June 2nd, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

A fox and his quest

Inherit the Earth, a (very! Check out the character design credits, midway through) furry adventure game, has been resurrected, and is now available for OS X and Windows (XP, 2000, ME, 98). A demo's available for download. The full version on CD is $23, including postage within the US.

Good geek fun next weekend in London, at NotCon '04, brought to you by the Need To Know folks, featuring Ian Clarke (Freenet), Brewster Kahle (The Internet Archive), Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing), and more, such as James Larsson's talk on "telling the time (not very accurately) using a Marks & Spencer prawn sandwich and a BBC micro". £4 for the landed gentry, £3 for everyone else, at the Imperial College Union, South Kensington.

Those within range of a BBC signal may be interested in Thursday's Wildlife on Two at noon, looking at the Kalahari bigfoot hare: "Outside in the Kalahari night are all the hungry predators which lie in wait for little bigfoot - giant eagle owls, black-backed jackals and caracal cats. The predators have sharp beaks, strong claws and powerful teeth. Little bigfoot has the most amazing leap. Can he escape?"

(Not furry, but on Fri/Sat midnight BBC 1 offers "Sex and the Settee", "Fresh from his previous films for BBC Three (Jordan, the Truth About Me [...]) Richard Macer's latest film is a hilarious look at the world of soft furnishings.")

This looks somewhat interesting: a new title from Vertigo (DC), WE3 (455K PDF), written by Grant Morrison:

"The government has spent millions to fuse the firepower of a battalion with the nervous systems of a dog named Bandit, a cat named Tinker, and a rabbit named Pirate. As part of a program to replace human soldiers with expendable animals, the U.S. government has transformed three ordinary pets into the ultimate killing machines. But now, those three animals have seized the chance to make a last, desperate run for 'Home'. A run that will turn into a breathless hunt to the death against the might of the entire military/industrial complex."

Finally got to see Tamala 2010, and.. well, yes, it's an odd one. The animation style's something of a blend of 1930s Hollywood, Yellow Submarine, and an extremely expensive Flash work, whilst the narrative ("storyline" might be taking things a bit far) reminds me of what David Lynch and Mark Bodé might have come up with together. Appropriately enough, I'd just watched episodes 6 and 7 of Paranoia Agent beforehand, which set the mood quite adequately.

Whilst randomly trawling for furs in the area, I looked for "red panda" and cardiff - and discovered the architect responsible for the San Diego Zoo's red panda habitat, where I've spent many a happy hour in near-meditation, simply watching, and often recording. (One David P Bishop, in case you were wondering. It is unknown whether his teeth are musical)

Said search also turned up an appeal from the Bristol Zoo for bamboo from local gardeners, to feed its red pandas. (Who, apparently, have almost all-white faces, according to the stock photo)

For those in the UK, I can recommend SVP Communications for CD-R and DVD-R supplies. I've used them a few times, and as far as I've seen, their prices are pretty much the best around. What particularly impressed me the other night, though, was having cause to email their support address, at 3am. Half an hour later, a real reply. I'm impressed. ^_^ (And this continued for a couple exchanges, to 5am or so. Although I might prefer they didn't try sending HTML and CSS as part of email)

Formality. I've never been one for it, in any form. Even at my graduation, I declined the ceremony, and simply let the piece of paper arrive. I did go along to the place on the day, though, to meet up with others from the class, many for the final time, sadly, although I've managed to stay in touch with a few. (I suppose part of that is a preference for avoiding the spotlight. Maybe it's a red panda thing)

For the really serious Godzilla fan: the G-tour, eleven days being guided through Japan, seeing famous sights and sites once levelled (or saved) by the big guy.

And, please enjoy this fine trailer for Star Wars III: Rise of the Empire, in Lego. (11.8MB QuickTime; Sorenson Video 3, so VLC and Mplayer probably won't give good results) Actually surprisingly good.. perhaps moreso than the eventual film. ^_^

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