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I'm probably just rambling, as I've no relevant background, but I was wondering why babies never grow tired of their own noise. Then I wondered - what if that's part of the brain's development? Perhaps that constant aural stimulation somehow "agitates" the brain (not literally, of course), effectively disturbing it from a steady state. Similarly, microscopically pure water may be chilled considerably below 0C, as there's nothing for the ice to form around - it's only upon introduction of some form of particulates, even dust, that the nascent ice crystals have bodies about which to nucleate. Or maybe I just shouldn't write without coffee first.

Coming to Broadway next year: Spamalot, a musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Cast includes David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, and Tim Curry.

A strip that I'd be surprised if anyone outside the UK (and even within, to a lesser degree) is familiar with: The Perishers. Here, it's given a thorough perusal, including several typical strips, illustrating the gorgeous artwork and wit, prior to the original artist's retirement in 1983. Have a look. It's one of those unsung gems, and quintessentially British.

An idea long overdue: PowerBook and iBook sleeves made from fake fur/fleece. shadowolf may be interested in their Dalmatian-spotted version.. and at $29 and $39, how can you say no? Only a few patterns available at the moment, but we can hope the idea will prove successful. ^_^

Japanese ice cream flavors. Easy, ne? (You can guess the rest; two words: "scientific research")

This is quite amusing.. folks have taken the highest ranking films, books, and suchlike from Amazon, and collected some of the lowest-rated reviews for each. Highlights include these sentiments on Seven Samurai:

- Save your money and time by not watching this badly made kung-fu movie. The guys in this movie do not know martial arts at all.

- This movie seems to be a scene-by-scene copy of one of my favorite movies-"Magnificent Seven". Magnificent seven is a classic movie that has been copied many times, but I didn't know westerns were popular enough in japan to be copied.

- no special effects at all. This movie could learn some tricks from the recent movie 'The haunting'.

Here's quite an.. unusual Japanese PS2 game TV ad (1.1MB MPEG-4). I must play this. ^_^ (Supposedly Namco do intend to export it outside Japan, but it's anybody's guess when. I defer to the wisdom of the experts, such as tursi)

Open source reaches virus writers! Apparently, a new version of that perennial Windows favorite, Bagle, includes its own source code as an attachment. (Written in assembly, curiously enough)

Not so much for the joke, as.. don't they look cute with their caps on? ^_^

Interesting:

Equipped with a machine for measuring night vision, the researchers headed for the Rif valley, the centre of Morocco's flourishing cannabis trade. "High-grade sifted cannabis was mixed with tobacco in a 2:1 ratio and smoked as kif by subjects employing a traditional sebsi pipe," the team write in the latest Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Three "kif-experienced" Moroccan volunteers were then invited to make "numerous inhalations".

The volunteers demonstrated "consistent improvements" in tests, leading the researchers to suggest that further studies should be conducted.


How's this for Most Ironic iPod Case Evar?

Via arakinuk, a rather nice pic of a wolf (were variety, but not the kind that's always snarling). A good pose, and such detail on the fur, too.

And, if you feel you're a sufficiently convincing author, try The Scotsman's challenge to create a new urban legend. No prizes, but it's an intriguing notion.

Contemplate upon Twinkie sushi. So very wrong.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was one of those few series I'd usually get as a birthday present - the latest compilation. With, of course, the benefit of being able to enjoy a week-long joke in a few minutes. ^_^ It worked so well, I think, because the humor was quite multi-layered at times - funny prima facie, but deeper too. And certainly, that gorgeously detailed artwork never hurt, either.

The eyeballs in the sky! *giggle*

I was disappointed, then, to see the Mirror's site, The Authentic Perishers, make no mention of any of the books being available, aside from through flea markets, used bookstores, and so on - couldn't they put at least a couple back into circulation? Or even online, either free or for some moderate fee? (Which would suit me better, given how little space there is, and the degree to which I move around)

Hm. Wonder if there's an online Giles repository somewhere?

Now to see if the Mirror puts its comics online!