July 9th, 2006

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Ralph Bakshi is not dead! Seems he's currently working with his son on a new feature project, Last Days of Coney Island.

The trailer for Renaissance looks rather interesting - the animation's all in b&w solidly inked comic look CG, with hints of an actual story, and considerable design flair.

On reading this tech support tale, I had to wonder - how close did the "mouse" come to being called a "rat" instead? Seems like a convincing acronym could've been manufactured, too. And would morphic mice still use mice? 'End User: "My Rabbit's Dead." Support: "Sorry to hear that sir, how can I help you though?" End User: "No my rabbit's dead, I can't move the pointer about the screen!" Support "You mean your mouse isn't working?" End User: "Yes, I knew it was some sort of animal!"'

Doomsday: a rather more poetic ending than I'd expected, atop the conflict. I suppose we couldn't hear the Doctor reciprocate, though not in the same way as Rose would so dearly like, but the intent was clear. (Interesting to see "With thanks to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation" in the credits. Are they helping with the funding or other production assistance now?) I was tickled to see them explore one Cyberman concept in particular.. wonder if we'll see that particular one again, or others affected so? The Doctor and Rose, their faces against the wall - perhaps my favorite moment of the season, howsoever melancholic, ably elevated by the music.

Speaking of which, mycroftb pointed out this Apology to America, from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. =:)

Here's another in the series of Channel 4 ident bumpers - "Stage". Not as luscious as "Tokyo", but a cool bit of graphic design nonetheless.

Over on SL, I notice there's quite a bit of work underway in Taco - the Avatarium's suddenly three levels rather than two, and the Western town on the hilltop's becoming more detailed - the inside of the jail's worth looking into. ^_^ The factory behind the hills by the forthcoming chocolate factory's also gaining detail. (Some handy builder textures there, too - 16x16 numbered grids of incremental hues)


Reminds me of that Baron Engel story about spray-on latex clothing.. but this is for real: spray-on stockings. ^_^; Some reactions can be found here.

Is it wrong for me to giggle at this strip?

This struck me as an amusing little non-story. (The punchline is at the end, in an update. When creating media for a website, especially a high-profile commercial one, try not to use trial versions of the software involved)

At last, Wipeout 2097 is available without a box, as a £10/$15/15€ download. I've got Wipeout Pure for the PSP, but it should be pretty good on a 17" display too. =:)

Yay! Came upon the perfect cooling solution for Hyzenthlay. (It's not overheating, but it's always a good idea to keep electronics running cooler where possible) A copy of Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness in the Sky" under the left side, and a boxed 802.11g card under the right. Gives just enough clearance to keep airflow underneath, whilst not elevating the 'book too much as to make typing awkward. And zero cost, which was also a required design parameter. =:)

And fleetfur noticed there's new Fur-Piled. ^_^

What is it with ISPs and novel interpretations of the word "unlimited"? Still, The Cloud's come up with a much more palatable option for UK metropolitan sorts to get online untethered - rather than a hairy hourly fee (usually more than net.cafe rates), they'll be offering flat-rate £12/mo access with a 1GB cap.

"If Alan Moore had created Futurama.."