I stumbled across this great page with pictures of creative ways people have recycled plastic bottles. They've turned them into artsy decor like chandeliers and more practical things like the vertical garden shown in the picture. I love the idea of using these bottles as organizers--you don't have to buy pre-made ones at the store. Save money AND save the environment just that little bit. There's also some surprisingly crafty uses for these bottles, like turning them into Halloween costumes and making a "solar light" that, when stuck into a hole in a roof, will capture sunlight and help fill the room with a natural glow. Original Link: themetapicture.com
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An excellent infographic that shows how one sided most stress harassment is; largely targeted at women and minorities like the LGBT community. It's a major issue and we should be always vigilant, and always work towards making this world a better and safer place for everyone.
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This picture perfectly illustrates what Depth of Field is in cinematography. The depth of field indicates what's in focus in the frame. Depending on the F-Stop, shutter, and the lens being used, the depth of field can be greater or smaller. If you have a shallow depth of field,there's a very small amount that's in focus. Whatever is outside that focus distance is blurry. You see this a lot in TV and movies. When we have a closer shot of a character, often the background is out of focus so the eye isn't distracted. A blurry background can also seem dreamy or romantic depending on the scene.
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The focus puller on a film set is the guy or gal who makes sure the picture is in focus at all times. Sounds easy, right? Well on certain lenses, a small movement for the actors can actually equal quite a difference in what is in focus. On some shots, the camera team can measure the distance from the camera to the actor and set the focus that way, but when there's movement in the action, the focus puller must be very good at judging distances by eye to keep up. It all relates to Depth of Field, which I'll cover in another post. A professional focus puller has now developed a game in which to test his skills. It's called Camera Cart, and is in development to be a game that everyone can play.
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Writer's Block, some writer's claim, is not actually a thing. Sure, writers all over will claim they're blocked, but there's methods to get around that. Sometimes it's as simply as stepping away from the work for a while. The writer's brain might just need a creative break. That's certainly a thing. Another method is freewriting. Lose all inhibitions and write on automatic. You never know what you might come up with. You look at the work from a distance. Are you halfway through a novel and stuck because you wrote your way into a plot hole? Maybe you don't know how to continue. Writing up an outline for your novel can help. It gives you a roadmap to go by, but just like car trips with dad, you can deviate from the plan.
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The beautiful coloring on this tiger is due to a recessive gene. They come about because of a mix between the Bengal and Amur tiger breeds (at least, they usually have Amur tiger in their ancestry at some point). Less than 30 of these are known to exist.
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This is an example of an Okapi...butt angle. Well at least we get a good view at the neat zebra stripes on his rear end. Not part of the zebra family, although it does bear somewhat of a resemblance to the giraffe, a close zoological cousin. Ancient carvings of this animal have been found in Egypt.
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Here's a great funny cartoon my professor showed in Contemporary Art after we learned about famed art critic Clement Greenberg. He was a pompous jerk who had strong opinions on what constituted art, but he had a point (at the time at least). Traditional art was something that had been done before, and as something easy to understand, could then be used as a tool by folks like the Nazis for propaganda. Greenberg admired Modernism--y'know, like Jackson Pollock and his drips or Picasso and his Cubism. He believed that was the new, better way for art to go, and that all that came before was "kitsch."
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Even knowing how bad television is with diversity and equal representation of genders, this infographic is still shocking. Take a minute, let the facts sink in. Lead Actress in a drama series has never been awarded to any woman of color? Best directing and writing is overwhelmingly a male sport. The last win by a woman of color for lead acting in comedy series was in 1981.
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