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Klang Dong Fruit Market, Nakhon Ratchasima

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Klang Dong Fruit Market
The largest fruit market in the district, selling a good assortment of tropical fruits. The most famous fruit of Klang Dong is the custard apple, which is available just about year round. Only 10 minutes drive from Klang Dong Bellevue Bungalows.

Emma: I fancied Draco

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HARRY POTTER star Emma Watson insists she never dated Daniel Radcliffe or Rupert Grint – but she was obsessed with Tom Felton.

Emma’s character Hermione Granger ends up dating Ron Weasley (Rupert) and is best friends with Harry (Daniel).

But Emma confesses on The Jonathan Ross Show tonight on ITV1 that it was Tom – who played baddie Draco Malfoy – who broke her heart.

She said: “Between the ages of ten and 12 I had a crush on Tom. I used to go into work in the morning and look at the call sheet to see if he was going to be in every day. He was a bad guy, a few years older than me, and had a skateboard and that did it for me.

“He totally knew but said he only saw me in a sisterly way and that broke my heart. ”

She added: “There was no romance between me and Daniel or Rupert. The whole ten-year period I never so much as pecked one of them on the cheek.

“Rupert gave me a beaver when we all left. He sponsored a beaver for me for a year.”

12 tips to become a better smartphone photographer

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(CNN) — Wondering how to get the most of your smartphone camera? Is there more to mobile photography than filters to make your pictures look better than they really are?

Multimedia journalist and iPhone street photographer Richard Koci Hernandez recently joined the CNN iReport community on Facebook for a chat about how to become a better smartphone photographer.

“People do not understand the unbelievable opportunity that mobile photography is giving photographers,” Hernandez said. “It’s a golden age.”

Hernandez offered these tips:

1. It’s all about the light. “Photographing in the right light — early morning or late evening — has the potential to make the most ‘boring’ situation into a spectacular one!”

2. Never use the mobile zoom. “It’s terrible and the first step to an unsuccessful image. If you want to get close, zoom with your feet! Get close and your images improve,” he said.

3. Lock your exposure and focus. Your photos will improve 100%, Hernandez said. “With the default camera app, you can tap and hold on the screen to set where you want your exposure and focus. Once the box “blinks,” it’s locked. You can also use other apps like ProCamera to separately set and lock the exposure and focus.

4. Silence your inner critic. “See if you can go one day of shooting every time your inner voice says, ‘I’d like to take a picture.'”

5. Edit, edit edit. Restrain yourself from sharing everything. Post only the best, and your audience will grow. “We don’t need to see all 10,000 of your ugly children,” he said. “I try and pick my least ugly. it’s hard to choose and very personal.”

6. Technical proficiency is overrated. “Exercise your power of observation. Learn to look and see deeply.”

7. Filters don’t replace a good eye. “You still need the basics. Look for the moment and light and subject. If you choose to add a sepia, black and white or other nostalgic or creative filter later [with an app such as Instagram or Hipstamatic], that’s OK, but remember lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.” And if it’s for journalism, he added, “then it needs to be unfiltered.”

8. Shoot from the hip for better candids. “Hold the phone about waist-level and tap away. Your friends and family will not know what you’re doing. Be sneaky about it. The moment they know you’re shooting, the images become less candid. You’ll get a lot more bad shots, but when you get a good one, you’ll want to hang it on the wall!”

9. Give yourself assignments and deadlines. Take 20 images of one thing from different angles. You’ll begin to see the world differently, even if it’s just walking around the bowl of fruit on your kitchen table and observing how the light falls on it from different angles.

10. You have to know what you want to see before you can see it. “Make a list of things you want to photograph today and find them! If you know my work, then you know the No. 1 thing on my list are men in fedoras! Or any hat for that matter!”

11. Study other photographers. “I spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at images. It’s the only way to get better, in my humble opinion. My favorites are Roy Decarava, so happy we discovered Viviam Maier, and on Instagram, a dude named Daniel Arnold out of New York is just killing it!”

12. Always be ready. “You want to make sure that when your mind and heart says ‘shoot,’ you have no excuses, like, Oh, my camera was in my purse, pocket, or, gasp, your camera wasn’t around. It’s one of the main reasons I love mobile photography — my camera is always with me.”

10 smartphone habits you should avoid

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Editor’s note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book “Stuff Hipsters Hate.” Got a question about etiquette in the digital world? Contact them at netiquette@cnn.com.

(CNN) — We begin this week’s column with a stunningly beautiful quote from Anais Nin (brought to our attention by the inimitable site Brainpickings). Read it slowly because it’s that good.

(Yes, we’re enculturating you in Netiquette. We can hear the shouty, complainy e-mails already.)

“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. … This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked.

“This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”
Nin wrote those words in 1946, but she might as well have been writing them today. She starts with a YOLO and ends with a contemporary-sounding rumination of just how horrible we’ve all become now that we hold the power to be in touch with millions of people in the palms of our hands.

That’s right, we’re talking about how annoying and rude and antisocial we’ve all become with our smartphones and tablets. As CNN investigates all the ways mobile devices are changing our lives, we’d like to peel our eyes off our glowing screens long enough to recount our top eight egregious handheld errors.

These are things you literally could not do before the www went mobile; now we’re embarrassing ourselves all over the place. Please stop:

1. Drunk -tweeting, -texting, -Instagramming, etc.

Long gone are the days when the only witnesses to your inebriated ramblings were other bar patrons who also saw you stumble from your bar stool to the ground. Whether you’re able to keep it together with spelling and syntax (in which case, you’ve just got the world going, “Wait, she wants to do WHAT to Paul Ryan?!”), or your typing skills erode quickly, alcohol and mobile devices don’t mix.

2. Fooling around on your phone whenever you have a spare moment.

As writer Austin Kleon writes in his alarmingly cute book, “Steal Like an Artist,” we need unstructured time for creativity to foster, down time in which we mess around and let our disconnected thoughts gel into cool ideas.

If you turn every spare moment (a red light, a line at the salad station, a ride in the elevator) into an excuse to check your Cinemagram feed, you just won’t have those artistic a ha! moments. (And no, “Draw Something” doesn’t count.)

3. Passive-aggressively whining for the whole world to see.

Look, we all have our personal stock of First World Problems, frustrated complaints with the minor injustices committed by a cruel, uncaring world. That’s been true since the dawn of time. Now we just have myriad means of expressing them.

Nobody cares about your thinly veiled railings against your ex or roommate or employer, OK? Unless you’ve scribbled it on a notepad, in which case you should share it with the world on. So that we can laugh at you.

4. Being really, really scared to actually use the phone.

Phones and tablets have made it oh so easy to communicate without using our voiceboxes. This is bad for relationships for oh so many reasons. Anais Nin would just hate it. Hit “dial” and enjoy the time-honored pas de deux of two humans, you know, talking.

5. Missing your favorite band’s concert because you’re so busy taking crappy photos, letting your phone ring and fiddling with your phone during the set.

Your hard-of-hearing, reformed punk-rock uncle was right: Concerts really WERE better back in the day, not necessarily because music really meant something, man, but because the audience actually paid attention and sang along and danced instead of holding their phones in the air and spending 30-plus seconds trying to find the shutter button on the front of the screen.

Your punkle would be so disappointed if he still made it out to shows today.

6. Texting salacious pictures.

The ritual sharing of NC-17 photos used to be a complicated analog affair involving Polaroids and furtive looks. Nowadays, people just drop trou, snap and send. Analyze THAT, Anais Nin.

7. Turning your friends into enemies with videos of them.

Camcorders have become tiny and discreet and as user-friendly as checking your e-mail. This is potentially bad news for those people you hang out with, as you hold in your hands a recording device that can humiliate them forever.

Set ground rules and roll the camera judiciously, lest you wind up publicly shaming a friend for her foul mouth, caught-on-film fart or unpopular political opinions.

8. Letting your seething anger leach out into the world at large.

Humans have always done stupid things when they’re emotionally riled up. Now, those tantrums and rages and outbursts are shared and cached for the world to see. Take a deep breath and put down the smartphone.

9. Texting while walking.

Rarely does this go well. Whatever’s so urgent can probably wait a few minutes. Or you can, you know, actually call the person (see No. 4).

10. Using your phone in the bathroom.

Don’t. Just don’t.

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