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Deep Impact - by all accounts, a spectacular success, though tempered slightly by the exuberance of the outburst - reminded me of one of my favorite Siggraph entrants, from their 2001 bash, Horses on Mars.

A query towards artistic sorts: when you play on oekaki boards, do you use a tablet, or a trackpad? I'd like to see some results using just the latter, by way of encouragement.

Heh. Could be fun.. a Kevin & Kell RPG's due out shortly, from Double Exposure. And from the vaults of Spectrum games of old, Head over Heels, now freely available for OS X, Linux, Windows, and BeOS. As absolutely not mentioned by enteirah or eliki. ^_^

Interesting. Cartoon Network's announced their acquisition of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I'd recommend it highly, except it's likely to have the same, original English dub - and it's.. not one of the better ones. :-P

The iTMS is approaching 500,000,000 tracks sold - so, they're giving an iPod mini & fifty tracks to the buyer of every 100,000th, with the milestone purchaser getting "ten iPods of their choice to share with family and friends, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour". You can also enter at no cost, by "sending an e-mail to Apple at itunes500@apple.com via the iTunes 'Tell a Friend' feature". It's open to "a legal resident of one of the 50 United States, including Washington, D.C., Austria, Belgium, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom".

savak might enjoy this tale of one man, and his face, apparently an irresistible target for bats, as noted by kurtmrufa.

Witness the tragic fate of Polly Petalpants.

And winner of sending the 5000th message to my current inbox (which includes all the LJ notifications too) goes to loganberrybunny. No iPods, I'm afraid.. closest I can offer is the modem from a rev.A iBook. ^_^;
The Matrix: Dezionized? Is that anything like The Phantom Edit?
I'm not entirely clear, actually. The title suggests that strongly, but I've not seen it yet; there's been very little discussion of it that I've noticed. Time to see if it's still around..
Here we go:

"Matrix Dezionized - a special fanmade edition of Matrix - Reloaded and Matrix - Revolutions.
We got the idea, when we finally watched Matrix Revolutions and couldn't believe, how bad it was, pathetic, without purpose.

The most important thing is, to realize wht is wrong, why is this movie not working, what makes it so bad. We decided that the complete plot string about Zion and Zion's battle against the machines was rather distracting from the main Matrix plot than improving it in any way. So we edited both DVDs, took out plenty of scenes, wherever needed and made a new edition, about 90 minutes smaller (the length of an entire moive, yes) and combined them to one final Matrix chapter.

What you get is a complete story, the story of Neo and his being the one. Plenty of people already watched this and the feedback was nothing but great. Still w had to redo the thing over and over again, just to get rid of possible flaws, bad cuts or whatever seemed unnecessary to us."
Damn. I wanted to do that to those films.

Ah, well. Now to download a copy and get the popcorn ready.
Heh! They definitely were clear candidates for the treatment. The sheer contrast in editing style between those two and the first was fairly stark.. not that the first was perfect, but the pace was kept moving very well throughout, everything contributing in some way. Then.. that rave/love scene. ~wince~ The chase down "101" (I still wonder why they called it that, when it was clearly 880.. several times :) didn't bother me too much, as it was at least neat eye candy. But the best cinematic use of CGI, for my money, remains The Last Starfighter - simply gorgeous design. Though The Incredibles was rather good, too. :) (Much better than I was expecting, to be honest, due to Brad Bird. I'll be interested to see if Mark Dindal can make something of Chicken Little - not the most promising sounding project, but as you know, I enjoyed Cats Don't Dance greatly, and liked his style in The Emperor's New Groove)

Sounds like an excellent project. I'm looking forward to watching it. ^_^