Oct 28, 2013
The Cave – A Halloween Short Story

The Cave – A Halloween Short Story
By Chongchen Saelee

There is much debate about the color of man in the modern age. With a man’s skin color implies his social status, education, influence. And right now, as history has shown, the white man is the dominate force. But it hasn’t always been. The first man was black. more »

Oct 10, 2013
Sharp-edge shadow self portrait

My attempt to create self portraits with sharper-edged shadows, thus making myself look more masculine. You do this by putting the light source closer to the subject, in this case, my face. It doesn’t quite have the same effect as the flash because my bulbs might be a lower color temperature (3500K rather than 5500K, even though it says it is 5500K on the bulbs, mighta been duped).

Oct 8, 2013
Five-dollar Millionaire Self Portrait
Five-dollar Millionaire (self-portrait)

Five-dollar Millionaire (self-portrait)

I just shaved today.

Too Beautiful A Man (self portrait)

Too Beautiful A Man (self portrait)

A world a difference some facial hair makes.

And, the best of today’s self portraits…

The Greek, yes, minimal retouching, all flash

The Greek, yes, minimal retouching, all flash

Used the flash and got a surprisingly decent result. The hot light gives a deep shadow but also very sharp and crisp look. The shadow underneath my jaw makes me look more masculine. In my other shots, the softer light wraps around my chubby, boyish face, so I can never quite look as hunky. (I knew I looked different in the previous photos than I see myself in the bathroom mirror!)

Oct 7, 2013
How to Detect Fake Post or Ad on Craigslist or Backpage

By Chongchen Saelee

Oh, tonight was a frustrating waste of time. I chatted for nearly 2 hours with “someone”. It was supposedly a real local woman looking for a casual encounter on Craigslist. Usually, I can detect these easily because there are tell-tale signs, but I was inclined to believe this person was a local because she looked local in her pics. Anyway, it didn’t get anywhere. So let me share with you poor saps how to spot a fake post on Craigslist or Backpage anyway. It’s the least I can do. more »

Oct 1, 2013
Salmon Caviar Review

I eat salmon roe caviar for the first time! Here’s my review. more »

Sep 24, 2013
Selfies Sept 24 2013

Finally putting use to my knowledge of the camera. When taking self portraits, you need to use smaller aperture so you get a deep depth of field. The idea is that you will have a better chance of more »

Sep 24, 2013
Rehab Is Going To Be Pain

By Chongchen Saelee

I went through this before after the first surgery to remove my right wrist bone tumor. But that one wasn’t an expected life experience (and who would want it?). But then the bone tumor returned, and I just had a second surgery nearly 2 months ago. And that means I need to prep myself for physical rehab again. more »

Sep 24, 2013
Checking E-Mails – A Short Film

Sep 20, 2013
Empty Bowl of Pho – A Poem

Empty Bowl of Pho
By Chongchen Saelee

Empty bowl of pho
Filled me warm inside
With essential ingredients
Rice, spice, beef, and scallions
Enough to keep me alive

Oh, it’s not too hard to make
It’s quite simple actually
The broth is boiled water and beef bones
Rice noodles and the rest is up to you
Don’t you have clue?

That is why
The bowl is empty
I’m going for seconds
How about you?

Sep 19, 2013
Crickette Omelette = Fried Crickets in Chicken Eggs

Garcon, garcon! There is SOMETHING in my omelette! more »