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So, the sonic screwdrivers are out, and the first impressions are arriving.

And austin_dern might like to look at these coati-in-a-tree photos (tree sold separately).

Here's a Goldfrapp track from a live performance on Jools' Annual Hootenanny 2005. Cool track, with very shiny pn0ys: On A White Horse (16.9MB). ^_^ It does exhibit artifacting, as the original file wasn't the best.

For a good liberal US-centric weblog, you might try The Next Hurrah. It's rather more analytical than many political weblogs, including some in-depth examination of Abramoff's dealings with Indian tribes, and consideration of other means of commencing impeachment proceedings, notably as a communication from a State legislature.

Quote for the day, indeed, comes from the comments for the latter article: "'I am all for the idea, but why does Rhode Island have 75 legislators?' 'That's nothing! New Hampshire has 400! I believe that's one state House member for every 3,000 people in the state. You can't swing a dead cat in that state without hitting a state legislator. And there's a fairly good chance the cat might be one, too.'"

This piece of nude photography is genuinely a work of art.

Normally, I'm not much for The Joy of Tech, but this snipe at Google over their complicity with Chinese censorship (by far not the only company involved, we should remember - who's heard a word against Cisco's role in supplying the Firewall of China's infrastructure?) is pretty good.

Happened upon quite a fun TF story the other night: Strange (but wonderful) Happenings, involving toonbots. Definitely not the best writing, I'll readily accept, but one I enjoyed considerably nonetheless.

"Today, 80 to 95 percent of East Asians have dry earwax, whereas the wet variety is abundant in people of African and European ancestry (97 to 100 percent)."

If you want to know more about just how Sony's infamous CD "copy protection" works, look here. Fairly hair-raising stuff. And yet, does anyone want to bet Sony will wind up having to pay any noticeable penalty, or any of the executives responsible for the project see jail time?

Veuve Clicquot 1998 - wonderful! Reasonably crisp opening, but not sharp or empty, with a beautiful bouquet as a second flavor, fading gracefully. Easily worth revisiting.

Oh, so that's how it is with this ISP.. I left Hyzenthlay finishing an upload to the webspace, so by the time I returned, it'd timed out. Its response to my "quit"? 421 Timeout - try typing a little faster next time ^_^;
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Oh, I'll grant the storyline was a bit on the edge of being worthy of a My Little Pony trotting in - but I liked the sweetness nonetheless. ^_^ And, true, my main pull (and the reason I discovered it in the first place) was searching for transformation stories - over a bit quickly, but still, nicely enjoyable.

Yes, I'd seen that about Aibo.. rather sad. Odd timing, too, given the field of home robotics is gathering momentum, and robotic pets even appear to be finding quite a few homes, both just for fun, and even as part of therapy, where real dogs wouldn't be suitable or practical. I still think the original design was the cutest.. ^_^

I wonder what the Animal Crossing team have in mind? More expanded AI would definitely be welcome (and I still need to get mine online.. probably have to settle for dropping the WiFi to WEP, and taking Hyzenthlay tethered, at least for now. Mouse's original AirPort card only supports WEP too, so that might be necessary anyway, once I introduce my mother to the concepts of windows, a mouse pointer, and so on. It might take some time :) - and of course, I'd love to be able to be one of them, rather than a human. Oh, how do you go about getting the bunny costume? (I probably won't have access to that for a while yet - still very early days here!)
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Ooh, seashells as gifts! Good point. ^_^ I may well give away the spare candle I have, as my bedroom doesn't really need one (though that room examination outfit might not look kindly on such minimalism :), and I do now have some lined paper.

I need to get hold of a shovel and a net sometime, but the fishing rod's been working out quite well for me - nothing rare yet, but 300 bells for a particular catch isn't so bad, and the fish don't mind being out at night..

I should check into more FAQs on AC:WW. There does seem to be a lot of attention to little details like that, with certain fish only around at certain times of the year, or times of day. It seems the quieter of the Sisters will actually talk to you, a bit, if you persist every day for a while. Then there's all the different kinds of paper around, including one you can gain as a result of building up snowballs large enough for snowmen, apparently.

Needless to say, I want the bunny mask. ^_^