The Goodstuff Effect: Featuring Anne Hathaway

In their 275th issue my link-over friends at Goodstuffs Cyber World referenced a link to my Rule 5 posting featuring Margot Robbie. This kindness has had a massive impact on the traffic to my site—as you can see by the graph at right (or above if you are viewing on a smartphone).

Each issue of Goodstuffs Cyber World features an actress or celebrity. In issue 275 (here) they feature Anne Hathaway.

Just to keep the Anne Hathaway theme going, here are a couple of pictures I managed to dig up and improve—well at least I think I improved them.

As usual with my pictures, click on them to see them bigger if you are using a desktop computer with a larger screen (compared to a smartphone screen).

Rule 5: Margot Robbie

In some blogging circles there are these five rules that need to be applied in order to keep visitors coming to your site. One of the rules is 'Rule 5'. I don't know the exact order or content of rules 1 thru 4 but I am pretty sure there will be something in those rules about making your site look good, keeping your posts short and interesting, posting regularly, and focusing on niche content.

But Rule 5 is about adding something totally different into your blog stream now and then. Broadly interpreted and roughly translated, Rule 5 is about adding some glamour (code for: sex) into your blog now and then as a kind of honey-trap.

So, under Rule 5 here is a little Margot Robbie.

I have 'edited up' each of these pictures to give them a little bit more snap.

Click on each picture to see it larger—assuming you are using a larger screen and not a smartphone.

A stunning face shot with her wearing her almost trade-mark cherry red lipstick.

Lots of red going on here to set off her red lipstick.

I am not sure, but this looks like it might have been taken before Margot moved off to the USA to become famous.

Goodstuff Issue 255 Features Fan Bingbing

Issue 255 of Goodstuff (via the Goodshit site) features Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

Yep. Like me you have probably never heard of her.

As it turns out she is very easy on the eye. I wonder if the movies she is in are all in Chinese? Otherwise one might be tempted to find a couple of them and watch them.

According to WIkipedia she was in XMEN: Days of Future Past and 'Blink'. So I did a search, and sure enough I found Ms. Bingbing in character from XMEN.

The colour purple seems to suit Ms. Bingbing.

If you want to check out issue 255 of Goodstuffs Cyber World then you will find it here.

When you are totally bored and can't find anything else to look through then GoodShit is always an interesting place to go. You can find the link to GoodShit in the sidebar.

One last picture of Fan.

'Goodstuffs Cyber World' features Heather Lockear

The current edition of Goodstuffs Cyber World—which I am sure should be written as Goostuff's Cyber World, but let's not into grammar arguments here because I am sure I make my share of mistakes as well—features Heather Locklear. Each edition of Goodstuffs Cyber World features a different 'once famous, once hot' female from the past.

I actually cannot remember what the TV show was—however, I am sure it was not T.J. Hooker—but I do remember relatively clearly the first time I spotted Miss Locklear on TV. I was standing in the double-doorway of my mum and dad's house just casually looking at their little Sony TV. I was either just entering the room or just leaving; I want to say I was just leaving. This was back when a 22" TV was considered huge, and I think their TV was probably in around 18". It was a Sony Trinitron; then considered a high-end mid-market TV.

(Image at right links to Goodstuff; opens in a new Tab)

When I spotted Heather L on the screen I think it actually did take my breath away. I was probably about 23-ish and to me she was unbelievably beautiful.

Without the benefit of the Internet—which hadn't even been thought about in those days—I then undertook the mission of finding out as much as I could about this vision of beauty. This meant keeping out a sharp eye for magazines and such that promised to reveal more about this stunner.

It is a big shame for the male world in general that the Internet did not exist in those days, otherwise I am sure there would be many more great pictures around now for us to remember Heather by.

For those sad men that missed the era of Heather, here are a few kind-of-okay pictures that I was able to find.

I am reasonably sure this first picture is a grab from a movie. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I don't know what the movie is. She must have made it after I had moved on with regards to which female actress I was interested in.

Heather even comes up seriously sexy in grey-scale. Those eyes and that soft beautiful smile.

Due to the grain/noise in this picture I suspect it is a scan of a matt-finish photograph, or possible a scan from a magazine.

In this last picture she is in her early 30s now but still looking amazing. Still has those incredible eyes.

Selling my 'old' Epson 1650 Flatbed Photo Scanner

I am in the process of cleaning up my office/study—for about the tenth time in the last 20 years. But this time I am being ruthless; at least I think I am. However, there is stuff that I just don't want to throw in the bin.

One such item is my 'old'—because I have a new one bought a couple of years ago—Epson Perfection 1650 flatbed photo-quality scanner.

This scanner has 16 bits of colour accuracy per channel, an optical resolution of 3,200 dpi, and incorporates de-screening (to remove the moire pattern created by screen printing in magazines and such). In its day this was about an $800 scanner.

Following is a de-screened image of Charlize Theron from GQ magazine taken from the matt-finish paper inside the magazine. There is almost no moire patten visible in this scan.

The following two pictures show the de-screening at work. The scan at left was done without de-screening, and the scan at right, obviously, with de-screening turned on—so most of the moire pattern has been removed.

Following is the full face in de-screened scan mode.

The following picture shows you the sample I was scanning for the above pictures off the cover of the GQ magazine.

As well as being able to scan paper images, the 1650 has a back-light in the lid so that it can be used to scan transparent items such as slides.

There are two downsides:

  • There are no Windows drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. BUT I am using Windows 10 and as you can see it will work with Windows 10 (or Windows 7 or 8). However, you will need to purchase a utility called VueScan from Hamrick.com. At the time of me writing this VueScan was USD$29.95.
  • The interface is USB 1.1. So it is relatively slow—compared to USB 2, or the unbelievable speed of USB 3.

If you are interested then go to Gumtree and search for Epson 1650.

For more specifications see this page at the Epson site.