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So, another shirt I need to get: Sam & Max.

If you're in the Pacific US, you might want to keep an eye out for Stardust's return; it'll be the fastest artificial re-entry ever, around 0156 PST on Sunday. You can see anticipated entry path here, being overhead around the California/Oregon border, visible at about 10º elevation down around Salinas. It'll be covered on NASA TV starting at 0130 PST. If you do intend to watch it RL, they'd like you to register, to share your photos or video.

Honda's had how many exceptional adverts now? The Heath Robinson "Cog", the Garrison Keillor "Hate Something" campaign, the recent Impossible Dream, and now "Choir" (9.9MB). Just brilliant. ^_^

Speaking of resurrection..

Where can I find good sake in the Bay? Whole Paycheck Market have a few nice bottles, but with the emphasis on the "few" - maybe six or so. Ranch 99 tends much more towards Mystery Chinese Distillates.. (some of which can be quite fun :)

The comments to this David Hasselhoff photo need to be read. (Moderately work safe)

So, I weakened, and picked up a PSP. Now I too can enjoy the wait for a 1.50 firmware downgrader; this one came with 2.50. ^_^; ffmpegX yields decent results after all, once I discovered the PSP only accepts 24kHz sample rate audio - using 32kHz locked it up solid. PSPware also works very well, able to handle various media (video, photos, music, etc), syncing and transcoding automatically if preferred.

Annoyingly, I can't seem to get it online, though - setting it up for WPA with the router's key just brings me a cryptic hex error code when it comes time to test the connection. I certainly don't want to have to fall back to WEP or completely open just for the PSP. (The router in question is a 3Com 3CRWDR100A-72) [Edit: well, yes, it would help if I added it to the router's list of permitted MACs]

Entirely mortal retribution: "But Mr Robertson faced his own retribution yesterday when the Israeli Tourism Ministry pulled the plug on a £40 million partnership with the controversial preacher to build a biblical theme park on the shores of the Sea of Galilee."

wolff_slaven, go here! ^_^ (And anyone else in need of a cute ferret or two :)
Your icons are hot.

Looking like them RL will be a bit more challenging. ^_^
I must have missed when you became a bunny, though...
I think it completed a few days ago - but what caused that shift and subsequent collapse of my species probability function, I'm not entirely certain. Perhaps a lapine incubus?
Something fun you can do when a re-entry takes place in your line of sight is to point the antenna of an FM radio or a portable TV at the fireball. You can hear stations from over the horizon come in strongly, reflected off the ionized air of the fireball. For one like this that's going to start fireballing so high up (because it's so fast) you could conceivably pick up stuff from partway around the planet.
Hoo! Good point.. that's going to be leaving one hell of an ion trail. Wish I still had my old FT290.. I really should look into some kind of transceiver to replace it sometime, and get my license reactivated. I sort of gave up on amateur radio around 1992, as things like packet radio just couldn't keep up with the rapid growth of the net, and repeater interlinking/routing didn't seem to be interesting to anyone. But it seems things have progressed somewhat in the meantime. ^_^

'Course, if I had the space, I'd love to get into EME. But that's a bit more of an undertaking. ^_^
i so need that shirt....
Wonder what postage is like to the UK? If it'd save much, maybe we can order together, along with anyone else's order.

(Needless to say, I want the Lugaru one as well - and there was quite a cool Space Rabbit design I spotted elsewhere on CafePress)
odd, i cant see any other shirts on there.
infact their catalogues limited to two games and some sam and max prints from my view..
That's because the Lugaru shirt comes from CafePress. ^_^ (I was sniffing through the rest of their offerings to see if I could add another design or two in the same order, given it's only something like another dollar in postage per additional shirt)

Come to think of it, kenket's wraparound cover for the last EuroFurence con book - the filmmaking theme - would make a really good shirt, though getting a complex design like that to print well would probably be quite an undertaking.
For east bay area sake - Nijiya Market, 143 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Aaah! Yes, I think I went there for the goodies for one of my housewarmings - spent way too much on mystery snacks, delicious fish, a sharp knife, and more. ^_^ I'll have to check how to get there by Caltrain - should be easy enough.

Wonder if there's anything in Japantown.. I've never really explored the area much.
San Jose Tofu - made right on site, daily.
We have a DS, it rocks. ^.^

Pity I don't have the right wifi card tho, to load custom code onto it..
I'll probably wind up with a DS at some point, specifically for Animal Crossing. ^_^

It's such a pity Sony seems hell-bent on keeping the PSP locked up, as the hardware's really rather nice. But it'll take quite a bit for them to change their stance, I suspect, given that delightful stunt they pulled with their CDs back in October or so. True, they want their cut out of commercially published games - I'm not begrudging them that. But how are they served by making things difficult for homebrew developers? (Then again, Sony hates emulators too - Connectix once had Virtual GameStation, which worked very well indeed. First SCEA took Connectix to court; after that failed, they simply bought VGS and buried it. Silly! Directly because of VGS - I've never owned a PS1 - I bought several games. Ah well. Guess that's why I'm not a CEO :)

Still.. it sounds like a new exploit's been found that opens the way for 2.50 and 2.60 firmware PSPs to run homebrew stuff after all. I'll be keeping my eye out for further developments. ^_^

(And getting it to play nicely with the WiFi here would be good, too..)

Meanwhile, I've got a little selection of music videos happily up on it now. ^_^ (A couple Moby, Lemon Jelly, Gorillaz..)
Oh, it's the Cadbury Bunny! Didn't realize until I saw the other icon with the full wrapped bar..

... all this time I thought it was a bunny with a cigar. Heh. Freud would have a field day with me. ;D
There's a horribly layered pun about the "rabbit test" in there somewhere.

(I think my lapinity was probably sealed the first day I saw her. Ah, there needs to be a campaign to bring her back. Gods only know what she's doing these days)
Not a drinker, but I did pick up some nice selections at Beverages & More one Xmas for some friends. They don't have a lot of saki, but they did have a few shelves stocked. They also carry a selection of wines and the like from other countries. Got a nice German ice wine from there a year ago.
Ah, good point! BevMo's not a bad place. Their focus does seem to be more wine and beer, but I recall picking up some good 21-year old Auchentoshan there, and some exquisitely smooth tequila, a world apart from the rotgut normally associated with the monicker.

Hmm. Wonder if I could bribe vincent_x into bringing some back? He's studying in Japan at the moment.. ^_^ (Without question, a country I'd love to visit someday, though I'd obviously want to read and speak at least a little of the language first, so as not to be utterly dependent on English-speaking locals, and be able to order food without resorting to pointing and nodding :)
Ah, languages. The endless mystery of communication. I had to take a language in hgih school to graduate (2 years of spanish), but for the life of me I couldn't communicate in it. Just couldn't wrap my head around the translation in my head fast enough to carry on a conversation. I don't know how people do it.

A friend in Sunnyvale lives next to a member of the Mexican Consulate. The family is teaching their kids, both around 5-6 years old, to speak several languages. The mother speaks to them only in one language, the father only in another, the grandmother in another, and same with the grandfather. Damn kids are fluent in four languages. I think the average number of languages spoken in Iceland is four. Average!

Was a great Beetle Bailey cartoon from years ago.

Officer: Do you speak any other languages?

Beetle: I speak Sergeant.

Officer: Sergeant?

Beetle: !%*#%^@#$%!$!
Good grief.. ! That's quite a novel strategy (to me, at least) - probably quite helpful in getting the different languages separated in their minds, as that tends to be a bit of a problem in young polyglots, as I understand. Damn, I'm envious.. ^_^; I wish I'd been brought up bilingual (at least!) - as is, I'm essentially reliant on my mother to talk with most of my family, given we're mostly to be found in the Hamburg neighborhood. (One step-sister spent a while in Naples, but eventually settled near Paris - their sons are at least French/English bilingual, possibly with Italian too)

There's surely so much one misses by not being able to read other languages, especially from an early age, having those fond memories of authors we'll barely ever even know of.

I do like learning languages, but I need a decent course to focus around. Back at school, I took French reasonably successfully, supplanted by a few months of Russian when we wound up taking the exam early. I can't say I really remember any Russian, other than the alphabet, but our tutor had such passion for the tongue - it was lovely just to hear him read. (And fortuitously, he took over for the Latin tutor for a few weeks at one point. Ah, now, Latin delivered - quite deliberately - in a Muscovite accent.. now that's just wonderful. A Fish Called Wanda had that nailed :)

Still, I can find my way around a menu in various languages, so I'm somewhat safe. ^_^
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*giggle* Oh, who could resist? ^_^

What event/gathering was that you were talking about in that posting?
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Ah, right! It wasn't clear whether it was an event, meeting, or some other kind of (in this case, virtual) venue. ^_^

So firm, so fully-packed!

I'm talking about your LJ posts, silly! :-D

That Sam And Max shirt rocks. I have e-mailed them about getting it in a larger size.
I don't hold any hope of that happening.

Los Angeles seems to be out of the Stardust reentry viewing cone, so I'm screwed.
Oh well.

Wow, "Choir" runs like complete shit on my system. This is weird because I have the latest
version of QuickTime and I even sprang for the Pro upgrade. And the other MP4s I have
run fine. Hey, maybe I can convert Choir to QT on my own!!

(time passes...)

Nope, that doesn't work. I get audio, but no video in the QT file. WTF?
You Mac people are so infuriating... :-)

Cute ferret!!

Finally, it looks like I'll be able to get some good new furry shirts into the wardrobe! Or bag, given how much I seem to be moving around, and the negligible amount of space here. ^_^; Hope he'll come up with further designs. Steve Purcell's definitely one for quality over quantity..

Oh, you awkward Windows user, you! Here, have a PSP-friendly version. Plain MPEG-4, rather than H.264, and with the internal curlicues just the way the PSP likes it. Smaller frame size, but it still looks pretty cool anyway. ^_^

(Wonder what the problem is? It's fine under the QT Player and VLC here, though Mplayer can't see the video. That version's getting a bit long in the tooth now)

I wonder what action the FAA's taking tonight? Seems like the view from 35000' ought to be pretty good.. !
Ooh, that all reminds me.. I saw a desert cottontail out in Tuscon the other day, and while looking for a picture to show someone, stumbled into a treasure trove of lapinery! Yay!
Ooh! If you're ever able to add to that repertoire, I'd love to see more high-res bunny pics!

Needless to say, I let OmniWeb slurp every image in that subdirectory. Quite a few very well composed images, even if not always at perfect resolution - though that's plainly got to be a challenge when trying to "capture" rabbits and hares in the wild, given few will deliberately pose for one.

FWIW, if you're ever in need of additional lapine cuteness, the Flickr Bunny Lovers Unite pool has many, many adorable representatives, including this rare whistling bunny. ^_^