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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 =:)



Pull, bunny, pull!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.