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Video joy for the day: Free as a Bird (5.5MB QuickTime), by dv_girl.

UPS introduces Fully Comprehensive Continued Tracking. ^_^ (From the same origin, your daily moment of eww)

Two new trailers of possible interest: Dreamworks' Madagascar, and with what looks like quite a promising voice cast, Robots, from Blue Sky Studios, they of Bunny and Ice Age. Madagascar looks like it might be visually appealing, but, just going by the trailer, they might be straining with the script, along the lines of Father of the Pride; I might plump for Robots instead, particularly if Robin Williams' role isn't just a bit part.

Sonic the Hedgehog - implemented in Flash.

Altermeta may be in guest strips only at the moment, but that doesn't stop some gems from turning up. ^_^

'In the general population, men have a “digit ratio” of 0.98 on average - the index finger being slightly shorter than the ring finger. Women have a digit ratio of 1.0 on average, meaning the two fingers are the same length.' So, now, thanks to modern scientific research, you can check what gender you are just by looking at your hands. Don't say science never did anything for you.

Has anyone got opinions to offer on Willard (remake or original)? I've just noticed there was a sequel made, Ben, which featured that Michael Jackson track..

Yay! Episode 3 of Yakitate Japan is out. (Yakitate translates here as "freshly baked", and "pan" being the Japanese imported word for bread; given the premise is about the creation of distinctively Japanese bread, you can see the wordplay)

VLC 0.8.0 is now out, with quite a few new features and enhancements; at the moment, only OS X and Windows binaries, plus the source, are available - the others will be following in due course. One nice addition is, it seems, VobSub support. There's been a report on xlr8yourmac noting very slow performance, though it seems fine here; probably as well to keep your existing version until you've verified it on your setup.

Heh. Seems Tiger's date & time preferences include an option for what calendar system to use: Gregorian, Buddhist, Hebrew, Islamic, Islamic (Civil), or Japanese. I suppose there's emacs for everything else..

A handy guide to setting up chroot on Panther, so you can offer sftp to users, and have them confined to their home directory.
I may have to make that "short" I've been wanting to, just to do it. Happy endings, all around.

I've also been watching commercials I've got saved on my hard drive, the EDS "Cat herding" commercial always makes me smile.
Heh! Certainly, with the level of CG sophistication possible with modern rendering, even on a home system, an entire short produced at home is conceivable, even if still probably a hell of a lot of work. And there've been some pretty impressive furry works in Flash, too.. that's something I ought to poke my muzzle into at some point. Not that I'll be coming up with anything of the standard of Everybody Else.. ^_^ (Although that was just as much about the actual animation, rather than the technical quality of the drawings - the timing of the eye blinking, the gradual initial zoom in, the various static poses..)

Oh, yes! That one's a classic, no question. The Running of the Squirrels was an attempt to repeat that success, but it just didn't have the same magic, I felt. Advertising can throw up some fairly nifty works at times - the Cadbury Bunny series was.. highly memorable. ^_^ Guinness and Heineken have turned out quite a few classics, including the sea horses/surfers from a few years ago for the former, and Michel Gondry's mini-adventure for Smirnoff is well worth a look. (Indeed, Terran used the latter as a showpiece for how well Cleaner 5 performed. I didn't realise it was MG directing until quite recently) Oh, and let's not forget the reindeer ads for Toys.com - not so much for the ads themselves, as the reindeer.. nice work!