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ibneko should definitely see this, but it's fun for anyone: cat see-saw. It's a flash-based game - very small, so it's dialup-friendly, and doesn't require a dual G5 to run. ^_^

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!
Hm! Well, it does use an external power brick (though with yet another connector type) - it might be simplest just to use a cheap inverter. Not the most elegant solution, but with 100W models at the £20/$30 mark, about as cheap as any other, if you don't indeed already have such a beast. Not sure what DC voltage it takes, though the iBooks and PowerBooks are all 24V, in the region of 45-55W; the Mac mini's rated at 85W.

I'm wondering if something like an original iBook might be best for that purpose, actually - could prolly pick one up cheaply enough, and then you'd have (a) the visualisations too, (b) a laptop into the bargain. Sure, they're not dual 2.5GHz G5s, but Dormouse here is such a system - 300MHz G3, 160MB, and runs Panther perfectly well.. doesn't get too much lower-end than that. ^_^ (Well, except for Bunny, perhaps - 266MHz G3, and only running Panther by virtue of XPostFacto. Not too bad for a system launched and bought in Sept 1998)
Well I was thinking that perhaps a used laptop with a dodgey screen may be cheapest option (either off ebay, or a co-worker who works for Cash Converters).

I'm sort of avoiding an inverter, but may have to.

I'm not sure how legal it is to mount a 4 inch LCD screen on the dashboard in the UK.

It would be easier if apple produced an Ipod for the car...