It's new phone season — new handsets are releasing every few weeks, we're seeing endless software updates, and the holidays are right around the corner.
One of my favorite perks of this job is the opportunity to try out all the big flagship phones each year. Whether it's rating their suitability for a particular use-case or just entering their specs into our comparison tool, we have to get our hands on all major phones released in the US. We pride ourselves on being fair in our reviews and roundups, but that doesn't mean we don't have preferences.
Magnetic card readers can make e-transactions far simpler, especially for people who are running their own small business. You can also watch this video to learn about card writers, which can let you create your own magnetic cards (such as a membership card) to track your customers' activity.
In this tutorial, we learn how to write a literature review for thesis writers. The three elements are: discuss the most relevant theory, introduce and define key terms, and discuss recent research in the field. You will need to include the most important literature, quote directly only if you discuss at some length, and use indirect quotes as well. Focus on notions you will use in your empirical study. It should be ten pages or less and sources of all quotes must appear in your works cited p...
The following is a resource for young writers. Click through a few of these and bokmark the page any time you are in need of inspiration or just a break.
From Dr. Seuss to J.K. Rowling....
This website is great for building on your skills as a writer. If you are having a case of the writers block. Please, go here and find some food for thought.
This Program was designed for youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities. They provide them wit activities that help avoid violence and gives them a way to express themselves creatively. They help them open a new window.
Here is a great resource for writing traditional fiction. I like to read these things, but remember a few things. Each writer is different so it is perfectly okay if you do something that you are told not to, but still you like it. If you like it, write it, but this can be very helpful for those question mark areas.
Some great quotes from the most renowned artists. This should help you in your search for inspiration.I thought this was a really great post that I just had to share. More to come!
If this is your first novel or you want to make a better one then this video will give you good advice on how to write fiction character for a great novel. The animated animals and people in this video will give you some great advice to improve your novel.
The famous poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote a poem about how to write poetry. This video covers the poem from beginning to end. In the poem, Shelley writes about being able to get ideas to paper, about finding the right words, about the ability to match syllables and rhyme and about the different types of writers. If you have ever had a problem writing a poem for a class project or a loved one, you will smile over the issues that this famous poet had with writing poetry. This poem is read be...
While I am a writer with a degree in Creative Writing, I haven't published any Steampunk fiction. However, as a panelist and track director, I've been on panels with many well-known Steampunk writers and have gleaned insight from the things they've said. I've compiled some of those things into this post, which will hopefully be helpful to all of the writers out there!
Letter formation can be fun! Few children enjoy traditional handwriting practice. Copying the same black letters over and over again with a pencil is boring! Here is how you can make letter formation fun while practicing with your child at home.
Screenwriting isn't as easy as it seems, and many screenwriters can't make it past the second act of the screenplay. It's called writer's block, and one reason many writers fall victim to this is because of a poorly outlines idea. The only way to make sure you get a completed first draft of your script is to properly outline the whole storyline.
The resume is an essential tool for getting freelance work assignments. A well written article is not enough when trying to secure a freelance or staff position as a writer. Publishers want to see a resume. It gives the writer an outstanding opportunity to introduce themselves and it gives the editor a general idea of who you are, where you've been, and the work you've completed.
Writers room is great for the new young writer who is just looking for some good feedback and guidance. Go to the BBC writers room. They can read your scripts and pieces for you to help you out and give you good feedback. Take a look.
Here are 50 tools for helping writers at any level. Reading this can give some background to the creative writer as well as specific tips to becoming the best writer possible. I just mused around on "Writing Tool #2: Use Strong Verbs" and "Writing Tool #45: Foreshadow" Which is great if you are reading the blog posts for "How to Write the Action/Adventure Screenplay."
As a Screenwriting Student, I can never get enough basic tips on how to do something. Even something as simple as TV writing, which is what I learned first can be so tedious and difficult. I found this while surfin the web.
I took a class in the fall entitled Writing for Television at Bentley University in Boston. Much of what I learned has helped me through my first year of creative writing. One of the keys to writing television that we learned in the class was that a television show follows the traditional three act structure that any story follows, except for the fact that in a television episode, many questions are allowed to go unanswered.
Here are a couple of exercises to prevent injuries such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. This is common in drummers, musicians in general, writers, incessant txt-ers and tennis players. Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel syndrome can be a crippling disorder that limits your hand, wrist and finger strength and movement.
Beautify your surroundings and offset global carbon emissions by planting a tree. Oregonian writers Kym Pokorny and Anne Jaeger demonstrate best practices for tree planting as they plant a dogwood in this brief tutorial.
Here in California, we Wonder How To writers don't get much snow. In fact, during the holidays we get excited just see frost on the windows and that it's cold enough that we can't wear shorts outside. Obviously during Christmas this is a bummer, because this means no snow angels, no snowmen, no sledding.
Graffiti— do you have the guts to get out there and tag some property? There's a whole lot more than just spray paint involved. To be great, you'll need things like a sketchbook, pencils, pens, markers, spray can tips, latex gloves, legal (or illegal) wall, and most importantly… creativity. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an urban graffiti artist, follow these steps to become da ’hood’s next da Vinci.
This tutorial describes how to create a realistic graffiti effect in a program called GIMP. You must first make sure that you have the font "writers original" installed on your computer. If not, you must download it to create this graffiti effect. Simply open a brick background on GIMP and put whatever text you want to have. Enhance the text by creating multiple layers and create a multi-dimensional image by creating contrast among those layers. Lowering brightness opposite layers and changin...
Just as English majors get tagged as being word junkies who will go on to become college professors or writers and nothing else, Mathematics majors get tagged as nerdy smart alecks who will also either become college professors or work at MIT as a researcher.
Absinthe is a legendary drink prized by artists, writers, and intellectuals for their "magical" ability to stimulate the imagination (ie. to make people hallucinate) and spawn artistic endeavor.
Got video files on your computer? Watch them on your big-screen TV – using your Xbox! You Will Need
Attention aspiring screenwriters! In this tutorial, learn how to sell that script. You may have written the next Hollywood blockbuster – but unless you can finance the film yourself, you’ll need to sell the screenplay to a producer who can make it come to life.
Testing products for a living is a bit more complicated than it sounds. You Will Need
It's common knowledge that certain foods foster brain development, health, and memory. Fish almost always makes the list, as do any foods that are loaded with antioxidants like blueberries, nuts, whole grains, green tea, and dark chocolate. Spices like turmeric are being studied for their ability to prevent Alzheimer's, among other things.
We don't spend much time thinking about bicycles today, do we? Sure, they're a "green" alternative to driving everywhere in cars, but the vast majority of America has dismissed them as simply being too much work, or more importantly—too slow. That wasn't always the case, though, I assure you!
Null Byte users have often requested video content, but the question has always been what format would best serve our community. This week, we partnered with Null Space Labs, a hackerspace in Los Angeles, to test the waters by hosting a series of talks on ethical hacking for students in Pasadena Computer Science Club. We invited students and Null Byte writers to deliver talks on Wi-Fi hacking, MITM attacks, and rogue devices like the USB Rubber Ducky.
Xbox recently announced how they plan to integrate Twitter into Xbox One, making it an easier, more engaging experience.
New updates to the journaling app Day One include more security for journal writers' data. For example, users can now enable end-to-end encryption. The encryption does not happen automatically; however, users must go to Settings — within Journals — then select each journal they want encrypted.
American Horror Story might just be the craziest TV shows out there, with its absurd plot twists, creepy, over-the-top characters, and wicked storyline. It's gained a cult following ever since the first season, Murder House, and has even earned some Emmys along the way.
Decades ago, Japan rocked the automobile industry with its revolutionary manufacturing and car quality, but today that title seems to be moving over to Elon Musk's electric car company Tesla. Nevertheless, Japan isn't done innovating mass-produced hardware.
All those Apple commercials encouraging people to use their iPhones to make their smartphone movies look amazing, but how can you achieve some of the same looks? That's the question many often ask after plunking down over $1,000 for a brand new iPhone, shooting some video, and getting somewhat mediocre results.
You seriously won't even recognize Twitter after this. Twitter has launched a major redesign, their first in years and it seems the app is finally starting to listen to what users are looking for — starting to being the keywords.