January 12th, 2006

Dynamic bunny

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'Course, I couldn't help but think of mycroftb on reading this entry regarding Animal Crossing. What will I be letting myself in for.. ^_^

This could be a promising community.. scifi_fashion, dedicated as its name implies to the aesthetics and fashion of sci-fi.

Dalek passport photos.

Wow, the tablet works!

No, I don't think I'll be uploading that one at any higher resolution. ^_^;

Meanwhile, some kind soul has taken it upon themselves to be armed with the goatse photo, and a camera, to capture people's first reactions thereto.

And why doesn't FA have "rabbit" as one of the species options? Four different kinds of dragon, though..

Damage control, or an earnest desire for real change? "Conservatives call for return to core Republican principles": 'Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican congressman who co-led the petition drive that helped oust Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said in an interview yesterday: "We don't just need a new majority leader, we need a course correction. "A lobbyist can't be corrupt unless he has somebody to bribe, and we've created a culture that just breeds corruption," he charged.'

fairybear pointed out this groundhog gem of a streaming Flash trailer.

Huh. So Toys'R'Us is going to close down? Oh well. Nasty places. Not quite as depressing as Wal-Mart, but only through their ironic sterility.

Chumbawumba have posted a very cool mini-editorial on CD copy protection. "Well, I'm not one to believe statistics and the like, but most recent independent research clearly shows that these same people who illegally download music on P2P networks also spend more money on legal downloads (from sites like Napster, iTunes store etc..) and buying CD's than those people who don't venture into this shady world."

Further musings on the MacBook with cheese:
- there are mixed reports on battery life. I've seen one person report they've called Apple, and been told it's similar to the previous PowerBooks; another says they were told the official line is "no comment" until they're actually shipping. One person pulled out the AC adaptor at the show and saw around four hours on the menu bar battery meter, another just saw "calculating". My guess is it'll wind up around the five hour mark on light duty.
- the card slot isn't PC Card or PCMCIA. Whilst ExpressCard is a compatible protocol, the standard comes in different physical widths - 34mm is the narrower, and thinner than a PC Card. Apparently quite fast, though. [Edit: You can find the ExpressCard overview here. Unlike its PC Card/CardBus/PCMCIA predecessors, it isn't backwards compatible - even aside from the different width of the narrower variant - as it's based on a combination of PCIe and USB2]
- no reports yet on what the boot process is like internally. As I recall, Apple said it wasn't going to be Open Firmware - perhaps Intel's new baby? Apple has no BIOS baggage, after all. [Edit: looks like it's Intel's EFI after all]
- and as one Slashdot commenter noted: "Be bloody, bold, and resolute! Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm MacBook." ^_^
Soccer bunny

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Google Earth for OS X is now officially out. ^_^ Has anyone subscribed to Google Earth Pro? Do you find it worthwhile?

Apparently, the arctic hare can reach around 64mph (103kph). ^_^;

From Grzimek ed.2 vol.16 p.484, "One of the only known instances in which a lagomorph survives by eating meat is found in an isolated population of the collared pika (O. collaris). These pikas live on nunataks, or small islands of rock in the middle of a sea of ice, protruding from the Seward Glacier in the Yukon, the world’s largest non-polar ice field. It is remarkable to find pikas in this environment, and even more so that they can survive on the few plants that also hang on in this bleak place. These pikas eat the brains from birds that die while flying overhead and fortuitously fall on the nunataks giving them their slim margin for survival."

As they say - it's a living. Just not for the birds.

While I was disappointed to see Charles Kennedy edged out of the (British) Liberal Democrats leadership, perhaps Simon Hughes would be an effective replacement, "putting an emphasis on radicalism, civil liberties, public services and the environment."

There seems to be some confusion in the past few days regarding the R1 release of the recent season of Doctor Who - it may have been postponed in the US, but might still be on course for Feb 14 in Canada. (Of course, there's always the R2 release, out now)

Ah. There appears to be a reason for this. ^_^ Outpost Gallifrey's news page notes "the US-based Sci-Fi Channel, owned by NBC Universal, has secured a deal to broadcast the 13 episodes in America starting in March, beginning on what Outpost Gallifrey believes is likely March 17 (the week after the season finales of the popular "Battlestar Galactica" and two "Stargate" shows), at 9:00pm Friday nights, and it will likely conclude at some point in mid-to-late June in time for Sci-Fi's summer premieres of those shows", and "In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast." [Edit: it appears the Doctor Who webmaster at the BBC has heard the news..]

And here's (1.1MB) why it's not a good idea to look like a seal in front of a polar bear.

So, with any luck, I should be migrating DSL ISPs for the site's back-end within a week or so, assuming the two companies (well, three, including the actual DSL line provider) involved play nicely together. The old ISP's policies had gradually become more convoluted with time, so I'm shifting to one where matters are more Wiccan in philosophy. :)