What Does Neil Patrick Harris Need For The Viral Oscar Selfie?

A selfie by Ellen DeGeneres, to be specific. On Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris will set out to capture his own viral selfie at the 87th Academy Awards. AT&T thought you guys would want to know what tools you can use to get the best selfie.

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The majority of the selfie-taking world knows to tilt their head to the side and find light that perfectly illuminates their face—not to mention the “duck face” pose that is so 2014

So what does it take to snap a viral selfie in 2015?

With a little help from AT&T, you’ll be on your way to the next Ellen-worthy selfie just in time for the Oscars. 

· Channel your inner-Ellen with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the same model of phone that she used to snap the winning shot. This newer model is even better, as it boasts a wide-angle 3.7MP selfie-optimized, front-facing camera.

· Embrace the “surprised look.” Goodbye, “duck face,” you’re a thing of the past. The faux-surprised face is the new selfie trend

· Go big or go home with a tablet. With a larger screen and Retina display, the Apple iPad mini makes selfie-snapping and editing a breeze. The best news is you can get one for only $99.99 with a limited time promotion from AT&T. 

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· Create a “velfie,” a video selfie. The next big thing in viral posting is the “velfie:” a selfie in video form, about 5-6 seconds long.

· Befriend the selfie stick or mount. The Joby GripTight Mount ($19) is the perfect accessory to take your selfie game to the next level. It is the only tripod mount that supports almost any phone.

· Go EXTREME, with the GoPro Hero3+ ($299)

 

All of these products are available at AT&T!

5 Things to do in Canada’s Cultural Capital, Ville de Montreal

Montreal is a vibrant mega city full of art, culture, architectural masterpieces and good food. The city is well planned and laid out, with a highly efficient public transportation system and a network of bike routes, giving Montreal a more European flavor than the rest of Canada. There’s so much to do here, this article won’t be enough to cover all the magnificent activities and attractions this great city has to offer. So, let’s get started!

1. Head up to Mont Royal

When you’re in Montreal, be sure to include a trip to Mont Royal, the 760-ft. high hill Montreal was named after. Parc du Mont-Royal was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, co-creator of New York’s Central Park. The park offers spectacular views of the entire city, with the Chalet du Mont Royal serving as a wonderful lookout spot. The park is famous for its diverse flora and fauna, and is one of Montreal’s best known and best loved spots.

2. Step back in time and visit Old Montreal

I’m a sucker for all things vintage, and Old Montreal is one fine glimpse into the past. Vieux- Montréal is the site of the original city of Montreal and is a cultural mecca, being the hub and hive of all things artsy. Cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and horse-drawn carriages will greet you as you set foot in this beautiful part of the city seemingly untouched by time.

Have a drink at one of the many cafes overlooking the river, or enjoy some performance art in the summertime. Most notable is the Hôtel de Ville or the old Town Hall, with its grand architecture and historic past.

3. Say a prayer at Montreal’s grand basilicas

Your Montreal trip wouldn’t be complete without dropping by the Basilique Notre-Dame, one of the city’s most visited attractions. The iconic church is home to a 7,000 pipe organ that’s estimated to be a hundred years old and is located at the rear chapel. It also houses the gigantic 11-ton Jean-Baptiste bell. When you hear those bells toll, better head on inside the church to see the beautiful ornate wood carvings, stained glass windows, centuries old statues and high vaulted ceilings.

There’s also the Basilique-Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary Queen of the World Cathedral), which is a small scale replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Don’t let the word “small scale” fool you, because this church sits proudly right smack in the middle of towering skyscrapers and can hold its own due to the 294 ft. high dome.

4. Experience Nature in the City

If you’re a nature lover or if you want your kids to experience nature up close and personal, go to the Montreal Biodome for a fun nature adventure. The Biodome is split into four ecosystems: a tropical rainforest, a Laurentian forest, a polar environment and the St. Lawrence marine habitat. The most awesome part of this adventure is you get to experience the changes in temperatures as you stroll through the entirety of the Biodome and enter each separate ecosystem. There are monkeys, bats, capybaras, puffins, marine wildlife and penguins!

Located next to the Biodome is the 185-acre Botanical Gardens, which is home to more than 26,000 species of flora thanks to 10 massive greenhouses each tailored to a specific theme, like the tranquil Japanese Zen garden that showcases bonsai trees and the Chinese Garden which features designs from the 14th to 17th century Ming Dynasty. Don’t touch any plants in the popular poisonous plant section though, unless you want a trip to the emergency room.

5. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Being the art and cultural capital of Canada, Montreal is home to a lot of museums. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal is the city’s most prestigious museum and has been building its collection of fine arts from renowned artists like Picasso, Rembrandt, Cézanne, El Greco and Renoir. The museum is also home to many Canadian and international masterpieces, plus a collection of artifacts from World War I.

Honorable Mention

As I said, we were bound to run out of real estate when talking about all the amazing things you can do in Montreal. A list like this should be 10x long! Anyway, other places you can go to that are worth mentioning are:

· Plateau – you should spend a day or more here. Go to every shop, every café and talk to everyone!

· Stroll the Underground – There’s a network of underground shops, restaurants and even movie theatres for when winter rolls in. A must see.

· The Food – I have to say, Montreal is a foodies’ paradise. Prepare to gain a few pounds when you visit. Don’t forget to try the smoked meat, the Montreal Bagel and their famous poutine.

· The Beer – There are tons of micro-breweries and if you love beer like the people of Montreal do, be sure to go to a few of them.

· Visit the Markets – A trip to Montreal wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Atwater market and Jean-Talon market.

There you have it folks! This list is far from complete because there are a whole lot more activities, events and festivals in Montreal you just have to experience for yourself. If you want to be near the action at all times, you can opt to stay in the many hotels or condos in the heart of Montreal, so you don’t ever miss out.

5 Mistakes to avoid when choosing a POS System for your Business

POS or Point of Sale systems are mission critical for any business, whether it’s retail, service, food or even e-commerce. If a POS system goes down, the business owner literally loses money because orders can’t be processed until it’s fixed. That’s why it’s very important to practice due diligence when it comes to choosing a POS system for you company. After talking to a few business owners who made mistakes with POS selection, here are a few tips so you won’t make the same mistakes as they did.

1. Blindly Choosing a POS System

This is probably the worst mistake you can make, and not just for POS systems, but for anything in general! I was reminded of this as I was watching Frozen with my daughter for the millionth time and Kristoff was telling Anna about marrying someone she just met that day. You probably all know what happened, right? There’s no such thing as true love when it comes to a POS system that can make or break your business. Remember, your POS system will handle everything, from orders, to inventory, employee time management and even payroll. Do your research on the manufacturer and the software itself. If there’s a free trial, take it!

2. Buying your hardware first

Before buying any permanent hardware for your system, you have to check first with the company what hardware specs and operating system will work best with their software. You don’t want to be stuck with a system that can’t run your new POS system now would you? Or maybe you even purchased an iPad because you were thinking that the software was cross-platform and you could use it mobile. Before you get sorely disappointed, ask them first! If you really want a POS for iPad, check with the software company if they have that option for you before committing.

3. Neglecting Training

Training is very important. I mean, you practiced how to drive, right? Or if you’re an athlete, you train on a regular basis. Same goes for operating a fully functioning POS system. While the newer systems are easy to learn, there’s still somewhat of a learning curve, especially for employees that don’t have experience being a cashier or holding a handheld system. Many companies offer free training when you get systems from them, so be sure to take them up on it! Never neglect training and think you know it all, because chances are, you don’t.

4. Letting the Price sway you

When it comes to POS systems, never buy strictly on price. I’m not saying you should go out and get a $100,000 system for you small business, but you should weigh everything. Scrutinize each system, run your own tests and ask for reputable references (other business owner that use their system) you can contact. Call or visit these people and ask them about the system. Pros and cons, why they chose it, how well it works, downtime, etc. This will give you a picture of what the company is all about and what their software can actually do. The cheaper ones tend to be incomplete systems and you’d end up having to pay extra just to activate a certain feature or pay to talk to a technician.

5. Not Backing Up

Having a back up is important. If you want to access records from five years ago, then your back up is your best friend. Back up your data on a remote server, an external hard drive or in the cloud, so that if something bad happens, your data is always safe and secure.

If you’re just starting out in the business world and you’re about to purchase a POS system, be aware that there are POS systems specifically made for different businesses: Restaurants have a more or less different POS system than retail stores, so you have to choose wisely.

6 Proven Tips on buying Second hand Furniture #DIY

I love old furniture. They have charm, character, history and an old world feel to them. Plus, they’re very well built. Even 50-60 year old wooden dressers can outlast the new replicas made in Malaysia or China. If you want quality furniture in your home, but are constrained by your budget, then buying second hand furniture maybe your best bet. But how can you tell if you’re getting a piece worth your time and extra money to refurbish? Here are a few tips to get you started so you’ll know whether to buy or walk away.

1. Hunt Aggressively

If you want quality used furniture, you have to be aggressive in your search and leg work because there are other people competing with you for whatever it is you have in mind. You’ll have to check the newspapers for estate sales, visit clearance sales, go online to Craigslist or eBay, thrift shop and frequent every yard sale and flea market in your immediate vicinity. If you get word of yard sales elsewhere, it’s a good idea to haul yourself there to check out the goods. Remember that extra inventory for old furniture is zero. What you fall in love with is probably the only stock they have, so you better move on it fast.

2. Come Prepared

If you’ve fallen head over heels for an old couch, but don’t have a way to haul it back home, tough luck. Some thrift shops can hold the item for you for a few days, but on others you simply have to have the wheels to take it home that very day. Yard sales pretty much can’t guarantee you anything, because the faster they can dispose of an item, the better. Also bring the dimensions of your space, your existing furniture, and carry a tape measure. Make sure you measure the item you plan on getting to check if it fits your current space. Check the height, width, length and depth so your new addition would fit perfectly with your old stuff.

3. Play CSI on the item

Imagine you’re a CSI and inspect every single nook and cranny of the item you plan on buying. Check for cracks, stains on the finish, scratches and dents. Check for signs of abuse, pet hair, gnawing marks and signs of woodworm infestation if you’re getting wooden furniture. If you’re getting a couch, check the foam cushion if it’s still re-usable and doesn’t crumble when you touch it. Smell the furniture if you can and if you’re comfortable. Be on the lookout for strong and pungent odors from pet urine and tobacco smoke because these odors take years to get out, if you can even get them out completely. Stay away from MDF furniture and items with Walmart or IKEA stamped on them.

4. Test It!

Yes, you have to test it for durability and strength issues. Don’t buy anything without ever testing it! You’d hate to be the owner of the most uncomfortable couch in the world, regardless if it’s second hand or brand new. If you’re buying a cabinet or a dresser, check the doors and the drawers for structural issues. Lean on tables and see if there’s any give. Sit on the couch and on the chair you have your eye on. Don’t lie down on the bed with a mattress though. Never buy a used mattress because these will certainly have germs, bacteria, bodily fluid and even bed bugs! Don’t even go near old mattresses unless you want to take home the critters with you!

5. Can you handle it?

Make sure you have the time and resources to work on the project. Do you have DIY skills or will you have to hire someone to do it for you? Factor in the cost of refurbishing an item and see if you’ll be paying more in the long run. Some projects need a lot of love and a lot of work. Be sure you can handle both. Solid wood furniture makes for an excellent DIY project because they’re easy to do, even for beginners. All you need is a little time, sand paper, wood stain or varnish and some rudimentary DIY skills to get the job done.

6. The Price has to be Right

Lastly, one of the main reasons you’re buying second hand furniture in the first place is you don’t have the budget for brand-spanking new furniture, so you have to be smart about your purchases. They have to be fair and reasonable. If a particular piece is priced too high, negotiate to lower the price. Ask yourself if what you’re about to buy is worth your time, effort and money.

Visualize the piece in your house. If it looks great in your mind’s eye and you have a gut feeling about it, go for it. Just make sure to follow the tips above so you won’t be stuck with a project you don’t like.

Great ways to Enjoy Olives from Spain #OlivesFromSpain

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I love olives, I went to a food conference not that long ago and ended up with as many olives as you think a person could eat in a year but it still wasn’t enough for me. My whole family loves them we use them in recipes all the time. We eat them right out of the jar too, but love cooking with them. Of course the easy way to cook with them is to add them on the top of something. We have them on top of pizzas, salads,  burritos, nachos. I’ve put them in cornbread, and used them to make a olive tapenade that we put in quesadillas.

 

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Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup loosely packed pitted black Spanish olives
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 4 filets of anchovy minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced capers
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 ounces virgin olive oil
Directions
  • Mince the olives.
  • Combine with the other ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Let sit one hour and season with salt if needed, black pepper and chili flakes for spice. Reserve room temperature.

Use it inside like we do or as a dip.

Spain has such a rich history that is linked to olives – with trees for table olives growing in the country since the 1st century. There is a wide range of varieties, types and forms of presentation. Spain is the leader in table olive production and exports, with the most modern industry in the world leading to the highest food safety and quality standards. Olives from Spain are a more versatile than olives from any other region – get creative, and find out why they can add life to any party.

 

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This month, Olives from Spain will head to Miami for the country’s premiere food festival. If you are lucky enough to attend the renowned South Beach Wine and Food Festival, be sure to stop by the Olives from Spain station to sample some tasty bites. The event is expecting approximately 18,000 attendees.

We wanted to share a few recipes that we that would be excellent combined with Olives from Spain. Here is one that was popular at Thanksgiving.

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Turkey Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

Hardboiled eggs
Darigold 4% Milk Fat Small Curd Cottage Cheese
Spicy brown mustard
Sea salt
Ground cumin
Green olives stuffed with pimento
Extra large black olives

Directions:

Peel hardboiled eggs and cut in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the yolk into a bowl; set the whites aside.

To taste, add cottage cheese, mustard, salt and cumin to the bowl. Mix thoroughly, then spoon carefully into the egg white halves.

Cut a green olive in half. Take one half and gently pull the pimento slice down just far enough to look like a beak. Set the olive into the egg yolk on one of your deviled eggs.

Take the other green olive half and cut it into thirds. Cut the pimento in half. Arrange the olive and pimento pieces on top of the egg to resemble a tail.

Cut an extra large black olive in half and rest it in the middle of the green olives to form the body.

Finally, squeeze two mustard dollops on the “Head” to form eyes.

 

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Mexican Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pkg of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (or 8.5 ounces of your choice corn bread mix)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 pkg Chorizo
1 1/2 cups frozen corn cooked
4 eggs
2 can green olives from Spain
2 cups half-and-half or whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin batter according to package directions, pour into lightly greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

2. Cut cornbread into 1-inch cubes; place in 13×19 inch baking pan. Bake 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer lightly greased 2-quart casserole.

3. Melt the butter and pour over the bread cubes, then top with corn, olives and sausage

4. Beat eggs, half-and-half, salt in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended; pour over ingredients in casserole. Gently press bread cubes into egg mixture until completely covered. Cover with foil.

5. Bake 30 minutes then uncover and cook 10 more (make sure the knife comes out clean) Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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And Beeb used olives in the salad above: Meals in a Snap. We love adding olives to salads.  Be sure to look for the Olives From Spain logo, to ensure you are getting the highest quality olives and taste the difference for yourself. And be sure to follow along with with Olives from Spain on-line.

 

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All About the #ATTPROAM Foursome @TimLangGolf @BlackGirlsGolf @thedanplan & @kthorsford #ATTBLOGGER

Oh wow, what a crazy week. I’ve been watching the AT&T Pro-Am on-line and following #ATTProAm from the fan view of @TimLangGolf @BlackGirlsGolf @thedanplan & @kthorsford. I love how even people that live in those cold cities in the NE are able to enjoy the warmth and fun of the golf from twitter. These four fans have been sharing like crazy all the fun from the golf course. Who are the four fans? Let me share a little bit about each one of them with you. The Foursome is comprised of: Tim Lang- Military Veteran, Katie Horsford- First Tee mentor, Dan McLaughlin of The Dan Plan and Tiffany Fitzgerald of Black Girls Golf.

 

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For starters on Twitter, I found @BlackGirlsGolf to be so fun to watch and keep up with on Twitter. She is so engaging and lively, I could really feel her personality as she tweeted.

 


As a black woman working in corporate America, Tiffany Fitzgerald felt like an outsider. She saw co-workers and even interns rising above her professionally based on relationships they made on the golf course with company execs.

Tiffany knew nothing about golf. Growing up in Oakland, she was never exposed to the sport. But that didn’t stop her. She was determined to learn. So she purchased a $100 bag of clubs and hit the course.

After a few months of practice, Tiffany invited some coworkers to play a round of golf and, by the time they were done, she was no longer “the black girl in marketing.” She was “Tiff.” She suddenly found herself on the inside.

Tiffany took a huge risk, left corporate America to start Black Girls Golf, an organization dedicated to teaching the sport to black women. Black Girls Golf has helped numerous black women become insiders in corporate America, gain confidence in themselves and fall in love with the sport of Golf.

 

 
Being a woman myself I also found tweets from Katie to be fun and engaging because she really shared how much she enjoyed meeting the golfers and participating in the events.


Like many kids, Katie Horsford was shy and lacked confidence. She was quiet and unassuming. She didn’t quite know where she fit in and felt uncomfortable in her own skin.

When Katie was 12, she began taking golf lessons but, for years, she was so quiet and unassuming that her coach couldn’t even tell if Katie enjoyed the sport. But she did. She loved it. And, secretly, she began dreaming of playing in the PGA.

As Katie’s skills improved, her coach could literally see a transformation. Katie began walking with more confidence and became more outgoing. She made close friends through golf and, as a freshman, she made her high school’s varsity golf team.

Katie became more focused on her training and finally shared her goal of becoming a professional golfer. With the support of her coach and friends, she began winning tournaments and finished second in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach; proof that her dream was realistic.

Today Katie is a confident 17 year old with a close circle of friends and a strong sense of purpose. In addition, she has become an inspirational figure in her local golf community and a mentor to younger girls in The First Tee program who look up her as a role model. She credits golf for her dramatic transformation, but insists that her story is far from over.

Katie is excited to meet Jordan Spieth at Pebble and to get a sense of what her future golf career could be like.

 

 

It was really cool that she got that shot of herself with Jordan Spieth!

The other two Tim Lang and Dan McLaughlin also did a great job sharing this from the golf course. Tim shared quite a few great shots of the course.

 


Tim has an interesting perspective since he was a Marine.

While serving his country as a Marine in Iraq, Tim Lang’s leg was badly injured by an IED explosion. After 48 different operations, he made the difficult decision to have his leg amputated and fell into a profound depression. He had always been a competitive, athletic person and assumed that part of his life was over.

Then, almost by a fluke, Tim discovered golf and was shocked at how he fell in love with the sport. He began training, attacking it with the fierce determination of a warrior. Gradually, his golf game improved, his body began to heal and, most importantly, his depression began to lift.

“Golf pretty much finished what doctors were able to start,” he says. “It made a world of difference mentally, emotionally physically. It became my satisfaction. I was able to feel like a human being again. It gave me the self confidence that I missed for so long.”

Conquering the game of golf, one of the most difficult sports, became a motivating force for Tim to improve every aspect of his life. He has now turned lessons he has learned from his golf training into a career as a guest speaker, motivating other disabled and abled body people to never give up, never quit. Tim is excited to learn about new golf technology at Pebble.

 

 
The final out of the foursome is Dan. Dan shares a love of mine, Larry the Cable guy that is. I once interviewed him and he is a riot!
 


 
About Dan:

When Dan turned 30, he did what every average person does – quit his job as a commercial photographer and picked up a golf club for the first time, with the simple goal of mastering the notoriously difficult sport. No big deal.

He was inspired by the idea that if you dedicate 10,000 hours of deliberate practice toward something, you can achieve mastery. He created “The Dan Plan” to prove to himself and others that through raw persistence, it’s never too late to start a new pursuit in life.

Since April 5, 2010, Dan has made the mastery of golf his life. Starting with just a putter and working his way up to a full set of clubs, Dan has documented every hour and round played over the past 5 years. Photos, blogs, videos – all featuring an average guy on an extraordinary journey to prove hard work, not talent, is the true factor that leads to success in life. He has become an inspiration for people who have always dreamed about pursuing their passion, but never felt like it was a realistic option.

Dan has now completed over 5,000 hours of training. He still has his eyes on a PGA career but, more importantly, he’s discovery a profound feeling of happiness from just being on the journey.

Dan is excited to see Pebble for the first time, especially during an event like the 30 year celebration.

 

I am an #ATTBLOGGER. “This post is brought to you by AT&T, celebrating 30 years of the #ATTPROAM”

The Movie You Must See: McFarland USA

I took my kids to the red carpet premiere of McFarland USA and it was such an amazing experience. The movie was so good and my kids really enjoyed it too. There were some things that they didn’t really understand, like the fact that the kids in the movie were getting up at 4:30 am to go work and then they went to school and then they went to work again. I loved how they really got to see what it meant to be an underdog and overcome life.

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In McFarland USA the people that live there have to work harder than most people in the US. It’s one of the poorest towns and the thought of doing something with your life other than working the land doesn’t really exist. Coach White was really down on his luck because of his temper. The only job he could get was being a teacher/assistant football coach in McFarland USA and he didn’t get along with the football coach and lost that part of his job.

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While getting to know the students he saw that they have a natural talent in running. So he decided to start a track team and that’s when all the action happens.

 

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

 

It’s a great family film and we loved watching it as a family. Go see it it’s in theaters February 20th. 

Floyd Norman Living Disney Legend

I’ve been to Disney Legends Plaza many times and never really thought about what all the plaques mean. They are for actual Disney Legends and it’s an honor to have one with your name on it. On one of my recent visits I met Floyd Norman who recently became a Disney Legend and he was amazing. He can draw many different Disney character is no time at all. he taught us how to draw a Dalmatian.

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Floyd Norman started out “inbetweening”. Which is the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image. He was working on Sleeping Beauty first. What makes him go down in the history books is that he was the first African-American full time artist for Disney! Which led him into being one of the key artists working on 101 Dalmatians.

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He also spoke a lot about the XEROX machine and how it helped the process of animation A LOT. Animation was expensive and took a long time.

In an effort to streamline and expedite the production aspects of animation, Ub Iwerks developed an approach to eliminating the process of inking altogether, by xerographically transferring the artist’s actual lines to the final animated cel.  Working with the then, fledgling company of Xerox in 1958, Ub Iwerks built a custom camera/ photocopier which is still utilized today. Spanning the size of three small rooms, it took five people to run the entire process with two operators on the camera in its prime.   Ultimately, this technology resulted in the elimination of an entire division of personnel, but brought about a quantum leap in the production time and efficiency of the animation process and soon became an industry standard.

Initially, this advancement was employed on one scene of SLEEPING BEAUTY while the first feature to be completed entirely with this innovative technology which would become the industry standard, was 101 DALMATIANS.  The last animated feature film to utilize Xerox technology was THE LITTLE MERMAID.  From then on, most of the industry shifted to 2-D CAPS Systems and now 3-D computer animation. 
This camera can enlarge, shrink, rotate and relocate images, though everything done with this camera today is a 1:1 reproduction – essentially, a direct duplicate of what is placed in front of it.

The concept behind the Xerox Photocopiers that we are familiar with today, involves the charging of a plate, drum, or belt which is covered with a toner or photoreceptive material.  This toner loses its charge once it is exposed to light.  As the original work is brightly illuminated and reflected onto this charged surface, the exposed areas lose their electronic charge.  The powdered carbon toner clings to the unexposed or dark areas.   The toner is vapor-fused which solidifies the toner onto the blank paper or surface and a copy or cel is complete. 

101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition is now available on Blu-ray and digital download.

The Epson XP-860 Makes Valentine’s Day Wrapping Paper #Crafts

Epson sent me a printer to review and we’ve been loving it. I’ve been sing the Epson XP-860 to print amazing headshots and school work. It does a very good job printing out pictures. They look amazing. Now before I share with you all of that technical stuff, I wanted to share something special Epson has created for Valentine’s Day. Epson’s creative team developed a customizable DIY Wrapping Paper Generator that makes it easy to personalize your smaller gifts. And, the generator was just updated with a range of Valentine-themed images.

 

With the help of your printer, a computer and a few other ingredients, you can dress up your Valentine’s gifts: 

· Click on the Epson DIY Wrapping Paper Generator link http://www.epson.com/community/wrapping-generator

· Once the window is launched you can enter text and design your wrapping paper by selecting the font type and color and your desired background.  Note: You can click “preview” to generate a view of your design prior to printing.

Enter something like, “Happy Valentine’s Day” And pick from these graphics.

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Pick a color and font type then a background and it will be really cool!

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· When you’re happy with your design, click “print” to access the print window. Make sure to enable “background graphics” according to the instructions listed on the generator for the browser you’re using.

· Load your printer with paper and click “print.” For larger packages, you can print several copies of the paper and tape sheets together to make one larger sheet.

From there, wrap your gift and embellish with ribbon, labels and other fun accents.

 

And if you want other ideas to print off with this amazing printer check out these Valentine’s Day pintables on Pinterest.

Johnson’s So Much More Benefits of Bath Time #SoMuchMore

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Johnson’s Baby products are so important to my family. We starting using them when the kids were born and we continue to use them even today. So I’m quit happy to work with Johnson’s and The Motherhood in support of their new initiative: So Much More. The brand announced on the 5th that they are making an investment in millions of dollars over the next 3 years to advance research on multi-sensorial experiences for baby development. The JOHNSON’S® team has been evaluating the state of scientific knowledge regarding babies and their early learning opportunities and trying to help identify and prioritize some research gaps to understand research areas of uncertainty about babies.

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Bath time was always a fun bonding time with my kids. They smiled and giggled and loved splashing in the tub. We had bright colorful toys, no I take that back, we still have bright colorful toys that the kids play with in the tub. I used to read to them and sing to them in the tub, but I didn’t know that I was helping their development. I did it because I loved to see them smile, so I’m happy to find out that I was helping their development.

The Importance of bath time rituals:

They found that though most parents are familiar with basic concepts on how to develop a baby’s cognitive skills, most of us don’t connect that what a child touches, sees and hears during this everyday ritual of bath time is integral to a child’s brain development. When you talk to your child like this during activities, it helps your child to learn words and concepts like sinking and floating.

Bonding with baby during bath time even extends for after the bath time. Your gentle, loving touch during the baby’s bath and cuddle time afterward supports your baby’s healthy happy development. In fact, research shows that your touch promotes healthy social-emotional development and enhances your baby’s motor skills.

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Ways to Engage During Bath Time:

When your baby makes sounds and gestures, such as indicating she would like you to read a book, respond with praise and the action she requested.

Play with brightly colored toys

Read and sing to your baby in the tub. I used to always sing “rubber ducky” from Sesame Street and “Row Row Row your boat” in the tub with my kids.

Splash with your baby, show them what water and bubbles can do. We used to cover their heads with bubbles and let them try to get them off.

Want even more tips about making the most of bath time so you can harness the power of it? Johnson’s Baby offers these tips and let’s you know how it helps your baby.