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Classy Cannabis Cookbooks: A selection of books that look good on the shelf and offer the tastiest road to a body high

Classy Cannabis Cookbooks


As marijuana becomes legalized in more states around the United States, cooking with cannabis has taken a step towards the serious—weed brownies and “special” Rice Krispies Treats just won’t cut it anymore. Amid the vast number of questionable cookbooks……

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DIY Tips with Adina Grigore’s Skin Cleanse Book: We speak to the S.W. Basics founder about homemade elixirs that are good enough to eat

DIY Tips with Adina Grigore's Skin Cleanse Book

Demystifying skincare is often overwhelming, frustrating and expensive—with new miracle formulas and elixirs constantly being added to the inifinite list of “must-haves.” And considering that most of these proclaimed panaceas don’t even contain the……

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8 jQuery Notification Plugins For Good User Experience

Are you looking for some jQuery notification plugins to increase user experience? If yes, then you are at the right place. In this compilation, we are presenting 8 excellent jQuery notification plugins that can increase your user experience. Having a notification box to notify users about successful event or an error would increase the overall user experience. You can simply accomplish this with the help of these powerful and easy to use jQuery notification plugins.

Here is the complete collection of 8 excellent and great jQuery notification plugins that can increase user experience. We hope that you would like this collection and find these plugins useful for you. Do let us know what you think about this collection. Enjoy!

Noty

noty is a jQuery plugin that makes it easy to create alert – success – error – warning – information – confirmation messages as an alternative the standard alert dialog. Each notification is added to a queue.

jQuery Notification Menu

A jQuery plugin to add notification bubbles and a notification list to any menu.

jQuery Toastmessage

jquery-toastmessage-plugin is a JQuery plugin which provides android-like notification messages. It’s a quite nice way to report info or error to the user.

jNotify

jNotify can display information boxes in just one line of code. Three kind of boxes are allowed : information, success and failure. The whole box is entirely skinnable with css. For example, you could use it for a mail being successfully sent or a validation error of a form.

Gritter

jQuery Notify

MiniJs

A simple but flexible notification plugin with the minimum required functionalities.

jQuery Notty

ClassyNotty is a jQuery plugin written by Marius Stanciu – Sergiu, a plugin that enables your application to display unobtrusive, beautiful and elegant notifications.


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5 Productive Ways to Spend Weekend for Your Good

Sometimes I am dreaming about another day off right when I wake up in the Monday morning. Does this happen to you too? Many of us spend our weekend with family, go for a trip, party, or do nothing lying in the bed and watching a movie.

5 Productive Ways to Spend Weekend for Your Good

Have you ever thought about making some use of weekends? Here I mean use for you as a personality or making good for others.

I hope these ideas will inspire you to change your life a bit even for the only one day.Spend your next weekend with use, grow your career and become a better person!

1. Start learning a foreign and/or programming language

Learning foreign languages is useful if you like travelling, and meeting new people. Even if no, learning languages is good for self-improvement and development. Learning a certain language teaches you the culture of a certain country. You may pick one of the most widespread languages in the world, like French or Spanish, or any rare and complex language as Maithili which is spoken in India and Nepal only.

Define your learning strategy first, this depends on the type of learner you are: visual, auditive or kinesthetic. You are a visual learner if the easiest way to remember the word is to read it. In case you remember words the best when you listen to them, you are an auditive learner. You are a kinesthetic learner if associations help you remember the words – feelings, memories, people, etc.

You need to learn a little of everything: pronunciation, spelling, grammar, punctuation. Start learning 10 words each day and little by little add the amount of words you can learn per day. Practice alphabet, and listen a lot: radio, audio books, educational audios with words, dialogues recorded by native speakers.

Look here for free resources to learn 48 new languages.

Programming can open new doors for you, because more and more modern careers are connected with this field. Coding knowledge can bring you both money and delight. Especially great programming is due to a variety of languages available. All these languages differ in complexity, and their usage.

Let us talk about the most widespread and popular coding languages. Java is a programming language developed in 1990s. It is used the most for making web plugins or mobile apps.

Phython is a multi-purpose programming language. Easy code readability allows even beginners learn this language.

PHP is a server-scripting language for web development. If to be more clear, this language was originally created for developing web pages, but now it became more versatile. You can mix PHP with HTMl code, and this is its huge benefit.

Ruby is an open source programming language characterized by simplicity of use and productivity. Ruby makes website creation process easier and faster.

Here you may start mastering one of the programming languages you like. If not for job, coding knowledge may be useful for self-improvement.

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2. Experience new software/product/gadget

Technologies are changing fast, and you should keep up with times not to become isolated from the world you live in. For this, you may use a kind of new software, product, plugin, app, etc. from time to time. This will help you to know more, to learn something new, to improve yourself, and then share your experience with others. For example, have you heard about iPassport? Many people lose their wallets or documents every day. This biometric locking device was created to protect your personal information and identity. Why not to read about it more at weekends, and maybe you will decide to have one?

Experience new software/product/gadget

3. Create a website

You may make a website for your personal needs, just for interest or for making money. Such experience won’t be useless anyway. To start with, you can use any website building platform you have heard about from friends, ads or the first one in the search. There paid tools like MotoCMS, or free like Wix. They differ not in price only, but in functionality, terms of use and design. While Wix seems to be a free platform, you will need to pay for a few extra features for your website anyway. MotoCMS is a tool with a very simple interface which offers you to create a website in a few hours and it has a huge and really amazing templates’ collection. Within a good website builder you can have a ready website design along with a possibility to customize it. I think making your own website is a perfect idea to spend weekend.

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4. Attend a conference

Attending conferences has a huge amount of benefits. First of all, many people attend conferences to learn from the leading experts in their field. You can learn from people who started their business the same as you, and succeeded greatly. Also, you can make connections with all these ‘big’ people in your industry and keep in touch with them after the conference. Everyone has his own reasons to take part in the conference either as listener or as speaker. Here I am listing a few conferences related to digital world, design, marketing, sports and health, social science for year 2015, maybe you will be interested in one of them.

Mobile Trends Conference
  • When: February 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Krakow, Poland
  • Who attends: developers, marketers

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TOCA ME Design Conference
  • When: February 21, 2015
  • Where: Munich, Germany
  • Who attends: creative technologists, designers, developers

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Social Media Marketing World
  • When: March 25- 27, 2015
  • Where: San Diego, California
  • Who attends: CEOs, website publishers, marketers, social media strategists, content marketers

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Pubcon Social Media Marketing Gathering
  • When: October 5 – 9, 2015
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Who attends: site owners, web designers, developers, programmers, sales executives, creative directors

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ClickZ Live for Digital Marketers
  • When: March 30 – April 1, 2015
  • Where: New York Marriott Marquis
  • Who attends: link building strategists, SEO experts, digital marketers, CEOs, site owners

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Kerning International Conference on Typography
  • When: June 3-5, 2015
  • Where: Faenza, Italy
  • Who attends: developers, designers, managers

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Webinale Web Conference
  • When: June 7-11, 2015
  • Where: Berlin, Germany
  • Who attends: digital professionals, designers, usability consultants, web developers

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UX Scotland for UX Service Design and Digital Communities
  • When: June 10-12, 2015
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Who attends: UX designers, usability experts, digital professionals

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International Conference on Sports and Medicine
  • When: March 23-15, 2015
  • Where: Chicago, USA
  • Who attends: professors, researchers, scientists, physicians, trainers, students

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Stress Management Summit
  • When: July 13-15, 2015
  • Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Who attends: psychiatrists, scientists, professors, researchers

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International Conference on Weight Loss and Fitness Expo
  • When: July 13-15, 2015
  • Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Who attends: experts in the field of obesity, weight management, fitness experts, bariatric surgeons, exercise physicians, yoga practitioners

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5. Administer charity

Be tolerant to other humans, and be empathic. There are many children without families, ill people who need help to survive, people who have no place to stay overnight, and unfortunately this list is very long. If some of you think that you can’t help because you are not rich, and there are many millionaires who have to help others – you are not right. There is no need to spend more than you can, and I suppose nothing will happen to you if you spend $ 10 or $ 20 dollars on charity. There are many charitable organizations and projects where help is needed every time. You can spend one of your days off helping one of such and for this no money is required. I am sure the chance to help is around us all the time – just have a wish.

Charity Water

Charity Water

This project is aimed at helping people from developing countries who have no access to clean water. That is why many people fall ill and even die. Donating $ 20 you give an access to water to one person – you save a life, you give this person a chance to go to school or work, and be happy.

Give India

Give India

Here you can choose the cause to donate for. This website is a compilation of 200 Indian charitable organizations. You can spend any amount of money to help mentally challenged children, or provide children with required medicine.

 

These were my suggestions for you to spend productive weekend. Hope you liked any of these ideas and will make use of it. Don’t hesitate to share your own creative ideas on spending weekend with us in the comments’ section. And don’t forget to tell us about your achievements!

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Piet Hein Eek’s Tube Series for Leff Amsterdam: The Dutch designer’s new collection blends stunning lines with a good story

Piet Hein Eek’s Tube Series for Leff Amsterdam

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s work spans a wide range; since graduating from Eindhoven’s Academy for Industrial Design in 1990, he has designed everything from furniture, desk lamps and eyewear to custom-made interiors and even holiday homes. Eek……

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15 cool examples of good typography and lettering

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Creativity never ends for designers, but sometimes it’s hard for them to start a design without having a look at some cool inspirational designs. With typography, you can actually create magical designs that will suit and complete your theme of the project. You can create several cool and even funny effects with typography and lettering. […]

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Where To Find New & Good Writers (Best 5)

So, you’re looking for a writer. Specifically, you’re looking for someone who can lure eyeballs to your website with words, the same way the Pied Piper can lure children away from Hamelin with music. That’s great! Even with the advent of robot journalists, there’s nothing quite like giving the human touch to virtual copy.

For that reason, you don’t want a writer who writes like she or he just wants to get the whole thing over with. You want someone who genuinely cares about the “what”, the “how”, and the “why” of your message.

And, quite frankly, you won’t find too many of these people on sites like Odesk, Elance, and Guru. (Even if you do find them, it’s pretty likely that their skills are worth much, much more than $ 5/hr.) You’ll make better use of your time searching for writers in places like:

Websites for Writers

Unless you’re a writer yourself, you probably don’t go anywhere near these sites. After all, what use would you have for blog posts like “How to Smash Writer’s Block to Bits” or “How to Schedule Your Writing Time?

But if you don’t at least take a look at the bylines behind the aforementioned posts, you’ll be missing out on some mad writing skills. Writers usually lurk on sites like the ones on The Write Life’s 100 Best Websites for Writers for their daily dose of writing tips. Occasionally, they write a guest post or two for those sites, so they can add a handful of pieces to their portfolio and show the world that “writer” isn’t just a meaningless badge they brandish around for the heck of it.

Comments Sections

Aside from (guest) posting on writers’ websites, writers also let loose in these websites’ comments sections. Unlike most, these comments sections tend to be well-moderated, so there’s little to none of the usual vitriol you find in those places.

Also, the writers have links back to their own websites – either through their username or an in-comment link formatted as “(username) recently posted (blog post title) – so it won’t be difficult to check their stuff out and drop them a line.

Blogs in Your Niche

Okay, maybe wading through post after post about “how to write when you don’t feel like writing” isn’t in your wheelhouse. Maybe you want someone who talks less about writing and more about… a non-writing related thing that you want to write about. Does that make sense?

In that case, Google “(your niche) + blog”, and see if you can find any good leads from there. If you’re already following a blog in your niche (which you should do, by the way!), you may already have a writer who stands out to you in some way. Feel free to let them know that you have work available for them, because chances are they’ll be happy about the offer!

Referrals

Then again, maybe the writer you want isn’t available. That can be quite a letdown, not to mention a testament to that writer’s skill (why else would she or he be in demand?). What you can do is ask that writer if she or he knows someone else she or he can send your way.

By the way, it’s a good sign if a writer can – or will – refer someone to you. It means (1) the writer does everything she or he can to help clients, even indirectly; (2) the writer makes the time and effort to connect with others, which is a basic but valuable marketing skill; and (3) you made a good enough impression as a client to warrant referrals to people that the writer likes and trusts.

Social Media

LinkedIn isn’t the only place to find writers (although it’s certainly one of the best places). Savvy writers also set up Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and even Google+ pages to let people know about their services.

If you type “freelance writer” in the search bars provided by these social networking sites, you’re bound to get a good lead or two. You can also comb through Facebook groups, filter Twitter hashtags for writers, or make a public post about your need for a writer.

Where Else?

“Where there’s written content, there are writers.” Keep that in mind while you search, and you won’t give up so easily if you’ve been online for hours and you still haven’t found “the one”. Writers have a knack for hanging around in the most unlikely places (because, hey, we’re a weird bunch), so keep your eyes peeled. Just like magic, you never know when or where these people might appear!

Finding the writer you want in the above-mentioned places can take more effort than you’re used to. But when you do manage to find that writer, your efforts will be nothing compared to what the writer can bring to your table: greater website traffic, stronger customer relationships, and, above all, a major boost in your self-confidence as an entrepreneur.

Do you have any stories to share about good writers, and how you found them? Share away in the comments section!





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This movie sharing service is the first good use of Ultraviolet we’ve seen

Former Wall Street analyst Steve Wang has just launched Wavelength, a free movie-sharing service, or, as Wang is calling it, “the first social movie service.”

Wavelength is powered by Ultraviolet, a cloud locker created by movie studios in 2010 that allows users to buy one copy of a movie and stream it to multiple devices. Users can post a listing of all the movies they have in their Ultraviolet libraries to Wavelength, allowing their friends to browse and watch. Instead of hosting the movies, Wavelength sends users to an online portal run by the film’s original retailer, like Walmart’s Vudu or FlixsterUp to three people can watch the same movie posted by a shared friend.

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Kid Rock on the internet: good for porn, bad for FaceTweets

Kid Rock opened the hatch beneath his brain space and verbally carpet bombed an op-ed in The Guardian. At middle age, the singer responsible for pop radio hits “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy” has become something of a modern Mark Twain character, occasionally appearing in puffy Sunday morning news pieces and generous newspapers to opine on technology and politics with the charm and sass of a spilled bottle of bourbon being slurped up by a billy goat.

“I don’t FaceTweet or whatever people do,” says Rock. “I understand that I’m the old guy now. I turn on my computer and look at porn a little bit, see what’s going on in the news, but that’s about it. I’m comfortable with that.”

Rock’s internet absences is a shame; his mental nuggets would fit…

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Do perfectionists make good web designers?

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The myth of the perfectionist – driven, relentless, unwavering – pervades the creative world. And these qualities are certainly necessary. Nobody should ever turn in work what’s half done and unpolished. Perfections can however be disruptive, hard to manage and draining.   We ask seven top creatives from around the web whether they think perfectionism is a damaging or desirable trait. Here are their differing opinions…




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