K.K. Bossa

“K.K. Bossa” is one of my favorite songs in Animal Crossing: New Horizon (despite the in-game lyrics is actually only “meeep mop meep moop weewaaweewooo mop meep moooooop”) so I’m pleasantly surprised to hear the, uh, human-lyrics version.

(Featured image is when I visited fellow Automattician’s island through Dream Address. Thank you for sharing your dream address island, Melanie!)

There will be time they returned and said, “ONE MORE TIME”

For the sleepless nights filled with the EDM music, cigarettes, and black coffee with neverending projects, thesis, and freelance works. For the late-night PHP and CSS tests, despairs, and joys. For the late-night walk home with MP3 player on the pocket. Midnight stroll — because there was no bus left — on Jalan Sudirman, Jakarta. Jacket pulled up, cap pulled down.

For the company during heartbreaks and falling in love.

One more time.

On being mistaken

A bit of backstory for context: In my culture (Indonesian/asian,) the elders usually say, “let them be. Once they got their own taste of medicines, they will stop doing it,” whenever a young child acted up/refused to listen. For example, a child jumped on a sofa. The elders usually say, “let them be. Once they fall, they know that it hurts and they’ll stop doing it.”

I was mistaken on my youngest daughter.

She fell down from her brother’s bunkbed (she’s 4 years old and I think she’s living up to her name: Rey. Yes, that Rey from Star Wars) because she slipped and missed a step; her cheek is now purple because of the bruises.

“They’ll know it hurts and they’ll stop doing it.”

30 minutes later, a shouting match ensued. The big brother yelled, “NO! You can’t be careless! I don’t want you to climb again and– and– try to hang upside down! No! You have to be careful!”

His words got cut off by a sound that I can safely say a mix of pterodactyl got trapped inside a refrigerator and vicious geese attacking me when I was a wee little girl, walked home from school.

When we found out her room now has her art masterpiece in form of mural

ProPhoto RGB v. sRGB color space

I’m curious. I need to jot this down and maybe reroute back to this post once I have time and once I have unfortunate developer to bug on the office.

Recently, I noticed an uptick of color display questions from users that contacting us. The question always the same:

“Why do my pictures look dull on the phone?”

This is a really interesting situation. The images look good and vibrant on the desktop/laptop, but once you check the website on the phone — bam — the dullest color.

The cause is actually this:

sRGB vs Adobe RGB vs ProPhoto RGB: Color Spaces Explained

TL;DR images with ProPhoto RGB will definitely have duller look on mobile phones, especially on iPhones. To rectify it, you will need to export your images to sRGB format.

But! Please indulge me on this. But! Here’s what makes me curious: Most — if not all — of the users who ask the color display question is non-professional/they are not professional photographers/designers/illustrators.

They upload the images to their websites/blogs just like any other regular folks — Add image, or drag-and-drop, and that’s it. They didn’t do any heavyweight image editing prior uploading their images.

Then it happened to me just now. The previous post has some images with so many details, and I swear the red color on the pictures is really vivid and bold.

I opened my WP for iOS app, then uploaded the images using Image block. Finished the post, then published.

I have side by side comparison. The one on the left is the picture on my Photos app, the one on the right is the picture on my live site (Chrome mobile.)

I also able to confirm I didn’t do any adjustments on my iPhone’s settings.

I’m curious. Something must have happened; I’m thinking a change on how iOS processed the images (??? Maybe???) Also, it seems like this happens on mobile display only. The images look okay on desktop.

Tomorrow, I’m going to check the image profile and see what color space the image is.

Update:

The color space is RGB… 🤔 (None of both possibilities LOL)

I would agree with Ditaa. Most probably iOS automatically compress picture for mobile devices and the differences just becoming more noticeable recently.

The Year of the Ox

Tomorrow is the celebration of the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year. For this year, it’s The Year of The Ox.

Unlike its western counterparts, Chinese zodiacs are defined on year — not months. For example, folks that were born in 1984 would be under the Rat zodiac, then 1985 would be under the Ox zodiac, and so on.

The Chinese zodiacs itself has its own story of origin. The Jade King, the benevolent ruler of the Heavens — some said it was the Goddess Kwan Im or Buddha — called upon animals to give respect to him. Twelve animals came, and the zodiac positions were given to them according to the order of their arrival.

Red color is the main star on the celebrations. It signifies happiness and good luck. That’s why you can see folks wearing red during weddings and celebrations (while black and white are frowned upon during festivities as it symbolizes mourning and sadness.)

This year’s Chinese New Year was far from celebrations. Restaurants are empty, while it used to be crowded with dining guests having their reunion dinner, chatting happily and tossing yee sang.

We were on this shopping mall, having our takeout dinner — several portions of pasta from our favorite Italian restaurant.

I strolled at the mall’s plaza. Looking at the Chinese New Year ornaments and decorations.

Some visitors walked by, but it was empty. It’s unusual for Kuala Lumpur to be empty during Chinese New Year. As one of major tourists destinations, there are always folks coming from outside the town or even foreign tourists.

They have this… Wishing Tree in the middle. Mall visitors wrote down their wishes on a piece of card and hang it on the tree.

And it seems, for the first time, every wish that I saw on the tree is not for one individual’s happiness or good luck.

The wishes are selfless.

“Wish for pandemic to end. Good health for everyone.”

And the loudest whisper of one’s longing is a selfless one.

“Everyone stay healthy and be happy. Happy Chinese New Year.”

May all our prayers and wishes reaching the Heavens.

Happy Chinese New Year, all. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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