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Business sign seen a bit north of San Carlos, on my way down to Sunnyvale: "Oxygen with Attitude" O.o;

If you like the "All is Full of Love" look of the Svedka android, they've put together a Bot Builder - supply the Flash app with a photo, then add any accoutrements you feel appropriate, to see how you'd look as one. ^_^

A couple shorts I particularly enjoyed on the flight in: Yello Sticky Notes, and duelling air guitarists in a quiet suburban street, in the trailer for Air Knob. The former recaps the creator's journey into animation, blending personal insights (and procrastination), politics, and professional development (and lack thereof) into 2,300 sticky notes, showing six years of his life in six minutes, in wry style.

More first impressions of the new MBP: I'm happy with the glossy display. True, there are reflections, but they're easily ignored - and the tradeoff is that it's all still perfectly bright and clear even in strong sunlight. Battery life looks good so far - with the more power-hungry 9600M enabled, I'm currently showing 78% battery left, estimated 4h24 left. Haven't switched around GPUs much yet, but it does seem the 9400M saves a noticeable amount of power, whilst still delivering quite a decent SL framerate. With the 9600, though.. wow. Most sims are so smooth now! And I can play with shadows as well, though those do come with quite a framerate hit - but they do distinctly enhance the sim's realism. (Not sure if it's changed, but the shadow code used to require an Nvidia 8k series or newer)

Ah, United.. got to love looking at a departures display and seeing a flight scheduled for 2250 as "on time", when no boarding's even begun at 2253. =:) The boarding disagreement was sort of amusing, with one agent calling out "rows 20 and higher", to be contradicted by another, requesting 30 and up; then 20 and higher, countered by 25+. I'll board at some point. ^_^

(And promptly missed the apparently magnificent lighting storms around part of the flight, thanks to everyone having their blinds down on a night flight. Wah!)

An interesting little rebuttal of an Archbishop's recent claim along the lines of "internet-based friendships aren't real". I shan't add much to that line of tripe, other than noting how I've met almost all of my persistent friends on the net, and indeed, fell in love via Usenet and email.

View from the pub's terrace last night.. I'd trade it for the Bay in an instant, but this isn't so bad.


 
 
 
 
 
 
It is a nice view, yes.

The rebuttal there was underwhelming though, to be honest. Yes, Nichols' claims *are* tripe, of course, but the rebuttal mostly seems to boil down to "I got 10000 comments that disagree with you, here's one (1), there's better ones still but I'm not gonna show them to you, so let me instead use some buzzwords like 'transformative social experience'".

But maybe I'm just overly critical again myself today. :)

The new computer (what's an MBP?) still sounds good, too. ^^ My new box (Skuld) has a GeForce 9600 as well, and SL really does run rather smooth most of the time, even with all the graphics quality settings cranked up to the maximum possible.
Let's try this again, this time with a functioning network connection so pressing Post Comment actually does something more useful than losing the comment.. =:P

Well, it's fair enough that an academic paper under evaluation won't see publication; the comments on the article have a similar flavor, as one might quite reasonably expect. Quite why the guy would make such an assertion, I'm not sure - I suppose it's not so surprising to encounter a lack of empathy for the ways of the net and online life in someone of his age, though there certainly are many exceptions. Church attendances in the UK have been on a steady decline for some time, so perhaps there's an element of self-preservation in his claim; but then again, proof has never been a strong point of religion. (What need for supernatural intervention in the world, when even a system as simple as water droplets descending through cold air can result the everyday magic of snowflakes? The wonder and beauty of the universe is all around us, sometimes working as we might expect, sometimes quite unintuitively, but often to such great effect, whether in the fractals of ferns, or the uncanny field of view of a bunny)

MBP = MacBook Pro, which I've probably mentioned here. *grin* (And it's still an utterly gorgeous system, in all aspects of its aesthetics. Love the battery life, too - after 1h30 in the bath last night, it was showing 79% left, even after playing a fair bit of video and other exercising) Certainly, I've loved being able to explore SL with a truly fluid framerate, or being able to drag it down to what I'd previously experienced, if I turn everything way up - as you might expect, the draw distance has the greatest effect. Have you experimented with enabling shadows? Does incur a hefty framerate hit, but the improvement in realism can easily be worth it, depending on the setting.

Quite why the guy would make such an assertion, I'm not sure

Just to be sure, "the guy" is Nichols, right?

But yes, I agree - it very much seems like the typical "lashing out at things he doesn't understand but which he associates with the younger generation(s)". Whether it's a sound strategy for stopping the decline (also visible over here, BTW) is another question entirely, of course.

But yeah, it needn't bother us non-churchians anyway. ^^

Oh, yes, and "MacBook Pro" - I should've guessed that! :)

Mmm, shadows? I'll have to check that, actually, let's see... hmm, where's that option, actually? I can't find it under Preferences→Graphics.