July 23rd, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Ferns, wooden fur, and enough sugar to cause coronaries in hummingbirds

The gods have heard akira114's innermost pleas, and brought forth Krispy Kreme's doughnut glaze drink. In each large (20oz) serving, you'll find 117g of carbohydrates - ie, 1/4lb of sugar, for 710 calories. (By comparison, the article notes each of the actual doughnuts is a svelte 220 cals) Now, if they can only find a way of working peanut butter into them too..

Here's a particularly detailed page on my kin. (Yay! We're the state animal of Sikkim, India. Maybe I can be an employee of the tourist board there? ^_^ And the mascot of choice for the International Tea Festival in Darjeeling)

Taking advantage of what is promised to be a string of sunny days, I took a circuitous wander back from town today.. first down a winding road leading to the stream in the valley, avoiding being run down on the way. Then, past the boulders serving as a hint to uncertain drivers, and then, by the riverside itself.. so quiet, surrounded by nothing but saplings and grasses, ambling along the riverbank, then through a neck-tall field of ferns, before embarking on an accidental voyage of inverse archaeology. That is to say, evidence of future civilisation, such as perfectly level, lightly grassy fields, nothing else around - or a small pond, leading to a concrete channel running the height of the hill, some eight feet wide, with a procession of regular concrete blocks in a staggered pattern, bracketed ornately by a traditional slate wall reaching past the edges at the top for about four feet either side. Similarly, nothing else nearby, aside from a path walkable in single file. Clear proof, I contend, that the area will be home to an advanced race of hominids at some point.

Why should horses get all the attention? Rocking Lambs offer a variety of carved works, including rocking rabbits. Not cheap, but rather nice.

That was a little unexpected.. in the car the other day, I discovered some random video they'd picked up: "The Big Bad Wolf". Except.. the wolf looked, even in the traditional cheesy rendition required of all bargain basement animation releases, a little familiar. Large schnoz, black tufty hair, playing a guitar.. and indeed, on the back, a couple actual stills. It's (one or two episodes, anyway) Nu Pogodi!

Don't suppose anyone knows Polish or Czech? Kingsajz, a Polish film, looks like it could be a lot of fun (even without understanding it), but some English subtitles would be nice to have. Closest I've come is finding a Czech set, which isn't all that immediately useful, but perhaps I can demunge the witterings of an online translator. "A comedy. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporaryworld, who actually came from the world of dwarves, thanks to a magic potion, held by the Big Eater, ruler of the dwarves. The dwarf kingdom, Shuflandia, exists in a cellar of a library, and only the most obedient get the chance to grow to king size and inhabit the larger world. Once there, nobody wants to return to Shuflandia. Also, there are no women in Shuflandia." You can guess it's a satire on the nature of Communism, yes?

From the UN, ten stories they feel warrant greater attention.

I thought ysengrin might like this werewolf, one of two new pics from Kemono Inukai.

A picture of rabbit training?

An interesting publishing venture in Bakersfield: a community-run newspaper "in which nearly all the content published in a regularly updated online edition and a weekly print edition is submitted by community members."

On that note, a most interesting article entitled "My Beef with Big Media", by.. Ted Turner. (He may have inflicted CNN upon the world, but Turner Feature Animation produced Cats Don't Dance, so I'm cool with him) It's quite a lengthy and particularly well-considered piece, giving many specific examples of how the rules have altered in the course of the latter half of the 20th Century, increasingly against smaller broadcasters and show creators.

Still - whilst it's certainly extremely expensive to try setting up as a traditional broadcaster, I'm left wondering if the future might not hold entirely new distribution media as the basis for widespread exchange (not necessarily just transmission) - high capacity pipes, such as fiber to the home; and even now, DSL and P2P, effectively overcoming the constraints of a given server's available bandwidth by decentralising the process.
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