June 13th, 2009

Relaxing in diveskin

Waffles of Westvleteren

A furry strip to try: Skin Horse; one of the creators may be familiar to veterans of the Transformations Stories Archive list, once responsible for the memorably surreal masterpiece, Mundementia One. (It's got an RSS feed on the site, of course, and an LJ syndication thereof over yonder: skinhorsecomic)

I will admit to being unduly amused by the splash screen for BioBrick Studio, a bioengineering utility. And the "Services" icon, down in the bottom right, seems perhaps noteworthy as well.. =:D ("BioBrick Studio Mobile is an experimental integrated development environment (IDE) that facilitates review, annotation, design, and implementation of standard biological parts from non-standard DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Our core goals are to develop programming languages, information models, and communication/computational architectures that support the development and responsible use of standard biological parts.")

TF story for today: The Police Toy Incident, by sockscatt.

Cadbury's Flake ice cream plus Standard vodka: dashed good. =:9

Ariel Press' new comic, "Harker", debuts with a free issue 0, the remaining four issues going for £1.95 each on paper, or £1 as PDF downloads. ("Please note that we're providing high resolution PDFs so that you can print it out if you like, so they're big files!") Forboding Prices writes: "The genre trappings are all there. The police procedural investigation, the crime scene investigation, the autopsy, the legwork, the finding of the clues; it’s all there, exactly where it should be. Add to that the mysterious supernatural goings on to get one really great comic book series. But on top of a really lovely idea, really well executed the thing reads incredibly well; the dialogue’s cracking; quickfire buddy chat with Harker as the mysterious straight man to Critchley’s rapid fire, slightly unhinged funny man."

So, I saw that movie. ^_^ A pleasant not-really-surprise, despite the rollercoaster feel to the plot, firmly on rails and never stopping until the end, not to mention a glyph of a villain with a taste for Super Mario ship interiors, and overuse of hyperkinetic camera angles and lens flares. But - it was fun. Overall, I'm looking forward to seeing more of them. Needs more alien bunnies, though. And on that note, you might try the Good Ship Chronicles, something like a cross between Star Trek and The Office. =:) High quality artwork, and consistently good writing, in the latter's downbeat style.

And then, Pixar's newest release, Up. Yes, you'll cry.

Another strip I'd recommend, of distinctly high quality (though only once a week, as with the superlative Abominable Charles Christopher): One Swoop Fell. This is the work of someone who really understands their art.

Wow.. I'm going to have to try the FurNation Alpha mall again with the main client, to compare, but that little expedition seemed to go much more fluidly than I ever remember the SkyMall being. Everything loading quickly, sometimes before you even chose to look at a particular item for sale, and taking very little time if you zoomed in on something specific. Even FurNation Prime's pyramid and beach - no problem. 'Course, having a minimal draw distance helps, but gods, it's nice to be able to just walk around and not have to constantly take account of laggy responsivity. (Flying around was more like that, though)

A kind denizen of linguaphiles, cath_hanner_nos, came through with photos of her quite wonderful Taiwanese example of almost (and later, unabashed random typing =:) "English" on a t-shirt. It's a little bit of delicately mangled poetry, in its own way.

The co-worker pointed out a beautiful slideshow of his girlfriend's Greek home island.

Some beautiful surreal avs by Alpha Auer (one of the maintainers of Not Possible In Real Life) - whether or not you're in-world, these are worth admiring. (primaeros might want to have a peek, maybe otter3 and circuit_four too)

According to a rather confused report on TVsquad, Futurama is back in production, courtesy of Comedy Central, with a new 13-episode season underway. ^_^

O2 have, apparently, confirmed their early termination fee for iPhone 3G users: the entire remaining value of your contract, not some portion that might reasonably be considered repayment of the initial subsidy, somehow believing that being paid for service they won't be providing is right. Well, they are a cellco, and they universally try to suck as mightily as possible. (AT&T and Rogers subscribers are invited to disagree)

For a brief technical overview of the iPhone 3GS, peek here. No gigantic leaps, of course, just nice increments - the iPhone 3G has a 412MHz ARM11 core, the iPod touch 2G 532MHz, and the GS runs a Cortex family ARM at 600MHz, doubling the memory to 256MB, with a PowerVR SGX supporting OpenGL ES 2.0. Ah, the joys of SIMD on an iPhone! I told them they should've hired me. ^_^ (Almost happened, save for being a couple weeks too late for the legal department)

Anyone unfamiliar with the Bay might like to download Lonely Planet's San Francisco Guide for iDevices, briefly available for free.

I do like Bandcamp's approach, as outlined in one of their FAQs:

Q: I know, I just KNOW, that people are using leeching sites to STEAL the streams of my tracks that are up on Bandcamp. Surely the solution to this grave problem is for you guys to offer 30-second snippets, as an alternative to full streams. Are you working on that?

A: [takes a few deep hits from oxygen tank] No. Implicit in the question is the false assumption that the people currently downloading the music for free would pay for it, if only you restricted it in this one tiny corner of the web. In reality, those people will move right on to eMule, Gnutella, or some other P2P network where your music is freely available. Furthermore, you will have just squandered the opportunity to make your own site the premier destination for those (seemingly cheap, but enthusiastic and potentially concert-going and merchandise-buying) fans. Further furthermore, you will have pissed off all the honest fans that are happy to support you, but for whom a 30-second snippet is simply not long enough to make a purchasing decision.

They're one of the many digital music download providers, and a good one - they'll give you a good choice of formats, from MP3 to Apple Lossless and FLAC, and unrestrictred previews. (huepow00's latest album is offered through them, as is Kurrel the Raven's "Furry Album")

Dessert, possibly tonight, or some other time: a Belgian waffle, real custard (cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla), and a little Canadian maple syrup. Seems like it could work. =:9

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