Friday, August 30, 2013

Reflections by Tom Hussey

Tom Hussey is a very talented and an award-winning lifestyle advertising photographer based in Dallas, Texas. This new project of him is entitled "Reflections" that portrays elderly people who are looking in a mirror where in their reflection is their younger version.

In an interview with PetaPiexel, what inspired the artist for this project is when he was able to talk to a WorldWarII veteran named Gardner. On his 80th birthday, the latter told Hussey that he still feels like a young man.

He pictured Gardner looking in a mirror with his younger self. This became part of his portfolio and pick up by Novartis as a concept for an advertising campaign for their Alzheimer's drug.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Wonders of Science

Below are some GIFs that will surely make you amaze of the wonders of science. These scientific set where shared in Reddit by the username Preggit.

Everyone who will surely see these GIFs will smile. I have always been found of such science experiment shows like the local program IBilib. All of these sort are pure magic and there is no animation involve.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Let Software Do the Math for You

If you work in a cleaning service, it is important to know what everything costs when you are making a bid for a job. Not only do you need to worry about the time that you are actually doing the job, the number of people who will be doing the job, and the supplies that you will use in the job, but you will also have to take into consideration the time spent negotiating the contract, the cost of the office space for that time, and what type of profit margin you must have in order to be successful. You should also take into account unexpected costs. Since math is not the strong suit for many entrepreneurs, you may want to use a cleaning bid software to help you make the right bid.

Math and Americans

Math is terribly difficult for most Americans to grasp. This may be because the people who teach math to children do not really like math. Put 45 early childhood educators in a room, 43 of them will tell you how much they dislike math. Even if they are competent teachers and grasp the math concepts well, children will see that dislike for math quickly, and they will show the same disdain. Adults like to think that they are clever and good at hiding their feelings, but the fact of the matter is that children are better at seeing what is on the face, especially the younger ones because they survive by watching what adults look like more than by listening to what adults are saying.

Cleaning Up

Chances are you went into the janitorial business because you are good at it. Unfortunately, running the business is an entirely different animal than actually being able to do the job itself. That may mean that a cleaning bid software may be something that you require, so that you are not bidding yourself out of business. Many new people to a business will just think that it is great to get the job, but if you do the job for too little, you will not have a business.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Vessel: The Floating Bathtub

"Vessel" is another furniture produced by Splinter Works. It an a very elegant and a modern bathtub that will make you feel like you are in a hammock as it was designed like a hammock. This is a very unusual bathtub since it is suspended or hanged by two stainless steel brackets that makes it floating off the ground. At the base of the bathtub lies the built in water release for draining the water in the tub.

It measures around 9-ft in length and it is being offered in sizes and different colors like pure silver, red, pink, bronze, yellow, and blue. The colors can definitely match the preference of the buyer or the interior design of the house where it will be place.

Friday, August 23, 2013

In Orbit by Tomas Saraceno

In Orbit is a product of the creative mind of an Argentinian artist named Tomas Saraceno. This is considered to be his largest and most ambitious work to date. This monumental mesh construction was built with the help of some architects, engineers and biologists and they completed it over a period of three years. It suspends over 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 Standehaus museum in Dusseldorf, Germany. On June 22 and visitors can be able to visit and climb the gigantic steel wire construction that spans in three levels.

The mesh weigh three tons and there are even half a dozen of spheres inflated PVC balloons that are part of the construction. The artist studied the intricate web of a spiders and this was his inspiration to come up with this idea. There are certain rules that are implemented when entering the orbit. They do not allow more than 10 people to enter the orbit at one time. People should have a more stable shoes to be allowed to enter the structure and they should be at least 12 year old to enter the facility.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Binary Prints by Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut is a Brooklyn and Barcelona-based designer who is the man behind the Binary Prints series. The artist was able to display two images on one surface. The artist also refers to them as the "nocturnal portraits" that wake up in the dark. When the light is on, viewers can see an image in the portrait, but once the light was turn off, another image will emerge.

The project's statement reads: "Anyone who has been present at those transcendental moments of communion at a show can attest to the experience as an awakening—a nighttime rebirth of mind and body. There is a literal translation of the inverted blinking eye, which shows the artists emerging into their nocturnal personas, bringing them into focus, from a anonymous being to an icon of music and sound. Like the experiential discovery inherent in live music, these portraits create layers for the viewers to feel and pull apart, combining the universal with the personal."

Three Tips for Signing an Apartment Lease

Once you have been accepted to school, it is time to search for Morgantown student housing. After you have found the right apartment and met all their qualifications, you are ready to sign a lease. This is an important thing to do. Do not skip over this process lightly. It is the basis for all your legal rights as a renter. Following are three suggestions to help you in the process of signing your lease:

• Read the lease thoroughly.
• Ask for clarification of anything you do not understand.
• Get everything in writing when you sign the lease.
Read the Lease Thoroughly

When you sit down with your landlords, you might be tempted to skim over the details of the lease and get straight to the signature lines. It is better not to do so. Instead, take as much time as you need to carefully and completely read the lease. The lease is your legal contract with your landlords. It spells out what is expected of you and what you can expect of them. If a dispute ever occurs between landlords and renters, the lease is the document that clarifies the problem. The lease should include information about the amount of rent owed, the due date, late fees, deposits, breakage-of-contract fees, how to register complaints, what utilities are your responsibility, etc.

Ask for Clarification

Sometimes leases are written in legal terminology that is meant to protect the landlords. If you do not understand something in the lease, be sure to ask for clarification. If you need an interpreter to be with you, make sure you bring one or that the landlords provide one. Do not sign a lease if you do not understand what it says.

Get It in Writing

Do not settle for any verbal agreements. If the landlords of the Morgantown student housing say they will do something or give you a certain concession, make sure it is written down and signed. Most leases have space at the end of the document where you can add comments or clarifications. Make sure that both you and the landlords initial and date any part of the lease that is altered from the original printed document, this includes anything that is handwritten or crossed-out.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Vegetable-Like Silverware

Qiyun Deng is the artist behind this innovated product. He develop an environmental-friendly silverware. They look really like vegetables. But these products are disposable. He named this project as Graft, which features objects constructed out of bioplastic PLA, a material pulled from renewable sources like vegetable fats and oils.

As part of Deng's diploma project at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland, Deng product this Graft that is inspired by nature. He crafted forks, spoons, and knives that blend nature together with man-made objects that we use everyday. Although the shapes look like vegetables, they are created to be functional. The handle of the fork looks just like a stalk of celery and the handle of the spoon looks just like a carrot. Deng asks, "By waking both visual and haptic sensation it brings along a question: Will you throw them away easily?"

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The "Up" Hot Air Baloon

The movie Up has always been one of my all-time favorite  movies. I just love the romance between Carl & Ellie. And I was glad when I found out that there have been hot air balloon that was design for the movie Up and as a part of the promotion.

It was in the year 2009 when the Disney Pixar UP hot air balloon was seen at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. It was created and designed by the Exclusive Ballooning and it took them six months to finish the said hot air balloon. The balloon has a volume of 84,000 cubic feet 540 individually sewn balloons, each with 13 panels, attached to the digitally printed envelope.

The Movie Up became the first ever animated feature to open the Cannes film festival. And it has received five Academy Award nominations, which includes best Pictures, making it the second animated film in history to receive such a nomination since the Beauty and the Beastin of 1991.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Glacial Waterfalls

On Earth, 99% of glacial ice is contained within vast ice sheets in the polar regions. Glacial ice is the largest reservoir of freshwater on Earth, supporting one-third of the world’s population. Many glaciers store water during one season and release it later as meltwater, a water source that is especially important for plants, animals and human uses when other sources may be scant. Because glacial mass is affected by long-term climate changes, e.g., precipitation, mean temperature, and cloud cover, glacial mass changes are considered among the most sensitive indicators of climate change and are a major source of variations in sea level.


SEO Is Search Engine Optimization

Sometimes, people and businesses throw around acronyms just to sound cool. They do not actually know what the acronyms mean, but by using them, they sound intelligent. Because nobody else knows what those acronyms mean, and no one wants to look dumb, no one asks for clarification. It is like the emperor and his new clothes. The smartest of those who won’t ask about the acronym will go to the Internet and see of the acronym exists there. One question that every business on the web should ask is “What is SEO?” 

Search Engine Optimization

Every search engine has its own algorithm that it uses to sort the millions of websites out there. That algorithm is designed to give those who are doing the searching websites that are relevant to the search terms that they put in the search engine.

Early SEO efforts consisted of embedding words at zero point font or with a color the same as the background in order to fool the search engines into putting that page at the top. Even if the word had nothing to do with the website, it would show up as one or two in the search and get hits, which would convert into sales enough that it was worth it, especially since people would get mad at the search engine for returning terrible results.

Now the algorithms are much more sophisticated. They include backlinks, hits, and all sorts of things that people can only guess at because the algorithms are secret. In fact, most search engines count it against a page if a term is used too often. So it isn’t just what is on a page, but what isn’t. 

Why Is It Important? 

So what is SEO? SEO is the way that your company gets its website to the top of the search page without having to pay for it. People may click on the top one or two, but being on the second page of a search is rarely helpful. If people are not clicking on your website, you are losing sales opportunities. Virtual real estate is becoming more important than tangible land.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Beth Galton Photography: Food Cut In Half

Beth Galton is a food photographer who is based in New York. He graduated from Hiram College with a degree of studio art. He worked with this food cut in half photo series with food stylist food stylist Charlotte Omnès.

This photo series was inspired when they had an assignment and was asked to cut a burrito for a client. “Normally for a job, we photograph the surface of food, occasionally taking a bite or a piece out but rarely the cross section of a finished dish,” said Beth Galton. This lead for them to be curious and explore the interior of various food.

“Some items were straight forward and looked great being cut in half without any manipulation,” said Galton. “The donuts and ice cream were examples of this. Other items required food styling tricks such as using gelatin to solidify liquid in the soup cans and Kitchen Bouquet to color the bits of food in the noodle shot. Daniel Hurlburt, our digital tech/retoucher, was greatly involved and helped images that needed some adjusting and assembling all the elements we shot for the coffee pouring.”

Beth Galton has a very strong sense of composition and this is why noteworthy clients like Hellmann’s, Swanson Broth, Campbell’s Soup, Wendy’s, Kraft Foods, Stouffers, Nabisco, St. Ives and Amala skincare, acquire her service.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Replicas of Some Iconic Movie Cars

A native of Newnan, Georgia,Jerry Patrick is an automobile enthusiast who has the passion for building cars for the past three decades butfor the recent years, he became bored with his usual Camaros and Mustangs. This is why he challenge himself to build some unique cars and vehicles like those from the movies. To date, he has built the replicas of some iconic movie cars like the Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds, Herbie the Love Bug, KITT from Knight Rider, the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo and an awe-inspiring Batmobile complete with retractable machine-guns. 

These cars a functional replicas of movie cars but he needs 25 to 35 cars at hand to build a replica car because a replica car needs multiple parts from different vehicles.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Surreal Photos For Real?

Erik Johansson is a full-time photographer and retourcher from Sweden who is now based in Berlin, Germany. He is a very successful artist and known around the world for his personal and commission work. One of his commercial project was with Adobe who had done the live photoshopping at a modified bus stop. You can find the video in Youtube and it has more than 15 millions views.

“I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas. To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize them as realistic as possible", says Erik Johansson in TED talk in London.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Montreal International Mosaicultures 2013

The Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 – Land of Hope (MIM2013)will be on display at the Montreal Botanical Garden from June 22 to September 29, 2013. This 2013 edition will present over 50 creations from different 20 countries. The theme is the Land of Hope which pertains to raising awareness of the importance of preserving the richness of life on Earth. The City of Montreal has given the organizers of the event a green certification for having this kind of large event.

Mosaiculture is French term for the use of bedding plants 'like a mosaic' to form patterns. The patterns could be geometrical or representation. It is defined as the art of composing a motif, an image, a picture or a sculpture using carefully selected and pruned plants.

You can visit the exhibit if you are around the place and it is open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm.

A Website Is Essential for New Businesses

As a small business, you know that expenses can get out of hand very quickly, especially if you try to do everything that everyone says is critical. Advertising, websites, and employees are among the expenses that may seem more or less optional depending on your business. However, they are also essential if you hope to grow your business and have time for life outside of a business. A website is important if you want people to know about what you do, but website hosting should not break the bank.

Building a Site

There are plenty of programs that can help you with building a website. Many will even host a subdomain for free. The problem with these subdomains is that they do not get the same respect as a straight up .com, .net, or other dot address does from the search engines. If you have a website, you want to make sure that it can be found easily by search engines like Google, the number one search engine in the western world and it’s not even close, and Yahoo!

The other problem with subdomains is that you are asking people to remember something that is not essentially a part of your business in order to find your business. It is so much easier if you have an address that can be easily typed into the address bar without having to worry about symbols or additional dots. 

This is where website hosting comes into play. Companies that host websites are responsible not only for your domain name, but also for uptime of your website and to a lesser extent search engine optimization. They generally charge a monthly or yearly fee, and the longer that you sign up for the website, the more likely it is to be picked up by search engines. It will also cost you less to buy time in bulk. Your website is important to your business and to its reach. Having the right web host will increase your chances of being profitable and of surviving in the competitive marketplace. Do it the right way and do it inexpensively.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Dress Made From Flowers!

Lisa Dickinson is a florist and the owner of Manchester florist Venus Flowers. She and her team of four florist spent one whole week to come up with a beautiful gown made of flowers. The floral gown was worn by Boss Model Eleanor Davies during the opening of this year’s Dig the City festival. 

“The challenge was to keep the dress looking fresh for as long as possible, the trick to making the dress endure was to use flowers that wouldn’t wither and die after a few hours, so I made the full skirt of the dress out of wax flowers—which is a really tough shrub—but with delicate sprays of flower heads,” Lisa Dickinson explains.

“I must admit, when we got the brief to make the dress I was a little daunted about how to put it all together—but once we got started on the planning it was really liberating and hugely fun. It really stretching the boundaries of floristry, and it is thrilling to think creatively. You see the potential of flowers in another light,” Dickinson says. “Dig the City is such a great event for Manchester, the whole city; residents, businesses and shops should flower up – a greener city is something we can all get behind.”

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Emerald Beauty of The Soca River

The Soča River runs from western Slovenia to northeastern Italy in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe, springing from the limestone mountains in the north western part of the Julian Alps and quickly descending towards the sea and it is a 136 km long. 

The Soča River is widely known for its clear emerald-green water and this is why it is called "The Emerald Beauty." People who love outdoor activities can definitely engage with mountain biking, water rafting, kayaking, paragliding, canyoning, and many more which the river and its region offers.

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