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Adoring old synths as I do (albeit, sadly, from afar), my eye was naturally caught by mention of the Cynthia Macintosh, a Mac mini mind melded with a suitably designed LCD panel and software. It doesn't exist yet, however, but when it does, I'm going to have to find a way of playing around with one.. wonder if there's such a thing as a cheap 15" touchscreen LCD? (Or a panel to overlay on an existing display) Making a tablet out of an old PowerBook could be a fun little project.

From the gallows humor department: Volkswagen's "Car for almost all occasions" TV ad. (2.6MB QuickTime)

If you had a paid account when the colo's lights went out, wander along thisaway to claim a fortnight's extension by way of salve for the soul unjournaled. Speaking of which.. as found by sockscatt, one of the first in probably many tribute images. ^_^

ysengrin pointed out some fascinating work over at Cornell, where a polystyrene-like polymer's been produced, based on the oxide of limonene (the primary oil found in citrus peel) and carbon dioxide. As the article notes, virtually every polymer currently in existence has a petroleum origin.

Who knew Bill Gates had such desire to be a teen heartthrob in 1983? (BTW, if you noticed, those links make use of a public distributed caching system. Just add .nyud.net:8090 as shown, and providing a copy's in the system before any slashdotting occurs, the link's safe from being overloaded.

Not the greatest photos ever taken, but still, these few scenes from a fish & vegetable market in Chalous, Iran, are a tiny glimpse into another culture.

Beer for the day has to be Titanic Brewery's Titanic Stout, a heavy stout along the lines of Sierra Nevada's - well, maybe it's more like North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin's Imperial Stout, but considerably less sweet. More like a naked Young's Double Chocolate - all the flavor, but markedly drier.


I thought I'd offer the opening and closing sequences (11.1 and 10.6MB MPEG-4) of Paranoia Agent, as a musical indication of its nature. It's an intensely character-driven series, peeling away layers of people's personalities they'd far sooner keep reserved for themselves.

(Tucked away to conceal the links from spiders)


"People you think are normal.."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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You may indeed have the whole thing, in that case, as it's a 13-episode series. I'll admit to not actually having finished it yet - I'm at ep.9, so, I can't comment on how "well" it ends. That said, I'd certainly recommend it.. the linked review gives some idea of what to expect. As each character's brought into the story, we see their public face, then their private one.. the storyline opens with a stuffed toy designer (hence the dog in the closing titles, though exactly why he's there is another matter), under pressure to complete another successful design, attacked by "Shounen Bat" - from the glimpses his victims gain, the police establish he's a teenage boy on rollerblades, who strikes with a bent baseball bat. But why? Ah, there's the key..

It's a storyline with a strong emphasis on the various characters' natures and lives - definitely a psychological mystery. The first episode should give you a good idea of whether it's something for you, or not - it's not one of those you can only gain some vague appreciation for after the first four episodes, say.