December 12th, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Do not look into laser with remaining eye

Toy store mascot of the year must be that of Action City in Singapore. I'm guessing Toys'R'Us won't be adopting a flak-jacket teddy bear in a gas mask any time soon. (Well, maybe in Arizona) One item to look out for is the smoking bunny, as noted by skylerbunny.. ^_^;

From the TMI department, more from the keyboard of James Wolcott: "I had a colonoscopy yesterday, an experience I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who should be tested. The Demerol drip alone was worth the price of admission. As the room began to float and time melted around the edges, I regretted even more keenly never having visited an opium den. Me and the hookah would have made a helluva team. But there is no point in mourning what might have been."

As noticed by avon_deer, The Fly Who Loved Me. (2.5MB Flash) And, the trailer for Appleseed has been posted here. (12.9MB QuickTime) Quite a few animation styles wrapped up in there.. and it sees a limited North American theatrical release on January 14 2005.

Track for the day: The Harvey Girls - Blue and Green Lawnmower. Love that drumming..

Eep! October 11 2004 saw the R2 DVD release of Bucky O'Hare! And at £10 (including UK delivery) for the two discs, with all thirteen episodes, too. And the magic of BitTorrent has finally brought a series into my paws that I never got the chance to see originally: The Century of the Self, a four part documentary on the promotion and psychology of consumerism and politics.

Some quite interesting little bits of LiveJournal statistics.

Yanked pitilessly from NTK: "How about Hector, the Protector Dolphin? Hector, says NETSAFE NEW ZEALAND, is a "friendly, smart dolphin" which swims in the corner of the computer screen. "If a child encounters something frightening or upsetting", Netsafe writes, they can just click on Hector, who will "swim down and cover the screen until an adult comes to help". Hector is sponsored by Microsoft New Zealand who, we suspect, have finally found a use for the annoying Clippy technology. Together, we'll beat!
- Skrrrkt! What's that Hector? Thai women want to do what, how? Skrrkkrrrt!"

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, is having a free holiday bash on Friday, Dec 17th - if you're within reach of Burbank, you might feel like wandering along. "Live music! Food! Cartoons! Fun! Join us!"

A look at Pixar's "Sketch Tool", as used in the production of The Incredibles.

"A world opened up by communications cannot remain closed up in a feudal vision of property," he says. "No country, not the US, not Europe, can stand in the way of it. It's a global trend. It's part of the very process of civilization. It's the semantic abundance of the modern world, of the postmodern world - and there's no use resisting it." - Gilberto Gil, Minister of Culture of Brazil.

Music Thing asks: Are white synthesisers cooler than black synthesisers?. Oh yes. ^_^ (And one could make a good case for the same applying to computers, as with the iMac G5 - although, black can also be extremely stylish too, as the NeXTstation showed) Or, for a supremely cool guitar amp, how about the Zvex Nano Head?

Miss Kittin and the Hacker "1982" - nicely minimalist, along the lines of Kraftwerk. Starts off with some heterodyning, which didn't hurt it in my eyes, as that evoked memories of playing with the ol' FT-290 well into the early hours, trying not to disturb anyone else in the house with my talking. ^_^; Occasionally, when conditions were just so, I'd flip over and play with SSB rather than the usual FM.. being a digitally tuned device, of course, you can't get that neat, smooth whine of "manually" tuning in a sideband signal, but y'could still get some cool sfx, such as listening to the sprog garden put out by many a poorly shielded computer.

This scheme seems like an eminently sensible notion for humans, too.

I like this Rat City Rollers poster.

No sign of Br'er Rabbit, unfortunately, but this model sheet is worth a look if you've enjoyed Song of the South, descendent of the "Uncle Remus" named thereon.
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