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Archive for June, 2017

Snapchat and Instagram Filters – An Insult to Real Photography

There is a lot you can do with the filters out there for Snapchat and Instagram. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The growth of virtually automatic editing tools and the overuse of their options has turned the photography industry on its head, and not in a good way. Sure, you might be saying to yourself that it’s just silly fun with pics you shot on some mobile device. But to the serious shooter, who edits with dedication while trying to stay true to the shot, this is just a bunch of garbage.

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No, we don’t need to see what you’d look like with bunny ears. No, we don’t want to see you have yourself a foot taller or 10 sizes thinner. And no, we don’t want to see what you’d look like in a photo with your favorite celeb.

Rant over.

 

 

Twitter Book Summary Fun

Our society is so used to quick and easy communication these days that I recall once hearing about a little joke that people where doing writing ultra-short summaries of classic novels in the form of one tweet on their account.

While this might be a bit of an indication of the not necessary so positive but surely instantaneous desires of our time, it also gave me an idea. Not only can it be a fun game to blow off steam but it can even work as a method in practicing brevity.

For example, in journalistic writing we are encouraged to keep it short – to the point.

This is my dare to see if you can pull it off with these titles from my bookshelves:

Pride and Prejudice

The Cather In The Rye

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Font Creations

Was there any point in computer usage that you wanted to type in a font that fit a specific look but couldn’t find one to fill your need? Well, in my research I’ve come across some ways to create my own true type files that can also be used on the Internet for blogs or sites.

At this point, I’m offering designs of these creative efforts of typography through my freelancing service.

You can check out the package of custom fonts on my Fiverr.com profile.

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Find Books Locally

It may be hard to fathom, but with all the bookstores and web-based retail outlets like Amazon, there are times that we might find it hard to get our hands on a certain special book we want or need for some reason.

This is where a new site I came up with comes into the picture. It’s called simply Books Near Me.

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The concept is simple, as stated on the site’s home page:

Have you ever found yourself looking for a specific book but either can’t locate it, don’t want to wait for shipping or pay the fees for it, or need it right away? This site is here to assist.

The concept behind it is to make it easier to get print books when the big box stores and Internet retailers just won’t cut it. 
For example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble might not have the book you need because it is no longer in print. Or if they do, it might take a number of days to get it or cost a bunch to have it sent by mail. 
This site is designed to help you find what you need locally.

Album Review – Take A Chance by Abigail Jerri

If you have not yet heard about the music of one Abigail Jerri, it’s about time you do.

This young musician from suburban Pittsburgh, PA released her first album in 2016 and it is well worth checking out.

Entitled “Take A Chance,” the recording includes a total of seven songs. And while the official category according to CD Baby is Pop, it is anything but conventional. Jerri uses classical instrumentation and smooth, soft but strong vocal to create her own unique vibe. The artist meshes what I interpret as elements of jazz, country, rhythm and blues and even light rock to express herself though in a sweet vocal style. She brings out the emotion in the lyrics and I’d recommend you take some time to get to know her work. This young lady could really go places.

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Here’s her Youtube video channel.

 

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