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#201
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Thanks for responding, Tripredacus, with your fine, succinct rephrasing.

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This Post is a continuation of Post # 199, which references Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie. (And, Post # 199, itself, was a continuation of Post # 190.) On looking again at the images in Post # 199, I felt that the lettering in the signatures was too bright compared to the Dirac/de Broglie images, so everything was a little out of "kilter". This Post attempts to correct that by toning down the lettering so that it "recedes" somewhat to a "visual plane" just behind (or near) the Dirac/de Broglie images.

In Post # 199, I used white lettering (luminosity=240) with a relatively dark outline (black with luminosity increased from 0 to 65). After careful trial-and-error, for the signature images presented in this Post, I chose the lettering to be lightslategray (r,g,b=119,136,153), setting luminosity=205, with outline slategray 4 (r,g,b=108,123,139), setting luminosity=65. The slategrays are blue/gray colors, and I chose them to add a little color to the lettering as compared to the grays of Post # 199. For the avatars, I had no problem with the lettering being as bright as in Post # 199, since the avatars consisted of only the lettering above the backgrounds. So, for the avatar lettering I used lightslategray, setting luminosity=235, with outline slategray 4, setting luminosity=65.

There is a well-known adage which states that "95% of the work takes 95% of the time, and the last 5% also takes 95% of the time". Such has been the case with this Dirac/de Broglie "project". Post # 190 represented roughly 95% of the work in that the Dirac/de Broglie images, the quotations (for the signatures) and the lettering (for the avatars), and the backgrounds were established. But, I wasn't satisfied with the lettering and the overall plain look. So, Post # 199 and this Post represent the last 5% of the work to get the images to the best form possible, at least by me.

In this Post, I present the image links in the same order as in Post # 199, so that a direct comparison between the images of Post # 199 and this Post can be made. It is *only* by such a *direct comparison* that the improvements in this Post can be appreciated. To get a direct comparison, simply open two browsers and take one to Post # 199 and the other to this Post. The avatars are virtually unchanged in appearance between these two Posts since the lettering characteristics are essentially identical.

If the signature and avatar for a given set are directly compared *next to each other*, it is very clear that the avatar lettering is much brighter. However, if the avatar and signature are separated in space as they would be in a MSFN Post, the lettering of the two would look about the same. (I opened both in a large-dimension Photoshop file and separated them in space to come to this conclusion.) In addition, if the avatar lettering is made the same as the signature lettering, it is *much too dark* for its environment in the avatar.

Next, the image links will be given.

Images 01 through 04 have solid-color backgrounds. I'm putting their links at the bottom of the list.
As in Post # 199, I'm putting the link for image 08 at the top of the list.

08: blue-maroon fade background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/okwnj2co5/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/ia9tlm4z3/

05: (light purple)-(darker purple) fade background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/kb4i0jmd9/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/zf0bfi4gh/

06: brown and gold background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/gcu9efgmr/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/dsuhq87uh/

07: dark to light blue-green fade background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/jg4msnrbb/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/ljsdm6ebh/

09: brown and black background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/47a41589x/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/yern0tvrb/
The ellipse layer works very well with the background.

10: teal, blue, and black background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/f7mvn76zf/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/udsxe4x0b/

11: purple, magenta, and black background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/no40ff5b9/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/elaxudt0l/
The ellipse layer works very well with the background.

12: purple background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/zcb2b4f1z/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/xhyzx6oe5/

13: multicolored background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/v5q7vsfg7/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/hf4wgcgep/

14: brown background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/ajte5cjqr/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/mjsbsqp6l/

15: black and blue-gray background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/aklez690b/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/lni282bd3/

16: pink and blue background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/497hawx45/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/hfi8273lf/

17: blue and teal background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/6yflmj2m5/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/lbmtq2qs1/

The next four images have solid-color backgrounds.

01: solid blue background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/tue6u09wb/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/6my59rm6f/
The effect of the ellipse layer can hardly be noticed
above the blue background.

02: solid reddish-brown background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/bflqqfkzr/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/lv9tyxus1/

03: solid turquoise background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/4bvhrum1d/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/6lssu39r9/
a nice subtle effect of the scanlines and ellipse layer

04: solid blue-gray background
signature, http://postimage.org/image/wcmk8u8ef/
avatar, http://postimage.org/image/anno4z66f/
a nice subtle effect of the scanlines and ellipse layer

If "forced" to choose my top five favorite signatures, they would be:
09, http://postimage.org/image/47a41589x/
11, http://postimage.org/image/no40ff5b9/
15, http://postimage.org/image/aklez690b/
16, http://postimage.org/image/497hawx45/
17, http://postimage.org/image/6yflmj2m5/

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I added the italicized phrase.

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression."
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I've been working for quite a while on a MSFN Post with a great many image links. (I'm going to develop quite a few more images, so it will be 2 to 3 weeks before the Post will be ready to be presented.)

Bottom line, I needed to take a little break from that work, so this afternoon I defined a little project for myself -- to develop some standard-sized, 350x19 pixel userbars for Tripredacus. I chose Tripredacus because I thought I could use that "monster" in his avatar in the userbars. However, that idea didn't pan out, because that image was much too small -- even with cropping -- when reduced to the userbar height.

So the question became, "What images am I going to use in Tripredacus' userbar ?". I found my answer just by looking around at some of the small icons on the MSFN pages. I used 2 icons: the "question mark with a sheet of paper" at the top of the MSFN page next to "Forums" and the orange right-pointing arrow which is shown on any given "Forum Topics" page. (The arrow stands for "Go to first unread post".) It will be clear what these 2 icons are when the userbar images are seen. I modified these two icons slightly by painting (Pencil Tool) and I didn't have to re-size either because they were already near the 19px userbar height.

I used the same template for each userbar and I just varied the opacity of the white ellipse layer, the scanlines pattern, and the background layer for the different userbars.I could have made many more variations had I wanted to.

Next, I'll present the 4 userbars I made in the order in which I liked them. V1 is "best", V4 is "least liked".

V1.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/tnvfu3zmx/
Here, the use of the MSFN icons is shown, and the interpretation of the panel between the lettering is: Tripredacus answers one member's question (i.e., ?), goes on to the next question (i.e., -->), answers that one, etc., etc., etc., ... "infinity". (As Pee-Wee Herman would say.)
I first had the area around the rectangles with the arrows to be transparent so that the layers below would show through, but this look was just too busy, so I painted in these transparent areas with white.
V1 uses a black/white/red horizontal linear gradient, where the center of the white in the gradient was adjusted to correspond to the midpoint of the central (question mark)/(sheet of paper). White scanlines were used.

V2.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/qjl06u987/
uses a solid-red background (no fades, etc.) with black scanlines. This, more or less, is a basic "no frills" userbar, but I like its simplicity.

V3.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/pxmm9gltj/
uses a red/white/maroon vertical linear gradient with a white scanline pattern. I like the "puffs of white" to the left and right sides of "Tripredacus" and "K-Mart-ian and MSFN Legend".

V4.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/avaui5i7h/
uses a red/maroon vertical linear gradient with white scanlines.

I certainly don't expect Tripredacus to use these example userbars for anything. This was just a little project done basically for myself.

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Well I'm not sure about mixing the "K-Mart-ian Legend" with MSFN... but maybe another term that defined my normal day to day activity here...

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Topic Mover, your wish is my command !

I like these new images better than the ones in my last Post, because there is more empty space (i.e., space not filled with lettering), which gives the eyes more "breathing room". I think V3.A especially benefits because of this increased empty space. (Here, the horizontal white stripe essentially joins everything together.)

V1.A.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/weu6b868l/
V2.A.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/bjzgafib1/
V3.A.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/pd0u2rs0l/
V4.A.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/uw7yxqefp/

Edited by larryb123456, 07 February 2012 - 02:03 PM.

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I like the second one more, but those topic icons make the image kinda busy. It might be because they are clashing with the theme of the rest of the image, ie there are blues in there, etc.
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I formulated my little project discussed in Posts # 203 and # 205 with the restrictions that I use the Tripredacus signature colors (red, white, and black) and the MSFN icons in their original colors also. The objective was to come up with the best images possible *under those restrictions*.

Still better images are possible by relaxing those restrictions, as will be seen in the links below. Here, I "keyed" the blue colors used in the backgrounds to samples of the blue in the question mark icon. (You can see the darkest and lightest blue colors used in all the backgrounds from V1.B below. The darkest blue is on the extreme left side of the image, and the lightest blue is on the extreme right side.)

Here are the blue-keyed images:

V1.B.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/lfbrvetmb/

V2.B.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/wj4494cql/

V3.B.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/vbhg8sos3/

V4.B.Trip.MSFN.userbar, http://postimage.org/image/o4jw7amc1/

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Hello, everyone:
This Post is just an update about my status.
I haven't made a Post for quite some time due to two reasons:
The first reason is that I have been working on a large project involving making "regional userbars" -- (i.e. 350x19px images relating to different countries) -- using 5px tall bitmap (i.e., pixel) letters with a 1px outline. I have covered 25 countries total and have made 85 userbars, since I have a number of versions for each country. Now I'm in the process of optimizing the userbars to get each as perfect as I can. I'll probably be done with this project in a couple of weeks, and I'll then post the results. I wanted to make this large number of *static* userbars to perfect my skills, since the next phase of my work will involve making animated GIF 350x19px userbar images in a *variety of topics*.
The second reason is that I had a hard-drive failure and it took about a week to get another hard drive. I had every bit of my data backed up so I didn't lose any of it. (This is the second hard-drive failure in the last few months. I lost every bit of my data then since I didn't have any of it backed up. So, I learned my lesson about backing up data regularly).

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The shenanigans at the General Discussion Forum topic "Do you use smilies on the internet?" (here) led to the images in this Post. If you haven't visited this Forum topic, I think you would find it entertaining because of the comments by jaclaz and 5eraph (and I also throw in some of my own brand of "quirkiness").
Because the images really are more pertinent in this thread, I'll repeat here my Post # 48 on the "Do you use smilies on the internet?" thread.

If jaclaz were a cat (who loved guns, who liked imitating Rambo, and who also loved to play Scrabble):

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Specs: 119 total frames (62 unique frames), 0.30 second display time per frame, 100x80px, 16 KB.
jaclaz, I made the animated GIF MSFN avatar size -- (knowing full well that animations can't be used as avatars) -- so that I could make some static images that you might want to use as your MSFN Avatar:
Avatar 1, http://postimage.org/image/ln22pc9bl/
Avatar 2, http://postimage.org/image/9jzgmgkhr/
I think I prefer Avatar 2, because of the "soft elegance" of the lettering.
I think these Avatars would really jazz up your Posts, but, of course, the decision on whether or not to use them is yours to make.

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If jaclaz were a cat (who loved guns, who liked imitating Rambo, and who also loved to play Scrabble):

Well, first thing I wish to thank you for the nice avatar :), though I won't use it :no: , as it may hint that somehow my nature is somehow violent or unfriendly :w00t:, whilst in reality I am more like a nice guy :unsure:, only very, very grumpy.
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But you actually caught perfectly my natural attitude towards aggressive diplomacy :thumbup :
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which I express mainly through the character of Wonko the Sane :rolleyes: .

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Regarding aggressive diplomacy:
Now that's one bad mamma jamma (suffering from p.m.s., I'll bet).

Wonko the Sane was completely new to me.
I searched on Google images and found a great, subtle, artsy picture.
(I really like images like this -- soft and "intellectual".)

I'll close this Post with an image showing me pretending to be an "intellectual".

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Speaking of p.m.s., here is an animated GIF I made a couple of weeks ago addressing this ("fundamentally important" -- lol) issue and related matters:

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Specs: 350x20px, 108 frames, 0.10 second display time per frame, 24 KB.

Edited by larryb123456, 21 March 2012 - 03:39 PM.

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Hello, Everyone:

In this Post, I cater to the MSFN (worldwide) members who live in a country whose language is not primarily English.

I have "considered" 25 different countries, at random, and have made standard userbars -- (i.e., 350x19px) -- each having a graphic relevant to each country and a sentence in the mother tongue of each country. I have made a number of different userbar versions for each country. (I have made them, striving for straight-forward "simplicity", for as Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".)

I also provide the translation in English for each userbar. I cannot verify the *accuracy* of the sentence in the foreign tongue or the English translation, since the only language I speak is English. I got the sentences and English translations from a number of different web sites. Some sites said that the translations were "exact" or "literal", other sites said that the translations were just the "meaning" in English, while other sites said that the translations were "rough".

I spent a lot of time trying to get a variety of interesting sentences. Some sentences express a well-known phrase common to all countries (i.e., "Rome wasn't built in a day".), other sentences express a "thought-provoking" sentiment (i.e., "If you're looking for a friend without a fault, you will be without a friend forever".), other sentences are tongue twisters (i.e., "A caricaturist caricatured a characteristic caricature".), other sentences are rather silly (i.e., "Under a spruce root I heard a gnome farting".), other sentences are similes (i.e., "She is as lovely as a swan".), etc.

I certainly hope you enjoy this Post, with all its wide variety of colors and sentiments.

Each image in this Post is available to download and use, without restrictions, for MSFN members and visitors to the site.

In my next Post, I will replace the "foreign" sentence with "Proud to be ..." (i.e., for Brazil, for example, I'll have "Proud to be Brazilian", etc.) to provide some more examples for MSFN members and visitors to the site to download and use, without restrictions.

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I would be happy to make any MSFN member a custom userbar similar to what you see in this Post.

If you like a particular background for your country, simply specify the country and the "V" number and the text you want on the userbar. The text may be in English or in the language of your home country -- (be sure to include *all* accent marks, such as umlauts, tildes, etc.) -- or any other language, such as Latin. By using non-English expressions in your userbar signature, you would effectively be getting around the MSFN rule that all Posts must be in English.
Simply Post your requests on this thread, and I will see them.

If you live in a section of your country that has its own flag (such as Ile-de-France or Jonava, Lithuania, for example) -- or other defining symbol -- this is a great opportunity to have a *totally custom userbar*. Please include *all* the links for the images you want in your userbar (along with the text).

Of course, the images in the userbar do not have to be "Country" related. They can be based on the college or university you've attended (or are attending), your favorite musical group, your favorite video game, and they can be computer related also, etc., etc., etc. But, it is *essential* that you provide me with the links for *all* images that you want me to incorporate in your userbar.

Be creative!!!
Come up with with your own ideas.
All userbars will be free to download and use, without restrictions.
Thank you.
Larry
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GERMANY

V1: Speech is silver, silence is golden.
link: http://postimage.org/image/lj8t3j9rv/
image on the left: German sunset
image on the right: German Alps

V2: Who can do the Can-Can in Cannes, can do the Can-Can everywhere.
link: http://postimage.org/image/tu3t2uk2b/
image: a crop of the eagle on the German Coat of Arms

V3: A blind chicken finds a grain once in a while.
link: http://postimage.org/image/cczp7qj9v/
images: rotated and cropped German flags
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DENMARK

V1: When love is not madness, it is not love.
link: http://postimage.org/image/goairim1z/
image: a crop of a lion on the Danish Coat of Arms

V2: It is obviously the most stupid who are the most lovely.
link: http://postimage.org/image/xky7xtesd/
images: rotated and cropped Danish flags
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BRAZIL

V1: I don't have everything that I love, but I love everything that I have.
link: http://postimage.org/image/diclfgg7n/
images: Brazilian flags

V2: It's not over till it gets to the end !
link: http://postimage.org/image/7ltupum8t/
image: a crop of the Brazilian flag

V3: How do I eat? I eat like I eat !
link: http://postimage.org/image/cfjkukmxz/
image: a crop of the Brazilian flag focusing on the white strip which contains the inscription (too small to be read at this size) "ORDEM E PROGRESSO", which translates into English as "Order and Progress"

V4: a combination of the V2 text on the V3 background
link: http://postimage.org/image/bggpey7mb/
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BELGIUM

V1: Labor ennobles, but nobility doesn't labor.
link: http://postimage.org/image/e4a78h9s9/
image: the colors of the Belgian flag (black, yellow, and red) and in between the outline of the map of Belgium done in those colors

V2: Monkeys always copy other monkeys.
link: http://postimage.org/image/3mpal1em3/
images: rotated and cropped Belgian flags

V3: Think before acting, while acting still think.
link: http://postimage.org/image/cg1ydjghd/
image: the background has the colors of the Belgian flag
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THE NETHERLANDS

V1: The devil finds work for idle hands.
link: http://postimage.org/image/kbywul873/
images: Dutch flags

V2: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
link: http://postimage.org/image/poazhc9oz/
images: rotated and cropped Dutch flags

V3: All that glitters is not gold.
link: http://postimage.org/image/mh37mnglz/
image: a crop of the Limburg (a province of the Netherlands) flag showing the symbol of a lion
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AUSTRIA

V1: Practice makes perfect !
link: http://postimage.org/image/kbvbup0l7/
image: a crop of the eagle on the Austrian Coat of Arms

V2: Brevity is the soul of wit.
link: http://postimage.org/image/nv3hf9z5x/
image: a larger cropped image of the Austrian eagle

V3: Rome wasn't built in a day.
link: http://postimage.org/image/cib9mrqjh/
image: a rotated and cropped Austrian flag

V4: Sayings that must be said fast, I can hardly say fast.
link: http://postimage.org/image/skdst5q8t/
image: the background has the colors of the Austrian flag
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FRANCE

V.1: What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
link: http://postimage.org/image/6s07cvjtt/
images: fleurs-de-lis from the Ile-de-France flag, which has three fleurs-de-lis on it (Ile-de-France is the most populated region of France)

V.2: Desperate times call for desperate measures.
link: http://postimage.org/image/its1ubxsn/
image: a crop of the French flag

V.3: Youth is wasted on the young.
link: http://postimage.org/image/el008nmx5/
image on the left: Autrans (a commune in France) summer
image on the right: lavender fields in Provence, a region of southeastern France
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ITALY

V1: On the bench the goat lives, under the bench the goat dies.
link: http://postimage.org/image/3vmvayrdf/
image: the background has the colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red)

V2: The mice didn't have nephews.
link: http://postimage.org/image/wyqviqq71/
this is a palindrome (the letter sequence in the sentence reads the same backward as forward)
images: rotated and cropped Italian flags

V3: The more one knows, the less one believes.
link: http://postimage.org/image/apwm633rd/
images: crops of the Royal Italian Army flag

V4: All is fair in love and war.
link: http://postimage.org/image/5x9kjzl7r/
image: a crop of the Italian flag

V5: Like father, like son.
link: http://postimage.org/image/yarkns8xd/
image on the left: sunrise over the Agrons (in Ovaro) Alpine mountains in winter
image on the right: the Amalfi coast of Italy
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PORTUGAL

V1: Since I eat little coconut, little coconut I buy.
link: http://postimage.org/image/lvli1qpzx/
image: a crop of the national Coat of Arms on the Portuguese flag

V2: Does it rain in September?
link: http://postimage.org/image/i37ylvep3/
images: crosses of the Portuguese Air Force

V3: If it snowed here, we would ski.
link: http://postimage.org/image/nifb0prfh/
image on the left: Guincho beach, Cascais, Portugal
image on the right: view from Bica da Cana, Madeira, Portugal

V4: The rat is gnawing the robe of the King of Rome.
link: http://postimage.org/image/utldqg1fp/
image: a larger cropped image of the national Coat of Arms on the Portuguese flag
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SWITZERLAND

V1: Fighting cows fight against cramps in their knees.
link: http://postimage.org/image/riodt8s7r/
images: the Coat of Arms of Switzerland (the one in the middle is un-cropped, the other two are cropped)

V2: Under a spruce root I heard a gnome farting.
link: http://postimage.org/image/a81gq8e6h/
This is a spoonerism, which is a phonetic transposition in which the sounds in the words of the sentence are swapped.
image: the background has the colors of the Swiss flag (red and white)

V3: The cow ran until she fell over.
link: http://postimage.org/image/9hw9bqb0b/
images: Swiss flags (the Swiss flag is square and not rectangular as with most countries)

V4: At the post office things are packed and sorted.
link: http://postimage.org/image/j7dkxdwez/
images: Swiss peace flags on a white background (the background in the middle shows the color spectrum, which is indicated on the peace flag)
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IRELAND

V1: How are you? I'm doing well.
link: http://postimage.org/image/5d8bmiw4n/
image: a four-leaf clover, rotated and cropped, with a 1px white outline and a 2px orange outline

V2: Dress a goat in silk and he still remains a goat.
link: http://postimage.org/image/a9l55pb0z/
image: a crop of the Irish peace flag

V3: There's no sore a.s.s like your own sore a.s.s.
link: http://postimage.org/image/w4ojl67mv/
image: a four-leaf-clover arrangement I made from one four-leaf clover

V4: The bad deed returns on the bad-deed doer.
link: http://postimage.org/image/4dvsw1l51/
image: a crop of the Irish flag

V5: If you're looking for a friend without a fault, you will be without a friend forever.
link: http://postimage.org/image/oz4lo2yhp/
image: the background has the colors of the Irish flag
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SPAIN

V1: I don't care what people say as long as I get what I want.
link: http://postimage.org/image/hjp37dj5d/
image: a rotated and cropped Spanish flag, showing the national Coat of Arms (the gray on each end of the image was taken from the gray in the Coat of Arms)

V2: A constant guest is never welcome.
link: http://postimage.org/image/9jsnuyx41/
image: a crop of the national Coat of Arms

V3: God helps those who help themselves.
link: http://postimage.org/image/p38zhxxjn/
images: crops of the national Coat of Arms

V4: We're all a little crazy in one way or another.
link: http://postimage.org/image/jp8qd8lzv/
images: rotated Spanish flags on a gray background, showing that the yellow stripe is twice the width of the red stripes
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HUNGARY

V1: What time is it? My watch is broken !
link: http://postimage.org/image/5xe5xqalt/
image: a rotated and cropped Hungarian flag on a gold background

V2: Many small things can add up to a big one.
link: http://postimage.org/image/8dycujm7b/
image: a horizontal crop of the King Imre of Hungary seal

V3: Every rooster lives to its final cock-a-doodle-doo.
link: http://postimage.org/image/atme3604x/
images: maps of Hungary done in the red, white, and green colors of the flag

V4: Watch her mother before you marry a girl.
link: http://postimage.org/image/p37iksbq3/
image: the background has the colors of the Hungarian flag

V5: It is easier to catch a liar than a lame dog.
link: http://postimage.org/image/c4gtps8ib/
image: the background has horizontal linear gradients based on the colors of the flag
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MEXICO

V1: A satisfied cat does not care about a mouse.
link: http://postimage.org/image/mwcjzds7x/
image: a crop of the Mexican flag

V2: In the dark and quiet, all women are smart.
link: http://postimage.org/image/lb7aqovbp/
image: the background has the colors of the Mexican flag

V3: Love with jealousy causes sleepless nights.
link: http://postimage.org/image/8bxba1t1h/
image: a crop of the national Coat of Arms on the Mexican flag
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COLOMBIA

V1: The abbot used to give rice to the fox/vixen. (One definition of vixen is "a female fox".)
link: http://postimage.org/image/u6dqst6oj/
this is a palindrome (the letter sequence in the sentence reads the same backward as forward)
images: rotated and cropped Colombian flags

V2: Beggars can't be choosers.
link: http://postimage.org/image/85ia8dhjx/
image: a crop of the Colombian Presidential Ensign.
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SWEDEN

V1: Are you happy? I am sad.
link: http://postimage.org/image/756cejltn/
image: a rotated and cropped Swedish flag on a gold background

V2: In the stream there is an island and in the island there is a stream.
link: http://postimage.org/image/phimttb19/
images: rotated and cropped Swedish flags

V3: Is that what it is? Yes, that is what it is !
link: http://postimage.org/image/kv0vnc8xn/
images: Swedish flags

V4: Manure and diligence makes the farmer rich.
link: http://postimage.org/image/4474f1gzp/
image: a larger image of a rotated and cropped Swedish flag
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NORWAY

V1: Better ten hairs on the head than one in the soup.
link: http://postimage.org/image/idyb7k3sr/
image: a rotated and cropped Norwegian flag

V2: Everyone wants to live long, but nobody wants to age.
link: http://postimage.org/image/rec6u0t7b/
images: rotated and cropped Norwegian flags imprinted on circles via Photoshop clipping paths

V3: The patch is sometimes worse than the hole.
link: http://postimage.org/image/vhazb7l7h/
image: a crop of the Coat of Arms of Norway
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ALBANIA

V1: A caricaturist caricatured a characteristic caricature.
link: http://postimage.org/image/ygntanmf9/
image: the black and red colors of the Albanian flag

V2: The first step is always the hardest.
link: http://postimage.org/image/8uef8o4ax/
image: a crop of the Albanian flag showing a double-headed eagle

V3: A man is known by the company he keeps.
link: http://postimage.org/image/qwghk084n/
image: a rotated and cropped Albanian flag
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FINLAND

V1: A weird mosquito was arguing by himself in a pile of moss.
link: http://postimage.org/image/nhk0rr9y9/
images: rotated and cropped Finnish flags

V2: To be in love is to feel the sun from both sides.
link: http://postimage.org/image/d5r69524z/
image: the horizontal blue stripe on the Finnish flag, elongated for graphic effect

V3: Life is uncertain so eat your dessert first.
link: http://postimage.org/image/i6t1u0mcn/
image: a crop of the Coat of Arms of Finland
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BOLIVIA

V1: Behind the dead tree I ate honey and dry grass.
link: http://postimage.org/image/9aitk8r87/
image: a rotated and cropped Bolivian flag
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POLAND

V1: Even Hercules turns yellow in the face of many enemies.
link: http://postimage.org/image/fs1q3r1lj/
images: rotated and cropped Polish flags

V2: When the woman gets off the wagon, horses have an easier time.
link: http://postimage.org/image/xjdci7h07/
images: a rotated and cropped Polish flag and five small circles imprinted with the flag colors via Photoshop clipping paths

V3: In times of drought, the road is dry.
link: http://postimage.org/image/qy54lebzv/
image: a crop of the Polish Coat of Arms
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ROMANIA

V1: Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
link: http://postimage.org/image/5d058ktsn/
image: a horizontal crop of the Romanian flag

V2: He that makes himself a sheep shall be eaten by the wolf.
link: http://postimage.org/image/ozyjy6y1j/
images: rotated and cropped Romanian flags

V3: We never know the value of water till the well is dry.
link: http://postimage.org/image/6pv2lizwl/
image: a crop of the Romanian Coat of Arms
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LITHUANIA

V1: Don't spit in a well as one day you may drink from it.
link: http://postimage.org/image/50dcg50wn/
images: Lithuanian flags

V2: He is proud like a French dog.
link: http://postimage.org/image/xu876ugwj/
images: rotated and cropped Lithuanian flags

V3: She is as lovely as a swan.
link: http://postimage.org/image/a1xyskh0n/
images on the left: rotated and cropped Lithuanian flags
image on the right: a crop of the Jonava (Lithuania) flag

V4: A good ploughman can plough even with a goose.
link: http://postimage.org/image/a4ncvw7wz/
image: a crop of the Coat of Arms of Lithuania
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MALTA

V1: Believe not a swearing man and a weeping woman.
link: http://postimage.org/image/giak64zdt/
images: rotated and cropped Maltese flags

V2: Charm is stronger than beauty.
link: http://postimage.org/image/nau23v7pz/
images: George Crosses (the George Cross is on the upper left corner of the Maltese flag)

V3: He who doesn't fart, lets out silent ones.
link: http://postimage.org/image/6zteddzqp/
images: Naval Jack(s) of Malta
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CROATIA

V1: Fools and wisdom do not go together.
link: http://postimage.org/image/wjicxyxwn/
images: rotated and cropped Croatian flags

V2: Everybody is somebody else's inferior.
link: http://postimage.org/image/99mnw1tjr/
images: Croatian flags

V3: Ugly women are the most passionate.
link: http://postimage.org/image/ri8kwp6qj/
images: Croatian flags (the background has a checkerboard pattern based on a crop of the Croatian Coat of Arms on the flag)
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"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives."
Abraham Lincoln

"The love of one's country is a splendid thing."
Pablo Casals

"It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism."
J. Horace McFarland

"He loves his country best who strives to make it best."
Robert G. Ingersoll

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As I mentioned in my last Post, I'm here showing userbar versions with "Proud to be ... Brazilian, Colombian, Finnish, Swedish, etc." for the 25 countries I considered. I'm only showing what I consider to be the best versions.

Again, you are free to download and use these userbars as you see fit, without any restrictions.

Please read -- (if you haven't already done so) -- the text between the double lines in the last Post (just before I present the image links) for it concerns my making custom userbars for you.

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Germany
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/s3cde0rx1/
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Denmark
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/i0usl60rb/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/5errs6zx1/
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Brazil
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/k4clwp26t/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/8xqa1x2qr/
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Belgium
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/l6xtc8im7/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/o5av00jzr/
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The Netherlands
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/cr88uqfr3/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/wdhdyr19z/
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Austria
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/56rs05u1t/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/pznphr6zx/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/9p3ofh65h/
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France
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/58fvcq3x3/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/q2ld9tet3/
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Italy
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/645i7fu3n/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/uiw9s9xdt/
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Portugal
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/8rdi1kri9/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/6q5x20y1j/
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Switzerland
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/99d8v66hh/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/j7y7hnfx1/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/kyltwvmtd/
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Ireland
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/8f85pcu99/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/h5efhoqhv/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/6o3l0t5nf/
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Spain
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/z290kot7f/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/kzzg1ag5n/
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Hungary
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/qj2wl9b2t/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/9gvtukb3r/
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Mexico
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/425xvxu1h/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/psert7y39/
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Colombia
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/azy2ka15j/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/77caxjrjh/
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Sweden
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/7g9vnh4bn/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/gwd6grm8l/
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Norway
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/wiyxdncqz/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/bfz404i8l/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/6v7f4pb9n/
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Albania
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/ghzuzkb4n/
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Finland
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/hv2qajec5/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/dulxnfs53/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/b1sq3ersn/
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Bolivia
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/nrj6b9vkz/
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Poland
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/t0riv018r/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/jc6rtghup/
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Romania
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/l0sdxv39x/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/jnmswip0j/
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Lithuania
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/kalpm1lwt/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/6nyxzjj9x/
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Malta
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/b21wuw6k7/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/oxwd1jyn7/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/xd4h2u5w5/
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Croatia
UB1, http://postimage.org/image/5z27h53ql/
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/gz1nhcf9d/
UB3, http://postimage.org/image/hbg88mlpd/
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In my last Post, I presented Poland UB2:

http://postimage.org/image/t0riv018r/

where the 7 red and white balls were intended to be a graphic "space filler" between the flag and "Proud to be Polish".

I then thought that it might be interesting to make those balls "dance a bit" in a simple animation:

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Specs: 54 frames, 0.13 second display time per frame, 350x19px, 63 KB.

I guarantee that if you stare at the image fixedly for 30 minutes, you will be transported to a higher intellectual and spiritual plane. I did it and "tasted nirvana".

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Vincent van Gogh is one of my all-time-favorite artists, as I'm sure he is with a lot of the MSFN members and visitors.

In this Post, I'm going to trace the development of my animated GIF "homage" to van Gogh.

I started off with an animated GIF using 2 vertically scrolling Netherlands flags, because I liked the red, white, and blue colors. At that point, I had no idea that it would lead to van Gogh. I put the flags on a solid black background, because I liked the sharp contrast with the flag colors:

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Specs: 80 frames, 0.10 second display time per frame, 350x19px.

Then, it dawned on me that Vincent was Dutch (i.e., from The Netherlands), so I wanted to incorporate him in the GIF. (In a personal note, I gave my son the middle name "Vincent", out of respect for van Gogh.) The "hard work" was already done (i.e., the scrolling flags), so I could "piggy-back" some of van Gogh's paintings upon that work:

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Specs of these 2 GIFs: same as for The Netherlands GIF.

The painting on the left side of the image immediately above is one of Vincent's most famous, showing him with a bandaged ear after he cut himself.

As a final touch, I had the paintings "dissolve" into a red "Vincent" and back again, and I incorporated red "pulses" on the "van Gogh":

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The specs of these 2 GIFs are the same as for the images above, except that I had to slow the animation down some, so that the "dissolving" of the faces could be seen more clearly (i.e., I used a display time of 0.14 second per frame, as opposed to 0.10 second, as before).

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If I may make a few comments (regarding the Italian "banners"):
ITALY

V1: On the bench the goat lives, under the bench the goat dies.
link: http://postimage.org/image/3vmvayrdf/
image: the background has the colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red)

That is a tongue twister - not really used any time if not for teaching it to babies....

V2: The mice didn't have nephews.
link: http://postimage.org/image/wyqviqq71/
this is a palindrome (the letter sequence in the sentence reads the same backward as forward)
images: rotated and cropped Italian flags

This is rarely (please read as "never") used if not to give an example of a palindrome.

V3: The more one knows, the less one believes.
link: http://postimage.org/image/apwm633rd/
images: crops of the Royal Italian Army flag

A rarely used proverb, from a graphical standpoint, at first sight is looks like an Italian/Swiss flag :w00t:.
In any case that is NOT (anymore) the Italian Army flag (that since 1946 uses the "normal" Italian flag):
http://it.wikipedia..../Regio_Esercito
http://it.wikipedia....taly_(1860).svg

V4: All is fair in love and war.
link: http://postimage.org/image/5x9kjzl7r/
image: a crop of the Italian flag

Yes, that is a commonly used saying.

V5: Like father, like son.
link: http://postimage.org/image/yarkns8xd/
image on the left: sunrise over the Agrons (in Ovaro) Alpine mountains in winter
image on the right: the Amalfi coast of Italy

This is commonly used in a negative sense (meaning that the son has the same defects of the father) :ph34r:

Italy
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/645i7fu3n/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/uiw9s9xdt/

NIce ones, though an "Italians do it better" and "Italian, and proud of it" captions would be IMHO even nicer.

I guarantee that if you stare at the image fixedly for 30 minutes, you will be transported to a higher intellectual and spiritual plane. I did it and "tasted nirvana".

OT :ph34r: and JFYI:
http://www.911cd.net...82

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Boy, jaclaz, you are extremely thorough in your Italian critique!

As I said, I relied on the information on the internet for all translations, and I got all images from Google public domain. As for the Italian Army flag, I had to rely on the information given on Google images, for I did not have the expertise to question what was given therein. And I *certainly* did not have the time, or energy, to do *extensive research* on my own for *each* entry in my vast collection of userbars (not "banners") in my Post # 213. Can you understand that fact? It took me a great deal of time to do the research I did, not to mention the time involved in *making* the userbars.

Italy
UB2, http://postimage.org/image/645i7fu3n/
UB4, http://postimage.org/image/uiw9s9xdt/

NIce ones, though an "Italians do it better" and "Italian, and proud of it" captions would be IMHO even nicer.

Many, Many Thanks for the compliment, jaclaz. (All artists like to have their work appreciated.)
If you would like me to, I can make 4 userbars for you (i.e., the 2 captions for each of the 2 userbars, UB2 and UB4). This would be no trouble at all, since I have the .psd files with the relevant userbar backgrounds. All I have to do is replace the text, a simple matter. Please let me know on this.

As far as the giraffe image, I kept staring at the green background, expecting a giraffe to "coalesce" from the green murkiness. When the real giraffe apeared, it actually *shocked* me a little. A great image! (Also, that's a great beer-glass-clanking smilie.)

But now, for the more important matter.

What jaclaz's cat says about him:

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Specs: 60 frames, 0.07 second display time per frame, 100x100px, 120 KB.

jaclaz, if you're ever feeling less than perfect, just watch this animation, and it should restore your self-confidence. (lol)

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Boy, jaclaz, you are extremely thorough in your Italian critique!

Yep, we strive to be so. (this is what I call being in "picky mood")

As I said, I relied on the information on the internet for all translations, and I got all images from Google public domain. As for the Italian Army flag, I had to rely on the information given on Google images, for I did not have the expertise to question what was given therein. And I *certainly* did not have the time, or energy, to do *extensive research* on my own for *each* entry in my vast collection of userbars (not "banners") in my Post # 213. Can you understand that fact? It took me a great deal of time to do the research I did, not to mention the time involved in *making* the userbars.

On the contrary I find - if your production in other language is at the same level of the italain ones - you did an exceptionally good work :thumbup as the risk is always the same when "playing" with languages that you don't master enough, only seemingly OT:
http://www.msfn.org/...r-font-on-word/

If you would like me to, I can make 4 userbars for you (i.e., the 2 captions for each of the 2 userbars, UB2 and UB4). This would be no trouble at all, since I have the .psd files with the relevant userbar backgrounds. All I have to do is replace the text, a simple matter. Please let me know on this.

Naah, thank you very much :), but I am not much into graphics (lolcats as an exception)

What jaclaz's cat says about him:

Naah, that might be what jaclaz would like that his cat said about him, what jaclaz's cat(s) normally say is more like:
Spoiler


Spoiler


Spoiler


and, specifically about him :ph34r: :

Spoiler


:lol:

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Seriously, jaclaz, as far as languages (and mastering other languages) are concerned, I think it's a great defect in the U.S. educational system that we tend to be so isolated in our thinking that we "ignore" other countries. Not so with the Europeans. I learned a great deal about the "world" in doing the research I did for my 25 countries, and I truly enjoyed the experience.

Indeed, the lolcats are the *cat's pajamas* and the *cat's meow*!

Hiss, Hiss, Scratch, Scratch....................................................................to "infinity"
(as Pee-Wee Herman would say, in kitty-kat lingo)

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Background: This all started on the General Discussion Forum thread "Do you use smilies on the internet?" (here).

In Post # 45 there, jaclaz presented an image of "real infinity":
http://postimage.org/image/i988s1r2p/

In Post # 46 I said, "I'm going to do a Pee-Wee Herman infinity image like that, but instead of the infinity symbol in the "deep-space" background, it will combine Pee-Wee's image with the infinity symbol."

So, here is my "Pee-Wee Herman infinity":

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P.S.
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
*
*
*
*
*
INFINITY !!!

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So, here is my "Pee-Wee Herman infinity":

NIce try :), but can IMHO be bettered.
What if you cut the infinity symbol out of the background, make the pee-wee image a little bigger, than tilt the symbol a little bit and replace the bow tie with it? :unsure:

Or use a Moebius band image?
http://www-vrl.umich...oject2/moebius/

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I can't make Pee-Wee *any bigger*.
He already fills up the "box".
Pee-Wee's *trademark* is the *RED* bow-tie, so I'd have to change the infinity-symbol bow tie from orange to red.
In looking at the picture, if I made the infinity symbol the same size as the bow tie, it would be way too small to be effective.
I think it would work out best to keep the infinity symbol about the same size it now is.
When I put it on Pee-Wee, it would be *big*, adding to the humor.
Something like the Clarabell the Clown look.

Great suggestions, jaclaz!

I'll try to work something up later today.

I used to know an "exotic dancer" named Betty Moebius, and when she would perform and take all her clothes off, she would call it the "Moebius Strip".

Strip, Betty, strip !!!
Strip, Betty, strip !!!
Strip, Betty, strip !!!

"Moebius Stripping"...........................................................................to INFINITY !!!

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I think the best representation of this type of image is to reference the end credits song from the Lamb Chop Play Along show... But I warn you once you know this song, you will remember it forever!



Also for background, this particular meme is called the Demotivational Tunnel. There are other examples here:
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jaclaz, here is the Pee-Wee "infinity" which incorporates your suggestions:

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Not only is the red bow tie Pee-Wee's trademark, it is a bow tie of THAT PARTICULAR SIZE that is also his trademark. Therefore, I didn't make the infinity-symbol bow tie any bigger than the original. (It just didn't look right when I tried larger sizes.) I got the infinity symbol off wikipedia, so it is an accurate representation. I rotated it to exactly match the angle of rotation of Pee-Wee's bow tie.

In artistic endeavors, it is largely a matter of trial and error. You try one thing, evaluate it, and then try another version to see if there is an improvement.

In this case, jaclaz, I much prefer my original version, and my reasoning goes something like the following: 1) my version has the beautiful yellow/orange glowing infinity symbol which is centered *exactly* over the word "INFINITY" (the viewer's eye goes from front to back in the image and stops momentarily at the infinity symbol); 2) then the viewer sees Pee-Wee's *reaction* to the infinity symbol (he *definitely* has to have his real red bow tie on, because Pee-Wee is just not Pee-Wee without it).

Grazie per il suggerimento.
Ho apprezzato il "trial and error".
Attendo i vostri suggerimenti prossimi.
Così a lungo, per ora.

P.S.
What do "OT" and "BOT" stand for?
I've noticed you and Tripredacus using these terms.

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