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If you've wondered how your town might fare in the face of a zombie onslaught, this Java simulator provides the answer. I'm afraid it doesn't offer much hope.

Pic for the day: Bayshore's Off Duty. (Safe) "They work so hard all day, fighting crime and fires, it's rare when they can sleep in and enjoy one anothers company. Aren't they peaceful? I guess it was another long night!! ;o3"

A tale of love. Read this, if you haven't already - it's been circulating quite a bit, and highly deservedly.

Want to name an entire species of monkey? A forthcoming charity auction by the Wildlife Conservation Society will offer exactly that. "According to WCS Conservationist Dr. Robert Wallace, who discovered the monkey, very little is known about the new monkey except that it stands about a foot tall, weighs two pounds and likes fruit. In the morning pairs of them gather and 'duet', calling back and forth while clutching each other in what resembles a human embrace."

If you recall that "Which OS-tan are you?" quiz I posted a little while back, here's an explanation of just what they are. ^_^ And here's Thunderbird-ko and Firefox-ko, in 1600x1200 and 1280x1024.

Sushi pillows.

A particularly good specialist weblog on.. well, guess. North Korea zone And for a less egotistical version of Wonkette, try DC Media Girl. Recommended. And, Why I Hate DC froths nicely.

You may well have driven over rumble strips on the road as some point. Of course, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to use different width gaps to play tunes as you pass over.

mycroftb showed me this pic of Runtt, a red panda, by Frank Gembeck. (Not safe for work)

The newest PowerBooks offer a "scrolling trackpad" feature; this extension brings that to other more recent PowerBooks and iBooks.

Now this projector's worth pointing out.. note the first photo on the right, showing its size. It's 14oz, and will also run off a car adaptor or a battery pack; and illumination's from LEDs (!), with a rated life of 20,000 hours. But what keeps the price so high? Even at a list of $699 - not all that bad - it's still not exactly free with the cornflakes. Are they just milking the corporate customers?

Arboretum's erstwhile HyperEngine-AV audio/video editor is now a free download. They're still charging for their plug-ins, and support is now on a subscription basis, but there are plenty of sources for HyperEngine plug-ins.

Want a desktop mobile phone? The intended auction is the senior crowd, who may prefer phones that can't be accidentally inhaled.

I recently rediscovered two TF-related episodes of the Aladdin TV series: Do the Rat Thing , and Eye of the Beholder. I recall the transformations being fairly rapid, but they're still enjoyable, even if on the limited budget Disney TV animation tends to live on.
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Oh, really? I might have to sniff out some additional episodes.. thankfully, places like TVtome exist, with complete episode guides. I admit, I'm vaguely retiscent in launching into any TV animation, given the budgets they're usually saddled with, though the few I've seen of Aladdin (I actually bought both of the tapes with those episodes on! Yes, because the episode synopses gave away the TF relevance :) acquit themselves well.. and as I recall, The Lion King 1.5/3 (just why is there that odd distinction? In the US, it was TLK 1 1/2; in the UK, TLK 3) was a work from the (now disbanded :-P) Australian Disney TV animation group, yet of theatrical quality.

Hm. Maybe I need to extract an icon or two from them, even if almost nobody would actually recognise where they came from.. but Jasmine does make such a cute rat. ^_^

Oh, you can hardly go an episode of Aladdin without hitting a transformation, even counting the exception of Genie shapeshifting on his own. In fact, it's one of those many shapeshifting episodes -- ``Seems Like Old Crimes'' -- that's responsible for me being here. It was looking up the bird-woman on that that lead me to alt.fan.furry and, thus, to the online furry community. I probably would have made it anyway, but that's how it did happen to work out.

My particular favorite would be from the episode in which Matt Frewer, as Chaos, come calling (now that's casting); he tells some overly dignified guests to go hopping along, and gives them kangaroo lower bodies. That's a design I've never seen done anywhere else except by a few people consciously imitating that episode (it's one of the guest bodies on spindizzy_muck, for example), but such a perfect idea, too.

>You may well have driven over rumble strips on the road as some point. Of course, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to use different width gaps to play tunes as you pass over.

CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP. That will teach me to keep speculative fiction under my hat for too long. They've just ruined my upcoming short film, luckily before we really started producing it.


It's worse than that. Were you aware that what we perceive as Japan is actually its temporal echo from forty years in the past? They're actually considerably further ahead than anyone is, generally, aware.
As long as they're on our side. :>
Wow, you could tell what exit is coming up by the tune it plays if you edge off onto the shoulder (thus saving money on all those exit signs). Or you could determine what lane you were crossing over into, or whether you were driving the wrong way, all by the tune the tires play. I guess either they want to let blind people drive (which might work, except for the other cars on the road) or they actually want to encourage people to constantly veer off onto the shoulders. :-)
I guess either they want to let blind people drive

From what I gather, isn't that common practice anyway?

And in the EU, major roads could play the anthem of the country you're currently entering. (Except, of course, so many tend to be of almost dirge-like tempo, so you'd have to drive about four miles in the process)

or they actually want to encourage people to constantly veer off onto the shoulders

Well, that does seem to be a very real problem, judging by the preponderance of "DO NOT DRIVE ON MEDIAN" signs I saw while hastening through Arkansas. I'd hitherto not gauged that to be all that much of a problem.. ^_^;

If Intel tries sponsoring that wretched four note jingle into 101 exits, though, I think things could become ugly.
You may well have driven over rumble strips on the road as some point. Of course, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to use different width gaps to play tunes as you pass over.

That actually sounds like a pretty neat idea. Though I'd be afraid that the novelty of the idea might cause a fair number of accidents at first. And from what I've seen, a lot of drivers are bad enough without the added distraction. But, so long as it's not all corporate jingles, that might be kind of a fun thing to have around.
Don't blind people drive then?
(I'm sure I meet them in the morning)
When stupidity reaches $50/barrel i'm going to buy a rubbish dump!

I could use an electric car if they were available, but in the UK, they don't even exist, even if the new environmentally rating has a whole A category devoted to them!
Ah, great minds think alike.. ^_^ I was just thinking that in my reply to Dakhun ^^ up there. Maybe county borders within the UK could offer up appropriate themes - Somerset could have The Worzels' "Combine Harvester", maybe. *grin*

And the Severn Bridge would be long enough for the appropriate national anthem, according to direction of travel.

BTW, is the (demunged) address in your user info correct? My attempt just now wasn't resonating with success.
I think that may reduce vistors to Somerset. A sister of one of the Worzels used to be my parents postperson!

In theory my email should be correct, but i'll have a look at it!

I remember a friend telling me a while back about an experiment in Texas.
The surface of a freeway was grooved in such a way that if you drove over the speed limit,
a sound would start resonating through your vehicle that sounded disturbingly close to
a deep human voice saying "sloooooooooow dooooooooown".
The experiment was abandoned because too many drivers freaked out.
Don't know if it's true or not.

Hee! Oh, I'm going to have to try sniffing around for details on that. Even if it's just an urban legend, it's a fun one. ^_^ I vaguely recall something along those lines, but I could be entirely mistaken.

And in late October, they could re-lay the strips to go "OOooOoooOOOO" in some demonic tone. ^_^ (Save for the slight safety problem, that'd make a brilliant practical joke to pull off by oneself)