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Roomba vs TV?

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

I saw a funny post about a robot which cleans your house and laughed a lot (found via

But I got a little be annoyed that the author of the comic strip maybe thinks that watching TV is the thing which’ll make his life easier and more efficient. You save time… to be in front of the TV set? Hmm…

Here’s my version (redrawn quickly with Macromedia Fireworks):

My variant of the Roomba save-time feature

(Because I’m lucky, the author has published the picture under CC and I can make changes to it, by mentioning him as the original author:-)

And I have gave up television totally a few years ago. We do not have a TV at home, and do not plan to have any in the future.

You can gain so much free time by getting rid of it!

Time used for drawing for your own pleasure, for example:)))

PS This is not a joke:)

Update (2009/03/20): The original comic strip has a new address:-)

The Double Michel 2

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The double Michel (2)You asked for it – so here it is! Michel with a twin – again! (See also this post: The Double Michel – inspired by Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir)

The tutorial?

You’ll have to wait a bit more – it’s cooking right now:-)

The Double Michel – inspired by Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Michel has a twin now... An evil twin ;-)I avow, that this post by the famous photographer Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir (no, don’t ask me to pronounce this Icelandic name!:-) inspired me… And also a question on the same subject, which my wife asked me a few days ago:

How this is done? And this?
Can a normal digital camera be used for this purpose?

Can the technique be reproduced using Macromedia Fireworks?

So, here’s the answer:

It could be done using a variety of methods.



The results are shown above [click on the thumbnail to see the image in full size]:-)

This is it – short and sweet. It’s me in the office today, shot by my small Pentax Optio S40 digital camera. And this is me, again… although, my second me is holding a knife and looks a bit evil;-)

If there’s interest, I may try to write a tutorial on it:-)

Yahoo! Messenger Logo Reloaded – the answer

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

This is the Yahoo! Messenger logo I have imitated using FireworksA while ago I posted two Yahoo! logos on my website, asking the audience to tell, which one is the original Yahoo! logo made by Yahoo! and which I have re-created using Macromedia Fireworks.

Now comes the long-awaited answer:

Yahoo! logo #1 is the one I made, and Yahoo! logo #2 is the original Yahoo! logo from the Yahoo! Messenger starting screen, captured as screenshot while the Yahoo! Messenger was loading.

I thank everyone for their participation, votes and comments:-)

I’d like to thank you here especially Alan Musselman from Adobe (formerly Macromedia), whose answer and comment was one of the most thougthtful and thouroughful ones:

Definitely the one on the left (#1). The only way I noticed is the Y is not proper like the Yahoo! branding. :) Good job though… I will also say the shadow on the teeth is a little stronger on #1 as well. If it wasn’t for these two things I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. :)

Both remarks are correct – the “Y” wasn’t perfectly made, and the shadow on the teeth is a bit different. Also, a lot of people reported that Y! logo #2 is somewhat saved with a bit worse compression than Y! logo #1 and because of that they presume #2 is the original logo, because probably it’s a screenshot and thus, was saved with worse compression and some artifacts, while #1 was exported from a high-quality vector-based file.


Yahoo! Messenger Logo Reloaded

Monday, January 15th, 2007

OK, today’s riddle:

{yahoo!} Yahoo! Messenger logo which appears during sign-in on Yahoo! Messenger{yahoo!} Yahoo! Messenger logo which appears during sign-in on Yahoo! Messenger


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