Repairing an old family portrait

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My grandma’s 90th birthday is coming up, so we’ve dug up a bunch of old photo albums to be made into a video slideshow. This family portrait was probably taken before 1930 (that’s my grandmother on the extreme right, and I don’t think she could have been more than 12 then), and has faded, peeled, and cracked in many places.

I spent about 3 hours in Photoshop retouching it and I think it’s turned out pretty well. Of course it’s better looking when viewed full-size .

Jumping on the Flixwagon

Finally got my invite to Flixwagon today, after about four months of waiting. I think they might be pushing the beta a little harder now, so if sign up now you might get it a lot quicker than I did.

My first impressions of the application (S60, on my Nokia N82) are that it’s well-designed and allows you to start broadcasting immediately AND set up a more specific broadcast with title and privacy settings through a wizard. I don’t know if it’s the compression codec used, but uploading/streaming seems much snappier than with Qik. Quality is pretty good even at normal quality (other setting is ‘best’), so long as you don’t have too much movement. One other major difference is that it records video with your phone in portrait orientation, as opposed to Qik’s landscape. This actually makes more sense for handheld cellphone video, as it attracts less attention, is easier to stabilize, and doesn’t get as tiring.

Will be thinking about using this over Qik for this website’s embedded video widget. As you can probably see, I haven’t broadcasted any video in weeks, partly because Qik took ages and tons of battery life.

(Apologies for the terrible Straits Times-like title.)

Haagen Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
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Did you know that Haagen Dazs has a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor? I didn’t.

I do like how the brand identity is so far up its own ass that the copy has to practically apologize for the flavor being so “playful”, and point out that you, the adult consumer, are separated from the pure-hearted child who enjoys sticking his finger in the bowl by, oh, I don’t know, millions of dollars? Heaven forbid a child could afford and enjoy Haagen Dazs ice-cream! Incidentally the only positive feelings I have about the brand were fostered in my childhood, when it was pretty much the costliest thing I ate. Now in my old age (where I theoretically aim to recapture lost youth), they’ve pretty much destroyed all of that goodwill on their own, leaving me to embrace the unapologetically fun Ben & Jerry’s instead.

I hope those faux-European bastards are happy now! And what’s up with the lowercase?