Online Version of Photoshop

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I found this program that I thought was worth sharing. SumoPaint is an online photo editor that is strikingly similar to Adobe photoshop but it is completely free (not including the Pro version) and has most of the same features. The program utilizes layers for you to work on when using more than one design to create an image, as well as having many adjustment features, filters and effects and drawing tools, just like Photoshop. i think this is a great free alternative to Photoshop because it is so similar, and I will be playing around with it in the future. The best part about this program? It is supported by all computer systems, not just Mac or PC.

 

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“I Believe I Can Fly”

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This video is incredible. I think these people are the bravest people I have ever witnessed. To willingly cartwheel off a cliff and free fall takes a lot of trust and drive to experience, because it would take a lot to convince many people to willingly jump off a cliff. I think this video is inspiring because it shows how people follow their dreams and desires no matter how crazy they may be. They are out to experience everything they want out of life and I think thats an important thing to do as we live our lives. But you dont have to be an adrenaline junky to get everything out of life, you just have to do everything that you wish to do, no matter how impossible it may seem.

Not Sleeping Might Cost You

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Many people spend more than the required time at work every day. Not to mention that after they leave for home, many people spend more time reflecting on a situation at work or thinking of the workload they have ahead of them in future days. These stresses from work may cause some people to either sleep less or have trouble getting to sleep at night. Funny thing is, studies show that this turns into a vicious circle because working on less or poorer quality sleep will actually cost you financially. Here are some stats from The Week “By the Numbers”:

11.3
Days the average worker loses to insomnia each year

$2,280
Estimated cost of that insomnia, in lost productivity, per worker

50-70 million
Estimated number of American employees who report being impaired during the day due to poor sleep

$63.2 billion
Cost of that lost productivity for the nation as a whole

23.2
Percentage of U.S. workers sleep-deprived due to insomnia

14.3
Percentage of workers 65 and older with insomnia

19.7
Percentage of working men with insomnia

27.1
Percentage of working women with insomnia

25.3
Percentage of insomnia among workers with a high school education

19.9
Percentage of insomnia among workers who dropped out of high school

21.5
Percentage of insomnia among workers with a college degree

20
Percentage of insomniacs on medication or in behavioral therapy

$200
Annual cost of sleep-aid medication

$1,200
Annual cost of sleep behavior modification therapy

$40 billion
Amount Americans spend on coffee each year

7,428
Number of full-time employees surveyed for the study

I think these numbers speak for themselves. It is alarming how much sleep can effect productivity and in result, effect our income. In a society where we must strive to do the best we can in a failing economy these numbers can mean a lot. This study does not specify if they conducted the survey over many different careers and jobs, but I can assume that this does not just effect people who work at a desk job or someone with that type of profession. I would assume that this can effect creative professions as well, and because creative careers make there money by what they produce alone, this article should be of great interest to them. The bottom line? Although you think you may be getting ahead by staying up late and working through the night, in the long run you might actually be effecting your productivity and in turn lowing your income by a significant amount.

Life in a Day

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Life in a Day was created by 26 producers and hundreds of real people around the globe. This movie was created to portray how the world works on a daily basis, demonstrated through a single day, July 24, 2010. Artists often find inspiration in things that happen everyday all around them, and this movie is 90 minutes that demonstrate just what that situation may be. Though some viewers find this video controversial based on their beliefs and opinions, they must understand the facts of this movie, that is its life, and that no matter how much they may not agree with it, its the reality of the world we live in.

Creative Sculpting 101

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Ok, so this guy is not exactly the 101 type of artist, and by that I mean that his work is much more complicated than any 101 class could ever teach. Ray is a sculptor from New York who creates intricate sculptures, of which some of his most famous are the pumpkin carvings. He also does sand sculptures and action figure sculptures. What makes him the most interesting is his style.

Carving pumpkins is a tradition that people have upheld since forever, and the traditional pumpkin carving style has always pretty much been the same. Ray, however, challenges the traditional style by creating unique faces not my cutting into them but by carving into the skin of the pumpkin. By sculpting the pulp of the pumpkin, he can create the effect that the pumpkin is a malleable surface, and in turn make the sculptures look much more realistic.

 

 

I think that his sculptures are very innovative and fun, and they break the traditional “pumpkin carving rules”. The only thing that I dont like about these pumpkins is that they dont last forever, and so you can only enjoy the real ones for a small amount of time!

To look at more by this artist: Villafanestudios

Defying Gravity

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Asian self portrait photographer Natsumi Hayashi is a younger adult who one day decided to start shooting self portraits around her hometown for fun, but not just any old photography. What is unique to her is that all of her self portraits feature her “levitating” above the ground. She uses a self timer on her camera and then at the perfect time, she jumps but so perfectly that it looks like she is simply floating above the earth. It takes a lot of timing and patience to be able to shoot these kinds of photos and I love that she is not afraid to go out and shoot these awesome shots, even as unconventional as they are. Loveeee her work!

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Recreating the Past

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This photographer really has an interesting idea going for herself. Irina Werning came up with a fun project and concept of going back in time through pictures in the present. By this I mean, she came up with a photo project where she recreates an old photo of someone in the present. I thought this idea was so fun and exciting, especially because many people think of old photos of more of an embarrassment than inspiration. Still, these photos came out very well done! I had a good time looking through them especially the baby to adult ones because of how different the subject looks. I love the idea and could see myself recreating a few good memories of my own once just to laugh and see how similar and different the photos look!

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