Archive | February, 2008

iPhone Wallpaper: My Contribution.

I took personal favorites out of my 200 most popular flickr pictures and converted them into the iPhone accepted wallpaper size of 320 to 480 pixels.

Feel free to modify them or whatever, they are all with a creative commons license.

Enjoy these free iPhone wallpapers:

Rain And Advertising iPhone Wallpaper

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai China iPhone Wallpaper

Puxi iPhone Wallpaper

Night Time Is The Right Time iPhone Wallpaper

Blurred Shanghai Traffic iPhone Wallpaper

Rome Christmas Colosseum iPhone Wallpaper

Shopping Street Nanjing Lu HDR iPhone Wallpaper

HDR Tower iPhone Wallpaper

Pudong Bund iPhone Wallpaper

Hangzhou HDR Pagoda iPhone Wallpaper

Beautiful HDR Skyscrapers iPhone Wallpaper

Old Shanghai Skyscraper iPhone Wallpaper

Two Asian Brothers iPhone Wallpaper

Unfinished Business iPhone Wallpaper HDR Shanghai Pudong

Beautiful HDR Garden iPhone Wallpaper

HDR Zen iPhone Wallpaper

HDR Tea Mountain Pagoda iPhone Wallpaper

Ray Of Light On Lake iPhone Wallpaper

Forbidden City Beijing Hengdian HDR iPhone Wallpaper

Mountain Path HDR iPhone Wallpaper

Sanya Hainan Beach iPhone Wallpaper

That’s it for now. If I can ever afford an iPhone myself, I’ll probably make more.

I can’t even test them… *cry*

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John Rabe – Little Report, With Video!

When Ben commented to my last post about the pictures from the movie John Rabe, I just headed over to YouTube to see if anything had been released there – officially or not. Sadly, I found no trailer – but a little report! DW, Deutsche Welle, was on the set reporting and seemed to have been allowed to capture some stuff with their cameras.

Now the bad side: The video is almost half an hour long and over 60 megabyte big.

But I watched through it and the John Rabe part is right at the beginning! So just watch it until the report of John Rabe is finished, the rest has nothing to with it anymore.

Here we go:

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Edison Chen’s sex scandal reaches the Beijing Olympics 2008?

And just when you thought it was over a new story hits the internet!

Gillian Chung from Edison Chen Sextape

So one of the girls Edison Chen (陈冠希) bedded, Gillian Chung, has been banned from the Beijing Olympics 2008.

Gillian Chung was supposed to perform during the the opening ceremony of the big show. Now she has been kicked out due to the scandal…

Too bad!

That reminds me, when do the pictures of Maggie Q (李美琪) finally show up? Har har har.

In case you have no idea what this post is all about, read my post ‘The Edison Chan “Sexgate”‘.

Shanghaiist reported some new stuff, too:

Three pictures of 19 year old Vincy Yeung (杨永晴), Edison Chen’s current girlfriend, have also been released by the mystery man “Kira”, and here’s where it gets a lot juicier. Vincy is the daughter of Ricky Yeung (楊超成), brother of tycoon Albert Yeung (楊受成), the boss of Emperor Entertainment Group who is said to have numerous triad affiliations.

Read that here: Jolin Tsai, Maggie Q, Vincey Yeung sucked into Edison Chen scandal; Gillian Chung admits involvement .

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Official John Rabe(约翰拉贝) pictures.

Most of my friends know what I’ve been doing during the last three months: working with the VFX team on the german movie John Rabe. Sadly, no trailer has been officially released yet so I don’t really have anything to show. But! ‘Majestic Film Verleih’, the company who will bring the movie to german cinemas this year (or so I hope) released 8 official press pictures.

So here you go, a little something to feed your appetite in regards to this movie. 8 pictures!

Dr. Georg Rosen (Daniel Brühl)

Dr. Georg Rosen (Daniel Brühl), employee of the german embassy, tries to handle the threat in regard of the chinese civilians in diplomatic ways.
(Picture: Majestic / Ruggero Rossi)

Dr. Robert Wilson (Steve Buscemi)

Dr. Robert Wilson (Steve Buscemi), leader of Nanjing’s hospital, fights tireless for the survival of the people.
(Picture: Majestic / Tomoko Kikuchi)

Valérie Dupres (Anne Consigny)

Valérie Dupres (Anne Consigny), leader of the International Girls College, can’t enjoy the festivities – she’s worried about her students.
(Picture: Majestic / Tomoko Kikuchi)

Werner Fließ (Mathias Herrmann)

Nazi Werner Fließ (Mathias Herrmann, 3.v.l.) is supposed to take John Rabe’s (Ulrich Tukur, 5.v.l.) place as the leader of the Siemens branch in Nanking.
(Picture: Majestic / Ruggero Rossi)

John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur)

John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur) is desperate, the uncertain future worries him.
(Picture: Majestic / Jörg Gruber)

Members of the international Committee

The members of the international committee for creating a safety zone (Ulrich Tukur, Anne Consigny, Steve Buscemi, Christian Rodska, Daniel Brühl, Shaun Lawton) don’t know how to handle the rush of 250.000 people at once.
(Picture: Majestic / Ruggero Rossi)

Dora Rabe (Dagmar Manzel) and John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur)

Dora Rabe (Dagmar Manzel) tries to convince her husband John (Ulrich Tukur) to leave Nanking.
(Picture: Majestic / Jörg Gruber)

Langshu (Zhang Jingchu, 张静初)

Schoolgirl Langshu (Zhang Jingchu, 张静初), a student of Valérie Dupres, takes pictures of the japanese war crimes in Nanjing.
(Picture: Majestic / Tomoko Kikuchi)

Well, that’s it. As soon as Majestic releases more pictures and / or a trailer, I’ll post it.

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CSS Text Shadow added.

I tweaked around the blog some more and decided to add a nice text-shadow to the headlines. If you’re using a 3rd-world browser, you probably wont see it though, it’s a Safari only supported CSS thing.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been using FireFox myself for quite some years, hell, we even organized a release party for it back in, uhm, 2003? for the very first release in Heidelberg, Germany.

But when digital friend Ben introduced me the Safari plugin Saft, I tried it out and sticked with it, never looking back. Safari & Saft together kick the Fox really in the nuts. It has so many features, check it out here. It costs near to nothing for all the brilliant features offered and is a must-have for serious bloggers and surfers.

The thing is that Safari makes websites look so much better by using some kind of anti-aliasing on the text. If you surf a lot and read a lot it’s so much more comfortable.

Anyway, back to the CSS. So how do you use the CSS declaration in your style sheet?

Here are some examples.

You can only read this with Safari.

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #000 0px 0px 3px; color:#fff;.

How about a red shadow?

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #f00 2px 2px 2px;.

Elegant headline shadow needed?

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #aaa 1px 1px 1px;.

Here’s some shadow above the text…

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #666 0px -5px 1px;.

Blue shadow far off? No problem!

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #00f 15px 15px 3px;.

Last example: Extreme blurred shadow!

Above paragraph uses the following text-shadow settings: text-shadow: #6f0 3px 3px 5px;.

Nice, right?

It’s quite easy to apply, generally you have four values to set up your shadow:

1. First you set the color of the shadow. #f00 for red, #0f0 for green and so on. Any hex color is possible.

2. Now you set the horizontal space to the text (the x-axis), 5 pixels for example (5px). Can be any number, I suggest using px here.

3. Then the vertical space relative to the text (the y-axis), 3 pixels for example (3px).

4. The last setting is the amount of blur that the shadow should have. A value of 0px gives the shadow no blur at all while any setting over 5px makes the shadow completely unreadable. I suggest a setting between 1px and 3px.

Oh, and Safari is also available for Windows now, if you want to give it a try… Download the beta here!

As you can see (if you use Safari), this is quite a cool declaration and quite useful for styling headlines and such without having to use images. If only other browsers would support it, too…

Let’s see what the future brings!

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Academy Award Babes…

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In case you’re more interested in how the female audience of the Academy Awards looked like then in which movies actually won something, here we go…

Canadian website JoBlo.com has put online three big galleries with all the actresses you could wish for.

Part one contains the following celebrities:

Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum, Nicole Kidman, Keri Russell, Katherine Heigl, Kelly Preston, Helen Mirren, Renee Zellweger, Vanessa Paradis, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway, Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Kristin Chenoweth, Marion Cotillard and Hilary Swank.

Click here to see the first part.

Part two contains the following babes:

Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Heigl, Keri Russell, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jessica Alba and Cate Blanchett.

Click here for part two.

And finally, part three with the following movie hotties:

Kate Beckinsale, Natasha Henstridge, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Milian, Eva Herzigova, Sharon Stone, Petra Nemcova, Sofia Vergara, Radha Mitchell, Zhang Ziyi and Tia Carrere.

Click here to see these gorgeous women.

Thanks, JoBlo!

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DVD9: In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

Jason Statham plays a farmer called Farmer (no joke) who has to go on a mission to save the world, after an evil sorcerer (Ray Liotta) decides to take over it. His son gets killed on the way along and his wife captured. There’s also Burt Reynolds as some dumb king as well as men in suits who are supposed to be a warrior race called “Krugs”. The cinematography has written Lord Of The Rings all over it but can’t deliver – the script and editing are just too confusing. The action scenes are well done but cut too hectic. Even Leelee Sobieski didn’t seem to understand the story, thus here weird facial expressions all the time.

But I can’t really write a fair review, since we stopped watching this mess in the middle. It’s simply unwatchable. I had a couple of other unwatched movies who all started screaming “watch me!” after just three minutes.

Audio:

Stereo english, clearly recorded in a cinema.

Video:

Okay…

Subtitles:

Horrible messy english subtitles and chinese.

Female view:

I had to talk my wife out of divorcing me after this debacle…

Best moment:

Pushing the eject button on the remote.

Conclusion:

It’s more fun to invest the 9 or 10 kuai this disc will cost you into two line 1 subway tickets during rush hour.

Covers:

In The Name Of The King chinese DVD Front

In The Name Of The King chinese DVD Back

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Spottt: Free Link Exchange.

Regular visitors don’t only know that I’m playing around a lot with the themes and CSS of this blog, they also probably spottted the new ad I’m running on the sidebar.

It’s a new service called “Spottt” (yes, three t’s) by the guys from AdBrite.

Let’s give it a try! They will, after they reviewed my blog, put ads from other blogs there. In return, my ad will show up on other blogs. It’s a bit like that BlogRush widget that is in my sidebar, too. Only smaller and hopefully with cool and funny advertisements.

In a couple of days we will see what kind of impact this has – I’ll keep an eye on my Google Analytics statistics to see how many new visitors it brings.

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Live blogging the Academy Awards!

13:03: And that’s it, all the winners listed below. That was both the first and last time that I live blogged something. It’s not so much fun, to be honest…

12:42: Best Achievement In Directing & Best Motion Picture Of the Year: Joel and Ethan Coen! YEAH! No Country For Old Men!!!

12:31: Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood. Hope the DVD is out soon, didn’t see that one yet.

12:24: Best Original Screenplay goes to Diablo Cody for Juno.

12:17: Best Documentary Feature goes to Taxi To The Dark Side.

12:13: Best Documentary Short Subject, that is: Freeheld.

11:59: Best Achievement In Cinematography? Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood!

11:52: Best Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song): Falling Slowly.

11:43: Austria wins Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year with The Counterfeiters. Original title: Die Fälscher.

11:33: The Bourne Ultimatum wins again?! Best Film Editing… When does In The Name Of The King finally gets an oscar?

11:09: Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Marion Cotillard, La Môme! That’s La View En Rose in english.

11:03: Both best sound editing and best sound mixing go to The Bourne Ultimatum.

10:47: Best Adapted Screenplay: No Country For Old Men!!! Go, go, Coens!

10:35: Best supporting actress: Tilda Swinton! In the awesome Michael Clayton, of course.

10:28: Best Animated Short Film: Peter & The Wolf, Suzie Templeton and Hugh.

10:22: Best short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets.

10:14: Best supporting actor: Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men. Go Coen Bros.!

10:10: Oscar for art direction: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Go Tim Burton!

10:07: Best special effects in… The Golden Compass.

09:56: Best make-up for La Môme.

09:53: Ratatouille gets the best animated movie oscar. Go Pixar!

09:42: Jennifer Garner presents the oscar for costumes: It goes to Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

All times GMT +08, China time!

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