time and they found that ties make men sexier. The reasoning they figured out was that it was a surrogate for the penis. It's long and thick and hangs down.
I wonder how ethnocentric the study was - it'd be quite interesting to see just how broadly traveled that perception is, such as within Asia Minor and East Asia, where ties are relatively recent imports. Then again, I suppose they're not all that old anywhere, though I could well be entirely mistaken - they're, what, an 18th Century creation?

Hrm. Now I've got visions of a Christian biopic with Reservoir Dogs-style bad guys.

I'm not really sure. I don't think they did to much of that 'rigor' thing... I think they only performed each experiment in one place on about a thousand people.

Some other things they found were that people are more likely to help a college student who drops her books if they're hot. Only like ten percent of people helped the girl when she was wearing plain clothes and no makeup, but like ninety percent helped her when they had her done up by a high class stylist.

Also they did an experiment where they had someone looking at a map next to a sexy car and next to a dumpy car, and people offered directions much more to the person with the sexy car. Also they measured how often people touched the sexy car, compared to the dumpy car, and found that most people touched the sexy car but nobody touched the dumpy car.

Oh yeah and they figure sunglasses make you sexy because they make your face more symetrical. Symetry is sexy!

I don't like wearing a tie, they're uncomfortable and I have a sensitive neck. They were gradually being phased out of business attire as people switched to 'casual business' but they're becoming more popular again as the class divide grows wider and uniforms are coming back in style.

I had to wear a uniform for a telephone service job, you know? White dress shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and tie. Oh and white socks; and the pants have to be high enough to show the socks. That was the uniform. BUT WE WERE DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WHO WOULD NEVER SEE US! We weren't even supposed to let people know we were in Canada, it was a secret. Isn't that crazy? XD
Yay! Presto small enough to nibble-download at 28.8. I really must re-watch Rattatouille though as well, I didn't think it was anything special and yet all these people who's opinions I respect hold it in highest regard.
Oh, cool beans! I really hope Alec returns in some future short, even if Pixar does have a Ghibliesque disdain for sequels, Toy Story notwithstanding. (Along which lines, I know I'd still love to see a continuation of Azumanga Daioh - perhaps a special or two, showing how everyone's getting along post-school)

I think Ratatouille won me over quite early - the way René managed to convey the fun of being able to liven up ingredients with just some appropriate herbs spoke to me. It's really not very complicated, being able to turn some basic ingredients into something magical, yet it can indeed transform otherwise quite humble vegetables and meat into something delectable that you'll remember.
"The 'PORSUPAH' that saw from side might be a 'IMPOSTOR'."

A-HA! Your secret is revealed! ;)

(On the other hand, "The 'Wolf' is a 'Wolf' even if it sees from side.")

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Well, there were these teleportation experiments..

(Oh, to have a real Star Trek style teleporter! Of course, I've no idea how such a thing could work, but if I did, I'd already have one. Imagine the freedom of being able to jaunt to the other side of the world, perfectly casually. How wonderful to be able to meet up with friends, wherever they might live, as easily as walking down the street..)

Hare became Fear (hmph!), but Rabbit remains Rabbit. How very philosophical. ^_^

That would be nice, yes... for that matter, having a Star Trek-like replicator would be nice, too, although I have a feeling that our societ(y|ies) might not be ready for either.

(Hmm... "bunny" becomes "onany". Is that even a word in English? Similarly, "fox" becomes "sex" - maybe the site's just feeling frisky right now, although thinking about it, both species do have a certain reputation. :) And "hyena" becomes "hymen". Given the rather... well, peculiar anatomy of female spotted hyenas, I can't help but wonder if they even have got one (or whether such thoughts are appropriate for this entry/comment/journal to begin with). As for myself, "schnee" becomes "hearse" (eeek!), while "schneelocke" is too long a word, alas.)

Edited at 2008-07-13 07:10 pm (UTC)
That bunny is aware of the camera, he's roadrunnering you.