Software Scam: 3DMagix = Blender

Blender is one of the most popular open-source 3D modeling programs available. However, someone has been selling the application under the name “3DMagix.” This is technically legal under the GNU General Public License, but redistributing copyrighted artwork and removing identification (splash screens, copyright notices, etc.), as the seller(s) reportedly did, is forbidden. If you paid for a copy of 3DMagix, you have been scammed. I want to tell you to ask for a refund, but 3DMagix’s website is curiously not working anymore.

You can download the original program for free at www.blender.org. The program is currently at version 2.49. For more information on the 3DMagix scam, visit these sites:

Re-branding Blender (Blender)
3DMagix: re-branding and selling the free software Blender (Blender Nation)

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FUNimation’s “Digimon” Fail Corrected


If you haven’t heard, FUNimation is streaming Japanese episodes of Digimon Adventure 02. The current description of the series reads:

Three years have passed since Taichi, Takeru and Hikari’s original adventure, but a new threat arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld – the Digimon Emperor intent on enslaving the Digimon for his own purposes. Two of the original DigiDestined, Hikari and Takeru, return joined by three newcomers: Daisuke, Miyako and lori. Together they go to the DigiWorld and with their Digimon partners Gatomon, Patamon, Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon fight the new menace to save the DigiWorld they love.

Thankfully, someone changed it since I last visited the site on May 13th. Then, it said:

Three years has past from Taichi’s adventure, but a new virus arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld. Due to the virus’ special power, Agumon and others can’t evolve. At the time, Veemon, one of the new type Digimon who is able to evolve into many types of Digimon using a Digi-Egg. Newcomer Hikari is partnered with Veemon, and along with her friends Takeru and Daisuke they venture into the DigiWorld.

Um…no. There’s no virus attacking the Digital World, Hikari (Kari) is a season one veteran, and Daisuke (Davis) is the newbie partnered with Veemon. The new summary is right, except that it blends the language versions. Gatomon, Veemon, and Armadillomon’s Japanese names are Tailmon, V-mon, and Armadimon, respectively, and the Digimon Emperor is called the Digimon Kaiser. Also, the original version uses the terms “chosen children” (選ばれし子供 erabareshi kodomo) and “Digital World” instead of “Digi-Destined” and “Digi-World” (the dubbers were obsessed with putting digi in front of everything).

Pickiness aside, I am thrilled that a company like FUNimation has an interest in Digimon. Maybe they have some other plans for the series…

“Digimon Data Squad” Boxset May Already Be Out


Retailers said it wouldn’t be available until May 26th, but I bought my copy today. So, Digimon fans, call or visit your neighborhood Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, etc. to see if they already have it in stock. (I paid $30, but Target has it for $20. If you like buying online, Amazon also has it for $20. Comparison shopping works.) As expected, it has three DVDs and a booklet with information about the DATS members and summaries of the thirteen episodes.

I noticed a couple interesting things on the jacket. Fans have been talking about the product description on the publisher’s website (Well Go USA). The last sentence says, “Experience the final Digimon series like never before.” That line, along with the lack of news for a year or two, confirmed for most of us that Digimon is done. However, the boxset itself says, “Experience the newest Digimon series like never before.” (Here’s the proof—sorry about the quality.) Why the change? An error? A cover-up? A glimmer of hope for a season six, perhaps? The show’s still popular. (Why else would they be bringing Digimon RPG to North America and making a sequel?)

The other thing I saw gave me a nice laugh. The image on the back shows Marcus, Agumon, and GeoGreymon, but the picture is…incomplete. I know a Digimon and its partner are joined at the hip, but…

Anyway, I won’t be able to watch the DVDs until Wednesday or Thursday (at the earliest), so that’s when I’ll tell you about the menu, any extras, and things like that. Of course, you may have bought it yourself by then! If so, enjoy!

WWWJDIC Gets an Upgrade

If you’re a nerd like me and frequent the Japanese dictionary site Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC, you’ll love the latest addition: audio clips! Now you can improve your vocab even more with sound files to help you speak like a native! As a bonus, some of these words are also now linked to lessons from JapanesePod101.com! Nihongo students, rejoice!

Here’s another great Japanese dictionary: Tangorin.com. The layout is clean and simple. Just type any Japanese or English word into the search box. Other languages like French or German work, too. There are other search options, like Kanji and proper names. Some of the Kanji listings even have stroke order diagrams, courtesy of Kanji Cafe! Very helpful! One con of Tangorin is that it doesn’t detect verb conjugations like WWWJDIC does. For example, if you search for まって matte, the dictionary will look for it alone but will not recognize it as a form of 待つ matsu (to wait). Regardless, I still recommend the site.

You can read more about WWWJDIC’s new sound bites here. Happy learning!