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A Collection of Online Avatar Generators

by on Dec.13, 2010, under Internet

http://www.picassohead.com/
This has to be one of the more creative and original avatar generators. It allows you to produce a completely user driven picasso style image utilising a basic array of items and effects. By far the most enjoyable to use!
Rating: 9/10

http://www.planetcreation.co.uk/createpic/
Although it is simple in comparison to other generators. It has a certain quality about it which radiates user-friendliness and produces quite a good end result.
Rating: 8/10

http://www.mangatar.com
Creative interface with loads of options to choose from. Requires an email address in order to download the produced image (although a screen print with minor image editing could do it, for those not willing to be part of the marketing and email trawling).
Rating: 9/10

http://www.simpsonsmovie.com/
The simpsons movie website features a really cool avatar generator which allows you to create your very own simpsons character.  what it lacks as far as accessory options, it certainly makes up for in terms of its interface. There is a membership requirement in order to download a copy of the generated character, but thats where the print screen key comes to the rescue again.
Rating: 8/10

http://www.sp-studio.de/
This site produces some hilarious south park style avatars. It has a number of easy-to-use features, even though it did take some to get use to. One notable annoyance was figuring out how to remove items I no longer wanted as part of my avatar, tho im sure some people would say that it was fairly obvious.
Rating: 7/10

http://doppelme.com/
This website produces some amusing caricatures for use as online avatars. There are a number of basic options available, which would do the majority of people, and the finished result looks good.  The one drawback with this service is the membership requirement prior to download of the finished avatar.
Rating: 6/10

http://turnyournameintoaface.com/
‘Turn your name into a face’ is (as the name suggests) a simple tool that will generate lego-style avatars based on your name. It is dead easy to use, simply type in a random name (or your own) and it will generate for you a fancy bitmap-esque avatar. Although it is very basic in comparison to the other generators featured in this post, it is fun to use and muck around with. Give it a go and see what it generates for you.
Rating: 4/10

http://www.nobleavatar.com/
This is a simple java based vector avatar generator with a fairly moderate suite of customisations available. Amongst its features was an easy to use ‘export image’ function, which didnt require the user to sign up or provide an email address.
Rating: 7/10

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Map of Metal

by on Dec.08, 2010, under music

A momentary lapse into procrastination lead me to stumble upon the Map of Metal. It isnt a map in any traditional sense, but rather a fantastic and interactive visualisation of the genres and sub-genres (they’re classified here as “primary genre,” “metal genre,” “fusion genre,” and “related genre,” which each category getting its legend for easy use) of metal.

Whilst ‘travelling’ around the map, there are explanations offered and  examples provided that you can listen to.  All this is wrapped up into a fantastic interface designed by Patrick Galbraith.

Hours of your time will be consumed by this site ;-)

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I have learned

by on Dec.07, 2010, under Literature, Poetry

Today as I was looking around in need of something inspirational, I happened to come across this poem by Kathy Kane Hanson, titled ‘I have learned’. I hope that you find it as insightful as I did.

I’ve learned – that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned - that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned – that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned – that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned – that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something. (continue reading…)

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Tattoo Decision Flowchart

by on Dec.02, 2010, under Funny

Before irrational tattoo decisions are made, please consult the following flowchart

Tattoo Decision Flowchart courtesy of newlookhouston.com

Original Post found here: www.newlookhouston.com/blog/2010/04/22/tattoo-decision-making-flowchart/

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