Tech Industry Has a Tubular Tuesday

Brain Scans for Higher IQ, Vaccination Drones & Robots with Human Moves

Here are some awesomely interesting SciTech articles I believe you’ll enjoy…

Big Boosts to Brain Scanning
The Human Connectome Project has announced some of its achievements and advances to date http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/imaging/brain-scanning-just-got-very-good-and-very-unsettling. The project has scanned the brains of well over a thousand people, developed techniques to identify an individual’s unique brain activity and identify them with 99% accuracy, predict how people will perform on an intelligence test, and during memory or reading tasks. Big Data and numerous software innovations have also resulted. Hardware wise big advances have been made with MRI machines: acquiring high-res 3D scans of a brain used to take 24 hours, but now takes under an hour and with ten times the resolution. Meanwhile brain volume and energy markers have been linked to quantitative reasoning ability and verbal/spatial intelligence respectively https://illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/375272.
More Big Steps in Deep Learning
First, Baidu achieves a 30x efficiency gain in GPUs running Deep Learning algorithms http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/06/baidu-improves-efficiency-by-30-times.html. Second, Deep Learning algorithms can now understand or extract summaries of articles with 70% accuracy https://www.newscientist.com/article/2094385-ai-just-got-a-big-boost-in-its-ability-to-understand-the-news/. Third, Deep Learning algorithms are producing impressive results with quite small datasets, for example quickly learning to automate boring tasks such as cell recognition with minimal effort http://www.cosmonio.com/blog/2016/06/20/deep-learning-with-small-data/.
Robot Motion Planning Speedup
A new custom processor has been developed specifically for the task of collision checking for robot motion planning, and which is able to speed the process up by three orders of magnitude while using 20 times less power http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/custom-processor-speeds-up-robot-motion-planning-by-factor-of-1000. This allows real time millisecond motion planning, and all via an appropriately configured FPGA that allows dedicated circuits to operate simultaneously. The main limitations are that a new FPGA configuration is needed for each new physical setup of a robot.
SpotMini from Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics has released a new, smaller version of their quadruped robot platform called SpotMini that comes complete with a vision-powered arm and gripper that looks like a head on a long neck http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/boston-dynamics-spotmini. SpotMini appears to be fully electric, nimble, adaptable to the outdoors, obstacles, stairs, recovery from loss of footing, and being fitted out with different sensors and arms as needed. Short demonstrations show it picking up a glass to load into a dishwasher and grabbing a tin can to throw in the bin. The “slip mishap” is particularly entertaining to watch.
Nanoparticle Libraries on Chips
Taking inspiration from gene chips a new nanoparticle discovery tool on a type of chip enables rapid screening of many millions of different nanoparticles in order to optimally select the best candidate or a particular purpose http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2016/06/nanoscientists-develop-the-ultimate-discovery-tool.html. The technique produces combinatorial libraries of nanoparticles with different compositions using dip-pen nanolithography. Variability currently comes from Au, Ag, Co, Cu, Ni elements as well as size from 1nm to 100nm – many more elements and structural variations might be added in future to significantly expand these libraries and explore the vast possible space of nanostructures for useful applications.
Analogue Computing Compiler
A new analogue computing compiler has been demonstrated for taking high-level instructions and producing low-level specifications to program the circuit connections in an analogue computer http://news.mit.edu/2016/analog-computing-organs-organisms-0620. Example applications in which analogue systems outperform digital systems include biological simulations but analogue programming has previously been time consuming, especially for large simulations. With a small number of transistors these analogue circuits are solving complicated differential equations that would otherwise take millions of digital transistors millions of clock cycles.
Atmospheric Carbon Capture
CarbFix is a new technique for effectively capturing carbon by burying it with basalt rock, the elements of which effectively react with the carbon dioxide and turn it into rock-like minerals such as calcite http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21700371-how-keep-waste-carbon-dioxide-ground-turning-air-stone. In tests it took 2 years for 95% of the injected carbon dioxide to be mineralised. Meanwhile, the latest work on efforts from last year to convert the carbon dioxide from power plants into carbon nanotubes suggests that the approach could be quite economical http://phys.org/news/2016-06-power-co2-emissions-carbon-nanotubes.html.
Metalens Can Resolve Molecular Chirality
An ultra-compact flat metalens can capture both the spectral information and distinguish the molecular chirality of a material at the same time https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2016/06/ultrathin-flat-lens-resolves-chirality-and-color. This is powered by two arrays of titanium oxide nanofins, which work to produce two separate images of the same object comprising left-circularly polarised and right-circularly polarised light respectively. At just 3mm wide it can be incorporated into conventional portable camera systems for sensing and diagnostic applications.
Nanoscale Remote Actuation
A new nanoscale engineering approach has developed a magnetomechanic alternative to MEMS and NEMS that involves controlling nanoactuation via applied magnetic fields http://www.nanogune.eu/newsroom/remote-control-actuation-goes-down-nanoscale. A 3D nano-assembly process creates a nanoscale cantilever that can be moved with nanometer precision and remotely controlled via an applied magnetic field. One of the key benefits here is that no physical contact is needed for control and such cantilevers might be fixed to surfaces or particles suspended in fluid and even introduced into the body to perform some pre-configured task; nanoscale cantilevers might ratchet nanoscale gears for example.
Three Artificial Kidney Platforms
Three different artificial kidney platforms are currently under development to help people better deal with kidney failure and dialysis http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/3-ways-to-build-an-artificial-kidney. First, the Wearable Artificial Kidney, a prototype belt device with filters, fluids and pumps that is worn by a patient and continuously cleans the blood; during a 24-hour test with patients it worked as well as a conventional dialysis machine but suffered a number of technical problems. Second, an implantable bioartificial kidney that uses a silicon membrane with nanopores to filter blood and a bioreactor with live kidney cells to perform various metabolic and endocrine functions. Finally, Qidni Labs is also building an implantable artificial kidney that uses a nanofiltration system to mimic kidney function.
Precise Surface Functionalisation via DNA Origami
Electron-beam lithography chip fabrication tools can create surfaces etched with photonic crystal cavity arrays, tuned to particular wavelengths of light, that contain up to seven distinct internal surface structures to which precise DNA origami shapes can bind to https://www.caltech.edu/news/dna-origami-lights-microscopic-glowing-van-gogh-51280. With fluorescent molecules (whose light emittance is chosen to match the cavity) attached to specific DNA origami shapes, each cavity can now be precisely filled with from zero to seven fluorescent molecules, and so providing a colour scale with eight shades that the group used to create a dime-sized copy of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” containing over 65,000 distinct pixels. This is an exciting platform for building precisely patterned functional surfaces; one can imagine the fluorescent molecules being replaced with sensors, quantum dots, enzymes, and other DNA origami structures, perhaps as mini production lines.


 


2. Human-Like Robotic Gait
DURUS is a robotic platform recently used to demonstrate hyper-efficient, human-like robotic gait and bipedal locomotion http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/durus-brings-humanlike-gait-and-fancy-shoes-to-hyperefficient-robots. DURUS walks nearly 20x more efficiently than the original ATLAS humanoid robot, has human-like heel-toe walking, and can wear human shoes while doing so. The most important facet here is that, while some hardware innovations were involved, the platform is mainly improved software that can be used with different hardware configurations and doesn’t suffer from the same restraints as before. More complex tests are planned for running and walking, and the platform should also prove just as useful in providing much improved prosthetics for amputees.


Fun Stuff, ey?

Hoping you have a telescope -Love, Alex

China Olympics Beijing Water Cube Bird's Nest

(031816) Explanation: Sporting a surprisingly bright, lovely green coma Comet 252P/Linear poses next to the Large Magellanic Cloud in this southern skyscape. The stack of telephoto exposures was captured on March 16 from Penwortham, South Australia. Recognized as a Jupiter family periodic comet, 252P/Linear will come close to our fair planet on March 21, passing a mere 5.3 million kilometers away. That’s about 14 times the Earth-Moon distance. In fact, it is one of two comets that will make remarkably close approaches in the next few days as a much fainter Comet Pan-STARRS (P/2016 BA14) comes within 3.5 million kilometers (9 times the Earth-Moon distance) on March 22. The two have extremely similar orbits, suggesting they may have originally been part of the same comet. Sweeping quickly across the sky because of their proximity to Earth, both comets will soon move into northern skies. Mandatory Courtesy of Justin Tilbrook/Nasa.gov

At 10:30a.m. (EDT) Tuesday morning, comet P/2016 BA14 will pass within 2.1 million miles of the earth.

The emerald green-colored comet will generally require a telescope to be seen, but may even be visible to the unaided eye in southern hemisphere suburbs where light pollution is very low.

Paul Chodas, NASA’s Center of NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, says “this will be the third closest flyby of a comet in recorded history. March 22 will be the closest comet P/2016 BA14 gets to us for at least the next 150 years.”

So, really, do you have a telescope?

Would love to see this.

Lemme Know!

Love,
Alex

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Here’s lookin’ at you, Sammy Brue

The young Brue writes and delivers incredible melodic stories of heartache, self doubt and longing that common sense would argue impossible for a 14 year old. On stage, Sammy reveals exquisitely timed reminders of the seldom, yet beautiful showers of hope that fall to challenge despair of the human condition.

Sammy Brue is one of the most impressive musicians I’ve ever discovered.

and now, I would like to share this with you…

ReverbNation CONNECT act and The Watch List artist Sammy Brue will perform at the Studio Lounge Utah for one of the largest arts and film festivals, Sundance Film Festival! At 14-years of age, Sammy has already received praise by the likes of American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone declared him an “American Prodigy.” In the last year, Sammy performed at major festivals: Summerfest, The Newport Folk Festival, and New York’s week long music conference, CMJ.

Get more deets on Sammy’s show here and check out his latest single,” Once a Lover,” which premiered on The FADER.

Sausage Castle Commune Saves Christmas

Hello gorgeous. Hope you’re having a fabulous day 😉

Ok, so about 30 miles outside Orlando sits  Sausage Castle, an infamous Juggalo Commune . The house is run by the alleged nephew of Gary Busey and is most commonly known for raunchy parties and controversial American flag usage.

The self proclaimed alternative family of outcasts is saving Christmas for kids in need and it is rather awesome.

Every Christmas the Sausage Castle crew orchestrates a unique way to give back to the community. In the months leading up to Christmas, SC raises money from everyone in the house, their friends, even the pool guy, all to buy toys for kids of families in need.

Gleefully risking a variety of potential poisonings, Big LA morphs himself into Olaf from Frozen to bring the kids a white Christmas by having his 500lbs+ body spray painted white.

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Mike (Gary Busey’s maybe nephew) wraps himself in lights and garland, tucking the battery under an ample man boob. 

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“Mike and Kace, the lesbian Juggalette feminist, have been planning their charity event for months. “I’m the hood Oprah,” Mike says. “I’m the real Robin Hood.” This year, they chose a child whose legs had been amputated due to a birth defect with his spine and a nine-year-old with Down’s Syndrome to buy presents for. Inside Walmart, they shop with an overweight comedian named Miguel. Kace and Mike purchase the kids Star Wars toys, paint supplies, and BB guns.

The Sausage Castle spends hundreds of dollars on gifts at Walmart. Throughout December, they collected donations from everyone from their pool man to Jenny Jizz, the amateur porn star who gave blowjobs to veterans on Veteran’s Day in thanks for their service. The Sausage Castle’s male members possess a deep emotional connection to Christmas.

“I’m gonna cry,” Mike says.

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Once JB finishes opening presents, Mike takes him outside, where he puts on his Darth Vader mask and runs across the porch on his arms.

Check out the full article on Broadly

Sausage Castle family, I wish you all the happiest of Holiday Seasons and thank you for this rad Christmas charity tradition.

UO goes rogue with pizza chain acquisition

Shoppers are pictured outside a Urban Outfitters store in Pasadena

For over a decade, the diversification tactics of UO have been impressive, appropriate and successful. Keeping hipsters, hippies and fashionistas happy under the same virtual roof, they’ve expanded in a gardening-focused offshoot named Terrain and a wedding and luxury brand (BHLDN). These products are sold in UO retail locations, as well as their Anthropologie store chain.

Smart.

Those were rational business model expansions that fueled an increase across the board in sales, store traffic, brand popularity and stock value. The sales of UO furnishings and urban gardening alternatives rose from 15% to 48% within just 8 months during 2007. This was the same year UO received the Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute and launched the Terrain brand. In 2008, they took home the Best In Show and People’s Choice Award for Terrain from the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Super smart.

Urban Outfitters announced on Monday (Nov. 16) that it would be acquiring Philadelphia’s Vetri Family restaurants, including the Pizzeria Vetri chain. UO Company stock immediately dropped 7.4% and shares fell upwards of 20% in the two sessions immediately following the release. The undisclosed amount spent on this 7 restaurant acquisition (including Pizzeria Vetri, named by Food & Wine as the nation’s best pizza restaurant) is suggested to be hovering between $50 and $100 million.

Not the smartest.

Shareholders are understandably concerned and even more confused following the events of the week. UO has released several statements since Monday, boasting confidence that this acquisition, “although unique” is a “perfect match” for Urban Outfitters to gain market share as a lifestyle brand.

Strange.

The reassurance PR isn’t doing much to ease these concerns. Sales for the previous 3 quarters have fallen below projections for UO. Decreasing revenue paired with a 7 restaurant acquisition to the tune of $50-$100 million is certainly a UNIQUE decision.

Super strange.

What are your thoughts?

Is the UO #FashionablePizza

initiative brilliant beyond our current business model understanding… or a poorly disguised desperation for market diversification?

Pussy Riot: Members Freed to Save 2014 Sochi Olympics

Pussy Riot members Nadya (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) and Masha (Maria Aloykhina) stand united in a Moscow district court . The Russian punk rock activists completed 22 months of a 2 year sentence, released early due to ridicule from around the globe threatening the turnout of the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

While imprisoned, the acts of moral indecency towards the prisoners were so severe that it inspired both women to launch a movement in Russia, now focusing their activism on prisoners’ rights.

“You cannot frighten someone who has been to Russian prison,” Tolokonnikova says.

“The authorities have made a grave mistake by jailing us. We emerged from prison even stronger and more resolute”

The Pussy Riot members were charged with hooliganism after a 40-second performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow that was critical of President Vladimir Putin. See “A Punk Prayer”: http://bit.ly/1exEAlo

Putin released the members of Pussy Riot, as part of a still undefined Amnesty Decree from the Russian parliament in what’s  considered to be a last-minute scramble to save the Winter Olympics. 

“This selective amnesty was not an act of humanism. It was only aimed at reducing tensions in relations with the west,” Tolokonnikova said. “It happened because Putin is afraid that Olympic Games in Sochi will be boycotted.”

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walks to her news conference at Dozhd TV

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Authors And Alcohol: The Paris Years

These three authors are literary greats and they were all present in Paris at the same time,

enjoying a lifestyle of creative endeavor and alcohol…

The great and the good of historical literary figures seem more often than not to have had a fairly intimate relationship with alcohol. It appears to have just gone with the territory. What follows are a list of some of the most influential writers who were all present in post WW1 Paris and couldn’t say no to a drink.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author of the almost unsurpassable The Great Gatsby, Francis (that’s what the F stood for) was a heavy drinker from early in his college years. His work and he himself are seen as symbols of the Jazz Age and with good reason. Not only did he come up with the term, but his lifestyle and the people he surrounded himself with in 1920s Paris were absolutely indicative of the artistic revelry.

Unfortunately his drinking was epic and led him into seriously poor health during the 30s. He suffered from tuberculosis though biographers do argue over whether or not this was truly the case, with some speculating it was used as a cover for his drinking problems. Fitzgerald finally succumbed in 1940 to a second, and huge, heart attack. He was 44.

Ernest Hemmingway

Present in the revelry of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age was his good friend Ernest Hemmingway. The two shared an intense and vivacious friendship. Becoming part of the ‘Lost Generation’ a term he popularized during his Paris years the abandon of which he and his cohorts’ lives were lived is no secret. And after being introduced to James Joyce the pair became well known for their ‘alcoholic sprees’.

Hemmingway’s love of a beverage turned to alcoholism in his later years and was compounded by other health and mental issues. The result in 1961 was after treatment for severe depression and release from hospital Hemmingway took his own life.

James Joyce

Renowned for his works that include Ulysses and Finnegans Wake Joyce is undoubtedly one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. Growing up in Dublin he was often found boozing and causing plenty of trouble, seemingly being quick to anger and always involved in an altercation of sorts. After two such instances, one involving a pistol being fired at him by the student he lived with Joyce headed to Europe.

He lived in Trieste and Zurich for the next period of his life and after 16 years was invited to Paris by Erza Pound, a friend of both Fitzgerald and Hemmingway. Joyce stayed for 20 years. During his time there his lifestyle continued as he’d become accustomed and he died after surgery for a perforated ulcer in 1941.

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Making the Leap from an Advanced Hobbyist to a Professional Photographer

 

 

If photography is your passion, there will eventually come a time when you’ll consider turning your hobby into a career. Nothing is more satisfying than making a living doing something that you love, but you must carefully consider all of the variables and also take certain steps to ensure that your career will be successful.

There is a lot of truth to the saying that a camera doesn’t make the photographer; even the most expensive equipment won’t help those who have no eye for photography. Therefore it is not necessary to run out and purchase all of the most expensive camera equipment. When you’re scouring your local ads for DSLR deals, it’s best to keep in mind that investing in quality glass is actually more important than the camera body. Any skilled photographer with at least a Digital Rebel will have the ability to turn out high quality, professional photographs.

Once you decide that you want to cultivate a photography career it will become imperative to choose a specialty. While it is important to diversify, you’ll do your best work, and therefore build the best reputation, by doing photography that appeals to you. The first major distinction to make is between fine art work and portrait work. If your passion lies with nature or architecture photography then your best bet will be to market your photography to genre specific magazines, at art fairs and via an online store. If photographing children is more your cup of tea, however, then you’ll need to invest in quality backgrounds, portrait lenses and a light kit. Again, there is no rule that states that you can’t do both portrait and fine art photography, but focusing more on one of the two options will yield the best results.

 

Six Important Things to Know about the Life of a Professional Photographer:

1.) If you work for yourself, then you’ll have to pay all of your taxes each year at tax time. Keep records on everything that you purchase for your business and be sure to track your mileage, too. You will not be able to fill out your taxes on an EZ form, so you may wish to consult with a professional tax preparer. Your state or county may also require you to maintain a sales tax license in order to sell your services, so be sure to check into your local guidelines.

2.) Marketing and word of mouth are everything. Invest in quality business cards and make sure to place ads in all applicable places. Vflyer.com offers free Craigslist templates, which will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You should also consider offering a referral discount for clients who send you new business.

3.) Model releases are critical for photographers who are interested in selling their work. If a person’s identity can be discerned in the photograph, then you need a signed model release before you attempt to sell the image.

4.) Professional photographers who photograph other people need to invest in liability insurance, along with insurance on their equipment. Without liability insurance, you could end up losing everything if someone gets hurt during a shoot.

5.) Never shoot without a contract. Sample contracts are available online, but make sure that the verbiage adheres to all of your local and state laws.

6.) Don’t give away your work for free. Doing so sets a bad precedent and will make it difficult to charge people in the future.

Are you considering making the leap or have you recently done so? Share your stories and tips below.

 

7 of the Best Musical Movies That Stand the Test of Time

Musical movies aren’t for everyone, but every once in a while a great one comes along to grab a large audience. While they have evolved over the years, many of the basic elements remain the same. It all boils down to musical numbers and an awesome soundtrack. And if you happen to love the characters and you’re engaged in the story, then it makes it even more powerful. Hollywood doesn’t produce musical movies at the rate it once did, but they will forever be an important part of our culture. Not all of them are remembered and universally loved, but there are a few that stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at some of the best that feature musical numbers you can probably sing right now.

Moulin Rouge – not everyone “got” this movie, but those who did absolutely fell in love with it. While it didn’t feature original songs, they were presented in a way that was truly unique. This movie revitalized old songs and made them new again. Throw in an attractive cast, beautiful choreography, and elaborate sets, and you have a formula for success. This is definitely one movie that you can plop into your DVD right now and enjoy all over again.

High School Musical – this might be the most controversial item on the list, and some might argue that the series popularity has long since faded. But you have to remember what an extreme phenomenon the High School Musical craze was. You can see its influence in musical artists, and especially in a show like Glee. It made singing and dancing cool again when things were starting to get cynical. And if you happen to watch the original right now, you’ll notice that everyone was at the top of their game. It’s definitely a flick that teenagers will grow up and remember in the future.

The Muppets – Jim Henson’s beloved creations have always had musical numbers in their movies. But who knew that Jason Segal would do such a stellar job with his rendition? He wrote the scripts, and had a hand in all of the songs. The overall package is a beautiful blend of traditional and new Muppet music. Let’s not forget all the laughs and smart writing contained in the movie. This is the Muppet comeback we’ve all been waiting for, and some might say it’s better than the original movies.

Beauty and the Beast – you can pick almost any movie of the Disney cartoon era, and it would stand the test of time. But this one in particular has some of the best songs of any generation. They are highly hummable and they make you feel just like you did when you were watching the movie. Speaking of the film itself, it reminds us of an age before CGI. It’s impressive to see what actual human beings can do with traditional animation and even more important, when combined with a beautiful soundtrack.

The Wizard of Oz – there is no doubt this classic will be remembered forever. You probably already seen it once, but it’s definitely worth revisiting. If you want to make it more interesting, take a look at some of the history behind the movie. Learning about how it was made reveals how impressive the challenges were. Without the benefit of special effects or high-tech makeup, the filmmakers were still able to create a classic with some of the most memorable songs around.

Grease – when it comes to fund and cheesy musicals, there really is nothing better. At the heart of the story is a tale of love, and that’s why this movie endures. No matter how silly you might think it is, everyone can relate thanks to a steller love story. And even a few decades later, it’s hard to deny the catchiness of the tunes. The cast has definitely gotten older in the real world, but they’ll forever remain young in this movie.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – the next time you’re looking for something fun to do on Halloween, make sure to revisit this movie. The new generation enjoys it with irony, while old fans love it for what it is. You can dress up and sing along, and any major urban area will undoubtedly have gatherings of fans. This is definitely a movie where you let go of your inhibitions to watch. And singing along makes it even more fun, especially when you’re surrounded by people who love this crazy film.

One of the best ways to experience these films is with karaoke in the privacy of your own home. You can pick out your favorite tracks and sing them with your friends. This article comes from the Karaoke Machine Guide where you can check out a list here of the best equipment that can turn your living room into a party palace where you can relive some of these classic movies.

Five Best Social Networks for Artists

Top Five Social Networks for Artists

Another installment of creative gems in blogging via MyBlogGuest.com

As an artist who wants to make a career out of your talent and passion, you know how important it is to connect with other like-minded individuals. Being an artist isn’t just about creating art; it’s also about being part of a creative community. And while art is a true form of self-expression, it serves a greater purpose when it’s shared with others rather than kept to the artist alone. The Internet is one of the greatest resources you have as an artist to build your contacts and get exposure. There are lots of vibrant artistic communities online waiting for you to discover. Here are some of the best social networks for artists.

DeviantART.com

DeviantART is one of the largest and most diverse communities of artists online. It has more than 12 million members to date, and they’re showcasing more than 100 million original works. On deviantART, you can create your own personal gallery and portfolio with an unlimited number of works. You can get feedback from other artists, and there are many groups you can join in order to connect with more specific communities. You can even sell prints of your work and buy work from others.

Artrise.com

For the more professionally-minded artist, Artrise is a great community for connecting with people who are active in the art industry. You can build and showcase your portfolio, network with other artists, and brose the awesome and diverse gallery. There are also event listing to help you connect with artists out in the real world, and art job listings that can help you find a position in the industry. There are also active groups like Opera and Classical Music where you can find others with similar interests.

ArtSlant.com

Artslant is an artistic community focusing on contemporary and modern art. Here you’ll find information on all the latest developments, exhibits, news, and events in the contemporary art world. There are different Artslant sites for major cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. With an Artslant professional profile, you can exhibit up to 60 of your works and connect with many major players in the art world. Browse listings for shows, jobs, and get noticed.

Artbistro.com

ArtBistro is powered by Monster, so it’s an ideal place for artists looking to break into the world of paid and professional artistry. All types of artists can benefit from this community. Create your personal profile and portfolio, and get valuable career information and advice on becoming a professional artist. There are job listings, as well as information on art schools.

Artists2Artists.net

On Artists2Artists you can connect with artists of all different types, and along with your portfolio, you can keep a personal blog. There are groups and forums in which to discuss all sorts of artistic concerns and visions. You can view the events calendar to find happenings in the art world near you, and there is a hefty database of great articles and information that any artist will enjoy. You can also share your portfolio here with your Facebook friends and on your website.

   Jeffrey Bruma is an aspiring artist and entrepreneur who loves to blog when he has the time. He enjoys giving advice to other artists on how best to advance their reputation.   ♦

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The Planets Gratitude for Your Gadgets: How Your Smart Phone is Helping the Planet

Gadgets are quickly taking over our everyday lives. Laptops, iPods, kindles and handheld gaming devices are now a common site amongst the population and nearly everyone now carries a mobile phone or smartphone with them.

With so many gadgets floating about, not many of us will stop and think about their impact on the environment.

Whilst the increased use of gadgets can have a negative impact on the environment due to their overuse, constant charging and increase in electronical waste they can also have a positive impact.

For example, on a smartphone there are a number of apps that will help you monitor your carbon footprint, encourage living a healthier lifestyle and give you information on what you can recycle and where. In fact this article from the Guardian shows the top ten green apps for the iphone.

Developments in technology are now allowing us to charge our phones using wind and solar power and by recycling our smartphones, not only can you get paid to do so, you will also be doing your part in helping the environment.

How Your Gadgets are Helping the Planet

How Your Gadgets are Helping the Planet

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Urban Art: A Creative Inspirations Guest Post

Creative Inspirations: Urban Art

A ‘My Blog Guest‘ Entry by Stuart Green

Urban Art

Say “urban art” to a lot of people and one of two things will generally happen. Firstly, you will get a completely blank expression as the person has no idea what you are talking about. The alternative is that they will look at you, face lighting up and say “oh yeah, like Banksy?” While Banksy would be an excellent example, urban art stretches far further than pretty paintings on the sides of buildings and on pavements. Whether it is murals, aggressive sculptures or a graffiti wall, urban art can encapsulate a whole range of ideas and creative inspirations. Thinking about the way this can influence people’s thinking, are they really a fit for modern art galleries?


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Modern Attitudes

While attitudes towards art galleries have evolved massively in recent years, they are much more inclusive and no longer seen as a middle to upper class area, there is still a certain “something” which fits well within an art gallery. It is this factor which sees the Turner art prize be so polarising, as the debate is continually opened, closed and re-opened over whether a messy bedroom, a bin, or a sculpture made out of carrier bags actually constitutes a piece of art.

Looking for an industrial unit to let in which to display your art is an excellent option for adding authenticity and an edgy twist to your art. If you are the type of artist who creates wide ranges of work, then an industrial unit to let could be the ideal blank canvas for putting your ideas to the world. One of the beauties of such buildings is that you can use as much or as little space as you want. Artists look to focus on capturing moods, and in an industrial unit there are many ways to influence how people feel.


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Taking Control

There are many ways artists can manipulate the feelings of visitors to exhibitions, and more often than not it is through the art itself. Should you decide to hold an exhibition in an industrial unit to let, however, there will be far greater options at your disposal for creating a heart-stopping show. Whether it is by making a bright arena full of colour, or giving the impression of a dilapidated, abandoned old warehouse, there are many different options and ideas, no doubt limitless to those with a creative mind.

Industrial units to let are associated with many uses, try placing your art in there and watch your reputation soar.

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Vanity Fair and Favorite Quotes: Vintage Inspiration with Marilyn Monroe

Sunday Sweetness with a Buxom Blonde Legend

Marilyn Monroe in Memories, Quotes and Cover Shoots

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This quote is among my personal top five belonging to the legendary icon, Marilyn Monroe. 50 years have passed since the tragic death of this timeless beauty, each year exposing new discoveries on the history and struggles endured by the tortured soul of this American icon.

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American fashion, beauty and feminine evolution based publications have been, and will continue to offer significant memorable mentions and vintage collections of Marilyn Monroe, captured in images that translate the life, love and legend that was left behind. Features of Marilyn Monroe have been sprouting up across the web, television and in plans for printing!

The June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair magazine will feature a flawless capture of Marilyn Monroe. This issue will be the fourth time since her passing that Vanity Fair pays publication homage to Marilyn with a commemorative cover in her honor.

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Liz Smith, ‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Over the past four years, Marilyn Monroe–who is dead, you must understand–has been on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine three times! The latest cover shows a radiantly fresh-faced Marilyn, still a model, photographed by Andre de Dienes. It’s amazing, the hold that this woman–gone almost 50 years–still has on the world.

The VF story inside deals with MM’s famous nude pool scene, from her last, uncompleted movie, “Something’s Got To Give,” photographed by Lawrence Schiller.

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‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Vanity Fair on the Marilyn Monroe commemorative June 2012 issue…

“just before Marilyn Monroe’s shocking death, in 1962, photographer Lawrence Schiller hit the jackpot, capturing the world’s most famous blonde at her most seductive.”

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.- Marilyn Monroe

Alex

@GulkinGazette

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