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Inflatable bed love. ^_^ (Am I alone in thinking the proud owner resembles arakinuk?)

SongOfTheSouth.net notes an Animation World interview with former Disney figure Tad Stones - the first couple pages are spent talking about Universal's forthcoming Brer Rabbit direct-to-video animated feature.

Peter is the Wolf looks like a promising weekly werewolf strip, use of zipatone on the web notwithstanding. (Caution: some gratuitous female nudity involved)

"A BBC spokesman said its film division was thinking about a film adaptation but there were no further details." (The story's filled with spoilers for Parting of the Ways, it should be noted) And there are a few tidbits in a Newsround interview on future happenings; and - at no extra charge - the best review of Parting of the Ways.

Sometimes, children really aren't so bad.

Slow Wave's dream of the week looked at dogs and relaxation. ^_^

Pic for the day: I Dream of Bunnies, an entirely work-safe piece by Doug Winger, inspired by a certain 60s TV show.

Pixar's latest short just debuted at Annecy: One Man Band.

Toonlets is the website of a CG animator, Chris Romano, with a variety of short shorts available to download, such as Timebomb (5 or 20MB), a minute-long animated promo for KCRW, a noteworthy Santa Monica-based college/NPR station.

My little anime discovery for the day is Zettai Shounen, which opens in a very gentle manner, reminiscent of a lazy day in a Ghibli production. For all the countryside tranquility, our protagonist is, understandably, itching to return to Yokohama, but the arrival of his mountain bike gives him new freedom to explore the surrounding area, and encounter some more of the locals, including the resident/owner of a miniature observatory, and his straw hat-wearing dog. We're told this seems to be an odd year, with an unusual number of fireflies around.. except there's more to those than meets the eye. And just who is the boy he meets, revealing those to him? This could be a promising series, providing it doesn't merely segue into something formulaic.

While trying to discover why Toronto's main airport has the cryptic codename "YYZ" (cf London Heathrow = LHR, San Francisco = SFO, etc), I noticed this in its Wikipedia entry: "Rush, a popular rock trio based in Toronto, included an instrumental track on their 1981 album Moving Pictures entitled "YYZ" in honor of their city. The main theme of the tune contains a repeated rhythmic motif in 5/4 that is equivalent to the Morse code sequence for the letters Y-Y-Z (– • – –   – • – –   – – • •)" How many other airports have had tunes dedicated to them? I could suggest Luton, but that tune only just about qualifies as music..

The WSJ's reporting that Google's intending to offer a rival service to PayPal. Given how soon PayPal turned evil after acquiring X.com, I'd be happy to see a more responsible player in a market that's rather under-served. The same site also notes that Kodak's to discontinue monochrome photo paper at the end of the year, though they'll continue supplying the development chemicals.

These reformed "chicken breasts" are curious.. the texture's almost like an omelette, yet they're made of (to some degree) meat. Still, that's done no harm to Arby's sales; as I've noted in the past, roast beef should not have bubbles in it.
"Rush, a popular rock trio based in Toronto, included an instrumental track on their 1981 album Moving Pictures entitled "YYZ" in honor of their city. The main theme of the tune contains a repeated rhythmic motif in 5/4 that is equivalent to the Morse code sequence for the letters Y-Y-Z (– • – – – • – – – – • •)"


**fires up MP3 player**

Ok, I can hear it. In the beginning it's repeated several times. It doesn't surprise me, the music of Rush is so multi-leveled that you can listen to it and never get bored of it. The base guitar work is always very rich, and when you listen to it you need to remind yourself the band is only 3 people.

http://www.rush.com/rushradio/index.html If you go here, "Track 5" is YYZ, and you can hear it there. Bring your broadband tho.

Yeah, I'm a Rush fan. :)
Oh, very cool! I'll have to give that a thorough going over. ^_^ I've still heard very little of their work, I'm afraid - I've got only one CD (Roll the Bones; the title track's just wonderful. Great for a roadtrip, too, which is where I first encountered it, on the Duckon V voyage from San Diego to Chicago, via Las Cruces, Houston, White Hall, and Nashville. We weren't in any real hurry :) of theirs, and went to their San Diego concert in 1997. (Unfortunately pretty bad acoustics, but that hardly hurt the enjoyment)

I do enjoy that sort of richly-layered arrangement - the Eurythmics became quite skilled at such in albums such as Be Yourself Tonight, seemingly once they'd settled on a mostly recurring team to work with. Mm.. wonder what Dave Stewart and Mark Mothersbaugh (whom we almost see in the opening moments of Mystery Men - he's at the keyboards during the opening "musical number") could come up with in a collaboration?

Another band I wish I'd got into much earlier - I only really heard of them just as they were, unknown to me, gearing up for their farewell - is Oingo Boingo. I've heard several of their albums, but I'd love to've had the chance to see them live.. ^_^

What memorable concerts have you enjoyed? One of my favorites has to be Orbital, 1996, Hollywood American Legion. It'd been drizzling that night, which naturally sent the local drivers into a panic - so while we were late, so was everyone else. So we managed to be at the very front, between the speakers. Oh, feel that sub-bass.. ^_^; Quite a small venue, actually, and far from packed, which just helped the cozy atmosphere of it all.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen a lot of bands live. Last concert I went to was Linkin Park, which could have used about 30 DB off the top and it'd been better. I actually bought some earplugs for the next concert I go to. :) I want to go to more, but tickets are pricey.

I can recomend Rush's "Moving Pictures" as a good album, not too over teh top, but they'd matured by then. "Red Barchetta" is wonderfully complex for rock music, not to mention the storyline is actually engaging. The music "Fills in the blanks" of the lyrics, which is a rarity.

You might also like Primus, if for no other reason than the base work. Les Claypoo's singing can be a little grating until you're used to the southern twang, but his guitar work is very good stuff.

**blinks** You were at Duckon V?!?!? I was there too. The only tiger running about.
Mm, it's been a while since I've been along to anything.. last was a couple years ago, back when I was wandering around Sydney for a few weeks. So, naturally, I took advantage of the diversity the Opera House afforded, from the new jazz Badlands soundtrack, to the Gyuto monks of Tibet.

Heh! LP sounds a bit like the Marilyn Manson gig I went along to once, soon after he hit the big time.. the acoustics were ripe for abuse, too, being basically a long, low, not overly wide building. Even at the back, my ears were in overdrive, sound just blending into white noise. Hey ho. Had some excellent pizza that night, though. ^_^

Ah, Primus.. he/they of the South Park themes, ne? (I need to watch SP:BLU again sometime.. one of the best musicals ever :)

Duckon! I wonder if we ran into each other? Quite likely - ISTR I was in the fur a fair bit (Red came along, naturally). Hee! That was before MFF sort of budded off from it, of course. Cool atmosphere.. I liked the way there were furs and Trekkies mingling, Klingons and red pandas side by side. For all that's occasionaly spoken of with regard to "improving furrydom's image", I felt even then things were pretty good, and gods know, when CF was at the Atrium Marquis, at its heyday, the staff were really getting into it, even wearing con shirts, some even coming to join in at the furdance. ^_^
I cant help but wonder if there's an inherent risk in your tags reading 'Doctor Who Inflatables'. All those folks coming on looking for inflatable Daleks and so on are going to be mad when they find out it was a misunderstanding. =;)
Well, I wouldn't want them to go away entirely empty-handed.. ^_^ A Dalek of your very own, for a mere £30. Every home should have one! Much easier to decorate than a Norwegian pine at Christmastime, and you know the children won't dare peek at the presents. ^_^
One of the best concerts I ever saw was Rush. I recall that it was in February, either '79 or '80. 'Permanent Waves' had just been released that week, and they came to Roberts Stadium in Evansville to kick off the tour. There was a major late season blizzard that night, so that the stadium was largely empty, and everyone got to sit in the good seats. They played a double show to begin with ('2112' and then 'Permanent Waves'), then announced that the state police had asked them to keep the crowd off the roads for another hour or so until the snow plows finished, so would we mind if they played some more? They then proceeded to play a bunch of their early stuff, and even took a few requests.

It's far and away the most music I've ever gotten for my money at a concert :) It was just nice too that they were willing to play an extra set to help keep people safe. A lot of bands wouldn't have.

'2112' was also one of the best jobs of staging I've ever seen, in part because it was so simply managed. The Temple was indicated by red lasers shining up to form columns, and when Geddy Lee sang the part of the High Priest there was this airplane landing light that came on behind him, so that you could hardly bear the brilliance. He looked like a little dark figure standing in the sun, with his shadow sweeping out to engulf us. It was simple, and dramatic, and so fitting for the part. His butt must have been just about on fire.

I'd picked up on the morse code aspect of 'YYZ', but had no idea what it meant. I prolly should, since I've been in and out of there a few times and consequently had their tags stuck on my luggage. Canadian airports are all designated with 'Y', although Yuma AZ is YUM. The Canadian designations don't really seem to have much relationship to the name of the airport. There's a list at http://www.airport-technology.com/codes/.

The only other airport that's had a song about it that I can think of is Orly. The Guess Who did a fun, bouncy song about being stuck in Orly back in the early 70s that got played on the radio a lot over here.


I won't vouch for the correctness of these lyrics.
How many other airports have had tunes dedicated to them?

And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.
Isn't that one syllable too long for a haiku?

(We'll overlook the lack of a seasonal reference, this time)
It's a line from a Monty Python song, "I'm So Worried". :-)
And it's the only airport-related song I know...
"Inflatable bed love."
People who are special people,
Are the luckiest people in the world." ^_^

"I Dream of Bunnies"
Safe Doug Winger, that's a novelty. :D
Fabulous picture! Seeing as how Jeannie is infinitely better than Bewitched, I can appreciate it that much more.

"...cryptic codename "YYZ...""
Good lord. That's a bit of an honor.

"...discontinue monochrome photo paper..."
Yeah... I'm not going to even blow up about this, as it's just too stupid a move to rant about. Fucking Kodak. Oh well, that's what Fujifilm's for! (Providing they haven't as well)

"...roast beef should not have bubbles in it."
Sure it should. Those are the bubbles of oxygen getting lost on the way to the heart of the moocow.
(Caution BONUS: some gratuitous female nudity involved)
I luvs the nekkid doggies, I do ^_^
I got this from an aircrew board:

Many many moons ago, the RCAF controlled aviation in Canada and they used a two letter identifier for airports, Radio Range stations and weather stations. As the Department of Transport was formed and took over, the two letter identifier continued.
I do not remember exactly why or who but about the time of the introduction of ICAO phonetic alphabet, the two letter identifier was incompatable so every existing airport in Canada tacked a Y on the beginning of their identifier. So Regina changed from QR to YQR and Calgary changed from YC to YYC. I do not believe there was any rhyme or reason to the application of identifiers.

In addition, since the codes for the locations originally were military-based (some of them dating from WWII), I had read that most of them deliberately obfuscated the location so that an enemy hearing something like a flight was going from YYZ to YYT without knowing what they meant would be out of luck.