Archive for October, 2007

One of my favorite animation director is Hayao Miyazaki. After reading Darly’s post, she reminded me of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. It’s a story about a girl from the country that has move away from home to spend a year in the city where she works in a cute bread and cake shop.

Here’s a quote from Darly’s comment, “Funny how you and I are somewhat on the same wavelength. I love light houses and at one point in time wanted to build one in Laos by a river. It would be a light house but a book shop/reading place and with a nice garden and of course would serve coffee and tea and cookies and cakes since I love to bake more than cooking.


Anime – TV.com says that “Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most famous and well-respected creators of anime. He has three brothers, he being the second oldest. His older brother, Arata Miyazaki, was born in July 1939. His first younger brother is Shirou Miyazaki. His youngest is brother is named Yutaka Miyazaki and was born in January 1944.”

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One of my favorite of all from Hayao Miyazaki is Kiki’s Delivery Service. Here is a music video which brings out a lot great feelings in me. Kiki’s Delivery Service -Youtube

Here’s a quote from Nausicaa.Net
“Kiki is a 13-year old witch. When a witch turns 13, it is traditional for her to move away from home to spend a year in another city or town where there is no witch already living, so that she can learn to be independant and practice her trade.

This is Kiki’s story of the beginning of her year away from home. She and her black cat Jiji run into a little trouble at first, but they soon make friends in their new city by the sea.”

This is one of the few DVD that is great to have around the house if you are bored. The media you see aired on TV are are mostly non-critical thinking commercialism. Some people are actually uploading the whole movie into youtube, although the videos are stretched, due to a crappy video encoder, and not an accurate representation of his work, it’s worth to take a peek. Makes you wonder how can Youtube allow so much copyrighted stuff to go loose. Take a peek at some of the videos see if you like them.

The videos were taken due to copyright claim by Studio Ghibli Inc.

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For all the talented writers at LaoVoices that want to see their books published can visit Lulu.com They have various selections you can publish, from cookbooks to travel guides. All you need is some nice photos and something to write about.

display_thumbnailphp.jpg“Lulu gives you all sorts of ways to sell your fabulous new creation to the whole wide world – you set your own price, we print and ship each item as it’s ordered, and you collect 80% of the creator revenue on every sale.” “Just upload your manuscript, photos or digital files, use our formatting tools to get everything set up just the way you want, from size to binding to cover art, and… well, that’s it. You’re the proud parent of a brand new digital creation, ready to publish and cherish. The publishing process couldn’t be easier.”

This one (kimini) looks like a good read:

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vixyhowtoflv2avi2th.jpgToday, converting Youtube or Google videos into Avi so you can watch on your Ipod, TV or whatever you want to do with it is useless because of the low quality video it yields. Vixy’s conversion utility is known for its Efficiency and high quality of the conversion (lossless conversion.) Vixy_.net has given us that option on its online conversion but their website is so crowded it doesn’t work everytime or, if not at all. They have not offerred an offline conversion until recently. Vixy now (probably from Japan) offers to release this engine as an 0pen s0urce, and now capable of running on your PC with lightening speed.


These images above shows the result of the effective conversion.


These images below show you how the typical before and after conversion. After the conversion the images are blurred.

vixyhowtoflv2aviblurth.jpg <—- Before (without vixy)







<—- After (without vixy,) notice the blurred corners. This is the typical problem of a bad encoder.


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