Monthly Archives: September 2010

Where did the peace sign come from? on Shine

Cool I have always wanted to know this.

Where did the peace sign come from? on Shine.

Photograph Improvements

Your photograph didn’t come out exactly as you had hoped? No problem, fix it up with photo editing software such as Photoshop.
Below is an ordinary photo that I took in my kitchen during the middle of the day. The subject was sitting in a chair about two feet
from a window with indirect light coming through it. At first I glance the photo looks pretty good in general. But we know it could
look much better.

So I adjusted the levels using the droppers going from dark to light and then the middle dropper. Next I adjusted the brightness and
contrast just a bit. Now to make it really pop, use the dodge and burn tools. I used the dodge tool set at 25 and really it should have
been set at 20 or 15 to highlight the whites of the eye and the sparkle in the eye. Then I used the burn tool to darken the rim around
the iris and the lashline on top. Next I went back to the dodge tool to go around the iris, then made a slight moon shape on the bottom
left side of each one. I also used the dodge tool to slightly brighten the highlight around the lips. The spot healing brush was used to
remove a small speck of a blemish between the nose and eye. And just for fun I brightened up the highlights in his hair where the light
was already falling on it. At this point most photographs would need a little bit of sharpening but for people and sometimes animals I
like to use the blur tool. The setting I used for that was radius 10 and threshold 5. So there you go, brighter and more lifelike.
Well there are some bugs in this, do excuse me, its my first try at a tutorial.

Worlds Scariest Bridges

Which one(s) would you not travel across?

Worlds Scariest Bridges.

a-different-kind-of-eyeglasses: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

I was about to get excited but as they say, if it sounds too good to be true then it is.   These glasses are really no better than reading glasses, unless I am missing something.  If they have to be readjusted when I look up from reading and want to walk around thats no better than removing reading glasses.  Nothing to get excited about at all.

a-different-kind-of-eyeglasses: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance.

Second Gordon Ramsay Chef Commits Suicide – omg! news on Yahoo!

Gordon Ramsey should be barred from television.  Has he never heard of constructive criticism?! It shouldn’t come as a shock that these people are committing suicide after being treated like this. Television is a wonderful tool that has take a drastically wrong turn. It has the potential to change the world for the better yet most shows are all about berating, embarrassing, harrassing, killing, and every other vile thing imaginable. There is no need for this plague of evil.

Second Gordon Ramsay Chef Commits Suicide – omg! news on Yahoo!.

The bookstore (the best place to be)

Iran crosses into Iraq to hit bombing suspects – Yahoo! News

If we are going to play the “you crossed the line” game then is Ahmadinejad going to voluntarily send himself to an Iraqi prison for a year? Fair is fair afterall.

Iran crosses into Iraq to hit bombing suspects – Yahoo! News.

When enemies become friends

So funny!

I hate forwards as much as the next person but these really are funny and worth the read. My favorite is the little boy who thought the police dog was being arrested!

I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, ‘Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!’

On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, ‘The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.’

A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, ‘What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?’

5) POLICE # 1
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop? Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report.. My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?’ ‘Yes, that’s right,’ I told her. ‘Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’

6) POLICE # 2
It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. ‘Is that a dog you got back there?’ he asked.
‘It sure is,’ I replied.
Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, ‘What’d he do?’

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’

A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, ‘Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.’
‘And why not, darling?’
‘You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.’

While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.
The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: ‘Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.’ (I want this line used at my funeral!)

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. ‘I’m just wasting my time,’ she said to her mother. ‘I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!’

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
‘Mama, look what I found,’ the boy called out.
‘What have you got there, dear?’
With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, ‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’


Local woman calls health care reform a ‘band-aid’ | | Charlotte News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | | News for Charlotte, NC

Really?  Give me a break!  Fibromyalgia has gone from being an “all in your head” undiagnosed ghost illness costing most people who have it tons of money and lots of run around from doctors to you were born with it so you can’t get insurance!  This is outrageous.  More irresponsible doctors and insurance companies screwing people over that’s what it is.

Local woman calls health care reform a ‘band-aid’ | | Charlotte News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | | News for Charlotte, NC.