Archive for March, 2010

Some more HDR

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

So everyone is playing with HDR images these days, I might as well share my recent HDR “masterpiece.”

First, 3 images were shot with auto-bracketing. It was very cloudy out, so the pictures kinda sucked. By the way, it’s the Brooklyn Bridge.

After PhotoShop’s “Merge to HDR” automation:

Then adjusted with Topaz Adjust’s filter. Done.

Click, click, click and done. Quite impressive, considering the source pictures were completely trash!

Is it allergy or what?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

What the hell? Since Monday I had bitter taste after eating anything, whether it’s sweet, sour, salty or spicy; and of course, bitter. My saliva just got bitterer after sautéed mustard greens. And that’s not just the after taste. It’s almost as if I have this constant flow of bitter saliva right after eating. It’s so weird.

I have been searching “bitter taste” but I couldn’t find anything. Until I searched again with the terms “after eating” then I found out it may be related to pine nuts. Pine nuts?

I rarely eat pine nuts, but I did have some pine nuts in my salad on Sunday when we ate out. As there’s definitely a number of people out there who are experiencing the same thing, I had to wonder that this is no coincidence.

I, too, thought I was going to die! Seriously. But what the heck? Now, the question is, when the hell is it going to go away? Do you mean those pine nuts continue to stay in my body after a few days? Whatever the heck is in the pine nuts, it’s simply freaky.

According to the entry of pine nuts on Wikipedia:

Risks of eating pine nuts
A small minority of pine nuts can cause taste disturbances, developing 1–3 days after consumption and lasting for days or weeks. A bitter, metallic taste is described. Though very unpleasant, there are no lasting effects. … Also, it has been hypothesized that this bitter side affect is caused by an allergy that some people may have to pine nuts, but this does not explain the recent appearance of this syndrome. Metallic taste disturbance known as metallogeusia, are reported 1-3 days after ingestion, being worse on day 2 and lasting for up to 2 weeks. …

A post on UK’s Mail Online last year has also mentioned the phenomenon.