Sakura Haruna from Naruto

Sakura Haruna from Naruto

Drawn in Adobe Illustrator – again – a couple of years ago.

Sakura Haruno (春野サクラ, Haruno Sakura) is one of the main characters in the Naruto Series. She is a chūnin-level kunoichiof Konohagakure, a talented medical-nin, and a member ofTeam Kakashi.

Sakura is naturally hot-headed, stern and irritable, and because of that temper-mental nature, she tends hit people out of explosive anger and rage on more than one occasion (the victim usually being Naruto Uzumaki), and somewhat hyper-critical, but most of the time, she is relatively kind, cheerful, and rational. In the anime, Sakura has been shown to be a bit of a flirt and uses this to her advantage: with one such case being when Naruto asked her out for dinner, though she only agreed if he paid for her half as well. She also prefers to speak formally, very reliant on approaches of theory and principle and tends to be a heavy and calculating thinker when it comes to details on almost any matter and very analytic when on or off the job, but she is also capable of being very naive and narrow-minded on certain matters such as Naruto’s feelings for her, which went unnoticed until Sai stated it to her or when she tried to force herself to kill Sasuke twice, despite the fact that her heart wouldn’t allow her to do it, leaving her vulnerable for Sasuke’s attempts on her life, even her attempt to lie to Naruto about loving him instead of Sasuke, ignorant of the fact that Naruto personally witness Sakura’s most extreme and inimitable signs of love for Sasuke.

Taken from http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Sakura_Haruno

ChatWing – Real time Conversations on your Website or Blog

 Chatwing – Live Chat! 

I’ve been looking in to this new tool – Chatwing by Lujure which originally was/is an application that extends widgets to Facebook pages.  You can now Embed the ChatWing Shoutbox on your website to give your visitors a real-time communication tool.  Your very own website chatroom!

Free Application 

Its so simple to get and its free  – You just create your account here http://chatwing.com/ and then embed the code as a widget on your website or blog – I just used a text widget. Put the code on – and after a few minutes the chat box appeared.

This could be really useful if you post a blog which is likely to have many viewers that need to ask a question, as most people can’t be bothered to leave a comment but they might ask in the chat box, knowing that they could get a answer in real-time.  A great way to engage your readers or customers.

You can have 1000 users on ChatWing at anyone time, that might be rather busy but at least you know if there are 10 people it won’t be slow or lagging.  Apparently to make the Chatwing app stable, the dev team is conducting several maintenance checks and observation. In this way, technical glitches can be wholly avoided.

I like that you can sign in with your Twitter account or your facebook account at the click of a button – it puts your name and your picture associated with that account so you instantly know who you are talking too   I probably have too many widgets so this chatbox is far down on my page right now.  I’ve just stuck in on as a test, but say hello if you can see it.

Full customisation

There are a lot of options to customise your Chatwing shoutbox  – you can have a variety of colours, sizes, fonts and even have it as a pop out button if you don’t want as an enbeddable widget.

Advanced CSS Customization

For the advanced CSS users, you have the ability to edit and customize every aspect of your chatwing with CSS. Just follow the design guidlines and you’ll be good.

The only thing I haven’t worked out yet is if you can set notifications, because we are not always sitting with our website or blog page open. I see actually that there is a sound icon so that would probably be it.  An extension on Chrome would be awesome though.  You can also turn off the Chatbox if you are not going to be able to answer in real-time.

Worried about spam and bad language

Yes me too – However, as an admin, you can,.

  • Set a profane filter
  • Ban spammers
  • Delete single messages
  • Delete all chat message with one click
  • Add moderators
Here I am signed in as Admin and am deleting a post 

Supported platforms for ChatWing are

Tumblr, Blogspot, TypePad, LiveJournal, Wix, Weebly, WetPaint, ESPN Fantasy Sports League Sites, Bligoo, WebNode, Lefora, Jimdo – any website that supports iframe.

I have a wordpress site, can I use ChatWing?

If you host your own wordpress blog, you can install an iframe plugin to use ChatWing. However, if you are using a wordpress blog from wordpress.com (yoursite.wordpress.com), ChatWing will not work

This application is free as I have already said but there are extras you can get in the premium version, such as

  • Your own company logo on the chat box
  • Custom themes
You can also talk to ChatWing on Twitter.

I’m going to give this a go, I’ve never tried chat before on my websites so we will see what happens.  I’ll update here if anything outstanding occurs.

 

 

Me and The Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster

The Nokia Purity Headset WH930

Nokia Connects recently gave me a Nokia Lumia 900 to trial and with it they sent a Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster in turquoise blue, (Cyan) – yes OK, so,  I liked the colour. The headsets come in 4 colours (Red, Black and White) and they all look great.

The Monster Purity comes folded up in a little hard shell carrying case that you can transport it around in and several cables, controls and stuff. You’ll see what happened when I didn’t take much notice of the other cables soon.

I wanted to put these headphones to the test like I did the BH-905i Bluetooth stereo headphones from Nokia. I loved those guys!

So I got ready to rock …..

This head set is fully adjustable, very well designed and very comfortable indeed with full padding on the earcup –  however the smallest setting was perfect for me, and I don’t think I have an especially small head, so if you are thinking of getting these I’d test them for size.  Maybe we should say girls like headphones too!   They look great on – no pictures  sorry and they are small enough not to look to crazy wearing them out in the street.

Horror 🙂

I plugged in the headset to the PC to test it out as I didn’t have much music on the Nokia Lumia 900 yet and I couldn’t wait – So, on went some heavy rock music, I cranked it up and oh my …….I had a terrible shock – there was an awful tinny crackling noise! Okay so I hadn’t expected them to sound good as the BH-905i but this was ridiculous, I seriously thought that the previous person to have the headset must have blown the speakers.

Always read the instructions first

I suddenly had a brain wave to try the other cable that was in the box – and it then I realised that the cable that I thought would be the one to use with the PC was the wrong one!

Superb sounds

After that really bad start – I was fully set to listen to some serious music. This time, I admit, I was a bit relieved that found myself totally impressed with the sound quality.  I love to listen to music loud – so it cuts me off from the rest of the world.  The Monster Purity is capable of that – Even with the base down low it still sounds crisp and clean, with that volume up to max there was no distortion. You would definitely say it was high definition.  The downfall was that the sound had to be loud for you not to head any background noise.  Which is strange as there wasn’t much sound leakage only at full volume. They stayed comfortable for a few hours – although you always felt them pressing against your ears it wasn’t uncomfortable at all.

I only used it once to speak to someone on the Nokia Lumia 900 but it worked fine and it was clear as a bell.

This headset is recommended for the Nokia Lumia 900 but it is fully compatible with Windows phones.

Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster is compatible with the following:

  • Fully compatible with Windows phones
  • Devices that have a 3.5 mm Nokia AV audio jack using the included microphone equipped cable (limited feature compatibility)
  • All phones, music players and other devices with a universal 3.5 mm audio jack (Feature compatibility is manufacturer dependent)

So although these don’t beat the BH905I I did enjoy them and really do miss them. My next purchase is definitely going to be a decent set of headphones or headset. I’d like to try out a skullcandy headset, wouldn’t that be nice, I do need something new to test.

Specs At a glance

  • 3.5 mm universal headset connector
    Connectors
  • 20 – 20000 Hz
    Frequency response
  • 180 grams
    Weight

All the information and specs you need are here – Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset.

 

 

 

 

Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application – Eav Mogul

 

Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application Eav Mogul

If you have been looking for a good iPhone or iPad application for the Social Media “game” Empire Avenue then you have found it. Eav Mogul is a FREE application or client by Korutech App Solutions that enables you to easily view and manage your portfolio on the stockmarket “game” Empire Avenue while on the move.

What is Empire Avenue

Just briefly, as I have already written a blog about Empire Avenue – Empire Avenue is an online game where you “play” the Empire Avenue stock market – buying and selling other players shares. You need to really be connected to many social networks such as Google+, Twitter Facebook Linkedin to get high dividends and a great share price and you need to be an active member of those networks to increase your network scores, its not enough just to be on Empire Avenue you do have to “Play”. The great thing about Empire Avenue is that there is a fantastic community to engage with – you don’t just leave it at buying and selling shares you get to know people and add them to your networks.

Empire avenue does need some attention if not daily, at least every few days, and to be able to keep up it is very useful to have an application on your phone so that you can manage your stocks and shares and see how you are performing while you are travelling or away from the PC. The best part for me is the bulk buy or sell feature on Eav mogul. Here you can easily increase your network activity and daily earnings straight from your phone.

EavMogul are currently working on a new update to the application which allows you to leave shout outs on Empire Avenue too, which are all important for engaging with new players, so I can’t wait for that!

Using Eav Mogul – You can view and manage

  • Your Portfolio
  • Your Shareholders
  • Recent arrivals
  • Leader board influencers

On these pages you can sort by many options – such as portfolio value or shares I own – you can find actual players by ticker (name) and you can filter by falling earners, or rising earners and many other options.

I just bought 100 more in Pirillo - I thought I was maxed! 🙂

If you have a large portfolio it seems a little slow at times – not often but at times –  but just be patient and it will work its magic. Although I may speak to @eavmogul about this as it could be something to do with the settings. I’ll keep you informed.

Update @eavmogul said. 

It is mainly because of a large portfolio – The cache tweaks how much profile info is pulled down at one time by setting cache time longer, the data you download survives a lot longer. The only risk is the prices get out of date

The other setting changes how many records are pulled in one call. It balances wait time with performance. Less records, less wait, but more API calls and more frequent short delays.

There are also Pro Features that you can buy which enable you to do other things such as leave shout outs on Twitter, set your status message and get more views.

I’ve used this application for most of the weekend and I really like it, its easy to use and has  many more options than I thought it would have.

I have news !!!

First this update from korutech app solutions blog

Second is this  tweet.

@eavmogul

Working on a speed improvement for players with BIG portfolios. Hope to put into next update @EmpireAve @michelledh#SMRocketFuel #eavmogul

This is going to rock that rocket fuel 🙂

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

 

 

The Flintstones

Another very old picture that I drew in MS Paint, of the kids from the Flintstones – Bam Bam and Pebbles 🙂

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera ProductionsThe Flintstones was about a working-class Stone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend.

The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting

From Wiki – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones

 

 

Italian village on the hill

This is a drawing that I did some time ago – it was an experiment, as most of my drawings are actually – when I look at it now there is a lot that I would have done differently but I still like the simplicity of it.  I’m not sure which town or village it is now, but it looks like many that you see in Italy.

 

Mini

 

This is a Mini, not sure of which version – but it was drawn in illustrator, when I’d just started learning – not that I’ve learned much more ! 🙂