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Why LinkedIn?


LinkedIn
is a professional social networking website. It was founded in December 2002 by Reid Hoffman and launched in May 2003. By 9 February 2012, there were more than 150 million registered users from 200 countries and territories. The site is accessible in many different languages like English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech and Polish.

Social Network Gathering

 

LinkedIn is very popular as you can see the number of people in it. It is very useful since it helps you to look for a job and promote your career by showcasing your resume and portfolio. You can even save or bookmark a job that you would like to apply for. It helps you to expand your network and get introduced to new people. It helps in managing your relationships with your clients, co-workers, employees, etc. You can increase your visibility by adding more people in your list. You can even promote your blog, your website, etc on LinkedIn.

If you have your own company and you are looking for people to work, LinkedIn is the best place for your search. You can study their profile to see if they are suitable for the job position available.

Those are the few reasons why you should use LinkedIn.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Dilbert Analysis

Dilbert is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. It was first published on April 16, 1989, Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring the engineer Dilbert as the title character. The strip has spawned several books, an animated television series, a video game, and hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise items. Dilbert appears in 2000 newspapers worldwide in 65 countries and 25 languages.

Scott Adams was born on June 8, 1957 and was raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. He moved to Northern California in 1979 after college and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since.

Scott Adams

Dilbert (main character) is a composite of his co-workers over the years. He started using him for business presentations and got great responses. A co-worker suggested him that he should name the character Dilbert. Dogbert was created so Dilbert would have someone to talk to. Adams has also received the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1997 for his work on the strip.

Dilbert Comic Analysis

In the above comic strip, character 1 is very smart but at the same time he is very lazy. He says that he renamed all of the Unix Servers to make them easier to remember. But he hasn’t written down the names which will make it difficult for him to remember until next week. Next week, when dilbert asked him how are the new server names, he said he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.


In this strip, the boss stops by just to tell his employee that she’s doing a great job. But he doesn’t usually do that. The employee says that he never does that and it’s a trick. Then, the boss realises that no one at work really likes him.

The guy in the above comic strip is really bored and frustrated with all his work. He just wants to finish the work so he can start another task. He says he really needs to stop thinking about it.


The employee in the above comic asks Dilbert when will his feeling of being unfulfilled go away. Dilbert replies to him by saying that he shouldn’t think he’s totally worthless. The employee says that he didn’t say he was worthless. Dilbert said that he was trying to take his mind off of the other thing.

The boss asks Dilbert if he asked the lab if they have a way to test traffic loads on their prototype. Dilbert said that he met them regarding the test but didn’t ask them if they have a way to do it because it’s their job to do the tests and if they did not have it, they would have told him anyways. The boss told him to go and ask them about the test. He got annoyed and said he will. When he went to the lab, the told him that he was wondering why he didn’t ask them about the test. It just shows that people can get very dumb.

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Matrix (1999) and Tron: Legacy (2010)

Matrix (1999)

Matrix (1999)

During the year 1999, a man named Thomas Anderson (also known as Neo), lives an ordinary life. A software techie by day and a computer hacker by night, he sits alone at home by his monitor, waiting for a sign, a signal – from what or whom he doesn’t know – until one night, a mysterious woman named Trinity seeks him out and introduces him to that faceless character he has been waiting for: Morpheus. A messiah of sorts, Morpheus presents Neo with the truth about his world by shedding light on the dark secrets that have troubled him for so long.

Matrix is one of the best science fiction movies ever made. It makes you believe that you are a part of the film. The movie shows that the humans created machines that go out of their hands and they cannot control it anymore. As the machines have become more powerful, they have taken over the human beings. The fight between the human and the machine is shown in the movie. In one of the scene Neo dodges bullets and you see all that in slow motion as the bullets fly past him. This was the best scene I liked.

The slow motion bullet scene

 

 

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father– he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe — a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

The special effects in the movie are great. The film would work for its special effects and the actors but not the storyline. The script was not that great. The club scene with Michael Sheen was my favorite.

The club scene

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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My Favorite Designer

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani was born on July 11th, 1934 in Piacenza, Italy. He studied medicine and photography before completing military service. In 1974, Armani launched his men’s wear label. A year later, his first women’s wear collection was released.

He started out in fashion as a window dresser and has gone on to become the most successful designer in Italy, worth $4.1 (£2.1) billion in 2007. He became very famous in the public for dressing Richard Gere in American Gigolo in 1980.

Richard Gere in American Gigolo wearing Armani

Today, celebrities such as Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer often go for his evening suits and gowns when they walk the red carpet. Armani delivers elegance that is never overtly sexual or brash. For today’s celebrities, owning Armani suits is a status symbol. His clothes always send a message of quiet confidence.

Jodie Foster wearing Armani gown at the red carpet

 

Michelle Pfeiffer with Armani, the designer

His designs became larger than life. Armani was one of the first designers to seek out celebrities to wear his designs.

Today, he is the king of over 2000 stores worldwide and his kingdom consists of sub-brands such as Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Perfume, Occhiali (eyewear), A/X Armani Exchange, golf, swimwear, underwear, & accessories.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Award-Winning Photographs

 

Now a days, anyone who owns an SLR camera claims to be a photographer. But not everyone can become an award-winning photographer. You need that special eye, a technique and a perfect timing to click a photo, which only those few people, or (real) photographers, have.

Below are some pictures taken by different photographers.

 

Landscape

The Swiss photographer, Florence Iff who was a winner of ‘Sony World Photography Awards’, took the above picture.

According to him, this picture is part of a long-term project on landscape and its representation.

 

Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird and Green Pit Viper, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

(Above) ‘Bence Mate’ took this brilliant picture.

He said, “I was photographing hummingbirds when I heard the sharp, alarming noise of the birds reacting to the presence of a predator. Sixty feet away from me this green-crowned brilliant was fearlessly attacking a small viper. The long shutter speed and shallow depth of field made it difficult to make an image with both animals sharp. This encounter was one of the most interesting ones I had ever seen, and I quickly set up two flashes to increase the light and shutter speed, using one flash fired from the background and another from the camera.”

 

Horns of Paine Mountains and Chilean Flamingos, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Ben Hall took this picture.

He said, “My reward after climbing high into Chilean Patagonia was this juxtaposition of pink flamingos against the severe hanging glaciers and soaring granite spires of the Horns of Paine. I wanted to photograph the high elevations at eye level and the trek up into the mountains required much planning and logistics to battle the elements. The Chilean flamingos had been feeding on a dried lakebed nearby when part of the flock took to the sky and circled overhead. I fired off a sequence of shots in an attempt to show the relationship between the birds and their spectacular, wild habitat. My favourite image came as the birds passed an area of spiked mountain peaks against the menacing, stormy sky, with a glacier visible in the distance.”

 

Solitude – Taj Mahal

(Above) Award-winning photographer, Thamer Al-Tassan took this picture.

He said his goal was to inspire people to look at architecture from an artistic perspective.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Workshop by Sujata Dharap

A workshop with renowned artist, Sujata Dharap, was held at Manipal University, Dubai Campus on Sunday, April 29 2012. It was a very good experience as she taught us (the visual communication and interior design students) how to think more creatively and not just visually.

Ms. Dharap’s work has been displayed at DUCTAC in the Mall of the Emirates, and despite her busy schedule, she was generous enough to take time out to meet us and teach us so that we would be able to benefit from her much valuable experience. In short, she wanted to see how students think and react towards art.

Sujata Dharap

Ms. Sujata Dharap showing us her work.

She started off the session by drawing random shapes and asking us what those shapes looked like to us. Different people had different perspectives of the shapes. She then asked us to draw about 40-50 shapes on paper and creatively compose them inside a rectangle, circle or triangle. Who knew some random shapes would mean so much?

Our next exercise was to “give life to the lines”. We were supposed to draw lines in such a way that they would depict some meaning; such as a wire, a thread, a hair, a jumping line, a dancing line etc.  Ever thought what a dancing line would look like? Neither did we, before actually drawing it.

Then came the most interesting part of the workshop – drawing the faces of people without taking your pencil off the paper. We were instructed to draw as many faces as we could but each face had to be drawn continuously without lifting the pencil or pen. Yes, that is also an art!

She also made us feel like kids. We went back to that age, back when we drew landscapes or scenery (as it was called at that time). We drew blue mountains, yellow water, red grass, green sky etc. It was definitely a lot of fun.

We were then divided into groups of three and made to create anything by drawing lines and painting by using primary colors only; red, yellow and blue. After painting we joined all the drawings together by keeping them in a straight line. It looked great!

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Everyone’s paintings kept together in a line

Last but not the least, she showed us a presentation on different paintings by different artists. It was truly a great experience and I feel extremely lucky to have an opportunity to attend the workshop and learn from Sujata Dharap.

 

 

 

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