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Crimson Crux

Pseudo-techblog where the Corsarius gets serious. Visit blog.corsarius.net for his alter ego.

Fireworks on Your Site!

Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 3:30 PM

Literally.


Fireworks.js is a DHTML fireworks effect which you can use on your sites. Its author describes it as a "holy pointless lightshow", which doesn't do justice to the effort he put into this Javascript animation.

You can view the demo and download the build code from the site. Don't forget to turn on your speakers -- sound effects are included!

More Pacman Fever

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 8:00 PM

No, this isn't about everyone's favorite
game, but rather more stuff on Manny Pacquiao's victory over Erik Morales last weekend.

A good round-by-round commentary of the classical battle can be found here.

Boxing circles on the Net have been furiously discussing Pacman's dismantling of El Terrible. Pacquiao fans are exuberant, boxing analysts are changing sides, and many more are singing dirges for Morales and his stellar career. Another round of great quotes from the Web:

"There is nothing like Manny Pacquiao in all of professional sports...Here in America, you could combine Lance Armstrong, Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Tom Cruise, Bruce Springsteen and 50 Cent into one person and you still wouldn't have what the Philippines have in their number one all-time super-star Manny Pacquiao." -- Tom Thompson

"Manny Pacquiao has now done what no other man has achieved before him, and defeated both Barrera and Morales, and done so by dropping and stopping both of them." -- Kieran Mulvaney

"Pacquiao, if he was a basketball player, is the baller who has now added a mid-range jumper to go with his collection of highlight reel dunks." -- Steve Kim

"I think both Pacquiao and Morales are hall-of-fame locks. Nobody in their right minds would deny Pacquiao a first-ballot vote." -- Doug Fischer

Mabuhay Ka, Manny!

Monday, January 23, 2006 at 2:40 AM
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty images(Jed Jacobsohn/Getty images)

Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao for a masterful conquest of El Terrible! You did the nation proud. Manny became the first boxer to send Erik Morales to the canvas; the latter lost for the first time in thirteen years via TKO.

Watch the video of the final knockdown here.

Some memorable quotes about the fight:

"I could see he (Erik Morales) was having problems taking my punches. I had no problem taking his. He never hurt me." -- The Pacman

"A telling moment came in the ninth, when Morales, clearly tired, did the unthinkable: The consummate warrior backpedaled away from Pacquiao, which drew boos from the crowd." -- Michael Rosenthal

"In that crucible of the seventh, the Morales Era in boxing began to wane into history...When a hard combination slammed into Morales face, his nose was broken, his eyes blackened. The Pilipino continued his domination with rights and lefts in the eighth, almost beyond reason, Morales made one last attempt to reverse Pacquiao's tidal wave domination." -- Patrick Kehoe

"They say that there [are] literally thousands of islands that make up the Philippines. Well, when Manny Pacquiao’s hand was raised in victory over Erik Morales, the earth might have moved a bit with all those Filipinos jumping up and down." -- Pedro Fernandez


Still, hats off to a brave stand from Morales. I won't forget the moment he embraced Manny, terribly battered but still smiling. What a class act of a pugilist.

Blogger? Be Summarized!

Friday, January 20, 2006 at 1:40 AM

LeatherEgg.com's
Blogger Code is one of those things you just have to try out if you're a true blue blogger. As the site itself says:
Geeks have one. So do hairy gay men and their admirers. Isn't it time bloggers have a code to describe themselves as well?

The site tests your "quotients" which in the end comprise your overall Blogger Code. Some quotient names and questions are amusing, so it'll be worth your salt to check it out.


The Blogger Code I got was this cryptic string of characters:
B5 d t k++ s+ u- f- i o++ x+ e- l+ c-

Fortunately, you can decode your Blogger Codes with this nifty counterpart site.

Website Readability Test

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 11:40 PM

Been using the readability statistics of MS Word for your writings?
JuicyStudio has a nifty readability test of its own, but this time for websites. The test will help you determine how readable your website's content is.

My lit blog, Slip of the Pen, scored 7.93 on the Gunning Fog Index, approximately the same readability as Reader's Digest and most popular novels. Crimson Crux, on the other hand, got a 9.58 (close to Time and Newsweek).

It goes without saying that photoblogs won't have any use for this site. But if you have a text-heavy site, then it might be worth your time to try the test.