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It's absolutely criminal that, as far as I can tell (i.e. google) there exists no facility in the world designated a "cetacean communication station."

I mean it wouldn't even have to be anything particularly relating to marine mammals. I'd settle for a library or something.
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welcome to nerd central

Pictochat is so great. It's like irc but in real life, sort of. And it's got the advantage of letting you draw pictures of extinct creatures1 and cosmological phenomena.2 It'd be nice if it had colors or a larger canvas, though.




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bU77

I got a Spartan-3 Starter Board, XC3S1000 version. If anyone has any ideas as to what to actually do with it aside from making crude attempts at displaying rude swears on the 7-segment displays, I'd like to hear them.
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wii want your money

and wii can have it. i think i'll be calling up the bank to see if they can set it up for direct withdrawals by nintendo. cut out the middleman, maybe save myself a few bucks
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To whom it may concern

Seeing as no less than two people have said they can't see purple tentacle in that last image I fucked with the levels etc in the gimp and made it show up a little better.

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He shows up more-or-less fine in-game though. Chalk it up to difficulties in photographing the DS screen.
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Tiniest Album Arts 2: Electric Boogaloo

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New since yesterday is the second row there (The Coast is Never Clear, Last Splash, The Three EPs) and the first on the bottom row (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea).

Previously unseen on LJ but not new are Max, Purple Tentacle, and Stan up on the top row.

Not pictured: my town flag, which is that green smiley thing from HHGG.
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The Tiniest Album Arts

So earlier today screwtape (thristian) pasted the url to a cool little DSotM cover that had been pixelized. That album more or less wore out its welcome with me about five years ago,1 but damned if I didn't like that little icon. Seems the thing was cooked up by the dude who does Diesel Sweeties--you can find said dude's blog post about it here.

Anyway, as usual, I immediately stole the idea for my own uses. I've been playing quite a bit of Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS lately and the little designs you can make in-game to use as carpet or wallpaper or hats or whatever struck me as the perfect medium for this particular kind of artistic expression. Fast forward several hours and you have these:

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Left to right those are my crudely-rendered versions of Moon Safari, Rio, Dots and Loops, Daydream Nation, and Turn on the Bright Lights.

Being limited by the different in-game palettes, some concessions had to be made, but on the whole I think they turned out pretty cool.

I also translated the Rio one into straight-up png so I could paste it to the folks on irc, before deciding that it would be much easier to just take a picture of the stuff on my DS.2

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I'm going to make more, but the stupid clothing store where you design them closes at 11, so it'll have to wait 'till tomorrow.



1: piper rules dark side drools
2: Which turned out to be horribly incorrect, as I had to try 3 different cameras--one borrowed--and untold lighting conditions and hand-stabilizers to get a decent shot, and then, to get the images off the CF card, I had to deal with installing scp on my zaurus (the only device I own which reads CF) even though it really should have been there already, which took a few tries due to linking errors.
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