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Did you know Frank (the LJ mascot) has a comic strip?

Here's a fun bit of Apoptygma Berserk: the video for Until the End of the World (9.5MB), PSP-ready. (It'll play in anything else MPEG-4 aware, though) Not related to the movie of the same name, which I must see again someday.

Frustratingly, the article's from August 2005.. still, there have apparently been official musings on the topic of PSP homebrew: "When asked whether the PSP will support downloadable games, Kawanishi simply stated that the idea is under consideration. He also added that it would be interesting if users could develop their own simple games and distribute them online." The article also looks at Flash on the PSP, and peripherals like a keyboard, to help make the web browser more useful.

Quote for the day, from bosn: "The biggest oil pimp the world has ever seen (Bush) gave the State of the union address. And in it he had the balls to tell America that we are addicted to oil. That's like Ronald McDonald telling someone that they are fat."

Speaking of the SOTU hot air festival, you can catch up with an unmissable summary here. ^_^

Wootness! My copy of Mercury for the PSP arrived. Now this is a game I wish I could have had a part in creating - novel, intriguing, and fun. (Though like too many PSP games, it only supports WiFi in ad hoc mode, not over the net)

When unpacking your mail-order baby bunny, please be sure to discard all packing materials.

Finally! I can actually write DVD-Rs on Hyzenthlay's internal drive at full 8x speed. The UJ-846 appears to be very fussy about what dyes it considers worth writing onto at 8x, and my supposition that Taiyo Yuden would do the trick paid off. ^_^ (Panasonic 8x printable, TYG-02 dye code, to be precise)

You'd think a BBC production would be able to find a better match for the girl in Test Card F.. ^_^ Still, Life on Mars remains firmly on my (remarkably short) list of TV shows to catch regularly. Speaking of which, I need to fetch episode 4..

Oooh, shiny.. a Mahavishnu Orchestra performance for BBC TV, recorded in 1972. Complete with a pre-Miami Vice Jan Hammer! And The Amazing Mr Bickford, clay animation to Frank Zappa's music.
Mahavishnu Orchestra!? Sweet! Inner Mounting Flame was sort of my introduction to jazz.

And speaking of Frank Zappa, here's the entire appearance of him on Firing Line debating music censorship. Definitely a classic. Zappa's revulsion at sitting close to Robert 'douchebag' Novak is pretty obvious.
I knew "Mahavishnu Orchestra" rang a bell as soon as I saw the torrent name (bizarrely, it doesn't seem to have ever seen any official release on any medium, and only a couple fragmentary repeats, in all the intervening time), confirmed with a quick Spotlight check, bringing up a clip in an email. ^_^ It's about half an hour long, unfortunately only VCD resolution - but entirely watchable nonetheless, and the (mono) audio is nice and clear.

Not a bad intro! I think I came into jazz by way of.. well, I'd heard bits of Louis Armstrong and Nina Simone (in particular, My Baby Just Cares For Me, for which Aardman did the animated video, portraying her, quite perfectly, as an elegant black cat at the microphone. ISTR that appeared on a VHS collection of their work a while back.. not sure if it's been re-released, though I'd have thought so), but the first real albums I listened to were folks like Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, and of course, Duke Ellington.

'Course, with early recordings, I kept wondering what the music really sounded like, before it got munged by early amplifiers and shellac pressing. ISTR someone attempting - with reasonable success - reconstructing great performances (though maybe their focus was piano works), detecting the nuances of the notes, and synthesising replacements.

Agh! Looks like C&L is playing up again.. can't seem to get any data from the site at the moment. Sounds unmissable.. I wish I'd been introduced to his work much earlier. Such a breadth of talent, and I'm led to understand, quite able to communicate his points. (Wish C&L would use Coral to deliver their clips - they seem to be permanently busy)
Apoptygma Berserk

(Ears perk up) Don't suppose you'd have a video for their cover of "Enjoy the Silence", would you?
I'm afraid not.. the only other video I have of theirs is Deep Red. But I think I'll be looking out for more, now I've got a good taste of what they're up to, now and in the past. Rather a pity there don't seem to be any trackers that specialise in music videos - they always seem to get marginalised, whether on general purpose sites (hidden in amidst audio-only recordings), or musically-oriented ones.

Still, at least record labels seem to be cottoning on to the fact that people actually like good videos, and are making them available, in some cases - witness the rather nifty Directors Label DVD collections, especially Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, and Spike Jonze's.

Come to that, do you know there is one, or are you merely hopeful? ^_^
(As an aside: Ah, Twink. The best music a toy piano ever made. ;)

I know they did play a cover of EtS live at a concert in Germany once: it was recorded (and, somewhere around here, I may even still have it on disc... I certainly hope so, anyhow). They started into the next song, only to have to stop rather abruptly, as the police were crashing the scene, and shutting the music down.
I'm desperately trying to resist buying both Twink albums off iTMS.. cheaper than the CDs, and with no delivery costs (or delays :) involved. And whilst 128kbps AAC isn't lossless, I doubt it'd make much difference here.. ^_^ (I really should try some comparative tests sometime, and see how much of a difference I can perceive between a given track from CD, 128kbps AAC and MP3, and 64kbps versions)

But the cuteness, it calls!

Yeep! Now that'd surely have made for some fairly unique concert video footage. Wish more bands were cool with unofficial audio or video recordings - I can sort of understand some frowning upon private recordings where a band's having their own footage filmed, but all too often, it seems just an automatic exclusion, leaving a given gig heard only by its attendees. Hey ho.
Just on random notes -

you mean a BT remix of "Keep Hope Alive"? Just curious.
Ah, good catch! Yes, it's actually subtitled "BT's Creatine Method Mix", from his "10 Years in the Life". Don't think I've heard the original, actually, so I can't say how it compares. ^_^;
Mercury = Marble Madness [Remember that ?]

LOM ep4 was pretty cool, was a bit afraid it would lull off after the first ep or 2
Definitely it's in that vein, but carries the theme further - the movement of your blob's appropriately viscous, so getting around some of the obstacles is also a matter of keeping all of the mercury together, not letting any drop off the edges. Then you can split the blob deliberately, sending each part into a different paintshop, for unlocking certain gates, and recombining them sometime later on for another one.

Very cool game, in all, though I'll have to see how much replayability there is, once you've been through the whole thing. (Wonder if there are any downloadable levels? Don't think so.. that would've been rather nifty)

I wished the event close to the end of LoM 4 hadn't happened (seemed a bit random, really - how'd they find her? Seemed they were literally ready to escape the city), but I suppose that needed to happen, to bring the story to that admittedly very satisfying end. ^_^

Any idea if The Warren really existed, or if it was just written for the show?

"You mean he's gay?"
"As a Christmas tree."

BTW, I just came into a small stack of Frank Sidebottom's Radio Timperley segments, a couple minutes long each; interested? (ISTR you mentioning him at some point)
Got the CD of it [Check out 'his' version of Flash Gordon]