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Dropping Science: Sh!t That Siri Says

As you probably noticed from the queues outside Apple shops this week, the iPhone 4S launched a few days ago and with it came Apple’s voice controlled personal assistant, Siri. The idea behind Siri is that you can ask your iPhone any question you want and your digital PA will present you with the answer. Apple’s been working hard to impress on everyone just how good to voice recognition on the app is however what they’ve neglected to mention is that Siri also appears to have a hell of a sense of humour.

As is the way of the internet, there’s already a blog devoted to Sh!t That Siri Says and so this week we’re devoting Dropping Science to a selection of the best examples. Enjoy!

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We are living in the future.

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Dropping Science – Here’s To The Crazy Ones

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I know we’ve already mentioned the passing of Steve Jobs this week, but given that this is our weekly science segment, it felt right to dedicate some space to this video. This is an advert for Apple that was made back in 1997 (remember that?) and the voice you’re hearing is that of Jobs himself. It was a time before the ipod, before Apple had more money than the United States and when the company’s future was far from secure. Inspiring as it is, this version of the ad was never aired and was instead replaced with a version narrated by Richard Dreyfuss however, now more than ever, Steve’s version seems to speak from somewhere deeper.

Love him or hate him, we’ll never stop talking about him.

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Steve Jobs R.I.P.

Without a Mac to make it and iPhones to promote it, our comic book would not exist. Simple as that.

Rest in Peace Steve.

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Farewell to Steve Jobs…With Rap!

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Given that our company is, like so many others, powered by Apple products (specifically 2 iPhones, Steve’s behemoth of a Mac and a post about iPads which generates far more hits than the amount of research I put into it probably deserves) I kinda feel like we should have at least acknowledged  the departure of Steve Jobs from the company. If you think of the rise of digital comics as being something tied directly to the rise of the iphone and ipad (which I do) then it becomes hard to overstate just how much influence he’s had on our industry.

Fortunately comedy rap group Pantless Knights have chosen to honour him in the only way that seems appropriate, they’ve re-recorded Jay-Z’s What More Can I Say as a tribute to the man himself. It’s as good a parody song as you’re going to hear and a touching send off for the man who left us all standing on the tube, screaming at some fictional birds because they can’t take down some obnoxious pigs.

Godspeed Steve!

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CS5 Mess about

Hm. It seems an artists life is never easy. You have to keep your pencil’s sharpened and your rubber easily accessible. It seems the less you spend on something ultimately the more reliable it becomes. I need to sharpen my pencil – 85p from Stationery Box in Romford and its job done. I want to rub out a thousand pencil lines – I’d definitely recommend Daler Rowney soft Putty Erasers which’ll wipe that stuff out quick smart.

However, in order to get the work completed and increasingly out to the world wide web you need a scanner and to finish it all off a decent editing software. My weapon of choice, and most people’s frankly is Photoshop for very good reasons. It has the standard Adobe hallmark of intuitive design and interface and makes life easy by not limiting your options but keeping the controls and options wide. I’ve worked on Creative Suite Photoshop versions 2 and 3 and opted lately to take a jump up to Creative Suite 5.

With this I offer a warning – CS5 has one or two holes. Having received my scanner I expected Photoshop to format itself to the plug-in needed so that the scanner’d appear in the File>import section and I could scan directly into Photoshop – a detail that had proved helpful in CS2, 3 and I’d assumed on 4. However CS5 doesn’t have it. The related drive needed is a TWAIN drive that wasn’t included in the package. You can load it up easily enough at Adobe Live at the link below.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405072.html

However, I’m running into a few other glitches. If you pull over an image file from 1 window into another and resize or edit it in that new window don’t touch the window you took it from. As soon as you do the file bounces back into the state it was in when you dragged it over. This, I don’t know how to type into Yahoo so haven’t been able to find a patch to cover it. Leaves me wondering what else is in there.

I know this an obscure one but any advice’d be great. Technology. Just gotta do what it tells us.