Marvel just released their second trailer for their most anticipated film, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Let’s take a look at how the trailer appeals to the fans cinematically.
Socializing for most people is one of their most favorite past times of the day. We socialize every chance we get. Whether we are in a group of people or waiting at the doctor’s office. Social Media has made it easier to chat with someone than going up and talking with them, but do we rely on it too much? Read More
Music is right at the heart of our everyday lives, whether you’re into the latest and most popular stuff in the world of music, or you dig a little deeper into the industry, at the end of the day everyone loves a good tune. By now though, you’ve certainly heard of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify but you might not have heard of Bandcamp. While there are definitely some similarities between the two streaming services, each site sits firmly in its own league of internet streaming services.
Back in the 1940s, there was no doubt about it. Radio was the hottest thing in the market. During the golden age of the radio (the 1930s to the 1940s) there were over 22 million homes that had a radio. A broad range of content was played whether it be live music, comedy, dramatic programming, variety shows, and so much more. It was a struggle to do broadcasts back in the golden age of radio back in the day. Read More
In recent years, the genre of “Vaporwave” has come to exist as a subgenre of electronic music. In its inception, it typically involved slowing down popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s, dropping the pitch, and basically making entire songs out of mere samples, making use of a multitude of effects to add variety and, in some cases, make the song nearly unrecognizable. Occasionally, artists would instead use types of “elevator music” and edit those in a similar fashion.
Everyone I know in one way has a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat account for use either for business or personal use. However, I’ve discovered recently that Instagram users are running into problems with their content not being seen by their current followers and/or new followers. What’s causing this; Instagram’s new algorithm. So, in this changing world of social media with algorithms and ads taking over getting in the road of content creators, what’s the solution for these users. May I introduce to you; Vero.
In todays media-based industry and business information will come in a few different outlets. The most major one that has been taking over this medium is video. Video and video-based technology has become popular in recent years as well as being a strong way to get out a message quickly.
The use of Google Classroom has made education more convenient than ever. It wasn’t that long ago when I attended classes where the professor would use actual chalk on an olden days object known as a “chalkboard” and used it to write down important notes. Google’s Apps for Education is a series of applications designed for schools to help them communicate with their students…and it is quite helpful.
These days, there seem to be apps for everything dating, adventure-seekers, and book-lovers, but limited apps for making friends. Making friends when you’re younger just happens naturally. But making friends as an adult is more like seeing the dentist. You know you need to do it. You know it’s good for you, and once you’ve done it, you feel good about yourself. OK, so maybe I’m being dramatic, but unless you’re one of those natural social butterflies or if you’re like me who just hangs out inside their room, finding new people is tough. So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends,here are some of the apps or social media accounts below can help.
Most people think of creativity as a blessing rather than a curse, but the latter is truer than the former.
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Spotify is a service that you have likely come to know if you’ve spent any time at all on the internet. The popular music streaming service is enjoyed by fans from around the world, boasting a cool one hundred million users as of 2016. However, with how much money the company has spent on royalties since its inception, a change in the way things operate could have the potential to push the company even further. It starts by following in Netflix’s footsteps.
Remember the days of renting out movies from video stores? Or perhaps you can remember when you had to wait a week to catch the next episode of your favorite crime drama? It’s hard to believe that it was only a decade ago when these things were the norm when it came to watching TV and Film. These options still exist today in 2018. However, these ways now live in the shadow cast by the juggernaut service known as Netflix.
By now, we are all aware that social media has had a massive impact on our culture and in business. Social media websites are some of the most popular websites and apps on the Internet. They have changed the way people communicate and socialize on the Web.
However, aside from seeing your friends’ new pet on Facebook, or reading about someone whose famous on Twitter, what are some of the real impacts, both positive and negative, that social media has had on our society?
Here is a closer look at the effect of social media on business, socialization as well as some of the negative effects such as cyber bullying and privacy.
Impact on Business
Companies are using social media to advertise and, build customer loyalty. Interactions and feedback from customers help businesses to improve and grow with society. A lot of companies have contests and give away prizes to encourage consumers to visit their social website page more often. Compared to television advertisements and other expensive forms of marketing, social media presence is a cheap and effective means to enhance their brand and its popularity.
Effect on Socialization
Social networks offer the opportunity for people to re-connect with their old friends and meet new people, share ideas, content and pictures. Professionals use social media sites like LinkedIn to enhance their career and business footprint. Students can collaborate with their peers to improve their academic knowledge and communication skills. You can learn about different cultures and societies by connecting with people in other countries.
Negative Effects of Social Media
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides too to social networking. Many introverts and antisocial users place too much attention on virtual interaction, and ignore the real world outside.
Cyber Bullying and Online Harassment
If you are not careful, dishonest people can target you for cyber bullying and harassment on social sites. School children, young girls, and women can fall prey to online attacks which can create tension and distress. Elderly people can also be taken advantage of in scams for money if they are not careful with their emails.
Although Social Media has greatly improved our culture and knowledge, it has also created a place to bully and mislead people to the truth. We should always look at things on the internet as a learning tool but know that some may distort the truth to their own benefits.
As per definition, art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, – producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” With this said, me as an artist; but also as an athlete, I believe that one can call certain moments in sports “art”. It is certain that it is not the same type of art as per say music or paintings. Nevertheless, the human creative skill is there. We are taking various creative decisions every step we take.
In addition, certain people can consider these moments of brilliance to be beautiful. Moments in which the player does something thought improbable, even impossible. A very interesting player in soccer history is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, also known as Ronaldinho. In his prime, the man was sheer magic with the ball. He seemed to have a deeper understanding in the physics of it. The way he manipulated it, it looked as if the ball was an extension of his body. He used this to his advantage when performing complicated moves and skills with incomparable fluidity, which gave him an edge over his opponent. Currently, a man with similar affinity to the ball, but with less fancy skills, is Lionel Messi. Even when shooting the ball these people make magic happen.
In sports, even when the players aren’t the most skilled, are able to produce emotional responses from the viewer. Be it anger from seeing an unfair play, or hope and passion to see a player giving it their all to win. Sports are a way for some to relief powerful emotions. The beautiful aspect of it is that we, as human beings, can be so empathetic as to share the player’s emotions by simply watching them. At the same time, as a player one can feel the support of the outside people pouring into the field. This is why I believe that sports can be a form of “art”.
Much like writers, designers and developers can experience a period of time when they can’t access their inspiration or bring themselves to create new work. This creative block can be brought on by a mental block, an emotional barrier, personal problems or even communication breakdowns.
Adobe has done their best to build their creative community with multiple mobile apps, allowing for easy access and shareable content between team members. They even have an app (and webpage), dedicated to inspiration and sharing projects between Adobe users.
Behance gives you the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the minds of other creatives in the Adobe community. With the capability to explore millions of design projects created by designers all over the world, Behance is the answer to my creative block and encourages me to try new projects every day.
Upon signing into Behance, you are encouraged to follow as many creative fields as you would like from the following list:
- Graphic Design
- Exhibition & Signage
- Music Packaging
All content posted is tagged under these categories.
Now that you are following different fields from the industry, Behance turns the landing page into a sea of innovative and inspirational posts from other creatives. As you browse through different projects, you can appreciate other artists content with the thumbs up icon and establish creative connections in the Adobe community.
You also have the option to search through content based on creative tools, by schools and organizations or through curated galleries.
Behance offers a live video blog with scheduled tutorials and a live chat to encourage you to ask questions. Learn new ideas, techniques and trends from Adobe professionals on a daily basis. They keep an updated schedule available for you at all times, so you never miss an opportunity to better your skills.
Your Behance Profile is more than just a picture and a short ‘about you’ section. Behance offers you the opportunity to show off your skills, your work experience and even your references. You are able to create a shareable portfolio and even apply for jobs. The profile tab also gives you access to statistics of views and appreciations of your projects.
Behance gives you the freedom to showcase your designs and imagination while feeding your creative inspiration. Check out the Behance website today or download the app below.
Godzilla is a name that is pretty much universal at this point. It is a name that almost anyone can identify as a giant fire breathing lizard that destroys cities. It’s no wonder as the Godzilla series has been around since 1954 and in that time there has been 32 feature films released with four more set to be released by 2021.
The series has really been given a new life in the past couple years since the release of the American adaptation “Godzilla” in 2014 by Legendary Pictures. Before the film was released, the franchise had been pretty much dormant since the release of “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004.
“Godzilla Poster from AllPosters.com
Godzilla Final Wars Poster from monstermoviemusic.blogspot.com
The series now seems to be back to a high point just like it was when it’s films were being released almost yearly. Legendary Pictures is the reason for not just the rising popularity of Godzilla but just Kaiju(Giant Monster) movies in general. It all started when they released Pacific Rim in 2013 which was the first American big screen giant monster movie in a long time. It showed some great monster vs robot fight scenes with cities getting destroyed. It really got the world hyped up for the release of Godzilla in 2014.
Picture from schmoesknow.com
Just two years after Legendary brought Godzilla back to American Audiences, the Japanese company Toho came out with a new film called Godzilla Resurgence in 2016. Toho was responsible for 28 of the first 29 Godzilla films and they stuck to their old ways of using a godzilla suit instead of using CGI like Legendary did. Godzilla Resurgence was a huge hit in Japan and eventually saw an American localization to DVD.
picture from behindthethrills.com
The coming years look extremely promising for Godzilla, there are three animated movies to be released in 2018 on Netflix with the first already released. Legendary is releasing a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla in 2019 called “Godzilla King of the Monsters”. This movie is set to bring back fan favourite Godzilla enemies: Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. In 2020 the long awaited remake of 1963’s “King Kong vs Godzilla” will be released with Godzilla battling the Kong monster from the 2017 film “Kong Skull Island”.
Godzilla Planet of the Monsters poster from wikipedia.org
Godzilla Vs Kong picture from thepicta.com
Things are looking fantastic for the world’s favourite giant radioactive lizard and I hope that it means the Godzilla series will still be around for a long time.
Do you ever look at your phone to see what time it is and then get distracted because someone just posted something amazing? Meanwhile you stick the phone back in your pocket forgetting to check the time. We humans love gossip, we love seeing what others have to say, but did you know that we spend about 7 hours a day on the internet; watching TV, streaming, and social media? Before the technology we have now, kids between the ages of 7-18 would interact by meeting up to the closest malt shop or park to socialize. Now you can’t go without seeing a 7 year old who doesn’t have a smartphone.
With the ability to share our knowledge and inspirations with others around the world: how do we come up something that is fresh, new and exciting? Collaboration. If you find yourself stuck in a rut unable to come up with an idea; Feedback from others is amazing. Will you always agree with that person? Probably not. Although, it never hurts to receive feedback. We will all have moments where we will fail miserably but, those failures will end up teaching us a lesson in time.
Trial and error is crucial step in order to succeed. There will be days where your mind will be blank or you didn’t present your best work but there is always a lesson to be learned with each experience. I know that I have. After I graduated high school I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I enrolled at Brandon University under a Bachelor of Fine Arts hoping to get into the Education program. I knew within a few months that university was not for me. The hardest part was realizing how disappointed I felt in myself for not succeeding. I worked different jobs and held a steady position with a great company in Brandon for almost four years but I was also very unsatisfied with the way my life was. I felt that at my age of 24, I should have been finished my post secondary education already.
I often found myself expressing my ideas in creative ways and would admire digital art that I’ve seen online. I had a flashback to my grade 12 year, right before I graduated. My art teacher suggested that I take a look into the Interactive Media Arts program. I ended up doing a spend a day here but at the age of 17. With not much life experience, paired along with immaturity, I decided to go to BU instead. I often wondered if I chose the program here, would I have followed the same path of becoming a dropout? It took me a lot of failures, hard work, and perseverance to become the person who I am today. There still will be moments where I am sure that I may fail and question myself. Despite this I am also reminded of the woman who already got through so much and will continue to keep fighting in order to be the person I want to be.
Getting a tattoo is usually a special event for a person, often commemorating something important, or a mile stone of sorts. From black and grey, to full on tattoos consisting of over 25 colours, like myself, a tattoo can come in all shapes and sizes.
But, what if I told you that you could use a tattoo to control your phone, or use that same phone to listen to a tattoo?
Well, good news, folks! You can do both!
In April of 2017, Nate Siggard created the first playable tattoo that you can listen to with the use of his now popular app, Skin Motion. With this success he created a company with the same name and created the now popular Soundwave Tattoos. The idea is that you get the sound wave image of the sound that you want tattooed onto you by a specialist. With the help of the Skin Motion app, you can then play it back as many times as you want.
Another interesting, and slightly strange, new tech coming out in the tattoo world is Duo Skin. Created by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft, a custom, functional device attaches to a person’s skin and can interact with your technology. The way that it is made is the design is created in any design software, then sent out and printed with a film cutter. This is then traced on to tattoo paper and layered on with gold leaf (used as a conductive material), where the electronics are placed. Then you apply, or “install” this onto your skin. Some of the designs can even have LED lights put into them to enhance the look of the tattoo. There are three different types of uses for this: input devise which act like a track pad or controller; output display which changes colour based on your temperature or emotion; or communication devices, which include NFC tags so you can read data with your skin.
There are many more advances coming out in the tattoo industry, including helping in the medicine field and longer lasting temporary tattoos, because commitment is hard.
Will you take any of these new advances into consideration when you plan your next tattoo?
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12 years ago, on February 14, 2005, YouTube was born. Founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. The inspiration for YouTube sparked the minds of the three men after recent popular events that had occurred in 2004 were too difficult to find in video format online. A year later, that would change.
THE ORIGINAL PLAN
YouTube became a place where people could share anything from anywhere at anytime. YouTube grew and grew; videos upon videos uploaded daily. Google eventually bought the company just over a year after launch on November 13, 2016.
YouTube originally, was meant to be a different form of documentation that was capable of being shared with the entire world, a form that lacked presence on the internet at the time. Videos were never really a problem for YouTube when it first began. Smosh and Fred becoming the first popular channels to take YouTube more serious. YouTube had now evolved in to an area of entrepreneurship, where YouTubers were and still are battling each other out to become the best of the best. This is all because YouTube now pays YouTubers money for posting popular content, due to ad revenue using AdSense. Trends after trends had come and gone, and at the beginning were harmless, but as we now break into 2018, the trends have just gotten out of hand.
Trends use to be silly and cheesy, but now they have evolved into eating tide pods and filming dead bodies, it is all about becoming the next big thing, the next star. Everyone wants to be famous. People are becoming selfish and inconsiderate; people are even dying from some of these trends too. YouTube never had to deal with this problem, but finally after Logan Paul posted a video showing a dead body of a man in Suicide Forest, YouTube has finally decided to crack down on this issue and put an end to this stupidity.
“We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences” –YouTube on Logan Paul Video
YouTube just recently came out with new guidelines that clearly prohibit anything near these types of videos. It is about time YouTube; now true creative minds will shine and the stupid, desperate ones will vanish.
First, there’s a multitude of factions, ranging from the the Imperial Guard and Space Marines, to the Sisters of Battle and the Inquisition. Chaos Space Marines, Eldar and Dark Eldar, the Tau Empire… to name some.
With the essentials out of the way, I’m going to focus on the Imperial Guard, or Astra Militarum as Games Workshop has renamed them.
With hundreds of planets in the Imperium, it can be said that a handful of notable regiments stem from the vast millions. The Cadian Shock Trooper and Catachan Jungle Fighters, as well as the Tanith First and Only, as made popular by the Gaunt’s Ghost series of books, are only the tiniest handful to be named. Each regiment varies in strength. Some only number in the hundreds at their founding, while others will number in the tens of thousands. In the digital world, you will find the Guardsmen of Cadia in several of the Dawn of War titles as well as in Warhammer 40K: Space Marine.
Like any real world military, there is an absolute command structure with a Colonel often being at the highest rank of command. Within each Guardsman regiment is attached a Commissar, making the military structure something similar to that of World War 2 era Russia. These political officers function as moral boosters even though that, more often than not, moral is boosted by the terror of being shot for cowardice..
Further, regiments are then formed into a variation of types. From the heavily armored tank regiments to the more lightly equipped light infantry regiments.
A running joke within the Warhammer community, because of the Guardsman’s standard issue Lasgun being nothing more than glorified flashlights, is that ‘when in doubt, fix bayonets’.
Taking that in, a person using an Astra Militarum army for the tabletop game should never employ such tactics as, without armored support… Guardsmen are just so squishy, or in other words, easily overwhelmed by a superior force. Especially against Space Marines and their chaotic counterparts.