Sunday, September 7, 2014

Goodbye Joob Joob :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

I was dreading this day for nothing, now that Mar is approaching 3, it was time for her to give up her Joob Joob (dummy).

I remembered the day when Matt had to ditch his dummy, it was terrible, just like an adult trying to give up cigarettes, actually much worse. Matt did struggle pretty hard, and all that sticks in my mind was his searing temperature and we ended up having to admit him into hospital (not sure if the giving up of dummy was the causation of the high temp., probably the wrong correlation altogether but it certainly felt like it was due to that, haa haa haa).

Mama and Mar Noddy-0901So I was dreading that this would repeat for little Mar, two peas in a pod obviously doesn’t taste the same, lol, Mar’s transition into the life without her Joob Joob was as natural as me eating a pie.

It all started a few weeks ago, we noticed that Mar had started biting the dummy more and more, to the extent that all of them would have been split into two pieces if it wasn’t because of a tiniest piece of plastic strand holding them together.

Of course we were afraid that the dummy would split in half and the plastic piece would be swallowed and choke you during the night, oh how positive we parents can be, haa haa haa… not, lol.

I’d even went out and bought Mar two more dummies, and those lasted less than a week, we ended up taking the almost completely separated dummies over to Mar and let her pull them all apart, just so she understood that there were no more dummies in the house.

Just like an adult hungrily searching and hoping to find a forgotten cig at the bottom of a drawer. Today, Mar was searching her travel bag for the dummy, but all she could find were the lids… lol. I’d expect her to make more fuss, but she didn’t, just threw the lids aside and went back to playing.

It has been a couple of nights now, and all looking good so far… :-)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Converting Wi-fi to Ethernet :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Now that our internet speed is decent-ish, I’d decided to dig up an old project, adding internet capability to the TV.

I’d thought I would have more fun tinkering, but at the end setting this up was easier than watering a plant, lol. In the past I had to run an Ethernet cable from the router to the TV (Panasonic) which was a bit cumbersome and quite unsightly, the worst thing was you two kept yanking the cable down, haa haa haa.

So the first alternative attempt (many moons ago) was to buy a Wi-Fi dongle, but the one that I’d bought turned out to be as useful as a buying a fridge – freezer for the North Pole. The TV didn’t even recognise the dongle, then more time was spent searching for a compatible dongle, but that took more effort than trying to land a man on Pluto, it was very fruitless to say the least, so the project was shoved away, besides at that time our internet speed was terrible.

TendaSo today after looking at various alternatives, I discovered that there is a type of device that picks up the Wi-fi signal and output it in a form of an Ethernet cable, this type of device is more than just that, it can become WDS + AP mode, WISP mode, a repeater, a Wireless router mode and so on, the mode that I needed was Client + AP mode (I am just copying all these terms from the box, and have absolutely no idea what they are, lol.)

I’d thought setting it up was going to be a nightmare, setting up router scares me more than standing up to your mother, haa haa haa haa haa. Anyway, this relatively cheap one came with quite a good instruction (CD), that with my limited experience was enough to get it going after one try.

Firstly I had to hook up this thing via Ethernet cable to my Notebook, to access and set it up, ensuring all the information for the main router (such as SSID, Password, Encryption type, channel used and so on) were at hand. There was also a handy ‘scan’ option during the setup, to scan the available Wi-fi signal, making entering the information even easier, I mean who on earth remembers the MAC address of one’s router? lol.

Then it was a simple matter of plugging it into the TV using the ‘in the box’ Ethernet cable, and surprisingly for me, it worked the very first time :-) I thought I was going to have more fun tinkering, in fact there was no tinkering at all… All in all it took less than 10 minutes, and I was expecting at least 2 hours of going back and forth, haa haa haa haa haa.

Oh this thing costs around 850 THB (around 26 USD), not too bad at all and with a lifetime warranty too.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fun afternoon :-)

Feeding Birdies Page

Dear Matt and Mar,

We’ve just spent a good amount of time on a small (foot) paddle boat, together with 4 large bags of broken bread and left behind some very full fishes :-)

But of course that wasn’t enough, apparently the birds were hungry too. Now to me these are just simply winged vermin and should be a Russian’s flamethrower test subjects, but trying to explain that to a 2-ish and a 6-ish year old was a loosing battle I wasn’t going to attempt, haa haa haa.

It had just rained, so the breeze was cool, the cloud did its job perfectly in shading out the torrid Sun, so feeding these vermin was quite tolerable (the crows were nice though), lol.

Nice Surprise... lol

Dear Matt and Mar,

Nice surprise today, suddenly in Line Messenger your aunt sent to your mother and I this photo, I can clearly imagine your mother’s reaction when she saw this at her office, haa haa haa haa haa. I am guessing she will now be wanting to go home as soon as she can, lol.

Matt’s school has started, and Mar’s school will start tomorrow, it certainly should be a very interesting morning tomorrow, I have no doubt it will all be rush, rush, rush and a little sprinkle of panic thrown into the mix, haa haa haa.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Teamwork :-)

Team Work-05475-EditDear Matt and Mar,

I certainly appreciate how you two are getting along, but what I have noticed is how you two are in each other's thought all the time, lol.

When Matt goes behind our back and take a sweet (when he wasn’t supposed to) he will almost always take one for Mar as well, and vice versa. So the game just got more complicated with you two working together, haa haa haa. Or it could just actually be a cunning plan from Matt, so that once caught, he won’t be the only one who gets punished... haa haa haa.

Thank you Anthony Morganti :-)

I have watched a lot of youtube videos on Lightroom tutorials. Most if not all were very specific on an individual tool or a set of tools, please don’t get me wrong the tutorials were mostly brilliant (and a huge thanks for their time in making it), but none (well, from my search anyway) was in a style I was looking for.

Anthony MorgantiBy the end of the usual tutorials, I would know the tools (and its name), what it does (e.g. makes things darker or brighter etc.) and how to physically use it (i.e. slide the slider to the left and right) but the most important thing of how 'should' one uses it was more than often never touched upon, what I really wanted was how the pros use them, or some tricks of the trade (rules of thumb) that are practiced by professional / experienced Lightroom users.

The alternative argument is to simply just to use the tools until one's eyes tells one's brain 'that looks pretty good', lol. But again it's nice to know the 'best practice' from other more experienced users.

Then quite by accident I came across Mr. Anthony Morganti’s Youtube Channel (I’ll post his playlist at the end), this was exactly what I was looking for, going through the workflow of someone who is very proficient in Lightroom.

In the very first video, we get to see how the he uses the ‘Basic Tools’ (in the Development Module), and I’d learnt something new immediately, taking the highlights to the minimum and shadows to the maximum (he did say this is a common practice for landscape photos), follow by the setting of the white point and black point. I’ve been using Lightroom for at least a couple of years and have never heard of setting of white and black point.

In the second video I’d learnt that by pressing ‘O’ we can change the type of crop grid (even flip some of them with shift-O), haa haa haa haa, talking about being late to the game...

I am really looking forward to his third video, where he will be starting on a new photo and do a real walkthrough of his workflow.

If you are a newbie-ish like me just follow the link below, it will take you to his Youtube Channel

Then there is also his website,

Mr. Anthony Morganti… I humbly thank you :-)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Access Denied... lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

I took my dedicated lightroom library portable drive into work today, as I needed to use some related work photos, but after accessing the drive I certainly wasn't expecting this...

As I was clicking away, digging deeper and deeper to find the folder where the actual files were, finally I’d reached the ‘Images’ folder (I must admit not a very imaginative name for a folder, lol). The final double click produced a real surprise.

What do you mean ‘You don’t currently have permission to access this folder’? I had always understood that portable drive is just a ‘Thumb Drive’ but bigger (not considering the NTFS or FAT format).

So it was a real surprise to see alert, obviously I had to ‘Continue’… haa haa haa.

What do you mean ‘You have been denied permission to access this folder’? Haa haa haa haa. The obvious thing to do is to consult the almighty ‘Google’.

Naturally I was not the first person to face with this issue, because the search engine gave me the correct hit without much effort, lol.

If you are interested in seeing the issue and solution please simply following like below… (Thank you

The top voted answer was very concise and also provided a simple walk-through, however I haven’t had a chance to try it out in person yet, will have to wait until I am back home :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Show… lol.

DSC06155-EditDear Matt and Mar,

Matt’s long awaited concert went swimmingly (gently wiping my brows with the back of my hand), haa haa haa haa haa. The hall was at Goethe Institut (only 10 minutes away), the place certainly was  charming, I can only assume it was old-ish, with ample of greenery.

As usual parking was very limited, luckily there was a private parking facility literally next door to Goethe, so the logistic was a simple one, drop off the team, park the car and run back as fast as I can. When I was back I was expecting to see Mar running all over the place, but unexpectedly Mar was sitting like a proper little lady. Only when I walked around to the front to see the real reason why Mar was not a little monkey... I saw a small tub of ice cream... haa haa haa.

DSC06152-EditMatt was now in the room upstairs with the rest of the little performers, we were lucky to have found a seat at the front, but unfortunately the only angle I could get was the back of Matt’s head, lol. So I’d decided to shoot off a couple of stills before switching over the record the video for the remain of the set.

Matt performed 3 songs, at the beginning a few weeks ago Matt was supposed to perform 2 songs (like the rest of the group), but you went to the teacher and asked to also add one of your fav song to the list.

The 3 pieces went almost perfectly, you are still having small issue putting your hands in the correct starting position, but apart from that it was absolutely brilliant, Mama, Mar and I couldn’t have been more proud, well done Matt.

Nothing is ever simple anymore… haa haa haa

20140824_231349Dear Matt and Mar,

I never know what I am going to get, the new toothbrush just magically appears one day, whilst the old one vanishes into thin air... I am an old fashion guy, so I prefer the traditionally old fashion toothbrushes, rectangular in shape with round edges (soft-ish and even height brush).

Last week, the old toothbrush, which was perfectly old fashioned and have been performing its single task flawlessly,  was suddenly forced into retirement (I am sure it went kicking and screaming), and in its place came this thing ‘I don’t know what’. Just too complicated, it looks like it was made to brush a mouth that was full of multi level, multi directional and multi layer teeth.

I don’t even know where to put the toothpaste! (haa haa haa haa). The feeling of this thing in my mouth is like brushing one’s teeth with a live cockroach that had been super glued (alive) to a long fat plastic stick, definitely not cool, lol.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peace and Quiet… lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

I’d only went out for, at the very most 2 minutes… and came back to this… haa haa haa. Trust me, finding you two asleep is definitely better than winning the lottery, haa haa haa haa. Sometimes there is nothing better than the very simple ‘peace and quiet’, haa haa haa.

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