cute icon toys

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19 Responses:

  1. violentbloom says:

    common lisp?
    is that why it's cool? :)

  2. bbsy says:

    Um...did you actually hijack the minifesto from someone's journal, or did you write it yourself?

  3. tfofurn says:

    Well, there's a half-hour I'll never get back. More fun than taking out the trash or cleaning in anticipation of a houseguest, though.

  4. phreddiva says:

    ...
    party pictures.

  5. rstevens says:

    that speech bubble is ... familiar .... somehow ...

  6. In MY day, we didn't have "cute icon toys"! We hacked the Xscreensaver sources and recompiled!!

    [j]

    • haran says:

      We hacked the Xscreensaver sources and recompiled!!

      You are please to be publishing said hacked phosphor sources (which is what I assume you used for your icon).
      I made XMatrix into an animated gif to use as a screensaver on my phone.
      But I did it using ImageMagick to grab screen captures of XMatrix running in a window.
      Needless to say, the approach is time consuming and not very productive.
      I never thought of hacking the sources to make it do what I want.

      • You are please to be publishing said hacked phosphor sources (which is what I assume you used for your icon).

        That's it.

        In reality, though, my own solution was pretty hackish. I only modified phosphor to force it to create a window of the appropriate size for the icon. I then used... something (it was a while ago) to take regular, rapid captures of this window and dump each frame as an image. And then it was an iterative process of


        10 use gifsicle to generate the GIF from the frames
        20 discover that the file-size was way more than 40k
        30 use shell scripts and regexps to whittle down the number of frames
        40 goto 10

        until the file was small enough for LiveJournal.

        As an aside, the whittling-down of the frames is the reason you can see a slight irregularity in the flashing of the cursor at the loop-point: originally this was completely smooth (it took me at least five runs until I was happy with it), but when the sequence of frames was filtered, the regularity was broken.

        [j]

  7. kraquehaus says:

    Using semephore generators to create LJ icons is a new found joy of mine.

  8. xach says:

    I wish I could figure out how to make this into something a user could enjoy customizing:

  9. xach says:

    Months later, but...

    The speech bubble thing has been upgraded so you can slap one or more speech bubbles on a JPEG, move them around as you please, and save them as a single image.

    http://wigflip.com/saywhat/