Festive: Pentatonix ‘Little Drummer Boy’

10 Dec

Kathy:

This will get anyone into the holiday spirit… Thanks guys!!!
A M A Z I N G
This brought me to check out their collection of works on their site and youtube.
Cheers

Originally posted on Chicago’s B96 - 96.3 FM:

This group is amazing  They are coming live to Chicago Theater February 8th.  Biggest thing to come off the ‘Sing Off’.  Watch below to see why.

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Kiliii Fish Takes Rock Climbing Photography To The Next Level

28 Sep

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Seattle-based commercial photographer, was always fascinated by how people interact with nature and how they use it to live their lives. Aside from being a full time photographer Fish is also an avid rock climber. Recently he decided to combine these 3 things he loves to a unique photography project showing the grace, power, beauty and vulnerability that goes into rock climbing. Kiliii spent days in each location and worked for months to complete the series. The results are absolutely amazing. Check out these incredible images as well as his thoughts about the projects below.

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I will catch you on your blogs : )

 

Chlorophyll~~ breathing light

18 Aug

clorophyll

 Chlorophyll: breathing light. There’s your post title. Now write! Never go past a word not understood… Defining will help:

chlo·ro·phyll  /ˈklôrəˌfil/

A green pigment, present in all green plants and in cyanobacteria, [a division of microorganisms that are related to the bacteria but are capable of photosynthesis.] responsible for the absorption of light to provide energy  for photosynthesis. [the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. ]  Its molecule [a group of atoms bonded together, representing the smallest fundamental unit of a chemical compound that can take part in a chemical reaction.] contains a magnesium atom held in a porphyrin ring. [Any of various organic pigments containing four pyrrole rings bonded to one another. The rings form the corners of a large flat square, in the middle of which is a cavity that often contains a metal atom. Porphyrins occur universally in protoplasm and function with bound metals such as iron in hemoglobin and magnesium in chlorophyll.]

When we see with the body’s eyes it makes sense that this is what is helping humanity to see the things we agree upon as reality. I hadn’t thought of this until looking up the definition of chlorophyll.

In this video we will explain the color changes leaves go through each fall, demonstrating how plant dyes change in concentration with a leaf chromatography experiment. Mikhail Tsvet originally performed this experiment in 1901, and we’ll be performing a modern-day version that viewers can perform at home. Our video will be told through the perspective of Chlorophyll who will narrate the video. We will begin by discussing and diagramming how plants make and store food through photosynthesis, explaining the concept of chlorophyll and its green color. We will then show how seasonal changes cause trees to decrease food production, reducing chlorophyll and revealing/enhancing the other colored dyes already in the plant’s leaves. Next we will demonstrate these concepts by performing a chromatography experiment on screen with several different colored leaves. This experiment will be done with everyday materials such as a coffee filter, pencil, and rubbing alcohol. We will explain how fluid wicking and gravity allow us to see the different concentrations of plant dye and suggest the viewers try the experiment again other dyes such as ink from markers. We will then demonstrate how much fun can be derived from fall leaves by having a massive leaf fight.

https://www.facebook.com/MITK12 is their fb site : )

Watch this video

Time for Me to Leaf: Tree Chlorophyll Chromatography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v6_5Zxdb68#at=43

Why do leaves change color each fall? Do this experiment to learn about different pigments in leaves.

The Ghosts in Your Dashboard

17 Aug

Kathy:

WordPress had a The Daily Post showing us how to use our Dashboard… take them for a spin. I haven’t created any drafts here. The are all on my facebook. This give much more creative license and less inhibition to splurge.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Your WordPress.com dashboard is the nerve center of your blog: it’s where your ideas come to life, and your creativity gives them shape. As writers, artists, and thinkers, we know inspiration can be sporadic and those moments of genius are fleeting — they come and go, which means that sometimes your literary flame burns out, and those bursts of creation are short-lived.

The result? An abandoned idea. The dreaded draft, sitting in limbo, staring back at you. And so, we’re curious: what’s lurking in the drafts section of your dashboard?

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What does the color of your website say about you?

29 Jun

What does the color of your website say about you?

This is a duplicate of this beautiful website which I highly recommend ‘liking on fb’ and twitter as posted. I added it as a blog because it is ‘up’ in my surfing and I don’t just want something this important to be a bookmark. ~K

If you have ever designed a website, chances are you’ve put a lot of thought into layout, text, and navigation. But there is another important element of a successful websites that even an amateur web designer needs to take into account in order to create a dynamic, engaging website that gives your viewers exactly the message you are intending to give: the color scheme. If your website is focused on sales, you want the color scheme of your website to serve as the perfect backdrop for the type of products you are selling. If the website is for personal promotion, you want the colors to indicate to viewers the kind of person that you are. While colors have many associations in our society, you have to take into account popular web color schemes and associations before setting up the dominant colors in your website. Let’s look at a few of the most popular website color schemes:

White

While white can seem basic and maybe even boring, a few very modern companies have reclaimed white as the cool, eye-appealing color of the future. Google and Apple are just two companies that use white-focused color palettes almost exclusively. Using white can give a very professional image to your website, but one word of warning: a white website that is not very professionally designed can look more amateur than one of another color, so use white only if you are sure you can use it well. Also, be sure that your product line will look good against a white background. If you are selling handmade prints, white is a good neutral background, but if you are offering custom wedding bands, white may be too light and washed-out.

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black

Another sleek, sexy color option is deep, glossy black. Black is not as dark or depressing as you might think, especially if you add some glamour with flashes of sparkle or glitter. Having an all-black website conjures images of exclusive nightclubs, glamorous events, and Hollywood exclusivity—perfect if you are selling accessories for a fun night on the town, but less on-point if you are offering good diamonds. Black can look too somber for anything geared towards children, babies, or mothers, but can toughen up a site to help it appeal to teens or young men.

Blue

Blue is neutral, universally liked, and easy on the eyes, so it is no surprise that it is one of the most universally popular website colors. Blue can work for just about any kind of product or business, although it does connote a certain coolness that would be out of place if you were advertising, say, a pottery painting store. If you are selling products geared for babies, using only blue might send the message that you only offer stuff for boys. Additionally, because blue is so popular, beware of choosing particular shades of blue that have very strong associations with popular websites—such as the moderate greenish-blue known as 3B5998 used for Facebook. (Fun fact: Facebook’s predominant color is blue because founder Mark Zuckerburg is colorblind and can see blue better than any other color.) You may also want to avoid the color known as 4099FF—which you might be familiar with as the shade used by Twitter. Blue is a great color for a jewelry website that specializes in good diamonds—the cool tone will pick up on all the flashes of color in the stones.

green

While green is a soothing, neutral color that would be good for many types of website, its strong cultural connotation is that of environmental friendliness. Use a color scheme of green, beige and other earth tones to convey the image that your products are organic, eco-friendly, or made with recycled materials. This effect is subtle—studies have shown that adding even a hint of green to a food label makes customers think the product is fresher and more natural. So even a tint of green on your website will have browsers subconsciously assuming that your products are more natural—and can be a great way to bring that fact to their attention. That being said, if your website has nothing to do with earth-friendliness, using too much green might seem jarring or out of place.

yellow

Between yellow road signs, yellow pages, yellow Post-it notes, and yellow cabs, the color yellow has taken on an aura of functionality and practicality that make it a great fit for certain kinds of websites—but less ideal for others. Yellow connotes practical, efficient life solutions that grab your attention like a caution sign, making it perfect for a site offering a practical solution to an everyday problem. Yellow is often used with its complementary color, bright blue, which together form a fun, sunny color scheme perfect for anything summery and cheerful. A more muted yellow, paired with creams and browns, can be a subtly elegant color scheme for a website about food, vintage fashion, or beer.

red

 

Red is a strong bold color, but it can become overwhelming if it is overused in a website design. If you do opt for a strong burst of red, keep the rest of the design simple to really let the color shine. The eye-catching qualities of red make it a perfect way to promote an art or graphic design business. Deeper red hues are said to stimulate the appetite, making them good backgrounds for a site about food, especially one dedicated to bold food like BBQ! Even deeper wine and burgundy shades are an elegant, unexpected twist on basic black, perfect for high-end products. If you are selling jewelry like good diamonds or wedding bands, deep reds can remind customers of the plush red velvet of a jewelry box.

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Fast Tips for Diets

24 Jun

 

So rather than diet for weight loss. Reconfigure your habits.

  • Portion size
    FAST TIP – Try eating from a smaller plate
  • Eat breakfast
    FAST TIP – Can’t stomach breakfast. Start with something small like a glass of Coconut Milk and slowly build up.
  • Eat slowly
    FAST TIP – Sit down and focus on eating. Don’t multitask and you will find yourself naturally slow down.
  • Don’t deprive
    FAST TIP – I find deprivation leads to gauging so just try to keep it balanced.
  • Eat Fibre
    FAST TIP – Try psyllium husk
  • Cut back on alcohol
    FAST TIP – Drink water in between drinks on a night out to cut down.
  • Protein
    FAST TIP – Try and have a little protein at every meal.
  • Choose low GI carbs GI stands for Glycemic Index
    FAST TIP – Try Quinoa
  • Fill up on water
    FAST TIP – Try adding lemon for flavor
  • Exercise
    FAST TIP – Everything counts so try to build some form of exercise into each day no matter how small it is.Being healthy is far more important than being a specific size. Not to mention, positive lifestyle choices make you healthy from the inside out. Making you glow with health a feature no deprivation diet will ever do. Our bodies thrive on a wide variety of nutrients. To focus on a healthy lifestyle is to focus on a better you. 
    I guarantee you will see an improvement in your exterior too.

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WordPress Widget Wizardry

17 Jun

Thanks for all of these very helpful links.

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