Top Ten Coolest Security Guard Movies

For as long as we can remember, films that feature bumbling, hapless or larger-than-life security guards, or protective dynamic duos, have been a fun, important part of cinematic history. Here is a list of classic bodyguard movies, or movies with super-strength security stars that we simply can’t forget.

1. Armed and Dangerous: John Candy and Eugene Levy team up and make cinematic history in this brilliant buddy comedy; the bumbling duo play a recently fired cop and amoral lawyer who suit up as security guards, only to find that they’ve unwittingly become members of a corrupt company.

2. The Bodyguard: Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston sizzle on the big screen as a former Secret Service agent acting as bodyguard to a mainstream pop singer. The film’s epic soundtrack continues to be one of the best-selling albums of all time.

3. National Security: Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn as Earl and Hank, respectively; two guards from different walks of life that have one thing in common: the security company they work for. Their history of hating each other stems from Earl’s key role in Hank’s dismissal from the police force. This odd couple doesn’t disappoint in the laughs department.

4. Observe & Report: This dark comedy features Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt, a depressed, on-the-brink guard who is head of the security department at Forest Ridge Mall. When he fails to get into the police force and is belittled by the officer taking over his operations, he embarks on a dual mission of madness: to prove himself and catch the elusive mall flasher, Ronnie’s arch enemy and ultimate target.

5. In the Line of Fire: Clint Eastwood as Frank Horrigan, a Secret Service agent to the President. Frank famously dropped the ball when it came to saving President Kennedy, but did put himself on the front lines to take out a crafty assassin who is targeting his current client.

6. Paul Blart:Mall Cop: Kevin James holds it down as Paul Blart, who dreams of being an officer for the New Jersey State Police. However, his ample size doesn’t help his chances of being a powerhouse cop, so he has to make do with being a security guard at his local mall. Heartwarming and hilarious, this is a great film for the whole family.

7. The Pacifier: Vin Diesel as tough guy Shane Wolfe, a disgraced US Navy SEAL assigned to work as a bodyguard protecting five rebellious kids. He may soon be the one needing protecting, as he learns the hard way that nannying is no joke.

8. Night at The Museum: Larry Daley is a night guard at New York’s American Museum of Natural History in. Upon beginning his shift, he’s instructed not to let anything “in or out.” He soon comes to realize the significance of this creepy warning: The Museum comes to life at night, kicking off a bone-tingling phenomenon that delighted movie-goers of all ages.

9. Guarding Tess: Nicholas Cage as Doug Chesnic, a Secret Service agent protecting Jessica Tandy’s Tess Carlisle, the widow of a former US President. Though he holds great pride in his prestigious job, the fiesty First Lady tests his limits by treating him like a lowly servant. Have your hankie ready for this endearing tear-jerker.

10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the ultimate larger-than-life robo-guard, a well-muscled force from the future on a mission to protect teenager John Connor. Nothing says big-screen fun like another deadly Terminator!



Source by Z Kator

Hang Your Canvas Wall Art With A Ribbon

If you want to add a little flair to the way you hang your canvas wall art, why not use ribbons to hold them up on your wall? It’s an innovative way to present paintings. It also brings more attention to your wall decor. This style of hanging paintings is very suitable for a child’s playroom or bedroom. You can also do this for your paintings in your living room.

If you were to hang your canvas the traditional way, all you would need is a hanging kit, a nail, and hammer. If you want to be a bit more original, then you could use ribbons to hang your artwork. The ribbon should be visible on top of the canvas. The ribbon will become part of the artwork and your wall decor.

If you have decided on a particular painting that you want to hang this way, then you should analyze your painting’s colors and base your ribbon color on that. You have to let your ribbon complement your artwork, not clash with it or overshadow your canvas wall art.

You should also get wider or thicker ribbons for bigger canvas so the ribbon can support the weight of a heavier artwork. Use thinner ribbons of about an inch of smaller paintings. Stick with plain ribbons and avoid patterns on the ribbon. You don’t want the viewer to be distracted from the painting by a flamboyant ribbon.

When you hang your canvas wall art with a ribbon, more attention is drawn to it and it automatically becomes the focal point of your room. You only need a few things to get started with this project like scissors, ribbons, a nail, a hook for your wall, and hammer.

Hammer a small thin nail to attach the ribbon at the back of the canvas, not on the sides. Nail the ribbons on the left and right stretcher bars of the canvas. Lay your painting upside-down on a smooth flat surface with the back facing you.

Place a soft cloth underneath the painting to cushion the blows from the hammer. Hammer carefully to avoid damaging your artwork. You don’t have to hammer too hard because tiny nails can easily puncture the frame.

Install the hook on your wall a bit higher than usual. Remember that the ribbon will be exposed and when you hang your painting, your canvas will fall slightly lower than when hanging without a ribbon. Use bigger and tougher hooks for larger canvas, and smaller hooks for small paintings.

Hanging paintings this way in a series in your hallway or stairwell will also look cute. Don’t overdo the ribbon look in all your canvas wall art throughout the house. Use it only for a few pieces so it won’t look too commonplace.



Source by Ana Trenas

The Darkest Galaxy

Ghostly and invisible, the bizarre dark matter is a mysterious and unidentified form of matter that accounts for approximately 27% of the mass and energy of the observable Universe. Dark matter is thought to be an exotic form of matter that does not interact with light or any other form of electromagnetic radiation, which is why it is transparent and invisible. Although it has not, and cannot, be directly observed, its existence and properties are inferred from its gravitational influence on that which can be seen, such as the motions of visible matter, gravitational lensing, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and its effects on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation–which is the relic radiation of the Big Bang birth of our Universe almost 14 billion years ago. It has been said that the Universe may weirder than we can suppose, and in August 2016 a team of astronomers added still more credibility to that supposition. Their observations reveal that the dark galaxy dubbed Dragonfly 44 is extremely faint for its mass, and it consists almost entirely of the mysterious, ghostly, and invisible dark matter.

The international team of astronomers used the world’s most powerful telescopes to make their important discovery of this massive and very dim galaxy, that is apparently made of 99.99 % of the strange “dark” stuff. Using the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini North telescope–both poised atop the dormant Maunakea volcano in Hawaii–the astronomers were able to detect this bizarre object. The team’s findings are published in the August 25, 2016 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

Even though the Dragonfly 44 galaxy is relatively nearby, it managed to elude discovery by astronomers for decades because of its extraordinary faintness. It was first discovered, at last, in 2015 when the Dragonfly Telephoto Array stared at a region of the sky in the constellation Coma. Further observations revealed to the astronomers that the galaxy had to have more to it–much more to it–than meets the eye. Dragonfly 44 has so few stars that it would be rapidly ripped to shreds unless there was something there–something invisible–that was holding it together.

The Standard Model of Cosmology indicates that the total mass-energy of the Universe is composed of 4.9% “ordinary” atomic (baryonic) matter, 26.8% dark matter, and 68.3% dark energy. The dark energy, which composes the lion’s share of the Cosmos, is even more mysterious than the dark matter. The currently most-favored explanation for the dark matter proposes that it is a property of space itself, and that it is causing the Universe to accelerate in its expansion. The so-called “ordinary” atomic matter, the runt of the cosmic litter, is really very extraordinary. Atomic matter accounts for literally all of the elements listed in the familiar Periodic Table, and these baryonic elements make our familiar world, and life itself, possible. The iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, the oxygen that you breathe, the sand beneath your feet, the water that you drink, are all composed of so-called “ordinary” matter. Most of these elements were cooked up in the searing-hot hearts of the Universe’s stars–only hydrogen, helium, and small quantities of lithium and beryllium were produced in the Big Bang. We are such stuff as stars are made of.

Invisible, Ghostly Matter

According to the Standard Model of the formation of cosmic structure, particles of dark matter initially dance together gravitationally to form a crowded place in space, which is termed a dark matter halo. As time passes, these dark halos hoist in–with the irresistible attraction of their powerful gravitational lure–floating clouds of pristine, primordial, primarily hydrogen gas. Hydrogen is the most abundant, as well as the lightest, atomic element in the entire observable Universe. As a result of this ancient beginning, stars and galaxies emerged out of the frigid darkness.

The first galaxies to form in the Universe were likely dark, opaque, and amorphous structures. Shapeless, billowing clouds of ancient gases collected together, and then somersaulted into, the hearts of bizarre halos of the phantom-like, invisible dark matter. Eventually, the first newborn generation of brilliant and sparkling baby stars were born, and their new and roiling flames lit up the first galaxies that served as ancient stellar nurseries.

Dark matter is generally thought to exist because of the very important differences astronomers have observed between the mass of large celestial objects–calculated from their gravitational interactions–and the mass determined from the observable matter that they contain, such as gas, dust, and stars.

The existence of dark matter was first proposed by the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort (1900-1992) in 1932, in order to explain the orbital velocities of stars inhabiting our own Milky Way Galaxy. In 1933, Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974), a Swiss-American astrophysicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), …

How Much Will It Cost To Paint a Room?

There are some calculations you can do to help you how to figure out what it will cost to paint a room. Every room is different and every contractor has a different way of figuring out what he will quote you to paint a room. Because of that prices can have quite a bit of spread between multiple quotes. As a professional painter I will help you in figuring out the cost of painting different rooms.

First thing all contractors must know is how long will the job take. A normal sized bedroom should take 1 day unless there is a lot of preparation and repairs. The rooms we will discuss in this article will be bedrooms, foyers, great rooms and dining rooms.

So lets dive in and get a feel for what you may be dishing out for cash to paint your room. The first of rooms to discuss will be Bedrooms. There are various sized bedrooms and there can be paint-able windows and there can be closets with multiple doors, there can be decorative moldings, there can be vaulted ceilings. Lets start with a basic room of 12 foot by 12 foot the prices we will discuss here can go up to 15 foot by 15 foot, we will then add to the quote for any extras that can raise the price.

The basic room takes 1 day to paint. Now just how much should a paint contractor get paid for 1 day of work and what variables can make the price go up or down for just the basic room. Where you live will determine what a contractor may need for a days work. Say we are in New York City, then obviously the cost will be higher. On the low end we will say 200 for a days work and on the high end 500 dollars for a days work. Most folks fit into 300 to 400 a day for labor. This is just a gauge though. Lets put a quote together.

And Guys and Gals – come on and empty the room you will pay some extra if a lot has to be moved – you will not know you did though, because the quote will not specify a cost for moving things. Please have respect and gather all small stuff and small furniture like night tables and get them out of the room. Remove window treatments and pictures.

Paint costs are around 30 to 50 dollars a gallon.

Bedroom 12 x 15 ft.

This room has a couple of nail pops and two small cracks that need to be patched ( this is average and does not really affect price)

Walls painted with two coats

Ceiling painted with two coats

Trim, baseboard, 1 entry door and two closet doors, two windows painted with two coats

Paint for this room will be

1 gallon of ceiling paint

3 gallons of wall paint

1 gallon of trim paint

Paint 40 dollars a gallon

Labor cost………. 350 dollars

Material cost……. 160 dollars

Total…………… 550 dollars

Now lets add variables That add to cost

If you live in an affluent area add 100 to 200 dollars to the cost.

If there is much more in repairs add 100 to 300 more dollars.

If there is wallpaper to remove add 300 dollars

If that wallpaper is difficult to come off and messes the wall up add another 100 dollars ( A word on wallpaper. If you attempt to remove wallpaper yourself if it does not come right off with no damage – go for it

If it does not STOP NOW Before it costs you dearly especially if your walls will need to be skim coated to fix it!)

If there is crown moldings add 50 to 100 dollars depending on what kind of crown (like dentil molding).

If there is a chair rail add 50 dollars

If there is other decorative moldings add 100 to 500 dollars ( this is very rare )

If you want to use two different colors on the walls like an accent wall or on color on top of a chair rail and another below add 50 dollars plus the cost of another gallon of paint.

If you are using deep colors add 50 dollars – They can be difficult to work with and may need extra coats

If you have windows that have the crosses that need to be painted add 25 dollars a window.

Add 25 dollars a door for extra doors.

Add 15 dollars for extra windows and if they have the crosses in them add 25 more

If you have a closet add 100 to 500 dollars ( depends on closet – walk-ins can get elaborate)

Add 100 to 500 for a sitting room.

Add 25 dollars a pillar …

The Allure of Vinyl Fencing

Wood is generally the preferred material for fencing and the like. But wood is also expensive and goes against the entire ‘green’ movement. Vinyl is the new ‘wood’ in the sense that it has started to replace wood in the market for fencing, decking, et al.

Vinyl has the exact look and feel of wood and can mimic wood so far that nobody can even tell the difference. It also looks elegant and under-stated.

So just think of something that is stronger and more durable and requires much less maintenance than areal wood fence. Naturally vinyl has become very popular now. Moreover, harsh weather like thunderstorms or rains don’t affect Vinyl fences as much as they affect wood. When you do go in for vinyl you must choose carefully as to what you really want because vinyl is available in a lot of variety.

The purpose of the fence will determine or should determine the type of fence that you actually get to put up. So you have to decide if you want something that safeguards your privacy totally or something that offers you a little privacy or a picket fence. Naturally if you have a ranch then your fence will be very different than if you are fencing your home.

It is also a good idea to do your homework before you decide to purchase vinyl fencing. The important thing about vinyl is that you have to purchase the right type or grade of vinyl as well. Certain companies are known only for residential grade vinyl while others are known for commercial grade vinyl. You should know which you actually need and for this consulting a professional is the right thing to do.

An additional point is that you should always buy virgin vinyl rather than recycled vinyl because the former is more durable and may last longer in the long run even if it is comparatively more expensive.

Furthermore, some comparison shopping may be a good idea. Spend some time in listing the options you have of companies online or the local ones which you might be aware of which will provide you a good deal.

It is also recommended that you look for add-on like return policies or guarantees, warranties and the like. Knowing more about the fencing company that you choose is vital and it is always better if you know everything about them like how good their customer service is.



Source by Davids James

Animation Art Collecting #1 – Authenticating Artwork

An animation art gallery recently received a call from a collector who wanted to sell three drawings of Pluto from the 1937 short film, Hawaiian Holiday. The gallery was interested, so they asked the collector to hold the drawings up to the light and check to see if there was a watermark on the paper. Watermarks, invisible to the reader unless the paper is held to light, show the name of the paper manufacturer and the stock used. Different studios used different stock during specific periods. Although this is not the only indication of authenticity, it does give the buyer an idea of the period of time the piece was produced.

The stock used to produce this film was Hammermill Management Bond. The watermark on the stock the collector was holding did not match, therefore the drawings were forged. The collector had purchased these drawings from another dealer, assuming he could rely on the seller’s “expertise”. Most dealers supply what is known as a Certificate of Authenticity with every piece. This is your insurance policy. It should state everything that is known about the piece. If at any time you discover that the information is not accurate you can return the piece for a full refund. The dealer he had purchased from did not give a Certificate of Authenticity with the piece, so the collector was stuck with three forged drawings worth nothing.

As a collector there are many ways to avoid such costly mistakes, including (1) only buy pieces that come with a Certificate of Authenticity, and (2) have a least a minimal understanding of how to determine authenticity yourself.

CERTIFICATES of Authenticity should be very detailed. They should state the film, year, description of the piece, size of the image and condition. The Certificate should plainly offer a lifetime refund if any of the information at ANYTIME is discovered to be incorrect.

AUTHENTICITY is determined in a number of ways. First, become familiar with the terms. If you did not already know what the term “Watermark” means, you do now. Add more to your arsenal, and keep a notebook so you can authenticate pieces you are searching for. Because production methods and materials remained consistent within each film but VARIED by film, if you know methods to authenticate one piece in a film, you can authenticate EVERY piece in that same film. Common methods to determine authenticity include:

WATERMARKS – You already know what those are and how those work!

PEG HOLES – The holes punched in cels and drawings to hold them steady while they are being photographed. Peg holes can change in shape, dimension and location depending upon the year and studio.

HAND INKING – Studios used to hand ink the outlines for all cels, then paint within the outlines. Each studio reverted to photocopy outlines at different points to transfer the outlines onto the acetate.

PAPER SIZE – Different size paper and acetate were used by studios for different years. Like peg holes, these sizes changed over time but remained constant within each film.

CHARACTER DEPICTION / COLORS – Depending upon the director and the era, the same character may have been depicted in various stages of development and color changes. Become familiar with the styles of different directors and the general era in which each character took on certain attributes and colors.

STUDIO SEAL – When studios discovered a market for their original artwork, they began to place studio seals on each piece and archive the art, letting it trickle out to meet demand and keep prices elevated. Studio seals can be either printed on the art or embossed onto the art. Older vintage cels ARE NOT brought back into the studio to be sealed!

Learning to protect yourself and buying only from reputable dealers are the only two ways to avoid costly mistakes.



Source by Neil Walsh

Best Children Books – Storehouse of Knowledge and Fun

Children love to read books and get a sneak peak into the world of information and knowledge. These books are the most influential and effective means to motivate a child and instill in him the values and morals that help him lead a worthwhile life. They not only get informed and educated with the books but also get entertainment and joy. Since the early days of childhood, every human being begins to comprehend the teachings in the best children’s books. We all love the timeless tales from the ancient epics or folklore. These interesting stories give us important lessons of life.

Since ages the fairy tales have attracted children. These stories have taught us small lessons like honesty, unity, sensibility etc through simple characters and interesting plots. We all love to read about the poor little girl Cinderella, who was ill-treated by her step sisters and mother. The way she meets a prince with help of a fairy godmother really appeals to us. Cinderella has been one of the most popular children books ever. It is considered one of the best selling children’s books.

The Snow White and Seven Dwarfs is one of the most alluring fairy tales that talks about the beautiful girl and her extravaganza with seven kind dwarfs. The Pinocchio is a funny story about a long nosed boy and his perils & adventure. Another amazing tale from the world of fantasies is the Ugly Duckling which is a story about a cute little duckling that feels inferior due to its ugly appearance. She finally grows up to be a beautiful swan. The Red Ridding Hood is a naughty and adorable girl who faces different hurdles and a wild fox as she moves to her granny’s house.

There are numerous stories like the Ginger Bread Man etc which have entertained the children across the world. The fairy tales are considered as one of the best children’s books of all times. Harry Potter series has also attracted children of different age groups. This book has become one of the most successful series of fantasy books that has achieved record sales.

A large number of exciting and enlightening books are available for the children. These days a number of online book stores are present on which the best selling children’s books are available at nominal prices.



Source by Adam Jaylin

Painting – Some Technical Aspects

Painters must be aware of all the intricacies of painting but for the novices, we bring a snapshot of certain technical aspects of painting which will help them out in developing this art.

Media

This refers to the medium used in paintings. It is the color type which is applied on the canvas. The choice of media depends on the solubility, viscosity and miscibility of the fabric or base used. Some examples of painting media include oil paints, pastel paints, spray colors, water colors, enamel paint and wax paint.

Styles

Styles of painting vary from person to person. It depends upon the comfort and interest of the painter. It may also include the use of brushes and paints. In fact, every painter is famous for a particular style of art. Some common forms of painting styles are:

Western: folk, graffiti, body painting, abstract figurative, Oriental and primitive.

Eastern: ink and wash, Persian miniature, madhubani, samikshavad and mughal.

Modern forms

Paints are a thing of past. Now, almost each and everything is used in painting. Be it paper pieces, sand, dust, cement, wood or any other material, they are widely being used in giving texture and extra look to the paintings.

Digitization has also brought various software in the market like Adobe Photo shop, corel draw, image maker and many other which can insert any design, shade or style which you can ever imagine of.

Recent time applications

Gone are the days when painting was done on canvas through brush and paints, exhibited, sold and over. Now it finds its applications in a host of other fields also. The basics and studies of painting are being used in interior designing for decorating houses. Painting provides an insight onto various color combination s and contrasts which enables interior designers to make heaven out of homes.

Another application of painting is in fashion designing where designers create aesthetic and graceful dresses of beautiful color combination s. Here also, the fundamentals of painting come handy in deciding which color or shade suits best on a particular complexion and figure.

A final word

Painting is a universe in itself and you will get more engrossed in it if you will delve deep into it. There are treasures to be found in this area but it requires patience and long years of hard and sincere work. It can be opted both as a hobby and as a profession. The difference lies in the commitment and pursuit.



Source by Tushar Mangl

How To Sell Christian Songs

If you’ve written a faith based song and want to make money from it, here’s how to sell Christian songs!

The income stream from Christian songs includes radio airplay on Christian stations, CD sales through Christian book stores; CD sales through secular stores such as Walmart; CD sales at live events, downloads direct from your own ministry website; and sales through Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites.

It can also include income from your song’s use in Christian movies, cable television and network television; use in product commercials, music book publication, royalties from churches using your song in plays or worship, foreign uses for all of the above… the list continues and it’s long. If your song garners radio airplay you’ll receive royalties from SESAC, BMI or ASCAP.

To get the stream flowing you must decide if you want a music publisher to handle your song and exploit the copyright or if you prefer to keep a higher percentage by self-publishing.

Next, you’ll need to have either a demonstration recording (a.k.a. “a demo”) made for pitching your songs to Christian music publishers, producers and record companies, a master recording made or have a limited release CD made containing your song(s) for your self-publishing efforts.

A master single or a limited release CD can also double as a demo but it’s more expensive. This step will cost money but if your song is good enough to sell, it’s a necessary investment you will recoup later.

Most songwriters write both lyrics and music. If you only have lyrics written so far you’ll need to have a melody and chords created for your lyric because music industry professionals don’t read lyrics, they listen to demos. Most demo services will write music for a fee under a “work for hire” agreement that lets you keep all rights.

Note that you can’t sell a song outright for cash to anyone, anywhere, that’s not legal due to laws passed years ago. Songwriters were being taken advantage of many years ago by song publishers who would pay starving songwriters a few dollars for a song then make millions, so Congress intervened. The cash flow comes from mechanical and airplay royalties. If you self-publish you’ll get cash from downloads, sales of your CDs, and other sources listed above.

These days you can assign your publishing rights but you can’t sell the entire copyright or your songwriting share of the rights.

That covers the basics of How To Sell Your Christian Songs. Whether you use the royalties and cash proceeds to support yourself, fuel your ministry or donate it to a good cause is something you need to consider and pray about.



Source by Bill E Watson

How Has Technology Changed Art?

We all are witnessing the changes being made in the art these days. Technology has the power to change anything. It is changing the traditional art into digital art.

Amazing digital art has taken place of traditional art. Digital art is exploring itself in many different ways that one can imagine. Different software is developed to increase the presence of digital art.

Photoshop Artists are one of the most common digital artists who give an amazing look to a picture with the help of imaging software and different applications.

These applications are developed with the help of technology. Anyone can be a digital artist having knowledge and proficiency in Photoshop.

Difference between traditional artists and digital artists is that traditional artists use paint and cement for their art and digital artists use imaging software and applications in their art. Some of the applications have the power to create 3D art work.

Technology has taken art into a new level of creativity. Let us talk about how technology has changed traditional art into digital art. We know that internet is ruling the world with its power. So, artists decided to present their art online with the help of internet. This is possible with use of technology.

You must have seen art galleries and attended painting exhibitions in your life. These doesn’t work well these days so artists find a way where they can get more attention and more praise for their work. Most of the artistic stuff is now seen online and is circulated to the art lovers.

There are some places where exhibitions are held and we do respect them. But presenting paintings, sculptures and art work online is in trend. Some of the artists are also showing their art on the basis of card swipe panel or coins.

How this work – when you enter coins or swipe card in the panel, the panel shows you some of the art work for a few minutes and then gets closed and if you want to see it again or explore more, further you need to swipe your card or add coins into it. This is how artists are using technology.

How digital artists are using technology for their art work

Digital artists already in touch with technology are aware of the systems that are in trend and use them to create their art work and sell them online.

Some of the professional digital artists are earning a lot of bucks by selling their art work. They can also design the ones that you want and are also ready to make any modifications you need.

They use different software to explore their skills and made it more impressive. They are using technologies that offer new ways to express their art work in a realistic way for much more time.

They are using different types of media and mix them to provide a more creative art work. Their 3D art work looks as real as it is present live in front of you.

Technology not only brings changes in education, medical field, industry and business but also brings a huge change in the art work and the artists as well.

Technology opens different paths for the artists to enter into for a good earning. They made their profession more powerful along with their art work.

In our busy lives we hardly get time to meet each other and our loved ones. How can it be possible to see exhibitions and galleries? So technology has brought this change in the art workers to show their skills and talent to people from anywhere in the world.

Technology is getting advanced and making more useful for the common man as well as artists. Technology has provided us with several things that we should be thankful. One of them is digital art work.



Source by Unni Ajayan

The Basic Parts of a Sheet Music Stand

Music stands come in several varieties and styles, and can be made from many different materials. But with few exceptions, they all share the same basic parts. From lower to upper these consist of the “base”, the “shaft”, and the “tray”.

The Base

The base of a sheet music stand will most often have three legs and be of either a tri-pod or standard, fixed-base design. A tri-pod base attaches the tops of the legs to the shaft part way up from the floor, with three bottom contact points on the ground. These types of legs are almost always foldable or collapsible. Virtually all folding and portable sheet music stands are designed this way. A stand with a standard base will also often have three contact points on the ground, but the other end of the legs will usually be steel-welded to the bottom of the shaft. This will give the stand more stability, but will sacrifice the ability of the stand to easily fold down into a smaller space for more convenient carrying. Most stands found in schools are of this type.

The Shaft

The middle part of the music stand, which connects the base with the tray, is the shaft. If the stand is height- adjustable, then most likely the shaft will have two tubes, one inside the other. These tubes will telescope and then lock at the desired height. If a stand has a standard base, then it is highly likely that the shaft will be of a “one piece” design. That is, the outer tube will be a single piece and will not collapse to any shorter than the minimum playing height. If a stand has a tri-pod base, then it may have a one, two, or three-piece shaft (or more). Multiple-piece shafts will either telescope down to a very small size for ease of transport, or the pieces will separate and thus take up much less room side by side. Naturally, the single piece shaft is considered the strongest, however, folding and portable music stand shafts have become much stronger in the last few years.

The Tray

The part of a sheet music stand which actually holds the music is commonly called the tray or the “desk”. The tray consists mainly of two parts. The vertical backing is called the “bookplate”, and is usually either a single, solid piece, or is constructed from several interconnecting bars that have spaces between them (as with folding stands). The horizontal support (which keeps the sheet music from falling to the floor) is called the “shelf” or the “lip”. The average depth of a shelf is about two inches, but this can vary depending on the intended use of the stand. If a musician intends to read music from books, for example, then a stand with a deeper shelf would be needed. The shelf usually comes as either a single, attached piece, or is in two parts which fold together at the middle. The entire tray (bookplate plus shelf) may or may not be adjustable for tilt angle, and varies in size and strength.

Sheet Music Stand Differences

These are the basic parts of the vast majority of music stands you will encounter. Most of the exceptions will be in favor of artistic design and come from stands that are very beautiful, but sometimes not easily portable. Some examples include music stands with solid (legless) bases, duel-shafted stands, and jazz or “big band” style cardboard stands. And given that there are a myriad of sheet music stand designs, having a grasp of the basic workings of one of the most important pieces of equipment a musician will use is helpful for two reasons. Growing your general musical knowledge is always important; and becoming familiar with these specific terms will make you better able to compare different stands for your own musical needs.



Source by William S Woodruff

What’s the Best Way to Make Money at the Dog Track?

Success at the dog track is measured by how much money you make. It’s as simple as that. If you walk out with less money than you walked in with, you have a problem. If you walk out with more money than you walked in with, on a regular basis, you’re a winner. Of course, we all have our losing days, but you need more winning days than losing ones.

So, what’s the best way to make sure that your bankroll grows rather than shrinks? While there are a lot of different ways to handicap greyhounds, I think that there’s only one way for most people to get to where they can make money at the track almost every time they go. You do it by starting small and building up to making bigger bets.

Your instinct might be to make big, complicated bets – wheeling and keying dogs in trifectas and superfectas. Unless you have very deep pockets, phenomenal luck and fantastic handicapping skills, you’ll lose your shirt. Instead, here’s the best way to win money and keep more of it at the dog track.

Start with win bets. Find the best dog in a race and bet it to win. Use a good handicapping system and don’t bet too many bets on a program. Betting every race is the quickest way I know to empty your pockets and get discouraged. However, DO handicap every race. Play the ones you’re surest of and just watch the rest and see if your pick wins.

No one can pick a winner in every race, I don’t care how good they are at picking dogs. On a program with 10 races, the average beginner should bet no more than 3-4 dogs. Do that until you’re hitting enough so that you’re ahead on almost every program. It’s very important to keep good, written records of your picks. No changing your mind after the race because you would have picked a dog. Be honest with yourself and keep track of your wins.

When you get to where you’re picking enough winners to make a profit on them on a regular basis, increase the amount of your win bets. That’s all there is to making a consistent profit at the track. Once you’ve mastered this, you can go on to quinielas, trifectas and even superfectas. But until you develop your handicapping skills, stick with small win bets on a few races. It’s very hard to do, but worth it in the long run.



Source by Eb Netr

How to Start an Independent Record Label and Get Artists to Sign With Your Label

There are a number of record companies out there today and each one operates differently. Some record labels are huge companies that have hundreds of acts to promote. These are the labels that carry the most popular, commercially viable rock bands and singers. They can offer artists huge sums of money to sign with them and they’ve got the experience and to promote them heavily. Their business model has dominated the music recording industry for years, but that’s been steadily changing.

Rock artists and bands have found a way to get around all that waiting for the record label by self-publishing their own music. The good news for bands is that it’s getting easier and easier to do this. The down-side is that it’s not cheap and it’s not easy. It’s a serious business venture that can either make or break a person financially. Still, if the risks are well-calculated, the marketing is done right and the music is good, there’s a huge chance of success.

Starting out with a small budget? It’s ok, it really isn’t necessary to have a gigantic bankroll to get started. With only a few hundred dollars, more than one small record label has sprung into existence. Investors can also be convinced to contribute funds to a new record label start-up. In order to get them to invest though, expect to produce a sound business plan and good future revenue projections.

Most small record labels start out life as a way to promote and sell a single act. The label focuses all of its attentions on that artist or bands albums and songs. This narrow-minded approach works well for new labels, giving them time to learn the ropes before expanding. Over time, the record label has the potential to expand and grow, taking on new talent to promote.

There are several things that need to be done before a record label can begin producing work. This is the time for planning out the record labels future. Every business benefits from a well-rounded business plan and a record label is no different. It’s important to write everything down and work out all the details of how the label will be run. Setting realistic goals and accurately projecting revenue and expenses not only directs the company towards it’s goals, but it also helps lure in future investors.

A lawyer or reputable source should be consulted to create contracts and other legal documents. Whether these are documents the company will use or those that need to be signed, have someone look them over that has experience. These things are nearly impossible for laymen to read and understand so leave it to a professional and you’ll be less likely to have problems.

After the business plan has been developed, one of the first things would be to choose a name and maybe even a logo for the record label. It’s best to choose a unique, short, snappy name. Consider choosing one that suits the genre of music that will be promoted. It’s of the utmost importance that any name be thoroughly researched. If the name is already being used, it’s time to come up with something new. Infringing on someone else’s copyrighted or trademarked name is a bad first move that could cost a bundle.

A unique record label logo or company image can make all the difference. Images speak to people and the record label logo should reflect what the label stands for. Over time, as the record label grows and becomes more public, this logo will become more and more recognizable. Consider how famous the ‘Sun’ records label has become over the years. It’s all a matter of making an impression on the public.

In order to set up a bank account for a record label, it’s necessary to have legal proof the business exists. The quickest way to do this is to file what’s called a DBA, or Doing Business As form. These forms are super short and are available at the courthouse. It’s as easy as filling out a form, signing it and handing it to a clerk for filing. The DBA form usually suffices as identification for the business and a bank account can be created for the business. Having a business checking account will make paying musicians and vendors much easier. Another benefit is that it’ll appear more professional from the start.

Once the record label is set up and the financial stuff has been taken care of there’s nothing else to do but get down to business. A record labels main function is to promote artists and their music. A small record label has the potential to pick up untold numbers of talented acts, just like the big players do. Unlike the large companies, they don’t have millions of dollars to throw …

Sell ​​Online: Turn Your Tattoo Designs Into Money

Selling your tattoo designs does not mean you have to build your own tattoo store in a mall or anywhere else. For the first-time sellers, it is recommended to sell tattoo designs on the Internet first and see how many of your target customer population would appreciate and purchase your original designs. In selling tattoo designs, you just have to learn about the basics of joining the online community where people buy and sell tattoos.

Protect Your Items

Tattoo designs and other types of visual items can be easily copied if you're not careful. Other people can actually duplicate your designs if your original designs are not protected. So, better get your designs copymitted accordingly to prevent any business mishaps. Do not forget that tattoo artists often get themselves involved into legal problems because of failure to protect their own works. Also, getting copyrights before you sell tattoos will help you determine if you have unknowingly copied another artist's design, thereby giving you time to re-create your work and prevent legal consequences at the same time.

Show Your Designs to the World

Before, the works of tattoo artists can be viewed either going directly to their workplace or meeting them at a tattoo convention. Now, it's easier for tattoo artists and sellers like you to sell tattoo designs as you can make your own virtual portfolio. By just using basic applications and programs like Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Paint, etc, you can already make various design ports according to the tattoos' categories. Then, you can upload them to your web store on the Internet to be viewed by millions of people who are looking for new and authentic designs.

Begin Your Online Business

The first step in selling your tattoo designs online is to create a website of your own. Your website should contain a Homepage, which will show three to five original tattoo designs that can capture the attention of your target customers. Then, create an "About Us" page so that they will know about you and your business, and learn about your legal operations. The next webpages should bear your tattoo designs according to their respective categories. Also, you need to incorporate a viable payment scheme wherein your customers can have the option to pay via payment processors like PayPal, or through credit or debit cards.

If you are doubtful about opening a business website or a web store, then you can count on online marketplaces like eBay.com where you can upload your designs and sell them either in full price or by auction.

Make Your Brand Known

In order to reach out to more of your target customers, you need to learn how to use effective techniques on advertising your brand, website and web store. Currently, the most efficient way of promoting your products online is social media. Yes, now you can utilize your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, LinkedIn and other social networking accounts to get more leads to your webstore and sell tattoos. SEO specialists are also available for hire to help you spread about your tattoo design business.



Source by Ben Jarvie

Entertaining Talk Show Questions

With the wide variety of talk shows on the air, it would be nice to have questions outside the box. Here are some possible questions that fit this category:

1. When was the last time you were at a party, and decided to really pig out on the dip?

2. If you could choose a super power, would you choose the ability to read minds, or pour water really fast without spilling a drop?

3. What is the record amount of time you have gone without a shower?

4. What type of phone solicitation messages are you likely to listen to completely?

5. What kind of free gifts do you most crave?

6. What are some of the favorite names you call fellow drivers in a traffic jam?

7. What is your most memorable experience with cheese?

8. If you had a dime for every time someone called you a wart hog, would you be poor or rich?

9. Can you describe the smell of a really hot barn?

10. If you accidentally dropped the lid of the aspirin bottle into the toilet, would you fish it out or flush it down?

11. Are you satisfied with the shape of your tongue?

12. What is the purpose of the battery in a blade razor?

13. What is your favorite type of dried meat?

14. When you take photographs, do you make your subjects look at the camera?

15. Have you ever learned how to whittle?

16. Do you look for abandoned change in vending machines and pay phones?

17. What is the biggest gum wad you have ever chewed?

18. Where were you the last time you ripped your pants?

19. How many tissues can you fit in your mouth?

20. What kind of lessons are you willing to pay for?

21. How much would you bid for a Rembrandt painting?

22. Can you describe your most frustrating experience with plastic wrap?

23. What are your favorite types of hardware items?

24. Do you have a lucky shirt, and why is it lucky?

25. Where do you put your spare change?

26. How many times per week do you find yourself trying to identify certain odors?

27. What is the strangest thing you have ever done with a spoon?

28. How long would wicker furniture last in your house?

29. What are your favorite things to do with your fingers?

30. Have you ever written any graffiti, and if so, what was your favorite?

31. If you smell body odor, do you check to see if it is you?

There are a lot more, but I guess that is enough for now.



Source by John Dir

Interior Decorating Ideas – Decorating Your Clinic with Wall Art

Have you ever been at the clinic, waiting for your turn to see the doctor, and all you see on the walls around you are posters on cancer prevention, reminders for you to do your annual medical checkups, dealing with rheumatism in old age, diabetes… the list goes on.

All around us, we’re flooded with uncomfortable images and messages that remind us that we really need to take good care of our health. Although these posters are there for a reason – to inform and educate, they certainly add an unwelcome addition because they inject an element of fear into all of us. Here we are, waiting to see the doctor, worried sick that our illness could get worse, and all we see in front of us are images and information about illnesses and disease. We really don’t need these at this time. Tell us these things when we’re well, not when we’re sick.

Having been a patient myself (and who hasn’t), the waiting area at the doctor’s office is quite a stressful place to be. As you’re waiting for your turn to see the doctor, your mind is full of apprehension and uncertainty as to what the diagnosis might be. The last thing you want is to be bombarded with images and media detailing out a plethora of possible ailments you could be diagnosed with. It just adds to the stress.

Strip this entire media off the walls, I say. Remove every shred of evidence that this place is a clinic. Patients don’t need reminders as to why they’re there. Put in its place decorative art work. Surround the walls with art and beauty. Put some framed pictures on the assistant’s counter top. Having a beautiful piece of art to look at will certainly make your wait a lot more pleasant and take your thoughts away from all things unpleasant. Art may also accelerate the healing process. This is the reason why some hospitals have beautiful art hung on its walls. This is what the patient really needs.

What kind of art to display, you might ask. Well, apart from movie or music posters, because they hardly seem appropriate, almost any other kind of art will do. A good choice would be abstract art. Pick something that has soft, pastel colors that calms the mind when looked upon. Abstract, or contemporary art, doesn’t represent anything in its true form, but rather it is an abstract representation of it. Much of it is left for the user to interpret what it’s all about. This will certainly keep the patients busy as they wait their turn. Abstract art will give the place a nice contemporary feel and make it seem less like a clinic and more like an art gallery.

There are many choices of abstract art to choose from. Prints of abstract flowers will add a nice, warm touch to the office. What about black and white abstracts? This will create an interesting contrast with the colors around it. You could also display abstract art of other genres, like collages, geometric abstracts, abstract landscapes and abstract figures, among others. The choices are plentiful. If you’re not into contemporary art, why not use pictures of animals? A picture of a cute kitten or puppy can do wonders to encourage healing and comfort. If you can’t keep a real pet in the doctor’s office, then display a picture of one. The effect may not be the same, but it certainly is nice to look at and takes a great deal of stress off the patient.



Source by Edwin Mah

Race, Ethnicity, and Participation in Leisure Activities

In “Gender and Leisure” by Susan Shaw and “Ethnicity, Race, and Leisure” by James H. Gramann and Maria T. Allison, the authors describe major ways in which race, ethnicity, and gender influence access and participation in recreation and leisure.

While distinctions of gender are fairly clear in examining the differences between males and females, despite the emergence of a transgendered community, a key difficulty in assessing the impact of race and ethnicity is the way these are defined. That’s because of a growing multicultural society in the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Canada, which are blurring traditional and ethnic distinctions. But, putting those difficulties aside, this article first discusses the influence of gender and then of race and ethnicity.

As Shaw points out, there are three main ways in which gender has influenced leisure – in terms of activity participation, the gendered nature of leisure constraints, and through gendered outcomes of leisure. The activity approach has shown that a number of activities are stereotyped according to gender, and that there have been differences in “opportunities, experiences, and a time for leisure.” For example, as can be readily observed by anyone who goes to a sports event or visits museums, art galleries, and public lectures, as confirmed by the research, there is a greater participation by men in “sports and physical activities” and by women in “arts and cultural activities.” Then, too, there is a gendered nature to passive leisure, which affects the books, magazines, and film men and women read and view, as well as the hobbies and crafts they participate in. While Shaw notes that little research has examined these differences, these distinctions based on gender can readily be seen in the way marketers target certain types of books, such as those on self-help and relationships to women, and those on sports and business to men. Similarly, films dealing with romance and relationships are targeted to women, and films featuring adventure and action to men.

Also, confirming what has been obvious to the general public, in modern industrialized societies, men have generally had more time to participate in leisure activities, because of what sociologist Arlie Hochschild, who I studied with at U.C. Berkeley, calls the “second shift.” This is because working and married women have generally taken on most of the household and childcare chores at home, so they not only have participated in the paid workforce, but when they come home, they work again. Meanwhile, since they have been less engaged than women in the household, the men get to enjoy additional leisure time, thanks to their women partners.

However, these studies cited by Shaw about women having less leisure time were done in the 1980s and 1990s. In recent years, this distinction between the leisure time for men and women seems to be changing, according to the popular media, in that men are more increasingly involved in splitting up the housework and parenting. This shift is even reflected in the popular media, where the men end up with the kids and learn to enjoy being dads, such as Once Fallen. At the same time, successful women workers are hiring nannies to do the housework and care for their kids and even hiring surrogates to birth them.

As for constraints, these differently affect the opportunities men and women have for leisure. For example, the 1980s and 1990s research cited has shown that women are more constrained than men because of household obligations and family commitments, and because they feel a social obligation due to the “ethic of care,” whereby women may feel an obligation to care for others, so they feel less free to enjoy leisure for themselves. Then, too, women may feel constrained from participating in certain types of activities, because of their fear of violence (such as in boxing and wrestling) or their concern with their body image (such as in swimming), while men may resist participating in activities that seem too feminine and threaten their masculinity (such as ballet).

When it comes to race and ethnicity, it is more complicated to measure either participation or constraints, because of the problems in classifying people by race or ethnicity. These classification problems have occurred because of ethnic and racial diversity and multiculturalism, so the old census racial classifications are breaking down, as pointed out by Gramann and Allison. But those complications aside, much of the research has focused on the different ways that different ethnic and racial groups participate in outdoor recreation, and the results have indicated that Whites tend to participate more in these activities than minority group members. While one reason that many minority group members don’t participate is due to their marginal position in society, whereby they have a lower income and can’t afford to participate, have poor transportation, or fear discrimination, another factor …