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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mm, a flash of that complexity's going to be quite demanding of the processor - they don't seem to pay too much attention to optimization, unfortunately. I wonder if Flash's format is sufficiently well documented for there to be third-party players? Probably no financial market for them, but just a "for fun" project.

ISTR there are "decompilers" for Flash, but I've never played with them. Would be fun to try dropping in a replacement, or even an addition.. and certainly, Bunnie would be a great choice. ^_^ She always struck me as at least as cute as Tails. (Of course, providing you didn't lose your personality, as in the stories, I've thought it'd be fun to see some more fully robotic characters. Shiny!)
Decompilers? I thought you just used an editor.. Huh.

Anyways, I wonder what the unlockable for Bunnie would be? Maybe a fully-roboticised version?

Just occured to me, Mecha Sonic from Sonic 2 would be easy to accomplish - clone the Tails object, change the pics, and use his booster rockets to fly, (and in the fast-run and rail-grind animations, too). I suppose his unlockable could be Metal Sonic from Sonic CD/Sonic the Movie. Actually, Metal Sonic with Mecha Sonic as the unlockable might be better - your thoughts?

Random Trivia #1- There's a song in Sonic 3 that's completely missing from S3&K - it's not even in the sound test! (It's 2E in the Sonic 3 sound test.) In Sonic 3 it was used in one of the Launch Base levels, when you fight the spinny-spiked-thing mini-boss that comes out of a boxy thing. Rather cool music, too.

Random Trivia #2- I made this from Sonic 1. Used some special mod tools, but heavily used Hex Workshop. Never really finished. The rom's currently on my other comp, the one with a fried mobo. Need to pull it off sometime. You should see what I accidentally did to Sonic 2 once with Hex Workshop, too. Hit a weird glitch, Still have some idea how to reproduce it - Tails becoms P1 and Sonic P2, sonic runs off, can lose rings for you, and doesn't come back (and sometimes dies), and being stuck in the floor is a major problem in some spots. It's really weird.
Mm, a flash of that complexity's going to be quite demanding of the processor - they don't seem to pay too much attention to optimization, unfortunately. I wonder if Flash's format is sufficiently well documented for there to be third-party players? Probably no financial market for them, but just a "for fun" project.

There is a Flash decompiler, but I doubt it has kept up with the latest version (MX2004). SWF files can be imported back into Flash, but I know some SWF files are protected.

There's a Flash compiler that works a bit like a typical console-mode C compiler, but takes ActionScript code and outputs SWF.
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Possibly because a circle can be drawn as a single quadrant mirrored four ways. Neat idea about implementing a Flash player in assembler. The main bottleneck with Flash is in the screen rendering code and there's only been one attempt thus far to recode the Flash renderer to use OpenGL, and it actually sorta works(sometimes) but hasn't been updated in years.