October 28th, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Change something

Ad (though it may as well be a CG music video) for the day is, without a doubt, "Hate Something, Change Something" (6.8MB MPEG-1, rather pointlessly zipped), courtesy of Honda and avon_deer. Download this now. Your life will be better for it. ^_^ (Wonder if there's an EPK DVD?)

Another promising musical weblog with an electronica theme, from fairybear: Dozer, with an RSS feed here.

It's spring cleaning time (Australian site, dontchaknow) at Fat Planet - pick and choose from a monster grab bag of music from around the world, all free.

Eep! I'd known of the synonym, but thought the logo looked much more vulpine than ailuropodian - but there it is, in Mozilla's Firefox name FAQ: 'A "Firefox" is another name for the red panda.' Regrettably, the designer of the logo felt "A firefox is actually a cute red panda, but it didn’t really conjure up the right imagery". Aw..

Good to hear.. at literally the final hour, the proposed EU commissioner team including Rocco Buttiglione was withdrawn. "Mr Buttiglione, a staunch Roman Catholic put forward for the post of justice and home affairs commissioner, recently remarked that homosexuality was a "sin" and that single mothers were "not very good people" - comments which outraged many MEPs. It is widely believed that he will have to quit for Mr Barroso to get MEPs' approval for his new team."

And perhaps there's some cause for hope in the US, also, with the progress, even if glacial, of the Permanent Partners Immigration Act. "According to the federal Permanent Partners Immigration Act (PPIA), a "permanent partner" is someone who is 18 or older who is in an exclusive committed relationship with someone the same age or older, is financially interdependent with that person and is unable to have the relationship recognized under the Immigration and Nationality Act. If passed, the PPIA would allow such people to live in the United States. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., reintroduced the Permanent Partners Immigration Act (H.R. 832) on Feb. 13, 2003. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced a companion bill in the Senate on July 31, 2003. But both versions of the bill remain in committee."

Hunter S Thompson: Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004. Given the author, what more do I need to say?

I'm not one for rap or hip-hop, with the occasional, rare exception, such as some of the Beastie Boys' work, but Eminem's overtly political video for Mosh (47MB QuickTime) is a remarkable piece of work. Even if you're not a fan of him or his music, this really is one to see. Lennon would be proud. (For those on dialup, I've transcoded it as an 8.8MB MPEG-4 file. Not perfect, but a bit smaller) Heh. After initially being quite reluctant to air it, it's on MTV's chart: at number one.

We might have a new hominid species in the family: "The full-grown female human was barely a meter tall, with a skull the size of a grapefruit."

Enjoy some restaurant art. Or not. ^_^

iPod socks. O.o

Cool. Static Control has prevailed in appeal over Lexmark, who'd asserted that SC's manufacture of a compatible chip (which lets Lexmark printers know they have a "valid" cartridge installed) violated the DMCA, and won the initial ruling.

The iPod Ashlee Simpson Karaoke Edition. ^_^

Iraq, the gift that keeps on giving.. this time, 380 tons of high explosive (Mohammed Abbas, of Iraq's Ministry of Science and Technology, has confirmed the loss of 194.741 tonnes of HMX, 141.233 tonnes of RDX and 5.8 tonnes of PETN; note these are metric tonnes), left unguarded following Saddam Hussein's removal. They'd previously been under watch by the IAEA, whose personnel left just prior to the invasion. Given a kilo or two is apparently enough to make a Humvee's passengers lives quite unpleasant, let's say 5lb for a roadside bomb (or, in the case of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, around 1lb of Semtex, the high explosive of choice for such purposes. It's a finished RDX-based "plastic explosive" also involving PETN; highly stable until triggered, and possessed of a long shelf life). At 2000lb/ton, that's in the order of 760,000lb going missing, or ~150,000 such charges; or around 4,000 Oklahoma City bombings. Thus far, there have been various responses from the US government, including that they'd only just been notified, which seems perhaps unlikely, aside from IAEA communication, and subsequent Iraqi notification. Quote for the day: "The discovery was not made public sooner because standard intelligence practice is not to let enemies know such information, said a senior administration official."

What happens if you propel a cat forwards in zero gravity? Thanks to the USAF, now you can find out. (1.9MB QuickTime)

Twin Spica ep.14 was perhaps the best since its somewhat uncharacteristically melodramatic opening episode; but, I'd particularly like to highlight a new series, Yakitate Japan, which may have some appeal for those who enjoyed Iron Chef in its subtitled days, or Tampopo. It's much more towards the former in its comedy, but the second episode (as far as it's reached thus far) exhibited some amusing imagination and creativity. The storyline, so far, is a boy's quest to create distinctly Japanese bread, realising that so many countries have their own distinctive styles, but not Japan; to this end, his original mentor first creates a bread that, toasted, would go well with natto (fermented soybeans, the grandfather's traditional accompaniment to his breakfast miso soup). Definitely one to give a try. ^_^ Surprisingly, it seems to be proving as popular as Fullmetal Alchemist (which I've followed and thoroughly enjoyed) and Naruto (which I haven't seen); ie, very. (FWIW, produced by Sunrise, quite a prolific studio, responsible for Cowboy Bebop, amongst other series)

Gankutsuou ep.1 was quite a novel work for Gonzo, a studio well known for CGI eye candy - here, it seems to be a strange retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I think I'll be continuing with the series. Meanwhile, Final Approach ep.1 related the start of a new governmental programme for arranged marriages, to combat a declining birthrate, leading to our protagonist and his sister finding themselves subject of a raid, with his new fiancée presenting herself, backed up by a substantial squad of MIB goons. Feels a bit too much like yet another harem sitcom in the making, so I think I'll let that one pass me by.

So, someone's got Panther running on a Centris 650 (25MHz 68040), by running PearPC under Debian. Slow? "According to the developers, PearPC using generic emulation (the only option on a non-x86) runs "about 500 times slower" than the host CPU. Ouch. That makes for a 0.05MHz G3, at the best. That's around 4000 times slower than the Athlon boots, and since that takes roughly 2 and a half minutes - I'm looking at at least 6.99 days. One week to boot!" If it's left to itself, that should make for a desktop around next Monday. ^_^

What happens when Ed Wood turns to making porn? Now, thanks to his posthumous biographer and Fleshbot, you can find out! It promises to be suffused with the director's.. unique style.

From mycroftb, how about some USB2 sushi?

Disquieting reading; an author got raided because she checked out the wrong books.

One of the stranger political endorsements, wherein Jesse Ventura goes for Kerry, but doesn't say a word. (Yay, KARE-11! ISTR they ran the toony Sonic series in the mornings, around 8am.. a bit early for me, yes. I'd not infrequently go back to sleep once the fox/wolf/? had left for the morning)

This Boondocks strip may be on to something. ^_^

Wise words from Antipixel: "So, the moral of the story would seem to be: if you can’t read it, don’t get it tattooed on you."

One for xydexx, from James Lileks' The Peculiar Art of Mr. Frahm, purveyor of hilariously inept 1950s cheesecake, often involving loose elastic and, for some reason, celery.

There've been many newspaper endorsements, but I found the Quad Cities Times, in Iowa particularly incisive in its switch from its Bush approval in 2000, to one for Kerry in 2004. Its points are concise.

Bad, bad cat puns and photos to match. Be warned. Or, just reload, for a new random puppy. ^_^

Parting quote from schwitters: "Well, my responsibility gland has finally overloaded and imploded in a fiery doom.

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