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nagisa_kaworu noticed this priceless excerpt of a 70s sex ed film, from s1e4 of Russell Howard's "Good News". It's far too damn funny not to be enjoyed in its entirety. =:D (Seriously, how many opticians have you been to where they have an anatomical diagram of a penis concealed above the eye chart, waiting to be unfurled at a moment's notice?)

Say hi to a new bun on LJ! rav_bunneh is a good sort, willing to engage on matters technological, political, and more, stuck on that hellish archipelago known as Hawai'i. Also photographically inclined, though with an affinity much more toward film emulsions than CCDs. ^_^

Speaking of shorts you wouldn't expect to be quite so funny, you might like Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un inspecting apartments. The quaveringly enthusiastic voiceover is quite wonderful, as we're treated to the former leader diligently turning on water and opening cupboards, above a curiously romantic, swelling soundtrack apparently performed by North Korea's Liberace.

Amongst the better known animated releases of 2012, there's one I'll particularly want to catch: the Suicide Shop. "Based on a bestselling book by Jean Teulé, it's a black comedy about a family that runs a suicide supply shop in a dreary town. The family's business is threatened when a new baby arrives who makes everyone around him happy."

I'll be getting a SSD for Dandelion sometime in the coming months, so I'm gradually becomng acquainted with the subtleties thereof. One aspect I hadn't been aware of is the existence of synchronous and asynchronous NAND, with starkly different performance characteristics of drives using Intel's SandForce SF-2281 controller. Of course, such differences tend to be tucked away in the fine print of the tech specs, if present at all. Manufacturers may offer both varieties, so it's not a simple matter of looking for, or avoiding, certain brands: eg the asynchronous models include the OCZ Agility 3, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, and Corsair Force 3, whilst the synchronous include the OCZ Vertex 3, OWC Electra, and Corsair Force GT. (A fuller list can be found here, noting the controller and NAND flavor, plus links to many reviews)

I'm not huge on tech rumors, but I did notice one batch of iPad 3 burblings mention "IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) flat panels", seemingly the next step along from current in-plane switching panels. 'Course, given DigiTimes is in the mix, it could be pure imagination - I don't follow display industry happenings. By the sound of it, it'll permit all the right things - higher light transmission (so less light required behind the panel), and higher resolutions.

Cute little newsreel clip from 1941, sadly a mere 51 seconds long, on a Salvador Dalí dinner party. About as conventional as you'd expect. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
Any PATA SSDs are going to cost you a pretty penny for very little speed. Probably something like $300 or more for that size.
If you've got PCIe 2.0 4x, you can try a RevoDrive at 230 GB for $300.

But yeah, today's SSDs beat HDDs in every way except capacity. They're completely silent, and rarely generate any appreciable amount of heat. They also fail on write, which means they can block off that sector and just write the data elsewhere; HDDs tend to fail on read, from what I've heard, which means that if there's a bit of damage the data is lost forever.