Darth Vader being a jerk…

You’ve probably seen this already, but I thought I’d post it anyway as it’s pretty funny.

It’s more funny to me as I’ve been watching all of the Star Wars movies recently, it got me looking for other parts of these movies where you could make some funny clips.

~Rick

Don’t mess with the Basra Badgers!

There was an interesting post on the BBC News website today entitled "British blamed for Basra badgers" which starts of with the following paragraphs:

British forces have denied rumours that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra.

Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic.

In the interest of public safety I thought I would post a few links to help educate people about Badgers:

Top Ten Badger Facts

  1. Badgers don’t dance in formation
  2. Badgers have clear likes and dislikes food wise
  3. Badgers don’t actually play football
  4. Len Badger did play football though
  5. The collective name for a group of badgers is a cete
  6. Badgers were planned to replace British Troops leaving Iraq in order to maintain the overall strength of British deployment in Iraq
  7. Ruth Badger had nothing to do with the Basra attacks
  8. Badger is a place in Shropshire, UK.
  9. A Breezy Badger may be installed on your computer

Picture of Honey badger
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~Rick

Update on the ‘Four Mysteries of the Universe…’

Back in April I wrote a post entitled "Four mysteries of the Universe…" where I pondered over a few unanswered questions:

  1. Adobe’s European pricing for the CS3 suite
  2. Availability of AVCHD capable video editing software
  3. When are Apple finally going to ditch the really old Mac OSX 10.2-ish looking aqua pin-stripe header / main navigation graphics from their website
  4. Will there ever be a new version of Director released by Adobe?

Well, interestingly 3 out of those 4 questions have been answered! The only one outstanding is #1 – Adobe’s European pricing for the CS3 suite. I’ve yet to hear a better answer than exchange rate differences or pricing structures in global locales. On the plus side though Adobe’s profits are up 24%! ;)

Strike 2: AVCHD editing software

#2 mystery was solved when Sony finally brought out a new version of their Sony Vegas video editing software to allow those who bought their HDR-SR1 six months to edit their HD video footage!

Strike 3: Updated Apple.com website

#3 mystery was partially solved last week when Apple updated their website and got rid of the aqua pin-stripe navigation graphics. Although I have to say partially solved as the UK site has yet to be updated. I don’t really understand why the UK lags behind on offerings by Apple, when new products are announced they never appear until a few hours later than the US site. Don’t get me started on the unavailability of TV shows and Movies in iTunes, or maybe the iPhone but I’m not so bothered about that as it’s only just coming out in the US, but TV shows and movies have been available in the US for about 2 years now!

Strike 4: A new version of Director from Adobe

#4 mystery was solved after I’d been pestering a few people at Adobe for an answer to whether there would be a new version of Director coming anytime soon. I got an email reply from someone who pointed me to the Director FAQ page which states, albeit slightly uncommittedly:

Adobe has not published an official time frame for the next release of Director and generally does not disclose details of new releases more than 30 days before a product is expected to ship. However, our current planning assumption is that the next major release of Director will be in the second half of 2007.

Unfortunately I was too late to get on the Beta testing programme for Director, I would have loved to have had an opportunity to help test the next version of Director.

I’m glad it’s an app that’s going to continue to be developed although I do feel there is a big challenge being presented by the whole AIR (formerly Apollo) project and advances in Flash like PaperVision3D.

I’m a bit concerned that the lack of real announcements about this has caused many to consider Director dead in the water, I look forward to there being a public beta on Adobe Labs!

Other news…

Apple just announced updated information about the iPhone, namely that it will have longer than expected battery life and an ‘optical quality glass screen’ rather than plastic. The iPhone’s battery will provide:

  • 8 hours of talk time
  • 6 hours of Internet use
  • 7 hours of video playback
  • 24 hours of audio playback
  • 250 hours – more than 10 days of standby time.

Oh, and the Olympics 2012 logo still sucks! Also Hi to students from New College, Pontefract, thanks for your ‘insightful’ comments on my ‘Historical overview of Olympic logos’ article ;)

~Rick

Four Mysteries of the Universe…

Update: I originally posted this as ‘Three mysteries of the universe’, then I thought of another one so I’ve updated to four!

Here are three four mysteries of the Universe:

  1. Adobe’s European pricing for the CS3 suites
  2. Availability of AVCHD capable video editing software
  3. When are Apple finally going to ditch the really old Mac OSX 10.2-ish looking aqua pin-stripe header / main navigation graphics from their website.
  4. Will there ever be a new version of Director released by Adobe?

~Rick

BlogoMaid – Truly Original Blog Templates

The recent SimpleBits LogoMaid logo debacle made me imagine what kind of blog template ripoffs might be out there so I started to make a few just for fun!

If I was on the ball then this would have made a good opportunity for an April fools gag but unfortunately I didn’t think about it until later on!

BlogoMaid company logo

BlogoMaid Logo

Sample Blog template #1

CARING FURBALL

Sample Blog template #2

LIVEDOGGIES

I hope Dan Benjamin and John Gruber don’t mind me using their sites for this little bit of fun!

~Rick