Here's a sample episode (33MB, 6m30) of a new pure-CG anime, Funny Pets. Not furry as such, unfortunately, but reminiscent of what might happen with some bored Toy Story animators wanting to exercise a bit more of their darker side of humor. ^_^

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Does anyone know if there's a story behind 0r0ch1's distinctive markings? I'm curious, but can't seem to find anything one way or the other. No matter. ^_^

KIBA might be a new anime to keep an eye on. The first episode concludes with something of a taste of El Hazard, having opened in a somewhat distopian cityscape.

General Zinni, former commander of US Central Command, lays out his views on Bush's decisions on Iraq, in a recent Meet the Press; the transcript begins with the show's other guest that day, Senator McCain.

I've not tested it out, as I don't use VoIP (I don't use phones, unless necessary), but Phil Zimmermann's Zfone looks like being a worthwhile addition to your existing client: "The Zfone software detects when the call starts, and initiates a cryptographic key agreement between the two parties, and then proceeds to encrypt and decrypt the voice packets on the fly." It's available as a beta for Tiger and Linux, with Windows coming later this month.

Clerks 2, August 18.

So this is the proposed high-speed rail link between not-really-Northern-but-we'll-call-it-that California and SoCal; it would run from the Bay and Sacramento, with the main direction running down the Central Valley, through Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Palmdale Airport, before heading westwards into Burbank, through the LA basin, and down through Escondido into San Diego. As ever, the big question is funding, with nothing in Schwartzenegger's recent budgetary plan for the project.

Here's quite an interesting look at some of the fun Messrs DeLay, Abramoff, and others had in recent years in the Marianas.

The Wolves in the Walls sounds like a show worth seeing, if you're anywhere near Glasgow, and later, London. "[It] is fired by Gaiman's obsession with parents who get sealed off from their children, and his fascination with secret lives. A small girl hears gnawings inside her house, and knows that wolves are in the walls. Her family don't believe her, until the lupine invaders take over: the humans scarper, but our heroine ingeniously suggests that they could live in the interstices of their own home - until they, too, are ready to come out of the walls."

And also from Glasgow today, word of study into using space elevators to propel food and equipment to the indigenous Clangers moon, using a slingshot effect to cast the goods towards the receiver.

Encyclopedia Britannica fires back at Nature and WikipediaCollapse )