I like Flickr. The folks at Ludicorp do what they do very well. They have honed a supremely useful tool for one very specific purpose.
Some low-hanging fruit that will be rolled into the live SmartCommons site soon is adding syndicated image feeds to your Gallery. Taking a couple of steps back for a moment: the Gallery on SmartCommons is a simple way to display a small number of images for your friends and family. It also happens to be the way you set up your main picture that appears in the upper left corner of your Start Page.
Adding syndication to the SmartCommons Gallery allows you to associate your Flickr photostreams with your SmartCommons personas. This means that you will be able to show your family and fishing buddies live feeds of relevant pictures that you are already uploading into Flickr (most RSS or ATOM feeds should work)....
Casinos are filled with gamblers who are completely different from each other. While some gambler will be losing his mind on the winnings and losses, the other gambler might be sitting all calm, trying to focus on the game. At first, you will not realise these traits, but as you grow more familiar with their nature, you will be able to tell what kind of gambler they are. Here are the seven types of gamblers that you can find inside the casinos.
Casual social gamblers
Most of the people that are playing at the tables are there to simply have a good time. They do not care to take away a big jackpot which they also won’t refuse, but their gambling habit does not control them at all. They enjoy gambling as it gives them an escape from their working life and helps them socialize with people around them.
Serious social gamblers
They are similar to casual social gamblers. Only in this case, they prefer a few winnings to stay positive along with socializing. They look forward to having a memorable experience when they are playing inside the casinos. They find happiness in challenging their luck and their freedom to do anything. They find the high in betting some money without expecting to win, just because they have enough. They are also closer to becoming compulsive gamblers than casual gamblers.
Escape gamblers is the next stage of serious social gamblers who by this time, have multiple escapes, including gambling, alcohol, and even drugs. They try to beat their depression by falling in the compulsion of such things. By this time, they also start losing control over their lives and money. They do not have enough experience to make the right decisions in gambling and lose more often to build more anxiety and depression.
Personality gamblers are the cons of the casinos who use unethical ways to win money. They use deception, cheats, blame games to gain an advantage in the games. They are hard to catch as they practice and master their tricks, but it also holds them at high risks of being caught which can result in imprisonment.
Compulsive gamblers have no hope of recovering from their losses and spoil their entire life in the hope of winning a big jackpot. They believe one big win will solve all their problems, but they keep losing money in the process of chasing that win. It is hard to convince a compulsive gambler that they have the addiction, which makes them lose their family and friends and create financial debts and other problems for them.
Professional gamblers are the only ones who understand how gambling actually works and play under a discipline. Their primary profession itself is gambling, and they dedicate a lot of time learning new strategies and studying their opponents before playing the games. Pros are not greedy for wins and have the calm and composure to control their game....
Casinos provide the part that everyone needs, and there is no better place to party in the world than Goa. It is a hub for people coming from all over the world to enjoy regular events, festivals, beaches, and casinos. It is an exotic vacation package that offers you everything you expect from a great trip. Out of all the fun and entertainment, casinos are one unique entertainment that Goa has in store for you. Since gambling is not legal on any landed property of India, Goa has floating casinos in the big boats of Mandovi River. Here is a list of the must-visit casinos in Goa if you want to try out your luck while you are a part of a grand party.
The best in Goa for any casino enthusiast who wants to win big jackpots in a luxury casino. Deltin Royale is the biggest floating casino of Goa. This 40,000 sq. ft casino is built inside a beautiful ship that rests in the beautiful Mandovi River. It has over 850 gaming positions, three levels, an entertainment area, and a kid’s zone. There is a separate poker room which has its own personality. There is another separate room meant only for Indian Flush or Teen Patti. The bar and restaurant offer gourmet multi-cuisine and special hand-rolled cigars for everyone.
Casino pride is another casino destination in Goa which is built completely inside a ship. This 30,000 sq. ft casino floats in the cool waters of Mandovi River which offers great ambience and a grand party every night. There are a total of three floors to this casino which can accommodate 500 guests. There is a separate entertainment zone of 10,000 sq. ft, which is a great place to listen to bands and chill out. There is also a separate kids zone where you can keep your kids safe while you enjoy playing at poker tables.
Formerly known as Casino Royale, this casino was renamed in 2013 as Deltin Jaqk. This gaming destination offers the best casino games in a 12,000 sq. ft ship, which is also a place to get unlimited foods and beverages. This casino has 350 gaming positions which are divided over three floors. There are also separate tables for beginners where they can learn the games before they play with real money.
Deltin Caravela is another casino from the Deltin group which floats on the Mandovi River. It also claims to be the only luxury floating casino hotel of India. This floating casino provides many facilities on the deck, including Jacuzzi spa, a sundeck bar, and multi-cuisine restaurant to keep the guests fulfilled. There are 140 gaming positions available in the ship and 17 gaming tables which offer different card games from poker to baccarat. This might just be the boat for you to enjoy an exotic vacation and win a couple of rounds to fund your trip....
People play various dukunmenang gambling games for several decades and consider it an important part of their life. Gone are the days when people have to travel miles to enjoy the gambling facility due to the continued rise of online casinos these days. You can......
The rise of technology has brought changes in almost everything and everywhere nowadays. Just like any other aspect of our life, over the years, technology has transitioned conventional visual art to digital art. From graphics designs to 3D printing, technology has changed and shaped visual art in many ways.
With technology opening more and more doors towards exploring the creative space, modern technology has changed the way artists’ work. Earlier artists used clay, cement and paints as mediums for their art pieces but now things have changed. The modern artists make use of different software, digital art tools and imaging techniques to create and design their masterpiece. Some of the contemporary visual artists use 3D effects to transform and their creative ideas into art. The advanced methods and software allow an artist to shape their vision and use their creativity to create much more realistic artworks when compared to those made with traditional methods.
To match up to the current rise of technological advancement, a visual artist must adapt and learn to train themselves towards using technological tools to edge-up their skills and release the creativity in their artworks more effectively and innovatively.
Before we used to see many art galleries and exhibitions where different artists display their art pieces, but this is not how things are done nowadays. With the internet on the go, artists have found a new way to exhibit their artwork and art pieces online and let the audience see it for some time. Some of them even use coins or swipe cards to showcase their artworks where a person can simply put in a coin or swipe in a card to see the artworks in the panel for some time, and it will be closed after few minutes then they will need to swipe in the card or put in coins once more to see the art piece again.
Technology has indeed changed the look and feel of visual art in various medium. But with the rising rate of hackers and reproduction of famous paintings with graphics alterations, the traditional artists are still concerned with the authenticity of the craft. With modern-day artists getting more marinated into technology, some believe that the rising advancements and software techniques are diminishing the creative essence of an artist. But still, amidst all the arguments and disagreements some traditional artists embrace the technology and use it to shape their vision more creatively and innovatively. 81-year-old David Hockney, famous English painter, draftsman, stage designer, printmaker and photographer reclaimed his fame by using iPad as his primary tool for creativity.
So, for now, to sum it up we can say that technology has sown the seeds of change in visual arts classes with roots spreading in all ways it can, but the fruit it reaps, sweet or sour? Only time will tell us.
I (Daniel) bought one of Patrick's pieces from this show, and think him a brilliant, intellectual artist. If you know me, you will know why if you read these artist statements. Hence this "double post:"
Dallas artists Jason Roskey and Patrick Rhodes have an exhibit entitled "Agenda Symposium" at the Continental Gallery, located inside the Continental Lofts Building, 3311 Elm Street in Dallas from December 5, 2005 to January 15, 2006. An Art Talk about their new work is slated for Thursday, January 12, 2006 from 6:30 to 8:30. Admission to the talk is free.
The conversation the Art Talk will host is what it means to live in a large urban landscape and how that affects the city's residents and its environment. Jason Roskey and Patrick Rhodes will both speak about their work.
Roskey says this of his work, "I am interested in exploring power in contemporary societies and depicting how it affects land and cityscapes through a fictional narrative. My source material includes modern frontier settlement, media representation of extremist ideologies, environmental policies, new-urbanism development, cartography, landscape photography, 19th century American architecture, travel, commerce and embedded-values of American cultures. The fundamentals of my work reflect the outcomes of bureaucratic conferences and are meant to present the short and long-term effects these summits have on different classes of people in terms of geography; it is rural versus urban, wealth versus poverty, organic versus synthetic, cookie-cutter development versus historical architecture. I want my work to portray, with the same sense of romanticism of ancient landscape paintings, the potential destabilization of citizens and the environment through personal, political and corporate agendas."
Roskey is a self-taught artist and Fort Worth native. He holds a degree in business from Texas Tech University.
Patrick Rhodes says this of his work, "Movement through the city is an individual and conscious act. The inhabitant chooses a direction and a path. Consciously he is aware of his decision to move. He encounters objects and arrangements along the way though, which directly affect his reaction. Through repetition of movement, formal relationships develop and the human brain adapts to its surroundings. One unconsciously grows to accept the parameters and functions of these objects and arrangements, which are the foundation of their experience and resulting response."
Rhodes is a native Dallas resident who received a BFA in sculpture from Boston University....
Sometimes there is a book that I wouldn't mind thumbing through, but that I won't waste my time and/or money actually acquiring. They are the kind of books I might add to my Amazon Wish List without any firm purchasing intention (appropriately tagging it with the "Don't Buy This For Me" label).
For items such as these a SmartCommons Watch List comes in handy.
A Watch List does one thing: it continually scans your commons for a particular set of items. When an item is found in the Collection of someone in your network you are notified. It is that simple.
You add items to you Watch List in the same way you add items to your Collection. Click on the Collection tab and then on the Add Items link at the bottom of the Collection grid. It is not as hard as that sentence makes it sound. Really.
Once you have searched for and found the item you want to add to your Watch List click on the gold star in the far right column. The item will be added to your list. That's it.
You can check your Watch List anytime by clicking on the Collection tab and then on the Watch List link. Once there are items on your list it will look something like this.
Another quick way to check your Watch List is to fire up SmartCommons Collection and click on the My Watch List menu item. This list is kept in sync with your online list.
SmartCommons Tip #3
If you manage your stuff offline using SmartCommons Collection you always have an interactive record of your things close at hand with or without bandwidth.
Collection allows you to publish your Music, Books, Films or other Stuff as RSS feeds. Doing this will allow people who subscribe to your feeds to know when you have that new movie or CD--even if they are not themselves a part of SmartCommons....
Art, as well as technology, define and continue to shape the world we live in. With new inventions and innovations, the world seems to be making space for a different sphere and new rules. Governed by modern aesthetics, technology in art challenges our perceptions, and that is what creativity and science are all about.
The change in the nature of art, along with the shift in the public interaction and the reshaping of the exhibition spaces and museums are making more room for some of the most amazing artworks through, kinetic pieces, digital art, and works that explore the internet and the online world. The mysteries of various sci-fi movies that were considered mind-blowing just a decade ago, today shape our reality.
The Fascination with Internet
Logically, most of the modern production that is somehow related to science emphasizes on the Internet and the virtual online world that altered the notion of art in so many ways, thereby offering an opportunity for literally anyone to display his/her work and for the audience to seek out any piece that interests them. Moreover, the Internet has impacted the art market in more ways than we can tell. Petra Cortright creates her paintings to explore issues of online consumption, rendering them in aluminium and making endless alterations to the computer file until she is satisfied with the end-product.
The Aesthetics of Computer Drawings and Paintings
We should also mention creative practitioners who have not found their creative digital efforts based on conceptual theories but instead focused on pure visuals and beautiful aesthetics, therefore, standing out for the beauty of their animation pieces.
A Disputed Relationship
After everything you have read above, it is quite apparent that technology is redefining art in innovative and more often than not, strange ways. This is the case with almost all mediums and genres; the critics and audiences that are divided into those who perceive science’s impact on creativity is either positive or a negative moment in art history. When this notion arises, there are usually many people that openly criticize such an approach claiming that technology and science has only managed to break the bond between the author and the piece. Moreover, they believe that the entire process of creating art has become much easier and more trivial. This is entirely false and here is why.
Firstly, as long as the artists behind the artworks stay creative and innovative, there is no cause for concern. Secondly, art does not have to be complicated or challenging to be taken seriously. It is actually about the experience the author offers to the public, bringing a change in how the viewer thinks, feels and perceives the world. These aspects are what counts, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the methods that the author chooses to use. With that being said, we should not be intimidated by the presence of technology in art as it does not affect the very core of experimenting, creating and imagining.
Just the beginning - The Future: Part II
Christmas is over. The twelfth day has arrived. Things are changing rapidly as 2005 dawns. As promised on the tenth day, I want to go out thinking more about the future of SmartCommons.
To recap: SmartCommons is about social ownership. This initial release is a first sketch of an ownership operating system that has been brewing in my head for some time. The rough edges of the project still make it feel somewhat academic, but the intent is decidedly commercial. The main point is filling out the Total Product Lifecycle that is currently being ignored by major retailers. SmartCommons steps in after the initial transaction and before the resale or disposal of the asset providing management and sharing services to consumers and a platform for a new kind of contextual instant commerce, life-context targeted advertising and brand sponsored loyalty programs.
All of that aside (unless you know one of the people who run the Best Buy Reward Zone program... in which case you should call me), these are some of the areas being developed around the SmartCommons vision:
A Trusted Peer-to-Peer (TP2P) Network: Imagine a P2P network seeded only by your friends and family and segmented for privacy using your SmartCommons Personas, Private Communities and Projects. Suddenly everything on the network is relevant.
An organizationally sponsored co-branded SmartCommons offering: Imagine your Church rolling out a SmartCommons-powered small group program that emphasizes belonging through the tools it supplies not just the ideas.
Brick and mortar partners who automatically tie into the SmartCommons system: Imagine going to Best Buy and having the DVDs, vacuum and memory stick you buy automatically added to your Best Buy Reward Zone sponsored SmartCommons Collection.
SmartCommons social software API: The public SmartCommons API is on its way.
Desktop integration: Desktop notification and RSS feeds of your Blog.Note comments, System Messages, Event Calendar and Watch List updates.
All of these things are being created to fulfill the vision articulated on the first day of this Share Something Christmas:
Social software is at its best when it is about sharing life with the people you are already in community with.
So one final time, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This is just the beginning.
SmartCommons Tip #4
There are situations where sharing beyond your direct circle of friends and family may be useful. If you are a member of a club or religious group you may be open to sharing with a fellow member even if they are not in your direct circle of friends. You can do this in SmartCommons by establishing a Community (I suggest a Private or Secret community) and whenever someone joins in they have the option of sharing their Collection with all of the members of the Community. St. Mark in France and The Bridge in Oregon are both testing out this capability right now....