Godzilla – The Facts

Godzilla is more than just a movie or two. Godzilla is an enduring culture legend, and the most recognizable Japanese cultural symbol. He first appeared in 1954 in the Japanese movie of the same name, and has starred in numerous movies, comic books, animated shows, and more. He even has a hit rock song about him, “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult.

His origin stories vary somewhat, but they all include atomic mutation and since the Atomic bombings of World War II were still fresh in the minds of the Japanese at that time, he is seen as a metaphor of the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. Some follow on movie stress the perils of pollution as well.

Although he started as a monster, seemingly unhappy and bent on destruction and certainly terrifying, some later roles showed him as a hero, often protecting Tokyo from other monsters and generally playing the “good guy.” In later movies he’s gone on to be a villain again, but is portrayed as far more intelligent and feeling. He even adopts a son in one movie, named Minilla. Minilla went on to several other movies as well.

Godzilla has won several awards including Best Supporting Actor (“Godzilla vs. Mothra), several Japanese Academy Awards, and he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His appearance and even color have changed somewhat over time, but the essentials, large, prehistoric, and dinosaur like, have not changed significantly. And we haven’t seen the last of him yet. A new film is due out in 2012!

Source by Harold Baldwin

How to Start a Portrait Photography Business

Shooting photographic portraits is the market that most photographers, whether amateur or professional, start earning money with their camera. That’s where I started many years ago before I began submitting to the Microstock Photography.

To have any chance of making it as a portrait photographer, especially in the current financial climate, you must stand out from the crowd. You have to offer a service that will get you noticed. Create a marketing niche in Portraiture and become known for it. It all takes time but the rewards will be worth it.

Take a look what other portrait photographers are doing right now to market their services. Some will be doing the same marketing and advertising that they were doing five years ago. After all it worked for them then. But the more business orientated Portrait Photographer will be marketing to suit the current trends and grabbing the lions share of the market.

The Photographer with the marketing plan that hits a niche will survive. He will stand out above the rest and get noticed, even talked about and recommended for his services. This is what you must do to succeed.

The first thing that you must do is to research the market. Find out the style of portraiture that is popular. Then you need to find a gap in the market and creatively fill that gap. For example you may find that ‘Hollywood’ style portraits could be popular or even combining your services with a beautician and offer a full make-over and portrait package.

When you have found the gap in the market you need to be specific in your marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns. The overall goal of your marketing is to create an awareness of your specialised portraiture and get your name out there.

When it comes to photography you can be very creative. You must now use your creativity and apply it to marketing your business. If you want to earn money with your camera visit my blog and find out how you can easily become a Portrait photographer with little financial outlay.

Source by Gordon Ball

Anatomy of the Banknote

A banknote is a promissory note made by a bank, payable to the owner of the note and is considered legal tender (along with coins). While currency has taken many forms over the course of time, banknotes were first developed in China during the 7th century. The heavy bulk of coin had become cumbersome and unsafe, so the merchants of the Tang Dynasty came up with a sort of receipt that represented coinage. The ‘receipt’ evolved into paper money. It took seven hundred years for the concept of paper money to find its way to Europe, and another three hundred years for bank notes to begin circulating outside of China.

The transition between ‘receipt’ and legal tender was fraught with problems. The first bore nothing more than a picture depicting merchants, and a certain number of coins that corresponded with the amount represented. Printing up bogus copies would have been easy enough for anyone with a printing press. To be clear, in the days of the 7th century, printing presses were not exactly household items. On the other hand merchants, wholesalers and moneylenders made up the wealthier members of society and could definitely afford to source one out. Plus, they would be the most likely people to benefit from making counterfeit promissory notes. Members of the reigning dynasty eventually took over the production of banknotes and the general population began to recognize their usefulness.

Since the bank note first came into use, it has been printed on a variety of materials. Some are predictable, others are not so easy to recognize. The first Chinese banknotes were printed on paper made from mulberry bark. Today, there are some denominations of Japanese banknotes that contain the same material. Wooden bank notes have been used several times in history, and not just paper made from wood – actual pieces of wood.

In Canada, during Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763, the Hudson’s Bay Company issued wooden bank notes. In Bohemia wood checkerboard pieces were used as banknotes in 1848. Even more curious was the use of playing cards as banknotes several times in history. France, French Canada, the Isle of Man and Germany all have records of playing cards as banknotes. During times of war, when banknotes were hard to come by, it was not uncommon for reigning monarchy to issue banknotes from the battlefield – made of animal skin. For example when Russia still held administrative control of Alaska, banknotes made from sealskin were issued.

Some of the more common materials used for banknotes are linen, abaca, cotton paper and silk. On a global scale, the most common material is either polymer or cotton paper with silk threads embedded into the cotton. Of course, no matter what the base material is, the paper is always made in a manner that makes it more resilient. The banknote needs to be able to resist tearing, smearing, fading and disintegrating in liquid for at least two years. Many mints now infuse the paper with a special formulation of alcohol to give it extra strength. Polymer banknotes are made from biaxially-oriented polypropylene, which is a very thin and pliable plastic.

The biggest benefit of the polymer banknote is its durability. However, when combined with state of the art security features commonly used today, the polymer banknote becomes virtually impervious to counterfeiting. To date, the following countries are the only ones to circulate polymer banknotes: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Samoa, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and Zambia. Nigeria and Canada have laid out plans to begin issuing polymer banknotes in the near future.

The above list of countries already circulating polymer banknotes omits a few significant nations. The US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China and Japan are all world super powers whose currency is traded far and wide but have chosen to incorporate alternative counterfeit protection devices. Watermarks have been included in the banknote making process for many years. They usually bear the image of a national figure pertinent to the history of the country. Security threads are another common security feature. Although a thread in a banknote may look fairly mundane, they are actually quite complicated components. The usually contain fluorescent elements, have metallic features, are magnetic and bear micro printing of national slogans.

The banknote is definitely not what it used to be. From a monochromatic mulberry bark parchment to a multi-colored slip of plastic, the banknote has become a statement of the world’s advancements in technology. Next time you withdraw money from the bank, take a moment to investigate the banknotes. They are more than just a promissory note.

Source by Donald Berger

5 Tips for Musicians to Build a CV

Take a look at this article to find out what you as a musician should be doing in order to secure more work. Here are the top 5 things, which got 3 guys work, which didn’t feature on 35 other CVs of musicians, all of whom were probably great for the jobs. So, whether it is party bands or swing band work you are looking at securing, check this out….

1. Your Picture – First impressions are everything and only 30% of the applicants put a picture on their CV. Out of the 30% who did, most seem to have been taken by a Tourette’s sufferer having a stroke! Nobody wants to work with the next Columbine killer so get yourself a semi-decent shot in some decent clothes.

2. Do your research – The amount of CVs and applications that come in where the musician has no idea what they are actually applying for is unbelievable! If you want to make a good impression, find out as much as you can and then show how you can be of value to the company, party band or swing band.

3. Show your personality – As a musician you are a creative individual so show off some creativity and personality. Remember the old ‘I am not a number?’ Well in which case, show it when writing a covering letter or in your pictures or videos. Creativity will overcome budget any-day so think of a cool way you can stand out a bit without being too much like a desperate Big Brother contestant.

4. Ask for the job– This sounds ridiculous but when someone says ‘I really want this opportunity’. It shows passion and will often make somebody want to give you a chance or opportunity! So, finish your covering letter with a way of saying ‘Take a chance on me and I won’t let you down.’

5. Keep it to the point – Personally, most party bands or swing bands won’t and don’t care how many GCSEs you have, where you went to school and how long you worked at Topshop, might be relevant in some cases (which is why research is important), however, the band you’re applying for will want to know: What do you look like? what do you sound like? and what are you going to bring to the party that the other people won’t? When you have got that message across stop, as it can only decrease your chances by waffling on way too much!

There are obviously a lot of other things that can help, but just remember that all you are trying to do with a CV is get your foot in the door to be seen and heard in an interview/audition. At that point you can build your case for why you should get the job or audition with the party band or swing band.

One last bit of advice. Nowadays with social media like it is, it’s very easy to find out information about you. The first thing many people do after scanning over a CV is to go find the candidate on Facebook and Twitter. If your Facebook status says something about you being ‘mashed off your face’ it’s not a good start. So keep your Facebook secure and your Twitter clean and preferably proactive. This was a status we found from a recent candidate. ‘Can’t be bothered to get out of bed and look for work so gonna stay in….’ – They didn’t get the gig funnily enough!

Source by Matt A Warren

Inspirational Gifts

Gifts; I think it’s safe to say most people love to receive them; trinkets of joy, cherished treasures and expressions of love, we all love to receive those little to big boxes, desperately trying to guess what may be hidden in the four walls of a beautifully designed gift box with a colorful ribbon complimenting the gorgeously wrapped box created from love found in the heart for those we care so deeply about.

Trying to find the perfect gift for that very special person on that momentous occasion doesn’t have to be difficult, however, it can be time consuming, but only when we don’t know what to buy for the occasion. From so many gifts to choose from, we can quickly become discouraged from trying to find the perfect gift for anniversaries, birthdays, Christening and all the other hundreds of special occasions that often creep up on us when we’re in the middle of trying to accomplish all those other tasks on our to do list.

Gift giving is an American tradition. From expensive gifts to the least expensive, gifts can be found in various price ranges. During the Christmas season, people seem to love the hustle and bustle of the rush basking in all the fun shopping at malls. I know I love Christmastime and embracing all the love and joy that the season brings. I love to buy gifts for my husband and children. My son, who always has a large ticket item attached to his list looks forward to opening all his gifts on Christmas morning and it truly is better to give than to receive; it lends a true sense of love and warmth no matter what time of year it is.

For me, gift giving is an expression of deep seeded love and gift giving doesn’t always come in a box; it comes from the heart through acts of kindness which can include helping a senior by preparing hot homemade meals or perhaps driving someone to their place of destination. Gift giving is an awesome way to demonstrate how much we care and love others.

Gift giving is an insirational form of art mixed with love that has the ability to bring happiness into someone’s life and this is the reason I love to share my gift of the Spirit with those all around me.

I’ve been giving gifts for a long time and it is something I’ve enjoyed doing. Yes, I’ve given traditional beautifully wrapped boxed gifts, but the greatest gift I give is the gift of love.

Have you given a gift to anyone today? If not, open your heart and give a little love; its the best gift you can give.

Source by Cyndi Boyer

Understanding MIDI As a Part of Modern Music

MIDI is the acronym of Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This industry standard communication protocol makes electronic musical instrument including synthesizer, drum machine, computer, samplers etc to communicate with each other. It does not contain any audio data, but transmits certain details related to the music notes such as pitch, intensity, cues, volume, vibrato, clock signals etc.

Today, almost all the modern musicians use MIDI files to create different varieties of drum beats and music tracks. This file format contains set of digital instructions rather them the sound recordings. By using MIDI capable adapters, the instructions can be used for the creation of the music. The best part of using these files is that they can be modified easily as compared to the files in WAV audio format. Moreover, each file includes combination of separate channels describing the details of different musical instrument. As each channel within a MIDI file represents the duration and frequency of the different musical notes, therefore musician can easily cut through the frequencies of the notes and can mix one with another.

As MIDI files allow easy creation of song as per the choice of music composers, it has become a must-have media product for many people. Unlike professional musicians, many music lovers consider adding MIDI into their media library. As the files work excellent with the MIDI-equipped computers, many computer-users take interest to try out their creativity in the creation of music. Some people also prefer to create music by their own to play them during live performances on stage and at parties. If you are among them and want to enjoy latest MIDI technology, then you can think about collecting some MIDI drum loops from reliable resources.

When you are looking for MIDI drum loops, you might find a number of drum loops providers at your nearest point. But, if you want to make best purchasing deal, then consider contacting those companies which provides MIDI loops to professional drummers and music composers. For easy search, you can consider using Internet and start browsing some websites of MIDI. There are a few companies which are known to offer free downloading of some samples of popular MIDI drum loops. If you want to have better understanding of this file format, then you can consider using the free samples before making your purchasing decision.

MIDI files are great way to create music easily and in least possible time. So buy some drum loops and represent yourself as a creative music composer!

Source by Gracy Roberts

Girl Tattoo Ideas

Getting a feminine tattoo shouldn’t limit your design ideas. There are many tattoos that work great for women, though they may seem traditionally better suited as male designs. Now days the design selection has grown, and the quality art work has improved greatly as well. This provides girls with a whole new selection of great ink to choose from. Here are some great girl tattoo ideas:

1. Butterfly

Butterfly tattoo art can be very bold and beautiful. The colors can really pop out, and butterflies can be beautiful feminine artwork for the skin.

2. Flower

Flower tats don’t have to be simple rose designs. There are many different options with flowers.. My favorite is including numerous, colorful flowers into one design.

3. Star

Stars are great for both women and men. They symbolize strength and direction, and you have many options such as the classic nautical star, or more modern star designs. Some options for girl tattoo ideas are a variety of smaller star tats, grouped together, in different colors. Perhaps each one could represent something or someone in your life.

4. Dragon

Yes, dragons can be extremely feminine and they make for great girl tattoo ideas! Some of the sexiest ink out there are dragon tats on females. They represent strength and power, and have a mystical nature about them as well.

5. Tribal

Tribal designs can work great as a girl tat. There are tribal designs that are more feminine and even some that incorporate flowers into the tribal design. You can also get a tribal design to surround an existing tattoo or incorporate it in another design altogether.

Source by Chess McDoogle