Here’s what happens when your joke gets stolen and goes viral without you

Although this artist isn’t upset, it shows that you shouldn’t steal or take credit for other’s art and that what you put out on the internet is easily stolen by others.

Hallie Bateman tweeted about her latest design project nearly two years ago — but the image spawned memes and now knock-offs are sold around the web.

Source: Here’s what happens when your joke gets stolen and goes viral without you

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, ask five questions instead.

Forget New Year’s resolutions, New Year’s questions are a healthier alternative
Source: Five questions to ask yourself as you ring in the new year

 

If less than 10 per cent of us keep New Year’s resolutions, why make them in the first place?

As with most things in life, the motivation underlying making resolutions is key. All too often we spout off a long list of all the things we wish we were “better” at. These often include changing our exercise and/or eating habits, losing/gaining weight, and quitting/reducing a habit that we believe is unhealthy, such as nicotine, caffeine or alcohol consumption. We are extremely motivated by how others will see us, view us and ultimately judge us. At least, in the short-term.

Here’s the thing: trying to live up to someone, or everyone, else’s expectation of who you should be is rarely, if ever, enough to motivate you to make long-term meaningful changes in your life. What if there’s an alternative to mindlessly reeling off the same list of to-dos that we’ve recited every year for the past decade? We can take a chance to pause and ask ourselves some questions, which might inspire us to live closer in line with who we truly want to be, rather than who we think we should be.

  1. What was one sweet moment for you in 2015? As best you can, connect to what this moment was like through your five senses. What did you see, hear, smell, taste and feel in that sweet moment? This moment doesn’t need to be extraordinary. This moment may be something as simple as receiving a text message from someone you love or seeing a friend for coffee. In my experience, these sweet moments rarely cost a lot in terms of financial resources yet often give us so much. This sweet moment will most likely indicate what is worth investing more time in 2016.
  2. What is that one thing on your “bucket list” would you love to do in 2016? We often treat life like it is an infinite resource that will always be available to us. How many times have you put important life goals on the long finger? Often, we don’t actually end up doing these activities that we know would give us a sense of joy and fulfilment. What difference would it make to you if you engaged in this one activity on your bucket list? If, after mindful consideration, this still feels like something you want to do, see what small changes you can make to fulfil this dream.
  3. What have been the biggest drains on you in 2015? We all have drains on our energy. These can be people, relationships or activities that take more away from our life than they give back. Turn off the autopilot to ask yourself if these drains are worth your investment of time, energy and other resources. Most of us will find that some drains on our energy are not worth pursuing. Particularly, if we notice that our own tank is running on empty. It may be time to make some changes.
  4. What would you love to see yourself doing more of in a video of your life one year from now? When we make resolutions or goals we frequently focus on things like I want to be happier, calmer, slimmer or healthier. Yet, these goals are pretty abstract. It is hugely beneficial to make your goals more tangible by focusing on what you would see yourself doing differently in your life a year from now. This gives us something clear and concrete to aim for and engage in.
  5. What blocks and barriers are likely to come up for you? Most, if not all, of the people reading this now will know what it’s like to try and fail. It’s important to acknowledge the thoughts that we get hooked by such as “what’s the point?” and “that’s well and good for others but I won’t be able for it”.

It can be incredibly useful to put the phrase “I’m having the thought” before your self-limiting thought. For example, saying out loud or in your head “I’m having the ‘what’s the point?’ thought” and then reconnecting to what the point is for you. Feeling unwanted emotions when we go outside of our comfort zone is inevitable.

Aisling Curtin is a counselling psychologist.

Tested: Should You Unplug Chargers When You’re Not Using Them?

How much energy do your smartphone, laptop, and tablet chargers really use? Should you unplug them when you aren’t using them to save power and money? We measured exactly how much power a variety of common chargers use, and how much keeping them plugged in will cost your each year…
Source: Tested: Should You Unplug Chargers When You’re Not Using Them?

Sharing a published MailChimp Newsletter

Sometimes you may want to get more readers to a newsletter by publishing a past one to your Facebook page, website etc.  Here is a fairly easy way to accomplish this with MailChimp.

For those of you that use Mailchimp for your newsletters, you can easily share that newsletter here on Facebook by doing the following:

  • Go to your list of campaigns that have been sent.
  • Click on the campaign.
  • There are tabs at the top, click on details
  • in the next window click on Campaign Archive. This gives you a preview of the full campaign (If you personalize it, it will say Dear First Name)
  • Click on Share and you can share it directly to FB, Twitter and you can get a shortened URL to paste into those places too.

Easy Peasy!

reverse image search – Google Search

Did you know you can do reverse searches for an image?

image search

If you have an image that you found and want to know where it came from, you go to google, click on the images tab. Then you will see a little camera icon on the right side before the search icon. upload the image you want to know about and you’ll get a listing of all the places (or the one place) that the image lives. You could use this to find who’s been using images you have the ownership of, or to find a website explaining something or even find out where you can buy a copy of it if you’d like to use it for your website! Cool huh?

 

Windows 10 is Out Today: Should You Upgrade?

Windows 10 is finally out — kind of. Microsoft initially promised that everyone could take advantage of the free upgrade offer on July 29, but you may have to wait a while before Microsoft offers the upgrade to your PC.

Sources such as How to Geek say, hold off and see.  It’s best to get the kinks out of a new Operating System before you plunge in.  I have to agree.  If you want to read what they say, please click the link below.

Source: Windows 10 is Out Today: Should You Upgrade?

The Life and Untimely Death of Technology’s Weirdest Logo

In 1988 Timothy Wilkinson, a British designer at frog design in Silicon Valley, was tasked with creating a logo for the biggest peripheral maker in the world: Logitech. The company kept Wilkinson’s logo around for almost 30 years. And while it long seemed weird to me, it’s also completely brilliant.
Source: The Life and Untimely Death of Technology’s Weirdest Logo

“What Font Should I Use?”


For many beginners, the task of picking fonts is a mystifying process. There seem to be endless choices — from normal, conventional-looking fonts to novelty candy cane fonts and bunny fonts — with no way of understanding the options, only never-ending lists of categories and recommendations. Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for. Here are five guidelines for picking and using fonts that I’ve developed in the course of using and teaching typography. Many of my beginning students go about picking a font as though they were searching for new music to listen to: they assess the personality of each face and look for something unique and distinctive that expresses their particular aesthetic taste, perspective and personal history. This approach is problematic, because it places too much importance on individuality.
Source: “What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine

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