Saturday, April 25, 2009

Photographer

Well, over the years I have saw too much "photographed by" watermarks on digital photos. I expect these photographers are Chinese, due to the watermarking on piece of art comes from Eastern Art Society instead of Western. You would see a little square with several small traditional Chinese words on the left bottom of every piece of art produced in the past eras, particularly in China. These arts include cursive/manuscript, black ink bamboo, etc.

From the ancient to modern, the Western Art Society rarely does any watermarking on the piece of art. Even those famous artiest like Da Vinci, Picasso., poet like William Shakespeare did not. And Yet, they invented the optical device to capture the scene (book of optic), "camera" as we referred now.

I personally believe that each photograph is a piece of art, nothing more or less than a painting in the past. There are many terms share between photography and paintings, such as "Portrait", "Landscape", "Illustration". Obiously there are some new terms that do not exist in the past, such as "Shuttle Speed", "Focus", "Lens" and we all know that these are belonged to the camera and is a scientific term for composing a photo. Beaware of "Composing", which means the process of taking the photo, which "compose" the light condition, focus point, white balance, depth of field, etc. And these process can be carefully evaluated with Mathematical Modelling, which makes it to be a scientific job. We can say that the photograph is a piece of art that is produced from a scientific process.

Now, my question is, "What is a professional photographer?"
Some give me the answer that those who put the watermarking on their photos.
Some told me that when you can save your life, e.g. make money with the photo you take.
Some said when you have enough experience.
Some said if majority of the professional photographer agree on the photo you take.
Some said if your photo inspires them.

Well I personally REJECT every single answer above.
1st, even a lousy "camera-man" can put watermarking on their photo.
2nd, I never heard any artiest "PROMOTE" their own painting. Have you seen/heard Picasso offer a price for his painting?
3rd, I can't justify the word "experience". This is not an RPG game where your experience is shown in numbers.
4th, oh my god, professional photographer again, damn, here we go again. This is just like the answer in digital dictionary for Google. "What is Google." "Google is a Google Searching Engine".
5th, Oh well, Picasso's painting can't inspire me. In fact, I don't even know what the hell he was drawing.

If anyone wants to believe the above blaff, I don't mind, go ahead. I personally believe that when somebody "Offer" you a price for your photo without you "Request" it, then you are a professional. Till then, please stop pretending you are professional.

Friday, June 20, 2008

明史对照

笔者相信读者对中国历史,明史都和笔者一样,不是一无所知,就是半知不解。

翻阅金镛大师的《袁崇焕评传》,你会发现崇祯皇帝遗书所说的 "朕凉德藐躬,上干天咎,然皆诸臣误朕。朕死无面目见祖宗,自去冠冕,以发复面。任贼分裂,勿伤百姓一人"意味着"朕非亡国之君,臣乃亡国之臣",是确有此事的。

明朝腐败,并非一朝一夕。公元1563年-1620年,神宗登位,他简直就是贪,懒,霸权的代表词,也是明朝最腐败的一个皇帝。神宗在位时,曾经三十年半步不出宫门,不早朝,不书,不批奏章。皇帝霸权废政,也不许其他人从政,上至六科(中央机构,像如今的部长职),下至十三道(地方政府),长期空置。而且他贪劲十足,在位时国库分内外库,外库供治政用,内库是他私下收藏。他也把所有商品交易税定位百分之三,并重用宦官(太监)收取他发明的矿税。结果宦官勾结土霸,到处指私人住所,商店,甚至墓地地下有矿物,需要缴付矿税。据说纳入内库的,只有税收十分之一,十分之九是被宦官及土霸瓜分掉的。

神宗死后八年后,崇祯登位。面对前朝留下的烂摊子,崇祯也只好坦然面对。但是他生性多疑,又心急求变,治政毫无方向,虽不算是朝令夕改,但他前期铲除专权宦官,后期又重用宦官来看,也差不多。在位期间,内有李自成为首的土寇内乱,关外有满清对中土虎视眈眈。最终江山失守,紫禁城被李自成攻破,落得自缢景山的下场。

反之,清朝康熙登位之后,发誓永不加赋,也就是人口税代代为定额。康熙也积极提倡满汉一家,使用无分彼此来消除民族之间的摩擦,逐一巩固清朝在中土的地位。康熙治国之道,无非是以不变应万变,主张不更改民生,也就是我们所说的衣,食,住,行。

二百八十六年后的今天,大马局势与明朝大有相同之处。尔尔在言路上说的是,岂止打开国油账簿?一大堆的白象计划,国防部服务费,大道公司合约烂账,私营化公司如国稻垄断市场,难道当中真的没有"宦官及土霸"?

油价提高已经改变了我们的衣,食,住,行。对,油价提高无疑是对长期的经济有良性影响,但民生比起经济在治国之道上,更为重要,油价是可以提升,但是我们的社会已经做好准备了吗?公共交通是否应付得了目前的需求?在各方面做好考量后,才能宣布结果。而不是先宣布提高油价,搞到民不聊生,怨声载道之后,才宣布减轻人民负担的"回扣",这无疑是给国家带来冲击。

还有面对国阵内的"李自成"-沙巴进步党投首相不信任票,以及对中央政权虎视眈眈的"满清"-反对党,敢问伯拉,要当崇祯还是康熙呢?

笔:政威。

Thursday, June 12, 2008

1st time publish in chinese newspaper, Sinchew 12th June

嚴格來說,我是幸運的。大學畢業後,靠獎學金讀博士課程,平日騎摩多車上下班,也住在大學附近,油價高漲對我影響不大,但我很同情上班一族。當汽油還是每公升1.92令吉時,有一次要去吉隆坡公幹,從士毛月出發,9點要到達吉隆坡某酒店,普通預算大概一個半小時會到達。
因此,7點30分騎機車離開家,一路擔心有攫奪匪搶身上的手提電腦
7 點50分到達加央火車站,月台早已擠滿上班族。
8點火車到來,擠不進去,只好等下一班車。
8點20分,月台宣佈班車取消(預料中事)。
8點40分,火車到 來,拼命擠進去。於是,左搖右晃,右肩提著5公斤重的電腦,左手緊緊抓住只有一個手掌大的扶手,與其他上班族擠成罐頭沙丁魚。
8點55分,火車一度停下, 原因是要讓路給州航線。結果到達酒店是9點15分。遲到15分鐘。

5點30分離開酒店到達KL Sentral月台,又是擠滿人,慢慢等吧,反正我不急。結果,一班又一班的火車離開了,數一數,大概走了4班,月台還是擠滿人。然後又是班車取消。回到家,是晚上8點30分,整整3個小時花在歸途上。3個小時,夠我回家鄉怡保了。

在油價是1.92令吉時,我們的火車服務就已經是如此差勁。某部長還好意提醒民眾善用公眾交通工具。如果現在全部駕車上班的人都聽部長勸告,去搭火車的話,後果會不可想像。

有誰喜歡擠成沙丁魚?又有誰不怕遲到而丟失飯碗?

前年汽油起價,政府說要把省下的津貼花費在提升公共交通上,然而看看火車的“提升”程度,除了架起幾個遮不了風,當不了雨(下起大雨時,整排椅子全部濕透)的涼棚,就沒其他的了。南湖鎮出入處的檢票器“長年修理”,出入人次榜上有名的南湖鎮,竟然只有出入檢票器各一台。

要真正體會民生嗎?上班時間去搭一趟火車吧,尊貴的部長們。

星洲日報/言路‧作者:政威‧2008.06.11

Friday, January 4, 2008

Chinese education is preserved because China is getting stronger, shut the hell up.

"希山:中國正崛起
不認同華小是大馬損失

updated:2008-01-04 09:57:34 MYT

(八打靈再也訊)教育部長拿督斯里希山慕丁表示,中國正崛起成為世界強國,如果大馬不視華小為大馬的強項,那將是我們的損失。

他說,大馬的華教系統也是中國以外最健全及完整的系統。

希山慕丁週四(1月3日)巡視八打靈再也培才華小後表示,教育部視國內的各源流學校為大馬的強項,而在無疆界世界裡,要栽培有競爭力的下一代非常重要。

不過,他說,只要不政治化或當成爭論性課題,教育部都會全力援助與支持有需要的各源流學校,包括華小。

他形容這是他領導教育部的作風,也是為了確保能進一步強化大馬教育制度的方式。", taken from www.Sinchew-i.com

This is Malaysia. Our chinese culture is preserved because of other country influences, so "praise" to China for being a strong country. It's a sad thing that the Minister of Education still cannot understand that our people want it to be preserved. If one day China culture is to be changed, there will be no necessary to have Chinese Primary School anymore.

Please know well what brings our education forward and what holds it back, Minister of Education. We, as Malaysians, want our culture to flow from generations to generations.

Monday, August 20, 2007

是時候改變了

日前以饒舌歌曲唱馬來西亞國歌且在youtube網絡上播放的黃明志, 受到各界評擊, 特別是友族同胞政治人物, 不但說要引用煽動法令把黃明志抓回來受審, 還公開對媒體說政府要對付Youtube. 但是這位友族同胞却忘了自己並不是 政府”, 具有代表性的首相, 副首相, 還有內閣都沒有任何決定之前, 請某位友族同胞政治人物自重, 先別談煽動法令是否有權引度黃明志, Youtube 可是美國 Google 其下公司, 大馬司法可否越國 制裁” Youtube 都是個問題, 可是 Google 如果要對付大馬卻非常容易, 只要封鎖大馬IP, 所有大馬網站不錄取在 Google 搜查引擎里, 國人不可以使用 Google, 國外找不到大馬網站, 都是非常有效的 報復方法.

另一方面, 眾友族同胞政治人物如此急促對付黃明志, 是否是 此地無銀三百兩的做法? 是不是國人都認為黃明志歌曲里所說的都是 確有此事” ? 友族怎樣認為筆者不清楚, 但大學時期, 筆者和友族新生代朋友同一個屋簷下生活了九個月, 都不覺得有什麼不妥, 反而覺得新生代朋友和黃明志歌曲里所說的背道而馳. 他的堅毅精神, 做事不偷工減料都令我佩服的五體投地.

Benjamin Franklin / Richard Jackson 曾經說過, "People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.", 意思是說 如果人們願意出賣他們的自由(包括民主, 言論) 去換取他們短暫的安全感, 那他們將會同時失去自由和安全感”. 日前某部長說大馬沒有絕對的言論自由, 那就代表國人被逼失去安全感了.

記得某著名作家的作品里有一個美國人搬家而燒國旗的故事, 地庭照例不尊重國家判他有罪, 坐牢, 他出獄後以到底是民主自由重要, 還是國家的尊嚴比較重要?”上訴最高法院, 最後法院考慮到美國是一個民主國家而判他無罪, 過後美國人都可以公開燒國旗, 但一定要有警察在場, 不是因為怕他們煽動國家, 而是怕發生火災. 然而我國國慶後在垃圾場堆滿塑膠做的國旗,是否能證明我們愛國?

筆者想帶給讀者的訊息時, 就算引用法令對付宣洩不滿情緒的國人(考慮後適用, 友族也有宣洩不滿的時候), 不滿的國人是依然存在的, 茶餐廳依然有人口沫橫飛. 接受黃明志的道歉, 想方法令各族(不只是三大種族)和睦相處, 提升自己對人對事的態度. 才不會辜負國父多年努力耕耘的大家庭.

“Let us all as one be reminded always of his vision - that all Malaysians would live together as members of one big family”

是時候改變了.

: , 怡保

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Wa lao Yeh....

A bagger sleeps in front of a temple...with rooster