How much better can it get than this? Even this short clip shows you what almost never makes it into Hollywood movies these days...
Always loved this song, and Tori in general. She dares to be different! The music video version is a bit bizarre, so this is a more gentle introduction. And yes, Ventura (highway) is the one the music group America sang about. And the "101" is the famous Highway 101 along the spectacular California coastline...
More than 143 million Americans work on a computer each day, with 88% of them suffering from computer eyestrain, according to estimates. In addition, nearly 54 million children work at a computer each day either at home or in school.* Prolonged computer use can stress a child's eyes and impact his or her vision development.
If you or your child spend more than two hours each day in front of a computer screen, you likely experience some degree of computer vision syndrome. CVS includes:
CVS is caused by our eyes and brain reacting differently to characters on the screen than they do to printed characters. Our eyes have little problem focusing on most printed material, which is characterized by dense black characters with well-defined edges. Healthy eyes can easily maintain focus on the printed page. Characters on a computer screen, however, don't have this contrast or well-defined edges. These characters (pixels) are brightest at the center and diminish in intensity toward their edges. This makes it very difficult for our eyes to maintain focus and remain fixed onto these images. Instead our eyes drift out to a point called the "resting point of accommodation" or RPA.
Our eyes involuntarily move to the RPA, and then strain to regain focus on the screen. This continuous flexing of the eyes' focusing muscles creates fatigue and the burning, tired-eyes feeling that is so common after long hours at the computer.
The solution is simple: see an eyecare professional that specializes in computer vision care. In most cases, standard reading glasses or over-the-counter readers are not accurate enough, because viewing a computer is usually at a different distance (18"-28") than reading distance (16"-21"). Once an eye doctor accurately diagnoses your computer vision problem and determines your correct computer working distances, it's a simple matter to prescribe computer eyeglasses that will allow you to work comfortably and productively.
Also, please read about studies that show computer eyewear can increase computer worker productivity significantly, with cost savings for employers who provide the eyewear.
The top 25 Internet scams of all time, according to PC World magazine... Awww... the memories these bring back! And I'm still waiting for my 1 million dollars from that Nigerian bank! ;)
From the supposed last photo taken at the top of the World Trade Center to the endlessly revised request for assistance from a Nigerian functionary, here are our top five Web and e-mail hoaxes.
Quite possibly the most famous hoax picture ever, this gruesome idea of a joke traveled around the Web and made a grand tour of e-mail inboxes everywhere soon after the tragedy of September 11. It depicts a tourist standing on the observation deck of one of the World Trade Center towers, unknowingly posing for a picture as an American Airlines plane approaches in the background.
At first glance it appears to be real, but if you examine certain details, you'll see that it's a craftily modified image. For starters, the plane that struck the WTC was a wide-body Boeing 767; the one in the picture is a smaller 757. The approach of the plane in the picture is from the north, yet the building it would have hit--the North tower--didn't have an outdoor observation deck. Furthermore, the South tower's outdoor deck didn't open until 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, more than half an hour after the first plane struck the WTC. The picture is a hoax, through and through--and not a particularly amusing one, under the circumstances.
Image courtesy of Snopes.com.
This gem had its roots in reality. It all began in 1989, when nine-year-old cancer patient Craig Shergold thought of a way to achieve his dream of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Craig asked people to send greeting cards, and boy, did they. By 1991, 33 million greeting cards had been sent, far surpassing the prior record. Ironically, however, the Guinness World Records site doesn't contain any mention of Craig Sherwood or a "most greeting cards received" record, presumably because the fine folks at the site don't want to encourage anyone to try to break his mark. (Astonishingly, Guinness doesn't have an entry for world's stoutest person, either, but it does honor the World's Largest Tankard of Beer.)
Fortunately, doctors succeeded in removing the tumor, and Craig is now a healthy adult, but his appeal for cards has turned into the hoax that won't die. Variations on the theme include a sick girl dying of cancer, and a little boy with leukemia whose dying wish is to start an eternal chain letter. A recent iteration tells a tragic tale of a girl who supposedly was horribly burned in a fire at WalMart, and then claims that AOL will pay all of her medical bills if only if you forward this e-mail to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!! Okay, enough already.
Image courtesy of Snopes.com.
No, it's true. I thought it was a scam, but it happened to a buddy of mine. It seems that Microsoft is testing some new program for tracing e-mail, and the company needs volunteers to help try the thing out. He forwarded me an e-mail that he received from Microsoft--and get this, from Bill Gates himself! Two weeks later, as a reward for participating, my pal received a check for thousands of dollars! Sure he did. Another version of this hoax claims that AOL's tracking service is offering a cash reward. Tell you what--when you get your check, send me 10 percent as a finder's fee, okay?
More scams HERE
Wednesday 11 Apr 2007
how to give Manga artwork some visual punch with our guide to creating
dynamic images in Photoshop. See how glows can make your work stand out
- and then follow along with our tutorial. Part one The link is HERE
Been looking for a new digicam for a long time. I've already got a Nikon D70 DSLR and a Canon S1 10x Image stabilized digicam, so I had a lot of "coverage" already. But I wanted something really small and versatile - with the latest technology. Looks like Nikon as finally hit a home run after basically surrendering the high end "prosumer" market after the price of digital SLRs came way down. This one supports the new SD memory card standard to support more than 2gb and high speeds. Got a 4gb SDHC card coming too. Got both from Amazon for less than $400... It's so small!! But pretty ergonomic - and tada! it supports the full capabilities of my "light computer" SB800 electronic flash (though the flash is *way* bigger than the camera!) ^^
Nikon's P5000 Page HERE
|10.0 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches.|
|3.5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens provides exceptional pictures with incredible color and clarity.|
|Optical Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake.|
|Incredible, bright 2.5-inch high resolution LCD and Optical Viewfinder makes it easy to compose and share your pictures with friends and family.|
|Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual exposure modes gives you as much control over your pictures as you want.|
|Auto adjusts up to ISO 3200 (5MP or lower) to keep shooting, even in lower light.|
|Available Telephoto and Wide Angle adapters to expand the camera's capabilities along with your own.|
|Hot Shoe for i-TTL-compatible Nikon Speedlights.|
|Nikon In-Camera Innovations featuring: In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM) automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera. You may never see red-eye again. Face-Priority AF - Nikon's face-finding technology that automatically focuses on faces, and D-Lighting that rescues dark or backlit images by improving brightness and detail where needed.|
|MSRP: $ 399.95|
Books: Show us your summer reading list.
Submitted by marvel is my pen name.
Here's what I am reading/planning to read this summer... Got them here and coming from Amazon. I've found that cutting and pasting the ISBN 10 number to be the most sure way to bring the book in to VOX from Amazon.com...
This is from Corrinne May's MySpace . She is recording a CD right now - her 3rd. Here's what she said:
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Update on recording for 'Beautiful Seed'
Update on recording for 'Beautiful Seed'
The Sunday after Easter, Kavin, Helik
and I were at Stagg Street Studios, tracking
Craig Macintyre on drums for the new record.
Here's a older photo:
Just got the latest new from my local San Diego Asian Film Foundation... They do a lot of things, besides the yearly film festival held every year in October! Check them out, especially if you live in the area...
|eNews : May 16, 2007||www.sdaff.org|
Reel Voices: Teens Learn Video and Earn Money, Applications Due May 21
All Reel Voices documentaries premiere on the big screen at theAsian Film Festival, October 11-18, 2007. Interns are honored our star-studded festival awards gala and receive an all-access pass for the film festival. Interns also receive a $500 scholarship along with meals and possible transportation stipends to other film festivals.
Applications are due May 21.
Two Free Summer Cinema Series
More details about both film series will be available at www.sdaff.org.
Mo`olelo Auditions for "Cowboy Versus Samurai"
Travis Park is a high school English teacher and the only Korean American man living in a dusty cowboy town known as Breakneck, . And when a gorgeous, whip-smart Asian American woman moves into town, he immediately falls for her; the only problem is that she only dates white men. Get audition details here.
We exhibit films in the following categories: experimental, animation, music video, short documentary, feature documentary, narrative short, and narrative feature.
- Entry Deadline: June 15
- Festival: October 11-18
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