QA Graphic
October 9, 2021

Halloween Costume Idea

Need a creative name for your costume?

Halloween is coming up soon. If you haven't thought about what to wear, don't worry, there's an internet site to help you.

The folks over at Fancy Name Generators put together a site that will randomly generate 10 halloween costume names. You can use these to come up with some creative costume idea.

This name generator will generate 10 random costume ideas, but they could just as easily work as monsters or villains for stories.

Halloween can be a great time of creativity and costume design, but thinking of a fun costume can be tricky. For story purposes too, it can be hard to come up with different costumes that don't rely on dressing up as pop-icons, for example. This generator will hopefully help with that. I focused mostly on the more creepy side of Halloween rather than on costumes based on jokes or pop culture, as they date quite quickly. But I did add ideas like "Defeated Superhero" or "Undead Version of a Pop-Culture Icon" as well. Most ideas have been done over and over again, others less so, but then Halloween is about tradition and reinventing existing costumes and monsters.

To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don't like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.

Fancy Name Generator
https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/halloween-costume-ideas.php

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October 2, 2021

Starbucks Drink Order Generator

Be Creative the Next time You're at Starbucks

Are you a Starbuck fan? Ever wanted to order a different drink. Why not try the Obnoxious Starbucks Drink Order Generator?

The generator offers creative ways to order drinks at Starbuck. Give the Barista a workout with your order!

Website Description

Why order a plain old coffee when you can send a Starbuck's Barista into a flurry of confusion and spastic activity with a truly obnoxious drink order?

Starbucks Drink Generator
http://www.generatorland.com/usergenerator.aspx?id=11803

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September 25, 2021

eBay Roundup Preview

Quickly compare eBay Listings

Some people are starting their Christmas shopping early this year. Probably because of the various shortages that are going around.

If your looking for unique things on eBay, the place to start is Roundup Preview's Ebay search

Website Description

Make online shopping simple with our free and easy-to-use comparison tool.

Perfect for all your online shopping needs, including birthday/anniversary / Christmas gift ideas, household purchases, or simply to treat yourself.

Simple controls allow you to quickly find the best value for money products and recommended items, view customizable charts, filter unwanted items, and more.

Roundup Preview,jpg
https://roundupreviews.com/search

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September 11, 2021

removemeplease.org

May Not be a Legitimate site!

Nobody likes getting unsolicited phone calls. On service that promises to stop the calls is [removemeplease.org](http://removemeplease.org)

They are supposed to add you to the do not call list. Simply enter your number and watch your phone ring less. However, there are many sites that claim that putting your number may increase certain types of calls.

Warning

Apparently this is not a legitimate site. There???s no information on who owns the site and what happens when you put in a phone number. Several sites warn people that entering your number may lead to more calls.

Damian Info: [https://removemeplease.org.ipaddress.com](https://removemeplease.org.ipaddress.com/)

Remove Me Please
http://removemeplease.org

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September 4, 2021

commandlinefu.com

Find Useful One Line Command Line Code

Some people like to use the command line all the time. There are a lot of cool tricks that can make using the command line better than the standard UI interface.

commandlinefu.com has a large library of one line commands to show you the power of the command line. You can browse around the front page, or simply search for something you need.

For example, did you know there's a command-line script to help you generate more secure passwords? There's also a command to make your terminal display like the Matrix.

Not all commands will work on all UNIX environments, but they should give you a clue to how to make it work on your system.

Website Description

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed, and voted up or down.

commandlinefu
https://www.commandlinefu.com/

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August 28, 2021

Colorcinch

Great Way to convert images into Cartoon Style

There's lots of online graphic solutions, and some are better than others. One that I recently encountered is colorcinch.

What makes colorcinch different from others is that they focus on photo editing and they have a lot of cool Effects and Overlays. This helps make your photos really stand out and give them a modern look.

colorcinch has the basic tools: crop, resize, rotate. It's their other tools that make them stand out from others. They have 2.5 million photos, graphics, and icons - an awesome collection to make your photo unique.

Website Description

Our all-in-one creative platform helps you achieve professional and stunning results with less time and virtually no experience.

Resize, enhance and transform ??? use our wide selection of essential features to customize and beautify your artwork.

You can try out Colorcinch for free, some of the tools do require a purchase to download the image. It cost $5.99 a month (or $3.99 for the annual plan)

colorcinch
https://www.cartoonize.net/

Sample Images

Power Book SFO.jpg
This is using the Painting Style Number: Fx006

Silicon Valley2003.
This is using the Cartoonizer Style Number: FX001

Mystery Testing Cartoon
An image from thispersondoesnotexist.com converted to three cartoonize effects. The original is in the top left.

Tools Information

Effects

  • Cartoonizer - 30 Different styles to select from.
  • Digital Art - 12 Different styles to select from.
  • Sketcher - 19 Different styles to select from.
  • Painting - 7 Different styles to select from. (Fx006 is my favorite)

Filters

  • 16 Different Filters. You can preview the various options available under each filter before applying them.

Overlays

  • Texture - 50 Different styles to select from!
  • Sun Flare & Haze - 40 Different styles to select from!
  • Light Leaks - 40 Different styles to select from!
  • Bokeh - 50 Different styles to select from!
  • Shadows - 16 Different styles to select from!
  • Fog - 20 Different styles to select from!
  • Falling Snow - 30 Different styles to select from!
  • Floating Dust - 30 Different styles to select from!
  • Lights - 40 Different styles to select from!
  • Specialty - 40 Different styles to select from!

More Tools

  • Freehand Drawing
  • Crop & Resize
  • Straighten & Rotate
  • Exposure
  • Sharpen & Blur
  • Color & Vibrance
  • Text Editor
  • Multiple Layers
  • Export & Share

Highly Recommended

Colorcinch is worth checking out. It's super easy to convert any image into a cartoon image. This is a lot cheaper than paying someone on Fiverr!

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August 21, 2021

Zombie Pumpkins

Start planning your pumpkin designs now.

Hard to believe but about a month from now, you'll see pumpkins at the supermarket. Where has the year gone?

If your into creative pumpkin carvings, you should check out zombiepumpkins.com. They have a huge selection of pumpkin templates. Simply print out the template and attach it to your pumpkin and carve away.

  • They have been creating templates for 18-years. That's a long time for a website with a focus only on one holiday.
  • There are 18 categories to select from. If your unsure of a particular category, you can always use the search engine.
  • Currently they have over 500-designs to pick from.

Website Description

Since 2002, Zombie Pumpkins has confidently cured carving cravings as the premier provider of pumpkin patterns. Hundreds of stencil designs are here, ready to print immediately. From classic creatures to famous monsters, you'll find designs for all skill levels - from nervous beginners and experienced maniacs. Browse the categories to find your favorites, and join us when you're ready.

Zombie Pumpkins
https://www.zombiepumpkins.com/

Not 100% Free

Zombiepumpkins.com has a limited number of designs available for free, the rest you have to be a member.

It's actually not bad to join. There are four plans that allow you to download the designs. I think the $5 plan is a good plan, you get to download 25 patterns over the next 9-months. This is cheaper than getting a book at the store plus you get to pick the designs that you'll actually use.

If you think this is too early to post, go check out all the Halloween decorations at Lowes and Homedepot.

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August 14, 2021

Motionbox

Quickly create professional videos

In the media space, there are a lot of options when it comes to creating videos. One of the newest players is Motionbox

Motionbox is different than others by offering these key functionalities:

  • YouTube Intros
  • Automatic Subtitles
  • Animated Text
  • High Quality Content to make your videos stand-out

Website Description

Motionbox is a video design platform that features an arsenal of tools that cuts down the effort of creating any visual content. It features a huge library of templates that can be used as-is or may serve as the foundation of your design. It also has a collection of fonts and multimedia files that include audio, images, and videos, most of which you may freely use for your project. Motionbox is quite easy to use, thanks to its drag-and-drop interface that brings creativity out of its users. With features such as music visualization, GIF resizer, video trimmer, and video calendar, it offers an unlimited possibility when it comes to design.

Motion Box
https://www.motionbox.io

You can try out all the features of Motionbox for free - with a watermark. If you want to remove the watermark, it cost $15 a month. This is similar pricing offered by other tools with less functionality.

Sample Video

You'll see another example on the August 16, 2021 blog post - "Media Monday." Be sure to come back to check that out.

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August 7, 2021

Emupedia

Play Classic Games again!

Did you have any favorite games from Windows95, Windows98 or WindowsMe? Well now you can play them again!

Emupedia has brought back many of the classic games. You can play Quake, Minesweeper, Microsoft Bubble, Doom, Tomb Raider, Worms Armageddon, Hexen 2, Pong and so much more.

Website Description

The purpose of Emupedia is to serve as a nonprofit meta-resource hub and community for those interested mainly in video game preservation and computer history which aims to digitally collect, archive and preserve games and software to make them available online accessible by a user-friendly UI that simulates several retro operating systems for educational purposes.

emuos
https://emupedia.net/beta/emuos/

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July 31, 2021

3D Bay

Find some cool 3D Graphics

3D Bay is a cool resource for unique 3D stock images. These would go great with a PowerPoint presentation.

These graphics can make your presentations stand out. There are currently 41 graphics available with more being added all the time. You can find graphics easily by their search engine or using one of the ten categories.

Website Description

Explore the extensive collection of 3D stock images brought to you by CloudDevs, now available free of charge.

Select from our wide range of image categories to get started on your new project with style & ease using the hundreds of high-quality royalty-free 3D images we have on offer.

3 D Bay
https://clouddevs.com/3dbay/

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About

I will highlight a fun Internet site every Saturday. The basic premise is to highlight sites that I regularly visit for a variety of reasons. All site recommendations are mine and are unsponsored. By highlighting these websites, I hope to provide value to those who may not know of the sites or who might be interested in visiting the sites. I also want to share the sites that I find valuable in the hopes that others will find them just as beneficial.

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SundayOpen Topic
MondayMedia Monday
TuesdayQA
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