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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!
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."
1. Go to the browser’s address bar and enter: “file:///c:/” (without the quotes). By-the-way, that’s three (-3-) forward slashes.
Then, you get something like this:
You can move around in the directories very much as you can in an Explorer window. And, they print as you see them.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Just wish I could put a big, red star on his shirt or jacket . . .
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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)
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 RosenfelderAn example of a random, Insulting excuse:
Whine on, Comrades!
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!
Just refresh the page to generate another stunning blog entry. Just wish I could put Trotsky in there somewhere . . .
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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. 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).Another account gives his inspiration simply as seeing two kids in London doing kung fu moves.
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
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, 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.
Intro (short) from original Zero Wing game by SEGA:
Zero Wing Intro – Long:
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!
Got one going: "Uncle Ersatz' Free Fonts" (see link on right)
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Friday, February 13, 2009
As-in this gem I just made:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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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:
Sunday, January 18, 2009
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.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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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.
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.