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Via gatcat, 101 Hungarian TV ads from the 80s. As he notes, this coffee ad (4.1MB MPEG-1) is perfect for leaving on infinite loop, whether or not you're present yourself. They're curiously engrossing..

W00t! A new chapter of Fur-Piled begins, and there's a new page of Closet Coon too! (The latter not being very safe for work, but cute :)

First reports from test screenings of an early cut of the H2G2 movie are very mixed, but suggest cause for hope.

sockscatt pointed out a novel solution to the perennial problem of glasses slipping down one's nose. (Hint: involves a piercing)

Plush for the day: Usa Pan hanPanda, courtesy of Action City. If you're not sure whether you'd really prefer a bunny or a giant panda, why not have both? (The company's mascot, as you may recall, is a flak-jacketed teddy bear in a gas mask)

Not quite the end of an era or anything so dramatic, but, it seems the long-standing Swedish VCL site has been closed down; hereon, the US site will be taking over entirely. They're seeking mirrors, if you happen to be sitting on reliable bandwidth (the Swedish site was going through around 1.6TB/mo, averaging 5Mb/sec), and don't mind hosting all sorts of furry artwork. That said, the index pages now carry links using the Coral distributed cache network, which appears to be doing very well indeed - possibly better than before!

A Japanese iPod owner decided to make a stainless steel skin for his player.

From an Alton Brown rant: "I just saw the movie 'Supersize Me' and I have to say that I liked it. It was fun, irreverent film making on a shoestring and it's good to know that filmmakers can still pull that sort of thing off.

What shocked me about the movie wasn't what it said, or. Heck I already new most of that stuff. What shocked me were the gasps I heard from the audience, most of whom seemed generally surprised that big business could be so.. well.. business like.

Here's what it comes down to kids. Ronald McDonald doesn't give a damn about you. Neither does that little minx Wendy or any of the other icons of drivethroughdom. And you know what, they're not supposed to. They're businesses doing what businesses do. They don't love you. They are not going to laugh with you on your birthdays, or hold you when you're sick and sad. They won't be with you when you graduate, when your children are born or when you die. You will be with you and your family and friends will be with you. And, if you're any kind of human being, you will be there for them. And you know what, you and your family and friends are supposed to provide you with nourishment too. That's right folks, feeding someone is an act of caring. We will always be fed best by those that care, be it ourselves or the aforementioned friends and family."

Silliness for the day: an animated LOTR GIF. ^_^ (1.4MB)

Marvel! As Slashdot sinks to a new low point, posting a submission from an anonymous user (clearly unaffiliated) for a cellphone battery life extender. Which you stick onto the battery. Still, their technology page is good for a giggle.. "The wavelength of the electron released from BatMax is around 3-40 microns, and is considered to be within almost the same range with the oscillation frequency of molecules inside the battery. These molecules are able to raise their oscillation energy and electricity generation by receiving electron wavelength from BatMax." "BatMax contains permeable material, which is able to directly affect the molecule level inside the battery and BatMax reintegrates the uncharged particles into the electrical circuit."

Following the revelations by "Focus on the Family" that Spongebob Squarepants was being too tolerant, the United Church of Christ has made their stance clear. ^_^
Hee hee, that's like the sticker that you put onto the gas tank, to improve fuel economy and emissions, which works be "sending holographic frequencies into the tank, changing the molecular structure of the fuel".

Looks like after Star Trek: Voyager ended, the writers went into marketing. :)
"Holographic frequencies".. ! *giggle* Oh, gods, I'm going to have to try finding that one, if it's online. I should save a few of the best reactions in the comments to the "article" - one was along the lines of "Oh no you don't! I'm sticking with my speed holes. (Signed, Homer)".

Of course, you can pretty much guarantee those guys are actually receiving orders for their stickers, too.. if it's a legitimately registered Florida company (isn't that an oxymoron?), maybe their financial statements are available too.

I should also check into that recent story about ferrite beads successfully dampening radiation from cellphones.. unless the headline was missing something obvious, that sounds like "prevents transmission". Hm. On the other paw, maybe I should help promote them, in that case.. :)

Someday, I'd like to catch up on DS9, I think. I was sort of following the series for the first couple seasons, and then I started moving around a lot, which brought an end to that continuity. And, for that matter, I've yet to see the final season of Babylon 5, although my impression is that, with the network's perennial dawdling over whether the show would be renewed, the bulk of the story was more or less wrapped up at the end of season 4, so I'm not missing too much. (I've avoided any spoilers for season 5)
Here's the article. It's a real hoot. :) Sad that anyone would buy these, especially at what they charge.
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The intriguing thing is that the guy mentions he's slept with those glasses on, which I'd have thought would be completely out of the question. Presumably, the mechanics of the arrangement must be such that any force is well balanced and supported.

Several years ago, I noticed what pleasant effects nipple piercings had on the "wearer", and began wondering just what it might be like.. so, I went ahead with both, down at Gauntlet in West Hollywood. It's - a very odd sensation, when the needle passes through. The key thing is that it's such a brief feeling that the mind barely gets a chance to sense what just happened - intense, yet almost imperceptible, if that makes any sense. Perhaps I was also just fortunate in having, I'd imagine, someone skilled performing the procedure.

Certainly gave me quite a lasting rush for the rest of the day. *giggle* Sadly, both rings migrated out a couple years ago (within a fortnight of each other, oddly enough. Who knew rings could pine for a lost companion?), but much of the enhanced sensitivity remains. ^_^

Yes, I noticed Ch'marr's been clear on the point that, as far as straight mirrors go, 1Mbit would just get saturated immediately. Still, assuming the Coral network survives this degree of stress-testing, perhaps it'll even turn out there isn't an urgent need for additional servers - though, it'd probably be prudent not to rely on its availability. And there's also, as I recall, another caching mechanism offered by archive.org, although I didn't seem to have much luck with that. Coral, on the other paw, appears to work very well indeed - if anything, I'm finding the index pages loading more quickly than before.

Gods, bludgeoned into the big sleep.. lousy way to go. And by way of a punchline, the same page has an in-line advertisement for iPods.. ^_^;

I need to see what else that Mortor GIF person's come up with.. just beautifully done, with the choice of expressions, including everyone's final reactions. Hee!

Oh, this battery whoojit was even better! It would increase battery capacity *and* let them charge faster. It couldn't actually perform any charging itself, though - presumably that's coming in the next version. I mean, if that had been posted as a humor submission, it would've been perfect for the site, but it was put up on the front page as a plainly forthright article of nanotechnology (ie they ground up some stone really finely) in a practical application. I look forward to the t-shirts commemorating the posting. ^_^

Seems to be quiet in the house today - maybe I'll take the opportunity to add a couple more clips to the site. There's still half the wild rabbits footage to edit, and I'd like to add something from the visit to the raccoons. Maybe the sifaka lemur too, even if she didn't have a ringed tail - but I'm not keeping strictly to the site's theme. ^_^ It was just rather special, having her hop down from the branches, onto the observation platform, down the bannister, and away on the path. (That section was all one large enclosure, fenced off with netting) So good to have that proximity, without bars and suchlike in the way.
From the UCC Article: "the cartoon character that has come under fire for allegedly holding hands with a starfish."

Ya know... I really don't see how a sponge and a starfish holding hands gives off a bad message to children... Especially when most of the kids watching it should be too young to see that as anything more than just holding hands. *mutters something about stupid society telling us how to act**smiles*

Silliness for the day

You have no IDEA the silliness THAT caused a couple days ago. ^_^
Does make you wonder about folks like James Dobson (Focus on the Family.. got to love the way such organisations are named) - what would he do, in RL, if he saw two young boys holding hands out of friendship? Still, it gave a lot of columnists something to chuckle over, even if such attitudes aren't confined to wingnuts, as the flap over Postcards from Buster recently showed. *sigh*

I've got to find out what else that GIF creator's come up with.. ^_^ (But, you'd have to admit, a version with bears with lasers shooting from their eyes would be an incentive to buy another edition of the DVD set. I know I'd get it :)

Hmm. Maybe I'll catch up on a bit of movie/anime watching tonight.. there's a couple eps of Yakitate Japan unwatched, and the second ep of Sukisyo. Maybe tonight'd be a good time for another screening of The Saddest Music in the World, too, or perhaps one I haven't seen, like Japón. First, though, I think, the second half of Revenge of the Cybermen. ^_^
what would he do, in RL, if he saw two young boys holding hands out of friendship?

*le sigh* Would probably scream FAG!!!! or something to that effect. :(

heee, that'd be a good reason to buy another set.
In reference to ClosetCoon,

Wow, the sauna scene is the most explicit item in the comic yet, and it doesn't involve any of the main characters? o.O What's your take on that?
That did catch me a bit by surprise, yes.. is this just a quick aside, or might Jeff-kun be thinking of bringing these guys into the main story? If the latter, I really hope we see a slight uptick in the updating.. ^_^; It's such a fun setting, but with 1-2 months between new pages, it's quite awkward maintaining momentum while reading it.

Still, there's Fur-Piled too.. ^_^ Ah, if there could only be a live action adaptation of that.. with all the original characters, of course, not humans. And Spellsinger, while we're at it.
Hmm, I wonder if there's a .DWG of that iPod case anywhere? And I wonder if cast iron with some insta-rust and a clearcoat over that would work in place of stainless? Maybe throw on some huge-looking hex-head bolts in place of the originals, maybe attach some rivet heads around on it to look rivited, you get the idea.
I wonder how it was actually made? CNC would seem like the obvious means - take all the measurements, make up the design, compile, and let the device have at it. Momentrabbit, below, notes that it's actually alumin[i]um, rather than steel, which would seem sensible, if we're talking of a solid case - Al's pretty tough, after all, just more commonly used thinly. I'll have to try Babelfish myself, and see if the article makes any reference to how that sheen's maintained.
Yeah, I see that Al thing mentioned. Still, I was wondering about the feasability of using cast iron - maybe mill out a block of it instead of aluminum, if that's possible. As for the sheen, with my idea that would kinda defeat the point - notice the insta-rust with clearcoat over it part?
From the look of that 'skin', the iPod owner actually milled out the inside of a solid bar of steel to the dimensions of his iPod, laving 5mm thick 'walls'. Very impressive, if slightly alarming at how long it must have taken to mill the middle of the box to size.

Now, if the inside of the steel box was lined with some sort of closed-cel foam to cushion impact, I'd think of it as an iTank. As is, it could probably stop the average knife blade with ease - shame there's two huge open spaces for the screen and the clickwheel. :) Oh, and looks like he affixes one of the "I still bleed six colours" Apple logos over the small Mac logo on the front, in the last pic.

Nice mod. :)
And then, the wondering. "Y'know, steel's usually greyer than that. And that last pic says the whole thing, with pod, is only about 1 pound: that much steel should weigh more."

The Babelfish is our friend. It's aluminium. Still impressive, but much easier to mill.

I miss machinery. :(
Aaahh.. okay, that would make sense, though that high albedo's quite convincing - perhaps simply highly polished, then lacquered to prevent surface oxidation?

If it were practical to manufacture those in any kind of quantity, I'd say they could sell a fair few of those cases. Presumably it'd be feasible, if the person were so inclined - just run the CNC program again for the raw case, then perform whatever polishing/coating's involved.. ?
Certainly doable, if they used CNC - and given some of the other work on that site for improved cooling systems for Mac Cubes, I'd be surprised if they were using manual equipment. If they were considering mass production, it would probably be more cost-effective to make negatives from the original and cast, then apply the same sort of sanding and finishing - doesn't look like there's any undercuts to worry about. They could do an equally wide assortment of materials, and some that can't mill - latex, for instance (hardly as tough, but I'd be more worried about dropping an iPod than taking an elbow to it on the train, so different needs, different materials).
I wonder if there's perhaps some similar thickness perspex covering the display? After all, no access is required to that, but yes, the click-wheel would have to be exposed. Although, it'd seem rather jolly to fix a little hinge to the top of the wheel space, and have a little clear flip-up cover for it too, in the style of a pocket-watch. ^_^

There does seem to be something of a tradition of supremely artistic case mods by Japanese enthusiasts.. I wish I had links for some I've seen, including a gorgeous Chinese dragon, involving plenty of gold leaf, on one PowerBook, and another, where the owner had crafted a perfect replica of a Lombard/Pismo case out of some hardwood (mahogany, possibly), including all its gentle curves.

On the sillier front, I noticed one recently, where someone had taken Pismo and iBook keyboards, and made one up with alternating dark and white keys, for a ZebraBook.

And Bunny is just old enough to have the multihued logo on it. ^_^ I think it was the Lombard where they switched to the newer solid design. (Wonder if I still have the stickers which came with it? Possibly, although it'd be a bit awkward to check :) The Wallstreet was, for what it's worth, also the only PowerBook to have genuinely hot-swappable ADB - thereon, it was dropped in favor of USB, with SCSI likewise giving way to Firewire.
I've always been a big Alton Brown fan - in fact, his the ONLY show on Food Network I record (yes - not even Iron Chef)...

I'm glad he's saying this. I've been saying the same with WRT computers companies like Apple. Apple doesn't love you. It doesn't care if you're cool. It wants to sell you as many computers and computer related bits as it can, and if making you feel good about yourself by feeling you're better than everyone else, then so be it.

Dell does it by making you feel clever for being so thrifty. IBM does it by making you feel like you're in the big league. Nike does it by making you feel you have something in common with big name sports stars. And so on and so on..

Every business looks for ways to encourage people to buy their products and finding ways to get people to join into a community of some kind that has their products at the foundation has always been a great way to do it.

Kraft, for example, goes to great lengths to make you feel like you're part of a cooking community. They even hold contests. But they don't care who wins - the important thing is that you're playing... and competing using THEIR products. :)

Saturn is famous for their 'customer appreciation' events including things like Saturn-only drive in nights.

It's all so insidious and sad in a way.
I should run that coffee ad on one of the computers at work, with the volume low, and walk away. Just because I'm sure I could drive someone crazy with it.

Anyway, y'know what would be funny? Someone should make a really long techno-remix dance song out of it. :)
Hehehe! That's actually a tempting idea.. I've been meaning to try my paw with Garageband, and Bunny can just about manage the app (Ocelot would be much better suited to the task, but with its display out of action, it's stuck with a 14" TV for the moment. Not ideal for 1024x768 :). Maybe inspiration will strike rabitguy..

One particularly fun example of appropriating a key sample in that manner: I Love Horses (Diffusion Remix) (1.6MB MP3). The sample came from the TV spot for a girls' magazine about (surprise!) horses, sung so chirpily it was practically begging to be repurposed. ^_^