Daily Archives: Friday 15/01/2010

Diedrich Bader is… The Batman? Moving Pictures Notes 15 JAN 2010

The Drew Carey Show. Anyone remember it? You know, it ran from 1995 to 2004, consisted of 9 seasons made up of 233 episodes in total? Well if you do, do you remember the tall, dark-haired, silly Oswald from the show? You do? Excellent.

Well, Diedrich Bader is Oswald’s true identity and I learned something very cool the other day – believe it or not, this funny man is in fact the latest to carry the mantle of Batman voice over artist!

Now Kevin Conroy is pretty much accepted as the definitive Batman voice over artist and I don’t think anyone will dispute that, but for this latest, more kiddy-friendly return to the slapstick Batman of the 60’s roots, Diedrich actually makes perfect sense. Batman: The Brave and the Bold loses the gritty, dark atmosphere that has dominated the Batman animated franchise for the last decade and as such, the deadpan one-liners and witty puns are delivered as perfectly as one could ask for by Mr. Bader, making him the perfect choice for this particular incarnation of one of the world’s most popular comic book heroes.

Interestingly enough though, I hadn’t realised that Diedrich was in fact involved with the DC animated universe right from the get go. In the original Batman animated series he did in fact hold down the character voice for Captain Slash as well as that of Zee/Zeta for the Batman Beyond spin-off title, The Zeta Project. Now who’d have guessed that I ask you with tears in my eyes?

Anyway, the whole point of this post is that I simply can’t believe that good old goofy Oswald finally made it all the way to the big time after all! :P

Fine, it is quite goofy, but so what - suits Bader just fine! :P

Related Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046033/

How to Turn on Caret Browsing CodeUnit 15 JAN 2010

Instead of just using the mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can in fact use the standard navigation (arrow and page-) keys on your keyboard to do this, making in particular specific text selection far more targeted and easier to achieve.

This particular browse mode is referred to as Caret Browsing, named after the caret (the cursor icon) which appears when you edit a text field like in a Word document for instance.

To activate this mode in either FireFox or Internet Explorer 8, simply press the F7 key. This will pop up the following dialog, which if you agree to, switches on the caret browsing mode.

To turn caret browsing off, simply press F7 again.