Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Wednesday, August 27

Anime

Ojo-sama to Oyobi*

Heh. I caught that! Another hundred years or so of watching anime and I'll actually understand Japanese.

Princess Aeka in Tenchi Muyo! had a song of that name, too.

* Roughly translated: Call me Princess!**
** Currently watching: Scrapped Princess.

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Geek

Changes

Back in the misty dawn of time, when I was still at school, I spent two weeks at Hewlett-Packard on a work experience program. (This was when HP was still renowned for their engineering, rather than cursed as a pusher of expensive ink cartridges.)

At the time, HP was having a sale on disk drives. You could buy three 400 meg drives - and these were serious drives, with 14 inch platters stacked into cases as large as washing machines - three of these for just $250,000.

"But", said one salescritter to another, "how many customers do we have that need 1.2 gigabytes of disk?"

I downloaded 1.4 gigabytes of stuff today. Episodes 17 to 20 of Kodocha, and epsiodes 6 through 9 of Saikano (Saishuuheiki Kanojo). Fortunately, this didn't require me to buy $250,000 worth of disk to store it on. Though I did pick up a couple of DVD-RWs on the way to work. 4.7 gigabytes each. $8 a pop.

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Tuesday, August 26

Cool

They Do Make Them Like That

So, you need a double-headed 3/8 reciprocating flange valve, and the matching pilfer sprocket, you need it made of phosphor bronze, and you need it Tuesday?

No worries.

eMachineShop has you covered. Babbage would have built the Apple ][ a hundred years early with these guys helping. Uh, except that he'd need a Windows PC to run their software. Slight technical hitch there.

(via Kean)

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Monday, August 25

World

M.I.F.

A helpful guide on the correct way to make a cup of tea.

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Blog

Imageries

18,000 down, 3,000 to go.

Nearly there...

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Anime

Child's Toy

Currently watching Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha, also also known as Child's Toy, and there's just one thing I don't understand.

Why does Sana's mother have a squirrel living in her head?

Update: In episode 5 the subtitles have been changed, and it appears that the squirrel only lives on rather than in Mrs. Kurata's head. In episode 6, we learn that the squirrel's name is Maro-chan, though what use this information has has* not yet been made clear,

*Has has! That's even better than had had! Um, has anyone else here read The Well of Lost Plots?

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Blog

Imagery

Still working on graphics stuff... Sneak preview:

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50016.jpg

I'm also making a set of images for those stuck on antiquated equipment; they'll look something like this:

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Sunday, August 24

Geek

Daily SCO

SCO has accused IBM of orchestrating a consipiracy [Uh, how do you orchestrate a conspiracy, exactly? — Ed.] against them. This, perhaps, is what inspired someone to create WeLoveTheSCOInformationMinister.org. So... WeLoveTheSCOInformationMinister.com was already taken?

Update: It so happens that yes, WeLoveTheSCOInformationMinister.com was already taken. Must be something in the air...

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Geek

You're All Going To Have To Upgrade

I've been working on a re-design of Ambient Irony. It looks wonderful on my monitor at 2048x1536.

Unfortunately, it doesn't quite fit on the screen at 1024x768. I can see only one solution...

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Friday, August 22

World

$353 710 059 382 216 527 985 542 485 144 211 800 344 729 789 028 457 817 050 152 352 553 245 717 971 872 937 844 784 273 388 228 483 696 958 899 655 431 346 875 801 621 864 880

According to this article, a group of Egyptian lawyers living in Switzerland plan to sue "all the Jews of the world" to recover gold allegedly stolen from Egypt in the Exodus (dated at 3754 B.C. based on the the article, which clashes somewhat with my history books).

They are also planning to claim 5% compound interest on the value of the gold. At yesterday's market rates, that works out to... the number shown above.*

(via a comment on Little Green Footballs.)

*Let's see what this does to my blog formatting...**
**Not too bad in Mozilla. Totally screwed in IE, of course. I've broken the number up with spaces, metric-style, for the browserly-challenged.

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