May 6th, 2005

Porsupah smile by Djinni

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If you're looking for some bedtime reading, the BBC's made eight Doctor Who books available, free, as printer-friendly HTML. ("Femdroids! Warrior tortoises! Zombie managers! K9 for president!" How can you go wrong?)

Amidst Penny Arcade's Tycho on furry porn, I noticed that Phil Foglio's steampunk Girl Genius is now a webcomic, updated Mon/Wed/Fri.

myDVDEdit's homepage (of sorts) includes a surprisingly intelligible explanation of the DVD format.

A brief outline of ATi's multi-card rendering system, imaginatively referred to as "Multi Video Processing".

"The state board of education in Kansas plans to hold hearings in May on the "intelligent design" theory of the origin of English": "Anyone who takes an unbiased look at the intricacies of the English language as detailed in Harvey's English Grammar will see that it shows evidence of having been carefully designed for its communicative purpose. It is beyond belief that such a system could have simply evolved through random processes of change."

In the drawings corner, Deals on the Web's offering a 400GB FW/USB2 drive; enter once a day, drawing on May 31.

O.o How to toilet-train your cat.

Boy finds live 2' corn snake on opening a box of cereal: 'Ms Willett, who was eating breakfast with her son at the time, said she first thought the snake was a free gift.'

Idle musing that about eight people in the world will get - what might a crossover between Yakitate Japan and Kogepan be like?

Good news, everyone! US air travel's set to become even safer: "In a few weeks, the Transportation Security Administration will notify airlines, travel agents and online reservation systems that they will be required to ask travelers for their legal names and birth dates when booking domestic flights.

Travelers will be encouraged - but not required - to give the personal information. Under the current system, only a last name and first initial are needed to reserve a flight. Passengers who don't comply with the request will dramatically increase their chances of being stopped at airports for questioning or pat-downs, TSA assistant administrator Justin Oberman said." (I do so like that final sentence)

In an encouraging turn of events, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the broadcast flag requirement, as recently mandated by the FCC. 'The broadcast flag rule would have required all signal demodulators to "recognize and give effect to" a broadcast flag, forcing them not to record or output an unencrypted high-def digital signal if the flag were set.'

And finally, from the Unfortunate Logo Department, this design for the Institute of Oriental Studies in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Surely it's work safe? ^_^ [Edit: sadly, the site has just gone "under construction".. but with the wonders of the web, another copy can be seen here]
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