Which Blog Platform is The Best? Which Website Layout is Most Suitable?

Which Blog Platform is Best?

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The Minor Four Blog Platforms are Weebly, Wix, Jimdo and Squarespace.

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The Big Three Blog Platforms are Tumblr, Blogger (blogspot) and WordPress


Between The Big Three – Tumblr vs Blogger vs WordPress

The diagram above shows the characteristic and inclinations of the blog publishers/platforms. If you favor more controls and customizations, go for WordPress. If you don’t really care about the extras, go for Tumblr. If you are somewhere in between, go for Blogger. Continue reading

To Build Blogs, Websites or Webpages, What is the Least You Need to Know?

Today I wish to talk about the types of websites, the terms and variants you need to know before you start your own site. I am writing this article because I started this site recently and I have fresh knowledge to share.

Now, most people are building their blogs and webpages with codes, themes and widgets designed by others. Most of the technical parts have been worked out, webpage owners and bloggers only have to concentrate on making the contents to fill the sites.

I think even at this ease, trial and error is still inevitable. To further simplify things, I have recorded down my findings and I have tried to group the confusing terms into categories below, I hope you get a better picture of the whole internet thingy.

Websites vs Webpages vs Blogs (Web Log)

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Web pages are subsets of web sites, usually many pages build up a web site. A blog site is a dynamic website and blogs are displayed in web pages. Web pages are pages displayed online that are meant to share some information to the visitors. The concept of web pages started in the early 90s with the invention of World Wide Web by Tim Bernes-Lee. Any content on the internet before the millennium are almost certainly conventional pages because those were compiled with the basic HTML, although there’s exceptions that were done with dynamic HTML. Traditionally web pages were built on the computers from scratch, rigidly planned out to the detail pixel details. They were designed to display the exact same contents on another computer, equipped with the same screen resolution and web browser. Continue reading

A Chinese Opera Experience

IMG_0230I don’t remember when was the first time I have been to a chinese opera, it was probably when I was 5 years old. Browsing through the photos I have recently snapped, I slowly recalled bits and pieces of my old memories. I recalled carrying our own stools to the temporary opera stages. We have to prepare our own seats because the bench was never enough.

In certain time of the year, Taoist temples organize their own operas with funding donated by the devotees. Since there were plenty of operas in town, most of the roads will be blocked by the temporary opera stages. Traffic congestion was unavoidable when few operas were running concurrently.

Terminology

Depending on regions, chinese opera is termed differently. In most part of mainland China, they are called Xi Qu 戲曲/戏曲. A direct translation of Xi Qu is “shows and songs”. In anywhere else, they are called 大戲/大戏 Dai Hei by Cantonese peoples and Dua Hi for Hokkien speakers. The term literally means “big shows”.

The Season

Chinese operas are not substitutes to Hollywood movies. Instead of watching them as a pass-time entertainment, they are always shown during certain chinese festivals, usually throughout Chinese Ghost Festival (seventh month in Lunar calendar). According to the Taoist believes, Chinese Ghost Festival is the period when the gate of hell opens. I am not trying to scare anyone here, just see it as an equivalent to Halloween in western countries and Bon Festival in Japan. That aside, chinese operas are occasionally performed to celebrate birthdays of the chinese deities. Continue reading

Camera Lens Brands II – The Third Party

The Popular Third Party Brands

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- I am/was an owner of 50mm f1.4

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Sigma is going strong with the release of 85mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 8-16mm and the recently announced 50mm Art lens.

Sigma lenses in the past were plagued with annoying coating that attracts dust and turns sticky in hot weather. Lately they have switched to matte finishing and converted some existing lenses to the finishing as well. I like that better than the sticky coating and I am sure the rest feels the same.

I do have terrible AF (auto focusing) experience using a 50mm f1.4 EX on a Canon 5D Mark II. For that reason, I usually switch to MF (manual focusing) when I am using that sigma lens. If sharpness is critical and i must use auto focusing, I will do burst shots, firing a few photos to increase the chance of a clear shot. I don’t recommend doing that because you will be missing the moment you really wish to capture. Also the all together file sizes will be enormous, unless you want to spend sometime doing some deleting. I myself do not practice the tradition of deleting photos on the spot or off a camera. I will pay Sigma some money if they could fix the focusing and cure my problem. Since I like the color rendition of the Sigma, it’s always a love and hate affair with the Sigma lenses when you are using it on a Canon body. I can’t say about the latest 35mm and 50mm Art but I heard they have improved on the focusing, and I sincerely hope that’s true! Continue reading

Camera Lens Brands I – The First Party

I don’t wish to bore you with technical jargons and MTF resolution charts here. I will just tell you what i feel about the brands out there and what you should consider when you pay for the next lens.

The Decision Making

Getting a brand new camera is always a decision between that two or three cameras from the same segment, by that few major camera brands. Each company renews every segment in their product line every year or two so deciding on what to buy will always be in between:

easy-button1. Canon 5D mark III or Nikon D800
2. Canon 70D or Nikon D7100
3. Canon 700D or Nikon D5300
4. Canon 1200D or Nikon D3300

Okay, that’s pretty straight forward. If there’s only two choices, how hard can that be?

To acquire a new lens, it is a whole new story, you have more choices, in fact you have plenty! There’s the lenses that are offered by the first party (the original or house product) and there’s lenses from some third party companies (OEM). Say for example, to get a wide angle zoom lens for the Canon 70D you have recently acquired (or just any other Canon APS-C), you are spoiled with these sheer amount of choices.

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