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A furry strip to try: Skin Horse; one of the creators may be familiar to veterans of the Transformations Stories Archive list, once responsible for the memorably surreal masterpiece, Mundementia One. (It's got an RSS feed on the site, of course, and an LJ syndication thereof over yonder: skinhorsecomic)

I will admit to being unduly amused by the splash screen for BioBrick Studio, a bioengineering utility. And the "Services" icon, down in the bottom right, seems perhaps noteworthy as well.. =:D ("BioBrick Studio Mobile is an experimental integrated development environment (IDE) that facilitates review, annotation, design, and implementation of standard biological parts from non-standard DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Our core goals are to develop programming languages, information models, and communication/computational architectures that support the development and responsible use of standard biological parts.")

TF story for today: The Police Toy Incident, by sockscatt.

Cadbury's Flake ice cream plus Standard vodka: dashed good. =:9

Ariel Press' new comic, "Harker", debuts with a free issue 0, the remaining four issues going for £1.95 each on paper, or £1 as PDF downloads. ("Please note that we're providing high resolution PDFs so that you can print it out if you like, so they're big files!") Forboding Prices writes: "The genre trappings are all there. The police procedural investigation, the crime scene investigation, the autopsy, the legwork, the finding of the clues; it’s all there, exactly where it should be. Add to that the mysterious supernatural goings on to get one really great comic book series. But on top of a really lovely idea, really well executed the thing reads incredibly well; the dialogue’s cracking; quickfire buddy chat with Harker as the mysterious straight man to Critchley’s rapid fire, slightly unhinged funny man."

So, I saw that movie. ^_^ A pleasant not-really-surprise, despite the rollercoaster feel to the plot, firmly on rails and never stopping until the end, not to mention a glyph of a villain with a taste for Super Mario ship interiors, and overuse of hyperkinetic camera angles and lens flares. But - it was fun. Overall, I'm looking forward to seeing more of them. Needs more alien bunnies, though. And on that note, you might try the Good Ship Chronicles, something like a cross between Star Trek and The Office. =:) High quality artwork, and consistently good writing, in the latter's downbeat style.

And then, Pixar's newest release, Up. Yes, you'll cry.

Another strip I'd recommend, of distinctly high quality (though only once a week, as with the superlative Abominable Charles Christopher): One Swoop Fell. This is the work of someone who really understands their art.

Wow.. I'm going to have to try the FurNation Alpha mall again with the main client, to compare, but that little expedition seemed to go much more fluidly than I ever remember the SkyMall being. Everything loading quickly, sometimes before you even chose to look at a particular item for sale, and taking very little time if you zoomed in on something specific. Even FurNation Prime's pyramid and beach - no problem. 'Course, having a minimal draw distance helps, but gods, it's nice to be able to just walk around and not have to constantly take account of laggy responsivity. (Flying around was more like that, though)

A kind denizen of linguaphiles, cath_hanner_nos, came through with photos of her quite wonderful Taiwanese example of almost (and later, unabashed random typing =:) "English" on a t-shirt. It's a little bit of delicately mangled poetry, in its own way.

The co-worker pointed out a beautiful slideshow of his girlfriend's Greek home island.

Some beautiful surreal avs by Alpha Auer (one of the maintainers of Not Possible In Real Life) - whether or not you're in-world, these are worth admiring. (primaeros might want to have a peek, maybe otter3 and circuit_four too)

According to a rather confused report on TVsquad, Futurama is back in production, courtesy of Comedy Central, with a new 13-episode season underway. ^_^

O2 have, apparently, confirmed their early termination fee for iPhone 3G users: the entire remaining value of your contract, not some portion that might reasonably be considered repayment of the initial subsidy, somehow believing that being paid for service they won't be providing is right. Well, they are a cellco, and they universally try to suck as mightily as possible. (AT&T and Rogers subscribers are invited to disagree)

For a brief technical overview of the iPhone 3GS, peek here. No gigantic leaps, of course, just nice increments - the iPhone 3G has a 412MHz ARM11 core, the iPod touch 2G 532MHz, and the GS runs a Cortex family ARM at 600MHz, doubling the memory to 256MB, with a PowerVR SGX supporting OpenGL ES 2.0. Ah, the joys of SIMD on an iPhone! I told them they should've hired me. ^_^ (Almost happened, save for being a couple weeks too late for the legal department)

Anyone unfamiliar with the Bay might like to download Lonely Planet's San Francisco Guide for iDevices, briefly available for free.

I do like Bandcamp's approach, as outlined in one of their FAQs:

Q: I know, I just KNOW, that people are using leeching sites to STEAL the streams of my tracks that are up on Bandcamp. Surely the solution to this grave problem is for you guys to offer 30-second snippets, as an alternative to full streams. Are you working on that?

A: [takes a few deep hits from oxygen tank] No. Implicit in the question is the false assumption that the people currently downloading the music for free would pay for it, if only you restricted it in this one tiny corner of the web. In reality, those people will move right on to eMule, Gnutella, or some other P2P network where your music is freely available. Furthermore, you will have just squandered the opportunity to make your own site the premier destination for those (seemingly cheap, but enthusiastic and potentially concert-going and merchandise-buying) fans. Further furthermore, you will have pissed off all the honest fans that are happy to support you, but for whom a 30-second snippet is simply not long enough to make a purchasing decision.

They're one of the many digital music download providers, and a good one - they'll give you a good choice of formats, from MP3 to Apple Lossless and FLAC, and unrestrictred previews. (huepow00's latest album is offered through them, as is Kurrel the Raven's "Furry Album")

Dessert, possibly tonight, or some other time: a Belgian waffle, real custard (cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla), and a little Canadian maple syrup. Seems like it could work. =:9

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*giggle* No prob. ^_^ I'll have to try remembering to listen to a useful portion of it - I've been listening to so little music lately, for some reason. =:P (In part, I think I just got caught deeply by Royksopp's "Junior", maybe.. that's a tough act to follow! Apparently to be followed by "Senior", a more mellow, moody album. Could be interesting.. I love the energy and sense of fun here, but there are plenty of hints as to how they might develop a more downbeat theme, too)

Also wrote off to Bandcamp to see if they accept any other means of thrusting payment their way other than the scuzballs of PayPal. Maybe I should look into setting up an affiliate vendor in SL.. =:)
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Hm! Interesting point.. CDbaby ought to take note. ^_^

You do, of course, retain full rights - maybe sign up with both? iTunes availability would be pretty neat. No quick route to fame and riches, of course, but more avenues == good thing, as any rabbit will confirm. =:)

Oh, now, I thought that Skinhorse --- which I ran across a couple months back when I started really expanding the roster of comics I read --- had something about it which felt, you know, like furry art. I don't know that I recognized anything about it specifically, but it had that furry clique thing to it, you know?

In other comics, by the way, have you been reading Ink Pen, Cow And Boy, and Dog Eat Doug? If you haven't you're missing some fantastic ones. Really outstanding ones.

Hee! I wish I'd encountered it in a neutral setting, but I can imagine it would have a certain furry sensibility to it, indeed. ^_^ Looks like I've got quite a bit to catch up with, too, and thankfully not a thousandth as intimidating a backlog as Megatokyo ever was.

Oooh, not sure I've even heard of any of those. Better yet than Charles?

(How I wish there were a moral company similar to PayPal.. so frustrating to see that wretched company used so widely in the support of individual efforts such as these artists)

I haven't read One Swoop Fell before, well, you mentioned it so I can't really speak to comparisons. But I do think they're worthy strips in their own right.

Ink Pen is a gocomics.com strip and according to its information blurb is about what the various comic book characters do when they're not employed; lots of funny animals and superheroes abound, as you might expect.

Cow and Boy is very well-drawn, although some people find the line art too detailed to read easily, and it has a habit of slipping jokes in and letting them play out over months, so it can be a bit baffling when a threaded joke pops in and you've missed or forgotten its setup. It recently finished, for example, a reappearance of The Bumputer, a laptop glued to one's rear end, which goes back months from its first introduction. One sequence from the start of the month convinced me that the artist has decided to just aim directly for the furry/transformation/dragon community. (The character in the Pretty Pony costume, Martin, has in the past mostly limited himself to collecting his Pretty Ponies and sometimes throwing them at antagonists. And jumping through walls that were supposed to be styrofoam.)

Dog Eat Doug is primarily about a young dog and the baby in her life and is astoundingly cute and features many sweet animal guest stars, from ants to assault squirrels and beyond. It's also available at gocomics.com, with a more active comment community (and, I think, the author dropping in often enough), but with a much more stingy archive policy.

You might also be interested in Rabbits Against Magic, which shows a very rabbit-oriented view of the world.

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You're right, I dug those av designs. Thanks. =) It's in line with my Kazuma Kaneko fanboy tendencies toward avant-garde Frankensteinian fashion.
In RL too? =:) I've never quite understood why fashions are as they are, with quite defined boundaries, especially attempting to delineate gender, and always with the apparent conviction that there's something permanent about the prevailing norms, even if history clearly shows otherwise. There should be much more lycra and latex on the streets. Then I'll know we're living in the future. ^_^
Actually, Rogers is recently being douchey. Text messages (if you don't have a plan) went from $0.15 to $0.25 each, and now people without texting plans will be charged to receive texts. I've always thought that one was stupid.

Also, they're selling the Ovation HSPA mobile modem for $300, while I can get the same model (except black and originally-branded) for $130.
They're better than the others, it seems, but they're still sucking.
Wow.. 25¢ for a single data packet. If you say it's 256 bytes, including all the protocol headers, that'd be $1024 per MB. =:D

Ow. That's pretty steep for the modem, indeed.. do they sell the dongle as well? 3 were offering their badged version of the ubiquitous Huawei E220 for something like £70 last summer, then dropped it to £50. Data's pretty affordable, too: £10/1GB, £15/3GB, or £25/7GB, all PAYG, though credit expires after 30 days, used or not.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. I, too, came to the conclusion that each text is 256 bytes, which means $1/KB. Simply put: Text-messages are money-makers. Luckily, Rogers' pay-as-you-go options give me the choices of $4 for a limited amount of texts, $6 for about as many as I could manage to use, or $10 for those who text massively (all per-month, of course), so it's more like 4c/message, which is still worth four whole minutes of weekend/evening talk.

Wow, I had no idea it was THAT cheap over there. £25 for 7GB? The plans over here are more like $40 for 500MB, $45 for 1GB, $60 for 2GB, $75 for 3GB, or $95 for 5GB. It's an extra $30/GB over that.
By dongle, I assume you mean the thing you stick into the USB. That's the modem, which is what I was talking about. The mobile internet uses the usb modem (over here, an Ovation model), while the portable internet has a bigger modem that you plug into the mains (as I'd mentioned before). I don't know a thing about the portable internet beyond that.
Do you have HSPA networks over there? I think I heard that Spain was already putting in its HSPA+ network, and Australia was doing the same. Most of US and Canada are still on EVDO, which is half the speed (if that -- I usually get 80KB/s per connection with my Rogers HSUPA, while MTS's EVDO was getting me maybe 12KB/s).
And then, Pixar's newest release, Up. Yes, you'll cry.
Oh good, so it wasn't just me.

Lonely Planet's San Francisco Guide: w00t! I need this, despite getting close to being here for a year...
Ginormous bunny!