Not that I was able to go along, but these photos from the AC2005 Morimoto dinner, posted by kaputotter, suggest the food was orgasmically good.
And elsewhere at AC2005, a rocking fox. Every home should have one.
As you know, Roy Disney and friends have been crusading against the Disney company's mismanagement in recent years. It seems that's now at an end, with Roy Disney announcing the closure of SaveDisney. Too late to save the 2-D animation teams, at least as they were, but maybe they and the company can rise again. Speaking of whom, they'll be handling the US release of the animated avian feature Valiant on August 19th.
A new furry adventure, gorgeously illustrated (and with lemurs too): The Katurran Odyssey. Be sure to check out the full-size sample pages.
Another source of military news: the Moscow Defense Brief. An example of the stories featured is a look at Russian cooperation in India's nascent independent space industry.
Dino folks might like to know there's a CG feature film version of GON coming in 2007. Surprisingly, very little I found noteworthy was announced at the recent Anime Expo, though I did notice The Fuccons being picked up - the everyday tale of a family of three American mannequins who've moved to Japan. I think I'll want to see this.
For anyone stuck on dialup at the moment, there is quite an intriguing Inmarsat-based option, offering 144kbps in a tiny portable unit. There is a small catch in the airtime pricing, however.
A new study concludes that organic farms produce the same yields as conventional farms: '"First and foremost, we found that corn and soybean yields were the same across the three systems," said Pimentel, who noted that although organic corn yields were about one-third lower during the first four years of the study, over time the organic systems produced higher yields, especially under drought conditions. The reason was that wind and water erosion degraded the soil on the conventional farm while the soil on the organic farms steadily improved in organic matter, moisture, microbial activity and other soil quality indicators.'
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I've been a bit on the conservative side, as I know I've met more at cons, but I wanted to keep the bold type for folks I've met more generally. (And yes, there's no italics.. maybe I'll revisit that poll with italics for anyone you speak with on a matter of routine, whatever the means)
Oh dear. I think my parody meter just blew.. Snopes actually has an entry documenting Rubber Johnny - Mutant?
I was saddened to read of BoingBoing's note that Bob Moog is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
Finally, please enjoy a couple covers of Teen Spirit, by Paul Anka, and the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain.
No, I couldn't end an entry like that. ^_^ Here's the best in show, best comedy, and fan favorite, of the Anime Expo 2005 anime music video contest: The Wizard of Ozaka (16.6MB). (The full-size 82MB version's available from animemusicvideos.org, but you need to have had your (free) registration for two weeks, IIRC, before downloads are available) Knowledge of the series used isn't required - just think of a 3m36 version of The Wizard of Oz, as an RPG..