Most of the time information was lost for a reason; in the case of most of
the photos with people's faces, the sharpening effect is not flattering to
their complexions .....
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It's a photo of I took of myself [...] To counter the waxy
smoothness of the smoothening filter, I used the film grain filter. I
think it helps. Once again, more information lost (colour, and there's
added noise) but ironically it looks better.
It's a picture that would fit real nice in Pleasantville.
OK, you've just walked into a Stephen rant. Don't bother taking
this personally. It's not a personal thing. It's a societal thing, and
sometimes it just makes me SICK.
You're human. I'm human. All of the people around us (at
least, for the most part :-) are human.
Being human, means that we have warts, zits, moles, dimples, wierd hair
days, bloodshot eye moments, wrinkled clothes, and hair in our
This is life my
friend... It's not a photo-shoot
where we get to pick a one in a thousand body, spend 2 hours lighting
it just right, $4000 on the wardrobe and then blow 7 rolls just to get
one good shot and then airbrus/photoshop even that to get
everything in the right place, all the shadows right and
We don't live in Pleasantville, or The Truman Show where
every moment is a product placement ad.
We are humans who burp, fart, piss, shit and blow our noses (or pick
them when we think that nobody's looking) and bleed when we do it
wrong. We make strange smells when we have sex and strange noises when
If we're male we get erections at the most inopportune moments, and
get them at even more inopportune
moments. If we're female, similar things happen, but different
parts do different things.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that
other than the fact that the multi-billion dollar advertising industry
has it's livelihood wraped up in making us think
that any and everything that we are, do or even think is
probably in some way broken and need fixing (at an appropriate price of
According to the advertising industry, we're too fat, too thin, too
smelly, and/or not smelly enough (sometimes all at the same
time). The same company will try and get you addicted to tobacco
(because it's sexy) and then sell you pills to get off of tobacco
(because it's really not that sexy) -- soap and
deoderants to get rid of your smells, and then extract of freaking
SKUNKS to put back the smell that you just finished scrubbing off.
They'll sell you all sorts of pseudo medicinal garbage to get every
hair off of your body, and then mascara and paint to make it look like
the hairs you just ripped out of their pores, or fried into oblivion
chemicals are still there.
BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT!
The same people who will don a KKK hood and string me up for being to
dark-skinned will then go out and spend $4000 on the perfect tan and a
perm, while Michael jackson spends $6million trying to look like
freaking Elizabeth tailor. WTF????
For my part, I want my friends to be HUMANS,
with their warts, blemmishes, bad habits and foibles. As
long as they know to shit on my toilets, and sit on my chairs, I'm
pretty much happy.
In a way, I actually like tracing the
blemishes on my lovers' skin. Among other things, it means that I
didn't just have sex with a vinyl blow-up
Enjoy the humanity of yourself and your friends. Revel in it,
and love it for all too soon it shall all be gone, and we will be
moaning the loss of the one with a mole on their chin -- and whenever
we see someone with a mole on their chin, it will remind us of that
Remember: If we were all perfect, life would be soooooooo boring. (and
we'd never know who we were talking to).
Thank you for your attention. We now return you to your