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Welcome to the demoSLene by Torley is well worth the time - no real storyline, as per the genre - just some inspiring graphics technology being shown off to a great soundtrack, with tech including the forthcoming dynamic shadows and per-pixel shading. Dance in a sea of cat heads! (Needless to say, I'd recommend downloading the high quality version, rather than making do with blip.tv's encoding)

Spurred on by that, I finally got around to downloading NVIDIA's free editions of GPU Gems 1 & 2, and the Cg Tutorial book - they're presented just as individual HTML pages per chapter part, but that's easily taken care of by just printing to PDF or using an archive utility like Scrapbook for Firefox. Though I'd love to work out just where Scrapbook thought it was putting the downloaded HTML and images.. not on the Desktop, nor my home directory, nor ~/Documents - wound up just printing to PDF instead. Wonder if PSPPDF's been updated lately..

rabitguy found something geekily awesome - The Conet Project:

The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations is a four-CD set of recordings of numbers stations, mysterious shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin believed to be operated by government agencies to communicate with spies "in the field". The collection was released by England's Irdial-Discs record label in 1997, based on the work of numbers station enthusiast Akin Fernandez.

The Conet Project has since become somewhat of a cult sensation and counts many musicians and filmmakers among its fans, including Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Melvins collaborator David Scott Stone, Boards of Canada, former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, and director Cameron Crowe. Samples from the collection have been used in numerous films and albums, including Crowe's film Vanilla Sky and Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album [...]

In keeping with the 'Free Music Philosophy', the label has made the entire collection available for download in MP3 form (along with a PDF version of the included booklet) on its website completely free of charge and encourages fans to freely distribute it on file sharing networks.

And here it is. ^_^

Do you like to cycle, but find it interrupts your keyboard playing? If inspiration strikes, or the urge to noodle, or jam with random strangers, what then? Something like the St Frankenstein Pianobike may be the answer. ^_^

"Harry Potter maker Warner Bros is suing an Indian film company over the title of upcoming film Hari Puttar - A Comedy Of Terrors, according to reports." Personally, that sounds like it could be a pile of fun..

A good commentary, to which little need be added, on the topic of the Western trend towards ever greater official monitoring and cataloguing of the public.

For Mac geeks and casemod fans: things to do with a Mac mini, including remarkably professional miniature recreations of the Quadra and Mac Pro, and a wonderful red LEGO brick. ^_^ Wonder if the comment at the bottom indicates the next installment will include a BeBox reproduction.. (the entry itself is in Japanese)

I'm really missing my Keystation 49e - things just haven't yet worked out with getting the stuff up from the old place. Still, I've been pondering migrating from synth action to semi-weighted keys - the next model up, the 61es, is reasonably affordable as well, and the reviews sound quite favorable. On the other paw, there's the bazaar of eBay - and a Pro 88 with stand for not much more than the best new price of a 61es. Full hammer action! Very tempting, but there's a bid already there, and I'm reluctant to go much higher, for now. Though I'd still like to come up with some novel kind of controller, much as the Tenori-on is a purely electronic age instrument (and a load of fun, by the looks of it. Anyone actually played around with one?) - we no longer need to play instruments that are even vaguely plausible purely IRL. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
I like the little segue towards absurdity in Hari Puttar's plot summary:

It tells the story
of a 10-year-old boy
who moves to England
with his parents
and becomes embroiled
in a battle
over a secret microchip.