Funky uptime

At SUSECon 2015, the SUSE Linux team released their parodies of songs that will make you dance, sing, and perhaps install SUSE Linux.

Following the release of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars last year is the first parody by the SUSE Linux, Uptime Funk:

If this wasn’t good enough, watch their rendition of Sugar by Maroon 5, SUSE, Yes Please:

Last, but not least, if your a fan of the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis and their song The Fox, you’ll love What Does the Chameleon Say?:

These were all fun, SUSE, but since I’m lazy, I guess I’ll stick with Ubuntu for now. 😉

Imitate animated GIFs with PNGs

When working on an animation showing a demo of Sublime Text 2.0, Jon Skinner had a few problems with mainstream solutions, detailed in his article, Animated GIFs the Hard Way:

  • GIFs with always large in size and only had up to 256 colours.
  • The animation had to work with IE6 and mobile browsers, so Flash and HTML5 video were not an option.

But, that’s pretty much all that’s available.

For that reason, he decided to write his own Python script to compile an animation from a series of PNG files. The script extracts the differences between the frames and outputs a single PNG with all the “diffs” between every frame, along with some JSON data indicating where every bit goes up and when.
The animation made from PNG crops… shown here in an animated GIF.

Apple was reported to use a similar technique for some animations on their Web site today, notably the page for their Mac Pro, when viewed in Firefox. (Then again, they also still use the outdated Scriptaculous JS library.)

The article and the code by Jon were written about 3 or 4 years ago, but the age doesn’t make it less of a viable solution. If you see the animation on his article, you’ll notice the entire animation was loaded in less than 100 KB. Compare it with the poor-quality animated GIF above weighing about 460 KB and its crystal-clear source capture video of about 1.6 MB. Sounds like the single PNG image with the JSON data are winning here.

Frames are painted on an HTML5 <canvas>, but they’ll be displayed in positioned <div> tags if a browser doesn’t support the former.

If you need to create an animated demo similar to the above shown above that works in most browsers, Jon’s anim_encoder might be a solution for you to consider.

Obama does a happy dance in front of naked Trump

An image of Obama pointing to a painting of Trump exposing his genitalia has been circulating around the Web, even made it to Japan. You swear the President was about to dance in front of it.

Sadly, that image was photoshopped. Not only that, but it’s a photoshopped image of a photoshopped image. The first edit was posted on the Facebook page of Guzu Gallery in Austin, Texas, with Obama pointing to a picture of Beavis and Butt-Head.

Patrick Stewart is the bad guy in “Green Room”

You hear Patrick Stewart, and the first image you get is Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation, or Professor Charles Xavier of X-Men. Both his characters often has a calm demeanour, a strong mind, with a good will making them great peaceful leaders and excellent mediators between parties that don’t agree with each other.

Naturally, you’re curious when you learn Patrick Stewart will take a new role in an upcoming movie, as you can see in the trailer below:

Then, you’re told he’ll play the leader of a group of white supremacists in a thriller. “Huh…”

Not that I’m worried he won’t be able to do an excellent performance. Only intrigued to see Sir Stewart be the bad guy. Besides, that’s not his first time to be the antagonist. Let’s just hope it won’t like Lifeforce (1985):

Green Room has been screened at various film festivals throughout the world since last year, and will be in theatres for the general public in the coming months. Well, in the UK and the US, at least. In Japan, nobody knows.

Realistic visuals of Tokyo in “The Garden of Words” resurface

The Garden of Words (Koto no Ha no Niwa, 2013) is an anime masterpiece with remarkable realistic visuals. The trailer will show you how rich and artistic the movie is and you’ll be begging to watch the entire movie:

The story takes place in the Meiji Jingu Gaien, or in other words, the outer precinct of the Meiji Shrine. The area is one of the rare large green spaces in Tokyo, and the house of various sports facilities, stadiums, and a memorial hall.

Montages comparing stills from the movie with photos of the actual locations were posted anonymously on a Korean forum soon after the theatrical release. After the film’s television broadcast earlier this month on the NHK, those images resurfaced and regained their much-deserved attention:

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This quality is expected by the production studio, CoMix Wave Films, well known to pay great attention to details in the photographs of actual locations they use for reference.

If watching The Garden of Words is not enough, you’ll also want to see 5 Centimeters Per Second (Byōsoku 5 Senchimētoru, 2007). Their next feature-length animation, Your Name (Kimi no Na ha) is scheduled for release in Japan this August.