I bought this double CD a long time ago it’s called “The Best And Friends Album In The World Ever”. It’s one of my favourite CDs, it is really easy to listen, I love the era of music. Trini Lopez … Continue reading Repost – Trini Lopez VS Water Feature
Closeup of the sand, with some scattered petals … and fishing rods ! Enjoy 😀 Our fantastic photos are available to buy at Photos.DonCharisma.com. For our … Continue reading Petals And Fishing Rods Sunset
Many MANY people are unhappy with the new “improved” WordPress.com editor, nicknamed “Beep beep boop”. Here’s a simple solution. I’ve seen some of the methods for restoring the classic editor, all of which I felt a bit overly involved and … Continue reading Getting Rid Of Beep Beep Boop Editor – The Easy Way
I’ve tested this on my WordPress.com blog, and should work on self-hosted blogs too. It’s a how-to to add a weather widget to your WordPress blog or website. Step 1 : Go to the YoWindow Weather Widget Page and create … Continue reading Adding A Weather Widget To WordPress
I’m flummoxed by this one, perhaps one of my readers know how to do this ? On the “Add Post” page, press “Copy a post” … then I get the message : Use an existing post as a template. Pick … Continue reading WordPress.com Writing Helper – “You can mark any post to keep it at the top” ?
Google sends me weird and wonderful things people search for … sometimes I answer them ! So here’s SEVEN SIMPLE STEPS for making bread without dough conditioners … 1. Put (strong) flour, salt, yeast, sugar and water into a bowl. … Continue reading Simple Steps For Making Bread Without Dough Conditioners
Photoshop is a powerful tool for Photography and Graphic Design. It actually took me a long time to figure out how to get text to stand out – so in reading this you’re getting an extreme shortcut in your learning … Continue reading 4 Easy Ways To Make Text Stand Out Using Photoshop
Snapped this in the oriental area, I call lower Big Buddha Hill. It looks like some warriors guarding a sleeping emperor. Enjoy 😀 Our fantastic photos … Continue reading Chinese Warrior Scene
I find it an odd question. My brain goes through 100000s of ideas every day – I think !, I’ve never actually counted them. It’s a lot anyway. So why look for ideas outside yourself ? I think we learn that our … Continue reading What Will You Write Today ?
One of my readers asked me about cultural differences in Thailand, from the perspective of a westerner staying in Thailand for an extended period. My reader who is I’m guessing a teenager, is going to be staying in Thailand for … Continue reading Cultural Differences And Traveller’s Tips – Thailand
It’s amazing what one can do in five minutes on the way to the beach ! I saw these flowers and my first thought was of the lighting. Best to get the source behind one, whilst paying attention not to … Continue reading Beautiful Flowers … And Don Charisma’s Quick Guide To Taking Nice Photos
I’ve had a few computer issues over the course of the last week. First the cooling fan packed up on my computer. Got a new fan and fixed that. Then I started having some data loss issues on my hard drives. … Continue reading Removing the SPD.EXE virus from Windows 7
Canon Photostitch software is good and works pretty well with good quality photos. With a tripod then you’ll probably get an awesome merged result. Sometimes it won’t stitch together photos how I want. So what do I use instead ? … Continue reading Panorama Stitching Software – Alternatives To Canon Photostitch
I’ve been working on my revamped commercial website DonCharisma.com. We needed some icons for the animated “buttons” on the homepage: One for the building websites page, one for the SEO page and one for “contact us” page. So I came … Continue reading Web/Graphic Design – Icon Preview, DonCharisma.com
I downloaded some free software to “accelerate downloads” called “Download Accelerate Plus”. It kind of works, but I uninstalled it as it was causing problems on my machine (Control Panel->Uninstall a program). I now mostly do downloads on Firefox because … Continue reading Remove The Speedbit Virus From Windows 7
Quite a few moons ago I used to be a DJ. It’s not on my about page, because I wanted to keep it concise. Who knows maybe one day I’ll be a good enough writer to write a book … … Continue reading Why Blog ? DJ Don Charisma – The Powerblogger Analogy
Looking around for how to quickly turn a photo of myself into a cartoon, well, there’s a lot of crap out there and not much that’s “quick”. So I’ve written a short tutorial on how to cartoon yourself in ONE … Continue reading Cartoon Yourself In ONE Minute
What a day eh, commercial free-loaders and now this in my inbox from a dirty skanky scammer … hopefully this it for today ! Är så ledsen att jag stör, jag är i Limassol, Cypern just nu och jag felplacerad … Continue reading The “Lady In Distress” Scam
Another of those conundrums the Google-fairies must lose sleep trying to provide an answer too. In my opinion, no, not all husbands fart so much ! There are several aspects obviously to farting. There’s the quantity of gas expelled, there’s … Continue reading Do All Husbands Fart So Much ?
I’ve had some discussions recently over authenticity in photographs. What I mean by this is true-to-life representations in photos. It’s a common misconception is that “straight-off-the-camera” equals an exact representation of what the eye would have seen. Not so for … Continue reading Photographic Authenticity – Photoshop – Alchemy Or Evil ?
iPhoneography is fun. My iPhone 4s has 8 megapixel camera built in that produces great photos. Here’s a condensed version of what I’ve learned editing a few thousand iPhone 4s photos in Photoshop CS6. Aim – being concise and quick … Continue reading Quickly Edit A Photo In Photoshop
I posted this sand sculpture yesterday with it’s creator. I found out today that “Poo” is crab in Thai, so wasn’t the sculptor’s name after all … Continue reading Poo 2 – Manually Joining Two Photos In Photoshop
Look what someone did for me in Brooklyn, New York … When I saw it I couldn’t believe my eyes, my jaw just dropped, nearly feel … Continue reading Don Charisma Graffiti/Bling Wall, Brooklyn NYC
Angie of Angie’s Place asked me to do an “angel” for her. I had a look on all-free-downloads, and liked the one with the little boy kissing the little girl – here How-to do it 1. Extract the .EPS from the … Continue reading Angie’s Place “Logo” – Quick Adobe Illustrator Fun
I’ve been posting some photos from Australia (and other places) as and when my friend Chris Herron sends them over. I had been adding my own logo, and decided that it would warrant doing a logo for him also. Chris … Continue reading Creating a Heron Logo (in Photoshop)
To Award, or not to Award: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. … Continued Hamlet, Don Charisma style … Continue reading What I Learnt about Blog Awards during my “Awards Day”
It’s been two months since I wrote what’s been lovingly nicknamed “Virgin’s guide to SEO”. It’s probably been the most popular post that I’ve done with more than 250 likes. It’s a really hard act to follow, and I hope … Continue reading Virgin’s Guide to Promoting a Blog or Website (Ethos – Part 2)
I’ve just completed a statistical analysis on when people comment on my blog. To be more exact, what times of day and which days of the week. Obviously there are many factors that can skew these types of studies, so … Continue reading What is the best time of day to post on your blog?
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Following on from my graffiti tutorial, I put together another video to show how easy it is to colorize your photos for free using GIMP rather than Photoshop. This is a really quick effect to… Continue reading How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes
I haven’t shared any of my culinary skills, yet. Angie (AngieG9) inspired me to share what I know about cooking truly awesome Pasta with a Tomato based sauce, with her ketchup recipe. I used to have an Italian girlfriend from … Continue reading Tomato Pasta, The “Right” Way – Give your taste-buds a treat:)
I bought a generic “Apple AV Component Cable” to connect my Apple iPad and iPhone to my ancient TV, because genuine Apple product isn’t available any more. The TV in my apartment is a Philips 32″ and belongs to my landlord, … Continue reading AV Component Cable Scrambled Picture (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod)
I really like this quote by Henry Ford, the founder of Ford, a well known brand. It’s simple and straightforward. Whether, you believe you CAN or you believe you CAN’T YOU ARE RIGHT Henry Ford Confidence and self-belief are a … Continue reading “Driven by you” – Confidence by Henry Ford
I’ve been blogging now just over 4 months. I came here originally because I’m rubbish at writing CVs, bored of rat-race brown-nosing and wanted to get starting doing something on-line. Oh and the financial markets had swallowed up a big … Continue reading What is Charisma? by Don Charisma, with a little help from Richard Branson
Personally, I don’t follow the news too much, I started my information diet some years ago, and I’m emotionally much fitter as a consequence. I catch the occasional story when I check my email on Yahoo, and keep abreast of … Continue reading Trolls-R-Us, a guide to blog Trolls – Moose, Mr Whisk and The Axe Murderer
Link DannyBoyBroderick – How to Create a Graffiti Logo. Link YouTube Video – Thanks Danny, great first video. I have to confess I used the monkey-with-typewriter method at first and when I started to see something I liked, then spent a bit more time and care refining it. Photoshop can do some AMAZING things with text using these effect so well worth having a play with. Cheers Don Charisma Continue reading How to Create a Graffiti Logo
What’s wrong with this picture ? As I’m not a photographer, it’s taken me an age to get to the bottom of how to fix this. Photoshop has it’s own idea about colours, presumably something to do with the fact … Continue reading How to Get Photoshop JPG colour to match web page colour
let it be… …let it change… …let it go Don Charisma 2013 Resources & Sources I would like to thank: Vitaly S Alexius svitart.com – for the four seasons graphic, just awesome Vitaly. Please do visit his site, there are … Continue reading DonCharisma.org – Charisma, The Easy Way
Looking for a lodger or apartment sharer in the London, UK used to be fairly straightforward process. Gumtree did a fairly good job. But recent times Gumtree just isn’t getting many replies, generally because of increased competition and Gumtree now … Continue reading Review, find a lodger or sharer – easyroommate vs spareroom
Have you ever taken a photo when it’s overcast, and when you got home, looked at it on the computer, and you were thoroughly disappointed ? – this has happened to me many, many times. Until now I didn’t know … Continue reading Grey Skys to Blue, How to Photoshop it – THE EASY WAY