As noted by xolo, A look into the Congo, 45 years after the Belgians left.
From a Wired piece on the persistence of gaming away from the system: 'Frequent gamer Alfred Weisberg-Roberts said he often feels lingering effects after playing games like Animal Crossing, in which the point is to collect as many animals and bugs as possible from a wide variety of locations. "Once, my girlfriend happened upon a tree ... kind of like the round, thin trees in the game, and began to shake it -- one in-game way of receiving money, goods and bees," Weisberg-Roberts said. "When nothing fell from its branches, I think she quickly realized how this must have looked to the other hundred or so people in the park."'
So, the Mac Mini is real, with the specs the rumor sites had claimed; two models, $499 and $599. Kawaii!
A simple, cute, free game, and it runs on a variety of platforms: Rats & Spears. Thanks to marko_the_rat for pointing that out. ^_^
On the topic of scam artists "naming" stars for people, one astronomer's tale.
Is a draft all that distant? An article in Ethics Daily, wherein "draft officials urged the church to dust off long-standing 'alternative service' programs" might suggest not. With any luck, the notion of an exit strategy will occur first.
Good gods! Finally, there's more Twin Spica! It seems Shinsen Subs have taken up the slack, with their release of episodes 15 and 16. Being only a 20 episode series, the end is nigh! (I've always wanted to say that)
Samsung's demonstrated a phone with speech-to-text recognition. Should be amusing.. (IBM's ViaVoice can make for a great geeky party game)
A modest proposal: Nuke@Home.
Symptom for the season: Black Hairy Tongue. (Witness the power of usenet thread drift! That came three replies down from a poster enquiring about crystalline "tin whiskers" affecting electronics with age)
Have a random quotation. ^_^
Pic for the day: BrokeRedTail's LilBun. Not safe for work, and hazardously cute.
Via sockscatt, UGO's Hero Maker. Essentially, a paper-doll system in Java, along Marvel lines.. choose a basic body type, then add on the hair, gloves, eyes, nose (including a feline option), tail, boots, and so on.
Now to try catching up on everything from the past couple days. Eep!