Ways of Promoting Your Art in Cyberspace

Ways-of-Promoting-Your-Art-in-CyberspaceSmart 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...]

Sound Systems – Finding A Quality System

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...]

How to Use Technology for Self-Education

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.

Canadian Producer Deadmau5 rises again with While (1<2)

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.

Camping Gadgets of the Future

campingIt 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!

Flashlights

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!

Knives

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.

Tents

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!

Camp Stove

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.

Weather jackets

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.

New Laser Technology May Help Cure Acne

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 3 Best Night-Clubbing Cities in the UK

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.

1. Liverpool

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!

2. London

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!

3. Manchester

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.

Futuristic Technologies for Modern Office Spaces

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.

How Debt has Plagued Some of the World’s Biggest Musicians

We have all suffered from debt at some point in our lives – whether it be owing our parents a couple of hundred pound, credit card debt or even a mortgage. However, you don’t often think that some of the biggest music stars in the world would have to worry about such troubles – yet they have.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was, and forever will be, the King of Pop. With a string of hits under his belt, you would probably never have thought that a man of his status would suffer from debt problems. However, he racked up a whopping $500 million in debt, with many of his bodyguards often going without pay to protect the artist. In fact, his bodyguards would even use their own money to fund the Jackson household, as many of his credit cards were declined.

Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1998 as she accumulated a $3.9million debt. Unfortunately, she was forced to give up her music awards, as creditors tagged and marked her personal possessions for sale.

MC Hammer
MC Hammer lived too much of the superstar lifestyle and was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1996. His debt problems all started when he bought a mansion costing a reported $12-20 million, whilst he kept people on his payroll for $500,000 per month.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga admitted back in 2011 that she went bankrupt as she spent millions of pounds on her out-there outfits for her Monster’s Ball tour. She reportedly accumulated £1.82million in debt, and claimed she had no idea about the extent of her debt. She stated that money means nothing to her, and that the only big things she’s purchased are her father’s heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for her parents.

Billy Joel
Due to many disputes with his ex-brother-in-law, who was also his accountant, Billy Joel was forced to declare bankruptcy up to three times and lost $90 million as a result.

Elton John
Elton John apparently asked to borrow $40 million from his bank to pay off his debts. The bank arranged a deal with the singer-songwriter that ensured they received a cut of his future earnings as security for the loan. We have a feeling he won’t struggle to pay that bank debt off!

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has suffered from debt throughout his career. After clearing up a tax debt of £7 million from 2008, it came to light that he owed the IRS $5.8 million in taxes due to two years of missed filings. Sounds like he needs a new accountant!

Lionel Richie
On April 2 2012, Lionel Richie performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his new album to world; however, that same day he received a tax bill of $1.1 million for unpaid income taxes in 2010. However, he reportedly handled the situation immediately.

Marvin Gaye
Back in 1976, Marvin Gaye had to file for bankruptcy when the royalties from his next album were promised to his ex-wife as an alimony substitute. As a result, he titled the album “Here, My Dear”. Oosh!

What is the best type of music to work out to?

workoutOne of my favorite things to talk about is music. Another passion of mine is maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating. Today at I am going to combine two of my strongest passions into one awesome article. I have always considered changing my life’s path and going into fitness. Recently I have been looking into becoming a fitness trainer. I think it would be a excellent match for me. Personally I love to work out to music. The workouts I do when I am not listening to music are 100 times worse than when I am listening to music. I will be going over my favorite types of music to listen to while exercising. It all depends on the mood that you are in as well as the type of exercise that you are doing. Here is what I have found out from over 10 years of fitness experience and the great tunes that have gone along with it!

Metal and rock ‘n roll go perfectly with a weight lifting

When you are lifting weights you need to get intense. Nothing does this better than some good old fashion heavy metal or hard rock. I prefer to listen to either Metallica, black sabbath, Pantera or the offspring. All of these artists give me extremely revved up with all their screaming yelling and banging around. It it enables me to get in the right mindset to pick up some heavyweight and throw it around. I could never lift heavyweights if I was listening to classical music or smooth jazz. I would rather go to sleep then hop under a bar and perform a set of heavy squats. This is the truth.

Electronic music goes perfectly with cardio

When I am performing my cardiovascular exercises I typically listen to electronic music. I don’t know what it is about electronic music but it just gets me in the zone. The music is very surreal and energetic at the same time. And makes me feel like I am on a mystical journey and I need to keep going. Some of my favorite electronic artists include bassnectar, the glitch mob and Kaskade. If you have never heard of any of these artists I highly recommend you check them out! These are especially great artist for running outdoors at night. There is something to do with darkness and electronic music that just gives me a burst of energy.

Conclusion

There is no doubt in my mind that music helps me get a much better workout compared to not listening to any music. That is why most group training classes such as Zumba incorporate such upbeat high-energy music. It gets people involved and gives them enough energy to move their body and perform tough exercises. I think I remember seeing a scientific study that proved exercise intensity increases while listening to music. I love exercise and I love music. Combining both of them creates such an amazing feeling that I cannot explain. I think I am going to study for a personal training certification sometime in the near future. I have been studying up on how much money personal trainers make and I think it would be an excellent side job. It would also be extremely exciting to help people achieve their fitness goals! I hope you like my article let me know what you think!

Pump Up The Jams

Attractive young woman with bottle in hand and towel around neckIt’s not difficult to figure out that just about everybody in the world wants to look better than they currently look right now, whether that means losing some pounds, building some muscle, or a mix of the two. People just want to look and feel better about themselves. But to do that means going to the gym, putting in hard work, and eating foods that they thoroughly do not enjoy. What if I were to tell you that going to the gym and working out could become a much more pleasant experience by just doing one thing? What’s that one thing? Listening to your favorite music. Let me explain.

Studies are showing that people who listen to their favorite music while they workout are seeing better results than people who don’t listen to music while working out. One study showed the group that listened to music had a 15% better increase in strength on certain lifts compared to the group that didn’t listen to music. Another study was for people who wanted to lose weight and the group who listened to music while doing their workouts had 12% better results compared to the group who didn’t listen to music. So basically if you listen to music during your workouts, you are more likely to reach your goals. Another way to get a little more out of your workouts is to find the best pre workout supplement of 2014 and maybe even the best-tasting protein powder as well.

The reasoning behind this isn’t completely clear, but many psychologists have theorized that when you listen to music that you are activating your pleasure centers of your brain. So by listening to music while working out, your brain then begins to associate your workouts with pleasure, along with the music you listen to. Then there is the obvious reasoning, that working out just doesn’t suck so much if you are listening to your favorite music. It takes your mind off the fact that you are doing something that you may not enjoy that much.

Whatever the reason for the effectiveness, it’s hard to argue with the results. The great news is that with technology today, it’s easier than ever to implement music into your workouts. Just a few years ago, if you wanted to listen to your own music in the gym, you had to have a fanny pack, a portable cd player and then promptly look like a weirdo by doing so. Nowadays, you can use your iPod or even your smartphone and you have access to almost unlimited amounts of music at your fingertips.

If you’re new to the ever changing world of portable music, then we will give you a few pointers to help you out. If you plan on using your smartphone to listen to music (a common choice), then here are some ways to get started.

  • Your Own Library – If you have a lot of your own music on your computer at home, then you can put it in the cloud and listen to it wherever you are. If you have an iPhone, then you can use iTunes Match. If you have an Android, then you can use Google Music.
  • Spotify – If you don’t have much of a music library, then look no further than Spotify as they have one of largest libraries of online music, all right at your fingertips. To use it on your smartphone, you can download the app and pay $10 a month for unlimited access, or you can listen for free using their radio part of the app.
  • Pandora – This is a favorite of many and for good reason. You can create a station based on music you know you already like and craft that station to your liking by giving a thumbs up or down to songs that they play for you. The best part is that it’s completely free and they have lots of music.

My Realization That All Celebrities Are Not Genetically Gifted

Well, if you are in London right now there is doubt that you have heard all of the talk about the famous folk here in visiting right now. Of course, I’m not going to spill the beans on exactly who it is because I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do any name dropping right now, but I can tell you this. If you aren’t aware of who just walked down the main street then believe me, you’d know this person if you saw her. Okay, okay, I guess I’ve officially spilled the beans on the gender of this certain someone!

Anyway, this is pretty exciting for me personally. Granted, there are always stars and other famous people strolling around the city here, but hey – I can still be excited right! One of the things that I noticed right off the bat is how incredibly fit this lady was. Now don’t get me wrong, in all of her movies – whether playing the role of an action hero or no – you can tell that this woman is in shape. Oops – I let out some more info, didn’t I? Well, you can keep an eye on Visit Britain to see if you recognize who I’m talking about but that really isn’t even the important part. Because again, what REALLY stood out is how incredibly fit this lady is.

After doing quite a bit of research myself to see what kind of workout and diet many of these stars and Hollywood actors follow I found that there are actually quite a few different ones. There are some ranging from teaching women to gain a ton of muscle all the way to teaching men how to lose muscle. And yes, I realize that those two examples are quite the opposite of what you would normally find, and that’s the point – there is an unending amount of options. One of the things that I noticed though is that unlike most gals wearing shorter than average shorts, this woman’s legs were spectacular. Zero cellulite, nice curves and smooth skin. So of course, I wanted to find out how she did it. Anyway, I found that Real VS. Scam had a Naked Beauty Review that talked about a this very popular program designed specifically for women to get rid of cellulite. See, I told you there was a workout for everything! Long story short, there are specific exercises that you can do that help smooth our your skin. Pretty cool!

So even though I was as starstruck as I was, and I thought that this woman must be able to walk on water, it turns out that she’s just as human as I am. No, she isn’t perfect and yes, she has to work at staying healthy just like everybody else. However, it certainly helps when you know what to do and how to do it. Just like all of the other incredibly fit famous people on this list, this gal was no different.

So next time you’re in London, or anywhere else for that matter, and you see a celebrity walking down the street or shopping in the mall and you think that they’re special or genetically gifted, just remember – they have to work for what they have as well.