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Testing out the iPhone Blogger App

It’s close to 5pm on a Friday when @hai_ren tweeted a link on Mashable about this app and so I thought I’ll give it a try.

At first glance the app looks clean, with white background and the orange header.

When I first signed in, it brought me straight to the posting page to one of the blogs that don’t use anymore. I had to figure out how to change to the blog hat I normally use.

I’m disappointed that I can’t type this post in landscape. It most uncomfortable for me to type in the portrait keyboard.

Personally, I think this app is just for quick updates, with pictures and little texts since I think it would be difficult to create posts with links and multiple pictures.

Also the damn autocorrect is annoying me like crazy.

Any way, this is just my first impression of the app after only downloading it not 5 minutes ago. I’m going to give a couple more tries before I make up my mind if I like it.


Catching The Shutter Bug

I’ve never been very into photography, since my style of taking pictures is just basically point and shoot. I don’t even bother editing the pictures either. So it’s very much a surprise to me when I started to develop an interest in analogue photography.

Avariel has been part of the local lomography scene for a while and she always seemed to have the cutest camera when she went out with us on adventures. Her interest was contagious as not long after that. Raven started her own collection of lomo cameras. I tried out Avariel’s Diana+ camera but I have yet to get the film developed, so I have no idea how it turned out. I had fun just snapping away at almost everything.

Recently, I discovered that there are Holga lens attachments for the Instax mini 7s, which I already have. Technically, I bought the Instax as a birthday present for my sister but she rarely uses it, so I sorta claimed it as my own.

holga lens for instax

Anyway, there were the Fisheye lens attachment set as well as the Wide and Tele lens set. There were also the Close up & Macro lens set and the Filter lens set too. Cool huh?


I tried out the lenses to see how they look and I rather like the effect.

different lenses

I tried out using just the adapter, followed by the wide angle lens and then the tele lens, respectively. The adapter itself added a slight vignette effect to the picture and I rather like it. The wide angle lens is rather cool. The dark vignetting looks really nice against the bright centre. The tele lens however, I’m not so sure. It’s interesting but I’m not sure when is the best time to use it, or how to use it effectively.

These lens attachments have renewed my interest in getting a real Holga for myself, as I really like the unique effects that develop in the pictures.

Holga - The lost Vespa
Photo by Vick the Viking

I’d love to play around with the different lenses, filters and film types just to see what kind of effects you get. I’m the least artistic person out there but just the thought of experimenting with the different accessories sounds exciting and fun.

However, the main reason for me to not getting it yet is that, getting the camera would mean, getting the different accessories, film and of course, the cost of film would be rather high. Also, I’ve heard how addictive photography can be.

So at the present moment, I’m trying very hard to resist the pull to get a new camera. I’ll just play around with the Instax and hopefully, just be happy with it as I’m not ready for the commitment of spending moolah on shit load of camera stuff.


A Family That Games Together…

Will either make you laugh so much that you cry, or make you cry like a baby because your dad will take it too seriously and try his best to beat you to the ground and then stomp all over you.

Anyway…

After many, many years of coveting and longing for one, my family finally got ourselves a game console. A Wii to be exact. Sure, it’s not something with superbly good graphics where I can play Arkham Asylum (which by the way, I’ve been DYING to play), but it’s good enough for a family bonding activity. If the game play over the weekend were any indication, I think my dad is totally enjoying it hell of a lot more than my sisters and I are.

The Wii Sports and the Mario Kart that I got to go along with the console were a big hit with the sisters and the dad. Mum was just meh with the thing.

My dad, whose gaming experience is just limited to Puzzle Bobble-like games and various solitaire games on the computer, was totally thrashing my sisters and I at bowling, tennis and golf. The man, whose only work outs in the week were his weekly golf games, was jumping up and down trying to hit the virtual tennis ball in the screen. It was so funny to watch that I spent most of the time on the floor, clutching my tummy from laughing too much.

Later on, my youngest sister, Little Ms Green was rolling on the floor for a totally different reason. My dad had beaten her at tennis and she was just being a sore loser.

Then, we got him to try Mario Kart and my sister got her revenge, though I think that the only reason my dad didn’t win was due to him not being used to the controllers. I would say, give him a few more weeks and he’ll hand us our asses on a platter at every game we play. For an old guy, my dad sure picked up gaming really quick.

Next time, we’re going to see if he’ll ace the Wii Fit as well.


Unboxing A Macbook Pro (That Isn’t Mine)

Disclaimer: This is totally not an official tech unboxing the way some of the tech bloggers do it. This is just me pretending to be one with absolutely no clue on how to actually do it. Also, it’s just for the fun of it.

Earlier this week, a colleague of mine ordered a Mac Book Pro and had it delivered to the office. I accompanied her to collect it and all the way down to the lobby, we were giggling like fangirls waiting to meet their favourite popstar.

As anyone would expect, we started squealing (quietly mind you, seeing that we were in the office) when she started unboxing the package.

She was kind enough to allow me to take totally unprofessional (aka point and anyhow shoot) pictures of her new baby.

in the big box

When she took out the white box from the ugly brown box that it was delivered in, I remembered the first time I carried my own Macbook home.

The box

The MBP was sleek, sexy and utterly gorgeous, making my two year old Macbook look like the ugly step-sister that you just want to hide away in the attic.

open the box

The cables were pristine white, unlike mine that’s already turning grey from being every where.

cables

Backlit keyboard that’s black and smooth.

keyboard

I was absolutely envious that she got herself a new Macbook Pro but then it was time to replace her old one anyway. I wanted to lick it but she didn’t let me, so boo to that.

It made me want to get a new Macbook myself, especially after finding cracks in at the back of the Macbook shell but I read somewhere that it’s a known issue with the white models. It’s still working perfectly fine and I hope that it’ll stay that way through out my whole schooling thing.

Besides, I’m waiting for a new toy to come in, hopefully soon. That way, my Macbook can stay at home and no more danger of it being cracked from handling.