Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lợi ích của cây Thân Yêu (Lovage plant benefits).

Mẹ tôi có bà bạn đi chung nhà thờ. Bà ấy 94 tuổi rồi mà mẹ tôi nói bà ấy đi bộ rất là khỏe khoắn con hơn thanh niên nữa.
Bà ấy đã uống trà cây Thân Yêu (Lovage plant) từ hồi còn trẻ.
Cho nên bà ấy cho mẹ tôi một cây nhỏ để trồng. Năm ngoái thấy nó không lên nổi tưởng đâu nó chết mất rồi. Ai ngờ năm nó lên lại và rất là mạnh và chóng lớn.
Cậu tôi và tôi thấy cây đó lớn mà không biết là cây gì, hỏi mẹ tôi thì mới biết tới cây này.

Phỏng theo trang này, thì cây Thân Yêu (Lovage plant) rất có nhiều điều tốt.
Nó có chất calcium tốt cho xương. Giúp đỡ đau nhức. Tốt cho da, và ruột.  Mẹ tôi thiếu chất Potassium, thì cây này cũng có cao chất Potassium.

Còn trang này thì nói 10 điều bổ ích của cây này:
1) Phòng ngừa sạn thận
2) Làm tan đờm ở phổi làm cho dể thở hơn
3) Làm dảm nhẹ khắp người
4) Làm cho da tốt
5) Chống lại cái vi trùng xấu
6) Dể tiêu hóa và không bị no hơi
7) Làm các khớp dể chịu và dảm đau nhức ở các khớp mà lại không bị các tác dụng phụ xấu
8) Làm dảm triệu chứng dị ứng va các thứ mà thường kích thích cho da
9) Tốt cho đường kinh dảm đi những sự khó chịu
10) Dùng được cho nấu ăn thay thế rau Cần Tây (celery)

Cho nên vì vậy mà gia đình tôi tìm mua mười mấy cây để trồng thêm chung quanh nhà.
Nếu địa phương của bạn không có bán cây này bạn có thể mua hạt từ để gieo lấy giống.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Net-worth of topics and sub-forums

On now,
we have links to see net-worth of topics and sub-forums.

While viewing a topic, or a sub-forum, after the topic title or sub-forum name, you'll see the link "Networth" following "Showcase|Slideshow|". If you click on that you'll see an estimated net-worth of that topic (or sub-forum).

If the sub-forum you're viewing has children sub-forums, it'll show net-worth amount that is the sum of all the children sub-forums networth.

Example pages that show net-worth of topic or sub-forum:
net-worth of topic: MY SIMPLE ART
net-worth of sub-forum: GIMPED
net-worth of sub-forum: The Arts (which has children sub-forums)

So now members can get a rough estimate of how much each topic/sub-forum is worth (in addition to their own net-worth).

Numbers are calculated based on the value of the site ( calculated by worth of the web calculator and actual price paid for hosting the site.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Member's average net-worth on a forum

On forum
I have introduced different method of calculations (4 methods to be exact).
One is based on the number and timing and occurrences of member's posts.
One is based on GL Points a member has (which can be transferred/donated by other members when they think that member provided value of something or gained by GL downloads[downloads by logged in members]).
One is based on Image Attachments that member has.
One is based on Non-Image Attachments.
So because a member could have a high net-worth in one method of calculation and a low net-worth in another method of calculation.
I thought it would make sense to show an average net-worth (which is just the average of the above 4 methods).
You can view this average net-worth of a member (at very bottom, in blue color) of a member's individual net-worth page (by clicking on any member's username on

GIMP Script Requests

It's true.
At GIMP Scripts Requests, you can get GIMP scripts written for free.
Just describe the process in detailed steps for us, and we'll write script for you.
Automate your manual processes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A fun feature added to my forum (member's networth)

on now, you can view member's networth (simulated) here:
You can then click on any member's name to see detailed calculation of their networth (There's more than one networth measurement, based on their posts, their points (GLPoints) or their image attachments to measure their contribution to

Also below each post (in a topic), there's indication of post's cost and post's market value.

The post's cost and market value can only be a fraction of each day's cost of hosting and each day's cost of price listed for domain name (eventhough we're now, if you google, will show up on top search result).

So there you have it it's a fun way to measure member's worth on our forum.
It is intended for entertainment purposes only.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Light of Buddha.

I read a post shared by a Buddhist page on facebook today about Buddha's light.
It can not be seen by our naked eyes.
You must achieve some form of enlightenment to be able to see Buddha's light.
Buddha's light does not travel like regular light.
Regular light takes years, hundreds or thousands of years or more to travel in space while Buddha's light is instantaneously filled throughout all corners of universe.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

So I just signed up for bitcoin wallet today

Lately, I have heard about bitcoins on the news, see ads for it on facebook.
So, I suckered into searching for "How to earn bitcoins"
I searched for "How to earn bitcoins" and found Earn bitcoins in 8 different ways.
That's a lot of ways to earn bitcoins but most seemed unattractive to me except for the

Seemed like something I want to do on my spare time like doing small tasks and get paid with bitcoins for the tasks that i perform.

So next, I went to Sign up for a bitcoin wallet (blockchain wallet).
I successfully created my bitcoin wallet with 0.000 bitcoin.

I then went back to registered and entered my address (found in Copy and Share address found when clicked on Request when viewing my bitcoin wallet).

Then I clicked on do tasks on  Sadly, to my disappointment there were no available tasks to do.

If it did work, it would be great.  I imagined it would be like amazon's mechanical turk where you make pennies as you perform tasks that required some human intelligence which are extremely hard for computers to do while quite simple for human to do.  That's what I was hoping for since Amazon's mechanical Turk only accepts U.S. workers and I am Canadian. would be a great framework for the rest of world to do tasks like Amazon Mechanical Turk.

I guess I'll check back on once in a while to see if any tasks are available for me to do since I have a blockchain wallet now.  But that could be a while (Crossing my finger).

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I have been a fan of Saka Truong Tuyen for a while now.

She sings Vietnamese country music but I like her dance songs.
This is one of my favorites that's on my playlist.
It's great to play as background music with a beat for when I am spending time playing with image manipulation in GIMP, writing scripts or hanging out on my forum (

Here's another one by her (that's not so dance-like), but more sad.

I've just became fan of Son Tung M-TP

I've just became fan of Son Tung M-TP, a young Vietnamese singer.
What's great he writes/composes his own songs.
It's refreshing to see/hear.

I find his songs great for my playlist for when I am playing on the computer.

This is one of many favorites, "Chac Ai Do Se Ve!" (Maybe She Will Return) Where he dreams/waits for his love to return.  He misses all things about her.  It's a sad tune but really good I find.


I suggest you give his songs a try.  Soon, you'll fall in love with his songs too.

Another one that's great in vocal is "Am Tham Ben Em" (Quietly by your side).

Give it a try. If you like these songs, you can look up his name "Son Tung MTP" on youtube for more songs.

Hopefully he comes out with more songs.  Can't wait to hear/see more from him in the coming years.

Silly dressed up cat

I thought these pics of dressed up cat was so silly.
My cousin shared them on facebook.
Here are the pics:
Cat in Chinese Costume
Cat in Asian Rich costume

Cat in Thug costume
I thought I would make it even more fun by putting them on matching theme backgrounds.
Here are my edited versions:
Cat over seeing asian field workers

Cat featuring in Asian Music Video (Son Tung MTP - Lac Troi) with matching colors (red)

Cat appearing in Music Video with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog
 I hope you enjoyed my edits and got a google giggle out it.
Thanks for visiting.


My cousin's WIP of Wakanda

I didn't even know what Wakanda was but judging from my cousin's work-in-progress (WIP) I think it's some sort of city.
So I Googled for "Wakanda" and saw that it's related to the movie "Black Panther".  Now I have seen trailers of Black Panther on the news here and there but had no clue that the city or setting was called Wakanda.
Anyways, I thought I would share her WIP here.
Cousin's "Wakanda" wip
I love the lines and shading and solid black areas.  I think this piece will be great when it's finished (actually it already feels great so far).

You might want to visit my cousin's Solfegge facebook page where she has her other works available to view and to order prints from (Just contact her for prints).

Google Auto Ads - I hope I can trust it

With Google new release of Auto Ads:

All you have to do is paste a piece of code (Google Adsense -> My Ads -> Auto Ads -> Set Up Auto Ads) to the piece of code to paste into any page you want to automatically show ads. (They say you're supposed to put in the <head> tags of your html but I think it works no matter where you put it).

I think it's much simpler than previously, since now you don't have to decide where the ads will go. You include on the page and Google's AI will decide where to put on your page.  I have observed that it's showing more ads, way more than Google's recommended number of ads shown on one page previously.

Comparing Google's Auto Ads to Ezoic (a company that also claims they use AI to optimize your ads): With Ezoic, you have to predefine where a possible ad might show so you end up defining a bunch of place holders and Ezoic then decides where to show ads.  Google's AI is better in that sense that you don't have to define where the ads go on your page, it does all that for you.

After about a week of showing Google's auto-ads on my forum (, I got a violation report complaining about me showing ads on login/register page.  This makes sense because login/register pages shouldn't show ads anyways.  My site did that because I just tossed Google's Auto-ads code into my overall header page which shows on every page.  After I got the violation I added code to exclude google ads code on login/register page.  I am a little impressed by the fact that Google was able to report register/login pages as having none or not enough content to show ads.  Maybe their AI is hard at work which is what I hope.

So far, what I have found is Google auto-Ads is show more ads, so I get a lot more impressions. Hopefully, with these data, Google's AI will improve and optimize over time to show effective ads and get more clicks instead of just showing more ads.  I hope that this is just in the beginning where the AI has no data yet so it showing ads to learn where ads are most effective depending on where the user clicks or how long an impression is viewed (if that info is available to them).

What do you think about Google Auto-Ads? Do you think you'll try it on your site/blog (oh for [this blog], I just pasted Google Auto-Ads code into an HTML/Javascript widget in Layout -> Add a Gadget -> HTML/Javascript).

If you've been using Google Auto-Ads already, what do you like about it so far? anything interesting? like more does it generate more/less revenue than your own hand-crafted ad placements (previously before Google-Ads? Please, feel free to comment.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Custom Birthday Card

"May You Age Like Old Good Wine!" birthday card preview
You can use print out this custom designed (birthday) card on 8.5" x 11", cut along dotted lines and fold.
You can download this card --> from

Design your own card in GIMP

It could be a holiday, anniversary, birthday or special occasion.
Create your own custom card in GIMP using this premade-template.
Card Template Preview
You can download this GIMP (.xcf file) template --> from

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chanting for dead relatives.

I listened to this monk on youtube named Tinh Khong.  I think he's very well-known in Taiwan.
He said that when you chant "Namo Amitabha" (Amida Buddha) for your relatives who have passed the instant you decide to chant for them.  They get merits already.  They might stuck in the 3 lower paths (Hell, Hungry Ghosts, Animals) our of the 6 paths of reincarnation.
They will rebirth in higher paths such as human, divas, or heaven.
If you achieve single minded chant for them.  They'll never return to the 3 lower paths.
So, it's great merits to chant for dead relatives.
He said that not only the relatives that you remember and know of benefit but even the ones you didn't know or don't remember of also benefit.
He says after dying if they end up being born in lower 3 paths, the only thing they long for is someone of younger generation to chant for them.  It's a quicker way for them to get out of the lower realms.
This encourages me to chant more because it's not just me that needs good seeds planted.
Chant on... :D

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How my uncle wins the lottery over this last week.

He bought about 8 tickets or so but 3 of which won $20/each (so $60 in total).
He says that he'll play using this method from now on...
Previously he either bought quickpick or chooses numbers himself.
But this last week, he combined the two methods (a hybrid way) by using quickpick programs i wrote in Codeskulptor for 649 and LottoMax (in Canada).
He keeps spinning (in the program each time you spin, you get new quickpick random numbers), until he sees a set of numbers he likes (feels good about) and he writes them down.
Based on this past week I'd say this method seems luckier than other methods.
Here are the programs in CodeSkulptor if you like to them for yourself:
Lottery 6/49 Generator
Lottomax Generator
Also if you live in Vietnam you might be interested in playing using the above method with this program:
Ma Tran Lottery 6/45

Digital Collage of the same piece in GIMP

Let's say you have a picture and you want it to look like it's made up of pieces of paper (rips).
But not from different magazines, but from the same image you just want it to look like it's different tears (rips) of different tones.
And you wanted to do this digitally.

This what I thought about for a while and have came up with the following logic in order to do a script to help me achieve this kind of digital collage work.

First I wanted do make a simple selection on an image.  Then have a script to alter the selection so that it's rough (in a random way) so that it looks like the tear of a piece of paper.  Then I wanted to apply the same logic again so that some parts of edges will be shown as white like the color of the inside of paper.

Then I wanted to copy from a source image and randomly change it's hue/lightness/saturation so that it looks like it's a different tone from original (to make it stand out differently to show that it's a different piece of paper).

Then I also wanted to offset this tear/rip from the original image so that it looks like it's glued on not in exact location but a little randomly offsetted.
I also wanted to drop a shadow to make the piece stands out even a little more.

Well, I did all that in a script.

All you have to do is make a selection (in the general shape that you'd like to see the rip/tear looks like) and then run the script.
You could end up with something like this:
Script is available here --> Hue Random Rip for Digital Collage of same piece