Smart modern artists use various tools to promote their work in the cyberspace. After all, if it really came to it, no one would deny that they need to eat, just like the rest of us. But the question here is that since these tools are not secret, then why do some folks excel while others are finding it difficult to breakthrough to a bigger audience and increased earnings? [Read more...]
If you are looking to buy quality audio equipment, Bose is definitely a brand worth checking out. You should note that their stuff falls in the high end category and therefore will certainly set you back a bit of money but in turn provide fantastic sound quality and longevity. When looking at larger systems intended for outdoor concerts, fairs or other such events, these will generally be complex and bulky. The entry level is generally around 800 – 1kW of sound and the recommendation is to add about 2w per person over a crowd of 250 but don‘t make the additional investment before consulting an expert. [Read more...]
The word art makes most people think of paintings, sculptures or drawings, the idea being that art is the creative expression of an individual displayed on a canvass or in a sculpture. But art today really means a great variety of things. If we take the idea that art is the creative expression of an individual, than a girl’s makeup routine can be defined as art.
Makeup can be incredibly creative and give you virtually limitless possibilities on how to transform your face. Just think of those pictures you see of girls transforming themselves into anime characters, by giving themselves extremely large eyes and pale perfect skin . Makeup is an incredible tool to help you creatively express yourself.
But as with anything, applying makeup takes skill and know how, so here are some tips to get your started in artistic makeup.
Always Start with a good Foundation:
Before you do anything else, you absolutely must create a good canvass on which to work on. So this requires preparing your skin by washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, followed by applying foundation to create an even skin tone. The products you use and how you do this is really up to you, some basic tips are to use a foundation primer beforehand and to pick a foundation that has a coverage level that is suitable for you. If you favor the minimalist easy to maintain look and don’t have too many imperfections to hide, then you can try a bb cream that is specifically formulated for your skin type . Or if you do have problem skin and want to create a flawless canvass, then your best bet would be to go with a more medium to full coverage foundation. Whatever you decide, it is important to do your research beforehand so that you choose products that will work well with your skin.
Your Eyes are Windows to Your Soul:
There is an incredible amount of flexibility and choice when it comes to applying eye makeup. On the eccentric side is the anime eyes look, which requires you to almost draw on bigger eyes onto your face, using a mixture of black, white and colored pencils. If however that’s not for you, then there are still a great array of techniques to try. Eyeliner is essential for making your eye color stand out, but try not too make it too thick or bold, rather it should be understated and light. If you want to appear younger or more refreshed, try applying white eyeliner to the bottom of your eyelids, this will make your eyes appear larger and more awake. The world of eyeshadow is an artists paradise, you have an almost infinite amount of choice of shades, textures and brands to try. One basic rule however is blending, choose a combination of lighter and darker shades to apply to your eyes and put the darker shade more in the crease of your eye, while the lighter shade illuminates the whole appearance. If you want to really stand out, you can try matching your eye shadow to your eye color, but always remember not to use an exact match, but rather one that is either lighter or darker than your actual eyes. With eye shadow you can play around with infinite possibility, whether its using metallic shades in silver, gold or copper, matte pastel shades or even smoky eyes, you can create incredible looks with ease.
Remember to Have Fun:
Art should be fun, and makeup should be fun as well, remember to play around, make mistakes and try new things, don’t let yourself get stuck in one boring old routine. For inspiration you can look up pictures on pinterest or facebook pages or check out the blogs of makeup fanatics for tips.
When in London, it’s not only the humans that are making statements. The cooler pooches are also making theirs strutting their trendy canine couture from one fashion show after another. Gone are the days when all pet owners have to do are house train and choose the best types of puppy food for optimal health. Today, if you want your pet to stand out, you have to shop for them as if you’re doing so for your own wardrobe.
From clothes to nail spa, hair accessories, hairstyle and even gym memberships, dogs are becoming trendier by the day. For the more practical pet owners, all these luxuries may sound ridiculous. Vet, food and training bills are already extra expenses as they are. But for the more glamorous girls and boys who can afford it, splurging not just hundreds but thousands of bucks on their pet’s wardrobe, blings and grooming are source of utter pleasure.
Trendy dogs are, in fact, becoming the most popular accessories for the rich. A-list stars, for example, are often spotted with adorable pups all dressed up for paparazzi shots. It’s no wonder why there are now wardrobe collections for your furry friend. For spring, pastel seems to be the color of choice. For summer, traditional prints like plaid and black and white patterns are making a comeback. While orange is the new black is the projection for fall and winter.
It doesn’t stop with just wardrobe either. If you want to spruce things up further, there is a world of accessories to choose from. From collars to rhinestone letters, doggy rain macs and retractable leads, dog fashion in London is a different and glamorous world all on its own. Just imagine buying a Mulberry rain mac for £500. Again, the purchase is ridiculous for an average owner. For the rich, it probably is a must-have.
Think whatever you like but there is no denying the fact that the pet industry in London particularly with respect to fashion is a burgeoning and thriving one. It is also projected to keep on growing as more pet owners join in the fun of pet dress up.
Fortunately, it’s not just all luxuries for the trendiest puppies in London. As a way to give back and dazzle, London features a yearly Paw Pageant event where a variety of dogs across the capital gather together to don designer wardrobes. Dubbed as the biggest fashion event of the season, the pageant features a parade of the most sensational and stylish dogs on the dog walk to raise funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
For this year, the first part of the show will showcase dogs donning canine couture by Lilly Shahravesh of LoveMyDog while the second part welcomes the public to enter their pets for the pageant with a chance to bag the coveted title. Win or lose, you not only get a chance to show off your pup in his or her trendiest attire but you also get to take part in a good cause that will help rescue, rehabilitate and find good homes for abandoned dogs and cats.
Our smartphones open up a world of possibility, always right within our grasp and at the ends of our fingertips. An endless supply of information, of entertainment, of connections with others, it’s all right there.
One of the really great ways to capitalize on this powerful potential is to use your smartphone to help you get and stay healthier than ever. There’s a huge array of great apps and gadgets you can use with your iPhone, your Android or whatever other device you’re using these days, to stay on top of your game with nutrition, fitness, and everything health-related.
For example, you’ve probably seen people wearing their FitBits, or their Up bands. There’s also the FuelBand from Nike, and a variety of different options as well. While each of these are different, essentially they all offer you the same concept. You’ll be able to track all of your exercise and all of your physical activity, as well as all of the food you eat, and the calories and nutrients they have. Some of these gadgets even let you monitor your sleep as well, to see if you’re getting enough rest.
With all of this information at hand, you’ll be able to see how many calories you’re burning, and eating, and what you need to change to have more fitness success. You’ll be motivated and reminded all day long to take the stairs instead of the elevator, to walk that extra block after dinner or to get up and stretch your legs at the office so you get more steps, burn more calories, reach your goals and stay on the right track for your fitness.
While you have to pay for all of the above gadgets, there are also free choices as well. A simple fitness app such as MapMyWalk lets you track your exercise using a GPS and map, so you’ll know how far you walked, ran, biked or hiked. You can save your favorite routes, try to beat your personal best times, or try to extend your record for distance covered or time spent exercising.
Another great set of apps you can use relate to how you eat at restaurants. Look up restaurants and meals, and then look for recommended dishes, healthier alternatives, and more. These are basically restaurant survival guides, so you can avoid making common mistakes. Often times, even with the best of intentions, it’s very difficult to make a healthy decision while eating out, but these apps will help walk you through the process and make better choices.
You can even look up ingredients and foods while you’re at the grocery store. How many calories is in an average avocado? If you don’t want to buy an unhealthy mayonnaise, can you cut down on the calories by making it at home, and what kinds of ingredients would you use?
Now you’re smart shopping, and you’re learning how to maximize your health at every turn. Some apps even let you scan the barcodes of certain foods and brands, and then receive quick details on how it compares to other foods health wise, whether or not there are any ingredients you should avoid, and so forth.
Another way to help yourself out is by checking for allergies, and replacements for certain ingredients. For instance, certain apps will let you mark off which ingredients you need or want to avoid, and only recommend recipes, foods or products that don’t have them. In this way, you can quickly find the perfect gluten free powders to mix into your post-workout shake, for instance, and you won’t need to worry about your gluten allergy any longer.
With your smartphone, the world really is at your fingertips, and if you’re not using it to help you stay healthier and fitter, then you’re missing out a great opportunity. Keep track of your exercise and your calories, make better decisions at restaurants, watch out for allergies or look up recipe and ingredient replacements, and so much more. So while Twitter and Instagram and whatever the latest new addictive game you’re playing are all great, you can do much more with your smartphone, including living a smarter lifestyle each and every day.
Technology is always on the rise. Whether it’s finding ways to make things slimmer, lighter, faster and just down right better use, big strides are always being made. Where we mainly think about technology in terms of gadgets and electronics, we often forget that design is applicable to pretty much everything. For something to really succeed on the market, functionality and ergonomics need to be combined with aesthetics and design materials. Striking the perfect combination is so hard to achieve, and perfection will arguably never be reached in any field. One particular field that has seen rapid improvements in design and advancements in technology is the field of folding knives.
Now, I’m yet to see a folding knife be described as a gadget. So where I’m about to talk to you about technological advancements, I’m not saying someone has gone and created a knife that’s also a smartphone, or a knife that automatically uploads your usage to Facebook. Although, that’s a million dollar idea right there. I’ve called shotgun! Joking aside, I’m talking about real life improvements in materials, design and all round ergonomics, that have transformed folding knives from clunky, awkward blades to essential bits of equipment for many professions.
Where before, blade and handles were thrown together just because the blades where too sharp to handle alone, now every inch of the blade and handle are considered when it comes to functionality. Recent models of popular brands have taken to using a carbon fibre handle. These handles are smooth the touch, easy to grip yet aren’t abrasive to your palms. As well as feeling great, the handles are also incredibly lightweight as a result of the carbon fibre material, making them a joy to use as well as hold.
Blade lengths have also been invited, with 3″-3.5″ being the most ergonomic. This basically doubles the size of the knife with the blade extended, usually from a gorgeously chamfered click to release button. Having this extra length allows the user to gain enough leverage to make strong, consistent cuts, without the blade bending or looking to move laterally in the handle. Once extended, models now feature a locking function, removing the risk of the blade collapsing on your hand while in use. If this had been around 10 years ago, I would be minus one tasty scar on my finger, and would never have seen one of my own bones..
Where individually, none of these advancements are particularly life changing or revolutionary, the combined sum of the parts is something really beautiful. If you’re looking for a folding knife of your own, you can find comparisons, reviews and opinions over at The Folding Knife HQ. Watching the evolution of the folding knife has been a true pleasure, as it is with any design. Manufacturers have learnt that aesthetics have to match ergonomics, and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this ever changing world of design and technology.
If you have a particularly advanced knife in your pocket as your EDC take a moment to think exactly how much design and technology have really gone into making it possible.
DIY – these days everyone’s doing it. Home repairs, car overhauls, health and self-improvement have all exploded with options for people to better themselves, their surroundings and their minds all on their own. Of course, technology helps quite a bit when it comes to these endeavors and, for self-education, it’s important to understand what can help with every part of the learning process.
Websites for Education
The biggest part of getting a quality education involves connecting with quality courses and instructors. Online options include those which provide interaction and direct feedback as well as simple pre-recorded lectures for independent students to watch on their own. The most common form of online is the now traditional online university, which is an evolution of mail-order schools from the past. These have given way to a whole new generation of websites which offer amazing courses, and thought provoking lectures to students everywhere.
Coursea – Free to use and simple to navigate, Coursea offers lectures chopped up into convenient 15-minute segments, making it an ideal starting place for DIY students who feel they don’t have enough time in their day for self-education.
Open Culture – Open Culture offers educational lectures from well known universities such as UCLA, they are also in partnership with http://researchpaperforsale.net – a great hub of research, papers and case studies. They also host classic and independent films as well as audiobooks and online textbooks.
Learnist – Know you want to jump into education but not sure how or where? Learist is often called the “Pinterest of education” with its familiar set-up and ease of use. Students can collect, share and publish their own educational wish lists, resources and educational content.
Getting Down to Business
Once you know where to go for educational content, it’s time to use technology to help with your focus and discipline. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of self-education is maintaining your focus, desire and attention to the job at hand. Once again, there are a number of applications and websites which can help.
Self-Control – Self-Control is a simple application which prevents users from going to specific websites for a set amount of time. For students just getting back into the swing of education, this can be a life saver.
TrackTime – Ever feel like you’ve been hard at work all morning but when you lean back from your computer, you realize you’ve accomplished nothing? TrackTime takes the mystery out of this phenomena by tracking where you are and what you’re doing online while it runs in the background. Let it run and work as you normally would for a few days to see where things are going wrong.
Deadlines – Setting small goals can help get the ball rolling with self-education. Deadlines helps with this by setting specific dates for when you should have something accomplished then reminding you of them as they get closer. This can help helpful whether it’s a project you want to complete as a part of coursework or simply working through a series of lectures.
Successful self-education has as much to do with following through as it does finding quality content. Using technology to help plan and structure your education program can help to ensure the best possible results.
It’s been two years since Canadian dance music producer Deadmau5 hit the scene with his studio album “Album Title Goes Here”, and now he’s back with a new two-disc album ready to smash the dance floors, “While”. Already being praised as his best work to date, While features some of his strongest beats, intricate rhythms, some underground monsters, as well as some radio-friendly ear pleasers too.
Deadmau5 has carved his niche into the music scene, being largely responsible for bringing house music back to the radios with the 2009 hit “Ghosts and Stuff” and paving the way for other similar artists and producers to flood the airwaves and ultimately change the landscape of popular music for the next decade.
While producers like The Freemasons, Avicii and and Tiesto swear by programs like Logic Pro and Ableton, Deadmau5 uses the windows based Fruity Loops Studio for the majority of his production, allowing him a unique sound in a genre over saturated with cloned beats and melodies.
The first single released off While is a slow-grooving, bass thumping anthem called Seeya featuring the hypnotic vocals of Coleen D’Agostino. This track describes the desire of escaping reality through a ‘dream world’ which could easily be interpreted as several things. Coleen’s smooth voice changes to a piercing wail through the chorus chanting “I feel it in my bones, escape the world I know, it’s all in my control”.
Deadmau5, while a fan of using traditional MIDI controls, opts to use a Moog synthesizer for the glitching melody that overlaps the strong bass line which controls the whole track. The effect is something fresh in a world of repetitiveness.
Other notable tracks on the album include the warm, yet incredibly engaging, “Pets”. The track blends notes together seamlessly, building warm chords, adding a Deadmau5 appropriate kick drum and taking you on a musical journey over 7 and a half minutes. Not a song you’ll be hearing on the radio, but definitely a good listen.
Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails also adds his flare to a couple of tracks on the album, Survivalism and Ice Age. The latter of which utilizes a stripped down back-porch guitar pluck, angelic vocals and some gritty percussion melding together in a track which feels simultaneously sterile and incredibly filthy. Arguably one of the most pleasing tracks to listen to on the entire album.
Of course, the album wouldn’t be complete without minimalist tracks like Silent Picture, which traverse soundscapes that include influences, and Avaritia, which opens disc one with throbbing bass and glitches that scream a Deadmau5 masterpiece.
While the album as whole has a little something for everybody, there are a few tracks that feel like the fall short of the standard set by some of its leaders. Personally, the synth laden melodies of Superbia and the whiney Bleed, both tracks off disc two, seemed to pull the album down into sounds that didn’t mesh well with anything else off the collection. Though some may disagree, the sound feels like too much of what was left out of The Veldt, from Joel’s previous album.
Overall, this album received a score or 8/10 from the boys over at Spin, which means that it’s good in our books too!
Check out While on iTunes today, or get a glimpse through Deadmau5′s Soundcloud account.
It is summer time and that means that a lot of Londoners are heading out of the city on weekend get-aways. As we are all feeling the pinch of the economy, a lot of us are opting for the more affordable option of camping!
Camping equipment has definitely progressed since I was a child. With new materials and technologies the equipment is becoming lighter, more efficient and generally makes camping even more comfortable. So we decided to have a look at some of the most cutting edge camping gadgets currently available!
The first on our list of awesome new camping gadgets is the MPowered Luci. This is a lantern, task list, emergency beacon and flashlight all in one! The lantern blows up in size to about 13 centimeters in diameter and is solar powered – charge it for about 8 hours during the day and you’ll yield 6-12 hours of light. Very important for the British weather, this device is waterproof! If you do decide to buy a flashlight for camping, be sure to do some research on the best flashlights that will fit your needs!
The Swedish FireKnife is a high quality knife that’ll do all you want when camping, from gutting fish to sawing off the seal on your chardonnay. But there’s also a firestarter in the handle which goes up to 2980°C and which works when wet! There are quite a few things that you need to consider before buying a knife for a specific purpose. So please do follow some of the guidelines for choosing the right knife.
The Cave and The Wedge are tents without poles. You lay out the tent, pump up the inflatable diamond structure and the process is complete. They’re easy, durable and they look like bouncy castles from Tron. Both tents are able to withstand winds up to 75 miles per hour — more than adequate for the typical English summer!
We all have a lot of gadgets that will need to go with us on our camping trip! But of course, how do you charge them when the battery runs out? The BioLite is a regular woodstove, meant for camping, but it converts excess heat to electricity so you can plug in any USB-powered gadget.
Keeping the drinks cool
A big part of camping is the social aspect that comes with it, which of course means lots of beers! There are few things as good as an icy cold beer outside with your friends. So do you keep all the beers cold? YETI Coolers’ new product, called The Tank, is an insulated bucket to keep ice longer. The bucket walls are 2 inches thick with insulation for all-day ice. Holds up to 96 aluminum cans, 60 longneck bottles, or one full-size keg.
We live in Britain, where the weather is known to be sunny and glorious the one moment, only to be windy and cold the next! So when you venture out you want to take the right clothing along to keep you warm and dry when the weather picks up. The Air Jacket from Bergans is made of a Pertex material thinner than paper. It protects from wind and rain (but is not waterproof) and in a men’s size large it weighs just 90 grams.
Acne, the terror of teenagers everywhere, may have met its match with new laser technology. For years people have treated acne with an array of cures ranging from the traditional to the profoundly weird. Some people will swear that garlic is the best cure for acne. Others will tell you to just use a little bit of apple cider vinegar. More traditional people will refer you to their local dermatologist.
Teenagers, desperate to rid themselves of their acne, will try every product they can that claims to get rid of acne. They’ll buy face scrubs, cleansers, creams, peels, and on and on. While remedies like the ones found at the acne zone may work for some people, others will continue to struggle with acne all their lives.
Well now people have one more tool to use in the fight against acne.
Fat Targeting Laser May Help Cure Acne
lasers have been around for a long time, especially in the medical and beauty industries. Laser scar removal is been around for quite some time. We also have things like laser hair removal and LASIK eye surgery, which uses lasers to make precise surgical incisions on the right in order to correct poor vision. There has also been a lot of research regarding the use of lasers to zap away excess body fat. It was this research that has led to what some people believe may become the new standard for acne treatment.
How It Would Work
when using a laser to melt away fat that first as to pierce through the surrounding skin. As it pierces the skin. Also penetrates the sebaceous glands which are what produces our bodies skin of oil. For typical acne sufferers these sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which causes their pores to become clogged, infected with bacteria and to eventually turn into what we commonly recognize as a pimple.
Using this laser technology it may be possible to prevent acne at its source by destroying the over productive sebaceous glands.
This is very exciting news because as of yet there has never been a true “pure” for acne only methods of managing its outward symptoms. This new laser technology may lead to an effective way to permanently treat and eliminate acne.
Testing is ongoing to determine the long-term safety and the effectiveness of this type of treatment. There are many challenges to overcome before this type of technology will see widespread use, and it may be another couple years before you can have access to this potentially life-changing technology.
However, for many longtime acne sufferers this news provides hope that a day will come when acne can be treated safely, permanently and easily with the use of laser technology. I for one am extremely excited by the potential that this technology demonstrates and I will be following its development closely over the next couple of years.
I hope that one day people will no longer have to suffer from this disfiguring disease which can cause permanent physical and psychological pain. I hope that people will no longer be forced into a hopeless cycle of bouncing from one “acne remedy” to the next never finding one that really works. So, let’s all keep our fingers crossed in the hopes that this new laser technology will bring the answers we are looking for. For more information on this topic take a look at this site http://theacnezone.com/tea-tree-oil-for-acne.
The UK is filled with some of the biggest and best nightclubs in the world, as us Brits adore nothing more than some good music. So, if you want a night out to remember, definitely head to one or more of the following three cities.
When it comes to music, you really can’t beat Liverpool. Not only is it the home of The Beatles, but it offers a wide selection of night clubs to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re a lover of hardcore dance music, Cream nightclub is the place to visit.
Santa Chupitos also offers a stylish vibe, with talented mixologists who aren’t afraid to have fun with the punters. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular bars in the city, and is the ideal place to drink, chat and dance until your heart is content – or 4am in the morning, to be exact!
Motel is one of the hottest new bar additions to the city, offers a rustic appeal that makes it one of Liverpool’s best venues. Definitely try the cocktails, as they are delicious!
There are also plenty of hotels to stay at in the city centre to access the best bars, but we recommend Signature Living, as it’s a party apartment that’s perfect for small and large groups – so you’ll have your own nightclub!
You know you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to night clubs in London! We recommend heading to Mayfair for a stylish night out, as it is the most fashionable area in the capital city and offers a wide selection of nightclubs and bars. However, if rubbing shoulders with famous faces is more you’re style, we recommend Boujis, which offers a sleek style with great music – and even Prince William and Harry are thought to have visited here a few times!
For something a little less showy, head to Mahiki or Cuckoo Club, as they both offer an open door policy and pride themselves on only providing the best music and drinks in the city. However, London is a slightly more expensive night out than in most UK cities!
Manchester prides itself on its banging tunes and late night licenses, so it’s an ideal city to visit if you want to dance the night away. Area 51 has to be a port of call when you visit, as it offers a superb sound system, impressive line-ups from some of the city’s biggest talents and a late license.
Aftershock is a nightclub to add to your bucket list, as it is offers the best gay house night every Saturday, and is located at Sub 101, just underneath Cruz 101 on Princess Street.
Terry Christian can also be found DJing at Bop Local, playing classic songs that everyone knows and loves. It’s relaxed vibe also means you can sit and chat with your friends, or embrace the music and dance until your legs stop you.
In these times we live in, technology advances at a pace that has never seen before in the history of humanity. Our lives are very different from what they used to be just 10 years ago, and we have to continue adapting to new changes each passing year.
Technology advances also become evident in our work life. Computer software manages many of the operations that needed big machines and manual operation. Take for example faxing; with the help of email fax services we can send and receive Google fax, without having to deal with complicated fax machines, and this technology is starting to help people fax from cell phones too!
But what about the future? What can we expect in the following years or decades? According to the Kiplinger Letter, a 90-year-old publication that forecast future technologies, here are some of the things you’ll find in near-future office spaces around the World. Keep in mind that some of the technology is already available for use, but they still need to be adopted by the great majority.
Smart work clothes. This type of clothes will automatically adjust to your body so you can have the most comfortable fit wether you are sitting, walking or standing. On top of that they will have receptors which will help you charge a smartphone without the need of an electric plug. This is a very interesting type of technology that no doubt will help workers who spend most of their days sitting.
Office space drones. Simple tasks like tracking employees, delivering packages and surveying the workspace will be assigned to office drones. Drones already exist but they are used mostly in military operations. But what about workers? Will they accept the use of drones for monitoring? Maybe in the future; for now, polls indicate that most people would be freaked out with the idea of using an office drone.
The first office drone that has been tested indoors is the Parrot AR, which measures 2 feet by 2 feet. It is expected that the size will greatly decrease for future models.
Wireless mobile phone charging. Forget about charging your mobile phone using cords. Future offices will have a space in the desk where you simply let your mobile phone rest for charging. Wireless charging has already been used with some device with success, so this can be one of the earliest changes we’ll see on the list.
Tracking sensors. Workers will wear badges with integrated sensors which will help keep track of them throughout the day in order to optimize office space and meetings. This type of technology sounds great to optimize life within the office, but privacy is still a concern. After all, would you like to have the feeling of being tracked all day?
Artificial Intelligence for Email. With the development of AI, we can expect our computers to draft an email automatically for us. But how? Well, the computer will grab information from the Web and will try to create a good response to incoming messages. Sounds creepy? Of course! But it can seriously cut the time we spend creating an email message so we can focus on more important tasks.