My Tiny New Housemate (Macro Shot)

29 November, 2007 at 10:34 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I’ve updated and posted up the much larger panorama shot for this post. It’s all flickr’s fault for not allowing pictures bigger than 1024 pix. Don’t ask me to upgrade my account ok? No money.

Remember a couple a days ago I said my last house mate has left? Well, the day after that I was greeted with a new house mate. This new house mate of mine doesn’t talk much, is pretty tiny, and worse is I don’t even know its gender. Yeah, the fella is really androgynous looking.

Never mind, I managed to take a photo of him/her:

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Metalic green wtf.

 

There! Pretty spiffy looking ain’t that fella?

Haha, sorry for the lame joke. Fact is the picture is one the macro shots that I took last week with my FE(what else?). Funny thing is, the fly didn’t fly away when I took this photo. Bear in mind that I did not use any zoom at all cause my FE would automatically kill the zoom(and flash) once in super macro mode.

Most pro photographer/blogger *cough*ST*cough*Smashpop*cough* would look at the picture and probably say “what la, like that also you call macro ah? HAHAHAHAHA!” and proceed to laugh their asses off. As much as I like to lay praises to my FE, it still has its limitations as a P & S cam. Noticeably in areas such as night mode, macro, focusing and the lack of manual control.

So to compensate, what I did was I placed the lens as close to the bugger(pun intended) as possible. At one point the lens was just hovering around 2 cm from the fly and yet it stood its ground. Probably trying to tell me that this is his ground and it won’t be afraid to protect it.

To show my gratitude to the bugger for being such cooperative and willing model for my photoshoot, I decided to repay his deed in the most humanly way possible.

I swat the fella.

I had no choice. Had tonnes of clothes to hang dry that day and all he/she could do is nonchalantly place its dirty ass on the clothes hanger. Bugger.

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Had my FYP presentation last Monday. To dismiss any rumors that the person behind this site is a 150kg hairy man, here’s a shot of me before going:

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Back shot ala God of Gamblers.

One of the very few occasions where I have to where stifling formal clothes. I assure you I’m not always decked in those outfits. Usually I’d be wearing the dirtiest and most torn off shirts and pants cause I have to go to the workshop ma. The workshop is where I work on my top secret prototype, getting all sweaty handling the heavy machineries. Total manliness.

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These marketing people should be shot

27 November, 2007 at 9:21 am (Funny pics) (, , )

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Disclaimer: This post contains elements that might offend certain people (i.e: people with no sense of humor).

A couple of weeks ago, I was out doing my usual shopping for essentials when I came across some oddly named product at the detergent aisle.

Holy shit? I don’t get it. What are they thinking when they named this product? Did they randomly pulled some alphabets out of their asses and played scrabble to see who can misspell the best while creating an illusion that the name actually has some meaning or the very least pronounceable? I know the in-thing to do now is to spell product name slightly different or add a ‘z’ suffix like Hyundai Getz or Sony’s Bionz or Vaseline’s Azzlube. Obviously I made the last one up.

I mean does Klin here means Clean? If it does then what kinda half-ass spelling is that? Look, it’s not some high-tech expensive gizmo, it’s just a freaking detergent! Did they seriously put in any thought when naming it or they think consumers like you and me are gullible enough to fall for a product which has this so-called hip sounding name, probably to make up for the lack of quality on it’s part?

And Fresly doesn’t even sound like freshly when pronounced. Damn those morons.

The worse is kids might actually pick-up shitty spelling habits as a result of over exposure to these badly named products. Don’t be surprised when one day you ask your kids if their rooms are clean and fresh, they end up saying “no, it’s klin and fresly beeeech!”.

Some pictures which I think is a bit disturbing for the packaging:

Looks pretty innocent doesn’t it? I mean it’s just a picture of a half-cut apple, totally appropriate for the box’s content of apple juice. WRONG! What you didn’t know is that the picture serves to:

1) Stimulate major sensory nerves in the brain to create a slight wanton desire for decadence which results in:

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2) A successful marketing persuasion created by greedy mastermind to subconsciously plant hints of bodily gratification thus creating curiosity that literally grabs you by the dick.

So, out of curiosity(because you spend like 10 seconds to stare at the box which resulted in 1) happening) you ended up buying it. They could have used a picture of a full round apple, yet they insisted on using one that looks like erm for the lack of better words, a CB(those who do not know what CB means, please inquire from your nearest hokkien profanity spewing chao ah beng).

But I could be wrong, cause when every science student was bragging about how they studied human reproduction in-depth during SPM biology, I took computer and IT instead. So yeah, don’t ask me about chromosomes or zigots or how this or that looked like cause I know squat about them 😉

This is even worse:

Seeing this on a juice carton, a friend of mine remarked “eh, looks like that time of the month again huh?”. I know, he’s as sensitive as a prick.

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Ok, as for this one I found it when I googled CCB to see how many more hokkien profanities I can learn. I totally didn’t expect to find such appropriately named school. And the school’s real, I didn’t make that up. Just wondering, what do they study there?

But can’t blame them for the name la, since they are ang moh what.

Then a couple of days ago, I went to this newly opened cafe near the IT faculty dubbed the Tower Cafe due to its proximity to one of my uni’s best known landmark – the water tower. I found this disturbing poster with a slight hint towards debauchery:

The caricature is ok, just a kid holding holding a long, thick and big delicious looking ice-cream. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s the slogan underneath it that gave me a bad feeling. Often Licked Never Beaten? That phrase just sounded so wrong. Wrong for ice cream advertisement at least. Almost like there’s a double meaning to it

You know what? I think that phrase is more suited to a cactus. A cactus? Yeah, THIS cactus:

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Often Licked Never Beaten?

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p/s: Cactus picture courtesy of Angel who happens to blog really well. Go check it out.

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Home alone

24 November, 2007 at 4:31 pm (Mumblings) (, , )

The last person(other than me) in my hostel’s apartment has left and went back to his hometown this morning . That means I’m officially home alone. Kinda odd though this feeling, I mean it’s always been a bit noisy here what’s with 8 guys living in an apartment. Not to mention the mess and dirtiness as well.

But now that everyone has already went back to their respective hometowns, an unexplainable void seems to have left a vacuum in the house.

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The whole apartment is mine, alllllllllllllllllllllllllll mine! Hahahahahaha!

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The emptiness is further amplified by the fact that the next apartment also seems to be devoid of any occupants.

Now, this begs the question: what should I do now that I’m home alone?

Well for starters, an orgy is definitely out of the question since most girls has already left as well. Haha joke ok?

So, for those who are enjoying the comfort of your own home, be grateful. You guys get home-cooked meals, high-speed internet, hot shower, Astro, mummy to wash your dirty clothes(or at least a washing machine to do the job), drive daddy’s car around to go here and there, family to look after you when you’re sick and air-conditioners etc etc. I haven’t see home in 20 weeks already and it’ll still be several more weeks before I actually get home.

Those that disgusts me the most are the ones that complain why their daddy didn’t buy them a sports car for them to go to their private college or give them money to buy the Evisu denims they wanted. Makes me want to turn into a girl and bitch slap these whiny creatures.

Not that I’m complaining, I’m already used to this being independent thing. Me and my friends only get to see our homes 3 months in a year. We’ve been doing it close to four years already. I’m just pissed at how people tend to take things and the little luxuries in life for granted. Can’t they rely on themselves and be independent a bit? Don’t they have backbones?

Hmm, I think I’ll hit the gym later.

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Uni Shots Part3: Panorama Overload

23 November, 2007 at 9:08 am (Uni pics) (, , , , )

*update: Original large panorama up-loaded.

So, how many of you managed to guess the previous post’s mystery symbol correctly?

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Stephen guessed it correctly the first time. Darn, he’s pretty good. Actually he’s the only one who commented. Well, I guess we don’t see a lot of that symbol in Malaysia. Not many people have cardiac pacemakers here you see.

In case you’re wondering, the warning sign came from a Nondestructive Testing(NDT) machine in my faculty’s NDT lab. Too much for me to explain here about NDT. Click here if you want to know more.

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What will you get when you take six pictures…

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And stitch them up in a continuous manner?

Why, you’ll get one super long panorama shot of course!

Click here to see a normal (no panorama) shot of the same view

What you’re looking at is actually a 180 degree view outside of my window (the actual photo is much much bigger but stupid Flickr decided to be funny and limit my photo size to 1024 pix vertical, damn!). In fact looking at the top-most unstitched photo(the 1st one) you’re actually looking at the roof which is directly above my head!

As for bottom-most(last) unstitched photo, that would be equivalent to almost looking directly beneath my feet. It’s the ground floor. Here’s a side by side comparison:

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I could have gone further and take 10 or more pics and stitch them up to give you a 360 degree view. But that would be pointless cause the other 180 degree view would be my room I took these photos from my room remember?

I used this software to do the photo stitching:

Of course, you can also use photoshop’s photomerge function to create wonderful panorama pics.

And thus, ends the university posts run. I think I’ve gone panorama crazy at the end of this. Can’t help it, it’s too addictive!

Have a happy weekend!

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Uni Shots Part 2: View From The Window

21 November, 2007 at 7:13 pm (Uni pics) (, , , , )

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Those who have been to this site long enough (and wasted away your time reading the garbage I wrote or looking at my puke-inducing photos) would know that I stay at Alamanda College. For those who don’t study here, Alamanda College is actually a residential hostel meant for the uni’s old people aka seniors. I don’t know why they call it college when in fact they are just a collection of apartment buildings. Funny how they name things…

Nonetheless, staying at Alamanda college gives me the privilege to improve my photography skills. Armed with my FE, I would go around several apartments, peering precariously out of the window or balcony to take the best shots possible. You can check out some of them here and here(my favorite by far).

As for today, I’m just gonna show you some pics I took from my room’s window. These are what I wake up to every morning:

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There! Can you see it? The golf course they are constructing right in front of my hostel. This pic is quite old actually(about 2 months?). The greens have already started to grow by now and the course is near completion.

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An obviously shitty attempt at panoramic shot by yours truly. Damn you photoshop!

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This is what I do when I’m studying but can’t seem to get anything into my puny brain. I’ll just look at the clouds passing by and see if it’ll turn into funny shapes. I was bored ok?!

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A less shitty attempt at panorama photography. I stitched 3 photos for this pic.

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For this shot, I went a bit overboard and used 4 photos to make it. Took the pics vertically as opposed to horizontally(previous pic) giving it a long-ish feel.

 

To end this post, I’m gonna see if you guys you can tell me what this symbol means:

 

 

No heart here? No love allowed? Have fun guessing. Answer will be revealed in the next post.

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