Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Until the end of of the 16th century and the fall of Klis, Mostar was the most important strategic base in the Turkish Empire in Herzegovina. Until it fell under Austro-Hungary rule in 1878, Mostar was one of the most important towns in Herzegovina. It developed on both sides of the bridge, along the left and right bank of Neretva. In Turkish times, trade, cottage industries and commerce flourished there. With the arrival of Austria-Hungary the town lost it former status, becoming a poor trade and commercial centre. Between the two wars it became the focus of revolutionary activity owing to the marked dissatisfaction of the inhabitants, wich was particularly well-expresed during the National Liberation War. Mostar is the town of poets, a town of progressive revolutionaries and national heroes. In postwar period Mostar has changed a lot...both economically and socially.
Äudan osjeÄaj u trbuhu, al nemoj mi ga kvarit
I danas mi je uspjelo â zaljubit se u male stvari
Neki put krivo je jutro, ili stranac ĹĄto te pozdravi
neki put je kriv hiphop beat ili rif na gitari
Sunce, hvala ti, ĹĄto si izaĹĄlo za mene
Sunce, obeÄajem, misli su mi pozitivne
ZakoraÄim u dan bez suviĹĄnih oÄekivanja
pitanja, nadanja, sita sam skrivanja.
Ljudi su opet sivi, njihov pogled grebe pod
i ĹĄutke gaze ubrzano, ne vide plavi svod.
Prezirno se smiju kad skuĹže da sam sanjar
jer su svjesni di Ĺžive i kako Ĺžive â jasna stvar.
I znam da je crnjak i da smo zapeli u sridu
u rukavu nosim osmjeh pa ga imam u vidu.
Dopusti mi... da te razoruĹžam
Otpuhni brige, primi sunce ĹĄto ti pruĹžam
Dobro skriveni u kockice,
mjesto ĹĄto zovu dom
s crnim povezom prek oÄiju
ne Ĺžude za slobodom
Zrake udare u njih al otpor je uvijek jak
ljudi izvana obasjani u sebi nose mrak
zbog njih nebo se zatvori
zaplaÄe kao dijete
ĹĄalje buru da oĹĄamari,
da se sjete onih malih stvari
zraka i sunca nad njima
joĹĄ uvijek pozitivnih stvari ima
Friday, June 24, 2005
Today I learned how to remove red eye efect...just folow these steps..
1. Duplicate the background image layer so that if you mess up, you can easily return the image to its original state.
2. Select the Sponge tool from the toolbox.
3. On the Options bar, set the Mode control to Desaturate and the Flow setting to 100 percent, as shown in the figure.
4. Choose a small, hard-edged brush. The brush should be smaller than the red-eye area you want to correct.
5. Click or drag over the red-eye pixels. The program sucks the color out of the pixels you touch, leaving them white, black, or gray.
6. Create a new, empty layer by clicking the new layer icon in the Layers palette.
This layer will hold your new eye color. Set the layer blending mode to Color by using the menu at the top of the Layers palette
7. Click the foreground color icon and choose a color thatâs close to the subjectâs natural eye color.
8. Activate the Paintbrush tool. Again, use a small brush, but this time you may want to work with a soft brush tip so
that your paint strokes donât have hard edges.
9. Dab on the new eye color as needed. If you donât see any change, as may be the case when working on animal eyes, switch the blending mode to Normal and reduce the Opacity setting in the Layers palette to about 50 percent.
10. When youâre happy with your work, merge the image layers by choosing Layer-Flatten Image.
You can use this same approach with any program that offers a Sponge tool, layers, and the layer blending mode. Donât have any of those tools? If your photo editor offers a hue/saturation filter, try this fix instead: Select the red portion of the eyes and then adjust the color by using the hue control. You also may be able to use a regular color balance filter, which is a basic filter found in every photo editor.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The Romans returned to Carthage and built on its ruins a new Carthage resplendent with great buildings, theaters, villas and baths. Carthage became the administrative capital for Africa and its importance can be seen in the Antoinine Thermal baths, one of the largest built under the Roman empire with the "cool room" an amazing 47 meters long and 15 meters high. The Roman theater is still used today for the summer festival of Carthage.
Sidi Bou Said this lovely blue and white village, gaily perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Tunis, is perhaps the most cherished in Tunisia. The legend tells of Saint Louis - coming to wage war he fell in love with a Berber princess and, changing his name became the patron saint of this village where he lived in joy and peace. Visit Sidi Bou Said, fall under its charm and the story will seem most logical.
Monastir, 9th century walls and an imposing Ribat tower over a modern resort complex and the result is amazingly harmonious. Monastir captures that blend of the traditional and modern that characterizes Tunisia. A marina nestled in the shade of the walls provides a enjoyable promenade as does the long avenue that offers the bluest of Mediterranean seas on one side and open air terraces of Hotels, restaurants and coffee houses from where you can enjoy the view.
The "monastery" after which the town was named, was built by an Islamic religious order in 797 to defend the town from roaming nomadic tribes and Byzantine warships. The fortress houses a lovely museum of Islamic art and artifacts.
On the eastern coast of Tunisia, two hours from the capital Tunis lies Sousse, "the pearl of the Sahel" . The mildness of its climate, its calm and beautiful coast and the hospitality of its people have long captivated those who came to conquer. Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs settled in this lovely "fertile city" each leaving their imprint and heritage. No wonder modern day visitors from all over the world find themselves at home and return again and again.