What if you wanted to change the font color of your file, to differentiate it from your other files?
It can be done. Here’s how:
Change the font color to blue by selecting “Properties” for the filename and on the advanced tab select “compress file to save disk space” – this changes the filename to blue (to show that the file has been compressed).
Source: WebBeachBoy on Tom’s Hardware.com.
I tried it. It works!
Are you a writer? Would you like some inspiration from a best-selling author, one who needed motivation to write and then suffered through many rejections? Meet James Herriot, veterinarian-author of All Creatures Great and Small and its sequels. Shortly after two films were made of his works, and prior to the TV series, the BBC interviewed Herriot on his life and what he did to achieve success as an author. Enjoy James Herriot: Portrait of a Best Seller:
Uploaded by DiniraD on December 20, 2015.
On December 5, 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department posted a Stormtrooper Police ‘Recruit’ video. You think this guy will make it?
Whatever tends to strengthen the ties of kindred and friendship, or to promote offices of kindness and charity, claims the attention and favor of all good citizens; and among the very few usages which deserve the title of National Customs, our Thanksgiving festival may in this sense be ranked as first./ As such, its origin and history are worthy of inquiry, and as an act of Civil Authority, the Proclamation for its observance may be deemed entitled to a more permanent form of record than the casual chances of the periodical press.
The in-gathering of the fruits of the earth, has from time immemorial, and among all nations, been a season of gladness; and with such as possessed definite views of their obligations to the Unseen Providence that governs the Universe, has been accompanied by such forms of devotion as were deemed most appropriate to express their gratitude for this bounty, and their dependence for its continuance. In like manner, special instances of national success, of preservation from impending calamities, or of relief from grievous afflictions, have been made the subjects of such form of Thanksgiving as the occasion might suggest, and calamities have been sought to be averted or removed by Public Fasting and Prayer. Among most civilized countries these occasions have been marked by public ordinances directing the time and manner of observance.
We find at an early period of New England history, that special occasions of prosperity or calamity, were continually ascribed to the smiles or frowns of Providence, and often made the occasion of Public Thanksgiving or Fast; and the tone of religious sentiment which prevailed among the early Colonists, led in the infancy of their settlement, to the annual observance of each. The former was usually in autumn, and the latter in spring.
… At an early period in the Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted the custom of invoking the Divine Favor by Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, and the days thus appointed were generally in the spring months. It always suspended its own sessions upon the days thus set apart, when the public exigencies would allow.
… The Journals of the Continental Congress contain eight several appointments of Thanksgiving days, and the resolutions expressing the wishes of Congress upon this subject, were in the form of recommendations to the Executive heads of the State governments, reciting in appropriate terms, the occasion which prompted the observance, and the favors which a Benign Providence had conferred upon them as a people. With one exception, Congress suspended business upon the days it had appointed for Thanksgiving.
… The official announcement of peace between the United States and Great Britain, was regarded by Congress and our State Legislature as an event demanding a public expression of gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and at the joint suggestion of the Executive and Legislative authorities, it was unanimously decided to celebrate the happy event by a Solemn Thanksgiving.
… This custom is now observed in nearly every State and organized Territory in the Union.
Hough, Franklin Benjamin, 1822-1885. Proclamations for Thanksgiving, issued by the Continental Congress: Pres’t Washington, by the national and state governments on the Peace of 1815, and by the governors of New York since the introduction of the custom; with those of the governors of the several states in 1858. Munsell & Rowland, 1858. 183 pp. 28 cm.
Photo © W.R. Miller.
To help promote the soon-to-be-released live action Pete’s Dragon, Disney has released The Art of Disney’s Dragons, published on June 28. As one would expect, the book showcases designs, drawings, paintings and CG renderings of all of Disney’s dragons from The Reluctant Dragon to both hand-drawn and CG versions of Elliot.
And what better choice to helm such a book than Tom Bancroft, designer and supervising animator for the scene-stealing Mushu from Mulan?
Here’s Tom in action drawing Mushu while his twin brother, director Tony Bancroft, provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes:
Uploaded March 7, 2013
You can see how talented Tom is from his animation reel:
Uploaded December 15, 2011
Years ago I had worked with Tom on Larryboy, a hand-drawn Flash-animated spinoff of Veggie Tales. I was serving as creative director and storyboard artist at Cornerstone Animation in Glendale, CA, while Tom was directing the project from Big Idea Productions.
On Saturday, July 23, I had the pleasure of meeting up with him again at Comic-Con San Diego, where he graciously signed copies of The Art of Disney’s Dragons and posed for pictures.
Photo © W.R. Miller.
The Art of Disney’s Dragons has a foreword by Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery, in which he says dragons stand out from other mythical beasts because
1. They have long, serpentine necks. “A short neck will turn a good dragon into something more akin to a goblin.
2. “Sharp claws. You can lose the fangs; you can lose the horns. But a dragon needs something pointy to give it that dragonish edge.
3. “Leathery wings. If the wings have feathers, your dragon will instantly become a griffin or a chimera!”
Oops. So much for the dragons in Dragon Tales.
Alas, the book leaves two questions unanswered:
(1. Why do most Disney dragons have teeny tiny wings?
(2. Why did the live-action Elliot have to be furry?
This week it appears Disney is pulling out all the stops in promoting its new live-action Pete’s Dragon, unleashing a torrent of videos on the web and social media. Here are a few videos in chronological order of release:
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Trailer
Uploaded on June 14, 2016
Elliot in the Air
July 4, 2016
“Is Elliot Your Imaginary Friend?”
Featuring Pete (Oakes Fegley) and Natalie (Oona Laurence)
Uploaded on July 12, 2016
Pete’s Dragon Exclusive First Look | Elliot Takes Pete for a Ride
Uploaded on July 13, 2016
Pete’s Dragon – David Lowery Interview
Uploaded on July 13, 2016
Pete’s Dragon – Oaks Fegley Interview
Uploaded on July 13, 2016
Pete’s Dragon – Jim Whitaker Interview
Uploaded on July 13, 2016
The Vanishing Dragon
July 15, 2016
Behind the scenes of Pete’s Dragon | B-Roll
Uploaded by The Bryce Dallas Howard Network on July 15, 2016
LIVE with the Director & Cast of Pete’s Dragon
July 15, 2016
The Creative Talent Network has uploaded a video in which Cal State San Bernardino biology professor Stuart Sumida and Simon Otto, Head of Character Animation for How to Train Your Dragon, discuss developing real-life references on how dragons could fly.
The presentation can be viewed here.
Mark Muckenfuss wrote about Sumida’s animated career for the Press-Enterprise, “CAL STATE: Professor lives in an animated world,” February 26, 2011, posted online here.
Photo by David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise.
Happy 4th of July from LiberT-Rex and TrexTuesdays!
Uploaded June 28, 2016
And from JohnnysTube:
Uploaded July 2, 2016
By John Quincy Adams.
But this is not the reason for which you are here assembled. The question of right and wrong involved in the resolution of North American Independence was of transcendent importance to those who were actors in the scene. A question of life, of fortune, of fame, of eternal welfare. To you, it is a question of nothing more than historical interest. The separation itself was a painful and distressing event; a measure resorted to by your forefathers with extreme reluctance, and justified by them, in their own eyes, only as a dictate of necessity. – They had gloried in the name of Britons: It was a passport of honor throughout the civilized world. They were now to discard it forever, with all its tender and all its generous sympathies, for a name obscure and unknown, the honest fame of which was to be achieved by the gallantry of their own exploits and the wisdom of their own counsels.
But, with the separation of the one people from the other, was indissolubly connected another event. They had been British Colonies, – distinct and separate subordinate portions of one great community. In the struggle of resistance against one common oppressor, by a moral centripetal impulse they had spontaneously coalesced into One People. They declare themselves such in express terms by this paper. – The members of the Congress, who signed their names to the Declaration, style themselves the Representatives, not of the separate Colonies, but of the United States of America in Congress assembled. No one Colony is named in the Declaration, nor is there any thing on its face, indicating from which of the Colonies, any one of the signers was delegated. They proclaim the separation of one people from another. – They affirm the right of the People, to institute, alter, and abolish their Government: – and their final language is, “we do, in the name, and by the authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies, are and of right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES.” The Declaration was not, that each of the States was separately Free and Independent, but that such was their united condition. And so essential was their union, both in principle and in fact, to their freedom and independence, that, had one of the Colonies seceded from the rest, and undertaken to declare herself free and independent, she could have maintained neither her independence nor her freedom.
And, by this paper, this One People did notify the world of mankind that they thereby did assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station, to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitled them.
This was indeed a great and solemn event. The sublimest of the prophets of antiquity with the voice of inspiration had exclaimed, “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?” [Isaiah 66:8]. In the two thousand five hundred years, that had elapsed since the days of that prophecy, no such event had occurred. It had never been seen before. In the annals of the human race, then, for the first time, did one People announce themselves as a member of that great community of the powers of the earth, acknowledging the obligations and claiming the rights of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. The earth was made to bring forth in one day! A nation was born at once!
Well, indeed, may such a day be commemorated by such a Nation, from year to year! But whether as a day of festivity and joy, or of humiliation and mourning, – that, fellow-citizens, – that in the various turns of chance below, depends not upon the event itself, but upon its consequences; and after threescore years of existence, not so much upon the responsibilities of those who brought the Nation forth, as upon the moral, political and intellectual character of the present generation, – of yourselves. In the common intercourse of social life, the birth-day of individuals is often held as a yearly festive day by themselves, and their immediate relatives; yet, as early as the age of Solomon, that wisest of men told the people of Jerusalem, that, as a good name was better than precious ointment, so the day of death was better than the day of one’s birth [Ecclesiastes 7:1].
President John Quincy Adams’s 4th of July address, 1837, Part 2: First purpose of the Declaration of Independence
By John Quincy Adams.
For the second object of the Declaration, the assumption among the powers of the earth of the separate and equal station, to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitled them, no reason was assigned, – no justification was deemed necessary.
The first and chief purpose of the Declaration of Independence was interesting to those by whom it was issued, to the people, their constituents in whose name it was promulgated, and to the world of mankind to whom it was addressed, only during that period of time, in which the independence of the newly constituted people was contested, by the wager of battle. Six years of War, cruel, unrelenting, merciless War, – War, at once civil and foreign, were waged, testing the firmness and fortitude of the one People, in the inflexible adherence to that separation from the other, which their Representatives in Congress had proclaimed. By the signature of the Preliminary Articles of Peace, on the 30th of November 1782, their warfare was accomplished, and the Spirit of the Lord, with a voice reaching to the latest of future ages, might have exclaimed, like the sublime prophet of Israel, – Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God [Isaiah 40:1].
But, from that day forth, the separation of the one People from the other was a solitary fact in their common history; a mere incident in the progress of human events, not more deserving of special and annual commemoration by one of the separated parts, than by the other. Still less were the causes of the separation subjects for joyous retrospection by either of the parties. – The causes were acts of misgovernment committed by the King and Parliament of Great Britain. In the exasperation of the moment they were alleged to be acts of personal tyranny and oppression by the King. George the third was held individually responsible for them all. The real and most culpable oppressor, the British Parliament, was not even named in the bill of pains and penalties brought against the monarch. – They were described only as “others” combined with him; and, after a recapitulation of all the grievances with which the Colonies had been afflicted by usurped British Legislation, the dreary catalogue was closed by the sentence of unqualified condemnation, that a prince, whose character was thus marked by every act which might define a tyrant, was unworthy to be the ruler of a free people.
The King, thus denounced by a portion of his subjects, casting off their allegiance to his crown, has long since gone to his reward. His reign was long, and disastrous to his people, and his life presents a melancholy picture of the wretchedness of all human grandeur; but we may now, with the candor of impartial history, acknowledge that he was not a tyrant. His personal character was endowed with many estimable qualities. His intentions were good; his disposition benevolent; his integrity unsullied; his domestic virtues exemplary; his religious impressions strong and conscientious; his private morals pure; his spirit munificent, in the promotion of the arts, literature and sciences; and his most fervent wishes devoted to the welfare of his people. But he was born to be a hereditary king, and to exemplify in his life and history the irremediable vices of that political institution, which substitutes birth for merit, as the only qualification for attaining the supremacy of power. George the third believed that the Parliament of Great Britain had the right to enact laws for the government of the people of the British Colonies in all cases. An immense majority of the people of the British Islands believed the same. That people were exclusively the constituents of the British House of Commons, where the project of taxing the people of the Colonies for a revenue originated; and where the People of the Colonies were not represented. The purpose of the project was to alleviate the burden of taxation bearing upon the people of Britain, by levying a portion of it upon the people of the Colonies. – At the root of all this there was a plausible theory of sovereignty, and unlimited power in Parliament, conflicting with the vital principle of English Freedom, that taxation and representation are inseparable, and that taxation without representation is a violation of the right of property. Here was a conflict between two first principles of government, resulting from a defect in the British Constitution: the principle that sovereign power in human Government is in its nature unlimited: and the principle that property can lawfully be taxed only with the consent of its owner. Now these two principles, carried out into practice, are utterly irreconcilable with each other. The lawyers of Great Britain held them both to be essential principles of the British Constitution. – In their practical application, the King and Parliament and people of Great Britain, appealed for the right to tax the Colonies to the unlimited and illimitable sovereignty of the Parliament. – The Colonists appealed to the natural right of property, and the articles of the Great Charter. The collision in the application of these two principles was the primitive cause of the severance of the North American Colonies, from the British Empire. The grievances alleged in the Declaration of Independence were all secondary causes, amply sufficient to justify before God and man the separation itself; and that resolution, to the support of which the fifty-five Representatives of the One People of the United Colonies pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, after passing through the fiery ordeal of a six years war, was sanctioned by the God of Battles, and by the unqualified acknowledgment of the defeated adversary.
This, my countrymen, was the first and immediate purpose of the Declaration of Independence. It was to justify before the tribunal of public opinion, throughout the world, the solemn act of separation of the one people from the other.
(To be continued)