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As you may well have seen, Drunken Batman has posted an exhaustingly exhaustive summary of the state of play of CherryOS, and more significantly, VX30, Maui X-Stream's video streaming package. It's a long post, and about as straightforward as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ^_^ It features chat logs, emails, and lawyerly missives from the star performers - feel free to skip over the initial proofs, and get stuck in at the phpAdsNew section.

The Oracle Space Sweepstakes have a grand prize of note: a flight up to 62 miles, for 5-10 minutes of weightlessness. (Plus $35k, if your desires are purely earthly) Closes at the end of May. Other prizes include PowerBooks, iPods, and Star Wars DVD sets.

sockscatt pointed out these video clips of a Japanese robotic cat. Well worth a peek. (Unlike Aibo et al, this one tries to look like a natural cat, rather than a 'droid)

Rather a nifty animated rabbit GIF, by mysterymrglenn. "40 frames of animation done by hand, 80 layers for the colors and effects."

Walking a very thin line between being hilarious and horrifying, the 1951 On Becoming a Woman. (Just wait until the author starts talking about masturbation and homosexuality)

tilton: "Spotlight rocks my world so hard that my nipples have almost popped off several times."

Just out of curiosity, I wondered whether I could run OpenVMS (née VAX/VMS) - silly question, really. There exists the multi-platform (in both senses) SIMH ("maintained by the arguably legendary Bob Supnik, who had a pivotal role in the original development of a number of Digital's machines, serving at one time as technical director for the Alpha and VAX groups at DEC"), available for a wide range of host OSs; an OS X suite of binaries can be found here.

And with a certain amount of surprise, I discovered OpenVMS 7.3, plus allied packages, is available to purchase, for non-commercial use, at a highly reasonable $30, including worldwide postage. This article covers the process for getting a useful OpenVMS installation up.

From last week's Have I Got News For You (praise BitTorrent): "It's hard to find a more disliked man than Blair, but the Tories managed."

I found this picture amusing, charming, and with a certain joie de vivre. ^_^ (Winner of "Safest Picture for Work 2005")

I think I'll try out QT7's H.264 (aka AVC, or MPEG-4 Part 10) encoding implementation sometime, but rather than aiming for HDTV resolutions, as found on some of Apple's newer trailers (supposedly very high quality, but similarly demanding of the computer), I'm more interested in seeing how it fares against "vanilla" MPEG-4 at low bitrates.

Amidst eps. 23-24 of Yakitate Japan, I noticed the translator's note for the phrase they'd given as "pearls before swine", originally inu ni nenbutsu neko ni koban, "saying prayers to a dog or casting gold before a cat".
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey, Nuns having fun! There is certainly something special about that, maybe my head is doing overtime at the moment or it is possible that my images of nuns were a little warped after seeing ‘Entre tinieblas’ (Dark Habits, Almodóvar, 1983). Ah, Sister Rat and others such as Sister Manure, how you made a special film, which is defiantly worth watching.

Necoro freaks me out; something artificial about the face.
Ooh, another Almodóvar I ought to catch! I confess, I've thus far only seen one of his - Todo Sobre Mi Madre. Sight unseen, but - I like a good cinematic surprise, and my CineSense™ was tingling nicely on reading the DVD's comments on the back. I certainly wasn't disappointed, even if it's perhaps rather too potent a film emotionally for anything resembling casual viewing.

Actually, I did spot a torrent recently for a short.. ah, my mistake - for some reason, I'd conflated his name with another. It's François Ozon's Action vérité I was thinking of - a game of truth or dare escalates to an unforeseen degree. I may have to give that a look.

As Rigelkitty notes, Necoro does seem to fall into that "uncanny valley" - surprisingly realistic in some ways, yet also betraying its origins. It caught my eye that they're striving for a realistic cat, rather than an Aibo-style 'droid - I'd be most interested to hear what the rationales of both teams was, in reaching those different decisions. (And what will either be like in, say, twenty years' time? We're only in the earliest days yet.. :)