Christian Manga & Complete Bible In Manga

Manga Messiah  Manga Bible

On the left what you see above is the cover to a 288 page true Manga style comic from Japanese artists to deliver the first of 5 books that will tell the stories of the Christian bible. On the right is Manga Bible at a bible thumping 1216 pages.

It’s being delivered by Tyndale House Publishers:

Offering an eye-catching rendition of the Gospels, Manga Messiah combines cutting-edge art with a fast-paced story to deliver biblical truths in a compelling and relevant way, targeting those that might not have interest in reading a traditional Bible. Features of Manga Messiah that provide context of the four gospels include illustrated character profiles and family trees of key Biblical characters, as well as maps of Galilee, Samaria and Judea.

You can read the full press release on Manga News

Looks like Amazon already has Manga Messiah for sale and available right now at just US$10.38.

The Manga Bible can be pre-ordered for the November release at US$19.99.

 

Woot! ‘Gladiators’ Get A Redo

American Gladiators

OK geeks, put your testosterone back in your vials. If you’ve had an interest in taking a bow into reality TV, you’re better off sticking with ‘Beauty and the Geek‘ than this one…

According to Craig Plestis, exec VP of alternative programming, the Peacock is getting into the ring with “American Gladiators,” which has been revived for mid-season revival, possibly with all 6 episodes broadcast in a single week. 

Airing in syndication from 1989-96, ‘American Gladiators’ focused on physically fit amateur athletes who competed against the show’s regulars (action stars, stunt professionals and pro athletes) in various physical strength and endurance competitions. Some of the more popular gladiators were Wolf, Turbo, Nitro, Blaze, Lace & Sky.

The show hit it big by showcasing David vs. Goliath-style battles in events such as the Joust, the Wall, the Eliminator and Hang Tough.

Variety has all the details.

SUN’s New Stock Ticker Symbol: JAVA

SUN Microsystems

Sun’s president, Jonathan Schwartz, waxes nostalgic on Sun’s position and value to the world in his blog post the other day ‘Java is everywhere‘. In it he goes on to talk about awareness of SUN and their technologies by the public at large and that the number of people aware of Java dwarfs those that are aware of Sun or of their stock symbol ‘SUNW’.

On awareness he goes on to say:

SUNW certainly has some nostalgic value – it stands for “Stanford University Network Workstation,” and heralds back to Sun’s cherished roots (in academia). Granted, lots of folks on Wall Street know SUNW, given its status as among the most highly traded stocks in the world (the SUNW symbol shows up daily in the listings of most highly traded securities).

But SUNW represents the past, and its not without a nostalgic nod that we’ve decided to look ahead.

JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the internet, and a brand that’s inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability). And so next week, we’re going to embrace that reality by changing our trading symbol, from SUNW to JAVA.

I’m not so sure I get why they’re doing this since the ‘average joe’ that consumes Java on the PC or their mobile device doesn’t care about the stock symbol and if they needed to find it for some reason they can easily search hundreds of sites providing that information.

I don’t believe that there aren’t more important things for the president of one of the biggest, most known and respected tech companies in the world to be focusing on than the stock symbol.

With over 300 comments on Jonathan’s blog so far, it’s obvious this is an interesting topic online. Ed Burnette’s blog provides us with the Top 25 comments and categorizing them into Negative/Neutral/Positive.

Some of the most negative comments are also coming from Sun employees.

Hey, if you’re a Sun developer or tester, you ‘get things done’ and you’re looking for change, contact me.

Astronomers Find Gaping Hole In The Universe

Ā Gaping Hole in Universe
Astronomers have been finding dark regions of space for years, areas of the universe with no radiation, no galaxies, not even ‘dark matter’, but never before have they found a void this size.

It’s a billion light years across.

Is it just part of the random nature of the universe and how the ‘chips fell’ after the Big Bang? Is this a cosmic coincidence or divine plan?

Surely this can’t be a good thing, we’ll likely one day regret this discovery and curse those meddling astronomers.

Link

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A Pair Of Vista Updates To Improve Perf

vista pearl icon

I saw a rumor floating around e-mail at work the other day that a pair of Vista updates have successfully resolved some of the performance problems plaguing some users.

If you too are suffering from reeeeaaaallllllyyyyy long boot times for unknown reasons or horrible shutdown times, then try these out (disclaimer: at your own risk šŸ™‚ )-

“UpdateĀ improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista”
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938194/en-us
This update resolves some compatibility issues and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.

“UpdateĀ improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista” http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938979/en-us
This update resolves issues that may affect some Windows Vista-based computers. These issues have been reported by customers who are using the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services.

Superhero Or Stripper, You Decide

I stumbled across something that made me do a double take.

Action-hq.com has some cold cast statues of superheroes in anime styling, one of them is Marvel’s heroine Psylocke,you can view their Psylocke page here. If you’re not familiar with Psylocke, some superhero geeks have written up an extensive bio of this character on Wikipedia.

The problem I see here (pics below) is that this character wound up looking more like a stripper about to pole dance than a Marvel superhero that partners with the X-Men. It would appear that from all her changes in appearance over the years, the action figure designers took this one to model the statue over.

Psylocke or Stripper

It’s not the costume that made me do the double take, it was the combination of that costume coupled with the pose that appears to do this character a disservice in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking at this like some kind of feminazi that thinks this is demeaning to women, quite the contrary; but it does make me wonder if the target audience is not your average superhero geek, but rather an adolescent boy to have a Marvel Anime to fantasize over. Especially since it appears to be just a run of the mill anime stripper character that had the costume painted onto it and voila! You now have a Psylocke. That was easy.

Psylocke or Stripper closeup

Overall I’m not questioning the designers tastes here, I actually like this, but I am questioning the effort they put into creating this collectable since it doesn’t bear much resemblance in a pose one would expect from their heroine.

In any case, if you’re a superhero fan and interested in this to add to your collection, the statue is 5 inches tall, is a limited edition of 500 units and will cost US$79.95.

Bonus:

Invisible Girl:

Invisible Girl

The shy Phoenix:

Phoenix


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Bank of Beijing Drops Firefox Support For Their Online Bank

Alfred Peng is a blogger from Sun, he discovered to his astonishment that the Bank of Beijing (they refer to themselves as BOB) is officially dropping support for Firefox.

I went onto the English version of the BOB site and was unable to dig deep enough to expose this non-support, but copied below is Alfred’s translation of the reasons why. Head over to his blog for the full article.

The English version:

Hi there,

Thanks for your adoption and support to the Bank of Beijing personal online bank system all along. Please be informed that the newer version of the online bank won’t support Firefox browser any more. The reasons are as below:

1. Firefox is an open source browser. The programming language needs to have the universal property. Although Firefox could add many security extensions(plugins?), some extensions are provided by the third parties which makes the language otherness even worse(?). This will bring some browsing problems.

2. To provide the cross-platform functionality for Firefox(Windows/Linux/Unix/Mac OS), it’s necessary to develop a unified browser engine. However, different OSes have different browsing techniques, also different call method with the script languages such as CSS/Javascript/vbscript. So the online bank system will have style error or usage error with non-IE browsers.

3. The old version of the online bank are mostly static jsp pages, only a small set of style(CSS). And there are no big impacts if you use non-IE browsers. The situation is different with the newer version. It uses a lot CSS and higher version js syntax. So comes the compatibility issues for Firefox.

Based on the reasons mentioned above, we suggest that you could use IE bundled with the OS(Windows). Please understand the inconvenience. Hope that you can support us as always. Thanks.

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Squawkers McCaw The Parrot Is Talkin’ And Squawkin’

Squawkers

This little fellow will be available for purchase on Sept 15 but can be pre-ordered on Amazon right now for $69.96. This is an animatronic talking parrot that comes with at least 45 words/phrases/sound effects.

Also comes with a toy cracker, remote control and perch. I’m probably going to get this for someone’s Christmas present, but I’m not sure yet if I want to give it to someone that will be living in the same house as me! šŸ™‚

According to the product feature description, he can be trained, too. Hmmm, this could be fun.

Squawkers Box

[via Ubergizmo]

MSN Music –> MTV URGE –> Real Rhapsody. WTF?

 Headset

First Microsoft kills off the MSN Music service and drives customers to MTV URGE. So much so that the Windows Media Player’s default online music store is now URGE.

Now we’re going to learn Tuesday that MTV will announce a joint venture tieing their online music offerings to RealNetwork’s Rhapsody service?

Who do we have to thank for this randomization of casual users of these online services like myself? According to BetaNews, we can thank the Zune.

Firk ding blast! Sigh.

The Bike Vending Machine

Bike Dispenser 

In an attempt to be more eco friendly, a small Dutch company has installed bicycle vending machines in Amsterdam and also walked away with a 2007 Spark Design Award.

It’s a great idea to get people out of the cars in the big city, this urban bike-rental stand cold be installed at many locations throughout a city center. One rents a bike, pedals to the destination, then returns it to another ?dispenser? for a price roughly the same as a bus ticket. 

Other great locales to install a dispenser are at train stations, parking structures, shopping centers or other transit centers. The Bikedispenser is a fully automated, space-saving storage and dispensary system and was developed to increase ease-of-accessibility to those business areas lying within three kilometers of commonly used public transportation junctions.

The Bikedispenser capitalizes on the idea of the bicycle as the missing, final link in the commuter?s mobility chain. The Bikedispenser is the most compact storage system for bicycles in the world, with specially designed bicycles positioned a mere 16cm apart from each other. Each user?s identity is connected to an electronic ID tag (RFID) located within the bicycle, enhancing security and enabling various billing systems to operate.

Happy ‘Harmonic Convergence’!

Peace & Love

August 16/17 is a time to celebrate a date of prophetic importance that is a stimulus for many people to gather at sacred sites around the world, it’s called Harmonic Convergence.

Never heard of it? You’re in good company then.

This ‘event’ began on Aug 16 1987 as a result of the research of Dr. Jose Arguellas from his analysis of the Mayan calendars. From his analysis, the Mayan calendar prophecy pointed to a time of renaissance and planetary quickening linked to the completion of the sun’s 26,000 year orbital cycle around the Pleiades star system and the alignment of our winter solstice with the Galactic Center. The alignment with the Galactic Center is said to be complete by Dec 12, 2012 AD.

Whew! Get all that?

To break it down for you, it’s like this:

The Harmonic Convergence was developed as a time of year for hippies to gather at ‘sacred’ sites to facilitate the Mother Earth’s global awakening to love and unity through divine transformation.

In case you’re wondering, Hallmark Cards don’t have a ‘Happy Harmonic Convergence’ card…I checked.

If you’re a wannabe hippy, here’s additional info on the Harmonic Convergence:

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Game & Game World Championship Is On

Joshua Shim from AVING, is reporting from Seoul on the first global e-sports league for massively multiplayer online games kicked off with the European match start.

GNGWC (Game&Game World Championship) is an international game competition which began in 2006 by Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA) in order to promote Korean online games throughout the World.

Last year, 1,070,000 gamers from 5 regions including Korea, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, and America participated in this competition of three official games. This year it’s expected to be even bigger!

gngw