Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Internet Psychology

While Tesla got the electric devices started, our world wars also widely pushed for technology advancement. To understand the web is to start by learning the basic and advanced parts: mouse, keyboard, monitor, then graphics card, power supply, heat sync, motherboard, and more. This will all soon collide with other technological parts (cameras, microphones, PC/Mac equipment) and separate matters such as social media and gaming. To me it is fascinating how our not so distant elders had to fight with K-Mart internet and Dial up. Being in and out of the home will better inform us for the future. To note as well: all of the children going to school in England receive a raspberry pi for education. Some of those who are parents have a choice to make with their computer. Do we only restrict them to good information? Problems occur when you have one who believes a child is too young for certain movies, pictures, and text.

I am loving awareness

Death is another step towards home -Ram Dass (do not fear death) I will type a prayer. Lord, thank you for dying on the cross to pay for my sins.. I'm glad that I need not live beneath the weight of guilt and condemnation. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me a brand-new life. Thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Lead me in the paths of righteousness. Help me to turn away from the past and to look toward the future with excitement and expectancy. Thank you that your plans for me are good. Teach me your ways. Help me to know you and to serve you consistently. Teach me to pray and read the Bible daily. Help me to understand it and top use it as a road map through life I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen -A Christian novel

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rocks

I personalize and paint rocks. They can range from $10-$30 Contact me for further info

How to Make White Backgrounds for Ebay/Amazon/etc

Under Construction Basic Rundown: 1) Contrast and Gamma, (levels), can be adjusted to fix "washed-out" appearance of photo.

If your camera messes up the white-balance, this can also be corrected "post-process" in Photo Shop w/ Set White Balance eyedropper in LEVELS to "sample" lightest part of background in photo. (And correct the WB based on color temperature of BG "sample").

This is assuming all photo lighting is of same type, (Sunlight, incandescent, all same brand / type of fluorescents, et. al).

Finding right EV compensation is subject to experimentation... (+1 might be too much, or not enough, to compensate for white BG's).

2) Low camera ISO setting, (and MORE lighting), is better than high ISO, (and less lighting), because higher ISO's suffer from increasing "graininess" / "noise" than a lower ISO setting does.

3) "Selecting" out subject / object from BG can also be done w/ Lasso / Free-Select tool, (instead of Paths tool); the important part is that subject-selection is Inverted so that BG can be filled-in w/ contrasting color, (BG fill is created as separate layer above main photo layer, so that mistakes in BG fill can be easily fixed w/out starting all over again...).

Specific Instructions For GIMP Original Image of object: (Note yellowish BG and low contrast).

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Color and Contrast-corrected photo using Set White-Point eyedropper in Levels to "sample" lightest area of yellowed BG.

Set Black Point adjustment-slider to 19 and Gamma adjustment-slider to 0.95 to improve image contrast:

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Same color-corrected, contrast-enhanced photo with addition of Overlay Mode white background-fill layer, set to 88.8% opacity to still reveal some shadow detail.

(Created by tracing calc outline w/ lasso select tool, inverting selection, feathering selection 7 pixels, creating new transparent layer, filling selection area w/ white, and finally, setting Layer Mode to Overlay and Layer Opacity to 88.8%).

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Furthur Instructions Levels dialog, specific Set Black Point, Set Mid-Point slider-adjustments (Gamma), and Set White Point Eyedropper all circled in highlighter.

Like the fact that image histogram graph is displayed in Levels dialog: (Makes setting Black Point level very intuitive...).

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Another screen-cap showing layers of photo-editing: (Only layers made visible, indicated by Eye symbol, appear in final JPG image-export).

3) Color-corrected and Levels-adjusted image layer.

2) White background fill-layer 1, created by selecting calculator using Lasso-select tool, feathering selection-edges, inverting selection, creating new, transparent layer and filling still-active selection-area w/ pure white, (255 units of Red, Green and Blue).

This layer is set to Saturation mode, (at 100% opacity), to remove remaining discoloration. (Does not affect shadows nor brightness of BG fill, however).

1) Topmost background fill-layer, (duplicate of BG fill layer 1), set to Overlay mode and 80% opacity to brighten BG yet leave a small amount of shadow-detail.

Omni VR Treadmill

I've been thinking about VR and computer parts alike. Should I upgrade my computer and/or go the VR route, or should I focus on console games? It's been a dilemma, so comment below if you have a suggestion. Personally I may decide to upgrade my computer via power supply, video card, ram, and possibly other areas. This would allow me to handle the VR experience. Other VR platforms include the Sony Playstation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream View, and Samsung Gear 2017. My brother has the HTC Vive, and my dad has HTC Vive and Sony Playstation VR. They are too much fun. You are literally connected to a 360 degree view to a 3D world, and you get to interact with all sorts of objects and functions. Price Check Omni VR Accessories: $1044 Omni VR Treadmill: $699 Sony Playstation VR: $349.95 HTC Vive: $599 Oculus Rift: $399 Google Daydream View: $79 Samsung Gear: $90

Moved

I have recently lived in Irvine for a few years. I now have moved to Rancho Santa Margarita with my parents. It's beautiful out here. I love being next to the toll road as well as all kinds of stores. The best part is all the nature we're surrounded by. I pay $50 a week for rent, which is $200 a month. This leaves me with almost no money, so I am trying to pick up some change through places on the internet, from home. All in all, I'm happier than before, being away from the city as much as possible.

Counter-Strike

I love to play Counter-Strike. Comment below if you want to catch a game with me. Here are some shots that I've made that although I have experience, were probably very lucky. Enjoy