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Let your kids learn and enjoy

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Todays kids carry a sharp visual learning ability and have a great intellectual during their early days of childhood. So when you find that your creative child is getting bored indoors due to bad weather outside, you can make him utilize his time with kid crafts book.

Kids craft book usually has fun and games for the child such as drawing, coloring, cutting and assembling, crafts learning and other games and activities for adults that they could indulge along with their kids. You can make the child indulge in other craft projects such as making straw sculptures, painting, dying and much more.

1. If your girl child has an interest to make different decorative items, you can bring her a craft book that guides how to make beautiful paintings or toys. Other craft book are also available that enables one to make cards, scrap booking, fabric painting and many other things.

2. If your child is more interested in indoor games it is better to bring puzzle books and make him indulge in more creative activities. A craft book with innovative coloring projects will make him learn faster.

3. There are different craft books that come for the grown up children whereby even the adults can share learning with them such as cross stitch book, knitting book, candle making book, fabric painting book and other book teaching how to make decorative items.

Therefore, kid crafts book allows a kid or child to learn and improve his or her skills and spend their time in a more innovative and creative manner. This also helps to prepare some handmade crafts that can be decorated in the home and family. It is a great way for your children to learn and enjoy and also you too can learn a lot while you indulge with your children in such craft projects.

A Common Photography Problem Dark Silhouettes In Digital Photos

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Digital cameras are becoming more and more sophisticated. On one hand they allow high quality automatic point and shoot. On the other hand they allow full manual control of their settings. Regardless of the mode you use there are some scenes that require special care. Without such care your digital photos will be of poor quality regardless of how sophisticated and automatic your camera is.

New digital cameras include sophisticated hardware and software that allow a simple point a shoot usage and result in high quality digital photos. Such high quality digital photos are achieved in most scenarios but in some scenarios solely relying on the cameras automatic feature is not enough. In such scenes the camera hardware and software will make the wrong decision as to the optimal camera setting for the best digital photo. The result will be a poor quality photo.

Being aware of such scenarios can help in avoiding such poor quality digital photos. When you identify such a scenario you can use some simple techniques, by manually setting the camera, by changing the photo shooting angle or by manipulating the scene.

One of the common problems with automatic digital camera photo shooting is digital photos that include dark silhouettes in them. Dark Silhouettes appear when you are taking digital photos in a scene with a bright light source behind the object. An example of such a scene is when the sun is behind the object. The result will be a digital photo that includes a dark silhouette of the object. One scene that is very likely to result in such a problem is when taking a photo of someone on the beach against a sunset. The result will be a dark silhouette of the person with a good photo of the sunset in the background. Dark silhouettes are a result of the camera setting the wrong exposure. Because of the bright background the camera sets a low exposure and the object that are not lit from their front are severely underexposed.

The dark silhouettes in the digital photo can be eliminated by simply using the camera’s fill-in flash. When taking a photo with the fill-in flash turned on the flash lights the object making sure that it is captured with all its details. Use a fill-in flash when taking pictures of objects with a bright light source behind them. One limitation of this solution is that the objects must be within the flash effective range otherwise the flash is useless and they will still appear as silhouettes in the photo.

The best way to learn how to avoid dark silhouettes in digital photos is by experimenting and practicing. Try to find scenes that will confuse the digital camera into taking dark silhouettes digital photos. Take a few digital photos using the camera automatic mode and review the results confirming the expected poor quality. Now correct the problem and take a few more photos. Review the new digital photos and make sure that indeed the dark silhouettes problem is gone. Practicing in a controlled environment will help you be prepared to quickly and efficiently handle such scenes in real time photo shooting.

Laminate Flooring Fremantle And Carpet Store Experts

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Fremantle Laminate Flooring in Perth 6160 Western Australia

How to find Fremantle Bamboo Flooring and Carpet Store

1.)Check to make sure that they have a contractors license.
2.)Get two or more references.
3.)Ask how long they have been in business.
4.)Get at least one other bid for the job to make sure they are not ripping you off.
5.)Get flat rate estimates so you know the total you will pay beforehand.

What is Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.
The Laminate is fused together multi-layer synthetic flooring product using a lamination process (hence the name). Laminate flooring simulates wood and even stone in some cases, with a photographic finish layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.
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Installation
Laminate floors are reasonably for the do-it-yourself homeowner to install. For best results and warranty may be preferred to use a professional installer.
Laminate flooring are packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks – these can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. A small (1-10mm) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed.
Skirting boards provide a tidy finish to the installation of the laminate.
It is important to keep laminate clean, as dust, dirt and sand particles may scratch the decorative surface over time in high-traffic areas. It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc, though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren’t a problem if they’re wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time.
Adhesive felt pads are often placed on the feet of furniture on laminate floors to prevent scratching.
For more information on selecting the expert tradesmen to supply and install the Laminate Flooring check out the free guide PerthCarpets dot com for all your Perth Laminated Flooring needs.

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Blanc: Verratti Not For Sale!

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Paris Saint-Germain boss, Laurent Blanc confirmed about the future of young midfielder Marco Verratti he called not for sale.
The Italian young players have been linked with Fiorentina interest, but Blanc insists the former players Pescara remained in Paris.
“Marco is a PSG player,” said Blanc.
“There are a lot of rumors about his future, but he has a contract with us”,
“I hope he stays because I like him as a player, he has great talent and is a young player potential”.

The Art Of Photography Business Card

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Business cards should be given more importance than what professional are giving it nowadays. There is so much potential in it. Imagine it is the one thing from you that they could potentially bring everywhere because it is small enough to be carried anywhere. That being said, a lot of thought has to be put on a photography business card. A photographer, more than most, must be an epitome of creativity in everything he does. Check out some of the things you can use as an inspiration in coming up with a concept for your own business card.

Folded
One good way to make your card a stand out is if you use other styles like folding the card. This will allow you to have more space to put more information on that card. You can, perhaps, put a photo or to on one side and all the other information on the other side.

Mini Portfolio
You can turn you business card into a mini portfolio but putting some collection of the best photos you have taken. This will already give the customer an idea on what kind of skill you have even without your portfolio. One thing you can also do is make different versions of your business cards. T

Conceptualize It
You can put a glamorous photo of yourself but with the police line up card. When I say glamorous, you have to make it age-, gender- appropriate. There is no reason for a 50-year old photographer to be posing in high school uniform.

Unique Materials
Almost all materials of a business card uses the hard cardboard paper. Why not use a recycled material? A film negative? Plastic? (this won’t sit well for environmentalist though). You can even use a transparence paper. They are obsolete nowadays so they might be selling cheap.

Unique Shape
It shouldn’t be difficult to fit in one of those cardholders or a wallet but putting a dye-cut is not a bad idea. It would be an extra if you can incorporate some visuals into the die cut. I remember seeing something where the side is torn and a photo of a woman seems to be using the torn part to cover her naked body.

I hope that you learned a thing or two about how to make a photography business card.

Loan Modification Process – A Waiting Game

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Loan modification option is chosen by a homeowner only when he is overstressed by the non-repayment of his home loan and frustrated from the frequent reminder calls of his lender. This leads to a fear about the uncertain future and the threat of foreclosure. All these things work together and people apply for a loan modification process as the last and only hope. This in fact was the previous thinking but today with the efforts of the present government, mortgage modification process has been simplified and made feasible for every citizen of America.

Today loan modification can solve all issues regarding late payments of the home loan or the danger of foreclosure and restructure your loan into payments that you can easily afford and this will actually put you back to life. You need to stay positive and look into this loan modification matter in a different way because now this is your right and there is nothing like mercy sort of thing involved here. You need to hold your head up and keep the optimistic result in mind because the whole process will take some time and you will have to work patiently throughout the entire process.

Applying for a loan modification process is a systematic procedure and you need to find out the requirements of your lender first. This will help you plan further and collect the documents and arrange them according to the sequence of requirement. The documents should be supportive to the declarations and statements that you make while filling up the application form. You are also required to fill the form properly and in fact you should double-check it very carefully before submitting it so that not a single point is missing or left out. There have been many rejections only because the application form was not duly filled.

Then there is hardship letter that needs to be written in which you have to give in details of your hardship that can be your job loss, illness, divorce, being overstressed due to loan repayments or any other one. The hardship letter has a big role to play in the approval of the loan modification as many lenders have made it the decisive criteria for this program. So you should write an impressive and motivating hardship letter that has the capability to earn the lender’s sympathy and make him feel that you are the most eligible candidate for loan modification program.

Green Education For Green Profession

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Energy costs are on the rise and shall continue to rise in the future too. A better understanding of ways to improve indoor air quality, energy conservation, lighting efficiency, water conservation, reuse and recycling is required for a greener and healthier environment. This will help in making the atmosphere eco-friendly and will also make households and businesses energy efficient; thereby helping to save the depleting resources.

In order to create eco-friendly buildings and houses, one must possess green certification for building projects, construction processes, etc. The green building environmental certification program brings together consumers and certified building practitioners who have proper knowledge about green building techniques. The objective of a green certification program is to spread awareness in an eco-friendly manner that supports social and economic sustainability. The basic goal of green certification is to:

Elevate standards of organizations through energy efficient designs.

Enhancing capabilities of professionals and organizations to deliver energy efficient, sustainable building design and development technologies.

Consumer health protection through increased public awareness, green knowledge and access to information about design and building practitioners.

Enabling public and private sector officials to use Green Certification as a prerequisite or screening device during the contract bidding process.

Today, consumers are becoming more aware about the environmental issues affecting their households, businesses and lifestyles. And therefore they are choosing green consultants, interior designers, architects, and builders to incorporate sustainability into their households and businesses to also reduce energy depletion in the civilization and nature.

Green Certification and training aims to lower overhead costs through reusability, energy conservation and recycling. Adopting green is becoming a necessity as corporations and home builders, retailers, health care institutions, and others are going green for a better working environment. The benefits of green certification are countless including reduced energy dependence, fewer power plants, fresh air, clean water, healthier environment, increased sustainability, improved public health, decreased vulnerability to disasters, etc.

Green education and training makes it crucial to understand sustainable strategies, conservation of energy, air, water, soil and other natural resources so as to implement green strategies in an organization. One can pursue certification courses like certified green designer, certified green specialist and certified IAQ specialist. With these specially tailored green educational programs one can have comprehensive and reliable information regarding indoor air quality, energy conservation, lighting efficiency, water conservation, recycling etc. This allows professionals to make a careful selection of healthy and eco-friendly materials, products and strategies for going green.

About The Author:

Author, Tina Chaphe is the founder of the National Association of Green Designers and the National Association of Green Specialists. BecomingGreen.Inc. is the training entity for those two associations and was founded and fueled by the desire to have quality green training in the design community. They have newsletters, news articles, Governmental and Regulatory updates, and blogs from leading researchers that will keep members abreast of breakthroughs in the Green industry.

Horror Movies – Not For The Faint Hearted

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Horror movies are one of the top entertainment genres that have taken the world by storm. These movies are designed to be scary to an extreme nature that allows the viewer to experience an adrenaline rush of a different kind. This article will give you some different information as to why horror movies are so popular and scary in this modern day and age. Here are a few things you may not have known.

A horror movie is classed as just that, horror. These movies are made with the intent of suspense, blood and gore, and with bone chilling special effects. There are many different themes that are used when making one of these movies. The usual themes are of a supernatural type effect, which may be off killer ghosts, never dying zombies, aliens and monsters, plus strange and dangerous creatures or mutants. They can also come as axe wielding maniacs, as well as chainsaw murderers, vampires, killer dolls, voodoo rituals and many other things that can be classed or used as a scary theme.

The best time to watch these types of movies for full impact is of a night. When watched of a night it adds more fuel to the fire, causing the suspense to heighten and the tension to build with anticipation. They are usual dark in nature, with little light so you cannot see the person who is dangerous to the victims. You also do not usually see the bad person until halfway through the show.

To add more suspense, special type of suspenseful music is added to build the moment. The music is one of the more important things because it keeps the viewers locked on what is about to happen. Without the music you would loose concentration in certain parts where it is suppose to build up until something frightening happens.

Horror films are something that is not for the faint heart. To watch a horror movie you need to be able to fully immerse yourself into what is happening. A great horror film will have you scared all the way through, as well as leave you with an eerie presence or sense when finished.

Horror films are popular in this day and age, so if you have not tried this genre yet, then why not give it a go and see what you have been missing out on all these years. But just remember you will be scared.

Copyright (c) 2010 Nick Travis

Attend Meeting C++ 2013

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Boost Dependency Analyzer

I have something special to announce today. A tool I’ve build over the last 2 weeks, which allows to analyze the dependencies in boost. With boost 1.53 this spring, I had the idea to build this, but not the time, as I was busy writing a series over the Papers for Bristol. Back then I realized, how easy it could be to build such a tool, as the dependencies could be read & listed by boosts bcp tool. I already had a prototype for the graphpart from 2010. But lets have a look at the tool:

The tool is very easy to handle, it is based on the out of bcp, which is a tool coming with boost. Actually bcp can help you with ripping libraries out of boost, so that you don’t have to add all of boost to your repository when you would like to use smartpointers. But bcp also has a listing mode, where it only shows the dependencies thats whats my tool build up upon. Lets have a short look at the results, the dependencies of boost 1.54:

A few words on how to read this graph. The libraries in the middle of the “starshape” are the ones with the most dependencies, each line between the nodes is a dependency. A dependency can be one or multiple files. The graphlayout is not weighted.

How to

A short introduction on what you need to get this tool to run. First boost, as this tool is build to analyze boost. I’ve tested with some versions (1.49 – 1.54) of boost. You also need a version of bcp, which is quite easy to build (b2 tools/bcp). Then you simply need to start the tool, if BOOST_ROOT is set, the tool will try to read it, other wise you will be asked to choose the location of boost when clicking on Read dependencies. Next thing is selecting the location of bcp. That is the setup, and the tool will now run for some time. On my machine its 90 seconds to 2 minutes the analysis takes, it might be lot longer on yours, depending on how much cores you got. The tool will spawn for each boost library (~112) a bcp process, and analyze this output in a thread pool. After this is done, the data is loaded into the tool, and then saved to a SQLITE database, which will be used if you start the tool a second time and select this version of boost. Loading from the database is far faster.

A screenshot to illustrate this:

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To the left are all the boost libraries, the number of dependencies is shown in the braces. To the right is a Tabwidget showing all the dependencies, the graph is layouted with boost graph. When you click on show all you’ll get the full view of all dependencies in boost. The layouting is done in the background, so this will take some time to calculate, and is animated when its done. The results of the layouting are good, but not perfect, so that you might have to move some nodes. Exporting supports images, which are transparent PNGs, not all services/tools are happy with that (f.e. facebook, twitter nor G+ could handle the perfectly fine images), this can be fixed by postprocessing the images and adding a white background.

Inner workings

I’ve already written a little about the tools inside, its build with Qt5.1 and boost. Where boost is mostly used for the graph layouting. As I choose to work with Qt5, it has a few more dependencies, for windows this sums up to a 18 mb download, which you’ll find at the end. The tool depends on 3 libraries from my company Code Node: ProcessingSink, a small wrapper around QProcess, that allows to just start a bunch of processes, and lets you connect to the finished and error slot. This was necessary, as I could only spawn 62 parallel processes under windows, so this library does take care of spawning the parallel processes now. Which are currently 50 at a time. GraphLayout is the code that wraps the innerworkings of boost::graph, its a bit dirty, but lets me easily process the graphlayouting. The 3rd library is NodeGraph, which is the Graph UI, based on Qts GraphicsView Framework.
I plan to release the tool and its libraries under GPL later on github, for now I don’t have the time to polish everything.

Problems

One of the earliest questions I had when thinking about building such a tool, was where to get a list of the boost libraries? This sounds easy. But I need to have this readable by machine, not human, so HTML is a great format, but I refused to write a parser for this list yet. I talked to some people about this at C++Now, and most agreed, that the second option would be best: maintainers.txt. Thats what the tool reads currently to find the boost libraries. Unfortunately at least lexical_cast is missing in this list. So, the tool isn’t perfect yet, while lexical_cast is already patched, I’m not sure if anything else is missing. A candidate could be signals, as its not maintained anymore. Currently the tool analyzes for 1.54 112 libraries.

boost dependencies

Working for 2 weeks on this tool has given me some inside knowledge about the dependencies in boost. First, the way it is shown in the tool, is the view of bcp. Some dependencies will not affect the user, as they are internal. f.e. a lot of libraries have a dependency to boost::test, simply because they provide their tests with it. The bcp tool really gets you ALL the dependencies. Also most (or was it all?) libraries depend on boost::config. I plan to add filtering later, so that the user has the ability to filter some of the libraries in the GraphView.

The tool

Here is how to get the tool for now: there is a download for the binaries for windows and linux. I’ll try to get you a deb package as soon as I have time, but for now its only the binaries for linux, you’ll have to make sure to have Qt5.1 etc. on linux too, as I do not provide them. For Windows, its 2 archives you’ll need to download: the programm itself, and needed dlls for Qt5.1 if you don’t have the SDK installed ( in this case you also could copy them from the bin directory)

Note on linux: this is a one day old beta version. Will update this later.

Enjoy the Beauty of Loose Blue Diamonds

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When searching for the right stone for a ring setting or a new pair of earrings, a blue diamond can be a beautiful selection that will last forever. Loose blue diamonds are prized for their rarity and the deep shades of blue and gray that makes them spectacular.

A perfect diamond will theoretically contain no impurities and be transparent. However, the truth is that all diamonds have certain degrees of impurities within them. A blue diamond’s color varies depending on the intensity of the element boron within it. This can either enhance the stone or detract from its appearance and value. The process takes hundreds of millions of years and creates a stone that exhibits exquisite beauty.

Several loose blue diamonds have gained fame through the years. The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous. Sold to King Louis XIV in the 17th century, it weighs 45.52 carats. It was originally called the Tavernier Blue, but the name was changed when it was bought by Lord France Hope. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

The largest blue diamond ever found is the Idol’s Eye, which weighs 70 carats. Another large diamond, the Wittelsbach Diamond, was sold for $24 million in 2008. It is internally flawless and weighs 35.56 carats. Another 7.03 unnamed jewel was set in a platinum ring and sold for $14 million in 2003. Perhaps, the most famous blue diamond is completely fictional. The Heart of the Ocean, which was brought to life in the blockbuster movie “Titanic,” was a heart-shaped blue diamond given to the main character. As a noteworthy follow-up, the actress who portrayed Rose, Gloria Stewart, wore a stunning 15 carat blue diamond necklace worth $20 million to the Academy Awards.

Diamond collectors should take note that these diamonds can also be viewed as investments. While the economy is known to fluctuate, it’s nice to have the options of reselling your diamond pieces. Depending upon investment portfolios, some buyers can’t afford loose blue diamonds. Many people believe that because the value of famous diamonds is so high, their own investments will have a high return as well. This isn’t necessarily the case.

Loose blue diamonds are among the most beautiful pieces of jewelry in the entire world. Whether throughout history or through the media – these gorgeous diamonds have always drawn some serious attention. Because of their rarity and extreme beauty, they will always be among the most sought after colored diamonds on the planet.