December 22nd, 2004

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Some photos finally got posted from the HHGTTG movie production. The recent Ain't it Cool News posting appears to be a misunderstanding, given this posting on the Douglas Adams Continuum, which makes more sense: "Zaphod does have his third arm, and his second head DOES NOT come out of his nose, rather it comes from underneath his already existing head." A later quote, "Can I say, we’ve come up with a really nifty way of doing it and it looks fantastic, but can I keep that a secret for now?" Well, we'll see eventually. Still, the Slashdot comments did yield one amusing anecdote:

'Several years ago I had the misfortune to work for a rather a large but crap European company. A fellow contractor reached his limit and decided to quit. Just before leaving the building, he mailed the entire and I mean entire company mailing lists, staff, clients, suppliers, everyone with the message "So long and thanks for all the fish".

Shortly afterwards the mailservers melted under all the "Fish? What fish?" responses. Nice.'

What if, after seeing big stompy robots in many an anime show, you wanted a mecha of your own? This guy has decided to set about making one - 18 feet tall. And fully functional.

Now you can order M&Ms with your custom message printed on them..

I'm pleased to note that the previously mentioned unorthodox taxidermy site is back up. ^_^

In a similar vein to the Sega joystick, an enterprising Oregonian has reincarnated the Commodore 64 plus 30 games onto a chip within a joystick.

I'm very pleased to see the Carspeckens noting the valuable services raccoons perform. (Edit: seems the strip has been overwritten)

WFMU's On The Download is worth a look, for unusual music. My eye was caught by one description, for Russ Meyer's "Prank Call": "An insight to some showbiz wheelings and dealings on the phone from the guy who invented breasts."

V/Vm's "It's fan-dabi-dozi!" defies adequate description, but suffice to say, you'll need extraordinary resilience against High Chintz to make it through unscathed. It's a complete waste of time, really, and then again, when it swings back up from calculated corporate blandness, it reaches dizzying experimental weirdness.

An interesting little curio: a pamphlet (3MB PDF), "Directorate of Science and Technology: People and Intelligence in the Service of Freedom.", from the CIA's museum, open only to agency employees.

Quote for the day (even if, geekily enough, it led to my seeking out the correct representation of an em-dash in HTML) from austin_dern: 'At The Gap I also bought (on orders) a Gift Card. The register printed out several receipts; so, naturally, I said, "I have to ask — one of those is the gift receipt, isn't it?" "Yes, it is," said the cashier, and he pointed to the shorter. So, then, if the recipient doesn't want the Gift Card she can exchange it for something the store sells.'
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