January 6th, 2007

Frolicking bunny

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If you've ever wondered about the person behind Stephen Colbert, here's a rare look, during an appearance at a forum at Harvard's Kennedy School of Politics. It's about an hour long, in all, so it'll take time to load - the GVI download is 415MB.

Rabbit versus Snake - most cool. ^_^ (FLV)

Interesting community: day_on_earth, featuring simply photos of every day from different parts of the world, contributed by community members. And here's a slideshow (Flash required) from recent news events, courtesy of the Guardian, with some excellent photographic skills on display.

Yay hoofie costumes! Here's a very cool quadrupedal goat.

relee's set up a weblog for matters pertaining to SL happenings, its future, scripting advice, and more. You can subscribe to it here, as relee_sl_rss.

For SL news with an Australian perspective, I noticed there's SLOz. Perhaps the writer can be proven wrong on this count? "There certainly is no cohesive Australian community in-world that I’ve been able to nail down."

A particularly good Doctor Who video starring the Daleks, set to an eminently appropriate EBM track by Rotersand, "Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy". For a high quality downloadable version (with the correct aspect ratio too), look here.

Yay bunny doll TF! And this time, with added 'yeena goodness. Finally, just some good ole ~shiny~ latex, starring Micah's Geoff and Trevor. ^_^

Oh, one more: a costume. Not at all worksafe. *giggle*

Hm! You can tell I'm not a hardcore Star Wars fan, when this is news to me.. "The language spoken by the Jawas (the hooded aliens of Tatooine) was created by recording speakers of the African Zulu language and electronically speeding it up. The language spoken by Greedo, the green alien killed by Han Solo, is the Peruvian language Quechua played backwards."

You do work here?

So, The Sarah Jane Adventures began - and very well. Supposedly aimed at a slightly younger audience, it remains eminently suitable for a much broader range, just as the Doctor always has. It struck me, though, that whereas the central characters here were attempting to prove (successfully) their ingenuity and guile, those of Torchwood often seemed more intent on proving how idiotic one can be and get away with it. (And why is there this seemingly inviolate wall preventing anyone in Torchwood mentioning the Doctor, when SJS was reminiscing in this taster episode?) Anyway - suffice to say, it's good stuff; the series itself won't be starting until "later this year", however.

Still - ep.10, "Out of Time", showed far stronger promise for all concerned than any of the opening episodes, Owen especially, going from a nasty creep with a penchant for using alien tech to mesmerise clubbers into having sex with him, to someone so fragile and in love, only to have that togetherness wrenched away from him. And Jack's.. responsibility? Was it a duty, or a reflection of his own self, of something he can never permit himself?

Ep.11.. eh, seems fairly safe to skip it. Why the need for a Fight Club remake? Ep.12, though, from the same writer as Out of Time, opened with quiet style. Some "huh?" moments, like Toshiko's claim that pencil would fade, but - that dance. That moment of dancing will remain one of the series' highlights for me.. simply beautiful.

Now for the season finale.

I just noticed the Manage Settings page here now has a checkbox to turn off the hover menu you now see when your mouse is on top of someone's user icon. A harmlessly useless feature, but also perfectly positioned (in my journal's appearance, anyway) so that after clicking on the "previous entries" in my flist, the pointer will then be on top of everyone's icons.

Unfortunately, the "use placeholders for embedded video" option does literally replace the entire area with a simple placeholder of the same size, so it doesn't get rid of those huge voids. (I never watch clips in those embedded spaces - much more convenient to open them in new tabs and let them load in the background)

On the other paw, using that kind of area for this.. ^_^