Pumpkin Patterns Available at the Library

The pumpkin carving patterns are finally here at the library. We have a pumpkin carving display located on the third floor of the Fountaindale Public Library. There are several books on pumpkin carving as well as a handout that you can take with you that includes brief pumpkin carving instructions. We also have a wide variety of free, that’s right I said FREE, pumpkin carving stencils. Some of the stencils include Edward Scissor Hands, The Thing, The Avengers, Mario, Yoda, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and many more. Just go to the third floor of the library and ask where’s the free pumpkin stencils and one of the librarians can point you in the right direction.

Look for the display on the third floor for your free pumpkin carving stencils.

-J-

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Pumpkin Preparedness

During this time of the year right before October I try to  start thinking about what I am going to do for the pumpkin carving season.  I’ll just highlight on a few short topics of  what it takes to be prepared.

There’s really only four basic tools you need for carving pumpkins. These include:
-Long, thin, preferably serrated knife for large cuts (drywall saw or boning knife works best)
–Small, thin, preferably serrated knife for small detailed cuts (paring knife or carving kit knife works best)
–Sharp object to transfer your pattern onto your pumpkin (tack, nail, toothpick, etc.)
–Big metal spoon to scrape out the guts of the pumpkin
–Option of using a Dremel tool for more elaborate patterns or for carving the fake pumpkins

I usually find patterns online through out the year and print them out. Some websites I use for patterns include:
http://www.zombiepumpkins.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; you do have to sign up and pay a small fee
http://www.pumpkinlady.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; you do have to sign up and pay a small fee
http://www.carvingpumpkins.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; some free selections, you do have to sign up and pay a small fee if you want more
http://www.paperpumpkins.com
–Large selection of free pumpkin patterns
-Most local stores carry pumpkin patterns around October
-The library also will have a selection of free patterns

As we get closer to October, I will post more pumpkin carving tips and tricks.

-J-

Rambo: The Video Game…WHAT?!?!?!?

I just caught wind that Reef Entertainment announced a Rambo: The Video Game  release.  Although the date is unconfirmed they have an official website, a trailer, and a few screen shots. 

Being a fan of the movies, cartoon and also the Book First Blood written by David Morrell, I am pretty psyched to see a video game come out. Although there was the NES version and the Sega Genesis version that I liked playing as a kid, I am really looking forward to playing it with better graphics. This will probably be one of those video games that goes on my pre-order list, once the release date is announced. But for now please enjoy The Rambo: The Video Game release trailer.

 

-J-

What I’m Diggin…

What I’m Diggin is a quick portion of the XmeetsY blog that just lets our readers know what I am into for that week and what we have to offer at the library on that specific topic. I recently picked up “The Rescuers Down Under” on Blu-Ray. Although I am probably to old for Disney movies, this was one of my favorites as a kid and still is. I bring that up to lead into what I am diggin this week. There is a particular song in “The Rescuers Down Under” that I liked as a kid. I actually forgot about it until recently when I  re-watched the movie on Blu-Ray. There is a part of the movie where Wilbur the albatross is dancing to a song in an airplane hanger, the bird has some moves. Let me clear something up really quick for those of you who might not be familiar with the movie. Wilbur is an albatross who is given the task of flying two RAS agents, who are mice, to Australia to help a young boy who has been kid napped. Wilbur is voiced by the late and great John Candy, which makes the scene so much better. I put the video below so you can first see Wilbur singing the song, it’s pretty funny.

 

The song that he is singing in the first one minute of the clip is called “Black Slacks” and is sung by the late 1950s band Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones. That song is what I’ve been diggin, I’ve recently re-discovered a love for Rockabilly music. I did a little searching and found out that the library actually has a CD with that particular song on it, its on a greatest hits album mixed with a few other well known Rockabilly musicians.   That particular CD can be found in our library’s catalog here.  There’s so many different Rockabilly bands out there. Here’s a few to start out with that I found that we have at our library: Rockabilly Riot, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Elvis Presley and the Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Kings, and Stray Cats.

-J-

Top 10 iPhone Apps – Part 2

The continuation of “Top 10 iPhone Apps – Part 1”.  Instead of boring all of our readers with a long introduction paragraph I’m going to just dive right in.

6. Genius Scan+ – PDF Scanner – Price: $2.99

Genius Scan+ is a great easy way to quickly scan documents on the go. Genius Scan+ allows for you to quickly scan any document using your iPhone camera and save it as a PDF or a JPEG. The great thing about this app is it also allows you to email the documents that you have scanned. I have used this app more than once, I love to cook and it’s a great way to grab recipes on the go. There have been many occasions where I am at a family members house and spotted a couple of recipes that I wouldn’t mind taking home with me. Instead of me writing the recipes down or having my family member run copies for me, I just whip out my iPhone and scan the recipe and instantly it’s saved onto my phone. There have been a few occasions where I actually needed to send the recipe to someone via email. This app is pretty handy for a person on the go, especially if they like to cook.

7. PlayerXtreme – Price: Free

PlayerXtreme is another iPhone app that I use a lot, and I think everyone who owns an iPhone should at least have this app. PlayerXtreme is a way to store and play non-compatible iPhone videos. If I remember correctly, I believe the iPhone only plays videos in the .m4v, .mp4, and .mov format. With PlayerXtreme you can pretty much play any video your heart desires on the iPhone. Different videos such as: .3gp, .asf, .avi, .divx, .dv, .dat, .flv, .gxf, .m2p, .m2ts, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .moov, .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpeg1, .mpeg2, .mpeg4, .mpg, .mpv, .mt2s, .mts, .mxf, .ogm, .ogv, .ps, .qt, .rm, .rmvb, .ts, .vob, .webm, .wm, and .wmv. I use this app all the time, especially when friends send me videos from their Android phone. >_<

8. Ringtone Designer Pro – Price: $0.99

Ringtone Designer Pro is a great way to make your own ringtones from songs you already own. Instead of buying different ringtones at 99 cents a piece I chose to buy one app for 99 cents that allows me to choose which songs I want to make ringtones out of. I basically paid 99 cents for an unlimited supply of ringtones. The great thing about Ringtone Designer Pro is you can pick whatever song you want to use that is already on your iPhone, you can also choose what part of the song you want as the ringtone, and also how long the ringtone will be. This app also allows you to make ringtones for your text message alerts. This app is great simply because when someone calls I can jam to my favorite tune, and I can select specific songs for specific contacts. Now every time someone calls my phone I can jam to “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix. Let me stand next to your fire!!!

9. Smart Office 2 – Price: $0.99

Smart Office 2 is basically Microsoft Office for the iPhone/iPad. I haven’t really used this that much, but once I get an iPad I know I’ll be using this app all the time. I have used it a couple of times recently, to do some last-minute editing on some word documents I had in my email. You can not only view, edit, and create Word documents, you can also view and edit Excel and Powerpoint files. This app is also compatible with many other file types such as PDF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, WMF, and EMF. I think the best part is though, you can print your document wirelessly, the app comes preloaded with software which allows you to print from thousands of different printers from 34 different manufacturers. This app is normally $9.99 so get it while it’s still cheap!

10. OverDrive Media Console – Price: Free

 OverDrive Media Console is a great way to check out books from your local library. With the OverDrive app you can checkout many different books from your library and you can choose a checkout date of 1 or 2 weeks. This is great if you are an avid reader and hate paying high prices for books. The books can be easily downloaded to your iPhone through the OverDrive app. Check with your local library to ensure that they have a subscription to OverDrive before you download the app.

That’s it for the Top 10 iPhone Apps. Please comment and leave your top 10 list, so I can check some new apps out that I may not know about.

-J-

Top 10 iPhone Apps – Part 1

Many people have smart phones in today’s world. Many of the smart phones come with an App store. Whether it’s Android, Apple, or Windows most of the smartphones now give you access to many different Apps that you can purchase or sometimes get for free. I currently own an iPhone and this short concise list will go through a few Apps that have helped me out and that I think others would enjoy.

1. MovieScanner – Price: $2.99

 

By far MovieScanner is the number one App that I use. I thought $2.99 was kind of pricey at first, but this App has paid for itself. I am a big movie buff and have so many different movies that I wanted a way to catalog all those movies to keep track of all the different titles. This App is great because you can not only manually enter movie titles, you can scan the UPC code and it will fill in as much information about the title that it can. I use this all the time because if I am at a store I can always see what movies I own, just in case I see a title I want to purchase. I also use it if a friend wants to borrow a movie from me, with this App I can mark any specific title as Lending and I can make a note as to who I have lended it to. Entering a lot of movie titles in can be time-consuming, but once you have your movie collection already in there it’s always easy to add new titles. So far I have 227 movies added, but I still have a lot more to go.

 2. Kindle by Amazon – Price: Free

 I am constantly using my Amazon Kindle App. I already have about 50 titles and I am getting new ones each day. This App has been great because of all the good books that Amazon releases. The best part is I haven’t paid a cent for any of the books that I have on my Kindle App and I didn’t have to purchase an expensive Kindle either. Amazon releases free books daily in their “Best Sellers” section of the Kindle store. They list the 100 top paid best sellers as well as the 100 top free best sellers. I always look everyday, because one day a book might be free and the next day you might have to pay for it. I have many classics as well as many cook books. I love looking through the cook books, many times I can get great recipes out of them.

 3. iLlumination US – Universal Flashlight – Price: Free

 I was very skeptical about downloading this app, I was unsure if I would ever want to use my phone as a flashlight. Believe it or not I have used this app more than I ever thought I was going to. The app comes with four different flashlight functions: Flashlight, Tap Mode, Strobe, and Morse Code. Flashlight is basically just a flashlight, it uses the light that is the flash for the iPhone camera, except it stays on for as long as you need a handy flashlight. Tap Mode is basically for signaling, if you know Morse Code you can actually tap your own message to signal someone. Strobe is exactly what it sounds like, you can set up your phone to act as a strobe light. With the strobe feature you can set the speed at which the light will blink on and off. Last is the Morse Code option, it’s just like Tap Mode but instead of the user having to know Morse Code the user can just type a quick message and the light will blink in Morse Code according to whatever message you have typed in at that time. This is a very handy app if you need a flashlight right away when no one else has one.

4. FlashDrive – USB&Bluetooth&Email File Sharing – Price: $0.99

The FlashDrive App has saved me more times than I can count. There’s been so many times that I have been over at a friend’s house and they wanted to give me some kind of awesome program or video, but I never had a flash drive on me. All I would have to do is plug my phone into their computer and if they had iTunes installed I could have access to an instant flash drive on my phone. I have used this so many times at work also, there’s always some kind of file I need to bring home from work and of course I never have a flash drive handy, all I have to do is hook my phone up to a work computer and I have an instant flash drive storage right on my iPhone. The FlashDrive App allows you to use any free memory on your iPhone. This app also allows you to transfer files via email, USB, or Bluetooth. This is a great app to have for a person on the go and doesn’t carry a flash drive with them.

5. SoundHound – Price: Free

 SoundHound is one of my most favorite Apps, next to MovieScanner. I am not only a big movie junkie, I like various types of music also. SoundHound is great for identifying songs that you hear that you might not know who the title or artist is. SoundHound will find the information for you just by “listening” to the song and it can give you the artist name, the title of the song and album, where you can find it on iTunes, as well as the lyrics so you can sing along if you want. I have found so much more music with this App, just recently I was at a graduation party and heard a remix of a song I like and was able to find out the artist that did the remix as well as the song title and the album that the song was on. This App has been very useful and I use it all the time.

The Apps that I listed are the ones that I use all the time, pretty much on a daily basis. Please keep reading our XmeetsY blog to see part 2 of Top 10 iPhone Apps.

-J-

Are You A Zombie?

Do you find yourself shambling around town looking for a purpose? Have strange cravings for a fresh brain or even living tissue? Do people avoid you and scream in horror when you come around? You might be a zombie. In these modern days the zombie has definitely evolved further beyond being the slaves of voodoo masters. Since this can get so confusing at times for a zombie such as yourself this short guide will explain what different types of zombies there are. This way you can determine what kind of zombie you are and hopefully find a purpose for yourself in this crazy mixed up world. First of all we need to quickly define what a zombie is; a zombie can be, but is not limited to, a freshly dead corpse re-animated by radiation, chemicals, viruses, sorcery, or “acts of God”. Many zombies feel a hunger that will never go away, the hunger for brains or fresh human flesh if needed. The need to feast on the living is just a way for you as a zombie to temporarily control your strong hunger pains. Unfortunately science has yet to find a cure for this ongoing hunger issue, so in the mean time you will have to cope with eating the living. This can be hard when you first become a zombie, but trust me you’ll be ok with taking a bite out of your friend Dave in no time. There are many different categories of zombies, but I am going to try to focus on the big six which are:

  • Voodoo Zombies
  • Chemically Altered Zombies
  • Virually Infected Zombies
  • Parasitic Zombies
  • Possessed Zombies
  • Irradiated Zombies
     

 Voodoo Zombies

Voodoo zombies are not your typical modern zombie. These types of zombies don’t really have the hunger that most zombies have. They are victims turned into zombie slaves by Voodoo priests or priestess.  These victims are used by the priest/ priestess to do their bidding for them. Usually you are turned into a zombie slave because you owe a large debt or you were bad or evil to people in your previous life. Many zombie slaves are doomed to be just that a slave the rest of their time on earth. There has only been a few studied cases where zombie slaves have returned to the land of the living.  A couple of good movies to help you understand if you are a Voodoo Zombie or not.

 Chemically altered zombies are typically humans that are turned into zombies, either on accident or on purpose, by ingesting or being covered in some kind of unknown or known chemical. These zombie types are usually the outcome of some government experiment, government secret operation, or some “accidental” chemical spill. Chemically altered zombies do suffer from the hunger and must feed constantly in order to stay in top physical undead shape. One thing to note about becoming a chemically altered zombie is that you will usually die right away and be re-animated pretty fast. This is good because you can immediately begin feasting on unsuspecting victims in your party. Unlike virally infected zombies that show signs and symptoms before they change giving a chance for anyone to simply put you out of your misery. A couple of good movies to help you understand if you are a Chemically Altered Zombie or not.

Virually Infected Zombies

Virually infected zombies are one of the most common forms of zombies to become. Chances are you got caught in some sort of plague or virus outbreak. This sort of zombie can be caused by government research with different viruses or an unexplained disease or virus from another country or another planet. Zombies which are virually infected do display symptoms before they turn. If you are turning into a zombie but do not quite feel the hunger yet try to find a nice secluded area so you are not bothered or killed for that matter by any pesky humans. This way you can change and start your new life as an infected zombie. Virually infected zombies do have the power to recruit humans into the zombie ranks, by bite or by means of blood.  A couple of good movies to help you understand if you have been infected with a zombie virus.

Parasitic Zombies

Parasitic zombies are usually humans turned into zombies by a parasite. This can be, but is not limited to, alien parasites or even man-made parasites. Sometimes parasitic zombies feel the need to feed, but it usually depends on the agenda of the parasite controlling them. The parasite normally keeps the host alive until it has no more use for it. A parasitic zombie is controlled solely by the parasite and must conform to the demands of the parasite living inside the brain. Unfortunately if you’re a parasite zombie you have no means of recruiting humans by bite. A couple of good movies to help you understand if you have been taken over by a parasite.

 Possessed Zombies

Possessed zombies are usually humans that have been taken over by some supernatural force. These types of zombies don’t normally feel the hunger that many other types of zombies feel. Possessed zombies usually have some sort of agenda, whether it’s getting a bunch of pesky teenagers out of a secluded log cabin or trying to find the book of the dead to raise the army of the dead. Possessed zombies usually have supernatural powers such as making someone have visual or auditory hallucinations.  If you are a possessed zombie you are one of the rarest of the types of zombies, possessions normally only happen in isolated incidents. A couple of good movies to help you understand if you are or have been possessed.

Irradiated Zombies

 Irradiated zombies are humans that are turned into zombies because of coming in contact with high levels of radiation or some kind of nuclear waste. This kind of zombification usually only affects recently deceased corpses, but has been known to affect living tissue.  Irradiated zombies usually are caused by human error, whether from a downed satellite, government experiments, government intervention gone wrong, or even a power plant melt down may cause irradiated zombies to rise. Typically irradiated zombies do feel the hunger and must feed on the living. A couple of good movies to help you understand if you are an irradiated zombie.

 Hopefully this guide will help you quickly figure out what kind of zombie you have become. This way you can serve your own zombie kind for the purpose that they need you for.