December 20th, 2004

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Wired is seeking nominations for Vaporware of 2004. "As in previous years, software in a never-ending, prerelease, beta-testing stage is considered vaporware, even if it's widely available. It hasn't shipped until it's shrink-wrapped." Naturally, I'll have to submit CherryOS.

What happens when you get someone with a dark sense of humor, who then becomes a taxidermist? Creatures like these. (Be warned! By their very nature, they're disturbingly realistic)

Hey, rabbitswift! Thought of a career in diplomacy? Come to think of it, foofers would be eminently well-suited..

foxxfire unearthed (disinterred?) quite the festive gem: the Star Wars Christmas Album. I know what I'll be playing next Saturday, then. Hee! (Go on, just try listening to all of tracks 2 and 3. You may engage the help of a friend in pinning you to the ground to preclude escape)

Having finally seen the South Park "A Woodland Critter Christmas" episode, I can but confirm - it's so very, very wrong. See it as soon as you can.

Cool beans! The red panda browser seems to be doing quite well, looking at BoingBoing's browser stats, at 30.9%, compared to IE's 36.2%, and Safari's 8.3%.

Larry Buchanan, a name known well unto all MSTies for such sterling service as "Attack of the the Eye Creatures", died on Dec 2, at the age of 81. More generally, he may be best remembered as the director of a true classic (of sorts): Mars Needs Women. More cheese! More cheese!

Software corner: FontanaMixer is "a generative sound environment based on John Cage's conceptual piece 'Fontana Mix' (1958) which can be seen as a set of instructions for creating any number of compositions", downloadable here. Meanwhile, myDVDEdit can edit existing DVD layouts; download it here. Both are free.

Pretty neat. In a move to boost adoption of digital projection in British cinemas, and crucially, thereby provide a more cost-effective means for distribution of arthouse material, the British Film Council's arranged for £250m in funding for 250 digital projection systems, in the form of the Digital Screen Network.

"I Am A Conservative Christian, And The Religious Right Scares Me, Too", an opinion piece by Chuck Baldwin, formerly an Operation Rescue activist.

And in the closing words of a piece of holiday advice presented by ysengrin: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
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