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From kiroo, an excellent set of webcomics, reminiscent of the clean simplicity of Jimmy Corrigan and Beanworld, also reflected in the site's design. There are various free works to be enjoyed, plus some paid, at the princely rate of $3/year. Highly recommended.

And continuing the German theme, someone has taken it upon himself to build a physical version of Pong. Don't miss the short video showing it in action; a supreme geek achievement. ^_^

"Greenwald has announced that he is making much of the Outfoxed unedited footage available free of charge, under a Creative Commons license, to the public for remixing and re-using in nearly any manner imaginable." Gentlefurs, start your editors.

How widely did this appear globally? A Levi's TV spot, "Ransom" (4.4MB AVI), featuring morphic rats, albeit sadly tailless, courtesy of Michel Gondry. (Please forgive the bug in the top left, courtesy of MTV)

Apparently, Germany, Brazil, India and Japan are seeking positions as permanent members of the UN, joining the current five (France, the UK, the US, Russia, and China).

A synopsis of umbrella.net really wouldn't do it justice, so read for yourself. ^_^ An art "platform" establishing ad hoc networks over Bluetooth, with the umbrellas illuminating according to their network status; soon to be seen on the streets of New York.

This hotel, commissioned by Adolf Hitler, caught my eye by virtue of its sheer scale: it's 2.7 miles long, capable of accomodating 20,000 guests. Ah, to go there and watch The Producers.. ^_^

Oh my. This is what Gateway considers to be their iMac.. ^_^;; I think I may need to send Gateway some cookies in condolence.

plushlover may be interested in the forthcoming DVD release of Bambi, as the PR gushes: "This all-new digital restoration, done exclusively for this Special Edition DVD release, required a team of film, computer and animation experts to apply the most advanced technology and talent the studio has ever assembled. These efforts have restored Bambi's extraordinary artwork to dazzling brilliance. The groundbreaking technology employed includes detailed frame-by-frame work on over 110,000 frames, requiring more than 9,600 hours of work! This has resulted in stunning digital images with a far greater range of both color and density, allowing the quintessential Walt Disney classic to come to life for everyone like never before." Also mentioned is a new 5.1 audio mix, plus a variety of supplements.

Quote for the day, from austin_dern: "I have a perfectly moral and decent reason for showering with my trackball".

.. and via befrafa: "It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper." - Rod Serling

Who'da thunk it? Britain's second Apple Store will be located in The Bullring, in Birmingham; they're currently hiring.

New California antispam bill here (SB 1457), as apparently recently signed into law by Arnie. It would appear to provide for private right of action against spammers using forged headers or misleading subject lines, to the tune of $1000 per message. Fancy some easy money? (If you or your provider fall within jurisdiction, of course)

'For various reasons we needed to locate some Kosher dairy products today, which proved to be more difficult on short notice than I imagined. However, if anyone wants to set up a shop selling such things, it's obvious that it should be called “Jews for Cheeses.”'

This transcript of Jon Stewart on O'Reilly's show is quite amusing. Meanwhile, here's Kerry on Letterman's show, including links to audio and video (17MB QuickTime) of the whole segment, and of the Top Ten alone.

Speaking of whom (JS, not BO'R): "If the president is the head of the American body politic, Congress is its gastrointestinal tract. Its vast and convoluted inner workings may be mysterious and unpleasant, but in the end they excrete a great deal of material whose successful passage is crucial to our nation’s survival. This is Congress' duty."

Cool.. finally, the "main" presidential debates (although, with neither candidate permitted to talk to the other, it's perhaps stretching the definition somewhat) are underway:

"The two sides basically accepted the recommendations of the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which called for three 90-minute Bush-Kerry debates:

Sept. 30 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Oct. 8 at Washington University in St. Louis.
Oct. 13 at Arizona State University in Tempe [...]

The campaigns also agreed to one debate between Vice President Cheney and Kerry's running mate, Sen. John Edwards, on Oct. 5 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland." Regrettably, the two sides also agreed to exclude any other candidates. Still, if you're within reach of any of the locations, consider going along, and submitting a question, modulo whatever screening process is employed to pick the audience.

Amusing.. Blogbites is a sort of aggregation of "soundbites" from a wide variety of weblogs. eg:
"What was it Graham Norton said about hoping Britney's mansion was done in time for her marriage, but not envying the the builders who had to weld a thousand trailers together?"
"For those trying to work out whether the Bush Administration’s stated commitment to democracy in the Middle East reflects Wilsonian idealism or just a tactical choice, reflecting the fact that the Administration’s enemies in the region are mostly not democrats, Venezuela provides a useful data point."
"In a shock announcement that will reverberate through broadcast journalism, CNN has acknowledged that it can no longer vouch for the authenticity of host Wolf Blitzer."

Did you know sea otter milk is 25% fat?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hmmm. Personally I think we'd do better to do away with permanent members of the SC altogether, or at least their veto-wielding power. Which is something that the BBC story doesn't make clear: if we had nine permanent members, would they all retain their vetoes? If so, nothing would ever get done!
I admit to not really watching the UN very much; forming an opinion on just the "headline" issues would probably be unwise, or at least, markedly incomplete. Good point, though.. I'll go sniffing around a bit, and see what's on the table, as it were. Of course, this is only discussing the idea of adding extra members - we're probably a way off a final proposal and acceptance. IIRC, this would be the first alteration to the Big Five since the formation of the League of Nations, but I could be quite sorely mistaken - so I'd imagine the whole veto issue would be up for negotiation.

Fascinating organisation, I feel, although probably terminally dull on a daily basis. ^_^