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So, plenty of cities have flashmobs. San Francisco? Gets the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu hula troupe performing History Repeating, lead by a drag queen, at Market & Castro. Brilliant. =:D (Sadly, the clip doesn't include the very beginning, joining in once it's underway, but so it goes) "Willo" on JMG notes they "held an all-day Hit And Run Hula event all over SF. It was remarkable. They started at the Ferry Building, were kicked out by security guards at the SF Shopping Center (across from the cable car turnaround) but were applauded for their spontaneous hula breakout in the Apple Store down the street."

Of possible interest to a particular fox and bunny, perhaps, though I'd be amazed if they're not fully aware of it already. =:) "Couples wishing to register as domestic partners under Nevada's new law may pre-file their declaration between August 24 and September 24, 2009 to receive their state certificate on October 1st 2009, the day the law becomes effective."

The trailer for Summer Wars looks quite interesting. Hafta find out more about it.. though on the cinematic front, today's big event has to be the unveiling of the Avatar trailer, at 7am Pacific/3pm BST. Intelligent big-budget sci-fi is.. well, let's just go with "rare". ^_^;

Saw something clambering on the mesh fencing to my side, a few days ago, and wondered what it was, for a moment.. ^_^

Has anyone encountered Sparky O'Hare (originally Meister Lampe in Germany)? By the looks of it, worth checking out, despite being on paper.

The PSPGo's UK price was confirmed as £225 - £25 less than the PS3 Slim. Can't say it looks compelling - the DS has a vast (though expensive) catalog, and the iPod touch/iPhone's also doing very well in both range and software pricing. My biggest surprise with the PSPGo was the lack of touchscreen, and to a lesser degree, accelerometer; it's essentially the same CPU and GPU spec as originally launched (or is it?), with more SRAM. Still, at least UMDs have finally been ditched, going for a download-only model, and Sony's current indications are that pricing will be similar to iPhone titles (though that does cover a range from 99¢ to $9.99.. not sure how much will be at the low end =:).

Oh, roohbear! Remember this vocal sample from Banco de Gaia's "I Love Baby Cheesy"? I couldn't place the language, though it sounded vaguely Iberian. Nope! He says, "As far as I know that's not a real language, I think the guy was 'speaking in tongues'."
Ah, it's easy enough - just make sure not to get splashy without covering the laptop first. And if you do, turn it off ASAP, disassemble, wash, and leave to dry for a few days to be absolutely certain. Not that I'd do something like that.


(Amazing how quick one's reactions can be, given the right incentive)

The iPhone's apps are locked to authorised computers for syncing, yep. Not so bad, given the prices of them - it's difficult for anyone to justify copying a title, when it's only 99¢ or somesuch to pick up legitimately. Of course, it's ferpectly possible to jailbreak (and optionally, unlock, to use it on other networks) them - mine's been thus for a couple months quite happily, at the cost of being obliged to use hacked upgrades rather than just the ones originally made available. No biggie, really - there's only been 3.0.1 since then, which patched an SMS hole, and not a great deal else; there is a hacked edition out, but I'll wait until 3.1's out before bothering, most likely.

The formats are all as you'd use on the desktop, though - I've a small pile of PDF and HTML books on mine, no hackery or special machinations required, and no Apple involvement. Apps, once on your system or iDevice, stay there - that's beyond the point of sale, and Apple don't get involved there, even if an app was later discovered to be a rights violator or suchlike, as has happened a few times with accurate copies of a few classic arcade titles. Anyone with them is unaffected - they simply stop being made available for new purchasers/downloaders. (Similarly with the now-dead music DRM on iTunes Store tracks - unlike Windows Media DRM, there's no server to contact. There's still DRM, unless you write them to CD and import those, or pay for the higher bitrate DRM-free versions that replaced them, but their playability's not controlled by a company deciding to terminate a given format, à l'original DivX. Did anyone ever actually crack those discs?)

And I can read digital editions without having to hold them open - not an issue with comics, but a perennial nuisance with non-"trade" paperbacks. They can be in full color at no extra cost, as with webcomics, and aren't necessarily bound to static layouts, though it's a rare creator that takes advantage of such flexibility. Scott McCloud's spoken with far greater eloquence on such digital possibilities than I could manage, though.

Reminds me, I copied the latest Futurama movie over to the iPhone a while back, in preparation for the flight back to the Bay, and never watched it. I otter remedy that. ^_^
Jailbreaking works, I suppose, but that's like saying "it doesn't matter that this door is locked, you can still cut it open with the the help of the right powertools". Technically true, but I think it's missing the point - the door shouldn't be locked in the first place.

If the books are just (regular) PDFs and/or HTML, that's OK, I suppose; nevertheless, I simply don't trust Apple (or any company) enough to actually *believe* that a non-open, locked-down system such as the iPhone doesn't contain any way for them to screw with you/your programs/your data later on.