Architecture is defined as an art of building designer architectures in the form of buildings and other physical structures like homes, offices, hotels, resorts, and commercial buildings. This incredible art also involves the use of science and technical knowledge n order to give a form and structure to creativity and imagination. This mixture of art and science implement a design that transforms into a functional and aesthetically pleasing architecture.
1. Adirondack Architecture: This type of architecture gives a rugged finish to the structure design. This outstanding craftsmanship is mainly used for structures like rustic cabins, boathouses, custom homes, and log cabins. The architectural style introduced by William West Durant dates back to the 1880s that spread through the Adirondack Mountains, eventually to throughout the mountainous areas from the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains.
2. Adam Style: The Adam style is named after a renowned British architect Robert Adam. The design was originated from the Neoclassical design in the eighteenth century that revolutionized the industry with a fresh and graceful design. The design is more popular in England and America, most evident during the structural buildings constructed between 1790s to the 1830s.
3. Art Nouveau Style: Art Nouveau is a French term for ‘New Style’ and was introduced as an outcome of the efforts put in by known European artists who held a revolt against formal and classical design. This innovative design style was originated in Pairs in the eighteenth century. The design of the buildings often has asymmetrical shapes, arches, mosaics, stained glass, Japanese motifs, and decorative surfaces like curving, floral motifs and plant-like embellishments.
4. Indian Architecture: Indian architectural designs reflect the diverse culture and religious tradition of the country. This style of design has its own uniqueness and significance in the form of structure, design, and decorative surfaces. Ancient Indian Architecture was influenced by the western design form, especially from the Buddhist stupa to the Colonial Era. The style is simple, distinctive, and flowing in design.
5. Islamic Architecture: Islamic architecture mainly includes structure design like the tombs, mosques, and forts. The typical design includes domes, geometric shapes, towers, and Islamic calligraphy.
6. Ottonian Architecture: Ottonian architecture was evolved in the 10th century during the reign of Emperor Otto. It took its inspiration from various existing structure design mainly from the Carolingian and Byzantine architecture.
7. Victorian Architecture: Victorian architecture is a style of architecture that was popularly used in Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was characterized by massive construction, decorative surfaces, simplicity, and fluidity. Balloon framing freed buildings, timber-framed box forms, odd corners, overhangs, and irregular floor plans are some of the characteristic features of the Victorian architecture.
Eventually, we’ll all either play or be played. I’d like to give the inside scoop on how to handle these guys. Yes, I’m going to make this gender specific. Can women be players too? Absolutely, but they usually aren’t. Even if they are, most guys won’t care.
I only have one problem with players, and that is, that they won’t admit that they are seeing other women. Yes, I know that’s the basic definition of a player. If they would just tell the women that they were not exclusive, sure they would lose a few along the way, but for the most part, the women would stay, thinking, as women always do, they’d be the one to change him. Yeah, right.
Here are the rules for dealing with players:
1. Assume any guy that asks you out is a player. A little harsh, I know, but at this point, we need to assume guilt until proven innocent. You don’t have the facts yet, so start from this viewpoint.
2. Find out for sure. Most players follow the same M.O. – they don’t return calls, they don’t call when they say they will, they have sudden change of plans, they have to cancel suddenly, they have weird excuses, they’re not where they said they would be, they don’t sleep over, they take a shower before they go back home. If you start to suspect someone might be playing, they probably are. One way to find out is to say, in your sweetest voice: “I can’t believe you’re seeing just me. You’re so handsome and charming, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re seeing several women. It’s alright if you are.” In many cases, his defenses will come down and he’ll admit it.
3. Once you know for sure that he’s a player, you need to decide if you want to play. Don’t date him hoping that he’ll change, because he most likely won’t. If you’re not looking for a serious relationship and have time to hang around and play, then go ahead. If, however, you’re looking for the love of your life, don’t waste your time, no matter how charming he is.
4. Don’t take them seriously. If you’ve decided you have time to spare and are going to “play” for a while, think of the player as you would a child. If a child throws a tantrum, or says something hurtful, you deal with it calmly. Don’t bother getting angry with a player. It’s just a waste of energy and makes them feel more important.
If you want to play a player, it’s actually very easy. After dating many players myself, I realized that the character trait that makes one a player is also that which makes one vulnerable to being played. What is it you ask? Insecurity. A player doesn’t tell his women that he’s seeing others, because he’s afraid they’ll leave. His biggest fear is losing you. How do you work this to your advantage? By making him think it’s a real possibility. Behave towards him as he does towards you. Players hate it when you don’t return calls, aren’t home when they call, mention other guys, etc.
I speak from experience. I caused one guy to sob hysterically when I told him I was seeing someone else; Another player climbed a tree outside my apartment to try to find out why I’d stopped returning his calls; And I reduced another one to a frustrated mess, forcing him to seek advice from his famous rap star friend on how to win me over.
So there you have it, a guide to playing with players. Have fun!
Is this watercolor? I am often asked. It looks like oils it is so rich!
I am often asked what colors I use to create my luminous and transparent reality. It is not a straightforward answer. But one of the main reasons my work looks as if the subject has a presence is because I use a multi-layered technique using transparent or semi-transparent watercolor.
Because they allow our paintings to glow. Think of several fine layers of color, laid one on top of the other. Each one will be influenced by those laid beneath them. The final color glows like a jewel because the colors are unsullied by opaque pigment.
I will share my magical palette of hues below. But first – let me explain a very important factor when choosing pigments: Not all hues are equal! The same names are often used by the color houses for very different colors. They are not interchangeable. For instance Indian Yellow in one brand is very opaque – but in the brand I use – it is very transparent. Transparent colors are crucial in the success of unsullied color using my methods.
These are Schmincke colors and are available at many of the large art supply stores:
1. 208 Aureolin Modern
2. 220 Indian Yellow
3. 218 Translucent Orange
4. 363 Scarlet Red
5. 357 Alizarin Crimson
6. 351 Ruby Red
7. 367 Purple Magenta
8. 484 Phthalo blue
9. 494 Ultramarine Finest
10. 519 Phthalo Green
11. 530 Sap Green
12. 787 Paynes Grey Bluish
These can be bought individually or in a set that should be available in November 2009.
I have a few favorite mixes that I like to share on my DVDs and also with those on my workshops:
To create a gorgeous Sap Green:
Mix Sap Green with Translucent Orange = fabulous, clean, fresh and very transparent green.
To create a brilliant purple:
Thalo Green and Purple Magenta = stunning clean purple ideal for floral studies
To create a rich dark luminous transparent black:
Mix Alizarin Crimson with Thalo Green – add a touch of Thalo Blue
If your color is too strident or you simply wish to grey if off slightly – just mix a touch of the complementary color to it and voila – you have the perfect subdued color – that juxtaposed to other bright colors, will allow them to really sing.
You can dull a colour down to create beautiful grey – by simply adding more of the complementary color to a hue.
By using transparent colors you will not create mud. You can create browns and earth colors that will resemble mud in hue – but they will always glow beautifully from within.
Try my palette and you will see what I mean.
If you look up the word entertaining in the dictionary you will find that it means amusing, interesting and pleasing. So, to become a more entertaining speaker you must become more amusing, interesting and pleasing to the audience you are addressing.
Here are a few practical suggestions to help you improve your entertainment quotient as a speaker.
1. Focus on the needs and wants of your audience. Remember that a bore is ME deep in conversation. To avoid being boring be audience centred not ME centred. Speak in terms of their desire to be recognized, to belong, to feel important and to enjoy pleasure and laughter. People need attention. There is nothing more affirming than the undivided attention and appreciation of another. If you want your audience to give you there undivided attention give them yours.
2.Put a smile on your face the moment you enter the building and keep it there until you leave. I recall hearing a speaker who was very good when speaking but before he began and the moment he finished his smile was nowhere to be seen. Be conscious of the importance of your smile in meeting the needs and wants of your audience.
3. Be enthusiastic about your life and your message. Enthusiasm is contagious and does get attention. Ask yourself if you were a member of your audience would you be listening attentively to what you were saying?
4 Tell stories. A study was done at an American university to observe the factors that impacted positively on student attention and their retention of course content. It was found that when the professor used humor and storytelling in a lecture retention of material and attention to what was being taught increased significantly. There is a good message here for us as speakers.
5. Laugh at yourself during your presentation. There is nothing people enjoy more than hearing and seeing a speaker laughing at his/her weaknesses and human foibles. It gives the audience permission to laugh at themselves when they see their own shortcomings and weaknesses reflected in yours. It promotes a ” we’re all in this together” attitude. I tell a story about the time I had parked my car outside our local post office. I got out to find a beautiful middle aged woman on the step of the post office. I sucked in my stomach, smiled as I bounded up the steps like a young gazelle and gave the woman an enthusiastic ” HELLO!!” When I came out after doing my business she was still there so once again I gave her the time of day and got into my car looking and feeling quite suave. When I took out my keys and tried to insert them into the ignition they wouldn’t fit.. I looked in the rearview mirror only to see my automobile two cars behind me. In my exuberance to impress and look suave I had entered the wrong car. All I could do is get out, look at the object of my attention and say, ” OOOPS WRONG CAR” She just stood there looking very amused by my antics. Whenever I tell this story the audience roars and when I finish my presentation I usually have three or four people come up to share similar experiences with me. We are all in this together.
If you don’t laugh at yourself you leave the job to someone else.
6. Use your voice as an instrument. Show emotion, joy, intensity, amusement, frustration with your voice. Whatever you do, don’t be a monotonic speaker. They are deadly.
7. Have fun with your audience. Near the end of every presentation on humor and fun in the workplace I provide a rhythm band experience for members of my audience. I usually select 8 willing people to participate in this musical experience. I give each member of the group a rhythm band instrument similar to the instruments we all remember from primary school. With the instrument comes a brief instruction on how to play it. I don’t teach them too much as the fun comes from watching them become creative in playing their instrument. I play and sing a song on the guitar and my band goes wild. If you can’t play the guitar don’t worry about it. Just select a song from a CD and play it for the band to accompany. The song isn’t that important but the fun is. I have had CEOs from large companies in the band having a great time. After the concert I have had members of the audience say ” I’ve never seen him/her like that before. They were actually having fun.” Such is the liberating power of play.
8. Tell your audience stories. We all love to be told stories whether we are six or sixty …
I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ART BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE?
Perhaps you’ve gone to a gallery or art museum, looked at the artwork displayed and said to yourself, “What the heck is that? I can’t understand it! Why is this here in a gallery?”
Or, maybe you’ve gone to a gallery or art museum and your reactions was, “Wow! Great stuff! I like this! I don’t know why, but I do!”
Or, maybe you’ve gone to a gallery or art museum, and, after viewing the exhibits, you walk away feeling bored and disinterested. You may have said to yourself, ” Why do I bother with looking at art? I never understand it. It’s beyond me.”
Like any other discipline, art requires the viewer to be knowledgeable about the information it presents. Sometimes we think we should just automatically understand art. After all, there it is, just hanging there on the wall and all we have to do, we think, is just look at it. But do we really SEE it? Often, our response may be, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.”
That is just another way of saying, “What I like is really just based on my ignorance.”
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE MORE YOU CAN ENJOY
Liking a certain artwork is a pleasure. You have communicated with visual phenomena and really enjoyed the experience. It can be a very enriching, rewarding experience to know how and why an art form developed or have some knowledge of how and why an artist works in a particular way. More than likely, your perspective is quite limited if you have never studied art or know how it has developed in not only, our Western culture but all over the world.
What if you could gain information on the many forms of art that have been produced since humanity began, and how it developed over time to the present day? What would this kind of study mean to you? It would mean that, equipped with that knowledge, you would be able to enjoy a lot more art! Here’s why.
The more you know about art and its development, the more you can enjoy looking at art! You will see much more and understand the context, content and style of the art form. And this is the basis of Art Appreciation-a study of how to expand your knowledge of the art world, past, present and future and, with that perspective, be able to communicate with the rich visual/creative world!
HOW TO BEGIN
So, how do your start gaining knowledge of this vast art world? Where do you begin?
Begin by dipping your toe into Art History. With a basic Art History 101 knowledge you will be able to see how art, as we know it, was not really a term until the science of Art History was developed in our western culture. And, when it was developed, as you can read in many art history books in the library, art has existed as long as humans have been able to pick up a stick, brush or chisel and record their lives and experiences.
There are several ways of learning how to appreciate art:
ONE — Learn about the basics of art history. How art developed, from the Lascaux cave paintings to modern art today. Older art history books deal primarily with artistic development in Western culture. Newer books add developments in Asia, China, Russia and the mid-East. The study of Art History has, over time, become global. In learning the time lines and factors that produce new perspectives and styles in art, you will not only gain a new historical perspective, but also become acquainted with the various art forms produced over the past centuries.
TWO–Choose a certain period or style in art history and learn about it. Perhaps Impressionism interests you. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to know the difference between Op Art and Pop Art. Through studying the cultural impact of a certain style on a specific period in time, you can understand why that particular art form developed and appreciate the artwork in a broader context.
THREE–Take a tour of your local art museum. Museums offer a wide variety of art educational programs and tours of their exhibits. Or travel and see the actual art in its setting. There are many websites on the Internet listing global art tours and travel, often by geographical location or specific art and architectural styles. On site art tours offer a unique and interesting way to travel and can give you an intimate, one on one perspective with the historical art and culture of the area. Tour groups are generally small in number and conducted by very knowledgeable guides delighted to respond to all of your questions …
Stay broke! You heard me, stay broke but not poor. What is the difference? Broke is a temporary situation. Broke people have money they just misuse it. Poor is being destitute or lacking sufficient resources. I got this from Grant Cardone’s, The Millionaire Booklet. It also aligns with Dave Ramsey’s concept of naming every dollar.
This is about increasing cash flow and wealth building. Staying broke is a financial strategy to help you reach financial freedom. What does staying broke not poor really mean? First, it means having a monthly cashflow plan (budget). Second, you are practicing delayed gratification. Third, reinvesting your money into yourself and your business.
This is for wealth builders. Those entrepreneurs who are not playing average. The average business owner in the United states makes less $25,000 per year. 91% of all small businesses earn less than $250,000 per year and 80% of entrepreneurs are failing within 18 months of start-up. Playing average sucks. So don’t play average.
You see examples of entertainers and athletes who get paid big and a few years later are filing bankruptcy. There is no shortage of stories of athletes or entertainers that have filed bankruptcy or have became broke after a big payday. Top draft picks start buying toys, living lavishly, or make bad business decisions. Entertainers throw big parties, “buy” the bar, and get into debt buying things they can’t afford.
You check out Wikipedia for the statistics of famous people going broke or filing bankruptcy. These are prime examples of people who got big paychecks but did not stay broke. Athletes have a short career. There is a short window for them to produce a huge amount of income. Entertainers have to stay relevant in their industry before the well runs dry. You, as an entrepreneur, have the ability to continue to produce.
Understand that I am not telling you to cramp your current lifestyle. Staying broke requires discipline. It is making sure that you focus 95% of your time building your biggest assets. Which is you and your business. Grow faster by staying on a budget and reinvesting in your business.
People underestimate how long it takes to be successful in generating positive cashflow. They do not prepare for the peaks and valleys that are going to occur. Furthermore they are not ready for the lean times or when a part of their business fails. But staying broke can help you weather the storm that comes.
5.5 Aspects of Staying Broke
1.Cashflow Plan – In order to stay broke you have to know where your money is going. Everyone needs a cashflow plan. Know where every dollar is going. Give every cent an assignment. Money that doesn’t have an assignment tends to get lost. Tracking your dollars keeps you out of financial trouble. Money that hangs around with no purpose gets spent, wasted, or blown.
2. Delayed Gratification – I made this mistake often. I would spend my bonuses and every huge increase. I was naive to think it will always come in. I didn’t save or reinvest into my business. Thus I became broke and homeless. “Ballin” is stupid. Especially when you don’t have the assets to support it. Leave the flashiness behind. Forget impressing people and being “turnt up”.
That big client you just landed doesn’t signal it’s time to spend and get stupid with the new increase. Delay that impulse. Put that money back into your business to create more revenue. Go land some more big clients. Delay indulgence now so you can indulge later when you are financial free.
3. Increase Income – Income is king and this is the only thing that matters. Remember, we are not playing average. Businesses succeed when revenue increases. Incremental increase is key. Going from $4k per month to $4 million over night is nearly impossible. Look to double your income over the next several months. Always look to increase revenue. More sales = success.
4. Sacred Accounts – Put all that extra income into Sacred Accounts. When something is sacred you do not touch it. You don’t violated it. This money is for future use to help create more assets. I have a real estate account which I haven’t touched in years. I put a portion of my income into it every month. All of my extra cash goes into that account and I don’t touch it.
You are saving to invest. Not saving to save. This money is designated to a future purpose to create more income. It could be a second business, real estate, or something else that will increase your income flows. The key is… you are not just saving. You are studying while you are saving and learning about your next investment.
Understand it could be years before …
After the controversial appearance of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” in 1917, the world began to understand that art is not only to be found in a painting or sculpture, but rather can be made from anything around us. Later the enormous success of Pop art developed this theme. In other words, artists showed us that art is everywhere and we just need to train our eyes to see it and discover the potential in our world.
It is some time since art was exclusively the province of galleries and museums. While these remain main centers for art-lovers, the growth of street art, performance art, land art and many other innovative kinds of art have meant that it really can be something we see as we walk down the street, a part of our ordinary lives.
The world continues to change, and we become more demanding in our desire to bring some form of art to normal life. Furniture is carved or molded in unusual and creative ways, light fixtures can become works of art, while we expect a print if not an original work on many of the free walls we see on a regular basis, from our own homes to our offices to the doctor’s surgery.
Art rules our minds, it surrounds us on all sides. Going to work you can listen to a favorite piece of music through your earpieces, you can be inspired by a billboard or a piece of public art, or even recent graffiti. At lunch you may visit a gallery with a friend, or watch an art house film in the evening. One single day can include exposure to – and, if you are aware of it, appreciation of – so many different kinds of art.
Leonardo da Vinci said that there are three types of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. Contemporary art tries to attract the attention of all these kinds of people, even the last type. Modern art is sometimes bright and flashy, but at the same time it is unexpected, it appears in displays we would never have thought about before.
Art is a way of finding beauty in the world, and adding a sense of joy to our lives. However it can also act as a way of dealing with the problems of existence that have bothered humanity for millennia. In a more abstract sense, it can influence the way you live and make your life itself a recognized thing of value. Somerset Maugham believed that life is an art, that every person creates a work of art just by living.
This is a powerful thing – in letting art become a part of our life and allowing it to form our lives, we can live in a world where everything can be art, or the inspiration for art, and where everyone can in some sense be an artist.
A very witty phrase, if you ask me. Going by the definition by Wikipedia; “an idea is a concept or abstraction formed and existing in the mind. Human capability to contemplate ideas is associated with the ability of reasoning, self-reflection, and the ability to acquire and apply intellect. Further, ideas give rise to actual concepts, or mind generalizations, which are the basis for any kind of knowledge whether science or philosophy.”
So why do we say they rule the world? “Everything you see and touch was once an invisible idea until someone chose to bring into being.”- Richard Bach. Like a dream, an idea sprouts up in the mind, flies around in our brains till its used or naturally fades out. The uniqueness and power that set apart any successful businesses or individual, starts with the kind of ideas they come up with(usually influenced by their state of mind, environ and situations).
It is not enough to have an idea, but it is a good start. To create a business, you need to come up with an idea. Then once you’re in business, you need more ideas for design, engineering, capacity building, marketing, creative problem solving, customer retention, etc. Day in day out, you would need to think and generate new creative ideas to sustain the existing ideas. The accelerated pace of change and current ease of new entrants to new markets due to technological advances leaves no time to be sloppy in encouraging and nurturing ideas. The success or failure of a business could be could depend on just one idea or the timing.
Most companies are not short on new ideas, but they are short on ways to assess, prioritize, and execute those new ideas. For example, IBM existed when Dell took advantage of the internet and started online computer sales. Dell Computers had “an idea” IBM lacked and developing that single idea at that time, made Dell MONEY and a strong brand name. Ideas don’t just bring you out of your shell, they possess the power to creatively stand you out.
Find great ideas? Basically, ideas are born by combining existing ideas to form an invention(e.g. “car” and “kitchen,” = “mobile restaurant,”). Firms must enthusiastically welcome new ideas and suggestions. If an idea is given proper attention, it may become the hero in town, the next great marketing campaign, or even the perfect incubator for your next innovative product or service.
There are several instances in history where great ideas were born and have made success:
Finding solutions to a need gave birth to Crayola brand crayons which started as a need for a child friendly school instrument. To improve its business Garment Care (another laundry shop or better still a “glorified wash-man”), accepted Alder ‘s concept of “branding” and the success, we can tell. The famous Mark and Spencer wanted to be different from other retail stores in UK; today, miles away the Igbo*-boy in Tejuosho* market, sells with lines like “this one is original stuff, like Mark and Spencer”. Post It Notes was created from the “failures” in a series of experiments in trying to create a heavy adhesive. Adapting to change has helped Madonna (the world known singer and business woman) keep a firm grip on her legion of fans. Despite all the critics surrounding her career, by incorporating the latest dance ,music and trends into her own style, she has managed to retain her stage space in the entertainment industry, for decades. I remember banking in Nigeria was also very boring before Bond Bank(then)* and GTBank* changed the game thanks to Alder consulting. The lists goes on and on.
To build a strong brand out of businesses or individual you need to have a unique story to tell. The Einsteins, Gates, Dangotes*, Bruces*, Modelas*, had all made it because, Ideas Rules The World!
(*Note: this article was written from the Nigeria perspective and languages.)
There is a cute guy you keep seeing. You may meet him in class, on your way to work, or even at your favourite hang out place. Quite a few times now, you noticed him staring at you. Unfortunately, he still has not made a move to come and talk. Hence, you feel confused about what it means when a guy keeps looking at you. Does it mean he likes you? If so, then why won’t initiate conversation? Should you make the first move? Keep reading so you can decide whether to move on, or take action to move a potentially fun and great relationship along…
Here’s the biggest reason why a guy keeps looking at you...
He looks at you because he is feeling curious about you. It also means that for now, he finds you more interesting than the other things happening around him. While this shows potential that he likes you, please consider the following before you rush into introducing yourself to him…
How does he BEHAVE when you look back at him?
Does he look away or does he smile? If he looks away and pretends he wasn’t staring at you, I would do my best to ignore him. After all, a guy who is seriously attracted to you will absolutely find the courage to look back at you – at least to let you know that he is interested in you. Think about it: If a guy can’t even muster up his courage to indicate his interest, how can you trust that he will stand up and protect you in the future?
When a guy keeps looking at you, but turns away when you look back at him, his actions reveal that he is interested in looking, but he does not wish to interact with you…
You may not like hearing this, but a very possible reason he does not flirt with you, could be that he is already in a relationship with another girl! Hence, while it is safe for him to look at you, he does not want to jeopardize his relationship by flirting with you. Very often, a guy who is already chasing one girl, will not risk wasting his efforts. He knows that by ‘flirting’ with you, it could ruin his chances with the girl he is truly interested in if she finds out. This is a very possible reason why he does not smile at you when you look back at him.
Similarly, if a guy smiles at you when you look back at him, it means he is keen to interact with you. At this point, if you like him, do give him a smile too. This lets him know that you are receptive towards him, which will give him more courage to come and speak to you. The truth is, when a guy is very attracted to a woman, he can’t help but want to get to know her. He WILL get over his shyness for a girl he is crazy about. If the guy you like doesn’t make the first move, save yourself the heartache, and appreciate the guys who are willing to put themselves “out there” for you. Those are the kind of guys who deserve your time and attention. Not the guys who don’t like you enough to ask for your number and ask you out.
When one hears about winter camping, the activity is often attributed to images of tough, morbid scenarios: a suicidal recluse in a frost-molded landscape; a masochistic, distorted leisurely stroll in subzero woodlands; or a noble display of arctic pain in a ravaging blizzard tempest. Contrary to initial impressions however, using winter tents actually offers an experience more unique and relaxing than its summer counterpart. And with the right camping gears, equipment and preparation, it will not be difficult to have the best time of your life.
Camping in the winter is rather ideal. The bugs are frozen and dead. No ticks are there to eat you alive in your sleep. Even the mosquitoes are too busy shivering to death. And if you’re worried about the ants that might take your hotdogs away, they are already too preoccupied keeping themselves alive under all the earth and snow to even think about bugging you in your campfire grills.
The climate in the winter is also perfect for relaxation and cold and snow are far easier to deal with than heat and rain. Even if you camp in the nude, it will be not enough to keep the summer heat from making you toss and turn in unease all night. It will not take the sticky feeling away, either. In the winter however, you can easily dress for the occasion to ward off the chill and have a great time. A sudden downpour can also ruin your entire camp and can force you to pack up and leave if you are camping in the summer. If snowflakes are the only ones falling from the sky though, you can either savor the experience, or if you find that the weather is too capricious, you can just comfortably stay inside your winter tents as you would in your homes-no need to suddenly retreat back to the urban jungle.
The demands on your gears in camping in the winter season can be higher than normal, but in such a wintery undertaking, if you take your choice of equipments some good consideration, you will not have a difficult time to relax and enjoy in a cold and trying environment. From a selection of winter tents, it will be wise to choose one that is bigger than you would often have as you will need more room for your slightly bulkier equipments, and since you will be spending most of your time inside. Moreover, in addition to the typical things that you will need such as clothing, food, water, eating and cooking utensils, backpack stoves and fuel, you will also need a warm sleeping bag, wool socks, a winter cap, mittens with lightweight liner gloves, a pair of snowshoes and a headlamp. Apparently since it is winter camping, you will need things that will help you stay as warm and as comfortable as possible, and of course a light source to help you pass 14 hours of darkness.
Camping in the winter definitely offers an incomparable experience amidst a challenging and cold environment. It makes an ideal time to get you to truly unwind without having to worry about pesky insects that may ruin your retreat, or heat and rain that may take away the comfort of sleeping. With the right preparation and gears, winter camping will be an unforgettable experience that will make you want to return for a second one.
Tips for Interviewing Famous Musicians, Singers and Recording Artists
Interviewing famous recording artists, musicians and singers is a task that you can’t take lightly, so if you get the opportunity, you have to know what questions to ask to satisfy your audience. Anyone can interview people, but knowing the right questions can turn a decent interview into a great one.
Below are some examples of interview questions that readers or an audience will find interesting in learning about during your interview.
What is your background?
Recording artist interviews need to start somewhere, and getting their background is the perfect opening question. While this may seem pretty bland, it’s a good starting point in the interview because people naturally get more comfortable once they have introduced themselves, which is basically, what the question is asking the person being interviewed to do. Finding out about the recording artist’s family, education, and musical background will humanize them and make the audience feel closer to them before the rest of the questions are answered.
Who are your musical influences?
Every fan and aspiring musician wants to hear the answer to this question when watching or listening to recording artist interviews. Not only do we want to hear if we have similar influences, we also want to know how they were inspired.
Many musicians will surprise you with the answers that they give to this question. It’s pretty cool for example, when a musician surprises us by saying that one of their influences was someone in a completely different genre.
Are you nervous when you go on stage?
It’s hard for most people to understand how musicians go on stage all of the time without showing any nervousness whatsoever. Interviewing famous recording artists gives us a chance to hear how they deal with the butterflies that all of us have to deal with when talking or performing in front of a crowd of people. There are a few people who amazingly don’t get butterflies, but chances are you will get an answer that will help some of your audience deal with their own nerves.
What would you change about the music industry?
This question can be both controversial and informative, which is a great combination when you are interviewing famous recording artists. No matter what business people are in, there are always things that could be better.
When it comes to musicians, they’re often very open about what they like and dislike about the business, so this would be your chance to find out about things that no one else could. It’s an amazing opportunity that you just can’t pass up.
Do you have any advice for up-and-coming artists?
Recording artist interviews should always include one or two questions that allow the artist to communicate directly if taking place with a live audience. Obviously, if you’re interviewing a musician, chances are the audience may be filled with aspiring singers, songwriters and musicians. These people want to know anything and everything that professional musicians have to say, so try to get them to give as much advice as they can.
You’ll often find that these questions can lead to other potentially great questions. Don’t pass up the chance to ask follow-up questions if they can make the interview even better. You will probably only have one chance to interview this person, so get the most out of it with good preparation before the interview and good instincts during the interview.
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Comedy as entertainment has been around for a while. The oldest written comedy was written by a dramatist of the ancient Greek theater, Aristophanes. He wrote 40 comedies, and 11 of them are still being performed today.
These ancient Greek comedies were based on “humor” that today would be called “politically incorrect.” They were bawdy, sexist, and full of sexual innuendo, and made fun of certain groups or stereotypes.
Vaudeville gave birth to modern humor. Although humor was still mostly politically incorrect, it did move on from sexual innuendo and making fun of certain groups of people to more sophisticated forms of “funny.”
When moving pictures came along, comedy was based almost entirely upon action. We called it “slapstick.” Punching, hitting, twisting arms, etc. was funny. The Three Stooges were the quintessential slapstick comedians of the era. They could walk into a room full of high society stuffed-shirts and leave the place in shambles. The Three Stooges movies are still popular today, and nobody has bettered their slapstick technique – ever.
You can’t discuss comedy without mentioning the “first couple of comedy,” Lucy and Desi. The “I Love Lucy” Show was comedy at its best. The jokes are still politically correct today. It wasn’t necessary to rely on sexual innuendo or ethnic humor. Lucy and Desi were just FUNNY. Those old reruns can still make people laugh!
Sexual and ethnic humor gets the “cheapest” laughs. Very little talent is required, and even the timing isn’t all that important. REAL comedy makes you laugh without relying on cheap laughs. Think about that the next time you watch what sometimes passes for comedy today.
True comedians are real artists. Comedy is probably THE most difficult form of entertainment. Comedians and comedies don’t have to wait for the reviews to be written. If the audience laughed in the right places, the show was a hit. If they didn’t, it wasn’t.
The entertainment industry includes everything that’s make-believe and/or makes us laugh, cry, become fearful, or happy or sad – or experience any other emotion because of what is happening before our eyes.
I call the circus entertainment at its finest, but there are those who would differ with me. Some want to classify the “entertainment industry” only as plays, movies, or television that employs actresses and actors to portray make-believe characters. That is simply too narrow a definition for me. I’ve stood in front of the monkey cage at the zoo and laughed harder than I did at the last comedy production that I attended.
The entertainment industry, in my opinion, includes anything and everything that provides entertainment – and that includes the circus.
The circus has it all. There’s suspense (high wire acts), there’s drama (trapeze acts), there’s comedy (clowns), and the most amazing trained exotic animals you can imagine. That’s entertainment. What else would you call it?
The circus isn’t new. There was a circus in ancient Rome. There were horse shows, riding exhibitions, staged battles, and jugglers, acrobats, and trained animals. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey didn’t think up the circus.
When I first moved to China, I knocked around the back streets and roads, as I always do. During my explorations, I bought a few old teapots. Personally, I always rely on my own judgment in buying art. I have made my own art, in a number of mediums; I bought my first ceramic art, back in 1970. I studied art, I have had friends who are artists, and I have been dealing in various forms of art since that first purchase (which was sold only with the sale of my country inn, in 2000). I did not spend a lot of money on those teapots, and I liked them. As it turned out they were fakes of very famous teapot art, so I was not off the mark in my old teapot appreciation.
Over the years, I have learned a lot about Chinese Yixing zisha teapots, old and new. As it turns out, for old teapots, many people started making copies (fakes) of old teapots and aging them (bathtub full of dirt; then, dry). Actually, I am familiar with the basic techniques from my business making furniture and folk art reproductions and my other business of buying and selling the real thing. To make aged painted furniture, for example, we used old nails and milk paint and buried it in manure for a week. Brass can be aged by putting it in a place with fumes from ammonia. Then, we just used old glass with bubbles in it to make cabinets that looked antique. The point is that that is nothing new. People have been making both fakes and reproductions of many forms of art for many years.
In teapots, the situation is much worse, on a number of fronts. First of all, the way in which teapots have been signed by an artist, off and on, over the past several hundred years, is with that artist’s or factory’s stamps, which have the Chinese characters of their names, sometimes, somewhat stylized. The stamp is usually on the bottom of the pot, which appears to have begun with the Gong Chun teapot. Later, marks were also included on the underside of the lid, and underneath the handle, although there are variations. We have also heard of a tradition that the direction of the stamp should be along the axis of handle and spout facing front, but, then, we have seen that particular rule also violated. Before the late 1800’s, it was also common for carved lettering to appear on teapot surfaces. Some specific details also apply to certain periods. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, wooden seals were used with Chinese characters but no actual names. In the 1960’s, a cooperative was formed, and all teapots were stamped only with Zhong Guo Yi Xing.
However, it was also common, during that period, for artists to put their own seals under the lid. During the cultural revolution of 1966 to 1976, artists were not permitted to put their seals on teapots but were assigned a number. The point is that it is easy to make a copy of the stamp from the original stamp impressions on original teapots, which can also be done with carved lettering. Before the 1960’s, impressions of the original seals were taken with red wax, which made a slightly smaller seal that the original. These days it is done by computer. In comparison, it is much more difficult, for example, to forge the written signature of an artist, Chinese or Western, although that also is not impossible, and many forged paintings of past artists have turned up over the years. In fact, the use of a black light can also sometimes help to reveal fakes, in paintings.
The next thing is materials. As I mentioned, when we made reproductions of furniture and folk art, we used nails that were made by a company the same way for 200 years. We used milk paint that was also made the same way for several hundred years. Then, we could also get hardware that was antique, and we could even get wooden boards that were several hundred years old. We, then, finished pieces with our own homemade finishes, using the same materials that had been used for making finishes for hundreds of years. In teapots, there is old clay available because, for example, teapot artist families have been buying clay from Yixing mines for many, many years and have passed some of it down through the generations. However, one of the real differences for older clay and older teapots is that the particle size of the rock powder making up the clay was about twice as large, in the mid-Qing Dynasty, about three times as large in the early Qing Dynasty, and about five times as large, in the Ming period. …
Neither conference championship game was very exciting, as New England trounced Pittsburgh and Atlanta dismantled Green Bay. All football fans are hoping the Super Bowl will prove to be more of a nail biter.
What would really be nice is to have a contest much like those to set up the conference championship matchups, when the Packers beat the Cowboys on a last second field goal and the Steelers edged the Chiefs when a fourth quarter two point conversion was nullified. The Super Bowl will not likely be as exciting as either of those penultimate games before the championships.
When it comes to superior penultimate occurrences, one only needs to look at the world of music. Some of the best rock albums ever recorded have their outstanding track as the second to last song, a phenomenon known as the penultimate track.
Stylusmagazine.com listed “Going To California” from Led Zeppelin IV and “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Queen’s Jazz album. Both songs are the standouts on their respective records, far superior to the final tracks.
In Issue 79 of Big Takeover magazine, columnist Jeff Kelson discusses a rather comprehensive list of what he terms penultimate tracks, second to last songs that are much better than the one that follows. Among the tracks he mentions are “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths from The Queen Is Dead and “Eton Rifles” by the Jam from Setting Sons. Two others listed are “Behind Blue Eyes” by the Who from Who’s Next and “The Needle and the Damage Done” from Neil Young’s Harvest.
Although he failed to make Kelson’s column, Elton John could actually appear twice on any discussion about penultimate tracks. The standout track on Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player is the second to last song, “Honky Cat.” The follow up album Caribou featured its biggest hit, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” as the second to last tune.
Here are eleven other penultimate songs, along with the artists and the album they come from.
Peaceful Easy Feeling by the Eagles
This timeless love ballad is the second to last song from the band’s self-titled debut, which also featured “Take It Easy” and “Witchy Woman.”
Ballad of Dwight Frye by Alice Cooper
Love It To Death was the breakthrough album as “I’m Eighteen” hit the Top Ten, but the best of the ten songs is the ninth.
How Lovely All It Was by the Old 97s
This second to last song from the alternative country band’s from The Grand Theater Volume II recalls the music the Eagles made on their first few records.
Death At One’s Elbow by The Smiths
The group’s last album, Strangeways Here We Come, is a collection of British rock highlighted by its penultimate song that has Morrissey pleading, “Oh Glenn, don’t come to the house tonight.”
Suit of Lights by Elvis Costello
King of America indicated a more acoustic direction for Costello, and his Attractions appeared only on the album’s second to last song.
Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison
The Beatles guitarist did his most accessible work on 33 & 1/3, on which the penultimate song was also the biggest hit.
Dress Me Up As a Robber by Paul McCartney
The Stevie Wonder collaboration “Ebony and Ivory” closes Tug of War, but the track preceding it has long been considered the best on the record.
Oh Brother by Frank Turner
This poignant tribute from Tape Deck Heart shows the British alt rocker at his finest lyrically.
Gone For Good by the Shins
This title would have been perfect for the closing song on Chutes Too Narrow, but James Mercer and his band placed one after it.
Death and Night and Blood by the Stranglers
Black and White featured a dark side and a white side, so a song with such a morbid trifecta would obviously appear on the black side.
Pretty Girls by Joe Jackson
The debut album Look Sharp is comprised of eleven catchy tunes, but the best of the bunch is track ten.
Hua Niao – The Concept
Chinese Bird-and-Flower Painting, known as Hua Niao, is a kind of painting named after its themes that cover flowers, birds, insects, and fish. The artists have the leeway to understand flowers as plants, and to include pets in their artworks.
Hua Niao Painting existed since quite early Chinese eras. It graced bronze vessels, potteries, and phoenix work of arts on silk, during the Warring States Period (7th-4th centuries B.C.). The images depicted corroborate that ancient Chinese flowers and birds were the favorite topics of the Hua Niao artists. Simple and plain initially, this Chinese Painting style eventually graduated to a mature and significant art form, with the help of developed schools, techniques, and well-established theoretical background. Hua Niao works became an absolute study of art through the Tang Dynasty (618-907), growing until the end of Five Dynasties Period (907-60).
In pre-Tang and Tang Dynasty, emotions, moods, feelings, and the temperament of the human figures were the identifying features of the Bird and Flower Painting. The characters rarely looked at each other. The ‘flowers’ they held, the ‘trees’ they sat near to, or the ‘birds’ flying around them, would symbolize the relationship existing between them. This symbolic representation of human feelings was an important turning point in the history of Chinese Art. Soon, Hua Niao became an independent Fine Art form during the mid and late Tang Dynasty.
– Ink and Wash Painting
– Fine Brush Painting
– Fine Brush with Ink and Wash Painting
– Fine Brush with Heavy Color
– Fine Brush with Light Color
– Fine Brush with Freehand Style
– Freehand Style
– Great Freehand Style
– Slight Freehand Style
Many famous artists emerged during 618-960, with Huang Quan and Xu Xi being the representative names among them. Quan Huang was a court painter and his paintings focused on rare flowers and birds in the court. His depictions were lively and looked full-fledged luxurious and beautiful. ‘Sketch of Rare Bird Scroll,’ portraying many kinds of birds, was a masterpiece by Huang.
Artist Xu Xi also belonged to the same dynasties and was not involved in any kind of politics. Xu used ink for his artworks. Thick strokes, wild themes, and branches & leaves were a couple of key features of his paintings. Xu would use a small amount of colors to avert any impairment to the ink. ‘Snow Covers Bamboo’ was one of the unique works by Xu Xi.
Figures show that the digital economy is becoming a large part of the global economy worldwide. In many Sub-Saharan African countries, some aspects of the digital economy have already had a huge impact on the daily life of the population. This is particularly apparent for mobile payment. In a country like Kenya, mobile payment represents 10% of its annual GDP. Other factors, such as the emergence of equipment in the affordable devices market and increased connectivity, reinforce the movement towards digitization of socioeconomics and culture. Consequently, there are many positive outcomes that those countries should focus on and enhance. Here are five such benefits:
1. Digital economy enhances business creativity and entrepreneurship
The link between digital economy and creativity is almost evident. Major technology services of these last years are based on disruptive ideas. Creativity is the driving force that allows us to address issues around us and seize opportunities. Now is the ideal time to break rules, build and innovate culture, find original ways to monetize ideas, and eventually have a deep impact on society. The idea of inventing a Touch Screen Medical Tablet came to a young Cameroonian engineer while he was an intern at a public hospital. During his internship, he decided to address the issue of a critical lack of heart surgeons by building a device that can perform medical examinations in distant places and transmit results to doctors for interpretation and diagnosis. Being and remaining competitive in this digital era requires you to invent new business models and approaches in relation to customers and access to markets. The good news is that people can be inspired by many successful examples in this current world.
2. Digital economy has a direct impact on employment
There are many potential jobs tied to the ICT field, such as computer and electronic products, software publishing, telecommunications or IT. There is also a demand for specialists in the global ecosystem: mobile app developers, data scientists, and social networks specialists. Of course skilled workers are needed worldwide and this offers the possibility to anyone to foster his/her career locally or globally at anytime, even from the comfort of their own home. The self-employed and entrepreneurs can take advantage of numerous opportunities available to start their own business. But it is important to mention that people should work together, share new ideas, assess their projects and develop synergies. It can also be relevant for both employers and employees to think deeply on the shift on working habits with ‘Uberization’ of the labor market.
3. Digital economy opens up Africa as global potential market
Unlike what some falsely think, Africa is not a country. But one of the promising prospects of digital economy, especially for investors, is the possibility to look at the African market as a whole or at least as blocks of potential clients with similar purchase power and/or lifestyles. Nowadays, many executives and business developers are targeting more and more the growing African urban consumers as they have become demand boosters. Africa Internet Group (a start-up founded in Nigeria in 2012) is now operating e-commerce companies in 26 countries across Africa and has recently received additional investments totaling $245 millions to support its continuous growth. Today, entrepreneurs should have African musicians’ mindset as many have been thinking about their art like something to be appreciated in many African countries. And that’s why they list cities which they think they will be successful with their craft: Douala, Abidjan or Nairobi, and even other cities outside of the continent.
4. Digital economy induces positive social impacts
For some people excluded from the financial system, mobile devices have been a channel for access to some financial services. It has even been the first step in connecting them with the rest of the society. Nowadays with mobile money, everyone can buy a plane ticket (or train or bus) from a mobile phone without a bank account that requires proof of formal job, for instance. There are still ways to explore the alignment of micro credit with mobile money in an optimal way that can address dynamic populations without means and ideal projects in which to invest. In the same way, fields like m-health and m-education are just beginning to be explored.
With digital economy, the production chain is a shortcut and collaboration is a path for great achievements. The fact that information is instantly available for everyone reduces inequalities among citizens. Everyone can be skilled to take his own destiny in hands without necessarily being affiliated with a powerful network. With the potential growth induced by those patterns and if different stakeholders implement good practices, sustainable development is the normal output of those positive impacts.
5. Digital economy amplifies sustainable development
It indeed requires fewer warehouses, fewer objects and sometimes there is no need …
American painter, sculptor and filmmaker, Julian Schnabel (born, 1951) is a recognized name in Hollywood, who has also been a front-runner of ‘Neo-Expressionism.’ He entered the field of art through his first solo exhibition in the year 1975, when painting as an art, was losing its sheen. Schnabel is known for his overly assertive ways of self-promotion, often to the ire of the critics and art admirers. His style of painting is full of brashness, provocation, and raw force of expression. Schnabel’s magnum opus, “The Walk Home,” remains the most significant corroborator of his undisputed authority over the ‘Modern Expressionist’ art.
“The Walk Home” is a large piece, 9’3″ X 19’4″ in dimension, created during 1984-85, and currently put on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles. This painting beautifully carries the distinguishing elements of the resurrected art of painting in the form of defiant ‘Abstractionism,’ where the artists refuse to confine their works to pure paints over flat canvas. Actually, “The Walk Home” is an ‘Abstract’ piece of work set in varied media, such as broken pieces of crockery, metals like bronze & copper, pieces of fiberglass, and oil paints, over a base made of wood. This work represents a blend of mosaic, painting, and minor relief work as a revolutionary practice in an otherwise staid art of painting. In line with most of the sects of ‘Modern Art,’ “The Walk Home” also focuses more on the technique of presentation, rather than merely on a thematic expression.
The modern artists dismiss the concept of singleness of the meaning of an artwork and they prefer to keep it open to the different sections of admirers to interpret the meaning their way. The theme of Julian’s “The Walk Home” is believed to be centered on the fable of a king who was attacked by unknown assailants, who hid in waiting, on his way home. Arguably, it indirectly, symbolizes the artist’s resentment against the conventional landscape of art, where each new movement of artistic rendition has tried to cannibalize its previous generation. It further reflects an artist’s befuddlement, amid the haze of the ‘Post-Modernist’ art scenario, in identifying the way back to where they belong. The bold color scheme and thick brush strokes, embodiment of the trapped coarse energy and overflowing emotions over assorted random media, add to the dramatic appeal of the depiction, ranking it as one of the masterpieces of modern creativity.