textify

Came across Textify today. It’s a pretty cool site allowing you to convert your photos to a text version. You can drag your photos onto the page and pick the alphabets and other font settings you need and then save the generated text image.

The smaller the font size, the clearer the image. I took a photo of myself and regenerated it using the alphabets of my name. I probably look better in alphabets. :)

driving-left-right

I came across an interesting post today on Right hand vs Left hand traffic in the world. Then found some even more interesting info on Wikipedia.

Seems some 66% of the world drives on the right hand side like us here in Kuwait and the remaining drive on the left hand side like in India. What’s interesting is that many countries changed from left to right. The legend of the chart above is below.

driving-left-right-legend

Personally, I don’t see much of a difference in either as long as your steering wheel is on the appropriate side.

Either way I’m always extra cautious when I drive in a different country and guilty of driving in the wrong direction a few times. ;)

test-drive-sofa-dajeej

In Dajeej, you can test drive sofa’s too. Don’t just sit on it in our showroom. Take it on the road and go for a spin. :)

I was on my way home around 4 and the funny sight of this sofa unit lying there in the middle of the road took my mind of my growling and very hungry stomach. Either some guy forgot to load that onto the back of his truck or the chaps in that area are  preparing for a road side Iftar party later in the evening!

google-webfonts

I was looking for some free fonts and came across this free Webfonts project by Google. It’s pretty cool. There are some 229 odd free fonts for use both on your desktop as well as the net. And they even have a little utility there to help you keep them up to date.

You can add your preferred fonts to a collection and compare them side by side, test them and view the entire character set. All online.

These Google guys think of everything. :)

flight-of-the-navigator

I didn’t take HTML 5 very seriously till I saw this video made by the Mozilla team. I still can’t believe its all in Javascript. That’s right it’s a video built from code. Even the music is built from code.

Too bad it didn’t run in Firefox but it ran pretty well on Chrome.

circadian-rhythm-best-time-to-work

Pulled up this images from Wikipedia. It’s the human Circadian rhythm.

Looks like the best time to work is around 10am in the morning and then between 2pm to 4pm. So probably about 4 hours a day. So now all your slackers who keep getting caught “wasting time” on Facebook and Youtube at the office have a valid scientific reasoning. :)

singapore-airport-duty-free

Came across some interesting facts about the Airport Duty Free at  Singapore on SimpliFlying.
They sold 4.5 million boxes of chocolates last year. Also found out that the UK duty free chain sells about 92 tonnes of chocolates just during Christmas alone. That’s a lot of chocolate! :)
We normally pickup 3-4 boxes of chocolates every time we fly through a nice duty free (Kuwait airport doesn’t really count as duty free). Perfumes are next on the list and booze (when flying out of the GCC).
What do you all pick up most at duty free?

google-hotel-finder

Google’s experimental hotel finder engine is looking good. It only supports hotels in the U.S. currently.

I really like the “Edit shape” option on their map. Haven’t seen this one before on any other site. And the site is very fast. That’s Google for you. :)

The format of the search results are very neat too. I like that they focused more on images and reviews and less on a hotel description.

I’d like to see how this looks a few months down the line. A real competition killer in the making! :)

This is a cool recording of the string oscillations from inside a guitar. Will try this on Ro’s guitar sometime this week.

I wonder if we can record a similar oscillation effect from a piano. There would be a lot more strings involved. :)

holy-bible

Can you copyright the Bible? I never thought so. But it seems you can!
The Holy Bible is actually a library of books, written by about 40 great people over the span of some 1500 years. And it was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek …with no copyright tags attached. But the English or other language Bibles we use today are “translations” of the original work. And as such, the “translation” can be copyrighted. And where there are copyrights, there are always complications. For instance one copyright statement says “Permission may not be granted to post or podcast the complete Bible”. Really!?! It’s ok to translate the entire original work which was meant to be shared with the whole world in the first place, but its not ok for others to share it?
Now, website and software owners have the power to easily distribute the Bible to the whole world. But seeing how the actual content could be someone’s “copyright” makes you think twice and have to dig deeper to make sure you are not stepping over someones toes while trying to do a good deed. :)
Luckily there are some good translations which are copyright-free. God bless them for keeping it so!

Can you copyright the Bible? I never thought so. But it seems you can!

The Holy Bible is actually a library of books, written by about 40 great people over the span of some 1500 years. And it was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek …with no copyright tags attached. But the English or other language Bibles we use today are “translations” of the original work. And as such, the “translation” can be copyrighted. And where there are copyrights, there are always complications. For instance one copyright statement says “Permission may not be granted to post or podcast the complete Bible”. Really!?! It’s ok to translate the entire original work which was meant to be shared with the whole world in the first place, but its not ok for others to share it?

Now, website and software owners have the power to easily distribute the Bible to the whole world. But seeing how the actual content could be someone’s “copyright” makes you think twice and have to dig deeper to make sure you are not stepping over someones toes while trying to do a good deed. :)

Luckily there are some good translations which are copyright-free. God bless them for keeping it so!

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