April 23rd, 2008

Pac-Man hat

Warren peace

Eudora fans (a certain NorCal ottah comes to mind =:) might want to check out the forthcoming Odysseus, which does indeed look quite promising. No more three-pane pain!

Meanwhile, folks at Stanford are setting up the Quake Catcher Network, using the accelerometers in post-2004 Apple laptops, with a Windows version to follow. "We're not trying to predict earthquakes, we're trying to measure them very rapidly and get the information out before damage is done to large populations." "Hundreds of sophisticated seismometers are already in place in California, but they're spaced relatively far apart. The new distributed network wouldn't replace those, says Paul Davis, a professor of geology at the University of California, Los Angeles, but 'it would fill in the gaps.'"

Maybe it's just me, but I found this Flash demo from NaniMoose quite captivating. It's just a pair of eyes, but they're highly configurable.. roundness, center balance, slant, eyelash weight, and so forth.

Koinup's running another Windlight photo contest, open until May 7, with three prizes of L$20k (~ US$75) up for grabs. I'd highlight the Merovingi Fashion Awards 2008, with category winners receiving a 20" iMac - the real thing, not an SL version - but nominations closed last month. It's now time for the showcase week. I don't follow SL fashion, but I'll admit I'm interested in seeing who's in the running in the furry category. (And not merely a celebration of design panache, but apparently raising funds for Doctors Without Borders, and the National Cancer Society)

Beer for the day: 1066 Country Bitter, from the White Brewing Company in Bexhill-on-Sea. A world apart from the usual wilting flowers of most bitters' hops, this pushes well into the league of ales.

Assuming I wind up landing the house I'm hoping for (and how!), I might eventually be able to give a home to a pair of bunnies. ^_^ What recommendations do you have for breeds, and general guidelines on rabbitproofing a home, and their general health, feeding, and welfare? This wouldn't be until perhaps the end of the year, and only once I'd researched everything well, so there's no hurry. (One breed that appeals is the Belgian Hare, but I imagine I'll simply go along to a shelter and see who takes to me)

In the meantime, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is the current leading contender on the camera front. The emphasis is still on the automatic control of the camera, but it beats even the Ricoh Caplio R7, with a good quality Leica lens, and a hefty 10x optical zoom, in a similarly diminutive case. Ideal for wildlife photography, whilst still being suitable for slipping into a pocket, such as lunchtime today, when I was able to enjoy watching a pair of wild grey rabbits munching in a field near the office. ^_^

.. and it appears the aforementioned rental application was approved. =:D
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