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Special effects are crazy and if they’re overused, can be off-putting (I’m looking at your Star Wars Episodes 1-3). But used right, and special effects can make a scene and drastically reduce set budgets. Check out these before and after shots of rather notable sets that we stumbled upon, including a pair from everyone’s favorite zombie show, The Walking Dead. Related The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From January 2013 Your "Likes", "Tweets", comments and clicks all help us know which are our best posts of the month. In "FS News" Related:  study

stiern Maps are often placed on a company website to help customers find their way there. For that, Google Maps is excellent. But wouldn’t it be nice to add your company logo, parking lots, train stations, etc. to the map, to help the customer even more? It is very simple, and in this article I am going to show you how. Before we start, check out what we are going to create: Now, here is an overview: Overview Google Maps API The Google Maps API allows you to embed maps directly into your website. Getting the Coordinates As I do not expect you to know the precise coordinates of your location, I will explain a very quick way Google has provided to do this. When you enter this in your address bar, you will see this: The coordinates of Apple's head quarter in Cupertino The first number is the status code, and 200 means that everything is okay. Adding the Map to Your Website There’s no need to hesitate – let’s add that map to your website! After the URL, you will notice sensor=false. Write Adding Markers

These Photos Are Actually Pencil Perfect Drawings At just 22 years old, Italian artist Diego Fazo has developed the skill to create photo-realistic drawings using a simple charcoal pencil. His latest creation, pictured below, has drawn hundreds of positive comments on his Deviant Art profile. Don’t tell me you can tell the image below is a drawing and not a high-definition photograph, because I don’t buy it. Like other talented artists who started their careers on Deviant Art, Diego is a self-taught pencil master whose technique matured with the passing of the years. Scroll down for more of his awesome drawings, and check out his Deviant Art profile, as well. Reddit Stumble

Taking Credit Card Payments Online: What’s Involved? Advertisement If you’re looking to integrate a credit card payment solution onto your website, the following steps are a guide to applying for, enabling and taking payments online. At first glance, the prospect of integrating a payment solution on a website can seem unwieldy, what with the vast array of payment options and technical acronyms. This article breaks down the entire process into bite-sized pieces, helping you understand the process much better. Apply For An IMA When taking any kind of credit card payments connected to a bank account, you must apply for a merchant account with a bank. Even if you currently take “card-not-present” payments (such as for mail orders) or use in-store payment terminals (such as chip-and-pin), you still have to speak with your bank about taking payments via your website (ask your bank for an additional IMA ID). It’s worth noting that it is possible to process Internet payments manually, using your regular point of sale system. Select A PSP PayPal

Hundreds of Slime-Covered Seabirds Wash Ashore, Puzzle Scientists A mysterious greasy substance has been found on hundreds of seabirds — some dead, others injured — that have been washing up along England's south coast. The birds, mostly guillemots, have been discovered along beaches from Weymouth to Torquay covered in the waxy film; many have very sore legs, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has been rescuing the slime-coated creatures. Environmental officials with the U.K.'s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), who are investigating the case, still don't know where the greasy substance came from, but they believe it is a "refined mineral-based oil mixture." "Initial analysis indicates that the contaminant is a refined mineral oil and further analysis results are awaited," Stan Woznicki, the MCA's head of counter pollution, said in a statement Friday. MCA officials said the initial findings indicate that the substance is not palm oil, as had been suggested by at least one scientist.

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Killer Kitties Wreak Critter Havoc: Scientific American Podcast Beneath its adorable exterior, is your cat hiding the heart of a killer? Researchers now estimate that each year, domestic cats kill billions of birds and mammals in the United States alone. The report is in Nature Communications. [Scott R. Loss, Tom Will and Peter P. Marra, The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States] We already knew that domestic cats can wreak havoc on islands, causing 14 percent of species extinctions and ranking as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species. Cats kill some 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion small mammals in the U.S. each year. The worst feline killers are those without owners, and reducing feral cat populations is an ongoing problem. —Sophie Bushwick [The above text is a transcript of this podcast.] Also see: Hannah Waters, Cat Are Ruthless Killers.

Me and Vic Mignogna show_article As a screenwriter, the ability to craft dramatic suspense can turn your script from a basic, by the numbers story into something memorable, and the basis of a movie that people will remember. Film is a visceral art, and a thousand things have to go right in the execution of a story to make it resonate, but it all starts with the screenwriter. Without the basic foundation and the proper storytelling tools, your script might not make it past the first read. Evoke Emotion Create sympathetic characters that the audience likes and can relate to.

Wonderful Lord of the Rings Art That Goes On And On SExpand Have some more. There's always a lot of talk on the net about how WoW is trash, or Blizzard ruined Warcraft, or this or that or blah blah blah, but at the end of the day, they still put a huge amount of love in to their stories. He also did an absolutely stunning and exact rendition of the story that Blizzard created for the first Pandaren emperor in Mists, the most recent expansion. Have some more! The story of Arthas, potentially Warcraft's most compelling character. The 'ancient' lore of Warcraft.

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