There's been confirmation that there will be a Region 1 release of the recent season of Doctor Who, only marginally less feature-packed than the British R2 box. Still, given one comes out in February next year, and the other next month, there's still incentive for Canadians to go region-liberating their players. ^_^

Quite a cool piece of oils-on-canvas artwork: "Illuminated Lagomorphics".

I saw my first wild skunk on Saturday night, in yon Elysian fields of San Leandro! Just getting off the road, onto the sidewalk, ambling happily along. I hadn't realised they were so successful in urban areas (other than incidents with cars).. so good to see wildlife in the midst of miles of human construction!

George Takei comes out, yay!

And here's the current office view, though I'm usually facing away from it..

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Yes, that's Hyzenthlay on the right. ^_^ I'm very, very happy indeed with it. Fast, elegant, durable.. certainly, I can recommend it. (The drive's named "Leveret", huskyteer :) For the geekily inclined: 1.67GHz MPC7447A, Radeon Mobility 9700 with 128MB VRAM running a 17" 1680x1050 LCD, 120GB drive, 512MB (expandable to 2GB in two slots on the underside), dual-layer DVD-R, 802.11g with internal antennae, Firewire 400 and 800, two USB 2, gigabit ethernet, line level and S/PDIF audio in and out, underlit key legends (adjusting to ambient lighting), modem, PC Card slot, S-video/composite out, dual channel DVI out, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (faster than usual, at 3Mbps). 6.9lb, and 1" thick. And judging by last night, their claim of around five hours on a battery seems to be about right.

Oddly, Apple only bundles games with the iBooks, not the PowerBooks, but it does of course come with Garageband 2 (worth buying by itself), iDVD, iMovie, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and a licensed copy of GraphicConverter. No sign of MacTheRipper or HandBrake, oddly enough.

Now to try tracking down some RPC1 firmware for a Matsushita UJ-846.. or maybe I can have a go at hacking it myself. ^_^ As far as I can tell, there doesn't seem to be a region-free version yet at all.