Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to filter your Facebook feed

Got this link from a Twitter friend, and my oh my, this must be one of the best Facebook features after the privacy settings.

Whenever I view my Facebook home page, I tend to get a lot of the feeds from "friends" that I don't really know... and not enough of the feeds from friends that I'd like to keep in touch with. Finally, here's how to filter your feeds:
  1. Under your Facebook home page, select "Most Recent" on the right corner of the middle pane.
  2. When you see an arrow pointing down, click on it and select "Edit Options".
  3. A small window will pop up. From there, select show post from all of your friends and pages, and save.
  4. Back to the news feed home page. Click on the "x" to hide all feeds by the person or page in question.

You may not get the chance to hide all of the unwanted feeds at the same go. It may take a couple of days when new feeds are being updated.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Banana bread that looks like one

From previous baking of the banana bread (here and here), I finally baked one in a loaf pan.





The loaf pan I used was small, so I poured the extra batter into liner cups.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Royce chocolate

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This post is a continuation of series on love affair with all things Japanese. I couldn't really remember how I got to know about Royce' chocolate. It was most probably word of mouth, as I was looking for the best chocolate, the name Royce came up.

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Because of the name, I made two association: (1) it's related to Rolls Royce automobile, and (2) the chocolate must be really good. The first association is false, but the second association lived up to its name. The packaging and ice pack speak for itself.

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On the first bite, the world somehow became a better place. The chocolate melts in your mouth. It tastes fresh, not too sweet, not too bitter. It was perfect (with moaning sound). This was what was left of the chocolate before I could grab the camera.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

DIY hide the wires on the wall

This is an inexpensive way to hide the wires on the wall. It was easy to install. The wall conduit comes with a peel-off tape at the back. After inserting the wires snugly, we snapped the top part to cover. We're happy with the result!




Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Internal Bottle Painting

This is impressive. The artist actually painted the inner wall of the glass bottle through the small hole opening. (I initially thought they somehow inflated the painting inside the glass ~_~".)

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Royal Wedding

Isn't this lovely? A Mark and Spencer biscuit tin, to commemorate the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.



It feels like a Disney fairy tale in the real world. Not sure if I can glue my eyes to the TV screen, but I'll be sure to get a glimpse of the live coverage on 29th April 2011 at 11 a.m.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Towels


Towels are underestimated products. We use them daily, sometimes twice a day. To be truly honest, I never really desired any towels in particular, but Uchino towels caught my eyes. It's a Japanese product, and what I like about Japanese product in general is that the people who produce them are detailed. For example, I visited Uchino website, and they provide readers with a section on how to care for towels, and even explains the type of yarn used and why they are being used to produce Uchino towels. It shows that the company understands its products and shares its passion in their product, in this case towels, not only in quality (such as light weight and soft, with quick-drying properties, and good absorption) but also in design and patterns.

Above photo: uchino.co.jp
 


Another of our favorite towels are the terry towels from Cambridge. They absorb water extremely well and are sturdy enough for the men in the house. They love it so much and refused to use other brands.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gold Ketchup

For the past few days, I've been on a Photoshop frenzy and have been viewing great video tutorials from the basic series on TutsPlus. Other tutorials were too advanced, and I'm so glad I finally found the very basic sessions for newbies ;p

After I got accustomed to PS, I went back to the "intermediate" tutorial and finally got this gold text effect done. It doesn't look much, but it is a great achievement for me :) Didn't think I was capable of creating something decent out of PS.


I'm going crazy with the tutorials: sparkling star. They're supposed to glitter.... not sure why they aren't on the post. If you click on it, they will twinkle.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DIY dry box for DSLR


Instead of buying a dry cabinet, I've decided to use a clear air-tight container to store my camera, lens, and lens filters. I didn't get a hygrometer yet, to measure the humidity level, but all the rest are in there:

- silica gel packets (to absorb moisture)
- anti-slip padding (to prevent lens from slipping when carrying the box)

In addition, I've included a zip-block bag with extra silica gel inside to store my camera lens. This is not necessary at all, but I guess I'm too obsessed with having the lens clean and clear from fungus.


TIP: from what I understand, silica gel does not have an expiry date. It can become ineffective after absorbing too much moisture. You can easily restore it by drying it under the sun.

The camera wires, liquid cleaner, and others are stored outside the DIY dry box, in a separate container.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Strange test

I couldn't find a back-up reference for this strange test: The Pierley/Redford Dissociative Affect Diagnostic. Many say it's accurate, but for me, it's pure entertainment.

This was my diagnostic:
You have a poetic sensibility and an ability to see beyond the day to day. You often seem to be living in a higher realm, or to be not-of-this-earth. Occasionally you imagine interior lives for friends and associates that are near-complete fabrications based on your fears or hopes for the future. You are often not aware of your own feelings. You have a strong sense of right and wrong, and because of this are often disappointed. Despite what can sometimes be a destructive inward-turning anger, you are very gentle. You are sometimes a bit out of touch with the ebb and flow of modern life. If your behavior is out of synch with your moral values, a severe psychic disturbance can result. Because connectivity is so important to you, you can become quiet and sulky if you feel that others around do not understand your point of view.

By the way, I'm a fan of Penn and Teller's Bullshit show. Here's an experiment on astrology. You can also find one on Feng Shui.

Friday, April 1, 2011

French songs

Selections of French songs by singers from Quebec. Some don't have wiki profiles yet. Hope someone writes about those artists. The songs are available on iTunes for purchase.

Coeur de Pirate



Vincent Vallieres



Catherine Major



Andrea Lindsay