Saturday, August 15, 2009

I've moved !

I'm leaving never to return again !

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds coz now I'm on Wordpress

Blogger Mathai on Wordpress

Friday, August 14, 2009

We met, we talked, we talked some more

A big "Thank you" to Grey (and family), Mario, Ray and Purple for a wonderful evening today at the blogger meet. Unfortunately Mrs. Blogger Mathai couldn't make it to the meet thus leaving Mrs. Grey alone with a bunch of guys who yapped like a bunch of excited school boys who've just had too many sugary drinks.

It was our first meeting with Grey and the even more famous Grey Jr. who has already started practicing vocals to be the lead singer in a Death Metal band :) . Even though we always try to avoid computers in our conversation eventually the meeting turns into a nerd convention with terms like DHCP, POE, SSL, DSL, and ASDFGH being hurled around like weapons of mass destruction ( ok, maybe not the last one :D) Which left Purple and Grey looking at us like we were aliens from Jupiter.. sorry guys!

Thanks once again and hope to see more new faces at the next meet.

ps.. the person who can guess each blogger's phone correctly will win something from me !

update: Grey has just posted about the meet on his blog too [link]

Shrimp overload

We got a whole lot of shrimp today at the Sharq fish market.

The medium sized ones are KD 1.750/ Kg and the bigger ones (not quite jumbo sized) are KD 3.000 /Kg

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shooting light beams

A lot of people create light beams in Photoshop for their action figure shots but then there are some others who want the real deal. I've been following the work of various photographers in the Gunpla and Action Figure groups to learn how they achieve this effect and now I've done it myself !

You need
1. Focused LED light
2. Candle light or tea light

For this to work, there should be only two sources of light during the shoot or you wont get a good effect. Position your action figure the way you want it and setup the tripod so that its in your range of view. Now Set the Shutter speed to anywhere from 10 to 15 seconds while in shutter priority mode.

Set the camera to go off on timer and then bring the LED to the starting position of the beam and when the shutter opens gently draw along the imaginary light path. When you complete that then you need to fill in the light using your candle or tea light. Make a few passes to highlight the model or create shadows. Thats it ! All this in 10-15 seconds.

Heres what it should look like finally.

SD firing

Gundam Wing Chest Beam

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Swine Flu Alert

Lets face it, Swine Flu is here and it wont go away easily. In Kuwait even medical staff have been infected and its in our best interests to take some precaution. My fellow blogger 'Name is Bond' has a post on this subject and you can read about it here.

On a lighter note.. I got this in the mail today about what you'll look like if you're infected by the H1N1 virus.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Glow-in-the-dark Dino

This is what I bought from Toys'r'us last weekend. I got the Triceratop and they have a few more varieties like the Stegosaurus etc.

Cost: 1.5 KD

When the lights go out...

Warning: Inform your wife there's a glowing skeleton in the bedroom before she switches off the lights.

Time and place

Ok so its been decided to have the blogger's meet at our usual location; Coffee Bean in Salmiya. Its the one attached to Al Rasheed Hospital. Theres parking right opposite the coffee shop and it may not be too crowded on a Friday afternoon. Hope to see you guys there by 3.30 Respond by comment or email and let us know if you're coming or not.

Date : Friday 14th August
Place: Coffee Bean
Time: 3:30 PM
Wikimapia location : [link]

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dangerous Homo's

Recently the Government of India legalized Gay Sex and the amount of media buzz it generated was huge ! There were press comments from religious leaders, political leaders and other prominent members of society about how Indian culture and society was about to do down the toilet coz now two members of the same sex can have some quality time without getting a bum rap (is that even a pun ? I dont know!)

Anyway, the comments from our country's ignorant millions were fun to read.. let me print a few here as I recollect them from memory. My comments are in brackets.

1. This is against our culture ( where does it say so ? is there a rule book ?)

2. Homosexual relations is a western thing (tell that to the millions of desi bhais who don't give a damn about the west)

3. Now that its legal everyone will start doing it ! (I was in India last month on vacation and I still had straight sex, so who are these people who will 'start doing it' just coz its legal ??)

4. If you spend time with 'them' you'll become one yourself (c'mon, its not a virus)

5. Now all the young fashionable people will do 'it' coz its the trend (really ? I wouldn't have gay sex no matter how 'trendy' it is)

6. Homosexuals cannot donate blood or organs ( WTF ?? neither can a straight person if he has some communicable disease)

I've had enough of of this hype.. all this anti-gay propaganda is another form of racism. Why the hell should someone be bothered about his neighbor's sexual preference ? Then there are a lot of people who say gay people hit on everyone, well.. so do straight horny guys. I've known a few gay people and even worked with a gay European designer on a project here in Kuwait and I'm still straight ! (see ? its not contagious!)

The thing that got me writing this post is the picture that you see at the top of this page ! This is outrageous ! How does Gay Sex become a threat to national security ? I think its a picture from a protest that took place in the United States.

update: I found a better picture of the same poster on Flickr [link]

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