Arguably, the laptop can be considered as one of the most important inventions in computing technology in the recent years. It has definitely redefined how people use computers, free from the wires and bulky hardware of its desktop predecessor.
While there are more compact computing devices available in the market today such as tablets and even smartphones, the laptop is still an important part of people’s gadgets arsenal – from the gamer, busy executives to the basic users. Buying a laptop is no rocket science, but it’s not a no-brainer decision as well especially if you want to get the most out of your money.
If you’re planning to go on laptop shopping soon, here are five handy tips you should bring with you.
Tip #1: Honesty is the Best Policy
Be true to yourself in terms of how you are planning to use your laptop. This is the first step of any laptop-buying process as it will dictate the system requirements and functionalities that you should look for. Further, it will determine related products that you need.
For example, if you’re a music buff or a move enthusiast and you’re planning on downloading several media files, you would need a laptop with big storage space. Additionally, you would need to install a powerful antivirus software to protect your computer from malicious programs and downloadable media files.
So, before you even read reviews and scout your laptop options, ask yourself: “Why am I buying a laptop?”
Tip #2: Size Matters
Why do you think many brands have come up with ultra-portable laptop models? As people become more mobile, thin is definitely is in. The slimmer and the lighter your laptop is the better. If you’re an events planner who needs to move around to meet clients and suppliers or a writer who needs to go to different places in order to be inspired, then size and weight will definitely matter.
Again, the portability of the laptop you choose will affect the extra peripheral services or products that you will need. If you’re planning to use your laptop in different locations and using whatever internet connectivity is available, then you need an antivirus protection software that can protect your laptop even if you are connected to an unsecure internet network.
The only thing you can do to keep up with this 21st century world is to change as the world changes. Seriously, the change nowadays is rapid, and not only when it comes to technology, but also in other aspects. Just look at the art that was made a hundred years ago and you will see that the difference is huge. Many people claim that art is now less important and that we generally focus on more material things and money, but the truth is, we are surrounded by art all the time, we are just not aware of it.
For example, when you look at the beautiful building across the street, that is a form of art – architecture. Architecture can be pretty amazing, and architects today come up with millions of different ways to build new houses, flats, etc. But now you might wonder: how can you change yourself to keep up with all the change that’s happening?
Well, you can first try to accept all the new ideas that the modern world brings, and thus call yourself a modern man. But the change I want to talk about is of an external nature. To be more concrete, I want to talk about the change you should make in your home to keep up with the 21st century. The thing is, I will not talk about the technological changes but rather about an artistic one. To be more concrete, I am going to talk about the usage of tiles to create the perfect environment.
A little something called decoration can change your subconscious
Well, as the title says, the place where you reside can very often alter your mood, or even impact some of the very important decisions you make in your life. Your home can also tell you a lot more about yourself, even your deepest secrets, but that is a topic for some other discussion. All you need to know is that people sometimes unconsciously arrange their furniture in order to make them feel better. I like to cover my walls with different post modernistic paintings, but the thing that caught my mind recently was this new way of tile usage.
Namely, some people started combining tiles from their bathrooms to make mosaics of different kinds and then putting them to cover their walls in, such as, the bedroom. I did a little research on the net, and found out that there are people, whom I can freely call artists, who do this kind of service. There are different types of tiles, some of which do not even resemble the ordinary tiles that you see each day when you are brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Many materials are used and the possibilities are infinite. Let me tell you a thing or two about how each of these materials can impact you and your decisions, and what impression will your guests have when they see these tiles and the mosaics made from them.
There is a difference between mediocre speakers and great speakers. Great speakers are passionate and knowledgeable about what they speak, they have charm and they are confident and not afraid to move around the stage, call to action, raise their voice and make jokes. They engage the audience and create a very intimate experience. Even when large groups of people are involved you can’t help but feel a personal bond with a good speaker – you feel like you can trust them, like you have learned something new.
If you want to be a good speaker, but you still can’t get a hang of all this public speaking business, the most important thing is to project confidence, and you can only do this if you overcome anxiety and have some good material to work with. You will often find speakers that have brilliant speeches who still get overcome by fear and mess everything up. Presentation skills are very important, and there are several things you can do to boost your confidence or to simply seem more confident.
1. Good body language
Body language and facial expressions are more important for human communication than what you actually say. This is how you can tell if someone is being sarcastic, if someone is mocking you, if a person is uncomfortable and so on. The base of confident body language is good posture, basically all the things your mother told you to do: keep your back straight, keep your hands out of your pockets, look people in the eyes when you are talking to them, keep your chin up, etc.
Your feet should to be placed shoulder-width apart, turned slightly outward, you shouldn’t swing your hands wildly but strive to make elegant, controlled gestures. You want to make brief eye contact with different audience members, but be sure to move your gaze through different segments of the audience – front to back and side to side – and hold it on each segment for a few moments before moving on. You can also push your chest slightly out and move around – don’t be afraid to take up more space.
2. Talk slowly and louder than you usually would
This takes some time to get used to, and it is where most people get it wrong. We are used to speaking a bit more quietly as our audience is in close proximity, but if we want to be heard and understood when speaking to a large number of people we have to find walk the thin line between speaking loudly and yelling.
It is also important to constantly remind yourself to talk slower, as we tend to start talking really fast and trailing off when we are nervous, which makes it difficult to get our point across. Public speaking courses and acting classes are a good way to learn how to work through stage fright and speak to an audience, or if you don’t have them in your area a vocal coach can help you a great deal with speaking loudly and fluently.
Even though the human eye has about 576 megapixels, we’re still not capable of zooming in and examining tiny objects. Thanks to macro photography, a.k.a. macrography, we’re able to enjoy beautiful close-up photographs of very small subjects. To technically define a photograph as macro, the size of the subject needs to be greater than life size. In order to take macro photographs, you’ll need a lens that is capable of reproducing ratios greater than 1:1.
Thanks to the advances in sensor technology, a small-sensor digital camera can rival the macro capabilities of a flagship DSLR with a “true” macro lens. Despite the lower reproduction ratio, producing macro photography is broadly accessible at a bargain. Macro Photography does require solid technique and visual style, so don’t think that you can just pickup a camera and snap gorgeous photos. ”Patience is a virtue,” and you will certainly need it to capture great shots.
LA based artist Mike Mitchell is a freelance illustrator with a focus on pop culture. He is most known for creating the “I’m with Coco” poster embracing Conan O’Brien. Mike recently finished a big set of posters for his upcoming gallery show opening in two weeks. For the show, Mike tried to choose the more under appreciated film character in pop culture art. His process consisted of illustrating their personalities the way they existed in his mind. By keeping the celebrities in character, Mike wants the viewer to connect with them on a deeper level.
Getting ready to start a new blog? Maybe you already have, but are ready to give up. Or maybe you’ve had the privilege of becoming successful, but haven’t taken advantage of that blessing. As Zig Ziglar once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” Below are 5 inspirational quotes (and related lessons) that are sure to set you off in the right direction.
1. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” – Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Microsoft
Admittedly this statement is a bit extreme. Perhaps Bill should have gotten out of the house more–hung out with some friends, went on a date, spent time with family . . . whatever. But the point here holds true. While you’re out at the bar every Friday night, or watching every episode of American Idol, your competition may very well be bangin’ away at the computer in an attempt to monopolize a niche.
2. “You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.” – Lauren Amarante, Founder, World Entrepreneurship Day
Your brain never stops. You want to open your own restaurant, go back to school and become a doctor, launch an online magazine, create the next Facebook, end world hunger, etc. And you keep telling yourself that one day–one day soon–you’re going to get around to doing all of them. Sure, you’ve told yourself this before, but this time is different right? Wrong. I’ve got 5 ideas in my head right now that I’m positive could net me multi-millions. But you know what? Nobody gives a damn. Those ideas will all remain worthless until someone actually steps up to the plate and takes action on them. So why not take on everything at once? Because unless you have unlimited resources–both time and money–you’ll lose focus. Choose one idea, focus, and act. Start now.
3. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin, Founder, Squidoo
This one’s similar to the one I just discussed . . . but with a twist. Maybe you’re not a true procrastinator, but rather a perfectionist at heart. If you’re waiting for perfect, chances are you’re not getting anywhere. And as Seth Godin put it, progress beats waiting. I happen to be a perfectionist myself, and I see it as both a curse and a blessing. Perfectionists are capable of building great things, so long as they learn how to control their obsessions.
If you were to get married twenty years ago, a wesbite for your wedding would cost you thousands of dollars. It was unheard of to even do such a thing. In the recent years, setting up a website for your wedding has become accessible to almost every couple. Having a permanent archive for your special day is an awesome idea.
Thanks to WordPress, it’s easier that every to get a website up and running. Your guests will also find it much easier to R.S.V.P. and stay informed about your wedding. You can put all the important information on the website like where the ceremony and the party will be held, gift registry information, photos from the wedding, bridesmaids, groomsmen, your story, wedding blog, accommodations, and much more.
Be sure to think beyond your wedding when choosing a domain name. Don’t include words like “wedding” or other related terms. This will come in handy when you want to change the website and use it as a family blog or etc. Today we compiled a high quality list of wedding based WordPress themes. We hope you’ll like at least one of them for your perfect wedding. Enjoy!
Analytical full Width WordPress Theme
Analytical WordPress theme is a full width theme built keeping Photographers and other users who wants to show more graphics on their website. The theme features a full width Background slider which is highly customizable and is totally responsive.
Crafted with pixel perfect details, this wedding WordPress theme will let you document and share your wedding experience with your friends and family in an original out of the box way. The built in RSVP module lets you take control of all your RSVP requirements and ensure a fast and easy communication with guests directly from the WordPress admin. It doesn’t matter if they use desktops, tablets or smartphones, your visitors will enjoy the same remarkable experience. All the elements scale and resize depending on the device the website is viewed on.
Moreno is a Wedding Event WordPress Theme. It’s super simple. It has a responsive design meaning your content will be displayed beautifully on all mobile devices.
Perhaps it was the “He who dies with the most toys wins” bumper stickers that gave us the idea that living frugally equals being miserable. Because of that misconception, a lot of people who are either in financial difficulty or wanting to achieve certain financial goals are looking at everything but economizing as a way to achieve it.
In my opinion, living frugally equates more accurately with success, satisfaction, freedom and creativity. If this attitude underlies your spending philosophy, you will find economy to be an effortless lifestyle. Let’s look at the main component of the frugal living philosophy to see if this is something you could consider for yourself.
Main Component of Frugality
Many people have a knee–jerk reaction to any form of economizing, erroneously believing that all this austerity will mean years and years of subsistence living in return for incredibly small improvements in our lives.
Our friends will look down on us or even worse, pity us. We’ll never go to the beach or drive anything more than a sub-compact relic. It would be far easier and much quicker to take out a loan or get a second job.
But with careful attention to our spending, we can have our friends admire, if not envy us; have several beach vacations each year; and drive a late model car; all with out the burden of an extra loan repayment or the time crunch of a second job.
So for starters, understand that living frugally is all about getting more, not having less.
Geometry Daily is a Tumblr blog that publishes beautiful geometric compositions. The man behind this awesome blog is Tilman Zitzmann. Tilman is a graphic designer living, working, and teaching in Nuremberg, Germany. Although they look like real paper prints, every design is created digitally with vector software.
These days our lives are full of noise and complex dependencies. Because of this, many intelligent designers strive for simplicity. I think Tilman’s minimal illustrations are a great source of inspiration for designers. Seeing the beautiful shapes, curves, and lines allows you to think different in terms of aesthetics. I’m very glad I found this blog and hope you’ll feel the same.
Not everyone is given the opportunity to work from the comforts of their own home, and I am very fortunate to be able to do so. This gives me the chance to not only avoid the daily commute associated with working in an office (and to take a break any time I want), but it also gives me the opportunity to spend more time with my two kids. Now, who wouldn’t want to be in a situation like that?
As ideal as this may sound, (and it is, mind you) it does have a few drawbacks. One of the problems you will find yourself facing when you are taking on a telecommuting job is the one where you procrastinate. You often tell yourself that you will finish your work later, and then later becomes tomorrow, and tomorrow soon becomes three days later. When that happens, you find yourself with a mountain of work that you need to catch up on, which then results in sleepless nights trying to finish what should have been finished days ago, which then translates to unhealthy snacking habits and weight gain and grumpy days and…I can go on and on.
This can actually be avoided, and I found a way to help keep myself from procrastinating and putting off for tomorrow what can be done (and should be done) today. When I get up, and am scheduled to do some writing for the sites I am handling, I jump in the shower, get dressed and prepare, as if I was going to the office. No, I do not dress in a suit. I simply get out of my pajamas and dress like I was going out to the mall or some other place outside my home.
Another method that helps me stick to what needs to be done is to create a calendar of tasks to do and to follow that calendar as best as I possibly can. There will be days when I will miss writing one or two articles due to family emergencies and such, but as much as possible, this schedule has to be adhered to, or else huge backlogs are inevitable.
Business cards are not dead. Having a beautifully designed business card will increase its lifespan. I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again: If I ever receive a halfassed business card, it’s ending up in the trash. People have good taste, even if you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, most people do. So get used to it.
Giving out a business card is like throwing a boomerang. The only difference is that people who try to cut corners and be average won’t get any replies back. Today we collected thirty-three classy business cards that would most definitely get a call or an email back. They’re well designed and would make me feel bad if I was to throw any of them away.
As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The talented artists, behind the works you’re about to see, view the world differently. They see incredible possibility in the junk we blindly throw away on a daily basis. Not only do they contribute art for us, but to the world itself. Thanks to the integration of recyclable items, their artwork actually spares items that would end up in the landfill.
Digital or physical, flyers are an important promotional element for your entertainment venue. Letting people know about an upcoming event is essential. Having low attendance and selling less tickets will hurt your bottom line, so being stingy on advertising is never a good idea. Flyer printing isn’t very expensive either. You can get 1,000 full color (front & back) 4″ x 6″ flyers for about $85.
Designing flyers can be a challenging task. If I receive a half-assed flyer, I will throw it in the trash right away. Today we’ve compiled some amazing and well-designed flyers for your inspiration. The following examples will give you an idea of what attractive and effective flyers look like.
Since the Victorian era, stationery has been an important part of proper social etiquette. Stationery design usually consists of paper, office supplies, letterheads, writing equipment, business cards, cases, and other similar items. The entire goal is to have beautiful branding throughout the company.
Every business owner understands that personalized communication emphasizes your professionalism. Showing your customers and clients how far you’re willing to go to stand out, will put a huge smile on their face.
I’m also constantly impressed with companies fashionably carrying out branding across their entire digital presence. By now, you should understand that Internet is the virtual counterpart of your business. Overlooking your self image will hurt you in the long run.
With any type of photography, the lighting techniques you use will greatly affect the way your work looks, as will the choice of props you decide to use. Below are some lighting principles I abide by when carrying out photography in my studio and will also refer to a selection of props I can’t go without. Don’t forget, the techniques you adopt should vary according to the type of your shoot, the client and style you’re aiming for.
Continuous or flash?
Firstly you need to decide which type of lighting source is best suited to your shoot’s purpose. The continuous option is relatively inexpensive and great for those starting out in studio photography. As the name suggests, it is a continuous source of light which will help find where the shadows and highlights will be throughout the shoot, and is a good option for still life photography. However, do bear in mind that this type of equipment emits a lot of heat, which isn’t ideal if you’re shooting portrait or fashion. Flash equipment puts more control in the photographer’s hands, allowing you to adjust your shots to create the desired style.
Photographing newborns and children
As mentioned earlier, continuous lighting can be a problem if you’re working with people – the constant heat from the equipment is likely to irritate your subjects. With delicate little babies, this is especially a concern. If your studio allows for natural lighting, take advantage of that. If not, use soft continuous lighting.
With older children I recommend using a combination of flash and continuous. Attach a softbox in front of the child to make their face even rounder and the catch lights in their eyes stand out. To completely eliminate harsh shadows and create even lighting I recommend fixing a large softbox – a 32”x40” usually works well. This simple but effective setup results in really vibrant colors and suits the feel of this type of shoot.
Portrait shoots require an altogether different approach. Quite often you will work with clients who are out of their comfort zone when in a photography studio. So it’s up to you to manipulate lighting levels so that the client not only feels comfortable, but is amazed with the end results. Taking pregnancy photography as an example, use soft, flattering lighting to emphasize the curve of the client’s bump whilst minimizing areas that might want a little less attention after 9 months of pregnancy.
A distinct style of shot which is especially popular in portrait is the silhouette photo. To create this look, place strong lighting directly behind the person and bring in a soft second light from the front if you want to bring their face out of darkness.