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This commercial is already a couple of years old, but that doesn’t matter. It deserves a rerun and when you return to the office after the Christmas celebrations and you see that cute colleague of yours trying to copy some documents at the Xerox machine you will think of this copier girl once again. Link

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Manchester United v Wigan Athletic, Old Trafford, 11.00pm Tuesday 26th December 2006.
United, 1st 47pts – Wigan Athletic, 13th 22pts.

United’s first home fixture of the Christmas programme sees the visit of Wigan who were undeserving losers against Chelski on Saturday. SAF has major selection problems with Paul Scholes (suspended), Nemanja Vidic (suspended) and Michael Carrick (ankle) doubtful. However Fergie does have options with Brown, Silvestre and Heinze capable of stepping in at centre half and

Giggs or O’Shea will step in for Scholes with OGS and Ji Sung Park fit again

Wayne Rooney is expected to start after being left out of the starting line-up against Villa with a family bereavement apparently keeping the young striker out. Paul Jewell is still without seven players with Henri Camara, Andy Webster, Antonio Valencia, Paul Scharner, Steve McMillan and Ryan Taylor all out injured and Lee McCulloch is suspended.

United Team News
Carrick (ankle) is doubtful for United.

Suspended: Vidic and Scholes.

Watch Out For
With so many players out Emile Heskey is the dangerman especially with United’s defence weakened. Will Big Frank Bruno run amok?

Rant’s Prediction
No Vidic or Scholes. Easter Island’s best and John “I wear Diving” Boots O’Shea might get a run out instead. It’ll be a hard game considering Wigan bossed Chelski’s midfield recently. 3-1 to United.

Milestones
SAF’s 564th Premiership fixture in charge.

Miscellaneous Info
Drogba-like Heskey wears roller skates!

Rant’s Predicted United Starting Line-up
(4-4-2): van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Evra; Park, Fletcher, Giggs, Ronaldo; Saha, Rooney.

Subs from: Kusczak, Heinze, Silvestre, O’Shea, Richardson, Smith, Solskjaer.

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There is no ink, yet this pen will write on virtually any type of paper! Its solid metal ‘nib’ consists of a metal alloy, that leaves a mark on most types of paper. If you use the sort of paper typically used in printers and photocopiers, the pen leaves a mark that looks as if it was made by a pencil. However the line will not smudge, and cannot be rubbed out.

Since there is no ink, there is nothing to dry out, so the pen will work just as well in 25 years time as it does today. And of course it never needs sharpening!

Link: Grand Illusions

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361 Newspaper Front Pages from Around the World; Updated Daily!
Today ’s Front Pages, a service of Newseum website is a must for news junkies. It provides the front pages of 361 newspapers around the world (35 Countries).

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In advance of the release of Creative Suite 3, Adobe has just published its new Wheel o’ Icons. The image is based on a color wheel, with the specific software applications situated relative to their use. Most are now reduced to a color chip with a two-letter abbreviation, reminiscent of the Periodic Table of the Elements. Some use mixed case, such as Ai for Adobe Illustrator, some use large and small caps such as ID for InDesign. There are still a few legacy icons such as Acrobat in the mix.

It’s an interesting concept, though I still miss seeing the highly recognizable pre-CS Photoshop eyeball and Illustrator Venus in the dock.

Also prior to the release, Adobe has made Photoshop CS3 available as a beta.

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Agency: Armando Testa, Italy >> Creative Director(s): GERMAN SILVA/EKHI MENDIBIL/ HAITZ MENDIBIL >> Copywriter(s): GERMAN SILVA/EKHI MENDIBIL/CRISTIANO NARDO’ >> Art Director(s): HAITZ MENDIBIL/ANDREA LANTELME >> Photographer(s): ELLEN VON UNWERTH

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I don’t know the language or the message for this campaign for Colgate Toothpaste. Does it say something about stains on teeth? It would be great if you could help translating the baseline.

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A website dedicated to the evolution of technical and creative 3D sphere design. People are invited to participate.

The purpose is simple; create the most captivating and visually appealing sphere from a provided scene using a 3D program and renderer of choice.

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The Godfather of Soul James Brown died on Christmas day 2006. He was admitted earlier to Emory Crawford Long Hospital with pneumonia and suspected heart failure.

Link | James Brown [wiki]

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What a beautiful little game. Link

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In case you need a car, hundreds of drivers won’t be needing their cars anymore.
Nice road safety ad made by Partnership for the Evening Post (Arabic Emirates).

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In Oceans 11 & 12 everything went according to plan, sort off. Now it’s time for Oceans 13, I’m guessing that this time it’s not gonna go so smooth…Watch the trailer

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Audio cassettes were great in their day, weren’t they? Taping stuff off the radio, compiling party mixes, C60s, C90s, er, reeling in mangled tape using a pencil, forgetting what side you were supposed to be rewinding, accidentally recording over your favourites…actually, on second thoughts, tapes were a bit rubbish.

The trouble is you’ve probably got several boxfuls of cassettes filled with precious recordings languishing in the cupboard. And that’s why you need the ingenious Plus Deck.

This is a quick way to use photoshop to create that semi-trendy, two-tone silhouette effect.

Obviously start with the photo you want to apply the effect to. I used another photo from PhotoSpin (PhotoSpin #1410017).

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Start by duplicating your layer Ctrl + J. You don’t HAVE to duplicate the layer, but it helps if you make a mistake. Desaturate your duplicated layer by pressing Ctrl + Shift + U.

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Now go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout. Use settings similar to the following:

* Number of Levels: 2
* Edge Simplicity: 3 or 4
* Edge Fidelity: 3

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You should get an effect similar to this:

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Press Ctrl + L to bring up the Levels Dialog. Drag your sliders very close to each other, until your image is only black and white.

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Your image will probably have some pretty jagged edges.

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To fix this, go under Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a value of around 2.0 pixels, or whatever looks like your edges are smoothed.

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Bring up the Curves Dialog by pressing Ctrl + M. Adjust your Curves so the
edge blurriness is gone, but there is still no jagged-ness. (Is jagged-ness a
word?).

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And that should be it.

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You could get a little more advanced with this by masking your subject out (cutting out) first, then running through the steps.

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This video shows people throwing cans directly into bins effortlessly even from some distance away. Imagine the number of tries one must make to get such perfect shots. Although such a perfect world does not exist, it still makes for a nice video.

Video: YouTube

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Maps of war has an interesting animation which shows how the geography of religion (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism) evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars. See 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds after the jump.

Link : History of Religion

Below is a clothing label from a small American company, imported into France.

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COLOURlovers is a resource that monitors and influences color trends. COLOURlovers gives the people who use color – whether for ad campaigns, product design, or even in architectural specification – a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

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Richard draws this photo using only pencils.

Do you want to have your own photo like the photo above? Then Click Here.

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Overstress at work? Then you have to watch this video clip

This outdoor ad was Silver Cannes Lion Winner at 2003. (Turkey’s first Cannes Lion ever)

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Explanation: a driver from a distance will see a police car hiding behind a billboard, (as the police tipically do in Turkey) thus the driver will instinctively slow down or make sure that they are going at the legal speed limit. When they come closer they are able to read the billboard text: “pay your traffic tickets on time without waiting in line – isbank.com.tr” however just as they pass the billboard they will realize that there really isn’t a police car hiding there! That actually is a full size reproduction of a police car which is a part of the billboard.

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