Saturday, September 15, 2012

Clip Art

Over the years, I have collected a lot of mostly black & white (bi‐level) clip art. I cannot guarantee that each and everyone of these images is in the public domain, so please use them judiciously.

Monty Python Goodies

Selected transcripts from Monty Python TV, movies and records.

New Bottle, Old Wine

For purely nostalgic reasons, I’m offering some old sounds converted to FLAC format.

I’ve also collected a bunch of Atari ST, Amiga and Commodore 64 pictures that I’ve converted to PNG format. Please note that since many of these pictures were created in display modes with non‐square pixels, they will need some width or height adjustments to look as intended in display modes with square pixels (used almost exclusively nowadays). I have entered estimated pixel aspect ratio values into the PNG files; it is preferable if you use an image viewer that adjusts the image dimensions automatically according to the pixel aspect ratio. My “ImgView” viewer (Windows version, Unix version) is one of the few that do it.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Monster Pictures

For your information, I have collected a bunch of pictures of monster related stuff, including the good old monster kits by Aurora Plastics Corporation.

ImgView

ImgView is a simple image viewer for Unix/POSIX systems. It is free from menus and other GUI gadgets, and controlled primarily by the keyboard. The following image file formats are supported: XBM, PBM/PGM/PPM, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PCX.

There’s also a version of ImgView for Win32, although I’m currently using Linux only, and the Unix version has some fixes and features that aren’t included in the Win32 version.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Punycode

What a horrible hack Punycode is. If only they’d made the Domain Name System use UTF‐8 from the start. It’s of course impossible to reverse history …

The Best of Glenn Miller (1938–1942)

So I bought the 3 CD set The Best of Glenn Miller (1938–1942) from 2008 (part of the RCA Original Masters series), and it actually seems to be nothing more than a repackaging of The Popular Recordings (1938–1942) from 1989 (metal transfers by Bernardo Cosachov). This set has very little noise reduction and equalization applied to it, hence it retains most of the overtones and ambience, and it sounds very natural to me. I already have The Essential Glenn Miller from 2005 (metal transfers by Doug Pomeroy), and while it has the cleanest sound that I’ve heard, it sometimes suffers from overuse of noise reduction and equalization, and it does lack some important songs.