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February 29, 2008

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amb

The subtitles are hysterical.
Revenge of the sith = backstroke of the west
They're all over me = he is in my behind

David

My current favourite is “our dichotomy opens the combat.” Though I quite like “he is big in nothing important in good elephant.” And “dishevelled hair projection” must be some kind of digital effect.

Dutch Canuck

Star War! My ass laughed off in elephant, equal to I think severe!

But not as much as with Garfield minus Garfield. That was bizarre. Makes me want to try the same trick with, say, Peanuts. Its large cast affords so many possibilities. Lucy without Snoopy? Linus without his security blanket?

My wife can usually tell when I'm reading the funny bits of Friday Ephemera.
[wipes tears from eyes, coffee from keyboard]

EBD

The Garfield comic sans Garfield really...tickles. That's very funny.

I am moved, in the spirit of Friday Ephemera, by a nostalgia for Vitruvius' conviviality, as well as by David's interest for visual art and illustration, to bring attention, in this manner, to this post...

http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/11/theory-cgi-animators-should-think-like.html

..in which Stephen Worth, Director of ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Archive, compares the work of modern animators to the work of turn of the century illustrator William Lee Hankey, which puts him in a mind to strangle pretty much everyone in his mind. In a kind way, though; anyone who's ever had a smart and driven grandfather will recognize that certain combination of anger, love and didactics in his tone as he churns out some considered advice to all the young illustrating whippersnappers out there.

I'm going to toss this next one in as well because this is as ephemeral as it gets, with all the inexcusably transient pleasure that entails:

http://www.pornolize.com/pornolize4?lang=en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdavidthompson.typepad.com%2Fdavidthompson%2F2007%2F07%2Fegalitarian-epi.html%23comments&submit=Translate

The comments in particular evoke the spirit, if not the language, of the sort of rummy debates that might flare up on a late 19th century whaling vessel.

David

Oh my. The, erm, “revised” comments are indeed the sauciest bit. The choice end, as it were.

Vitruvius

Thanks very much for that high-resolution photograph of the ATLAS detector, David (if you pick the image in the NASA link, you get a 3000 x 1960 image). It brings me great joy. ATLAS (one of the six detectors in the Large Hadron Collider project) generates about 100 megabytes of saved data per second, and that's after filtering a raw data stream of about 100 million billion bytes of data per second. Where does all that data come from? It's hard to explain just how complicated ATLAS is, but perhaps these videos may be of some value to interested readers:

ATLAS - The Particles Strike Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxENLH1ATV4 Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYRQpcJVQx8 Part 2(a)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUkzyDbMQ3E Part 2(b)

The ATLAS Experiment - Mapping the Secrets of the Universe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ZqV5u-z6o Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv9j-CcspaY Part 2

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATLAS_experiment

Since I'm commenting anyway, and it's Friday Ephemera, and I wish to attempt to mitigate any potential negative effects that might be caused by nostalgia for my conviviality (;-) I should like to note that over the last year or so I have carved out a niche show for my DJ Vitruvius shtick over in the "Reader Tips" threads at Kate's SDA blog, and based on some recent archive spidering, comment scraping, and full-text search functionality I have recently implemented, I have now published my "SDA Late Nite Radio Archives", which may be of interest to those looking for an evening tour-guide for a stroll through the audio-video Interlibrary:

http://sagaciousiconoclast.blogspot.com/2008/02/sda-lnr-archives.html

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