Friday, February 26, 2010
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Do you love paper? Do you horde it?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Found this YouTube link from About.com Medieval History. It's a soon to be released cartoon about the Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells is a highly decorated manuscript of the four gospels of the Bible. Thought to have been started at the monastery of Iona (island off the coast of western Scotland) by St. Colum Kille (St. Columba) aroud 561. The book was moved to the monastery at Kells (Ireland) after a series of Viking raids somewhere in the early 800's. The book now resides at Trinity College in Dublin where each day visitors can file past to see a page of the book. (Something to add to my bucket list)
As to the cartoon, fanciful, but not historical (though hard to tell from the trailer). Besides the the mention of the historical book, and Viking raids, the only other historical fact I could see comes from Brendan's animal companion, Pangur Bán. The name means small white cat. Pangur makes his appearance in the margins of a sacred text. It's a poem written by an unknown monk about his cat. Either the monk was bored and wrote about his kitty or he was a young monk and given the task as a penmanship exercise. Doesn't that just make you smile?
The flat, round shapes of the cartoon seem to be trying to capture the flavor of the flat drawings from medieval texts. Though the rounded shapes capture the essence of the insular script, they fall short of coming close to the intricate figures in the Book of Kells. They don't come close to the beautifully stylized medieval drawings of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
The movie is supposed to be released to theaters in March 2010. I don't think I'll bother to waste money for a theater ticket to see it. Maybe wait until someone uploads the movie in its entirety to YouTube or Hulu or some such place.
If you want to know more about the Book of Kells. Check out The Book of Kells, an Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin by Bernard Meehan. There are also a hundred or so up close and color illustrations. Gorgeous eye candy.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
This week, I ran into some browser not responding nags. Five browsers I've used and my thoughts about them.
1. Internet Explorer 8. IE, the one your computer comes with if you have a PC. The one I always indicate as the default browser even if it's slower loading than others. My computer doesn't seem to play nicely unless IE is the default browser. A program like Swiss cheese full of security holes. And even though I have the latest version, some sites nag me the site will run better if I download IE8. Some webpages built with Microsoft's Publisher, don't display any other links except the home page. IE is a Microsoft product! A nifty Yahoo toolbar interfaces quite nicely. I can get to a lot my preferred sites by adding an icon to the toolbar. For some unknown reason, the copy/paste feature doesn't work in Blogger so I go to
2. Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Loads quicker than IE and supposedly is a more stable browser. Until this week, when it kept hanging and then I would get a not responding nag. Copy/paste worked nicely in Blogger. Cool skins to perk up the look. Fun add ons like Wise Stamp which allows me to customize a personal and business signature for use in my Gmail and Yahoo mail accounts. Sometimes got extra line spacing when adding a picture to a Blogger post. When downloading files have to go through a download screen that keeps track of things you've downloaded until you clear the download list. I find it an extra unnecessary step.
3. Chrome, Google's contribution to the browser hit parade. No toolbar interface. Meh.
4. Safari, Apple browser. Has a window which shows tiles of the top sites you visit. It's supposed to learn your top sites as you browse. It hasn't learned mine yet. Only allows you to delete a site or make it a permanent top site. Can't add a site. Has a nice looking compass as it's desktop icon. Reminds me of the old Netscape Navigator. Meh.
5. Opera 10.10. Has a speed dial window which you can customize. You can add all your favorite sites and you can see them in one place. Copy/paste available in Blogger and also works with the Wise Stamp signature. I like the clean look of Opera and the Speed Dial feature. I also like how easy it is to customize. Downside is I can't access my alternate Yahoo email address.
I wish there was one browser to bind them all.
What browser do you use?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
A year and a half ago, I got my computer with Vista 64 bit operating system. Downloaded drivers for all of the peripherals and everything worked ok except the all in one laser/printer/scanner. The printer worked fine. So did the copier, but the scanner? The scanner and the computer weren't talking. No TWAIN. No import from the scanner. Device not found. Put a call into Canon. Spent a good half hour on the phone with one of their techs. Nothing.
The laser/copier/scanner did interface quite nicely with the laptop running XP. If I wanted to scan something in, I'd shut my computer down, disconnect the USB printer cable, and connect it to the laptop. Boot the laptop and do my scanning. I'd either save the image to a thumb drive or usually upload the image to my Office Live Workspace. Then I'd shut the laptop down, disconnect the USB printer cable, reconnect and boot up the PC. Grab the image and away I'd go. A bit of a dance, but it worked.
The other day I had an image to scan, but didn't feel like running upstairs to get the laptop. So for chuckles, I put the image on the scanning bed, ran PSP X2. Under the import function, the scanner was there and labeled! And oh rapture, oh joy it worked! Happy dance.
Have you had a nice surprise lately?