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Next you'll start having thumbnails featuring your shocked expressions with chessy clickbait text at the side, "You won't believe what I did with the VBC..."

Then you'll have gone full youtuber mode.

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I wanted to have more framing variety in the videos. So I thought I'd shoot parts of future videos in closeup, where my face basically fills most of the frame. I'd narrate one or two sentences, then intercut back to a wider framing. 

One problem became immediately obvious: my poor complexion. Under the glare of the strong lights, every imperfection is magnified. 

Of course I've long noticed that male Hollywood actors sport very sophisticated makeup. It's not the Kpop variety. It's a makeup that doesn't look like it's there. 

I searched for and watched one YouTube video about Kpop makeup for men. The recipe looked so simple. He put on a foundation. He put on a concealer on blemishes. Then he dusts with face powder. Then he moisturises his lips. 

Is it really so simple? I went to Watson just now. For the first time in my life, I browsed the cosmetics section. Thankfully, no female shopper there gave me strange looks. 

It required quite a few IQ points to discern what is what. Bewildering choices. I bought what I thought I needed. 

Back home, after replacing the capacitors on 3 vintage speakers with new capacitors by soldering, I gingerly put on some foundation on my face. Then I put on some face powder. I realised I forgot the concealer, so put it on out of order. I forgot to buy lip balm. Never liked them. 

The effect was immediate and shocking. The stuff had given my face a perfectly even colour. It covered the pores, giving it a fine surface. And, most of all, it completely removed all shine. 

I couldn't believe how much better my complexion is with just a bit of makeup. Best of all, it simply doesn't look as if it has makeup. It looks so natural. Even when I inspected myself in the mirror up close, I find the effect very believable. 

What magic. Why didn't anyone tell me earlier just how well the stuff works? Nobody tells me anything! 

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Another thing nobody told me about. The wonder of hifi. Above, the crossover of a Kef speaker with Uni-q driver

. It's quite complex, with many components. Five capacitors. 

This speaker sounds dark and muffled. Normally this is a sign the capacitors have reached end of life. This is a 20+yo speaker. 

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And here, the same crossover with all five capacitors replaced. The kef now sounds very good! But not as good as my Missions.

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200k views in one month on something as esoteric as lubing keyboards. 

It appears he hasn't discovered the joys of a teleprompter and is reading off his phone mounted above the camera. 

I love his diction. 

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This is how my teleprompter looks. That's how one can stare down the barrel of the lens and still be talking. Viewers cannot tell that a teleprompter is being used, especially not with a longer lens, say from 50mm full frame equivalent upwards. 

The text is displayed via a special teleprompter app on your phone which mirror-reverses the text. This app enables a Bluetooth remote control (also supplied). 

With the keyboard lube guy, you can see his eyes flicking left and right above the lens. That's because the camera is very close to his face, so he was using a wide lens, maybe 28mm ff equivalent. 

But the fact he has 200k views tells that none of this really matters. 

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After making the moth video (above) which I've always wanted to make because it saves me having to tell every customer the same thing, I wondered what video I should make next. 

So many possibilities. I've always wanted to find a way to present, on video, completed suits. Basically, the video version of my numerous jacket-on-mannequin photos. 

But how should such a format look? Do I stand next to the mannequin and start explaining each feature the way Mark Cho foes? Or do I do lots of slider shots and I narrate off camera. How about lighting, and the set?

I don't think it is possible to do what Mark Cho does much better than he does it, but I find it does not evoke desire for the product. At the end of watching a video of this sort, ideally the viewer has strong pangs of desire for the product. Standing next to the mannequin talking about the jacket on display doesn't do it at all. It's boring. 

So I asked myself what videos have I watched which, upon watching, gave me pangs of desire for the product. I found most of those videos to come from the watch world, and have very specific attributes in a very specific format. These videos aren't even from the manufacturers, but from reviewers on almost zero budget. 

So I guess I now have to do for my suits what they did for watches. So much work. Videos are like time sponges. They soak it all up. 

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Tomorrow, the Lasalle girl resumes her internship. She had only started for a week before MCO 2.0 came into effect. But now that boutiques and such are officially allowed to operate, it is safe for her to go to work in one.

She has to learn how to make artisanal trousers. Then, once she has it figured out, she has to teach it to the Malay boy. It will be the Malay boy who will sew such trousers as part of production.

My previous intern, too, had to sew such trousers. But at that time, I had nobody suitable for her to teach in order to be part of our regular production. My two permanent staff were simply too slow at sewing anything, and are not suited for production work. Also, by then I was in the process of removing Employee #2.

You will notice the separation between development and production. The intern has an IQ of 130. People with such IQ (and level of education) do not sew trousers for a living. They simply don't. That's a job for a different kind of people. Like the Malay boy. The Malay boy is a gifted craftsperson. I am continually impressed with how naturally he takes to making things with his hands to high precision. He loves it. But he is not a bright person.

For instance, if you spend time with nurses, you will find they are very different from doctors. As a group, they are. The brightest nurse may not be as smart as the dumbest doctor.

After training the Malay boy to sew such trousers, the Lasalle girl will have to help me industrialise the production of such trousers. Because it is one thing to show you can sew such trousers, but another altogether to sew them in volume and at low cost. So if it takes the Malay boy 2.5 days to complete one such trousers, the Lasalle girl will have to work on projects that drive the lead time down to under a day. Many concepts can be employed to achieve such an effect.

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Unexpected turn of events. I gazed upon the pretty masked face of my intern this morning. I told her of my intentions. 

That she learns how to sew trousers, then teaches it to the Malay boy. 

Whereupon she tells me that she used to sew trousers at Thomas Wong. How please, I wanted to know. 

She tells me trouser production is done by interns there. How please! I wanted to know. 

Shall I sew you one, she said. 

So now, she's sewing me a trousers Thomas Wong style. 

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The trousers my intern made for me Thomas Wong style. She started on Wednesday and at the end of Sunday, it is still not completed. It lacks buttonholes and buttons. I lack the courage to tell her one cannot make a living sewing so slowly. 

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My instructions to her were to just sew it the way she used to sew them when she interned at The Prestigious. 

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The result is a comely pair of trousers which conforms to how trousers used to be sewn by high end tailors in Malaysia until about the 1990s. 

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Perhaps what I wanted to express with "high end" tailor are those expensive tailors in cities, as opposed to provincial tailors operating on the first floor of the town's Pasar Besar. 

However, what we consider provincial today may have been very urban and modern decades ago. Ipoh is today considered a provincial town, but not that long ago it is a leading town that is quite wealthy with many tailors operating at many price and quality tiers. There was a lot of competition among the tailors. 

Many of the tailoring establishments in provincial towns of that time were started by those who learnt the trade in larger cities like Singapore. It is actually very common. For instance, the no. 1 tailoring shop in Kuala Terengganu for the 70s-80s was started by a guy who learnt in Singapore. He subsequently trained many tailors in Terengganu, including the guy who founded Hungmanshop, currently the leading tailor in that town. Some of the establishments were even founded by expats from elsewhere, say Hong Kong. Ah Loke's father, for instance, was directly from HK. 

These trousers would correspond to those they would have sewn.

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Does this mean JT is open and taking orders?

On 2/16/2021 at 11:30 PM, kotmj said:

...now that boutiques and such are officially allowed to operate...

 

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"The average blood pressure of adult Yanomami was 95 mm Hg systolic over 63 diastolic. In U.S. adults, the average systolic is 122 and diastolic 71."

The Yanomami tribe is an Amazonian tribe that has largely avoided Western influences, particularly to their diet. They have been investigated by a team led by a dumb German fuck from John Hopkins who obviously doesn't know anything about nutrition. 

I am continually dumbstruck by how clueless doctors are about nutrition. 

https://hub.jhu.edu/2018/11/15/yanomami-yekwana-tribe-blood-pressure/#:~:text=The average blood pressure of,is 122 and diastolic 71.

That dumb German fuck was saying that, oh, what we learn from the Yanomami is that childhood is a great window of opportunity for dietary intervention to prevent hypertension in adults. My God, somebody should put a bullet into the head of that idiot. It's like, everything is terbalik with him. How can anyone be so completely wrong about something so simple. 

He reminds me of a customer of mine from many years ago who is morbidly obese. He has xanthelasma on his eyelids. I said to him it is time to drop the animal products and eat plants instead. 

Carbs make me fat, he proclaimed. I eat meat and avoid carbs, he tells me. 

Jesus. How well is that working out for him. He had multiple xanthelasmas all around above and under his eyelids. He may even be already dead by now. 

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I'm so surprised. I was on lowyat kopitiam, and there was a thread about why epf hasn't declared a dividend. 

In that 3-page thread, I saw three people calling epf a Ponzi scheme. I'm not the only one! 

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I have to turn around regularly in the sun to make sure the tan is uniform. No sunblock, since the idea is to form Vit D precursors in the skin. There is actually a whole science to doing it right. For instance, if you sun yourself with any regularity, you need to have an antioxidant-packed diet, to counter the damage from the sun. Otherwise, you'll have noticeable premature skin aging and skin cancer. 

I think I'll have the outseam let out at hip level. Then, I'll do some post-sewing ironwork to improve the hang of the trousers. I wonder if I'll be organised enough to actually do these. So many things requiring my attention. 

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