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Archive for June, 2014

Skeletons (A Poem)

Here’s my newest poem. It’s a little dark but I hope you like it.

Skeletons

We all have our skeletons

Held back by closet doors

But there’s no need to fear

As they are bones

And nothing more

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Unique and wonderful aerial animation act

Let’s face it, a lot of reality TV and competition shows are flat out useless. And even if the show itself isn’t, some of the acts that appear on them are. This was certainly not the case with a young lady named Abigail Baird recently appeared on America’s Got Talent.

The skill, grace, imagination and creativity of this teacher-by-day is nothing short of inspiring.

Check out the official video here:

The Rope Magic: a Visual Art

Guest post by Janet Adams

Rope magic is a genre of magic which uses ropes to perform all manner of tricks and illusions that are sure to wow and bamboozle an adoring audience of fans and skeptics alike. The earliest recorded incidence of rope magic occurred way back in the 14th century China but the genre gained widespread renown in the 19th century when British soldiers witnessed it being performed by Indian magicians and they brought back news of its wonder back home. Back then it was quite an elaborate trick which involved a magician throwing a rope into the air where it remained erect with no external support. He then sent his assistant up the rope to get something; the assistant climbed up and disappeared in the heights. The assistant takes too long to come back and the magician grows increasingly angry then finally, armed with a sword he follows his assistant up the rope. Sounds of a violent confrontation are heard above by the crowd and soon the dismembered body of the assistant falls to the ground. The magician descends soon after, collects the scattered limbs and puts them in a box. He then proceeds to restore his assistant who appears whole before the dumbfounded audience. Rope magic nowadays is not always as elaborate. It has evolved in so many ways and a large proportion of rope magic presently consists of rope tricks that are quite simple although they are equally entertaining and engaging. They include tricks such as a rope seemingly defying gravity and standing upright on end, tying several knots incredibly fast and then moving them along the length of a rope and even making them disappear and reappear interchangeably on the rope.

Rope magic has evolved greatly over its long history. However, its core appeal has remained unaltered through the years. Whether a man is climbing up a rope that is standing on end with no external support or whether an amateur magician is performing rope knot tricks at an office party, rope magic remains a highly appealing visual art that is both enjoyable to watch and still leaves the audience bewildered as to how what they are seeing can be true. To mystify, engage and entertain are at the core of the purposes of magic and art, and rope magic does them all with seamless ease.

Author Bio:

Janet Adams is a skilled writer who is specialist in dissertation writing for the graduate/PhD students. Janet, by her brilliant writings, is looking as one of the best writers and she has been got good criticisms for her exceptional works. Janet has been set up a Master Degree in educational science from a reputed university.

Ethical and legit practices for using content you find online

Since the very beginning of writing and art, there has been a concern over the ownership, intellectual property rights and usage of work that has been put out there for public consumption. And since the digital age of the Internet, things have gotten much more complicated.

In college, I studied journalism and part of my schooling dealt with media law and ethics. Oddly enough, the answer to many of the questions and issues that we discussed was simply “it depends.”

So, just for kicks, here is my personal perspective on this matter.

If the content is from social media…

One of the primary purposes of social media is for the content to be shared. Whether is be on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or something else, it seems to me that the content owner who posts his or her work is essentially granting permission for others to share it. If they do not want this to be the case, they can make adjustments to indicate that the content is private or not meant to be shared.

If the content is from a random blog, site or search…

I suppose the usage of these items does depend on many factors. I suggest you use you intuition.

If the content is specifically marked…

If the content states that it should not be reproduced or reposed, if a Youtube video is disabled from embedding or if right clicking on an image is disabled, clearly the post author does not want this to be spread around.

Best ways to go…

For photos or video:

Start out with your own images or videos, if you don’t have what is necessary, look into public domain, royalty free and stock content. The next best thing to do is seek out content that is clearly intended to be shared via social platforms.

For writing: 

Create your own or seek out people who will create content for you. Another option is to use content from article marketing sites like Ezine Articles.

When it comes to giving credit:

Crediting is often not necessary for public domain, royalty free or stock content. If it is a condition of usage, give proper credit. Same goes for stuff from article marketing sites. If it seems like sharing is acceptable, crediting the source in some way is always a good idea. While Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest pretty much automatically do this for you, not all platforms have such a feature. In that case, you can do something like tag the author or literally create a byline.

 

Are you being as creative as you can be?

Guest Post By Jessica Wright

If I am asked, I would say that everyone has the potential to be creative. At least in one field. We are all born with imagination and the possibility of day dreaming. Our unused creativity comes out at night too, when dreaming. But, as any feature, there are things that stop us from being creative, like excessive demands, distractions, lack of discipline or not knowing what to do with our energy. How can we avoid this obstacles and canalise our energy to boost our creativity?

Wake up your curiosity and interest

Pay attention to the world around you, find out new things and discover new places. Ask yourself about the meaning of something, write down 5 things you would like to know about and then search them. Anything that drives your curiosity needs to be checked.

Avoid the routine

Take something different for breakfast. Talk to someone new. Do something “crazy”. Make sushi, or a cake, or bake cookies to take to work. Change your way home. Keep your life organised and within a timetable, but don’t always the same things.

Work on your self-control and discipline

Follow the same timetables for your food and rest. Find out in which moment of the day your mind is more awake and spend this time concentrated in something. Relax and feel free of stress at least once a day. Go running for 10 minutes every night. Feel comfortable with your environment, it doesn’t need to follow Zen rules, but to be organized while you like it. Sum up your day before going to bed and think about what you would have done different.

Find out what you are missing and go for it. If it is a matter of time, make time for it. Fight against your weaknesses and make the most of your strengths. If you like writing, start a blog; if you like cooking, take a cooking class; if you like singing, sing to your friends. Nothing will change if you don’t make use of it, so keep developing your creativity in every little thing.

Develop your inner creativity

Find out what you are missing and go for it. If it is a matter of time, make time for it. Fight against your weaknesses and make the most of your strengths. If you like writing, start a blog; if you like cooking, take a cooking class; if you like singing, sing to your friends. Nothing will change if you don’t make use of it, so keep developing your creativity in every little thing.

Find new ways of solving old problems

Look at the problems from as many points of view as possible. Think about them from new perspectives, as child would see them, as a person from another culture would see them, as your grandma would see them. Imagine different scenarios for each problem depending on different ways of responding. Ask yourself again and again.

Choose an special field

If you really want to develop your creativity as much as possible and build your life around it, you should consider starting/changing to a career in where to use it. Common creative jobs are the ones related to the arts: music, painting, acting, writing… But don’t just think about the main popular roles like singer or actress, as well as creativity you need talent for those. Think more  of a role behind the scenes like working as a graphic designer or for a subtitling company in the film industry.

Follow all of this and more, creating a routine of non-routine, and you will start seeing few little changes in you. Sometimes we don’t find time in our fast pace lives to meditate and let our creativity flow free, and we can’t allow that because it is part of us as persons, not animals or machines.

 

Eldur Á Himni – Fire In The Sky (A short film)

Being a fan of photography,video and nature, I came across this amazing time=lapse video shot in Iceland of the beautiful Northern Lights. I hope you enjoy this incredible work by the talented Boris Schaarschmidt.

Eldur Á Himni – Fire In The Sky from Boris Schaarschmidt on Vimeo.

Like pencil sketches but can’t draw?

I don’t know about you but, I really enjoy the skill and artsy that goes into creating a quality pencil sketch. And while I have played around with this art form myself, my creative abilities seem to be focused elsewhere to say the least.

That being the case, I learned of a method that allows me to take any photograph and turn it into something of a pencil sketch. And now, this is the newest service I am offering through Fiverr.com.

Check out the pick of this cute dog below:

Pencil drawing

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