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patch_bunny noticed this hilarious article on Bunny Burgers, seeking advice from PR agencies for their initial launch.

As kindly pointed out by thewerewolf, Eric Idle penned a response to his $5000 FCC fine for uttering "fuck" on Howard Stern's show. OH NOES!

Presenting: Elvis the RoboCat (5MB). Following a road accident, he lost the use of his hind legs; so, his human made up a robotic platform controlled by his front paws, in order to get around. It has a bit of a hoax feel to it, but it's a curious clip in any event.

Downhill Battle's just released the beta of their internet TV application, DTV, using RSS to publish channels, and BitTorrent to provide the necessary bandwidth. It's not the full launch, but OS X folks can enjoy the first version now, with Windows users to be supported shortly. It's all GPL code, so if you're using another OS and fancy wiring it up to use Mplayer or VLC for decoding, it's right there.

Reportedly, swan tastes something like pheasant. (It's legal in the UK in only certain circumstances, apparently including certain Oxbridge collegiate events, and more or less, Orkney and the Shetlands, on the basis of old Norse-derived law, and to members of the Royal Family)

Raymondo Person is a simply drawn, reasonably warped strip - it's liable to appeal if you've enjoyed Don Hertzfeldt's work. (Not always work-safe, as in the first one the link takes you to.

Reading up a little on Ernie Kovacs' career, I was tickled to notice "Kovacs' epitaph reads Nothing in moderation.".

I've long enjoyed Red Meat. As with most strips, it's something of a hit-and-miss affair, sometimes memorable, sometimes just vaguely amusing.. this one shows the spark's still there. ^_^

Hm! So the third Balto movie actually came out, presumably OAV. Sounds like a reasonable production, too.

On the global warming front, another fun indicator's been discovered, in the form of a million square kilometer peat bog melting into lakes. "The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany combined could unleash billions of tonnes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. [...] Western Siberia has warmed faster than almost anywhere else on the planet, with an increase in average temperatures of some 3°C in the last 40 years."
It's a fun little ditty. ^_^ It's quite impressive how they all continued, post-Python, both individually and together - such a tremendously talented bunch. Actually, I did just come across something of a rarity from the hands of Eric Idle and Neil Innes (of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) recently: the complete Rutland Weekend Television. Don't worry if it's not familiar - I'd never heard of it until the other week. ^_^

Maybe instead of fining the station for that classic "clothing accident", the FCC could just have offered $1 worth of therapy to anyone who wrote in to complain?

It's not heartening reading of such imminently and newly exposed sources of greenhouse gases, to be sure. The trouble is, there's such gigantic momentum involved - if we reach a tipping point, it'd be too late. And even if genuine, concerted action were taken now, might we already be too late? Probably not, yet, but seeing all this political Titanic-grade whistling on the decks doesn't cause one to brim over with hope. Still, we can but try. Those companies and governments that see new opportunities in developing complete replacements for, say, oil used in transport - ideally, methods that don't simply trade one means of CO2 production for another - will see the greatest gains, both environmentally and financially. It's a time of tremendous opportunity, for those willing to seize it.

I've got a Book of Rutland Weekend Television somewhere, I have only seen clips of the show, its the sort of thing that may come out on DVD if the episodes still exist!