Don’t Let Anyone Kill Your Inner Child

The concept of Creativity and Killing are total opposite ends of the spectrum but many artists and people alike put them together.

So what does creativity and killing have to do with killing the inner child? Everything. See many times we get great ideas such as I’m going to take some clothes and paint them a certain way and offer them for sale to help a charity. The first couple of minutes your full of energy ready to put your wonderful, brand-new, life changing idea out into the world. Next you don’t like most people do and say to a friend. Hey, I have this idea to put paint on clothes and sell it. The friend usually says oh, that’s a good idea but so and so tried it and failed or it’ has already been done before. Then what most people do is take that great idea and throw it in the trash can.

It doesn’t matter how many good ideas came before your idea or are similar to your idea. You still have to do you idea. Just because someone puts paint on clothes and offers them to charity maybe your clothes will be different or your clothes will support different charitable causes. Most people don’t think like this they say to themselves this idea is no good just like all my other failed ideas. The key to remember is any idea not given life will die. Which brings me back to my original point of not allowing anyone to kill your inner child.

When you were a kid if you got the idea to put mustard on apple pie you did it. If you got the idea to take your toy or doll and paint it whatever color you wanted you did it. But as you got older you learned what was important. You learned what was considered acceptable standards for your profession or art. Slowly but surely the spontaneity in you dies and withers away until you are a mechanical robot, with others putting in input and you spurting out the same contrived and manufactured answers. Now this isn’t a call to do whatever you want, but I reminder to listen to the inner child. That small still voice that tells you to like at the problem from the non traditional way. Next time you have a problem look at it the way a child would. Remember don’t let anyone kill your inner child.



Source by Jamaal R James

10 Essential Components For a Safer Working Environment

A safe working environment is a condition or state, it is not necessarily an event like an incident of an accident. This means that the low number of incidents or accidents doesn’t mean that the workplace is particularly safe. What really counts is the process of safety because it is an integral part of every day activities in the workplace. There are a number of activities which are clear indicators of a safe working environment and this article lists 10 of them.

  1. Daily safety briefings. Every morning at the beginning of the work day or the shift, the leader holds an interactive safety briefing with his or her team. It lasts less than 10 minutes and has contributions from the team members.
  2. Weekly inspections to identify unsafe conditions. Every staff member participates in turn and conducts a regular safety inspection where they look for hazards and unsafe conditions. This can occur weekly or twice a week.
  3. Weekly inspections to identify unsafe behavior. Each week two staff members carry out a regular inspection where they are identifying unsafe behavior. The objective is to identify the unsafe behavior and mention it at the next daily safety briefing. Of course no names are mentioned.
  4. Accident and incident investigation. Every accident or near accident is investigated with the sole objective of prevention in the future. The process of investigation is not a witch hunt to apportion blame
  5. Constant improvement. During the daily safety briefings, the group members have an opportunity to recommend and discuss improvements to the workplace and the processes that are carried out within it
  6. Reporting near hits. Every single near hit (this is an incident where no damage or injury occurs) is investigated and prevention measures are put in place so it will not happen again.
  7. Positive reinforcement. Each day the leader goes into the workplace and gives positive reinforcement to those members of staff for working safely. This encouragement and enthusiasm for safety is a great motivator for safe working practices.
  8. Blame. It is noticeable that all safe working environments do not use blame or punishment as tools for creating safe behavior. Instead, they use positive reinforcement, encouragement and recognition.
  9. Practical on-the-job training. Group members are continually receiving on-the-job training from experts within the company and outside.
  10. Effective leadership. Is no coincidence that all safe workplace environments have good leadership. This means that the leader is prepared to listen and has the skills to create followers. These leaders engender cooperation and most of all discretionary effort. They are the main reason why people are working safely. They are not invisible and spend between 30 and 50% of their time with their team members.



Source by Peter L Mitchell

Rolling a Painted Canvas: 5 Simple Tips

You might want to roll a painted canvas either to store it safely or to send it through mail. Rolling a painted canvas can sometimes be tricky and if sufficient care is not taken the painting can get damaged. While rolling a canvas, you should keep in mind the following tips:

Tip 1: Ensure that the paint is completely dry on the canvas before you start rolling it. This applies most to oil paintings. You should check that all layers of the painting are dry and not only the top surface. Any wet paint can cause smudges or cracks.

Tip 2: Always remember to roll a canvas with the painted side out. That way, the canvas will be stretched and even if there are any hairline cracks, they will be minimized to a large extent when the canvas is flat again. On the other hand, if the painting is rolled with the painted side in, the paint will be squeezed in and will get wrinkled. When the painting is flattened, the paint will chip off. This applies to not only while rolling a canvas but also while rolling paintings/sketches on any medium.

Tip 3: It is a good idea to roll the canvas on a tube. The tube will create a solid core that will prevent the rolled canvas from losing shape. Use a tube with a wide diameter and longer than the width of the painting that will be rolled onto it. The wide diameter will ensure that the canvas is not squeezed tight and the long tube will ensure that the edges of the canvas are protected.

Tip 4: Don’t roll the canvas too tightly – this might cause stress leading to cracks. You should be making a firm roll instead. Do not try to secure the roll with any strings; it might cut through the painted layers.

Tip 5: If you are rolling the canvas in order to post it, it is also a good idea to have some packaging in place between the rolled canvas and the tube you will put it in. This could be some stiff plastic or a piece of blank canvas. You should also cover the rolled canvas with a sheet of acid-free paper to ensure that the canvas does not come in direct contact with the packaging and there is no paint damage.

Following these 5 tips will ensure that your canvas is safely rolled.



Source by Anindita Banik

5 Characteristics of a Winning Trial Notebook

A court date has been set, the coffee pot is full, adrenaline is kicking in, and you’re about to put together a solid case to wow the client. How confident are you that your presentation is going to wow judge and jury as well?

Presenting your case in court is the culmination of all the hard work put forth in its preparation. You’ve worked hard for your client, investigating the case, performing legal research, creating piles of briefs and memoranda, lining up expert witnesses, scheduling and calendaring, accounting for all billable hours, securing your evidence, creating exhibits, pouring over discovery, and making sure every I was dotted, every T was crossed. In all, you want your case presentation to be a work of art, and that’s why we’re here. We want to give you the framework to help you shine once you get to court.

We’ll tell you about our free Trial Notebook eBook in just a bit, but for this short intro, we’ll discuss the qualities your notebook should have that will help set you up for success when your case goes to T.R.I.A.L.:

ThoroughnessHave you included everything you’ll need and then checked it all again?

ReliabilityAccuracy aside, does your notebook format work? Is it softcopy or hardcopy?

InquisitivenessDo your sections and forms prompt you to provide the right info?

AppearanceDoes your Trial Notebook package command respect or is it a mess?

LogicIs there a good intuitive flow to the layout of your material?

Thoroughness

There is nothing so fatal to a court case as a missed detail. While you don’t want to be repetitive, the more important an event is the more a little redundancy is your friend. You want to include everything you need and have some good cross-reference. Some thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Work from forms, templates, and checklists. Don’t leave Trial Notebook assembly to chance or memory.
  • Review everything with your client and your presenting attorney(s) as you go along. Waiting until the last minute does nothing but ensure missed detail and a nervous client.
  • Create an “Index and Reference” section like you would find in a text book. For example, have one list showing your Document Control numbers in order along with the items they represent, list your witnesses in alphabetical order, your e-discovery files by name, and list all other electronic file names in order with a description of their contents.

Reliability

Just how can a notebook be “reliable?” Simple. It’s usable and does everything you would expect. In this case, the goals are to both house and safeguard all of your pertinent organizational data and intel, and to be ready to provide that information to you exactly when you need it.

  • The heart of your system should be a hardcopy three-ring binder. Though most offices are trying to “go green” and conserve paper, there is a time and a place for a paper-based organizer. Trial is that time and place. Binders don’t crash like computers can.
  • Most of us were raised on paper-based books and handwritten notes, and we’re still faster at navigating a tabbed notebook than a computer file.
  • Any computer you bring in to court should use a reliable operating system and you should have a power cable, a charged battery, and all pertinent accessories.
  • Your soft-copy media should come in a couple of formats just to make sure you can reliably access each. Have one copy of the file loaded on your computer and have a CD or DVD copy in addition to the files on a thumb drive.

Inquisitiveness

A trial would be useless if you didn’t question anyone or anything. Why? So you don’t miss a single detail. Your Trial Notebook should do the same for you… provided you set it up right.

  • As the saying goes “The dullest pencil has a better memory than the sharpest mind.” – (Author Unknown). Your forms and checklists will help you remember what to do with final notebook content review, on the day of court, and for making sure you have all the main items and support items you’ll need to ensure your presentation in court is complete, thorough, organized, and successful. “When in doubt, write it out!” Don’t leave important things to memory. Set your Trial Notebook up so that it asks you the right questions before you ask questions in court.

Appearance

People shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but they do. It’s just a fact of life. For example, your personal appearance should be as professional as possible, especially when you’re in front of the client, court, or opposition. Your Trial Notebook should maintain a professional appearance as well …

Rabat Must Visit Places on Holidays

The Villa des Arts in Rabat (as in Casablanca) is the result of corporate sponsorship through the foundation of the ONA Group. The latter (Omnium Nord Africain) is the first Moroccan private industrial and financial group formed as a holding company.
The Villa des Arts in Rabat aims to have a space for the discovery and promotion of contemporary arts with a permanent reference to Moroccan culture and heritage.

Located in the Hassan district near the As Sounna mosque, in a magnificent neo-colonial style house of the 1930s where you can admire the architecture, inside a superbly flowered and beautifully wooded park, Villa des Arts will attract you and make you feel that you are in one of the most pleasant places of Rabat with a halt freshness and culture at the same time. The entrance is free and you can easily move around by simply respecting this place dedicated to modern art in all its forms by selecting Morocco holiday packages.

The Villa des Arts is not a museum or even a gallery of exhibitions, but a cultural place that is divided into several spaces: in the main building, the Villa du Parc, the Carré d'art (the Futuroscope of the creators) The Al Borj space of concrete and glass that evokes the nearby Hassan Tower and will recall the BNRM, Al Qantara the bridge between cultures, multipurpose room for conferences, screenings and exhibitions, small theater which allows the Performances of small lyrical, poetic and musical performances as well as open-air conferences, the Diwan space of permanent or itinerant exhibitions, retrospectives of eminent artists and the Gallery on the courtyard for emerging artists.

Upstairs the library and the media library shelter the places of research and exchange between students, researchers, historians and artists. The multimedia library is dedicated to students and researchers with the access to a selection of databases or sites in the fields of arts and culture.

Finally, the virtual museum hosts performances allowing the visitor to create the show from their own imaginary. The Village des Artistes, hosting the workshops of prestigious artists such as Chaïbia, Kacimi, Gharbaoui, and Cherkaoui, offers artists the opportunity to express, realize, make discover, transmit, and make understand the act Creation.

The Villa des Arts is a place that will make you fall in love with its artistic work and cultural hertitage and it's a must visit site if you are in Rabat. Here are the names of the artists who have already exhibited at the Villa of Arts in Rabat: Maika Agueznay, Ahmed Mjidaoui, Dia Azzawi, Mohammed Melehi, Abdellah Sadouk, Mohammed Chabaa, Adlellatif Lasri, Milou Labied, Anissa Berrada.

Marina Bouregreg of Rabat-Salé:
At the entrance of Salé, along with the old Moulay Hassan Bridge and a few meters from the prestigious gate of Bab Lemrissa, Marina Bouregreg offers, over a 4-hectare lake, 240 moorings on floating pontoons, Sailing less than 30 meters and a maximum draft of 3 meters.

The construction site started in 2006 but the Marina was not able to really open in good conditions to foreign boats until early 2009.

Backed by the future city of the Arts and the hotel complex that has not yet seen the light of day, the Marina Bouregreg welcomes the visitors in an excellent way. Some boaters may go particularly towards the Canary Islands because it is located half-distance from European coasts in Morocco hotels & resorts.

In the evenings or on Sundays, the terraces of the cafés and restaurants along the docks toward the delight of the Rabat and Slaouis (the most affluent ones) where people come there willingly to take a refresh while dreaming a little.

The other less fortunate people simply hang out when the overzealous security guards let them in, as these people often do their job with a hint of brutality confusing pleasure port and military port.



Source by Maria Bela

Buzz Around the Upcoming Film Philluari

There have been a lot of speculations around the upcoming film Philluari. It is a Hindi film that is based on romantic comedy genre. The film has been directed by Anshai Lal. Many people in the Bollywood are talking that Anushka Sharma’s current boyfriend cricketer, Virat Kohli is incharge of producing the film. While some acknowledge that they have also heard the news but Anushka Sharma unable to tolerate the nuisance breaks her silence. She finally speaks to the media clarifying that the film has been produced by herself and Karnesh Sharma.

Those of you who have already seen the trailers or the film promos say that it is a story of a ghost. Well, don’t get scared at the pronouncement of a ghost. It has almost nothing scary in it. In fact, you will laugh a lot when you watch this film. The dialogues between the leading character (Anushka Sharma) and Suraj is actually funny and it invokes laughter.

I personally liked the initial part of the trailer where the actor was asked to get married with a tree because of some astrological problems. The actor kept on laughing while the others staring at him seriously. When he realized that something was wrong he turned to them and asked that “aren’t you joking?” Another scene is when Anushka Sharma as appears before the same actor after the tree wedding and the actor fades out in fear.

Anushka as the host says that the wedding has been not between the tree and the actor but with her. She urges him to take her back to the tree she lived. The actor says that the tree is no more as it has been cut down. As the story continues the ghost reveals her story which is tragic. I can say no more about the story as that will be a suspense for all you viewers. So go ahead and watch the film.

Anushka has asked the viewers to not listen to any gossips by go ahead and watch the film that she produced. The film is a must watch which is scheduled to release on 24th March. The film has been shooted under the banner of Clean Slate Films and Fox Star Studios also starring the Diljit Dosanjh. He is a known face in Punjab as a Punjabi actor, singer and television anchor. So, I think we are going to get something different and very interesting to watch this time.



Source by Aman Tumukur Khanna

Top Ten Risks Of Cockroach Infestation At Your Workplace

Business owners, operators, and managers know all too well the multitude of challenges that can arise at the workplace. A pest infestation not only adds to the stress of a work day but can jeopardize the company’s reputation in the process. Continue reading to learn what steps you can take to lessen the chances of cockroaches taking harbour in your business.

10. Garbage and recycle bins Roaches thrive in cozy places with an available food source, and disposal containers offer both of these elements. Be sure to empty garbage cans and recycle bins daily, with large dumpsters being attended to on a regular basis. Always enclose bins with a tight lid.

9. Condensation All buildings experience some level of condensation, but excess water residue could attract pests to your workplace. Take the necessary steps to reduce condensation on windows, walls, and ceilings.

8. Cooking appliances Whether you operate a diner with a full-scale kitchen or consulting firm with an employee lunch room, make sure cooking appliances are cleaned regularly. This includes the crumb catcher in toasters, the interior of microwaves, and, of course, larger appliances.

7. Used and second-hand items Be careful of used items brought into the work site. This may include used packing materials like boxes or pallets, or second-hand items like furniture or fixtures. Should this be unavoidable, check carefully for both live bugs and eggs before bringing the item inside.

6. Standing water Pooling water is another attraction for roaches. Remember to empty any collections of open water, such as refrigerator catches or dehumidifier reservoirs. Outdoors, empty any rainwater that has collected before it sits for too long.

5. Sinks and drain traps After washing a pile of dishes, we often forget about cleaning the sink itself. But an untidy kitchen sink-especially one with a drain trap and/or garbage disposal-can be enough to lure roaches. Make a habit of washing the walls of the sink and never let food particles collect for long in the drain trap.

4. Unnecessary clutter Most pests seek refuge in dark, undisturbed areas, so reduce this risk by eliminating as much clutter as possible in your workplace. In storage and seasonal spaces, try to keep up a presence so critters do not settle in.

3. Water leaks Cockroaches are attracted to humid environments, so water leaks and drips should be fixed to prevent pests. Instruct employees to inform you of any leaks they notice around the building.

2. Poor building construction These preventative measures could be fruitless if your work site obtains pests from a neighbouring space in the building. Seal cracks and holes in walls, baseboards, ceilings-especially if you operate an accommodation or residence.

1. Unpreparedness for the worst case Despite your best efforts, pests may still find a way onto your property. As with any unexpected challenge, be prepared by having a plan of action ahead of time with the name of a professional removal company at the ready.

An infestation is never a pleasant situation, but it can be particularly detrimental when it occurs at your place of work. By taking into account the above risks, you can raise your chances of preventing a problem and minimizing the damage should an issue arise.



Source by Sameer Thawer

Penis Enlargement: Various Methods of Enlarging the Penis (But Are They Safe)

Every man, no matter how well-endowed, has contemplated penis enlargement, in order to: increase length, pump up girth, eliminate the hook, or simply to smooth the shaft of unsightly veins. But the overwhelming majority decide against for reasons of practicality and lack of necessity, excluding the few fields where enhancement can further a career: male adult film star, college art class model or magnum condom tester.

The methods for achieving growth vary tremendously, but very little scientific research has been done on penis enlargement. This lack of study is downright shocking, considering the amount of man hours (4,266,708 – we’ll show you the math) that have been spent looking and wondering if our members could be improved. One more disappointing fact is that most techniques result in a mere 1-2 inch gain, which hardly seems worth it. If you are going to put your prize possession under the knife (or invest in other methods), you’d like to see more than cosmetic changes; something akin to a John Holmes-esque result. The various enhancement methods can be grouped into the following categories:

Surgeries

Male enhancement surgery can involve the implant of various materials, including silicone and the stimulant drug PMMA. Urologists have also started recommending cadaver flesh, which supposedly leads to less scarring and complications, excluding the obvious psychological boundary of carrying a dead man’s member. Thai physicians, coming from the world capital of penis enlargement surgery, have gone to such bizarre lengths as inserting less recommended materials, such as olive oil or crumpled yellow pages into unsuspecting patients. Another operative method exists that doesn’t involve implants. Approximately one-third to one-half of the penis is inside the body, which seems like a terrible waste of space. I already have something jangling about my inner thighs, so if I’m stuck with an unsightly appendage bobbing to and fro, I might as well make it an impressive one. Getting in touch with your ‘inner penis’ is as easy as cutting the suspensory ligament holding your better half inside of you. The shaft will drop forward and extend out, with especially good results for fat people, which is one minor positive for gross obesity. Many may ask if this technique can be accomplished without surgery, simply by pulling on your penis enough. Serial masturbators answer this with a firm no – the ligament is too strong for your puny hands. Straining and even bruising are possible, but detaching the ligament from self-stimulation is not.

Optical Illusions

People can make cosmetic changes to make the penis appear bigger, like losing weight, shaving the pubic hair, adjusting the lighting, bringing a magnifying glass into the bedroom, or subtly substituting your member for an enlarged rubber version when she looks away. Having filmed myself numerous times, I can also state with confidence that everything looks bigger on film.

Vitamin supplements, patches, tools

The largest advertising budget award in the penis enlargement world goes to the pills and promises that routinely make it through the hardiest anti-spam filters. If I had a millimeter for every enlargement ad I’ve received, I could use my penis as an actual third leg. There is wide agreement that pills provide no benefit, other than supplementing your daily sugar intake. Further, pills advertised as ‘all-natural’ or ‘herbal’ have been found to have an extremely high level of fecal contamination. And feces in any form does not lead to penis growth. Penis pumps are remarkably popular, having been joked about on television for decades. A traditional pump will fit a suction device (a ring) around the base, and a squeeze handle will vacuum out the air inside the cylinder. The vacuum lets the blood flow into the penis, but not out. Penis pump makers insist that repeated exercise will increase the total size, but warn that you should read instructions carefully. Slapping on a pump and squeezing away can lead to nerve damage and unwanted cell explosions. Recently, companies have also started rolling out ‘penis patches’, along with a significant amount of pseudo-medical literature testifying to the patch’s effectiveness. From insider knowledge of clinical studies, we can affirmatively state that the patch will not increase your size, but you may find your penis willing to give up smoking. Many may see a temporary gain, but the jury is out on pump effectiveness for long-term growth. If the pump does not meet your standards, and the maker does not offer a satisfaction guarantee, the pump can be modified to clear clogged sinks.

Hanging and Jelqing

Hanging is an ancient tradition of attaching a weight to your penis just behind the glans, then trying to do lifting repetitions. If you choose this method, just like in a weight room, be careful to start off light and work your way up to the max. Also, consider higher reps …

The Art of India – Early Indian Sculptures – An Affair With Creative Finesse

India is known not only for her rich heritage, history, and culture, but also for some of its oldest and finest sculptures in the world. The first Early Indian sculptures date back to the Indus Valley Civilization that existed in the second and third millennium. This civilization produced numerous stone, terra cotta, & bronze sculptures that are tour de force. In the third century BC, Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, in an attempt to spread Buddhism in the country, built some 85,000 stupas (dome shaped monuments), with their pillars having Buddhist teachings engraved. “The Great Sanchi Stupa” at Sanchi, is forty-four feet high, with remarkably carved gateways, illustrating Buddhist legends, and “The Ashoka Pillar” at Sarnath in Madhya Pradesh, are flawless models ascertaining the superiority and the finesse of the Early Art of India since its inception.

By the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries AD, a new epoch in Early Indian Sculpture surfaced. Sculptures of Hindu deities, such as Lord Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, the Sun God, and Goddess Durga, were crafted in profuse numbers, as Hinduism became the official religion of India. A huge sculpture of “Lord Shiva” incarnated as a wild boar saving mother earth is carved at “The Udaigiri Caves” in Madhya Pradesh. Sixth century in India, witnessed the mastery in cave architecture. “The Elephanta Caves” in Maharashtra is an exemplary of the competent artisanship. A twenty-foot high sculpture of “Lord Shiva” in these caves, with three heads personifying his fierce, feminine, and meditative facets, is another spectacular piece of Art of India.

Sculptures at Khajuraho Temples, created in tenth to eleventh century AD, went to oblivion, until archeologists rediscovered the lost treasures of this unperturbed town in Madhya Pradesh that housed 85 temples, of which only 22 endured. The sculptures of this period depict Gods, Goddesses, and animals, made primarily of sandstone, with an underlying theme, symbolizing the eternal bond between male and female gender. Khajuraho Sculptures are the most sensuous, erotic, and aesthetic sculptures known to the world.

The famous “Buddhist marvels,” created over a span of fourteen centuries, and “The Ajanta & Ellora Temples,” are the other relics of fantabulous Art of India. “The Ajanta & Ellora” temples are carved out of live rocks & cliffs, and boast of the colossal sculptures of animals & Gods, paintings depicting the ancient life, and Buddhist fables, with numerous Buddha images. The most magnificent and striking creation at the Ellora is the “Kailasa Temple,” a breathtaking depiction of Lord Shiva’s abode, flanked by elephants, ornately carved out of big rocks. “The Sun Temple of Konark,” “The Arjuna’s Penance” at Mammallapuram, and the temples of “Kanchipuram,” “Madurai,” “Rameshwaram,” “Amravati,” “Nagarjunakonda,” and “Varanasi” house several impressive and magnificent sculptures.



Source by Annette Labedzki

What is SEO Article Writing? – SEO Copywriting Explained

Many freelancers have questions about what is SEO; what is SEO copywriting; what is SEO writing. This article explains – in detail – what this is. And, how to make money from it as a freelance writer.

What is SEO?

SEO is an acronym for the phrase “search engine optimization.” Search engine optimization is all about doing specific things to your website to drive more traffic to it so that you can increase online sales – and traffic.

What are some of these “things?”

There are many, but here we will discuss what it is as it applies to freelance writers. And, this means writing text in a certain way so that web surfers (ie, internet users) can land on a particular site.

What is SEO As It Relates to Freelance Writers?

What freelance writers need to be concerned with is keywords. What are keywords? Keywords are the words and phrases that web surfers type in when they search for things online.

For example, let’s say you were interested in starting a foreclosure cleanup business. You may not know anything about it other than foreclosures are hot in the news right now and you are interested in starting this kind of company.

So, you log onto your favorite search engine, (eg, Google, Yahoo! MSN, etc.) and type in the keywords “foreclosure cleaning business” or “foreclosure cleaning” or “foreclosure cleanup” or some other relevant keyword phrase.

Note: When you type words into a search engine to find something on the internet, the words you type in are called a keyword (one word) or a keyword phrase (two or more words with commas in between).

How Businesses Get to the Top of Search Engine Results

When you type in these words and hit “ENTER”, a bunch of sites pop up and you start to surf (ie, click on the results) and start investigating the sites to see if they have the information you need.

The sites that pop up are the results that search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, et al think are the most relevant to the keyword phrase (aka search phrase) you typed in. Companies pay a lot of money to be among the first two or three pages in the results that search engines return.

Why SEO Copywriters are So In Demand and How They Make Their Money

One of the ways they get to pop up in the first two or three pages of results is to have relevant text that contains the proper keyword phrases. And, this is where you as an SEO copywriter can make a lot of money. You write the text that their site needs to pop up high in search engine results.

Many times, companies will simply give you a bunch of keyword phrases and let you write what you want — as long as it’s a certain length (usually 300-500 words).

There are many freelance writers – hundreds of thousands, if not a few million. BUT, only a tiny minority know what SEO is and how to write this type of copy. And, this is why they’re so in demand.

SEO copywriters have an in-demand skill. And, as more and more companies move larger portions of their advertising budgets to internet marketing, there is an even greater demand for their skills.

In the SearcheEngineWatch article, The SEO Copywriter: Wordsmithing the Web, William Flaiz, underscores the importance of an SEO copywriter. He writes:

“The role of the agency SEO copywriter is unique because…. Suddenly, the writer must optimize press releases, craft articles for social news, monitor social network communications, and develop wiki content…. a strong SEO copywriter is adaptable and capable of internalizing a lot of new information extremely quickly. These unique individuals have fast become the backbone of many SEO engagements. If content is king, then they [SEO copywriters] are the kingmakers.”

And this is why SEO copywriters can charge a premium for their services. If you’re looking for a way to start or maximize your income as an online freelance writer, then SEO copywriting is they way to go.



Source by Yuwanda Black

The Intersection of "The Jam Part I – A History of Rock and Roll" Pointillism Artwork and Motorcycle

The home of Canadian pen and ink artist Michael Keirstead has echoed a rhythmic ratta-at-tat for most of the past two decades; the delicate tapping succumbing to the occasional four stroke chrome-clad roar from the garage. Naturally, the neighbours appreciated the substantial musical accompaniment and the constant buzz of conversation and laughter from the ever-present family and friends!

In this household, everyone is drawn to the ratta-tat-tat from the Art Studio, and the driveway served a continual stream of 2-wheeled traffic. The Art Studio is where it all went down. You see, while the rest of us were tinkering with our motorycyles and doing that 9-5 thing, Mike was busy in his studio with an additional passion: the dotting. Ratta-tat-tat.

This crazy guy came up with the idea to mastermind a drawing, which would bring together the faces of over one hundred of the most influential contemporary musicians and chronicle the evolution of rock music. However, it was not to be simply be a drawing, “The Jam” would be a HUGE drawing: four feet high and eight feet wide. Big enough to make a piece of plywood shake in its boots. Mike was to spend months selecting which musicians to include and where to place them relative to one another so that a story would be told.

“The Jam” followed Buddy Holly and Elvis through to Motown, Folk, the British Invasion, Heavy Metal, and Punk, including classics such as The Stones, Doors, and Beatles. Mike soon discovered that a task of this scope would not be completed in a single summer, especially because the gargantuan masterpiece he envisioned would not be a sketch, but a stipple: a pointillism, comprised of little dots made with a black ink pen.

Ratta-tat-tat is the sound his pen made as it contacted the canvas. Ratta-tat-tat is the sound the tunes muffled when they were cranked. Ratta-tat-tat was the only sound that could be heard late into the afternoons when Mike worked in solitude, hoping his vision would one day be complete. Each little dot worked with each other little dot to create the shading and form which fools the eye into seeing a picture. The farther apart the dots are, the lighter the tones; the closer together the dots are, the darker the tones. The project, begun in 1979, took him eight years and would have driven him mad if not for his motorcycle.

You see, Mike was working on another project; rebuilding a 1973 Triumph Daytona 500 to have a customized tank, six-foot forks, dazzling chrome, and a luscious Springer front end. The Triumph also made a ratta-tat-tat sound (oops!), but he was hoping for a purr, a humm and was willing to put in the effort and elbow grease and learn more about bikes in the process. Speaking with Mike about it now, he says that the detail of rebuilding and customizing his Triumph ran parallel to the attention to detail that was required to complete the faces on “The Jam”.

As each bolt was chromed, the bike would slowly come together much the same way as with each completed face the artwork would come together. At times when the artwork seemed too painstakingly slow, it was refreshing to do something physical with his body: welding, lifting, sweating, getting dirty, using his mind for something 3D, instead of sitting still dotting, getting a hand cramp, being ultra clean and not smudging, and working in two dimensions. Mike would dot for a while then build his Triumph for a while, then dot, then go for a spin on his rigid 1978 Shovelhead.

Towards the end of that eight year dotting period, after numerous bolts were taken down the road for re-chroming, the finished Triumph was given its reins and Mike was finally able to take her for those re-energizing rides he needed so much. The theory was, if the chopper could be finished, so could “The Jam”: Mike was spurred on, but there was a nagging thought in his head, is your custom classic bike ever really completed? Isn’t there always more tinkering to do?

This same conflict is what Mike was up against with his artwork, too. There were far too many talented musicians to recognize than could possibly fit into “The Jam”. Rock music had not stood still and exciting bands were emerging all over the place. The canvas was full, but the story of rock was incomplete. There was only one solution: “The Jam” would have to become part of a series of artworks, its full name would be “The Jam Part I – A History” and Michael would eventually have to stipple a “Part II”.

In 1986 “The Jam Part I – A History” was finished and Mike sold many thousands of the poster-sized versions and 300 original sized …

Beginner Guitar Books Vs. Video Guitar Lessons For Learning Guitar From Home

When you decide on learning to play the guitar and becoming a self taught guitarist, you need to take into careful consideration the method through which you will teach yourself to play the guitar. The most popular ways of learning the guitar from home are through books, and through video lessons.

Beginner Guitar Books

There are literally hundreds of guitar learning books to choose from. The most popular ones have had several editions since first publishing, with improvements and refinements coming with each new edition. The most useful guitar books will have supplemental CDs and DVDs, making the learning experience interactive.

Pros of Guitar Books

  • The book is always available, you don’t need an internet connection or a DVD player, just your guitar to start learning.
  • Well written guitar books for beginners will have a structured flow of lessons.

Cons of Guitar Books

  • It is hard to really learn music from books as a beginner, since you can’t hear what you should be playing right away. This is somewhat offset by books which have supplemental CDs.
  • Pictures are a must in all guitar learning books, but the fact that you can’t see the instructors hand move along the fretboard, form chords, etc., is a huge downside.
  • No personal feedback to the student.

Video Guitar Lessons

Learning from online video lessons or DVD courses is considered by many, to be the next best thing to having a private teacher.

Pros of Video Guitar Tutorials

  • Video is multimedia, meaning you get a chance to hear what you should be playing, and also see the required hand movements.
  • Videos where an instructor explains the material and demonstrates what should be played is more exciting that reading about it.
  • Quality online guitar lesson websites offer personal feedback.

Cons of Video Lessons

  • You are confined to using videos only when the technical equipment is available to you (PC, DVD player).
  • Many people are tempted on learning from random free online lessons, which usually results in an unstructured method of learning.

All in all, deciding on the learning method is up to you and your available resources, the few dollars spent on getting a structured study course will be beneficial either way.



Source by Tom Fontana

Top 1% of THREE MLM Companies! The Daniel K. Song Interview

Advancing to the top 1% of any MLM opportunity is quite a challenge, choosing to start all over with a new company and doing it again is absolutely astounding.

After taking a break from Network Marketing for almost a year… What Daniel K. Song plans to do next may be his toughest challenge; not only does he plan to do it again with a new, rather large company, he is going to do while working a full-time job! Why? To prove to you that it CAN be done.

It is said that in order to have success in network marketing you need to truly master one skill. Whether it is presenting, closing, encouragement, or (for the internet world) copywriting, SEO or social networking, it’s incredibly important to identify your talent and “run” with it.

Daniel K. Song has mastered the incredibly lucrative art of Team-Building: The branding of a culture and system of duplicating distributors that completely trust his leadership. He is an example of the power traditional network marketing methods have on those that can obtain this skill.

During this incredibly hectic time, I had a chance to meet up with him and I want to invite you to take a look at our conversation in hopes that you may gain some value from a true MLM guru.

* Disclaimer: Soomin-Kim.com does not encourage “opportunity jumping,” however the story of Daniel K. Song is a testimony to the power of the network marketing opportunity and reiterates our belief that people choose leaders before choosing a company. In other words, we believe that in the beginning, people are buying YOU; not your products nor compensation plan.

sK: I’m just going to start with the basics…how long have you been involved in Network Marketing?

Daniel: I’ve been a part of the Network Marketing Industry now for almost 7 years. The majority of which has been full time…I started back in May of 2003 as I was preparing to graduate from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve been part of The Health and Wellness Industry for all of the 7 years I’ve marketed. It wasn’t until this past year that I decided to take on two separate career paths; one as a designer & marketing manager, and the other as a network marketer (again).

sK: So what’s your age at the moment… you still seem like a kid to me.

Daniel: I’m 29, look 20, and probably act more like I’m 12… I enjoy being a “kid,” life was much more enjoyable when you were a kid. I envy the innocence, simplicity and pureness of a child’s actions, choices, and thoughts… although getting carded for ‘R’ rated movies at almost 30 is a bit annoying.

sK: I hear you brotha, I’m 31 and I get carded everywhere too! I’m guessing it’s an Asian thing. Prior to more serious matters…anyone that knows you, knows that you love cars… how many different cars have you owned?

Daniel: Umm… to date? I’ve owned (9) cars in the past (8) years… I started in network marketing with a Honda Civic that I bought in high school. The first car I bought “through” network marketing was a 1993 Acura NSX (which was my dream car growing up as a kid)… That NSX was then followed up with a: 2002 BMW 325i, 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe, 2005 Lotus Elise, 1997 Acura NSX-T, 2008 Honda Element SC, 2008 Lexus GS350, 2004 Honda s2000, and now a 2010 BMW 335i… I think that’s it… I really enjoy cars.

sK:…uhh yea you think?

Daniel: I mean, considering that I don’t have any other real vices (like drinking, smoking, or partying) this is my only real vice. I just hope my future wife-to-be can still love me for it.

Vice: Daniel’s custom Acura NSX – His “dream” car prior to network marketing.

sK: As long as she’s driving what she wants… you’ll be ok. Where are you currently living now?

Daniel: I currently live in the Newport, California. I used to be in Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar most of my life, but moved out to Orange County about (2) years ago because my brother wanted to be closer to work… and since I work from home, location really didn’t matter much to me. It’s definitely a nice area.

sK: Before I forget, on a serious note, I appreciate you taking some time out of your schedule to chat, with that being said… let’s just get down to it…WHERE THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN!?

Daniel: Not a problem. Sorry it’s taken this long to finally sit down to have this conversation! Where have I been?! Haha…. Let’s just say I took about a year off to “reinvent myself” if you will.

sK: Reinvent? Like Madonna? What’s there to reinvent?

Daniel: …

Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play Wild Thing

A great song for a beginner to play

The version of “Wild Thing” by the Troggs is an excellent first song for someone interested in starting to play the guitar. The song only has 3 chords, and they are usually some of the first chords a beginner guitar student would learn. The chords are A, D, and E. Also, we will implement an easy strumming pattern, so you can sound pretty good early on. Later, as you become more advanced, fancy strumming patterns will really impress those who listen to you play.

It was a big hit many years ago

Back in 1966, “Wild Thing” made it to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U. S. It also reached number 2 in Britain. Rolling Stone magazine listed “Wild Thing” as number 257 on it’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song certainly is fun to listen to, and makes a great beginner guitar lesson. It has been covered by many artists, including Jimi Hendrix, who gave an amazing performance of the song at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Even if this song isn’t your style, it can be an excellent song to begin your guitar playing career with.

Learning about the guitar

As your holding a guitar, the lowest sounding string, the sixth string is located on the top. The next string down is the fifth string, and so on. Eventually you will get to the bottom string, which is the first string. Its also the thinnest and highest sounding string. The open sixth string is an E. The open fifth string is an A. The open fourth string is a D. The open third string is a G. The open second string is a B, and the open first string is an E.

The frets are the individual squares on the guitar fretboard. This is where you place your fingers when playing the guitar. A good place to start is the fret closest to the top of the guitar. This is called the first fret. There are dots located on the guitar fretboard. Each one represents different frets on the guitar. The first dot is on the 3rd fret, the second one is on the 5th fret, the third dot is on the 7th fret, and so on. Most guitars will have these dots.

Finger numbers

Just like the strings and frets on the guitar, we also assign a number to the various fingers of the left hand. The first, or pointer finger is number one. The middle finger is number two. The third finger, or ring finger is number three, and the pinky is number four. It is important to know finger numbers to properly place your fingers on the guitar.

How to play the chords

“Wild Thing” only has three chords. They are A, D, and E. The A chord is formed by placing your first finger on the fourth string, second fret. Your middle finger on the third string, second fret, and your ring finger on the second string, second fret.

The D chord is formed by placing your first finger on the third string, second fret. Your ring finger on the second string, third fret, and your middle finger on the first string, second fret.

The E chord is formed by placing your middle finger on the fifth string, second fret. Your ring finger on the fourth string, second fret, and your first finger on the third string, first fret.

The strumming pattern

Because this is a beginner guitar lesson, we will incorporate a simple strumming pattern for “Wild Thing”. The intro has three chords. The A, D, and E.

1. Strum the A chord twice. Strum it straight down from the fifth string.

2. Strum the D chord twice. Strum is straight down from the fourth string.

3. Strum the E chord six times total. Strum it four times, then a slight pause, and strum it two more times. Strum all the strings when playing an E chord.

The verses contain the chords A, D, E, and D again. For simplistic purposes, strum each chord twice, straight down. Remember to start your strumming on the proper string, or you will get some strange sounds. There is another part of the song with the chords GAGA each strummed one time.

If possible, listen to the original recording to get a feel for the timing of the song. If you are a beginner, not everything is going to sound the way you want it. Playing guitar is not easy, especially early on. Keep practicing, and in time, you will start to sound like a pro.



Source by Gary E Kerkow

Sealing and Varnishing Watercolor Paintings Done on Canvas

Sealing and Varnishing Your Work

You have two choices when you paint in watercolors on an alternate support such as clayboard or watercolor canvas: you can frame behind glass as with a traditional watercolor, taking the same precautions that the painting itself does not come into direct contact with the glass and that there is a space between the artwork and the glass or you can seal your work and frame as an oil or acrylic painting. Because paint lifts so easily off of these surfaces, for my part, I feel safest sealing and varnishing.

The later definitely has some advantage. If you paint on large surfaces, a matted painting framed behind glass can be an expensive purchase and a heavy one for hanging. Some artists have remarked that paintings on the larger sized watercolor canvas sealed and varnished sell better because of they are easier to frame and the frames, lighter without the glass. There is a school of thought that also recognizes the fact that oils sell at higher prices than watercolors. Perhaps it’s the long tradition of oil painting that adds a certain mystique to the works. Or perhaps it is the advantage of being able to frame without glass. Victorian watercolorists took great pains using bodycolor and gum arabic to “heighten” a painting to make it look like an oil in order to get higher prices for their work. For me, I looked at framing without glass as a means to transport works easier for shows, to say nothing of it being safer.

I experimented with several different approaches to come up with a sealing method that I use now. Now I must say that I like a glossy finish, so the products I mention are all about accomplishing this goal. For clayboard and canvas paintings, I first begin with the clayboard fixative. I use about three coats, allowing ample time to dry between coats. After this, I use the Krylon Triple-Thick Clear Glaze. The “triple-thick” refers to the fact that one coat of this product equals three coats of other clear acrylic fixatives. I will apply at least two coats until I achieve the finish I’m after. I follow this with a UV resistant varnish, also by Krylon. I typically will spray six thin coats to complete the process. There are a couple of things to bear in mind when doing this: first of all, make sure you have a big space that is covered to do the actual spraying. Make sure nothing is near by that may get a bit of the spray. You will want to take off your glasses, if you wear them. Found that out the hard way. Make sure the room is well-ventilated. There will be lots of spraying going on, so be sure and take that precaution.

Another approach is recommended by Golden for varnishing acrylics. This method requires an isolation layer so that this layer would protect the acrylic should the varnish need to be removed. The isolation layer is the Golden soft gel gloss, mixed two parts gel to one part water and brushed on. I applied this layer onto watercolor canvas. Despite being the glossy finish, it wasn’t as glossy as I liked, but maybe if you’re looking for more of a matte finish, you may appreciate the look. I didn’t like applying this with a brush either. The mix is quite watery and brushes easily, but I preferred spraying. This layer is followed up by the MSA Archival Varnish. For prints, this is up to eight thin layers. I do at least six layers for paintings and prints. It’s an easy precaution to take to protect your work. Since I’ve used the MSA Archival Varnish for prints, I have now taken to use it instead of the Krylon varnish.

I have tried both of these approaches with watercolor works on paper. I mounted the work on matboard before beginning. I can’t say I was happy at all with the results and will just still to using this for alternate supports. The nice thing about varnishing your works is that you get a really nice looking product when you’re done. I find the gloss finish really adds a lot and the painting looks like the watercolor when the paints were first applied, juicy and wet.



Source by Chris Dinesen Rogers

The Rolling Stones Music – A Short History

The Rolling Stones is one of the most popular rock band in history. They are an English rock band that was started in April of 1962. It was founded by Brian Jones (guitar and harmonica), Mick Jagger (vocalist), Keith Richards (guitar), and Ian Stewart (pianist). During their early years, the band was content with playing rhythm and blues music and cover songs of mostly American hit rock songs. They only started to get fame when they started writing their own songs, reinventing themselves as a true rock and roll band and launching the Rolling Stones music generations of fans have learned to enjoy.

The band’s early history.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were friends way back in the 1950s and they shared the same passion for rock music especially for Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters music. They soon met with Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts. The group then decided to play blues music together and would practice with the intention of starting their own rhythm and blues band.

Muddy Waters had a clear influence on the band, not only with the Rolling Stones music, but most especially with their names. As claimed by Keith Richards, it was Brian Jones who thought of the band’s name. Jones was on the phone placing an advertisement for the band on a magazine. When he was asked what was the name of the band, Jones noticed the Muddy Waters LP near him and picked the song “Rolling Stone”.

Two major forces contributed to the early success of the Rolling Stones. The first one is the stepping in of Andrew Loog Oldham as the band’s manager and producer in 1963. He was credited for giving the band its bad boy image as a complete reversal of the good boy image of The Beatles who were enjoying tremendous success in the 60s.

He also got the band’s first record deal with Decca Records who gave them favorable terms. It was said because of the guilt that the executives of Decca felt at that time for passing on The Beatles. As a result, the Rolling Stones got better royalty rates and more artistic freedom for their songs and albums.

The second great thing that worked to the advantage of the Rolling Stones was the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards songwriting collaboration. It was in a way to imitate the success met with the Lennon/McCartney songwriting duo. It also paved the way for the band to graduate into becoming a band that plays its own songs as to what they were previously doing, just covering songs.

There have been many changes in the line up of the band, but the most prominent was the departure of Brian Jones, considered by many as the true founder of the Rolling Stones. Jones died in 1969 due to drowning.

There is more to the history of the band, but just like with any other rock and roll group, oftentimes it is its early years that are deemed most important. Because it was the era when the Rolling Stones music was forged, developed, and the fans continued to love and enjoy.



Source by Missy Ray

The Advantages And Disadvantages of T-Shirt Printing

There are a couple of popular methods of t-shirt printing and all the methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. A quick look at some of these pros and cons can help you in deciding the best and most suitable method of t-shirt printing. The selection of the printing method would ultimately depend on your requirement, the kind of image you want and your budget.

Heat transfer printing is done with the help of heat transfer paper. An image is printed on this paper and then this paper is placed on the t-shirt. A heat press is used for pressing this paper. The image gets bonded to the garment by the application of the heat by the t-shirt heat press. This is an inexpensive method and can be easily used by the home users. This is great way to print t-shirts on a smaller scale and is an ideal method for those who want to start a small business of t-shirt printing. The equipments are easily available and involve low investment.

This method enables you to get complex photographic and multi-colored images and that too in without too much of mess. However there are some limitations of this process. Every time you want to print a t-shirt you need to cut the shape that you want to be printed and remove the part that you do not want on the t-shirt. This takes up a lot of time and the process becomes non-feasible if you need to do the work in bulk.

Digital printing is another method that is used for t-shirt printing. This is printing method which is gaining popularity gradually. For printing the t-shirt, it is stretched on a frame below the ink jet printer head. The printing on the garment is done exactly as it is done on the paper. Inkjet transfer paper is used for printing the same design on large number of garments with ease. This method is good to choose if you want to reproduce certain photographic prints, logos or other multi-colored images.

The biggest disadvantage of this method is that the cost of printing goes high because it consumes lot of time in printing just one garment. In spite of the high cost, the prints fade away sooner. Moreover as this is a new technology there are many practical problems in using the machines and handling them efficiently.

Screen printing is the most traditional way of printing t-shirts. The final prints and colors come up very brightly and last longer when compared to the prints created by other methods. The printing cost remains low and this is a perfect method for mass printing. The disadvantage of this method is that you need to store all the screens if you want to use the designs later. It is a little messy and each color has to be printed separately. It can be very time consuming and cannot be used to create photographic reproductions.



Source by Shawn A Robertson