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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. ^_^
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.