Tales of a multimedia developer, a photographer, an IT Tech geek and a full time otaku

days of otaku-ness

22 November 2012 at 5:45 pm

@font-face Custom Web fonts

Another variant of @font-face CSS that I should keep note of

@font-face {
font-family: ‘MyWebFont’;
src: url(‘webfont.eot’); /* IE9 Compat Modes */
src: url(‘webfont.eot?#iefix’) format(‘embedded-opentype’), /* IE6-IE8 */
url(‘webfont.woff’) format(‘woff’), /* Modern Browsers */
url(‘webfont.ttf’) format(‘truetype’), /* Safari, Android, iOS */
url(‘webfont.svg#svgFontName’) format(‘svg’); /* Legacy iOS */
}

[Source]

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11 September 2012 at 9:56 am

I feel so reluctant to sign up now

A nice choice of picture to lure potential customers to signup.

signup-dodgy

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30 May 2012 at 10:16 am

jQuery: Creating instances with Javascript

I have been creating instances of objects using Flash Actionscript all this while and yet I have not tried the same application on jQuery/Javascript. Having found some little time to experiment on it and this is an example I managed to try.

The example below dynamically creates 10 div elements and randomly set their coordinates around. One of them is then called by invoking the instance’s function and allocate it to a specific location.

I believe there is a more elegant way to implement this example and if you have a better way than what I’ve done, feel free to educate me. : )

Click here to see the script in action via jsFiddle

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1 May 2012 at 10:35 am

It’s only $999,999.00! I’m buying…

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29 April 2012 at 3:01 pm

A Shot A Day Photography Project

Ever since I’ve moved on to my new job, I hardly had the chance to flex my photography muscles. Worrying that I might deviate away from my photography passion (haha, if it is a passion I shouldn’t be deviating huh? But anyways that’s me), I’ve been spending some time seeking excuses to pick up my dust collecting camera once more. One evening while I was commuting back from work, I got inspired by reading Dave’s ShootTokyo blog, particularly his daily photoshooting post.

As of last week, I’ve started a smallish project called A Shot A Day, where I’ll be attempting my very best (fingers crossed) to take a couple of good shots everyday, from the time where I work commuting to weekend traveling. One of many reasons I’ve decided to take up such a project is to push myself to do more photography on different angles instead of the same old style I’ve been sooooo comfortable with. With that I’ll learn more and face different challenges every now and then.

The projects rules are simple:

  1. One shot a day for 365 days
  2. Free for all methods: Indoor, outdoor, street photography, scenic, abstract, macro, portrait, wide,  etc.
  3. Interchange randomly with my small collection of lenses weekly (Starting with my prime f1.8 50mm)
  4. That’s it!

I know this is a late post, but I’ve started this project since 16th April 2012. Hope it all goes well for the next few months and onwards.

If you are curious of the daily outcome, you can follow me at Twitter @ronniechong or via hashtag #AShotADay (previously was #OneShotADay, so inconsistent I am)

I’ll try and setup a Flickr album on this too once I post process it via Lightroom.

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19 April 2012 at 11:48 am

When Quality control screening a must

One of many reasons that before any product release regardless it is an app or an ad or a website, it must be screened through by a QC/QA (that’s Quality Control / Quality Assurance for the uninitiated) team. It may look trivial for small projects  but  making it a practice to run through a QC/QA will save heaps in the near future. You do not need to gather a bunch of experts to be in a QC team. Just grab an ordinary Joe or your colleague sitting next/behind you and ask for their thoughts. Their inputs are invaluable I must say.

Management sometimes thinks it’s an extra cost in the production budget but it won’t hurt if you invest a teeny weeny of time into it. Simple problems can be easily fixed  in a jiffy but horrible ones can bring down the image and reputation of an organisation. Or being made fun of.

A good example is this Target ad in facebook. At this point of blogging, they have yet to fix it. Can you spot the little hiccup?

No? Yes? The main male in the ad has three arms.

 

 

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29 March 2012 at 4:36 pm

It’s 5 years already?

Well what can I say, I’m moving on to a new organisation. Today marks 5 years (ok ok ok, 4 years and 11 months) of giving away my blood and sweat into this e-learning education provider. If you peeps are reading this, you know it’s true.

It has been a great journey in retrospect; picking or taking over photography and other technical skills, diving into the world of education and e-learning. It was mind blowing and also challenging at times. The most satisfying thing was photography and I do not regret gaining so much insight of capturing these visual elements for an e-learning content. Lenses and gadgets that I could not imagine I have access to and the opportunities to go offsite photoshoot or in a green screen studio; it was very rewarding for personal development.

What about the education/e-learning? Totally engrossing. It was (and still is) a totally new world. I admit I was struggling to grasp the concept of producing multimedia content in the context of a learner, be it a young schooler or a senior individual. At the end of the day the process of producing a complete, universal and engaging learning material still eludes me. In short, an ongoing experience helps and I’m still learning as I’m counting my fifth summer.

So, where do I go from here? By next week, I’m jumping out of my comfort zone and deep into the aggressive world of digital agencies, fighting for customers’ satisfaction and meeting impossible timeframes. Ok, maybe I exaggerate a bit too much but the point is, I’ve not experienced any digital agency work life and like the saying goes, “there is always a first time”.

I’m an advocate of documentation and knowledgebase. To be honest, when I’m leaving this current organisation it is like I’m taking away the entire server with me and render partial of the organisation paralysed.  I have too many fingers in too many pies, metaphorically speaking. Of course I have ill intention of burning any bridges. I won’t lift my middle finger and walk out the door along with the knowledge. Having said that, for years I’ve been preparing for my organisation should this day would come. Documentations, documentations and more documentations. So much stuff, so little time.

Aaaannnyways, the final day is at hand. There’s a farewell party/lunch today with everyone. Plenty of opportunity to say my goodbyes and am looking forward to my new challenge.

Wish me luck!

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27 March 2012 at 8:44 am

Tohoku Zunko

Some illustrator has created a cute mascot, Zunko Tohoku to serve as a virtual character to support the people in Tohoku region after the earthquake. The images are copyright free so spread the love around!

[Official website]

Smartphone widget

They also created a moe version of her as a widget for smartphones and I tried it on my Android. Not sure about the iPhone and oh, it’s in Japanese but it’s a very simple RPG-ish widget. You train her archery skills, feed her with mochi and watch her gobble up the food. The app can be found in the Marketplace.

[More info]

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26 March 2012 at 10:16 am

Great Ocean Road Travel Part 2

 

Travelling the Great Ocean Road is not all about cruising along the coast. Some inland roads have remarkable attractions as well. This one is taken on a misty morning at Lavers Hill, the day we return back to Melbourne. It was a peaceful quiet morning and since there’s hardly any incoming cars, I stopped and took this shot with my mobile phone.

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23 March 2012 at 9:10 am

Mika and her pillow

Took this shot when she’d just finished her dinner. I guess the pillow belongs to her… like, forever.

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22 March 2012 at 10:54 am

Great Ocean Road Travel Part 1

I’ve had a long weekend road trip to the Great Ocean Road last week. It was a blast and there is so much to blog about. The experience at the break & breakfast accommodation, timelapses  I played around, scenic photography and the long coastal drive at Great Ocean Road itself. With so much other stuff going on for the next couple of weeks, I’ll have to find some time to break these travelogue posts apart in the upcoming future. Stay tuned!

 

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9 March 2012 at 12:54 pm

Dancing sperms in iTunes Visualizer

I usually don’t use iTunes as my choice of player unless I have to sync with an Apple product but I’m using it to listen to my internet radio while leaving the Visualiser on for fun.

This arvo I just noticed this. Is it me with a  twisted mind or we have a bunch of dancing sperms in iTune’s default Visualizer?

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28 February 2012 at 1:02 pm

Beef tataki at Tao’s Restaurant

Over the weekend, I had a seven course dinner with my colleagues at Tao’s Restaurant. It’s one of those Asian fusion (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western)  and fancy restaurants that I do not bother to try until my colleagues suggested me this. Overall, the meals were good; food was well presentable and the atmosphere was well, charming.

We get to choose our appetiser, main and dessert and I chose beef tataki for my appetiser. When the dish came and placed in front of me, I just can’t help laughing out loud when I saw the way they present my food. The first thing came into my mind was the egg (where the facehugger is born) from Aliens. The picture below says it all.

image

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13 February 2012 at 2:40 pm

This is how Monday greeted me today

The internet meme below tells it all.

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7 February 2012 at 1:36 pm

Riding the bike with MapMyRide

Well, my backache hasn’t fully healed yet but I can’t wait for weeks long before I get to ride my new hybrid bicycle for the first time (The same darn bicycle that made me hurt my back a while ago). Ignoring my physiotherapist’s strict orders, I decided to ride it last weekend.

I wanted a speedometer mount for my bicycle but I am too cheapskate to buy an proper attachment and can’t be bothered to mount it up, so I went to eBay and bought a mobile phone mount for my Samsung Galaxy S2. After all, a smartphone can do more than just displaying me the speed stats. All I need now is an app and I found this nifty free app called MapMyRide. Not only it has all the basic speedometer and statistics tracking features, it also records my rides/journey/workouts using GPS. Arming with the app, I recorded my first 10 kilometres workout  Here’s my route info.

Of course with that punishing workout without warming up myself, my back hurts again. My physiotherapist is not going to please to hear about this, but it was worth it. : )

P.S Oh, one of its cool features is letting me to capture images with my mobile phone’s built in camera and uploaded along with my route info. But the shots are not rotated when they are shot in portrait mode.

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