Category Archives: Creativity

Color of Reality

Transfixed by racial, political, and socioeconomic tensions saturating the news, movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, enveloped by the art of Alexa Meade, switch off the TV and release their emotion into a stirring dance that is both a lament and a spirited call to action.
Movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, who use dance to move people and improve the world, find alchemy with Meade’s perspective-changing art. The result is a powerful, mesmerizing reflection, a moving 2D art representation, of the state of today’s society.

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Charlie Sheen on himself


On 17 November 2015 Charlie Sheen revealed to the media that he had been diagnosed 4 years earlier with being HIV positive. At the same time he admitted that although he was no longer taking any drugs he was still drinking alcohol. His health, physical and mentally, has been an issue for some time.

I am writing this post to preserve some of his quotes listed below. Despite his volatile reactions during some of the episodes in his life, he is still a brilliant actor in my book, remembered particularly for Platoon and Wall Street.

Quotes spoken by Charlie Sheen:

“I got tiger blood, man. My brain…fires in a way that is – I don’t know, maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm.”

“I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”

“I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total fricking rock star from Mars.”

“I’m bi-winning. I win here. I win there.”

“Most of the time — and this includes naps — I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.”

“I probably took more drugs than anyone could survive. I was banging seven-gram rocks, because that’s how I roll. I have one speed, I have one gear: Go.”

“I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips.”

“You can’t process me with a normal brain.”

“I’ve seen clips of that whole meltdown, or meltforward as I called it, and it’s hard to watch… I wouldn’t have gone as far if I’d known that everything I said would be a t-shirt.”

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Time management habits

The above PowerPoint presentation is by Iulian Olariu, a freelance trainer. The design of the presentation is modern, vivid and contains pertinent wording.

I do though have to personally disagree with two of the presentation slides:

Slide 17 “Stop reading news” – Iulian does have a valid argument there but I think one should at least read or know of the latest news headlines as sometimes it just can impact on our lives.

Slide 22 “Become an early riser” – “Early Mornings are great time to be productive”. This varies with each individual. I function mentally with more clarity and alertness from late-morning onwards. And I gain another peak productive work time slot during the late-evening when everything is calmer with no distractions.

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5 tips on writing better articles

The contents of this post are reproduced from an article that arrived in one of my emails not so long ago. Unfortunately, I have since deleted this email and do not know the original source. A quick Google search showed that this article is reproduced on many different websites. I personally found the content to be so precise that I would not even attempt to rewrite what the original author has written. So credits and a thumbs up to whoever first wrote this useful article.

1.   Write about things that interest you or that you are an expert at. The articles will be more believable if you are coming at it from an angle of passion or expertise. You only have to hang out in article directories for a few minutes to tell the difference between a well-written article based on expertise or passion versus one based on keyword research. There are some very well-written articles in article directories today and there are some that are not worth the paper they were written on.

2.   Keep your articles timely and based on what’s going on in the marketplace. Any niche has things that are topical and therefore will be more interesting to the reader. To become better at this you should constantly research for new article ideas. You should also keep a swipe file of ideas you can refer to quickly to come up with topical articles.

3.   Spend an adequate amount of time researching your articles before you write them. If your articles are informative and provide useful information, people will be more likely to click on the URL in your resource box. You can tell the difference between an article that’s been thrown together versus one that is well researched. You will also find that the amount of time it takes to write an article drops when you spend a little bit of time researching before you start writing.

4.   Write using words that are easy to understand. We’ve all read articles by people who are using big words to try and impress readers. Generally these words do not make any sense or don’t flow with the article. One rule of thumb is to write like you talk. If you do this, the article will be easier to understand and more appreciated by your audience.

5.   Write numbered list articles so readers can scan them. Most people do not read an article word for word. They tend to skip to the highlights so you might as well give those to them. Numbered list articles make it easy for the reader to read what each paragraph is about and then read it in more depth if they want to.

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Writing Your First eBook

Tools Needed
To write an eBook you will need a computer with relevant software. Microsoft Word is the standard for writing documents. Many computers come preloaded with Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works. OpenOffice also offers writing software, and is free. Adobe Acrobat is the norm for creating eBooks. There are also other 3rd-party software that you can buy, or obtain for free on the Internet to create a PDF format eBook. I can thoroughly recommend PDF reDirect which I have been using successfully for many years.

Establish Your Reasons
Your reason for wanting to write an eBook will have a major impact on your success. For example, it may be for financial gain, promoting a business, advancing your career, education or self-satisfaction. Write down your reason(s) because this will help you to stay motivated.

Choose Your Subject
There are countless subjects that you can write about. It’s wise to choose something you have an interest in or knowledge of. It is worthwhile spending the time and research on this. The more you know about your subject, the easier it will be to write about.

Choose Your Title
After you’ve chosen your subject, you’ll need a title for the eBook. It’s worth writing down a few different ones before deciding on the one you’ll use. This will help to keep your focus and may give you some other ideas. The title should give a clear indication of the content in your book. A catchy title may help to sell it, but remember to balance this with clarity to keep it in context.

Choose Your Audience
The subject and style of your writing will determine your audience. Decide who your desired audience will be. Age, gender, culture, social background and education are factors you may want to consider. What you write should be targeted at your desired audience.

Write Your Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is a sentence or two written to clearly show the reason(s) for your eBook and what you expect to write about. The thesis statement should contain the following: your subject, your opinion on the subject and a supporting reason for your opinion. While you are writing your document you can revise your thesis statement at any time up until it is published.

Create Your Document
Now that you have the foundation you can begin writing. Choose the format and layout of your document, including chapters, headings and introductions. Dependent on your subject, you may wish to add photographs, anecdotes or testimonials that keep the reader’s attention. Since an eBook is generally read from a screen, you may want to break up the text more than in a printed book. Experiment with a few different fonts and look at other eBooks for ideas you can use. Spell check and save your document regularly.

Always backup your document. As a precaution you should also keep a copy on another media such as a pendrive.

Choose and Create Your Ebook
The format of your eBook is a personal choice. You may decide to create an executable (.exe) file or a Portable Document Format (.pdf) file. Here are some points to consider before you choose.

EXE file

  • Compiled using an eBook compiler.
  • Can offer features that are not available with PDFs.
  • Can only be read on a PC.
  • Does not require any other software to be read.
  • Is easy to open, easily branded, and good viral marketing tools.
  • May be susceptible to viruses, although some compilers offer virus protection.

PDF file

  • Can be created using Adobe Acrobat or the recommended PDF reDirect.
  • Can be created with several other 3rd party applications.
  • Is an industry standard.
  • Can be read by both PC and MAC.
  • Requires Adobe Reader to be read (which is free software).
  • Is highly unlikely to become infected.

Papyre 6.1 II

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7 Solutions to Excuses used for not writing Articles to Promote your Website

“I don’t know where to start, or what to write about.”

Get up each morning 15-20 minutes earlier than the rest of the household, and start writing in a journal. Write about anything and everything that pops into your mind. Try to write at least 2 or 3 pages. Devote at least 10 minutes each morning to this ritual. If mornings are impossible, then do this ritual in the evening, but not too late at night when you become too tired – even overtired – to do so. Continue reading 7 Solutions to Excuses used for not writing Articles to Promote your Website

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7 Benefits of Keeping a Personal Online Journal or Blog

  1. writing...Writing a regular journal or blog is a therapeutic process that helps integrate seemingly unconnected life events. Some believe the process works because the physical act of writing (using your hand-eye coordination) occupies your left brain, leaving your right brain free to access emotions, intuit connections, and create new insights. Journaling reduces stress by getting ‘monkey mind’ thoughts out of your head. Continue reading 7 Benefits of Keeping a Personal Online Journal or Blog

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