Lyrics Translations: The Breeze – What Should I Say

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Translating Korean lyrics can be like fishing in the dark. Without a pole. On top of an Antarctic subglacial lake with several thousand feet of ice between you and the fish. Okay, I jest. It’s highly unlikely a species of fish could survive in such an oxygen supersaturated, oligotrophic environment. So there are no fish. So I was grossly exaggerating.

To get back on topic, my point is that I find translating Korean lyrics difficult, one of the reasons being their propensity for indirectness. Korean in general can be indirect because Korean sentences don’t require subjects. As such, subjects are often omitted if they can be implied by context, which occurs frequently in poetic writing such as lyrics. The problem arises when your proficiency in Korean is middling at best and you fail to pick up on the clues (i.e., yours truly).

For example, in The Breeze’s How Do I Put This I thought the subject of the speaker’s narration in this line was himself, “혼자일거라는 생각은 사실 못했었어” or “To be honest, [I] didn’t think [I’d] be alone.” Continue reading

The Offbeat, 4D Charms of Jung Joon Young

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I finally got around to downloading the songs I liked from the repertoire covered on Superstar K4. Several of these songs were covered by Jung Joon Young, running the gamut from pop rock to classic rock: The Breeze’s How Do I Put This, Butterfly Effect’s First Love, YB’s Peppermint Candy, Deulgukhwa’s (Wild Chrysanthemum) This Space is My World, and Spring Summer Fall Winter’s Outsider. He also happened to be one of my favorite contestants, after the happy virus Yoo Seung Woo♥, and along with Kim Jung Hwan and Lee Ji Hye. Jung Joon Young and all the other colorful characters in SSK4 were what made this season (the audition process at least) so shizzling daebak.

He’s not a great singer, and I can’t help wincing when his voice cracks or goes out of tune, but I loves him because he cracks me up. He’s a crazy, contradictory mix of things: a poser, a player, an ulzzang, a dol+i, a vagabond, a rocker. While he’s hilarious when he’s plying on the grease, I find him the most refreshing when he’s sans filter or simply being himself.

So, here are 10 Reasons Why Jung Joon Young Rocks (pun unintended).


1. Smarmy expressions

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How to Make and Format E-books

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Required Programs: Microsoft Word (recommended), Calibre (recommended), Sigil (optional)

1. Open the document you want to convert into an e-book.1

2. If the text in your document has been encoded in a code page other than Unicode, copying and pasting the text into a new MS Word document and saving it will automatically re-encode the text as Unicode (source). Skip this step if your document is already in Unicode.

Steps: Select all the text (CTRL+A), copy (CTRL+C) and Paste as HTML Format. The reason I wouldn’t recommend Paste Special > Unformatted Unicode Text or Unformatted Text is because it can create really messy html code.2

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Read Along in Korean with Text-to-Speech Software

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Topographic Text Image Credit: http://chronotext.org/Isaiah

I recently started reading Korean articles and was kind of amazed by how quickly my grasp of Korean grammar, syntax, and spelling improved. Then again, my Korean grammar and spelling fundamentals are so weak and shaky that they’re bound to be fortified by any sort of exercise or practice. I mean, if you don’t even know the Korean rules for spacing,1 then it’s kind of a given you’ll catch on simply by looking at Korean sentences, by osmosis. However, I’m still convinced that reading Korean is the quickest and surest way to become proficient in Korean. After all, reading is the primary way people become better writers, build their vocabulary, learn grammar (in the case of lousy public schools), etc.

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Compilation of Useful Photoshop Tutorials

How to Blur Backgrounds

How to Use the Clone Stamp Tool
“Clone” or replicate parts of your image.

Summary:
1. Set the hardness to 0%.
2. Hold down Alt key and click the area of the image you wish to “clone,” then release the Alt key. This sets the source point.
3. “Paint” with the cloned pixels. Deselect the aligned option if you would rather paint with the clipboard source point than continuously clone the aligned source point.
4. Alt-click a new area to set a new source point.

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Optimizing Photos for the Web

Optimizing Photos for the Web

  1. Edit image.
  2. Resize image.
  3. Sharpen small (≤ 500 px in width) images with the Unsharp Mask and larger images with the High Pass Filter.
  4. Reduce noise.
  5. Make the file size smaller by using Photoshop’s “save for web & devices” option. The difference between jpeg high (60), jpeg very high (80) or jpeg maximum (100) is barely noticeable. I usually save small/medium images as jpeg high and large images as jpeg very high. Make sure the convert to sRGB box is checked.

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How to Sharpen Images

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Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons. By alltagskunst

How to Sharpen Photos: An Introduction (Easy)
Read More: http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-sharpening-photos

Summary:
1. Sharpening should be done at the end of the editing process.
2. Create a flattened version of the image either by flattening or merging all the layers. The Unsharp Mask works only on the current layer.
3. Use the Unsharp Mask (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask).
4. Note: There are other sharpening tools available which do an even better job of sharpening than the Unsharp Mask. Use the Unsharp Mask method primarily for small images (i.e. 500 px).

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Resizing (Resampling) Images

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Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons. By lirontocker

Resizing vs Resampling

Usually, when people use the word resizing, they actually mean resampling. Technically, resizing means changing the ppi (pixels per inch), or the resolution, of your images. Resolution and ppi become significant when you wish to print photos. For example, let’s say you have a 12 megapixel camera. This means the photos you take will have 12 million pixels (4,000 pixels by 3,000 pixels). If you want high quality prints, your photos should have a resolution of 240-300 ppi. At a resolution of 240 ppi, your photos will print at a size of 16.6 inches (4,000/240) by 12.5 inches (3,000/240). At a resolution of 300 ppi, your photos will print at a size of 13.3 inches (4,000/300) by 10 inches (3,000/300). Notice how the print size of photos decreases as the ppi increases. Changing the ppi of images will change the sizes the images will print, which is why it’s referred to as “resizing.”

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