Archives for August 2017

Top Movie Houses in Cinema

They’re iconic. They’re cool. When they’re really good, they’re as much a part of a movie as the characters. We’re talking about homes from the silver screen.

Whether the film is scary, funny, happy or sad, if they’ve captured our attention, they’ve remained a part of us. Perhaps proving that home really is where the heart is.



The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

Take a watch to see why automation is impacting our job centers.

How the sound of 80’s music was born

Even if you’ve never heard the term “reverb drum,” you’ve heard the effect itself in just about every ’80s song to top the charts.

Phil Collins was playing drums for Peter Gabriel’s album, “The Intruder,” when a mic hung in the studio specifically to speak to the musicians caught the sound of him playing.

As producer explained to Music Radar:
When Phil was playing the drums one day, I opened this microphone to speak to him to hear what he was saying while he was still playing the drums and out came the most unbelievable sound. Everyone went, ‘oh my god’, that sounds incredible. So we go okay, that was the compression on the mic. Then we had the compressors and noise gates in each channel so I said okay, let’s put up some room mics, listen to the drums through those and compress them…

What Would You Sacrifice to Save For Your Next Home?

What Makes Things Cool?

Although trends might seem completely random, there are well-documented patterns to what becomes popular. A 20th century industrial designer, who created some of America’s most iconic looks, developed a theory of coolness that has been backed up by various scientific studies. Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, explains the science behind why we like what we like.

The moving sofa problem––one of geometry’s great puzzles

sofaHave you ever had to move a sofa into a small room? Then you might be familiar with the moving sofa problem, at least in general. Take a look at the more complex version.

Star Trails Over Oregon

Starry skies swirl and reel above Oregon. Each frame is an independent star trail photograph, and most of these clips represent an entire night of shooting somewhere across the state of Oregon. In a few clips, motion control panning leads to otherworldly patterns. No artificial effects; just stacking. Only one DSLR shutter was blown to make this film.

Film by Tyler Hulett:

10 Decluttering Projects You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

Don’t stress about the mess — just take one countertop or bookcase at a time

Facing a cluttered space can feel disheartening — who has the time (or frankly, the desire) to spend all day clearing clutter? But the thing is, making progress toward a clean, clutter-free space doesn’t have to be something you devote an entire day to. Instead, by carving out bite-size chunks of time to work on clearly defined tasks, you can get the serene space you deserve in a way that also works with your schedule. Here are 10 quick ways to get started.

Whistle While You Work: How Music Helps Productivity

Have you ever met someone who needs absolute silence to concentrate? Maybe you’re that person yourself. It turns out that having music playing while you work can actually make you more productive.

A staggering 90% of workers perform better when listening to music, and 61% of employees listen to music at work to make them happier and more productive.

Additionally, music can have an impact on our spending habits. 4 in 10 business owners believe playing music increases sales.

Music is processed in the auditory cortex and stimulates memories from the hippocampus of the brain. Additionally, it activates the motor cortex, which is what makes you tap your foot or shake your shoulders to a song.

Music also releases dopamine in the reward center of the brain (the same chemical released when you eat your favorite food). That’s why you feel better when you hear a tune you love.

If you’re trying to figure out what Pandora station to listen to, it depends on what you’re doing. Ambient music is great for data entry, while dance music can help you proofread. If your work requires you to focus, it’s best to listen to familiar songs.