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Damon Hellandbrand Re-Creates Zodiac Signs into Mythical Creatures

8ScorpioUS based artist Damon Hellandbrand has re-created the well known 12 Zodiac Signs into Mythical creatures that are full of detail and unique imagination. Damon usually starts with multiple sketches, he then adds color and detail using either, pencil, watercolor, acrylic or charcoal until finally he completes the piece digitally (Corel Painter). Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer […]
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The Signs of Italy: Grafica della Strada: Louise Fili’s decades-strong obsession with the country’s diverse typography compiled in a fascinating photo book

The Signs of Italy: Grafica della Strada


It’s something of a rarity for a designer with such a storied career as NYC-based Louise Fili to trace the foundations of her career back to one single memory. The 2014 AIGA Medal-winner and self-described Italophile’s career in book design and food packaging…

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5 signs your website has joined the ranks of the undead

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Gordon Plant of BaseKit We’ve all read the stories and seen the films, but would you spot a zombie apocalypse if it were staring you right in the face? What if it was happening right now, on your website?




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6 Signs That You Should Kill That Blog Post Idea

Sometimes, you run out of blog post ideas. Don’t beat yourself up over it, though; it’s a normal occurrence, which even hits the most seasoned of bloggers. It happens for a number of reasons. You may have buckled under the pressure of having to update your blog regularly. Maybe you’ve grown bored with the usual topics you write about, or maybe there’s really nothing worth writing at the moment.

It may also be because of the writer’s block. We have written about that, multiple times, offering suggestions and ideas on how to pull yourself out of the bottomless pit of despair that comes from not being able to pen a single thought to paper, and to keep writing.

Then again, there are times when it’s better not to write anything at all than to force yourself to produce a post, especially if…

1. Your Headline Resembles A Dozen Others

Imagine that you are a reader who wants to know how to write a blog post. Naturally, you enter the appropriate keyword combination in Google’s search bar. A few milliseconds later, Google returns 10 results on the first page, all of which have some variation of the headline "How to Write a Blog Post".

Given your busy schedule, will you honestly take the time to click through all 10? Of course not. You’ll either click the first couple of links only, or click the one with the most eye-catching headline, like "The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to Whip Up a Killer Blog Post".

2. Your Headline Overpromises, But Your Post Underdelivers

Then again, if you’re going to use a title like "The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to Whipping Up a Killer Blog Post", it better be something that will keep your readers from looking elsewhere.

Otherwise, you’ll gain a reputation for writing "click bait" articles. Clicks are good and all, but you shouldn’t make that the sole focus of your SEO strategy. You can still write eye-catching headlines, as long as they accurately describe what readers can expect from your post.

3. Your Post Feels More Like a Book Summary

Sometimes, in an effort to make your blog post as useful as possible, you’ll be tempted to cram in as much information as you can. Usually, that’s a good sign, because it means you really do care about your readers.

But if the topic you have in mind requires extensive discussion, a single post may not be enough. Chances are it’s going to end up leaving your readers wanting more, and not in a good way. In that case, you can either write a blog post series about your topic, or compile those posts into an e-book.

4. Your Post is Too Self-Indulgent

Have you ever talked to a guy who’s so full of himself, you’re surprised he’s still able to lift his head off the ground? That’s what readers feel when confronted with self-indulgent blog posts.

Unless you’re a celebrity, most people aren’t going to care for posts about what you’ve had for breakfast, what you’ve bought as a treat to yourself on your birthday, or your oh-so-awesome ability to keep quiet after stubbing your toe (although there may be a handful of people interested in the last one… just a handful).

Here’s the thing about people: They’re not going to be interested in you unless you’re interested in them first. That’s why it’s common blogging advice to use "you" to address readers,because it makes them feel more engaged, which, in turn, makes them like you more.

Of course, it’s not completely wrong to use the "I" pronoun in your post. After all, healthy conversations – both online and offline – are a two-way road. It’s okay to tell a story explicitly from your point of view, as long as you’re still able to relate that story to your readers.

5. Your Treatment of the Topic is Too Shallow

You may have a most unique idea (e.g. "Why Cockroaches are the ‘Missing Link’ All Along"), or the most immersive of writing styles, but without a solid basis for your points, your post will still fall flat.

If you want your post to be meatier, it won’t hurt to do a little more research. Take time to interview experts, dig up articles from scientific journals to strengthen your arguments, or give your own critical and informed analysis regarding your topic. Oh, and add some verifiable statistics from reputable organizations, such as news sites and government sites, when necessary.

6. You Don’t Feel Like Showing Off Your Post

If you’re going to write content for the entire (virtual) world to see, you might as well ensure that it’s something you’re willing to share with acquaintances and strangers alike. More importantly, you should feel proud that your name is attached to this compelling, or fun-to-read, or insightful and helpful piece of work.

Otherwise, there’s no point toiling over it, really. And a post worth sharing is a post that begins with a well-thought out idea, that is executed with flair and class – something its author is sure to be proud to be associated with.

A Gentle Reminder, and Then Some

This is not to say that every single one of your posts should score 11 out of 10. That’s just unrealistic, especially if you have a regular blogging schedule to keep, on top of a busy life outside of work. However, being "stuck" on blog post ideas is not an excuse to churn out half-baked work just for the sake of producing something. After all, you still owe your readers the best possible content at any given time.





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Signs of Hawaii

Since Hawaii is my absolute favorite place on earth, I am loving this Instagram photo series of vintage signs found there. Most of the images have been captured by Hawaii-based lettering artist Matthew Tapia, but if you happen to catch one you can participate by using the #signsofhawaii tag.

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Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs

Ghost Signs is a New Jersey-based shop featuring photographs of ghost signs, brick ads, painted advertisements, faded signage, and old hand painted wall adverts. A few favorites are below, but be sure to take a look in the shop for more.

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Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life

Etsy Finds: Ghost Signs / on Design Work Life


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10 Signs Your PC Has Been Compromised

We are all tired of our PC getting infected or compromised but truth is sometimes, instead of having to fix an infected PC, it is better to learn about the reason why the PC is infected in the first place. There are many possible reasons for that and it all goes back to our individual browsing habits.

In this post we will look at 10 signs your PC has been compromised, and what causes these reactions to happen. That way you can understand how you got your PC infected (yes, usually it is the user’s fault) and learn to fix your browsing habits to avoid future infections. If you are bored with fixing a relative’s computer all the time, you might want to consider sharing this post with them (you know, as a hint).

1. Your Email Account Is Sending Out Spam

It’s 2014 but this still happens. If you receive messages from your friends saying that they receive spam email from you, that means either your account or your PC has already been compromised. This usually happens when you’re infected with a malware that resides in your PC; it compromises your browser activity as well.

Your Email Account Is Sending Out Spam

If you have your password saved on your browser, the malware can easily access your email account with that info. That way, it can use your email to spam out links to all your contacts. There’s also a chance that your account has been hacked, although this is a rarer cause.

2. Your Password Has been Changed

If you have ever received email from a website you have registered for, telling you that your account password has been changed, you may have been a victim of malware. This may be caused by items downloaded online, that wasn’t scanned before it was opened, and it doesn’t even have to be an item of questionable content. Hackers can easily use a program to bind a malware trojan, that is not easily detectable, onto anything, even a normal image file or an mp3.

Your Password Has been Changed

Once you have downloaded and open that image or mp3, your PC will be infected immediately with that trojan. Your PC may be compromised, without you knowing. Besides all that, it is also possible that hackers can hack into your account using brute force software and a password list so pay attention when a system says that your password is not strong enough.

3. Online Stores Calling About Goods You Didn’t Order

If you like to shop online, you probably have your credit card credentials linked to your shopping account. The event of someone hacking into your account and using this data to buy something online these days is not impossible. Although online stores like Amazon have put in place security features to prevent such a thing from happening, the best security still comes from being mindful of your own account.

Some Store Called You For Goods Shipments That You Didn't Order

Shopping online is easy and convenient, not only for you but also for hackers who want take advantage of shoppers who are careless with their shopping habits. Do all your online shopping behind a secured router connection (public Wi-Fi and even hotel Wi-Fi are not considered secure) to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks, and check your credit card statements for irregular activities.

4. Fake Antivirus Message

It’s fairly common to receive a fake antivirus message on an unprotected PC. This kind of message will alert you that your PC is already infected with a virus via a legitimate-looking scan result list on their software. The software will advise you to install its full version for protection but what will happen if you do is that you will be actively installing the malware itself. It is best to ignore such heart attack inducing messages.

Fake Antivirus Message

Sometimes, instead of it being an antivirus message, you might also receive pop-ups that ask you to download their free software to boost your PC performance. It’s best to ignore these as well, and if possible, including those that pop up when none of your browsers are even open.

5. Random Website Popups

So you’re browsing your Facebook news feed and suddenly a random popup appears on top of your current page showing a message that you’ve won a prize and you need to click on the pop-ups to claim it. Right, everyone’s lucky on the Internet that way. Again, ignore these pop-ups and while you’re at it, change your browser settings to not allow pop-ups while you’re browsing.

Random Website Popups

By not allowing pop-ups, you help prevent your PC from being exposed to adware invasions, thus saving you from being infected with malware too. Note that nowadays your PC can end up being infected even when you do not allow or see any of those adware popups. That is because they can now hijack your browser simply after you have visited a harmful website, so watch where you surf.

6. Your PC Gets Locked For Ransom

Ransomware is a virus that is used to take over and hold your PC for ransom. If your PC is infected with a ransomware, you will receive a notice along this lines of "Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution." And there is nothing you can do, except pay to regain control of your PC.

Your PC Has Been Locked?
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The behaviors of these ransomware may vary, some lock all your files with encryption, unless you pay the amount they are asking for. If you don’t pay within the allotted time, they destroy the decription key. Even if you do, there is still a chance that the hacker may just walk away without releasing your PC. Prevention is better than cure in this situation.

7. Your Webcam Light Turns On On Its Own

Another form of intrusion comes from rats. A popular malware program, Remote Administration Tools (RAT) allows the hacker to take control of your PC remotely, usually to enable and capture what your PC webcam sees. This tool is the origin of the many webcam videos that are available in some parts of the Internet, even on YouTube.

Your Webcam Lights Is On All Of A Sudden

It also contains features to scare the victim. The hacker could open a notepad, type a message and let the voice speech feature read the messages to the victim. RAT can also be used to listen to your microphone, steal your stored passwords, modify/view/stream your files, log your keystrokes and many other activities. In most cases, you could get infected from not being careful with the downloaded files you open.

8. Unwanted Browser Toolbars

Many toolbars are often included together with the installation of a certain software. In the past, you have the option to tick to install the toolbar if you ever want to. But nowadays, those options are automatically enabled the moment you run the setup.

Unwanted Browser Toolbars

If you skip through the installation options, you might end up with a few unwanted browser toolbars. These toolbars could track your browsing habits, automatically redirect you to a different website while searching, and will ultimately slow down your PC.

9. PC Always Loading But Not Moving

Your PC acting real sluggish, always loading but never loads? There could be malware running in the background, collecting data from your PC already. The data is being sent out frequently too, consuming both your internet bandwidth and your PC performance.

PC Always Loading And Not Moving

This action can greatly reduce your PC performance if there is a lot of them running at once in the background. Some also come in a form of bitcoin miner, where it runs in the background and use all your PC performance to mine bitcoins silently.

10. Internet Gets Disconnected Frequently

The origin of this problem can be from two sources: your PC or your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you think your ISP is not the reason why this happen, then you may have a live-in malware that is stealing your bandwidth. It can do this by making a separate connection on your PC that can render your original session useless.

Internet Got Disconnected Frequently

Thanks to that, sometimes even though you can load any website fine, you might not be able to connect to your internet messenger like Skype. Hackers often use their victims’ PC as proxies, for their own benefit.





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One third of patients in ‘vegetative’ states show signs of consciousness

As many as one third of patients who receive a “persistent vegetative state” diagnosis might still be conscious, reports Maclean’s. These results, published today in The Lancet, carry many ethical and legal implications for how healthcare professionals and society at large regard patients who appear to have lost all consciouness.

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Recycled furniture made with street signs

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Some street signs repurposed by Texas-based artist Tim Delger. The designs are quite simple, but would definitly look great in a industrial type of interior design.

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4 Signs You Are Losing Your Writing Passion (& How To Get It Back)

Many of us have been through this at one time or another. Tired and worn down from writing the same boring content and making it interesting day in and day out, we suddenly find that we have to drag ourselves to the computer and force ourselves to go through the motions wondering what we should be doing with our lives instead.

Then it hits us. We realize we’ve lost the passion and terror engulfs us. The first time it happens is like waking up from a dream of falling off a building – only to realize that you’re not dreaming. You experience a few seconds of abstract terror followed by a deep sense of sudden loss.

I once read about a writer who lost limbs in a war compare it to what it feels like the first few years after that loss: “I would wake up, ready to take on the day only to see the wheelchair and remember that I have no legs. Losing my passion for writing is a lot like that.” Once you realize you are without it, you cannot help but feel a sense of longing.

Personally, it felt a little bit like when I lost my father at 11 years old. Not the pain of a lost loved one. Just the pain of losing something so familiar, something I was so used to having. It felt like a hole in the middle of my chest that couldn’t be filled. I swore that once I got it back, I would never lose it again. Now, when I get so weary that I want to stop, I do.

See The Signs

The one redeeming feature about losing the writer’s passion is that you can see it coming a mile away, if you know what to look for. Here’s how to recognize these signs.

1. When Research Becomes a Chore

Research for the true writer is more interesting than it is work. We develop a process where we can enjoy the journey from point A to point J. Each step is familiar, painless and gets us closer to our objective – writing. Every step of the research usually holds some benefit for us.

One example is my research computer, which is not the computer that I write with. It has a comic’s page that I must go through to get to my search engine. On this page is a weather app, a dictionary Word of the Day, and a new Calvin and Hobbes Comic daily strip

When I get to the point that I skip the comics or just bypass my entire process altogether, I check myself as it’s a sure sign that I’m no longer enjoying that process… or what I do.

2. Snapping at your Editors (Never a good idea)

I’m one of those lucky writers that have an editor as a partner in our freelance writing company. This means that everything I write through our company is edited by one of the best. I also have an editor in one of my ‘outside of the company’ jobs. She is also among the best in her profession.

The moment one of them asks me what is wrong with my attitude or takes offense at something I’ve said, I know that I’m in trouble. I love to be edited because it makes me look good. When I start taking offense at their help, it means I don’t want to put in the work. It means I’m no longer having any fun.

3. What Happened to your Deadline Demon?

A friend of mine, who was once a client, paid me the very high compliment of calling me the Deadline Demon. I never ever miss a deadline. I’m almost always way ahead of schedule. I make sure that if something was to happen and I could not write for up to a week, I could still come in under deadline.

When I suddenly have to write all night long and just barely make my deadlines, I am in trouble of losing my passion and I check myself at that moment. If I forget a deadline and barely make it, I recognize that for what it is: a huge sign that I’m tired and I’m in danger of starting down that road again.

4. Getting Easily Distracted

When I start catching myself spending more time in my email, Skype chat, or surfing the World Wide Web for no reason other than to avoid work, I know I’m in trouble. It’s a quiet process that sneaks up on you. One day, you are fine and productive, two days later, you find yourself two days behind schedule and filling out a form for a foolish website application you don’t want just because you’re bored.

When boredom sets in, how far are you from the point of no return? The writing passion is what keeps us writing. The ability to take a boring subject and turn it into something that people want to read is supposed to be fun. When it stops being fun, it’s time to recharge your batteries.

How To Turn This Around

At some point, you have to recognize the signs of writer’s fatigue and make a change. When you have worked for so many days in a row that you cannot remember the last time you had any time to devote to your family, friends, or other interests, it may be time to recharge

Writer’s fatigue is the first step to losing the ability to enjoy a passion that you were born with. Here are a few things you can do to get turn things around.

1. Step Away

Take a day off whether you can afford it or not. Most of the time, with bills mounting or deadlines looming, you cannot take a day off at that moment, but you can schedule a day off in the near future and then do everything you have to do to make it happen.

When that day comes, do not shirk it off and work. Force yourself to spend the day away from work and (this is important) with the people that make you happy.

2. Revisit Your Creative Side

Write for yourself. If you like creative writing, do that. If you enjoy poetry, create a new form. Enter a contest and write up your submission. Even if you don’t win, the fun is in the creation.

There are numerous website writing groups that you can join that have contests. There are also writing groups that love to read new fiction or collaborate on projects. The point is to write something for yourself that changes your perspective and is not work-related.

3. Retrace the Steps that Led you to Freelancing

Take stock of your decision to become a freelance writer. From experience, I can tell you that our reasons for doing what we do are very compelling. In my case, it was this or work for a living and I would rather do this. Remember all the reasons you do what you do. Write and you will find that motivating force that drove you here in the first place.

Once you remember why you love your job so much, it’s easier to keep your passion, even under the worst of client projects. When I see my stepson dragging his tired ass home from his roofing job, I count my blessings and get back to work.


    




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