26 Facts About Google You Didn’t Know

by Tessa on February 26, 2015

Google: Past Experience and New Frontiers: Klingon was added as an interface language the same year Yahoo offered to buy Google. This (Klingon) is hardly surprising given the fact that Google maintains the world’s largest network of translators. And then, some features become popular while others are not well perceived by users. But there are exceptions. The “I feel lucky” feature is rarely used but surprisingly people wanted to keep it. Certain behaviors and trends are more predictable, however. Google found that email users fall in 6 general categories and Gmail accommodates them all. What a lucky find!

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Africans rate AIDS as one of the greatest threads while people in the Middle East are afraid of ethnic and religious hatred. And some fear that Europe will become Eurabia. Muslim population growth and immigration worry many. Others are concerned that liberal values are forced on ordinary people. They are anti-abortion and anti-gay and support the death penalty. Physician-assisted suicide should be abolished, they say. And it is OK for citizens to bear and keep arms. In other parts of the world like Latin America, people are afraid of nuclear arms. We worry about different things. Real or unreal.

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Essential Cheat Sheet for Social Media Images

by Tessa on February 19, 2015

New Rules for Images for Better or Worse
Social networks have changed their rules for images and photos. Instagram, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and other social media sites have new rules for profile images, image posts, pin sizes, thumbnails, cover images, and what not. Some social media networks scale photos, others require a square format. Network giants such as Facebook and LinkedIn use crowd-censoring strategies to try eliminate or reduce the amount of videos, photos, and images reported as false. This strategy has been adopted to combat fake stories about free products, great promos, conspiracy theories, celeb deaths – you get it! The new rules aren’t so bad after all.

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Sundance 2015

by Tessa on February 17, 2015

This infographic offers a glimpse into one of the largest and most important film festivals that features films submitted by independent filmmakers, including shorts, dramatic features, and documentary features.

Growth in Popularity
While the number of accepted films has been fairly constant, more and more films get distribution deals. The goal is to promote the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers and showcase international and domestic films. Sundance brought attention to many films, including 500 Days of Summer, Little Miss Sunshine, Better Luck Tomorrow, In the Bedroom, Super Troopers, and many others. The works of filmmakers such as Edward Burns, James Wan, Steven, Soderbergh, and Thomas Anderson got wider attention thanks to Sundance. Not surprisingly the number of people who worked on features submitted and accepted substantially grew with time. Some 37 countries were represented in 2014. The number of international and domestic films also grew while the number of first-time filmmakers and world premiers remained fairly constant. At the same time, Sundance films became Best Documentary nominees and received Oscar nominations. Sundance has grown from a low-profile event for budget movies to one of the key film festivals. Filmmakers got distributions deals from New Line Cinema, Miramax Films, and other studios. Sundance has become a major event and many festivals are organized in Park City – The Park City Film Music Festival, Tromadance, Lapdance, and others.

Featured Movies, Awards, Programs, and Initiatives
The festival features U.S. and international documentaries, shorts, and documentary premierеs. Special events are also organized such as the Day of the Rain, the Short Film Challenge, and movie screenings. The festival also embraces initiatives such as the Women’s and Diversity Initiatives. The Women’s Initiative seeks to promote female filmmakers and gender equality in US cinema. The initiative also seeks to provide women with knowledge and know-how to empower them to structure, negotiate, and close deals. The Diversity Initiative aims to reach out to and support filmmakers across gender, ethnicity, genre, geographic region, and orientation. A number of workshops are also held. There are also benefit events, special screenings, and labs. The Native Program, for example, aims to support Native American artists and filmmakers. The program features native shops and fellowships. The 2015 Sunday festival also features a number of documentaries and shorts such as Charlie Victor Romeo, Above All Else, Water & Power, Valley Of Saints, and Sweet Dreams. There are other screenings as well such as Utah Community Screenings and Shorts Tour. Movies featured on the festival gathered numerous awards, among which the Documentary Special Jury Award, the Cinematography Award, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, U.S. Grand Jury Prize, and many others. The economic impact on Utah should be emphasized as well. The economic impact on Utah’s economy has grown substantially – last year alone, the festival brought over $86 million into Utah’s economy. What is more, the festival generates local and state taxes and supports local jobs. Attendance is within capacity with thousands of people spending money on food and lodging.

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Top 10 Celebrity Weddings on Valentine’s Day

by Tessa on February 12, 2015

Many stardom weddings took place on Valentine’s Day – Salma Hayek and Francois-Henry Pinault, Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric, Keri Russell and Shane Deary, and others. Celebrity couples choose this special day to get engaged or married as Valentine’s Day is about commitment, romance, and love. This special day evokes powerful symbols and images such as lovebirds, hearts, and cupids.

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Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric got married on Valentine’s Day in 2009. Millions of men regretted the fact that the model is off the market. Unfortunately, the 2008 BDL Bedlam Champion and Brazilian supermodel split in 2014. Salma Hayek and Francois-Henry Pinault tied the knot in 2009. The wedding ceremony took place in Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Salma looked just fabulous in her Balenciaga wedding dress. About hundred-and-fifty friends and family members attended the ceremony. Liam Ghallagher and Nicole Marie Appleton got married on Valentine’s Day. They dated for 8 years and exchanged vows in 2009. The couple was granted divorce 5 years later following his admission of adultery. The District Judge found that their marriage was irretrievably broken down. Other celebrity couples also exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day – Debbie Hartland and Blaze Bayley, Raj Kaushal and Mandira Bedi, Sharon Stone and Phil Brоnstein, Prince and Mayte Garcia, and Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid.

Special or Not

Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate admiration, friendship, affection, and romantic love. Millions of people around the world send messages to friends, family members, spouses, and partners. Special cards and love messages are sent as an expression of admiration and love. Millions of individually designed and handcrafted cards are sent each year on Valentine’s Day. Many buy gift baskets, chocolates, flowers, and romantic gifts. Couples celebrate with a special meal, picnic, or dinner and luxury hotels and chains offer promotions. Marriage proposals and weddings are also popular. While some consider Valentine’s marriage proposals utterly clichéd, many couples love the idea of a V-day wedding. Obviously, getting divorced on Valentine’s Day is an idea that hardly anyone would get behind. But a V-wedding is a special occasion for commoners and celebrities alike. And V-weddings are popular for many reasons. For some people St. Valentine’s is a very special day. Marriage proposals and weddings on Valentine’s Day are memorable, special, and romantic. Some couples choose this day because they want to exchange vows on a holiday. Others avoid it because friends and family also have their own plans how to celebrate. Some people may get irritated. Still others associate V-weddings with stereotypical romance. And sometimes it just happens even though the marriage proposal wasn’t planned. Regardless of how you feel about V-day proposals and weddings, there are many couples that love the idea of getting married on St. Valentine’s Day. This year clerks share that they expect marriage crowds on V-day. Offices will be open during the weekend to issue marriage licenses. For those who don’t feel quite ready to make this important step – you can celebrate V-day with gourmet food or a romantic get-away.

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American vs Japanese Cars

by Tessa on February 9, 2015

American vs Japanese Cars: The Battle For the American Market:: Which cars are better? American or Japanese? In 2014 the market share for both was equal 50/50. This year will be decisive which car manufacturers will dominate the American market.

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Prescription Drugs and Teens

by Tessa on February 5, 2015

The worrying facts about teen prescription drug use: A teen is more likely to have abused a prescription drug than an illegal street drug. 60% of teens say that their source of drugs are their home medicine cabinets or they are given to them by a friend or relative for free.

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Cost of Living Index Around The World

by Tessa on February 2, 2015

It’s no surprise that Switzerland is the most expensive country to live in. But if you want to live in Europe you can settle for the Balkan region. Living costs are low and labour is cheap.

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2015 Trends to Replace Overused Designs

by Tessa on January 29, 2015

From huge and beautiful images to rich content, 2015 has plenty to offer to replace some overused designs and practices. Think of loading screens, stock photos, full screen photography, and image galleries with captions. These are overused to the point of overstaying their welcome. Boring. This year designers offer better typography, flat designs, and a lot more. Dramatic drop shows, logo clichés, and cursive text aren’t cool anymore. Some designs are actually regrettable (think of overlapping letters, self-portraits, and human logos). Background videos, hand-drawn illustrations, magical realism, and other techniques come to the rescue.

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Your Guide to Painless Worry-Free Relocation

by Tessa on January 26, 2015

Relocating can be challenging and stressful but it shouldn’t be. Hoard packaging materials, sort through stuff, label, and box it up. Voila! Moving can be daunting and scary but it helps to create a packing timeline and keep track of your progress. Donate items you no longer need (teddy bears in your basement and your son is a ninth grader?) Ask your children and spouse what to trash. Obviously, moving is expensive, especially if you are moving across states. Selling stuff may help get your finances in check, and you can always buy new stuff once you move in. As you see, there are things to do for a smooth transition.

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