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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?

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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.

» 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)