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Creating an Animated Commercial

Creating an Animated Commercial

Have you ever seen an animated piece on TV, whether it’s a commercial or a movie, and asked yourself “how do they do that?” Have you ever wondered what actually goes into creating an animation? To get a better idea of what’s involved, let’s examine the process that was involved when creating a couple animated spots for one of our clients, HealtheConnections:

1. Character Development
After coming up with the initial concept, we first came up with a design for the main character, Frank. Everything else that was designed was based around the look and feel of Frank. After he was finalized, we had to create each additional character, including main characters like violet & Mr. Snickers or the various doctors and nurses that were needed to tell the story,

2. Scene Design
Once we had all the characters ironed out, then the remaining visual pieces had to be created. For example, the background for the opening scene had to be designed – the trees, the house, the street, etc. Next, each of the props had to be created, like Frank’s bike, the stretcher he falls on, the ambulance he enters, everything that was needed to tell the story. This process had to be repeated for every scene that was featured in the piece.

3. Scripting
Now that all the visual pieces had been created, they all had to be combined to create the animation. In order to do this, aspect of the story had to be planned out. This included storyboards to show how each scene would progress to the next, the voiceover to narrate the story, and finally, how the characters were going to interact with the props.

4. Keyframing & Animation
Next, everything passed was on the animation stage to create the final piece. This was probably the most difficult step in the process. Every item in the commercial that required motion had to be keyframed to create a fluid story. It needed to look realistic. This included every little movement of a character’s limbs or their facial expressions, every moving prop; and even the “camera” movements to show the linear progression of the theory

5. Music & Sound Effects
Now that we had a completed animation, sound and music needed to be added to give the story more life. Background music was added to help express the feeling of the piece. On top of that, sound effects were inserted for that final touch to make the character interactions a little more realistic

And there you have it! The final commercial then get sent to media stations to be featured on TV.

What Happens One Hour after Drinking a Can of Coke

What Happens One Hour after Drinking a Can of Coke

1. First 10 Minutes
10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.

2. 20 Minutes
Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (there’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

3. 40 Minutes
Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your bloodpressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

4. 45 Minutes
Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

5. 60 Minutes
The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

6. >60 Minutes
The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (it makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

7. >60 Minutes
As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Daily Habits of 8 Top Real Estate Agent

Daily Habits of 8 Top Real Estate Agent

8 top Realtors Reveal the Daily Routine that Makes Them Successful

1. Plan your Day Before it Starts
Take a few minutes the night before and plan your top priorities for the following day. Attack those things first!

2. Write Valuable Blog Content
“The more quality content you publish, the better chance you have to get found by buyersr and sellers. make blogging a priority and you will see results.” – Anita Clark

3. Invest in a Great Website
” You need to spend money to make money. Too many agents don’t invest back into their business. I recommend having a state of the art website” -Bill Gasset

4. Network and Socialize Daily
“I’ve had the most success getting new clients by hosting parties at home. I do several a year, and invite my past clients, neighbors & friends to bring a guest or two with them” Wendy Weir

5. Give to get
When starting out on social media, share & promote the content of other top Realtors. They’ll eventually want to reciprocate and share your yours.

6. Put Clients Needs First
“Anything that helps my clients immediately goes to the top of my list. If you don’t make clients happy nothing else matters.” – Paul Sian

7. Stay up on Social Media
Understand the importance of social media and blogging in real estate. Doesn’t it make sense to put yourself in front of potential buyers and sellers online? –

8. Respond Quickly to Leads
Respond to ALL online leads. You may get the client by default. “many of my clients were surprised that i was the only one who called them back!” – Debbie Drummond.

How to Start Meditating

How to Start Meditating

Breath

Don’t try to “calm your mind.” Instead, appreciate the sensations of your breath in the same way that a wine snob tastes a Cabernet. When your mind starts wandering away into thoughts, just recognize that you’re thinking. Then return to appreciating the sensations of your breath.

Emotions

Long-term meditations show increased size in brain regions associated with emotional regulation. “Larger volumes in these regions might account for meditators’ singular abilities and habits to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, and engage in mutual behavior,” according to a UCLA study.

Arms/Hands

Relax your shoulders and arms, letting your hands rest on your thighs. Alternatively, place one hand on another in your lap.

Eyes

Decide what you’re going to do with your eyes. If you want the experience to be more body-based, close them. If you want to feel more anchored in the space you’re in, keep them open.

Legs/Feet

If you’re sitting in a chair, keep your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight. If you’re sitting cross-legged on a cushion, the important thing is to have your knees below your hips. If you need a higher seat, make one.

Time

Meditation isn’t about length; it’s about frequency. In the same way you don’t get strong by lifting one giant weight one time, you should try and sit regularly. Five or ten minutes a day is a great start

 

5 Ways Walmart Uses Data

5 Ways Walmart Uses Data

Big data is an essential part of the strategy of many companies, and Walmart is analyzing data in distinct ways. Below, discover five key areas where Walmart leverages big data to enhance, customize and optimize the shopping experience

1.  To Walmart Pharmacies More Efficient
Walmart uses simulations at the pharmacy to find out how many prescriptions are filled in a day and to to determine the busiest times during a day or month. This data helps the pharmacy with staff scheduling and to reduce the amount of time it takes a prescription to be filled.

2. To Improve Store Checkout
Walmart is testing how to use big data to improve the store checkout experience. By using predictive analytics, stores can anticipate demand at certain hours and determine how many associates are needed at the counters. By analyzing the data, Walmart can determine the best forms of checkout for each store: self-checkout and facilitated checkout.

3. To Manage the Steps of a Supply Chain
Walmart uses simulations to track the number of steps from the dock to the store. This allows the company to optimize routes to the shipping dock and track the number of times a product gets touched along the way to the customer. The company also uses data to analyze transportation lanes and routes for the company’s fleet of trucks. The data helps Walmart keep transportation costs down and schedule driver times.

4. To Optimize Product Assortment
Through analysis of customer preferences and shopping patterns, Walmart can accelerate decision-making on how to stock shelves and display merchandise. Big data provides insight on new items discontinued products and which private brands to carry.

5. Personalize the Shopping Experience
Big data allows Walmart to identify a shoppers’s preferences to develop a consistent and delightful shopping experience. If a user is shopping for baby products, Walmart can use data analysis to personalize mobile rollback deals for parents and help them live better by anticipating their needs.

5 Ways to Deal with a Crying Baby

5 Ways to Deal with a Crying Baby

The first three months after having a child is the toughest phase for every parent, Understanding the cries of the baby, catering to its need and soothing the child is a difficult task. So, when you hear your baby cry, here is a check list to help you calm the child.

1. The Golden Checklist

  • Does the baby need a diaper change?
  • Is the baby sleepy?
  • Is the baby hungry?

2. Check on the Attire
Don’t overdress your baby. Clothe them with something comfortable like a onesie -light, loose and an airy attire depending on the temperature.

3. The 5s’ 
Effective formulae to soothe babies in the first few months are the 5s’

  • Sucking
    Allow the baby to suck on a pacifier or it’s own thumb. This will help calm the child
  • Swaddling
    Swaddle the baby in a blanket to help her out of the Moro reflex. (The reflex of Jolt when falling from a height, as seen in infants).
  • Side/Stomach Position
    Putting the baby to sleep sideways also does help in calming it. Avoid putting them to sleep on their back because it can make them restless.
  • Swinging
    Swinging the tiny tot in the cradle can actually calm it and also help it get a sound sleep.

4. Gas and Reflux
Light abdomen massage in clock-wise motion to push the gas trapped in the intestines would comfort the baby.

5. Feeding at Small Intervals
Feeding small amounts of food multiple times, burping once / twice during / after / the feed can help to avoid acidity

6 Ways to Push your Limits for Success

6 Ways to Push your Limits for Success

The only thing stopping us from reaching our goals and dreams are our own limits. Whether it is fear, doubt. Physical abilities or some other mental block, it can present a huge Barrier to getting what we want. Here are some tips on how to overcome them.

1. Face your Fears
Nelson Mandela once said, “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but it is he who conquers that fear.” Essentially, everyone is afraid of something. The only difference between self-limiters and the successful people is that the latter is willing to work and move through their fears is willing to work and move through their fears in order to get where they want to be.

2. Quit Trying to be Perfect
Perfectionism is the belief that if we look perfect and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of failure, blame, judgement, and shame. But if we want to fully experience happiness and success, we must first believe – with confidence – that we are worthy of those, right now, right this minute, without any prerequisites.

3. Get a Partner
Two heads are better than one. You may work well on your own, but some endeavors just cannot be accomplished without a partner. Having someone who shares your successes (and failures) can provide with a feeling of security that will allow you to take the risks you fear most which often reap the greatest rewards.

4. Learn to Let go
We often create an image in our minds of what we expect our lives to be. When these expectations are not met, the frustration sets in. This can be incapacitating. It is better to focus on what you can change. If you cannot change anything, do not waste your time holding on to it, but change the way you think about it instead.

5. Make New Friends
If we measure success based on a better quality of life, then friendship is a critical element. Success does require determination and personal growth. However, success also depends on the ability to connect with people who have already made it. When you make friends with successful people, the sky is the limit.

6. Critical Visualization
A research finds that visualizing positive fantasy of success drains the energy out of ambition. Instead, try critical visualization, in which realistic obstacles, setbacks, and other decidedly. not-so-positive factors are considered. A smart golfer visualizes sinking a put, not winning the tournament

25 Years of Technology Evolution and Change

25 Years of Technology Evolution and Change

  • 1988:
    Insight is founded by the Crown Brothers in Tempe Arizona
  • 1989:
    On 1st August Microsoft releases a suite of desktop applications called office. This first version contains Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • 1990:
    Development of the World Wide Web begins. Tim Berners-Lee and colleagues at CERN create HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), standardizing communication between servers and clients.
  • 1990: 
    Cisco goes public on February 16, 1990, listed as “CSCO” on the NASDAQ
  • 1990:
    Photoshop 1.o released on February 19th for Macintosh
  • 1993:
    Intel release the first processor containing over 3 million transistors
  • 1995:
    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer as part of an add-on package for windows 95 names Plus!
  • 1995:
    Digital Versatile Discst or DVDs are invented by Philips, Sony, Toshiba & Panasonic
  • 1995:
    Microsoft combine formally separate MS-DOS products to create products Windows 95
  • 1995:
    Jeff Bezos launches online bookstore, Amazon.com
  • 1998:
    Larry Page and Serge Brin create Google Inc setting up a workplace in Susan Wojcicki’s garage
  • 1999:
    Shawn Fanning, John Fanning and Sean Parker launch peer-peer file sharing service, Napster
  • 2001:
    Apple release their first line of portable media players named the iPod
  • 2004:
    Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook a social network for Harvard students
  • 2006:
    Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass launch Twitter, a micro blogging and social networking service
  • 2007:
    Apple release the first generation iPhone named the iPhone 2G
  • 2008:
    The first Android powered phone, the T-mobile G1 goes on sale
  • 2008:
    Bill gates retires from day to day operations at Microsoft to focus on philanthropy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2010:
    Amid much speculation Apple release their first line of tablets PCs named the ipad
  • 2011:
    Apple founder and visionary Jobs sadly dies after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer
  • 2012:
    Microsoft releases the Surface Tablets, the first initiative to integrate its Windows OS with its own hardware
  • 2012:
    EE launch the first 4th generation (4g) mobile services in the UK
  • 2013:
    IPv6 launches to handle the ever increasing number of new devices connecting to the internet

National Yoga Awareness: Body & Soul

National Yoga Awareness: Body & Soul

A Balanced Role

  • Breathing (mind)
  • Spirit (meditation)
  • Exercise (Body)

Six Branches of Yoga

1. Hatha Yoga

  • Use physical poses / Asana
  • Breathing Technique (Pranayama) and meditation to achieve better health as well as spirituality.

Note:
If you would like to have peaceful mind and healthy body, it will be your best choice.

2. Bhakti Yoga

  • Bhakti Yoga is the path most followed in India. This is the path of the heart and devotion.
  • Bhakti Yoga teaches a person to have devotion to the “One” or to Brahma by developing a person’s love and acceptance for all things.

3. Raja Yoga

  • Raja Means “royal”
  • Raja Yoga is based on the teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga found in the Yoga sutras.
  • A Raja Yogi sees the self as central, and as such, respect to oneself and for all creation are vital to this path.

Note:
If you wish to learn discipline, then Raja Yoga would perfectly suit that need.

4. Jnana Yoga

  • Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that basically deals with the mind, and as such, it focuses on man’s intelligence.
  • Jnana Yogis consider wisdom and intellect as important and they aim to unify the two to surpass limitations

Note:
Since they wish to gain knowledge, they are open to other philosophies and religion for they believe that an open and rational mind is crucial in knowing the spirit.

5. Karma Yoga

  • Karma Yoga is the path of service.
  • It is believed that your present situation is based on your past actions.
  • You are choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness.

Note:
Karma Yogis change their attitude towards the good and in the process, change their souls, which leads to a change in their destiny.

6. Tantra Yoga

  • It’s about using vituals to experience what is sacred.
  • Although Sex is a part of it, Sex isn’t the whole part of it.
  • Tantra Yogis must possess certain qualities like purity, humility, devotion, dedication to his Guru, cosmic love and truthfulness among other things.

5 Freelancers that are Changing the World of Work

5 Freelancers that are Changing the World of Work

The rapid rise of the freelance economy is redefining the modern workplace. LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit partnered to further explore who these modern day freelancers are and found trends among their educational backgrounds, career motivations, job satisfaction and more. We discovered five unique, professional personas among freelancers who work with on demand platforms-each of which embodies specific motivators and attitudes toward work and job security. Take a peek below to learn more.

1. Side Giggers
Strongly motivated by financial security and job flexibility, Side Giggers are more likely to pursue a side gig for extra income than a professional interest. They’re most likely to have a “traditional” job.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 19% of their total income
  • 57% of Side Giggers have a bachelors degree or higher.
  • An average income of $7,600 per year

2. Substituters
Often taking on multiple gigs due to the loss of job, Substituters are most likely to pursue gigs as a temporary income source till they find a traditional job. Needless to say, they’re least satisfied with their gig work.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 22% of their total income
  • 59% of substituters have bachelors degree or higher
  • An average income of $9,400 per year

3. Career Freelancers
The most diverse and satisfied group, Career Freelancers tend to pursue gigs to gain more experience, have more opportunity for social interaction, and learn new skills to advance their careers. It’s no surprise that our data shows millennials to be the generation most engaged in part-time freelancing.

Current Gig generates:

  • 26% of their total income
  • 52% of Career Freelancers have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $9,700 per year

4. Business Builders
Often owning their own business, Business Builders pursue gigs to supplement or expand their existing business. They like their own boss and dislike answering to a supervisor .

Current Gig Generates:

  • 30% of their total income
  • 54% of Business Builders have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $12,300 per year

5. Passionistas
Motivated by doing what they love, passionistas pursue gigs more out of their passion for the work they do. Thy’re well-educated, value flexibility, work the fewest hours, but earn the most from their gig.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 26% of their total income
  • 70% of Passionistas have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $9,000 per year