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The Power of Art

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Charity | 0 comments

 

The arts have always been one of the leading sources of healing power in the world. The arts work by encouraging a person’s brain waves to alter attitude and psychological balance. A multitude of art forms exists today, and each of them has unique way of bringing inspiration and hope into people’s lives.

Writing allows an artist to share his or her stories with the world. Such stories can be in the form of poems, blogs, short stories, song lyrics and more. Writers have spiritual power in the tips of their fingers. They have the ability to turn a frown into a giggle and a tear into smile. People who want to give to the community can offer their artistic writings to web sites and organizations that will find meaning in their eloquent words. If one person in the world finds hope in a piece of writing, then the work was worth the labor to the artist.

Painting gives the painter a sense of accomplishment, and it allows that person to stay in tune with his or her inner artist. Painting can be used as a form of therapy for the painter or for the people who are admiring the work. A picture can truly be worth a thousand words. A stick figure could jar emotions about family values or personal goals. An image of a bright sun can give a person instant inspiration. Snowflakes can remind someone about the beauty of natural acts.

Singing is another major art form that can touch the lives of many people. A singer’s voice can transfer emotions to the people who are listening to the symphony. A song can move someone to the point in which that person finds the motivation to keep living. A song can also encourage a person to stop and honor a lost loved one. Additionally, a song can make a person experience love and peace at the same time.

Persons who have artistic abilities can volunteer to share them with the community. The gesture is a step toward making the world a better place. Volunteers can also donate musical items and artistic items to people who are less fortunate than others are. SingForHope.org is an example of an organization that networks with groups of volunteers to promote community bonding and happiness. Such organizations believe that art heals souls, and it should be spread to as many people in the world as possible.

image via singforhope.org

 

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Star Wars-Themed Party for Young and Old Alike

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Movie-related party themes | 0 comments

play Quigon or Obiwan if you must…

One of the best, if not THE BEST, sci-fi movies of all time is Star Wars. Ask anyone, even someone who’s not a keen moviegoer, and he will tell you that Star Wars is simply A-grade. This is probably one of the reasons why it’s a popular party theme for young and old alike.

In fact, many people don’t even wait for special occasions to party with a Star Wars theme. I know some people who make up their own events to give them valid reasons to plan a party.

If you have young children who have yet to watch all the movies in the series, it might be a good idea to introduce them to Star Wars by planning several movie nights where they can enjoy each movie in the series. Invite some friends over and watch all the Star Wars movies complete with costumes, props, and Star Wars-inspired food.

glow sticks light saber

^_^

You can easily buy imitation light sabers in stores that sell party supplies. However, you can make it more exciting for kids by providing them glow sticks that they can play with. Let them pretend that the sticks are their light sabers. You could even attach the glow sticks to the costumes so that when you turn off the lights, all you would see are the outlines created by the sticks.

You can find everything you need for a Star Wars-themed party in party supplies stores. They can provide you with all the miscellaneous items needed, from paper cups to party trinkets.

Remember, your kids can enjoy their childhood only once in their lifetime, so make it count.

 

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Should You Buy a 3D TV for Home Use?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in TVs | 0 comments

 

While many people consider 3D television sets a virtual flop, still a great number of people are optimistic about it. After all, it’s not every day that you get to watch images on your TV screen “come to life” right before your very eyes. Some would even agree that 3D technology is the mother of all optical illusions, going all out in its efforts to mimic reality. Just think, a 3D TV can actually trick your brain into thinking that the images on display on the screen have depth when in reality, these don’t.

It’s not surprising, then, that many still dream of owning one. Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, and LG are just some of the famous brands that have joined the bandwagon and have started manufacturing 3D plasma TVs, clearly the top of the line.

kids cinema

our movie nights outside

So are you ready to buy one for your home? It does seem like the best thing to do especially if you’re adventurous when it comes to your TV-viewing experience. However, before you go out to buy a set or two, you might want to consider these useful tips:

1. Unlike traditional TV sets, you will get the ultimate viewing pleasure if you place your 3D TV in a dark room. The darker the room, the better you would appreciate the “almost live” images from your TV. If there are windows in the room, make sure you have heavy curtains on the ready for when you’re doing some daytime viewing.

2. Take measurements to make sure TV would fit into the spot you have chosen. There should be at least a 1 to 2-inch space on either side of the TV set and enough legroom at the back not only to allow for ventilation but also to accommodate audio and video connections.

3. Make sure there’s adequate space between you and the TV. For 3D TVs measuring 30-50 inches, there should be at least 8 feet of space in between. For larger TV sets, a good 10 feet of space would do.

4. Currently, there are three types of 3D TVs out in the market – LCD, DLP, and Plasma. It would do you well to know the differences between the three before deciding which one to buy. Digital Light Processing or DLP usually offers the biggest screen size for the most affordable prize. Some sets even measure up to 92 inches. Nevertheless, since a DLP is a projection set, it’s much bulkier than Plasmas and LCDs. It’s also notorious for the “rainbow effect”. If you choose an LCD, make sure you have it tested since not all LCD TVs display 3D images the same way. Plasma 3D TVs, on the other hand, has better motion response than LCD and better natural black levels and contrast, both of which can provide a better 3D viewing experience.

5. You need to choose the type of 3D glass you would get for your TV, too. There are two types: passive polarized glasses and active shutter glasses.

Aside from the five tips mentioned above, you need to consider the settings in order to get the best 3D TV viewing results. In addition, you could get the most out of your viewing experience if you have 3D-compatible home theatre. Finally, decide on the best source of content such as 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, HD-Cable, or HD-Satellite Box.

By following these simple tips, you’re sure to enjoy watching 3D movies and shows on your awesome TV with the whole family.

 

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Teaser Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Coming Soon | 1 comment

Middle-earth’s probably the only one not celebrating. Director Peter Jackson has finally let fans sneak in on what’s to come in the second of three Hobbit movies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, following Bilbo Baggin’s adventures in An Unexpected Journey. Viewers are teased as Smaug, the winged fire-breathing dragon, can be seen at the end of the trailer gigantically looking down at Bilbo amidst his treasures. We don’t hear Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) but you can pretty much imagine  Khan Noonien Singh’s voice, in J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. ^_^

bilbo baggins, the hobbit

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman)

The film picks up from the last’s scenes in Journey, as hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)  to Erebor, the dwarf kingdom. It has since been destroyed and owned by the infamous dragon, Smaug.

The trailer is quite creepy, set in the usual dark forests, lots of valleys and waterfalls but with humongous spiders, and them orcs. Plus, there are lots and lots of elves and little ones, probably what most  “Lord of the Rings” fans, would be looking to. Wel particularly the appearance of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, he is not originally in the Hobbit story but who would complain?

 

Legolas was surprisingly in (Orlando Bloom)

Another character addition would be Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, created just for the Hobbit movies. There is also Luke Evans as the human Bard the Bowman, who if I remember clearly will bring Smaug great pain (oooppsss).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  will come to theaters on December 13. Meanwhile, there’d be a lot of superhero flicks you can see to pass time. ;)

elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) hobbit

elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly)

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