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...]
They say moving house is one of the most stressful experiences in a persons lifetime.
Having moved a few times I can certainly agree with that sentiment and simply taking the plunge and deciding to move on it’s own can be a major decision, with a bewildering array of choices before you.
Whatever the reasons for relocating, there are various options available from renting to buying and everything in between.
Some people choose to hit the high street themselves, walking from estate agent to estate agent.
Others turn to property investment companies and buying agents to find their house for them.
Whichever option you choose there is one trend at the moment that seems to be consistent across the board.
Buying an older house, renovating and updating to include 21st century style, design and gadgets.
New build properties tend to be higher in the price band, but older properties allow more scope for development and adding your own touch
So you buy a 1950s house.
The kitchen needs redecorating and modernising, but the problem is, an ultra modern kitchen may now look out of place in the house.
So what are the top tips to combining retro with technology?
In this article were going to look at how to keep your retro 1950s kitchen but update it with some modern-day chic.
The Retro theme for kitchens of this age often focus on stark colours; red, black, white or turquoise.
Another popular colour at the time was pink; not everyone’s choice but in the 50′s the kitchen was seen as a lady’s domain.
There are whole ranges of kitchen equipment fitting into the retro theme available in a full range of colours.
Microwaves with rounded windows and stainless steel accents which look straight from a 1950s TV Diner are one essential piece of technology that can fit the look.
There are also ranges of appliances which imitate those seen in those TV Diners, such as breakfast stations complete with a coffee pot. These look the part and can also be used on a daily basis, so are practical, as well.
Retro toasters come in all shapes and sizes so can be fitted in with available counter space.
Another classic retro theme is stainless steel accessories. From a mixer to a kettle, there are plenty of stainless steel electric accessories available and no matter what colour scheme you decide on, they will co-ordinate.
If you have a little extra cash available to spend and really want to finish the theme, there are a few specialist companies who produce retro-style kitchen appliances.
These come in the same wide range of colours as small accessories and look the part, but still contain all the modern 21st facilities you would expect. Cookers with colour co-ordinating hoods and rounded fridge-freezers can add the finishing touches while doing everything you could need.
There are plenty of finishing touches available on the market in the retro theme to compliment your electrical appliances.
From polished chrome cabinet and drawer pulls to small kitchen tables with matching stools finished in your colour theme, there is something for every budget. Artwork using popular brands such as Coca-Cola is another Diner favourite or retro wall hangings and clocks which look like they are straight from the television shows of the time.
So buying an older property to renovate and keeping the décor period can be fun, colourful but still as modern underneath as you need.
Home health aides do their best to make a remarkable difference in the lives of the sick, elderly and disabled. Typically, they help with day-to-day activities like cleaning, bathing and dressing; they give their clients help so they can live independently. Ultimately, it’s their job to improve a client’s quality of life.
The Home Angels agency takes their services to the next level. They’ve created a new home-based service based around music, art and dance therapy; new research done at Yale University shows that the arts help relieve depression, anxiety and they lift a person’s spirits.
When a person is ill, they feel like they don’t have complete control of their body; people feel overwhelmed and frustrated by their sickness. The Home Angels agency gives them the chance to take back control. The agency allows their clients to engage in a creative process; this process is a stark contrast to other agencies that advocate passively submitting to treatments and illnesses.
In the Yale research study, nearly 2,500 ill patients were split into two groups. One group received creative therapy, and the other group received nothing. Overall, the patients who received art therapy reported less anxiety, depression and pain than their counterparts who received traditional therapy.
Matthew Anssi from the Home Angels agency has said, “We give our patients the chance to express themselves creatively. When they do this, they feel better, look better and live a healthier lifestyle.” Music therapy has been used by cancer patients for a long time; numerous concrete studies have shown the positive effects of the arts on illnesses. For this reason, many companies that offer home health aide training such as this online program, are now taking this unique approach.
How Does It Work?
When an employee of the Home Angels agency visits a home, they give their clients something special; they take care of all their basic needs, but they also participate in art therapy with their clients.
Expressive art therapy can be used to articulate emotions and life events; oftentimes, these emotions are difficult for ill patients to verbalize. When patients internalize their emotions, they start to get angry and depressed. With art therapy, patients can use dance, movement, painting and music to express their emotions; it makes it easier to get feelings off of their chest.
When patients don’t internalize anger, their body can do a better job at healing itself. The art therapist never critiques a patient’s work; they simply try to interpret it to see if they can figure out what feelings and emotions the patient is trying to express. Sometimes, patients express physical problems through their artwork; the therapists are trained to pick up on subtle hints that can point out patient pain.
The people at the Home Angels agency have really broadened perspectives about what a home health aide does. They have moved beyond simple physical care; they offer a service that helps a person heal from the inside out. When a person can express their emotions in a healthy way, depression, anxiety and anger all disappear; when they go away, the person’s body is given a chance to heal and regenerate.
Hello, mates. It’s me again. This is more of a fun post today, and it’s been super interesting to write. If you didn’t know, this blog gets a lot of its information from its readers. I know it may seem like our staff is just super connected to the London fashion and tech scene, but really, a lot of our insider knowledge comes from you!
So many of our readers email us about crazy events, trends and new technologies. And we don’t just throw them away! Even if we can’t respond to all of you, we certainly appreciate your engagement, and we go out of our way to catalogue all of the interesting tidbits you notice around the city.
So, having gathered a few of these crazy little doo-dads, we figured it’d be fun to collect them in one good blog post that highlights some of the weird, the crazy, the cool, the obscure – the interesting trends we see over the course of the year. Some of these are still around, and some of them have already run their course (as most trends do). Still, the one thing they all have in common is that they got people talking, and that’s why they made this list!
So check out these trends. Have you seen any of them?
- Top hats. This is kind of a cool one, and it seems to be London’s version of bringing back old-timey styles. We’ve seen this in other places, particularly in the states, where the so called “hipsters” have appropriated much of the style from the American 70s. Our hip Londoners have made an effort to bring back the iconic top hat, usually pairing it with grungy, but well-fitted clothes, suspenders and pipes. This isn’t the exact outfit everyone wears, of course, but you get the idea. For my part, I kind of like this one. Anachronism is becoming more of a genre than a specific style, and, when done correctly, it can be incredibly cool. The top hat is probably the most obvious example, but there are surely others.
- Shaved heads. We don’t mean 100% shaved, of course. The trend we’re talking about is the trend of younger folks shaving strategic patches into their heads. Most pair this with a highly styled head of hair and sharper fashion. In fact, you’ll find this kind of punk-meets-fashionista convention popping up all over London. It’s not something I’d ever do myself, but I can see the appeal, and with the right style, it can look really stellar.
- Carrying radios. This is one we didn’t expect, but it’s interesting nonetheless. A few younger folks have started the fad of carrying around Ham radios and talking to each other with radios instead of cell phones. This is especially prevalent in the night scene with large groups of young folks. In fact, some nightlife venues have decided to ban the radios, since they cause disruptions for many of the other clubbers. As annoying as it is if you’re next to one of these radio-ers on the laurie or something, it’s admittedly still kind of cool.
The Dallas Cowboys head to jolly old England in 2014 to play the legendary team’s first-ever regular season game outside of the U.S. However, they may be returning because team owner Jerry Jones likes the idea. London could get its very own NFL team within the next few years and these annual games are important because they’re setting the stage for that European expansion.
This year will mark the eighth straight season that the NFL has staged a London regular season game. The first London regular season game came in 2007 when the Miami Dolphins got choked by the New York Giants. One game was played annually trough last year when two games were played. The series has proved so successful that the league is staging three games this year in London.
Jones said the games were important because it helped NFL leadership understand the kind of fan support a new team could expect to get. London was one of the cities outside the U.S. that would be a great expansion site, said Jones, who is actively pushing such a change. He said the Cowboys had a lot of great English fans. Further evidence of that is the fact that all three Wembley Stadium games already are sold out as of February. Many analysts believe it’s not a question of should London get a team, but when it will happen.
Ramping up to a possible expansion franchise, regular season games being hosted in London include Jones’ Cowboys versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars will be considered home team for this Week 10 match at Wembley Stadium. Fantasy football players will be watching this matchup along with London fans because it will be big for determining fantasy football playoff match-ups. It will be key to know if which players will be playing in London before you begin your fantasy draft. The long travel, and foreign atmosphere could really throw them off for a game.
In other London games this year, the Miami Dolphins play the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 and the Atlanta Falcons play the Detroit Lions in Week 8. The Week 8 game will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 1:30 p.m. London time, while the others kick off in the traditional 1 p.m. ET time period. This means fantasy football players will have to set their up lineups early. The Cowboys-Jaguars and Falcons-Lions games will be shown on Fox while the Raiders-Dolphins game will air on CBS.
Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, said the league didn’t have a timetable for expanding to London but believed it important to keep playing there due to its easy access for European fans. NFL teams wanted to play in London, he said, and future games could be played in Sunday prime-time. Playing Monday and Thursday night games in London also might take place along with preseason games and even the Pro Bowl, he said.
The Jaguars have played four years in a row in London as home team because they look at those events as opportunities to build a fan base abroad as well as publicize their home cities in the global arena.
Bottom line with sold-out London Wembley Stadium NFL games drawing more than 80,000 fans annually and great TV ratings, the NFL Will continue playing in London. League leaders are setting the stage for permanent expansion overseas expanding their economic potential.
Icing is to cake as paint is to canvas – this is what we all know when it comes to art of food and art of painting. If you’re a cake designer then your kitchen may be filled with all sorts of icings and tools used for different icing and different designs. On the other side, if you’re a painter or a visual artist, you might probably own a studio at home where to pain the time away. Or perhaps, your room or living room is also your studio.
But have you ever thought of fusing the two together? A Montreal-based artist recently made noise in a UK news website with her amazing talent of painting murals and graffiti using icing. Street walls and house exterior turn into create spots you can stop by and take a photo with it as the backdrop. That’s how wonderful and stunning her creations are.
Who is she?
Shelley Miller is the lady behind this new artistic innovation. Most of her murals and artwork are permanent, which are showcased in different exhibits. But she seems to be discontented with it. She wanted to show her craft to more people without requiring them to travel long hours just to attend an exhibit or spend cash for the entrance fee. Miller also took the streets and used brick walls as her canvas. In fact, she has been contacted to create specific designs for specific places. Of course, no one can stop her creativity thus, when given the permission she also works on any typical brick wall or just about any wall she sees will serve as perfect canvas.
One of her most renowned work was the “public billboard initiative” which is mainly about the history of sugar. The scene was painted using blue edible paint and the backdrop was composed of white sugar tiles. After the tiles were stuck on the wall, visitors were invited to watch the sugar tiles crack, and the ensure artwork fade in time.
Starting from home
While Miller works on the streets and exhibits, you can take your own tools and start from home. Bedrooms are commonly transformed into art studios in no time. Some artists also suggest that you have a small room built as an annex of your home with glass windows. Many creative people believe that nature has its own way of inspiring every artist. Simply keep this mini-annex secured with high quality lock and you’re good to go. Worry not for there are Locksmiths Bromley experts who can help you in case your locks get jammed. Learn more here about such companies and experts or you can also find their websites over the internet.
There is no doubt that Shelley Miller has taken artistry to the next level and her crafts will always be applauded by many. And of course, you have all the time in the world to explore your creative side and make a name in the industry of visual arts. You never know, maybe a small room away from all the noise and near nature is the key to unleashing your ingenuity.
In fact, if anything, this rate of change and innovation is only going to be faster and faster as time goes on – especially thanks to the implementation of the Internet and tools like online video that can create new fashion trends literally overnight.
New technology always proves to be rather disruptive to established industries, but the fashion industry in particular has been seeing some major waves created by new designers that aren’t “playing by the rules” – and instead leveraging online video to get their look out into the world. Traditional fashion houses certainly aren’t all that excited about these prospects, but there’s nothing that they can do – it’s proven to be amazingly effective time and time again.
If you yourself would like to get some exposure for your new fashion designs but aren’t sure of where to start, pay close attention to the “insider secrets” provided below!
Short, quick, hard-hitting clips are more effective than long and drawn out “fashion shows”
The first thing that you’re going to learn about the world of online video (at least as far as fashion is concerned) is that short, concise, exciting, and interesting clips are always – ALWAYS – going to be more effective when you’re looking to get exposure than long and drawn out fashion expositions.
Too terribly many designers out there have tried to show off their entire collection in a 25 or 30 minute video online, ignoring completely the fact that most people want to consume their content in “bite-size chunks” – and may not be all that interested in socking away 30 minutes of their life on content that they may not be all that jazz up about.
Keep your clips to about three minutes or less, focus on the essentials, and put your very best foot forward – and you’ll have no trouble whatsoever garnering some very serious attention.
Pick up steam in any way, shape, or form that you can
The second most important thing for you to focus on when you are looking to dominate online video to boost your fashion presence is to garner just as much attention as humanly possible – as quickly as possible.
The world of fashion has always been cluttered, with new designers trying to fight for the top spots against established names – creating a truly competitive world that is unlike anything else around the globe.
With the influx of new technologies and tools (especially online video), it’s even easier now for new designers to go toe to toe with old established designers. This means that you are going to be facing a flood of competition, which is why you’ll want to stand out from the crowd as quickly as you possibly can.
Don’t be afraid of being at least a little bit controversial. Controversy always garners attention, and when you play your cards correctly you can really use it to improve your standing in the world of fashion.
Secondly, you should look to leverage any and all methodologies you can to improve your influence and persuasion – even if it means you need to buy YouTube views or take advantage of other YouTube marketing tactics and techniques that may seem a little bit “sneaky”.
It is a cutthroat world out there, and all of the major YouTube players (and other online video marketing experts) are investing in YouTube marketing by paying for YouTube views, likes, and subscribers – at least to “seed” their uploads and get the ball rolling in the right direction.
HEIM is one of the most popular rock bands right now. Their catchy yet original music has made a fan out of many people from London and abroad. Despite only gaining significant attention now, the group has actually been active for ten years now – the Heim sisters formed their band when they were just teenagers. The reason why I am actually writing this post is to talk more about the Heim sisters’ journey to stardom. Some people think that becoming musical superstars was always on the the Heim sisters’ minds but this is actually not the case. In fact, making music for a living was never a goal of HEIM’s until last year.
Before the Heim sisters achieved stardom, they actually worked with at their Canadian mother’s Toronto finished basement business, and they were happy with this arrangement. The sisters all have a degree in interior design, and they used their interior design knowledge to create Toronto finished basements that look amazing yet functional. Their primary goal was always to do design work on real estate; the Haim sisters laughingly told me that they were born into it. They’d spend months in Toronto working for their mom’s business and have a vacation in London with their dad for a month or two. Their vacations in London offered them enough time to perform at numerous local gigs, and these local gigs ended up attracting the attention of an XLL Records A&R. After hearing a performance of theirs at a local club, the A&R executive immediately went up to them and asked them if they wanted to get signed at XLL. After deliberating about it for a day, the girls contacted the A&R and signed with XLL. This lead to the Heim sisters eventually producing their debut album and hitting it big on the charts.
Today, the Heim sisters are now primarily based in London and just focus on their music. “We’ll probably go back to doing home renovations after we’ve become tired of making music. I mean, that has always been our goal. But I don’t think that time is going to come anytime soon,” Daniella, the youngest Heim sister, told us. Daniella’s personality is very pratical, and it echoes their music’s straightforward quality. HEIM’s approach to rock and roll harkens back to its earliest days, when everything was basic yet heartfelt.
A statement from Daniella on their mother’s business’ website seems to confirm that what she told us wasn’t a joke – as with what Daniella told us, the statement says they’re going to go back to Canada to work as interior designers/home renovators when they grow tired of making music. Still, that’s most probably still a long time away; us fans of their music can probably still look forward to two or three more albums of amazing rock and roll, at the least. Seeing how HEIM will evolve over the course of their next few albums will surely prove very interesting. HEIM is one of the most original rock and roll bands to come out in a while. Hopefully, they don’t suffer from a sophomore slump or a creative bottleneck.
London has reportedly been claimed to have crime on the rise due to poor and outdated technology. The maintenance of the old technology is also expensive therefore posing a major insecurity challenge to the nation. Instead of spending too much in maintaining this old technology, they have chosen to invest in new technology. Even when the smartphone and tablet technology has become readily available and affordable, police officers there still use the radio technology for communication. It does not make sense when a police officer logs on to a computer for 30 or more minutes. This all of course also requires training the police officers on the new technologies.
They also tried the super recognition method. They formed a squad of police officers who were able to recognize suspects from surveillance photos or video images. However the drawback with this method is that there has to be established a case of which the police will have to start looking for evidence which is difficult. They compared this to the sniffer dogs whose ability to sniff drugs out is accepted without confirming the test. The method was not found effective.
The newest technology for London police officers is the Tip411 mobile application and the social media tool. Residents in London are being provided with new means of reporting crime while their identity is concealed. This service has been provided by New London Police Department, together with Citizen Observer, a web-based policing solution. The citizens can therefore communicate via Facebook by sending a tip by clicking an option “submit a tip” to the police department’s page. Upon being received, the tip is automatically sent to the New London police supervisors. They can give a feedback without recognizing the tipster’s identity. When using the text message, you type the word NLPDTip and insert your message, then send it to 847411.
The Tip411 is convenient because police officers cannot be available everywhere to monitor security in the country. However opinions arose that the police are not supposed to buy the shiny newest technology. It was argued that the London police should state what they want to achieve and their needs will be addressed accordingly with qualified solutions. If they just buy devices from companies worth a million pounds, it does not qualify them to be best at their work.
The new technology has to consider some fundamental issues facing the police. The police ought to know that many systems lack meaning since they are not connected, they should also be able to foresee the current and emerging issues, as well as predict the future out comings. They should establish a long term solution instead of solving bits. The police ought to know the available resources and how they match with their qualifications, how far their skills can take them and what they can achieve in a given span of time. It is not just a matter of taking up technology but understanding its performance in the long run, the costs associated with it and how it can be implemented.
The newest technology for London officers has enabled them to download information from suspect’s cellphones. What the machine does is scanning the person’s phone, and then produces a summary of information like age, SMS conversations and contacts in a print out. The police have also installed machines to fetch video clips, photos, emails and social media data from the suspects’ cell phones. This has raised protest from citizens claiming that it is interfering with their privacy. The London police however claim that it has eased the success of an investigation since criminal activity is majorly practiced using cell phones.
The Human Rights organization in London however claims that the Aceso technology is keeping records even after the release of the suspect which is breaking the British law. They say it is illegal to keep DNA profiles of suspects released uncharged. Photos and conversations in most peoples’ phones are confidential as DNA while less valuable at the same time.
The Met understands the scale of the challenges London has and the ICT strategy aims at encouraging confidence among the people, reducing costs and improving the productivity per officer. Another very effective platform is crime mapping. When proper training is delivered to the police officers and identification of possible risks associated with the new technology are pointed out, the newest technology for London police officers will work wonders in fighting crime. If you want to join them, there are many different careers in the criminal justice field for you to pursue.
Now that the New Year has arrived, there are plenty of new trends to keep an eye out for this upcoming season. We’ve seen an array of exciting new gadgets in the technology world, as well as the music industry. From the new arrival of tech watches, to online streaming music companies – fashion, technology, music and art are about to fuse into one. This year is all about consolidation of our favorite things.
Granted this has been a longtime coming, with the advent of the iPod then turned into iPhone. In our fast paced world, it’s becoming more and more apparent that all our favorite hobbies, gadgets and activities will soon find themselves in one must have device.
One of the coolest trends I’m interested to watch is affordable designer eyeglasses. I believe once Google glass becomes mainstream, more people will be interested in purchasing eyewear that is form fitting. We all know Google is not the only technology company focusing on wearable tech. There is an array of companies tapping into this market. And all our early adopters are eager to test out frames with the hopes that one day, hopefully soon, our mobile devices will be inside our designer eyewear.
Home try on is another interesting trend to look out for. Now that we’ve migrated our entire lives to the web, shopping in physical store locations is not only time consuming, it’s no longer necessary. In fact, I find it near obsolete. Rather, I’d prefer it to be that way! The one issue most consumers have with online shopping is the inability to return products. Though some sites offer it like Amazon, it’s something we worry about. With home try on sites like dharmaco, it makes it easer for us to decide on what to purchase. The easy return process makes consumers feel less liable for financial responsibilities.
It’s almost as if we’re finally reaching a point in our world where we no longer have to leave our homes to test out our devices. I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for this moment for decades.
Another trend to look out for is the integration of music streaming sites into your mobile devices. One of the biggest complaints I have over mobile streaming is that it’s not that usable due to poor connections. I believe the New Year will bring easily accessible music streaming services straight to your device. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to listen to your favorite playlist online, only to have your phone cutout. It’s happened to me more times than I care to count, and I know you feel the same.
That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this year is bringing the promise of more enhanced mobility, so you’re capable of accessing your favorite music and media through your devices easily. This year is all about quick access, and smooth mobility. Keep an eye out for more trends in our upcoming posts. We’ll be announcing the latest in technology, media, art and music throughout the year.
People love music, and some individuals will even go out and buy every new album that comes out. However, there are some people who also adore music, but can be very picky about what they like, and do not buy mainstream music unless it is something that really appeals to them. Because the music industry is always changing, many music enthusiasts are looking to the independent music scene because the artists that sign with these labels are making better sounding music than anyone in the mainstream music industry. The independent music scene needs support, and people need to understand that they are not just buying music, but also supporting people who truly have musical talent.
Musicians Who Have Freedom of Expression
There are many independent label presidents who go on the Internet and use a video production company to help upload explainer videos to try to get artists to sign with them versus going to a big name company. In these videos, the presidents talk about why artists need to forego the mainstream record label. One thing that musicians really need to think about is the fact that independent labels offer them the freedom to write and sing about whatever they want, which may not happen if they go with a big time record label who goes by what the public wants and may restrict what they can sing about.
Musicians Can Charge A Lot Less For Their Music
When people go to music stores, they are going to find CDs as high as $20 dollars. However, with independent musicians, they typically sell their music through their own websites, which means they can sell their music for a lot less. For the same $20 dollars they would spend in a record store for one CD, people can buy three albums or maybe more depending on the price.
Musicians Can Be In Touch With Their Fans
Another plus of signing with an independent label is the fact that the musicians will get to interact more with their fans. With their help, an independent artist can sell more records or even get some free promotion out of it. Fans are very loyal, and if they get to interact with the musicians they love, then they will be willing to do anything for that musician including giving them total support.
Musicians Can Offer Low Price Concerts
When musicians sign with a regular music label, they do get to go on tour to major cities all around the world. However, the problems with concerts from major record labels is the fact that people who live in a small town may not get to see these bands, and if they do get to see their favorite band, the price for a ticket may be over $50 dollars and sometimes as much as $100 to $200 dollars. As much as some people love to see certain bands, the fact is that a high concert ticket price can be heartbreaking because it is way out of someone’s price range. With independent musicians, the bands tend to place in small venues like bars, which will make going to see them a lot more affordable.
Independent musicians are becoming more popular because people are tired of hearing the same music every time they turn on their radios. These days, people want their music to have substance, and are investigating independent bands because the music is better, the music is cheaper, and these musicians do not have to conform to industry standards or even care what the public thinks of them. You can even go directly to a band’s website where they might post informational videos about new tour dates, or upcoming song or album releases. Some of the best bands are not signed on major labels, but are still successful because they have the support of their fans.