Nikon D90 & the Flyer Bunnies

Ok.  That’s a pretty mashed up title.  Iceman bought a Nikon D90 recently and guess who had the honour of being the first pic the camera took?

 

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Yup.. it’s Muah Chee!!  He was extremely honoured. 

 

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MC thinks his front profile is better looking.

 

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Shots taken from the Singapore Flyer.

 

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Fullerton Hotel

 

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The IR that we hope gets completed.

 

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Pinky (left) & Horlicks caught offguard.  Eating in a not too glam way.  (The flash bounced off a little too much from the wall & their white fur… hence the shot looks a little over exposed).

 

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Pinky & Horlicks glaring at Iceman for taking an unglam photo of them.

 

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But as we all know, Pinky’s a real cam whore.

 

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Horlicks decides to out-do Pinky.

 

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Pinky chiding his mom for showing off.

 

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The bunnies relaxing after dinner.

 

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Finally… a really clear shot of Peanut (w/o her blending into the floor) and Coffee (w/o him blending into the shadows).

Okie!  That’s all the photos for today.  Heehee.  You should be seeing more photos from the D90 here.  🙂

Kind Souls

Just as there are venomous scumbags who derive some cretinous pleasure from hacking people’s blogs and ICQ accounts (damn you hackers!  May you rot in Internet hell!), there’re also some altruistic folks who willingly share their IT knowledge with novices like me.

The most recent kind soul I’ve met online is Kelwin.  After he read the "line spacing" problem with the ballerina WP theme I wanted to use, he checked the stylesheet and taught me how to get the spacing there myself.  The codes (other stylesheets may have slightly different codes).  This was how my problem was solved:

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p {
    padding:0px 0px 0px 0px;
    margin:0px 0px 0px 0px;
}

These two lines define how each paragraph will look like.  Notice four sets of 0px each for padding and margin.

The first figure represents the top padding/margin.
The second figure represents the right padding/margin.
The third figure represents the bottom padding/margin.
The forth figure represents the left padding/margin.

In this case, it was defined such that the paragraphs do not have any spaces between them at all (notice 0 pixels top and bottom).

To solve this, change the margins for the top (or bottom) to a value bigger than 0. 

An example of the new code should look like below:

p {
    padding:0px 0px 0px 0px;
    margin:0px 0px 15px 0px;
}

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And he was right!  Tada!  I got the ballerina theme with the line spacing I want and I learnt something new about codes.  I’m really glad about this.  The only dilemma is.. I also like the current "bunny laundry line" theme which I ripped from a blogspot skin… heh.  So I can’t decide which theme to use now!

Oh well, I suspect it’s just a matter of time before I switch back to the ballerina theme.  🙂

Thank you Kelwin!

A Duh Conversation

Sometimes I think too much instant messaging and text messaging is not good.  We get so used to keeping everything brief, we forget that it is important to paint the context of our message.  I have a friend who often uses names in group conversations… but these names that she mentions, are names of people whom the rest of the group do not know. 

For e.g., this friend once went, “Hey, there’s XXX”.  The rest of us were like huh?  Who’s XXX?  She then went over to talk to XXX.  After she rejoined the group, she said, “I haven’t seen XXX for some time”.  I couldn’t help but ask, “Er, who the heck is XXX?  Are we supposed to know him?”.  And my friend replied, “He’s a friend of another of my church friends.  Don’t think you all know him”.  I didn’t say it out loud but I was thinking duh?  If we don’t know him, then why proclaim his presence to us as though we did?.  What made it even weirder was when we met another girl at our lunch venue, the first thing this friend said to that girl was, “I met XXX just now”.  I saw a blank look on the girl’s face so I asked her later, “Do you know that XXX that our friend was talking about?”.  The girl said no.

There was this other time when we were talking funerals and open coffins, etc.  This friend suddenly said, “Yeah, I didn’t look at AAA during her funeral either”.  Once again I paused, looked at the rest, saw no response, so I asked , “Who’s AAA?”.  My friend replied, “AAA from NUS Law Fac?  The one who committed suicide?”.  Once again, I’m like duh?!  Amongst the group of us, I’m from NTU, another gal’s from poly, and the 3rd wasn’t even educated here.  How on earth are we supposed to know who this AAA is, how she died, etc? 

Nothing wrong with citing examples or or names of people that the rest of the group do not know. But at least give some context.  Like instead of going “There’s XXX”… perhaps say something like, “That’s a friend of my church friend.  Let me go say hi”.  Or “did you all read or hear about AAA from NUS Law Fac previously?  The one who committed suicide ‘cos of … (whatever reason)”.  I mean, provide some context.  Some background.  So that the people around you will not be lost mid-conversation.

I told my friend about this before.  That when she talks, she should not say something without clarifying the background.  Don’t use a name without head or tail.  Don’t say things halfway”.  Her reply was, “But my church friends always know what I’m talking about.  I’m so used to being understood I don’t see why you all don’t get it”.  Duh.  Of course we don’t get it… if her church friends get it, that’s ‘cos she’s always talking about people from church.  But don’t expect the rest of us who’re not from her church to know right?  Duh.

D&D 2008

It was our company D&D again.  This year, the theme was "Shanghai Fusion" and it was held at The Legends @ Fort Canning.  Here’re some… semi-anonymous photos from it.  🙂

 

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Eon’s Trade Credit Dept with our CEO (in black jacket) and the MD or CEO (not sure) of our M’sian office.

 

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What can I say… the legendary Double Trouble again.  ("Legendary".. get it get it?)

 

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Bubbs & me.

 

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It’s strange taking a photo with your CEO after your team pulls out 3 strands of white hair from his head for the table game… if I don’t get a bonus this year… I know why…

 

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We were staring hard at the 3 strands of hair… making sure we got it well clipped onto the string!

 

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Good employees who stuck to the dress code.

 

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Our CEO is a fortunate man.  Surrounded by beauties… muahahahaha.

Just a Little Sad

My ICQ account was hacked into a couple of days ago. I always thought I could reset the password by sending a default password to an old email address used before (did this successfully a few years ago when my account was hacked).  However, it didn’t work this time.  I tried all my previous email adds (even the ICQ Help Center said this would work) but it didn’t work.

I’m very sad.  Though very few people come on ICQ these days, I HAVE had this account since 1996. I feel attached to it.  Hey, my UIN is 1837295… that’s how early a user I was.  *Sniff*.

I’m sad.  I miss my ICQ UIN.

My Search for the Perfect Eyeliner

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That’s 5 lines of eyeliners from left: Majolica Liquid Liner, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Revlon Colourstay Pencil Liner, Mac Engraved Pencil Liner.

Bobbi Brown gives the richest black with no speckles of spaces in between the black.  I love gel liners for its creamy and rich consistency.  The liquid liner tends to be a little shiny and too “thin” for my liking.  The pencil liners… are ok I guess… but a little too much speckles of spaces in the black for my liking.

The liquid and gel liners also dry well but the pencil liners feel sticky to the touch. 

 

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Doing the smudge test, as can be seen, the Majolica Liquid Liner didn’t budge at all.  Very impressive!  The Bobbi Brown Gel Liner smudged… but its consistency remained.  The 2 pencil liners flopped… with the Mac one flopping more.

What was surprising though, was when I tried to wash the liners off, the Bobbi Brown was the most difficult to get rid off.  Wonder if that means if I cry… the Bobbi Brown one would stay the best on my eyes? 

Hmm…

Majolica Majorca’s Liquid Eyeliner Rocks!

More eyeliner test results… used the brown liquid liner with glitter from Majolica for my D&D last Friday.  Very good… no smudges.  So I bought the black liquid liner on Sunday.  Used it to tightline my upper lids (tightline – I learnt that’s a better way to describe “drawing the line below the lashes on my upper eyelids”).  No smudges!  Woohoo!  It’s the brush tip is quite firm so it’s not difficult to apply either.  Yippee!  I love Majolica’s liquid liners.

I’ve been using the Majolica eyeshadow for a week now too… it’s better than Can Makeup for sure… but still more powdery / chalkier than Silkygirl’s.  I really quite like the texture of Silkygirl’s eyeshadows.

Oh.. backtrack to eyeliners… I also bought the Revlon Colourstay Pencil Liner (the one that comes with the tip that you twist the bottom and the tip will extend).  It’s better than Mac’s Engrave Pencil Liner… but still stains a bit.  Nothing beats Majolica’s Liquid Liner for now!!

Okie… enough skiving for me… a lot of work… but no mood to work on a rainy Monday after a heavy lunch.  Sigh.

Lotus Notes Instant Messaging

My company has finally decided that there’re too many short emails flying around between staff and it might be more efficient on our system resources to implement the usage of Lotus Notes Instant Messaging instead.  Out of curiousity, I took a look at our IM usage policy… I thought the last part of it was very funny.

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Appropriate instant messaging use

  • Use of Eon’s IM system is permitted and encouraged where such use is for business communications.
  • Occasional personal use is permitted within the guidelines of this policy, only if it is not for private business activities and does not:
    • negatively impact upon system resources,
    • interfere with work productivity, or
    • involve content that may be considered offensive by others.
  • Communication sent via the IM system must be consistent with the policies, core values and objectives of Eon.
  • It is the responsibility of every employee to use Eon’s instant messaging system responsibly, ethically, lawfully and professionally.
  • Employees must not use profanity, obscenities, or derogatory remarks.
  • Sexual, ethnic, and racial harassment messages are forbidden.
  • Employees have a responsibility to protect the security of sensitive and confidential information. Such information should not be transferred via IM.

Etiquette

  • Just because someone is active doesn’t mean they are free to IM with you, start by asking if they have time to chat.
  • Don’t worry about strictly taking turns, or require that every line in an IM session is perfectly spelled and totally grammatical, as this will artificially slow conversation.
  • Don’t use all capital letters to type your message. As with email, it’s the IM equivalent of shouting.
  • Keep it short. IM is meant to be instant, not long-winded and slow.
  • There are some topics best dealt with face to face, consider this when starting an IM session.
  • Update your status. Switch to “I am away” when going to lunch or a meeting. Use the “Do not disturb me” status to indicate when you are really can’t be interrupted.
  • Don’t say anything in an Instant Messaging session that you wouldn’t say in a face to face conversation or in an email.


Abbreviations

Abbreviations can be used to speed up communication. Some common abbreviations are:

Abbreviation /
Meaning

btw
by the way

fyi
for your information

cu
See you (later)

2
too or to

4
for

atm
at the moment

B4
before

bbl or bbs
be back later/soon

bfn
bye for now

lol
laughing out loud


Emoticons

An emoticon is a symbol or combination of symbols that convey emotional content when instant messaging. Below is a list of the most common emoticons. To more easily recognise their meaning, the reader should tilt their head toward their left shoulder.

Icon /
Meaning

: -) or : )
smile, happy

: -( or : (
sad, depressed

: -D or : D
big grin or laugh

: -P or : P
tongue out, happy or being silly

; -) or ; )
wink, being silly

: -O or : O
Surprised

: -/
uncertain/ sceptical / annoyed / uneasy

: -S or : S
confused

>: (
angry

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I’m just amused at how they explained the short forms and emoticons… heh.  How does this fall under “business usage”?  😛

Dashboard

Azure has been busy doing some “dashboard” updates the past 2 days.  I kept asking her what’s a “dashboard” and this was how our conversation ensued:

azure: anyway dashboard is supposed to be a summary of KPIs

azure: in one or 2 slides

azure: but i have 60 slides to update

me: how come u hv 60 slides

me: wow. mkt research folks certainly have very erm… american / soundbite friendly terms

me: heheheheh

me: dashboard

me: to me, that’s the part of the car above my radio

I just thought that was a funny conversation.  Heh.

Blog Update..

Wah lau eh!  For months I’ve been wondering what on earth were the hackers doing to my blog… I mean, what use did my blog have for them?  And I just saw it.  I’m not sure when it was added… but in my blogroll, there’s some casino website there?!  It’s in some foreign language so I have no idea what it says but WAH LAU EH!  Sigh.

Anyway, I’m so happy with my work last night.  Lots of photoshopping and I managed to rip a blogskin for blogspot users for my WordPress blog.  Yeah!