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The Supreme Court of California will issue its opinion on Prop. 8 at 10am PDT on Tuesday, May 26 2009. DayOfDecision, amongst others, is coordinating gatherings for the day. Personally, I don't mind one way or the other - the forces opposing equality have seen their support consistently eroded over the past decades, to the extent where the absolute best they could manage, even with the Mormons throwing in some 35-40% of total funding, was 52:48. Their path leads nowhere.

In a fantastic video vaguely reminiscent of Chris Cunningham's for Autechre's Second Bad Vilbel, discopanda found Mistabishi's Printer Jam. Superb bit of Squarepusher-style breakbeat/IDM.

bob_basset has/have posted some beautiful work in the past, but as schnee noticed, this horse mask is extraordinary.

Bacon chocolate chip cookies.

I don't link to movie trailers often, as they can usually fend for themselves well enough, but the first one for Sherlock Holmes has me quite interested. ^_^ Be warned, it does feature every trailer editing cliché from the past decade, but Holmes intrigues me - perhaps not terribly faithful to the original, but if the script can carry the film, the actors' performances could work wonders with it, on this first glance. Just don't expect any semblance of canon. =:)

Forty-six Somali words for camels.

A positive gem of an entry in metaquotes: Partisan-Man. Yes, sung to that tune. =:D

The Weasel Patrol is getting reprinted! And then there's one I've not heard of before, but perhaps should have, Stewart the Rat: "a graphic novel written by Steve Gerber and pencilled by Gene Colan in the wake of their ground-breaking work on Howard The Duck, returns in December in a value-priced edition. 'Gerber took the same cynical, frustrated sense of humor that made his work on Howard a classic and applied it to this tale of a walking, talking rat who faces the craziness of the Southern California lifestyle.'"

shatterstripes came upon the world's coolest USB flash drive: a black panther Transformer. Expensive, out of stock, modest capacity, and unbelievably nifty.

Want to be in an Apollo craft thrust up by a Saturn V? Try this simulation in the Space Frontier sim. Looks quite cunningly designed, and certainly good for some captivating photography, as you'd expect.

San Francisco's due to get 5MW of solar power, by plastering the Sunset Reservoir with 25,000 panels, in a deal with Recurrent Energy.

Kurrel the Raven's Furry Album is now available for download, from 320k MP3 to ALAC. $8, or whatever more you feel like paying; and it's distributed under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-ND (attribution, no commercial, no derivatives) license, yay!

Some rather less common Japanese furry mythological hybrids available from Bakemonoya.

Daimler takes a 10% stake in Tesla, as part of an active cooperation agreement: "Tesla will supply battery packs for Daimler's Smart electric vehicle – scheduled for worldwide availability in 2012. Under the terms of the partnership, Daimler and Tesla will also work together on battery management, cooling issues and the development of electric vehicle drive trains. Daimler will provide Tesla with vehicle testing and component support."

Interesting camera: the new Casio Exilim EX-FC100. It's quite normal in many regards - 9MP, 5x zoom, HD video - but in addition to the usual feature set for an upper-end point-and-shoot, you can get 21fps at best quality, or 30fps at normal quality, of full resolution stills, by asking for 1, 2, or 3 seconds at a nominal 30, 15, or 10fps. Video is also given a boost, with high frame rates of 480x360 at 210fps, 224x168 at 420fps, or a weirdly sized 224x64 (!) at 1000fps.

So, I've got this chip, and it speaks SPI. Groovy. Except, in Bosch's infinite wisdom, it comes on in 3-wire mode.. very useful. =:P But, you can throw it into a more usual 4-wire mode by setting a register bit. Well.. theoretically, anyway. Friday's seen me try many ways of convincing it to give 4-wire a try, just to see how it likes it, including all the CPOL/NCPHA combinations, but no dice - a multiple register read just remains steadfastly linking MISO & MOSI, and ne'er the twain be parted. Glar. At least the bus arbitrator addition's working perfectly, performing the initialisation quite late in the device's bringup, not using it until afterwards, and coexisting with the other devices' 100µs slots quite peacefully. And the new analyser/scope works beautifully well, replacing the one belonging to a contractor whose primary involvement has concluded; it's the predecessor to his, so the UI's mostly similar, and the deep buffer's as fantastically useful as ever - 400Msamples/s, so you can observe a set of bus transactions at, say, 1ms/div, and still zoom in to read off each byte at 500ns/div. (I did notice the scope - used, and at a remarkably good price - came with, as one might expect, an existing set of labels, including one I hadn't expected =:)



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The mask is great, isn't it? I still can't get over how beautiful it is. :)

whyyourefat also recently had bacon chocolate cake, BTW. c.c

The flash drive is cute, too, but ultimately silly - especially since it's specifically sold as a collector's item. Why would I pay almost 50 bucks for a piece of plastic that will collect dust on my shelf? (Yeah, I know, others do that... but I don't know why, either. :))
The mask's so very tempting, but the MacBook Pro comes first - and indeed, other bits and pieces, in the fullness of time, such as (probably) a low-end DSLR and fearsome lens; as nifty as the TZ5 is, better performance in middling lighting conditions would be very useful for the focus of my photography. Either that, or a really good bunny suit. ^_^

Still.. someday, I think, yes. I just have to hope they don't post a lapine mask as appealing any time soon. =:)

Wow. ^_^; I've got to wonder how that kind of creation actually tastes, of course. The link's author explains their rationale for the various ingredients decisions made, even if I can't agree with her on the undesirability of soft bacon - I'm okay with crispy in some settings, like a salad, or judiciously chosen to contrast against, say, a chicken breast, but for enjoying bacon, I'll go with tender back bacon every time. (Minus rind, of course, and most of the fat. We're not living in a place or time where all fat available in one's everyday diet provides valuable nutrition, especially if living on a budget, where hydrogenated fats go to die)

Ah, there's always space for the ornamental and whimsical in life. ^_^ And collecting dust happens to us all, sooner or later. =:) That said, I'm rather lacking in such myself. Even if I were reunited with all my material possessions tomorrow (*sigh*.. so vastly less important than being where I feel at home, but too many people feel arbitrary boundaries and endless barriers to living freely are necessary to the survival of their way of life), I'd only be able to add a few such to the list: a rather spiffy Pepe le Pew maquette, from the San Diego WB Store in 1997, and a pair of Bugs & Lola crystal and pewter champagne flutes. I was rather tempted by the recent Sam & Max resin cast, though. ^_^
Heh, yeah - in a certain way, I hope he won't do a wolf mask, myself, since I just might be tempted to buy that one then even though I can't afford it. :)

Mmm, I have no idea what it'd taste like, but I imagine it might work. Blending sweet and savoury can have interesting results, and it's not as if - for instance - chocolate sauce for meat dishes etc. is entirely unknown in the world. :)

And yeah, ornamental and whimsical stuff is fine, but sometimes, things seem like pretty blatant attempts to cash in to me. :) The costs of an item should at least be *somewhat* justified by the materials, functionality or the work that went into its design or manufacture.
Well, I understand porn flicks pay pretty well.. =:) (You're not a programmer, are you? There are avenues for selling one's wares independently, quite fruitfully, though as one would expect, even a good program needs attention paid to its promotion, lest it fall undiscovered by the wayside. Maybe good wildlife prints, if such are sometimes your photographic subjects? Could even see if wares based on them might sell through Rabbit Valley and suchlike)

Definitely so! Seemingly orthogonal tastes can work so very well together - hot and sour soup is but one example. =:9 (Unsurprisingly, the instant version Ainsley Harriott has lent his name to is rather wimpy, but that's very easily fixed =:) I might try that cookie recipe, actually - it's been a while since I last heated up the oven for any baking, and I did just finish off the last of my pack of soft-baked triple Belgian chocolate cookies. ^_^; (To be eaten in halves, I'd say, or as a complete dessert - very good, though. Sort of the cookie equivalent of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food, almost)

Mm, that aspect was rather underlined by the meagre capacity.. true, even an 8GB model would seem teeny in a couple years, but at least with less of an opportunistic emphasis. Still, a very neat design nonetheless. ^_^ Would be particularly welcome, I think, to see something like that realised in, perhaps, porcelain, or even something less conventional, like some form of silicone rubber, perhaps translucent. Hmm. Wonder how tricky that sort of polymer is to work with for small sculptures.. seems like it'd be fairly friendly, though I suppose you'd only be able to cut, unless it's possible to smooth edges cleanly with a dremel or suchlike.
I'm not the kind of guy who could stare in porn flicks, to be honest - neither in terms of looks (unless you're talking about chubby chaser porn, if there is such a thing at all) nor in terms of staying power nor - for that matter - willingness. :)

Programming is something I occasionally do, but I'm not very experienced (anymore), to be honest. And selling prints of pictures... I don't know; I suppose I could try, but chances are I'd end up having to spend money on things like equipment, photography courses etc. first then, and I'm not sure I'd even be able to recoup that, even when you don't take into account the amount of time I'd spend on it all.

And yeah, I know I'm just making excuses for why I shouldn't even try. x.x

If you do try the cookie recipe, let us know how it works out, BTW. ^^

And yeah, it is an interesting design, and you probably could do something similar with other materials as well (with or without the USB drive). I have no idea how difficult different materials are to work with, but I'd imagine most could be worked on in *some* way.
That's an interesting camera, the video features in particular - though I do wonder how much use a 224x64 resolution is going to be whatever the frame rate. A shame it doesn't have manual settings, but (contrary to what the review says) those are rare these days on compacts; even Canon have given them up on the A-series now (boo, hiss). Scene modes are simply not an adequate replacement; I practically never use them on my A710 and S2, but I'd miss shutter priority a great deal, even without the help of CHDK.

Still, for once the exchange rate isn't exploited too badly: the official UK list price of £350 is the usual tiresome £1=$1 rubbish, and is far too expensive given you can get a DSLR (with lens) for that money, but in the real world an Amazon.co.uk seller has it for £265.61 - and wonder of wonders, it's available in black as well as silver. A lot of makers don't seem to offer anything but silver to the UK, and it's mildly annoying.

I tend to agree with PhotographyBLOG's opinion that you need to be really sure you'll use the high-speed features for the Casio to be worth the money. Given that specific selling point, though, it seems a bit odd that it's only got a 5x zoom, which is surely going to limit its usefulness for both sports and wildlife photography. (And I really, really hope that PB's assertion that the fastest shutter speed is 4 seconds is a typo! =;P )

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Mm, 1000fps is a fantastic concept, but even for novelty purposes, that's a fairly painfully low resolution - even teletext graphics have higher vertical resolution. =:) Still, as that reviewer notes, the 210fps is quite usable in dimensions, and probably ideal for a lot of real-world slow motion purposes. (Heh! Would be rather fun to take some lapine footage at that sort of framerate, but again, just the 5x zoom, with no possibility of adding a superior lens, would limit its practicality)

I wonder what sort of CG processing can be applied to blurred 30fps video.. indeed, I'd be very surprised if it weren't possible to reconstruct a much higher resolution still from a few seconds of noisy video, given even just comparatively basic principles of noise removal; even moreso with a high resolution accelerometer involved, for accurate positioning information per frame.

Egad! Current parity still exists? I was actually quite surprised when I worked out various options for the MacBook Pro - of course, with the GBP steadily rising again, that may change, but the British and American prices were quite similar, allowing for real exchange rates, but made advantageous on the British front, after considering the UK prices are the actual price you'll pay, including VAT, whereas the US ones aren't. Still, we'll just have to see how much mine winds up costing.. the boss is eyeing one as well, as is the external manager, after they've seen how smoothly Hyzenthlay performs.

What are the finishes on such cameras, though? My TZ5 is just silver (surprise!), and whilst I'd have preferred a darker color, for less reflectiveness in the sunlight, which isn't ideal for wildlife photography (though the buns are, on balance, far more upset by humans getting too close), I wonder if such hues are merely coated on in some way, rather than anodised or some similar "deep" treatment.

Four seconds? Surely the world could use a more relaxed pace of life, photography included. ^_^
Personally, I don't mind one way or the other - the forces opposing equality have seen their support consistently eroded over the past decades, to the extent where the absolute best they could manage, even with the Mormons throwing in some 35-40% of total funding, was 52:48. Their path leads nowhere.

Yes! Thank you for saying that. It seems like a natural conclusion to me, but I've met precious few people who are able to see Prop 8 as a reason for optimism. It passed with a 52:48 margin, and with a clear generational divide, no less-- 2/3 of older voters over 65 supported it, 2/3 of voters under 30 opposed it. To be blunt, one of those groups is growing, and the other's going to be dead real soon. Perhaps the tipping point will even come before the next time an equality-related issue makes it onto the ballot.
Just so. ^_^ I feel the opposing forces have only hastened the demise of their own importance - they've invested so heavily in hatred of homosexuality as part of their political survival that as real resistance to equality diminishes, so too will their own fortunes wither.

Not, I feel a bad thing - even for them. I don't go in for gods and suchlike, but the tales of Jesus himself, and his own teachings, show him pretty clearly to be quite a social radical, strongly in favor of equality, against exploitation, and so forth. All good stuff! If American Christianity can evolve into more of a force for personal well-being and general fairness, that's surely to everyone's benefit. (Well, except for those living it high on the status quo =:)

I think we're actually at that tipping point already. There's been quite a bit of "buyer's remorse" over Prop. 8, it seems, not to mention a fair degree of confusion over what the proposition would actually entail, with some believing a vote for it was a vote for equal rights; and with the uproar following, as well as the active campaigning and even boycotting (eg the San Diego Mariott), it seems there's been a lot of light shed on the real pain the ongoing injustice causes to many people, whether in merely being officially snubbed, or the desperation of being denied essential legal rights at a time of need, with their family overriding their loved one.

Still, as unfortunate as it is that civil rights can be the subject of popular vote, rather than proudly protected and enshrined as a fundamental principle, equality's always been an ongoing battle, from the abolition of slavery, through to the establishment of voting rights independent of genitalia, the acceptance of love regardless of the skin tones of those involved, to the present time. Frustrating as it is that such perseverance is necessary, this chapter's coming to a happy conclusion, joining most Western democracies (and quite a few others). There's more to be done, of course, in the US and many other countries, such as granting immigration rights to permit international couples to be together, wherever they wish. I do hope that aspect also spreads widely - I'm very much in favor of people being allowed to be wherever they can find happiness, together or alone. Our worlds are always changing - always, whether we like it or not - and if one person can find happiness somewhere, really, who am I to try to refuse it them? Why would I even want to? ^_^
I hadn't heard of that film. I'm curious now! What did you think of that cartoon, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century?
I don't think I'd actually encountered that until now! I may have to try sniffing out an episode or two, to see if it can live up to its potential promise, if that featured IMDb review is (for once! They do seem to like putting up controversial opinions - fair enough, but so often, it amounts to someone simply not liking the film, for whatever reasons, well-founded or otherwise, and trying to argue that others shouldn't like it) representative.

Dammit. Now I'm going to have to locate Basil, the Great Mouse Detective again. ^_^
It was pretty cool. Sherlock Holmes is the original Sherlock Holmes. When he died his body was preserved in honey and they were able to recussitate him with future technology. LeStrade is the distant decendant of LeStrade, and also a hot chick, and also a ninja, and also a competent detective. I'm lead to understand the original LeStrade wasn't a competent detective. Watson is a police robot whose personality is based on the diaries of the original Watson, and he wears a super-advanced disguise mask to make his face look like Watson. Moriarty is a clone.

In one episode, they investigate a robot werewolf on the moon.
In one episode, they investigate a robot werewolf on the moon.

Making it one of the best cartoons EVER. I have that episode on tape.
And then there's one I've not heard of before, but perhaps should have, Stewart the Rat

Oh, I remember that one. I have it somewhere (just need to check if I already brought it over to Germany or not) :3
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I totally lost track of this post when I got to bacon chocolate chip cookies. <3
Always loved Bob's work.

Had a guy on the Bay Bridge in the last year or so who was threatening to jump and blocking traffic for hours during rush hour. People were yelling at him to jump. Never seen anyone throw someone off before, though. :D