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    10 Best Movies of the 70’s Now Available on Blu-ray

    Many people have called the 1970’s the second Golden Age of Cinema, on par with movies produced during the late 1920s up to the late 1950s. With new directors such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese coming onto the scene, it’s very hard to argue this fact. The 70’s were without a doubt a time of great storytelling, producing high quality movies driven by characters more so than by plot. Great movies that still hold up today.

    Below are some of these 70’s movies now available on Blu-ray. Each one is a great achievement in cinema and would be essential to anyone’s movie collection. One of the greatest advantages of owning a Blu-ray DVD Player is the fact that you get to relive watching all these wonderful movies you enjoyed in the past, as if you were watching them for the very first time. Check out these top movies of the 70’s and enjoy them once again.

    M*A*S*H (Director: Robert Altman, 1970)

    While being one of the most acclaimed comedies ever made, M*A*S*H is also one of the most iconic antiwar movies ever produced. Directed by Robert Altman, it is based on the novel “MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors” by Richard Hooker. Adapted for the screen by Ring Larder Jr., it tells the story of a group of medical doctors and nurses stationed in Korea during the Korean War. With no real plot, the film is about the arrival of two surgeons, Captains “Hawkeye” Pierce and “Duke” Forrest and their interaction with the surgical staff. They use a series of humorous hi-jinks to keep their sanity during all the horror that war brings.

    Video Quality: M*A*S*H was never a film that looked crisp and sharp; or particularly bright. This was the intentional purpose of the original cinematographers. They used filters and brownish tones to give the film its unique look. While this look is preserved in its 1080p with AVC-encoded transfer, it still gives us the best image quality the film has ever had.

    Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

    Video resolution: 1080p

    Aspect ratio: 2:35.1

    Original aspect ratio: 2.40:1

    Audio Quality: The film has been given a newly lossless sound in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 soundtrack.

    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

    French: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1

    German: DTS 5.1

    English: Dolby Digital Mono

    Special Features:

    – “The Complete Interactive Guide to M*A*S*H”

    – “AMC Backstory: M*A*S*H”

    – “Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H”

    – “M*A*S*H: History Through the Lens”

    – “Remembering M*A*S*H: 30th Annual Cast & Crew Reunion”

    – Two trailers

    – Stills gallery

    A Clockwork Orange (Director: Stanley Kubrick, 1971)

    A controversial film even to this day. Its depiction of sex and violence is some of the most graphic ever put on screen. But simply stated, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is a cinematic masterpiece. Adapted from the Anthony Burgress novel of the same name, the film is about a man, Alex DeLarge, who is a psychopathic delinquent. Among his many delights is Beethoven, rape, and ultra-violence. He is the leader of a group of young criminals who spend their nights stealing cars, breaking into peoples homes and vicious attacks on their follow human beings. Alex is taken by the government and is used as a test subject in an experiment to force criminals to become well behaving citizen. With this film, Kubrick asked us to consider the greater evil. The monstrous acts committed by Alex throughout the film or our willingness to destroy a person’s own moral choices to maintain social order.

    Video Quality: The film is presented on Blu-ray in 1080p with VC-1 encoding and a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Its many brilliant and crude colors are given a tremendous upgrade.

    Video codec: VC-1

    Video resolution: 1080p

    Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

    Audio Quality: The audio for the movie has been remixed into a PCM 5.1 uncompressed track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. You can now enjoy synthesized Beethoven symphonies in all their glory.

    English: PCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

    English: Dolby Digital 5.1

    French: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

    German: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Special Features:

    – Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Film Historian Nick Redman

    – “Still Tickin’: The Return of A Clockwork Orange”

    – Great Bolshy Yarblockos: The Making of A Clockwork Orange”

    – “O Lucky Malcolm”

    – Theatrical Trailer

    The Godfather I and II (Director: Francis Ford Coppola, 1972/1974)

    Generally considered two of the best American Movies ever made and landmarks in world cinema. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Godfather II is a multi-generational crime family saga. Staring Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son Michael; the story takes place in New York in the late 1940’s. The Corlones are a …

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    Skating and the Newton’s Laws

    Physics is what drives the skates, be it the traditional roller skates or the new age inline skates. The world is all about science. And when it comes to talking about the science behind working of things, it is physics bang on.

    Newton’s law of motion are comprised of three basic laws. Instead of going from laws 1 to 3, let us go in the order of how the skater begins skating and finally stops. This way the understanding of underlying laws becomes easy.

    Starting the skating process

    The skater begins the process of skating by pushing the toes and heels on the ground, opposite to the direction in which he/she wants to move. Here the energy from the muscles (potential energy) is transferred to the wheels (kinetic energy) of the skates. The skater moves because, the ground exerts an equal and opposite force to the wheels, thereby making it spin.

    This is governed by Newton’s third law of motion which states that, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. The action here was to push the ground with the skates and the equal and opposite reaction was to push the skater forward.

    While this happens, the wheels spin because of a torque which is produced by friction from the ground. This friction is called static friction. This force causes one surface to slide over the other. It happens so that when the roller blades move forward, the surface of Earth moves backwards to let the skater move. Sounds bizarre?! Well, the Earth is so huge that you hardly notice that it is going few millimetres to the other side!

    Repeating the process to gain speed

    To go on this entire process is repeated over and over again to gain speed. This is governed by Newton’s second law which states, “The rate of change of momentum is proportional to the imposed force and goes in the direction of the force”. It means if you push twice as hard, the acceleration is going to be twice as much.

    It also indicates that if you push the other way, you will decelerate, that is, reduce your speed. It also suggests that heavier the body (or the person), more force is required to accelerate. Hence, lighter the person, faster is the acceleration going to be.

    Gliding with momentum

    After a while the skater will start gliding or coasting. This occurs solely based on momentum gathered from the high speed gained earlier.

    Newton’s first law of motions states this as, “A body remains at rest or in motion with a constant velocity unless acted upon by an external force”. That is, the skater will continue to coast unless he/she stops by applying brakes or he/she bumps onto someone or falls and trips due to loss of balance.

    This is how physics and skating are related by Newton’s laws of motion. Next time you skate, experience it from physic’s eyes.

    Source by Pavithra V. Kumaar

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    The Main Setbacks of Content and Language Integrated Learning

    1. Introduction

    Content and language integrated learning, more commonly known as CLIL, is a term coined in 1994 and originally defined as a set of educational methods which aim at teaching a subject in a foreign language, thus bearing a dual focus: learning the contents of a subject and a foreign language, simultaneously. Since then, many authors have strived to further define what CLIL means, as well as to gain further insight into what it implies. Coyle et al (2010) define it as “an educational approach in which various language-supportive methodologies are used which lead to a dual-focused form of instruction, where attention is given both to the language and the content“. If we look at both definitions, the former given by Kohonen (1994) through UniCOM (a project integrating the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and the European Platform for Dutch Education), we see that most elements are repeated, namely educational methods/approach, dual focus, language and content, etc. Hence, we can see that despite time, almost a good twenty years now, the essence of CLIL still remains the same.

    But why has CLIL become an important approach in terms of teaching? Although this question may be answered at length at any time by many respected authors, it may also be summarised in only a few lines. Its importance is widely understood to lie in the idea that any given language should be the means towards achieving something else. In our context, an educational one, language learning is regarded as a tool towards learning other contents, as well as an educational goal in itself. In this sense, CLIL may be regarded as the perfect educational approach. Firstly, we learn a subject’s content. Secondly, we acquire a foreign language. Thirdly, we are to use the foreign language, not just to learn about it, which is as optimal as it gets. Sadly, the sociocultural and educational contexts in which CLIL may be implemented are in most cases far from perfect, making it difficult or even impossible to be carried out. In this sense, we should ask ourselves whether CLIL is actually as good as it sounds, whether it is really determining the course to be followed, or if it is simply another utopic approach that will eventually be cast into oblivion. This article aims to clarify this particular issue: is CLIL the approach for the future? In order to be able to answer this controversial query, I will outline some of the drawbacks in relation to the implementation of CLIL, dividing them into those which I consider have a greater importance in terms of difficulty, and those which may be overcome more easily.

    2. Major CLIL setbacks

    CLIL, just as any other teaching approach, has its supporters and detractors, and it is our goal now to focus on the arguments expressed by the latter, in order to determine whether CLIL is worth all the fuss or not. Let us now see some of the greatest difficulties that implementing a CLIL approach brings about.

    Firstly, off the top of any teacher’s head, arise what are surely regarded as the major obstacles when even considering implementing CLIL in any given educational context: time constraints and attainment of goals. These two issues, though they may be treated separately, should be dealt with together, as they always come hand-in-hand. On the one hand, we have to take into account that learning a language, by whatever means, is no easy feat. It takes years to master a mother tongue, how easy can it be to excel in a foreign language? Not at all. In this sense, we ought to consider the time that pupils under a CLIL approach are exposed to the foreign language. Ideally, if every subject were taught in that foreign language, every student would benefit from a good 25-30 hours a week of language exposure, at least. This amount of time is surely enough to become fluent in a foreign language in several years. However, thinking so is unrealistic. Firstly, it is rather unlikely that such amount of exposure really took place, due to other related issues such as culture-related problems, shortage of teacher training or lack of linguistic fluency or mastery. Also, some students would need a good deal of instruction in their mother tongue to take place so as to be provided with a comprehensible starting point. Besides, during these 25-30 hours, how long do students spend speaking to each other for non-academic purposes? And more specifically, which language would they use to do so, or even for academic reasons, their own comfortable mother tongue or a second language with which they might not feel confident enough? This would deduct a considerable amount of time from the initially given figure.

    On the other hand, closely related to time constraints, there …

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    Sexy Rock Music – Top Sexy Songs by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

    Trent Reznor, mastermind behind industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, is no stranger to the realm of Top Songs in the genre of Sexy Rock Music. And if you were to ask anyone who has dipped their head into the rock world for an iota of time, they would be able to come up saying NIN’s “Closer” definitely deserves a spot on any Top 10 list.

    But what about Trent’s other bands/projects? What about How To Destroy Angels, the band he shares with his wife, Mariqueen, and friend/collaborator Atticus Ross? What about his soundtracks, also co-composed by Ross? His remixes/covers?

    How’s about we dip into less charted territory?

    Here’s an example of a playlist utilizing Trent Reznor’s sexy deep cuts:

    1. All Time Low (Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks)

    Start the ball rolling with this loud mid-tempo funk song, which sounds very akin to “Closer” (Trent even inserts verses from “Closer” when he performs “All Time Low” live). Between the dissonant 70’s style guitar of Adrian Belew, the staccato bass lines of Pino Palladino, and the drugged out arpeggiator at the end of the song, this song takes you on a drunken sexual journey. Good way to start things off.

    2. Get Down Make Love (Nine Inch Nails – Sin)

    Bring up the angst a bit with Trent’s industrial version of Queen’s deep track from “News of the World”. Produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Trent’s distorted vocals make him sound all the more desperate and sexually frustrated, completely the opposite of Freddy Mercury’s confident “I’m the provider of all things sexual, now do what I say.” Trent’s take is more “Do what I say??? PLEASE?! BEFORE WE ALL DIE OF BLUE BALLS!!!!”

    3. 27 Ghosts III (Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV)

    Keep the angst and noise high. This super deep cut is an instrumental from a series of instrumental EP’s called “Ghosts”. These EP’s were the main reason David Fincher asked Trent and Atticus to score his films. Fincher would put songs from “Ghosts” in the soundtrack of “The Social Network” to test the feel of things, trying to hear what the difference would be between a darker score and a score of more upbeat rock songs from Elvis Costello.

    4. Only (El-P Remix) (Nine Inch Nails — Every Day Is Exactly the Same)

    This half-timed version of NIN’s hit single “Only” by hip hop artist El-P changes the original disco feel into a super sexually charged schmorgasbord of sweaty beats/turntable effects. Technically not made by Trent, specifically, but shut up. It’s part of the Halo canon (Halos being Nine Inch Nails’ official catalog system). This will totally work in your favor.

    5. The Loop Closes (How to Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion)

    An almost instrumental song, this tune brings electronica and exotic instrumentation together, solidified by another “Closer”-ish beat. A great song that utilizes a rising dynamic throughout, starting soft, it steadily climbs its way into forte (and you should be climbing to your own forte) before releasing its energy and resolving in a blippy electronic pianissimo. It’s also great to hear Trent and his wife riffing together in the vocals.

    6. Reptile (Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral)

    A classic NIN song from a classic album, but a deep cut, nonetheless. Trent is totally in his element of sexual frustration and loss. Take things to a darker tone (which, considering everything on this playlist is dark, is saying something).

    7. Closer (Precursor) (Nine Inch Nails – Closer to God)

    I know I said we’d stick to more uncharted territory, so why is “Closer” showing up? Touche. BUT this is a remix done by Coil. If you’ve seen the opening credits to “Se7en” (by the aforementioned David Fincher, no less) then you’ve heard this really great take on NIN’s biggest single. It’s dirty, sludgy, long, and has a slightly more disturbing feel than the original.

    8. A Familiar Taste (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network)

    This song is a revisited and altered version of a song from Nine Inch Nails’ “Ghosts” collection. But I like this version better. In the film, “The Social Network”, it plays while Mark Zuckerberg is imagining what happens at all the frat parties he’d like to attend when they invite young college ladies over for a night of drunken, sexual revelry. This song is a good warmer upper for the next track on the list…

    9. Vessel (Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero)

    I love this track. This truly rivals “Closer”‘s reign of sexiest NIN song of all time. This one’s pumping, throbbing gristle is great for the more violent sexual rompers out there. The noise, the blips, the groove: it’s perfect.

    10. Consummation (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl)

    This one’s dark. The darkest on …

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    Parenting 101 – How Can Traditional Games Benefit Your Child?

    For the past few years, I've talked to parents complaining about their kids and their online or computer habits.

    "They spend too much time playing online games.

    "When my child loses a game, he yells at me," adds a frustrated mother.

    "My son hopes to eat meals." He's so immersed with it that he completely ignores me, "says another.

    I feel bad for them but it's true. Our children are simply bombarded with tons of new online stuffs. I'm not against online games. At least, they have some role in engaging our kids. But most of these online games are designed to entertain and so after a while, some kids get bored. And if done in excess, some even become grouchy.

    Meanwhile, traditional games are overlooked if not ignored. When I say traditional games, I'm not just referring to old, classic games. I consider most board, word, or card games as traditional games because they do not use computer or "hi-tech" gadgets.

    Unlike traditional games, today's online games do not involve social interaction. If permitted, kids can stay with the computer all day long. Instead of spending time with their parents, siblings, or friends, they spend time with a cold, lifeless machine. And this is where the problem comes in – the lack of connection with a human soul.

    How can traditional games help kids?

    First, traditional games can help kids learn to recognize their emotions, although indirectly. During play, kids learn to deal with frustration after a loss, with excitation after a win, with anger after getting a "bad turn," with anxiety when pride is on the line.

    By playing traditional games, kids also learn how to communicate politely with other players. They show empathy to players who loses, become assertive with those who bend the rules, and control their temper when others become rowdy.

    I strongly believe in the educational value of traditional games. Here about three years ago, I developed a board game – now known as Oikos Game –designed not only to entertain and create fun but also to provide an educational experience for parents and kids. Learning through play is one of the ways to teach life lessons to kids. Second, traditional games provide a venue for families to spend time together, to generate live banter, and to communicate with one another – done in the spirit of fun. The time spent each day to play with kids is a time well-spent. At the end of the day, what kids remember are the happy times spent with their parents and siblings. It will not matter to them who wins or loses.

    They will cherish those moments of accomplishment and treasure those periods of laughter. The closeness and warmth among family members will forever be celebrated.

    Kids love to connect with their parents. They need to feel secure, to be affirmed, to be listened to. They want frequent hugs, comforting words, and even high fives. If given a choice, most kids will prefer a warm, genuine touch and a caring, healing voice over an online game.

    So a daily thirty-minute playtime with kids is an occasion to help families thrive.

    Third, traditional games pilot the brain through logical thinking and strategy. Studies have shown that to keep our brain healthy, we need to constantly stimulate it. Through reading, learning new things, playing word or board games, solving puzzles, or doing physical activities, our brain positions fit.

    Like many specialists, I've recommended brain-stimulating activities to individuals who suffer from dementia. In my experience, those who often play card or word games and solve puzzles get worse slower than those who do not. Indeed, our brain also needs "mental aerobics" to keep it sharp and healthy.

    In summary, traditional games allow families to have quality time together while improving relationships, creating laughter, keeping the brain healthy, and strengthening the bond that glue the family's fabric.

    Source by Michael Rayel

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    Suggested Careers For Myers Briggs Test Personality Types

    During times of a major economic downturn many people decide to change their career. Usually a major career change will require that you go back to school. Going back to school can be a tough decision especially if you have already started your career. To help decide which career type you should follow we have created a list of careers that are best suited for each of the 16 Myers Briggs personality types.


    Military, business administrators, managers, police/detective work, judges, financial officers, teachers, sales representatives, government workers, insurance agents, underwriters, nursing administrators, trade and technical teachers, mafia dons. Natural leaders, they work best when they are in charge and enforcing the rules.


    Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, militia members. Similar to the ESTJ, they have a knack for detail and memorization, but work more behind the scenes instead of up front as a leader.


    Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselers, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization

    leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.. They do best in jobs where they can apply their natural warmth at building relationships with other people.


    Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers,

    bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists. Tradition-oriented and down-to-earth, they do best in jobs where they can help people achieve their goals, or where structure is needed.


    Sales representatives, marketers, police, detectives, paramedics, medical technicians, computer technicians, computer technical support, entrepreneurs, comedians, agents, race car drivers,

    firefighters, military, loan sharks, con men, auditors, carpenters, craft workers, farmers, laborers, service workers, transportation operatives. They have a gift for reacting to and solving immediate problems, and persuading other people.


    Police, detectives, forensic pathologists, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, engineers, carpenters, mechanics, pilots, drivers, athletes, entrepreneurs, firefighters,

    paramedics, construction workers, dental hygienists, electrical engineers, farmers, military, probation officers, steelworkers, transportation operatives, hit men. With the ability to stay calm

    under pressure, they excel in any job which requires immediate action.


    Actors, painters, comedians, adult entertainers, sales representatives, teachers, counselors, social workers, child care, fashion designers, interior decorators, consultants, photographers,

    musicians, human resources managers, clerical supervisors, coaches, factory supervisors, food service workers, receptionists, recreation workers, religious educators, respiratory therapists.. Optimistic and fun-loving, their enthusiasm is great for motivating others.


    Artists, musicians, composers, designers, child care workers, social workers, counselers, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, naturalists, bookkeepers, carpenters, personal service workers,

    clerical supervisors, secretaries, dental and medical staffers, waiters and waitresses, chefs, nurses, mechanics, physical therapists, x-ray technicians. They tend to do well in the arts, as well as helping others and working with people.


    Teachers, consultants, psychiatrists, social workers, counselers, clergy, sales representative, human resources, managers, events coordinators, politicians, diplomats, writers, actors, designers,

    homemakers, musicians, religious workers, writers. They have a gift of encouraging others actualize themselves, and provide excellent leadership.


    Counselers, clergy, missionaries, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychologists, psychiatrists, writers, musicians, artists, psychics, photographers, child care workers, education consultants, librarians, marketeers, scientists, social workers.. Blessed with an idealistic vision, they do best when they seek to make that vision a reality.


    Actors, journalists, writers, musicians, painters, consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, entrepreneurs, teachers, counselors, politicians, diplomats, television reporters, marketers,

    scientists, sales representatives, artists, clergy, public relations, social scientists, social workers.. Very creative and fun-loving, they excel at careers which allow them to express their ideas and spontaneity.


    Writers, artists, counselors, social workers, English teachers, fine arts teachers, child care workers, clergy, missionaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, political activists, editors, education consultants, journalists, religious educators, social scientists.. Driven by a strong sense of personal values, they are also highly creative and can offer support from behind the scenes.


    Business executives, CEOs, organization founders, business administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, computer consultants, university professors, politicians, credit investigators, labor relations worker, marketing department manager, mortgage banker, systems analysts, scientists. They are born to lead and can steer the organization towards their vision, using their excellent organizing and understanding of what needs to get done.


    Scientists, engineers, professors, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, corporate strategists, organization founders, business administrators, managers, military, lawyers, judges, computer

    programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, psychologists, photographers, research department managers, researchers, university instructors, chess players. They have a particular skill at grasping difficult, complex concepts and building strategies.


    Entrepreneurs, lawyers, psychologists, photographers, consultants, sales representatives, actors, engineers, scientists, inventors, marketers, computer programmers, comedians, computer analysts,

    credit investigators, journalists, psychiatrists, public relations, designers, writers, artists, musicians, politicians. Very freedom-oriented, they need a career which allows them to …

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    20 Ways of Looking at Life From a Different Perspective

    1. It’s not what happens to you but how you perceive it that determines how you will deal with the situation.

    2. Behind every difficult person you meet, there’s a lesson to be learned.

    3. Instead of saying, “Why is this happening to me, you say, “What can I learn from this?”

    4. Trust that everything in life is temporary and that going through different cycles is part of the process. Translation: Life will get better if you just have enough faith to get through this one.

    5. We all have a divine blueprint for our lives – there is a such a thing as destiny and it’s up to us to discover what it is through our innermost passions.

    6. The power of visualization cannot be ignored – it actually works! Don’t say it doesn’t work until you’ve tried it in earnest. Have you truly visualized yourself having or doing something?

    7. God is your partner in life, let Him in and let him co-create things with you.

    8. Without adversity or life’s challenges, we would never know what we are truly made of. It is through the toughest times we learn what we’re capable of doing; thereby becoming stronger and more confident in the process.

    9. Everything you’ve experienced in life has been in preparation for what’s to come later in life. In fact, you are “life’s perpetual trainee.”

    10. Learn to trust and pay attention to your intuition — those “AHA” moments — they are often right on the nose.

    11. There are no accidents. Everyone you meet, everything that has come your way was not an some random fluke.

    12. Plan on making a fool of yourself and not take life or yourself so seriously – even God has a sense of humor. (i.e. Tell him your plans!)

    13. Go crazy and send handwritten thank you notes to those who have helped you. Gratitude and positive energy attracts success, abundance and more of what you’re thankful for.

    14. Be patient – you will be rewarded justly. Don’t bother seeking revenge – it isn’t worth it.

    15. Know that you are making a difference in small and large ways by just being who you are.

    16. Refuse to compromise your integrity. People can see right through you and can detect whether you’re genuine or not. If you truly care about your customers, friends, family or business associates, they’ll stick with you through high and low because they know you care about them. In other words, they don’t care what you know until they know you care about them.

    17. Fear is misdirected energy and must be redirected into faith.

    18. Refuse to compare your progress with others. It will only serve to destroy your confidence. Everyone is at different stages in their lives and if you understand that you’re right where you’re supposed to be, then it won’t matter what others are doing. You are unique with special qualities, talents, skills and thought processes, etc. There is no one like you so how can you compare yourself to others?

    19. If you haven’t failed enough in life, you haven’t risked much. Life without taking adventurous risks is downright dangerous.

    20. Understand that you do matter – there is a purpose to your life – find out what it is and use your gifts to make a difference.

    Food for thought: The list can go on but these are some of the impactful thoughts that have helped me through life’s toughest moments. Can you come up with a list of your own thoughts?

    Source by Stephen Hopson

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    The Importance of Lighting For a Successful Event

    Event lighting is one of the most important factors that need special attention to bring the magical and sophisticated atmosphere to life. Unique concepts of using the different kinds of lighting equipment can transform any empty space to an elegant and visually appealing ballroom.

    Event lighting companies use advanced high- technology to make sure that each corner is easily visible and that the electricity used is equally distributed so that there is no fluctuation during the event. They even make sure that all extra wiring is hidden so it looks presentable and also no one would trip over a wire as well.

    Event lighting is used for birthdays, weddings, and corporate events: basically any occasion, you can think of that needs to be celebrated with fun, music, beverages and exquisite cuisine. All of these factors enhance the ambiance which is created so that your guests and clients have a spectacular time and the event is remembered and talked about for months or years to come. Find an experience Event lighting bay area company that can help you make your event a success, since they would know exactly what to do and incorporate your vision into something so beautiful that will leave you spell bound.

    They can arrange chandeliers and conventional lighting that will make the décor a lot more elaborate. Everything will be customized to tailor to your needs and to welcome your guests to an elegant venue. They can even uses drapes to cover a few sections of the venue and add spot lights around them. They can provide wall light and even pay extra attention to the cake by add colorful lights around the table. Some companies even realize the responsibilities that they have towards global warming so they use lighting that are less power consuming.

    Experienced Event lighting bay area companies even have portfolios that the create using snap shots of previous events so that you are aware of what they can create and how professional they are. They even work according to your budget so that there are no problems later on while settling the amount. They are very customer oriented so they will go that extra mile to make sure everything runs smoothly. Some Event lighting bay area companies are even very flexible with locations so that it is convenient for your guests or clients can attend the occasion without any hesitation.

    If you so want to have a gala event and make sure you leave no stone unturned it is very important that the lighting is bright and matches according to the theme. It’s a known fact that if the lighting is poor then your guests might not have a very good time since the X factor would be missing. Event lighting adds that glamour quotient to the event so that is remains a memorable experience.

    Source by Jud Yaski

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    8 Tips For Coming Up With the Best Tattoo Design Ideas

    For many years now, body art has been a popular art form. While at one point in time body art had special meanings, such as leadership, status, and even ownership, today tattoos are more of a fashion statement that portrays uniqueness. If you want to get a tattoo, no doubt you want to get a great design that is uniquely you. So, how can you come up with great tattoo design ideas? The following are a few tips that will help you come up with the best tattoo design ideas for you.

    Tip #1 – Take a Look at Other Tattoos – One way that you can come up with great tattoo design ideas is to take a look at other tattoos that other people have. While you don’t want to copy exactly what someone else has, taking a look at other tattoos can definitely give you some great ideas. Be sure to be creative but take the designs you see on other people into consideration as well.

    Tip #2 – Check Out Books, Stickers, Posters, Stationary, Etc. – Believe it or not, inspiration for your tattoo could be almost anywhere. If you want some great ideas, take the time to check out books, stickers, poster, stationary, and anything else you can get your hands on. It doesn’t have to be a tattoo already to be a great idea, so remember that inspiration for your tattoo can be just about anywhere you look.

    Tip #3 – Consider Color or Black and Grey – Another thing you need to consider when you are trying to come up with good tattoo ideas is whether or not you want to go with a tattoo that is done in black and grey or a tattoo that is very colorful. Either can look wonderful, depending on the tattoo you choose, so take both options into consideration.

    Tip #4 – Get Creative with It – You will also want to take the time to get creative with the tattoo. More than likely you won’t want to do something that everyone else is doing. You’ll want to make sure that the tattoo design that you choose is unique and creative, so let your creativity and imagination run wild.

    Tip #5 – Remember You Have to Live with It – When you are trying to come up with the best tattoo designs for you, be sure that you remember that you are going to have to live with this tattoo for some time. Sure, there are methods of removal, but they are expensive and painful as well. So, think about a design that you are still going to enjoy and appreciate 10 years down the road.

    Tip #6 – Find a Design with Meaning – Whatever tattoo design you choose, you will want to be sure that you find one that has special meaning for you. Whether it is a special image that you like or the name of an important person that you have lost, make sure that the design you pick out has meaning for you, whether anyone else understands or not.

    Tip #7 – Go with a Design that Fits Your Particular Personality – Each person has a different type of personality and you’ll want to go with a tattoo design that nicely reflects your personality. There are many great designs out there, and whether you choose from an existing design or you make the design yourself, you’ll want the design to match your particular personality.

    Tip #8 – Browse Online for Some Great Ideas – If you are looking for great tattoo ideas, one of the best places to look for them is online. There are a variety of great sites you can find that provide great tattoo ideas. You can actually buy many tattoo designs online; however, you may only want to use the designs you see for some inspiration. Either way, checking out online designs is an excellent idea.

    As you can see, a tattoo is definitely not something you just want to rush into. You’ll want to take your time to make sure that you get the best tattoo design for you. If you are sure to take your time to find a great design, no doubt you’ll find a tattoo design that you’ll be happy with for years.

    Source by Mitch Green

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    The Disadvantages of Borrowing Money From a Loan Shark

    Many Hispanics that live in the United Status find it difficult to access credit from a bank. If you apply for a loan with a bank, it is possible that you will be rejected because:

    1. You don’t have a credit history yet in the U.S.
    2. You have had financial hardship in the past and your credit has suffered

    If you dream of owning a home, buying a car, or starting your own business, it will be difficult and expensive to accomplish these goals without establishing and maintaining sound credit. Because this takes time and good financial practice, many Hispanics find immediate help from a loan shark.

    What is a loan shark?

    When you look for money, you may hear from people you know: “I know this person who loans money and doesn’t even ask for papeles”. This person who “loans money” could be a friend of a friend, someone who is friend of the family, or even could be found in a store in your neighborhood. There are many disadvantages to using the services of a loan shark even though many claim to be legitimate moneylenders.

    • They charge weekly interest rates – What is the real cost of loans from a loan shark? The lender will give you a weekly interest rate instead of an annual one. Remember that bank loans and other financial institutions always use annual interest. Let’s take a look at a typical case: The lender gives you $1,000 and you agree to pay 5% weekly interest on this amount. 5% each week translates to about 20% each month, and if you multiply this by 12 months in year, you have an annual interest rate of 260%!
    • The payments are confusing – Weekly interest rates that don’t seem that high may translate to up to 10, 20 and 30 times more interest than what you would pay in a traditional loan agreement.
    • The loans are hard to pay off – In fact, they are designed to be almost impossible to repay. Many people who have taken out loans from these lenders end up losing more than what they originally invested. If you are unable to pay, the lender may constantly harass you or even threaten you with violence. Many people who borrow money from loan sharks lose their businesses.
    • They don’t report to credit bureaus – Loan sharks sometimes do not report their loans to credit bureaus. To establish, protect and maintain your credit history, you must make sure that your creditors do in fact report their loans to credit agencies. If they do not, there is no official record of your loan payments.
    • They don’t operate within the regulations – If you have a complaint, you have nowhere to go because loan sharks do not have to abide by regulations put in place to protect you as the consumer.

    In general, it is better to avoid these types of lenders at all costs. If you need money for your business or for an emergency and if you do not have access to a bank loan, try to take out loans with ACCION, a non-profit organization that gives business and personal loans and reports to the three main credit bureaus.

    Source by Andrea Stiles Pullas

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    11 Pieces of Printing Trivia Everyone Needs to Know

    Too many people think of printing as a necessary evil they put up with as a means to an end. They miss the beauty, the possibilities and yes, the fun that goes hand in hand with this incredibly diverse field-a field that, with the advent of 3-D printing, the new possibilities we’re discovering in digital printing and the old-fashioned beauty of offset printing, is becoming more diverse by the day!

    It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that printing has its own history. That’s a given. What you might not know is that you’re living in it, every day. You just don’t know it yet! For example, did you know that:

    1. Benjamin Franklin, John Dunlap and the Wright Brothers were all printers by trade?
    2. Paul Revere (a silversmith by trade) engraved the plates for the first colonial currency?
    3. The printing industry may have given birth to the phrase, “Mind your p’s and q’s”, an admonishment from the printer to his apprentice to watch carefully when setting the letters in an old-style printing press? (This has been debated, since there are many possible origins for the phrase and no one is actually sure which is correct.)
    4. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle?
    5. We have about $500 billion in U.S. currency currently in circulation, most of it outside of the U.S.?
    6. In 1999 a 1943 copper penny was sold at auction for $112,500?
    7. When a master printer was printing a page and discovered a particular sort was empty, he’d be…upset? Very upset. Hence the phrase, “Out of Sorts”.
    8. The first book to be printed using a moveable type printing press was the Gutenberg Bible?
    9. 3D printing was used to test lighting for every scene in the movie “Avatar?”
    10. People have been printing since 1447? (Which means there is, in fact, a very distinct possibility that some of the pieces you see in the museum ARE older than dirt.)
    11. Pringles once combined inkjet printing with food coloring to print trivia questions and answers on their chips?

    Go ahead. Tell me you never ate a Pringles. Or read about Paul Revere. Or told your co-workers to stop being so out of sorts. And we’re not even going to talk about minding your p’s and q’s!

    Think about everything we’re doing with printing these days. Think about the potential of 3-D printing for manufacturing. Then tell me printing can’t do AMAZING things.

    Source by Tony Finazzo

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    At What Store Can I Buy NutriSystem Food and Products? I’ll Tell You

    I often have people find my blog and contact me after they’ve looked in numerous stores wanting to buy NutriSystem foods or products.  Common questions that I get are things like: “which stores sell NutriSystem because I’ve looked all over and I can’t find any one who sells it,” or “do you have to go to a clinic to purchase NutriSystem because I’ve been to grocery stores, drug stores / pharmacies, and health food stores and I can’t find it anywhere.”  I’ll address these concerns in the following article.

    Where To Buy NutriSystem. (Hint: It’s Usually Not In Stores Or Clinics:) I find that a lot of people confuse this diet with other programs.  For example, the perception that you can buy the food in clinics generally stems from folks confusing this diet with Jenny Craig.  And, thinking that you can buy it in a drug or grocery store probably means that you are confusing it with slim fast (which does offer some shakes and bars in grocery stores.)

    The truth is, the company mostly sells its products online.  There usually isn’t a middle man or second party vendor involved.  This keeps things very simple for both the buyer and seller.  And, they usually offer coupons and specials that can save you a lot of money and help to compensate for any inconvenience.  Frankly, you can usually get your order in only a couple of days and if you are worried about running out, you can look into the free auto ship option.  With a little planning, this can be every bit as convenient and easy as hopping in your car and driving to your local super center.

    The Amount Of Choices Makes Selling NutriSystem Products In Stores Prohibitive: Another thing to consider is that this diet doesn’t consist of only a few foods like some others.  You have a lot more than shakes and bars to chose from.  There are over 170 choices in this diet and if a store attempted to carry all of the products, this would likely take up an entire aisle or more.   As I said, many people confuse this diet with others like Slim-Fast, Optifast, Medifast, or weight watchers.  There are some bars and shakes, but there is also tons more like pizza, pasta, tacos, burgers, desserts, snacks, and an extensive breakfast menu.  It would be prohibitive for most stores to attempt to carry all of these items so it is likely just easier for the company to maintain a website on which to conduct all of their business.

    Placing An Order Is Pretty Straightforward, Quick, And Easy: A lot of people wish that they could buy these products in stores because they don’t want to go through the hassle of placing an order online. The truth is, I think that doing this online is much quicker and easier than driving through the store, mulling over the selections, and then carting enough foods to eat fives times per day back home.  When you visit the site, they will quickly walk you through the process and allow you to chose your own foods if you wish (or you can just go with plan favorites if you want.) You’ll generally be checked out and having your food shipped in only a few minutes.  They will then ship this huge box of food right to your door.  And they often offer free shipping so I do believe that you save a lot of money and time over driving, choosing, and lugging the items home.

    Source by Ava Alderman

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    Techniques For Acrylic Painting – How to Paint People – Painting Closed Lips and Mouths

    Learning how to paint people is exciting, and sometimes challenging. There are some tips and techniques that can help you as you begin your portrait painting journey.

    Start with an accurate drawing of the subject you plan on painting.

    Some artist use the grid method, while others free hand the initial drawing. One hint that you need to take to heart is this; If you don’t have an accurate drawing, do not attempt to paint the person. You more than likely will not achieve a likeness if you don’t have a likeness first in pencil.

    Painting the closed mouth is fairly easy with practice. Painting the open mouth is more difficult and requires lots of practice. This is because you not only have to paint the lips, but the gums and teeth and sometimes the tongue. The mouth is the facial feature which most expresses the subjects’ mood. The mouth and lips can make or break a portrait. They can make an otherwise realistic portrait look unlike the person or even cartoonish if you do not get it close to exact. To paint closed lips make sure that the pencil drawing is accurate. You will need to step back and view the drawing to make sure that it looks like the subject.

    Using the correct color for the lips.

    When you are satisfied that the drawing is correct, use a color that matches the persons flesh tone and create the outline of the mouth and the line between the lips. The color that you will use for the lip outline is flesh tone with some burnt umber and alizarin crimson added to it. Be careful not to make the lips look too pink or red, unless there is lip stick on the subject. Lips are really just a little pinker or reder than the flesh color. The outline color should be slightly darker than the actual lip color. Think of this stage as a coloring book. For the outline of the lips you are just painting over your drawn lip lines.

    After you have painted the outline color, use the same color but a little lighter and paint in the upper lip. The upper lip will be darker than the bottom lip. Now, paint in the bottom lip with a slightly lighter lip color.

    Highlight the lips

    Now highlight both lips. The upper lip will have a touch of very light lip color or even white right along the very top center portion. The lower lip will have quite a large area of highlight along the “puffy” center of the lip. The highlight gives the illusion that the puffy portion of lip is rounded and closer to the viewer if you will. When you add the light or whitened highlights to the bottom lip do so in vertical strokes. You should leave a few stroke lines to indicate lines in the skin that make up the lips.

    If your subject is a person wearing lip stick you could be done with the lips because lipstick sometimes shows a defined line. But if the subjects’ lips are natural, you should gently blend the lip color into the flesh color of the face so that a hard edge does not exist where there is none.

    Final Touches

    The last thing to do with a closed mouth is to add shadows directly above the top lip where the crease under the nose is, and directly under the bottom lip and in the chin area. Painting people accurately is an art that requires much practice and patience. You should purchase literature for acrylic painting techniques that demonstrates these methods.

    Source by Julie Shoemaker

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    How to Get Kerasotes Theaters Discount Movie Tickets

    Do you want to go to the theaters more often to see the upcoming movies that you have long been waiting for? Probably see a number of movie sequels that you have waited for years to come out? While it’s easy enough to say that you are going to the movies, it’s not as affordable as before. If you are planning to see a movie in Kerasotes Theater, remember a few of these things to make sure that you save on the next movie you watch.

    If you just would like to watch a movie and you can do it any time of the day, choose to see the matinee screening because the price is way cheaper. If you are going out on a date, arrange for the movie to be earlier so you get the discount movie tickets instead of the regular-priced ones.

    You can also opt to get the student discounts if you are one. All you have to present is a valid ID proving that you are still a student. If you are going with a big group, you can also get discounts because Kerasotes and other theaters give discounts if you purchase movie tickets in bulk. Some require you to buy at least 50 tickets, while some require you to get just 20.

    Check different websites, starting with the main website of Kerasotes. If you can’t find a deal that you like from their website, there are hundreds more you can check out offering different discount codes to different movie theaters. Your search for discounts will be easier this way.

    You can also check out local retail stores if you are living near one. Costco is one example of a store where you can get discounts on movie tickets. If you are in luck, you can even get multiple discounts for one movie.

    Do you want to see a movie for free? If you know someone who is working at Kerasotes, you can ask him for a free pass. But that’s just if you’re really good friends with him.

    Source by Erika Ayala

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    How to Paint With Oils

    Paint is created by combining dry pigment and liquid. In oil paints, the liquid used is linseed oil. You purchase oil paint in tubes. The paint is thick. So when you squeeze it out onto your palette, you mix it with your palette knife and use a stiff brush to apply it to your canvas. The thickness and composition of the paint means that it is very slow drying. Paintings done in oil typically take around 72 hours to dry.

    The upside of the delayed drying time is that you can make adjustments to refine your painting. This can be done for up to twelve hours after you paint the canvas. You can make gradual shifts from one color to another. If you are using oil paints, you can also completely remove things from your canvas with your palette knife or a wet rag. Once the paint has dried completely, you can then put new colors on top of the original layer of paints. However, be aware that in order to avoid cracking, each subsequent layer must be thicker than the previous

    The drawback of using oil paints is that when you paint one color next to another on your canvas, they taint one another easily

    To begin an oil painting, you need to sketch your subject onto the canvas. You can use thinned paint or a piece of charcoal to accomplish this. However, if you use charcoal then it must be sprayed with fixative in order to isolate it from the colors. That is an advantage to using paint to sketch the subject is that you do not need fixative. Sometimes people transfer drawings onto the canvas. A drawing on thin tracing paper is taped onto the canvas. Carbon paper is then used to transfer the drawing. Trace over the drawing with the carbon paper positioned underneath it. A ballpoint pen will enable you to see where you have already traced. Once you are finished, fixative is necessary to isolate it from the paint.

    Brushes are used to apply the paint to the canvas. The brush is the most vital tool an artist has. One of the markers of a talented artist is difficulty painting with poor quality brushes. You want a brush that maintains its shape even when loaded down with paint. At the conclusion of each stroke, the brush will return to its original shape. Brushes come in either sable or bristle, which is from pigs. Bristle brushes are appropriate for large areas on the canvas. Sable brushes are best for smaller areas and detail work. Brushes for oil paints come in flats, filberts, brights, or rounds. Flats are the most versatile brushes, used for a variety of strokes and blending. Filberts make a stronger edge. Brights allow your brush strokes to show. Rounds are for detail work.

    Typically, you will paint with oils in layers. The first layer is the underpinning of the painting. Typically, these are just the values blocked out in paint-the lights, mediums, and darks of the painting. The second layer sketches out the drawing or vision of the painter. Subsequent layers add in details of the painting.

    Start with a basic set of colors, which will allow you to blend to create whatever shade you would like. Essentially, you want to buy a white, a black, and then warm and cool shade of each color. Buy cheaper artist’s colors rather than student colors, as they are higher quality. Titanium white is a good choice for a white because it dries fast. If you buy a warm and cool version of each primary color, you will have an easier time mixing. Many experts also suggest that you buy a warm and cool green as well. You will quickly learn how to mix colors.

    The best way to develop skill with oil painting is to practice. There are many oil painting exercises as well. Ultimately, you want to master basic forms, values within colors, distance, and texture. Over time, your skill will grow and you will learn more nuanced painting techniques. Above all, you must have patience with yourself.

    Source by Alain Journo

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    Genghis Khan – A Look Inside the Cunning Mind of a Conqueror

    Genghis Khan, although the product of an illiterate and barbarous people plagued by internecine wars, transformed the Mongol warriors into a brilliant military machine that frequently defeated the civilizations of China, Islam, and Eastern Europe. Legend claims that Genghis Khan was born with a clot of blood clutched in his hand, an omen of greatness. Regardless of omens, the cruel, creative, and cunning mind of Genghis Khan clearly was responsible for his truly legendary success.

    For example, in 1207 when his Mongol army had been stymied by the fortified city of Volohai, he proposed to the city leaders that he would end his siege if they paid him a bizarre tribute of 1,000 cats and 10,000 swallows. The strange demand was met by the city and then Genghis Khan told his Mongols to tie tufts of wool to the tails of the animals and set them on fire. Terrified by the burning bits of wool, the cats and swallows were released. They fled back to their lairs and nests within the city and spread fire throughout the walls. The Mongols then successfully stormed the walls of Volohai while its defenders were occupied with the many fires. Another tactic employed by the Mongols during one of their many campaigns against the Chinese was to round up women, children, and elderly from the countryside and drive them before their army as a human shield so that the defenders of walls would not shoot.

    Despite his cleverness, Genghis Khan realized that he could not depend on trickery forever. He needed to address the weaknesses within the Mongol army. The equipment and techniques of sieging needed to be added to the swift and bloodthirsty Mongol hordes.

    Genghis Khan was always willing to learn from the civilizations that he conquered, including the arts of war. He commanded each tribe under him to assemble siege equipment and learn how to use it and transport it. In addition to these technical advances, he formed an elite corps of professional commanders who were to devote themselves to training for warfare. This innovation in his command structure surmounted the long standing tradition of Mongol warriors who, despite their vicious skills, were amateurs. They would follow orders as long as victory was forthcoming, but they grew restless in the face of setbacks or failure. Wanting only easy plunder, the traditional Mongol warrior had not applied himself much to long term strategies. The new command corps would provide the structure and discipline needed to transform the Mongol warriors into a multi-skilled and adaptive force.

    Genghis Khan also understood that a military is supported by its society, and he allowed Mongol civil society to advance with the aid of codified laws that he bade his advisor and scribe Tatatungo to write. The newly written Mongol code called for all men to work and to always be ready for battle, stated that even a leader was subject to law, insisted that all religions should be tolerated and even respected, and that the rights and responsibilities of women over the management of family assets should be greatly expanded. This inclusion of women in the management of society as opposed to total oppression allowed Mongol society to function while the men were away at war. Genghis Khan was not one to allow strict patriarchy to weaken his army. His codification and enforcement of written laws also promoted discussion and judging within Mongol society to settle disputes instead of the petty wars that had permanently raged for countless generations. With Mongol society now enjoying a greater level of peace, it could better maintain the engines of conquest.

    With the natural talents of the Mongol warriors now enhanced by strategic thinking, professional leadership, and siegecraft technology, the many kingdoms of Asia would soon crumble beneath the hooves of the nomadic masses turned conquerors. Even with such might at his disposal, Genghis Khan did not deal blows thoughtlessly. He is well known for his astute use of terror. He cultivated such a frightful reputation that cities and kingdoms would surrender to him instead of suffer the assault of his bloodthirsty hordes. Genghis Khan required total and immediate submission in order to bestow his mercy. Any resistance invited brutal horrors. Although there is no condoning the slaughter and pillaging of his armies, his conscious use of terror was a well thought out practice that often brought him an efficient victory without having to spend the lives of his soldiers and waste resources and time.

    The Mongols under Genghis Khan were such a colossal force that resistance was almost always futile. The fierce and highly skilled Mongol warriors seemed to have almost no match on the open battlefield. Mongol warriors were superb horse riders and able to shoot arrows while mounted. The speed and accuracy of this highly mobile force …

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    Sculptures and Art From the Philippines

    Sculptures from the Philippines come in a variety of mediums. There are glass sculptures, marble sculptures, bronze and mixed medium sculptures. The themes, forms and styles used for Filipino sculptures run the artistic gamut from abstract sculptures to figure studies.

    During the 18th century sculptures from the Philippines reflected Catholic themes. One of the most famous 18th century Filipino sculptures was the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. This sculpture was created in ivory. It was decorated using polychrome, glass, silver and gilding.

    Alma Quinto is a modern Filipino sculptress that works in a variety of mediums and art forms. Her Lolita’s Pet is a mixed medium sculpture that has been featured in several publications. It is currently valued at about S$500. If you enjoy the sculptures created by this artist then you may also be interested in the illustrations, paintings, textiles and installation pieces created by this artist as well.

    Duddley Diaz is another modern artist from the Philippines who specializes in unique sculptures. He was born in the Philippines in 1962. His artistic education started at the University of the Philippines where he earned a BFA. It then continued at the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Here Diaz studied both painting and sculpting. One of the pieces that this Filipino artist created was the Preacher no. 3. This 1997 creation was formed from wood and other mediums. It was valued at S$7,000. In addition to wood, Diaz also works in bronze. His bronze sculpture Goddess with a Bough has been valued at S$7,000.

    Source by Sarah Freeland