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The Top 5 Astronomical Events to Witness Before You Die | Fun Lists - Top 10 Lists In the age of internet, television, and Lady Gaga, it’s easy to ignore the dazzling displays the sky gives us every night. In ancient times, however, human civilizations based their entire calendar, and thus their way of life, upon what they saw in the cosmos. While humanity’s interest in astronomy has diminished over the centuries, the sky remains nonetheless spectacular. Few people have the time to go stargazing every night, but here are 5 celestial events so awe-inspiring, everyone must see them in their lifetime. 5. Perseid Meteor Shower Next Occurrence: August 9-14, 2011 Every August, the night sky lights up with a dazzling display known as the Perseid meteor shower. 4. Next Occurrence: June 15, 2011 in Africa Ever get bored with the predictably drab hue of the moon? 3. Occurrence: Year round More commonly known as the Northern Lights, Aurora is a fantastic light display that occurs at extreme Northern or Southern latitudes. 2. 1. Top 10 Amazing Stars in the Universe (

40 Excellent and Breathtaking Digital Painting Tutorials Digital Painting is an art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, pastels, etc. are applied using digital means with the help of a computer software such as Photoshop, Painter, ArtRage, openCanavas etc. A graphic tablet is used for better and realistic results. With experience and talent, fantastic effects can be achieved. Below is a collection of some excellent digital painting tutorials (including beginner and advanced) which would help you master the technique of digital painting. PSG Art Tutorial (Beginner Techniques) by Arne Niklas Jansson Excellent Digital Painting Video Tutorial for Beginners by Neil Fountaine Digital Painting Cloud Tutorial by Ethe How to Draw a Digital Portrait by Joshua Bolduc Portrait Painting Tutorial by Acidlullaby Digital Painting Tutorial by Jim Zubkavich Photoshop Paint Techniques for Technical Illustrations by Kevin Hulsey Ron Lemen: Skin Tones Part 1 by Dave Ron Lemen: Skin Tones Part 2/Painting Heads by Dave Concept Car

Nifty Dock tricks: Add spacers, temporary magnification, shortcuts Posted by Ant on June 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment The Mac OS X Dock is already extremely useful, but it seems there’s always something new to learn about it. Find out how to add spacers between Dock icons, temporarily reverse magnification settings, and more. The Dock needs no introduction. Since it’s so versatile, most Mac users use it every day as an application launcher and more. With this group of Dock tips and tricks, you can increase productivity and organization on your Mac. A few shortcuts Some people may know that pressing Command+Option+D toggles the show/hide Dock setting. Temporarily reverse magnification I personally love magnification on my Dock, but many other Mac users choose to turn it off. Add one or more spacers to the Dock For those of you who like to keep things super organized, it’s possible to create blank spaces in your Dock that separate certain icons from others. defaults write persistent-apps -array-add ‘{tile-data={}; tile-type=”spacer-tile”;}’

Audrey Kawasaki - Design Articles and Features on design:related Audrey Kawasaki’s first solo exhibit in NYC ran from December 12th through January 9th, 2010 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. I had the opportunity to see the Hajimari—a prelude show just in time. Kawasaki's new series included her signature style paintings on wood panels as well as works on paper. Seeing her work in person left me with a greater appreciation for her artistic craft and use of line and color. For those outside of New York who weren't able to see the show, here is a collection of photos showcasing most of Kawasaki's latest works. Click on the images below to view large Letting Go Letting Go (detail) She Who Dares She Who Dares (detail) Meisai (Disguised) Meisai (Disguised) (detail) Kazamachi (Waiting) Kazamachi (Waiting) (detail) Lacey White Lacey White (detail) Saying Goodbye Saying Goodbye (detail) Reconcile Two Sisters Daijoubu (It's Going to Be Okay) Hyakki Yakou (Night Parade) Warabeuta (A Child's Song) Blue Lacey Kokokara Dokoe (Where the Path Leads) Yuugure no Houkago (Afterschool)

Jill Greenberg lighting setup and lighting diagram | Lighting For Photo David Bicho's tribute to Jill Greenberg, using her characteristic lighting setup. Lighting diagram explaining the Jill Greenberg lighting setup This image is a pure tribute to the classic crying-images by Jill Greenberg. This is really showing the crisp and contrasty light of the beloved Profoto Giant (the huge umbrella). From the back, I use two strip lights and a hair light on a boom stand to create a “kicker” all around her silhouette. One gridded light on the black background (turns blue when white balancing to get nice skin tones). Visit photographer David Bicho for more great inspiration.

Lackadaisy Expressions Boy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this. I've had requests for some sort of expressions tutorial dating back a while now, so I figured, "Sure! I can explain expression drawing...and it'll be way better than all those tutorials out there that are nothing but charts of generic expressions. Um. Anyway, I found all I could really do was try to explain ways to teach yourself...and then add some pictures. How to Make a DIY Ring Flash [Tutorial] Don’t have the budget to buy yourself a Ring Flash? Today one of our forum members Manzin (see some of his work here) shares a tutorial on how he created his own DIY Ring Flash. You like Ring Flashes but you can’t pay the price? Make your own for a very very cheap price, about 20 euros. First Step What you need. A plastic bowl (not too thick) whose base is about 8 cm of diameter. Step Two Place the pipe on the base of the big bowl, and use the pen to draw a circle. Step Three Take the cutter (or anything that cuts) and try to remove the circles you just drawn from the base of your plastic bowls. Step Four Place the head of your flash on the side of your big bowl, and draw around it. Step Five Cut sheets of alu foil, and glue them inside the big bowl, around the pipe and outside of the small bowl. Step Six Now you have to put everything together. How to use it? Great you just made it! Here some pics of the results. Hope you enjoyed it !

Elephant Quest Description **Please install Flash Player 10.2, this seems to be resolving some issues for people. Thank you! ** Latest version is v1.09. Version 1.09 This version fixes the following: • Umbrella quest fixed (when loaded from save) • Trophy quest fixed • Map fixes for some browsers • Elephant names hidden on loaded Save Game • Area 12 walls climbable • Area 25 walls climbable • Area 31 jumping challenges fixed • Old gun trails removed on new area • Area 42 ghost block patched Version 1.08 This version fixes should resolve most world map loading for users. The fight is on! Art by Jimp!

Castaway 2 Description ******* AGI GameSave Updated******* For those experiencing GameSave related problems please clear your browsers cache and reload the game. This ensures you get the latest version of the AGI which addresses these issues. *******v1.19************ - Recipe Book added which will store craft combinations you have learned for reference. Castaway 2 takes the very popular, award winning Castaway game to a whole new level! We have listened carefully to the community, and have taken their suggestions from Castaway 1 very seriously. - larger (over 100 different levels!)