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Gambling by modern technology with the God of Wealth – Chay Sin Yah   Leave a comment

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We decided to revisit the God of Wealth as that Sunday we went, the weather was damp and drizzling. The sky was then dark and gloomy thus making a “dark day” for gambling. However, I must confess that I am a non-gambler. I was just curious how the 4-digits numbers were generated electronically. There was a kneeling stool with the two words inscribed ” Wholehearted Prayer” and next, you press a red button. The dark LED will light up and next your 4 digits number will flash in red colours before your very eyes. If you are a forgetful person, there are bits of paper with a pencil to record your magical numbers. Happy winning if your good luck has come along your way!

SP Lim

Every writer I know has trouble writing. — Joseph Heller

Gurney Paragon – editing with Picasa 3.9   Leave a comment

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With the recent upgrade of Picasa to version 3.9, this free photo-editing software is so much nicer and creative to use. Now, we have framing too. The features are too numerous to describe with even “pseudo-HDR editing” and I especially like the “neon effect”. Do check up the latest of Picasa 3.9 – it is an excellent software and moreover it is FREE!

SP Lim

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. — Tennessee Williams

The Pikom PC Fair at Straits Quay Convention Hall, Penang   1 comment

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The Pikom PC Fair is being held from Friday, 24 February to Sunday, 25 February, 2012 at the Straits Quay Convention Hall, Level 6, Penang. Though the exhibitors are lesser in numbers but the venue is big enough but slightly too high up especially for those who had bought larger items to carry to the car.

SP Lim

Writing is a struggle against silence. — Carlos Fuentes

HDR photography   Leave a comment

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HDR – High Dynamic Range imaging or photography shall normally involve capturing an image in 3 or more exposures in raw format but can also in JPEG but colour saturation is more difficult to control. In the processing of these raw photographs in the Photomatix Pro 4.0 in my case, I usually like to process in “Painterly” format so as to clearly define these HDR photos compared to conventional ones. However, these tone-mapped photos can be likeable or hated by those viewing these photos. Well, when Van Gogh or Picasso painted their art works, quite similiar scenario ought to happen. So?

SP Lim

From Wikipedia

In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

In simpler terms, HDR is a range of techniques geared toward representing more contrast in pictures. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at a single exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together so that we get a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

The two main sources of HDR imagery are computer renderings and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range (LDR) or standard-dynamic-range (SDR) photographs. Tone-mapping techniques, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.

This morning’s colourful but cloudy sunrise over Penang Port   Leave a comment

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I woke up about 0600 hours or 6.00 am this morning – Saturday, January 14, 2012. Took a bath and drove off to Tanjung City Marina for my personal photoshooting. Nobody was seen around the area and it was pleasant cloudy morning so no sun until it was high above in the sky. It was then too bright to shoot. Any how have to make the best of the existing circumstances and tried out my HDR shots on a new CF card. The results of editing of Photomatix and Lightroom are uploaded in the series here.

SP Lim

The desire to write grows with writing. — Desiderius Erasmus

Pinang Peranakan Mansion of George Town, Penang   Leave a comment

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Owing to the gross inefficiency of the only Malaysian electricity power supply company known as Tenaga, as opening “reward” for imposing an extra surcharge 1% on the total bill over RM77.00 per month on consumers, our area was struck with a 2-hours blackout. Perhaps, the theory is that with increased tariff corresponds with exponential decrease in service from such monopolistic company who has only profits as the main objective.
More photos shall be uploaded later as too tired to wait for the slow internet speed that is, yes, from the telecommunications company with the same policy of service. That shall be another story.
Well back to main topic:-

From the Wikipedia :-

Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of late 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian archipelago of Nusantara during the Colonial era.

Members of this community in Melaka address themselves as “Nyonya Baba” instead of “Baba-Nyonya”. Nyonya is the term for the ladies and Baba for the gentlemen. It applies especially to the ethnic Chinese populations of the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java and other locations, who have adopted partially or in full Nusantara customs to be somewhat assimilated into the local communities. They were the elites of Singapore, more loyal to the British than to China. Most have lived for generations along the straits of Malacca and not all intermarried with the local Native Indonesians and Malays. They were usually traders, the middleman of the British and the Chinese, or the Chinese and Malays, or vice versa because they were mostly English educated. Because of this, they almost always had the ability to speak two or more languages. In later generations, some lost the ability to speak Chinese as they became assimilated to the Malay Peninsula’s culture and started to speak Malay fluently as a first or second language.

While the term Peranakan is most commonly used among the ethnic Chinese for those of Chinese descent also known as Straits Chinese (土生華人; named after the Straits Settlements), there are also other, comparatively small Peranakan communities, such as Indian Hindu Peranakans (Chitty), Indian Muslim Peranakans (Jawi Pekan) (Jawi being the Javanised Arabic script,[2] Pekan a colloquial contraction of Peranakan[2]) and Eurasian Peranakans (Kristang[2]) (Kristang = Christians).[2][3] The group has parallels to the Cambodian Hokkien, who are descendants of Hoklo Chinese. They maintained their culture partially despite their native language gradually disappearing a few generations after settlement.[4]

Mastering HDR Photography at EOS Boutique, Penang   Leave a comment

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Mastering HDR (High Dynamic Range)Photography was conducted by Mr John Liew for the interested photo enthusiastic members. For me, it was mastering the Photomatix and Photoshop/CS4 which made my understanding confused! Hopefully with more practice we can make the grade to produce good HDR photos. I shall start trying from tomorrow. Thanks John and Max for the short course.

SP Lim

New Space of 15G bought today   Leave a comment

Hopefully with this purchase of 15G, I can upload my slideshows of numerous photos that had backlogged to a massive “traffic jam”!

Purchasing new space for my photographs   Leave a comment

The time has come for me to purchase space for my WordPress blog as I had used up to 80% og my given free 3 G space. With current poor internet recption I has only a poor 30% chance of uploading photos to my blogs. Hopefully, I can recover my previous position of uploading my photos again peacefully and fast.  Now at my work place, I can start rantling again and perhaps carry my pendrive to upload the photos.

SP Lim

Test to add photo   Leave a comment

Flowers for Wesak

Different yellow, different flowers

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