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Via momentrabbit, a brief trailer for Bryan Talbot's forthcoming graphic novel, Grandville. From the artist who brought us Luther Arkwright, one of the finest works of the medium, a steampunk detective thriller that's absolutely and entirely furry. Jolly good show. (Don't miss this!)

Has anyone dealt with Kiva? I remember reading about them a couple years back, and by the looks of things, they're continuing to do som invaluable work. They're a loan broker of sorts - entrepreneurs in poor countries around the world can apply, via local organisations that vet the proposals and applicants, for modest loans to help their business, on the order of $1,000 or so. Lenders can then contribute to whomever they wish, putting in whatever small or large amount they want, to be repaid over 6-12 months.

If you've ever wondered what a GUNDAM actually looks like in real life, just have a look. Only a model, but, 1:1 scale. =:D


Some weekend, someone remind me to watch Béla Tarr's Sátántangó. Only trouble is, I'm prone to pausing video material a fair bit, at least if no-one else is around - I can easily stretch an hour of Torchwood into two. And when the film's 450 mins long to begin with.. =:)

Lots of Watership Down icons. ^_^

Yay! Altermeta is back! And with some snappy writing, too, not to mention lovely artwork.

Go here for a quick RL tale of a run-down low-budget version of Chuck-E-Cheese, and the cheerleader mouse that aspired to be a Terminator. =:D

Well, that's an interesting point of dissent, and one I can very much concur with, regardless of its source - but to find the Daily Mail, of all places, advocating withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Via Newshoggers, Qaradawi's Revisions: "Yusuf al-Qaradawi, probably the single most influential living Sunni Islamist figure, has just written a major book entitled Fiqh al-Jihad (The Jurisprudence of Jihad) which decisively repudiates al Qaeda's conception of jihad as a "mad declaration of war upon the world." At the same time, he strongly rejects what he calls efforts to remove jihad completely from Islam, and strongly reaffirms the duty of jihad in resisting the occupation of Muslim lands, specifically mentioning Israel as the arena of legitimate resistance. Qaradawi's intervention has thus far received no attention at all in the English-language media. It should, because of his vast influence and his long track record as an accurate barometer of mainstream Arab views."

Mmmm. Went back to the Greys on Saturday night, and enjoyed a garden herb cheesecake with baby plum tomatoes and assorted leaves as a starter, followed by their free range chicken breast with a lemon, broad bean, potato, and chorizo dressing, and finished off with their gooseberry and almond tart. Good stuff. ^_^


And I'll be saying Hi to three of my favorite letters again on Friday, "O", "F", and "S". =;)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been thinking about signing up for Kiva... the community on that site really impresses me. You're only allowed to loan a max of $25 to any given person, yet nearly every one of the entrepreneurs there gets their loan fully funded in less than a day. That's stunning.
Ah, now that's an interesting cap.. I suppose that enforces a sort of risk spreading, so one bad debt doesn't take out the amount you've made available.

The point they make on the site is one they certainly ought to maintain - that the names and faces aren't merely PR shots, but the actual people involved. Being able to know that your loan is assisting them in bettering their condition, whether an electronics repair business in Lebanon, or cosmetics in Costa Rica.