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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)