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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."
About a year or two ago the CBC did a documentary on Methane hydrates in the Canadian north. On the one hand they recognized that the massive stores of methane could be a phenominal reserve of energy if there were a cheap method of extraction. However they also presented the dire situation of global warming which is apparently getting to be easy to notice up there. More released methane = more greenhouse gas = higher temperatures = less ice = more released methane hydrate, and so on. Its a situation which could rapidly jack global temperatures. There's also stores of methane frozen in the seas as well.

Its pretty scary actually.
Erf. Indeed.. such cyclic positive feedback is a recurring theme in such warming mechanisms. And there's quite a store of similarly bound methane in the oceans, too - peculiarly enough, the Slashdot comments when that story was posted there actually yielded some salient points, eg "It seems I missread the estimate of methane at the bottom of the ocean, it is between about 2 and 9 trillion tons, not 27 trillion. Not that it matters much, we're still talking about 60 times as much methane as in all of Siberia." - again, a release contained by higher solubility in colder water.

I've also heard mention of a fresh Exxon study painting a rather gloomy picture of peak oil being reached by the end of the decade - I'll have to see if I can find out more on that. It's a difficult matter to fathom, even when countries and corporations are being honest in their disclosures, let alone the oddly "increasing" reserves of Saudi Arabia.