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Discovery for the day: "Irish Cream" flavor Aero. Muy bueno. :-9

This weblog entry is quite amusing, comparing Windows Vista, with audio from its demonstration at CES 2006, and video of OS X, in three video clips; direct links for clip one (5.2MB), two (2.6MB), and three (5.8MB).

I did like this tidbit regarding The Idiot: "Filmed as a two-part film running 265 minutes. Toho told Kurosawa that the film had to be cut in half, because it was too long; he told them, 'In that case, better cut it lengthwise.' The film was released truncated at 166 minutes."


I'd imagine most folks have seen it already, but just in case, here's a good quality version of the full two minute version of the deservedly renowned Honda "Cog" TV spot (5.8MB), and its "making of" short (10.5MB). Both are suitable for viewing on a PSP, but they'll be fine in any other MPEG-4 player as well.

Every meeting room should have a bear phone for conference calls.

Huh! Looking around ITA Software's flight search, it looks like comparatively few airlines actually offer non-stop LHR-SFO service: Virgin, United, BA, and Continental (just). Make it one-stop, and the number goes way up. Oddly, it's showing Virgin as cheaper than United - $509 vs $522.

This could be an interesting development in PSP game marketing: "Sony Computer Entertainment is experimenting with some new features for the PSP with three of its upcoming titles. According to the latest issue of Famitsu, a trio of games slated for release by SCE on March 9: I.Q. Mania, XI Coliseum, and Bomberman: Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen [...] Up until now, PSP owners could only compete against each other over Wi-Fi when both parties owned a copy of the game. However, the three aforementioned games will include game sharing, which allows users to play multiplayer games with only one copy of the game. The only catch is those involved must own a copy of one of the three games. For example, if one gamer owns I.Q. Mania and another owns Bomberman, the two players can play a multiplayer game of I.Q. Mania or Bomberman together."

Well, there I go.. my first PSP games are on their way from Hong Kong: the Japanese versions of Katamari Damacy and Kaito no Tatsujin Portable, and the US versions of Lumines and Wipeout Pure; sadly, both were out of Mercury. How is Lumines pronounced, anyway? I'm using three syllables, similar to "luminous".

The title of a book, Telepresence and Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots, immediately brought momentrabbit to mind. It's a collection of essays by Eduardo Kac, who brought the world the genetically engineered bunny, Alba, who glows green under 488nm blue light; but don't be deceived by the apparent sensationalism - his site's genuinely worth reviewing.

Mmm. I might even buy Chicken Little when it arrives on DVD. ^_^ I'd been half-avoiding it since it came out, as the reviews sounded distinctly tepid (echoed by a 6.0 rating on IMDb) - but whilst you won't find great depth in it, there's stacks of great comic timing, in what is, after all, an entirely furry cartoon. ^_^ I'm still not taken by the character designs, I'll have to say, but the spirit of the film, and Mark Dindal's direction (Cats Don't Dance, Emperor's New Groove), definitely appeals.

(I thought the voice of the Principal sounded familiar, so I - of course - hopped over to IMDb, and found two roles he's better known for: Rex, the green dinosaur in Toy Story, and Vizzini, the Sicilian of The Princess Bride)

Pic for the day, as pointed out by rabitguy: RedFeather's "Keeper of the Rising Sun".


I've already pre-ordered it, [Out March 21st on R1] I think it is THE BEST film of last year.. I've seen it about 8+ times

Wallace Shawn is the voice of the Pricipel [Also the Principel in both Goofy Movies + The Nagus in Star Trek Deep Space Nine]
Ha! He's certainly had a fun career. I've always got to admire good voice actors, especially those able to play very different roles, like Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr Zoidberg, et al) and Harry Shearer. Quite a talent, and probably one of the most fun jobs you can land. ^_^ (Probably a fiercely competitive business, though - I know Robert Hill, the furry artist, doesn't exactly waltz into new voice acting positions. Much like the rest of Hollywood, I suppose - many try, but there's very little space at the top)

I must have odd tastes. ^_^ I still think Cats Don't Dance is one of the best animated features of the 90s (The Lion King being top, of course.. gods, when I first saw that opening sequence - which they ran repeatedly in the Disney Stores - I was just transfixed. Wound up seeing it about eight times before it left the theaters, though that was aided by being around some real TLK fans at the time :), but it pretty much just came and went within a week or two, in no small part due to the Warner/Turner merger. So WB wound up with this "not made here" feature, which they sort of turfed out into the streets and left to fend for itself.

It's also not especially aimed at children, with that theme of lost hopes - not really something the single-digit crowd can fully empathise with. :) Still, it did finally come out on DVD, so I'm happy.
Telepresence and Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots, immediately brought [info]momentrabbit to mind

You're too kind. ;)

Hmm. That'd make an interesting read: Kac has struck me as somebody who genuinely thinks about the results of his more bizarre experiments before he does them, with some concern for their outcome. And subjects. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
It did strike me, reading through his section on Alba - he seems quite sincere in having a happy rabbit at the end of it all, not just quite a unique one; going into rabbit history illustrates he does seem to've given this some thought.

I wonder if there's any hope of it appearing in PDF/HTML form? I vastly prefer electronic books, simply for their sheer portability; the Grzimek animal encyclopedia, f'rex, comes to seventeen volumes - 9000 pages - yet its digital version is a little under 1GB, easily tucked away on even a laptop drive. And a lot easier to carry onto a plane. ^_^ (It doesn't hurt that OS X's font handling, especially coupled with the higher resolution screen of the current 17" PowerBook, does make text very easy on the eyes)

Perhaps you could see if your local library would be willing to bring in a copy?
Ah, cool! I've been looking for a better version of The Cog commercial!
I've even got a 640x352 version, but unfortunately, it seems whoever captured it off DVD improperly deinterlaced it - looks like there's only one field, doubled, so it's noticeably not as high resolution vertically as it should be.

Still - it's really quite a quietly spectacular commercial, all the moreso for having even been made, given the length of time it took. Previously, I'd only seen it in tiddly streaming versions, or much briefer edits, so finding this was quite the happy discovery. ^_^

Now, if I could only find a high quality copy of "Hate Something, Change Something".. bunnies, dontchaknow. ^_^ Maybe I'll try contacting Honda UK and see if they've got any DVDs to disburse amongst the great unwashed.
I was in a fursuit/mascot of Alba the bunny for the Berkeley Art Museum. They created it to publicise thier latest exibit that had genetically modified animals as the theme.
I really love that picture, for no real reason.