The Illustration Portfolio of Rebecca Green

Rebecca GreenRebecca Green is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in Illustration and currently based in Denver, Colorado. She has an impressive list of clients, a few being; Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and CraftSanity Magazine. Rebecca sells limited edition prints on her website printed on acid free HP Matte Litho-Realistic Paper, and sprayed with a UV, Water resistant print […]
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5 YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know

Chances are most of us are quite familiar with YouTube. YouTube is the largest video channel on the Internet with more than 1 billion users visiting each month after all. We can enjoy a variety of videos on YouTube like comedy, pranks, interviews, tutorials, and live events.

I bet you have been enjoying countless of hours in YouTube. So, here we’ve put together 5 handy tricks to make YouTube more enjoyable for you.

1. Disabling Video Annotation

Annotation is a clickable box that overlays on top of YouTube videos. It aims to improve user engagement by displaying extra information or links related to the videos. It is useful for the video uploader, but can also be quite annoying for the users. Do you want to hide these annotations?

You can disable annotations to all YouTube videos via the YouTube settings. Click your profile picture then click the gear icon (YouTube Setting). On the left sidebar, select Playback and uncheck the Annotations and Interactivity option. Easy as that.

Unchecking this option will also hide the channel promotion and interactive card on the video you are watching.

2. Force Buffering Of The Entire Video

YouTube actually buffers only 30 seconds of the total video length when the video is paused. When your Internet connection isn’t quite fast enough to load the video this causes a lag. To avoid this, you can force YouTube to buffer the entire video before you can play it through,

SmartVideo for YouTube is a tool that can help with this and is available as a Firefox Add-on and Chrome Extension. After you’ve installed it and opened a YouTube video, you will see an additional option at the bottom of the video, click Global Preferences, and tick the box for Smart Buffer, as shown in the image below.

3. Disable Autoplay

YouTube will immediately start playing a video you’ve just opened which can sometimes be annoying. To disable autoplay video on YouTube, you can use the YouTube Control Center Add-on in Firefox or Stop Autoplay extension for Chrome.

It has a handful of options to control a YouTube video. Install this Add-on, and find Autoplays video when the player loads. Keep this option unchecked to disable Autoplay. Another option is the Stop Autoplay extension which does the same thing. You need to install it on Chrome, then activate it via the chrome://extensions/ page.

4. Watching YouTube In Slow-motion

Sometimes you’re watching a video in YouTube and it’s moving so fast that you can’t see the tiny details that you could’ve missed. Perhaps you want to play the video at a slower pace.

YouTube actually has HTML5 Player for its videos that you can request in Click Request the HTML 5 Player. Now open a video, you will find the option with speed adjustment. Do keep in mind though that you’ll need a browser that fully supports HTML5 video.

5. Download A YouTube Video’s Subtitle

There are many videos on YouTube that come in a language that you’re probably not familiar with. YouTube actually lets the video author add subtitles to help their viewers understand what is being said. However, if you’re downloading a particular video, the subtitles won’t come with it.

Use KeepSub to download the subtitles embedded in the video. Just copy the video url on the form, press the button and KeepSub will retrieve the subtitles for downloading. In addition, KeepSub also offers the translated subtitles using Google Translate.

CHV: Kawasaki Jet Ski Assembly Line: The surprisingly complex process behind creating the jet-propelled personal watercraft

CHV: Kawasaki Jet Ski Assembly Line

The third video from our visit to Kawasaki’s labyrinthine production facility covers their jet ski assembly line. Perhaps unknown to most water-faring hobbyists, constructing a jet ski is a rather complicated process involving a multitude of impressive…

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40 Things You Don’t Expect To Find In Vending Machines

The person who thought of the vending machine is a genius for 2 simple reasons: you don’t need to hire personnel to man a vending machine like you would a store, and this keeps things in stock and available for the masses, 24/7. While most of the vending machines you are used to would dispense coffee, soft drinks, packaged food and snacks, these days we can find a lot more variety being offered.


Whether it is for convenience, or practicality, or to drive a concept or an idea home, here are 40 things you probably don’t expect to find in a vending machine, but now can.

Live Crabs. Who would have thought that we’d see the day when crabs can be made available in vending machines. And they are alive! Grab one on the go if you are in China.

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Ice cream. I scream, you scream, we scream for ice cream in a machine. This one is from Japan but you might have come across the ones from Ben and Jerry’s.

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Pizza (cooked). Want to get a steaming hot 9-inch pizza within 3 minutes? Then, keep a lookout for a Let’s Pizza vending machine. Most of these can be found around Europe and lately in America.

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T-shirts. If you are a fan of Uniqlo T-shirts, this vending machine in Harajuku, Japan dispenses the whole line via vending machines. Shame it’s no longer there, though.

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Noodles. Instant cup noodles aren’t the healthiest of snacks but if you still have a hankering for ramen or udon, this particular machine in Japan dispenses a hot bowl of these noodles complete with meat and veggies. Yummy!

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Baguettes. Get fresh baguettes 24/7 with this particular vending machine, thought up by French baker Jean-Louis Hecht who got fed up with his customers knocking on his door on all hours of the day (and night) to get their hands on his delicious baguettes.

(Image source: Yahoo)

Guitar strings. For when you are on your way to a night gig and realize that your guitar needs a fix. It also dispenses guitar picks and drum sticks. This machine resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Bike parts. Cyclists will love this particular machine as it dispenses bike parts to replace the ones that broke in yours. You can also get your punctured tyre pumped or grab a quick snack. It first appeared in Brooklyn, New York.

(Image source: Pop-Up City)

Cupcakes. Satisfy your sudden midnight sweet tooth cravings with this heaven-sent machine by Sprinkles Cupcakes. The machines can be found in New York, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

(Image source: New York Post)

Burgers. It’s official, fast food cannot get any faster than this machine in the Netherlands. If you prefer having your burger being cooked though, you can try Japan’s burger vending machine.

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Bananas. When this vending machine first came out in Japan, people went bananas over them. I’d go bananas if I see this machine too.

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Eggs. This vending machine is found in the mountains of the Northern Hyogo Prefecture, Japan and is the perfect way to keep eggs fresh and readily available for the residents there, 24/7.

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Salad. Healthy and goodness, in a salad, in a jar, in a vending machine. Not all vending machines dispenses fast food. While we’re on the subject…

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Caviar. Ain’t nobody got time to dress up, fight for reservations, and light candles for some fine gourmet dining no more. Want some roe? Just grab them from the machine and go. More commonly found in upper scale neighborhoods in LA.

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LEGO. Is there a reason why this is only found in Germany’s train stations? LEGO has some explaining to do.

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DIY Toys. A project built by development specialists Squibbles Ink and toy store Rotofugi, this DIY machine in Chicago allows you to make your own toy.

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Rice. Being the staple food of the Japanese people, this machine makes sense. Why isn’t this machine found in more rice-loving Asian countries?

(Image source: The Wiki Gullet Project)

Fantastic Delites. Love Fantastic Delites crackers? This guerrilla marketing tactic dispenses the snack for free, if you would do the things the machine tells you to do. Check out how the public reacted in this video.

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Fresh Lettuce. Lettuce doesn’t get fresher than this, in this machine in Japan that is. Perhaps this will help encourage more people to eat their greens rather than falling back on processed foods… naah!

(Image source: Huffington Post)

Pet Food. In order to feed its stray dogs and cats population, Istanbul came up with this vending machine. You slot in an empty plastic water bottle and it’ll dispense food at the bottom for strays.

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Wine. If there are vending machines that dispenses beer, why not wine? Now everyone can get their booze, pronto. Pennslyvania first introduced this machine in America in 2010.

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Mashed potatoes. Singaporeans probably loved their tay-toes, mashed and available on the go. Why else would this machine exist?

(Image source: The Huffington Post)

Pies. Yes, you heard right. Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company’s vending machine at Cedar Creek, Texas dispenses entire honest-to-goodness Pecan pies.

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Umbrellas. Never be caught out in sudden rain again. Just grab an umbrella from this machine and off you go to your next destination. This vending machine is placed around Hong Kong.

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Condoms. If you aren’t a fan of getting condoms from a supermarket aisle or a pharmacy, this is the perfect solution like this machine that resides outside an Italian pharmacy. Now, there is no reason why you can’t practice safe sex.

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Socks. This machine is a must have for all bowling alleys. And the socks should be as cute as these ones from South Korea. (P. S. We hate Mondays too!)

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Shoes. You never know when the bottom of your sole may break under your constant jogs, so being able to just dump the old pair and grab a new pair from this Onitsuka Tiger machine in Carnaby Street, London is a great idea.

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Flip flops. Broke a heel? Overdressed for the beach? Just love walking around in flip flops? This Havaianas flip flop dispensing machine got you covered, in Australia, Europe and Indonesia.

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Jeans. If you are a fan of the Italian brand, this is great for getting an exact replacement of the jeans you love. I said exact because you can’t return purchased jeans once they’re out of the machine.

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Books. This is a bookstore masquerading as a vending machine – a novel idea indeed. If you are going to be stuck in the airport at the UK or Australia for a while, why not grab a book?

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Used Books. A great idea to promote reading, pick up a book from this machine in Canada or drop in one of your own. It’s better than leaving them on your mantelpiece, collecting dust.

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Skincare Products. If you can get it via the store or via the shopping network, why not from a vending machine, right? Keep a lookout for them at any American airport.

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Makeup. You might have come across a few of these in American airports, since Sephora introduced them in 2010. They are a boon for the female traveller in need of a touch-up.

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Baby Essentials. Forgetful parents who forget to pack their little one’s diapers (or any other essentials like pacifiers, baby wipes, lotion, powder, etc.) will consider this vending machine a lifesaver. This machine was spotted in Seaworld, Florida.

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Envelopes. Not a fan of sending emails? Go old school with envelopes in these vending machines found in Taiwan – stamps included!

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Bicycle-For-Rent. Trust the bike-loving Dutch to come up with this very convenient means of transport. The machine allows you to rent the bike from one end and return it at another machine.

(Image source: Gizmodo)

Gold. Yes, this is a gold ATM, you know, a machine that dispenses gold instead of cash. The vending machine comes with security measures to prevent robbery, and money laundering. These extremely valuable machines can be found in New York, Las Vegas, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Lisboa, Mendrisio, and Tirol.

(Image source: Gold to Go)

Last Minute Gifts. Found at the JFK airport in New York, this one is very handy for super-last minute shopping right before you board your flight. Grab items from branded sunglasses and scarfs to cameras and even Beats headphones.

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Marijuana. Now before you all get excited over the possibility of smoking pot easily, you need one thing to purchase the weed in this machine: a doctor’s prescription. Also they are only available at certain states where medical marijuana is legal like California and Colorado as well as Canada.

(Image source: Vancouver 24 hrs)

Everything You Can Find In A Convenience Store. Because, why not?

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What items do you find in the vending machines where you live? Tell us in the comments below.

Sony Xperia Z3v review

Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled by delayed launches and carrier exclusives. If you’ve wanted to purchase a flagship Sony smartphone, such as the Z1 or Z2, you were forced to either be a T-Mobile customer, or pay full retail price for an unlocked device six months after it was readily available in other markets. (And if you…

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Web Design Kitchen. Tasty Facebook Cover Tutorial

This is what we call a ‘design from a scratch’. Go find out how we baked muffins and designed an amazing Facebook cover. Free files included.

Lose Fear of the Command Line

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For the non-technical people among us, evil has a name: The “command line.” Or, in fact, many names: CLI, Terminal, bash, shell … When I prepared my free online book “Learn Version Control with Git,” I was surprised to hear how many people were afraid of the command line. In reality, there’s really nothing to […]

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The Haas Brothers Volume 1: A beautiful, comprehensive monograph accompanying the artists’ solo NYC show

The Haas Brothers Volume 1

With wildly imaginative designs and an eye for material, The Haas Brothers have been redefining home decor, art and furniture since 2010. Whether they’re tackling sexuality, science fiction or wild animals across vases, benches and lamps,…

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Top tips for painting a flaming devil character

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youtube: B9DivEA9B9w With Halloween fast approaching, what could be more appropriate than a devil with burning flesh? There’s no one correct way to paint burning flesh – there are as many ways to accomplish the task as there are artists.

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Common SEO Myths & Misconceptions

There isn’t a day that goes by that I hear from a client something they have heard about SEO that isn’t even close to the truth. It seems there are more stories about SEO than Chuck Norris. A quote by George Bernard Shaw comes to mind:

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

In the SEO world this quote rings true every day. Whether it’s an business owner that is wasting what little extra time they have on incorrect optimization, or someone in the industry making unfounded statements and making their agency (and themselves) look inept, false SEO knowledge is everywhere.

seo myths

The ever-changing search algorithms from various search engines may be to blame, but just as guilty are the snake oil salesmen and one-man SEO agencies spreading the myths faster than Paul Revere. Google’s webmaster blog does their best to debunk myths repeatedly. For example, they posted last year a reminder about selling links that pass PageRank, something they have been writing about since 2007. Despite their best efforts our clients still call us when a door-to-door SEO salesman comes to them about having a BOGOF deal on thousands of links.

Every ‘white-hat’ SEO provider should still do their part to make the Internet and their industry a better place so I’ll do my part here and try to banish some of the SEO bull-jive going around (and now I can check off using bull-jive from my bucket list).

1. Ranking No. 1 is all that matters

If ya ain’t first, yer last.” – Ricky Bobby

There is obviously a correlation between search results placement and click-through rates, but that doesn’t mean that it is the holy grail it used to be. Even in the past,having the best rankings didn’t guarantee success and high click-through rates, but were at least a good start.

Now, with search results being appended with enhancements such as author tags and rich text/snippets, the click-through rates for the top three slots have skyrocketed. The truth is relevant information and user-friendly listings every websites goal. A high-quality No. 4 can theoretically out-perform the No. 1 when it comes down to it.

2. SEO is Something Any Techie Can Do.

Fact: SEO is technical.
Fiction: Any technical person can take care of it.

SEO takes more than just being a technical person. Ask anyone in the industry how many clients come into their offices giving stories about how they entrusted their SEO to their IT guy or Web Designer or similar and have not had any results. They may be of assistance during the course of optimizing your site, and are valuable resources in the process when setting up XML site maps, redirects, and robots.txt files, but do not expect them to be your SEO go-to ‘guy’. That’s like expecting your electrician to fix your AC.

3. SEO is a One-Time Activity and You Are Done.

Too many times I have heard from other business owners that they just finished SEOing their site. This delusion is extremely rampant among the IT community, and it’s easy to see why. IT workers are given multiple “fix-it” tickets all day, so they treat SEO like every other assignment and tend to close the “ticket” and move on. SEO is an on-going process that requires a time investment on a periodic basis.

4. SEO & Social Media are Not Related at All

It’s a common misconception that SEO and Social Media are completely unrelated. In actuality, they are like kissing cousins. Search engines put value on content that has an element of social authority. This fact has spawned the term Social Search has become a common term because SEO and Social Media have been ‘going steady’ for years. Google has been working hard on this with Google+ and Google Authorship, but if you think about it, it’s only natural. Trusted and relevant content can drive your SEO and highly social content is easier to trust.

5. More Links > More Content.

YES, even with the changing link landscape in the search algorithms, inbound links are important; however, if SEO is your party than Content is your alcohol. Links are important, but if you focus purely on link building you are digging yourself a hole. The quantity of links might increase, but not necessarily the quality.

The problem here is that link building is no longer a numbers game. Investing in content, which can take form of a web page, blog article, and guest articles on other sites will often attract higher quality and more inbound links in the long run. On the other hand, please don’t think that having a blog is enough. It’s more complicated than that. You need to write with purpose, cater to your target audience, analyze traffic sources and performance of post types, and the list goes on and on.

6. SEO is NOT a Usability Issue.

I have heard this one with more frequency recently than ever before, and it’s not even close to being correct. SEO, at one point, was just getting found on the Internet but over the years this has changed forms more times than Goku. Now, true SEO includes how users of your website engage with your content. Yes, technically SEO stands for search engine optimization, but if they don’t click around on your highly ranked site, or even leave after clicking, the SEO serves no purpose.

To keep visitors on your site, ensure your content is personalized, relevant, intuitive and easy to browse through. If you have the usability of DOS, you wont convert. In the end that’s what SEO is all about.

7. <h1> is the Key to Great SEO.

This one is older than Larry King, and doesn’t seem to go away. The content structure on your site is an outline to presenting the content to search engines and of course users. The <h1> tag was extremely important at one point, but Google learns too. The old-guard of Black-Hat SEO spammed <h1> to death, so now it no longer really matters. Presenting your information towards the top of the page is a lot more relevant.

8. The Larger Your Sites Footprint the Better the Results.

If you think about it without insider knowledge, it would stand to reason that the more pages you have indexed by the search engine the better you would do. But you would be wrong. Just because you have more pages than the Twilight book series, doesn’t mean your pages are quality, just like Twilight. In fact, its more likely that the quality of the content was overlooked, and realistically, it is difficult to strive for both. Aim to publish relevant, quality content.

9. Since Search Engines Have Personalized Results, There is No Such Thing as Being Ranked #1.

You are absolutely correct that Google and Bing do have search results personalized to the user’s search history, even if the user is not logged in. On the other hand, the difference in results between personalized and non-personalized are extremely minor. In fact, check for yourself. Re-run your search terms by adding &PWS=0 to your SERP URL, or just go incognito (if you use chrome), and see how much (read: how little) the results shift around.

10. SEO is a Mysterious Dark Art.

Many people think of SEO being done by some rogue SEO employee that works in a closed office away from the rest of the company going about his experiments without involvement of clients or management. If this was true my life would read like a Jason Bourne novel. SEO is not a set of steps that can be applied to any site in any niche.

It is important to understand the industry, competitors, and a cooperative strategy to increase conversions for your company continually and consistently.


Now, the future of SEO is in your hands, reader. Do your part. It takes a village to kill a myth. If there is only one thing you take away from this post, it is that SEO is about the overall experience of the user. From the initial search to leaving your site, the better the experience of the user from your results listing, to the quality and relevancy of the content, to the usability – the better your SEO will be too.

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