#2

Just some random thoughts.

Sometime when I was in the crowded car of the underground. I often think:

“What if someone here can actually read my mind?”

Then I started to observe. Keep looking around for weird eye contacts.

The thought process here is really straightforward, right? If someone can read my mind. They would have noticed that I noticed them about the mind reading. So they might check on me a bit. But at the same time, I thought if they did find out, they are not stupid enough to act weirdly to expose themselves. Then I thought. They might find my thought process immaturely funny, so they might laugh or smile? Then I started to find someone that was happen to laugh or smile at that moment.

Sometimes I’ll start actively thinking about something like “Hey mind readers. Don’t be scared. I not a ‘fuck this is cool I’m gonna tweet this’ type of people. So just tell me the truth that I suspected for ages. Come on, cooooooooome ooooooon.” Just to trick them. But it never worked.

And when I did find any weird looks coming back from some of the strangers (got to be coincident BTW) I will intentionally think about something really rude or offensive to that person and see how they respond. Or just that tiny little facial expression, that could be leaked out by human nature. And sometimes, well most of the times, nothing changed. So I will go more towards to the nasty side. God I’m awful…

It’s kinda mind boggling that sometimes some of the individuals, they did respond to me. But I guess that was mostly because of the uncomfortable starring that started by me.

And then I realized. If someone can read my mind. They would have noticed all these thought process that beaming around my tiny brain. They will probably just do a “meh” (of course, in their mind) then walk away in silent.

That’s depressing.

Oops. I missed my stop while writing this.

#01

I’m not sure if this is how depression feels. But I hope it isn’t.

It’s not like a light switch, that can be suddenly switched on or off. It’s more like a water tap. And when it’s being switched open gradually. You won’t feel it until it’s too late. 

And suddenly, in one second. Something clicked. Everything started to collapse.

Time started to slow down. Although it really didn’t. But you feel more and more “detached” from the current flow of time. People walking by, you don’t feel it. Car honking on the road, you don’t hear them.

I think it feels like that mostly because your senses are getting more and more dull. Again it’s like somehow you get detached from the current existing world. Sound and noise that normally surrounded you, started to get muffle and weak. Chatters from the table in front, or even people who are talking or shouting to you. Their voice are just not able to pass through.

Next. Vision started to impair. Everything is slowly turning into black and white. Well not really. It’s a weird, faded, grainy type of looking. Everything seems not interesting anymore, and yet lethal.

Why I’m writing this? I don’t know.

I think I lost something.

Many things happened recently.

Many subtle things.

That changed me quite a lot.

I used to be quite open about my… Everything? The good parts, the bad parts. The beautiful parts, and those weird and nasty parts.

But now if I want to say something, or suggest something to someone, or just about to share something that I found. I became quite anxious. A lot of those taboo things that I found myself fascinated with. I never consider that someone, or probably many others will find them disgusting. Or I knew that all along, just didn’t want to admit it.

True. You can never force someone to fall in love with something. Especially that “something” has its weird side. However you can expect someone to put up with that and satisfy you by doing something that you love, but you can never force someone to love doing it.

Well, I don’t know. But I guess from now on if they don’t mention it first, I better don’t start talking about it either.

Wish everyone can eventually get what they really wanted.

Peace

夕阳无限好,关于 Aperture 的一些黑科技

Apple 已经停止了对 Aperture 的支持和开发。虽然 Camera Raw 还是会一直随着系统进行更新,意味着在 Raw 处理方面不会有兼容问题。但随着日后系统的更新,软件本体的兼容性和性能定会越来越差。

在我们把东西收拾好,打包,四散而去,把他彻底送入坟墓之前。我在这,趁还来得及,最后分享一些里面的黑科技(巧)。其中包括:更好地调整肤色的方法,不借助插件实现「颗粒」功能,以及一个隐藏在笔刷工具底部的选项。

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更好的 HDR,更方便管理的 HDR,始于 Photoshop

Stop doing bad HDRs

说真的,别再使用 Photomatix HDR 之类的插件,做出上图这种恶心的 HDR 了。这不叫风格,这叫难看。不仅是感官上的难看,更是生理上的「难——看」,盯久了眼睛都倍儿累。其实,HDR 后期并不需要昂贵的插件。Photoshop 自带的就非常棒,不但达到目的(更多细节,色彩丰富),效果非常自然不突兀,还方便归档管理。

至于什么是/怎么拍摄 HDR,可自行百科。或者等我哪天特闲,琢磨着写一篇(但估计不会)

另外,如果嫌这太麻烦。可以把本窗口关掉,把相机卖了,买台 iPhone。打开 Camera App,选择 HDR on 即可(玩笑) 

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使用 Photoshop 快速清理棚拍时地面的灰尘与杂屑

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棚拍的时候,无论清理得多干净,拍完放大,总会发现还是有一些细小的灰尘和头发。使用修复橡皮或者印制图章来修复数以千计的灰尘将会是一场噩梦。今天介绍 Photoshop 里一个非常快捷的方法。

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使用 Photoshop 快速添加(自然的)菲林颗粒

Adding noise to your image using Photoshop
点击可查看(这羞耻的)原图

有时候数码相机拍出来的照片,怎么调色,怎么套色彩模板都觉得不对劲?怎么倒腾都没有所谓的「胶片味」?先别急着删掉花重金买回来的 VSCOfilm Presets ,很多时候这并不是色彩的问题。

胶片之所以有那好看的色彩,其实大部分功劳都在冲扫师傅或设备身上。所以,以后拜托别再拿着师傅做的调色或者机器自动出来的结果,说这是「直出的胶片色彩」了,真的,特丢人好不。没有「胶片感」最主要的问题在于,数码没有「颗粒」这个东西。换句话说,太干净了。风景什么的还好,但如果是文盲青年们最爱的「小清新」(呕,那就有点麻烦了。大面积无细节的色块、阴影会给人一种质感缺乏,缺少细节的感觉。

话说,号外一个:别看数码出图那么「干净」,当它变得肮脏的时候(使用高 ISO)又是非常非常地难看…… 远没高度数胶片再加迫冲出来的效果好(或者说,「远没那么不差」)

Lightroom 里面有个选项可以方便地添加颗粒,效果也算「过得去」。今天介绍一个用 Photoshop 添加颗粒的方法,同样非常方便,而且效果会更自然。

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Photoshop 中一个快速锐化的方法

在 Photoshop 里实现一个目标可以有千千万万种方法,这也是 Ps 吸引人的地方。锐化的方法有很多,有人喜欢用传统的 USM Sharpen,有人喜欢用 Smart Sharpen。今天在这里介绍一个方便快捷,后续操作又灵活的锐化方法。

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用 50 块钱的电视棒去接收空管频道,甚至飞机的应答机

Dump 1090 with aircraft infos and Safari browser showing Google Maps with aircraft icons

玩什么标题上已经说得够清楚了。

硬件方面,支持全频段接收的 DVB-T 电视棒即可,基本在淘宝上搜个「RTL SDR」就能找到一堆了。现在流行的有 RTL2832U + R820T 和 RTL2832U + E4000。查了查国外的资料,发现 R820T 的灵敏度貌似高一点,所以我选择了前者。

软件,Windows 上的软件好像比较丰富,然而这并…… OS X 上的选择不多,而且大部分都基于 「GNUradio」这个 SDR (Software-defined Radio) 模块,而这个模块又需要很多的依赖包,总之 —— 无尽的头痛。所以网上的方案基本都建议使用 MacPorts 去搞定。软件我们这里选择 GQRX,应该是最著名且最好用(稳定)的一个。

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RamDisk 与 OSX 10.10.3 导致的 Finder 问题

记忆中一年多没写博客,回来后第一篇东西竟然是这个,真有点惭愧… 自从三年前为 iMac 和 MBP 扩充了内存后,就一直在采用 RamDisk link 到 ~/Library/Caches 文件夹的方案。其中有几个好处:1、不用定期想着清理 Caches 文件夹。 2、可以避免 Web Cache 这类完全无长时间储存的咨询对 SSD 产生读写次数。

前几天升级了 OSX 10.10.3 后,Finder 和 Save As (任何需要浏览文件的地方)都出现了一些诡异的现象。如:文件列表载入缓慢甚至失败,Finder 崩溃,报错等等… Finder 作为 OSX 里面最常用最基础的工具,出了这些问题对日常使用影响巨大。一开始还没觉得是 RamDisk 导致的问题,因为这玩意儿也就管管 Cache 这块,没想到是 iCloud (有可能是 iCloud Drive)那块出了差错。

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