Happy Independence Day, Malaysia! Gracing this blog with a Kingfisher photo that I took with my Fujifilm XT-30 camera.
I took this shot while I was still recovering from ICL – my first photo since the op. My vision is unfortunately still blurry and not as sharp as it was before the surgery. It has been over a month, hopefully it wouldn’t continue for too long without full recovery.
This year has been full of bad news, so I would like to share a photo of this cute magnificent bird. I also decided to share this photo because the red, white and blue colours reminded me of Malaysia’s flag.
For those wondering what ICL is, it is a surgery similar to LASIK, but with newer tech and is non-invasive. It is called Implantable Contact Lens. The operation is generally safe but recovery rate depends on the individual. I did both eyes at the same time.
That’s it for now, enjoy your day 🙂
Here’s a list of hidden meaning for work end greetings!
Before I continue, I say this in jest (disclaimer for woke keyboard warriors, you never know with the amount of triggered people today) No offense! 😛
- Yours truly – I don’t know you well and it’s done unwillingly
- Yours sincerely – because it’s never sincere
- Best regards – default face
- Warmest regards – I want you to know that I like you or that I’m the friendliest person on Earth
- Warm regards – because I like you but not enough for the next level
- Kind regards – same as warm regards but an attempt to sound friendlier
- Regards – getting chilly here
- Cheers – it means chill, nitwit!
- With appreciation – at least I have manners
- Yours respectfully – I’m traditional
- Cordially – I’m warm but pompous
- Best wishes – I hate formality
- Thanks – another default face
- Looking forward to hearing from you – don’t waste my time
- All the best – more sincere than yours sincerely
- With gratitude – I’m old-fashioned
- Faithfully – used when dealing with unknown strangers
I’ve recently picked up needle felting as a hobby.
In the picture above, Rilakkuma’s head took me a couple of hours to do. It looks easy but is actually harder than any of the previous items I’ve completed (minus the poodle). Mainly due to Rilakkuma’s subtle features which makes a huge difference if there are any slight alterations.
Next to do: tidying the head and giving it a body 😀
Check out my instagram for more needle felting.
So, it’s been around 20 years since I last went to Shanghai. I like how some areas are very modern yet have a slightly rustic feel and greenery in other areas.
It’s not just the art industry that falls into the trap of the ‘Herd Mentality’, it’s basically what plagues Mankind. We are more sheep than shepherd. Fear has a strong hold in our lives whether we deny it or not. People are afraid to explore because of the fear of the unknown or perceived failures. Yes, some of you may argue that it has been tried and tested, which is why we remain in the comfort zone. But only by going against the social norms and comfort zones do breakthroughs happen. Often, common issues get dismissed and overlooked.
In the art industry, we have what we call the ‘Popular Vote’. This may seem normal but in its essence, it is encouraging the herd mentality. Say for example, would you vote for something that you like (e.g. a favourite character) over something that is better in art execution and originality? To expand on this, let’s say both are your favourite characters. One looks more realistic but is copied from a reference and has sloppy colours. The other is not as realistic but is created from scratch with nice colours. Most people tend to go for the more realistic one. This is a classic trap of ‘Style Over Substance’. This is why ‘hot air’ continues to exist and fool many. The ‘eye candy’ without any substance.
Many artists face this dilemma of drawing something original over copying a popular reference in order to get recognition by the hoi polloi, the majority with no artistic background. I may or may not be broaching a taboo subject but this is a brutal industry. Even people with artistic background can fall into the trap of voting their favourite. However, it’s not unusual to see a disagreement between the art critics and the general masses.
So how do we resolve this? Observe and learn, resist the ancestors of Man’s instincts of fight or flight. It may be useful in the past but not in this case. In this day and age, thinking things through are often more rewarding.
Have a sheep:
Below are 5 applications that can make your life easier when using a PC. Personally tried and tested 🙂
Taken with the camera Sony a6000. This city in Japan is recommended especially for people who love history and architecture.
We go back to the days when graphics are limited and we rely on good stories and gameplay to make a game enjoyable (well, not all but mostly).
Dogday This probably isn’t the best gameplay as it gets ridiculously hard (almost impossible without a walkthrough) but it featured several noteworthy features of the era. You can play an arcade game within the game and come on, who doesn’t like playing as a dog that scoops up soup for money? The dystopian and retro style graphics were also a fresh start.
Dragonriders: Chronicles of Pern This had potential to be a good game. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go any further. What stood out was the amount of interactions and how the character levels up a skill.
Anito: Defend a Land Enraged was definitely a great game although it was unfortunate that there was not much hype about it. The plot and storyline was its strong point and the depth of the main characters are enough to make you want to relate with them.
Who would’ve thought that this:
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
would eventually become this?
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
What would’ve happened if those games that had potential had soldiered on?
Sick and tired of mainstream songs?
It is about time you add more to that poppy woppy playlist! Check out these underrated but fantastically epic music composers:
Two Steps From Hell:
Have more to add to this epic music genre? State them in the comments below.
Clean 4.0 Flowers
Today is the day where the skies will be painted yellow. Check out the evolved version at my portfolio.