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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.

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.