Monday, July 15, 2013

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
― 
George Orwell1984

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It is National Rabbit Week here in the United States, an event intended to promote responsible rabbit ownership and to honor the adorableness of our long-eared furry friends. National Rabbit Week also provides a great excuse to sit down and read a hopping good rabbit story.

lighting and posing techniques for photographing women

Today’s deal is on a paperback book by Norman Phillips called Lighting and Posing Techniques for Photographing Women (Pro Photo Workshop). Amazon gives the following description:

 

Featuring 15 of the industry’s top photographers, among them Monte Zucker, Michael Ayers, Dave Newman, and Kathleen Hawkins, this guide teaches professional photographers how to capture the most flattering views of the female form—and appeal to their largely female clientele—through careful lighting and posing. This reference emphasizes how from the very start of the process, certain techniques should be employed to create high quality images, such as using light to enhance a beautiful face and employing shadow and light to downplay any of the subject’s percieved flaws or insecurities. With 36 detailed lighting and posing diagrams illustrating how to re-create the work of the pros, this handbook reveals numerous ways to create a technically flawless, saleable portrait of a female client.

 

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Do you ever secretly wish you were a kid again? Or have you ever wanted to do something over the top, just plain silly? Well, today may be your lucky day! July 15th is National Be a Dork Day, also known as Be a Dork Day. Today is the perfect day to slip on those plaid bell-bottom pants or favorite polyester shirt from the 70s that’s still hanging in the closet. Or heck, why not wear your clothes inside-out just for fun? Or even better – why not wear two different shoes to work today? Add a loud tie and a pair of wild suspenders and you are good to go! Why not gross out your friends, co-workers or kids by sucking on something that leaves your teeth or tongue a brilliant shade of blue or green? Change your profile picture on Facebook to the dorkiest photograph you have of yourself. Frolic in the front yard for all your neighbors to see wearing Bermuda shorts that go up to here, white knee-high socks and black shoes. Whatever it is – the dorkier the better!

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It’s National Gummi Worm Day. These yummy candies were created by the German company Trolli in 1981. Did you know that gummi worms were not the first “gummis” made? That’s right—another familiar candy, the gummi bear, was invented about 60 years before the worm. This first gummi was created by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo. It was named because of its rubber-like texture. In fact, “gummi” means “rubber” in German. These creepy, crawly treats now exist in a variety of flavors. Sweet or sour, red or green, the choice is yours! Grab a bag of your favorite gummi worms and celebrate National Gummi Worm Day!

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Today is Tapioca Pudding Day. Tapioca Pudding is a cooling, enjoyable dessert, for a hot summer day. Perhaps it is hard to believe, but many people have never had Tapioca Pudding. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate. Whether or not you’ve had it before, Tapioca Pudding is good treat for today, or any day. Tapioca is the starch from a cassava root. This starch forms the soft, tiny balls in the pudding. It gives tapioca pudding a unique texture.

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On the third Monday in July, the entire world celebrates “Global Hug Your Kids Day.” It’s a special day meant to remind parents of the importance of hugging their children each and every day. Besides giving each of your children a great big loving hug, you can celebrate by spreading the word and helping raise awareness for such an awesome cause.

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The third Monday in July is also the day we celebrate “National Get out of the Doghouse Day.” It’s a day to be on your best behavior and keep your fingers crossed for a suspended sentence. Perhaps you’ll be well served to make an extra stop at the card shop or mall to pick up a little something that communicates your remorse and willingness to try harder.

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Today is Cow Appreciation Day. And, that’s no bull! But, it is something to “Moo” about. Our appreciation for cows can be expressed in many ways. Some websites suggest you go out and give a cow a big hug and/or a kiss. While it might sound like fun, you don’t have to go to extremes to enjoy this special day. It can be as simple as pausing for a moment to to think about cows, and all that they do for us. Restaurants and dairy companies celebrate this day by offering specials. Watch for them, and save.

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Today is Saint Swithin’s Day. Swithun was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day will continue for forty days. The precise meaning and origin of Swithin’s name is unknown, but it is largely considered to mean ‘Pig Man’, or possibly “strong”. He died on 2 July 862. On his deathbed Swithin begged that he should be buried outside the north wall of his cathedral where passers-by should pass over his grave and raindrops from the eaves drop upon it. He was moved from his grave to an indoor shrine in the Old Minster at Winchester in 971. His body was probably later split between a number of smaller shrines.

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Today is a Jewish holiday. Tish B’Av is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew Calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Although primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temples, it is also considered appropriate to commemorate other Jewish tragedies that occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, one of the concluding events of the Iberian Reconquista. Accordingly, the day has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”. The fast lasts about 25 hours, beginning at sunset on the eve of Tisha B’Av and ending at nightfall the next day. In addition to the prohibitions against eating or drinking, observant Jews also observe prohibitions against washing or bathing, applying creams or oils, wearing leather shoes, and engaging in marital relations. In addition, mourning customs similar to those applicable to the shiva period immediately following the death of a close relative are traditionally followed for at least part of the day, including sitting on low stools, refraining from work and not greeting others. The Book of Lamentations is traditionally read, followed by the kinnot, a series of liturgical lamentations. In many Sephardic and Yemenite communities, and formerly also among Ashkenazim, it is also customary to read the Book of Job. 

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Georgia became the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union during the Reconstruction Era of the United States on this day in 1870.

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Some of the writers born July 15th include:

Clement Clarke Moore (1779), Thomas Bulfinch (1796), Eduardo Gutiérrez (1851), Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov (1870), Kunikida Doppo (1871), Walter Benjamin 1892), Rudolf Arnheim (1904), Abraham Sutzkever (1913), Hammond Innes (1914), Nur Muhammad Taraki (1918), Driss Chraïbi (1926), Francis Bebey (1929), Richard Garneau (1930), Clive Cussler (1931), Guido Crepax (1933), Dimosthenis Kourtovik (1948), Richard Russo (1949), Arianna Huffington (1950), Jeff Jarvis (1954), Jean-Christophe Grangé (1961), Dimitris P. Kraniotis (1966), Jim Rash (1970), and Chris Taylor (1974).

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Today we remember Anton Pavlovich Chekov. He was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career. Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. 

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Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
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