September 1st, 2006

Naked Rabbit

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As ibneko kindly pointed out, Arashi no Yoru Ni has been subtitled. ^_^ (You'll need a recent player, like VLC, as it uses H.264 for video, Vorbis for audio, within a Matroska container. Hopefully they've used soft subs - much nicer to be able to choose where subtitles appear, such as below the picture. Ah, no - it's hardsubbed) Catch the trailer here, if you want to see what it's all about.

Bolt City is a collection of comic strip works, all of very high quality; eg Copper: "Bunny".

Keith Olbermann's been one of the more perceptive US political commentators of the past few years, even engaging in investigative journalism at times. This closing monologue on Rumsfeld's comments on disagreement is a powerful and timely reminder. He finished with Edward R Murrow:
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” he said, in 1954. “We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.”

Sci-Fi Pulse claims Torchwood recording's not been going entirely to plan, courtesy of poor low-light performance of their new HD cameras, forcing the use of brighter lighting.

Panda sneeze. ^_^

It looks like the Mac mini's been silently upgraded, according to one recipient's unit, delivered as a 1.6GHz Core Duo rather than the base model's advertised 1.5GHz Core Solo, plus a larger HD and DVD-R. Much more appealing, even allowing for the GMA945 graphics.

"A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather."

terminotaur came across this rather good, drily cynical Australian PSA on voting and the democratic process.

Someone's come up with a hack to strip iTunes 6's DRM, in the form of QTFairUse6, but regrettably, it appears to piggyback on top of iTunes, intercepting the decrypted AAC data, prior to decompression. So, you do wind up with a "clean" file, but only produced in real-time. It's also Windows-specific at the moment, but that may change. (It's not related to the original code of the Hymn Project, which, I believe, was able to decrypt the "protected" files itself, and thus wasn't subject to the real-time limitation)

Thinking of AAC, what HE AAC (aka AACplus) implementations are there? I'd been hoping that'd appear in QT7, but that didn't happen. Sometime, I otter rip a well-engineered clip or two and compress it in a variety of codecs and bitrates, then back to 44.1kHz PCM, and offer the results here for blind testing.

If you're using OmniWeb 5.5, you can enable a DOM inspector by entering this at a shell prompt; it'll then be available in the contextual menu. Quite spiffy, actually - nicely separated within a HUD-style translucent window.

defaults write com.omnigroup.OmniWeb5 WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true