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Happy Birthday, Singapore Photographers’ Club! You’re ONE!

After fetching Omnia from the service center (servicing FAIL), I went to City Hall to meet Victor, QiQuan and Sarah at Sakae Sushi(: A quick lunch and off we go to SupperClub!

supperclub.

supperclub.

We were late! So when we entered, Willy Foo went, “The bloggers are here”. Victor and I were a bit shocked. HAHA. So erm..I just raised my hand and waved. The event kicked off with the SPS game and that’s when I saw the REALLY REALLY beautiful cake!!

the birthday cake (taken with digital zoom)

the birthday cake (taken with digital zoom from the 2nd level)

I had 2 slices! *cough* glutton *cough* But it was FANTABULOUS!! I had a sugar rush afterwards! Hehehe. I was eyeing the camera. Damn! I so wanted to eat that! (Yes, I love icings!)

ANYWAYS! After the cake cutting session, there was a series of talk and sharing session. QQ and I fell in love with Natalia’s macro-shots! *swoons* OH! And I was awed by Zhang Jingna. Totally blown away. Was feeling a little sheepish too. Because she’s so young and yet she’s achieved so much. And her guts to quit school and pursue something that she loves is totally *kowtow*

All in all, it was pretty nice(: Even though we kinda stoned and almost fell asleep somewhere in between. But yups!

Oh! We had an impromptu shooting session afterwards-.-

the bar away at the top.

Some thoughts

I realised during photography events, one way or another, the topic always turn technical. It will be like, “Oh! Your pictures look great! What lens/exposure/<insert technical terms> did you use?” and the conversation will start to drift that way. For beginners like me, the entire conversation will just go *whoosh* over my head and I tune out. And I wonder if this tendency to turn technical means that without the equipment, you can’t take good pictures? I know that’s NOT TRUE. But yeah.

All these talk about <technical stuff> might just scare beginners off? I think a constant “worry” for beginners when they are deciding if they should go for photog outings might be, “Omg. I don’t know about all the things that they are saying!” and then they will just not go. And the cycle continues. They will continue to not know how to fully utilise their cameras and etc.

Sometimes, I wish that someone will really go back to the basic. Like talk about framing, positioning and something that is none technical? Perhaps cater to people who don’t own a DSLR? *shrugs*

Hmmm. Everytime I go for this kind of talks, I will feel pretty “excluded” because photography seems like such an expensive hobby.

Okay, this woman is tired. The thoughts are probably not very well-expressed and if I continue, I am going to have verbal-diarrhea and end up offending people. More when I am more awake or when you guys meet me !

Off to configure my useless Omny.

the finance behind plurk karma.

If you’ve no idea what plurk is, take a look here. Basically, karma increases when you plurk about 3 new plurks per day.

Thing is, Plurk recently introduced a “Karma Freeze”. It’s for people who are going away or are unable to plurk for a long period of time. Once you activate “Karma Freeze”, your karma falls by 1.

Now, seeing that your karma falls at a rate of 0.16 per day if you don’t plurk, it makes sense if you are going to be away for a period of 6 days and more! Cause it’s more karma-effective.

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

There’s an arbitrage opportunity in this!

Take a “Karma Freeze”, take the -1 karma drop and then you can basically just reply as and when you like! And GUESS WHAT?! If you do reply, your karma will shoot up at an astounding rate!

I am supposed to be on an online-break so I took a “Karma Freeze” but yesterday, I went back for a while and plurked twice. GUESS WHAT?! My karma increased at a crazy rate of 0.50! WAH! Normal rate is like 0.02!

SEE! OMG. I cannot believe that the finance student in me is talking!

But yah. For those of you karma crazy people, here’s the method to reach nirvana! (:

Misleading Survey?

I am supposed to be on a break from the online world – Plurk, Facebook, MSN and blogs. But I think I should blog about this.

I was doing the AACSB/EQUIS survey and was happily reading the instructions when I saw this –

misleading instruction.

misleading instruction.

Even though the point they are making is valid, I think the idea can be better phrased? Such that it is less misleading. Because this sentence is almost like telling the participants what/how to answer. I have a feeling that their answer might be skewed. Even if it’s not, it could be a potential weakness.

And then towards the end of the survey, I saw this –

but i have never live in other countries!

but i have never live in other countries!

Basically the error message says, “..Your numeric answer for question 11 must be more than 0..”. But but but…I’ve never lived(live?) in other countries for more than 6 months!! Gee! So I end up writing, “1; Singapore; 22 years”.

So yups. I think ever since attending HP102 and AB213, I have this thing against badly constructed survey 😦 Or maybe I am just more sensitive to misleading words and phrasing ba. Ohwells.

But, yes…FAIL!