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“In understand that Doktor Sleepless is a work for Mature Readers and that I am old enough to not go blinde from reading it.”

keep pandora’s box open

Excellent Web 2.0 music recommendation service, Pandora, is in danger -- again; along with every other US-based internet-radio site, thanks to the lapdogs in DC rimming the rear portals of the MAFIAA. This was in my Inbox today:
Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional…

reasons why i like uncle warren

The other week, someone showed me something called “Hobo With A Shotgun” on the Engine. But I was tired and bleary-eyed, and misread it as 'Hobo Shogun.’ I was, for a moment, happy that there was such a thing as “Hobo Shogun” in the world.

Weeks later, I am still inexplicably saddened that there is not a film out there called “Hobo Shogun.”
Warren Ellis

an interesting differentiation in terminology

Regarding Magic: The Gathering:Richard Garfield prefers the name 'Trading Card Game' as opposed to 'Collectable Card Game.' 'I feel it emphasizes the playing aspect rather than the speculation aspect of the game,' he's said. He added: 'Good games last forever -- collectables come and go.' Of course, the collectable nature of the game drove up prices early on, which had the designers worried. It wasn't until the 'Fallen Empires' Magic expansion that enough cards were produced that the speculative market collapsed.
FilePlanet Spotlight: Ten Things You Never Knew About Magic: The Gathering

how a train for the north pole got stuck in the uncanny valley

In my opinion it's always been a fallacy, the notion that human characters have to look photo-realistic in CG. You can do so much more with stylized human characters. Audiences innately know how humans move and gravity works, so if a human character doesn't feel right, they'll feel something's wrong. But if the weight works for stylized characters, the audience doesn't question it - like the Dwarfs in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, which were so cartoony and stylized. In THE INCREDIBLES, the characters are cartoony heroes but they can be hurt and they have this family dynamic that makes them believable.' Ralph Eggleston, Artistic Director for THE INCREDIBLES "
The Ward-O-Matic: The Polar Express: A Virtual Train Wreck (conclusion)

get your bootleg on...

Bootie NYC - New York City's all-mashup bootleg party

Get your bootleg/mashups on with Bootie in NYC, or just scope the top ten mashies, available as MP3 download at the site! (Thanks, Sean!)