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First, a quick reposting of this Bright Eyes remix (5.3MB MP3) - music to go quietly insane by. ^_^ In an entirely different vein, mythos_amante and stego_s_aurus might particularly enjoy the video (4.7MB QuickTime) for Grandaddy's "Nature Anthem" may cause sugar shock in some. It's just so sweet and fluffy - not exactly anything new musically, but what does that matter? (Thanks, xydexx!)

*blink* Rubber Trouble is, I think, perhaps one of the less orthodox pieces of local authority PR I've seen.. (You can verify its authenticity at their site)

Pic for the day, for the sheer warmth expressed so quietly: this from Weasely. (Entirely work-safe)

Some rather good contestants in evidence at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, including a golden jackal chasing a flamingo and giant tortoises on the Galapagos at dawn.

It probably won't make too much sense unless you've read of Bill O'Reilly's phone sex adventures, but if you have, this Fark contest is easily worth a look: photoshop the cover of his latest book.

Woohoo! Fat Planet does have an RSS feed after all - just not linked from anywhere on the main page. ^_^;

Better late than never, but I only just noticed it. Here's Chris Morris' take on the events following the WTC attacks, as published in 2002, and made available as four PDFs, and as text versions thereof. Those unfamiliar with his work may wish to familiarise themselves with Brass Eye and The Day Today first; "gentle" would probably not be a prominent word.

The New York Times' Sunday Magazine on George W Bush:Without a Doubt, kindly made available as a PDF by rabitguy. It's a disturbing read.

From Fafblog: "What if the next president turns out to be a man-eatin bear in a clever plastic disguise an you’re all “Hello Mr President” an he’s all “Why hello there citizen I RAAAARRR” an then eats you cause he’s a giant man-eatin bear?"

On Nov 29, Godzilla receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now there's a good excuse for a fursuit outing.. and up north and east, apparently Silent Bob will visit Degrassi, with Smith also appearing as a filmmaker. Worth a read. ^_^

Eep! Dave Barry's going on indefinite leave starting next January?

A good little review of the Griffin Technology RadioShark.

App for the day: Cenon, a vector graphics composition package, running under OS X, Linux, and OpenStep 4.2. It's also open source.

Via sockscatt, a helpful short Flash, "Posting on the forums, and you!" If there could only be a usenet version too..

And now, in another technological triumph in the musical field, Yamaha presents their electronic trumpet.

Not that the City doesn't already fare quite well in that regard, but this quote from the mayor caught my eye: "We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service."

Now here's a sequel waiting to be made.. Alien Loves Predator. (Quite work-safe, despite the title :)

A TV remote with but one function: turn any and all TVs off (or on), with a single press. "The idea for TV-B-Gone was born at a restaurant in the early 1990s, when Altman and his friends kept paying attention to a TV in the corner, not to one another."

Yet more polling analysis for the statistics geeks.

Headline for the day: "Oil wealth 'can lead to corruption'".

W00t! Found some English subtitles for the Miike Takeshi superhero comedy Zebraman! Although, I was disappointed on realising that the rabbit illustrated in Double Zero only has a bit part, totalling around a minute on screen; for some reason, I'd immediately associated him with being a cuddly evil mastermind. ^_^

The hoax that is CherryOS unravels amusingly.. the vendor continues to maintain it's all his own work, whilst a PearPC developer points out the marginal coincidence that a PearPC constant named SPIRO MULTIMAX 3000 would also appear in CherryOS. ^_^ (That's from the OS X startup, in verbose mode - to see that, hold down cmd-V just before the bootup begins) Wired laid their paws on CherryOS, but couldn't get it to install OS X from any installation CDs they had, on various PCs; there existed, in a previous version of PearPC, a timeout-related bug which would prevent actual OS installation. Looking at this page indicates a similar process was employed in the creation of a PDF converter, taking a GPL-licensed package and reselling it, sans GPL. All that said, PearPC does exist, is quite definitely for real, and seems to work pretty well.

Very warped bunny. ^_^;

Seeing this Pearls Before Swine cartoon, I had to wonder.. where would that sign I linked to previously belong?

An interestingly moderate US political read: Bull Moose. "The Bull Moose is an unofficial blog sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Council. Although the Bull Moose has a deep affinity for the New Donkey, he is an independent in the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party of 1912."

Nothing like good planning::

'In March 2003, days before the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, American war planners and intelligence officials met at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina to review the Bush administration's plans to oust Saddam Hussein and implant democracy in Iraq.

Near the end of his presentation, an Army lieutenant colonel who was giving a briefing showed a slide describing the Pentagon's plans for rebuilding Iraq after the war, known in the planners' parlance as Phase 4-C. He was uncomfortable with his material - and for good reason.

The slide said: "To Be Provided."'

And two quotes from elsewhere:

'You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one. Only the disciplined mind can see reality. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.'

'The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors.. and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'

And finally, a delightful quote from William Gibson: "Indeed, I believe that the spectrum forms a full circle, with right and left merging, as they meet at their respective extremes, into luminous batshit evil."
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh, it's often friends who spot these nifty gems.. ^_^

I have to admit, I actually avoided seeing Watership Down for quite a long time, based on Bright Eyes - a beautiful song, but it seemed so terribly sad. Not that the tale's without its trials, of course.. but when I finally did get to see the movie, I was so pleased to've given it a try after all. Quite a magical story. If I had some pennies spare, I'd buy a stack of copies of the book and the DVD for the local libraries.