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Just because it's such a wonderful image, here's a reposting of that celebratory image in support of Love Your Body Day, Oct 20. And while I'm at it, have two rabbits, from charon2: soccer bunny, and swim bun. And also from said artist, a good argument in favor of recognising gay marriage. ^_^

Download Jon Stewart on Crossfire as a good quality twenty minute 97MB AVI using BitTorrent here, or as a plain download here. The torrent's heavily seeded, so you should be able to saturate whatever connection you're on, unless you're enteirah.

SVP's running another 3-way DVD duplicator drawing here, winner to be emailed on Friday, Oct 22. Seems it'll be a regular weekly fixture.

Another good music weblog, via fairybear: music (for robots). And yes, it does have RSS 1.0 and Atom feeds. Be sure to check out the Sex in Dallas track; nothing very novel - bleepy techno - but it's just so utterly playful. As its title might possibly suggest, it's not really one to play in the company of one's boss or maiden aunt, though. ^_^ And on that note, enjoy some foxes (6.9MB AVI, not very work-safe), courtesy of quasiskunk and BBC Three.

Phrases you just don't read often enough: "This place is 16,500 square feet of pure pork fun", referring to the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.

New York AG Spitzer's halted the sale of a particularly bizarre coin, claimed to be made using silver found in a vault in "Ground Zero".

Let us not forget the work of unsung researchers, only called into recognition by way of the Ig Noble awards. "Winners of the prize this year included researchers who proved the "five-second rule," that it is safe to eat food after it has been dropped on the floor, and those who discovered that herrings communicate by farting."

Of vague geek interest.. comparing Apple and Dell's share price performance over the past few months, you can easily see that the same short-term trends affected both, despite being two very different companies; but almost uniformly, the effect on Apple was much larger, both upwards and downwards.

Congress is playing again.. fun, eh? Gods, how long will US politicos be able to sell almost anything on the grounds of "making the country safer"? (Yes, I know. Silly question) Amongst the provisions discussed: 'require the State Department to study the feasibility of a worldwide database tracking American citizens' and foreigners' "lifetime travel history," including information on what countries Americans traveled to', and 'allow employers running a background check on an employee to obtain records of arrests and detentions -- not just convictions -- without limitation on republishing the information'.

Another step towards a "grand unifying theory".

Why the housing crash is coming -- and it's not what you think.. an insightful, reasoned piece from tgeller, on the condition of the housing market in the US.

Kevin Drum on undecided voters, at this late stage: 'Any undecided voter who continues to mouth off with "I just haven't heard any specifics from the candidates" or "I still don't know what John Kerry stands for" ought to be bound and tossed into a pit with snarling raccoons. Or Bob Novak.'

Here's a mildly steamy book written by Lynne Cheney in 1981, "Sisters"; as it's regrettably difficult to find, it's apparently currently being reposted by chapter over on lynnecheney. A taste: "The young woman was heavily powdered, but quite attractive, a curvesome creature, rounded at bosom and cheek. When she smiled, even her teeth seemed puffed and rounded, like tiny ivory pillows. Let us go away together, away from the anger and imperatives of men.
We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement. In the evenings I shall read to you while you work your cross-stitch in the firelight. And then we shall go to bed, our bed, my dearest girl."
The torrent's heavily seeded, so you should be able to saturate whatever connection you're on, unless you're enteirah.

I hate BitTorrent for this very reason, as one of the other housemates keeps killing the connection for everyone else me using it. All I need to do is figure out the correct configuration on the firewall to close about 99% of the ports BitTorrent on his computer uses though... >:D
Oh, no need to go to that extreme - if they want to be cooperative, clients like Azureus (available for quite a range of OSs, OS X and Windows included) permit limiting both inbound and outbound bandwidth used by the app. It's always a good idea to limit the outbound to less than 90%, even if you're the only user of the connection, else the ACK packets coming back in suffer congestion, hurting the inbound bandwidth most noticeably. Or, if you've got a computer or intelligent router doling out the bits to everyone, you could impose the throttling there. Throttling the user is another option, of course, but very much only as a last resort. ^_^
I did look into seeing if the router had any options for throttling, but sadly not. It would mean I'd have to channel everything through my computer instead, and impose throttling through the computer, which will take some effort to set up. Easier just to go with the close a load of ports option! =:P
I think you got the link for "enjoy some foxes" wrong.

I must've accidentally copied the wrong link somehow, and didn't notice when I pasted it into the text file.. thanks for that. ^_^; Duly fixed.
How do you choose non-default icons for your replies to comments?  LJ doesn't seem to offer me any mechanism for choosing these icons.  Is this an undocumented paid-user-only feature?
Nope, as far as I'm aware, the icon difference between paid and free users is just the number of icons (3 vs 15).

You should see, in the Reply area, space to add your own subject line, a Don't auto-format checkbox, and to the right of that, a Picture to use pull-down. That's where you choose a different icon, if you've uploaded others. You can check what icons LJ has associated with you (or anyone else) by clicking on your icon on your User Info page - that'll bring them all up on one page.
I have just blank space to the right of Don't auto-format.  Looking at the HTML source, I don't see any obvious disabled code for showing a Picture to use pull-down.
Most peculiar. So, the source you receive doesn't contain any instances of allpics?
*whine* Now it says it's a broken link.
Don't worry, I found it:

Curious! I've updated the link, anyway; if it moves again, it's easy enough to pop it up myself so that it does stay put. ^_^
Yikes!!! Thanks for the link regarding the House Crash: It basically justified me taking the steps to get my house refinanced that I started taking this past wednesday!!

I saw a TV ad for those "minted with silver recovered from Ground Zero" coins and I felt both queasy and angered.
I also muttered "assholes" a few times.
Some people!!!

I saw the ad on The Daily Show (yay! Wish I could get it reliably, but my only means is over BitTorrent, so it's at the whim of someone feeling motivated to make the encoding and seed it), and was just gaping at it. Good gods.. what next, fertiliser made using genuine Ground Zero ashes? (Although, come to think on that, that would be more positive - from death, new life)

I oppose the death penalty, but for the directors of that company, I'd be more than happy to advocate the reintroduction of the stocks. Mounted in Times Square, those individuals would be likely to receive some valuable customer feedback.
Mounted in Times Square, those individuals would be likely to receive some valuable customer feedback.

Indeed! :)
Eep! Hold on.. do you have a dirty mind, or do I? ^_^
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