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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. ^_^
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.