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What are some of the most adorable things that you have seen a couple doing?

I came across the most adorable couple a few weeks back. Since Diwali is approaching, we had an exhibition of few products in the cafeteria of our office. There were some 15 odd stall. But only one caught my attention. There was this couple probably in their late 60’s, selling paintings and woolen clothes. I went up to them to check the paintings. They were amazing. I asked the man for the price, he replied in sign language. I realized then that the couple were mute. I asked him if it was his art, his wife came forward and told me that all the paintings were done by him and he is an amazing painter. Her husband smiled. He told me his wife had weaved all the woolen sweaters that were next to his paintings. I just couldn't stop smiling. I asked them if I could take a picture of them. The old man agreed and asked me to get the woolen wear also in the frame. I purchased a few paintings and sat on a table close to them. I just kept observing them. The way they were taking care of each other. The way they were communicating n their smile, all these gestures won my heart and made my day. It is amazing how some strangers can make u smile without even saying a word. P.S: Thank you all for the response. I’m glad I could make someone smile :) Thanks to Quora, we can now get in touch with this couple. This couple is Mr & Mrs Gokhale. To get in touch with them you can contact their daughter Uma Joshi on 9890679443

Given how different the Sistine Chapel ceiling was before and after its cleaning, what are the odds the "mystery" of the Mona Lisa is just centuries of accumulated grime?

Slim, very slim. La Gioconda, (or ,Mona Lisa,, as commonly known in the U.S.), has been tended to in the past. As per Wikipedia, ,The first and most extensive recorded cleaning, revarnishing, and touch-up of the Mona Lisa was an 1809 wash and revarnishing undertaken by Jean-Marie Hooghstoel, who was responsible for restoration of paintings for the galleries of the ,Musée Napoléon,. The work involved cleaning with spirits, touch-up of colour, and revarnishing the painting. In 1906, Louvre restorer Eugène Denizard performed watercolour retouches on areas of the paint layer disturbed by the crack in the panel. Denizard also retouched the edges of the picture with varnish, to mask areas that had been covered initially by an older frame. In 1913, when the painting was recovered after its theft, Denizard was again called upon to work on the Mona Lisa. Denizard was directed to clean the picture without ,solvent,, and to lightly touch up several scratches to the painting with watercolour. In 1952, the varnish layer over the background in the painting was evened out. After the second 1956 attack, restorer Jean-Gabriel Goulinat was directed to touch up the damage to Mona Lisa's left elbow with watercolour. In ,1,977, a new insect infestation was discovered in the back of the panel as a result of crosspieces installed to keep the painting from warping. This was treated on the spot with ,carbon tetrachloride,, and later with an ,ethylene oxide, treatment. In 1985, the spot was again treated with carbon tetrachloride as a preventive measure. Therefore it is unlikely that there are “centuries of accumulated grim” covering the lady. However, she still probably does not look like Leonardo painted her. Giorgio Vasari, who wrote not very long (decades) after the work was completed, described her as follows: “The eyes had that luster and watery sheen always seen in life ... the nostrils, rosy and tender, seemed to be alive ... The opening of the mouth seemed to be not colored but living flesh.” Two things are very likely to have changed, and by quite a bit. Almost certainly, the colors have faded. Because pigments do. In fact, everything does, including us. Oxidation occurs. And all painters, almost without exception, love and paint with brilliant color. So the original colors are not the drab hues we see today. Secondly - and contributing to the color issue - the varnish has yellowed. Varnish, in almost all formulations known, turns yellow. And since it is a transparent coating, it casts a shading over everything it covers. That is why Mona’s skin no longer appears “rosy and tender” as Vasari described it. The varnish has turned it yellowish. So, not grime - but change, yes. And though the Louvre has “restored”, they have also allowed the art to mellow historically, as they should. The Louvre is notorious for restoring art to such a degree that few of the original brushstrokes frequently remain. Thankfully, they have left the da Vinci largely alone. Thanks Stephen, for the compliment of the A2A.

Have you ever had a pet Budgie? What makes this bird unique?

I have had a pet budgie. They are absolutely brilliant pets in every way. Meet Nev Parrots are the most intelligent family of birds, far more capable of training and social interaction than any other. It is this specifically that makes them so fun as pets. They each have their own peronalities and quirks, and you can spot them, learn about them and interact with them according to this. For instance, Nev didn't like being touched. We rescued him as a very young budgie, and at first he was terrified of people. Just walking past his cage would send him into a flap of terror. So I'd sit near him, and just talk to him, or go about my day around him as if everything was normal. Within a day or two he had settled down enough to realise we weren't an immediate threat every time we walked past. By the end of the first week he'd step up onto my finger. I trained him to do this in less than an hour by offering a stick of millet through the door, and steadily brining my hand closer and closer to him until he was forced to stand on it if he wanted to reach the food. So he did. And from that moment on, he'd step up simply by putting your hand in front of him. I can only think of a few times he refused to, and it was when he'd been naughty. I'll get to that later. His first test flight was pretty awful. When I trusted him enough to be able to get him in and out of his cage, he came out and immediately flapped to the floor - he had never flown properly before and lacked the strength to actually fly further than two feet. Within a week he could do a lap around the room. Within a month he was zooming through doorways in-between rooms, or just circling for the fun of it. He very quickly learnt about glass, and how to avoid it. He learnt that the safest place to land was on our heads, shoulders and hands. He learnt the best perches in each room to observe, from potted plants to bookshelves to picture frames. He learnt that biting was a good way of communicating his feelings, and we never punished him for it, simply used it to learn from him. However, he started doing it randomly - he'd go from sitting calmly on your hand to suddenly lunging to bite your lip or finger, so he needed some training. When he bit randomly I'd blow on him like blowing out a candle, which he didn't like. No physical damage from punishment, just showing him that he was being bad. Then I'd slam him back in his cage for an hour, until eventually he'd stop sulking and sit on the perch by the door - his sign he wanted to be let out. After a few weeks of this he learnt not to bite. Sometimes he'd nibble gently, but he never drew blood again. With that said, he used it to get attention. He didn't like being touched, but loved verbal attention and kisses. He'd sit on my hand and I'd hold him up to my mouth and just talk, and he'd sit there listening, sometimes falling asleep. If you stopped, he'd lunge full force at your mouth and let out a squeak, but never bit. That was his sign that he wanted you to carry on, and it worked. ,He had us trained too. Asleep on the oven handle. He loved mirrors, but struggled to land near them. We had a perch for him in the bathroom next to the full wall mirror, which he loved to sit next to and chat to himself. However, he never quite learned how to land on it on his own. His solution? Fly into the bathroom, turn around, fly back out and land on me. Then I'd carry him in there and place him on the perch. In some ways he was too stupid to land on the perch on his own, and yet he was so smart that he'd learned how to get us to put him there. ,Yet again, the budgie training the human… He could talk really well, he probably had about 40 words in his repertoire, things like 'Budgers', 'Nev', 'thankyou’ and 'Good morning'. He had no idea what he was saying, but it was adorable all the same. One funny thing he learnt to copy was the jackdaws nesting on our roof. In springtime they'd build a nest at the top of the chimney, and if you listened carefully you could hear them squawking. He picked up on it and started immitating it, and it took us a couple of weeks to realise where he'd learnt this odd, deep 'brrrrp brrrrrrp' call from. He'd copy the beep of the phone too, and he did it so well that it was indistinguishable from one room away. It was either the budgie, or our phone was haunted… He was musical. He'd sit on the floor with a bell under one foot, a plastic toy under the other, and he'd tap his beak against a mirror, almost like a makeshift drumkit. He'd stamp one foot for the bell, the other for a 'clack' and peck the mirror for a tapping sound. It was honestly quite remarkable to just sit there and watch him experimenting with the different sounds he could make using the objects around him. He was very friendly, adored human company. When he was let out of his cage every morning he'd fly straight to you and chat his usual nonsense in your ear as you did your morning routine. He was so relaxed in our company that he would often ,lie down ,and fall asleep on your chest, whereas wild budgies always sleep perched upright. After about a year he was fearless. The deafening roar of a vacuum cleaner didn't phase him, in fact he'd perk up and try to drown it out with his own playful chatter. He'd happily greet newcomers to the house. He'd steal food off our plates during mealtimes. Sometimes he'd just sit on the edge of the plate and join in. Sweetcorn was his favourite, he'd munch at it for ages. He loved mashed potatoes too, and would always have a big chunk on the top of his beak after mealtimes. Adored ice cream, and just ice in general. You could give him a plate with a single ice cube on it, and he'd sit there licking it until it melted, or chasing it as it slid around the plate. He could be a bit destructive and messy at times. He liked to sit on top of hanging pictures and gnaw the paint off the frames. Or he'd hide in a plant and chew the leaves. He loved peeling wallpaper - we have a bald patch above one picture frame where he managed to get into a seam and proceeded to spend the next two years steadily tearing bits off. He'd poop anywhere and everywhere, about once every half an hour. I dread to think of how many poops I've had on my head, shoulders and hands over the years. They're not big or smelly, but can be kind of gross - especially the watery ones. You could tell when he'd been eating cucumber! Majestic lil puffball Sadly, we lost him on September 25th this year - two weeks ago as of the time of writing. It started off as a slightly drooping wing, and we'd just assumed he'd crashed and bruised it somehow. We took him to the vet, and upon examination he had a tiny lump under his left wing. It grew rapidly, it was about five times the size within the week, and he died on the operating table. Even at the end, he was still friendly. Too weak to fly or walk properly, but he'd try with all his might to climb using his beak and one leg, just to come up and say hi. This image was the last one I have of him,, ,taken three hours before he passed away. He was operated on that morning, and died under anesthesia mid-op. Just three years and one month old. This is my deepest regret with budgies - how little time they are with us. This is no fault of their own, and all you can do is treasure every moment you have with them, because you never know what's around the corner. Budgies have so much character and so much love packed into such a tiny body. Playful, kind, cheeky, and stoic right till the end. They truly are a blessing. All the best

What was the rudest thing a guest has ever said or did while visiting your home?

Christmas day, 2019. My mother in law asked me if I felt like sausage in one of my wedding dresses because I was wearing a corset and spanx underneath it. It was strapless and I'm a bigger size up top so I needed a corset rather than a strapless bra because I needed the extra support. The spanx was to smooth out the hooks and wire on the corset so that they wouldn't be seen through the dress. May 23, 2019. My father in law verbally attacked me and told me to go inside and cook and clean like I'm supposed to. The he told me he would physically make me shut up when I told him my thoughts and opinions regarding his thoughts and opinions of a woman's place. Christmas day, 2019. My mother in law rifled through our hutch and went home with a package of pictures she felt she was entitled to have. Then proceeded to complain to my husband that I gave her a package of pictures that were full of doubles and triples. Numerous times I have come home to find our personal files not in the cabinet where they belong, and with my mother in law's handwriting all over our bills and other personal papers. I once came home to find my father in law using up the rest of an expensive paint that I had bought and was keeping for touch ups. He was painting trim and frames in my sister in law's apartment in our basement. I also found an empty white paint can that I had bought to do the trim in our hallway and livingroom. Apparently my sister in law needed it more than I did. Shall I go on? It always seems to be my in laws that are rude in some way or another. My family doesn't visit very often as they live far away. His parents live five minutes down the road.

For those of you who keep a clean home, how do you do it? What tricks or techniques do you use?

Question: For those of you who keep a clean home, how do you do it? What tricks or techniques do you use? For me, I was motivated to change from keeping a dirty (not cluttered home) to keeping a pretty clean house because of stress. I found that my home often reflected my emotions and a cluttered messy house made for a cluttered messy mind. So, cleaning up my space reduced some stress from my life (which I badly needed). I still remember the day I “won” the battle with my house and keeping up with the chores. I used to get really busy and get stressed out and let my housekeeping fall into shambles. Then, I would end up giving up a whole half Saturday (that stretched into the full day due to procrastination) to cleaning. But one day that didn’t happen. I remember coming home on a Friday from a stressful week. Looking around my house and realizing that as long as I swept the floors in the room I had missed and did some ironing, I was “done”. I could go play and have fun this weekend without even feeling guilty. It was the most amazing feeling! And while yes, having a clean house made me less stressed, having the clean house and the ability to really destress by having fun or hanging out with people on my downtime instead of catching up was amazing. After a few weeks of this, I was able to go from passive downtime like playing on my computer to active downtime, which does more for stress, for things like hiking or going out with friends, or working on a fun project! Seriously, figuring out how to automate my housekeeping was life-changing stress-wise... The transition was a little rough to get to that point from a cluttered home as I worked it room by room doing a deep clean that hadn’t been done in 3 years due to stress. I created a nice area in my bedroom and bathroom and kitchen and worked out to the rest of the house over a month when I could pull back on work a bit to get ahead. Then, I figured out what “clean” meant to me. No clutter, washed counters, no pet hair on the floor, clean bathroom, laundry done, and dishes are done. Once I defined my endpoint, keeping a clean house resulted in two things. A routine list and a get it done once list. Routines were put into a tracker (I used todoist, but you can literally use Gmail or any reminder system). Just put a reminder on for each one and repeat. As a suggestion, don’t put the reminder on daily ones because you will eventually just not feel like it, and snoozing a daily once is a poor choice for me. Daily (ish, I skip one day sometimes) Dishes Mail (as needed) Pick up stuff (as needed) Trash (as needed) Weekly Sweep the floors and vacuum any carpets Laundry Wash Kitchen counters Sheets Completely clean off counters in office and bedroom to stop any accumulation of stuff Bi-weekly Bathroom - light Mirrors Mowing (when its mowing time) Monthly Mop floors Bathroom - deeper clean on the shower Kitchen towels (I’m weird and won’t wash them with other clothes because my mom’s smelled funny and I can’t get over it, so I have like 15 of them and do it all at once) Air filter 2–3 times a year Dust (I don’t generate a lot of dust or have a lot of decorations to dust) Twice a year - I wash the hallway moldings because they get pet hair all over worse than the rooms which I do once a year. Porches and yard - clean the dirt out of the corners, throw-away balls that make it into my yard or crap my dog finds / trash Wash the window sills Wash mirrors Wash the intake on the air filter Deep scrub the kitchen Trim bushes, little flower bed cleanup Clean the car Clean the vacuum filters Once a year Wash all moldings (move furniture, etc.) Wash windows Wash wall tiles in the kitchen Wash doors, door handles, light switches Wash the bathroom light bulbs (makes it so much brighter) Paint touch-ups Super deep clean on the shower caulk that doesn’t really want to be cleaned Scrubby mop all tile and wood floors pretty heavily Ceiling fans Dust Curtains and blinds Fridge - also gross Dust pictures/frames/decor (I don’t keep a lot and I certainly don’t keep anything that I don’t like enough to clean once in a while.) Go through all my drawers and bins and touch everything - my thoughts are that if it isn’t worth going through anymore, then I probably don’t need it. Great for old hobby things. Big Flower bed cleanup Check Sprinklers Add dirt to low spots in my yard - where does it all go? Garage - it’s really random the things that show up in your garage Clean out all the food in my pantry, fridge, freezer to see what’s there… Attic (this one is probably every 2–3 years if I’m honest) Clean out regular cabinets (this one is probably every 2–3 years, though I do at least one a year) I don’t take everything out all the time I realize that this list looks long. But, if you do these things once a year, it doesn’t take long because dirt doesn’t really build up. Washing all the moldings in my house takes like 4 hours. Cleaning the garage (after the first time) 1-2 hours. Fridge - 1 hour. Ceiling fans - 30 min. I just have to dedicate about 2 Saturdays a year to housecleaning and 1 Saturday to outside to get to most of it. Once I had the routines down, I got even lazier and decided that I wanted to do less work than I already was. So I started doing some things so that future me could be lazier and have an easier time of things. Minimizing - ,I started going through all my stuff and doing the minimizing effort. I did a pretty basic one by room first: Kitchen crap I didn’t use - give it away. Why do I need 16 big, 16 small, and 8 tiny plates plus 16 bowls for just me? Into the attic / donate down to 4 big and 4 small. Living room - why do I have a table I never use that collects clutter and is in the way - donate. Bedroom: Extra clothes, bath stuff, clutter drawer, old candles, and electronics - trash or donate. Office, bathrooms, closets, extra linens - I went through it all quickly and tossed the crap I didn’t need. Minimizing - level 2 - ,Once I had gone through everything and found a general space. I did a second deep clean by items instead of rooms. Do I need so many shoes, purses, makeup, cake decorating supplies, old sewing projects, books, etc. One by one I went through all the groups of things so that I would have less to clean. This one is still in work. I suspect there is a level 3 of this and that my house gets even easier to clean if I have even less stuff that is just hanging out. Organize ,- anything worth keeping was worth storing in something nicer than a cardboard box or bag or loose. So, I got some big tupperwares and organized all my crap. Decorate ,- I then made my house nicer, but not cluttered. I hung all the pictures I had been meaning to, I redid some curtains, I trashed some bad carpets. No knick-knacks because I didn’t want to clean them. But proper coverings and decorations and flooring was nice. Organize finances, paperwork, bills -, reduced the crap coming into my house by going through and getting e-mails instead of bills and statements and actually sorting the bin of paperwork reduced my paper clutter and made life easier. I also knocked off some mental clutter by closing old todos like renewing my passport or getting precheck. Organizing digital crap., Overload is real. I also cleaned out old newsletters, etc so I got less e-mail and could trust whatever came in to be important. Organizing hobby crap -, Sometimes, you don’t knit for 10 years. Maybe throw out that old yard that was only worth $10 and get the space back. Plus, you’ll stop saying that you *should* get back to it. Evaluating my week ahead of time ,- On Sunday, I check my week and plan all of the tasks (including cleaning) on days when I have time. Don’t be dumb and schedule laundry when you have to work late! Makes it even easier to get through things. Learning to cook with fewer dishes, - less to clean up! Learning to “wear” less clothing, (aka - put pajamas in the drawer so you wear one set a week instead of 4 and not changing socks when I get home and having extra socks to clean. Don’t change when you get home, then change again into PJs. Learning good habits to create less clutter - ,this lets me be even lazier and spend less time cleaning while still getting all the benefits. Shoes get taken off and put in the closet, not left in the hall. Mail gets sorted when coming in Stuff in my hands goes to a table Put my keys in one place Wipe counters and floors when you see spills. Keep things like sunscreen and cleaners that you don’t use all the time in one place so you can find them. Unpack bags immediately when getting home. Don’t leave random crap in my garage Medicine goes back in the bathroom, no matter how tired you are or bad you feel Don’t buy things you don’t really want (cleaning and sorting everything yearly helps with this) Periodically, evaluating if you need things (books, exercise band, magazines, extra bags, etc.) Don’t take other people’s junk that they don’t want Don’t let your mother buy stuff for you anymore because you didn’t want it anyways. Evaluate cleaning tools (like an extended wand for the fans) that makes like much faster. But not tools that just add clutter. All and all, it’s been two years, and I’m a heck of a lot happier for figuring all this out. Slowly trending toward “minimalism” (I have a ton of crap still, just much less useless stuff), but definitely enjoying the minimal work clean house that I have. Clearly… I thought too much about this. But I was pretty desperate to be less stressed and this seemed too easy to ignore. Good luck with your own home.

Why did victorians hang pictures tilted off the wall at an angle? Ive noticed in pictures of victorian homes paintings on the wall were hung so that they were not parallel to the wall but with the top of the painting angled slighty off the wall.

This is to do with the way pictures were hung at the time. Today, it is common to have a small picture hook nailed into the wall with the picture hung by a short cord fixed between the two sides of the picture. This keeps the picture quite flat against the wall. In Victorian homes, including my own, there are picture rails , shaped pieces of wood that go all around the room about a foot to 18 inches below the ceiling. Pictures are hung from a clip that fits over the picture rail with long cords going down to where you want the picture to sit and often fixed half way down the sides of the picture frame. From here physics takes over. The design of a picture rail means that the suspension point is about half an inch away from the wall. The suspension cords will hang vertically, meaning the point where they are attached to the picture frame will be half an inch from the wall. If you have everything perfectly balanced the whole picture would hang half an inch from the wall, however such perfection is virtually impossible to achieve and the frame will rotate so that either the top or bottom of the frame touches the wall. The hanging cords will prevent the top edge leaning into thecwalk so you end up with the bottom edge sitting against the wall. With the bottom edge touching the wall and the middle being half an inch from the wall , simple geometry will tell you that the top of the picture will be an inch from the wall. TLDR: it is a feature of hanging pictures from a picture rail.

How can I have a post-modern decoration at my house without spending lots of money?

Sure you can. Its actually its one of the easiest and cheaper theme. All we need is printer and paint. You can search HD drawings like in the picture and frame it. And then find any kind of bar stool (wood or metal) and paint it red and blue. Find a rattan piece and paint orange. Ask your mom of her old hippie dress and make it as a pillowcase. Or this you can have fun with pattern, paint and stickers. Fun boxes (with paint and sticker). Little touch up with glossy transparent coat. Or you can play with wall paint. Hope it helps.

What is the most emotional picture you've ever seen?

Warning: sad, abuse content. This was baby Jeong-In. She was only 16 months when she died of internal injuries caused by excessive external forces by her abusive adoptive parents. At the age of 6 months, Jeong-In was adopted by a husband and wife who already have a biological 4 year old daughter. A month after the adoption, they started abusing Jeong-In. ,That means, she was abused for the last 10 months of her life, and more than half her life. ,Someone reported that the adoptive mom carried her by her neck and put her on the rails in the elevator without holding her. They fed her gochujang (Korean chili pepper sauce), hot food directly from the microwave. Jeong-In was also often left alone while his adoptive parents went out with their biological daughter, or was left in the car alone. Jeong-In looks haggard and sad when the family was in a TV show, portraying a “happy family”. Notice a mark on her forehead and suspicious bruise on her upper arm. Ironically the “parents” talked about how normal people should adopt and give children happy lives. There have been 3 times reports made to the police by daycare workers and doctors who realized that she was malnourished and physically abused, but the parents were not charged. A pedestrian who found her left alone in the car also reported it to the police, with no follow up. The pediatrician who realized that Jeong-In was likely abused given how malnourished she was, reported it to the police but they failed to charge the adoptive parents. I don’t understand why nobody paid attention to the huge bruise on her upper arm! Before adoption | Right after adoption | After adoption Can’t everybody see? I am just sad beyond words. Jeong-In passed away on October 13, 2020. The day before, on Oct 12, Jeong-In was taken to a daycare where she was unable to move actively like her peers. She refused to eat or drink and couldn’t sit up. She only asked to be hugged by the daycare worker. On that day, Jeong-In's upper abdomen was already swollen because she was already suffering from internal bleeding due to injuries to her organs. The daycare worker informed her adoptive father, when what she really needed was urgent care. Happy Jeong-In before adoption | Jeong-In dying on Oct 12 in her daycare. Jeong-In died in the hospital emergency room after three cardiac arrests. X-Ray and CT Scan showed that the poor baby was tortured for a long time. CT Scan found multiple fractures, old and new, to her skull, collarbone and ribs. Her entire abdomen was filled with blood which leads to infection. According to her treating doctor, she must be in indescribable pain when she was dying. She didn’t cry or ask for help, but she must be in pain. The grey area is blood, which should not be there. It’s clear that her abdomen is distended. It was found out later that on the day of her death, her adoptive parents left her at home while they took their other daughter to school, and returned to take her to the hospital. Her adoptive mother also got breast surgery soon after and posted selfies to her social media. They bought a cheap picture frame to memorialize Jeong-In in her memorial site. On January 2, a TV program “Unanswered Questions” aired the result of an experiment to find out what kind of external force could cause baby Jeong-In’s pancreas to rupture. A woman of similar build and weight to Jeong-In’s adoptive mother volunteered. They found out that a force that could rupture a baby’s pancreas is the same force resulting from a jump from a sofa, directly on an object below. Therefore, though the adoptive mother didn’t admit to it, it is possible that she jumped on Jeong-In and murdered the baby. When she died at the age of 16 months, Jeong-In weighed only 8.5 kilograms, even though when she was adopted at the age of 6 months, she weighed 9 kg. Jimin from popular boy band BTS posted on WeVerse “Sorry Jeong-In”, prompting awareness, media coverage and later backlash to police, which they deserve badly. Following the broadcast and subsequent media coverage, the Yangcheon Police Station and the officers, who handled the case, were heavily criticized for their absolute failure for protecting Jeong-In. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency soon released a statement claiming that 11 officers who had been involved in handling Jung In’s reports have “,all received penalties for their irresponsible actions,“. However when netizens found out that these penalties were mere warnings, they became outraged and petitioned the Blue House (South Korean Presidential Office). The minimum number of petition for any issue to be formally addressed by the Blue House is 200,000. The petition for little Jeong-In has now over 230,000 (as of Jan 5, 2021). The police has issued a statement that the local police chief has been dismissed, and netizens continued pushing for harsher sentences to be handed down to her adoptive parents. Memorial site for little Jeong-In. Rest in peace, sweet child. I’m sorry you had to be born this way. More info and pictures at Instagram under hashtag #sorryjeongin or #sorryjungin #정인아미안해 To me this is the most evil crime of all. The criminals abuse a helpless baby who cannot protest or protect herself. The people who are supposed to love and care her were the ones who inflict pain on her. This is unforgivable, and I wish her adoptive parents could be beaten every day of their lives, just like they beat Jeong-In for 10 months. The Korean Women Lawyers Association issued a statement that the adoptive parents must be indicted for murder. According to the association, 28 children died of abuse at home in 2018 alone. Sadly, other Jeong-Ins are around us. I believe we should open our eyes and hearts to see if there are children crying for help. They might not cry out loud or ask explicitly. Little Jeong-In was quiet and apathetic, which medical experts say a sign evident in children who’re emotionally and completely drained. A video evidence in which you could see the abuse by the adoptive monster. She was pushing a stroller with Jung-in inside. You could see Jung-in tightly held on to the handle bar of the stroller as she pushed the stroller hard and it bumps against the elevator wall hard. Not enough with this abuse, she shook the stroller hard when pushing it out of the elevator, causing Jung-in to lose her grip and fall backwards. This is only one of the instances of abuse. F,rom instagram. Gathered from various sources, including: Death of toddler sparks outrage in South Korea Fatal child abuse stirs outrage in Korea Koreans Outraged At The Police After Medical Professionals Reveal The Late Baby Jung In's Physical And Mental Condition On "Unanswered Questions" Korean celebrities raise awareness of child abuse case Death of abused toddler shocks Korea

What are some of the easiest photo retouching techniques to learn for amateurs?

My weapon of choice when it comes to photography is Lightroom, but for this answer, I’m going to start with the assumption that you have the more widely used Photoshop, inexpensive software like ,Affinity Photo, or even the free ,GIMP,. I’ll define “easiest techniques” as something that can be accomplished within a minute or so. ,So if anything below seems complicated, stick with me and give it a try; you might be pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it is. We’re also not going to be touching various effects filters you have on your phone, nor the many Actions you can get with Photoshop. While some of them can be impressive, these aren’t really “techniques” you can learn from and re-use. Here then are my top 10. ,(Unless otherwise indicated, all pictures below are taken by me). 1. Straighten the horizon. This is probably my number one beef with many landscape and architecture photographs I come across. Unless there is an artistic reason to do so, a slanted horizon is about the surest sign of sloppy editing. What’s the best way to straighten the horizon? Look for something in your image that should be either perfectly horizontal (like the shoreline or a sidewalk) or vertical (lamp post, building). Use the Rotate tool, available in all photo editing apps — including the one on your phone — using that object as a point of reference. Here’s an example of a Before and After…the After is rotated by just one degree (and also cropped, see tip 2): 2. Crop the image. Not every image you take is going to be perfectly framed. Take a critical look and decide what the focus of your image should be; then crop it to give that part of the image the prominence it deserves. Here’s one, for example, of a model getting body-painted for a shoot. Pretty model, yes, but a pretty average image. Crop in tight on her face, though, and (with a few colour tweaks) the image holds a lot more interest. Here’s another image I took just a couple of days ago with my phone camera while at my neighbourhood park. I love the sunset glow in the skies, but I’d really like your eye to go to the sun peeking through the cage on the baseball field. The cars in the foreground and house rooftops in the back, though, are elements that detract from the image. Also, the horizon cuts my picture in half (read up on the ,Rule of Thirds, to learn why this makes for boring images). So here I’ve cropped it to bring the key focus of my image into the bottom third of my grid. This is a great technique that will raise the level of many of your pictures. (In this particular case, I’m not done yet; see below). 3. Use Levels and Curves. Stay with me now, don’t let the jargon throw you. This is easier than you might think. Does it seem like most pictures you take tend to be somewhat flat and lifeless? It’s time you discovered Levels and Curves. This is something I use for pretty much every image I work on. Start with ,Levels, (in Photoshop, use Command-L to bring up the palette). That hilly graph you see is called a Histogram. At the base of that histogram are three sliders – black, grey and white. Drag the black slider to the left edge of the histogram and the white slider to the right edge. What this does is it boosts the lighter areas and deepens the darker areas, often significantly improving the overall contrast. You can take this one step further by using ,Curves,, which also improves contrast, but offers more control over individual parts of the image. To bring up this palette, hit Command-M, and you will see a diagonal line across a graph. To keep this tutorial simple, all you do is reshape that line into a slight ‘S’ curve. Do this by clicking on the line to create two points — one near the bottom third and the other in the top third, and then dragging them out just a touch to form an S shape. Here’s just how big a change Levels and Curves can deliver to your image: The original (after cropping): After using Levels: After using Curves: 4. Eliminate or Reduce Noise. I’ll start by saying that there are many superior ways of reducing excessive grain or noise in an image. Since these are supposed to be quick, one-minute tips, try this: In Photoshop, go to ,Filter > Noise > Despeckle,, or to ,Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise,. The second tool offers more control than the first. Here’s my image above after using Despeckle. 5. Remove dust spots and blemishes. It’s easy to get rid of dust spots on your images or unsightly zits on your subject’s face. Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush is built just for that. To access it, find the brush in the tool palette (or keep hitting Shift-J till it shows up, it looks like a little Band-Aid strip). Adjust the brush size so it just about covers the area you want to fix, and click on it. Poof, the spot is gone. Here’s a Before and After from a stock image I had. Fixing all those spots took me less than 30 seconds (and yes, I timed it). 6. Remove Distractions. How often do you see this…a fine photograph of an architectural landmark, ruined by a lamppost that you couldn’t avoid getting into the frame. Or a piece of trash that you didn’t previously notice in the grass. Your image would be better without them, but how do you get rid of these? Photoshop has a couple of tools built just for this: the ,Patch, tool and the ,Content Aware Move, tool. As in the tip above, hit Shift-J until the tool you want shows up; then select the offending element by drawing loosely around it and move it out. Photoshop does the rest. If it’s a large-ish element, you might want to work using smaller selections. This one’s not the greatest image, but good enough to demonstrate the Before, how to select, and the After when using the Patch tool. 7. Make it Black & White. Sometimes, a photo might appear just really…boring. There’s very little you can do to rescue it from the Reject pile. But wait! Before you do that, try converting it to B&W and playing with the Levels and Curves as explained in Tip 3. You might be surprised at the number of images that somehow seem to get transformed when you do this. Here’s one that I took in Washington DC a couple of years ago. Nothing to write home about, right? Use the trick I mentioned above, though, and it’s something that could just have come out of some old photo archives. 8. Fix those red eyes. I couldn’t find any red-eye shots in my image library, but this one from ,Wikipedia, is perfect for this tip. Here’s the original image. From the toolbar in Photoshop, access the Red Eye Tool (or hit Shift-J until you see it come up), and drag from the top left corner of the eye to the bottom right. That’s it. This is literally a five-second fix. 9. Dodge, Burn and Sponge This is especially useful for images that can do with some colour saturation or desaturation in small areas – boosting the colour in a bowl of fruit on a dining table for example, or to reduce the colour in an over-saturated neon jersey. You’ll find all three in the same area of the toolbar (hit Shift-O repeatedly till the one you want shows up). In this Before and After, for example, you can see how using Dodge and Sponge to saturate the foreground elements, while using Burn on the rest, helps to focus your eye on the primary subject and creates separation from the background. 10. Sharpen your image. Sharpening of an image should always be left for the very end. It sounds counter-intuitive, but the tool best suited for this is called ,Unsharp Mask,. Look for it under Filter > Sharpen. Pretty much every image can benefit from sharpening, and the palette sliders give you a lot of control on just how much (or how little) you want to do this. Here’s one example of a shot I took from inside a wigwam. Here’s the Before: And here’s the After:

How can I affix pictures/photos to a wall cleanly without damaging the paint on the wall?

I say it's impossible , but here is the key make as few contacts to wall as possible or have touch up paint , ask your landlord or find it in your house , then you know you can repair any dsmage. use a frame with a modern wire hanger or just a nail, to hang pictures in a larger frame , reducing the need for a lot of bluetack or many smaller nails just do, it , fix it later , enjoy your rooms walls today