Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

One more

OK, one more just for funsies!




-- Mobile Post

Some OCD created on the iPod Touch

The subject was supposed to have read "pics" but somehow got changed to OCD. . .

Wowzers! Who is this hottie?





-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, June 26, 2009

Woeful abandonment!

My apologies Comrades! I've been hibernating an neglecting this terribly. But, I don't think anyone much sees this anymore. But, if you are one of my occasional visitors, I will be adding more content soon. Really! Thanks for your patience!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Meet the FLEPia

Here is the gist of an article I read in LISnews from March 30th. Amazon’s amazing Kindle, and SONY’s amazing Reader will soon have some color competition! Meet the FLEPia! I want one of each of them. Oh, boy much fun!

Flepia

From the LISNews article:

Fujitsu Launches Color e-Book Reader in Japan
March 30, 2009 - 8:20am — Blake

"Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu has stepped into the e-book fray with the a color e-paper mobile device aimed at consumers. Thin and lightweight like its competition the Kindle, Fujitsu Frontech’s awkwardly named FLEPia, is now on sale in Japan and will start shipping on April 20 for around $1,000. Customers will have the option of purchasing e-books through the FLEPia-ya Web site via Japan’s largest e-book online retailer Papyless while connecting the device to the Internet via wi-fi."

LISnews logo

Quick Tip to Print a Directory in Windows

Uncle Ersatz’ has a quick tip that you may not have known about, or have forgotten about:  how to print a directory –nicely formatted- from within your favorite browser.  This is pretty slick if I say so myself!

1. Go to the browser’s address bar and enter: “file:///c:/” (without the quotes). By-the-way, that’s three (-3-) forward slashes.

As in:
file c highlight

Then, you get something like this:
file c screen
You can move around in the directories very much as you can in an Explorer window.  And, they print as you see them.

Insightful Comic

Hey! Look what I found at ComicStrip Generator! Wow, is this insightful or what?
Such wisdom . . .
Dalmations quoting Marx

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Remember "Air Trotsky?"

Comrades, just on the very off chance that you were asleep for the last several decades and don't remember the very famous "Air Trotsky" airline, you can go to RedKid's Airline Sign Generator and make your own version. Or, whatever you want. Much fun!

Build Your Own Action Figure

Hey Comrades! Make your own Action Figure! Go to Vicale Corporations' On Demand Action Figure Builder Tool page and have a go. Here's mine:

Just wish I could put a big, red star on his shirt or jacket . . .

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Corporate Gibberish Generator™

Corporate Gibberish Generator™. So this is where it all comes from! I bet there's a legal gibberish generator out there somewhere too . . .

From the website:
Welcome to the Corporate Gibberish Generator™ by Andrew Davidson. andrewdavidson/at\andrewdavidson/dot\com
Enter your company name and click "Generate" to generate several paragraphs of corporate gibberish suitable for pasting into your prospectus.
(The gibberish is geared more toward Internet and technology companies.)

The example on the page: (click image to read it)

The Excuse-O-Mat

The Excuse-O-Mat. Comrades, ever find that you have to make ammends, or at least an excuse for something that probably wasn't even your fault? Of course you do! But, what to do when your sincerity reservoir is almost on empty? Well, you go to the The Excuse-O-Mat of course!

From the website:

Things go wrong-- which is awfully annoying of them-- and then comes the really difficult thing: explaining what happened. What do you do when the old excuses (my dog ate it, it's in the mail, mistakes were made) have been used once too often? Why, you come to Metaverse for one of 3.6 million different convincing, ready-made excuses! Written by Mark Rosenfelder
An example of a random, Insulting excuse:


Whine on, Comrades!

Ebay Feedback Generator

Comrades, for those of you who still "Ebay" (has this become a verb now?) your way to acquisitiveness and fulfillment, I have just the thing for those occasional mental blocks. Enter the Ebay Feedback Generator.

You can select from Positive, Negative or Indifferent. A Seller or Buyer. Vocabulary options include Basic and Frivolous, and can include specific details of a transaction. The output is composed of many feedback statements from which to pick & choose. For example:

Negative & Frivolous: (click on image to actually read it)








Indifferent & Basic:








And etc. you get the idea. Most fun!

Blog-O-Matic

Comrades, tired of coming up with ubercreative content continuously? Never fear: Blog-O-Matic is here! Just go to Blog-O-Matic, and a completely random blog entry will be generated. And, dear comrades, it is stated as copyright-free! Here is one example:


Just refresh the page to generate another stunning blog entry. Just wish I could put Trotsky in there somewhere . . .

Friday, March 13, 2009

The End of the World

Fabulous! Another one I hadn't seen in awhile. Make sure the sound is on (unless you're at work or in some other public space!). Enjoy, Comrades!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

All I can say, dear Comrades is: YESSSS!!

From the Wikipedia article:
"Kung Fu Fighting" is a song written and performed by Carl Douglas and Vivian Hawke. It was released as a single in 1974, at the cusp of a chopsocky film craze, and quickly rose to the top of British and American charts. The song also is famous for its use of the quintessential Oriental Riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture.
It originally was meant to be a B-side to I Want to Give You My Everything by Brooklyn songwriter Larry Weiss, and was recorded in the last ten minutes of his studio time.[1][2] This song has been featured prominently in pop culture including Mott's Clamato advertisements.
Douglas states that his inspiration to write the song was affected by three factors: he had seen a kung fu movie, later visited a jazz concert by Oscar Peterson, and was suffering from side-effects of pain killers (Douglas had injured his foot playing football).[3]Another account gives his inspiration simply as seeing two kids in London doing kung fu moves.[1]
The song remains one of the most fondly remembered one-hit wonders. Kung Fu Fighting also was rated #100 in VH1's "100 Greatest one-hit wonders. It appeared at number one in the UK's Channel 4's Top 10 One Hit Wonders list in 2000 and again in the station's 50 Greatest One Hit Wonders poll in 2006. It also was included in another 2006 programme for Channel 4, Bring Back ... the one-hit Wonders, for which Carl Douglas performed the song in a live concert.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

One of my favorite things!  In case you haven’t seen it in awhile, or have never seen it, here it is again.  Below the description are the YouTube grabs for the original “All Your Base,” a second version, the original short intro from SEGA’s “Zero Wing” game, and the long intro from same.  Enjoy, Comrades!

From the Wikipedia article:

"All your base are belong to us" (often shortened to "All Your Base", "AYBABTU", or simply "AYB") is a broken English phrase that sparked an Internet phenomenon, or meme, in 2001 and 2002, with the spread of a Flash animation that depicted the slogan. The text is taken from the opening cut scene of the European Sega Mega Drive version of Zero Wing,[1] a Japanese video game by Toaplan which was rushed in production and as a result was poorly translated into English. It was popularized by the Something Awful message forums.[2]

Source:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The original:

All Your Base Are Belong to Us (original)

 

Second Version:

All Your Base Are Belong to Us (Version 2)

 

Intro (short) from original Zero Wing game by SEGA:

Zero Wing Intro - Short

 

Zero Wing Intro – Long:

Zero Wing Intro - Long

New blogs for me (soon)

I believe that I am going to start two more blogs. Not merely to satisfy Uncle Ersatz ego, but for the sake of clarity in organization. I am going to remove the “Smileys” and “Animated GIFs” from here and move them (later) to one of the other blogs.

One of the blogs will be devoted to free fonts (giving credit where the originals were found, and proper linkbacks and all that), and the other for free graphics (“Smileys” and such). This way, I can categorize each via the “tags” feature, and use as an ersatz index.

The fonts blog will be as much for my use as a visual database as anything, but hopefully someone else will find it useful. The useful part will be because of the inclusion of screenshots of the look of the fonts (again, by category). You’ll see . . .

Stay tuned, Comrades!


-update-

Got one going: "Uncle Ersatz' Free Fonts" (see link on right)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just when I was about to move this

I was just about to scratch this whole effort on Blogger as yesterday, while attempting to update / change some things I kept getting the damnable "BX-Error" thingie. So, I made a new template on Wordpress, and then -just a bit ago- thought I'd try updating again. Darned if it didn't work. Unfortunatly, I choose a template at random (for now) that I'm not all that up with, but the heck with it. I'll keep it for now. Of course, I lost my counter & a bunch of other things and the whole appearance looks like shit, but it's running again.

Friday, February 20, 2009

ACLU Pizza Commercial

ACLU Pizza Commercial. Wonderful! Brilliant! Found a copy on YouTube here.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Funny Sign Generators

Funny Sign Generators at illmeyer.com. Several styles to choose from. My favorite is
this guy:

Trotsky will save us man sign

Customized Newspaper Headline

From ImageChef.  Very fun.  Check this out:
Trotsky will save us newspaper

PhotoNotes

PhotoNotes Photo Notes is a very cool online generator that makes a Polaroid (tm) with a note or label on the “photo.”  You can choose from several preselected images in their gallery, or upload your own.  Various font styles and colors are available for the labels.  Fun.
     As-in this gem I just made:
Trotsky will save us

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Grigorovich and Leon Show

A witty comic made by Comrade Byron at Witty Comics:
Grigorvich and Leon Show
Thank you, my fine Comrade for the insightful and witty comic. Three “Da!s” for Comrade Byron:
     Da!

      Da!
     Da!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Witty Comics: Make Your Own Comic!

Witty Comics has a really neat-o, free site to create your very own comic!  As in this lovely example below  (click for better quality):
Witty Comics - Trotsky is our friend

Atom Smasher’s Gas Station Sign Generator

An example from Atom Smasher’s Gas Station Sign Generator.  I will upload an example from each of the online generators I find . . . i.e.:
Gas-Station WWTrotsky Do

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Windows Live Writer is Your Friend

Recently I discovered and tried Windows Live Writer. Much coolness ensued thereafter. WLW is specifically a blog posting tool. It supports multiple blogs, and multiple blog platforms. It is “live” in the sense that your posts can be made immediately –or, saved as drafts for later posting. It is not live in the online sense in that it is a desktop application that you download & install. Although, I thought there was supposed to be an online method to using this too, but I haven’t looked into it yet. Here’s their front page:
Writer - Windows Live
This is very easy to use, and has many great features that are not present in the online blog posting tools you find on the blog sites themselves. Additionally, there are nifty plugins available – and I will post my experiences with some of them later. I highly recommend this – then, you’ll be cool like Uncle Ersatz too! Here’s how to get it up & running:
After downloading and running install, you get:
Windows Live Writer - 1
Then, it asks which blog service you use:
Windows Live Writer - 2
I selected “Other blog service” and you get this screen. You must fill-in the URL, and your username & password:
Windows Live Writer - 3
It then contacts your blog and downloads settings info:
Windows Live Writer - 4
This is asking permission to send a test post – good idea
Windows Live Writer - 5
It’s all set up, and for the sake of convenince (within WLW) you can give it a nickname (like . . . “Bob” for example)
Windows Live Writer - 6
After clicking “Finish” above, you get the main WLW compose screen, ready for your test post. It has detected the proper font and colors you use:
Windows Live Writer - 7
I was unimaginative and called it “Testing LiveWriter”
Windows Live Writer - 8
Then, I “published” it, and WLW opens-up your blog in your browser. Much coolness.
Windows Live Writer - 91

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The best "Star Wars" movie ever? Maybe so!


Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

The following is from the creator of this, from off of www.vimeo.com
My friend Amanda had never seen a whole Star Wars film. When I asked her if she wanted to watch the original trilogy she said that she would, but that she already knew what happens. So I took out my voice recorder and asked her to start from the top.

I then created some very basic animation in Final Cut to go along with her narration.
www.fishrockit.com

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

FastStone Capture is your friend

FastStone Capture is your friend. FastStone Capture 5.3 is a free (for private use) screen capture utility that is fast, portable, and easy to use. It is probably available many places, but I grabbed mine at Portable Freeware http://www.portablefreeware.com.

It has a nifty floating toolbar, and a good configuration panel via the taskbar. Also, it has its own editor, allowing easy crops and edits.

Firefox Abduction is your friend

Firefox Abduction is your friend (essential free web toolbox toys). This will allow you to save images from webpages that do not permit right-clicking options. Not only images, but text, images/text, whatever, exactly as it is layed out on the screen. In some rare instances, the webpage has been coded so that this will not work, and at other times, you might have to find a "sweet spot" on the page that will allow you to use this -- but, these are few and far between.





One of the most useful "Add-ons" for Firefox is the "Abduction" screen capture utility. It is so very easy to use, and works without a hitch! Here is a shot from my Add-ons: once installed, there is nothing to configure.





Once installed, to use all you do is Right-Click somewhere on the page (i.e. webpage), and you should see this option in the fly-out:





Then, this will happen: a new, smaller window will open with a picture of the webpage highlighted in green (you can change the color if you wish).

Now, click in the green area; the green turns white, and your cursor turns into a crosshair.

Then, click and drag the area
you want to capture.


When you are ready to save, you'll click on the Save button. But, before you do, click on the "Format" pulldown and select what type of image you wish to save it as.

Then, click on Save, and you'll get the
standard Save Dialog.