Chinese Year of the Horse Foreshadows Denver Broncos to Win Super Bowl

Denver Broncos 2014 Chinese Year of the Horse Super Bowl image (1024 x 1024)

Denver Broncos 2014 Chinese Year of the Horse Super Bowl image (1024 x 1024)

Chinese New Year this year is on January 31, 2014.

The Super Bowl this year will be on February 2nd, in the new Chinese New Year.

I’ve just checked, folks, and I’m happy to tell you…

It’s the Year of the Horse!

Neeheheheheheh! You neh!

Neh, I kid you not. It is the Year of the Horse! And I just got one question for ya?

Do you believe in Destiny?

How to Make Proper iPad and iPad2 Wallpapers (1024 x 1024 pixels)

The iPad has a 1024 x 768 pixel screen, and so does the iPad2.

However, it can be used horizontally as well as vertically. So what happens to your wallpaper when you turn the iPad’s orientation since it reverses the vertical and horizontal dimensions? That is, it goes from 1024 pixels wide to 768 pixels wide, and 768 pixels high to 1024 pixels high.

When you turn iPad from the horizontal to vertical orientation, or vice-versa, it automatically rotates its wallpaper to match. But that’s all it does, in rotating your wallpaper. It does not resize it to fit the new dimension. Good thing, too, cause pictures of you and your friends would be rather ugly in one orientation or another… even if skinny ugly and not just fat ugly.Β  See Figures 1 and 2 below that shows no resizing in iPad wallpapers with rotation of orientation (please click to enlarge).

What that means is you need a square wallpaper that is 1024 pixels in each dimension. What it also means is that some parts of your wallpaper will never be seen, and some parts will only be seen. See Figure 3 for visual of descriptions below.

A square of 128 x 128 pixels in each corner will never be seen (black areas).

Do not put anything important here if you want your wallpaper to look nice in both orientations of usage.

A strip 128 pixels high and 768 pixels wide at the top and bottom center will only be seen in the vertical orientation (red areas).

Do not put anything important here if you want your wallpaper to look nice in both orientations of usage.

A strip 768 pixels high and 128 pixels wide at the left and right center will only be seen in the horizontal orientation (green areas).

Do not put anything important here if you want your wallpaper to look nice in both orientations of usage.

A square 768 pixels on each side, appearing at the center of the image, will always be seen (white area).

Make sure everything critical to your image is in this area.

So how do you make sure you have something that works?

Well, it’d be a real pain to have to measure out everything all the time. The easiest sure way I can think of is to take the image in Figure 3 to place over your image and make it half see-through (or 50% opacity), so see if anything important in your image is in the covered area.

That’s still a pain, though, I know. “Eyeballing” the “covered patches” in Figure 3 is the only quick way of doing things. It’s not perfect, but it could be effective. You’re basically looking at cutting out 1/8 of your picture from each side (for the covered areas).

The easiest, but not necessarily fail safe, way to do it is to find your favourite 1280 x 1024 wallpapers and crop out a square the height of the full picture. Hold down the Shift key when you crop usually gives you a square. Then stretch it to the full height of the picture. Then move your square around so the 1/8 strips around the edges don’t seem to take up any important parts of your picture. Then crop and there you have it! The nicest thing about this method is that the 1280 x 1024 monitors are very popular and there are tens, of not hundreds, of millions of wallpapers already existing for them from which you can turn into iPad wallpapers.

I “eyeballed” things to create the wallpaper in Figure 4 (which is an image from the movie Avatar), and did OK.

In case you liked my “eyeballing sample” in Figure 4, I’ve included the real wallpaper for your use in Figure 5.

If you use it, Figure 6 shows how it will appear on your iPad in the horizontal orientation.

Figure 7 shows how it will appear on your iPad in the vertical orientation.

If you have any experience with Photoshop Actions (and have Photoshop at your disposal), you can always record an Action where you place the guides down. I find zooming to 400% helps accurately placing guides at 128 pixels in (and at 896 pixels from the far edge of 1024). Then you create another Action to remove those guides using the Clear Guides command under the View menu (in CS3). I have these set up so after I’ve cropped an image, I click on an Action to see the guides showing my cut-offs. If I am satisfied, I click on the next Action to clear them and Save. If not, I just Undo a few steps and crop again and test it again.

If you’ve got better methods, please do share! Thanks!

Please click here to see the iPad wallpapers I have created
(using Photoshop actions to verify their suitability).

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Flesch-Kincaid grade reading level: 7.4

Sailor Moon Facebook Friends Tagging Meme and Wallpaper

Below are eight Facebook friends tagging meme picture of Sailor Moon characters. Is that enough for you Sailor Moon fans? πŸ™‚

It starts with the basic, then gets into the two Good Senshi sets, then triple villains set because there were so many! In fact, if you think you know your Sailor Moon well, why don’t you test yourself to see if you can name all the characters without looking too much at the answers provided!

Credits to Simsim2212 on Deviant Art for some of the artwork and information. I had to do a fair bit of cutting, colourizing and other touch-ups on the artwork myself, though, to turn it into what you see here. As for the information, I hope Simsim2212 got it right, and that I transposed it correctly, because aside from the basic characters I researched, I know nothing of Sailor Moon other than that it is popular!

At the end is a wallpaper for a 1280 x 960 pixel or 1024 x 768 pixel monitor. Again, I did some Photoshop magic to make it the quality it is at.

If you would like to use any of the pictures below, please:

  • Click on the picture you want below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile (the wallpaper you’ll have to get someone to help you if you don’t know how to set it as your background).
  • Tag your friends.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

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Below are a list of characters in some of these memes. Since I have put the memes into the gallery thumbnails, so they’d load faster for viewers just having a look, the order has been mixed up and I don’t know which set go with which meme any more. But I’m sure the Sailor Moon fans who use these memes will, so I’ll leave it up to them. πŸ™‚

Row 1
Sailor Mercury – Inner Senshi, Sailor Mars – Inner Senshi, Sailor Jupiter – Inner Senshi, Sailor Venus – Inner Senshi, Luna – Moon Guardian

Row 2
Sailor Pluto – Outer Senshi, Sailor Uranus – Outer Senshi, Sailor Neptune – Outer Senshi, Sailor Saturn – Outer Senshi, Artemis – Moon Guardian

Row 3
Sailor Kakkyou – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Fighter – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Healer – Starlight Senshi, Sailor Star Maker – Starlight Senshi, Diana – Moon Guardian

Row 1
Sailor Pallas – Asteroid Senshi, Sailor Vesta – Asteroid Senshi, Sailor Juno – Asteroid Senshi. Sailor Cere – Asteroid Senshi, Phobos – Mars Guardian

Row 2
Jadeite – Earth Shitennou, Nephrite – Earth Shitennou, Zoisite – Earth Shitennou, Kunzite – Earth Shitennou, Deimos – Mars Guardian

Row 3
Tuxedo Kamen – Master of Shitennou, Sailor Moon – Master of Inner and Outer Senshi, Sailor Chibichibi – Sailor Cosmos, Sailor Chibiusa – Master of Asteroid Senshi, Helios – Sun Guardian

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Queen Beryl – Dark Kingdom, Jadeite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Nephrite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom

Column 2
Rubeus – Black Moon Clan, Petz (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, Calaveras (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan

Column 3
Esmeraude – Black Moon Clan, Achiral (Boule Brothers) – Black Moon Clan, Chiral (Boule Brothers) – Black Moon Clan

Column 4
Tellu (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Mimete (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Eudial (Witches 5) – Death Buster

Column 5
Viluy (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Cyprine (Witches 5) – Death Buster, Ptilol (Witches 5) – Death Buster

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Zoisite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Kunzite (Shitennou) – Dark Kingdom, Al – Alien

Column 2
Berthier (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, Cooan (Ayakashi Sisters) – Black Moon Clan, An – Alien

Column 3
Black Lady – Black Moon Clan, Saphir – Black Moon Clan, Demand – Black Moon Clan

Column 4
Tomoe – Death Buster, Kaolinite – Death Buster, Wiseman – Black Moon Clan

Column 5
Mistress 9 – Death Buster, Zirconia – Death Moon Circus, Tiger’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus

Column 1 (left side, from top to bottom)
Cere Cere (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Hawk’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus, Fish’s Eye (Amazon Trio) – Death Moon Circus

Column 2
Sailor Tin Nyanko – Sailor Animates, Sailor Aluminum Seiren – Sailor Animates, Sailor Lead Crow – Sailor Animates

Column 3
Sailor Phi – Sailor Animates, Sailor Chi – Sailor Animates, Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon – Sailor Animates

Column 4
Sailor Chaos – THE EVIL!!!, Sailor Lethe – Sailor Animates, Sailor Mnemosyne – Sailor Animates

Column 5
Queen Nehellenia – Death Moon Circus, Sailor Galaxia – Sailor Animates, Sailor Iron Mouse – Sailor Animates

Column 6
Ves Ves (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Jun Jun (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus, Para Para (Amazon Quartet) – Death Moon Circus