PicsArt messes up big time.

 

A while ago the internet went on a frenzy regarding a photo competition Nikon Singapore hosted, in which the winner actually pragmatised (stole or copied) an image of a previous winner for his own benefits. You may read up the whole story here : http://petapixel.com/2016/02/01/nikon-and-photographer-apologize-for-photoshopped-prize-winning-photo/

 

Responding to the above, PicsArt, an “incredible” online community / photo editor jumped right in. Offering a grand prize of the Nikon 1J5 mirrorless camera (which by the way had my eyes set upon). The contest was to run from 3rd Feb – 14th Feb 2016.  I found out about it on the 4th. Read the terms and conditions + the tutorial : https://picsart.com/blog/post/how-to-put-a-plane-on-it-with-picsart/  Downloaded their app, and started trying things out.

 

It was however not a smooth sail, as you can see below :

 

  1. Signing up allowed me to use my Hotmail account but posting here (on their website) requires either Gmail, Twitter or Facebook but not my Hotmail account. Consistency please.

 

  1. Gosh, looking for an airplane picture in the #FreeToEdit section was really hard, I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled, would you be kind enough to address it with a search option and send out an update?

 

  1. App crashed while I was editing the picture halfway, looks like I have to search for airplane pictures again…

 

  1. Following your instructions to #PutAPlaneIntoIt : http://blog.picsart.com/post/how-to-put-a-plane-on-it-with-picsart editing or removing other artifacts were hard and generally unresponsive in the app, it was also not precise (it did not register my finger taps or swaps properly)

 

  1. Trying out, I skipped the clean up or editing process and tried to see what the final product may come out as. I was greeted with a black screen with an option to save but no image was available. Checking back in my recent edits the picture remained untouched as it was before editing and my editing was not saved.

 

To say the least, I truly am disappointed and frustrated with how the app has come to be, unpolished if I may say. How then do you expect others to edit and participate? Their site above clearly states that their app is on all major platforms : iOS, Android and Windows but it would seem to be below par with the other platforms. Picsart app avail.png

In fact I sent them an email with the points above (1 – 5 plus that disappointed paragraph right above). Today is the 17th of Feb 2016. I have not gotten any response from the support team and my comment on their blog was even deleted (the one with the terms & conditions + tutorial). To make matters worse, they updated the app on the 15th. If you take into consideration the time zone differences I could have had a few hours to a few minutes or no time at all. (I cannot be sure as I can only see the date an app was updated not the time).

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I’m rather sure that quite a number of you out there would understand that art takes time. I can’t just jump into editing with minutes to spare without warning.

Seriously guys, don’t go around advertising when your app is half baked, I expect it to work when you do so and in that there is the element of misrepresentation. I just like the way you ran this contest.

In my defense, for anyone out there who thinks I messed up or something, well no. I reinstalled it, restarted my phone with only one improvement, the tapping seemed to respond better until it went downhill once again.

The Traditional Chinese New Year


The word traditional likely doesn’t play well in your mind, depending on what comes to mind. It can either be people whom are not able to embrace change (ie : technological changes) or people who do things the old way, the purer way (ie : Swordsmanship). However, worry not, the word “traditional” here carries a rather positive meaning.

As time passes, change generally takes place too. Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher once said “Change is the only constant in life”. I would say that his words resound even till this very day.

 

Anyways back to the topic, I remember quite vividly as to how Chinese New Year celebrations used to be back then for me. By back then I mean 5 years ago and above. We’d all gather at our grandparents place with our parents. We had to offer good wishes the moment the door was opened, be polite and perhaps dress up nicely (in red preferably). In the house, we would have to get the dishes ready for the ceremony of paying respects to our ancestors. This meant offering food at the alter, where the pictures of our ancestors would be hung, high up (either so that we the mischievous ones would not get our hands on it or it resembled being in the heavens). Followed by a few sentences of gratitude for their alleged “blessings” and “protection” and lowering our knees to bow. I generally skipped it being one who did not care much for such things and in the name of religion. Make no mistake though, if they made my life easier, they still have my respect which comes from my heart and not by me bowing to their images.

 

After that, it was ‘makan’ time, the kids would gather at the smaller table while the grown ups would be at the bigger dining table, discussing more important matters. I always was intrigued as to what they were really talking about and how come I could not be at the same table as them. There is a rule when it comes to dining, you wash the utensils you use. Being the lazy me, I disliked it.

 

Bursting with energy, we would have fun. The one I remember most has to be jumping up and down the spring Queen sized bed and stopping whenever an elder came, only to continue when the cat left. Pure fun, nothing more.

 

 

The last event of the day would be playing with firecrackers (these were safer than fireworks, statistically speaking due to less firepower). There was this one time where we mounted the firecracker at the end of a long aluminium or metal. One will light it while the other then moves away from the person who lighted it. My younger sister wanted a hand in it and I lit it but instead of moving it away from me she moved it closer to me. I had to jump and lie on the road like a frog leaping away from danger. Refer to the “art” below.

 

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Present day?

Some will always be busy and not make it, making it a dull meet up instead of a “celebration”. It doesn’t mean much when warmth isn’t felt within the big family now does it? Plus our Ang Paos keep getting smaller and smaller.

Fun facts : 1. The Ang Paos symbolise good luck and prosperity, whilst warding off evil.

  1. Explosives : To scare the monster called “Nian” away, which fears the color RED and load explosions.

This Year, go home, spend some quality time with your family and give bigger Ang Paos please, we Malaysians definitely need the Good luck and prosperity + 6 % GST (to cope with rising costs).  Increase the explosives too, there is real evil in this country.

 

It’s the year of the Monkey so go ahead, monkey around too ><

Have a safe, fun and great celebration~