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The iTMS is giving away iPods to the buyer of every 100,000th track: "As the number of songs downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Music Store crosses 95 million tomorrow, Apple will begin the countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPods - one to the purchaser of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs. In addition, the person who downloads the 100 millionth song will receive a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40GB iPod, a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs to create the ultimate music library for their iPod and the opportunity to create their own Celebrity Playlist to be published on the iTunes Music Store. All iTunes Music Store customers in the US, UK, France and Germany are eligible." If you go to the iTunes page, you'll see a counter.. of course, whether this is absolutely real-time is a matter of speculation.

For those within reach of the Parkway - hey, toraneko! ^_^ - the current schedule notes that currently playing, until Thursday, is The Saddest Music in the World.. followed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Personally, I'd say that would be an exceptionally spiffy double bill. ^_^ (And yes, they're on the upstairs screen, which is by far the cooler of the two auditoria)

Well, this is a little odd. ^_^; (How about Bush Jr performing something from Rocky Horror next?)

Here's a good rabble-rousing journalist: Greg Palast. (Gods know, the US and UK can do with more people like him, given the subservient complacency exhibited in many mainstream media corridors, in the US especially) The somewhat extensive links on the left column might be of interest, too, such as BushWhacked USA.

As one column on Greg Palast's site notes, "Florida's Gadsden County has the highest percentage of black voters in the state -- and the highest spoilage rate. One in 8 votes cast there in 2000 was never counted." Even if one were to be charitable, and consider this to be without any malice, surely this is an unacceptable ratio - why is it left to be acceptable, whomever may benefit? It's hardly something I've seen made great mention of.

Here! Have a robot bunny.

According to this test:

"You are an SEDF -- Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well -- even those you have known a long time -- because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

You are not to be messed with. You may explode."


Look at this word: zootycoons.

Did you read it the same way I did, and wonder why said community actually has nothing to do with raccoons of any kind?

And on a final note, Box Office Mojo reports Fahrenheit 9/11's first week brought in
slightly over $44m, doubling the number of screens from Friday to a reasonably respectable 1,725. This compares against a typical Hollywood heavy-hitter, such as Spiderman 2, with 4,152 screens. And soon, I'll actually see it. ^_^ Control Room sounds like it'd be worth a look, as well, if anyone happens to be heading along to San Rafael this week.
My test:
Wackiness: 60/100
Rationality: 56/100
Constructiveness: 46/100
Leadership: 50/100

You are a WRDF--Wacky Rational Destructive Follower. This makes you a hacker. Your thirst for knowledge can be damaging to your possessions--you like to take things apart, even if you then forget to put them back together. You demand respect and, no matter how much you are respected, seldom feel it is adequate. You are tenacious, and will stick to a task long after weaker minds have given it up.

Socially, you are awkward, and get into arguments and make people uncomfortable. One recommends counting to ten, holding back comments unless warranted, and listening more than speaking. Still, your no-holds-barred approach to socialization can be strangely endearing, as long as you are funny and self-deprecating.

You feel misunderstood, and you probably are.

That's so acurate it's frightening...
Hehe! It's really not a bad little test.. it's hardly going to be 100%, obviously (in my case, I can't imagine myself exploding, in any sense :), but it's really not bad.

I'm waiting to hear what rabbitswift thinks. ^_^

(Wouldn't it be fun to have, say, Shrub take it? :)
I'd be scared as to what Shrub-ya is.

"He's a compassionate conservative... I don't know. To me, that image is a volkswagon with a gun rack"
~Robin Williams
*gasps* Oh no, someone has found my latest robot creation. =:o er... I'd better change the subject quickly.

If you go to the iTunes page, you'll see a counter..

Hmm... If there's a counter there, why do I have a feeling this 'counting down to 100 million by giving away iPods' will actually turn into 'counting down to 100 million by finding the traffic suddenly spiking beyond what the system can comfortably handle at every 100,000'. =:P
I, for one, welcome our new mechanical rabbit overlords.

It would be sorta geekily fun to have a script fetch the page on a regular basis, and extract the counter from it - the number can be provided by the page from the count() function, by the looks of it. Or for extra geek points, the image could be run through gocr and the figure extracted that way. ^_^
I'll try to catch those movies on a day off next week :) THanks for the heads up.
For a taster of Guy Maddin's work, you could do very much worse than download Sissy Boy Slap Party from the Saddest Music in the World site. ^_^

I've not managed to catch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind yet, I'm afraid, but, the reviews around the net seem to've been very positive, and Michel Gondry's done plenty of cool work in the past, including a stack of music videos for folks like Bjork and the Chemical Brothers, all highly imaginative. I'm looking forward to seeing a slightly more serious Jim Carrey, as I feel he's a much better actor than he's sometimes given credit for, as The Truman Show indicated.

BTW, if you're in need of another fur for your freelancing adventures, rabitguy's indicated he'd enjoy getting fully furred..
evil genius
Me too!  It's too bad the test doesn't come with more background info. How much faith should one put in these results?
It's always so difficult to tell, given the reader will inevitably impose their own perception upon the words presented - the astrology syndrome, if you will, particularly when it comes to positive attributes.

Still, this doesn't seem to have fared badly at all, on a number of friends I've seen present their results. It might be enlightening to find out how the test was composed - was it in fact based on existing offline psychological tests of some kind, perhaps, or is it just a remarkably good "cold reader"?

It took me a few passes to parse zootycoons right, at least. I've been curious about the game and sort of lingering around on the verge of thinking about maybe buying it -- I don't rush into stuff -- since it is so hard to find a good planning-and-building-without-enemies type game. I would like to know more about it, I guess.

The notion does have appeal, certainly, appealing both to my furriness (does it show?) and my preference for non-combative games; I've no time for first-person shooters, but titles like Tomb Raider, XIII, or Myst 4 do interest me, appealing more to my fondness for exploration.

Did you catch the WWDC keynote? It's available in streaming form now - obviously, there's a goodly amount of geekiness, given the venue, but many of the new Tiger features are far better seen than merely described.

BTW, whence came that rather spiffy icon? I've noticed you use it, but never remembered to enquire.

The only good constructive non-enemy games I have around here are Railroad Tycoon II and Tropico, and I would like some more. In grand strategy games I'm in a solid Europa Universalis II-Hearts of Iron mood lately (I'd so love an Imperialism III, but Europa Universalis II is close if incredibly more complex.) I'd get SimCity 4, but, well, I bought SimCity 3000 and am still angry. (Plus I don't have the video card for it.) SimCity 2000 I can't get patched to work with the Urban Renewal Kit and play under Classic, for no obvious reason.

I always forget to look at the Keynote streaming media events. Usually I just look at the As The Apple Turns summary.

This icon -- my ``Tron'' icon -- is like the Krazy Kat icon the creation of spengler; she based it on the characters for a game called Animal Crossing, if I'm not mistaken. She gave similar-themed ones to a bunch of friends, including (I think) bunny_hugger, findra, natasha_nelson, riddoch, and Skyler the bunny slippers who don't have a Livejournal but are regarded as ``bound to get one soon'' because, well, they exist and they're on Spindizzy. You know how it is.

I can't say there's much rhyme or reason to whether I use the Krazy Kat or the Tron icons, though. I think posts mentioning computer stuff are more likely to get the Tron, but I haven't checked to see if I actually live up to that guideline. I haven't picked out a third icon yet; I'm trying, not that hard, to get a good picture of one of my rubber coatis for it, in case spengler doesn't surprise me again.

That Colin Powell is just so...to quote Steve Martin from Housesitter, "Oh. My. God."
And the others in the performance are just as equally deserving of that quote.

The robobunny is a killer with those ears!

"Did you read it the same way I did"
Yes, yes I did.
Given the popularity of television-based voting, and the antipathy generally exhibited in the US and the UK towards electoral voting, I recommend Congress adopt an "American Idol" format in November.

I think I should come up with a website specifically to have something to name "Zooty Coons".
Raccoons in zoot-suits. Yikes.