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A Companion for Guai-Guai

weather: partially sunny
outside: 21°C
mood: okay
music: Paganini - Etude No. 3, La Campanella

And so begins the quest to buy Guai-Guai a wife.

MIL Woman has been looking on and off for a little while, but can't find a female Lutino/Fancy cockatiel for a good price. We went to two Petcetera's and one Pet Habitat today, but they either had no cockatiels left at all or all the ones left were the grey and mixed kind. I was teasing that "he's such a loser that we can't even BUY him a wife" =D =D =D Husband Guy always pretends to be irked when I poke fun at Guai-Guai =)

Anyway, if we get a female cockatiel, I think I'm going to suggest calling her "鵑鵑". as in 杜鵑 meaning "Azalea" (pic on the left).

Pronunciation-wise: PinYin - "juan1juan1"; Anglo - "jyen jyen", kinda like "jen jen" the diminuitive of "Jennifer". I just don't want anyone pronouncing it "wahn" as in the Spanish "Juan". =P

The interesting thing is that the character '', even though it's the name of a flower, has '' (bird) as a harmonic. So, it's very apropos. =)

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nightshift
Aug. 5th, 2002 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's a great name! Very witty! =D

I wish I knew Mandarin.
bride
Aug. 5th, 2002 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
kstyler
Aug. 6th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC)
Hey Bride, I love your new style so much i stole the background and some color ideas for my new community to try out. I hope you don't mind. I'll take off if you want me to or mention that it's yours if you want me to just let me know. Thanks!
bride
Aug. 6th, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)
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No problem. =) Which community were you using this for?

If you use that painting image though, could you credit Tang Yin (1470-1523) for the original painting and me for the mods?
kstyler
Aug. 6th, 2002 08:55 am (UTC)
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We actually found another picture to use that goes more with the "theme". It's not nearly as nice as your fancy work :)

It's damnfinebooks if you want to look (and suggestions are greatly appreciated. We know the text colors need LOTS of work though).

Thanks.
bride
Aug. 6th, 2002 09:14 am (UTC)
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Hmmm... that background image is a really nice image in and of itself, but IMHO not the best choice for a background. I know b/c I've tried to use cool images as well for website backgrounds.

The problem is there's too much variance in the contrast within the image (ie. it changes too much from light tan to dark brown in the same picture). Because your text will only ever be one solid colour, it'll be _really_difficult_ to find one colour that will be visible on light tan and dark brown and all shades in between.

The effect then, is that it's _really_ hard to read. You could justify this by saying that most people will read the community in their own Friends View anyway, so it doesn't matter so much. But, to me, it's the principle of it =)

You could try boosting the gamma or boosting the shadow range (and maybe even the midtone range) of the overall colour palette to even out the colouring. Or, if you wanted it to be a dark background, decrease the gamma or decrease the highlight range. I like changing the shadow/midtone/highlight because it gives me a bit more control than the gamma.

But, I find that if you even it out too much, you lose too much detail. This is why I try to stick with solid-ish backgrounds.

Good luck =)
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