Some of you may already have heard, but I have started a site dedicated to kidlit, a term generally meaning literature for readers not yet ready for serious young adult or adult fare. If you have or know kids anywhere from about 2 to 15, you might want to watch or follow My Comfy Chair, which already has reviews up for picture books, middle grade books and one young adult book. The emphasis is on safe and family-friendly, so if you see a book reviewed, you can be confident that you won't regret checking it out from the library or buying it as a gift. Kids can come to the site and look for themselves as well.
I am focusing on a mix of lesser known presses and books for more diverse, multicultural audiences along with better known publishing companies and books you might see in your local bookstore. If you are curious, stop on by, and never be afraid to leave a comment to let me know you're there.
Spotlight on Patreon: Peter Hollens
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 10:50a Ben Langhinrichs I am at the point in life where I seek to find meaning in more than the pursuit of filthy lucre (though I'm happy to continue doing that as well). One of the ways is by supporting independent artists and musicians who have chosen a path less lucrative. I have little native artistic talent (though I have fun with Gimp and can write fairly well), but I can throw a few bucks here and there and help out those who make the world a more entertaining, beautiful place. Hence, my interest in Patreon, wh [read] Keywords: google
Shadows and Shadow Play
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 12:47p Ben Langhinrichs It's been a while since I posted a Gimp 2.8 tutorial, though my recent one on Camtasia has been popular, so today I've released one which has two parts. The first part (about a minute long) shows a simple, but effective way to create a shadow for a cut-out figure when you paste it into a scene. It's easy and useful. The second part (about three minutes long) shows how to wake the shadow up and make it do something independent. Essentially, it becomes a cinemagraph (remember this one?) where t [read] Keywords:
The two barbers
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 11:33a Ben Langhinrichs There's a famous riddle which you have probably heard before, but I'll repeat it here. Skip to the end if you already know it. There is a small town in the midwest with exactly two barbershops, one on each side of town. The barbershop on the west side of town is pristine. Its floors are spotless, the windows are always perfectly clear, and the air always smells fresh. The barber has a friendly smile, shined shoes, a well-groomed head of hair, and a fancy shirt. The barbershop on the east side [read] Keywords: notes
CoexLinks Fidelity 3.65 available
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 9:03a Ben Langhinrichs Last night, Genii Software released CoexLinks Fidelity Version 3.65. This release incorporates three major updates as well as bug fixes and minor enhancements since the previous release. Version 3.65 is currently available for Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit, and it is planned that the Linux version will be available next week. Update 1 - 30% performance enhancementWith a complete code review and numerous changes to streamline, we have achieved a 30% or better improvement in email processing. [read] Keywords: rich text
If fiction and free go together for you
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 11:42a Ben Langhinrichs For those who like short stories, and especially those who are have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited memberships, I've enrolled my book of short stories so that they are free to borrow. (They're only $3.99 to buy, but I guess free is in beer can't be beat.) I'm not sure what countries have Amazon Prime (maybe the US and Canada?) and which have Kindle Unlimited (I think the US and UK so far). Five star ratings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Enjoy! Amazon US: http://amzn.to/S [read] Keywords:
Animated flowchart tutorial - video editing technique
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 12:03p Ben Langhinrichs I had so much fun with the animated flowchart yesterday, I stayed up late last night making a brief tutorial, and then did some polishing over my lunch hour. I used Camtasia 8, but the technique is easily transferable (from what I can tell) to Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro or any other professional level video editing software. The video is only two and a half minutes, but I think you'll find it interesting if you've ever wanted to do more with your videos. You can check out more details [read] Keywords: archive
Fun with quirky video techniques
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 10:52a Ben Langhinrichs I've been playing with some different techniques to show how CoexLinks Fidelity works compared with how IBM Notes/Domino works, and decided to mix up the flowcharts and demo. It's been interesting and fun, but I realized I could use a GIF (albeit, a large GIF - sorry for the bandwidth) to show the technique without forcing anybody to watch a whole video. I reduced a few of the effects and shrank this to 640x360 to fit the blog and keep the size somewhat reasonable. The actual video is in HD an [read] Keywords: domino
Some like to go with the flow
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 8:06a Ben Langhinrichs My wife is an educator, and one of the concepts she tries to pound into my thick, unreceptive skull is that different people learn in different ways. Meaning that some people learn by reading a description, some people learn by watching a video, some people learn by diving in and trying without "bothering to RTFM". And yes, some people learn by reading a flow chart. Different strokes for different folks, or horses for courses as the British are said to say. In deference to those whose learnin [read] Keywords: google
Saving Grace - a different sort of haunted house story
Sat, Sep 13th 2014 6:46a Ben Langhinrichs My latest story video is up on Youtube on TheStoryTimeChannel, and I'l love to hear what you think. I tried a different approach as far as effects and all, but mostly I hope you enjoy the story, which was first published in a print anthology a few years ago and then in my short story collection, Savage Fire. Now you can listen to it free. If you enjoy, please give it the thumbs up. You can also subscribe so you hear about new stories as they come out. [read] Keywords:
Are videos like blog posts or like product pages?
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 7:26a Ben Langhinrichs Over the past year and a half, I've posted many videos on my primary Youtube channel (not to be confused with my new StoryTime channel). Many are tutorials on Gimp, Youtube and general topics, but there are also several that are product demos or product tutorials on Midas and CoexLinks Fidelity. These have been successful, but I face a new sort of issue I hope you can help me figure out. When a video grows out of date due to a new version or revised sample, should I create a new one that is up [read] Keywords: lsx