December 16th, 2006

Porsupah smile by Djinni

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Thanks to everyone for their support in this past week. It's meant a lot to me. I've also been taking a break from reading LJ; I'll be getting back into circulation today.

The SL Town Hall on Dec 20, 1430 PST (2230 GMT) could be worth listening to, if the comments are any indication. It'll have a tech focus, so this is one for the geeks amongst us - want to find out if the client will be able to render HTML on a prim, have mesh-based avatars, or be available in a lightweight mobile version? Plenty of good discussion just in the comments.

I thought this short was worth sharing - it's about the life of an aspiring artist, making his way through University by way of the night shift at the local supermarket, and the fun that entails. There's something of a Clerks spirit in it, exploring the ways everyone employs to try maintaining their sanity through the drudgery. Not worksafe, as the artist's means involves the appreciation of the aesthetics of the female form. Cashback.

Or maybe the twenty second teaser for the Doctor Who special, The Runaway Bride, is more to your taste. ^_^ Quality's not too wonderful, but it's perfectly enjoyable.

What a fascinating Flickr pool. ^_^

Here's the Photoshop CS3 beta download link. Supposedly it's good for 30 days for anyone, unlicensed, but CS2 serial numbers should lift that restriction; there've been some reports of rejected serials, however. (For OS X users in particular, this is the first Universal Binary version)

There's a new 25th anniversary edition of The Last Unicorn coming, but - the rights owner, Granada Media, is still refusing to pay Peter S Beagle anything. However, if you buy your copy direct from Conlan Press, he gets around half the sale price. Anywhere else, not a penny. "This new edition is a huge improvement on the previous one. It is widescreen instead of fullscreen, it was made from the digitally-remastered German DVD (so the picture is gorgeous and the audio is 5.1), it has extras (including a video interview with Peter), and it has much better cover art."

kuma_chan amongst others might like (or be ticked off by =:) this tidbit: "Blake's 7 will be produced as a series of all new 36 x 5-minute audio dramas based on the original cult series broadcast on the BBC in the 1970s. The audio adventures were recorded last week and will debut in spring 2007." (And I never noticed until the other week that the original Roj Blake also played the present day version of the killer in the Ghost Machine episode of Torchwood)

SaveABunny - a rabbit rescue operation in the greater Bay Area. Like any such outfit, they can always use a few pennies to help with their expenses.

Yet another filesharing site: zShare. Looks quite clean, requires no registration, no tedious delay imposed on free users (indeed, it's purely ad-supported), and 100MB cap per file.

A new wiki, devoted to matters linguistic: LingWiki. Fairly sparse at the moment, as it's apparently only just come into being.

"A man has been charged with breaking into a barn, scattering pornographic magazines around, and then spray-painting the genitals of three goats orange."

How to reclaim bank penalty fees in the UK.

Amusing little quiz: "Hair Care or Digital Audio?"

You've probably seen it already, but having finally watched one person's rant on Pachelbel's Canon, I've got to recommend it.

If you find the amount of time it takes for an OS X sheet dialog to appear, you can affect it globally quite simply. For example, to make them appear immediately, enter this in a shell window:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime .001

That setting takes effect on application launch. (To return to the default, use a value of 0.2) This may be handy in sheet-heavy apps, or on particularly slow machines.

Rainbow Brite, yay!
I noticed Fujitsu's going to be shipping a 300GB 2.5" drive at the end of Feb 2007. Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to be the result of an increase in bit density, but seemingly just the addition of another platter, raising its height to 12.5mm - too tall for many laptops.

Cheap OS X giggle.

I'm pleased with that. I was puzzled how I might drag an image from OmniWeb to the desktop, if the image also had a link - OW will, by default, drag the link rather than the image. So, I bunded that up with a couple other queries off to the Omni Group, and promptly received a reply addressing each point in turn, including a solution to that: hold Shift at the same time. Voilà! Sure, I can click on a FA image's Download link to get just the image, but that saves that effort. ^_^

Yay! Got the mansion model from the HRA, for reaching 150,000 points in AC:WW. ^_^ Maybe now I'll sort the place out so I can actually walk around it again.

So, I suppose Torchwood's doing okay for itself. According to the newly relaunched Outpost Gallifrey: 'The 10pm slot saw Torchwood being watched by 971,000 viewers, while big US import Lost attracted only 863,000 viewers. This was the first showing in the UK for both episodes.' and that 'a second series has not been officially commissioned for the Doctor Who spin-off, but claims that scripts are already being prepared and that "both BBC Two and BBC Three are fighting for the right to screen it first - with writer Russell T Davies pushing for a slot on BBC One."' A battle that's apparently since been won by BBC 2.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the ending of Random Shoes gave me cause to cry again.. partially in sadness and regret, yet somehow, it also gave me some hope as well. I suppose it's Torchwood's Love and Monsters, but for me, this one succeeded well.

Want a really hot 3D card?

Rather a lovely sentiment here: "Santa is the belief that, even in the darkest hours — whether that be winter's depths, or poverty, or invading Romans — even then, there is benevolence. That there is a person, a saint, a god, out there somewhere, that is kind and giving and good. And that this goodness comes to you, when you are good to each other."

The author as a young rabbit.