Month: October 2018

Christmas In July A Very Brief History

E-Card Love is In The AirHave you ever wondered why we celebrate Christmas in July? Pressed to consider it, you might think that it’s a way for those folks in the Southern Hemisphere to celebrate the season as it’s most often depicted: with snow and boots and warm clothes and mugs of cocoa and cider. With fires burning and windows aglow against a dark night. After all, July is the coldest month for countries south of the equator.

Or perhaps you might think it’s a marketing ploy to get consumers to spend money during a time of the year when few holidays exist and morale is low.

Or maybe you’re a bit more insightful and realize that retailers in the late nineteenth century might have needed to advertise and sell their merchandise in advance so as to ensure delivery by the beginning of the true holiday season in December.

While all of these considerations might be true, the recognized start of “Christmas in July” as the kitschy celebration we know today was borne in 1933 at Keystone, a small camp for girls located in Brevard, North Carolina. Co-director of Keystone at the time, Miss Fannie Holt decided to spice up her campers’ lives by staging a production to entertain them. It featured carolers, a tree, fake snow and Santa himself handing out presents. As the years progressed, the camp staged ever more elaborate scenarios, with laundry bags used as stockings, elves and reindeer added to the festivities and a camp-wide gift exchange of handmade treasures. Today, the celebration continues with modern concessions for inclusivity paving the way for the addition of elements from other traditions (like Hanukkah, Halloween and Easter). And if the fake snow can’t dampen the oppressive heat of a Southern summer, then no one objects if campers take a late-night swim to cool themselves off after an evening of yuletide magic.

If you would like to celebrate Christmas in July yourself, there are several towns with festivals dedicated to the occasion; ditch your summer timeshare in Florida (via andcheck out West Jefferson, NC, Put-in-Bay, OH and North Pole, NY instead. If you’d prefer to stay home and enjoy a bit of the holiday season from the comfort of your own home, try tuning in to the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Keepsake Week for special holiday-themed programming.

Death To Disappointment

Rummaging through the desk fingers plummeted deep beneath papers. Fingertips desperately searching, until I found it. A plain-white, unlined, notepad. Ferociously, I wrenched it from the drawer, and grabbed a glass jar of thumbtacks from the shelf. I quickly retreated to the kitchen. At, the far end..lie an empty wall; my firing target.

Roses of BulgariaI threw the things on the kitchen table, yanked a black marker from my back pocket, and wrote erratically. I scribbled..then ripped. Scribbled then ripped… scribbling and ripping ..

Never Loved ME

…with tears melting into my cheeks, I snatched the pages from the table, and pinned each one to the wall..a circle I formed…

…quickly I ran to the bedroom closet, on top of a chair I climbed, tossing shoe boxes, scarves, clothes, purses, anything and everything that was in my way..I threw…until I found it “Got it.”

On the floor fell the metal box..

Leaping down, I rushed to the corner of the room, near the bed, I knelt. Plucking away at the edge of a loose floor panel, I released the key.

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Firmly placed in hand, I gripped the silver gun..with my eye on the target I shot.

I shot..I fired..I shot..I fired.. I executed..I annihilated..I massacred, I obliterated, I assassinated, I slaughtered….I killed it all.

Disappointment lay dead. Ripped to shreds and riddled with bullets, on the cold floor.

5 Mobile App Design Mistakes You should not Commit

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Believe it or not, developing a fully functional mobile app requires tons of project management aspects, discipline and practicality. If you don’t tend to know mobile app design nitty-gritty, you are putting yourself at higher risks of disaster.

Here I’ve listed some mobile app design mistakes that usually designers make, avoiding these blunders will help your creative branding agency to create perfect mobile app solutions.

1. Design a Wireframe without Planning

Having a well-organized plan for your mobile app design is a must-have for providing the best mobile app solutions. A well-thought-out design flow can help you create a logical and sensible navigational structure. Moreover, it is important to make sure the key functional screens are close to the top instead of hidden behind the multiple navigational elements. Designing screens without a proper plan can create a convoluted flow that is enough to make mobile app users confused and turned off.

2. Focus on Bitmaps or Rasterized Graphics

It is highly advised to design for high resolution, pixel dense screens. It is worth mentioning here that common screen resolutions on mobile device continues to expand further. Therefore, always start with the highest resolution device and then scale down from there. Designing with vector graphics is a key instead of using bitmaps or rasterized graphics.

3. Overlook Usability Testing

Don’t assume that everyone can use your mobile app the same way as you do. Usability testing is a must, no matter, how good the design is, or functional your app is. Consider arranging a closed beta to small group of trusted audience and then update the interface prior to releasing the final version of your mobile app.

4. Put Animations Unnecessarily

The fun little moving parts look very nice when an app opens, but is does not mean to overboard with them. If you want to use animations in your app, then you need to make it subtle, appealing and user-friendly enough so that users can wait until the app is loaded. And when the app completely loads, a still image should appear, which then transition into an animation. Make sure the transition is seamless, any glitches can make your app a disaster.

5. Follow Other Operating Systems Blindly

Every mobile OS has its own functionality and style, and every OS has its unique aesthetics. Therefore, it is advised don’t confuse and annoy users by blindly copying the layout or navigational style from other OS. However, it is not necessary to make every mobile app look like it was tailor-made for a single platform, nor it is built by the designer of a particular operating system.

If your branding agency wants to provide a seamless mobile app user experience, then it is advised to carefully considered all these points while creating a mobile app design. Carefully think what your users are actually trying to achieve and then design by keeping their preferences in mind. Don’t skip usability testing, don’t go for low resolution, don’t overlook flow map, and simply don’t create mobile app designs that you can’t put in your portfolio.

As If He Were An Eagle

Michael Vick took apart record books and Redskins defensive schemes on Monday night with a look of such ease it made you wonder if you were watching a dream. From the very first play from the snap, Vick looked other worldly. As if he were an Eagle, flying high above the field of play, above the rain, above the past he has worked hard to put behind him. Michael Vick was flying high and the Eagles were putting up historic numbers in the NFL record books.

Coming into the game Donovan McNabb had agreed to a 5 year, 78 million dollar deal with the Redskins, a deal I do not understand at all. You would have thought he would have been on top of the world. Ready to take down his former team. Coming out on top of things….feeling a bit more settled in his new Washington environs. But no. The Redskins kickoff to start the game. Michael Vick comes on to the field. The Eagles offensive line was simply amazing. Vick rolled out, waited, waited what seemed an eternity and then lofted the ball 88 yards down field to Williams for an uncontested touchdown. Boom! Amazing….simply amazing.

Of course, it didn’t stop there. Vick had a 14-of-18, 264-yard, 3 TD assing performance in just the first half of the game – an NFL record. Then, Vick added 6 carries for 66 yards and 2 more scores Before halftime. He finished out the game connecting on 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns adding 8 carries of his own and 2 more touchdowns. You might want to read that again, slowly, to let it actually sink in as to what happened. Here are some of the NFL records on the night: Michael Vick is the only player in NFL history with 3 touchdown passes and 2 rushing touchdowns in the first half of a game. He is also the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns in a game. These records are now part of NFL history.

More records: The Eagles 59 points on 8 touchdowns were the second-most in team history. The 592 total yards on offense (260 rushing, 332 passing), 28 first-quarter points and 45 first-half points are all Eagles team records. The Eagles, who scored touchdowns on each of its first 5 possessions of the game, also set a Redskins’ opponent record with 45 points in a half. The 59 points were also the most ever scored against a team coached by Mike Shanahan.

Michael Vick becomes a free agent at the end of this season. According to reports, the Eagles will almost certainly keep hold of Vick whether by a contract extension or the franchise tag. The Eagles are now tied for 1st place in their division with a 6-3 record. Next up, the new York football Giants, who some in the sports media think is the best team in the NFL this season so far. I think though, right now, the best QB in the NFL, is Michael Vick and he is flying high.

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We’re Number 1!

In a mock look at the BCS rankings that are to come out officially on October 17, that mock look has the Boise State Broncos ranked #1. This is of course based on the games thus far and really has no bearing on what things will look like in a few weeks after schools like Ohio State play the toughest part of their schedule, but for the media this is enough and will be enough when the real rankings come out to beat everyone in America over the head with their BCS busting team Boise State.

What these media heads don’t realize is that Boise State doesn’t bust up Michigan anything. If they were actually allowed to be number 1, it would just further the BCS ridiculousness. It’s not going to make the BCS system look any worse, it isn’t possible to do so. It is the worst system in all of sports for determining those at the top and those who should play for the title. The absolute worst. The only thing a number 1 Boise would do is to make all the polls in the season look like so much used up paper. Those polls would then become irrelevant. Because all of those polls have Ohio State number 1 but those polls take into account the schools entire schedule. The computer takes into account only those games played to this point.

Now, at the end of the season, things will be considerably different. Ohio State and several other top contending schools will be through the real heart of their schedules while Boise State will pile up cupcakes the next few weeks. That will move them back down the ladder and the real number 1 team will emerge. But it will not solve the problem. The Boise State/TCU, let in all the cupcakes crowd, will still be whining that their teams get no respect and the smaller schools, with stronger schedules than Boise but still ranked less than 15 because they are not an SEC school, will still be whining. The strength of schedule people, like myself, will still be whining that a school like Boise State shouldn’t be in the rankings at all.

Until there is another system instituted to determine who is at the top – preferably a play off system – all this whining will continue, every single year. It will never change. And the reality is that it will never change, the BCS is not going anywhere and a playoff systems is never going to happen. So let’s hear it whiners, including myself, who’s number 1?

A Quick Productivity Tool To help Your Personal Finances

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For example, we often get a lot of paper invoices that we need to transfer to digital form. And, unfortunately, you can’t just scan them and be done with the work. In the event you loved this post and you would love to receive details with regards to Horing assure visit our web site. Instead, you need to transfer that information into editable spreadsheets, so you can work with the figures in your Excel or other software of your choice. While you transfer that information, mistakes are imminent. Copy pasting numbers manually is not only a tedious task, but also has a high risk of error.

This is why it’s very important to automate the accounting process as much as possible, since that alone can both save you time and reduce stress. While there are a lot of software solutions out there that help you make sense out of numbers, give you financial forecasts and even budgeting recommendations, they don’t necessarily help you input those figures faster. A perfect complementary tool to boost your accounting productivity would be the one that is capable of converting non editable information from papers and scanned documents into editable figures you can work with, and even insert them into your ERP software of choice.

One such tool is PDF to Excel, and as the name suggests, it does a very simple act of converting native and scanned PDF financial statements into editable Excel Sheets.

Below is a quick tutorial how to use this tool to your advantage.

1. Firstly, by clicking on the “Select File” button you need to chose the PDF financial statement you wish to work with. Do not worry, there is no limit on the number of files or the number of conversions. Basically, you get a limitless, 100% free PDF to Excel converter.

2. The second step requires your email address. This is necessary so you can get your converted file sent right to your Inbox.

3. Click on the big green “Convert” button to start the process. While the conversion should take a couple of minutes only, due to high demand it might take up a bit longer. If you are in no hurry, then go take a quick walk, relax, make coffee or work on something else

while the tool does its job. Lastly, due to privacy reasons, every file you submit for conversion gets deleted from the servers within 24 hours. This means that if you fail to get your converted copy within that time frame, you might have to go to the process all over again – but don’t worry, it will still be free.

Creativity Birthed In Boredom

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At first I felt guilty that i could not enroll my kids in activities but slowly I saw the fruit of giving the time to play like kids have played for centuries. They are self-motivated, hard-working but most of all each one of my nine kids are creative. One is a Red Seal Chef, others are artists, creative with clothes, make-up, dance, writing, woodworking, carpentry, car repair and they all love to read. I simply stumbled upon a secret because I had no other choice. Ingenuity and creativity are birthed in boredom.

One of my daughters is entering a contest for her baby room design, Everything is hand-made, recycled, second-hand and repainted. It is very original and appealing.

Jazz At the A Frame -Tribute To Carol Ward

The angels must be swinging fast and hard to Gabriel’s trumpet along with Heaven’s rhythm section above with Ms. Carol Ward smiling and in time with them. An audience of friends gathered on October 18th, 2009 to give honor to one of the kindest and coolest devotees to music – Carol Ward.

Working with old typewriter in the rainy dayAn ensemble of dedicated and brilliant musicians were on hand to share an accolade and the gift of Jazz and Blues which Carol so loved.

One of the most excellent and sensitive musicians on the planet that I know of Mr. Clayton Cameron on Drums

The immensely artistic and demonstrative Trevor Ware on Bass

An extremely satisfying and zealous Peter Smith – Piano

An the incomparable Choral Musicality Queen of the A-Frame Ms. Janis Mann – on Vocals

This ensemble shared a variety of perceptive pieces that I’m sure caused the angels, heavenly host, and Carol to smile down upon musicians, family, and friends.

The trio started with a Wayne Shorter composition – “Footprints that was wonderfully grooving.

Horace Silver’s “Nica’s Dream” followed this with a glorious shout from Clayton Cameron on Drums that presented an incredible percussive arrangement and solo. All I have to say is…”Who needs Bongos, Clave, or the other percussion when you have the Emperor Sir Clayton.

Peter added a little Ritchie Blackmore’s “Smoke on the Water” that was tantalizing and tingling.

A nice repertoire from the “Blues” a style of music Carol loved was performed. The “Blues” is a music that’s unpolluted and real…washing away the crap and pretense of the daily grind of life was offered with sentiment.

Cameron, Trevor, and Peter pay acute attention to each other and interact in a wonderful way. They shared a linked a groove, a connection and wisdom that’s all about life with its transitions, ups and downs, and even more.

Peter Smith on Piano engaged us in knowledge beyond his physical years. Trevor Ware on Bass – seasoned and complex let his instrument talk for him, often humming and singing a bit of harmony in tribute to the great lady – Carol Ward. A few quotes on his notes were shared in a call and response with Peter.

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Getting The 411 On Finding Reliable Health Information

In the wake of the passing of the Health Care Reform bill, an interesting question can be raised: do you know how to find health information that is reliable?

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Now, there is a public health library in the Valley that focuses on cancer patient information. This came about from the founders of the Jennifer Diamond Foundation. The Diamonds’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare cancer and was not able to find any information about her cancer. Her father literally went out and bought a stethoscope, put it around his neck, and walked into a hospital library to finally get the information he needed. Their daughter’s dying wish is that people who have this disease have a place to go to get informed and educated about it in layman’s terms.

Everyone knows how to Google, but is the information you find reliable, accurate, or out of date?

This Wednesday, March 24th, the John C. and Lowry Hench Library at the Disney Family Cancer Center will offer an informational session on how to find reliable information on cancer. As a resource center to the patients, family of patients, and the community, the library provides information on various types of cancer, various treatments, clinical trials, as well as information such as the effects of mixing some medications with the over-the-counter products. If you loved this article therefore you would like to be given more info relating to BioInitiative nicely visit the web-site. For information about this, call 1-888-Healing. I hear their space is limited.

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Give People A Better Surrounding To Live

As the society develops, people have high standard on their living surrounding. They will not just satisfy with a single living room, instead, they would like to live in a comparative safe, clean and comfortable room. So they will buy a variety of things to decorate and secure their house including furniture, carpet and so on.

For the bedroom, except the necessary things like bed and wardrobe, people will design a picture wall and attach many different photos on there, so as to record their happy life. They will also put some plants or flowers on the corner in order to add some energy to the room. Moreover, they can place fragrance lamp on the bath room and bring the different feeling to the room. In addition, the bath room will be put a bathtub so that people can take a relax and comfortable bath after a busy day. In the event you adored this informative article along with you would like to be given guidance concerning ‘A’ (this) kindly go to the site. Since there will be a lot of hairs or little rubbish leaving their bath room, they can buy reusable drain hair filter to prevent those rubbish plugging the tye.

For the living room, they would like to be simple and comfortable, so the comfortable furniture like sofa and Tv is enough. Placing lots of thing in the living room seems to be messy. So simple and elegant decoration is the best choice to living room.

Kitchen, which is an important place for the house because people need to finish the meals in there. So they would rather pay a lot money to decorate it. From the kitchen ware to the floor, people will design them fully. They will buy a set of complete and practical kitchen ware. One of essential thing in the kitchen is the filter. If people don’t like to wash the filter, they can buy the disposable drain hair filter so that they can throw it away when there is full of rubbish.

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