March 12th, 2007

Dynamic bunny

It's just a projection

I'm putting this up at the top as it's such an extraordinary piece of work - surrealistic in an Alice in Wonderland meets the Matrix way, if Hieronymus Bosch had directed: Jona/Tomberry (12 minutes, 47MB). (I should caution that the first sixty seconds contain some variable rate strobing; if that's liable to be problematic, you may want to enter at the one minute mark)

Track for the day: P-Model - Logic Airforce. [Edit: link fixed] Excellent, quirky piece of Japanese synthpop; reminiscent of Sparks, had they been Japanese, and a little more odd. (P-Model is another of Susumu Hirasawa's projects - the vocal style may be familiar from the Paranoia Agent opening theme; and if not, here's the opening and ending titles from said series)

How about Boards of Canada - Twoism? You may recognise the visual style - if you do, you're right.. Jeunet & Caro.

LittleBigPlanet for the PS3 looks fairly amazing. Penny Arcade's response is commensurately amusing. =:D

Do rabbits like to swim? (This one does, at least)

So, how many openings from (mostly) 80s tracks can you spot in Osymyso's "Intro-Introspection"? (Not to be confused with the excellent "Intro and the Outro" by the inimitable Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. How many folks know of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End? Extremely Stanshall. I'd hope patch_bunny knows of it)

rabitguy passed on this video which definitely should be heard to be believed: Te Quiero Puta. Visuals not strictly worksafe, lyrics not at all if you know any Spanish; but it's all for fun, and how often do you get to enjoy heavy mariachi? (Well, brass is a metal. Or alloy, rather) ^_^ (Not to be confused with the classic arrangement of The KLF's What Time Is Love, for brass band) The bun also pointed out an excellent introduction to a most wonderful device, the Kurzweil K250, a superb example of engineering an instrument to the point of squee, not merely fulfilling a list of requirements.

And from kyootfox, life as a bunny around the home. So very adorable..

Does anyone have any recommendations for sites offering an introduction to modern philosophers? (Maybe I should phrase that differently. Sounds like a request for a dating site)

sockscatt will enjoy this multi-part canine TF. Much fun. ^_^ And andysquirrel might appreciate this rendition of Tails.

Damn! How did I miss out entirely on Miss Potter? I must remedy this. There are, after all, bunnies. *nods*

You do have to love this logic. Can't help but agree with the title, too. ^_^

Two five-second teasers for Doctor Who, starting on the 31st: here and here. (Under 600K each, given their length) FWIW, it seems season four has been commissioned, and RTD's saying "his work here is - almost - done".

Here's a blast from the past: an episode of the long-running BBC1 science show, Tomorrow's World, from 1982. (The cognoscenti will recognise TW as one of the primary influences for the second season of Look Around You) The segment on robotics in Japan, at the end of the show, is probably the highlight.

Rather neat.. on this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, it makes a point of "ducks are employed to keep the grape vines free from snails. They are far more efficient and eco-friendly than harmful chemicals." So I get to enjoy a particularly good wine, and help the web-footed economy along.

arbutus might enjoy this clip patch_bunny found, on the size of Rachmaninov's hands. =:)

Going somewhat further back than 1982, ysengrin found the University of Utah has some Aztec codices available in digital form over here - fascinating works.

This really does need to be made into a movie. =:D

Oooh. Didn't huskyteer mention Kopparberg perry once upon a time? Finally found it locally, and it is indeed quite scrumptious, if perhaps a little on the sweet side.

Pr0n of the day, from Sheer.
Here's one of the best threads I've read thus far on the whole kaboodle of the iPhone, OS X, TV, convergence, and all that. Hard-core nerd territory, but mostly very well considered from all sides.

Two links that came from there which seemed worth highlighting: LLVM as key to trimming OS X down for iPhone deployment, and how the Apple Stores came to be. Did you know they prototyped a store within a Cupertino warehouse first? It wound up being organised much as the company was, rather than how people were likely to consider purchasing. So rev.A was scrapped, setting the rollout back by some six to nine months. The payoff? "Saks, whose flagship is down the street, generates sales of $362 per square foot a year. Best Buy stores turn $930 - tops for electronics retailers - while Tiffany & Co. takes in $2,666. Audrey Hepburn liked Tiffany's for breakfast. But at $4,032, Apple is eating everyone's lunch."

The TubeStick is now available for sale to UK peeps, same price of 40€, or about £28.

Want to learn Cocoa? You may find this free PDF book helpful: Become an Xcoder, available in English, Chinese, and Arabic.

Their wares are of no interest to me, but Dell's to be highly commended for adopting a policy of recycling any of their computers. "Dell is now the only computer maker to offer consumers free recycling, whether or not they are buying a new Dell product. You can go to a Dell website, and print out a prepaid shipping label to return your Dell desktop, laptop, printer or ink cartridge, free of charge. They'll send a service to pick the equipment up." Excellent! In the continued absence of legislation requiring such, it's obviously to be hoped other manufacturers will catch up.

I hadn't noticed until just now, but apparently RISC OS is now open source. Commercial usage still needs to be paid for. It's only suitable for deployment on RISC PC style architecturel; there are emulators around, however. If RISC OS is a bit too new-fangled for you, though, try this BBC Micro emulator in Java. ^_^

While nosing around for potential positions involving ARM or PowerPC assembly, I noticed this company's vacancies - it's the bit at the bottom that got me. =:D (Obviously, how could I refuse to send my resumé in?)