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Obama In Numbers – Interesting Facts

Conservatives would usually claim Obama is the “worst president ever”. On the other hand, liberals would claimed he has “done more good for this country than any president before him.” Let’s go over some of numbers that best describe Obama and his presidency.

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Conservatives would usually claim Obama is the “worst president ever”. On the other hand, liberals would claimed he has “done more good for this country than any president before him.” Let’s go over some of numbers that best describe Obama and...

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Sued for her own work

In December last year, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith got a letter from Getty Images that accuses the artist of copyright infringement, because she put one of her own photographs on her own website. They wanted a payment of $120. Soon after this, Carol realized that stock photo agencies like Alamy and Getty have already sent similar letters with charging fees to many users of her own images. The truth is that Highsmith donated her photos to the Library of Congres for the public to use them freely, without a charge.

So now, the photographer issued a $1 billion copyright infringement charge against both stock photo agencies for “gross misuse” of almost 19,000 of her photographs. The following is written in a complaint: “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people, [They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” On their websites, Getty and Alamy sold licences for thousands of Carol’s photographs, including many of them without artist’s name and stamped with false watermarks.

Starting with 1988, Carol Highsmith has donated tens of thousands of her photographs of places and people in the United States to the Library of Congress, leaving them free for the public use. This institution called the donation “One of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” This huge collection is displayed in the library’s Prints & Photographs Division, alongside Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl and Depression photographs.

It was actually Lange’s work with the Farm Security Administration which inspired the photographer to create her own project of shooting all 50 states the nonprofit foundation, called “This is America”. The chances that you’ve seen her work are huge. Her photographs of the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial were featured on stamps by the United States Postal Service. Her work also appeared in Time, Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

In this violation of copyright case, it is allowed to seek damages up to $25,000. It means that statutory damages for Getty’s 18,755 violations can be even $468,875,000. But Highsmith hopes to seek the maximum amount which would be $1 billion suit, because the mentioned stock photo agency has already violated the same copyright law within the past three years. Getty lost a $1.2 million suit against Daniel Morel in 2013. They were pulling his photos from Twitter and made them the part of some major publications, without any permission.

Complaint states: “The economic damage that Ms. Highsmith has suffered includes, without limitation, any and all revenue received by the Defendants based on purported licenses sold for the Highsmith Photos. These funds represent money that Ms. Highsmith could have received had she attempted to monetize her photos through the Defendants. The injury to Ms. Highsmith’s reputation has been … severe. There is at least one example of a recipient of a threatening letter for use of a Highsmith Photo researching the issue and determining that Ms. Highsmith had made her photos freely available and free to use through the Library website. … Therefore, anyone who sees the Highsmith Photos and knows or learns of her gift to the Library could easily believe her to be a hypocrite.”

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In December last year, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith got a letter from Getty Images that accuses the artist of copyright infringement, because she put one of her own photographs on her own website. They wanted a payment of $120. Soon after this...

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Classic Kiosks in Lisbon’s Public Life

As you might know, Lisbon is a capital city of Portugal, full of plazas, parks, overlooks and gardens. Since the beginning of the 20th century, these amazing public spaces were graced by Art Noveau and Moorish-style kiosks. They are small, ornate structures that provide the public with chairs and shade and served traditional Portuguese food and drinks.

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These “quiosques de refrescos”, meaning refreshment kiosks, were the highlight of life in this city. Unfortunately, the long Antonio de Oliveira Salazar dictatorship period, which started in 1930s, destroyed the habit of public gathering and conversation in Portuguese society. Many of these public places were forced to close down and dissapear, but the kiosks somehow survived. One day, a native of Lisbon and former journalist and entrepreneur, Catarina Portas, stepped in to rescue.

Portas said: “From the 19th to the 20th century, there were some hundred different kiosks in Lisbon. The city was full of them in different colors, different designs. I started to think, How could we bring this to our times?” She used to take long walks through Lisbon seeing these empty buildings that looked so sad. She teamed up with architect Joao Regal to try to restore these kiosks around the city. They wanted to return their former glory, and also the former place of prominence in city’s public spaces.

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She added: “We went to the city council with amazing photographs of the old kiosks, and we prepared all the old drinks and made them taste the drinks.” It worked even though she wasn’t sure that the drinks have convinced the council members to give them a chance. The first three kiosks were opened in 2009. These kiosks offer traditional drinks and snacks, conversation and community to people, but also some free job spots in the country which is clearly struggling with the unemployment and recession that rules in western Europe at the moment.

Over a century ago, the first kiosk called The Elegant was opened in Lisbon. Portas said: “That was the official name. But people started calling it La Bóia, ‘The Buoy,’ because it was always open and people were around and the kiosk could save them with a drink.” Portas and Regal took the initiative to recreate some famous old traditional drinks, such as Leite Perfumado (perfumed milk), Café Mazagran (coffee and lemonade), Capilé (maidenhair leaves with orange blossom water), Limonada Chic, Groselha (a red currant refreshment) and almond horchata.

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Regal said: “Our parents and grandparents used to drink these natural drinks, handmade. You can’t find them anymore. Lots of sugar, very syrupy, very syrupy. At the time there was no way of keeping them cold, so the sugar was a way to preserve the drinks. We had to adjust the recipes.” Portas explained: “You drink it in very, very small glasses. The person who is serving always asks, ‘With her or without her?’ ‘With her’ is with the cherry in the glass.”

The two of them weren’t just working on recreating these traditional menus, using the 100 years old recipes, but also to restore their unique architectural aesthetic.

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As you might know, Lisbon is a capital city of Portugal, full of plazas, parks, overlooks and gardens. Since the beginning of the 20th century, these amazing public spaces were graced by Art Noveau and Moorish-style kiosks. They are small, ornate structures...

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Is Suicide Squad best superhero movie in 2016

Is Suicide Squad going to be the best super hero movie in 2016?

For fans all around the world this year has been exciting because of the superhero movies that came out. X- Men, Deadpool, Batman Vs Superman, Captain America Civil War and the movie we are going to discuss is the Suicide Squad. Directed and written by David Ayer, known for his movies such as Fury, Training Day, The Fast and the Furious. This movie will cast some of the most popular actors such as Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Ezra Miller (The Flash).

The group of some of the most notorious villains in DC Universe is gathered to complete a mission for the government in exchange for amnesty. The movie title comes from the fact that all of the team members have micro bombs installed in them which will be detonated if they try to escape or cause trouble.

Cast:

Will Smith, Deadshot

Deadshot is an expert marksman and assassin. He is closely connected with his daughter. While some people are suspicious about Will Smith doing this role, others think that it’s going to be a blast!

Jared Leto, The Joker

Is one of the world’s most famous villains, Jared Leto said that he tried really hard for this role and that he thinks that his Joker is going to be as good as his pervious movie appearances. Also Joker has tattoos on his body for the first time since he appeared on screen.

Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn

A crazy villain that was a psychiatrist that treated The Joker before she went mad. Her relationship with The Joker is going to be showed in the movie. Margot Robbie said that this will probably be one of her favorite roles.

Viola Davis, Amanda Waller

Government’s official that gives orders to the squad. She has her eyes on the prize and will do anything to achieve her goals. Viola Davis stated that Amanda Waller is “relentless in her villainy”.

Jai Courtney, Boomerang

Assassin that uses his deadly boomerangs to fight his enemies. He is the squad’s loudmouth.

Jay Hernandez, El Diablo

He was a gangster in Los Angeles, he has powers to summon flames. El Diablo is a lonely wolf and does not enjoy killing and destruction like his teammates.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Killer Croc

A villain that has a rare skin condition that caused him to look like an reptilian.

Music

Many famous musicians and bands are going to part take in the movie. The soundtrack was a collab between the famous producer Skrillex and one of the most popular names in the rap game Rick Ross, the title of the song is “Purple Lamborghini”.

Locations

The movie was mostly shot on the streets of Toronto.

There’s no doubt that this movie has an unique concept and a good cast, the only question is how much money is it going to bring in to the box office. Some experts are expecting high numbers when it comes to the movie success. There’s nothing we can do but wait for this exciting movie to come out.

Is Suicide Squad going to be the best super hero movie in 2016?
For fans all around the world this year has been exciting because of the superhero movies that came out. X- Men, Deadpool, Batman Vs Superman, Captain America Civil War and the movie we are going...

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Art in Olympic Games

As we all know that it is the time of new Olympic Games that just started in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, there are maybe some interesting facts that we didn’t know, like the bound between Olympics and arts. Yes, it really happened almost 100 years ago and here is the short story about those historic events.

The Venice Biennale still carries the name of “the Olympics of art”, but actually between 1912 and 1948, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors and architects were a part of real Olympic Games. The founder of the IOC, from which modern Olympics evolved in 1896, Baron Pierre de Coubertin thought that sports and arts always had a strong bound, according to the New York Times.

Talking to Smithsonian Magazine, the author of “The Forgotten Olympic Art Competitions”, Richard Stanton said: “He was raised and educated classically, and he was particularly impressed with the idea of what it meant to be a true Olympian—someone who was not only athletic, but skilled in music and literature. He felt that in order to recreate the events in modern times, it would be incomplete to not include some aspect of the arts.”

Anyway, the idea didn’t took much sympathy within the Olympic committee, and it stayed that way until the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games in Sweden, where the medals were finally awarded in artistic disciplines. The resistance was huge, as the former Olympic board thought that sporting achievements could be measured in simple metrics such as time and distance, while the evaluation of artworks seemed quite impossible and very subjective at time.

Another problem with arts in Olympic Games was that all the works created had to be related with sport. It surely limited the freedom of art, pushing it in a direction of displaying successful athletes and the respect for all sporting achievements. In early stages, the special requirement was that all the participants should be amateurs, which excluded the option of professional artists participating in the competition.  It means that some of the greatest characters in art world like Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo couldn’t take part in it. It all resulted in very amateurish atmosphere at the end.

In 1948, the Olympic art events finally disappeared from the international competition due to dwindling interest of public, according to the Huffington Post. The official Olympic records “removed” all the arts medals and this kind of events was reshaped into non-competitive exhibitions during the period of the competition.

Which is a really interesting fact is that the Russian aristocrat with American citizenship, Walter Winans, was the only Olympian to win medals in both sporting and arts competition. He won the silver medal for team U.S.A. in the shooting event “Team Running Deer—Single Shot” and a gold medal in sculpture for his work “An American Trotter”, both in 1912. No matter what, this story of the art Olympics really makes a fascinating piece of sports history. And, at least we still have the Venice Biannale to carry the word “Olympic” in its nickname.

As we all know that it is the time of new Olympic Games that just started in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, there are maybe some interesting facts that we didn’t know, like the bound between Olympics and arts. Yes, it really happened almost 100 years ago and...

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Virtual reality studio in National Theatre

People who decide to visit the new National Theatre studio could experience some soul-destroying misery of the Calais jungle. They can also take part in the 1916 Easter Rising or even sit on a toilet while being serenaded by a giant bizarre cat. This theatre started with its’ immersive storytelling studio, the space where New York City is developed by the latest virtual reality technologies. This studio could be the next step in a journey that began last year, when the theatre’s new appointed director Rufus Norris, also a VR enthusiast, displayed “fabulous wonder.land”. It is a virtual reality movie based on the Damon Albarn’s score for wonder.land musical.

Virtual reality can be seen as one of the fastest growing industries of the new era, with all the tech, film, video games and even TV companies that make a huge effort to keep up with all of it, just to stay in the game. The National Theatre can be considered as one of the few theatre companies that succeeded to join the club. The head of digital development at the NT, Toby Coffey says: “On all sides it is like a gold rush. We’re not trying to be the first or the biggest or the most, it is about creating the best. We’ll throw stuff away as readily as we will push it forward … it is about creating the right things.”

This theatre sees the virtual reality as something that could be the pioneer of new age dramatic storytelling. Last week, this storytelling studio that is not yet opened to the public, displayed some examples of recent VR experiments. That includes showing an slightly immersive film of the Easter Rising to the cast and crew of “The Plough and the Stars”, which is a sort of revival of Sean Casey’s play from 1926, opened last month.

They also created a Calais camp movie which had a premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in June. The visitors wore headsets, following the story of Aamir, a refugee from Sudan. Last christmas, Norris spent some time volunteering with the Good Chance theatre company in Calais, and shortly after that period ended, the film was made. At the start of 2016, movie crews with about 360 cameras came to shoot footage which was used to illustrate Aamir’s transitioning journey from Sudan to Calais, a hostel in Glasgow. Coffey claimed that it was not a documentary movie, but a verbatim theatre, which was the most important.

The founder of “Room One”, a company that took part in a production of fabulous wonder.land and Home/Aamir, Mahdi Yahya said that he’s never seen a theatre so keen to experiment with virtual reality like the National Theatre. He said: “Most companies were interested in making experiences which were look how cool this is that I can step into this environment. Nobody is doing anything which has a story or message behind it, the whole point here is how can we tell stories through this new medium?”

He added: “We’re all used to working in 360 and very spatial environments whereas film makers have been trained in a kind of locked perspective. Some film makers are dragged into this kicking and screaming because they have lost that control mechanism.”

People who decide to visit the new National Theatre studio could experience some soul-destroying misery of the Calais jungle. They can also take part in the 1916 Easter Rising or even sit on a toilet while being serenaded by a giant bizarre cat. This theatre...

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Concert lovers are happier

In this era of general discontent, caused by political discord and economic insecurity, there are some people who are genuinely satisfied with their lives. If you come around those people, try to ask them their little secret, but there’s a chance that they may not have time to talk. Well, it is maybe because they’ re on their way to concert or a dance studio. Even the rehearsal for their choral group can be a reason.

Some new Australian studies say that people who regularly go to musical events like concerts or dance studios, have shown higher levels of well-being. For example, singer were very positive about their lives when they were in any sort of ensemble. Deakin University scholars, Melissa Weinberg and Dawn Joseph say: “the important role of engaging with music in the company of others.” They noted that there are elevated levels of life satisfaction among people in Australia who took part in musical experiences, from ballroom dancing to hanging out at clubs to hear bands.

The study that was published in the journal “Psychology of Music”, interviewed 1000 Australians by telephone, asking them to rate, on a zero-to-ten scale, “How satisfied are you with your life right now?” They separated that general question into seven smaller categories, such as how happy they felt about their health, relationships, security, and achievements in life.

They also had to answer a series of yes/no questions about their habitual modes of engagement with music. The question was also whether they listened to music, sang, danced, played an instrument, composed music or attended musical concerts. Those who confirmed their involvement in music were also asked if they were usually engaged in music alone or in company of others. The research report says: “Total wellbeing scores were significantly higher for people who reported that they danced or attended musical events.”

Compared to people who were not involved in these musical activities, members of both groups gave themselves higher ratings on several important scales, including life achievements, community and relationships. Concerts fans showed higher levels of satisfaction with their life standard, which can simply reflect the fact that tickets to these events have always been costly. It means that wealthier people are more likely to go to hear a band.

When it comes to choral singers, the researchers found “people who sang with others had higher scores on almost all domains.” They’ve been ranked statistically higher that those who don’t sing for two reasons: Their standard of living, and their sense of “community connectedness.” Weinberg and Joseph say: “There were no significant differences in wellbeing for people who sang alone compared to those who do not sing, suggesting that any benefits to wellbeing associated with singing are restricted to those who sing in the company of others.”

They also wrote: “Those who reported that they danced with others had significantly higher scores than those who did not dance on the domains of satisfaction with health, achieving in life, and relationships.” But the result was different for those who danced alone.

In this era of general discontent, caused by political discord and economic insecurity, there are some people who are genuinely satisfied with their lives. If you come around those people, try to ask them their little secret, but there’s a chance that...

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Hollywood and YouTube

Most of us are surprised to know that the most profitable summer in Hollywood would not came from a bestselling novel, video game or a comic book, but from the viral video on YouTube. The scenario didn’t seem so far-fetched, regarding the success of the low-budget horror movie “Lights Out”, the story about a terrifying creature that comes out only when it’s dark. Actually, the movie was inspired by a very short film from Sweden, made by a director that most of the people never heard of before. But, this movie made a profit of $40 million in ticket sales in just the first week after it was released. It is eight times more that the cost of producing it.

Low-budget horror film were always a good way to make profit in the film industry, taking the example of “The Purge: Election Year” and “The Conjuring 2.” But this one is something different. It shows us that the success can be reached by looking to YouTube as a source of non-expensive and untapped ideas. The producer of “Crash” and UCLA film professor Tom Nunan said: “I don’t know of any precedent that’s better than this. ‘Lights Out’ is very fresh and very original, but it’s still in a genre that people love.” As the hunger for fresh ideas rises in Hollywood, YouTube appeared to be the center point for hunting, as the new generation of filmmakers arrive.

The box-office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, Jeff Bock said: “If you can get enough hits organically through YouTube, guess what, Hollywood will come calling. These online channels are the way that people are going to be discovered in the future.” Big studios feel the pressure to reach younger audiences who aren’t going in numbers to movie theaters like the generation of their parents. So, they tried to improve their popularity by looking on YouTube for that new creative community that lives there. There are already some significant investments by companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures.

Partner at the Beverly Hills entertainment firm Management 360, Darin Friedman said: “The Internet has changed the game forever and there is longstanding precedent for finding new ideas this way even before this latest wave of disruption.” After seeing the beginning of “Lights Out”, producer Lawrence Grey said: “I went to bed that night haunted by images of that short.” After that, he contacted the director so they could collaborate on expanding the whole story. He added: “I think there’s a great moment now where the audience is telling Hollywood, ‘Make this!’”. Jeff Goldstein, head of distribution for Warner Bros, said: “Whenever you gross more than four times the budget on opening weekend, that’s a win.”

The of YouTube Space NY, Adam Relis commented: “It’s inspiring to see storytellers like David do great things on and off YouTube, and to see how engaged he was in helping mentor talented creators.” Nunan concluded: “Where would I have had access to David but through YouTube? I bet there will be a whole bunch of short films that get bought and adapted in the hopes of finding the next David Sandberg. … My hope is it’s a model in that the institutional players see it and say, ‘You never really know where the next big thing is going to come from.’ “

Most of us are surprised to know that the most profitable summer in Hollywood would not came from a bestselling novel, video game or a comic book, but from the viral video on YouTube. The scenario didn’t seem so far-fetched, regarding the success of the...

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20 Funny and Unconventional Print Advertisements

In the world of print advertising, there’s a small window to grab the potential customers attention. Being restricted to a still image means the message must be very catchy and strong. Humorous advertisement is one of the best way to grab more consumer’s attention. Advertising agencies often rely on humor topic to achieve this objective. A humorous print ad campaign starts with a funny idea, but must be brought to life with clever art direction and great visuals like below examples. I have rounded up 30 funny print ads that will make you laugh in this post for you.
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Beautiful Dog Portraits By Daniel Sadlowski

Daniel Sadlowski is a Germany-Duisburg based photographer. He is also a web designer, which he is now working for almost ten years. He uses extensive knowledge of image processing that he learned as a web designer, now he benefits as a photographer.
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Daniel Sadlowski is a Germany-Duisburg based photographer. He is also a web designer, which he is now working for almost ten years. He uses extensive knowledge of image processing that he learned as a web designer, now he benefits as a photographer.
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Sweet Friendship Between Puppy and Kitty – Buttons and Kitty

Here is the story of that lovely friendship. Sweet Kitty (also named Kitty) found in a garden all alone. She was only one day old barely could open her eyes. Fortunately, the gracious man who found her was concerned and brought the kitten to the center of rescue lonely cats and dogs. Kitty was not alone anymore, workers put her in the center of a room with a puppy named Buttons, who was born there, but was rejected by her mother. Since then, the two babies are inseparable. Lovely photos by Casey Gutteridge.
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Here is the story of that lovely friendship. Sweet Kitty (also named Kitty) found in a garden all alone. She was only one day old barely could open her eyes. Fortunately, the gracious man who found her was concerned and brought the kitten to the center of...