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February 19th, 2003


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02:20 am
Registered for temp or permanent work with Adecco and Manpower today. Wasn't particularly satisfied by either one - Adecco had me in and out within about three minutes and Manpower gave me possibly eight or nine. Hopefully people there will call with more information soon, though I'm not looking forward to it without reservation. I tend to write more about my thoughts than my life mainly because my thoughts are more fun.

Talking of more fun, I've long been wondering about the usericons that people have which look like characters from "South Park". I've Googled to no avail, so I wonder if there's a site with tools to produce them on demand? Eventually I worked out that those other square-faced, stylised bodies that you used to see all the time were called "stortroopers" and even found the relevant site (www.stor.co.uk, though it seems not to be up now) but I haven't found a source for South Park style usericons. Have they all really just been hand-drawn? That's pretty impressive if so.

Taking this further, does anyone enjoy producing usericons enough that they would care to produce me a South Park character usericon? You've probably all seen the unflattering pictures of me and the infamous fruited sponge puddings by now, but you can look at a slightly more serious pic too. Be as in-jokey about it as you like, or just give me a generic Pip icon and see whether I can tell the difference or not.
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From:leiabelle
Date:February 18th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)

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Yay! Good on you for registering. :D Hopefully you'll get some good results.

Have no idea about the South Park icons. But that's a really good picture of you. :)
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:February 18th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
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You know, the funny thing is, I have one of those South Park icons of me, and I can't remember where I did it...must have been at comedycentral.com. Let's see...

http://www.comedycentral.com/southparkgames/character/

There ya go.

-Myron

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From:tromboneborges
Date:February 18th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
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http://southpark.gamesweb.com/flash/spstudio.html

Enjoy! I've been trying to make one for myself, but I may too generic for it. :)
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From:j4
Date:February 19th, 2003 03:48 am (UTC)
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I'd been wondering where to make these too... thanks!

Maybe I'm being dense but I can't see how I'm supposed to actually get the finished picture -- there doesn't seem to be a "save this" option anywhere. (Right-clicking just gives options like "Play" and stuff...) I could just screen-dump it but that seems like a hacky solution.
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From:tromboneborges
Date:February 19th, 2003 04:08 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I know, but that's what they want you, in German, to do:

Wenn du die Bilder speichern willst machst du das am besten per Screenshot.

(aka "If you want to store the picture, it's best to make a screenshot," or at least that's what my half-assed knowledge of German gives me for a translation. That's certainly not so far from exact, anyway.)
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From:j4
Date:February 19th, 2003 04:32 am (UTC)
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Ah. Thank you for translating it for me! (I'm afraid I don't speak/read German beyond the absolute basics.)

Now, of course, I realise that I can't use the picture as an icon anyway because I have a limit of three icons. Maybe I should get a paid account after all... Gah, money. :-/
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 19th, 2003 10:44 am (UTC)
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Maybe I should get a paid account after all

I generally advise people to get paid accounts, but the money for them really must come out of people's (subconscious, unstated at least) luxury/entertainment budgets. Of course you might think it's worthwhile enough to push more money into your l/e budget, but that's a definite decision to be made. :-)

*checks reply depth odd/even parity, looks forward hopefully to seamless icon background effect*
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From:hmtriplecrown
Date:February 18th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Here's where I made mine: http://www.planearium.de

Naturally, it's in German. It's not terribly difficult to navigate and find the SP-Studio area.
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From:the_maenad
Date:February 19th, 2003 01:40 am (UTC)
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That's the one I used too. I was wondering why other people's bodies were bigger than mine (not my usual problem).
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From:hermorrine
Date:February 18th, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
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*emails the one she's made for you* You don't have to use it, though.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 19th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
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*touches up*

I love it! :-)

Thanks a bundle. New default set!
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From:zorac
Date:February 21st, 2003 05:34 am (UTC)
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*touches up*

*dies*

Oh, the joy of double meanings...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 21st, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
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Wahh, yours is bigger and somewhat better-defined than mine. (And you have a considerably funnier name for the icon, too.) I guess that's what comes of saving it as a gif rather than a jpeg, but when I tried to save it as a gif, the software moaned about "loss of colour information" and proceeded to indeed change all the colours wildly. Serves me right for using Paint, I suppose.
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From:zorac
Date:February 21st, 2003 06:28 am (UTC)
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By the power of the Gimp! Select the backgroun with the magic wand, inverst selection and paste as new image, giving the maximum-size image, with a transparent background. Fix a few duff pixels on the hands and add a logo to the T-shirt. Oh, and set flash to low detail before screengrabbing (to avoid anti-aliasing, it's going to be re-sized anyway). Export as GIF to keep the transparency.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 21st, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
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That's clever. I wish someone had said that before I started to do it.

Mind you, I couldn't even find the body option which gave me that rather funky-looking suit, so I assumed there had been some Morri Magic (tm) at work somewhere along the line and thought no more of it. Might have another play somewhere along the line (as you point out, it's the anti-aliasing that's the problem - introduced by me, not by Morri) but very happy with the way it's turned out all the same. :-)
From:cygnusfap
Date:February 19th, 2003 05:10 am (UTC)
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If there's an Office Angels near you I recommend them. They were easily the best recruitment company for me on my gap year. Travail also came up with a few good money-earners.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 19th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
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No Office Angels branches between Leeds and Newcastle, I'm afraid. Also a bad sign that their entire database only has 465 vacancies - I'm beginning to conclude that most of these temp agencies are rather smaller-time operations than I had thought and hoped.
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From:picklepuss
Date:February 19th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
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I'm told Manpower is shady, at least over here. They tend to completely ignore your preferences.

Good luck all the way around.
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From:huskyteer
Date:February 19th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
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You might also enjoy the Lego Mini-Mizer at reasonablyclever.com.

I forgot about Manpower but have no complaints about 'em.

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