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While getting a veritable stack of video imported, edited, and compressed for the site, I happened upon a bit o' whimsy from Duckon 7's Furry Variety Show: The Raccoon Song. ^_^ It's available in two flavors: high quality (12.4MB MPEG-4; 640x480 500kbps video, 80kbps audio), and medium quality (2.3MB MPEG-4; 320x240 100kbps video, 24kbps audio). My apologies in advance for the horrid camerawork, but that angle was all I could get. ^_^; In the next few days, I'll hopefully be able to make a growing collection of zoo footage clips available, mostly on the theme of red pandas (surprise!), but also featuring raccoons, ringtailed and ruffed lemurs, and rabbits, from San Diego, Sydney, Singapore, and Somerset.

Recommended music weblog for the day: The Suburbs Are Killing Us. Its scope is as broad as Fat Planet.

In a particularly surreal "truth is stranger than fiction" move, New Scientist notes that, in 1994, the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton had sought funding for 'the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale'.

Via the BBC:
Q: "What's the difference between Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the Loch Ness Monster?"

A: "They're still looking for the Loch Ness Monster."

With quite splendid timing, with many a fur away at the con, Sheezy Art will "no longer accept or display adult art" - as of January 16th - towards making it "a family friendly website". If you have such work there, it would seem time to find another home for it.

How do societies collapse? "Diamond identifies five major causes of societal collapse: environmental damage, climate change, hostile neighbors, loss of trade partners, and stupidity."

Best Mac mini post-launch comment: "It's like a Cube that got washed in really hot water."

Ooo.. if I can get to Paris by mid-March, I know I'd have to see this: a Miyazaki/Moebius exhibition.

The UN's released, apparently, a series of animated public service announcements on the theme of AIDS prevention. I shan't repeat the three characters' names - they're in the article - but they're much too giggle inducing. ^_^
Ack! I meant to include this Cube/Mac mini comparison, too. ^_^ Not sure how the person managed to get both of them together for the shot so soon (reviewer, maybe?), assuming it's not just Photoshop at work, but I think the dimensions do suggest it's genuine.

(Oh, wall wart? Just a colloquialism for power supplies molded into power plug cases, as with cellphone chargers and the like)
Wow. It fits so nicely inside the Cube....