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Meme Fixers ‘R’ Us

Please be advised that the following post contains “the f word.”

I’ve had some people ask me how I correct spelling errors in meme images floating around Facebook. My intention is not to debate whether this is a worthy use of time. Suffice to say that it bugs ME enough to fix them. If it doesn’t bug you, then feel free to go somewhere else on the Internet. It’s a big place. If it bugs YOU, and you like to learn new things, stick around for a spell.

It’s a bit hard to generalize the process since it depends what the image looks like and what’s wrong with it, but here’s an example to get y’all started.

First, you need an image editor. I use Pixelmator, which is only available for the Mac (sorry Windows and *nix users), but if you happen to be a Mac user, I do highly recommend it. It’s not free, but it’s really cheap for as awesome as it is, and you can use it to touch up photos, make your own memes, or whatever.¬†You can get it from the App Store. If you’re not a Mac user, or you’re broke, GIMP is free and available for Windows, *nix OSes, and Macs. A lot of people swear by it, and the price is hard to beat. I haven’t used it in about 10 years so I’m not sure I can give a fair comparison between it and Pixelmator. ūüėČ Go ahead and try it first. You may already have an image editor. Sometimes scanners, tablets, or other accessories come with one. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements are popular image editors. If you are not using Pixelmator, my screenshots will look different from whatever you’re using, but as long as you’re using a layer-based editor, you should be able to do everything I’m doing.

I’m going to show how I added a letter and removed a letter in the following image.

There are two errors in the text. If you don’t see them, don’t worry. It’ll be obvious when I show you how I’m fixing them. ūüėČ

First, let’s add a letter. I zoom in so I can get picky about pixels and select exactly what I want. In this case, the missing letter is in the middle of a word, so we need to make room for it. All the text on the image is left-justified and I’d like to keep true to that if possible. Although we need to make room in an already-long word, I think we can make it work. I select the part of the word that follows where our inserted letter will go. I used the rectangular selection tool twice. Once around the bulk of it, and then I added to the first selection to get around the cross of the ‘t’. After selecting, I copy and paste. This makes a second layer of just the part that I selected.

The letter that I need to insert, ‘i’, is already somewhere else on the image. Yay! This saves me some work. Sometimes I have to get creative and, for example, flip a ‘b’ around to make a ‘d’ or ‘p’ or ‘q’. If I’m adding a period, I might snag the dot off an ‘i’ or I might just draw one freehand. Every once in a while, I’ll recognize the font as one that I have and then I can type a new letter, but usually I copy an existing one or try to construct it from the existing letters. Since there’s already an ‘i’, I’ll select it, copy, and paste, just as I did before.

I now have three layers: the whole image, one with just ‘ties.’ and one with just ‘i’. When I select a layer in the layers list, I get little dots showing the boundaries of that layer. As I said before, it may look different in another program, but there should still be some way of seeing which layer you’re working with.

I move my ‘i’ layer over to where I need to insert my ‘i’.

I move my ‘ties.’ layer over and now you can see the whole word! Whew, it all fits. The ‘i’ layer is partially obscuring the cross of the ‘t’, so I select part of it and delete.

I like what I see, so I merge my layers.

Next, let’s remove a letter. I select the part of the word that follows the extra letter, copy, and paste. Sounds familiar, right?

I move the ‘nunciate’ layer over to cover up the extra letter. My word looks good now, but there’s an extra ‘e’ at the end! Don’t worry, we’ll fix that.

You can also see how the background is not a completely even color and you can see the righthand corners of my layer because the color is too dark.

Both of these things can be addressed with the rubber stamp tool. You can see it in the screenshot below, slightly larger than the other tools in my toolbox. It should look similar in other programs. The way this tool works is you select a spot on your canvas, and then you start brushing around somewhere else, and it copies from that first spot into your new spot. Confusing? If you play around with it a little bit, you’ll probably figure out what it’s doing. Pixelmator shows a little crosshairs at the spot where it’s copying from at any given moment.

It takes a bit sometimes to find a good spot to copy from. If it doesn’t look good the first try, you can ctrl-click somewhere else on your canvas to pick a new spot to copy from and try again. After I erase the extra ‘e’ this way, I merge the layers and tackle that darker corner issue. You can still tell it’s not perfect, but sometimes you have to say that enough is enough. Plus, I’m still zoomed in, so things are more obvious. It’s good to zoom out periodically and check if what you’re doing is even noticeable anymore.

There you have it! A lovely, spellchecked version of the original meme, and one you can be proud to share.

If you’re having trouble, feel free to ask for help. I’m happy to lend assistance with Pixelmator or general image editing questions, though I cannot help with GIMP- (or other editor-) specific questions. Enjoy your new OCD hobby!

They say not to compare…

‚Ķbut everyone does anyway. I don’t know how many people have asked me if the girls look like their ultrasounds, like each other, like me, like their father, blah blah blah. I don’t have any baby pics of Thomas, so I’ll have to do a parental comparison some other time, but here are the girls next to each other. People keep telling me they look like clones of each other, but I don’t think they do. Dagmar has lovely, squinty eyes, and Maggie has big, round, gorgeous eyes. But yes, I do think they look like sisters! Which is good, since they are.

Fewer than six months later

The day after my parents left Denmark, I realized with a mild shock that they left without the packages to mail to my blog contest winners. Once their visit was in the foreseeable future, I thought I’d save a bunch of money on shipping by having them do it. Oops.

I am simultaneously excited and ashamed to say that the prizes for my blog contest are actually done and ready to go right now, AND I’m externally committed to going to the post office tomorrow. Someone else is coming by to (amongst other things) force me to. I feel like a pretty huge moron for taking so long about it. Between mommy-brain and money being tight at times, it just never happened. BUT I think I did a really good job, if I do say so myself, at picking things to put in the boxes. It was a lot of fun, once I got to doing it. Kelly and Cara, I hope you two love your prizes as much as I want you to!
And now… my half-dressed daughter…

So how DO you pronounce Dagmar?

I tried to find a clip of someone else saying it, so I wouldn’t have to record myself. Here’s a video of some people about to play a famous traditional folk song called “Dronning Dagmar” (dronning = queen), and you can hear him say that title at about 0:34.

If you are familiar with German, it’s basically the way you’d say Daumar in German. If you don’t speak German, the first syllable kinda sounds like “dow” (like in dowsing rod). The second syllable is with that almost-not-there R sound that most Europeans seem to do. Pretend you’re English or something. The emphasis is on the first syllable. So‚Ķ DOW-maaaah(r).
Lee is the way you’d expect it, just like Bruce Lee.
Fach rhymes with “sock.”
The D in Pedersen is “a soft d,” which apparently is a meaningful expression to Danes, but it isn’t helpful to Americans. It’s said to sound like a soft “th” (as in the, that, those), but many foreigners disagree and say it sounds like an L. Additionally, there’s a glottal stop, and of course the Euro R sound. The sen is definitely sen and not son. Vowel sounds are important in Danish (and they have about 47 of them). It took me several months of practice to get to where I’d even attempt to say my own last name in public, so don’t feel bad if you’re really confused by now. The very, very first thing the guy in this video says is “Ivan Pedersen,” so listen after the “eee-vahn” and you’ll hear it.
Or you can just call her D.L., sweetie pie, honey munchkin, or sugar bean. That’s what I do.

naming follow-up

I was in the process of making this when I wrote my rant, and now it’s done. Since it seems to be my most popular rant yet, I thought I’d share it over here instead of just my scrapping blog. ūüėČ

If you can’t read it, you should be able to click it for a larger image. (Yeah, there’s a typo or two, but I’m that lazy today. It’s hot.)

help make me over!

When I was growing up, my mother and my grandmother were both Mary Kay beauty consultants. ¬†I was surrounded by cosmetics, skin care, and perfume. ¬†Part of my teenage rebellion consisted of complete and total rejection of all things beauty-related. ¬†In part because I’m a stubborn person, and in part because cosmetics cost money and I didn’t feel the need to use my money for that particular thing, I just never got around to wearing make-up. ¬†I’ve decided to start embracing my inner girly-girl. ¬†I mean, I’m wearing shoes now and everything. ¬†I shaved my legs (OK, that’s not totally revolutionary as I’ve done that before but anyway) and went out and bought some make-up. ¬†I’m starting out small. ¬†I got foundation and lip gloss. ¬†I still don’t know what I think. ¬†It’s different. ¬†But I’ve giving it a shot.

So now I’m contemplating my hair and the possibility of getting contacts. ¬†About 15 years ago when I thought about getting contacts, I got too freaked about putting my finger in my eye, but I’ve since realized that I need to get over being scared of everyday, mundane things that millions of people do all the time without issue. ¬†So even if it takes me a couple days of practice, I have confidence that I can eventually master putting them in. ¬†The question is, should I bother? ¬†And, should I cut my hair? ¬†Keep it long, but style it differently? ¬†Go short? ¬†It’s hard work being a girly-girl.

The ABCs of Me

A – Age: 31
B – Bed size: 200×140
C – Chore you hate: vacuuming
D – Dog’s name: I’ve never had a dog, but if I did, maybe I’d name him Vladimir
E – Essential start your day item: my glasses
F – Favorite color: YELLOW!
G – Gold or Silver: gold
H – Height: 5′ 2″
I – Instruments you play(ed): piano, recorder, clarinet, marimba, ratchet, chimes, cowbell, triangle, Celtic harp
J – Job title: honey, or mama, depending on who’s talking
K – Kid(s): Dagmar Lee (D.L.)
L – Living arrangements: Tetris-floored condo in Herlev, Denmark
M – Mom’s name: Ruby
N – Nicknames: none at the moment
O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: n/a
P – Pet Peeve: smoking
Q – Quote from a movie: “A naked American stole my balloons!”
R- Right or left handed: right
S – Siblings: older bros, Wayne and Brent
T РTime you wake up: anywhere between 5 and 8, when D.L. feels like it 
U- Underwear: brand new, just went shopping
V – Vegetable you dislike: Brussels sprouts
W – Ways you run late: baby doesn’t want to go
X – X-rays you’ve had: teeth, spine
Y – Yummy food you make: spaghetti al carbonera
Z – Zoo favorite: polar bears & lemurs

105…movies are fun, though

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen more than 85 films, you have no life. (I wonder who decides these things.) Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun!!!

Edited because Thomas reminded me of a movie we saw together.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
(x) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total: 8

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 13

(x) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 16

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 22

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total so far: 25

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) Kingpin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
(x) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x) King Kong
Total so far: 32

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
Total so far: 33

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 36

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 38

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 44

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss’ Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 48

( ) Best Bet
(x) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
( ) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 54

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday (It doesn’t say which version but I’ve seen both)
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 65

( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 68

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(x) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so far: 78

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 82

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 Days Later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
Total so far: 87

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 92

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 98

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Grand total: 105

4×4 meme

So there’s this meme going around where you post the fourth picture in the fourth folder of wherever pictures are stored on your computer and then explain it. ¬†This was clearly thought up by a PC user because we Mac users don’t store our pictures in folders. ¬†We are so beyond that. ūüėČ

I went to my iPhoto library in Finder, and showed the package contents so I could see the folders that actually do exist in there (and because I’m a nerd). ¬†The fourth folder was empty, so that was a bust. ¬†I opened iPhoto, and then had to decide what should be a folder. ¬†I decided to pick the fourth picture from the fourth Event in iPhoto. ¬†I was hoping it would involve one of my trips to Oslo, or my road trip across the midwestern United States. ¬†Something cute from Dagmar or my own childhood, maybe.

Unfortunately, what I got was this:

*Sigh.* ¬†I guess I should have gone with something else. ¬†I apologize to Lindsay and‚Ķ the girl in the middle whose name I can’t remember for this meme. ¬†This isn’t the most flattering picture of any of us. ¬†They were really hot that night, seriously. ¬†But anyway, as you can probably guess, it was Hallowe’en of whatever year that “Charlie’s Angels” movie came out, and someone (other than me) decided it would be fun to do this. ¬†I figured I was too overweight and butch-haircutted to participate but got prodded into it anyway. ¬†We went to some typical drunken college party where Lindsay and‚Ķ dang, what is her name?‚Ķ were hit on a lot and I was ignored, which was totally fine by me as I had a boyfriend at the time and I was never really into the drunken college party scene anyway.

What this picture reminds me of, though, is a conversation I had with Lindsay shortly before we got dressed. ¬†I was telling her I didn’t have anything sexy to wear, and she said that anything can be made sexy. ¬†I pulled out one of my favorite shirts, which was a too-big-for-me button-up in a fish print. ¬†Yeah, the fabric had these life-size mackerals swimming all over it. ¬†Sadly, I don’t have it anymore or I’d take a picture. ¬†Lindsay was able to make it sexy by leaving it unbuttoned and knotting it at the waist. ¬†I was impressed.

the hubster

Hat tip to Melaina.
Answer these questions about you and your significant other:

1:: What are your middle names? Mine is Lee. ¬†Thomas doesn’t have one.
2:: How long have you been together? 4 years 
3:: Do you have any children together? yes, Dagmar Lee, cutest baby ever 
4:: What about pets? yes, two kittyloves, Lidja and Tycho
5:: Did you go to the same school? no
6:: Are you from the same hometown? not even close
7:: Do you live in the same town now? in the same flat and everything
8:: Who is the smartest? he is
9:: Who is the most sensitive? he is
10:: Where is the first place you went to eat as a couple? not sure, probably Arby’s, haha¬†
11:: Do you wear matching clothes? The thought has never crossed our minds.  Do people do that? 
12:: Where is the furthest you have travelled as a couple? We’ve gone between Copenhagen and Panama City, Florida a few times.
13:: Who has the craziest ex[es]? me
14:: Who has the worst temper? me
15. Who does the cooking? me
16:: Who’s more social? sooooo me
17:: Who is the neat freak? neither, but his messy threshold is higher so I guess I’d be closer
18:: Who is the most affectionate? he is
19:: Who is the most stubborn? tough call… probably him
20:: There wasn’t a #20, but I just can’t skip it.
21:: Who wakes up earlier? him on weekdays, and me on weekends
22:: Where was your first date? We met in person at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport, I guess. lol
23:: Who said “I Love You” first? me
24:: How did you spend your 1st year anniversary? We went to Berlin to celebrate, though it wasn’t on the day of.¬†
25:: Who has the bigger family? He has a lot more cousins.
26:: Who is younger? him, by just under two years
27:: Who is the life of the party? neither of us, at ALL
28:: Who do you hope your kids turn out more like? I hope they get the best qualities of both of us!
29:: Who wears the pants in the family? He gets final call.
30:: What’s your favorite thing to do together? explore the world
31:: Do you have the same political views? on most stuff
32:: Who has the most stuff? He’s a massive pack rat.
33:: Who controls the remote? him 
34:: Who does the driving? Neither of us drive, but he fancies himself a navigator when we go out.
35:: Who takes out the garbage? both of us, but him more often
36:: Who does the cleaning? me
37:: Who does the laundry? me
38:: Who is the funniest? him