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Courtesy of mycroftb, my favorite bunny oekaki of the moment, by BA. ^_^ (Very much not work-safe) Doesn't he look so happy? (And here's a 1680x1050 version, suitable for use as a background image on a 17" PowerBook)

bohor explains the appeal of luge racing. ^_^

In case you missed it, here's (12.6MB) the Daily Show's look on Monday at Cheney's shooting incident; would you believe there's some degree of snark involved? Absolutely classic. ^_^ And as a bonus, the same show's glance (5.1MB) at the Olympics opening ceremonies.

10.4.5 is now out. Doesn't look like anything particularly exciting or urgent, but updating is never a bad idea.

I was saddened to learn of the death of Andreas Katsulas, one of the people who helped make Babylon 5 such a special series. Feb 13, of lung cancer, apparently.

No word on availability or price, but there's a version of Opera heading for the DS, supporting both screens, and touchscreen navigation.

Could be fun: this Saturday, the Electric Sheep Company's hosting a party in Washington DC and in Second Life simultaneously, with video from RL reflected into SL and vice versa, and RL goers controlling SL avatars. No word on SL folk being able to control RL goers, but I'm confident something will be worked out in time.

This is a spider, one of several new species recently discovered in Madagascar.

Musical oddity for the day: Unknown Street Musicians in Vietnam (27MB). As the title implies, it's live from the streets, so you do get the occasional car hooting and such, for that authentic festival experience. ^_^ Its origins are, unfortunately, unknown.

Eep! Checking comparative features and prices between regions, I noticed quite an attractive DVD bargain. Mirrormask for £15, or, much more interesting, a box set of that, and Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, for the princely sum of £18 delivered. (Of course, there's a catch: it's not out until June, whereas the R1 release has just come out - no box set, though)

Did anyone dare watch more of Loonatics beyond its debut? Did it maintain its initial.. promise?

It seems not all realtors in NYC are scrupulously honest. (Bonus in the comments: "The best real estate listing we ever saw was titled, Own a piece of the frontier and was for a 7-story walkup in a very urban part of Boston, where the tenant on the 7th floor had an extensive gun collection and an aversion to paying rent.")

And to end this cutlet of information, please enjoy this puppy monorail.
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Ye gods! Really? Is it possible to describe the sensation of actually going down a luge course? Surely about as intense a thrill ride as it gets.

(Sadly, it seems Olympics torrents are thin on the ground, so I'm missing it all)
Rusty is convinced that spiders originate from outer space. He HATES them. I will show him that picture.
Hmm. Wonder if they have a high res version of the image available.. ^_^

I had to look closely at the image to be sure I was really looking at just one (well, plus its prey) creature, and at one instant, rather than some long exposure. Bizarre!

Spiders come from Mars, as I recall, so he's quite correct.
LOL. Rusty told me that his life is so much better now that he knows something like that exists.
That thing cannot be of this world. It looks mechanical, almost hydraulic. It has two supports for its neck with a bloody big space in between! It looks remarkably like the balsa-wood robot I wanted to build as a child from the Usborne build-your-own robot book. Next they'll discover it's based on silicon.

That's the kind of creature that makes me think we may have some trouble even recognising alien life forms as aliens. ^_^ (Let alone communicating with them.. witness how much trouble we have understanding dolphin language and thought processes. So much may seem insignificant to us, yet when many examples of birdsong are analysed carefully, structures emerge correlating to communication - even within prairie dogs, the notion of different species, and even individuals can be relayed amongst the community, but all we hear are squeaks)

I once read quite a cool collection of stories by Stanley G Wienbaum, A Mars Odyssey - in the eponymous tale, one creature the protagonist encountered was a silicon based pyramid that, very, very slowly, would move in one direction, depositing little silicate bricks as it went. Fun anthology, actually - and dating from the golden age of sci-fi, Venus was permitted to be a verdant jungle. ^_^

Come to think of it, that spider reminds me I haven't seen Star Wars Ep.III yet.
That is certainly one of the oddest looking spiders I've ever seen. He's kind of neat, though. I'd love to go and get lost in Madagascar for a while, it really does seem to have a lot of fun inhabitants.
While there's something left of the place! ^_^;; Seems the islanders are busy engaging in the usual hack'n'slash of the forestlands, eliminating lemur habitat as they do so. Of course, that'll leave them with an Amazonian wasteland, just much, much less of it. *sigh* I should look into what conservation efforts are being mounted, as well as the creation of industries that won't exhaust the environment in short order.

Definitely, Madagascar does sound like a fascinating country, though - plenty of local culture and music, not to mention many a wild lemur (although most lemurs look fairly wild even in captivity :), carrying their tails high and proud. ^_^

I should watch Dinosaur again. ^_^ Not exactly historically accurate, but still.. Plio was so cute. :)

I just learned of Andreas Katsulas passing away.
That's a big bummer. I really liked the guy.

That's a spider!?!?
That doesn't even look like a spider!
It's like a weird moth/mantis thing.

Though he's got quite a few other entries on IMDb, like many others, I'll remember him for B5. G'Kar and Molari were truly brought to life by the two people behind them - a calibre of actor quite above the norm for TV. I'd like to try finding an interview or two with him on his time with B5 - see what he made of it all. Seems like it was a role that called for quite a bit - must've been a wonderful challenge.