Monthly Archives: December 2011
Obligatory confession: Why did you choose WordPress above all blogging platforms?
First of all, I would like to thank WordPress for being a blogger-friendly platform. Aside from that, WordPress offers categories as factors for organizing your blog posts. Also, WordPress is also conducive for learning, but I only see a handful of bloggers use WordPress as their blogging platform. Also, WordPress has this comment box which has a much friendlier approach to anons.
Not to lambast other blogging platforms, but here’s why.
Compare and Contrast with other blogs
Blogger, when it comes to customized themes, is hard-to-please. It’s only good if you want your cbox to be linked or as a widget, or maybe polls, but for learning and comments, it isn’t really as conducive as WordPress.
Typepad – you have to pay for it!
LiveJournal – LiveJournal is not actually a bad blog platform at all, but this is designed for people who’d like to have their personal blog. Besides, it also isn’t really conducive for learning as well.
Xanga – It’s like the blog version of Friendster. It’s only for those hippies who love to copy-paste surveys and it isn’t as user-friendly as WordPress.
People who used Blogger are moving to WordPress
Some of them, actually. Others are from Tumblr. Hmm… I really don’t know why, but WordPress is actually more enjoyable than any other blog platforms out there. Hmmm… maybe it’s just me?
Somehow, the reason why I enjoyed it is because, you don’t have to put your location or something, or maybe it’s because it’s designed for the OC person, especially if categories are needed to be organized.
First, I left Xanga, LiveJournal or maybe Blogger. The reason why I did this is because, WordPress has created a home for me, where I can write things like my personal opinions, or maybe my interests!
People like my followers recommend WordPress
Mikx is one of those people who encouraged me to go back to WordPress.com is because… the blogging environment is conducive. Same with Roxy.
Of course, if you want to create fiction stories, you’d rather be in WordPress, or post the past articles of your school paper. That would mean a lot more than everything.
Disclaimer: This is to teach you guys how to do it the right way. Sorry if I’m a Mac user, but if you could bear with my tutorial, here you go. Oh, and I’m no professional photographer either. This is designed to those who haven’t discover yet the potentials of digital photography.
How to do everything like the PRO’s do?
While most of us enthusiasts are really curious about the world, we are also curious about why RAW is a flexible format. Everyone said it’s the file format of post-processing, or let’s say, it’s a film negative equivalent.
In RAW imaging, it’s like this: Open your iPhoto, and choose a RAW file. You’ll see that the white balance is set to its native number.
So here are the basics that you should know…
Step One: Shoot in RAW
Shooting in RAW gives you the advantage and opportunities to post-process your photos with ease and flexibility. However, the downside is, shooting in RAW consumes memory space and it will take you a long time to post-process everything in RAW. Aside from that, you should have a post-processing software just to have your RAW file viewed. Luckily, the Mac has iPhoto pre-installed in it.
For Windows users, don’t worry, your DSLR might be supplied a software designed to view and to edit RAW images.
Step Two: Upload your photos in photo-organizing apps such as iPhoto.
iPhoto isn’t only designed for organizing and arranging photos, it also has built-in HDR through the help of reducing shadows.
If you happen to use Windows, I really can’t answer your question since I really find it more comfortable to edit photos in Mac. Well, here’s the thing: Macs provide everything for you and it’s much more ideal to use Photoshop in Mac, I just don’t know why.
iPhoto is one of the most reliable software (or maybe Photoshop Elements, but I haven’t tried one yet) to quickly edit and post-process photos, for Macintosh, that is.
Step Three: Always have Lightroom 3 installed on your computer
You won’t actually survive if you d0n’t have Lightroom installed, just in case you want to make your sky bluer than ever.
There are things that Lightroom could do that Photoshop cannot as is do. Perspective control is one of them, and without any doubt, Lightroom does it faster than Photoshop. Of course, you may change the white balance if you want, but make sure you drag the post-processed photo directly from iPhoto. It is still in RAW I think, but it seems more convenient since it helps you edit more and of course, experiment.
Step Four: Always have Photoshop installed on your computer
This is actually a photo combined with two photos, resulting from preference of tint done in Lightroom.
Of course, with the post-processing thing, watermarking is very important. This is to protect your photos just in case someone else uses it.
Although according to the Digital Photography Manual, Photoshop is a very expensive software which is very complicated to use, and some of the features there will never be used by an average enthusiast. However, this one is very helpful when creating effects and of course, watermarking photos.
Also, having Photoshop doesn’t only give you the advantage of watermarking photos, it may also let you create effects or maybe combine two pictures, then set the blend mode to either Multiply or Soft Light.
Take note: Unless you’re going to download it straight from the Internet, Photoshop IS a really hard-to-get software. Downloading it is “easy,” but look, it will ask you for a serial number for verification, and I really discourage cracks. It doesn’t help actually, so rather search for serial numbers if you want.
I am not advocating piracy, but just to be practical, you have to download at your own risk.
1.) It is because I’m in a challenge.
2.) I love the Internet (Felice, you can’t sue us in any way haha!).
3.) Because I love Tumblr.
4.) I love deviantArt.
5.) That’s it!
Most people do not understand why I blog a lot of things, be it with sense or not.
Tyrone Perez is found dead on a car… maybe he was poisoned or committed suicide. Oh no! Perez… AJ Perez, then Tyrone aww. Well, Amy Perez, good luck!
[x] Passed all my subjects
[x] Wrote a review about a photographer
[x] Created a blog designed for most of my literary works (I am doing this is because I write directly on the Internet, not on document!)
[x] Achieved again a number of notes and faves – Update: State of Oblivion gaining faves!
[x] Started photography again.
[x] Stopped thinking about my crush and started not to think about him again haha.
A brief introduction to my new blog, the literary one
Molybdenum Studios Literary is currently my new blog. I still do not have an icon yet for that blog, but soon, I’ll create one if I’m not feeling too lazy.
First of all, I created the plot of my stories, Osaka Monogatari and of course, I Heart Mr. Enforcer.
Finally, Osaka Monogatari is written, even only a summary of it is because, I really love Japan. And yes, this is a story about two brothers who never had a happy beginning, while I Heart Mr. Enforcer is a story about a policeman and a seductive criminal who wins his heart at the end.
A series of events let me start a new beginning
First of all, I wrote a blog entry about quitting photography. However, what motivated me is only creativity and imagination. Photography is actually for me, just a hobby, but the only reason why I made it serious is because, well, just for a back-up job in case I won’t take up law at all. I simply observed that my specialization should be food photography and of course, fine art photography. Well, what defines fine art? Bokeh.
Next blog posts
Anti-Chinese Sentiment #3 – Tackling all the issues from piracy to dangerous preservatives
Admiring the superpowers is completely pointless
The dark side of the United States of America
It seemed that this post is shorter than the first centennial post
Of course, I really do not have something in mind and I only blog sometimes, good thing there’s a challenge I accepted so that I would post everything everyday. Haha.
Why Anything at Random was discontinued
Hmm… long story, but if you guys want some random things, just tell me.
NOT kill physically HA. I might be of course, jailed forever and ever.
1.) Homewrecker – Of course, the worst enemy of every marginalized person should be avoided at all times. You might not want a simple conversation a very sad ending. Just so you know, she’s not worth someone to talk to. She sometimes verbally clogs you because she feels so high about herself.
2.) Toothless Freak – Just… eww.
3.) Big-Eyed Guy (aka ex-best buddy) – Yes, that guy with big eyes and huge lips is really someone who is an. Asshole. No need to explain more.
4.) Fhrese – The hunchback who has flat nose sideviews and of course has an annoyingly high-pitched voice that sounds too annoying!
5.) All the know-it-alls and popular kids who wronged me – No need to explain shit.
A New Start to go back to Square One
New watermark, new err… style of photography and so on.
So, yeah, me momma’s BFF during her high school years recognized my photography enthusiasm. But her Sigma lens has OS! Ugh! Should’ve been rather, a y’know haha!
Here are some of the latest shots that I have for you guys to enjoy!
~molybdenumstudios|I didn’t expect that the outcome would be a celestial entity being sucked by a black hole.
~molybdenumstudios|Is this a kind of eclipse, or is this the sun coming out at the night sky. Weird, but impressive.
~molybdenumstudios|I really couldn’t think of a title for this, so yeah… just named it with oblivion.
Photographing bokeh needs a lot of imagination and creativity. If you see something in a certain photo, think if it reminds you of something.
I really didn’t expect that one of my bokeh shots (first photo from top) would resemble a black hole capturing a celestial body, probably a star. Of course, that black hole is surrounded by red circular objects that are probably red giant stars or maybe “fiery” effects just to make the black hole look like a devouring creature.
The second photo is of course, a sun coming out at night, which seems weird and very impossible to happen, unless there’s an eclipse happening. So, yeah… it’s really a celestial oxymoron if you see a sun coming at night.
In the last photo, I really couldn’t actually think of a title, so I just entitled it as “State of Oblivion.” The state of oblivion is something when you really couldn’t think of something, or you just forget everything.
Other Bokeh Shots that you’ll really enjoy
These are shots you prob’ly did miss… haha
Bright Goddess|When a commoner falls in love with a goddess full of light.
Abstract Figure|You prob’ly might’ve seen this before, but sorry if it’s too small hahaha!
Captured Light|My very first bokeh shot.
There are more bokeh shots that I uploaded, but most of them didn’t really have any meaning at all. However, playing with light (or painting it) will really help you figure out what a photo means.
Bokeh shots are really nice, actually. If you want to contribute something, make sure that you’re a registered member of deviantArt.com and of course, join this group:
Of course, you may also join wilderness-click (I mentioned this before just search it here) in deviantArt.com and place it in the “Conceptual Shots” folder.
To see more…
Click HERE and view it. Don’t forget to leave a comment!
1.) Yusuke Urameshi – Yu Yu Hakusho’s protagonist is really a hero! Aside from his rei-gun power, he also jokes around with Kuwabara and Hiei… and the red-head dude. All I know is that, he’s Eugene of Ghost Fighter damn it!
2.) Garrod Rann – aka Garudo, he resembles Eugene! HAHAHA! Also, he’s small and also color-headed.
3.) Ginji Amano – Of course, he’s the fictional version of AJ Perez (unlike Ban Mido, who’s suplado!) because he cares a lot and of course, he’s really a nice guy.
4.) Harry Potter – all because of Daniel Radcliffe.
5.) Alex Rider – all because of Alex Pettyfer!
1.) Queen Elizabeth I – One of England’s most charismatic royals, she never married nor had any children. Aside from that, she vowed not to let history “repeat itself” by simply letting her own cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots be beheaded, as this historical figure resembles Mary Tudor, aka the Bloody Mary.
2.) Joan of Arc – Joan of Arc is the patron saint and of course, the national hero of France. France wasn’t really yet France (it was Gaul) and yet, Jeanne d’Arc saved France from the British invaders (most particularly English people). A young hero, she was a martyr, as she was accused of heresy.
3.) Mozart – Probably the most famous Austrian in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a Salzburg native who started his musical career at only the age of four. With that, he wrote musical compositions for the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, but his rival, Antonio Salieri, an Italian, was chosen instead after Mozart wanted to create the opera version of the Marriage of Figaro (listen to the famous Overture), which was banned for political purposes.
Well, at least, despite that, his biography’s depicted in the 1984 film Amadeus.
4.) Jesus Christ – Of course, the most famous historical figure ever in history, is best known for His parables and His teachings.
5.) Jose Rizal – The reason why I liked him as a hero is because, he wanted to show the world that the pen is mightier than the sword. Ironically, if he really deserves the “national hero” title, why was his last love a foreigner? Never mind, that doesn’t make him less a hero since his first-born child who died after three hours was Philippine-born.
OF course, that blog’s only reserved for fiction stories that you should… watch out for:
1.) Osaka Monogatari
2.) Extremes & Randoms
3.) The Walking Skeleton
4.) Sleep Tight Babe
5.) Instant Money
6.) I Heart Mr. Enforcer
7.) There is More to Life than the Superpower
Compare the difference between a frugal life with all the strict rules containing more don’ts than do’s and a flexible life where you’re taught to be practical and at the same time, survive.
Compare and Contrast
Wikipedia|This propaganda IS a good epitome of a structured life.
Having a structured life is having a hard time breaking a habit or a rule. For instance, you should be at school at 7.10 AM or else, you might be marked as tardy. Another thing is a sanction when you have wrong uniform. It’s really frustrating if you seem to follow the rules yet you’re in wrong uniform. That’s the reason why I decided to study in DLSU because there’s no uniform (never mind the sexist dress code, mmk?).
In most high schools, life is structured. You should follow all of them or ELSE, you might be sanctioned. Sometimes, there’s a “police system” that will arrest you because you violated one rule, with or without intention.
When I was still in high school, whatever the school taught me made my life really structured. Paradoxically, when the students find a hard time following ALL the rules, what does the admin do? Sit around, doing nothing? Remember, there are many of my batchmates who had a lot of offenses just because they violated all the rules. (Yes, I’m pointing towards the popular kids, who are just feeling bossy but truth is, they’re incompetent free-riders who violates the rules for their own satisfaction.)
A structured life in a frugal environment is really not an ideal atmosphere for students. You see, survival needs practicality, and these are follows:
1.) Your teacher requires you to bring these things not allowed by the school. (BUT he/she gives advice that securing a permit should be done.)
2.) A project (e.g., Radio Drama) should be done, yet you were sick just because of the stupid environment.
3.) Your classmates are mostly popular kids who are delinquents of their own kind, and you’re not close with them (this happened before during the retreat and yet, most of them are still hypocrites somehow tsk tsk).
4.) The admin doesn’t do what they preach.
This is what really happened:
– Relating with American/European culture is really HARD to achieve.
– You are forced not to express your own thoughts.
– Of course, if over-exposed in a know-it-all environment, you are not free to roam around, physically, mentally, but these know-it-alls are just sitting wround doing nothing (yes, they get away with everything, to be honest).
– You feel that the society that you’re in dictates social rules (e.g., this is not allowed/bawal dito, bawal doon).
– There is a hierarchy between officers, students, honor students and regular students (e.g., caste system, a fake one).
Those are the things that I thought. You should please everybody, although the golden rule is that, “You can’t please anybody,” which is actually true.
In every aspect of daily life, you should first apply the philosophies taught by your teachers, or maybe those shows that claim to be influential. Truth is, that’s because of the society who expects high and of course, become vigilant once someone makes a false step.
The case of Failice Yawn the fake-ass
Alright, so this is what happened, just before I withdrew from the scenario: This is about Felice Fawn again (which I hate to rant about, again haha), when I used to like her because everyone does it. If you hate Felice, people would say, “FACK U! U JUST JEALOUS!”
Felice is a religion-hater and at the same time, I really cannot get along with her beliefs. Professional model, photographer, artist and err… retoucher? HA! Why isn’t she famous as Gemma Ward or Agyness Deyn? Why doesn’t she earn respect just like those REAL professionals who work so hard just to earn a living? Is that because she’s only whoring for attention that she has a pretty face and her extremely skinny body that’s like an eyesore to everyone?
She’s NOT naturally thin (apologize to Taylor Momsen since she’s really skinny); she was only anorexic back then. Aside from that, her sister ain’t skinny either! Now look, Felice is covering everything up just to save face.
Also, her atheistic beliefs and hating religion is completely pointless. You know what happens? People become atheists just because of her.
If you said someone’s unattractive, then you’re just jealous
Well, well, well… just so you know, there are some people who don’t find a thing or two attractive, just like in the case of me, when I lambast the likes of you-know-who, and some people there who aren’t attractive but either has a good or bad reputation.
To be honest with you, this is the only thing that I’m always repeating: If you’re smart, talented and everything, but having an attitude problem is something not to be proud of.
This is another thing. If you so happen to criticize someone, the “society” might lambast you for being jealous. What now if that particular person or thing… isn’t your type?
Philosophical bombardment doesn’t only mean that you follow all the philosophies everywhere, but sometimes, you have to break this rule just to survive.
Following all the rules very religiously shouldn’t be really a rule to everyone. There are instances where you should at least, prepare to face the consequences, be it from the arrogant achievers OR to the assuming hypocrites.
It is really hard to explain what philosophical bombardment is all about, but the basic mindset is usually, “All people are beautiful, and I love all of them dearly.”
A flexible life, on the other hand, at least gives you the freedom and immunity to decide on your own. NO restrictions, and you’re allowed to roam around freely without any kinds of help.
Rules shouldn’t always run your life
Take note of the word always. If I ranted before that my former second home imposes rules for some absurd reason, BUT doesn’t really comply with high standards, it means that they do not apply or do what they preach. They simply do it for their own satisfaction, even other schools out there are doing the same. Alright, some school fairs aren’t that boring at all, but the only reason why my former second home’s school fair’s really boring is hell is because almost everything is controlled by the admin (just take note of the term state-controlled).
In my new second home, however, the rules aren’t as strict as my former second home (FSH). In fact, its governing body teaches you how to survive and also, it teaches you how to be responsible.
A frugal, structured life is a result of tight laws
The reason why my FSH implemented a lot of tight rules is because, they wanted to have a good reputation, but according to one of my teachers, students from my FSH are now criticized for their behavior. Having a good reputation isn’t measured by the rules the school has imposed. Also, having a good reputation doesn’t mean that you have very high standards, but the students in that area are quite arrogant and conceited. It so happened that their rival is the more down-to-earth type. No tarpaulin, no billboard, everything.
Know-it-alls and some other interfering people are only a bunch of selfish narcissists – so get rid of them
blog.winemag.com|This is a good example of blind following towards a know-it-all depicted as a “god.”
Know-it-alls are just a waste of time. By how?
They contribute to the society with high expectations, they’re really hard-to-please, but when they sense the preferences of the popular kids, that’s the only time they get pleased, which is really irrational. If I criticized CandyMag for targeting a handful of popular kids as their audience, it means that I really do not always agree on their insights. Candy Magazine isn’t really the magazine for everyone, remember, it targets POPULAR KIDS. It is influenced by the media itself and it also caters typical teenage girls who belong to the upper middle class society. If you so happen to be a K-Pop fan or something else, then rather NOT buy Candy Magazine at all, because… it’s too overrated. Sorry about that. (The only good side is that, they didn’t feature AA Klenk at all hahaha!)
No “police-like” body should ever roam around and violate the human rights
That’s right, people. One person criticized my FSH’s system about the one inspecting students’ bags (well you know who you guys are, huh?), which is one example. Why inspect the bags of students if THIS would be a factor that will just make them do the opposite thing (e.g., no knives, but they still bring knives)?
It is really a violation against the human rights. This is what my FSH’s really practicing. I am not being a “vigilant citizen who has the right to address the situation” with a “pledge-like” tome whatsoever.
Most of my unpublished fiction stories are composed of political situations, and also the interference of the military system which sucked ass!
The reason why I posted this is because… of power-trippings. No special relationship? Cronyism and nepotism still happens up to this day.