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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? ^_^


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.
Indeed, it'd be nice to find out from the artist if it's simply a case of lots of time spent just drawing many, many little tufts of fur, as I suspect. I wonder if sie's done any red pandas? ^_^

I actually agree with some of these reviews. >:)

We all have our little secrets.. like me approving of The Cell. ^_^ (Not, I should note, Jennifer Lopez' *ahem* acting, but some of the tension evoked, such as during the water chamber scenes) And can I admit to both owning and enjoying the DVD of Spice World?
Hey thanks for the comments on the wolf girl (I found your journal through my comic's refers-thingy.)

The fur was done manually. I've never liked the way the filters, and common tools like 'smudge' look. Nor can they really capture the flow of wolf fur. No filter can make up for a working knowledge of anatomy. The way I did it was using a combination of 3px and 1px sized brushes and just scribbled the hell out of it.I put on the darker colors first and just worked my way lighter and lighter til it came out right. Overall this pic took me over a month to do.

If my comic were this detailed it would update 4 times a year heheh :).

Anyway thanks again for the comments!
Oh, thanks for that! Using a tablet, I assume? That's something I'd love to play with, once there's a few spare pennies lying around.

Gods, it's easy to tell there was a lot of time and energy put into that pic.

Out of curiosity (it's not a field I'm especially acquainted with), have you explored 3D modeling apps' fur effects? The technology on that front does seem to be picking up quite considerably, as we've seen from that series of Blockbuster TV spots, or the lemurs in Dinosaur (not much of a story, but visually, an absolute treat. And Plio, yay! ^_^).
Yes I use a wacom tablet. I was doing similar pics with a mouse, and let me tell you, that was killer on the tendons in the hands. It takes a lot of time, but after you do it for a while you get pretty fast at it... I mean it's a bunch of scribbles afterall :) As long as you follow the direction the fur naturally flows, it looks pretty good without much 'fixing'.

As for 3d stuff, I've tried to use several 3d programs in the past, and I'm just a 3d retard. I can't figure out -anything- when I try to use them. Although a friend of mine is *really* good at it (Well he's a professional), check out his site at www.rowsby.com .