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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!
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? ^_^