February 25th, 2006


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In positively shocking gaming news, Infinium Labs' SEC filing admits the Phantom is on indefinite hold. I was particularly tickled to see that, despite having nothing to sell, they've spent $35m on publicity (!).. compared to a tenth of that on R&D.

That was a fun little find on the net - a collection of "rare" Mike Oldfield tracks, such as "Let there be light (hardfloor dub)", and, in case you've been yearning for a jungle dub with banjo, "Moonshine (Jungle mix)". Seem to be mixes only released on specific single releases, on vinyl, and/or in a particular country, such as Germany and Japan. One of the highlights, though, has to be one of the simplest remixes - The Bell, with each instrument layer introduced, as if in a gesture of thanks to The Intro and the Outro, by Vivian Stanshall. Such a beautiful voice.

Engadget's showing off a fairly plausible future Apple goodie, with a "fun" announcement due on Tuesday the 28th. Place your bets! (FWIW, the comments suggest that if it's a fake, it's more likely something real being passed off as an Apple gadget, than Potatoshop at work)

If you couldn't attend FC2006, you can now find Timduru's footage over here, in 720x576 MPEG-4 and 352x288 MPEG-1 formats. The last 7-8 acts are apparently missing - if you have them, let him know!

According to a report in Biological Physiology, masturbation is inferior to sex, as measured quantitatively by the levels of prolactin and dopamine in (presumably) volunteers recently thusly engaged.

I feel like watching Gormenghast again - a wonderful production, and apparently not a bad adaptation of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan and Gormenghast, in a mere four hours.

BTW, does anyone know offhand exactly why MPEG-2 DVD/DV in PALland uses 4:2:0 chroma sampling, whilst NTSCania uses 4:1:1? (Wonder if that also applies to HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, both MPEG-4 based..)

Fancy making a public information film? The BBC's holding an informal contest - either of a modern peril, or in the style of some of the classics.

So, maybe Mickey (of the recent Doctor Who continuation) isn't a throwaway character after all? (Spoiler within)

Google Page Creator.. looks promising - along the lines of services like .Mac's website creation system, you choose the page layout and style from a variety of templates, seeing the results live. 100MB of space is included at the moment. (Though I've also noticed a report they've since closed the service to new accounts)

Another nail for UMD? PSPhacks is reporting a rev.2 of the PSP, for H2 2006, will feature 1GB of on-board NAND flash from Samsung, possibly displacing the UMD, although that's unclear from the article. (What capacity are DS cards?) [The original source appears to be Digitimes, known for mangling information, at least as far as forthcoming Apple goodies are concerned]

Hot on the heels of the nastygrammed anagrammed Tube maps (and other useful ones!) comes a version for Toronto. ^_^ I'm itching to see someone come up with a version for BART..

"Please tell Microsoft about this problem."

Tasty! Just some straight-to-wok noodles, some mangetout, asparagus, and baby corn (the supermarket sells those in handy triple-packs - great for times like these), a dash of sesame oil (for that fried noodle taste without using buckets of lard), some oyster sauce and sriracha, served alongside some marked-down black bean chicken.